Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself;
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
~Groucho Marx

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A cool walk and chocolate cake

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Another cool morning - this time 44 degrees.  The sun was out again and some low hanging clouds settled in a few places too.

I walked down through town and around two of the cemeteries and then headed down towards HT.  Passed up the turn off and then came back to town and home.

A couple of rabbits ran across the street in front of me and a man was out walking his two little dogs.

Ken passed me on his way to Ron's who is our neighbor at HT and gave me a toot. : )  He went to help Ron dig a ditch to bury some pipe.

I don't know what these little blue/violet weeds/wildflowers are but think they are very pretty and there are quite a few of them growing by the little town pond.

A nice crisp morning walk. : )
I walked 5.5 miles.
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Finished up a couple of things around the house that I didn't get to yesterday and then I decided to make a chocolate cake.

My friend Connie told me that the recipe on the back of the Hershey's Cocoa is a good one so I tried that.  I already have a couple of very good chocolate cake recipes but you can never have too many. : ) 

Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate Cake

2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup Hershey's Cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup boiling water

Combine dry ingredients in large bowl.  Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla on medium speed for two minutes.
Stir in boiling water - batter will be thin.
Pour into two 9 inch round pans and bake 30 - 35 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean) in a 350 degree oven.
Cool completely before icing.

I used a 9 x 12 inch baking pan and baked it for 35 minutes.

Strange that there was a light spot in the middle of it which looks like a butterfly or bow tie to me.  : ) 
The icing I used was also on the back of the can.  Yummy it is very good.

Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate Frosting.

 1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup Hershey's Cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Melt butter.  Stir in cocoa.  Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating after each on medium speed to spreading consistency.  Add more milk, if needed. (I didn't)
Stir in vanilla.  Makes about 2 cups frosting.
If you are a chocolate lover this cake is for you.
I had a tiny little taste and despite that light color in the middle of the cake it is I one of the best chocolate cakes I've ever tasted. 
No ice cream for my snack tonight.  It will be a decent sized piece of cake.  : )
If you're reading this Connie, Thanks for letting me know about the recipe. 

I mowed the lawn this afternoon.  I'm wondering if it will be the last time for the year.  Then I starting cutting down the dead daisies in the front yard.  I filled up one large garbage can.  Still have a lot to go but feel good that I got a start on it.

Then it was rest time and I sat on the porch and did some reading. 
It's been a good productive day again and that makes me happy.
Hope your day has been a good one too.
Life is Good.
happyone : )
Some things have to be believed to be seen.
~ Ralph Hodgson


  1. That cake looks delicious.Of course if it has chocolate in it then it must be good.

  2. That is one of my favorite chocolate cake recipes! Looks yummy!

  3. Good morning, I love the early morning misty scene. The blue flowers are pretty. And YUM, your chocolate cake looks delicious. Thanks for sharing, have a happy day!

  4. I would say you deserve a generous sized piece of cake after your productive day. Gosh does it ever look delicious.
    The little blue flowers are so pretty. I believe they are wild asters.

  5. I agree with Happy@Home. I believe they are asters.
    Your chocolate cake looks delicious!
    Yard work day for us too. Always very satisfying when it is done, isn't it?

  6. First off, I want to say I LOVE the fog shot! 2nd - I think those are purple aster wildflowers, and 3rd ....that cake looks amazing!!!! YUM!!!

  7. Oh, yum! Who can go wrong with chocolate cake?!? Yes, I'm definitely a chocolate lover! Now I must bake a chocolate cake.:-)

  8. Mmm chocolate cake is always good. Your wildflowers look like the Michaelmas daisies here, a garden flower that sometimes grows wild and flowers at this time of year.

  9. Yum! That's what I requested for my birthday every year when I was living at home. Have you ever made a chocolate cake with mayonnaise? I don't know if that's the recipe my grandma used, or if it was someone else--too many years ago!

  10. Have never made the cake, but the frosting is #1 in my recipe book. Must try the cake!

  11. I have this theory that any day that involves chocolate cake has a better than average chance of being a great day!


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