Thursday, June 19, 2008

Fig Cake

My parents have a huge fig tree in the back yard and this time it's loaded with gigantic figs. As a kid, I loved eating them raw, fresh off the tree. Now, not so much. So I have been trying to find recipes for them. Here's one that I modified and made my own. Tomorrow I'm buying jars so I can make preserves. Oh, by the way, my husband won't eat figs so I didn't tell him they were in the cake. He LOVED it. ;-)

Fig Cake

This is sort of like a coffee cake or quick bread.
You'll need the following ingredients:

2 cups self-rising flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg (too much nutmeg for me. Next time, 1/2 teaspoon)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup butter flavored crisco, melted
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped figs
1 cup toasted chopped pecans (optional)

Stir together the dry ingredients; stir in egg, oils, and buttermilk. Stir in vanilla. Fold in figs and pecans. Pour into a greased and floured 13- x 9-inch pan.

Bake at 325° for 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. I sifted a little bit of confectioners sugar over the top of it.

WOW, my schedule has gotten so off track, having Stephen home during the day. I'm nocturnal by nature and apparently, so is he. Here it is, after 2 am! He's finally sleeping as of midnight and I've spent the last 2 hours playing on the computer. ::yawn::

night, y'all!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

We Have A Dilemma

Hello Everyone!
I don't want to jinx things so I won't go into detail. I just want to let you all know that we could use some prayers and positive vibes right now ...
I'll let you in on this if/when it happens. 
Hate to leave ya hanging, but ... If you only understood my history with speaking too soon and jinxing things, you'd understand.
edit: The reason I call it a 'dilemma' is because the result of our decision could be both good and bad, all at he same time - depending on how you look at it. :- /

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

As I promised ...

Did you notice that my mood is "sore"? My arthritis or whatever it is started hurting Saturday morning (why does it always act up on weekends?) And I thought I'd tough it out this time. Last time it was this bad, I had to go and get a couple of shots and a pack of steroid-type medicine. I wasn't crazy about the side effects so I'm trying to wait it out but I don't know how much longer I can take it. It's like I have a toothache in my  left hip bone all the way down to the bottom of  my left foot. Uggh ... enough talking about that.

On the bright side ... And, yes, there is always a bright side, right? I've been helping daddy with his veggie garden and I'm learning quite a bit. Like, I've learned the difference between a weed and a small sprig of lettuce. I suppose I should be honest and tell you that I learned that one the hard way when I was helping dad weed the garden.

I got a picture of what we are pretty sure is the Mulberry tree that is at the edge of the garden. Glenda and Lori both say they believe it's a Mulberry and I trust their opinions. Now I need to pick some of them and make some jam. You can eat them, can't you? Our figs are still green. They've been green for a whole month now and a whole new crop is already coming in behind this one. Daddy says we might have 3 crops this summer. I found a recipe for fig cake that I've been wanting to try out. I found out that figs have a lot of potassium and that's something I stay low on. I didn't get any pics of the figs this time but will do so next week. Hope y'all enjoy the photos. OH - I took a picture of a flowering bush in my mama's yard; it blooms with the prettiest red flowers later on in the summer.  Help me out with this ... We don't know the name of it. Most of y'all are flower garden people, help me out here. I'll post it first.

Any ideas? I'll get a pic of the blooms in a few weeks.

Daddy. Paul. Stephen.

Radishes. My husband's favorite.

Daddy, picking green onions.

Grape Tomatoes!

Daddy. Stephen. Me.

Daddy and Paul.