There is nothing better than being able to spend the biggest part of the day with your husband on his birthday! My sweet hubby turned 57 today! I baked him his favorite cake, gave him a McDonald's Big Mac (another favorite) for lunch and made him short ribs for dinner! Mid- afternoon we took a trip around some of the tobacco farms to see how everyone's crops were faring since we have had no rain, and we stopped at the Frosty Maid for a chocolate ice cream cone! I don't think his day could have been any better!
His favorite cake is yellow cake with chocolate frosting! My mom turned him on to a homemade old timey fudge icing and he absolutely LOVES it! So, I went through her recipes and finally found it! It was my first time to actually make it myself but I did really good! When I brought his cake out for him at lunch, I started crying because I know this was one of her favorite icings to make! We both shared a piece of cake for dessert after lunch and it was delicious! As you can see, we made pigs of ourselves!
I don't think mother would mind if I shared the recipe....
2 cups sugar - 1/2 cup cocoa - 1/2 cup milk - 1/2 cup butter
Combine everything in a saucepan and bring to a rumbling boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and let boil for 1 1/2 minutes, continuing to stir constantly. Remove from heat and beat with beaters for 5 minutes. Pour over cake using your spatula to make it drip over the sides. Enjoy!!
I went into town earlier today by myself and picked him up this hat for his birthday. I had already given him his gift but I had to go to the local Ace Hardware to get some buckets for starting my 14 day pickles and I happened to spy this hat! He needs one to wear when he is in the tobacco fields. I think he looks pretty cute in it!
After lunch I washed the cucumbers that my mother-in-law sent to me and got them ready to begin the 2 1/2 week leg of making my granny's 14 day pickles. Granny made these every year and I really like them so I make them in honor of her every year! My husband can take a jar to the recliner and just eat pickle while watching a movie. I have always wondered why she calls them a 14 day pickle though, when it actually takes 2 1/2 weeks for them to be ready to go in the jars??? It doesn't matter though...all that matters is that they are delicious!! :)
For the past 2 days in between quilting, I have been working on some more of the vintage quilt blocks that my mother-in-law found in her attic! Her mother made these 9 patch blocks but no-one had ever put them into a quilt! There are 24 blocks in this pattern so I have decided to make 2 quilts! I have the first 12 blocks ready to be sewn together. I wanted to show you my progress up until now. I won't be able to sew these together until after July 1st but maybe by then I can show you both quilts!
I am linking this post up to Monday Funday!