Born to Clean

Recently I tackled an unsightly and rather unsavory task in our 1954 Spartan Manor, aka old trailer, up in Ojai.  I tracked down all the old ground squirrel nests tucked into the out-of-the-way spots in the cabinets and swept up all of their droppings. Yuck. My work required a mask, gloves, a broom and dust pan,…

Chocolate Cake: Pure Comfort Food

When I need comfort, I bake.  Recently I made the best chocolate cake I have ever made. I took the recipe right off the back of the Hershey’s Cocoa box and modified it (along with the frosting recipe) to suit our non-refined white sugar sensibilities. Below is the original recipe with my changes in parentheses. I…