Flat Stanley

Flat Stanley is…

A children’s book about a boy flattened by a bulletin board who travels around the world….

A small town celebrity….

The best boyfriend I’ve ever had? Sadly, that’s not far from the truth. Stanley likes doing all the things I like to do. He’s adventurous and easy to please. My only complaint it that we only spend time together when another 2nd grader mails him to me for a class project.

This year was Chef Lily’s turn to send Stanley to me. She sent a prequel letter with a list of required items Stanley should pack for his trip to Portland. The list included “an apron because he will be forced to cook, a soccer ball so we can play, and a stool so he can get up on the bed”. Honestly, even I felt that was going to far, so Stanley “slept” in the envelope he arrived in.

The actual letter that came with Stanley included more detail of his humble beginnings and an additional list of instructions. The final sentences sums it up, “please take lots of photos because my class and me want to see what Oregon looks like. Thank you for doing what I said. Love, Lily”. Well, that’s some presumption, she just assumes I will follow her commands!?! A little cheeky if you ask me…but honest and correct. Here are some of the fun things we did together.

Work
Stanley participated in a video conference call in our Rose City Room. Being in Portland, we couldn’t just name it Conference room A or something else equally boring. The larger training room is called Stump Town Annex after another one of Portland’s nicknames. He also looked longingly out the window at the rainy spring weather when I worked from home on a Friday. He lunched at a local restaurant with a cool mural for my former co-worker Hilary’s goodbye lunch.

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Cooking

Like Lily, Stanley is a great “cook-ah”. He gobbled raw cookie dough while making oatmeal butterscotch cookies. Stanley sang the old SNL Dana Carvey song while he chopped bro-cc-oli. He grilled the first burgers of the year made with grass fed beef from a local farm mixed with Big Tony Brown’s seasoning Dust.

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Hair and Eye
His vision was tested at the eye doctor too: perfect 20/20! The cheesiest photo is me holding Stanley after a much needed haircut and color.

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Garden
Stanley tiptoes through the tulips and met William and Judy, the hosts of Portland’s Garden Time TV at Gardenpalooza.

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Party
Stanley likes to party too. He modeled small bag at the 31 party I hosted with my friend Cindy. And he met the lovely Evie and Ava, two girls who are just a few years away from sending their own Flat Stanley.

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On my way to hand-deliver Stanley, we perused through the Powell’s bookstore at the Portland airport. Stanley insisted I purchase the stuffed animal beagle, horse and wiener dog for my niece. All I could hear in my head was Lily’s letter “thank you for doing what I said.”

Loganberry Jam

What a lovely spring morning! It’s not exactly lovely…it’s overcast and rainy and damp. But my hellebores and tulips are lovely and my violet and heuchera filled pot is pretty. Today is Gardenpalooza! (It’s as awesome and nerdy as it sounds and you will hear more about it soon.)

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Most importantly, I have a fresh supply of loganberry jam! I finally found a local farm with frozen loganberries. Yesterday, I took the day off work and drove out to Bithell Farms in Boring, Oregon. Yes, the name of the city is really Boring. Dull, Scotland is the sister city of Boring, Oregon. Keep Oregon Weird! Okay, okay, okay, I’m obviously in a good mood. I’ll try and lay off the exclamation points. Anyway, Bithell Farms hooked me up with a 14 pound box of loganberries. For those of you who aren’t familiar with loganberries, they are a hybrid of red raspberry and blackberry. Loganberries have a rich, unique berry taste and are actually my favorite berry for making jam. Although I do love Hood River Strawberries and classic raspberries and Triple Crown Blackberries and …. okay, I can’t really choose a favorite.

Yesterday, Flat Stanley and I stirred up a vat of loganberry jam. You will be hearing more about Flat Stanley in another post as well. But just so you don’t think I’m crazy (too late?), I’ll give you a little teaser. Flat Stanley is a children’s book about a boy named Stanley who was flattened by a bulletin board. Because he is flat, he is also small enough to be mailed around the world. This spring, Chef Lily’s Flat Stanley is visiting me here in Portland. He goes where I go and “helps” me do things. Now it should make a little more sense when I say that Flat Stanley and I whipped up a batch of loganberry jam together. You’ll have to wait until my Flat Stanley post to see what he looks like.

