Saturday, December 24, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
I'm declaring that fruitcake is a good breakfast food. First of all, eating fruitcake makes me feel good and puts a smile on my face. How can that be bad for me?
Monday, December 12, 2011
I hosted the Maine RWA holiday party on Saturday. Dang, we are a bunch of good cooks. Casseroles, salads, nibbly bits, desserts, and chocolates.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Today I'm visiting the blog of the lovely and talented Sandra Sookoo and sharing another heirloom cookie recipe, again from my mother-in-law.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
I made this pork roast. I'm afraid I can't share the recipe. I'm doing some recipe testing for fellow author Carolyn Hughey for her upcoming Romancing the Chef's Toque series. If you want the recipe you'll have to buy the book. :-)
Monday, December 5, 2011
‘Tis the season to get fatter, fa la la.
I love the holidays. My tummy loves the holidays. Any hope of sticking to a sensible diet hates the holidays. But since it’s only one month of the year, plus or minus a few weeks, I figure I’m entitled.
I baked cookies today. These pecan fingers are a staple on my holiday cookie plate. I got the recipe from my mother-in-law, Bea, along with her recipe for sugar cookies. Which I also made today. The third batch of cookies was a completely new recipe, one I taste-tested for a fellow author. Scrumptious oatmeal/raisin. Big and soft. Way too good. I may have to eat one right now.
Here’s the recipe for the Pecan Fingers. Use with caution. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Also, I need to find a better camera.
1 cup butter, softened
¼ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon water
2 cups flour
¼ teaspoon salt
2 cups pecans, finely ground
Cream butter, sugar and vanilla until well blended. Stir in water. Add flour, salt and pecans, mix well. Chill for one hour.
Preheat oven to 250. Form a tablespoon of dough into a log the size of your finger. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet, and bake for one hour. Roll in powdered sugar while still warm.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
The DH and I walked up to the Junior High School this morning, to the tree and wreath sale that benefits the music program. The tree is gloriously fresh with nary a spilled needle. The house smells lovely.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
I remember as a kid, probably age 12 or 13, finding out that we were still using some of the stuff my parents got as wedding gifts. And I thought it was weird. All kinds of stuff that wasn’t broken or worn out even though it was so old!
Fast forward a bit.
Yesterday I had to buy a new coffee maker, the old one went kaput. And no, the old one wasn’t a wedding gift. The new one works fine, and is even programmable so once I figure out how that part works I’ll be able to wake up to coffee that’s ready and waiting.
This morning I discovered another feature of the new coffee maker – it turns itself off after two hours. I take longer than two hours to get through a pot of coffee (minus the cup hubby put in his travel mug). I like my coffee to be hot. I needed a receptacle that would keep my coffee hot. So I opened the cupboard over the fridge and pulled out the insulated carafe, the one we got for our wedding, all those years ago. It still works fine.