Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Celebrate Good Times

Today we celebrated. Sort of. We ate off dishes that were breakable and we lit a candle for the table.
Devin was home all day with NO WORK RELATED matters to interrupt the day. This is a rare treat here lately, SO I celebrated.

I cooked a huge dinner and now we are all stuffed, as in after Thanksgiving stuffed. It was a good day.

 A celebration dinner is not complete either without dessert.
 I do enjoy baking from scratch but I had so many items on my "to do" list that I decided to go with a family favorite.
 It starts with a cake mix. In fact, it's a doctored up cake mix.
 But it is so delicious and easy and fancy...all at the same time.
Here you go, because I know you want to whip one up tomorrow.

Breakfast Bundt Cake

1/2 C chopped pecans, divided
1 yellow cake mix
1 small box instant vanilla pudding
3/4 C oil
3/4 C water
4 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 C sugar mixed with 2 tsp cinnamon
1 C powder sugar
1 Tb milk

Grease a bundt pan and sprinkle some nuts on bottom. Mix next 6 ingredients together in large bowl until smooth. Spread half of this batter into bundt pan. Sprinkle some nuts and sugar/cinnamon mixture on top. Pour rest of batter in bundt pan and top with more nuts and sugar/cinnamon mixture. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes, or until done. Let cool 10 minutes and turn from pan. Mix up a glaze with powder sugar and milk. Drizzle glaze over cake and allow to cool.


We are trying to finish our basement up for more family living area, but we have an issue with tools and bee equipment. The issue is that we have a ton of both, so we decided we would need an outdoor building for storage.
We've been looking around at several options, but you know my man likes to save a buck and build himself so...
 He spent the day building the floor for the outdoor storage building. Love, love, LOVE a man with tools who can build things:-)
I am glad that it will hide those chicken pens once it is finished. Those cages look a wee bit tacky, but they are useful to lock up hens when it is needed.

Fall is here and so that means it is time to check on bees again and see if they are all ready for winter.
 The Goldenrod is blooming everywhere and it is the last bloom of food before winter.
 The Goldenrod is covered with my bees, and that is a very good thing. It is so abundant this year, it looks like a sea of yellow.

Today I treated a few more hives for mites. I also checked brood patterns to make sure the queens were all laying well and then I put little metal entrance reducers on the fronts. Bee keeping season is slowing down.

 Loo at the very full pollen baskets on this worker bee! She is loaded with pollen and about to enter the hive and deposit the load.
You can see here how many bees are loaded with pollen. They are hard workers, for sure.
 We adopted a mother hen and her babies from a good friend. I am happy to say that they were out and about loving the weather this afternoon. They are the sweetest little things to watch with their mamma.

Thank you to everyone who voted for me on Circle of Moms. I am happy to say that I landed in the Top 25 with some remarkable women and families. It is a true honor.

Now what is in store for tomorrow? I am not sure. Devin will be back at work so we will see. Let me know how much you love the Breakfast Bundt Cake. Yes, I do think the name of it implies that you may eat it for breakfast!

Celebrate something too this week!

1 comment:

  1. Yum. Think I will make that this w/e. I made your peach pund cake last w/e and it was a big hit!


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