Summer CAKE

Refreshing Summer Cake….

Refreshing Summer Cake

Beautiful. Delicious. Refreshing.

and Healthy!

This beautiful tiered cake made of watermelon and decorated with fruits and a few veggies offers a delicious, refreshing and healthy dessert …. or is a fruit salad?

Happy National Doughnut Day!

National Doughnut Day? Let’s Celebrate!!

Who knew? ….The first Friday in June is National Doughnut Day.

Who Cares! Any day is a good day to eat Doughnuts!

Every food seems to have a holiday for itself these days. National Doughnut Day has an awesome purpose.
Apparently National Doughnut Day was created back in 1938 by the Salvation Army to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers in World War I.  The day of recognitions and celebration was actually started by Chicago’s Salvation Army as a fund-raiser to help the needy during the Great Depression. The day has since become a way to recognize the contributions of these women during the war.
So in honor of them, let’s eat doughnuts!!

National Doughnut DayThere are a lot of ways to celebrate today. Several establishments are offering special purchases of and with doughnuts.
Today, I am celebrating National Doughnut Day with a delicious  doughnut from my recently discovered Fractured Prune® Doughnuts



Their Basic (delicious-on- its-own) Plain doughnut drenched in a strawberry glaze then topped with teeny-mini chocolate chips

National Doughnut Day



The doughnuts were so warm that the chocolate chips actually started to melt into the strawberry glaze …..oh yum!!

Colorful Cactus Flowers

Cactus Flowers are brilliant and give amazing color to the muted shades of the desert.

Colorful Cactus Flowers


These bright blossoms of the Cactus flower less than a dayColorful Cactus FlowersColorful Cactus Flowers

but are beautiful when they are blooming.



Colorful Cactus Flowers
Colorful Cactus Flowers





Colorful Cactus Flowers

Arizona Cactus Sales is a fun  nursery that offers  an abundance of variety in color choices, sizes, and types of cactus: 






Colorful Cactus Flowers



A close inspection shows a unique design in these pretty flowers

Colorful Cactus Flowers

The Desert Botanical Gardens is another fun place to visit,

especially when the cactus are blooming! 


A Fractured Prune

Fractured Prune . . . Whaaaat?

Fractured Prune

While eating a delicious brunch ‘al fresco’ one morning, we had a lively discussion about a nearby shop called the Fractured Prune.  Fractured PruneBefore wandering back to our car we stopped to see what this intriguing shop was all about  Discovering a curiously creative doughnut shop, we HAD to go in – add a dessert on top of brunch!

Similar to the fun of watching my  Krispy Kreme “comfort-food” doughnuts formed, raised, and cooked, the Fractured Prune offers an entertaining view of the doughnuts being made and cooked.Fractured Prune

Fractured PruneBut then – it all goes different!!

Once these light and airy ‘cake’ style doughnuts are cooked (which occurs much faster than the raised Krispy Kreme doughnuts) they are custom frosted and decorated to order. Fractured Prune Fractured Prune
“Nobody else is doing what we’re doing. Where others offer rows of preconceived doughnut flavors, we’re offering infinite choices.  Why? Because we believe in the individual and that there’s no wrong way to make your delicious.”
You may create an exotic taste like the VooDoo doughnuts (bacon-maple or cereal-sprinkles) or remain conservative. Fractured Prune
Initially, I was really conservative and had a plain one – no fancy fixings because … I LIKE plain cake doughnuts!  Oh my goodness …. the freshness and ‘plainness’ brought back fond memories of eating fresh cooked ‘plain’ cake doughnuts at the top of Pikes Peak.  (I hope they are still selling fresh cooked doughnuts up there – it makes the experience at that oxygen-deprived altitude even more fun!)

Fractured PruneFractured PruneThe Fractured Prune® Doughnuts were SO fresh the box was almost too HOT to hold! We had to wait for the doughnuts to cool off enough just to pick one up, let alone eat it. The wait was worth it! Just plain is just Fine!



And the choices beyond the ‘plain’ seem almost infinite:Fractured Prune

” there are 155,648 different combinations of doughnut awesomeness available at stores offering 19 glazes and 13 toppings – and that doesn’t even include our limited time offer glazes and toppings! Bottom line, Fractured Prune offers some tasty possibilities.”

