When one builds raised bed vegetable gardens, one needs a lot of dirt! We've bought a wonderful garden mixture from this company (advertising inserted here--see phone number in photo!!) for several years, and this year was no exception. I hope we're done building gardens for a while.
 April 16 -- Dirt delivery!
What do you get when a group of homeschooling guys comes over? Lots of hard work! Um, in the below image, they found a worm. Yes, they range in age from 14 through 22, and a worm can still stop them. It was an impressive worm. Read all about the guys and my garden here.
 April 17 -- Worm intermission
We have a resident duck couple who sat in the balcony (our roof) to watch all the work going on in our garden. I caught this neat shot when they took off for a quick circle of the area before returning to their balcony seating.
 April 18 -- Mallard fly-by
Mmm...dessert. Nothing more needs to be said. :)
 April 19 -- Raspberry tart for dessert
Danny was frustrated with his chemistry experiment, and it took the both of us two attempts before we figured out how to hold a beaker over the flame on the stove without the beaker slipping and spilling everywhere. As the experiment included hydrochloric acid, we were glad the beaker contained just water!
 April 20 -- Chemistry experiment
Our resident papa duck was waddling around one day, watching mama sitting, when he had an itch (we think!). So he stopped to scratch it. I decided to try a photo collage.
 April 21 -- Duck dance
Baking day for Resurrection Sunday! My mission--find a cake recipe that didn't call for either shortening or cake flour. I don't use shortening, and I wanted to use my special golden wheat flour. I found a recipe for a white layer cake, and adapted it (as it suggested to do) for a yellow cake. (I added two egg yolks back in to the batter.) It also used buttermilk, and that intrigued me.
 April 22 -- Baking for Sunday
P.S. As I type this, only one-quarter of the cake remains. I made a lemon-buttercream frosting and the cake was a hit. Another photo for next week, maybe!
I hope your Resurrection Sunday was sweet with the knowledge that He paid a debt He did not owe; here are the lyrics from a long-ago simple church chorus:
He paid a debt He did not owe,
I owed a debt I could not pay,
I needed Someone to wash my sins away.
And now I sing a brand new song--"Amazing Grace!"
For Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay.
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