Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Week 22 Tuesday (6/10/14)

Recipe Review       

Today’s Recipe and Location:           Lemon-Lime Pound Cake
         Found in: The Pioneer Woman blog

I figured out that there are 460 calories per serving, if 16 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

         If you want a showstopper dessert that is beautiful and moist and yummy, then this is the dessert for you. First of all, my friend and teammate Sara, was gracious enough to lend me a pan that is similar to Ree’s and it truly produced a gorgeous cake.
         This is the perfect cake for summer. There is nothing more refreshing than lemons and limes in a recipe. Ree has made a cake that is so moist, which is a first for a pound cake in my opinion. The glaze adds just the right amount of sweetness to bring this up to the best cake.  This is one you must try this summer and you will receive the raves that I did when I served it at school.

Craft Corner       

         Last week, I shared the baby mittens that I love to make as a quick craft. Today, I would like to share the hats that I make to accompany the mittens as a gift. This hat is another quick craft, but it does take a little longer than the little mitties. The pattern from these hats IS from Wool and Company. If you have never visited this wonderful store in downtown St, Charles – make a special trip.  It is worth your while!

This one is so soft to the touch!

I love this mint hat next to the softie!

These hats are extremely warm and great for an Illinois winter.

         I love giving these hats as a set, and sometimes I even give a sweater with them to round out the gift, but that is for another week.
Here are my adorable hats.  What do ya think??

My Gorgeous Girls       

She looks so sweet and innocent
       Sage is a very protective sheltie. Her yard is her domain and she protects it with her entire being. This is a problem because she bites the fence, barks her raspy bark, and frantically runs back and forth with her frenemies. Just a quick side-note: Sage was debarked prior to me purchasing her from my wonderful breeder. I personally do not believe in debarking a dog, but once I saw her, I was hooked and in love. Our yard borders six yards because I have a ranch and my yard is wide as opposed to being deep. It is the perfect size for my family. Unfortunately, four of the six homes have dogs, so Sage is on constant guard duty.

         Here are our neighbor frenemies:
         The first and tallest dog is Ella. I absolutely love this dog and she is quite a beauty. Unfortunately, Sage really dislikes her. Ella is a force to be reckoned with as she has a big deep bark that sounds ferocious.  Isn’t she a beauty?

         Our next contestant is Shadow. She is a sweet little dog but Sage has taught her to run the fence whenever she can lure her to the back edge of her property. A lot of the time, Shadow ignores Sage, which makes her the smarter dog of the twosome.

I didn't get a good close-up of her but you can she how cute she is in the picture

         Now comes a very powerful, beautiful Bernese Mountain dog named Roxie. She is breath-taking to look at and she, like Shadow, have learned to run the fence with Sage in a mock battle for control. She is young and energetic and a joy to watch.

         Lastly, is one of the sweetest dogs ever put on the Earth, and her name is Bandit. She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body and is loving and gentle. I spend the most time with Ella and Bandit because I visit their homes frequently. Nicole is Bandit’s owner. Nicole is a regular part of this blog – thanks friend.  Bandit has been in my home and backyard many times and Sage accepts her, as long as she is in the house or in the yard. Once she goes outside of either – she becomes a foe and is disliked again.

Sweet Bandit

         Sage is a joy, but a handful. Her aggressive tendencies wear me out and have me constantly apologizing to my fabulous neighbors. They have never appeared irritated, but deep down they must be as frustrated as I am. They are all wonderful, kind people and I am blessed to have them as neighbors.

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