Yesterday I baked a cake. I used a recipe recommended by the lovely pseudostoops, adjusted for altitude, with the chocolate buttercream frosting from the recipe I was originally going to use. And as a side note to local baking types, this is a great recipe for high-altitude baking, because it has a lot of eggs and it calls for buttermilk instead of water and it uses lightly whipped eggs, all things that help a cake stay moist and together at altitude.
And yeah, the cake turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself:
And it looks like the neighbors agreed:
Also this weekend, we went to our first farmers' market of the season, and got some delicious bread, jam, and honey (the three breakfast staples of the summer months, according to Torsten). Have you ever had rhubarb blueberry jam? Apparently, it's delicious. I don't much care for either rhubarb or blueberries, so I have abstained (also I don't tolerate bread very well and really, what else do you eat jam on?), but the rave reviews and orgasmic noises from Torsten seem to imply that the jam is of excellent quality.
Oh, and I took Montana to the off-leash state park for a romp on Saturday. There were tons of dogs there as the weather was lovely. And yet, of the dozens of dogs nearby, mine seems to be the only one who gets in the water, splashes around to her heart's content, and then gets out of the water and immediately wants to dry off, and so rolls in the dirt and dust to do so.
Seriously, it would be incredibly adorable if she didn't get so freaking dirty in the process. She comes out of the water looking wet but still like herself, and then she puts her head sideways in the dirt, drops the rest of her body down, and rolls wildly back and forth until she is fully coated in nice brown dirt and mud. She is literally unrecognizable after she's done--she looks like a chocolate lab.
I should really bring the camera next time I go there with her, to capture not only the ridiculous drying-off process but also the beautiful park itself. It really is wonderful. I feel so lucky living so close to such an amazing place. We have an annual state parks pass and it was the best $60 we ever spent.
Seriously, though. Does anyone else's dog do this? Why is mine the only one who gets out of the water and goes straight for the dirt?
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