Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Jardinami's PA Dutch Crullers Like Mother Used To Make...Shrove Tuesday Delight!

Mine were on the larger side, got a baker's dozen

* 3 eggs
* ½ cup cream, sweet or half and half
* ¼ oil 1 tsp vanilla 

* I also add a 1/2 teas. of mace if you have it or prefer it.
* 1 tsp. double acting baking powder
* 1 pinch of salt
* ¼ cup sugar
* 3½ to 4 cups flour

Beat the eggs, add oil, add cream/half/half. Sift dry ingredients(add mace here) and combine with liquid, using just enough flour to make dough that comes away from sides of bowl, but still remain soft. Twist with  
 fingers whatever size you want and Fry in deep fat turning (360-f) until brown on both sides. Drain on absorbent paper and dust with powdered sugar and or cinnamon and sugar.
Crispy on the outside and a light cake on the inside!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Valentine Linzer Tarts

Beat together 3/4 C Butter, with 1 C sugar, and 2 eggs, add 3 3/4 Cups Flour, 1 teasp. Baking Powder and 1/2 teasp.salt. Beat  until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl. Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 2 hours. Roll out 1/4 inch thick, and cut with heart cookie cutter for ever heart you will need to be making a matching one that you will use a smaller heart cookie cutter to remove the center. Bake 350 degrees 7-8 minutes Cool, spread Polaner All Fruit Seedless Raspberry Jelly on bottom cookie, place cookie with hole on top as in pic. Sprinkle with powder sugar.

I made these Linzer Tarts for our Valentine's Tea Party and Brunch. My nine year old and seven year old granddaughters helped!  That is how easy they are to make!   To read about and check out the photo album and movie click here:   Valentine's Tea Party

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sweet Iatalian Sausage Tortelloni Soup

Sauté 1 cup of finely chopped celery, with 1/2 large chopped onion, you may also add chicken chunks or ground turkey or chicken shaped into meatballs.

Then add one cup of coarsely chopped carrots and two 32 oz Swanson Chicken Broth Containers and 1 cup of water, add 1/2 tablespoon of tumeric, & onion powder, (optional), pinch of black pepper,  simmer 20 minutes, 

add 1- 6oz. pkg. of washed fresh Baby Spinach, Stir and simmer for 5 minutes, add Buitoni Tortelloni simmer for 6-10 minutes until tortelloni are fluffy and soft. Extra delicious when served with a side croissant!
Get the 20oz size or large size

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Dream...

When I posted this today to my timeline on Facebook a friend commented this:" So much for a dream, this world is a nightmare."  "So sad."

To which I replied: It is all a matter of personal perspective. I am sure Oprah Winfrey wouldn't be one of the most successful as well as wealthiest women in the world had it not be for the dream of Dr. King, Rosa Parks, and many others who have made sure to become educated, have a strong belief system, and courage to make their dream come true. Many other civil rights activists along with Dr. King lost their lives in the process. No matter what kind of confirmation bias many use to support their negative opinions regarding Barack Obama as President there was a time he wouldn't have been able to eat in many restaurants or use public restrooms! I am 63 years old and that went on in my lifetime! Mohammed Ali aka Cassius Clay won an Olympic medal and wasn't allowed in the restaurant with his fellow white team mates to celebrate his honor... how honorable was that???? You say the world is a nightmare....I wonder what the girls would say who were killed in the church bombings of the sixties, the victims of the Holocaust, the Africans kidnapped from their villages and sold as slaves to men like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson? I'd say TODAY our world is pretty nice unless you live in Nigeria!!!!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

And In The Year A Week Away...

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The above poem was hand written in a Christmas Card from my Great Aunt Ree who was also my God Mother; Christmas 1978.
 On Christmas Eve 1978, she had baked her famous Busy Day Cake, and was reaching into the cellar way for a can of condensed milk on a shelf. She lost her footing and fell down the cellar steps. She was 77 years old at the time of her fall. She managed to make it back up the steps and into bed.

Christmas morning her leg was terribly swollen and bruised. My brother Buddy went up to see her, and called the squad. She was taken to Warren Hospital. I went to visit her that Christmas day and brought her a small gift, a porcelain child on a sled. I did not know that it would be the last time I would see her alive.

On December 30th while I was working as a barber at the Palmer Park Barber Shop, I received a phone call from my sister Ruth Ann telling me that Aunt Ree, our God Mother had passed away. Apparently, she had a pulmonary embolism.

While helping Uncle Bill prepare for an auction sale I found a daily devotional book in her desk, and on the thirtieth of December there was a poem, that ended with these words; "A few more rolling suns, at most, will land me on fair Canaan's coast, then I shall sing the song of grace, and see my Savior face to face." Prepare to meet thy God. Amos 4: 12

It is my thought that in that year a week away all her dreams came true. She so loved our Lord and devoted her life to teaching anyone about the divine mercy of our Savior the Christ Child.  


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas, my child, is love in action.” ~ Dale Evans

 Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given–when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes.” ~ Joan Winmill Brown, American author and editor.

 Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

 Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’.” ~ Bing Crosby

 Something about an old-fashioned Christmas is hard to forget.” ~ Hugh Downs

Dining Room Chair Decorations For Christmas(matching tablecloth on chair).

 Christmas, my child, is love in action.” ~ Dale Evans

 The best Christmas trees come very close to exceeding nature.” ~ Andy Rooney

Sometimes it’s the simple things that inspire me. A red bowl, rolling pin, old timey flour sifter and a fresh cut tree in a farmhouse washpan. These make my heart go pitter-patter! Aunt Ruthie Sugar Pie Farmhouse

 Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance – each beautiful, unique and too soon gone.” ~ Deborah Whipp

 It comes every year and will go on forever. And along with Christmas belong the keepsakes and the customs. Those humble, everyday things a mother clings to, and ponders, like Mary in the secret spaces of her heart.” ~ Marjorie Holmes

 When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.” ~ Bob Hope

 Christmas is, of course, the time to be home – in heart as well as body.” ~ Garry Moore

 What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” ~ Agnes M. Pahro