Sunday, March 15, 2015

The World According to Bella and Baileys Irish Cream Pound Cake

Danger in the Desert
When Mr. C and Mrs. S signed on for this trip they failed to tell me about the dangers lurking in the desert. Perhaps I should have paid more attention on day one when Mrs. S and I saw this sign at the rest stop.  
In the six weeks I have been here I've yet to see a snake on my walks through the desert to the dog park, only desert rats and roadrunners. This past week two scary things have happened. But I want you to know I did my best to protect Mr.C 
First a coyote came running out of the desert. It crossed the street right in front of us. I gave my bravest, loudest bark and that scared it right off. But yesterday was more than scary. I could barely get out a bark. I was sure Mr. C and I were in BIG trouble. We were on our usual walk on the desert path to the park. Out of nowhere came 8 and I mean 8 javelinas! We were definitely outnumbered. And they're just plain UGLY and HUGE. Mrs. S once took a picture of two sleeping at the desert museum but she was behind a fence.   

But once I got going on the barking thing I couldn't stop. I managed to scare them off and dragged Mr. C in an opposite direction. Lucky for him he was still holding on to my leash. Neither of us ever looked back. We learned later javelinas can be a problem in neighborhoods. They are always looking for food so garbage can't be put out the night before. Just the thought of 8 of so close by makes me shake.

I'm starting to miss home. I've been gone so long my buddies probably have forgotten me. And I know all the snow and ice are gone but the problem seems to be Mr. C and Mrs. S. I just don't see them packing at all. I'm getting worried. 
Love, Bella


Baileys Irish Cream Pound Cake
Cook's notes: This cake is loaded with flavor and very moist. It is a very straightforward recipe and easy to put together. The frosting is so good you could just eat it right out of the bowl.
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Loaf Ingredients:

  •  1/2 cup butter
  •  3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup Baileys' Irish Cream
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
Glaze Ingredients:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  •  3 TB. Baileys' Irish Cream (may need more to reach icing desired consistency)
  • 1 TB. cocoa powder 
Loaf Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 325 and grease a loaf pan.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and set aside.
  •  In a mixing bowl beat butter about 30 seconds, gradually add in sugar and beat about 5 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Add in eggs one at a time and mix well.
  • In another bowl combine sour cream and Bailey's, stir well to mix. 
  • Alternate the flour mixture with the sour cream mixture and the butter mixture, beating after each addition just until combined. 
  • Bake 45 minutes or until center comes clean using a toothpick.
  • Cool in pan 10 minutes and invert to a wire rack. 

Glaze Directions:
  • Use a whisk and blend all ingredients until smooth 
  • Drizzle icing over cooled loaf or drizzle icing over each slice 

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