Posts Tagged ‘baking’

Caramel Apple Grunt

The last two days have been gorgeous, weather wise. It’s been in the fifties and sunny, with just a tiny breeze. I’ve thrown open the windows and we’ve all had a little extra fresh air. The kids have spent hours outside playing. I only wish this weather would hold, but here in Wyoming we have several more months of freezing cold weather. We often have one last snowstorm in April, so I can’t get my hopes up yet. Yesterday my daughter wanted to make supper and dessert. She’s five years old and a huge help. Except for the sharp knives and using the oven she pretty much made it all on her own. We had twice baked potatoes with ham and peas. For dessert, she made this gorgeous caramel peach grunt (which the kids have re-named grumble). The recipe came from Rustic Fruit Desserts which is chock full of yummy looking desserts. We will definitely be trying some more. On the 20 minutes a day of crafting front, I have been busy and will have some things to show you soon. I’ve been really enjoying this, it has forced me to get a few little projects done that have been in my head for a while. Do any of you have any projects that have been niggling away in your brain? Something small (or big) that if you just sat down and did it, would make your life a little easier?

books, food • Friday, January 15th, 2010 • 12 Comments »

Very Domestic Indeed

rolling pin There are some days where it seems that all I do is make sure the kids are fed, and some learning is accomplished. Where I spend my time breaking up fights and calming frustrated little ones, while balancing a fussy toddler on my hip and trying to get some laundry done. Yesterday was the complete opposite. I was able to bake three loaves of bread, make two quarts of yogurt, wash diapers and gets lots of schooling done. I felt very domestic indeed. We read about St. Alban and Hadrian’s Wall (I just love being able to tell the kids that I have been to some of these places, they get so excited). The children went outside to play, and despite being bundled up like eskimos, they came back in rosy cheeked after only twenty minutes. We had lots of snuggles and were even able get some extra reading done before supper. We are reading The Wishing Chair Collection by Enid Blyton. I loved these books as a child and now my kids do too. They are magical tales that are calmer than a lot of fairy tales, which is really good for my kiddos that have less of a tolerance for scary. Overall it was about as close to domestic bliss as we get around here. Definitely a very good day, especially when all the children were snug in their beds by seven o’clock. Check out this beauty of a rolling pin. It was another gift from Christmas, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. It was handmade in Breckenridge, Co. and I’m so glad it found it’s new home with me. Now I really need to bake a pie and try it out. What is your favourite domestic chore? Is it baking, folding laundry, or doing a big spring clean?

family, food, gifts, home, homeschooling • Thursday, January 7th, 2010 • 14 Comments »

My New Best Friend

big bowl This was one of my Christmas gifts, isn’t it great? It’s huge, and I mean huge. The diameter is 12 inches and it’s about 6 1/2 inches deep. I have been using it constantly since I got it. It is perfect for mixing up a cake and because it’s so big, even the most exuberant of mixing by the kiddos doesn’t splash outside of it. Yesterday I used it to serve up mashed potatoes and they were dwarfed by the size of the bowl. I love it, it has become my new best friend. It has so much more character than a plain glass bowl, don’t you think? What are your favourite kitchen items?

food, gifts, home • Monday, January 4th, 2010 • 16 Comments »

Vintage Ovenex Tins

ovenex muffin tins One reason that I love shopping at the thrift store is that there is so much character in some of the things you find. My mom found these at the thrift store and bought them for me. Aren’t they fantastic? They are from the 50’s I believe and look at how sparkly they are. I absolutely love them, they are so much prettier than those dull gray nonstick pans I have at the moment. ovenex loaf tin So out with the new (nonstick) and in with the old I say. I’ll pass mine along to someone who wants them, and then every time I make muffins or a loaf of something yummy, I will be able to do it in a fun, pretty, sparkly pan.

food, green, home, thrift store finds • Friday, December 4th, 2009 • 17 Comments »

Pear Custard Pie

pear custard pieAs promised, here is the pear custard pie. It is one of our all time favourite desserts, and it’s perfect for the autumn when there is an abundance of pears. I have made this for years and it is so easy. Really, all you do is peel the pears and put them in a pie plate. You blend the other ingredients together and pour them over the pears. That’s it, so it’s even perfect for someone who doesn’t really like to bake. Here is the recipe for the custard pie. It really is easy and delicious, do try it. I just wanted to say thank you to all of you who stop by and visit, and a very big thank you to those of you who take the time to comment. I really appreciate it. I’ve been gathering lots of ideas for the kids and I to work on for Christmas, so as we get them done I will be sharing them with you. Lots to do in the next month, but I’ve come across some great ideas that we are really excited about. Hope you guys have a great day.

food • Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 • 13 Comments »

