Monday, April 26, 2010

SO HOW WAS YOUR WEEKEND?

Back in January I saw this recipe on a post by Thena at Patiently Waiting for Key Lime Cake and I finally tried it over the weekend. So if you want the recipe just head on over to her blog and grab it. I could only find one round pan so I made mine in a bundt pan. I only made 1/2 of the glaze recipe because I didn't think we needed allot of frosting and then I put powdered sugar on it because I just love it on a bundt cake. The cake is a nice twist on a lemon cake. I think that it would be really good with the cream cheese frosting too! I also took a few slices over to my son on Saturday. My husband asked why I was only bringing two slices saying that it wasn't enough for dessert. That's because dessert was going to be eaten at the restaurant ~ DUH!

So we went to Los Angeles Saturday afternoon to have dinner with our son and his best girl. Sadly she was unable to join us because her grandmother wasn't doing well and she needed to sit with her. We went to a place that I hadn't been to before. It was called the Westside Tavern and it was wonderful. (I didn't take my camera) My family already thinks I crazy taking picture of things I bake or cook at home :)

I had Pan Roasted Mary’s Farms Chicken Breast w/ Mushroom-Spinach Risotto & Crispy Onions which was so delicious. Before that I had a special soup of the day which was zucchini and cherry tomatoes. One of the best soups I've ever had. Then for dessert we had Warm Sticky Toffee Cake with Mascarpone Cream. I can't even describe how delicious it was. What a wonderful evening but we had wished that T could have been with us.

I have a few more flower to show you. Have you ever smelled Freesia's? They are the yellow flower in the pictures. Sweetest,most fragrant flower you will ever smell. I can pick it out in a crowd. People have tried to make lotions and colognes but nothing close to the real thing. Also in this picture is a California poppy, Helene strybing tea tree and I can't remember the name of the purple flowers. These are some new plantings which don't have pond pebbles around them yet. (sorry about the dirt)


A very dear family member is on his way home from Iraq today. He served his year and is heading home. Isn't that beautiful news......

Look at some of these homecomings:


34 comments:

Mara said...

Those photos you took of the dessert in making were fantastic. Especially in a mozaic like that. How do you do that?

I am glad (in retrospect) that my dad was never deployed abroad. He would come home every single night, bar the few exercises he had to go on in Germany.

Mara said...

PS: I just went over to see the recipe of that cake you made. Provided I can find the ingredients, I think I might make it during this summer. It sounds yummy...

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I love key lime pie so that cake sounds very interesting to me!
Come over to my blog and link up your weekend post if you want! =)

blueviolet said...

I didn't realize freesia was that fragrant! Now I want to smell some fresh from the garden.

Military reunions touch my heart completely!!!

The key lime cake sounds and looks sensational. That's right up my alley!

Kristie said...

That Key Lime Cake sounds delicious! I might have to try it sometime! :-)

And your dinner sounds delicious too. If I'm ever out your way, I might have to go there-Yum!

Your flowers are beautiful! I wish I could smell the Freesia over the internet-it sounds wonderful!

Trish said...

Well, now I am having a good cry after watching these Homecomings. My Husband, Tom served a year away during the Viet Nam War...waiting at the airport for his homecoming seemed forever...
Our nephew Capt. Paul Andrews is on his way home from Iraq this week...Yippee!

Garden of Egan said...

Wow, thanks for making me cry this morning!
Sheesh I loved those.
Having a son serve in Iraq makes me a bit more teary about that sort of stuff.

Jennifer said...

Glad to hear your family member is coming home! It's so heartwarming to see family's and friend's reunited!

Amy said...

What a fun weekend.. I hope your son's best girls Grandma is okay.. What a yummy cake and meal you had. I do love flowers. Yeah for homecomings..

Happy Monday..

everythingisjustwonderful said...

That cake & dinner both sound so good! I'm hungry now haha!

Your flowers are beautiful as always!

I have seen some of the soldiers surprise their kids coming home videos before and they just make me bawl my eyes out! I have seen a few of soldiers coming home and they tape their dogs' reactions...it's good, too! You should search for it.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

That cake sounds wonderful! Sorry about your son's girlfriend's grandmother - hope she's doing OK! I love those flowers - I have some of those in my garden, too! Awesome news about the family member heading home from Iraq - bet there's going to be a celebration! ;)

Mommy, I'm Home said...

