Showing posts with label Snow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Snow. Show all posts

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Easter Egg Bread

I post this pretty bread with dyed eggs each year because it is an Easter tradition in our home.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Fluffy Pancakes

Grandchildren tested and often requested: A very yummy pancake that rises high and light!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Chocolate Cookies with Minty Chips

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
It is more white here than green with snow we received overnight and today.
So, I made a batch of chocolaty cookies with dark chocolate and mint chips.
My family gave them a thumbs up!
Chocolate cookies with Minty chips
source: Nestle Toll House Chocolate & Mint morsels package


2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 2/3 cups (10-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels

PREHEAT oven to 325° F.

COMBINE flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Drop by well-rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 11 to 13 minutes or until cookies are puffed and centers are set. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

FOR MINI MINT CHOCOLATE DELIGHT COOKIES: Prepare dough as above. Drop by well-rounded measuring teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes or until cookies are puffed and centers are set. Makes about 7 dozen mini cookies.

yields 48 cookies @Calories 110 each

St. Patrick's Day snow

Sunday, February 23, 2014

With a Thankful Heart

Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever
Psalm 136:26
okay, so he wasn't really praying
he was actually being naughty
and persistent.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

snowy weather

getting stuck in the snow isn't fun for anyone
such a woeful little face
 but so pretty when the snow clouds depart and the sun shines brightly
all sparkly and glittery
~ no warm sunshine today, however.  Just a mix of light rain and snow showers~

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Winter's White

An Alberta Clipper dropping about a foot of snow seemed a good reason to set a winter white table.
Remember my re-purposed light globe centerpiece? Here it is with white flowers and pine branches adding a warm glow to the table on this blustery day.
click photo for how-to tutorial
~ On the menu ~
Snowflake Rolls with Quiche Lorraine and ending with a Buttercream frosted White Cake 
Warm from-the-oven snowflake rolls help to tame single-digit temperatures.
Quiche Lorraine
I have several favorite Quiche recipes and this one I turn to often because it is easy to put together with items I usually have on hand and because it is very tasty. The recipe was given to me from a friend way back in 1977 when we lived in Ohio.
It is unique, in that instead of cream, it uses evaporated milk.  Just as delicious with bacon or chopped ham.
Finishing with a White Cake with Buttercream frosting and a thin layer of raspberry jam in the center.
This very cute snowman baker was a gift several years ago from a friend who attends our weekly Bible study. This chubby fellow is not responsible for our arctic air or blowing, drifting snow. The most mischief he brings is dusting the snowflake rolls with flour.

Here are the recipes
Fluffy Snowflake Rolls

1 large egg plus enough water to measure 1 cup
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups bread flour
3 Tbs. Nonfat dry Milk
3 Tbs. sugar
2 tsp. Bread Machine Yeast

Add all of the ingredients in the order recommended by manufacturer of your bread machine (usually wet ingredients followed by dry ingredients and ending with the yeast).  Set the machine to dough setting.  When complete, remove dough from machine and allow to rest, covered for 5 minutes.

Divide dough into 16 pieces.  Form into balls; place on a lightly greased 9x13-inch rectangular pan.  Cover lightly and place in a warm, draft-free place and allow to rise until doubled in size.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 17 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from pan to cooling rack.  Lightly dust with flour using a sieve.  

Quiche Lorraine

9-inch pie crust
1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss Cheese
1 large can evaporated milk
3 eggs
1/4 cup water
1/2 to 1-lb. crisp, fried bacon (or small diced cooked ham)
1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/2 to 1 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp.salt
dash pepper
dash Tabasco (optional) 
parsley flakes to sprinkle on top

1   Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line 9-inch unbaked pie shell with cheese, bacon and green pepper.
2   Lightly whisk milk, eggs, water,  nutmeg, oregano, salt, pepper and Tabasco together; pour mixture over cheese. Sprinkle with parsley.
3   Bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until center has stiffened. Allow to rest for ten minutes before serving.

White Cake
Recipe source King Arthur Flour 
2 3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached Cake Flour Blend
1 2/3 cups sugar; superfine sugar is best
1 Tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
4 large eggs whites plus 1 whole large egg
1 cup full-fat vanilla yogurt or 1 cup whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

Directions for cake found on King Arthur Flour
After frosting the bottom cake layer, I spread a layer of seedless Raspberry Jam then added the top cake layer and frosted entire cake.

