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On friendship and cookies

 “A friend loves as all times.”  How I know that to be true!  Rose is one of those friends.  For over 20 years we’ve been talking and cooking, laughing and crying, and worshiping and praying together.  Our appearances are completely different… my tall, red-headed, fair-skinned self is a contrast to her petite, dark-haired, olive-skinned beauty.  But our insides are the same, as sisters in and followers of Christ.  This joins us together in a beautiful friendship I know will last for eternity.

Rose is a gem among women.  All who know her love her and look up to her.  She’s the perfect combination of the biblical Mary and Martha.  She loves to worship Jesus, whether it’s through music at church, God-given laughter, or just looking out her window and appreciating the beauty of God’s creation.  She also will be the first one there in a crisis, bringing meals and comfort to the suffering.  This I’ve watched her do for others as well as me.

She’s like a sister to me and aunt to my children.  Our husbands are quite good friends also, so it is natural that our kids are more like cousins.

Which brings me (almost) to the wonderful recipe she shared with me.  You see, she’s my eldest’s “mom away from home” while my girl is away at college.  Words cannot describe how grateful I am that she’s near my baby.  Rose made these delicious cookies for my girl, and her own eldest daughter, and my niece, who are all attending the same school near Rose’s home.  They curled up on the couch and enjoyed the homemade mama warmth that chocolate chip cookies bring.  And Rose took a picture, and shared it with me, and my mama’s heart was sad and happy all at the same time, missing my daughter, but knowing she’s in good hands…. Rose’s and God’s.

(PS… She added a few new ingredients to these cookies, some which are considered “health food,” so I think they count as healthy cookies, don’t you?)  And the girls loved them!

Here, in her own wording, is Rose’s Absolutely Delicious, Slightly Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe  (I made up the title.)

1 stick butter,  1/2 cup shortening,  1 cup sugar,  1 cup light brown sugar,  2 eggs,  2 tsp. vanilla,  2 cups flour,  2 1/2 cups oatmeal (processed until flakes look like powder).  I used my food processor and pulsed for several minutes. (I also added the flax seed and instant coffee and processed at the same time.) 1 tsp baking powder,  1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt,  1 TBS flax seed,  3 packets of instant coffee ( I used Folgers),  1 bag of chocolate chips (I used a combination of milk and semi sweet).

Cream butter and shortening. Gradually add sugar. Blend for 3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Stir in oatmeal mix and add chocolate chips last. Refrigerate for an hour or overnight. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 min. I eyeball until they barely look set and let them keep cooking on cookie sheet. Be sure you have a gallon of milk! They are addictive!

I could say so much more about my friend, but there isn’t room or time to describe what a gift from God she is.  I am so thankful He sent her into my life!

Posted on September 7th, 2013 by DaisyMuse  |  No Comments »

Eat dirt!

Mothers everywhere, it is now ok to let your child eat dirt.  And worms!  This fun recipe below is surprisingly similar to my friend over at Hodgepodge’s “Edible Sand” which she reposted from http://householdways.blogspot.com/2011/06/edible-sand-dessert.html.

After I made “Edible Sand,” I realized I’d made this dessert 15 years ago with my then-4-year-old, with one change… regular Oreos instead of golden, and the addition of gummy worms.  It was my daughter’s first time having a friend spend the night, and this yummy, fun dish was their special activity.  Honestly, I think it saved the whole sleepover, because the friend was really missing her mommy… until we began to blend the gooey, creamy ingredients.

Dirt with Worms

Crush one package Oreo cookies; set aside.  Mix together 1/2 stick soft butter, 1 cup powdered sugar, and 8 ounces soft cream cheese.

Prepare 2 small packages vanilla pudding according to directions, using 3 1/2 cups of milk.

Mix cream cheese mixture and pudding together.

Fold in one 8 ounce package Cool Whip and crushed cookies.

Now comes the fun part!  Choose a flower pot or bucket and shovel (new and clean, of course) and fill it with the “dirt.”  (We used a boring pie dish, as you can see.)  Add gummy worms.  Call your children to eat some dirt and worms.  They’ll be amazed, and delighted!

 

Posted on July 7th, 2012 by DaisyMuse  |  No Comments »

My Mom’s Zucchini Bread (aka “The Best Zucchini Bread Ever!”)

