Monday, October 20, 2014

Diane's Hawaiian Upside Down Bundt Cake

Diane's Hawaiian Upside Down Bundt Cake

Beat together
  •   3 eggs                
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil 
  • 2 1/2 cups flour (Gold Medal)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup orange juice 
  • juice from the can of pineapple 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
 Turn off mixer scrape bowl then beat on high a few minutes

Grease and Flour a Bundt or angel food pan, lay slices of pineapple evenly in the bottom of the pan, you may add a maraschino cherry to center of each slice if you like.  Sprinkle the tablespoon of sugar evenly over them, sprinkle the coconut evenly over that, drizzle maple syrup evenly over that, drizzle the melted butter over that, then add the batter. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 55 minutes or until test pick comes out clean. Immediately place heatproof serving plate upside down over pan; turn plate and pan over. Leave pan over cake a few minutes tapping with handle of butter knife until  mixture can drizzle over cake; remove pan. ENJOY!
  • 5 pineapple slices
  • 1 c. shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • drizzled maple syrup
  • 2/3 stick of butter melted

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wonderful Story Of How Wolves Changed Yellowstone

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Fulton Steamboat Inn ~ Lacaster, PA Our Mini Last Day Of September Vacation...

Saturday, September 20, 2014

RE-POST Millbrook Village Days

Update: 2013
  Millbrook Days at Millbrook Village
October 4TH and 5TH 2014
10 AM to 4 PM
Old Mine Rd. and CR 602N.
Hardwick Twp., NJ
908-841-9531, 908-537-2544, 973-875-3461

Millbrook Village
Poem by Diane Dunwell-Hoffman © 1996

A crisp cool autumn day, the scent of wood burning.
People dressed in flannels and jeans come with a yearning.
A yearning to experience a way of life, hands on,
sweat on the brow, crafters long gone.
Raking the lambs wool, spinning the yarn, and then weaving the cloth,
while the sheep graze in a pen.
The smells, oh the smells, apple butter in a kettle, a stew
cooking on an open hearth, hot burning metal at the blacksmith shop.
The tastes, the sips, the licks,
Cider, apple butter, honey, and hard candy sticks.
All around is autumns glory, trees of red, orange,
and gold.
No high-tech society, just the truly wonderful ways of old.

Millbrook Days 2009 – October 3rd and 4th, 2009

10 AM to 4 PM – Rain or Shine

Are you tired of the fast pace of the 21st century? Step back to a quieter time where the high price of gas, credit cards cell phones and computers are not found.
Experience Millbrook Days where Millbrook Village comes alive as it was over a century ago.
Volunteers in period clothing will demonstrate 19th century crafts and trades recreating the atmosphere of a late 19th century farming community.
Visit the one room school house and learn the three Rs. Join in some kid’s games at recess. Try the stilts, hoops, or jump rope. There will be other kid’s games and activities throughout the village too. Marbles, checkers, ring toss, apple race, sack race, tug of war and corn husk doll making to mention a few. Kids of all ages can join the fun. No batteries required!

Millbrook’s "residents" will be busy plying their trades and doing everyday chores and activities. Cooking on a woodstove, churning butter, spinning yarn, making cloth, natural dying, gardening, lace making, quilting, darning and sewing, drying and preserving food, gourd decorating, open hearth and campfire cooking, too.

The blacksmith, wheelwright, wood workers, carvers, rope makers, Shaker Box maker, miller, chair maker, chair caner, wooden pitch fork maker, slate splitter, tinsmith and other craftsmen will be plying their trades and demonstrating old time skills. Step in and ask if you can help, there are lots of hands-on things to try.

Like music? The band will be playing some good old time music. Got an instrument? Bring it along and join the fun. Another type of music will be playing down by the barn. An assortment of vintage hit and miss engines will be setting the tempo for the corn sheller, grinder and other old time equipment. To some, the sound of these old engines is music too.

Apples are in season. The grinder and press will be turning out fresh apple cider and the kettle will be cooking down apples to make delicious apple butter. Lend a hand, it’s fun.
There is something for everyone to see and enjoy. A friendly atmosphere abounds, and new friends are sure to be found at Millbrook Village. Everything is free of charge and family oriented. Donations are accepted.
Picnic and rest room facilities are available. Food concession is available both days provided by the Harmony Hill Presbyterian Church.
Millbrook Days is presented by the Millbrook Village Society in cooperation with the National Park Service
Millbrook Village is part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, located in Hardwick Twp., NJ at the intersection of Old Mine Road and Warren County Route 602N.
Parking and admission is free. Shuttle bus service provided from the Watergate Area to Millbrook Village from 10 AM to 5 PM daily – free of charge.

