Thursday, November 29, 2007

~ Our Daughter's Spice Cake ~

It was quite a chilly evening so our daughter made us a wonderful spice cake taken from the book, "Victorian Christmas Collection" by Peggy Stoks

~ Sensational Spice Cake ~
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 cup water
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder

In a saucepan, combine first 5 ingredients. Heat to boiling and simmer for five minutes. Set aside to cool.
In a small cup, dissolve baking soda in a teaspoon or two of hot water. Pour into above cooled mixture. Add flour and baking powder, stir until blended. Bake in a greased 8x12 glass baking pan at 350 degrees for around 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

~ Penuche Icing ~

1/2 cup butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup milk

1 and 3/4 - 2 cups powdered sugar

Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in brown sugar. Heat to boiling; cook and stir over low heat for two minutes. Stir in milk. Return to boil, stirring constantly. Cool to lukewarm. Gradually stir in powdered sugar until icing is of a good consistency to spread.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

~ Happy Thanksgiving ~

~ This Is Thanksgiving Day By Emma Stewart Jacobson ~
The crust is thick upon the snow.
A chill wind sweeps across the way
But let the lusty north wind blow!
This is Thanksgiving Day!
A genial snowman stands erect,
Within his mouth, a pipe of clay,
As childish voices sing with glee,
This is Thanksgiving Day!
Pungent aromas fill the house
And talk is festive, bright, and gay.
A turkey roasts, and pies are made.
This is Thanksgiving Day!
Laughter is stilled, the talking ceased
As father bows his head to pray
And thank God for the bounteous feast.
This is Thanksgiving Day!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

~ Secret Sister ~

"I am signed up for the Homeschool Moms Secret Sister Session #3!"
Thank you for heading this up for all of us, Tamara!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

~ My Aunt Emma ~

My Aunt Emma was a darling lady and very gifted!! She wrote and had her writing published. Her book of poems are just wonderful and from time to time I will post one. This one is in her book called, "Fireside Fancies" and was published in 1955.
I miss you, Emma!! I miss your kind smile and your sweet laugh. I do not know anyone that has a smile and laugh like you had.

~ "In Appreciation" by Emma Stewart Jacobson ~
Accept, Eternal God, my prayer of thanks
For roses blushing in the twilight's haze,
For grasses drenched with diamond drops of dew,
For azure pastures where soft "cloud sheep" graze.

Accept my thanks for these: The robin's song,
The emerald arches of the trees above,
The murmur of the crystal brook nearby,
The plaintive cooing of the turtle dove.

Accept my thanks for winds that moan and sigh
And shake the leafy trees upon the hill,
For crimson berries dripping honeyed juice,
For velvet moss on stones besides the rill.

Accept, Eternal God, my thanks for all
The beauteous things Thy tender love has planned.
With grateful heart I touch each flower, each leaf,
And in so doing, touch Thy blessed hand!!

I love this poem and tonight I am so thankful, for I have found that our little horse is finally on the mend and we will not need to worry that we will lose him now. Tonight is a very happy night!!