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bastrop_2015Finally fall is in the air – up until a couple of days ago, it felt more like summer. And, for some reason, I have a problem with running the air conditioner in October. Just doesn’t seem right.  But today is nice and we’re looking for some much needed rain on Friday.  There have been a lot of grass fires locally with Bastrop sadly having a major fire . . .  again.  Hope it isn’t of the magnitude of the one a few years back.  Don’t know if it was Bastrop or some other fire, but when I went out couple of evenings back, saw smoke hanging low in the sky.  With the sun hitting it, it was quite pretty –  pink and purple; looked like mountains in the distance.


Had a doctor’s appointment yesterday and got the news we’ve been waiting for . . . David is in remission.  No more treatments !!! Yeah !!!  He will continue his monthly  bone treatment – but can go back to doing whatever he wants . .  . using common sense of course.  No jumping out of airplanes.


While sitting in the waiting room, thumbed through a couple of magazines and found two recipes I wanted to try. One was for a campfire cake and the other was for baked beans using root beer as an ingredient.  May try making the cake around a holiday when we can share it – too much sugar for us; but the root beer beans are on the menu today.


rootbeerbeansMaking them using the following:

  • 1 can Bush Onion Baked Beans (28 oz)
  • 1/4 bell pepper, chopped in bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 onion, chopped bite sized pieces
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup A & W Root Beer – regular no diet !!


  1. In a pot, saute the pepper and onion in oil over medium heat until soft.
  2. Add in the beans and root beer, stir to completely blend.
  3. Cook over low heat for about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and enjoy.

You can cover or leave un-covered while cooking. The root beer makes quite a bit of liquid so I let mine simmer until the sauce was the thickness I wanted.

Opinion: Neither one of us was ‘wowed’ by the flavor.  Not bad; just not striking.  Ended up putting a couple of tablespoons of mesquite BBQ sauce in with the beans, and we liked the flavor much more.


Campfire Cake



The campfire cake caught my eye as it had flames on top !! of a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.  Of course, you can use what ever flavor cake you like.    The ‘logs’ were rolled cookies (pirouette) broken to size, and the flames were made from hard candies that had been melted and broken into triangular shapes.


Since I haven’t made this one, went online and found several pictures of different ways people have made this cake. My personal favorites are the ones with the pecans on the side, the log looking roll cake and have to admit the toasted marshmallows add a bit of flare.




To make this cake follow cake box recipe, and then decorate as you like. The recipe for the fire flames follows.

You’ll need:

  • Bag of red and orange hard candies (no diet)
  • Cookie sheet lined with foil


  • On the foil lined cookie sheet, mix and scatter the candies in the center so that when they melt they will touch.
  • In a 375 degree pre-heated oven, place the cookie sheet with candies until melted, approximately 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and with a knife or wooden skewer, swirl the melted candies to form a swirl of flame colors.
  • Allow to cool and then break into triangular pieces. Size will be determined on what you need to garnish your cake.

Enjoy !!

Now for a cute-fix. Saw this video online of a dachshund playing with an iPad – too cute for words.  If I didn’t have the best GSD ever, think I’d consider getting one of these little guys.








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