Saturday, October 30, 2010

Traveling Light

A visit to another blogger recently brought his song to my mind.  It is one I really like but haven't heard in a while.

Traveling Light

(Duet With Joel Hanson) Lyrics by Sara Groves

Well I was doubling over the load on my shoulders
Was a weight I carried with me everyday
Crossing miles of frustrations and rivers a raging
Picking up stones I found along the way
I staggered and I stumbled down
Pathways of trouble
I was hauling those souvenirs of misery
And with each step taken my back was breaking
'Til I found the One who took it all from me

Down by the riverside
(Down by the riverside)
I laid my burdens down,
Now I'm traveling light
My spirit lifted high
(I found my freedom now)
I found my freedom now
And I'm traveling light

Through the darkest alleys and loneliest valleys
I was dragging those heavy chains of doubt and fear
Then with the one word spoken the locks were broken
Now He's leading me to places
Where there are no tears

Down by the riverside
(Down by the riverside)
I laid my burdens down,
Now I'm traveling light
My spirit lifted high
(I found my freedom now)
I found my freedom now
And I'm traveling light

Down by the riverside
I laid my burdens down,
Now I'm traveling light
My spirit lifted high
I found my freedom now
And I'm traveling light

Down by the riverside
(Down by the riverside)
I laid my burdens down,
Now I'm traveling light
My spirit lifted high
(I found my freedom now)
I found my freedom now
And I'm traveling light

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Feeling Better

Last night was the first that I really felt Raider was okay and acting like himself.  He played a little with a toy for the first time since the bee incident and even did his 'Roly-Poly' where he rolls around on his back. On Monday I saw bruising on his legs and sent photos to the Vet for her opinion.  She thought they looked like bruising from the IV's and catheter but she said to watch for more and that he would not be out-of-the-woods for about  a week or so. Usually problems show up by the third day but sometimes the immune system takes longer to react.  I was so happy to see him playful.

I am feeling better too.  The itching and burning has finally subsided for the most part as well as the anxious feeling I had, probably from the benadryl.  Jared's stings did not swell and redden like mine and healed quickly.
How good to to be getting back to normal! 
Like that new hair style Raider is sporting?
He is also a bit stouter with a ravenous appetite! (from the steroids?) I have been giving him a little more food and will work on getting his figure back later.
:)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

how easy is that? Book Signing

It was released today!
Ina Garten's new book
how easy is that?
My sister and I drove to Plymouth Meeting Mall to purchase a copy of this wonderful book and meet a lady whom I have admired and enjoyed for many years.
While waiting in a rather long line, I perused many recipes.
How excited I am to begin making many of Ina's well tested recipes with an emphasis on easy ingredients, easy shortcuts, easy techniques, and easy menus in this book filled with easy recipes.
My sister, Carol, and I had such a great day together just strolling along, sampling some tasty treats and having long conversations together.
After leaving the mall we stopped by to visit my niece, Toni (Carol's daughter), and her boyfriend, Joe.  We shared a delicious dinner at OutBack.
After this past weekend, it was a delight being with some of my favorite people in the whole world!

Here are Ina Garten recipes I have made and posted on my blog:
East Hampton Clam Chowder post
Barefoot Carrot Salad post
Mixed Berry Cheesecake post
Oven Fried Chicken post
Blueberry Struesel Muffins post
Sour Cream Coffee Cake post
Scalloped Tomatoes post
Grilled Herb Shrimp post
Spring Green Risotto post
Jam Thumbprint Cookies post
Raisin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies post
Caesar Club Sandwich post
Individual Meatloaves post
Baked Shrimp Scampi post
Coconut Cupcakes post
Shrimp Bisque post
Indonesian Ginger Chicken post
Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms post
Croissant Bread Pudding post

All-American, All-Delicious Apple Pie ~ TWD

Baking with Dorie recipe this week is the pick of
Emily of Sandmuffin
Dorie says this pie is PDG or pretty darn good and leaves the final judgment to the  taster of this American icon.
It consists of the standard apple pie ingredients with the addition of tapioca so the juices thicken a little.
 
All-American, All-Delicious Apple Pie
 Baking From My Home to Yours
by Dorie Greenspan

For a 9 inch Double Crust

3 cups all purpose flour
¼ cup sugar
1 ½ tsp salt
2 ½ sticks very cold unsalted butter, cut into tbsp size pieces
1/3 cup very cold vegetable shortening, cut into 4 pieces
About ½ cup ice water

Put the flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor fitted with a metal blade, pulse just to combine the ingredients. Drop in the butter and shortening and pulse only until the butter and shortening are cut into the flour. Don’t overdo the mixing- what you’re aiming for is to have some pieces the size of fat green peas and others the size of barley. Pulsing the machine on and off, gradually add about 6 tbsps of the water- add a little water and pulse once, add some more water, pulse again and keep going that way. Then use a few long pulses to get the water into the flour. If, after a dozen or so pulses, the dough doesn’t look evenly moistened or form soft curds, pulse in as much of the remaining water as necessary, or even a few drops more, to get a dough that will stick together when pinched. Big pieces of butter are fine. Scrape the dough out of the bowl and onto a work surface.

