Friday, 28 September 2012
Thursday, 27 September 2012
Monday, 24 September 2012
The arguing, the crying, the attitude.........ugh............how to let it all unfold without interfering. We thought it would be ok...........after all, Mitch is 16 now, he is running the properties and the bank, it should be ok.............he is a very fair individual....................I'm hearing a lot of disgruntlement from the other room...........I think I will stay away and sneak off to bed............good luck to all.............
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
-I should be hauling out the fall clothing bins and packing up the summer clothes.
-I should be cleaning up the laundry room, which is a pure disaster area.
-I should be stripping more wallpaper.
-Laundry could always be done.
-Raspberries need to be picked.
-Bills need to be paid.
-Scrap booking should be started, I've been collecting for years (part of the disaster in the laundry room)
-I'm lazing in front of the fireplace today.
-I slept in.
-I ate cookies for breakfast.
So what to all of that.
Tuesday, 18 September 2012
It started.....I got out an old mason jar, added my 1/4 cup of flour to my 1/4 cup of water, stirred, covered it with cheesecloth and the journey began. Every day I faithfully "fed" my jar of starter, adding, stirring, recovering.........it was happening!! By Sunday night, the jar was full of sourdough starter. I was so excited.............ooh the things I will make........perhaps a few memories made........who knows what will happen with this magical liquid.
I found a recipe to try here. It did not go quite like it showed in the pictures. It went even better!!! The dough was so huge and fluffy I could only fit 6 buns in a 9x13 pan, so had to use two pans! I did not add icing at the end, there was no need.
My parents don't visit all that often, but, they called in the late afternoon and asked if they could stop in for a bit. To be honest, I thought I was in trouble (yes, I know I am 43, but, I still felt like I was going to be in trouble for something). I racked my brain and couldn't figure out what I would be in trouble for. Turns out, they just wanted to chat. I offered up a snack of tea and cinnamon buns. We sat down and devoured them. Some of the kids joined us. I hope they remember the first time they ate some sourdough baking...........I hope it is a happy memory of a small gathering of family. I hope they remember how good it tasted.
Well, I must go, the starter jar needs to be "fed"..............
Thursday, 13 September 2012
here in my etsy shop!
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Canadian Maple Bacon Cupcakes
5 tablespoons of room temperature butter
1 tablespoon of bacon fat drippings (put it in the fridge to make it solid)
5 tablespoons of brown sugar
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup of milk
1 1/4 cup of flour
2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp of baking soda
1/4 cup of bacon bits
Put it together:
In your mixer, beat the butter and bacon drippings til creamy, fluffy. Add the brown sugar and maple syrup, beat thoroughly. Add the egg, beat well. Put your dry ingredients together. Add them 1/3 at a time alternating with the milk. Mix just until blended. Fold in the bacon bits.
Scoop the batter into 12 cupcake liners.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
ICING......the yummiest part
1/4 of room temperature butter
2 tablespoons of maple syrup (must lick spoon when done!!)
1 cup of icing sugar
dash of salt
Beat butter until fluffy, add maple syrup, mix. On low, add the icing sugar and the dash of salt.
Ice the cupcakes, pipe on or just spread it on. I did not feel there was enough icing to pipe it on. Next time I will make more. Either sprinkle with bacon bits, or lay a piece of bacon over the iced cupcake.
Monday, 10 September 2012
Saturday, 8 September 2012
Aunt Verna's Blueberry Muffins
1 Cup Sour Cream 3/4 cup brown sugar
1 Cup Oatmeal 1 egg
1/3 cup milk 1 cup blueberries
1 Cup flour 3 tbsp melted butter
1 Tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Combine sour cream, milk and oatmeal. Combine dry ingredients.
Add butter and egg to the sour cream mix. Combine with the dry ingredients. Gently add blueberries. Mix just til blended. (Mix does appear drier than most muffin recipes)
Put in muffin tin (I use silicone liners). Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins.
Friday, 7 September 2012
Thursday, 6 September 2012
Fact two: I love, love getting packages in the mail!! I am addicted to ebay and etsy!! Thankfully, I also love selling on ebay and etsy, so I can continue to buy as well!!
Fact Four: I am a mom to nine children. Yes, all mine, all born to me. I'm 43.
Fact five: I am a giver. I love to give people things that I've found for them, made for them or baked for them. Receiving, on the other hand, is rather difficult for me.
Fact seven: My life is pretty happy. I'm adjusting to life in the country. I'm loving my new blog friends, even if you don't know you are my friends yet, I'm very optimistic !!
Wednesday, 5 September 2012
Tuesday, 4 September 2012
here. I only have enough fabric to make one more like this one, but tons more fabrics to choose from! Hope you like it!! Use the code SEPTFREESHIP to receive free shipping on an order of 2 or more items. Free shipping in the USA only.
Monday, 3 September 2012
here. It is great, but, be sure to follow their directions exactly. I did the first time I used it, and it even looked perfect, but, this morning, I was rushed and the crust crumbled while loading it onto the pie, but it is flaky and fantastic anyway!!
Here are the ingredients for the ooey, gooey goodness inside!!
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Line the bottom and sides of a nine inch pie tin with your rolled out crust.
Brush the pie crust bottom with beaten egg. This keeps your crust from going soggy if it sits out for a day or so.
Cut up your peaches and sprinkle them with the lemon juice. Mix the next five ingredients together, in a separate bowl. Toss the peaches in the dry ingredients. Spread into your pie pan. Dab the butter here and there on the peaches. Top the pie with the second rolled crust. Crimp edges, wash the top with egg, cut out steam holes if needed (mine was so cracked, no steam holes were needed......sigh).
Pop pie into oven. Keep it at 450 for 10 minutes. Turn oven down to 350 degrees. Cook for 35 minutes. Remove from oven. I serve this warm.