Watery Wednesday

Lobster trap, on board the scenic lobster boat tour

Kennebunkport, Maine


A scenic lobster boat tour was one of the excursions that we did in Kennebunkport.   It is a 1 1/2 hour boat ride during which you will see how “world famous” Maine lobster is harvested and have a glimpse of  the former President  Bush’s summer home, and the Seals black “Secret  Service ” boat. ( one may  say, boat -body guards).

Summer Dessert- Mountain Dew Cake

Yum, lemon makes  my  mouth water for that tart  taste sensation.   I’ve even been known to eat the juice from the freshly cut -up lemon, enjoying every second of the tart tang!!  The lemon glaze recipe is after the cake recipe. 


Lemon is one my  favorite flavors for cooking or baking and  this recipe caught my eye and worthy of sharing.  The tropical variation sounds sumptuous , too.

My Lemon Mountain Dew cake with lemon glaze luvsclassics photo 062910

Mountain Dew Cake

The original recipe is from Paula Deen’s magazine, modified to reduce the fat slightly. The Tropical Version is our own invention.

1 (18.25 oz.) box of lemon cake mix
1 (3.4 oz.) box of instant lemon-flavored pudding mix
1 (12 oz.) can of Mountain Dew (not diet!)
¾ c. vegetable oil (canola is recommended)
1 tsp. lemon flavoring
4 large eggs (or equivalent in EggBeaters)
Preheat oven to 325° F. Spray a fluted Bundt pan with nonstick baking spray with flour.
In a large bowl, combine cake mix and pudding mix. Add soda, oil, flavoring and eggs or egg substitute. Beat at medium speed with electric mixer until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 45 – 50 minutes, or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.

Tropical Version:
Substitute one large box of instant banana cream-flavored pudding mix for lemon. Substitute 1 tsp. rum flavoring for lemon flavoring. Add one small can of well-drained pineapple and a large handful of shredded cocoanut. Will need approximately 5 extra minutes in the oven.

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The visitors that I’ve had recently to this post for for” summer dessert” Mountain Dew Cake  are from Lincoln, Nebraska,  Frankfurt, Kentucky, and Stevenson, Washington.

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  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • To make the Glaze: In a medium bowl, combine lemon juice and confectioners’ sugar. Beat in the melted butter and 1 tablespoon water. Poke holes in the top of the cake and pour glaze over.

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Scenic Sunday

Cape Neddick lighthouse



Cape Neddick lighthouse, Maine

Please join in the fun and post your scenic photo on Sundays.

Share a photo of a scene, a flower, or anything else you feel is scenic.


Can you imagine Phonographs in your living room today?

Sound and music recordings have beeen around for over 100 years.

In 1877, Thomas Edison recorded his voice for use as a dictation machine.

The phonograph was developed as a result of Thomas Edison’s work on two other inventions, the telegraph and the telephone.

The patent on the phonograph was issued  February  19, 1878.

In 1877, Emile Berliner produced the first flat disc recording.

In January 1896, Thomas Edson started the National phonograph company.  Prices were $20.00 for the Standard model.  Standard size cylinders were sold for 50 cents each with songs that included sentimental ballads, marches, hymns, coon songs, comic monologues, and special recordings -sound reenactments of events.

Here is a photograph of a collection of early phonographs at the Menlo park museum.


1899 Standard phonograph

If you were born in 1890, this is what your I-pod would look like.

We visited the Menlo park museum of Thomas Alva Edison a few years ago.

History from the following:

“The History of the Edison Cylinder Phonograph”




Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog.  Comments are always appreciated. Let me know what you think. 🙂


Skywatch Friday Season 4 Episode 50

Silvery Clouds and farm

Silvery clouds and farm

This farm land is in central New Jersey.  I truly enjoy the scenery as I drive by; this area has many signs indicating preserved land.   

Who wants to sit on the tire swing and swing?

Coca cola cake


Have you ever heard of Coca Cola cake?

I just read this morning , and since coca cola is a popular drink, why not include this cake in my recipes list.