Divide the dough in half. Gather each half into a ball, flatten each ball into a disk and wrap each half in plastic. Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour before rolling (if your ingredients were very cold and you worked quickly, though, you might be able to roll the dough immediately: the dough should be as cold as if it had just come out of the fridge).

To Roll Out the Dough: Have a buttered 9 inch pie plate at hand.

You can roll the dough out onto a floured surface or between sheets of wax paper or plastic wrap or in a rolling slipcover. If you’re working on a counter, turn the dough over frequently and keep the counter floured. If you are rolling between paper, plastic or in a slipcover, make sure to turn the dough over often and to life the paper, plastic, or cover frequently so that it doesn’t roll into the dough and form creases.

If you’ve got time, slide the rolled out dough into the fridge for about 20 minutes to rest and firm up.
For the Pie

4 pounds (about 6 very large) apples
3/4 cup sugar
Grated zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8-1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs (or dry bread crumbs)
2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into bits

For the Glaze (optional)
Milk or heavy cream
Decorating (coarse) or granulated sugar

Getting Ready: Butter a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate (I use a Pyrex pie plate). If you want to use a standard 9-inch pie plate, just reduce the amount of filling by about one quarter.

Working on a well-floured surface (or between wax paper or plastic wrap), roll out one piece of the dough to a thickness of about 1/8 inch. Fit the dough into the buttered pie plate and trim the edges to a 1/2-inch overhang. Roll the other piece of dough into a 1/8-inch-thick circle and slip it onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat. Cover both the circle and the crust in the pie plate with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 20 minutes, while you preheat the oven and prepare the filling. (If it's more convenient, the crust can be well covered and kept refrigerated overnight.)

Getting Ready to Bake: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Peel, core and slice the apples. You've got a choice for slicing: you can cut each apple in half and then slice each half crosswise or lengthwise into slices about 1/4 inch thick, or you can cut the apples into chunks about 1/4 to 1/2 inch on a side. In either case, put the apples into a large bowl and add the sugar, lemon zest tapioca, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Toss everything together really well- I do this with my hands. If you've got a little time, let the mix sit for about 5 minutes, until juice starts to accumulate in the bottom of the bowl.

Remove the pie plate and top crust from the refrigerator and put the pie plate on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat. Sprinkle the crumbs evenly over the bottom of the crust-this will help keep it from getting too soggy (some sog is inevitable)- and then turn the apples and their juices into the crust. The apples will heap over the top of the crust. Pat them into an even mound. Dot the apples with the bits of cold butter.

Very lightly moisten the rim of the bottom crust with water, then center the top crust over the apples. (If the crusts-top and bottom- are still very cold and in danger of cracking when you work with them, let them sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes.) Either fold the overhang from the top crust under the bottom crust and crimp the crust attractively, or press the top crust against the bottom crust and trim the overhang from both crusts even with the rim of the pie plate. If you've pressed and trimmed the crust, use the tines of a fork to press the two crusts together securely.

Use a sharp paring knife to cut about 6 slits int eh top crust. I always use the wide end of a piping tip to cut a circle out of the center of the crust as a steam vent. if you'd like, brush the top crust with a little milk or cream and sprinkle it with sugar.

Bake the pie for 15 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 375 degrees F, and bake the pie for another 50 to 60 minutes (total baking time is between 65 and 75 minutes), or until the crust is gorgeously browned and the juices bubble up through the top crust. After about 40 minutes in the oven, if the top crust looks as if it's browning too quickly, cover the pie loosely with a foil tent.

Transfer the pie to a rack and let it rest until it is only just warm or until it reaches room temperature.

You can see more Dorie bakers by visiting the Tuesdays with Dorie links here.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Autumn

Beautiful full moon we had the other night
Autumn
 "When the trees their summer splendor
Change to raiment red and gold,
When the summer moon turns mellow,
And the nights are getting cold;
When the squirrels hide their acorns,
And the woodchucks disappear;
Then we know that it is autumn,
Loveliest season of the year."

 -   Carol L. Riser

Joining Mary @Little Red House for Mosaic Monday

Raider is Home!

My little guy made it!
(see previous two posts about our honeybee encounter)
The Vet said after she saw Raider, she went home and looked up bee stings and the number of stings per pound of body weight and thought, no way was Raider going to survive.  Organ collapse, anemia and she went on to list some terrible situations.  But this morning his urine is yellow, he is eating and in her words, "Praise God, he is doing good".
We brought him home with a lots of pain medication and wait for him to get all better.
 Wow... was this weekend real?
Raider and I thank you all for all those prayers, concerns and words of encouragement! And we thank God for hearing our prayers and petitions.
I have a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart!

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