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With labels and seals attached, the newest batch of loganberry jam is ready for sale. Get it while it’s hot. Technically it was hot yesterday, but you get the point. Enjoy your Saturday!

 

 

 

 

DIY Booth Display

Craft show season is quickly approaching. One of the questions I often get asked about is how I built my quilt hanger for my booth. If you don’t have a quilt, this method works great with a sign or other display as well.

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Materials

  • 4 PVC pipes (1 1/4 inch diameter, 1/8″ thick)
  • 6 elbow joints (1 1/4″ diameter)
  • 2 T-joints (1 1/4′ diameter)
  • Display item (quilt, sign, etc.)

Tools

  • Tape measure
  • Saw

Tips

PVC pipe

If you’ve never used PVC pipe for a project, don’t be intimidated. It’s really inexpensive, so if you mess up, it’s not a big deal. This project cost less than $20. It’s also fairly easy to work with and find at most hardware or home improvement stores.

Saw

PVC pipe can be cut using several methods. The pipe I used for this project is 1/8# thick. That means that it’s sturdier than the thinner variety. It also means that you can’t use a simple PVC pipe cutter to cut it. Well, to be specific, you can’t use a PVC pipe cutter if you want to be finished anytime soon. A simple PVC pipe cutter looks like a wrench with a sharp blade on it. Trust me on this one, get yourself a saw.

PVC pipe cutter, hacksaw, reciprocating saw…

saws

There are two types of saws you can use for this project. A hacksaw is a pretty standard and useful tool to have in your tool box. The blades are inexpensive to replace and can be purchased for specific uses (wood, metal, etc.). For this project, I would use a metal blade since the teeth are smaller and closer together than a wood blade.

If you want to get fancy, use a reciprocating saw or circular saw. I used a reciprocating saw. Mine is battery powered and uses the same cordless battery as my drill and hedge trimmer. Plus it’s very fun to cut things with!

Directions

1. Cut the PVC pipe.

I cut my 4 pipes into the following lengths:

  • 2 long = 6 feet 1 1/2 inches (stand height)
  • 3 medium = 3 feet 7 1/2 inches (stand width)
  • 4 small = 1 foot 1/4 inch (stand depth)

The edges of the pipe may be a little jagged or not perfectly even. Don’t worry about it. Once you connect the elbow and T joints, it won’t matter.

2. Connect the pieces

Connect two of the small pipes to each T joint. Connect an elbow to the other end of each small pipe.

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Connect a medium pipe to the other end of each elbow joint.

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Connect the long pipes to the T joint.

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Connect the remaining medium pipe to each elbow joint. For my frame, I rolled my quilt around the third medium size pipe. Connect the long pipe to the last elbow joint to make the finished pipe frame.

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Storage

My friend Misty of Eco-Mist Designs specializes in bags made from recycled materials. She insisted that I could not carry around my sisters one-of-a-kind quilt in a cardboard bag. So she made me an amazing bag out of recycled materials. The polka dots were an added surprise. She even water-proofed it. Well, aren’t I spoiled!

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Happy Spring!

Yesterday was the first day of spring! I kicked it off with the annual Ladies’ Night at Al’s Garden Center. Perhaps, like my friend Rosie and her mom Sharon, you have never considered attending a ladies’ night at a garden center (or anywhere if you’re not a lady). Al’s really goes all out. In Portland tradition, there were two food trucks, a local winery and a small bakery. We entered in contests to win garden gloves and plants. We watched cooking and BBQ demonstrations. The spring fashion show was an evening highlight. Discounts on plants were offered to help us get a kick-start on spring.

Spring

My spring 2014 has been kicked-off by a week of things that make me happy…..

