THE COOKIE GOSPEL!

March 25, 2017

Okay, it is difficult to find a Bible translation with the above book in it, but stay with me!

whit cookies

One of my favorite things to do is bake for folks.  My late Mother did also and so it stirs up happy memories, so when I began to have some limiting physical challenges as she had, I could not do exactly what I used to do.  This was the stage at which Mom gave up.  So, my reaction?

  • What?  I cannot bake?
  • It was fun!
  • People were happy!
  • Dang, what good am I?

For a while I wished I could do what I “lost”and pouted!  That blessed nobody!  Eventually, the Lord spoke louder and got my attention.   He gave me a heart and mind and I gave up too soon!  If I was meant to accomplish something, He would provide a way!  So, when He said “make a different cookie!”  I realized if I had quit sulking, I might have gotten a lot  more baking done a lot sooner.

This isn’t really about cookies, though the story is true.

When the road turns in a new direction, the trip isn’t over yet!  His plan is ALWAYS best.  There have been loads of surprise road blocks in my life, but when I FOLLOWED HIM, what He planned was SOOO MUCH BETTER than mine!  Can I get an AMEN?

BAKE COOKIES!

White chocolate chip cookies

1 cake mix (I used butter pecan)

2 eggs

1/3 cup oil

1 tsp vanilla

choc chips of your choice (I did not measure)

Mix well and bake at 375 for about 9 minutes on a parchment lined baking sheet, pay attention as time may vary.  Should be light brown on bottom and will be very soft until cooled!  I made mine just under golf ball sized. Smaller will need less time and ovens vary!

Laugh!  I always have a few cake mixes, when they are on sale, and dislike cake generally.  VERY handy for baking all sorts of non-cake treats in a hurry!  As for cake, I prefer my ice cream solo!

 

 

 

 

 

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Tasting Tuesday: Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Aged White Cheddar

March 22, 2016

Yum! Must try!

The Love Bungalow

Yay! We’ve made it to spring! Spring means bright colors and lemon cakes and beautiful salads. It’s been super random weather in Indianapolis lately and I never seem to know what to wear or if I should carry an umbrella. I’ve started resorting to simply throwing on a whole bunch of clothes and adjusting layers, as needed.

I’ve been saying “good-bye” to winter months and warm recipes with a few flavorful soups. I felt I was just getting into them as the weather started to brighten and I wanted a few more tries to master my craft. My prior definition of soup was either vegetable or bean, so I’m so proud of myself practicing a few “upgrades.”

I made this soup a couple weeks ago with equipment assistance from my sister (who kept eating all the roasted cauliflower!) and chopping help from Husband. Yes, it has several steps, but it…

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BREAKING BREAD

May 1, 2015

Nothing fosters togetherness more than breaking bread . . . unless it is serving your own baked bread!  Here is a delightful and easy recipe which will score points and ANYONE can do this with 2 pantry items and a whisk!

beer bread

Beer Bread

Simple Simple Simple

TWO INGREDIENTS:

1 twelve ounce can/bottle of light beer

3 cups of heart healthy Bisquick

WHAT TO  DO

Combine in bowl using a whisk,

pour into greased loaf pan,

and bake for approx 45 minutes at 375.

TRY to be patient

and let cool before serving!

Note: I brushed the top with a little melted butter, but this is not necessary!


Irish Soda Bread

October 2, 2014

Breaking freshly baked bread together just got simpler . . .

Trisha's Flying Meatballs

2 cups flour

½ TBSP baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

1/8 cup sugar

2 ½ TBSPS butter

¾ cup raisins

1/2-3/4 caraway seeds

¾ cup buttermilk or soured milk

1 egg (beaten)

Blend flour, baking powder, baking soda and sugar together. Cut in butter until less than size of peas. Add raisins and caraway seeds and mix.  Mix in milk and egg.

Turn out onto floured surface, and knead for one minute.

Bake at 375 degrees for 40 min. It is customary to cut a cross in the unbaked bread.

***This recipe is now going down to the fifth generation in my family. Bon Appetit.

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Soda Bread – 45 Minutes – 4 Ingredients

July 14, 2014

Bread making – quick and easy at home and CHEAP

Martha L Shaw - Poet, Writer, Author, Artist

I do not know where this recipe originated.  It seems EVERYONE but me knew about it already.  Me, I’ve never eaten soda bread, much less baked any.  It said if the dough doesn’t feel right add a tiny bit more buttermilk.  Well, I’d never touched the dough, so I decided a slightly sticky yet somewhat dry dough made with exact measurements was “right” and it sure tastes good.  This took 45 minutes from “getting stuff on the counter and mixing by hand” to “putting finished loaf in a basket on the counter. I was patient for 10 minutes before hitting it with a bread knife and a wee bit of Nutella.

soda bread

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 375 and lightly spray (cooking spray) the bottom of your pan.  Mix your ingredients.  Shape into a loaf and place on…

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Baking and Breaking Bread

September 23, 2013

Acts 2:42

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

four ingredient french bread

French Bread – 2 Pound Loaf

This quick to make, simple loaf is yummy, sure to please, and claims to be healthy.  The recipe has been floating about the internet for so long it is not possible to know where it originated . . . likely somebody’s grandma!

