Having Your Cake and Eating It Too

We don’t have company over for dinner very often, but when we do, I like to try out new recipes. I figure, if company gives it the thumbs up, then it is good enough to make again. I mean, there are no kids at home to try things out on, so have to go fishing in a different pond, so to speak.

Well, if you know one thing about me, you know I love chocolate. I mean, I LOVE chocolate! But I am trying to lose weight. Such a slow process! Well, for dinner last night, I decided to try a new dessert. A chocolate fudge avocado cake, of all things. As I said, I love chocolate, but avocadoes are pretty dang good, too. It sounds like an odd coupling, but so does chocolate-dipped bacon. I have been pleasantly surprised by the yumminess of both.

The cake recipe was published in the April 2018 edition of The Costco Connection, created by Vevian Vazmediano for Index Fresh, Inc., who were evidently marketing their avocadoes through Costco. The recipe is full of healthy alternatives to the normal cake batter, like avocadoes instead of oil, honey instead of sugar,  and almond flour instead of wheat flour, along with eggs, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla, baking soda, and salt. The frosting was made from avocadoes, honey, cocoa powder, and coconut oil. No butter.

All four of us gave it our seal of approval. It is pretty great to find a recipe full of healthy ingredients that tastes good, also. Having my cake, and eating it too. Yahoo!







End of Hiatus

I can’t believe it has been six months since I last posted here. I had so many thoughts for writing, but never got back to it. Then, life got hectic with travel and studies. I successfully completed ProGen 29. A huge accomplishment! I was accepted into Gen-Fed 2017 and turned that into a five-week trip: a week in DC, a week in New England (family history research), a week in Minneapolis (IGGP Conference), and then about two weeks traveling with spouse, sister, and brother-in-law back to California. Road Trip!! Reunited with family, met cousins for the first time, saw new sites… I have so much to share!!

Today is just about getting my feet wet again in the blogging pool, like starting over in a way. I have felt a combination of guilt and anxiety about restarting, but “nothing ventured, nothing gained,” they say.  Welcome back!

Hello world!

I never imagined doing this–blogging, that is. Not in my wildest dreams. So, I decided my first tale should show how I finally got here, with the help of two experienced bloggers, my sister, and a chipmunk.

Inspiration came first from Michael Lacopo’s presentation at the APG (Association of Professional Genealogists) Luncheon during the FGS (Federation of Genealogical Societies) National Conference in Springfield, Illinois. Though his whole talk was entertaining and inspiring, it was his closing remarks that hit home with me. After giving several reasons why all genealogists should blog, he left us with no excuse, and said, “START WRITING!” Wow! Those words struck me to the core. No more excuses; no more procrastinating.

A week or so passed, and I was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery (Boot Hill) in Deadwood, South Dakota, with my sister and her daughter. (Girls road trip time.) We did the usual touristy things–located the resting places of several well-known Deadwood residents, including Wild Bill and Calamity Jane, walked up to the highest point overlooking the town of Deadwood, saw the flag that is at half-mast 24/7 by Congressional permission. Then, as we were walking back down toward the gate, I saw a chipmunk running along the concrete wall of one of the large burial sections, its tail straight up in the air. I pointed it out to my sister, who said she didn’t see it. Then, the chipmunk settled down on the concrete, lowering its tail. I said, “Show your tail, little chipmunk! Show your tail!” My sister laughed, “That would be great wording for a shirt!” My niece and I starting laughing, too. Then, the light came on in my head. Show your tail. No. Show Your Tale! That’s it! What a great name for a blog!

The final inspiration came after I returned home from my three-week road trip, about a week after the chipmunk sighting. Dick Eastman posted an article about setting up a blog with WordPress. Perfect timing! I had the why-to-do-it, the what-to-call-it and what-to-write-in-it, and now I had the how-and where-to-create-it.

Some might say these were all coincidences, but I prefer to think that the stars all came into alignment with the desires of my heart, and voila! Show Your Tale blog came into being.