Saturday, April 30, 2011
Beauty in a time of trouble
I'm still smiling thinking about yesterday's royal wedding and all the festivities. There has been discussion on various TV news programs about the amount of money spent while the world is in a recession (albeit the Royal Family and the bride's parents paid for most of the cost).
I truly believe there are times when such lovely breaks in bad news are necessary, a million dollar version of purchasing flowers instead of bread when the soul needs a lift. When all is done there will continue to be natural disasters, wars, governments falling and rising, the need for children's hospitals, and our terrible horrible ugly April weather we've been experiencing.
Speaking of weather and flowers... I made my way to our backyard with great apprehension yesterday. The second azalea bush had just begun to bud last weekend but since then we have had very heavy winds, rain, and even a tornado warning. How relieved I was to find the bush in full bloom and safe! It is tucked up against the deck, which probably saved it.
The raspberry pink colored flowers are now in my kitchen and dining area. As beautiful as the lilac azaleas had been, we really love this color. The blooms don't last very long with our rather stormy springs but the few days we have them are so gorgeous they take a prominent place in our yard.
Miss M brought me Easter lilies for our dinner last week. I also had a bouquet of lilacs from my friend Linda's back yard and tulips from mine (they are rather droopy now!). Those were the only two tulips that bloomed this year. There were also pure yellow daffodils displayed in my mother's favorite vase... the only remaining blooms from our backyard.
Today I need to get some housework accomplished, throw a couple loads of laundry in the machine, and clean the kitchen. I was going to make a cake before my husband told me we were out of eggs. I almost put the other ingredients away and then I remembered... somewhere in my recipe cards was a recipe for crazy cake (also known as Depression cake) which used vinegar instead of eggs.
Wallah! A very nice chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream butter frosting (using some of the last of the butter from the freezer!). The guys will love it, as I did the little piece I had to try (quality assurance you know). ;)