The End of This Year’s Garden

Basket-of-vegetablesThis year was a very poor harvest year from the garden. Other than the very first year he planted all of the harvests have been nothing less than overwhelming so this year came as a bit of a surprise. Fortunately we are so far ahead with what we have canned and frozen it won’t force us to have to buy anything this winter. Which is exactly where the hubby wanted us to be!

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The broccoli and cauliflower harvest was really disappointing as these are my favorite vegetables but he did bring a few in over the last few days. Five large cauliflower heads in total so at least I’ll have a bit to parse out throughout the year. I used one of them to make a batch of cream of cauliflower soup which we both love.

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Moonlight Palace by Liz Rosenberg – Blog Tour, Book Review and Giveaway

I received a free copy for my honest review.

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About the Book:

Agnes Hussein, descendant of the last sultan of Singapore and the last surviving member of her immediate family, has grown up among her eccentric relatives in the crumbling Kampong Glam palace, a once-opulent relic given to her family in exchange for handing over Singapore to the British.

Now Agnes is seventeen and her family has fallen into genteel poverty, surviving on her grandfather’s pension and the meager income they receive from a varied cast of boarders. As outside forces conspire to steal the palace out from under them, Agnes struggles to save her family and finds bravery, love, and loyalty in the most unexpected places. The Moonlight Palace is a coming-of-age tale rich with historical detail and unforgettable characters set against the backdrop of dazzling 1920s Singapore.

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Baking for the Firemen: Maple Cake – Recipe

The calendar tells me it’s Fall despite the temperatures we are currently experiencing here in Montana. It’s sunny and in the high 60ies as I’m typing this – there is nothing autumnal about it being that warm. No matter what the thermometer says when it comes to my baking I want to reach for the flavors of the season so when it came time to bake for the firemen I found a recipe for Maple Cake and thought that would be a delightful choice. It came from a new cookbook – I bought myself a little treat given all of the baking I do – Martha Stewart Cakes. In all honesty Martha Stewart drives me a bit bonkers but I have the companion cookie cookbook and it has some excellent recipes so I thought I’d give the cake cookbook a try – so far, meh. You’ll see why in a minute.

Maple Cake

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Celebrate Christmas with Ornaments with Love

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I am shamelessly in love with Christmas. I love the tree, the decorating, the cookies, the ornaments and the twinkling lights. Every year I like to get a special holiday ornament that commemorates something that made me smile – this year when Ornaments with Love came calling I thought of Harry the Farm cat and all of the mousies he caught so he is the star of this year’s special creation.

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