Fractured Prune


Fractured Prune® Doughnuts originated in Ocean City (Maryland) and is named after the spunky Prunella Shriek, known as “Fractured Prunella” for the broken bones she suffered competing in traditionally men’s sports even into her 70s. Fractured Prune® Doughnuts celebrates her legacy with a doughnut as individual as the person ordering it!

Fractured Prune® Doughnuts are expanding their market with franchise stores. Watch for one near you!!

Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day at Frey Winery – America’s first organic and biodynamic winery.

Enjoy a farm tour, demonstrations, wine tasting, and organic appetizers. The guided farm tour will take you on a walk to the barn to visit baby lambs, goats, and calves, then on to the farm garden to ‘mingle’ with the organic veggies, flowers, and herbs and observe demonstrations about biodynamic gardening. Stroll back to the winery and continue the day’s celebration with wine tasting accompanied by appetizers.

 Located at 14000 Tomki Rd, just off Highway 101 North, in Redwood Valley, California, Frey Winery is a third-generation family owned and operated winery and has been producing award-winning vegan, and gluten free wines with no added sulfites since 1980.

Reservations are requested. Tickets are $20 for the general public and complementary for  Wine Club members and children 12 and under. Contact Frey Winery for availability

Please call 800.760.3739 or email: for more information.





Happy Easter!

Happy Easter

Let’s Eat CAKE! Easter Lamb Cake

Easter Bunnies and Lambs

Here is an adorable variation of a special cake for Easter.Let's Eat CAKE! Easter

This little Lamb cake was made by a friend in memory of her mother who always created this special holiday treat for the family.

Last year’s special Bunny Cake is a good design creation that can be adapted for this Lamb Cake.

Easter Bunny Cake

Use a 7-minute cooked frosting for the smooth glossy (and crusty) finish.  Shredded coconut over soft fluffy frosting like the Bunny would make an adorable ‘fluffy’ Lamb too!

Spring Time!

Oh Happy Spring!

The glorious re-birth, re-start, and re-fresh of nature

Spring Time!Spring Time!

Spring Time!







Spring Time!

Spring Time! Spring Time! Spring Time! Spring Time!

Spring Time! Spring Time! Spring Time! Spring Time! Spring Time! Spring Time!



Spring Time! Oh Happy Spring!












Oh Happy Spring!Spring Time!

Spring Time!


Happy New Year – 2016!

Let the NEW YEAR begin!Happy New Year - 2016!

Twenty Sixteen – has a sweet ring to itHappy New Year - 2016!

 Let’s enjoy it to the fullest!


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The Christmas Season Begins!

The Christmas season begins in Aachen, Germany, with Weihnachtsmarkt – the annual Christmas Market.The Christmas Season Begins

Visiting this ancient town during Weihnactsmarkt is the perfect way to get into the Christmas Spirit!

This year, a quiet walk through town before crowds arrive for the market provides a peaceful visit to some parts of town previously unseen or possibly overlooked in the hustle and bustle of the the shops. The Christmas Season Begins

The Christmas Season Begins

The Christmas Season Begins

The Christmas Season Begins

The Christmas Season Begins

The Christmas Season Begins

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The Christmas Season Begins

The Christmas Season Begins

The Christmas Season Begins

The Christmas Season Begins

The Christmas Season Begins

The Christmas Season Begins


The Christmas Season Begins

The Christmas Season Begins

One of my favorite ancient towns in a lovely part of Europe, Aachen is the westernmost city of Germany, located along its borders with Belgium and the Netherlands. It was a favoured residence of Charlemagne, is associated with first emperors of the Holy Roman Empire (of the German Nation)and was later the place of coronation of the German kings.

Aachen’s charming historic old town provides the perfect backdrop to the German Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt) which is concentrated on the large public squares around the cathedral (Dom) and Rathaus in the old town area.

The Christmas Season Begins

Special thanks to my friend, Agnes, who takes me back to this special place and helps begin the Christmas season with her photos and visits to this delightful market.

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