Flapjack Woes

flapjackI grew up in England and one of my favourite treats was a flapjack. They are moist and slightly chewy oatmeal bar thingies (great description, I know). I have tried several times to make them and no matter what I do, they just don’t turn out. I have used two different tried and true recipes and it’s just not working for me, at all. This is really disappointing and I am not sure how to remedy it. Today we woke up to more snow, not enough to play in, not even enough to look pretty. Just enough to make the sky a dull grey, so mid morning after being on the phone trying to deal with the hospital trying to overcharge me by $40,000 (long story…) I got everything out to make some flapjacks. I followed the recipe to a T and once again they flopped. Only the very top layer actually stuck together, the rest has to be eaten with a spoon as none of it stuck together at all. In the picture, it is just a very thin layer of flapjack balanced on my mug. Does anyone have any idea why this is happening and how I can fix it? I would really appreciate any help I can get as I really miss having a good flapjack.

food • Saturday, November 14th, 2009 • 23 Comments »

Homemade Pita Bread

pitasEvery once in a while I like to make sandwiches using pita breads, but I almost choke at having to pay $3 or $4 dollars for a package of six. Let’s face it, they are hard, taste of nothing, and are filled with a bunch of nasty preservatives. Yesterday we decided to make some, and I was absolutely thrilled with how they turned out. I searched for a recipe online and ended up using this Pita recipe. It was really easy, but just a little time consuming, though I had two kiddos perfectly willing to help out. After tuckering out from the kneading, my six year old went off to play and I finished up. I had forgotten how sore my arms were after holding a 22lb. baby for five hours the other night, but it was a good workout and I made it through. They were a huge success and the first four out of the oven were eaten immediately. I followed the recipe exactly and used my cast iron pizza pan to bake them on. These will definitely be made again, they were so good. I knew they would be better than the store bought ones, but the difference is unbelievable. Try them out, you won’t regret it.

family, food • Friday, November 6th, 2009 • 16 Comments »

Blue and White Striped Jugs.

blue and white jugsYou will have to pardon my very short post today as I didn’t get home until 2:45am last night and can barely keep my eyes open. I am wondering how I am going to make it through this day (though it was a fun night), I’ll tell you all about it shortly. In the meantime, look what I found at a local antique store, two blue and white striped jugs all the way from Staffordshire, England. I am always surprised at what shows up in thrift and antique stores and wish that the items could tell their story. Have a great day and I’ll fill you all in later.

food, home, thrift store finds • Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 • 9 Comments »

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

pumpkin bread puddingI love bread pudding, no, I really love bread pudding. I think it is the one desert that I just cannot pass up, though I am a bit of a purist. I don’t usually like things added to it or unusual flavours, this is the one exception. I love that it tastes like autumn and is not overly sweet. I don’t feel bad at all about letting my kids eat big servings as it’s full of yummy goodness and not that much sugar. In fact, when I gave some to the babe, she started doing a happy dance with a big grin plastered onto her face. Speaking of the babe, she has not been settling down well at night (she has never been a good sleeper) and she has not been staying asleep well, so I need to go finish up that tutorial for the little fabric birdy while my hubby has all the kiddos occupied since my normal blogging time (evening after the kids are in bed) is shot helping the babe get some rest. Here’s the recipe, I hope you enjoy!

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

  • butter for the baking dish
  • 8 ounces of stale french bread, sliced 1/2″ thick and then into cubes
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 300°.
  2. Butter a shallow 2-quart baking dish and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, whole milk, pumpkin, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and salt.
  4. Add the french bread and let it sit for about 20 minutes to soak the custard mixture in.
  5. Pour mixture into the buttered dish.
  6. Bake on a baking sheet until it is firm and a toothpick or knife inserted in the middle comes out clean, approx. 60 to 70 minutes.
  7. Serve warm or room temperature, or even cold either plain, or maybe with a dusting of confectioner’s sugar or a dollop of whipped cream.
  8. Enjoy!

UPDATE: The tutorial for the fabric bird is here in my side bar. Enjoy! I’d love to see any birdies you make.

food • Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 • 7 Comments »

My Great Grandmother’s Recipes

great grandma's recipesMy mother recently gave me my great grandmother’s recipe box. I have been having lots of fun looking through it. There are quite a few recipes I want to try, including her butterscotch pie. I am equally confused and enthralled with the fact that there are no directions, just a short list of ingredients. How on earth do I begin to make this? I’m not sure whether it was just a recipe that she knew so well there was no need to write down how to make it, or if in her generation it was just silly to assume that someone wouldn’t know how to make this pie. Either way, one of these days I’m going to try it. These are the kinds of things that I am excited to pass down to my children, memories and traditions of the women before me. Thanks mom!

family, food • Thursday, October 15th, 2009 • 12 Comments »