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Just Some Stuff

20 May

I don’t think I ever shared Sky all dressed up in his “happy faces” bandana.  He was funny, trying to turn and see it when I first put it on him, but then he didn’t care at all.  Good boy!

Sky in his Happy Faces bandana

Tansy has gotten pretty big.  I’m not too worried about her kidding as a true yearling.

Tansy is pretty much as big as her mom.

I just hope she has it on her own and doesn’t need my help because that would be hard.

Tansy

Onyx still worries me because she’s so fine.  Look at that cute little udder.  She’s getting close!

Onyx

For no reason at all, here’s one of the brown leghorn hens.  I am drowning in eggs.

We have cows across the road again.  They are back for the summer (these are not the ISU cows who stayed with us).

Cows across the road

Popcorn’s copper really helped.  He’s getting is color and spots back, and his fur is growing in nice and soft.

Popcorn

Cinnamon’s fur on her nose is coming back, too.  I wasn’t sure it was ever going to grow back in, but she is looking good.

Cinnamon

I dug a little itty-bitty baby plum tree.  So far it’s doing okay.

I’m thrilled because I do love my plums.  I’m hoping to get another one or two going in pots, and then I’ll try to plant them outside this fall and hope at least one makes it.

Spring Blooms

4 May

We have lots of things blooming right now!

I was a bit worried the crab apple and cherry blooms might have frozen with our last cold snap, but they look good; although our high winds have since destroyed them.

crabapple blossoms

cherry blossoms

It’s been really dry this past month, which kind of has me worried for what the summer/growing season is going to be like.

bluebells

Like I said, it’s been really windy, so it’s hard to photograph those delicate flowers.  I was pleasantly surprised to see one lone bleeding heart.  It was under the magnolia tree I lost in the derecho, and they prefer shade.  I don’t know what’s going to happen there. I guess we’ll see.

The lilacs are beautiful!  I love their scent.

I finally got around to clearing my asparagus patches off.

My plum tree is in really bad shape.  Once again I’m going to try to dig up and replant a couple of the new little ones coming up.

baby plum tree

Hopefully, they will survive if I do it while they are really small.

I also forgot to share that my dad finally came and took my lawn ornament.

Dad getting his mower

You might remember that the mower he loaned me lost its steering.  After sitting in my yard all winter, my dad brought out his brand new tractor.

Yep.  That’s how it went back into town.  LOL

Bless my dad, he’s been mowing my yards for me, but I need to figure something out.

Honey Cake with Plum Glaze

5 Sep

My plum tree is old and in pretty bad shape.  It looks like it’s been through a war.  Really, it has.  The war of “I want to live” vs. “The goats want to eat.”  The extremes we’ve had in our weather the last few years doesn’t help either.

I decided I need to start a new one or two or three trees and plant them up north.  I gathered a bowl full of plums to get seeds.

Then I decided I needed to do something with the plums because they are the best plums ever!

I made honey cake with plum glaze. It might be my new favorite cake.

Start by making the plum glaze (you need some of this for the cake too).  Honestly, I made the glaze the day before, and it worked well.  That way it was completely cool by the time I wanted to make the cake. I measured out 1 cup of plum sauce and 1 cup of honey.  Put them in a medium sauce pan and simmer, stirring constantly.  Add 1/8 tsp. ground ginger.  Let it come to a boil until it is thick and bubbly.  Put it in the refrigerator to cool.

For the cake batter, in a bowl combine:

  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups honey

Mix thoroughly and add:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt

Add:

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

Mix it all together and set aside while you prepare the filling.

For the filling, in a medium mixing bowl combine:

  • 1 cup chevre (or cream cheese)
  • 1/2 cup of your plum glaze
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. flour

Put about 1/3 of your batter in the bottom of a greased and floured bundt pan.  Then spread the filling over this.  It is fairly thin, so it might spread out and just be a layer more than a filling.  Then finish pouring the rest of the cake batter over the top.  Bake at a 350°F oven for about an hour.  Once it has completely cooled, you can remove it from the pan.

Then you might want to heat the plum gaze up enough that you can evenly drizzle it over the cake.  You just don’t want it so thin it will all run off.

There’s plenty of glaze to drizzle on your individual pieces if you want.

There you go!