What the Afternoon Rain Brings …

“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon;
to me those have always been the two most beautiful words
in the English language.”

~ Henry James



When the rain falls steady on a summer afternoon, the summer day is ripe are for baking yellow spice cakes … [recipe below]


… which was promptly enjoyed on the back porch while the sun tries to shine through the downpour …


… leading to happy smiles and delighted snuggles …


… and time to notice the rain’s splendid summer handiwork on the leafy vegetable gardens …


and see amazing metamorphism before our very eyes …

… tiny, vibrant tadpoles so very close to becoming curious, little frogs …  I never knew motherhood would be such great fun!

Summer Afternoon Cake

1/2 cup of butter

1 cup of sugar

1 1/4 cup of sifted flour

2 eggs

1/2 cup of milk

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of salt

a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg

Mix the wet ingredients and dry ingredients separately, then add together into on bowl, mixing well. Butter a pan of choice – in this case, we used a bundt pan because they just look so pretty – and fill with batter.

Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.

Sprinkle icing sugar on top.

Serve it warm with strawberry preserves and a cup of cold milk or an afternoon tea.




July 9, 2013 - 8:24 pm

Heidi Sweet…and delicious…moments! 🙂

July 8, 2013 - 10:07 pm

Jenn where did you get those cute red w/ white dot dishes? They seem perfect for little fingers!