April 11, 2012

The Old Homestead

We set out to find Catherine's great-great grandparents original home located in Millsap, Texas. This cabin was way back in the middle of the woods on a ranch not too far down the road from Elizabeth's. The homestead was established in 1850...pre-Civil War...can you imagine? It was an adventure to say the least.....

We must be on the right pathway
How far back in the woods is this cabin?
We found it!
The front porch swing
Abbie entering the front door

Old fireplace
Nick at back entrance
We found the cows

A Delicious Heirloom Cake

Aunt Gwen's Cherry Nut Pound Cake

from "Today in Mississippi"
1 1/2 cups shortening
3 cups sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
6 eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 (5-oz.) jar maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup milk

Cherry Nut Icing
1 stick butter, softened
1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 box confectioners' sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. almond extract
1 cup pecans, chopped

Cream shortening, sugar and salt until very creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and almond extracts, and blend well. Add flour, alternating with milk, and mix well after each addition. Fold in cherries. Pour into a greased large tube pan. Place into a cold oven set at 275 degrees F. and bake for 2 hours and 10 minutes. Cool cake thoroughly and ice with Cherry Nut Icing!

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