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The Secret of the Sea Tablescape

The Secret of the Sea 
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow~










Ah!  what pleasant visions haunt me
As I gaze upon the sea!



All the old romantic legends,
All my dreams, come back to me.




Sails of silk and ropes of sandal,
Such as gleam in ancient lore;



And the singing of the sailors,
And the answer from the shore!




Most of all, the Spanish ballad
Haunts me oft, and tarries long,



Of the noble Count Arnaldos
And the sailor's mystic song.




Like the long waves on a sea-beach,
Where the sand as silver shines,



With a soft, monotonous cadence,
Flow its unrhymed lyric lines;-




Telling how the Count Arnaldos,
With his hawk upon his hand,



Saw a fair and stately galley,
Steering onward to the land;-




How he heard the ancient helmsman
Chant a song so wild and clear,



That the sailing sea-bird slowly
Poised upon the mast to hear,




Till his sould was full of longing,
And he cried, with impulse strong,-



"Helmsman! for the love of heaven,
Teach me, too, that wondrous song!"




"Wouldst thou,"- so the helmsman answered,
"Le…

Coconut Cake w/ Cream of Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

I had been craving coconut cake for a while and could no longer resist the temptation to indulge, besides I had a legitimate excuse to do so.   I had to make a dessert for our Independence Day celebration so Coconut Cake it was, and this is what we took to my sisters house for the 4th of July.

I found the original recipe at Taste of Home and only modified it slightly.  Coconut seems to be one of those love it or hate it ingredients.  If you love it, you'll love this cake!  It had wonderful reviews already and sounded like a cake our family would like, and it absolutely was.  It's got a wonderfully moist texture and very satisfying coconut flavor.  It was just what I'd been craving.  

I topped my cake with sliced almonds that I placed at an angle into the frosting so they looked like flower petals.  I saw this on another cake somewhere and thought it was so cute.    In the center of the petals, I plopped a single blueberry.    I wanted this to be a little festive looking and …