Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Last week I got one of my favorite care packages ever. It contained 6 cookies and 2 coffee toffees - made my by own darling mother. That first bite of Outrageous Chocolate Chip Cookie was exquisite. Northland's food is good, but it can't compare to homemade cookies! I don't have the recipe for the cookies on my computer, but my sister sent me the Coffee Toffee recipe. See the photo and recipe below.
Coffee Toffee Bars
Cream 1 C soft butter
1 C brown sugar
Blend in 1 tsp. almond extract
1-2 T instant coffee
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
Add 2-2 1/2 C flour to make stiff dough.
Press into well-greased 9x13 pan, sprinkle choc. chips on top.
Bake @ 350*F for 20-25 min.
Notes: I think we usually use a jelly roll pan. Use however many chocolate chips you need to fulfill your soul's desire...probably 1-2 cups would be plenty.
This is a yummy treat - you can tell because the recipe card is so worn that you can hardly read it anymore! It's a unique alternative to chocolate chip cookies, with an interesting texture and just a hint of coffee flavoring - not strong enough to turn off non-coffee people like me. =)
Feel free to leave feedback if you give this a try!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Thanks, roomies! Love ya too! =)
Ah, the randomness of college...now if you'll excuse me, I need to go get more toilet paper from the supply closet.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Some embellishments are pretty simple:
Sometimes they build on what's already there:
Then one day things started to get a little wilder:
That started a trend. I love this little guy!
This is one of my favorite doodles of all time. I love how he looks like he just discovered that he has hands.
Always remember and never forget this one thing: if you stop by my blog, you're sure to see something totally random! Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Friday, everyone!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Now take the crackers and press them together into a sandwich (see below). Note that the nicer side of the cracker is facing upward. This is important. If you're not going to do something right, don't do it at all! =)
Current and former college students, what got you through those tough times? Chocolate is a given for most of us; what little things, creative or conventional, were there for you when you needed them most? Feel free to comment so I know I'm not talking into empty cyberspace - and so I can use some of your ideas! =)
Saturday, September 12, 2009
I have three very nice roommates. We totally reorganized the room, and I got to have my bed tucked in a corner. I really like it - I don't know how long it's been since I had anything other than a stilt bed or the top bunk of a bunkbed!
Well, I've been thinking, a week at school is far different than a week at home. Here are a few of the things that have stood out to me: learning to write the Greek alphabet, transferring about 15 gallons of blueberries to freezer bags, listening to my younger brother speak with our Hebrew professor and not having a clue what they were talking about, going on walks with my brother...
What are some highlights from your past week? Did you experience something exciting, something alarming, something that really stretched your faith, or something just plain fun? Feel free to comment - it's amazing how much can happen in a week!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
On the left you can see Northland's own water tower. The brick buildings hold offices and classroom space. The white chapel is on the right. I kind of miss being in the trailers, but it is nice being closer to the center of things. I'm sure I'll especially appreciate the shorter walk in the middle of January!
I'll try to post more pictures from my room and around campus over time. Sadly, there will be no more gardening pictures for a while, but I do have a recipe or two stored in my files that I can share over the semester.
Well, I need to get ready to go watch volleyball and basketball tournaments in a few minutes - it's a beautiful day for it!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
I did also get some work done on one of the big bays - it's about halfway cleared. If I can find a time of day when the bumblebees aren't hanging out around there (I think they have a nest under the barn) I'll finish that up and let you see the miracle! Thanks for stopping by - I'll try to get another post or two up before school! There should be more recipes in the near future as well. =)
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Left to Right: Applesauce, Flour, Baking Soda, Cinnamon, Sugar, Salt, Oil.
Now you'll use the measuring cup for your oil:
This is also the time to add the applesauce - or pumpkin. Note that I ran out of the homemade applesauce and used one of those little convenience packs to complete the 2 cups. =)
Okay, mix the wet stuff in thoroughly. The batter is medium in consistency - not too thick and not too wet. I don't know what it would be like with pumpkin, but I imagine it'd be similar. Now is probably the time to toss in a cup of chopped nuts if you're a nut person.
I am not a nut person. However, I had a lonely apple sitting on the counter, and I decided to give the poor thing some purpose in life. Here it is, awaiting surgery. Note the peas in the background - are they mocking the apple? Go ahead, apple - just say "split pea soup" and turn the table on those little guys! Okay, I'd better stop anthropomorphizing my fruits and veggies...
Anyhoo, chop up that little apple and toss it in the batter! I expect a lonely banana would also do quite well.
Oh, wait!!! This is the most important part of all! I always sprinkle (a liberal amount of) cinnamon sugar on breads like this before I put them in the oven. It just adds that special touch.
About 1 hour and ten minutes later, here they are! Notice the nice sugary top - don't worry, some will fall off when you cut slices. You won't go into diabetic shock or anything. =)
Here's the finished product! Naturally I had to test it. =) I did notice that the end crusts are pretty chewy...I'm not sure how to correct that. The inside portions, though, are moist and cinnomany. Very yummy! This would make a great breakfast or snack.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Only three more bays to go after this! I'll try to get them done quickly so I can move on to other subjects and stop boring you with the lives of my vegetables. Thanks for viewing! =)
Friday, August 14, 2009
Keep checking back for more on the Mystery of the Lost Gardens!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Never fear - I haven't fizzled out yet. Soon I'll be able to reveal the other sections of the garden as neat and tidy as this first one.
Thanks again for viewing. Check back soon for more updates! =)
Monday, August 10, 2009
Okay, folks, brace yourselves! If you've ever wondered what would happen if you didn't faithfully weed your garden, you're about to find out. I've taken a series of "BEFORE" photos showing a portion of my gardens in a state of serious neglect. Depending on weather, work and how long my back holds out, I will be posting some delightful "AFTER" photos over the next few days. Hopefully they will provide you (and me) with a sense of relief and achievement after the horrors you are about to see. =)
Here's the scene around our porch. We have some nice landscaping, but these dogwoods can get out of hand sometimes. Also, you see to the right our garbage area. We need to hide or otherwise dispose of three small garbage cans that have since been replaced, relocate a few buckets, and fold up the tarps. Also, it'd be kind of nice to complete that little stone/cement path at some point.
The picture below shows three more bays. They contain peas, tomatoes, miniature cherry trees, black raspberries and a couple asparagus (would the plural of asparagus be "asparagi"??). Hopefully when I show them transformed, you will be able to discern that I am not lying. =)
Finally, a separate bay containing a cherry tree, a grape vine and red raspberry bushes. I tend to underestimate how much those little plants will grow! I plan to move the raspberries and the grape eventually.
Well, be sure to check on the site for improvements in my gardens! I'm happy to report that the shaggy dogwood has already been trimmed and the garbage area is on its way to being brought under control. I'll share pictures of that tomorrow. Thanks for viewing! Feel free to come over and help weed! =)