Blizzards and hot food

I know that I should be doing something today, but it has been blowing snow all day! I am thinking that since it is cold out baking might be the thing to do. I am trying something that I normally don’t use … a mix for peanut butter cookies. I have yet to find a recipe which I feel soft enough for the hubster, so I thought I would try this form. Anything to get the place a bit more cheery and smelling great.

The day after ….

I just saw a pix on F.B. … actually several … entitled this is how I feel after Thanksgiving. I can relate. One of the few times one can fall off the food wagon and not feel guilty about it because you do it with family!

Menu

Roasted Turkey, Oyster stuffing, sweet Potatoes with marshmallow topping, cranberry sauce, crab & shrimp with a dip made from horse radish and catsup, green bean casserole and for dessert one each pumpkin and apple pie.

Took over $200 in groceries, 6 hours prep/cook time, 45 mins to eat and
3 – 4 hours for clean up. 24 hours to digest said meal. Tomorrow, 3 doz. jumbo corn bread muffins to bake. For now sweet dreams!

Annual Cheesecake now delivered

As has been the tradition since 2009 I once again presented Jim Thompson (a local South Dakota radio personality). It is a treat that I decided to give Jim because of how welcome he made me feel in 2008 when I put out a booth for Teas N More. I was giving samples of some of my baked goods, including home baked Strawberry Cheesecake. He tried a sample and said he would love to have this. I told him that I would bring one to him all for himself the following year. He didn’t take me seriously. He does now! He has received one a year ever since.
Jim is a wonderful man with down to earth values. I didn’t get photos of him, but I did of the cake. I also found that he will not his hourly show at the end of May, though he is doing a small 5 min. segment twice a day for a bit now. He will be missed. Oh, and I did tell him I will continue the once a year cheesecake for as long as I can even if he doesn’t have his radio show.

 

Boarder of strawberries

Boarder of strawberries

Topping on and awaiting delivery

Topping on and awaiting delivery

Annual Cheesecake…

Tomorrow I will be baking the strawberry Cheesecake for the  radio personality down in Spearfish, SD. I have been making one for him each year at this time since 2009. I do it because in 2008 I was at a local Farm and Home show selling my teas and giving samples of cheesecake and other baked goods. He went to all the other booths but came back and sat at mine and made me feel welcome. I told him for that he would get one from me every year at the same show. He thought I was kidding! When he came back the following year I presented him with the cheesecake and have been doing so ever since. Friday is the show and tomorrow I will bake the cake putting the topping on Friday AM. I will post photos of this tomorrow and Friday. I do know it never makes it back to Spearfish. He usually shares it with a few fiends. His show is Country Cafe of the Airwaves and he is a wonderful person.

Made it through …. What a thing to say!

With a heavy sigh I have to utter these horrifying words “Well, I made it through Christmas!” Now don’t get me wrong, I love the season winter with Yule, Christmas, decorations, music and snow. The problem is that this year I couldn’t get it together! Everything fell a bit flat. I wanted to bake, looked at the stove and felt like heaving! THIS IS NOT ME! I tell myself and try to force the issue. Problem is that in a way, it was me. I don’t know if it was a lack of a support system, my son not even caring to help by decorating our house and his grandmas. Maybe it was the fact that my husband was miserable driving 200+ miles a day just to pay off bills. I just can’t seem to figure it out! I did (finally) get my birthday tree and decorated it. I even decorated the huge window in white cascading icicle lights and LED bulbs.

Birthday tree Simple fan decor Head of the bed Bedroom Door 1 Bedroom door 2 Stairway to hev... I mean bedroom Birthday tree view 2

Then Hubster asked for me to decorate the bedroom. Which I did and he “SEEMED” to really appreciate it. Then there were the cards. I was late getting those out as well! I felt like I was drowning in the season rather than enjoying it.

Now we hope for the fresh, new year!

What is it with people who want to take over???

I have probably have posted something like this before, but it is becoming a problem again. I want to start something so I can make money. I buy product. I get ready to put things together, and WHAM! I get “You need to do it this way!” “You can’t sell this, no one will buy it!” “You are wasting MY money.” and the ever popular “You procrastinate! Your projects will never get off the ground!”

