A First for Everything

Another first. I dried some zucchini with my dehydrator. I would like to try experiment with a few other vegetables such as green peppers, onions, and tomatoes. Anyone have any advice, do you or have you dried vegetables. What was your process and how did you utilize your goods. As you hear lots about sun dried tomatoes I’d have to say that is where most of my interest is.
First year growing garlic. We have about 3 times the above and it is amazing. How do you all store it? And the trick to braiding it? I read up on it a bit but still didn’t quite get it.

Farm stand update: We made $61 our first week. Doesn’t sound like much but it is a start. What we’ve observed so far. Best sellers, corn, tomatoes, eggs, and cukes. Zucchini, garlic, and yellow squash we’ve sold very little of.
I will end this post with a recipe for some kick a@! cake I made John for his birthday. He requested chocolate cake with PB frosting and that is what he got. Homemade at that, in previous years it would have come straight from the box with a jar of frosting. You do what you see. I do not ever remember my Mom making cake from scratch so why would I?
We started eating this at 5:30 am and it was gone by 8 that night. We celebrate John’s b-day early before I headed to work. I usually do not over eat but I did with this cake. A must make for anyones upcoming b-day!

The Perfect Present Buttermilk Chocolate Cake Recipe

2 Cups Flour
  1. Chocolate Recipe - Hershey's Cocoa image

    Preheat Oven to 300° F
    (This is not a typo! This is a slow bake chocolate cake recipe.)

  2. Use Crisco Shortening to lightly grease and flour the
    9 x 13 in. Baking Dish. (It’s a one layer chocolate cake!)
  3. Place all the ingredients on the left into a mixing bowl.
  4. Mix at medium or medium high speed until all ingredients are blended and smooth.
  5. Pour into greased and floured baking dish
  6. Bake for 1 hr.
  7. Test by sticking with knife. If it comes out clean, it’s done!
  8. Allow to cool.
Scroll down this page for the simple Recommended White Vanilla Icing…
2 Cups Sugar
¾ Cup Hershey’s Cocoa
2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
2 Eggs (I use large eggs)
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Buttermilk

Remember that you can freeze buttermilk so you have to make another buttermilk chocolate cake recipe.

1 Cup Mazola Oil
1 ½ Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Boiling Water

borrowed from:

(I cooked it for 50minutes and it came out perfect, my stove seems to over cook a bit)



  1. Cream butter and peanut butter together.
  2. Add half the powdered sugar and blend.
  3. Blend in milk and vanilla.
  4. Add remaining powdered sugar.
  5. Stir until smooth and well blended.

frosting recipe borrowed from