A very important weekend starts right now! You might be glancing at the calendar on your wall or desk and be thinking “okay, the autumnal equinox is today at 5:02 PM (Atlantic Daylight Time) in the Northern Hemisphere, big whoop”.
Which would be an understandable reaction unless you were part of my family because this is a big weekend for birthdays. Son2 celebrates his. As do I. As does my brother.
I know of people who celebrate a birthday month. And my friend Janet celebrates birthday week – part of which is eating cake for breakfast the day following the big day.
Brilliant! That’s a tradition I’m starting this weekend.
Here’s the recipe for birthday cake in my family.
Aunt Hilda’s Chocolate Cake
2 cups sugar
½ cup butter, room temperature
¾ cup sour milk (milk + 1 teaspoon vinegar)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup cocoa, dissolved in 1 cup very hot water
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and dust with cocoa a Bundt pan, tube pan, or two 9-inch layer pans.
Sift together flour, soda, baking powder and salt. Cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs and beat until well combined. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk and cocoa water. Mix until well blended (mixture will be very wet).
Pour into pan, or pans, and bake for 45 – 50 minutes. (25 - 30 minutes for layer pans). Tester inserted near centre should come out clean.
Cool in pans on rack for 10 minutes. Turn out and cool completely.
Use the frosting or icing of your choice. Son2 prefers chocolate butter cream frosting. Brother enjoys coffee flavoured icing. I like vanilla. Or as an occasional change of pace, orange flavoured frosting. It captures that chocolate-orange combination that’s a slice of perfection.
If you look at a map of Nova Scotia—here, I’ll make it easy for you--
Down there along the bottom, south east of Halifax, you’ll see a promontory on which lies Lunenburg (our future home – squee!) A hair’s breadth beyond that is the tiny village of Kingsburg. A slice of heaven.
The beach is gorgeous.
We visited with friends of Hubby from his grad school days who had rented a house on the beach for two weeks. Clearly a superb spot for a vacation.
What does this have to do with Wine Wednesday (WW)? Especially since we visited last Tuesday? Well, before our hosts served a delicious supper of grilled chicken & peppers, and roasted baby potatoes & carrots, the other couple in our party served the appetizers. Warm and gooey brie cheese, and smoked salmon, with a fun selection of crackers. Yum! An easy accompaniment to local wines and beer.
To no one’s surprise, we supplied the dessert, my current favourite cookie.
The Best Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
The best laid schemes ‘o mice an’ men
Gang aft a-gley
Nothing we can do about the weather. It happens. Or as my brother says, “it is what it is”. Evidently tropical storm Jose is heading north along the east coast of North America and will be arriving in our neck of the woods tomorrow and Wednesday. I doubt it’ll remain a tropical storm by the time is gets here as far as the winds go, but there will be rain. Heavy at times. With thunder and lightning. Not the sort of weather one wants when one is in a tent. Or when one’s only means of getting to safety is a kayak. And so the camping trip is cancelled. We are both mightily disappointed.
In other news, last Monday I shared a picture of two insects and speculated about their mode of communication. And the topic they might be discussing. Well…
I think this answers that question. Ha!
They’re still hanging around the exterior of the house, either singly, in pairs, or—ah—as couples.
Here’s a picture I snapped this morning and blew-up to see the details of those little appendages below the wings.
They look like oars to me. When I was speculating on their function, Hubby and I said, simultaneously, “radar”. Ha! A few minutes of research would give me the answer, IF I had internet service at my temporary house. Or IF I was within easy driving distance of a library. Since neither is my reality I’ll go on thinking it’s radar and that’s how they arrange for romantic connections. <very big grin>
P.S. My apologies for misnaming the tropical storm in an earlier iteration of this post. My error was pointed out by TWO people, only one of whom is related to me, LOL. I've corrected my error.
We’re readying for another expedition into the wilds of Keji. This time it’ll be just the two of us, with a kayak each. And we’ll be going to a site we haven’t been to before, on a lake we’ve not explored.
Lots of firsts in this trip. We’ll discover just how much we can cream into the fore and aft bulkheads. How easy it is to portage (we’ll need to do three portages – each way). Luckily we have a set of wheels (similar to these)– my gift to hubby a few Father’s Days ago. Additionally we’ll see just how much we enjoy dehydrated food – ha! I’ll be giving my new mummy sleeping bag a proper tryout too, now that we’re approaching frost season.
I’ve been monitoring the long-range weather forecast. As of this writing it’s a bit iffy. Crossed fingers that it improves by Monday otherwise my rain suit will get a good tryout too. <grin>
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