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Sweet Peas & Aunt Sallie’s Cake

It’s been a very busy week around here. Monday, we drove over to Reagan to pick up a cement mixer David had bought via an auction phone bid. We bought it from Johnny Norman who has moved his auction from Reagan to Whitney. ūüôĀ¬†¬† (If you’re looking for Texas auctions¬† to attend, visit our ¬†Auction Page ¬† where you’ll find Texas auctions listed by region.)

Johnny had dropped¬†the mixer¬†off at¬†his old auction house for us to pick up when we had time … we finally had time on Monday. We weren’t sure how heavy it would be so we took along the car ramps to load it. We were pleasantly surprised how easily it loaded . . . just rolled it right up into the back of the pickup and laid it down – didn’t even have to use any rope to secure it.¬†¬† It was heavy enough to stay put. Made it all the way home – no problem. It’s now sitting in the garage awaiting a new coat of paint. Works like a charm and once David paints it – he has a whole list of projects to do.

The trip to Reagan was really nice. The red bud trees are blooming – as are the plum and pear trees. Everything is turning green and it is a nice change from the dull ‘brown’ pastures. Some of the wildflowers are in bloom and there were fields we passed that were blanketed in a lovely shade of pinkish-purple. On the other hand, it would seem some of the plants are a little ‘off season’. My Christmas cactus is just now blooming (about 2 months late) and my neighbor John – brought me a beautiful bouquet of camelias yesterday . . . and according to John – they are ‘late bloomers’ as well.

On a sad note, had one of our neighbors pass. Curious how you associate certain things with those that have gone on. Whenever my amarillis bloom, I always think of our friend in Houston…Jenova. The flower bed in her front yard was full of¬† amaryllis and she gave us a whole bunch of them when we moved up here some 12 years ago. I have them planted by the back steps to the deck.

And, of course, I always think of my Mom whenever I see ranunculus or sweet peas. As a child I remember every spring the flower beds were full of their colorful blooms. And then there’s Aunt Sallie’s cake. Got the recipe from neighbor John’s sister Judy Pickens about 8 years ago. She too is gone but I always think of her whenever I make this cake . . . and of course, mine never tastes as good as Judy’s.¬†¬†¬† ¬†

It’s a moist, chocolate cake with a hint of cinnamon (one of my favorite flavors). This is not a box cake and takes a little bit of work but definitely worth the effort.

Aunt Sallie’s Cake

In a large mixing bowl place:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour (regular)

In a sauce pan put the following:

  • 1 stick margarine
  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 4 heaping tablespoons cocoa

Bring these 3 ingredients to a boil and pour over the flour and sugar.

To the above add in:

  • 1 cup warm water with 1/2 teaspoon soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix well and pour into a greased rectangular pan (approx. 13 x 9″)

Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Leave cake in pan.

Icing for Aunt Sallie’s Cake

(Start the icing about 5-10 minutes before the cake is done)

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick margarine
  • 4 tablespoons heaping cocoa
  • 2-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons canned evaporated milk
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Over low heat melt the margarine and cocoa in a pan.

To melted ingredients add 2-1/2 cups powdered sugar, milk, nuts. Beat together and spread over cake while hot. Cover iced cake leaving it in the pan used for baking.

Final Thought –¬† If you’re looking for the up and coming Spring colors and what’s new in the fashion world – visit these links –¬† Spring 2011 Fashion Trends and Top 10 Colors for Spring¬† and find out what ‘pink’ honeysuckle has to do with it all.

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