Monday, October 24, 2011


I made  my summer granola  in early July before we went on vacation. I used the last scoop in my oatmeal this morning which means it was time to make fall granola. The base is the same the ad ins are a little different. I sweetened my summer granola with honey and this fall version with maple syrup.
4 cups old fashioned oatmeal
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
2tbs sesame seeds
2tbs sunflower seeds
1/2 cup coconut
mix in a large bowl
in a 2 cup measuring cup mix 
2/3 cup canola oil
1/2cup maple syrup
1/4 cup apple cider
mix the wet ingredients well and then mix into the bowl of dry ingredients 
mix very well so that all is coated and slightly damp.
Pour onto a large sheet pan (lined with a silicone bakers mat or nonstick foil)
Bake at 325 for about 1hour  turning every 15 minutes.  It is very important to keep turning the granola from the center to the edges so as not to burn the edges.
while this is cooking mix
 1cup craisins 
1 cup small diced dried apples
1/2 cup brown sugar
when the granola  comes out of the oven sprinkle the fruit and sugar combo onto the granola before it cools
so the sugar melts and the fruit will soften a little and then cool  completely before storing in a jar with a tight seal.
My house smells wonderful...........

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Apple Challah

This is a bread I only do in apple season when the apples are the freshest. I like to bake with the whitest of cortland apples.
(done in my bread machine or kitchenAid  mixer)
1/3 C water
1/4C apple juice or cider
1/2  tsp salt
2 eggs
3C bread flour
2tsp instant yeast
2tbs honey
3tbs butter
1tbs instant yeast

When dough has risen once ....

Chop 2 medium apples and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
(you do not need to peel the apples )

flatten dough into a rough rectangle and spread half of the apples on one side. fold over the edge and repeat on the other side.

you will now bake this at 350 for about 25-35 min.

of course the next thing is to wait for this to cool....

Then eat!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


 Now isn't Dexter the cutest thing you have ever seen......only when he is sleeping!
 Now when he is awake.....
He chases everything and everyone.....
 But mostly his brother....Duffy!
 Now you know the truth.  These lovelies rule the  house.
From all spots  tall or short.......

Monday, August 15, 2011

Starting something new

Priscilla loves to color and has been doing some pretty amazing geometric design books.  She had been telling her hairdresser about these and  when she showed them to her she said they looked a lot like the designs that another customer did in Zentangle.  Well after looking up Zentangle I have spent  all kinds of time doodling....
My next idea is to incorporate the Zentangle with my redwork.  Let's see if that gets done!

Speaking of getting done....
My gardens are running away!

These pictures make them look good but if I backed out you would see the lack of mulch and huge weeds!

Friday, June 10, 2011

It's about time........

I just can't believe it is June already and I haven't posted in over a month.  Where does the time fly to?
My lovely rhododendrons that were so nice last week are fading..... The heat and then the rain has done them in.  But I will have roses in a day or two and pollen everywhere!  Two more weeks of  school and then I have all kinds of ideas for posting.  Let's see if it gets done;)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

April at last!

For some reason  I have done very little baking.  It may be my new part time job that has had me crazy scrambling for activities to do with the odd 100 kids I see each week. But if you look back to last year March is really a slow down time for baking.  This weekend has certainly been the exception.  I made a banana bread on Friday after only four hours sleep and a wicked morning ride to Stratham!  This bread is a recipe from my new favorite baking book.  Thanks to my niece Kim who gave me a copy of 

Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe [Hardcover]

Joanne Chang (Author), Christie Matheson (Collaborator)
I have currently only tried two recipes but have made both twice!  
today just seemed right to make an apple walnut bread which just came out of the oven!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


This very snowy winter has me a little stir crazy. I cleaned out one of my bins and found this stamped apron so I started  working on it. I started looking into how this all started and found information on redwork embroidery.  So when I finished the apron I was off for another project.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Off on a new work embroidery.  Like my vintage cookbooks I have also been interested in vintage embroidery.  I learned to embroider at ten.  I love intricate designs that are simple embroidery and not cross stitch.  Since red work is done on muslin or more authentic flour sack towels.  The use of red floss since it was the first colorfast embroidery floss.  Where is this taking me, who knows but floss even at 39cents is a bargain and flour sack towels at 1.00 for a 28"by29"  towel.  Let's see........