Monday, May 2, 2016

Scratch her ears

Lady loves her ears scratched!

She just melts into you.  She sighs deeply drifts off to sleep, until you stop

Then she looks at you with those eyes!

Sunday, May 1, 2016


Charles had a hankering for pasta tonight.  His thoughts were to use jerk chicken and sausage in white sauce and pene.  The addition of sautéed peppers and onions added a crunch that put it over the top.

Oh! My! Goodness! That was some of the best pene ever!  White sauce just right for the spicey meats. Just luscious!

Both of us had to force ourselves to save room for Mint Black Magic Cake!  

Baking makes me happy

Stresses hit us all.  Me too.  When I feel stressed I bake. I bake bread, cookies or cake.  This weekend it was cake.

I mentioned to the brother I was thinking of making a Mint Black Magic Cake he DARED me to make it!  Of course, it was on!

The recipe for Black Magic Cake is on this blog in March of 2012. All I did was add a teaspoon of mint extract to both the batter and the icing.  I tried to pipe rosetts on top but my cheapo piping bags burst. Ratzumfratzum!

Still not too bad! Not too bad at all! 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

I saw the neatest thing!

This morning I saw the neatest thing.  On the ledge outside my bedroom window was a baby purple finch. All fluffed up and looking twice his size.  Too cute.

But he wasn't alone. His mom and dad were jumping back and forth between the ledge and the feeder.  Bringing seeds, cracking them and feeding fluffy baby!

I sat for the longest time just mesmerized. Finally I moved to get my iPad.  Hoping they would stay for a short video.  No such luck. Rats!

The purple family flew away as soon as I moved.  Happily mom and dad came back for more seeds.

I hope they come back soon!  Sweet family doing family things!

More bread!

Jalapeno cheddar bread

Pickled jalepenos, patted dry between paper towels, Cabots seriously sharp white cheddar cheese, grated and tossed with a little flour.  The flour makes sure the cheese is worked all through the bread.

Spicey and rich this bread is perfect to serve with a meal. Toasted it is great for breakfast!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Charles' pop up steak house rises again!

Love steak!

Charles' pop up steak house rose again last night! Grilled steak.  Marinated salad, or Pop Pop Salad as we have called it all my life.  Baked tater.

My favorite of all Charles does on the grill!

Pop pop salad!  As kids we all sat and watched our paternal grandfather, Pop pop, put together this salad. Olives, peperoncini, tomatoes, sweet peppers, slivered onions marinated in a raspberry vinigarett.

I always mix the veggies in the salad bowl.  They ripen for a while.  I top the salad with shaved lettuce.  The lettuce tends to wilt and get slimy when allowed to marinate for any length of time. We stir in the lettuce when it is served.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Todays bake

I had an Idea last night.  Usually it takes 8 hours to bake 2 loaves of bread.  I have only one loaf pan.  I have to go through the whole process mixing, knead, rise 1, punch down, rise 2, bake AND cool the pan before it can be used again.  This takes more than 5 hours. I have to time the second loaf so that it  is ready for its second rise when the pan has cooled. The finish can take 2 to 4 hours depending on which breads you are making.

Last night it occurred to me, set the timer on the bread machine so the dough, I only use the dough setting, comes off just as my alarm clock is going off.  Then I can shape the bread and bake it off in much less time.  The second can process as the first bakes.

The only draw back is that there is only 13 hours on my timer.  Since I go to bed early I have to get back up and set the bread machine then go back to bed.

It worked well today.  My first bread was done by 10:am the second was done by1:pm.

Todays bake was sesame white bread and dill rye.

Ooooh!  Fresh rye bread and smoked bugers in the freezer!  I can make patty melts for dinner!  My fave!