I made it in my bread machine opting for a light crust (color) and choosing the rapid setting.  If your machine doesn’t have a rapid setting, I am told the regular setting works fine.  Realize this will take much longer.  On my machine the regular (basic) setting is 3 hours compared to 1 hour on rapid.  I even sliced it while it was hot, being impatient to taste it!

Being watchful of the order in which your bread machine requires ingredients, here are all you need:

1 1/2 C warm water

4 C bread flour

1 -1/2 TSP Salt

2 -1/2 TSP Yeast

So simple and quick you’ll want to make extra to share!

Psalm 78:25

25 Human beings ate the bread of angels;
    he sent them all the food they could eat.


Nutella Cookies – 3 Ingredients!

August 12, 2013

Martha L Shaw - Poet, Writer, Author, Artist

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1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup Nutella
1 Egg

Preheat oven to 350. Makes 24 cookies on ungreased baking sheet.

Combine 3 ingredients to form dough. It will be a dry and dense dough. I recommend using your hand (keep one clean, silly. You know the phone will ring.) This will go quicker with mixing it by hand IMPO.

Place one inch balls on cookie sheet and press/flatten a bit with a glass.

Bake for about 8 minutes.

There are different variations out in cyber space. Some call for adding 1/2 cup of sugar. I prefer them without. If you have a really really “bad” sweet tooth, go on and add the sugar. I do not believe they need it. Yummy!

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Cinnamon Bread Recipe

August 9, 2013

Here is the recipe for the cinnamon bread pictured in my Bread of Life post.  I just ate two slices with butter for my supper.  Yum!

CINNAMON BREAD

Batter:

½  cup butter, softened

1  cup sugar

1 egg

1 cup buttermilk or 1 cup milk plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

Cinnamon/sugar mixture:

1/3 cups sugar

1  teaspoon cinnamon

Batter:

Cream together butter,  sugar, and egg.  Add butter milk or milk and lemon juice, flour, and baking soda.  Put 1/2 of batter (or a little less) into greased loaf pan

Mix in separate bowl the 1/3 c sugar and cinnamon.  Sprinkle 3/4 of cinnamon mixture on top of the 1/2 batter in loaf pan.  Add remaining batter to pan; sprinkle with last of cinnamon topping.  Swirl with a knife.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 min or until toothpick tester comes clean.

Cool in pan for 20 minutes before removing from pan.

Note:  we drink only skim milk or 1% milk.  I used 1% milk and lemon juice in lieu of buttermilk and it came out great.

cinnamon breadslice

Almost too pretty to eat!


Blueberry Jam Recipe – In Time For Breakfast!

August 2, 2013

Blueberry jam – just enough and no scientific gadgets needed!

Get out a skillet, pour in 3 heaping cups of blueberries and 3/4 cup of sugar.

Have clear jar(s) ready. This will make about a cup or slightly more depending on how thick you want it. Have a wooden spoon and potato masher ready.

Begin on low to medium heat and stir continually until blended and sugar melts. Mash the berries to release juices, then increase the heat to maintain a low boil. Stir constantly to reduce splashing and keep jam from burning. In less than 30 minutes you’re done! You will notice as you stir that it is becoming thicker and that as you drag the spoon across “the red sea parts” so to speak. I like it really thick and so ended up with a full cup. You might get more if you want a thinner jam. If you’re an early riser you can have this done in the morning and cooled in time for sleepy heads to enjoy on biscuits or toast! It’ll easily keep in the refrigerator for 4 weeks or so, but I doubt it’ll last near that long! You may easily double the recipe.If you’re a newby to jam, you’ll think your skillet is way too big, but you want a lot of bottom surface since it’ll reduce better that way! If some sticks on, next time stir more and perhaps a slightly slower boil – BUT DO NOT SCRAPE OFF THE STUCK ON PART.

Yummy!


Sweetened Frustration – Along with a Cashew Brittle Recipe!

March 24, 2013

Ah, change, new seasons, lambs, lions, and general discouragement . . . how they do mount up.  My left foot is still swelling and painful and my 3 day work week begins again tomorrow which means more pain . . . what to do?  Pray a lot, rest a lot, try not to be frustrated, continue as caregiver to elderly parent who lives with me, wonder why she thinks it’s her turn to be grumpy?  Nope, foot still hurt.  What next?

Mom napping . . . try new nut brittle technique!  The result?  Delightful caramel color, slightly browned flavor, cashews instead of peanuts, and here it is waiting for you to drop in for some with a cuppa . . . yes, I designed and made the quilted table-cloth too.

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Cashew Brittle:

In a microwave bowl mix:

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

Cook in microwave on high for 4 1/2 to 5 minutes depending on your microwave.

Remove from microwave and stir in:

1 Tbsp butter

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup cashew pieces (or your choice of other nuts)

Cook for approx 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds on high.

Final step, stir in 1 tsp baking soda then spread onto waxed paper and allow to cool completely, then break into pieces and nibble away.  It should keep for a couple of weeks or so depending on climate, but I doubt it will last that long!

 

Quilt?  I had a fat quarter I liked, selected some scraps in suitable colors, chose a simple star block pattern, and the results are what you see here!


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