Ground Cherry Cofee Cake

Ground Cherry Coffee Cake

Our family had a genuinely lovely summer.   The kind of summer that after fall settles in, we can all look back and say, "that was nice!"   It started with a trip to Florida where our oldest son, a high school senior, visited Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, his number one choice of colleges to attend.  That visit only took the first  half of one day and the remainder of our week was spent ...

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