Last night we had a delicious dinner at our new in-laws with only part of our families. Sniffle sniffle.
We had bbq'd salmon, a yummy green salad with little bits of fresh mint and basil mixed amongst the greens, duck fat roasted baby potatoes, homemade focaccia with herbs and tomatoes.
To finish off our amazing meal, Kirsten made this cake which I really, really wanted to drag my fingers through and and scoop up all the fudgy frosting that was pooling at the bottom of the cake but had to resist the temptation of doing it for fear of never getting invited back to their home...
Because of this cake, today my hair is now this color. Well almost. It is pretty dark and I rather like the change! The hair appointment was already on the books for today. The new color choice was as of last night because of this cake.
Thank you Kirsten for making this amazing cake and also inspiring me to change my hair color to a warm summer chocolate.
Another Marshman (Demetre)has graduated from AHS! Five down 1 to go. So grateful for God's protection, grace and mercy on our family of six sons.
So proud, grateful, thankful, hopeful, humbled, proud, honored to be the mom of six sons, five of which that we have cried for, prayed for, yelled at, shoved out the door, made lunched for, cleaned laundry for, have graduated from AHS! One more to go.
Grandparents from Olympia came up and spent the day with us- sitting under the umbrella to keep cool.
My dearest mum was busy in the kitchen making desserts for us to enjoy yesterday- Buttermilk Pie and Pavlova with Sweet Cream , Fresh Blueberries & Wild Blueberry Elki Preserves drizzled on top. UH-MAZING.
Not a dessert crumb was left for breakfast the next morning, boohoo.
Congratulations to all the 2015 graduates!
I started out the day thinking I was going to use up an abundance of fresh cilantro growing in our garden in a mexi meal for dinner.
Plans quickly changed when My mom said she was inspired to cook pasta and a sponge cake. I love pasta....and cake! I cannot turn a meal down that is cooked by my mom that includes pasta and cake.
Here is a quote from my moms FB today-
"Sadly, yesterday my food intake consisted of 2 toasted marshmallows, 2 of Kary's yummy meat/cabbage pies (small) + several 'high chews'...today I got inspired to cook....Ina's Bolognese, with orecchiette pasta, garlic/cheesy bread & 4 layer homemade sponge filled with raspberries & whipped cream. I will have the Flour Pot proprietor post a picture later..."
Jim Fobel's cake is moist, light, airy, tender crumbed, lightly sweetened, with fresh raspberries. It almost reminded me of one of my favorite white cakes, Tres leche which my mom also makes a few times a year.
You can make it with any fresh berries you have on hand. Even nice preserves swirled through the cream would be amazing.
The recipe comes from this classic cookbook from Jim Fobel. My mom and I both own copies of his book. Everything in it is delicious. It's an oldie but worth adding to your cookery collection.
You can buy a copy at this link for a few bucks, the price of two lattes.
Jim Fobel's Old-Fashioned Baking Book
Inspired by the loves of my life. the hunger in my stomach and my SPONTANEOUS nature.