Birthday Cupcakes

I made my Mom cupcakes for her birthday. They were chocolate fudge, melted chocolate, and some had white cake too, and all had fluffy white frosting. They were delicious well to me at least. That one guy who said the frosting tasted like toothpaste did not like it so much. He said the bread was good though, he meant the actual cupcakes. Priceless!

The frosting is a family recipe, and does not use powdered sugar, but regular sugar and egg whites. I have decided that it is not meant to use as a decorating frosting,. It does not travel well at all either.

 

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Whiskeytown Lake, Oakbottom Recreational Area, Shasta County

I went to Whiskeytown Lake off of Highway 299, in Shasta county.  It’s one of my favorite lakes and I drive by it all the time.    It was a very hot day and the lake was spectacular, as usual.  We swam near the same spot that my parents would sometimes stop at during my childhood.  It is the north west end of the lake, near Oakbottom Recreational Area, follow highway 299 West towards Eureka, California, which is the coast.

Whiskeytown lake is in northern California Shasta county, near Trinity county.
Whiskeytown lake at the Oakbottom exit.

 

Whiskeytown lake in Shasta county, California.
Whiskeytown Lake.
I was almost to my neck in water with this shot.

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Highway 29, Calistoga to Middleton, California

This is off of Highway 29 heading from Alexander Valley Road, Calistoga to Middleton. This is one of the more curvy mountain roads, in northern California. At the top of the mountain is the Robert Lewis Stevenson State Park. Supposedly on a clear day from the peak you can see Mt. Shasta!

Robert Louis Stevenson State Park is the place where the famous author of Treasure Island and Kidnapped spent his honeymoon in 1880. Although nothing remains of Stevenson’s cabin, the site is identified on the trail to the summit.

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=472

 

 

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Yellow Lupin in Chico, California

Recently I went to good ole Chico and of course it was just as wonderful as always.  The weather was gorgeous and I stopped by a little park to take photos of this field filled with yellow lupin. 
Field of wild yellow lupin in Chico California.
Field of wild yellow lupin in Chico.
Yellow lupin and blue skies, with puffy clouds, in Chico, CA, a large field of it.
Beautiful yellow lupin and bright blue skies in Chico.
Beautiful field of yellow lupin in Butte county, with blue sky and puffy white clouds.

 

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