Wednesday, August 14, 2013

On Oatmeal Cookies

The weather is beautiful here today 
and it made me feel
sunshiny and happy
Like an
Oatmeal Cookie. 

So I made some! 

Sunshine Oatmeal Cookies

Preheat oven to 375. 

1/2 cup of salted butter (softened at room temperature)
1/4  cup of brown sugar
1/2  cup of granulated sugar (I use unbleached)
When light and fluffy add:
1 egg yolk
1 Tablespoon of local honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup unbleached flour
1 cup rolled or old fashioned oats
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
ground cinnamon (I like it so used about 1 teaspoon but you can use less if you want)
1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
*You can also add raisins, nuts, or chocolate chips at this point!

Divide dough into balls and drop onto ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake about 10 minutes or until golden brown and slightly firm. 
I cooled on a wire rack.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Peaches & Cream Pie

Johnson County, Arkansas has the best peaches in the world (in my humble opinion...)
So, we made the drive to get a car full last week!

I made a pie based on my sweet mother-in-law's crustless pie recipe, but 
changed it a bit to accomodate a crust (which I love) and extra peaches (which I needed to use)
and I also wanted it to be a bit creamy, similar to a peach pie I like to make.

Here is what I came up with...

Peaches & Cream Pie

6-8 peaches (more or less is ok)
1 cup sugar 
1/2 cup flour 
3 large eggs, beaten
3 Tablespoons of butter
3 Tablespoons of Cream Cheese
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Pie crust (homemade or store bought)

  • Roll out pie crust and place in pie tin. 
  • With mixer beat butter and cream cheese til softened. 
  • Add sugar to mixing bowl and beat til incorporated.
  • Add eggs, flour, and vanilla. 
  • In pie crust place sliced and peeled peaches in rows.  I like to take one peach and spread it out on one 1/8 section of the pie and keep going until I get a nice look.  
  • Slowly pour mixture over peaches in pie crust to fill crust.  
  • Bake at 375 or 400 until set and crust is a nice golden brown.  Should not be "jiggly" when cooked. 
  • Cool and serve! 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Papaya Love

When we can get fresh (good) papaya I go a bit nuts.
I think I'm eating two papayas a week
mainly making these yummies...

Papaya Smoothies

Chopped papaya (I usually use about 1-2 cups of papaya)
Ice Cubes (also 1-2 cups)
Milk (just enough to cover ice and papaya)
(and sometimes I add a bit of honey if papaya's not really sweet)
Sometimes I'll add a Tablespoon or two of Greek Yogurt

Blend until good and frothy!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

On Cookie Transport

The boys went to the lake this past weekend 
and I thought of a new way 
to carry cookies!

1.  Make cookies!  (These were Snickerdoodles, a good traveling cookie.)

2.  Cut two strips of waxed paper, criss-cross and tape. (measure around outside of a clean "Pringle chip" type can and add 3-4" to determine length of strips.)

3.  Place strips in can with cross near top of can. 

4.  Hold ends of strips and start stacking cookies!  You will slowly lower them into the can as you add cookies. 

The boys report that the cookies traveled without breaking and stayed fresh!  Great for fishing or camping trips! 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Momma's Brownies

For the Arkansas Food Blogger Bake Sale this past weekend
my momma was kind enough 
(as she always is)
to make me some brownies!  
(Thanks mom!)

Now my momma's brownies are by far the best brownies around.
(And I might fight ya if you say otherwise!)
She uses the recipe from the 1963 Betty Crocker Cooky Book (one of the best cookbooks I own BTW)
and I'm not sure why but even when I follow the same recipe mine are not quite as delectable.
(She must do something secret I'm not aware of...)

Here is that recipe:

Brownies from the Betty Crocker's Cooky Book 
4 squares of unsweetened chocolate (4 oz)
2/3 cup of shortening
2 cups of sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup chopped nuts

Heat oven to 350.
Grease a 13" x 9" x 2" pan.
Melt chocolate and shortening over low heat.
Beat in sugar and eggs.
Blend flour, baking powder, and salt and stir in.
Mix in nuts.
Spread in pan and bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean.
Cut into bars!
Mom's Brownies on Display!


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