Repeat after me:

Onions, carrots, cabbage, onions, carrots, broccoli, onions, carrots, [brassica]… .

I’m planting this weekend. 

Throw in some lettuce & a radish or two, some peas/beans, summer & winter squash, a cucumber,  tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant, and you’re good to go. Don’t forget the okra and corn.

This is my third season veggie garden here at the farm. 


The first year I was focused in tomatoes and peppers. Last year I had a wonderful Spring garden, and some winter rutabagas.

This year, I want it all. I want corn, and okra, and beans, and lettuce, and radishes, and tomatoes and peppers, and eggplant, and summer & winter squash, and onions, and carrots, and brassicas.

Wish me luck!

What with the bugs, and the pine pollen,

and Missy shedding her German Shepherd undercoat and all, we agreed that we should crank it down and run the A/C for a few minutes.

It wasn’t so much about the temperature– the house is structured such that it takes a while to warm up/cool down, which is good. It’s been unseasonably warm, and the house is still fairly cool. It was about ventilation/circulation. 


When I did research on live animals, I learned about air-exchanges.

We just needed to exchange some air. I’d opened some windows a couple of days ago and let some fresh air in on the wind or whatever– and I didn’t close the windows when I turned the A/C on. 60*. It was cranking. Reset.

I can no longer imagine what it must be like to live in a place where you cannot exchange fresh spring air for the stale winter air in your house.

May God have Pity on Your Soul or something. I’m not up on my verses.

We voted today.

We were cautioned to sign just exactly as we were listed. So I am Marica C. And Mr.Big Food has a name that’s very similar to Mr. Big Food’s Dad’s name.

Mr. Big Food was wearing his “Proud to be American” T-shirt.

To be honest with you, I think this is a really good time to be in the process of cutting down my tobacco consumption.

Mr. “Let’s Talk About Out Grandkids” won.

Mr. Big Food and I talked about Mississippi tonight. Yeah. I know. Did we talk tonight about Mississippi or did we talk about Mississippi tonight, after the election results come in?

Little bit of both.

Recipes for the Birthday Cake

Cake. Filling. Frosting.

Too bad my computer is still not dry. If it were dry, there would be pictures.

The cake:
APOLOGIES. Mr. Big Food’s computer &/or blogger is being contrary. Sorry about the formatting below.

CLASSIC WHITE CAKE
Makes one 2-layer cake
 2 C flour

1 Tbsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1 ½ C sugar

¾ C shortening

2 tsp vanilla

1 C milk

4 egg whites

Preheat oven to 350o. Grease and flour 2 9-inch round cake pans. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Combine sugar, shortening, and vanilla in large mixing bowl, and beat with electric mixer at medium speed until fluffy. Add flour mixture alternately with milk, beating well and scraping sides of bowl as needed. Wash and dry beaters thoroughly, then beat egg whites in a separate bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold egg whites into batter, pour into prepared pans, and bake about 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cakes on racks 10 minutes, then remove from pans. Cool completely on racks before frosting, and frost as desired.

The filling:

LEMON FILLING AND ORANGE VARIATION

Enough filling for 2 layers

¾ C sugar

2 Tbsp cornstarch

1/8 tsp salt

1 Tbsp grated lemon rind

1/3 C lemon juice

½ C water

1 egg, beaten

1 Tbsp butter

Mix together sugar, cornstarch, and salt thoroughly, add lemon rind, lemon juice, water, beaten egg, and butter, and cook over boiling water (or over low heat), stirring constantly, until thickened. Cool.

ORANGE VARIATION

Reduce sugar to ½ C, use orange rind and juice instead of lemon, and add 1 tsp lemon juice.

The frosting:

CALIFORNIA CITRUS CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

6 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature

2 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp grated lemon peel

¾ C sifted powdered sugar

6-8 drops yellow food coloring (optional)

2 tsp grapefruit, peeled and crushed

Beat cream cheese until fluffy, add lemon juice and peel, and gradually blend in sugar, beating until well blended. Stir in food coloring (if using) and crushed grapefruit.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Today is Daughter C’s birthday! Which is to say that on this date, some years ago, I gave birth to C. Today is also Mr. Big Food’s birthday!! Which is to say that on this date, some years ago, Mr. Big Food’s Mom gave birth to him.

Happy Birth Day to all of us!

Daughter C. is out and about and so wasn’t around to enjoy the citrus-inspired birthday cake.