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- GARDEN GOODIES~SHARE OUR GARDEN RECIPE #0034 BANANA CAKE BALLS
- WHAT IN THE WORLD? OVER THE FENCE
|"At the stroke of midnight, Neil wept softly, cradling the sour cream as it expired."|
Although watering has to be my least favorite chore, it does allow me to see what's new and who needs what. Today was fun because we had a sweet pea! Sooo exciting, as we only had one bloom from each plant, but hey, it bloomed! I think it's just too hot for them up here.
Warm again, but not too bad...it's early afternoon and 93F. Slight winds are blowing to take the edge off.
This is a continuing series. If you missed Part one, please go back to the previous blog entry.
Another night, we followed a sound to a cricket. By moving and waiting, moving and waiting, we finally sat down beside one while he lifted his wings to a 45 degree angle and rubbed the saw-blade edges swiftly back and forth for an ear-splitting call that tells female crickets how to find the old lover in the dark.
One night, our flashlight led us to, of all things, a noisy worm. Craig, our son, had picked a sound to trace that was like live wires snapping in the grass. There on a log was the larvae of a wood-boring beetle, which makes a noise -no one knows how-to frighten enemies.
To track down sounds is revealing but to start them is electrifying. Two summers ago, an expert on frogs told us that he often started his laboratory bullfrogs into song by singing in a deep voice,"There is a tavern in the town..." Unlike most frogs which sing only to find mates, the bullfrog (our largest frog) likes to sing for the sheer joy of it and will often chime in.
One night our whole family slipped down to a pond. John began, "There is a tavern..." and the children and I joined him. We repeated the song a few times, and then in reeds beside us bellowed out a deep, "Be drowned, be drowned", the refrain of the bullfrog. Four beats later, another frog chimed in, then another and another, until the entire pool was a din. But it didn't last. The children burst into laughter and the sensitive artists hushed.
Tune in tomorrow for the next installment!
1/2 cup cold milk
1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
1 small fully ripe banana, mashed
1 pkg. (10.75 oz.) frozen pound cake, thawed, crumbled into fine crumbs
3 pkg. (4.4 oz. each) milk chocolate bars, chopped
2 Tbsp. multi-colored sprinkles
Stir milk and pudding mix in medium bowl with large spoon just until pudding mix is moistened. Immediately add bananas and cake crumbs; mix well.
Shape into 36 (1-inch) balls; place on waxed paper-covered rimmed baking sheet. Freeze 1 hour.
Melt chocolate in medium microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1-1/2 min., stirring after 1 min. Dip balls in chocolate; return to baking sheet. Top immediately with sprinkles. Let stand until coating is firm.
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WHAT IN THE WORLD? OVER THE GARDEN FENCE
On today in American history, people in gardens everywhere were talking about:
- 1862: Slavery abolished in the United States
- 1917: During the third year of World War I, Britain’s King George V orders the British royal family to dispense with the use of German titles and surnames, changing the surname of his own family, the decidedly Germanic Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, to Windsor
- 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were convicted of conspiring to pass U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviets, are executed at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining New York
- 1970: Carole King has her first #1 hit as a performer
- 1977:Pope Paul VI canonizes the first male U.S. citizen, a 19th century Philadelphia bishop
- 2012: Beetle Superstar Paul McCartney turns 70