Fall view

Fall view
A View From Our Deck

Thursday, March 21, 2013

An Ordinary Day

I really don't have much to report today.  The calendar says it is Spring, but the winter that never ends continues.  However, the temperature is rising slightly each day.  The snow is slowly melting and icicles are forming.  The sun is higher in the sky and you can feel that it has more heat.  It's probably good the snow is melting slowly because some extreme flooding could happen if it melts too fast.


Yesterday I saw this lonely Sandhill Crane just standing in the snow.  It stood just below our deck and I could see it easily from the patio door.  He would stand on one leg for a while and then switch.  He stayed for hours.  Then this morning I saw at least fifty sandhill cranes congregating near the river. I wonder what they eat when everything is frozen solid.  We also had at least a hundred geese stop over in the open water near our house.  I assume this means Spring is close at hand.


I also spent today babysitting with my youngest grandchild.  He had a cough and cold and couldn't go to daycare.  He was so good.  We just sat and watched Curious George cartoons or as he calls it Monkey George.  We ate imaginary food and read books.  It was actually a good break from my usual day.  We even made a gluten free cake for his mommy.  You can see he doesn't feel so good, but he wanted to help.



Triple Chocolate Cake

Wheat free!

Ingredients

    • 1 chocolate cake mix, dry mix not made up ( King Arthur Flour Cake Mix Gluten Free Chocolate works great)
    • 3.9 ounce package instant chocolate pudding mix
    • 8 ounces sour cream
    • 4 eggs
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1/2 cup oil
    • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

    1. Grease a bundt pan and set aside.
    2. In a bowl combine cake mix, eggs, dry pudding mix, sour cream, water, and oil.
    3. Beat on low for 1 minute or until well blended.
    4. Stir in chocolate chips.
    5. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until cake tests done when a toothpick is inserted.
    6. Let cool and enjoy