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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A bit of southern history for Ruby Tuesday

A small town in Georgia called Monticello, south of Atlanta. There is a memorial to the confederate soldiers. Georgia is full of historical sites about the war between the states.  I really loved one of the saying on the side of the monument. There is a little red from the brick store in the square. Also there were rose bushes planted all along the outer portion of the monument. I will go back in the summer and get a picture of them in full bloom.

"Crowns of roses fade. Crowns of thorns endure. Calvaries and crucifixions take deepest hold of humanity. The triumphs of night are transient. They pass and are forgotten. The sufferings of right are graven deepest on the chronicle of nations."

To the confederate soldiers of Jasper County, the record of whose sublime self-sacrifice and undying devotion to duty, in the service of their county, is the proud heritage of a loyal posterity. "In legend and law, our heroes in gray shall forever live over again for us".

These monuments were always done in loving memory to those that served and lost their lives.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Love is in the air, literally.

The birds are swooping and frolicking all over the place. They are getting ready to start a new family.  Lovely weekend here in Georgia. 

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day to all my blog friends.

Snow comes and goes

The snow is almost gone. Just a bit here and there. Yesterday was warm and most of it melted. It just dripped off everything all day. Today the same. This was our 2nd snow of the season. It was really pretty coming down Friday afternoon. Just filled in everywhere. About 4 inches.  Georgia is a very odd place sometimes for weather. About now everybody wants spring. I like winter, so of course I want it to last a while longer. I noticed my neighbor next door has daffodils coming up.

Some more pictures today of almost melted away.

What are these? I think they are coyotte. These tracks go right up to a fence, looks like he was running and might have jumped the fence.   I have seen one in the back yard. 

Friday, February 12, 2010

Snow in Georgia

It snowed a beauty this afternoon. It was a pretty wet snow.  This evening I am hearing all sorts of moans and groans. It is probably the limbs of the trees creaking. The electrical lines are pretty heavy and swooping down a bit. Sure hope our power stays on.  Sharing some pics I took outside a bit ago.

Looking at the skies on Friday

Skywatch Fridays

Odd looking statue at the college. Nice blue sky.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Saturday morning at the wetlands.

Sludge looking water at the beginning of walk.

Canadian Geese

Swimming away.

Major honkers.

Racoon footprints.

Old farming tools found on property.

Interpretive area built by Eagle Scouts.

I love duckweed.

This past Saturday we went for a walk at the Newman Wetlands located in Hampton, GA.  This area was restored in 1995 by the county water authority to preserve wetlands and their habitat.  It is a very peaceful area, nice to just come (not too far from home) and relax. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Jorden and her Grammy bake a cake

Jorden had a project due for class on Monday and of course when it comes to cooking we usually do this together. She needed a recipe from Latin America. So we choose Tres Leches Cake. She wanted to make something sweet. This sounded pretty good and easy since we were baking one large sheet cake.

So here we go on Sunday afternoon. We have the recipe printed out and the ingredients.  We are doing pretty good. We have the cake made and baking in the oven. So we are at the computer finishing her project and looking for a map she could color in. She found some great maps. We printed the recipe, she wrote a small notation about the cake and found her map. My Mom was here as well enjoying Addisun the 2 and 1/2 yr old. She told me I better come check the cake, well of course it was burned. The time on the recipe was a little long. Well we had to make another one. Luckily it was just the cake part and by now we had it down pat. 

When we finished it looked pretty good.  She would need to keep it in the refrigerator and remember to take it to school the next day (she rides the bus). No problem.

Her teacher said it was very good and all the kids ate until it was all gone.  Some of the other students decided to bring food as well for their project.  No one had her 3 milk cake so it was a one of a kind, at least for us. 

I love my Jorden she is such a good sport.

Jorden said ours did not have that milk puddle.

Cuban Tres Leches Cake

This dessert is actually Nicaraguan, but has been widely (or should I say, wildly!) adopted by all Cubans with a sweet tooth! Three different kinds of milk (thus the Tres Leches name) are used in the preparation. Fresh, heavy cream and condensed. This version serves 8 to 10 portions.


1 cup sugar

5 large eggs, separated

1/3 cup milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

1-1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cream of tartar


1 cup sweetened condensed milk

1 cup heavy (or whipping) cream

1 tsp vanilla extract


1 cup sugar

1/2 tsp cream of tartar

3 egg whites

Preheat oven to 350oF. Generously butter a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.

CAKE: Beat 3/4 cup sugar and the egg yolks until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Fold in the milk, vanilla, flour and baking powder.

Beat the egg whites to soft peaks, adding the cream of tartar after 20 seconds. Gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and continue beating until the whites are glossy and firm, but not dry. Gently fold the whites into the yolk mixture. Pour this batter into the buttered baking dish.

Bake the cake until it feels firm and an inserted toothpick comes out clean, about 40 to 50 minutes (this is probably too long unless you bake in a smaller pan than we did). Pierce the cake all over with a fork, taking care to not tear it up.

MILK SYRUP: Combine the sweetened condensed milk, cream, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Whisk until well blended. Pour the syrup over the cake, spooning the overflow back on top, until it is all absorbed.

MERINGUE: Place 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of the sugar in a heavy saucepan with 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook over high heat for 2 minutes. Uncover pan and cook the sugar to the soft ball stage, 239oF on a candy thermometer, 6 to 8 minutes.

Meanwhile beat the egg whites to soft peaks with the cream of tartar. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of the sugar and continue beating to stiff peaks. Pour the boiling sugar syrup in a thin stream into the stiff egg whites and continue beating until the mixture is cool to the touch. The hot syrup "cooks" the egg whites.

Using a wet spatula, spread the top and sides of the cake with a thick layer of the meringue. Refrigerate the cake for at least 2 hours before serving.