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May 2015 Be All You Dream It Can Be

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Birthday Candles Optional

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Pineapple has never been one of my favorite fruits. I had David pick out “Chicago’s” birthday cake recipe, since he said he liked pineapple cake. It turned out pretty good. Here’s how I made it:

Pineapple Bundt Cake

Ingredients:

1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained, divided
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup butter or margarine (2 sticks)
2 cups granulated sugar
6 large eggs
3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

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Directions:

Cake: Put 3/4 cup of undrained pineapple with its juice in a small bowl; set aside. Drain remaining pineapple and measure 1 cup of drained crushed pineapple; set aside.
Cream shortening, butter, and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition. Sift flour and baking powder together; add to creamed mixture, 1 large spoonful at a time, alternately with milk. Add vanilla; stir in 3/4 cup undrained pineapple with juice and blend well. Pour batter into a well greased and floured 10-inch tube pan. Place in cold oven. Turn oven to 325° and bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Let pineapple pound cake stand for few minutes in pan. Run knife around edges to loosen and remove pineapple cake carefully to a rack.

Glaze: Combine butter, confectioners’ sugar, and about 1 cup drained pineapple. Pour pineapple sauce over cake while still hot. (My sauce wasn’t all that saucy, so I added a little pineapple juice back to the mixture)

I think this cake recipe would be good even without the pineapple…

DMS
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A Subconscious Celebration

52117_10201803206941712_616264920_oDo you think that your subconscious knows when you should be celebrating? After this weekend I think ours just might…

IMG_20130830_180017_395We started our three day holiday weekend, by going out to eat sushi at a local place in town we discovered. David used to call sushi “BAIT” and now he has me eating it too…

1266255_10201795043097621_900329616_o After sushi, we did a little shopping and then we stopped on our way home for some ice cream.

1275142_10201800944285147_110391621_oSaturday, we got up and gathered up our river gear and headed for a day out on the river canoeing. The weather was gorgeous for a day outside on the river.

1264151_10201800945045166_53558712_oThe water was clearer than it had been on any of our trips this year. We’ve had a lot of rain and the times we had gone before were not long after it had rained. Saturday was one of those days that I wish there was such a thing as a glass bottom canoe.

1237421_10201800944805160_519036262_o   Between the gurgling rushing water over the rapids, and all the scenery I became so relaxed at one point I actually fell asleep on the canoe!1150545_10201800943125118_1199161256_oWe stopped for a lunch picnic and I found a log to relax on while David continued to fish. As I sat there on that log and gazed at how Skyline Drive carved out the top portion of the mountain in the distance. I thought about how David and I needed to take another drive up there…

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1175489_10201800869883287_1285821599_nAs always, the fishing was great and David caught a lot of fish. Maybe it’s the sheik look he has with that bandana? I don’t know, but he catches a lot of fish almost every time we go fishing.

736070_559421084105811_439617725_oI joked with David about getting up at the “butt-crack of dawn” to go up to Skyline Drive to watch the sun come up. I had threatened this before, but slept through dawn as I always do, because I am really not a morning person. For some reason, I magically woke up about 5 a.m. I decided to make true with my words. I hopped in the shower and the first thing that came to my mind was: I hope it isn’t supposed to be cloudy today and I am not standing in the shower this early in the morning for nothing. I proceeded to get ready and then put my robe on to go outside and look at the sky from our deck to see if it was clear. I was so glad I could still see stars shining in the dark early morning sky.

IMG_20130901_065509_855For some reason David and I switched rolls that morning. Mr. Morning Person was hard to get up and get moving, but he finally managed to get in the car. Unfortunately, I did not feel comfortable with the amount of gas that was in the car. We stopped for gas, and I believe that is what made us miss the very moment the sun popped up from the edge of the earth. It really didn’t matter that we missed that moment. It was still beautiful. I believe we may have to make a habit of this early morning outing…

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Perhaps not making the sunrise allowed us to experience a real treat within the national forest.

1233415_10201806052732855_572975827_nWe saw 7 bear on this trip! There were a couple like this little fella just minding their own business crossing the road as we drove along.

1269316_10201806045852683_1567963131_oThen we came across a car pulled over on the side of the road. A father and two sons standing on the side of the road staring up into a very tall hickory tree. We asked what they were looking at. It turns out there was a mama bear and three cubs eating hickory nuts in a tree. The bears looked like monkeys climbing around from tree limb to tree limb.

736047_10201806044692654_2001611902_oAmazing the tree branches could withstand mama bear’s weight. Even more amazing was the crunching sound she made when biting down on the hard hickory nuts.

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1148862_10201806025932185_1196415926_nA couple of the cubs came down from the tree. We decided to let them enjoy their hickory nuts in peace. (Note To Self: That’s the last time I leave my camera with a zoom at home)

1277983_10201806067813232_245210163_oWe pressed onward south bound on Skyline Drive.

1271628_10201806067173216_1983131586_oNot as slow as this little guy, but we kept our eyes peeled for more bears and made sure to obey to posted speed limits.

704141_10201806065733180_317825479_oThe wild flowers have been amazing this year, due to all the wonderful rainfall we have been getting.

1269541_10201806054572901_1081050975_oFortunately there was no ice to watch out for.

1053528_10201806068253243_1734003726_oOne of my favorite spots is the tunnel at Mary’s Rock.

1271651_10201806068613252_702709669_oIf only those walls could talk…

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IMG_20130901_094708_358About 3/4’s of the way down, we were extremely hungry and decided to go to one our favorite places for brunch. We then headed home and took a long afternoon nap.

IMG_20130901_190346_914We were so worthless that we didn’t even cook the cheeseburgers we talked about making for supper. Instead, we didn’t go to the store at all. I defrosted some BBQ we had in the freezer from our favorite North Carolina BBQ Restaurants, “Ralphs” and we had some corn in the fridge from the week before (Yes it is was still good).IMG_20130901_100221_399We didn’t do any grilling or much cooking in the kitchen this weekend. We did something else without even realizing it. You see, it was five years ago Labor Day weekend that our journey to live in the mountains began (I promise to get us out of that tree soon). Without either of us even planning it, we celebrated the mountains we love so much, by doing some of the things we love about them.

This leads me back to the question I asked before sharing our weekend adventures. Do you think that your subconscious knows when you should be celebrating? I think so. Do you?

DMS

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