Friday, August 28, 2009


Can you believe we are just days away from
September? Me neither! My younger
daughter started school on Monday, so
she has already finished a whole week.
The public schools start a little later
this week, but unfortunately for them
they also get out later in June too.

I have been busy in spurts with the
baking. The kitchen doesn't have any
progress to show, so no pictures there.
There are just too darn many of those
paying customers that keep calling
for THEIR kitchens and decks to
be done. The nerve! LOL

This was a fun cake to make for a Twin Girl
baby shower. The cake was vanilla inside,
but I tinted it pink so when they cut into it
the pieces of cake were pink and white.

Biscotti! Lots and lots of it for a coffee event at the
library. The top picture is Chocolate Walnut dipped
in Midnight Espresso Chocolate and Apricot Almond
dipped in White Chocolate.

These were traditional Anise with Milk Chocolate and
Orange/Almond, a softer biscotti. I never used to like
biscotti, but I had never had homemade either. It is
easy to make and very tasty when the ingredients
are fresh and the cookies don't break your teeth!

A birthday cake for a 70th birthday for a very patriotic lady.
Vanilla cake w/ lemon curd filling and vanilla buttercream.

Orange Zest knots--yum. These are melt in your
mouth soft and have orange juice and orange
zest in them for flavor.

Sunrise Maple Twists. I am not a big fan of maple, but
I make an exception for these--delicious! They are not
as hard as they look and inside each twist is a streusel
with butter, cinnamon, brown sugar and walnuts.

So we went for a walk up in the woods behind us in a
futile attempt to burn off some of the Maple Twist
calories. This is the brand new water tower that was
installed this summer for the housing development
that is being planned for the future. Isn't the painting
cool? I love the way the painter made it look like
the surrounding forest. I think he did an excellent
job. My neighbor thinks it was a waste of taxpayer's
money. What do you think?

This is the view from the water tower. It is so quiet up
here that you can hear the boats moving along all the
way down on the water.

Here is a size comparison for you. That is my daughter and
our boxer at the base of the tower.

There are several cul de sacs in this new development and
there will be many lots to choose from. A lot of them will
have fantastic views of the water, mountains and town.

I should also note that these lots are right in the
middle of the Tongass Forest. Which means bears.
Lots of them.

Heading back home...

Yesterday was our 21st wedding anniversary!
We went out to dinner and came home to a
chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting.

Is it me, or does it seem like it was just 1988?
Sheesh where do the years go.

My mom is doing well, thanks for everybody
that has been asking. Of course, we always
covet your prayers for her as she continues
with the treatments and we are counting
the days until she can come and visit all of
us ya-hoos up here in AK!


Karen Deborah said...

Lovely So much in this it's a feast! You have been busy in the kitchen again making fabulous fattening delights. I am not indulging my mouth so a lookie was nice. Your such an artist with food!
A subdivision in Alaska? Did I get that right? The water tower looks really cool but it would have been better I guess if it wasn't done with tax money, we are having a recession. The other side is that some artists aren't starving, it is pretty. Your boxer is a beautiful dog. Were ya'll hunting bears, or packing a rifle for self protection?
Maybe you should pay your husband and then he'll get your kitchen done, tee hee...

Debbie in CA : ) said...

I have enjoyed our stroll together. Just beautiful! I personally like the water tower and would much rather spend tax dollars on art than a lot of other controversial items. Too bad the developer didn't pop for the art -- that would impress me as a buyer.

Love love love the peas cake -- so cute!

My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures, but I'm with Karen Deborah -- a look is all I'm allowing these days. I DO like maple -- that looks YUMMY! : D

It's always a pleasure to come visit you. I hope some day it is FOR REALS! (Do I need to bring a gun? I think I may be allergic to bears, because the hair on the back of my neck stood up just a tad when you mentioned that the new development is situated in prime bear country. Yikes!)

Jane said...

Oh Kris, you always do such a fantastic job on your foods. But I am NOT all about just looking - ANYTIME you want to send some biscotti to Washington, I will be more than happy to be a willing recipient!!!
I'm glad things are going well with your mom. Keep me posted if there's anything I can do.
PS - The water tower is sure a pretty waste of the taxpayer's money - but hey, compared to what Obama's been spending, it's probably peanuts!

Anonymous said...

Orange Zest Knots!!?? That picture is absolute torture. I'm pretty sure I could smell them through my computer screen. Love the peas in a pod. Your customer was right - it is a work of art. -Allison

mary said...

Oh my goodness! You have been a busy, baking girl! I think I really, really need the recipe for the Orange Zest Knots :) They look absolutely wonderful. I don't think I can even pick a favorite cake this time - they are beautiful.

Mason is loving public school, and I am almost to a point where I don't grieve all day about it.

Have a wonderful week!

Caution Flag said...

I didn't know that your area was populated enough for a new sub. Thanks for posting that size comparision; it absolutely shocked me! I think if you have to have a water tower, that's a beautiful one.

At a scouting meeting the other night, we were told our den would need to make a commerative cake in January - some sort of scouting scene. The panic I felt was enough for me to consider flying you to Michigan!

Glad your mom is doing okay. I really am praying for her :)

laura said...

Oh my goodness! The orange knots and maple twists look sooooo delicious!!! Post a recipe!