Okay folks, I have breaking news here at the Joy of Caking!
After years of procrastinating. I have finally purchased the web domain www.thejoyofcaking.com. Yay – happy dance! And soon (if all goes as planned) I will be moving my site from Wordpress.com to WordPress.org.
I hope (more like pray) that in the process I don’t lose all of you great people. I have a philosophy about this transition which I’ll share with you, along with this great recipe for these delicious Mini Blueberry Cupcakes as soon as I get settled.
Wish me luck!
Ready or not – glamping here I come!
Just so you know, I’m writing this post from the Pink Paradise!
With today being the last day of July, I was slightly discouraged because the camper remodel isn’t completely done. Of course there are a number of legitimate reasons for this. The extreme heat this summer has slowed us down, family emergencies, illness, broken down vehicles, and lack of money are just a few of the things that have kept us from finishing her up. Hey, it happens.
And then I had an epiphany… Why does she have to be completely finished to enjoy her?
With that thought bouncing around in my head I quickly tracked down some bedding that would fit the camper bed. I then asked hubby for a few minutes of his time so we could convert the dining table into the bed; he graciously obliged. As he disappeared to work on another project that was calling his name, I lit my new Yankee Camping Out candle, poured a glass of wine, cranked the tunes, and hopped up on the bed with my computer to write. Yep, it’s just me and PInky.
Between the smell of the fresh linens and fresh air I am in heaven. The temperature inside is perfect, the dimmed lights in the camper project a warm and cozy feeling, and looking outside all I see is darkness.
I remind myself that one of these days soon we will finish this project.
In the meantime, I will sit back, relax, and enjoy using her just the way she is.
I only wish that all of you could be here glamping with me. What fun we’d have!
Tomorrow is Independence Day, and at this point, I have no idea how we will celebrate it. I’m not usually a big plan in advance kind of girl. I’d much rather act on spontaneity. Last minute barbeques, campfires, a trip to the lake, and road trips are so much for fun when they aren’t over-thought.
Regardless of what we might decide to do on the 4th, I am sure of one thing, we will need to eat. I’m thinking that this Bacon, Ranch, and Onion Dip will get the party started. I’ve made this before, but it’s worth mentioning again, especially since I just made a bowl of it.
And then there are those fat slices of my Sinful Midnight Cake resting peacefully in the freezer; right next to a quart of this Simply Vanilla Ice Cream that I made. So, I’ve got an appetizer and dessert covered. Hey, it’s a start!
This ice cream requires no cooking or eggs. And it’s delicious! I found it in a booklet that came with my Crofton ice cream maker.
Simply Vanilla Ice Cream
2 c. heavy cream
1 c. whole milk (I use skim)
3/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
In a large bowl, mix milk, cream, sugar and vanilla. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Follow the instructions that came with your ice cream maker.
Do you have plans made to celebrate Independence Day? Or are you like me, flying by the seat of your pants?
Happy Fourth of July!!!
What is it that you find in your mailbox these days? Junk mail? Bills? Local advertising publications? And more junk mail?
When is the last time you actually received an honest to goodness letter from a close friend or relative?
It’s sad to say, but letter writing is nearly extinct these days. I suppose it’s understandable with text messages, instant messaging, and email at nearly everyone’s fingertips.
The reason that we resort to our tablets, computers, and phones to communicate? Time and convenience.
But honestly, I miss getting notes or letters in the mail (the old-fashioned way). I miss the personal touch a handwritten letter conveys, and I miss buying pretty stationery and notecards to send my letters and notes on.
Can you think of someone you’ve lost touch with, or someone that you know would really appreciate a heartfelt note or letter from you? If so, consider this post an opportunity to get in on my write a letter campaign. It doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming; just a quick note on a pretty notecard will suffice.
I happened to have these plain cards and pretty little paper flower kits (that I bought on clearance at Michaels last fall) sitting around my craft room. I wasn’t sure what I would do with them until I decided that I was going to write my favorite aunt a letter. I want my letter to be as pretty as it will be personal.
Do you still write letters and notes and send them by mail? If you decide to join my write a letter campaign, who will you send yours to?
