Thursday, August 23, 2012

Never too sick to bake!

For the last couple of days, I have been home getting over an upper respiratory infection.  Today was one of those "never too sick" to bake days.   I guess that means I'll have to return to work tomorrow.

I came across All things heart and home blog today, and tried the following recipe:

Starbucks Outrageous Oatmeal Cookie

*1  1/2 cup oats
*1/2 cup all purpose flour
*1/4 cup dark raisins
*1/4 cup golden raisins
*1/4 cup dried cranberries
*1/4 tsp baking powder
*1/4 tsp salt
*6 tablespoons unsalted butter
‘*1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
*1/4 cup granulated sugar
*1 large egg
*1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
*1 teaspoon vanilla
*4 tablespoons dark raisins for topping
*4 tablespoons golden raisins for topping
Preheat oven to 350*. Blend together oats, flour, raisins, cranberries, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside. Beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg, cinnamon and vanilla, beat until combined. Gradually add oat mixture, beat until combined. Combine raisins for topping in separate bowl and set aside. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inch’s apart.
Place 1 mounded teaspoon of raisins on top of dough. Bake until cookies are golden brown but are still soft.- 12 to 16 minutes.
Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

They are yummy!...  I replaced the craisins and raisins with 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.  You may want to double or triple the batch as.....Let's just say, they disappear quickly!
We're having company Labor Day weekend, so I thought I would get ahead of things and baked a loaf of banana bread.  Normally, I would have used Grandma Lewis's recipe (which holds a secret)...but, I decided to stick with a littler healthier version and made Heavenly Healthy Banana Bread.
The smell of bananas and chocolate baking are a "guaranteed to feel better" fix.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Easy Peasy Bread & Butter Pickles

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enjoying the end of summer bounty....

Microwave Bread & Butter Pickles

2 large or (5-6 small) cucumbers, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 tsp. celery seed
1/4 tsp. tumeric
1/2 tsp. mustard seed

Microwave on high for 5 minutes and stir well.  Microwave on high for another 5 minutes.  Cool.  Put in jars or containers and store in frig.  Keeps for several months.


Monday, August 6, 2012

Tuesday Moments

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I was looking through my books yesterday and came across this one.

Some books are read and passed on and then there are those that we keep for re-reading or for something in them that has touched us.

Sixteen years ago, when I was going through a very traumatic time in my life, my parents gave me this devotional book.  I will always cherish it for the inscription written by my dad.  Dad has always had beautiful penmanship and when this was written, he had not had Parkinson's disease all that long.  Now, at 87, he cannot talk much and writes little due to the Parkinson's.

Several years ago, Dad did a little woodworking as a hobby and this pen is one of the last things he was able to make.  I continue to treasure the simple reminder, but impacting statement made by dad all those years ago.

"I am the vine, you are the branches.  If you remain in me, and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."   John 15:5

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Friday's Finds

I recently spotted this sweet copper plate in a local thrift store.  Had there not been a notecard  taped to the back, I would have never known that it is an Egyptian "tin washed" copper plate.  By the looks of the note I would guess it to be vintage.

 I did a little research and found a similar looking vintage copper platter that was priced around $90.  Let's just say, my "Friday Find" fits it's new home just fine.

Happy Friday!

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My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday