Random 5 Saturday ~ Birthdays, Rinks and COVID19

It’s Saturday, the sun is shining and it’s time for 5 randoms from my world.  Ready? Set? Go!

1 )  Celebrating oldest boy’s birthday later today ~ which called for some home-made baking straight out of Mommacita’s kitchen.   My blueberry-loving boy gets a blueberry/peach cobbler and the rest will enjoy a Triple Chocolate “Rink” Cake (good enough to take to the rink, a nod to the winter home of my childhood).  That sheen on the cake? That’s from butter in the homemade chocolate buttercream frosting.  Margarine is never gonna give you that sheen ~ Love baked in every bite!

Blueberry Peach Cobbler

Triple Chocolate “Rink” Cake

Indeed it is

2 ) Speaking of the Rink .. it remains the H E A R T of my prairie home. Talking with my sister last night she filled me in on the “Spa Spiel” happening this weekend – a 3 day curling bonspiel, with 16 teams, ages ranging from grade school to seniors.  (** Winning team gets a trip to the local hot springs Spa**)  The rink kitchen will be humming with volunteers frying onions for “rink burgers,”  serving up homemade pie, homemade soup and homemade buns, all donated from area residents.   Those not curling will be visiting, skating, playing cards, eating pie and enjoying what’s likely to be the last winter “hurrah” for the real ice of that small-town prairie rink.   Spring will come and the ice will go – it’s just the way it’s always been.

I remember coming in to warm up, after skating for hours, and finding enough change for an ice cold-coke or Sprite out of this cooler.   We’d pull our drink out of the frosty water, wipe it off with the rag that’d been there forever, and enjoy, our cheeks burning as they warmed.    It is not possible to craft a better childhood and I’m so glad to hear those prairie traditions continue!

the old Coca-Cola chest …

 

3 )  Signs of Spring are everywhere – but March came in like a Lamb.  We all know what that means!

Roar !

4 ) Woke up to emails from airlines that I have upcoming business trip tickets with  ~ and assurances about clean air and cabin cleaning….  No CoVid19 around here yet but the FLU (which kills thousands every year) has been rampant, with many schools having to close for a week at a time.   NoroVirus, Influenza A and H1N1 are all in play – blah.   Between us, I’ve got a feeling my corporate conferences are about to be scrapped.   And that’s OK by me.

5 )  My new indulgence – Cuban coffee  ~ oh Mylanta, so good!

 

What’s new in your world?

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6 thoughts on “Random 5 Saturday ~ Birthdays, Rinks and COVID19

  1. Sounds like good eats all the way around. Locally people are going nuts over the Corona virus although the regular flu is killing more people. All I hear is wash you hands. Seriously? Do people only wash their hands during an epidemic? Yikes!

  2. Fun post! I bought some of that coffee…. tried making lattes, but it didn’t dissolve in my boiling water. Is it supposed to be used in a real old-fashion coffeepot? Asking for a friend.
    Happy Birthday to your boy!

    • Thank you! We had a great time, my face is sore from laughing so much last night :).
      I’m not sure which variety of that coffee you bought, I have purchased both the grounds for a drip coffee machine and the Keurig cups for that machine. It is very finely ground coffee ~ and very good. Hope that helps! MJ

  3. The cobbler and the cake look absolutely delicious! Although, full confession, I’ve never eaten cobbler. Mom wasn’t much of a baker- we kids baked more than she did. All the rink talk takes me back to skating on ponds when I was growing up, followed by mugs of hot cocoa. With all the Covid19 scare (and a cluster of cases and a handful of deaths just a county away), flu and other crud going around, I’m a little bit glad my son is doing school at home these days.

    • Cobbler to me tastes like a fruit pie with the crust baked inside ~ the crust is dropped over the fruit and bakes up looking like a cobbled road – lumpy and bumpy. The cake is a super rich dark chocolate cake with chocolate butter-cream frosting ~ very decadent with vanilla iced cream. The kids enjoyed all and I saved some cake for hubby and a tiny piece of cobbler for me.

      We skated on ponds, too … remember being wary of any frozen limbs as you skated? Jumping hazards for sure.

      I’m sure you’re happy to be home with him for these reasons and many more ~ scary times and the media hype isn’t helping, in my opinion. Have a great day!

      ~MJ

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