Friday, June 6, 2008

Today is a busy day here. We are having 4 families over for dinner, so we are busy cleaning and cooking. Already the kitchen smells delicious.

In our family, we watch a lot of Roy Rogers movies. So dressing western is a commonplace thing around here. My children enjoy twirling 6-shooters just like Roy. Here's Allen showing his skill. Ruthie is pretty good too. In fact, she can twirl nonstop while holding two baby ducks!

Here's Ruthie with her little charges. She loves to whittle with her pocket knife. My five youngest all have pocket knives and enjoy using them. It has taken me a long time to get used to that. But so far no one has gotten least not that they've been willing to tell me about.
Ruthie also enjoys her Davy Crockett outfit (please don't try to convince her it's a Daniel Boone outfit). Now that we've been to the Alamo, this costume has a whole different meaning for Ruthie.
When my daughters were down in Virginia weekend before last, they had a good time swimming in the river and taking boat rides. Anna took her new camera and was able to take these next pictures. The first picture shows the lighthouse, the second pictures she took through the binoculars. Who would have thought of that?!
I think this picture is pretty enough for a postcard.
Anna also had fun capturing motion. She has many midair photos.

Well, I'm off to the dump, then to the chiropractor. This afternoon we will bake a sourdough chocolate cake and set up our sourdough dinner rolls. In between we will do our cleaning.

I was planning on putting the children outside on the porch for dinner, but the weatherman says it will be in the 90s. So I need a Plan B.

Have a good day. Many blessings ~ Kathie

Recipe for Sourdough Chocolate Cake

1/2 cup starter
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cups powdered cocoa (not instant)
2 tsp cornstarch
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup cold coffee

Mix all dry ingredients together and whisk to combine. Add everything else. Mix with a mixer until smooth. Pour into 9x13" glass baking dish that has been greased and floured (don't skimp). Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes.

I usually turn the oven off the last five minutes and let the cake remain in the oven during those five minutes. Do not overcook.

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