Anna’s State of Oregon Project

Anna is in the fifth grade! Actually, she’s almost done with the fifth grade. Sigh. She’s getting so big! This week at school Anna presented her report on the state of Oregon. As part of her project, Anna was supposed to take some food from Oregon. My sister Heather is low on jam, berry jam specifically. Anna begged to take some of her Aunt Becky’s jam. Heather settled on a jar of Cherry Pie Plum Fruit Spread and Spiced Pear Butter that could be sacrificed from the low stores. (Don’t worry, I’m going to visit soon to stock them up again.) Anna also dug out a jar Vivid Peaches that I canned for the girls last summer and Heather made a special grocery store run for sliced Tillamook Cheese. Not only did the class love the jam spread on wheat thins and the cheese, but her food was the class favorite. It even was more popular than the state with donut holes for it’s state food. Anna’s presentation was a success! And her Aunt Becky could not be more proud!

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Necklace Love

My friend Allison and I met at a craft fair last fall. We had tables next to each other. I purchased a pair of lovely gray pearl earrings from her before the show officially started. She sampled jam. Since then, we have shared crafting stories and more than one bottle of wine. Allison also made me a special order necklace in true Aunt Becky fashion. Now I have a statement piece for my craft shows and my life! You can get your own at Allison Park Designs or check out her blog of her favorite “Ing’s”

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Bartolini Kitchens Blog

Allison’s birthday was a few weeks ago and I couldn’t make it to her dinner party. So, I made her dinner with recipes from one of my favorite bloggers Bartolini Kitchens. When a fellow blogger posts a recipe with jam, it’s a throw-down. In this case, Pork Tenderloin with Plum Jam, Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Fingerling Potatoes. Delicious! Aunt Becky’s Roasted Italian Plum butter and my new jar of Lucero Rosemary Infused Olive Oil made it extra special. I’ll let you check out the original blog for Bartolini Kitchens and salivate over Allison’s photo of her birthday dinner.

Pork tenderloin

And because it’s too fun, I’ll share the finale to Ladies’ night. I knocked over a display of picture frames and basket with my garden cart. My good friend Rosie started laughing…hard. Rather than helping me, she pointed to me when other shoppers looked over and said “it was her!”. She was so happy it wasn’t her or one of her boys. I punched her in the arm and said “thanks a lot”. Then she kept laughing. I laughed too. How could I not? It was funny. Plus it’s SPRING!

Roasted Chicken with Meyer Lemon Marmalade

As if the title isn’t long enough, I really wanted to call this post Roasted Chicken with Meyer Lemon Marmalade and Rosemary in Portlandia. The show Portlandia is so accurate, I’ve only been able to see a couple of episodes. It hits too close to home.

A year or so ago, a friend invited me to a local buyers’ club. The organizer finds local farms and food producers and setup bulk orders. Then anyone in the club orders large quantities of butter, honey, maple syrup, chicken, hamburger, and other goodies from local companies at a good price. I recently ordered a whole chicken from a farmer who raises chickens and lets them run around the yard during and eat normal chicken food, whatever that is. Then the chickens are slaughtered and eaten. Sorry for the use of the word “slaughter”, but it’s true. They live happy lives, for chickens. Does that take the sting out? (insert hopeful grin). Anyway, I wanted a special way to cook my chicken. I’ve also been pondering a recipe for a savory dish for my Meyer Lemon Marmalade. A couple of weeks ago, I received my quarterly shipment of olive oil and vinegar from Lucero Olive Oil. Among the other delectable goodies was a bottle of Rosemary-infused Olive Oil.  Wah-lah! Roasted Chicken with Meyer Lemon Marmalade with Rosemary was born!

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Gather It

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 onion, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 4 tbsp. Meyer Lemon Marmalade
  • 1 Meyer Lemon
  • 3 tbsp. Rosemary Infused Olive Oil (or regular olive oil with 1 tbsp. additional dry rosemary)
  • 1 tbsp. dry rosemary
  • 4 tbsp. Chardonnay

Make It

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees (I used my convection oven on the “roasting” setting)
  • Wash and pat dry chicken breasts and place into baking dish
  • Add onion to baking dish around chicken
  • Spread 2 tbsp. Meyer Lemon Marmalade on top of chicken
  • Drizzle Rosemary Infused Olive Oil and juice from Meyer Lemon
  • Chop lemon into 1 inch pieces and add to baking dish
  • Sprinkle rosemary and drizzle chardonnay
  • Bake for 45 to 60 minutes (depending on oven setting and size of chicken breasts), marinating with juices every 15 minutes