I’m sharing this post with BeBetsy.com – one of my favorite websites. To help promote my letter writing campaign please share this post on your favorite social media sites!
Today marks my 3 years in the blogosphere. I hadn’t even given it a thought until WordPress sent me a congratulatory message this morning.
To celebrate my blog turning 3 years old, I decided a virtual party was in order, so here are a few of my favorite desserts for you to indulge in.
These HOMEMADE LEMON CUPCAKES are one of my favorite cupcake recipes. Moist and lemony – these are perfect recipe for any Spring or Easter celebration.
This OLD-FASHIONED CUSTARD PIE WITH STRAWBERRY SAUCE is one of my favorite pie recipes. The smooth sweet taste of custard is countered with the tangy strawberry sauce. This pie will delight your flavor buds – guaranteed.
And these CHOCOLATE COVERED CARAMEL CHEESECAKE BARS are one of my favorite bar recipes. These cheesecake bars will take care of any craving you might have for chocolate and cheesecake at the same time. The caramel is just a huge added bonus.
Thank you all, for reading my blog and helping it grow. Without you, the readers, it wouldn’t be what it is today. Your interest is what inspires me to continue baking, writing, photographing, and sharing glimpses of my country life.
“Good things come in small packages”.
This story begins at the Brown Hound Bistro, a small, yet cozy and tastefully decorated restaurant that is situated in the hamlet of Bristol Springs, NY. For those of you not familiar with the area, the restaurant is in close proximity to Naples and Canandaigua, NY.
Last night, a group of bloggers, travel writers, and some of the Finger Lakes tourism folks met at the Brown Hound to sample an array of deliciousness that the Finger Lakes has to offer; along with gearing up for this evenings Finger Lakes Foodie Awards, all part of this years Finger Lakes Food Revolution Slice, Dice and Spice IV event.
The dinner menu was prepared using local meats, cheeses, fruits, and vegetables. And yes, plenty of Finger Lakes wine flowed throughout the evening.
When we weren’t eating, drinking, and chatting till our hearts content, we did what bloggers and writers do best – we took pictures.
The Brown Hound is one of several restaurants in the Finger Lakes Region that focuses on local resources. As Trish Aser, owner of the restaurant explained, her goal is to make her guests dining experience as local as possible. She does this by displaying local artists work in the restaurant, by inviting local musicians to perform there, and by preparing meals using fresh and local ingredients whenever possible. And I’d say that Trish does it well.
If you’re looking for a great place to dine, celebrate a special occasion, or simply want to support the local food movement, then the Brown Hound Bistro is must.
In 2011, I was lucky enough to take a public tour of the former Willard Asylum for the Insane in Seneca County, New York. During that tour, I took a lot of photographs of both the interior and exterior of many of the buildings. I later shared some of those pictures and my thoughts about the tour here on my blog.
Grandview Building – Willard, NY (2011)
I never expected that my Willard post would create such a following. It has been my number one post for two years running. As a result of that post, I have received numerous emails from people looking for information on the former institution, suitcases, and the cemetery. Many emails have come from people searching for information on family members who they believe were once patients there. I have personally responded to all of those inquiries, and hopefully have steered everyone in the right direction.
Recently, I found some information related to the Willard suitcases that I am eager to pass along.
Photographer Jon Crispin has been photographing the suitcases of former Willard patients that were found in an attic at Willard prior to it’s closing in 1995. The suitcases have been in the custody of the New York State Museum since they were located.
Crispin’s exhibit “The Changing Face of What is Normal” is slated to open on April 17th, 2013, at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, California.
These photographs are very thought provoking, This exhibit (in my opinion) humanizes the patients who resided at Willard and is a great memorialization to them. And when you consider some of the mundane reasons that people were institutionalized in the late 19th, and early part of the 20th century, the title of Crispin’s exhibit couldn’t have been better named.
To read more about Jon Crispin’s photo project, follow the links below.
Slate Magazine (Article)
The Telegraph (Slide show)
The Telegraph (Article)
NPR Radio (Interview on Talk of the Nation)
The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things (Article)