Because good food is meant to be shared, I had to call our friend, John, with his dog, Brandy, to come over. I was a little nervous that it would be okay, as I'd had to make a fairly major change to the recipe. However, we had bought some organic vanilla ice cream at Publix, (just excellent! no preservatives and so creamy) so we had that as both a complement to the cake as well as a back-up if the cake wasn't edible. I needn't have worried.
I iced it with vanilla icing, whipping about 2 tablespoons of cream cheese into the icing. To die for.
You can find Mary's recipe here. I had to make a fairly major change: I had no lemons, so I used orange zest to increase flavour, and I had no lemon extract, so I used 1/2 cup of lemon juice and 1/2 cup of water instead of the 1 cup of water. It turned out just super. Lemony, with a hint of orange.
As always, we had a wonderful visit, both humans and canines!
I've written before about the importance I place on my friends, but it's never too many times to repeat that sentiment. We had a wonderful day away this past Friday, at our dear friends, next-door neighbours, from Kingsville, who also winter in Florida. The time spent, whether in deep conversation, sharing of a beautiful garden
and music played by the carilloneur at Bok Tower,
or again, sharing good food (Jude made a fantastic fruit salad which I will make and share the recipe on here with her permission) and good belly laughter, ..... where was I going?! LOL Oh yes, no matter the activity, the time spent is always so much more pleasurable when shared with good friends.
We need to remember to tell our friends how much they mean to us, and how much we value the time spent with them. Funnily enough, Jude has done that very thing with me in the past. On Friday, she also told me how much her husband enjoys and values Joe as a friend. It takes courage to do this, as you open yourself to another person, yet it truly is rewarding for both!
We need and we thrive on this belly-nourishing and heart-nourishing - - veritable soul-nourishing we get from good friends. :-)