Sunday, January 27, 2008

Waterproofing the Foundation Wall

The application of Dimpled plastic sheeting allows water to escape down to footer drain and away from the foundation of the building.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

* Experience the Magic ...

Be sure to visit the New Tortoise Orchard Webstore
~ Link at bottom of page

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Carrot Cake with spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

M.J.Sanyour for Tortoise Orchard

Wet ingredients
4 eggs
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
OR ~ 3/4 cup oil + 1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
OR ~ 2 c white sugar + 1 tbs. molasses
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Dry ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Additional items:
3 cups grated carrots

(Optional )
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Pineapple - 8 oz. canned crushed
allow juice to drain - use fruit only

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.; Grease and flour a 12 cup bundt pan.
2.) Beat eggs; add oil, white sugar and vanilla. Stir in carrots. Fold in pineapple and/or nuts. Pour into prepared pan.
3.) Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

1/2 cup butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese,
1 to 2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Optional - 1 cup chopped pecans

Combine butter, cream cheese, and beat until smooth. Add half of confectioners' sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Add a little more confectioner's sugar if too soft. Should be thick but not stiff. To frost the cooled cake -- have cake on a plate. Stir frosting and make a ring of frosting on top of cake centered on high point. Shake the plate to make frosting drape over ridges of design. Sprinkle with optional nuts if desired.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Tortoise Orchard Building ~ Foundation Walls

Concrete is poured into the wooden molds, when it hardens the forms are removed and you have a wall.



Thursday, January 3, 2008

Let it Snow !!! ~

Tortoise Orchard Farm House

Rambling Apple