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Berries and Cream & Berries and Cream

My Berries and Cream climbing rose has to be one of my all time favorite roses. Of all the rose bushes I have in my garden (and I have a lot) Berries and Cream puts on the most spectacular and prolific floral show.

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Berries and Cream pumps out non-stop blooms all season long, and what beautiful blooms these are. Shades of pink, pale yellow striped with white, this is one showstopper of a bloom. No sooner are one flush of blooms over there are already new buds on the bush ready to bloom. This goes on all season long all the way until fall. Winner of a bush she is!! I absolutely love my beautiful, fragrant, thornless, climbing rose Berries and Cream! Continue reading Berries and Cream & Berries and Cream

A Drive Through Blossom Trail in Fresno County, California

Blossom Trail is an area in Fresno County’s farm land where thousands and thousands of stone fruit trees such as peaches, nectarines, plums and apricots are grown in addition to almond and walnut trees. I’ve wanted to check out Blossom Trail for over two years now. I finally made it out there this past President’s day weekend with the family. What makes this day trip rather unusual is that it’s not made in the summer when the fruits are ripe for the picking but rather in early spring when the fruit trees burst into spectacular blooms. These fruit and nut trees number in the thousands and are all covered in white, mauve, light pink and dark pink blossoms, rivaling any Japanese garden or Washington D.C.’s cherry blossom show. Here is a look at our day trip to Blossom Trail in Fresno County, California. Continue reading A Drive Through Blossom Trail in Fresno County, California

It’s Pouring Lemons

It’s citrus season here. What that means is hundreds and hundreds of lemons for the picking. At this time last year my friend Elaine gave me over 200 lemons and I made bottles and bottles of lemonade syrup that lasted for month and months. The kids and I had delicious lemonade whenever we wanted without any squeezing and stirring sugar and lemon juice. All we did was pour our lemonade syrup in a glass then add water or sparkling mineral water and voila! We had sweet lemonade in an instant. Continue reading It’s Pouring Lemons

Butternut Squash, Apple & Leek Soup

Our friend Oliver’s butternut squash Vichyssoise style soup with apples and leeks was the inspiration for my variation of this butternut squash soup.  Oliver gave me the three main ingredients that made his soup taste so good – butternut squash, apples and leeks –  I improvised with the rest. Here is a recipe for a delicious creamy butternut squash soup with the tart sweetness of apples and the delicate oniony flavor of leeks. Continue reading Butternut Squash, Apple & Leek Soup

Carrot Cake Wreath

I’ve wanted to make this carrot cake ever since I saw the recipe on a blog I follow called the dutch baker thedutchbaker.  She raved about her carrot cupcake recipe describing it as “Super moist without being overly soggy or mushy with a nice fluffy texture to the cake.” Since I was making this carrot cake for a Christmas dinner gathering with my cousins I decided to make the cake in the shape of a wreath so I could have some fun decorating it.  Continue reading Carrot Cake Wreath

Pomegranate, Orange and Arugula Salad with Bleu Cheese & White Balsamic Dressing

I make lots of salads but I would never think to combine a citrus flavor such as orange with blue cheese – it wouldn’t be a combination that would occur to me. When I think of bleu cheese I tend to use the likes of apples and pears. Surprisingly though the combination of orange and bleu cheese along with pomegranate seeds and the peppery bite of arugula tastes really good together in a salad. Continue reading Pomegranate, Orange and Arugula Salad with Bleu Cheese & White Balsamic Dressing

Apple Walnut Spice Cake

This apple spice cake from all recipes.com has to be the moistest cake I have ever made.  I shouldn’t be surprised given that the recipe requires 4 cups of chopped apples which makes a large apple spice cake, perfect to take to a party or for a large gathering at home. Give this recipe a try if you are craving a super moist cake chock full of walnuts and fresh apples. Apple Walnut Spice Cake Continue reading Apple Walnut Spice Cake

Sweet Wine & Dried Fruit Poundcake

Sweet Wine & Dried Fruit Poundcake
makes 2 
poundcakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter (1 stick), plus about 1 tsp softened butter for pan
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup fresh grated apple
  • 2 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/4 cup sweet dessert wine
  • 1/2 cup dried fruits such as raisins, dried cherries, dried cranberries, dried figs, and dried apricots. Soak overnight in 1/4 cup sweet wine.

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