Showing posts with label baking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label baking. Show all posts

Saturday, December 20, 2014

German Pancakes

So easy to make and so good to eat.




Just a little sinful indulgence! And, especially good on a rainy Saturday morning.




Hope your day and evening are Fabulous.

Mary


Friday, December 12, 2014

Apple Pie

Being of a certain age - gives pictures like this special meaning to me. There was a brief period - ten years - of my life when I was blessed to be able to fully and completely enjoy the joys of creating a warm and loving home for my family of four. It was a joyous time! I feel so fortunate that I have been given that experience that I can reflect on with a smile. I treasure the many things that I learned and continue to enjoy every day.

That said, let's make an Apple Pie!


The grocery store had some lovely Honey Crisp Apples that had just been brought in. Living in the mountains can mean that you don't always have the freshest fruits and veggies. 

Please enjoy with me this picture of all these pretty apples!


These are my beautiful apples!


Stay tuned - next time you see them - they will be in a homemade Apple Pie!

Take a Minute to Slow Down - - - and Breathe.

Mary

     *Sad Update on Medical Condition of friend. Diagnosed with late stage Multiple Myeloma (bone marrow cancer). Unable to receive recommended blood transfusions because his blood is too abnormal to type and cross match which is required prior to each transfusion. Will receive five consecutive days of chemotherapy treatment next week. His son is attending to his needs.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Diversional Therapy

Boy, oh, boy. Do I ever need some diversional therapy and I do not mean retail therapy. But, some place is my home that helps soothe the soul. And, that place is my kitchen. What better activity than to bake some goodies to take to some of my friends. The reason! Just Because!

There are so many wonderful sounding and good looking recipes on the blogs just waiting for me to try them. Nothing much more than sharing gives me comfort.

Very seldom do I make anything that is Pistachio, not because I don't have a fondness for it but I just don't think about it as a "go to recipe". So, today I'm changing that.


I decided to make three coffee cakes instead of one large pan. I like these six inch round pans and use them quite often. They are especially nice when your desire is to share. Good size!


Coming along nicely.


And, there we are "out of the oven" with a little green from the pistachio cake batter showing through the walnut cinnamon topping.


After they cool the fun begins. Getting them out of the pan without destroying the topping will be a little challenge because I want to gift them as a whole coffee cake.
















I did it! And, without too much difficulty.


 Just the way I was hoping with a nice contrast of color.


If you were here we would have some afternoon tea and Pistachio Coffee Cake together. The door is always open.

Take Care.

Mary


Sunday, March 09, 2014

Look What I Did Last Night

At about 10 P.M.- - - uh huh, I really did bake cupcakes!  In the afternoons, I usually run low on energy but it is not uncommon for me to get bursts of energy in the evening even when I have not had a chance for a little afternoon siesta!


These are the cupcakes direct from the oven. They are baked just fine even though the tops look a little odd.

That may be because my oven thermostat has been a big pain in the - - - you know what for quite some time. First off, when the signal chimes that it is preheated to the set temperature it is usually about 100 degrees under the set temperature. It takes about 20 minutes more to reach the correct temperature. And, it does not stay consistent.



This time the thermometer went all the way up to 400 degrees when the oven was set at 325 degrees. The recommended remedy in the oven manual does not correct the problem primarily because there isn't a consistent pattern. $2,300.00 in February 2008 for GE Profile and this is what I have. Many reviews I have read on various websites describe similar issues. Service technicians don't seem to be able to remedy the problems. Oh, and I have used three different oven thermometers to check for consistency.

The oven has never seemed "quite right" but did not become such an issue until this past four years when I have had reason to use the oven a lot more frequently.

I remember a period of time that it seemed like I could not cook anything that required the oven and have it come out as wished.   A good example is Baked Alaska, Dutch Baby Pancakes and Yorkshire Pudding. All of of these items require a very high heat. It is absolutely a must. And, I had made these many times prior with excited accomplishment! Because, I think they are a lot of fun to make and it is not your everyday fare. It is so nice to have real validation that I have not lost my mojo.

I guess I will just continue to bake/roast with a "watchful eye" on the oven thermometer that I have placed inside the oven!  But, it still is a pain in the - - - - ! Hopefully, there will be a time in my lifetime when I may be able to replace the stove/oven.. And, while I am at it, I could probably use a new automobile. Oh, And, I definitely need a new bed mattress, a good one for my troubled back! However, I have enough technology toys for now. It may take me years to learn everything about them! All but my desktop computer were gifts that I appreciate. 

