Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Baking results

We are having a ladies meeting tonight at a neighbors house.
The women from my village bring something sweet to eat and the other village's ladies bring something salty. I'm always glad to be in the sweet group, as the salty potluck foods intimidate me:) (sandwiches, enpanadas, chipa, sopa paraguaya and things like that.)

I decided to try and see if my favorite angel food cake recipe would work today, as the last few times I made it, it failed. I have so many eggs now, that I don't see it as a waste if I use 1 1/2 cups of egg whites on this wonderful dessert. I also needed a backup recipe, in case the angel food cake didn't turn out, so I picked a refreshing looking Key Lime Poke Cake from Betty Crocker. Instead of the boxed white cake mix, I used Betty's own recipe for Silver White cake. I also omitted the frosting on top, as I thought the filling was enough. Come and take a look at my results:

You can find the Chocolate Angel Cake here and the Key Lime Poke Cake here.

I hope you try one of these some day!

Here is the Pretzel Recipe from my last post, especially for Ellie! Or this one.

I'll see you all again soon, Brenda

Sunday, June 26, 2011

It's me again:)

Ok, picture this: I'm home, all alone. Marv and the girls went to check on the cattle. They left me with peace and dirty dishes.  I've got an almost empty bag of nachos and a cup of cappuccino. Ahhhh..... no more excuses not to post something in my blog.:)

Sorry for leaving you readers for a while. I just didn't have the urge to post anything. But then some of my faithful friends started leaving me messages, asking if everything was ok. One of my bloggy friends even awarded me (I think she gave me the award to wake me up to start blogging again:), thanks Betty! (More on that later)

I started to post something a few times, but it would take forever to post pictures. But I'm here now, so this is what's been happening in my life now.

The cute calf in the first picture is my new project. Her mama stepped on her legs right after she was born and broke 2 of them. We put her front leg in a splint and the hind leg healed on its own. Her name is Toddy (a brand of chocolate milk down here) and she's doing great now. She's not usually in my flower bed, but the girls thought it would make a great photo shoot:)

Our next new pet is a cute little turtle. My mom found it on the road and gave it to Brianna. We started to call it "Chipa" because of it's shape and size, but Brianna renamed it and I forgot what it's name is now. It's so small I could fit two on them in the palm of my hand. This is the kind of turtle that gets to be about 30 cm (12 inches) in diameter.
We went to our parents ranch the other day. This is what the front gate looks like. Can you see the name of the ranch on the sign? Who can guess what it means?  (Sisters are not allowed to answer this:) Whoever has been reading my blog for awhile should be able to answer this.
This is what Brianna likes to do on the ranch.

This is what Cindy likes to do on the ranch.

And this is what Amy likes to do on the ranch.

 I love my girls, even if they drive me crazy sometimes.

 So I baked them their favorite snack last week. Big, crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside pretzels:)

 I received a surprise last week, my friend Betty from A glimpse into midlife awarded me with this sunshine award! Thanks Betty!

Every award has it´s rules and this one is pretty easy.

Thank the person who awarded you and link back to them.
(Did that!)

Tell one thing about yourself.
(I collect more crafting magazines and ideas than I'll ever be able to make in 4 lifetimes! I just checked and I have over 5 GB of crafting magazines in my computer and a whole shelf in my bookcase full!)

Nominate 10 blogs for the award.
( I haven't been blogging for awhile and haven't been keeping up with other blogs either, so I won't do this today. Sorry:)

This is Brianna's cow saying:

"Thanks for dropping in on the Chacogirl, and moooove back here soooon!:)"