Monday, November 3, 2008

Samuel Clemens, confections, & a ride about...

Regarding my spelling....

I would like to share one of my

favorite quotes..."I feel bad for the man that can't spell

a word more than one way."

Mark Twain

Samuel Longhorne Clemens

(Nov. 30, 1835-April 21, 1910)

..."nuff" said..

Donna J.

Last week I tried a new recipe for Carrot Cake

I had found in a magazine...tried it out on

Michael and got this response

"Now, that's World Class"

So I thought I would share it with you today,

Carrot Cake

makes 1 (10 inch cake)


2 c all-purpose flour

1 3/4c sugar

2t baking powder

1t baking soda

1t ground cinnamon

1/2t salt

1/4t ground nutmeg*

1 1/4c veg. oil

(I used canola)

4 large eggs

2 tsp orange zest**

2c finely grated carrot

1 (8.5 oz.) can crushed pineapple,


1 cup chopped walnuts

3/4c raisin

Honey orange Frosting

Pre-heat oven to 350.

Spray 2 10" cake pans with nonstick baking spray

with flour.

In a large bowl combine first 7 ingredients.

Then add next 3 and beat at medium speed

with electric mixer until combined.

**I had no fresh oranges so omitted the zest..

Then beat in last 4 ingredients.

Pour batter into pans and bake for 25 - 27 minutes.

Or until a inserted toothpick*** comes out clean.

(***I know Emeril would have a massive M.I.!!)

Cool in pans 10 mins.

then on wire racks till completely cooled.

* a good time to get to use our beloved micro grater!

Honey Orange Frosting

1c butter, softened

3T honey

2T orange juice

1/4 cinnamon

6c confectioners sugar

In large bowl, beat first 5 ing till creamy.

Gradually add confectioners sugar..

beating until smooth.

frost cooled cake..

Refrigerate to store.

(Do not store near diabetic!!)


It is the season for squash...

Tea light candle holder...

Halloween in Rye...

So sayith ye old Rye publishment

was to be Thursday night

trick or treating

from 5pm till 7pm

We were ready for the masses..

How many children could this small village hold?

We must have had somewhere

between 7 to 10 lbs. of


We still have somewhere between

7 to 10 lbs. of


Since I saw no trick or treaters..

I will post a picture

taken of our littlest sweetheart

the day his costume was bought..

he had just slipped and bumped his noggin

and gone to "Papas" arms

for comfort!

This past week end..Michael spent time

around here getting this place ready for winter..

Drained the outside shower..

did something or other to the hot tub...

took out & stored the air conditioners..and

did some mowing..

One of my favorite places is in the sun room

here in the back of the house..I am

surrounded by color in the yard and woods..

you have seen these areas of the yard before..

but each day I find myself engrossed in the

bright yellows, oranges and deep reds..

I am almost afraid to look away..

fearful that the next time I glance up

all the leaves will have given up their autumn

homes to lay on the ground ready for their

winter blanket of snow...

Driving in Rye...

Many , many of the homes up here are literally

"connected" to the barns...

On the t.v. show "Little House on the Prairie"

(in my family a.k.a. "Little Wearies on the Prairie")

Pa had to tie a rope from the house to the barn, so during

a blizzard he could find his way there and back...

Up here they just build the barn on to the house..

I guess ..they get to wear their housecoat ...

(probably not a good idea to wear the house slippers)

to the barn anytime of year...

My girls would have "snuck" the animals in to their rooms!

Can you see the old buggy?

There are horse stables all over Rye..

and the surrounding area...

I have been told..

"Dancers Image" a Kentucky Derby winner

lives here.

the red building on the left is


Yes, the very one...

the shop with the Very pretty Blue Jar..

the $86 blue jar

(fear not it is still right at home in Christine's)

I met Christine on my first trip inside...

She said everyone asks about

the blue jar..

& can not understand

why no one has bought it...

Well, DUH?

The last few weeks

we seem to have tried

to start a

new tradition

(and I must confess ,

I am all about

keeping up a family tradition!)

Sunday mornings

we have been going out for


This past Sunday,

we thought about going other places,

but, found ourselves back at

the Widow Fletchers..

When the girls were little ,

and Friday evening would roll around..


We (Felice,Carrie and I )

would be ready

( me:bathed,poofed & painted

the girls: scrubbed,and dressed

in some of their best ,most times Carrie

with a little purse over her arm..

and we would have to check her eyes and cheeks to

make sure she had not painted her face her Momma! )

there we would be standing on the porch

when their Diddy drove up...

No kitchen light shining through the windows on Fridays!

It was eat out night!

On many of those nights we would drive

"Up & down the boulevard!"

till we made up our mind on which

eating establishment

got our families Friday night


So this past Sunday we drove

"Up & down Ocean Boulevard"

I got a few more pictures of

the nice houses along the way...

This is our road

it would have taken

us back ,in 1.3 miles, to Love Lane..

Rye Harbor

(Where is Waldo?)

As you continue on this road you will snake around

to an area were if you follow the trail

back behind the house and past the old green house

you supposedly will come to

the "oldest" cemetery here... inhabited by the remains of the first

settlers..back in the early 1600's..

When Felice and Michael came to visit ..

we drove out here thinking we would walk around ...

this is the house...

those are the woods..

you go through to find the cemetery...

We, not just us..

we would wait till the grown men were with us..

Headed toward Portsmouth

Michael really likes the croquet court

behind this house...

I tried to take a picture of the court..

sorry about the reflection of the sweater...

One of the "little" round abouts..

I love the different road signs I have been seeing...

starting in Savannah with the turtle...

up here the moose,

in Salem the ducks

and now..

Watch out for children on


Fish Markets abound!


(Sorry, we did not drive through the

area with all the real neat little houses!)

Michael has eaten in this "B-B-Q " restaurant

he says they even had sweet tea!

Since we got here..this store has been having

a "Humungous " we've got to sell it now!

bad luck sale after another..

I would be willing to bet..

next week

they will still be there having another

"BIG" sale!

On the way home we decided to stop at

"The Beach Plum"

for a treat!

You can buy soups (chowdahs) and sandwiches

(rolls & bombs).
They have around 43 different flavors of

Ice Cream!

They also have all varieties and variations of sweet confections !

I like the Lobster!

Michael making our order.

Oh, my goodness ...

and that is the small!!

I ate all I could..

(about 1/4)

I asked if anyone wanted to help me...

I did not have to ask twice!

She does like a "cream cone"!

***It seems there are wide spaces in between the pictures

I will try to fix this before I hit "publish".. but,

I am beginning to belive,

a mischievious spirit resides in this blog!***

1 comment:

Mary said...

Donna......I have known you all of your life and I know that your 2 girls are not the only ones that would have snuck an animal into their room. But then, they would not be considered animals, they would be so tame that they would be considered members of the household, no matter how large they were.

I love your blog!!!!

Love, Mary