Sunday, October 26, 2008
We went to the pumpkin patch today on Sauvie Island. The same place we rode our bikes a few weeks ago. It was like the Washington Town and Country Fair out there! There were cow tractor rides, corn mazes like none I've ever seen and the "Field of Screams" so cleverly named. We walked around the hundreds of acres for a couple of hours today and just dreamed about our own farm someday. Since we don't have cute kids to take pictures of with the pumpkins, you'll have to look at us acting like kids.
Oh yeah, we also rooted for Mizzou in spirit, as we did not get the game on any TV stations out here. But I heard it was a blowout. Mizzou-RAH!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Apple Cream Cake
1 box spiced cake mix
3 cups peeled, sliced apples (tart preferrably)
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup whipping cream
Prepare cake batter according to package directions. Pour into a 9X13 inch greased baking dish.
Combine apples, sugar, walnuts and cinnamon. Spoon over batter. Pour cream over top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
*Can serve with whipped cream or scoop of icecream
Amaretto Almond Cake
1.5 cups chopped almonds (preferrably toasted)
1 box yellow cake mix
1 box vanilla instant pudding mix
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
1/2 amaretto liqueur
1 tsp. almond extract (I used vanilla)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. almond extract (again, I used vanilla)
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 10" tube or bundt pan and sprinkle 1 cup of almonds inside. (I used 1 regular cake pan and saved all almonds for batter)
Combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, oil, water, amaretto and extract. Beat on low with electric mixer or stir by hand for a couple of minutes. Stir in the rest of the almonds. Pour batter into cake pan and bake for an hour. Cool for 10-15 minutes on a plate.
For glaze, in a small saucepan, combine sugar, water and butter and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and boil for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool for 15 minutes. Stir in amaretto and extract. Punch holes in cake with wooden pick or knife. Slowly spoon glaze over the cake until absorbed.
See...Adam likes cake.
By the way, we wandered south this past weekend and stayed with some dear friends at their amazing ranch on the Rogue River. The Doubletree Ranch is absolutely wonderful, and if anyone comes to visit Southern Oregon, they should stay here for a few days! Enjoy the cakes.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Here's a tally of the wildlife we saw on our trip: two different herds of elk, pronghorns, a coyote, grouse, quail, turkey and mule deer. We unfortunately did not get to see the wild mountain goats and big horn sheep that roam the area. We have yet to spot a black bear or cougar. One of these days though. In the end, we did not get to see the "buffalo roam", but we did watch the elk roam and the deer and the pronghorns play.
"Where seldom is heard, a discouraging word. And the skies are not cloudy all
Saturday, October 4, 2008
I have a week off of work, so Adam and I are going on a road trip. We will be renting an old fire ranger cabin in the Umatilla National Forest, which is also near the Blue Mountains. The location of this magical place is just about as far east as you can get, right on the border of Washington and Oregon (almost to Idaho).
Hence, there won't be any cool posts until we get back. But, rest assured that you will be blown away by the tales of our adventures.
M-I-Z...............Z-O-U!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gotta run and watch the Tigers :)