That cake looks yummy. I'll have to try it.

Thena said...

I'm glad you finally got the chance to make it and enjoyed it. It's a very easy recipe, isn't it?

Goose Hill Farm said...

I haven't been able to stop crying from that video. My son-in-law is in the Army and has been to Irag and is now stationed at Ft. Hood. He will be deploying again in August, possibly this time to Afghanistan. I thank God for his safe return. Thank you, Father, for all the members of the Armed Forces. They give up their freedoms to protect ours!

Blessings~
Laura

Randi Troxell said...

that key lime cake looks amazing... i already love key lime anything!!!

wonderful videos, it brought some memories back for sure.. hubby and i were in those same shoes about 4 yrs back.. thank GOD for keeping him safe!!

christy rose said...

It sounds like you had a great weekend!!! That key lime cake sounds great! I just might have to try it soon! That is great news about the family member that is heading home from Iraq. Those homecomings always make me cry.

Heather said...

I love that you took pictures of the cake you made, it looks delicious!

It sounds like you had a beautiful dinner with your husband & son...sorry to hear that your son's girlfriend's grandmother isn't doing well, I hope she's feeling better soon.

Very pretty flowers!

Kirby3131 said...

Tell your family that you aren't the only crazy one that takes photos of the food we're making or the food we're eating in restaurants. Heck I even take photos of the light fixtures in restaurants LOL

Together We Save said...

That cake you made looks wonderful!! So yummy... I love the mosiac pictures too.

Seizing My Day said...

yummy cake! I love how you grouped the pics... what pic program did you use?!!

now I really want to smell a Freesa!!
did I spell it right?! Have you ever sniffed Heliatrope? YUMMY!! my fav!!

Deborah Ann said...

I have found some really cool recipe's at Thena's. This one sounds like a winner!

I'm chuckling at your comment that you take pictures of your food. That is so dang funny!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

How wonderful that your loved one is coming back from Iraq!! That is great news!!!

Love the photos, Debby... beautiful!

Unknown Mami said...

Just the idea of that cake is making my mouth water.

Heart2Heart said...

Love it when soldiers come home from the war. It makes me cry everytime. I think it's because I understand just how much they sacrifice for all of us and the possibility that they may never come home when they leave.

I LOVE Freesia's and Steve planted every color our nursery had because they smell like Kool Aid or fruit punch.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

secret agent woman said...

That video made me cry like a baby. The old boyfriend I mentioned in my last post told me recently that he is hoping his next deployment doesn't happen until his son in old enough for him to sit him down and explain that he'll be gone for a while.

Alexis AKA MOM said...

The cake looks amazing, I love cakes with pudding in them it makes them so moist!

The yummy treats you ate sound Amazing! I so jealous!

What a beautiful video and that is so awesome he is on his way back!!

Sonya said...

your flowers are beautiful and now I want some cake...thanks! LOL! It looks delicious.

openid said...

OK. Thanks? I am a blubbering mess after watching that amazingly touching video and I have to GO OUT like this in ten minutes. My heart filled with joy when every child met their dad heart to heart. Beautiful!!
thanks for sharing...

openid said...

OK. Thanks? I am a blubbering mess after watching that amazingly touching video and I have to GO OUT like this in ten minutes. My heart filled with joy when every child met their dad heart to heart. Beautiful!!
thanks for sharing...

The Strawberry Mallard said...

....mmmmmmmmm...freesias..love 'em.....no ADORE them...that scent...NOTHING like it,,,,,and the cake.....well when are we comin' over for a piece ;o)
Hugz, Nancy & G-dog

Sandra said...

So glad your loved one served our country and came home okay...such a sacrifice to ask of our young men and women.

I also have to try that cake...I love bundt cakes!

Sara said...

Rejoicing with the coming home and festive photos!

I wanted to thank you for being a part of my first year of blogging! What a wonderful year it has been. I'm throwing a little party and as an honored guest, I would love for you to stop by and share a highlight of your year with all of us.

http://justsarahdawn.blogspot.com/2010/04/cactus-happy.html

Cactus Happy,
Sara

~Carrie from Cottage Cozy~ said...

Homecomings are better than anything...one day we will have the greatest homecoming of them all!

Holly said...

I'd love to smell your flowers!!

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