I’ve had my share of zucchini bread (and my share of neighbors ringing my doorbell, offering  grocery bag loads of zucchini because they had way too much and couldn’t think of any other way to get rid of it!)  None, however, has ever been as good as my mom’s.  Hers is so moist!  She used to make it every Christmas for friends and family.  Now, she’s handed the recipe down to me and I am using it to try to get to the bottom of the pile of zucchini that seems to grow each day.  Keep your doors closed, neighbors!

Mom’s Zucchini Bread

BEAT together:

3 eggs beaten ‘til frothy

2 cups grated zucchini

2 cups sugar

1 cup oil (I used canola)

2 teaspoons vanilla. 

 

MIX together:

3 cups flour

2 teasp. Cinnamon

1 teasp. Baking soda

1 teasp. Baking powder

1 teasp. Salt

1/2 teasp. Allspice

1/2 teasp. Nutmeg

 

Add flour mix to egg mix gradually, beating well.  Add 1 cup chopped walnuts. Bake at 350 in 2 well greased and floured loaf pans for about 35-45 min.  Check it when you start to smell it.  Cool; wrap and store overnight before slicing (if you can stand it!)

Posted on June 25th, 2012 by DaisyMuse  |  1 Comment »

SAVORY SUMMER PIE

Are you up to your ears in tomatoes right now? Here’s a recipe to use some up, as well as any peppers, onions, or basil you may have growing, also! (If you have your own chickens, this recipe is almost entirely homemade. Almost!)

1/2 (15 oz) pkg refrigerated piecrusts… I love these! Quick, easy, tasty, and less fat than homemade.
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 purple onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tblsp. olive oil
2 Tblsp. chopped fresh basil
4 large eggs
1 cup half-and-half or milk
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 cup (4 oz) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
3 plum tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices

FIT piecrust into a 9-inch deep-dish tart pan; price bottom and sides of piecrust with a fork.

BAKE at 425 for 10 minutes. Remove from oven; set aside.

SAUTE bell pepper,, onion, and garlic in hot oil in a large skillet 5 minutes or until tender; stir in basil.

WHISK together eggs and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl; stir in sautéed vegetables and cheeses., Pour into crust; top with tomato.

BAKE at 375 for 45 to 50 minutes or until set, shielding edges with strips of aluminum foil after 30 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Yield: 8 servings.
Prep: 20 min., Bake: 60 min.

Posted on July 18th, 2011 by DaisyMuse  |  2 Comments »

The Brownies They’ll Never Forget

Long, long ago, I made my brownies from one of those mixes you can buy at the store. And I was content, until I found this recipe. It takes about the same amount of time as using a mix, maybe 5 minutes longer to melt the butter. It tastes immensely better…like chocolate, butter, and sugar should taste! If you are a “brownies from a box” type of person, please give these a try. You may never go back again!

Delightfully Delicious Brownies

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Posted on June 8th, 2011 by DaisyMuse  |  No Comments »

Chocolate Pots de Creme

 

I found this recipe in the old, standard “red and white” cookbook.  There are chocolate smudges on the pages.  =)  Easy to make, and very satisfying, this dessert is best eaten in small portions.  The name is pronounced “poh duh KREM.”  Very French, and quite delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup light cream (half and half)
  • 1 four-ounce package German sweet or semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 beaten egg yolks
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (I use 1 teaspoon)
  • whipped cream (optional…really?  I would say necessary!) 

In a small saucepan, combine light cream, chocolate, and sugar.  Cook and stir over medium heat about 10 min.  When mixture comes to a full boil and thickens, gradually stir about half of it into beaten egg yolks; return yolk mixture to saucepan.  Cook and stir over low heat for 2 min. more.  Remove from heat.  Stir in vanilla extract.  Pour into 4 or 6 small dessert dishes.  Cover and chill 2 to 24 hours.  Top with whipped cream, if desired.  Makes 4 or 6 servings.

Posted on January 29th, 2011 by DaisyMuse  |  4 Comments »

Rainy Day…cookies and an old movie

Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in \

It’s a drab, rainy day.  This kind of weather can drag me down, until I remember it’s a great day to bake cookies and pop in an old, black and white movie!

I love black and white movies! Why? Well, here are some reasons:

Great acting! Think of those long scenes with pages and pages of dialog to be memorized, and no cuts. Those old Hollywood actors were really talented!

