Monday, April 25, 2011

365 Project -- #106-112

What a nice week of eclectic photos!  We had a busy week here at our home--everything from dirt for our garden, families coming over to dig and build and fellowship, and homeschool, to ducks!  My busy week in images, coming up...

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.

[106] 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.

 [107] 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.

[108] April 18 -- Mallard fly-by

Mmm...dessert.  Nothing more needs to be said.  :)

[109] 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!

[110] 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.

[111] 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.

[112] 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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  1. Beautiful photos! I love the flying duck!

  2. That is a lot of dirt - and LOL on the "worm break"!

  3. Great set of photos!!! Love the one of the duck itching himself. Your dessert photos look yummy.
    Have a good one!!!

  4. I could do with that dirt here :) The duck in flight photo is my favourite along with that yummy looking dessert.

  5. Love the flowers in the header. Beautiful. Yum to the cake. The frosting sounds divine. That duck looks more like a puppy dog scratching and the worm intermission is hysterical. Love it.

  6. I love the pictures of the mallard! Especially the ones of him 'dancing'!

  7. Your collage of the duck itching himself is PRICELESS! Great job!

    Hope your Easter was blessed!

  8. Love the duck and the tart looks yummy!