When it snows in Seattle, the two snowplows which the city owns are pulled out of the DOT barns by rented blue cranes, warm batteries installed in those converted dump-trucks and some roads get sand or salt. The side streets get nothing but cars packing the snow into ice and most of the sidewalks do … More Snow Means Chili & Homemade Tortillas
Since it’s Camp Fire mint season and I have leftover Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Covered Mint Truffle Kisses and a bar of my favorite Lindt Excellence Chili Dark Chocolate and since I am baking some cookies to take along with me for a visit with my mother on Bainbridge Island tomorrow, I decided to try a … More New! Vanilla Chocolate Chili Snickerdoodle
One of my brothers carves and whittles and sands and polishes and sometimes stains pretty pieces of wood into various useful and beautiful items. He climbs trees sometimes to get a small limb in which a honeysuckle has wrapped and embedded itself, making gnarly wood for his hand-crafted canes. Mother tells me that he’s also … More Pretty brother-made kitchen implements
I’ve seen Butter Rum flavoring in little flavoring-type jars before and wanted some to test this idea for yet another quick bread, the easy kind, that Trader Joe’s Pancake Bread* acting as a catalyst to new goodies for the third time. I went looking for it at all the major grocery chains in my neighborhood … More Butter Rum Quick Bread, a test. No rum. Recipe.
I’m a ruminator. Some things I just can’t let go. For instance, calling a maple-flavored, cinnamon-sugar topped baked item “Maple Cinnamon Quick Bread” wouldn’t have brought a lot of attention to Trader Joe’s newest branded offering of somebody else’s invention, the Pancake Bread* which I reviewed here earlier this week. However, I’d already decided to … More Cranberry Cinnamon Quick Bread or is it a pancake bread? Recipe.
The 17th of January is the birthday of my youngest brother, 10 years younger than me (the oldest of six.) Since he lives in my mother’s home and helps to care for her and the property, she would have baked a cake for his birthday. However, she’s recovering from a surgery at a rehab facility … More Triple Chocolate Birthday Cake
It was biscuit-making morning here, five plain and one cinnamon-sugar hot out of the oven for today. I broke my habit and put a little butter on it, decided to shoot a closeup since I’d put a bit extra sugary mix in the middle of the biscuit and it looked tasty. The idea to shoot … More Warm Cinnamon Sugar Biscuit or Slice of Trader Joe’s New Pancake Bread? Review.
I attempted a different kind of fudge tonight to take as a treat on Friday for my mother on Bainbridge Island. It doesn’t have chocolate or marshmallow creme in it, but has an atypical ingredient for American kitchens while being in every British and Canadian kitchen. I had to go to five large grocery stores … More It would’ve been Russian Fudge. Fail.
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I wrote it a number of years ago, and like to put it up every year. It’s sung by Scottish tenor Andrew McDiarmid, played by me and with an occasional harmony audible. Merry Christmas!
The 22nd of December is the birthday of a friend who didn’t get a cake on her birthday last year (or even a dedicated post-birthday cake) not due to oversight but because my daughter took me to Las Vegas to satisfy my curiosity about the city at the same time as removing me from the … More Chocolate Sourdough Cherry Cake with Betty Christensen’s Fudge Frosting, and a joyous family surprise