Beautiful Orchids

I really just love having orchids in the house. They are just so very beautiful and elegant, and they last such a long time. I have had orchids that looked gorgeous for over a 4 month period. This also makes them quite economical to have instead of cut flowers which are quite costly and usually only last a week. I did not know that the orchid family has over 30,000 naturally occurring species and more than 110,000 registered hybrids. What an amazing assortment!


Garden Day Bake Sale

Made some extra yummy carrot bread for the garden day bake sale. Then I cut in 1/2 loaves, wrapped it up in some nice freezer paper and drew some little carrots for the labels.

Garden Day was a fun day with the school selling homemade goodies such as fig jam, pickles, honey and homemade breads.

Everyone enjoyed themselves!

Here is the recipe for two loaves of Carrot Bread:

3 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3 large eggs

1 cup corn oil

2 cups white sugar

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups grated carrots (you can use zucchini too)

1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Grease and flour two 8x4 inch pans. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Beat eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar together in a large bowl well. Add all of the sifted dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and mix well.

Stir in the carrots or zucchini by hand (and nuts if added).

Pour into prepared pans and bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 20 minutes and remove breads from pan to cool completely.



First Holy Communion Celebration

This year we were greatly anticipating my daughter's First Holy Communion. We had a great deal of preparation to arrive at this wonderful day. Above are some pictures of my daughter's little dress that she wore and little remembrance cards we made to present to my daughter's class and other children that celebrated this day.