For more information about Millbrook Village go to the the NPS website /millbrook village or by telephone 908-841-9531 or 908-537-2544 .
Directions to Millbrook:

Unless you're coming from Blairstown, NJ, your best bet for finding Millbrook is to take I-80 to the westernmost exit in New Jersey. If you're coming from Pennsylvania on I-80, this will be the first exit in NJ after you cross the Delaware River. As you come down the exit ramp, make a sharp right. You'll pass under I-80 and hit a stop light. If you're coming from NJ on I-80, you'll make the last exit before going over the bridge into PA (Millbrook exit), proceed down the exit ramp, make a right, and you'll end up at this same stoplight. You'll probably wonder why this road needs a stoplight, but it's one lane wide for about 3/4 of a mile. When it was once a two lane road, the experience was truly life-changing. The light changes about every 3 minutes for opposing traffic. Millbrook is 12 miles from the I-80 bridge along this road. It may seem like an eternity, but it really is only 12 miles (of breathtaking views of the Delaware River), and you'll end up at the intersection of two roads. The village parking lot will be at this intersection. For those of you obsessed with internet maps, MapQuest will find Millbrook, NJ, and does show the Old Mine Road as well as the roads from Blairstown and Peter's Valley.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tomato Soup Cake So Easy A Third Grader Can Make It...

Yesterday I taught my 7 year old granddaughter how to bake a delicious cake using tomato soup. This is a recipe I got from my mother Ruth M. Dunwell.

Tomato Soup Cake
350 degrees 40-45 minutes

Beat together sugar,cinnamon, eggs, oil,tomato soup -gradually add the combined ingredients of flour, baking powder,baking soda, beat on high scraping bowl. Turn into greased & floured cake pan(s). We used a Bundt pan.


2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/3 cups dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 -10 ounce can tomato soup
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk

Friday, September 5, 2014

By The Sea...Avon

Thank you Lord for blessing me with my fantastic family and the chance to spend a wonderful four days with my cousin and sister! The Cashelmara Inn B & B was marvelous, the Victorian town of Avon By The Sea gorgeous and peaceful, a couple of shopping trips to Ocean Grove and Historic Smithville were so much fun, and just to relax in the sun by the sea was such a blessing! On the way home we also stopped by Washington Crossing State Park, just below New Hope, PA.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

When The Lord Makes Your Little Girl Dreams Come True...

I had always loved those unusual shaped windows in a home!
In the movie Pollyanna the elderly man showed the kids how the crystals from the chandelier sparkled against the walls .
The Lord Blessed Me with not one, but three fireplaces and a lovely family to gather around them.

We put the water garden in last year and added new stones this year. Along came Jeremiah the bullfrog to keep the fish company. The water lily has bloomed three times already.

I was blessed with a Japanese Lilac at the base of the lamp post.
The hydrangea was here when I bought the home.

Our property is 12,800 square feet allowing us plenty of room for a water garden, pool, and shed. Lots of room in the front too.
Floating aimlessly on the water in my own pool, in my own backyard!

Yes, the Lord  has blessed me with all those things that I had dreamed of as a little girl growing up in Alpha, New Jersey.  He brought me to this lovely community of Lake Wynonah, Pennsylvania. Lake Wynonah is a private gated community with two gorgeous lakes and many other amenities; community pool, tennis court, two basketball courts, several pavilions and picnic areas, a lodge with a restaurant and bar, and many service and social clubs. 

My home has many other features that I absolutely adore and enjoy.  There is a huge window in the living room with the most awesome views of the sun setting in the west.  

There is a shelf under that window and another over the sliding glass doors that lead to the deck. The deck offers so much to enjoy; nature and comfort.

Our home has 1988 square feet of living space.

I always wanted a home with a red door and it was the first thing that I had noticed
when the realtor brought me to the home to see it.

Who wouldn't love a bedroom that is 11'X17', just another great blessing in my home!

And every family dreams of having two full bathrooms! The lower level full bath adjoins the lower level guest room, and

has an extra wide door made especially for one of the former owners who was confined to a wheel chair.

In 1963 when I was 12 years old my parents looked at a model home that was a split level with the same type foyer and stairs as my home that lead down to a family room. I always wanted a family room from that day forward. Now I have my family room for throwing parties, watching movies, or playing ping pong. 
I always loved windows with shutters too! 

In 1993 when my husband Roger and I were married I had this Bible verse read during the ceremony, Jeremiah 29:11 

I want to thank the Lord for all these blessings and making my little girl dreams come true. What makes it all so special is the fact that I am sharing these blessings with my husband,  my two daughters and my grandchildren.