Thursday, February 23, 2012

Scottish Oat Scones

Yesterday I attended our bi-weekly Ladies Bible Study at the home of RuBu.  A nice time of study, reflection, discussion and ... well, food and fellowship.  

RuBu makes a habit of staying away from processed sugar and other nasties, and keeps it real with serving us a welcoming platter of fresh fruit.  Yesterday, however,  she made cookies.  Lovely, crisp dainties with only goodness as their ingredients. ... Note to self:  Get the recipe ...   They were delicious.

Yesterday morning I, too, happened to be in a baking mood, and decided to whip up some Scottish Scones and Honey Butter to bring along.  The ladies approved and ate them up.  The scones  were easy to make with ingredients I had on hand, tasty, and yet filling as well.

Honey Butter:  Softened butter mixed with some honey.

I've included the recipe in case you wanted to give them a try.

Scottish Oat Scones

cups all purpose flour
2 cups rolled oats
¼ cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ cup currants or raisins
1 egg, beaten
½ cup butter or margarine, melted
cup milk


1. Put first six dry ingredients into large bowl. Mix. Make a well in center
2. Beat egg until frothy
3. Mix in melted butter and milk. Pour into well. Stir to make soft dough
4. Form into two 6” to 7” circles. Place on greased baking sheet. Pat to about 1/2” to 3/4” thick
5. Score each top into 6 pie shaped wedges
6. Sprinkle with 1 tsp sugar before baking
7. Bake in 425 oven for 15 minutes until risen and browned

A while ago my friend Janet from Washington Lavender gifted me with a jar of their sugar n' lavender.  I sprinkled the scones with about a teaspoon of the mixture before baking.  Yup, put them over the top for sure. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Food Storage Trainer

Do you have a personal Food Storage Trainer?  I do.  Her name is Crystal and she is amazing.

Recently I have started frequenting a Mormon Cannery.  (A what?  Look is up yourself.  You may have one in your area, and they are worth checking out.) Through searching the internet looking for a cannery location, I came upon Crystal's blog.  She is young, busy with little children, and yet has time to put together a terrific blog.  Videos and recipes, and all sorts of information to pour over.

Over the past few months, I have tried many of her recipes.  In fact yesterday, I wowed the family with a Pineapple Upside Down Cake made with ... wait for it ... garbanzo beans !  Okay okay, Crystal told me to use white beans, but I didn't have any.  With a can of garbanzo beans on the shelf, I did what I had to do.  Yummy.  I was going to take a picture, but it's all gone.  Below is Crystal's picture.  I hope that she doesn't mind me borrowing it.  

She put hers in muffin tins for individual little cakes.  I was lazier than her, and popped mine in a 9x13 pan.  All was well.  Below is her recipe.  I tweeked it a bit only to make it easier to read.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (20 oz) can pineapple rings, drained with juice reserved ( use crushed pineapple if making cupcakes)
Maraschino cherries
1 cup butter, softened (or 1 cup white bean puree)
2 cups sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
 1/2 tsp salt 
1.  Combine brown sugar and 1/2 cup butter; spread on bottom of greased 9×13 inch pan. Place pineapple rings and cherries on top. 
2.  Cream the remaining 1 cup butter (or bean puree) with sugar. Add vanilla and eggs and beat well.
3.  In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture. 
4.  Beat in 1 cup of the reserved pineapple juice. Pour batter over pineapple rings and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
5.  Cool slightly, serve warm. To serve, flip individual cake pieces over to show pineapple. Top with whipped cream if desired.
Serves 12 happy people

If you want to make cupcakes. Simply spread the brown sugar butter mixture on the bottom of 24 greased cupcake pans (you won’t be able to use liners for these). Divide crushed pineapple and cherries and place on top of mixture. Pour batter on top to 2/3 full. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and then turn over.  Serves 24

Try this recipe and check out her blog.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

How do you show love?

Today is Valentine's Day 2012

I met my husband almost 28 years ago.  Married him almost 27 years ago.  Want to still be with him 27 + 27 = 54 years from now.  After that we plan to see each other in heaven ... for eternity.  We're stuck together that way ... he and I ... him and me ... hubby and wife.  I can't imagine life without him.

To celebrate the many past Valentine's Days that we have spent together, I have certainly received my overly generous share of flowers and chocolates ... But this year enough was enough.  Flowers are beautiful, but so over priced this time of year.  Chocolates ... well you know I WANT them, just don't need the calories associated with them.

So I begged hubby not to shower me with either.

And other than an Oh Henry! chocolate bar that he brought out and we shared at breakfast, he kept to his word.

Yet to my  immense glee and surprise that wonderful man gave me something even better than flowers and chocolate. 

A hand written poem

Hours after he had gone off to work, I found it on my desk waiting for me.
Of course, it was longer than this first line, but some things, like Valentine's Day love poems , should remain private ... you understand.
~ * ~ * ~
But on a similar note, I was pleased with the Valentine's Day short animation that appeared on the Google site this morning.

It’s the classic story of boy woos girls — but in the form of a Google doodle.

The search engine created a sweet, Valentine’s Day-themed musical animation for its homepage. In the minute-long video, scored to the tune of Tony Bennett’s “Cold, Cold Heart,” a smitten boy Googles ways to win the heart of his beloved — a rope-skipping brunette who wants nothing to do with him.

First, the boy Googles flowers, and offers her a single red rose. Rejected.

Then, a box of chocolates. Rebuffed. 

A green sweater, balloon animal, pie and live rabbit also fail to do the trick. The object of his affection continues to skip, ignoring any and all advances.

Dejected, the boy re-emerges at the end of the video holding a jump rope to skip beside his amour. This, at last, is the key to her heart, and together, they skip in sync.

What a wonderful way to show love ... without all the stuff.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Memory Spoof Song

I had time to kill today and came upon this spoof on memory loss.  Not the mean kind of jab at dementia or Alzheimer Disease ... that's not nice or funny or even morally correct  ...  what I am talking about it is that slight memory loss experienced by ladies like me in that wonderful stage of 'mental pause'.

Please check out this youtube video featuring award-winning cabaret singer Pam Peterson singing a funny parody about the challenges of an aging memory.  I haven't heard of Pam before today, but she is a treat to watch.



Saturday, February 11, 2012

Marble Rye

If you are a Seinfeld fan ... like myself ... the mere mention of Marble Rye makes you smile.

How could you not chuckle while watching THAT episode?

You see George needs a marble rye
Jerry agrees to purchase one, but arrives just as the last one is sold
He tries to persuade the woman to sell her rye for $50
But she refuses
Jerry is therefore (?) forced to steal the marble rye

Oh, I can't do the episode justice ... watch an excerpt here on youtube ...

Well after years and years, I have finally purchased and experienced a marble rye.  Most definitely a beautiful and tasty loaf.  Now I can sleep at nights with a first hand knowledge of what all the fuss was about back on the Marble Rye episode.

Enjoy your day!

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