Enjoy It

  • Roast with Yukon Gold potatoes and spoon onion and sauce over potatoes
  • Slice chicken and add to spinach, pear, goat cheese and Lucero Pear-infused Olive Oil for a delicious salad

Whether you have the opportunity to enjoy a “happy” chicken or a regular “miserable” chicken, this recipe is delicious. Or you won’t be able to eat chicken ever again after my bluntly honest post. Hopefully you can still enjoy chicken because I assume that tofu chicken shaped substitute is not super tasty.

Blood Orange Marmalade

A few years ago, I discovered blood oranges. They look like smaller, unassuming regular Navel oranges from the outside. Sometimes the peels have a tiny spot blush grapefruit color to give a hint of their insides. Open them up and POW! the beautiful pink-red-orange flesh is revealed. I ordered a large box from a family farm in California. The flavor is a sweeter grapefruit orange; they are delicious! Because I love them so much, I ate about half the box before making them into marmalade.

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As with many of my posts, these blood oranges have a story. On the flight to San Diego for the Christmas extravaganza, I sat next to Jerry and Judy. I peeled a blood orange for a snack and Jerry suggested that I might not want to eat it. I smiled then explained that it was a blood orange and it was supposed to look like that. We got to talking and I told them about my jam. Jerry told me that he was an officer with the mounted patrol in Oregon and worked for the Governor’s office and also the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival. What? A festival? That sounded fun!

Fast forward two months and a half of boxes of blood oranges consumed. I drove to the lovely beach town of Newport with Kristine and Molly to attend the festival on Friday. A sunny day on the Oregon coast in February is miraculous, but we were treated with gorgeous weather.

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First, I located Jerry and delivered two jars of marmalade. Then the wine and food tasting began. I was so busy snacking that I didn’t take many pictures. But this one with the Nemo hat is in honor of my nieces. Anna was three when Lily was born and Finding Nemo was her favorite movie. With a newborn Lily, 18 month old Grace and 3 year old Anna, my sister Heather had her hands full. Anna got to watch Nemo a lot. She watched it so much that Lily’s nickname was created from the movie. My brother-in-law Matt is the baby whisperer. Babies love him and he can snuggle them for hours. Matt held Lily and snuggled her and called her his “Squishy” like the character Dora does to the baby jellyfish in the movie. Needless to say, the nickname has stuck. At age seven, Lily is still referred to as Squishy, Squish, and my favorite, Squish-ity-do-dah.

How can I possibly circle back on the rabbit trail…from blood oranges to Jerry and Judy to Christmas to the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival to Lily Squish? Honestly, all I can say is eat some blood oranges and try the marmalade.

Blueberry Scones with Meyer Lemon Marmalade Glaze

In my love of Valentine’s Day and all thinks heart-shaped, I’m late in writing this post. Good news, you can shape these scones any way you want. My original idea of using my collection of heart-shaped cookie cutters was scrapped for the traditional triangle.

(Adapted from Tyler Florence’s blueberry scones with lemon glaze…)

Gather It
• 2 cups flour
• 2 tbsp. sugar
• 1 tbsp. baking powder
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• 5 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into chunks
• 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
• 1 cup heavy cream or 1/2 cup each nonfat milk and vanilla regular or Greek yogurt
• 1/2 cup Aunt Becky’s Meyer Lemon Marmalade
•1/2 cup powdered sugar
• 1 tbsp. unsalted butter

Make It Scones
• Preheat oven to 400 degrees
• Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt
• Using pastry cutter, combine until mixture is the size of peas
• Stir in blueberries
• Add cream with fork until mixed (This is the tricky part for me…don’t over mix but make sure you can shape into a scone)
• Roll into rectangle about an inch thick. Then cut into triangles or heart-shaped cookie cutters
• Place on cookie sheet
• Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown
• Remove scones from cookie sheet and allow to cool while you make the glaze

Make It Glaze
• Melt butter in saucepan and whisk in powdered sugar
• Add Meyer Lemon Marmalade an warm until mixed thoroughly
• Brush glaze over warm scones

Gobble It
• Coffee with cream and a rainy, lazy Saturday morning is a great way to enjoy these scones

The heart extravaganza will have I wait until next year. These scones are a great way to use frozen blueberries. They’re quick and easy and not too sweet.

