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March Memories

March 12, 2010

Well the weather has improved in Indiana and Wednesday was a beautiful, bright taste of spring.  Richard had a very happy day where he was able to walk, sit out in the sun and enjoy the company of friends and family. Over the weekend my old college friend and roommate Mary Anne flew in from Calgary, en route to a conference in DC.  We brought Mare and Richard’s brothers Dru and Bob together with sister Elaine to the Track.  Rumour has it there’s a large group of cousins renting an RV to come to Indy for the Race this year!

Yesterday was  more cloudy and our hearts were heavy as Richard struggled with fever and fatigue.  Today, however, he seems more energetic and we hope and pray for more good days.

I am putting up photos of our family and friends enjoying Meg’s green smoothie which is standard breakfast fare here.  If there’s demand, we’ll post the recipe…and speaking of recipes, Diane Bissigger is owed my recipe for Queen Elizabeth cake so that’s posted below the pictures.

Queen Elizabeth Cake

1 cup white sugar

¼ cup butter

1 egg

1 ½ cups flour

1 tsp each baking powder and baking soda



1 cup dates

1 cup boiling water

  1. Combine boiling water and dates and let sit to soften for a while.  You can also use the back of a spoon to break them up somewhat.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together.  Add egg and then vanilla.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda and powder and salt.
  4. Add dry ingredients and dates alternately to creamed butter and sugar.
  5. Place in greased 8” square pan and bake at 350F for approximately 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.


While the cake is baking, prepare the frosting:

5 Tbsp brown sugar

3 Tbsp butter

3 Tbsp milk

½ cup coconut

Combine frosting ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Once boiling, reduce heat a bit so it doesn’t burn and let it sit without stirring for 3 minutes. 

When cake is cooked, pour frosting over the cake and broil, watching it closely until crisped and nicely browned.

Bon Appetit!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Leslie permalink
    March 12, 2010 11:18 pm

    Thinking of you all on a rainy day in Toronto (don’t worry mom, I have a plastic bag for my cast). Apparently, we need a special RV license for the “cousin caravan,” so whoever’s driving had better book a test and start practicing. Hope you’ve got sunnier skies and managed a walk. Aunt Jane and Meg, please post the smoothie recipe, I’ve heard great things about the concoction.

    Love you – Leslie

  2. Vicki LoMonaco permalink
    March 14, 2010 6:01 pm

    Hello Jane,
    I work for NS in North Kansas City. I have followed along with the web site but never wanted to take up any of the family or friends time.
    I have to tell you that I can no longer be silent!
    Rich, you and the family are in my prayers daily!!
    We miss Rich very much and his stories of his family and adventures.

    Many of the Missouris and Iowa growers ask about Rich. Rich has left a lasting memory on his expertise for the markets and sharing his insite on them and what he felt they would do next.

    I am going to try the recipe although kitchen creativity is not one of my strong points. It sounds wonderful and the green smoothie looks very interestinga and healthy, too!

    Wishing you lots of sunshine,
    Vicki L.

  3. Lisa permalink
    March 15, 2010 5:49 pm

    Hi Rich, Jane and kids,

    I spent a rainy and cool (but lovely) weekend in Arnprior. Mom wanted me to send a message from all of us and say that we’re thinking of you!



    PS I second Leslie’s request for the green smoothie recipe
    PPS I love reading the messages from your friends, family and colleagues. You are obviously loved from coast to coast, and north to south as well.

  4. Debbie Lafave permalink
    March 16, 2010 3:26 am

    Great to see you”re all up to your usual antics, and that the spring weather is cooperating for Uncle Richard’s walks. I’m writing to send warm hugs and well wishes to Richard first of course but also to Aunt Elaine on her Birthday tomorrow! I know Aunt Jane and Richard would agree that she is completely deserving of some special attention on her big day since she ALWAYS puts everyone’s interests before her own. Happy Birthday Aunt Elaine!! We re all glad that you’re there in Indy …because caring, well that is YOUR special gift-just like it says in Jane’s recently posted prayer.
    (So, while you are doing what you do best-have a super birthday and remember to take care of the “mountain” while you’re at it…you know what I mean)
    Love it up!!

    • Anonymous permalink
      March 16, 2010 6:38 pm

      Thanks for the birthday wishes Debbie. Aunt Jane invited some neighborhood gals over for mimosas this morning, and Meg made me yummy birthday cupcakes. I am being spoilt. I am also sending birthday wishes to Kelly…hope you are being spoilt too.
      Love it up everyone
      Aunt Elaine

  5. Sylvie permalink
    March 16, 2010 7:43 pm

    Hello family!!
    Well by the looks of it, you`re enjoying your B-DAY!!! Have a great one and enjoy the giving that comes to you on this special day!!
    It is such an amazing sunny and warm day here in Montreal(sorry leslie) I just wanted to send everyone over in Indi some rays of sunshine `cause I hear it works wonders for the heart and soul!
    Love it up, yes…. love it up!!

    Hugs and kisses

  6. Mark Fletcher permalink
    March 17, 2010 12:20 pm

    Pls publish the meg concoction. Also thanks for sharing your photos and updates. Our best to you and rich! And another Birthday for Elaine?? I thought she had sworn them off??!
    Our thoughts are with you always….
    Mark Fletcher.

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