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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Healdsburg Memorial Veterans Beach, Sonoma County

Train bridge in Healdsburg over the Russian river.
Train bridge over the Russian river, in Healdsburg, CA.
I have been visiting Healdsburg, California a bit more and exploring some of the neighborhoods.  I was driving by the river, and noticed the old train bridge.  I pulled over and ran down the tracks to take a couple of pictures.   I always drive over the car bridge, which in one of the pictures, you can see it in the distance.  That bridge crosses over at the Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach is a public beach for swimming and day camping of sorts, or picnics.   
View of Russian river in Healdsburg.
View of car bridge over Russian river, and Healdsburg Memorial Beach in Northern California.
View of Russian River and Healdsburg Memorial Beach.
Wine Goddess.
Wine Goddess at a local winery.
Wine Goddess of Healdsburg.

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Farmer’s Markets In Northern California

Here is a listing for the Farmers Market in Shasta County.  Starts April 3rd.

http://www.shastagrowersassociation.com/

For Trinity County, I didn’t find a website, but i found a Facebook page, if you are interested in that Farmers Market.  It is every Wednesday starting at 4pm

https://www.facebook.com/WeavervilleCAFarmersMarket/

Chico has a market on Saturday and Thursday, both located downtown, in addition to other days.

http://chicofarmersmarket.com/

Below is the California Certified Grown Farmer’s Market you do a search to find local market’s in each city.

http://www.cafarmersmarkets.com/