Monday, September 11, 2017

Weekend Wanderings

Like everyone else with loved ones in Florida I was glued to the TV watching coverage of Hurricane Irma.
 But I had to get some sewing done. And of course, my serger started to misbehave. Grr. Is anything worse than threading and rethreading and it still not working??? 

GAAAAAAH!!!! 

A 5:30 run to the fabric store for new needles. Proper ones that fit. Solved all my problems. I felt so dumb when I realized I'd put the wrong ones in....le sigh....spent my full Sat in the sewing room.



 Sunday....absolutely gorgeous out...and  because it was such a beautiful day, I went out and about.
I love to walk down through our City Hall, below are the photos from their gardens. Enjoy!










Thursday, September 7, 2017

Stress Baking

Anyone else do this?

It's so overwhelming....everything that's going on and it's sometimes SO negative.
It might not be happening in  your back yard; but for me , the thought that my many friend & family are being affected...well, the feeling of helplessness is pretty hard sometimes. 
 So... I stress bake. One of my favourite movies is "Julie & Julia" ...and there is a scene
where Julie is baking chocolate cream pie, and says to her husband:


“You know what I love about cooking? I love that after a day when nothing is sure and when I say nothing, I mean nothing. You can come home and absolutely know that if you add egg yolks to chocolate and sugar and milk, it will get thick. That’s such a comfort.“

Photo: NYtimes

YAS. This.

And I know that if I cream butter and sugar, add eggs, flour and chocolate chips, that I can share these cookies and make someones day better and say "yum."

My go-to comfort baking ??

Chocolate Chip Cookies. 

What could be better'n that??

oh.....I don't know....

TEN MINUTE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES!!!

But wait, there's more?

TEN MINUTE SALTED CARAMEL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES!
STUFFED WITH ROLOS!


Ohhhh yeah.

So... I love me my chocolate chip cookies. And I love caramel. And salt.

Combining them all = superterficiciouswonderfulyummmmm.
(that's a word.)

So I have two amazing women whose blogs I follow:


If you haven't seen these two ladies in action...just...wow. 
Go check them out now. 

I combined both their recipes, adjusted the cooking time..and...voila.
Here is my adaptation & tweaking of their recipes to create 



 Ten Minute Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip 
Cookies!






INGREDIENTS:

1 cup butter, cold, cut up into quarters

3/4 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla

2 large eggs, slightly beaten - beat by hand in small bowl 

3 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 Teaspoon of salt (reduce this to half tsp if you'd rather less salty)

1.5 cups Mini chocolate chips

1 pkg of MINI Rolos

Coarse sea salt, for sprinkling

 

DIRECTIONS:


Preheat oven to 375ºF. Melt the butter in a large microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds, check and do again for another 10-15 seconds.. You don't want it completely liquid, more gooey and soft.

Use a spatula to stir in the sugars. Add vanilla and eggs and mix well.

Combine dry ingredients together and stir into the butter and sugar mixture until dough forms.

Stir in chips.

Now, make a ball with approx 1.5 tbsp of dough. Place on baking sheet, and gently press 2 mini rolos into middle.

Do not push all the way to bottom! Just do about half way.

Make a 'lid' with a bit more dough and make sure edges are pinched closed.

Sprinkle with coarse sea salt, gently pressing into top.

Place each about 2 inches apart.

Bake for 9 minutes, they will look slightly underbaked.

When cooling, place another rolo in the middle of the cookie.


Let cool on the pan for a minute or two before transferring to a wire rack.




Tuesday, September 5, 2017

September already?!

Holy cow. Summer 2017 FLEW by!

Anyone else super bummed we have to wait a year and a half until Game of Thrones returns? 
*raises hand*

Now it's back to school, back to the ol' grind....

oh! 

And it's nearly Harvest time for my garden!
Some prep going on already....
First year with the new Potato Bin.... never had taters grow so high! Can't wait to see.....

Mint, Impatiens and Sage...hiding.....
 Last week was a really nice week; sunshiny days and cool evenings. I pulled out my handy dandy Salton food dehydrator....and got to work. 
Man. The house smelled SO Fresh and yummy!

Gotta grow your own....CATNIP!
 I usually hang the catnip to dry; the oils in the air make the cats go bonkers.

Parsley, Sage,  Basil & Thyme...and Zucchini!

Stripping thyme leaves...for compound butter for Thanksgiving....


 What's happening in your corner of the world?