Monday, May 16, 2011

Blue Ribbons and Flooding

When Jordan was in 4th or 5th grade, he was in 4H {at that time, you weren't cool unless you were in 4H}. Every year they held an agriculture fair and you could enter different it an animal you raised, crops you grew or something you cooked or baked. Jordan loved this cake that his Granny makes and he decided to make it and enter it in the Ag Fair. Well lo and behold, he won a blue ribbon! He was so excited...and so were we! Our little boy, a chef....after that he was an avid watcher of Justin Wilson ( you have to be cajun to know who that is) and he learned to be a mighty good cook. This cake is called Fruit Cocktail Cake and its realllllly good! And its pretty simple to make...try it, you may just win a blue ribbon !


1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups fruit cocktail (1 can)
1/3 cups brown sugar
1/2 cups chopped almonds or pecans
6 tablespoons butter
1 5-ounce can evaporated milk
3/4 cups sugar
1 16-ounce container cool whip or ice cream

Mix first 5 ingredients together with a mixer and spread evenly in a greased 9x13 pan.
Mix together brown sugar and nuts and sprinkle on top. Pat gently.
Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until done.
In saucepan, bring to boil butter, milk, and sugar.
Boil for 5 minutes.
Pour warm glaze over baked cake while still

Serve with coolwhip or icecream.

And now the bad news...flooding...everywhere flooding! The mighty Mississippi has shown us who is boss...and she certainly is! People up and down the river either are flooded or anticipating flooding. Here in south La, they have opened spillways to lessen the rising of the river and the threat to the levees. Yesterday we took a ride along the river and to one of the spillways that was opened and I can assure you, it was an eye opener! Addie got some really good pictures of the water in the Mississippi and of the spillway emptying into Lake Pontchartrain. We don't think we will have any flooding in our area but have been told to be on guard and keep an eye on the news, because that could change. So we pray and keep our fingers crossed!
God is in control....and so is the Mississippi River!
{click on picture for full size}

The river in see the line of trees? You can usually see the entire tree!

The Bonnet Carre' Spillway...opened at full capacity

The water on this side of the spillway, is overflow from the Mississippi River

Water seeping thru one of the few spillway gates that weren't opened

A huge ship on the Mississippi River near New Orleans...on a normal day
you can only see the very top of the ship, sometimes not at looks like
this one was sitting on top the levee.

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