Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Buzzard’s Feathers, Copper County, Tide Pods, Medical.

I came across this delightful little legend on Facebook. Its from the Native American Encyclopedia. It tells the story of how Buzzard brought back the feathers for all the birds.Buzzard-Feathers

In the elevator the other day, I got talking to a man who had been delivering food, I thought Meals on Wheels, not so, turned out it was Copper County Foods and they deliver frozen foods, individual portions, to people, particularly seniors. He gave me a card. Their webpage is I said that we cooked but his response was these were useful to have if you didn’t feel like cooking at any time, and lets face it, sometimes one doesn’t feel like it. No room in our freezer at the moment, but I will certainly think about it for another time. Some of the items wouldn’t appeal to us of course, but there are lots of selections. Their desserts look pretty good too and they have a carrot cake!!

Tide PodsHave you ever tried Tide Pods (or any other make)? We have another coupon right now which made me think about it. I think they are great. You just chuck one pod in the wash, no mess, no measuring. When we went on vacation we just took a few pods with us instead of having to take a whole jug, absolutely great. I now hear that children have been mistaking them for candies, well obviously you should put them where your children can’t get at them, but doesn’t that apply to all household products?

Had to go to the doctors’ once again yesterday, still got a UTI and am now on my sixth lot of antibiotics each stronger than the last, plus I have now to go see a urologist. As this has been going on since August, I am somewhat fed up with it. Please keep your fingers crossed for me that this recent bunch of pills will do the trick. So far, I might as well have been eating Tide Pods as well for all the good the antibiotics have done for me.

I’ve seen spookier treats for Hallowe’en, but this looked a nice cake anyway and I would certainly go for a slice (or two) if presented with it. I don’t think I will be making it though as there is only one person who would really eat it, and I definitely do not need it.

Haunted Tree Hallowe’en Cake

Hershey’s Kitchens.

Serves 10-12

IngredientsHaunted Tree Cake

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 cans vanilla ready -to-spread frosting or your favorite homemade vanilla frosting, divided
  • Red and yellow food color
  • 1-1/3 cups (8-oz. pkg.) REESE'S Minis Peanut Butter Cups, divided
  • 5 to 6 teaspoons HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa or HERSHEY'S Cocoa


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
  2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire rack. Cool completely.
  4. Set aside 1/2 cup frosting. Tint remaining frosting to desired shade of orange with red and yellow food color.
  5. Coarsely chop 1 cup mini peanut butter cups; set aside. Place first cake layer on serving plate; frost top of layer with about 3/4 cup frosting. Top with chopped peanut butter cups. Add second cake layer; complete frosting cake.
  6. Add cocoa to reserved frosting; place in heavy duty (freezer) resealable food storage bag. Cut off tip of bag about 1/4 inch from one corner. Draw leafless tree and branches onto top of cake by piping chocolate frosting in desired design. Add remaining mini peanut butter cups as few remaining leaves on tree and as leaves that have already fallen to the ground. 

Have a great day



  1. Oh, that rascal looks so tasty! Last night I was wanting some cake so bad. The trouble with where I am living now is that the cakes are much, much too sweet. They are very unlike American or Canadian cakes. At any rate, I copied then pasted this recipe for another day. maybe a Halloween cake in February?

    Cheers and thanks!

  2. Miam miamy !
    I don't know what is uti ?
    I got a flu, it has gone only after 3 weeks...
    And i'm still not feeling totally healthy again !
    Hope you'll get better soon

    1. Urinary Tract Infection Gynie. Glad you are over your flu. Do you get flu shots in France? We have had ours lately. Hope you feel fully well again soon.