Virtually no cursing or inappropriate scenes!

Women wore hats and gloves! Need I say more?

Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant!

The good guy always won, got the girl, etc.

Most of all, they’re just classic! So here are my “Top Ten Favorite Black and White Movies” (Most of these are comedies with happy endings, unless otherwise noted.)

1. Bringing up Baby…Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn get into one predicament after another (Grant rather reluctantly) while trying to transport a tame leopard to the country. Some of the most rapid-fire dialog and funny lines of any old movie I’ve seen. My entire family loves this one!

2. The Philadelphia Story…More serious plot, but mixed with comedy, an Academy Award winning performance by James Stewart…and it also stars Grant and Hepburn…movies don’t get much better than this!

3. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington… classic Jimmy Stewart, “David and Goliath” type of story about a small-town man appointed to fill a US Senator’s spot who takes a stand against political corruption. This one is actually not a comedy but a drama. Jean Arthur plays the leading lady. Directed by Frank Capra.

4. You Can’t Take it With You… a little-known Stewart/Arthur film, also directed by Capra. Heartwarming, slightly corny, and sweet. I love Ann Miller as Essie, the clumsy-ballerina sister. She was actually a talented dancer in real life!

5. Another Capra/Stewart combination…everybody’s favorite Christmas movie It’s a Wonderful Life. Frank Capra reportedly wanted Jean Arthur for the role of Mary Bailey but couldn’t get her. I have to say that although Jean is one of my favorite actresses, Donna Reed did a splendid job.

6. The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer probably has the corniest plot of all the movies on this list. Cary Grant plays a misunderstood artist who is “sentenced” to date the teenage sister of the judge who condemns him. Silly plot out of the way, this movie is cute, funny, and full of great actors… including Grant, Myrna Loy, and the teenage Shirley Temple.

7. My Favorite Wife… on the day of his wedding, Cary Grant’s supposedly dead first wife shows up, complicating matters in this romantic comedy. Irene Dunne plays the first wife. Her spunky personality is the reason she’s #1 on my list of favorite actresses. The plot is far-reached, but the characters are cute and the scenes are funny.

8. Mr. Blandings Build His Dreamhouse…if you’ve ever bought, built, or fixed up a house, you will find this both funny and painfully realistic! Starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy.

9. All Fred Astaire movies have excellent dance numbers, but Top Hat is the one I’ve most recently seen, so I’ll plug for it. It has a cute plot involving a misunderstanding between Fred and Gingers’ characters, and also features the classic number “Dancing Cheek to Cheek.”

10. It Happened One Night features Clark Gable as a reporter trying to get his big break by capturing a story on a runaway heiress, whom he’s trying to “help.” Gable falls for the heiress, played by Claudette Colbert, complicating matters in what is known as “screwball comedy.” Many people list this as one of the funniest movies ever, and while I did enjoy it, it’s not as funny as #1 on this list, which I recommend you watch asap.

Now for the cookie recipe: I remember my mom making these more than any other cookie when I was little, as we always had all the ingredients on hand! The wonderful cinnamony smell wafting from the oven and hot, buttery cookies combined with a tall glass of cold milk make any “drab” day much better!

Snickerdoodles:

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Coating:

1/3 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Posted on January 25th, 2011 by DaisyMuse  |  9 Comments »

Barbecue Cups

When I first got married, I brought this dish to virtually every potluck I went to, and always received requests for the recipe.  My husband and children love it, as do the various people who’ve received it over the years when they had a new baby, or were laid up after surgery, or moved into a new house. It was one of my childhood favorites, handed down from “Gramma” (aka my mom).

Barbecue Cups

Brown 1# ground beef or turkey; drain fat.  Add 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, 2T brown sugar, and 1/4 cup chopped onion.    Press 1 can of Pillsbury Grands Jr. Golden Layers Buttermilk Biscuits into 10 ungreased muffin cups.  Make sure dough goes up to edge of each cup. Divide meat mixture evenly among cups.  Top with shredded cheddar cheese.  Bake at 400 degrees for 10 min, or until biscuit edges are golden.

Pair it with a salad or green bean, and you’ve got dinner!

Posted on January 19th, 2011 by admin  |  11 Comments »