Showing posts from July, 2010

How to keep snails away

We have tried many times to grow herbs in our backyard. We start with a nice juicy plant from the nursery. Every morning we walk out to see how much of the plant has been eaten, discuss who is eating it this time, and finally toss the final stub about a week later. Finally we tried what felt like a last resort. We wrapped the entire bottom of the pots with copper tape. The idea is the copper gives the snail a mild shock so they can not cross over. Today is a beautiful morning! Yet again snail trails all around the pots. It’s been three weeks and not a single tender leaf has been nibbled on. The mint and basil are growing strong and it may be time for another round of mojitos.

World Series 2010 Limited Edition Ball From Waterford

In honor of the 2010 World Series champions Waterford created a crystal baseball. Each ball is engraved with the production number and the hand cut official World Series Championship logo.

I visited the home office to present the ball as a gift. This is an experience in itself. As part of their part of their policy of recognizing fans every person you run into downstairs will greet you by name. If that wasn't enough of a treat, look what I found on a card table in the gym. 

Anniversay Breakfast

Breakfast was brought in a basket. Now we’re off to 17 mile drive. We’re celebrating our one year anniversary at the same place we had our rehearsal dinner – Sanctuary in Monterey. Only this time we actually get to enjoy the food.

PB&J Pound Cakewich

It's amazing how much this cake looks like a giant PB&J sandwich. Great for parties.

Cake Ingredients2 cups all-purpose flour (spoon flour into dry-measure cup and level off)1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/4 teaspoon salt3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened1 1/2 cups sugar2 teaspoons vanilla extract6 large egg whites3/4 cup milk
Frosting Ingredients 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softenedheaping 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter3/4 cups confectioners sugar1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract1/2 cup fruit jelly, slightly warmed
Directions for the cakeSet the rack at the middle level and preheat oven to 315 degrees.Grease and flour the inner bottom surface of your CAKEWICH cake pan.Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl, mixing well with a whisk.Whisk together the egg whites and milk by hand in a medium mixing bowl until just combined.In a heavy-duty mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add vanilla and beat vigorously.Reduce speed to low and add one-quart…