Autumn Beauty: Asters, Mums, Bouquets and Cocoa Spice Cake

Just a few pretties from the yard and kitchen:

mums-and-asters

On Friday, that bed above got an infusion of spring daffodils and giant hyacinths. Fortunately, an unusually late first frost has allowed the trough below to make up for its very late planting. We’ve enjoyed so much lettuce already, while the rest of the greens and mustard race the frost faeries.

fall-planted-crops

Although the temperatures are back up again, a cool weekend encouraged this experimental cocoa spice cake with chocolate ganache from the delightful cookbook, Afro Vegan. This one uses coconut milk and mashed avocado for creaminess, and with cayenne, ginger and nutmeg, it was, indeed, spicy enough to delight some foodie friends and their other guests:

cocoa-spice-cake

Bouquets abound:

last-weekends-bouquet

And here you can see Sunday’s flowers with Saturday’s cake:

sundays-flowers-with-saturdays-cake

Wishing everyone a glorious week!

13 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by laura on October 17, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Your bouquets are always so beautiful!! As is your garden. Love the placemats you have too! How do you always find such great stuff!!? The cake looks yummy! What is the (dried fruit?) On top of it?
    I hope you have a glorious week too!! :):) ❤

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    • Thank you, Laura! I think I got the placemats at Bed Bath & Beyond. I had won a gift certificate for something. They are reversible, too. That is dried crystallized ginger on top of the cake, and it has some of it inside, too. ❤

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  2. Posted by manyhahama1955 on October 17, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Thank you Thank you, Laura…for sharing your beautiful abundance! Yum Yum, which i could have a piece. : ) Much love!

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  3. All looks great..

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  4. Posted by Sky on October 18, 2016 at 4:04 am

    Thank you for sharing the colors of your beautiful fall flowers — and bouquets. The chocolate spice cake looks and sounds luscious.

    Happy Fall!

    Sky

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  5. Beautiful as always Laura!

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