Buttercream Frosting

1 cup softened butter (2 sticks)
4 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
2 teaspoons vanilla
pinch salt
3-4 tablespoons milk or half-and-half

In stand mixer, cream softened butter.  Add confectioner’s sugar, vanilla, salt and milk; and mix on low until combined.  Beat on high speed until light and fluffy adding small amount of milk (if desired) until desired consistency. 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

An Unwelcoming Welcome

Our Resident Sentry
Aggravates Aliens
Balks at Bats
Cringes at Costumes
Decries devils
Flinches at Frankensteins
Guards against Ghouls
Hater of Hobgoblins
Intolerable of Icabods
Jittered by Jack O'Lanterns
Keeps out Kooks
Leers at Lanterns
Meanie to Mummies
Nabber of Ninjas
Obstruct-er of  Ogres
 Protector from Pranksters
Quieter of Quacks
Repulsed by Rats
Securer from spooks
Terrorizer to Trolls
Unnerving toward Uglies
Vex-er to Vampires
Watcher of Werewolves
eXterminator of X-Men
Yipper at Yedi
Zapper of Zombies
Did you guess that Raider does NOT enjoy Halloween?
He would much rather be perched on a comfy chair undisturbed.
Also, remembering my dad who loved Halloween
mostly because it was his birthday.
Daddy with our old dog, Scotty, a ninety-pound sweetheart.
These two cuties had just had a Birthday Party.
Brenna was 7 yesterday and Shaela will be 5 next week.
Oh, yes... as did many of you, we had snow all day Saturday.
Here are a few photos as it covered the colorful autumn leaves still on the trees.
 Most unusual to get snow in October in these parts.

Monday, December 27, 2010


outside last night...
Advice is like snow - the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55:10-11  
"Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
Isaiah 1:18
 He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth'
Job 37:6
inside... someone stays warm and comfortable moving from one cozy spot...
to another.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Making a Fort

Two school snow days in a row.
How does an eighteen year old... and a three year old and a dog alleviate boredom?
Why, you build a fort in the family room using all of the blankets in the linen closet and all of the chairs from the dining room and most of the pillows from the beds.
Of course!
I like to believe Abbey was mainly doing this for Ella's enjoyment...
but I'm not sure who had more fun.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Show And Tell Friday ~ Yep... More Snow Pictures

For those sick of winter, these pictures won't inspire. But I am enjoying every flake! And in August when I am complaining of the heat and humidity these scenes will be just a memory.
The above picture was taken last night with just the light from the porch. It's a little fuzzy but more how it actually looked. Kind of a dreamy feeling.
Such a different look with the flash, but still cool.
Abbey laughs at her dads snowsuit but it sure keeps a body warm.
This morning... very cold and bright sun.
Although I didn't want to disturb the pristine surface of the snow, I tried walking out a bit to get a picture of my boxwood hedge. The snow was knee deep and my boots are too low to keep the snow out. We brushed away the snow after the last storm but this snow has all of the tree branches bent low. I dread the damage that may have occurred.
Our side yard on the north. The arborvitae on the left are our neighbors and they are so heavy with snow.
sad pup... "I wanna go in."
Imagine... in a few months this Eastern Redbud will be full of tiny pink blossoms!

Do you think my hydrangea and hosta plants are okay under all of that snow?
Raider wants you to visit Cindy @My Romantic Home for more Show & Tell Friday posts!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Snowy Weekend

It's been a snowy winter. This weekends snowfall (about 28-inches) brought the Philadelphia area accumulation up to 54-inches so far (the record is 65-inches) and we are expecting another "major" storm on Wednesday. We've all been fighting colds and Abbey and John are currently watching the Super Bowl. Here is what the three of us enjoyed for dinner:
Hot roast beef sandwiches with au Jus for dipping.
It was an impulsive purchase many years ago but this "Set it and Forget it" rotisserie does a beautiful job roasting an eye roast.
The hardest part is slicing the roast paper thin since my MIL's old slicer gave up its ghost.
A delicious Crab Spread with Bacon posted on a new-to-me blog called Cuisine Kathleen. I was just beginning to think I would never buy imitation crab meat again because I am always disappointed with the results. It tasted very good in this spread!
Here is Kathleens recipe from her site:
Crab Spread with Bacon

1/2 lb crab meat..I use imitation crab, it is a milder taste..
1/2 lb cream cheese, don't use the less fat, it separates when baked..
1 small onion, minced
1 T horseradish
3 T milk or cream
Juice of one lemon

Mix all together, and spread in a baking dish sprayed with Pam.

Top with crumbled bacon, or almond slivers, or go wild and do half and half..:)

Bake at 350 15 min or till it bubbles and is lightly browned..
Let sit a few minutes, serve with crackers for spreading.

Pineapple Coleslaw



3 Cups Shredded Cabbage
1/2 Cup Shredded Carrots
3/4 cup Drained Crushed Pineapple (1 8oz Can)
2 Tbsp. Vinegar
2 tsp Sugar
2/3 Cup Mayonnaise
Black or White Pepper to taste


Combine all ingredients. Taste and adjust the seasonings as desired. Cover and chill through.

Three Bean Salad (click to see previous posted)
We finished up with a Chocolate Cream Pie. I haven't posted the recipe because it didn't thicken as I thought it should. I put in the freezer and served it as a frozen dessert. The taste sent me right back into my childhood... remember Fudgesicles? The chocolate had the same flavor and texture as a Fudgesicle! Though really yummy, I still wanted a Chocolate Cream Pie :)

Sunday Sunshine
Joining Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday!


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