Coca Cola Cake

1 package plain white cake mix

4 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

8 Tablespoons (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted

1 cup coca cola

½ cup buttermilk (Or substitute 1/2 C whole milk with a T of lemon juice stirred in)

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 ½ cups of marshmallows


8 Tablespoons (1 stick) butter or margarine

4 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1/3 Cup coca cola

4 Cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

1 Cup chopped pecans (I left these out because my kids prefer this cake with no nuts, but pecans are GREAT in this!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly mist a 13×9-inch baking pan with vegetable oil spray. Set the pan aside.
Place the cake mix, cocoa powder, melted butter, cola, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides with a spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes.

The batter should be well blended. Fold in the marshmallows. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Place the pan it the oven.

Bake the cake until it springs back when lightly pressed with your finger and just starts to pull away from the sides of the pan, 40 to 42 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, prepare frosting while cake is still hot.

Place the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. As the butter melts, stir in the cocoa powder and cola. Let the mixture come to just a boil, stirring constantly, and then remove it from the heat. Stir in the confectioners’ sugar until the frosting is thick and smooth. Fold in the pecans.

Recipe  is from: blog called A Southern Plate.


Pour the frosting over the top of the cake, spreading it out with a rubber spatula so that it reaches the edges of the cake. Cool the cake for 20 minutes before serving.

Camera Critters

Have you come to see me?








Whenever  we go for an outing – a day trip, the part I like best is a traveling on a back country road. I’m happiest when we come along to a dairy farm.  We stry to stop for me to capture some “cow” photos.

Holstein cows  are  black and white dairy cattle that originated in the North Holland and Friesland in  Europe.

Holsteins are known for their Outstanding  milk production.  ( courtesy of Wikpedia.)


Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes                                                 3 meals -5 servings each

3 pounds ground beef

2 large onions, chopped (about 2 cups)

4 medium stalks, celery, sliced (about 2 cups)

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 1/2 cups catsup

3/4 cup water

2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 1/2 teaspoons salt ( substitute  lite salt )

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Have ready at serving time for each meal:

         5 hamburger buns, split and toasted


Cook and stir ground beef, onions, celery, and garlic in 4 quart Dutch oven until beef is light brown, drain.  Stir in catsup, water, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.   Heat to boiling; reduce heat.

Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. ( To serve immediately, remove 1/3 of the beef mixture ( about 1 and 3/4 cups ) and fill buns.  Divide mixture among three 1 pint freezer containers.  Cover, label and freeze no longer than 3 months.


About 35 minutes before serving, remove 1 container beef mixture from freezer.  dip into very hot water just to loosen.  Place frozen block in 2-quart saucepan.  Heat uncovered over medium heat, turning occasionally, until hot, about 30 minutes.   Fill buns with beef mixture.

Microwave Reheat instructions:

Dip one container  beef mixture into very hot water just to loosen.   Place frozen block in 2-quart microwave proof casserole.  Cover tightly and microwave on high ( 100 %), stirring every 5 minutes, until hot 14 to 16 minutes.


Betty Crocker’s Working Woman’s cookbook  c. 1982.

Easy Caesar Salad

                                                                            8 servings

3 anchovy fillets

1/3 cup bottled Caesar salad dressing

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 large bunch Romaine, torn into bite-sized pieces ( about 10 cups)

1 cup onion-garlic flavored croutons.

In memory of my Aunt Rose Mildner

My dad’s sister died at a golden  age  on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 .

She was born in Catania, Italy and raised in New York City where she also married and raised her children.  She later moved to Old Bridge  to live with my grandfather after my grandmother passed away and remained living there until the last few years.

A lovely lady.

Aunt Rose looked so pretty wearing necklace and earrings. Mom and I pictured.

On this day in June  25, 2009, I brought both my mother and Nina to see Aunt Rose.  We had pleasant visit together.   We stayed for the resident’s social hour and had the pleasure of listening to a keyboard player (piano) play many of the great oldies.  There was also an ice cream dessert served.

Time slips away, always think of her,  She’s in God’s hands now.

Happy Friday June 04, 2010

Ferris Wheel at the Sussex Fair August 2009Season 4 Episode   57

Dreaming of a carefree day, imagine   a moment to enjoy the carnival rides.  

Which one would you choose?

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