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Stack Cake

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It’s not very often I make two posts in one day, but I thought this was worth sharing.  Tomorrow we will be going down to play with the boys while Jess has another doctor’s appointment.   She asked me if I could make her a stack cake.  This cake goes by different names.  Some call it a stack cake, others a “lassie” cake (molasses).  No matter what you call it, it is GOOD!  In the mountains where I grew up, this cake was common at most all family get-togethers.  It is not as common now, as the art of making them has all but disappeared.  It took me many years of trial and error, but I finally got it.   (I think, anyway.)    These cakes are best eaten the next day.  Most like them with a cold glass of buttermilk.  In Grundy, these sell for $15.00-$20.00 and worth every penny.   The layers are thin and between them is a good amount of homemade applebutter.   Well, I just wanted to show you all my accomplishment for the day.  Just kidding, it didn’t take me all day to make it but it did take a long time to clean up afterward.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

VBS

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Here are a few pictures of the decorations for bible school.  Our theme this year was Harvesting God’s Word.  We had lots of good lessons, fun crafts and games, and of course good food.   We averaged around 17 kids each night.   I wanted to get some pictures of the kids, but Hubby put it all on video and I don’t know how to load that on the blog.  Our pastor was there every night.  He has such a heart for kids.  I think he had as much fun as they did.

Progress is slow but moving on the new room.  A minor setback occurred when we decided to put the door in a different place.  This required undoing almost all we had done.  Hubby had to remove the floor and do all the plumbing drains different.  This will be much better though than the original plan. 

The girls and I have been busy today putting up gooseberries in the freezer.  We had 6 bags.  This is the first time I have froze gooseberries.  I hope they will be good.  I also gathered some squash and zucchini to put in the freezer.   We will  be enjoying the first of our broccoli this evening with supper.  I think home grown broccoli is so much better than store bought but then I think everything is better home grown.   If I finish these other veggies in time, I think I will put up some rhubarb.  I have gotten a little behind with my harvesting due to bible school and the new room.  Oh well, all in God’s time.   It has been a very pleasant morning for me.   I so much enjoy putting up our own veggies that we raise in our garden.  It always gives me a feeling of peace and contentment. 

We are planning to go to the fireworks this evening in town.  We had hoped the Horn’s would get to meet us there but Quentin had to work.  Jess and Dave are going to enjoy fireworks down at their town.  They will be coming up next weekend.  Sam’s first trip to the mountains.  I can hardly wait to see them all.  I guess I better get busy if I expect to get anything done.   Happy 4th of July.  Take care and God bless.

Grundy

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Here are a few pictures Grace took on our Grundy trip.  This picture was taken from Granny’s yard looking down on the road.

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Looking down the “holler” from the yard.

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Granny’s azalea bush in full bloom.

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Snowball bush.  We had a great visit.  It is a very different type of terrain there than it is here.  Lots of mountains and lots of trees.  Almost everything is built on a hill.  I enjoy going back to visit but I prefer living here.  Take care and God bless.

daniel

I received this picture from Dave and could’nt wait to put it on my blog.  Ain’t he just the cutest thing?  Nothing says  boy more than a baseball cap and a truck.  Temperatures here have warmed up greatly.  Highs in the upper 40’s to low 50’s.  The girls have spent much time outside playing which of course Jasper (the pup) loves.  The forecast however is calling for freezing rain Thursday night and Friday morning.  Oh well, it is just the middle of January.  Grace did find a dandelion in bloom yesterday, just to remind us spring is coming.  Not much longer until we see some flowers in bloom.  We  normally have some early wildflowers that bloom here about the end of  March- blood root, colts foot, and periwinkle.   We get so excited when we see them.  Only about 6 more weeks to go.  In the mountains where I was raised, my Mom always planted lettuce, peas and onions on Valentines day.  Can’t do that here.  We have had frost as late as the end of May.  I guess I better quit dream about spring and garden food and get to work.  God Bless.