Monday, September 26, 2011 love:)

It seems that the last few years I have made a trek (by plane!) to Utah in the fall, October to be exact. It is by such happy coincidences that family traditions are born. I expect this will be a temporary tradition for as long as we have children at university. Nonetheless, I love the fall leaves, cool temps, and the beautiful faces of my children seen through the lens of my camera.

This was a 2008 trip when we had a very sappy just married 2 months couple, and a very playful soon to be married in 2 months couple. What a combo! The very air was filled with looks of new love and total adoration. Ahhhhh, the very idea of such idealistic love feels one with a longing to be young again:)
I totally staged this photo shoot. Trying to get the lovebirds to kiss at the same time was like herding cats! The couple on the left are just married....and the couple on the right are engaged:)

We did a bit better on the individual photos...

After the kids had had enough of my photo shoot I went in search of scenic places around the college campus to satisfy my desire to document this fabulous fall display of color!

And so I end with the duck pond...they were happily oblivious to my camera and uttered no protest
............"Mooomm enough already!"

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Love that Mississippi Mud Cake!

We live only 20 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, a body of water full of Mississippi mud. Our water is brown and not very attractive but the cake that is named after Mississippi mud IS VERY desirable! My Michael has had this particular cake since 1982 when my mom made it for his 23rd birthday. I personally think she was a trying to capture a son-in-law!

This was the day before he drove 1500 miles/24 hours straight in my dad's car to propose to me at that is another story:) I think it was the Mississippi mud cake talking!

 It's funny how things are more special if they are not over used. I don't think that we would have quite the same level of anticipation if I made this cake often. Good lesson for the rest of life!

The most beat up recipe books indicate that what lies on each page has weathered the test of taste buds over and over again!
This is one of those recipes:)

And this is how it is done:

The batter is very thick, like brownie batter. I add another 1/2 cup of nuts and "guesstimate" my vanilla, erring on the very generous side:) I have used both pecans and walnuts-like them both. 
I only bake cake for 20 minutes.

Put the marshmallow cream on the hot cake by the spoonful and allow it to melt a bit before spreading.
The marshmallow will be slightly golden after the 5 minutes. 
Advanced method: You can broil the marshmallow for a roasted effect. Do not leave the oven if you attempt this! I ruined a cake one year and had to redeem myself and make a second one!

Yes...let this sit for 30 minutes!

Very creamy, high calorie, high fat, 
Weight Watchers NOT APPROVED chocolate icing!

Layers of heaven!

One very consistent and happy man, 
or as someone posted on Facebook 
Happy Birthday Mr. Nellie's Cottage!

...till we meet again next year in the Mississippi Mud!