I love Dianthus in the flower beds.  I found a different color the other day and bought two and planted by the garage where I have purple/yellow violas and my peach Drift Rose.  Also bought some fuschia and white/pink ones.





Feed Them Cake!

I don’t bake a lot, not that I can’t – I just don’t want to!  We go dancing with 4 other couples and one of the ladies celebrated a birthday earlier in the week so I decided to make her a cake and bring to the dance we went to last night for her birthday.  She bakes these delicious Italian Cream cakes for birthdays and I wanted to do something for her.  I found this Sour Cream Chocolate Bundt cake recipe on the internet.  I did my own twist on this recipe by adding some brewed coffee to the batter.  My mom used to do this and it adds to the flavor, although I think I should have used more.  Then I put the Texas Sheet Cake frosting, which I altered as I used 1/2 and 1/2 instead of milk and then topped with chopped pecans.  When I bake, I never put the amount of sugar called for, I will cut back by about 1/4 cup, I don’t like things that are too sweet.  O M G!  This cake is the best ever and the frosting is to die for.  I had a lot of compliments on the cake.  This recipe is a keeper!


That Blooming Rose Bush

Here it is, February 5 and our Apricot Drift Rose is STILL blooming.  I have other Drift Roses planted, but they aren’t blooming as well as this one.  I love these things, easy to take care of and gorgeous to look at.  We haven’t had much of a winter so far, temps have dipped to freezing a few times, but haven’t stayed there for a substantial amount of time so some things are still doing ok.  In the past, February and March have been known to be our coldest months so we could still get “winter”.  I have Spring by looking at this beauty!