I don’t mind advice, as a matter of fact I like “constructive” criticism. But when someone who doesn’t have an ounce of craft experience nor has taking the art classes I have taken, then says he knows better how to do what I enjoyed doing (until he stuck his nose into it) then I want to pull out my hair and scream to the top of my lungs. As it is (an example) I decide I want to make a few dollars selling cookies, breads and muffins. His thought? I should open a bakery and sell fancy pastries. I want to paint (whimsical/abstract) His thoughts? I should be painting JUST flowers, and slow down on what I am doing or I will “RUIN” it. I decide to try my hand a wood burning… You need to do heraldry, etc. Something which should relax me is now suppose to be this super project! I can’t win!

What do witches wear? Anything they want!

Like a tired old joke, people seem to stereo type witches and women in general. “if you are a witch you are always wearing black and have on heavy eye makeup” “If you are a witch you a teenager or someone looking for attention.” And yet when those people pass a witch who doesn’t wear black or “Goth” makeup, or is even a teacher, doctor, or grandparent they don’t see that these people could be witches. Witches wear regular clothes, hold down regular jobs, have regular families. We don’t necessarily wear black robes or pointed hats. We love colors, pantsuits, dresses, shorts or any other type of clothes we feel good in. I certainly don’t wear makeup, unless I am A. going out and want to dress up or B. am dressing for Halloween or a play. And it certainly isn’t all black. PLUS I am over 21 and have owned many of my own small businesses. The last being a tea and baking business. So next time you pass someone in black, don’t laugh point and say “witch” Could be someone who decided they like back and it has nothing to do with being a witch.

The start of my fall musings.

The leaves are just starting to change to yellow. Today was cold and ugly out. My husband went out into the garden and came back saying my tomato  plants are actually still producing tiny green tomatoes. So far he has counted about 5. I didn’t go out today because it seems I have a pinched nerve in my hip. The last time this happened in was in my teens! Decided on Blueberry sour-cream pancakes today. As usual I asked our friend to join us but he was in Aberdeen so didn’t make it. <Sigh> At least I got a little rest. Working on sewing this next two weeks, and maybe an apple pie or two. If they turn out I will post photos.

Lousy day

Aside from having yet another person in our town ask for the Persian flat bread, the day was lousy. After working cattle yesterday and sleeping on my arm, I can’t even lift my left arm and my lower back is hurting as bad! But who gets blamed when the dog tries to get out of the car and passed me? I DO! I mean I thought we had a good system where one would get out first then keep the dog occupied while the other got out! Instead I am left, unable to move fast and having to try and keep the dog in while I TRY to get out without the dog beating the door! Just now I pulled the first bread out and tried to but the second on the pan and it stretched all other the place. I hope I fixed it but am not sure. I am making another batch, but it does take time.
It also looks like thunder storms are rolling in and I am having a hard times seeing out of my right eye. More so than usual!  I can’t win for loosing lately. I just hope the weekend is better! Not feeling up to another lousy day though they are coming more and more. I try to take a step back but sometimes it doesn’t help. Maybe I can take Sadie out and about on my own tomorrow.

 

 

From a friend to the table

A dear friend of ours (JS ) gave me a neat cookbook. In it are various recipes for main dishes, desserts and BREADS! My husband has been after me to make the recipe for Persian flat bread. It seems simple enough, the thing is with only one bowl, I have to hold off making anything else until the first rising is done (which it is now) and the bowl is washed (Which it currently is not) I am hoping to do a raisin bread as well, but that may have to wait til tomorrow since my time is limited since we need to be at a meeting around 6 tonight (it is now 130), so it means I need to get another mixing bowl for my mixer… Not happy since they are up in the $30+ range. Kitchen Aide is a great product, and long lasting, but they can get expensive!
The recipe in question (which I will post if anyone wants it) makes two loaves. The problem with these specialty breads is that most take special ingredients which are not found where I live unless I travel several days or order them on the web. The two ingredients in question are sesame seeds and black onion seeds. The bread did turn out wonderful and we are already eating the first one and the other one is earmarked for our friend (JS) and my mom. I will cut it in half and deliver then tomorrow morning.

Fished Persian bread

Fished Persian bread