Time to put some yummy frosting on those cupcakes. If you were here I would share with you - and a cup of tea or coffee.

Mary

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Three Black Bananas

Aren't these black bananas beautiful?

 












 
This is what I did today. It would be nice if you could join me for a cup of tea and a slice of banana bread. Maybe, next time.

Mary
 

Friday, February 24, 2012

A Sweet Little Surprise




Remember these cookies that I made a week or so ago for the Heavenly Chocolate Festival at my church. As I said, I did not take a photo of the presentation  before I took them to the church. I wrapped them in pretty Valentine's cellophane with a big red bow. Since I did not attend the event, I did not realize that they were taking a vote on the many "goodies" that were brought for the event.  They had a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner along with 10 Honorable Mention winners. AND, I was one of the Honorable Mention!

It's really not a big deal - really.  But, when I read the email  I was totally surprised. During this challenging time that I am going through it was a very nice little piece of sweetness to be recognized in this way.


I hope you are having a SWEET DAY.


Friday, February 17, 2012

New Toys For The Kitchen

Well, really not new. I just have not been able to use them until recently. It is so nice to return to baking and cooking in a relaxed and peaceful way. Quite awhile ago I saw these scraper blades for Kitchen Aid Mixers and I knew that I had to have one. What a great idea!  And ~ it worked great!

 

See how nice the bowl is scraped and the batter is nicely blended.



And, now look at my new cookie sheets and non-stick silicone liners. Aren't they pretty? Again, I have had these for quite some time but never could take the time to use them.






You say, "What are you making?"  Oh yes, that would be nice to tell you. The Women's Fellowship at my church had a fund raiser and the theme was Heavenly Chocolate Festival in celebration of Valentine's Day. So, I made Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. In years past, like the 70's, I made this Betty Crocker recipe every Christmas Season. This particular recipe uses vegetable oil instead of shortening and is not quite as sweet.

 




The cookie sheets and liners work fabulously! I highly recommend them.




For a short time I will have dietary restrictions, so I chose not to attend the Heavenly Chocolate Festival  but  when I delivered my contribution I saw the Beautiful Decorations. For a little country church, we have an incredible number of talented and impressive women - - - and men. They even had Chocolate Fountains for dipping strawberries and other goodies as well as Hot Chocolate and an assortment of all things CHOCOLATE. What could be better ! ! !

And, the event was a HUGE success! A significant amount of funds were procurred for Habitat for Humanity, Mentoring Programs and Food Bank to name a few of the local community projects that the women's group supports. Wonderful!

Have a Great Day.



Saturday, September 04, 2010

Girls Night Out





What a fun evening dinner we shared together tonight. I have the nicest friends and we try to get together as often as our busy schedules permit. I think it was last February that I hosted a get together at my little home.

Tonight we enjoyed good friendship at a beautiful home overlooking the golf course.  These are all women from my little church and we are as diverse in backgrounds as we can get. They are just a group of special women - busy women, interesting women. That is one of the things that I enjoy about our group and church.

I prepared dessert for the group. It is a recipe that I made many, many times in the 60's.  And, yes, I made it  "from scratch",  including graham cracker crust, custard and meringue. 


It is called Pineapple Delight. And, it was "melt in your mouth" goodness.


This is the recipe from an old 3 x 5 recipe card.

            Pineapple Delight

Crush 26 graham crackers
Mix with 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup melted butter.
Take out 1/2 cup of crumb mixture and reserve for topping.  Put the remainder of crumb mixture in the bottom of a greased (9 x 13 x 2) baking pan. 
Make custard in top of double boiler with the following:
     3 cups milk
     3/4 cup sugar
     3 large egg yolks (slightly beaten)
     5 Tbsps. cornstarch
     1/8 tsp. salt
     A small piece of butter
Cool a little and pour on top of crumb layer.
Spread over this, a layer of crushed pineapple, drained - large can
Make a meringue with the following:
     3 egg whites
     6 Tbsps. sugar
Spread over pineapple layer.  Sprinkle with the saved 1/2 cup crumb mixture.
Brown in 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes.
Cool and refrigerate over night and serve.

Try it, You will like it!

I hope you are having a Great Weekend


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Yum-Yum

A week or so ago, we had a meal at Red Lobster. Apparently their Cheddar Biscuits are a favorite of My Special Man. So, since a couple of friends are coming over for a little soup supper tonight, I thought I would bake a little surprise. I found the "top secret recipe" on the Internet - where else would I look? : )  I think they turned out great. They are very simple to make.

CHEDDAR BISCUITS
Ingredients:

2 ½ cups Bisquick baking mix
¾ cup cold whole milk
4 tablespoons cold butter (1/2 stick)
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
1 heaping cup grated cheddar cheese
Bush on Top:
2 tablespoons butter, melted
¼ teaspoon dried parsley flakes
½ teaspoon garlic powder
pinch salt

Directions:


1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
2. Combine Bisquick with cold butter in a medium bowl using a pastry cutter or a large fork. You don't want to mix too thoroughly. There should be small chunks of butter in there that are about the size of peas. Add cheddar cheese, milk, and ¼ teaspoon garlic. Mix by hand until combined, but don't over mix.
3. Drop approximately ¼-cup portions of the dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet using an ice cream scoop.
4. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until the tops of the biscuits begin to turn light brown.
5. When you take the biscuits out of the oven, melt 2 tablespoons butter is a small bowl in your microwave. Stir in ½ teaspoon garlic powder and the dried parsley flakes. Use a brush to spread this garlic butter over the tops of all the biscuits. Use up all of the butter. Makes one dozen biscuits.




I think they will go nicely with the Lentil Sausage Soup that I am defrosting that I prepared a couple weeks ago.




Stop by - we'll save some for you.



Friday, April 09, 2010

The Baked Alaska Was Divine

The Easter dinner dessert turned out wonderfully.  And, I was very, very pleased.  I am sorry that this is the only photo I had time to take.  It looked so pretty when I served it. I used Neapolitan ice cream and the chocolate, strawberry and vanilla ice cream  gave a nice color contrast.

How about a little trivia about Baked Alaska. This dessert was created to celebrate the United States purchase of Alaska from the Russians in 1867.  It was called Alaska-Florida Cake, but soon was changed to Baked Alaska. Supposedly it was popularized worldwide by Jean Giroix, in 1895 by the chef at the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo. So, now you know!


It was yummy!

Wishing you a Fabulous Day.


Mary


Saturday, April 03, 2010

Going To A Wedding Reception

Today, we will be going to a Wedding Reception for the grandson of My Special Man. It is a good thing that it is indoors because the weather is less than ideal for an outdoor event. I will have the opportunity to meet many, many more relatives and friends. And, that is always interesting! I am pleased with what I will be wearing. Perhaps, I will be able to post a photo of myself at a later time.


Yesterday was an enjoyable day for me because I was doing some preparation for our Easter Dinner. It has been quite a long time (maybe three years) since I have done much in the way of holiday cooking for guests.  The most fun activity was preparing everything for Baked Alaska.  I baked the sponge cake base from scratch  (how difficult can that be) and prepared the ice cream mold in a bowl and then unmolded it onto the cake base. So, now it is in the freezer just waiting to have the meringue prepared and baked just prior to serving. I really love making Baked Alaska because it is so easy and always gets a reaction of Ooohhs and Aaahhs.


I just talked with My Special Man and he wants to pickup Lily after we are home from the reception and go to his house where some of the out-of-town family will be this evening. So, what did I do? Of course, I gave Lily a bath. It is a good thing that she is such an easy and good dog. It is probably the fastest bath she has ever been given.


Lily is going to be so pretty and fluffy when she is dry.  Just, all in a days work

I must run now and get dressed.

Wishing you a Fabulous Day.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Cookies






I am feeling the holiday spirit and have drifted into the kitchen to do some holiday baking. These cookies are really good. The recipe is on the back of the cinnamon chips package by Hersey's. I can't show photos of the kitchen because it is a real mess. I don't remember making such messes when baking in the past. Oh well, I'll clean it up soon. Perhaps, after I make another batch of cookies.

~Mary~

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Some Additional Special Photos

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Mother's Day 2012

Mother's Day 2012

Happy Family (2014)

Happy Family (2014)
Grandma Pride

Valentine's Day 2013

Valentine's Day 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2013

Bud Mietz

Bud Mietz
1928 - 2014