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!!

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:  wineclub@freywine.com 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!

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Spring Time! Oh Happy Spring!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh Happy Spring!Spring Time!

Spring Time!

 

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

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

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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.

Other photo credits: http://aachenweihnachtsmarkt.de

 

 

 

 

Earth Day: The Tree of Life

In honor of Earth Day ….

The Tree of Life

Earth Day: Tree of Life

This giant Baobab Tree in South Africa is believed to be 2,000 years old.

Baobab Trees boast Longevity…Some are believed to be thousands of years old.

Known as the Tree of Life, they also provide sustenance and support for longevity of people, providing shelter, clothing, food, and water for the animal and human inhabitants.  Hollowed out trunks have provided shelter to as many as 40 people. 

The cork-like bark and huge stem are fire resistant and are used for making cloth and rope. The leaves are used as condiments and eaten to boost the immune system.

A Baobab tree stores thousands of liters of water in its trunk to endure harsh drought conditions particular to the the regions in which they are found.

The fruit, called “monkey bread”, is edible, and full of vitamin C.

Earth Day - Tree of Life It has a velvety shell and is about the size of a coconut, weighing about 1.5 kilograms (3.3 lb). It has an acidic, tart flavor, described as “somewhere between grapefruit, pear, and vanilla”. The baobab fruit has medicinal and nutritional properties. Some reports say the fruit provides 3 times as much Vitamin C as an orange, 50% more Calcium and 66%  more iron than spinach, more Magnesium than Coconut Water, more Potassium than Bananas, 50% Heart healthy Fiber per serving and is a plentiful source of antioxidants (disease fighting molecules credited with helping reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease).

Earth Day: Tree of Life

Baobab is the common name for each of the nine species of tree in the genus Adansonia.

  All varieties of the Baobab tree occur in seasonally arid     areas, and are deciduous, shedding their leaves during the dry season. Of the nine species, six are native to Madagascar, two are native to mainland Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, and one is native to Australia

 Learn more about Baobab Trees and Fruits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images:

Organic Baobab Fruit

Wikipedia

 

Earth Day at Frey Vineyards

Celebrate Earth Day at Frey Vineyards!

Organic wine with no sulfites added, from America’s pioneering organic winery

Earth Day at Frey Vineyards

We’re planning a splendid party to celebrate the Earth and we hope you can join us! We’ll be touring Frey Ranch with walks to the animal barns, the bounteous Biodynamic gardens, and the vineyards. We’ll finish off the afternoon with a delicious picnic-syle lunch and wine tasting under the oaks. We’ve switched up the agenda this year and we’ve added workshops in organic composting and soil amendments. RSVP is a must – please call us at the winery, 1-800-760-3739, to reserve your spot or follow the link to learn more…

 

Plan NOW to enjoy Earth Day celebrations at Frey Vineyards

Nestled on the slopes of Redwood Valley in  Mendocino County, California

Saturday, April 25, 10am-2pm

 

Earth Day at Frey's

 

The Wonderful World of Pi(e)

Circumference? Diameter?  Who cares–

We’re talking’ about pie here!

Forget all that Math stuff – THIS is my idea of Pi(e)!! 

Wonderful World of Pi(e) Thanks to  The Dish by Restaurant.com for this wonderful and delightful view of today’s Pi Day and

THE WORLD OF PI(E):

The Wonderful World of Pi(e) March 14th is National Pi Day. For those of you who can’t remember that junior high math lesson, here’s a refresher.  It has to do with circles, and lines, and distances and lengths. For our purposes, all you need to know is Pi (?) = 3.14 aka March 14.   So in celebration of all things nerdy and delicious, we’re celebrating this circular holiday with a few delectable circles of our own, and diving into the wonderful world of PIE!The Wonderful World of Pi(e)

Let’s start with the foundation. THE CRUST. First you have your flaky varieties, some are sweet, some are salty, some are made with butter. Others use shortening, some rely on cold COLD water, while still more call for distilled vinegar as the secret ingredient to achieve that perfect, tender, flaky base. Then there are the butter-crumb crusts. Smashed cookie or graham bits, mixed with sugar and melted butter that are then pressed into a perfect pie crust shape. THEN you add ooey, gooey, sweet or creamy fillings; perhaps you want to get wild and crazy and fill these shells with a savory mixture and call it…dinner. However you roll (get it, dough…rolling…), it’s clear that pies, in all their many forms, are awesome. Here are a few of our favorites:

Fruit Pie – Fruit is one of the most classic pie fillings and the possibilities are limitless. Wonderful World of Pi(e)Some people love berry pies, while others prefer pitted varieties like peach. Every fall, stores and counter tops are overrun with a plethora of apple pies with various and sundry toppings. Then there’s that crazy faction that recommends combining different kinds of fruit for a truly spectacular taste experience. No matter what fruit you’re using, a sugary filling of tender fruit and juices makes for a darn good slice. We’ll take ours a la mode! Custard Pie – Who knew combining sugar, cream and eggs and baking it in a shell could produce so much deliciousness. Well friends, that’s exactly what a custard pie is. Add a plethora of other ingredients like chocolate, vanilla, pumpkin, caramel or liquors and end up with a delicate slip of flavor that melts in your mouth (and probably your hand, too). The Wonderful World of Pi(e)Savory Pies – The savory pie is a popular European dish and is served as an actual meal, rather than for dessert. Most combinations include a mixture of meat (beef or lamb) and vegetables, like potatoes and onions. A more Americanized example of a savory pie is the chicken pot pie. This traditionally southern meal has the outside appearance of a pie, and the inside flavor of Thanksgiving dinner. 

Of course, you could combine all three and end up with something like this.

Mini pies – It seems like these days you can find anything and everything in mini form. Pies are no exception. We happen to love mini pies. They’re bite-sized and portable with all our favorite pie flavors still intact. We like to pretend that their small stature makes them a relatively healthy snack. Please don’t ruin it for us.

Pie on a stick – Everything tastes better on a stick. Enough said.

Pie in a cake – For our grand finale, we give you the turducken of desserts, the pie cake:

(really??)

The Wonderful World of Pi(e)Yes, someone somewhere decided that since pie is delicious, and cake is delicious, putting one inside the other and baking them together would be even more delicious. We’ve never been lucky (aka brave) enough to try a slice, but this mythical dessert is definitely on our foodie bucket list.

Okay…this one is a bit weird. Otherwise, it’s all good fun and yummy prospects!!