To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
In the South, every dining room sideboard is going to feature a pound cake! It's tradition! This is a recipe Mother used often and it is so melt in your mouth good.... it's going to WOW your family and guests!
BUTTERMILK SOUR CREAM POUND CAKE
2 sticks butter
3 cups sugar
6 eggs, separated
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups flour
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup sour cream
oven to 325°. Generously grease and flour a tube pan. Set aside.
a medium bowl, mix flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside. In a small bowl, mix
sour cream and buttermilk until smooth. Set aside. Keep egg whites in a
medium-large bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic to make sure nothing splashes in
large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla.
Beat until well combined.
1/3 c. of the flour mixture. Mix just until combined. Then add 1/2 of the sour
cream-buttermilk blend. Mix just until combined. Add the rest of the flour
mixture alternately with the wet mixture and mix until combined.
Let it sit while you beat the egg whites until
stiff peaks are formed. Carefully fold the egg whites into the batter until all
into the tube pan. Lift pan a few inches and drop onto counter to release any
for 1 hour. Depending on where you live and your oven, baking time may vary. A
toothpick inserted in center will come out clean.
it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Remove from pan and place on serving
platter or cake saver. Glaze while still warm.
for glaze: 3 tablespoons real butter 1 cup powdered sugar 3 tablespoons milk 1
teaspoon vanilla. Melt butter in small sauce pan. Remove from heat. Stir in
sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth. Pour over warm cake.
I asked if she would send me a few snapshots of the
beautiful fall color out her windows which is always stunning to me...
especially since we have little to no color here in Texas!
WOW! The beauty that surrounds their home is beyond gorgeous!
Oh how I love to see children playing in the yard after
a hard day at school.....makes me all verklempt missing
my children when they were littles......
Piper always keeping a close eye on them....
wanting to be outdoors romping around herself!
I love the quietness of a cool November day....
this is such a short-lived sweet time of life....
winter soon to follow....
How I love the view out of our kitchen window....
the greenbelt is beautiful this time of year.
The cottonwood trees are turning a beautiful shade of gold
and the leaves keep falling so gently throughout the day.
The neighborhood honors Veteran's Day by flying our flag
on every corner which is stunning as you drive through the area......
This was a quiet fall morning and every nook and cranny shows
we are all celebrating the season.
Our neighborhood has beautiful green spaces throughout
which creates an open feeling where you can walk
through the woodlands...just a beautiful feature!
I think I am a bit melancholy lately....
this time of year makes me want to travel the roads
home to see our parents.....like we did for many years...
feeling the excitement and hearing the laughter we shared.......
Remembering all of our Thanksgiving dinners with them,
of course the delicious food is remembered, but it is more
of the sentiments...... that we wanted to share the celebration together
as a family....and you realize, that one day,
some of those you love will no longer be here.....
This is a good spot to snuggle.......
Enjoy your Sunday loves.