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A Stitch in the Ditch

Today is one of those days my projects didn’t quite turn out right, outside and inside.

With all the snow we had in Portland last weekend, a brilliant idea from last summer turned into a repair project this summer. Last summer, I rebuilt a trellis into a smaller, ladder trellis. Then I attached the ladder trellis to my fence. Unfortunately I didn’t consider that a rain soaked ladder trellis without extra support would just break the fence post. In between rain showers today, I removed the ladder trellis and cut down the evergreen clematis vine that I pruned severely for this idea to work. The vine died too. My very nice next door neighbor held up the fence. He rejoiced that the vine died so he no longer has to keep it pruned from taking over his plum tree. He also cut a 2×4 at a 45 degree angle for bracing until the temperature is warm enough for cement to set.

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Feeling resigned but productive, I settled in front of my sewing machine to finish a project. My Grandma Pauline made my sister Heather a quilted apron years ago. The fabric is one of those pre-patterned fabrics with the pieces cutout. The back says “apron”. Heather used it so much that it’s literally threadbare. Chunks of fabric are missing and the batting is exposed to the elements. Last fall, I promised Heather I would make her a similar one for Christmas. Yeah, that didn’t happen. It turns out that I sometimes over-commit to craft project and can’t get them all done in time. Because Heather is so gracious, she was okay with receiving the apron for her birthday present at the end of February.

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Armed with new red and white spools of thread and my idealistic vision of a perfect apron, I started sewing. I quilted the batting between two pieces of pink cherry fabric. I even used a rotary cutter and my fancy cutting board. It’s weird that my projects sometimes don’t turn out because I often “eyeball” things rather than actually measuring. After quilting the main apron fabric, I sewed the binding and ironed it. I called Heather for instructions on adding a binding. She explained it over the phone, but lost me at the Stitch in the Ditch part. I was going to find a You-Tube video, but figured I could wing it and hope for the best instead. Those videos might take an extra five minutes of time. I wanted to sew! That was a misstep.

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The first part of the binding went smooth. Then I made an irreversible mistake. Rather than folding over the binding and sewing on the front seam, I sewed it on the back seam. So the back looks okay, but the front shows several seams. In fairness, this is my first attempt at a binding. But if I would have just found a video I wouldn’t be in this predicament. Also, most seams in sewing are not irreversible. I just hate ripping out seams, so I usually go with it if it’s close enough. I called Heather, disappointed in my work. After she chucked a little, she asked “I thought you were going to watch a video?” I was, but I didn’t want to take the time. Because she is so nice, Heather said things like…”look at the apron Grandma made me that I would still be using if you didn’t have it for a pattern” and “it’s just a kitchen apron” and “I will love it no matter what”. Now I’m almost done. And it will look super cute…as long as Heather doesn’t look too close.

Baby Wyatt

What a week! On Tuesday, my allergies kicked into high gear and I couldn’t stop sneezing. On Wednesday, my new  baby Nephew Wyatt was born. His mom, my sister Rachel, was too busy giving birth and being a mom to take a lot of photos. She texted this grainy, small picture of Wyatt’s head. It was simply inadequate. I sent a message to Rachel’s in-laws telling them to take one for the team and get us some pictures. Nothing. I later discovered that they were watching Lincoln and making dinner for Rachel nightly. They are excused and thanked.

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On Thursday, it started snowing in Portland, a once or twice a year event. My backyard pond froze over except for the pottery fountain. The neighborhood cats investigated the scene, but my fat goldfish are safe and sound under the ice.

snow pond

On Friday, the snow continued in Portland. My three year old nephew Lincoln fell off a chair doing stunts and “poked a hole in his chin”. Rachel called me from the ER and said she needed me. Since I am Aunt Becky and I love her, I made a break for it between snow storms and drove to Seattle to help out and snuggle baby Wyatt. Thankfully the roads were fairly clear after about half-way up to Seattle and the blue sky and sun even showed up.

