Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Tell me now; I'l like to know.
How does your garden grow?
With little tomatoes, and some squash,
And pretty onions all in a row.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Magnolia Bakery is famous for making some of the best cupcakes in the country… This past December while visiting NYC we waited in line with other crazy people to get in their door to make a purchase. This was my first attempt to duplicate them. I was pleasantly surprised! Here is their recipe for a great treat!
Red Velvet Cupcakes
3 1/2 cups cake flour (not self-rising) 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 2 ½ cups sugar 3 large eggs, at room temperature 6 tbsp red food coloring 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1 1/2 tsp salt 1 1/2 cups buttermilk 1 1/2 tsp cider vinegar 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 batch Creamy Vanilla Frosting (see below)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and lightly flour 2 cupcake pans (24 cupcakes).
To make the batter: In a small bowl, sift the cake flour and set aside. In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a small bowl, whisk together the red food coloring, cocoa, and vanilla. Add to the batter and beat well.
In a measuring cup, stir the salt into the buttermilk. Add to the batter in three parts alternating with the flour. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated, but do not overbeat. In a small bowl, stir together the cider vinegar and baking soda. Add to the batter and mix well. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl, making sure the ingredients are well blended and the batter is smooth.
Divide the batter among the prepared pans. Arrange the oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and bake the cupcakes, switching positions of the pans halfway through baking, until a tester comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool the cupcakes in the pan 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and cool completely on a rack before icing. To ice, mound about 1/4 cup of frosting on top of each cupcake and use an icing spatula to make a swirl on top. If desired, decorate with colored sprinkles.
Creamy Vanilla Frosting
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 cups milk 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 2 cups sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
In a medium-size saucepan, whisk the flour into the milk until smooth. Place over medium heat and, stirring constantly, cook until the mixture becomes very thick and begins to bubble, 10-15 minutes. Cover with waxed paper placed directly on the surface and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
In a large bowl, on the medium high speed of an electric mixer, beat the butter for 3 minutes, until smooth and creamy. Gradually add the sugar, beating continuously for 3 minutes until fluffy. Add the vanilla and beat well.
Add the cooled milk mixture, and continue to beat on the medium high speed for 5 minutes, until very smooth and noticeably whiter in color. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes (no less and no longer—set a timer!). Use immediately.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
1- 12 oz. tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 c. milk
1 large package french vanilla pudding mix, instant
1 bag of mini-snickers(or your favorite caramel-filled candy bars)
Chop the snickers into small chunks. (Let's see how many go into your mouth.)
In a mixing bowl, beat the milk and pudding mix for a few minutes, or until completely mixed and smooth. Fold in the cool whip with a spatula. Chunk up the apples into bite-sized pieces (I toss with a dash of lemon juice to keep from turning brown). Add the candy bars and apples to the cool whip mixture and fold them in. Bananas are also an option.
Refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving. Can add chocolate shavings to the top. Enjoy!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Susan stunned the Britain audience with a standing ovation performance this week from the first words out of her mouth. During the introductions, you could see the expressions and skepticism on all of their faces. Her song not only left the judges and audience speechless, it hopefully shamed them (and perhaps us) for being so cynical and judgmental as she walked out on the stage. What a performance. She's got my vote!!!
Click to watch her performance.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
"Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)" by Chris Tomlin -- playlist #3.
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I'm found
Was blind, but now I see
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy rains
Unending love, Amazing grace
The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below
Will be forever mine
Will be forever mine
You are forever mine.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
This is a story that only a gardener will appreciate. I would like to acknowledge the contributions made to the events documented in the story, I must thank my gardening buddy, Pam. Also, I must acknowledge Jerry to which we owe a great deal for his contributions that led to a positive outcome in this tale.
Thanks to a couple of heavy frosts recently, Pam and I lost all our tomato plants. After I checked six or seven stores with no luck for replacements, Pam finally found some in Frisco yesterday and got them replanted for us late yesterday afternoon.
Then.....the weather forecast came through no more than a couple of hours later last night. We got the forecast for rain, high winds, and possible hail. Shortly thereafter, the rain hit. Jerry and I were determined to save the plants. We were frantically brainstorming how we could cover the new little plants. I had no traditional things gardeners usually use like cans, milk cartons, etc. AH........tea glasses! We carried out all the large tea glasses in the house and covered them. Yes, during the rain and wind.
Today after Easter lunch, I went out with pants rolled up and no shoes to retrieve the glasses. Every one of our precious little tomato plants had survived!
The sun is still out as of 7:00 p.m. this evening. The dishwasher has been unloaded, and all the tea glasses are back in the cabinet. However.....the weather on the evening news has just said there is a storm with high winds and hail in Gainesville moving southeast towards us. We are now getting the tea glasses back out!!
Friday, April 10, 2009
You can check out some of the cars to be auctioned at the Gallery.
P.S. I told him to sit on his hands during the auction each day!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Each of our family members is fortunate to have brothers and/or sisters:
Rick, Tim and Marci
Jerry, Diana and Marilyn
Rickie, Roger and Randy
Justin and Jenna
Keelie and John
Greg and Chad
Jonah and Glory
Let's reach out and touch. Visit them if they live nearby. Call them; send them a card, text, or email in the next day or so. Share a favorite sibling story!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
April 11 is approaching. It is our parents' anniversary. I have a very special memory of April 11, 1990. At the time, Daddy was sick and unable to go out for the special day. I remember that day when he told Mother to go get him a $1.00. Although she couldn't imagine what he needed money for, she obliged him and went to her purse returning with a one dollar bill. He took the bill exchanging it for a $50. He then proceeded to give it back to her followed by a kiss. He was giving her a dollar for each of the 49 years they had been married. He died three days later. A great example of his humor and spirit of giving!
Monday, April 6, 2009
The only remaining thing is Long John Silver's. Sherman recently demolished theirs to make way for Walgreens. He said he will check in Frisco while he is running errands there. I wouldn't bother; but then it would not have made my list at all. Let's go for some Red Lobster, Pappadeaux, Huck's, anything but Long John's!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
1. Had a meal with Justin, Keelie, Jonah, and Glory.
2. Had several meals with Jerry.
3. Had a meal with Jenna.
4. Had a meal with Marilyn and Greg.
Ok....... Jesus loved fellowship and breaking of bread. So all these meals are biblical, right? Continue on.....
4. Got to judge at Loy Lake.
5. Began a new bible study with some special women.
6. Enjoyed several opportunities to "Be Still."
It's already been a great week, and there's more to come!