Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
I feel spiritually compelled to be grateful for much this year -
1 Thessalonians 5: 12Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.
16Be joyful always; 17pray continually; 18give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
19Do not put out the Spirit's fire; 20do not treat prophecies with contempt. 21Test everything. Hold on to the good. 22Avoid every kind of evil.
23May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.
We've had a challenging year - our country is having a challenging year. My health hasn't been the best but it isn't a serious situation so we are grateful. Losing DH's mom was no doubt the low point of our year. Lots of losses this year, both through death and divorces - most people who died were known to be believers so we'll see them again, but miss them now anyway. We have enough - yesterday in church the pastor wanted us to write down three of our blessings - my very first one was Enough - not too much, not as much as we ask for - but enough to keep us working at being good stewards.
Bless all of you readers - this is one of the best holidays of the year - all about time together, food and family and friends. We are blessed this year to have friends who include us as family. Buhlaland is a good place to look back and even better place to enjoy the right now - with the promise of eternity for our tomorrows. Y'all be kind to yourself and one another. If I get in the cooking mode I'll be back with pictures and descriptions.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
OK here goes - I'll put the recipes in BOLD so you don't have to read my foolishness just to make a yummy cake. Update - I've heard from several people "I hate bananas" - well everyone is entitled to cake - so just use a good moist yellow cake recipe and add that yummy nut filling - I thought of doing yellow cake with raisins and nuts (a modified Lady Baltimore cake) so don't limit your indulgence horizons - go for it! It IS still a free country so you do NOT have to eat bananas unless you like bananas! Thank you and now we return to my previously posted razzamatazz.
Banana One Egg Cake
2 cups cake flour (I used softasilk)
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/3 cup Crisco
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup mashed bananas
1 tablespoon banana liqueur
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease/flour two 8 inch cake pans. Blend flour, sugar, baking powder, soda , nutmeg and salt. Add buttermilk, shortening, egg, liqueur all at once and beat at medium speed on power mixer for about 2 minutes. Scrape the bowl to make sure everything is blended in. When blended - pour evenly into prepared cake pans. Bake about 25 minutes or until layers test done when you insert a toothpick in the cake. Remove from oven and turn out onto a rack to cool.
Toasted Walnut Filling
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon water
1 egg yolk slightly beaten
3/4 cup chopped and toasted walnuts
Mix brown sugar, butter and water in saucepan. Heat until sugar is dissolved. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Pour at least half of the hot mixture into egg yolk. Blend into remaining hot mixture. Boil 1 minute more, stirring constantly. Cool slightly and stir in walnuts.
Light Cream Cheese Frosting
1 (8 ounce package) Neufchatel cheese
1 tablespoon butter
5 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Beat cream cheese and butter at high speed with an electric mixer until soft and creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed just until mixture is light and smooth. Gently stir in vanilla.
To assemble cake - place one cooled layer on cake stand and spread all the walnut fillling evenly over that layer. Place second layer on top and press down slightly so the top layer is connected with the filling. Frost cake with cream cheese frosting and store covered cake in refrigerator.
Delicious - light banana flavor enhanced by the liqueur - if you don't like to use alcohol in your cooking just go with vanilla.
I promised and truly delivered. Cake is tasty, rich and worth the effort for special occasion. It is overly sugared today on Buhlaland - but good - very good!
As my friend Pam would say - 'tis so sweet!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Isaiah 11:6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.
We don't have any leopards here on Buhlaland but we surely have goats who lie down in peace. The verse from Isaiah is referred to as the "Peaceable Kingdom" - indeed it will be a wonderful day when we are all living in peace with one another and even predators and prey will have nothing to fear. Bless y'all and thank you again Lanny and Kathleen!!
Friday, November 14, 2008
The up close and personal of a rose leaf is because I'm still loving the macro - takes a lot of motivation for me to practice something and the macro - it is doing it for me. Look at those dewdrops - so perfect and crystalline.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Photo by Michael Maggs, Wikimedia Commons
In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae, May 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep,though poppies grow In Flanders fields.
I live with a Vietnam Vet and my father was in the military during WWII and the Korean Conflict. My cousin is a military chaplain who has done a couple of tours in the Middle East and several other cousins are veterans. Veterans - the people heroic enough to throw up with fear but still do their job to defend freedom. Men and women have certainly served honorably, people who leave their homes and family to do something unimaginable - be called to possibly sacrifice your life for the good of others. The poem about Flanders Field should admonish the leaders of our country and all others.
Thank you to veterans around the world and their families.
This video is God Bless America - but we know brave people all over the world sacrifice for freedom.
Enough from me -
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
I am philosophical about the election results (comes with age - I've seen ten presidents come and go) however I admire passion in a situation where I'm already getting the impulse to do a "whatever" . The issue of standing firmly for right is important. Abraham Lincoln said “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”
My posting isn't meant to stir up antipathy toward Mr. Obama. He is about to enter the most difficult elected position in the world. I do not believe he is a secret Muslim or most of the strange rumors running through the internet. I do know he promised many things to many people. If he were to keep even a fraction of his campaign promises it will be quite a ride for our country. As a citizen in a civilized society I respect the office and Mr. Obama as a human. 53% of this country's voters chose Mr. Obama - not a landslide but a clear victory. Old saying "be careful what you ask for, you just might get it" means to me now people can watch the results of a one party executive and legislative federal government.
The Bible says 365 times "fear not". I'm not afraid, not as angry as some and not so pious as others. As I said the day after the election, the sky is blue and I have coffee in my cup - I also want to say I'm praying for America,for peace in Jerusalem and leaders in this world to be moved by the Leader of the eternal world.
WHEW - I got far above my paygrade (sorry that was a petty shot but I'm keeping it in) in this tirade. I'll quit vowing to myself not to talk about politics because apparently we are all not finished with our discussion in the blogosphere.
It is good here on Buhlaland- sunshine, goats well fed, DH and I both healthier. I pray it is the same for you. (maybe not the goat thing - I realize that's a tad too specific!)
Thursday, November 6, 2008
If you prefer - use some other kind of nuts or ignore the whole variation and put a half of a candied cherry on top of the cookie before baking it.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I'm going to bake something wonderful and do a few more loads of laundry - life goes on and we continue our need to pray, seek God's will and rejoice DH's eye injury wasn't serious (piece of sawdust scratched his eye - relief that it wasn't a big problem - thank you God). If the baking goes well - I'll share recipe and picture of results. Obviously - my life on Buhlaland is based on faith, work and liberal amounts of butter!
UPDATE Sorry friends you have no idea how much I thought about posting an update saying I was wrong - the world was crashing to a heap of rubble but you should know by now - I don't get all that worked up. Real reason for update is : no baking today - long appointment with potential clients and overwhelmed with sneezing (dratted ragweed). Something soon though - I promise!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Life can be like that - you see someone else's life and it looks so good or not good from a distance. Get up close and you'll see the veins and shapes and colors. Sometimes it will be a good thing - you'll get to know someone and form a connection. Others will be a disappointment, something looking so good from afar looks quite unreliable or phony up close.