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Upon my arrival in Seattle, I uploaded a plethora of photos to Facebook for Heather and other family and friends. I even added a few videos of Wyatt wiggling on his blanket to make Auntie Heather really envious. Big brother Lincoln may “love” Wyatt to death, including “tickling” his head by wobbling it back an forth. Lincoln does love his new baby brother. I will breathe a little easier once Wyatt gains about 30 lbs. I also brought Rachel a couple blueberry scones with Meyer lemon marmalade glaze. The receipe will be posted soon.

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On Saturday, the snow in Portland continued falling. I spent the day holding Wyatt, straightening up the house for Rachel and running errands. I’m now the proud owner of snow chains for Eleanor, my car. Lincoln and I went to the Brown Bear car wash to rinse off Eleanor. Lincoln said “Oh baby! Oh baby!” to express his delight in the drive-through car wash.

Ironically, I escaped the snow in Portland and it stated falling in Seattle Saturday evening.

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On Sunday, an ice storm is expected. Rather than getting stuck on the highway, I’m going to lay low in Seattle and hold Wyatt for a few more hours. Eventually, I’ll need to get home. It will be nice to check on Rose Cottage and assess the damage to my garden. In the meantime, I’m spending my time whispering I love you to Wyatt and telling him how I will spoil him and watching Monsters Inc with Lincoln. Life is pretty sweet.

Rosie & Sponge Cake

My friend Rosie and I have known each other since the first grade. We went to school from first to fourth grade, but we weren’t really friends. Then in the seventh grade, I started going to Binnsmead Middle School. Rosie went home the first day I started and told her mom I was at her school. Her mom said (in her usual sing-song voice) “Rose Ann, you invite her over to spend the night! She is a nice girl and I like her mother.” Rosie didn’t want too because I was too much of a nerd. While Rosie had an excellent point, she begrudgingly invited me. Somehow we became close friends. Since the seventh grade, we have kept in touch even though we often lived in different states.

8th Grade Graduation Dance (I’m not really sure why we’re wearing almost matching dresses or why I thought lots of bangs was a super good idea…)

8th grade

Rosie and I hung out together all the time until my family moved to Phoenix after the ninth grade. She had a pool, which was a real draw in Portland. We perfected our synchronized swimming routine, mirrored very loosely after the summer Olympics team. We watched SNL with Chris Farley and Adam Sandler. We ate hundreds of Otter Pops. We got in stupid arguments then made up right away. We cooked and baked quite a lot as well. Our favorites were lasagna, chocolate chip cookies and BBQ chicken. We also made this Sponge Cake on more than one occasion. It’s nice and simple.

Sponge Cake

Moist, simple, versatile sponge cake using ingredients you already have in your kitchen. This is a family recipe that I have enjoyed probably hundreds of times.

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Gather It

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder

Make It

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease 9×13 inch pan or muffin tin (makes 18)
  • Beat eggs in mixer for 2 minutes on medium speed
  • Beat in sugar, salt and vanilla for 30 seconds on medium speed
  • Heat milk and butter to almost boiling, about 120 degrees
  • Stir in hot milk and butter
  • Mix flour and baking powder and stir
  • Pour into pan or use scoop to divide among muffin tin
  • Bake 25 to 35 minutes until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean

Gobble It

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  • This sponge cake is crazy versatile. Here are just a few ideas for enjoying…
  • Strawberries and whipping cream
  • Fresh blood oranges
  • Any number of warmed Aunt Becky’s jams, fruit butters, sauces, or syrups
  • Warm chocolate with whipping cream
  • You get the idea

Somehow Rosie and I are still friends. I think it’s because she knows all the truly stupid things I’ve done and still loves me. Or because I love her boys (Ben, Ryan and Joseph) and spoil them like I do my nieces and nephews. Or because we make each other laugh. Does it really matter why? I guess not. Eat some cake!

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