Friday, January 30, 2009
These are some of my Comforts of Home. What are yours? How about comfort foods? Want a really great winter comfort food recipe? Visit my newest post at the Home Goods blog.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
The morning winter sun bravely peaks out amongst the winter snow clouds.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Is it cold where you live? Are your craving warm comfort food? Then this fits the bill!
We are making Broccoli Cheese Soup today. Gather your ingredients..
To serve 6 you will need:
6 Tablespoons butter, divided
2 pounds fresh broccoli, stems and florets separated
1 Medium Onions chopped
2 Garlic Cloves minced
1 teaspoon of fresh or 1/2 teaspoons of dried Tarragon
5 Cups chicken stock
1 Cup Whipping Cream
4 Slices of Bacon Cooked and Crumbled
1 Ripe Tomato seeded and chopped
2 - 1/2 cups cheese separated
Ok...Separate the stems from the florets. Set the florets aside and chopped the stems. Chop the onion. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a large pan. Add the chopped broccoli stems and onions and saute for about 6 minutes over medium heat, stirring often. Add chopped garlic and tarragon and saute one minute. Add chicken stock and florets, bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Stir in cream.
Melt 3 tablespoons butter and add 3 tablespoons flour.
Wisk until smooth then whisk into stock. Turn heat up to medium and cook while constantly stirring for about 3 minutes until stock thickens.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
The picture below is taken from inside my guest room, through a window screen. That is why it is a little fuzzy. This rare white squirrel was visiting our front courtyard. They are known to be plentiful the next county over...This was a rare treat to see one in our area.
Click on the pictures to enlarge for detail. The white squirrel's tail is so feathery looking!
Monday, January 19, 2009
I also changed the background of my blog. Do you like it? Kathy from Kathy's Cottage inspired me! Her blog always looks so nice. So I asked for a little help from her. Thank you Kathy! OH!! And Kathy has some wonderful news!!! You need to HURRY over to her blog and check it out!!!!!!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Below is what they looked like after the first baking....
And here after the second baking
3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons aniseed, ground
1 cup whole almonds, toasted, coarsely chopped
1 large egg white
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into medium bowl. Mix sugar, melted butter, 3 eggs, vanilla extract and ground aniseed in large bowl. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and stir with wooden spoon until well blended. Mix in almonds.
Divide dough in half. Using floured hands, shape each dough half into 13 1/2-inch-long, 2 1/2-inch-wide log. Transfer both logs to prepared baking sheet, spacing apart. Whisk egg white in small bowl until foamy; brush over top and sides of each dough log.
Bake logs until golden brown (logs will spread), about 30 minutes. Cool logs completely on sheet on rack, about 25 minutes. Maintain oven temperature.
Transfer logs to work surface; discard parchment paper. Using serrated knife, cut logs on diagonal into 1/2-inch-wide slices. Arrange slices, cut side down, on same baking sheet. Bake 12 minutes. Turn biscotti over; bake until just beginning to color, about 8 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool. (Can be prepared 1 week ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.)
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Purchased a decoupage kit from Michael's....
And with a lot of cutting (around those rooster feet!) and some gluing it was done. I did spray it with clear poly spray because I will sometimes have drinks set on it.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Here are my raised beds. First I used them for veggies. But they don't get enough sun. Then this past year I experimented with a flower cutting garden. It work really great! But as you can see below. The deer have discovered my raised beds this past fall.
Yep, she found the left over snap dragons....and had no regret at all walking through the empty bed to get to them
After finishing eating she wandered across my driveway and back into the woods.
So this winter, I am planning and dreaming of a way to keep the deer out of my cutting garden. I will be doing a lot of research, with magazines, gardening books and a big pot of tea.
For some great tips on planning your spring and summer garden, head on over to my Home Goods Blog.
Now, on to the winner of my New Years Giveaway! First I want to thank all of you for entering. And I really appreciate all of the comments on my Home Goods post too~you guys make me look good :-).
The winner is Brenda @ Spare Minute Cottage! Congrats Brenda!! I will be in contact with you for your address. And I will be by to visit all of you later today and this evening. Over 90 entries here and over 50 on Home Goods. I have a lot of visiting to do!!