Grandma’s Buttermilk Cake

My grandma was an amazing cook. One of my favorite things was her buttermilk cake.

  • 1 C shortening
  • 3 C sugar
  • 6 egg yoks
  • 3 C flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 C buttermilk with 1/2 tsp. soda
  • 2 tsp lemon extract
  • 6 egg whites, stiffly beaten
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cream shortening and sugar until creamy.
  3. Add egg yolks one at a time.
  4. Add milk and flour alternately.
  5. Add lemon extract.
  6. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.
  7. Bake in a tube pan at 325 for 1 1/2 hours.

Review: Dolce Vita Bakery Cafe

My favorite a plain croissant with butter.
My favorite a plain croissant with butter.

Dolce Vita Bakery (Gainesville, Fl) is a locally owned bakery that serves breakfast and lunch. Everything is made fresh in-house.  My personal favorites are the croissants, the pistachio muffins and cronuts. On Saturdays they also have cinnamon sugar cronuts. A cronut is a doughnut made from croissant dough, fried and rolled in cinnamon sugar.  I think we have liked everything we have tried.

Pistachio Muffin
Pistachio Muffin

Rating:  Excellent.  Great food and service.

Food: Awesome.  excellent tasting food. Dolce Vita started out as a booth at the downtown Farmer’s Market.

Selection: Outstanding. Great selection of variety  regular items as well as new items.

Cronut: A doughnut made from Rosicrucian dough and fried.
Cronut: A doughnut made from Rosicrucian dough and fried.

Service: Awesome. The staff is always friendly and eager to help.

Atmosphere: Cute. Has a relaxed feel of a neighborhood place.

Allergy Rating: Excellent. If you have allergies ask about items before ordering. Staff is very helpful.


Overall: Outstanding. One of my favorite Gainesville originals.


Throwback Thursday: Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith Concert

In November of 2008 we got to see the  United Tour with Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith at the St. Augustine Amphitheater. Yep, that’s right an outdoor concert at night in November. No it wasn’t freezing it was only slightly chilly.  The Amphitheater is a small venue but very nice.  I’ve seen both Smitty & SCC in large venues where need a jumbo-tron just to see the stage but this was much better.

The Big Guy, Me, Smitty

Back stage with Smitty.scc9

SCC rocking out.

closing2Steven’s son Caleb, 2nd from the left played guitar for the tour.   Micheal’s son, Tyler, to the right of his dad, played keyboards for the second portion of the concert.


Adventures in Canning: Salsa

SalsaI’ve wanted to try canning for couple of years. I finally tried it canning some blueberry syrup for making homemade soda’s and pancakes. Homemade sodas is new obsession but more about that later.  The blueberry syrup experience went well so I decided to try canning salsa. I’ve played with idea of canning my salsa to use as gifts and just have it on hand. Being from Texas salsa is a staple in our house. What I made is a combination of my basic salsa and Ball’s Fiesta Salsa and Jalapeno Salsa. I got a copy of the Blue Book Guide to Preserving. Ball also has a guide to canning complete with videos on their website. The Fiesta Salsa recipe in the book is different from the website. I would suggest buying the book and using the website as to supplement the instructions in the book,

You will need to prep your jars, bands and lids before starting. I used the water bath method of canning.


  • 3 cups tomatoes, seeded
  • 4-6 jalapenos, banana peppers, Anaheim or other peppers seeded
  • 1 onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 small bunch of cilantro — I cut off the leafy part
  • Juice of one lime
  • 2 tablespoons of chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  1. Pulse tomatoes in food processor until desired consistency. Add to a large sauce pan and heat on medium.
  2. Pulse onion and peppers in food processor and add to tomatoes.
  3. Pulse cilantro and garlic. Add lime juice and pulse another 10-15 seconds. Add to tomato mixture.
  4. Add vinegar, cumin and chilli powders. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. From Blue Book Guide to Preserving: Ladle hot salsa into jars leaving 1/2 inch of head space. Adjust two-piece caps. Process 15 minutes in boiling water canner.

Throwback Thursday: Third Day Concert

In 2008 the Big Guy gave me tickets to see my favorite band Third Day in concert.

Revive is a new band from Austrialia.

The Aussie band Revive started things off.

Need to Breathe
Need to Breathe

NeedToBreathe was up next and they rocked out.

Third Day performing from the middle of the audience.

One of the coolest things Third Day did was to leave the stage and do a set from the center of the audience.

Musings of an ADHD mind.


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