Sunday, December 21, 2008
3/4 cup butter, @ room temperature
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1. Mix shortbread ingredients until it holds together. Place in an ungreased 9x13 inch pan and press. Bake 20 minutes or until edges are brown.
2. Make lemon filling. Wash and dry lemons, then grate the rinds using small holes on the grater for 2 tbs. of zest. Squeeze the juice until you get 1/3 cup.
3. Whisk together eggs and sugar. Whisk in the flour, stir in the lemon zest and juice. Pour filling over shortbread and bake for 20-25 minutes.
4. Cool and dust with powdered sugar.
* 350 Degrees
You can substitute lemon juice concentrate if you don't have a fresh lemon. Approximately 2 1/2 tablespoons equals the juice of one medium size fresh-squeezed lemon.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Making our gingerbread houses is always a treat. This year I found a wonderful recipe for the icing. I have never before been able to get the icing to hold up the house. For a couple of years we hot glued the walls together, but that doesn't go over very well when you want to eat it. I went searching on-line for a good, "Glue", that would hold up under the weight of ten pounds of candy. I found that the trick to making a gingerbread house is to have a strong frosting. I found two recipes on-line, but didn't have all the ingredients for them both. Here is the recipe I concocted for the icing.
2 egg whites
5 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp water
Beat egg whites until frothy, add the sugar one cup at a time until thick, add water to get desired consistency.
Frost house and let set one hour before adding any deliciousness, this way the walls don't cave in.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Yes, my friends it was Bambi's mother. I could tell by that look in her eyes. We were driving on bluecreek road around 7pm when she darted toward our car. It was pitch black and had been that way since 4:30pm. The sun sets at an unreasonable hour when you live up north.
"Why is she coming toward our headlights? She should be running away from them." And then the impact of her torso and the side of our car.
Z wanted us to turn around and find her to see if she was o.k. But, we were waiting for our airbags to deploy and hoping they wouldn't. We saw two more deer after that, but since we had already had one impact, were driving cautiously and slow. Again the second deer ran across the road in front of us!
We didn't inspect our car until we reached the ferry. My dad had purchased a small flashlight to put in our glove box on one of his trips to town. (Thanks) We whipped it out and walked along the driver's side looking for blood, dents, deer hair. We saw nothing, and thankfully our airbags are still where they should be. So I guess you could say we hit a home run!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
When we first got our puppy I tried to take her running with me. I feel really bad that I did. She was so little that she couldn't keep up and she thought I would leave her if she couldn't see me. I took her to the track and made it one lap. The poor puppy was breathless and thirsty and I had to take her home. After that if she saw me running she would sit on the porch and wait for me to finish. Now that she is older and bigger she enjoys going with me and loves to tag along. I feel safe with a canine companion. There is something comforting about a dog at my side. She has been known to chase the coyotes away as well as the wild turkeys. But, I really wish she wouldn't chase the wild turkeys. I need them to eat those rotten apples from under the trees. Even though I make her go outside most of the day, I really do like having a dog for a pet.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
... me, scrambling for a threat, what would make them hurry?
... "I'll, .... I'll eat your broccoli and you won't get any!"
What ensued was amazing.
"Hurry, fast or we won't get any broccoli." Mad scrambling, blanket folding, book shuffling, orders barked at younger sister, and with exactly a minute to spare the table was clean.
You have to be quick around here if you want any broccoli!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
My sister and I have this running joke that we can't throw food away unless it has some kind of mold on it. If there are any leftovers, but not enough to feed more than one person, you still have to put them in a container and place them into the fridge. You can't immediately throw them out. That would be wasteful. What if someone wanted to eat them later? (Only that never happens.) We seem to agree that we are not allowed to throw them away until they have been in the fridge for a week or two and they have become completely inedible and lost all nutritional value.
Last night I pulled off the mother lode of wasteful. My spinach was getting a little wilted and I knew I had to cook it or throw it away. So I pulled out a pan, added water, and boiled it for several minutes. Then I turned the pan off, left it on the stove overnight, and threw it away in the morning.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
- While reading a bed time story where the main character's name was Lucy, Lulu asked, "Does she loose things because her name is Lucy?"
- When playing dolls Z asked Lulu if her doll had a boyfriend. To which she replied, "No, they would chase us, or kid us."
- Last night while showing me a scratch Lulu remarked, "My owwee needs frosting and cake. That would make it better."
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
The elevation is 4,000 feet higher than at our home and a bit cooler too! One should wear hats and jackets when hiking this trail as the air cools off substantially, especially in September. On our first attempt at this trail we went in shorts and t-shirts and nearly froze.
Here is the view from the top!
We came to the home of giant boulders, who slumber peacefully along the hillside. It was fun climbing over them to discover their hidden treasures.
Vibrant orange berries
Monday, September 15, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
2 cups of flour
3 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
2 Tbs sugar
1 tsp salt
2 cups of milk
2 1/2 Tbs oil
Combine Dry Ingredients then add the wet and stir at once. Mix good and then cook on a hot pan, flipping them after you see the bubbles appear in batter.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
The second falls of the day: Douglas Falls. This one had a campground facility and pic-nik tables. Just our luck! We were unable to do any hiking because all the trail signs were covered with warning signs, scrawled in a black maker, that trees were blown down and blocking the path.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, melted
2 cups grated raw zucchini
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup brown sugar
Beat eggs until light and foamy. Add sugar, butter, zucchini and vanilla and mix lightly but well. Combine flours, salt, soda, baking powder and cinnamon and add to egg/zucchini mixture. Stir until well blended; add nuts. Pour into 12x17 inch jelly roll pan. Combine ingredients for topping. Sprinkle topping mixture over batter. Bake; cool on rack. Cut into squares.
Time: 15-20 minutes
Thursday, August 21, 2008
This morning Lulu asked if we could go to the "egg chairs". It took me a while to figure out what she was talking about.
This was our old library...
It was gigantic. It was brand new and it was simply breathtakingly beautiful.
But our new library has some excellent literary choices. Like these...
The section titled "Ways to Remember Someone" was my favorite. It says, "Even when someone you love dies, you don't lose him completely- you still have your memories. That person can always be a part of you."
- Make a scrapbook about her.
- Play the game "I remember when..." with your family and friends.
- Look at his photograph.
- Keep practicing something he taught you.
- Write a poem about her.
- Keep something of hers in a special place.
- Visit her grave.
- Make a new friend who reminds you of her.
- Have a picnic to celebrate his birthday.
There are more ideas in the book, I just posted my favorite here.
I really enjoyed the artwork in this rendition. It is a classic tale that my mom use to read to me and I enjoyed sharing it with my own daughters.