Friday, May 29, 2015

Favorite Recipes: Aunt Letha's Buttermilk White Cake

Sister-in-law Melanie shared her Aunt Letha's Buttermilk White Cake recipe. This recipe was often made as a birthday cake for Melanie and her twin Chuck, and was a family favorite. Thanks for sharing your birthday cake recipe, Melanie. It was delicious!

 Mix buttermilk and baking soda and set aside to the last (no photo. . .sorry).
Cream shortening, sugar and egg whites.

 Sift flour, salt and baking powder.

 Add the sifted ingredients alternately with buttermilk and vanilla.

Add buttermilk mixture and beat well.

 Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes (loaf pan or layer cake, 20 to 25 minutes).

The first time we made the cake we used the pineapple icing.

 The next time we made the cake, we omitted the icing and served with sliced strawberries.

Aunt Letha's Buttermilk White Cake

Mix and set aside to the last:
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. baking soda

Cream together:
1/2 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
2 egg whites (unbeaten)

2 3/4 cups flour (sift)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
Add alternately with 1 cup buttermilk and 1 tsp. vanilla

Add buttermilk mixture. Beat well.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes (loaf pan or layer cake, 20 to 25 minutes) or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

1 stick butter
1 1/2 boxes powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
small can crushed pineapple, drained
Add milk as much as you need (we used a little over 2 T. milk)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

What's in Our CSA Box - Week 4

In addition to kale, spinach, salad mix, swiss chard, turnips and green onions, we were thrilled to also get a loaf of freshly made bread. It was delicious!

Some of the meals we made this past week. . .

 Frittata with turnips, potatoes, kale, spinach, green onions and swiss chard. Very good!

 Tasty strawberry/banana kale smoothie

 Sally's recipe for chicken and kale casserole didn't last long!

Crescent rolls stuffed with spinach, feta and mozzarella cheese. Yummy!

Last night we had spinach and chicken quesadillas -- so good!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fun in Kansas City

Last Tuesday I went with Susie and Deborah to the Overland Park Arboretum. 
What beautiful flowers and gardens!

 The Monet Garden

 The arboretum was having a container garden exhibit with displays from organizations and volunteers.

This container display was called "Purseception". The wrought iron fence had a variety of hanging purses filled with flowers.

 Tucked in a tree stump were many tiny, quaint fairy houses.

We also stopped at the nearby Red Cedar Gardens nursery.

Thanks, Deborah and Susie, for a fun day!

The next day we headed back to KC as brother Jim called and said he had tickets for the
Royals vs. Cincinnati Reds game.

 Even though it was cold (in the 50's) and rain was threatening, the game was good.

 Moustakas scored on Hosmer's hit. Way to beat the tag, Moose!

 Lots of hot chocolate was sold on this chilly night.

 Don't you love the Kiss Cam?

Royals won, 7-1. Thanks for the tickets, Jim!

Friday, May 15, 2015

What's In Our CSA Box - Week 3

In our CSA box this week we received a new salad mix variety, spinach, kale and turnips. In addition to lots more salads and smoothies, we're looking forward to making a kale and pasta casserole from a recipe given to us by friend Sally.

Last week we made spinach and mushroom pasta. It was good but we'll be tweaking the recipe. We also made a really good banana and kale smoothie but forgot to take photos. We'll be making more this week.

We're looking forward to the green onions and swiss chard next week. Thanks, Darren!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Great Year for Irises

The irises this year have been really beautiful!