It’s more than just a cake

Claire and the Cake

Sometimes it is more than just making a cake. It is joy; it is pleasure, is the happiness of sharing time together and the fun of putting the fun decorations on a simple chocolate cake.  It is the pleasure of knowing young people at the office where my son works got to have a piece.  Actually the half that we sent into Nokia disappeared before 10 AM with email announcement or notice.  Guess they liked, but there is the notion that it is difficult not to like chocolate.

Claire, my four year old granddaughter has such a good time sticking the chocolate rolls into the frosting and sharing with dad, my son, when he came home.  For me, it her working so hard to mix the cake by hand, working the ingredients together and laughing throughout the entire process.

Joy is where you least expect it.   Baking a cake with a good friend is right up with the best things to do.  And I don’t even eat cake, but I do steal a little of the frosting…..

It’s more than just a cake

Why is baking a cake Relaxing

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Sometimes I wonder why stopping to bake a cake for no really good reason is calming and enjoyable.  In the middle of learning systems for real estate, learning lead systems and trying to respond to every email I received, it is just nice to take a little time and make a cake.

I eat Gluten-free, so I won’t even eat the cake, but I know my husband will like a little and now I can take the rest to my real estate office.  It is so much like summer it just seemed an Angel Food Cake with a little chocolate ganache and strawberries might be good for the soul.

Enjoy!

Why is baking a cake Relaxing

And you think you go somewhere fun to have your hair done.

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How many Hair Salons have a Chicken Coup, a School House from the 1800’s and nice modern salon built on the property.  Don Edward’s in Kingston is Gene Juarez trained and actually listens to what you say.  Pretty remarkable combination.

And you think you go somewhere fun to have your hair done.

Port Gamble Post Office

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Back in time to Port Gamble with its Post Office. Port Gamble represents one of the few remaining examples of company towns, thousands of which were built in the nineteenth century by industrialists to house employees. Founders Josiah Keller, William Talbot, and Andrew Pope planned the town to reflect the character of their hometown, East Machias, Maine, where many of the early employees originated. For 142 years, the community existed to support sawmills that produced lumber for the world market. The mill closed in 1995, but as a National Historic Site, the townsite has been preserved to reflect an authentic company mill town.

The first known residents of Port Gamble were members of the Nooksclime, Clallam, or S’Kallam tribe who fished and gathered food along Hood Canal. The S’Klallams belonged to the linguistic group, South Coast Salish, which populated Puget Sound. Tribes traded and intermarried and generally experienced little conflict except for raids from outside the region. In 1841, a U.S. Navy expedition led by Lieutenant Charles Wilkes (1798-1877) named the two-mile-long bay at the mouth of Hood Canal after Navy Lieutenant Robert Gamble, who was wounded in the War of 1812.

In the summer of 1853, San Francisco lumber merchant and sea captain William Talbot (1816-1881) spotted the sand spit at the mouth of the bay as a likely place for a lumber mill. Talbot was a partner of Josiah Keller (d. 1862), Andrew Pope (1820-1878), and Charles Foster in the Puget Mill Company. They planned to cut the abundant trees of Oregon Territory into lumber for sale in California and across the Pacific. The sand spit sheltered ships and was close to stands of timber.

S’Klallams already lived on the spit and on the bluff above. Keller induced the natives to move across the bay to Point Julia in exchange for free lumber, firewood, and Christmas gifts. The S’Kallams called the site Teekalet, “brightness of the noonday sun,” for the way the water and sand reflected light on sunny days. Talbot borrowed that name for the mill.

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Here is the oldest photo of the building I could find.

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Port Gamble Post Office

Local Attractions

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Poulsbo, Washington is one of our local “Go To” places in Kitsap County,  picturesque with great restaurants and shops galore.  Sheila’s offers great breakfast delights with friendly local servers and The Loft restaurant offers great views of the bay, if you sit out on the deck.  Be prepared to wait a bit, as I find the service a little slow, but the food is local and good.

In this drawing, I think I actually like the black and white better than the colored version.

Since I just started selling Real Estate again with John L. Scott and Penny’s Team in Poulsbo, and will be showing from Bainbridge to Kingston I decided the perfect house-warming gift would be a drawing of the house my client buys.  Let me know if you know of anyone looking to buy a new home in our area.

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Local Attractions

Happy Easter

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Happy Easter with new dresses for the granddaughters.  Everyone loved what I made for them this year, and it seems the Easter Egg Hunts were successful.  Brunch brings back fond memories of living in Del Mar and getting together with many friends for Pot Luck Easter Brunch.  Lots of great food with friends and children after church.

Yesterday I went to church in the morning to hear a new friend sing at her church.  It has been a long time since I have been this moved by someone singing, but my friend is amazing and should be doing this on a much bigger stage.  It was sheer pleasure to watch her perform.

After church full swing action with sharing our beachfront front yard with our neighbors family.  We may be finding extra Easter Eggs for ages, but watching then discover all the eggs we lovingly filled was a true delight.  Maybe next year Claire can came join us.  Happy Happy Easter and Here comes Spring.

Happy Easter

HAPPY EASTER AND HAPPY APRIL

Easter

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Easter always brings fond memories of growing up in my small and rural home town of Colusa, California.  We bought new hats and tailored new dresses made every year.  Dinner at Grandmas house, followed by the egg hunt in the yard, then at our church.  As I grew older and had my own family, new outfits for my three sons and a new elegant hat and dress for me, followed by brunch at my best friends house or our house with lots of kids, food and champagne.  Always sunny smiling times in San Diego.

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Fred, Chadwyck, Kyle, Maxx and Diana

Now my sons are grown with one granddaughter so far and two graddaughters locally with my new husband, so we are attempting to start a tradition of the the Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch after.  Think may be me going by myself to church, if I get everything ready the day before for a simple brunch the day before.

Hoping my son will send photos of my granddaughter in her new dress, hat and holding her basket and pray someday they will live closer, so we can help the tradition grow.  For now, I love making them dresses and stuffing Easter Eggs.

Hope you all have a loving and happy Easter!

HAPPY EASTER AND HAPPY APRIL