Hello, I'm glad you're here, and hope you enjoy your visit. It has been said that "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." This blog is about me, my adventures, silly moments, and keeping in touch with you. Life is exciting and so full of possibilities, so let's enjoy the journey together.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

WOW, this is fabulous!

Cobbler topped with thickened whipping cream

I've been in the kitchen this week testing and experimenting with recipes for my class that I'm teaching at Kitchen Kneads.  This one's a keeper! There are not words to describe how yummy this cobbler is.  Hands down, this is the best cobbler I personally have ever had.  I took a sampling to celebrate a birthday at work, there were no complaints, in fact, each person cleaned their plate and both baking dishes I brought it in came back empty!

October Recipe From the Pantry
Apricot/Raspberry Cobbler
Drain juice from fruit

Move fruit to mixing bowl, add sugar and salt
let it rest while you make the batter

Using a small mixer or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment,
cream Sugar and Butter for at least 3 -5 minutes, this will seem like 
forever, but the mixture will turn pale in color and paste like 
in texture and the course/lumpiness will go away

 More like this

mix in flour and milk in three different phases
blending between each addition

Spread batter in bottom of 2 qt baking dish

Evenly spread fruit over batter

Bake for 45 - 60 minutes @ 375° f

Remove from oven and let rest for 20 minutes before serving 
(I know this baking dish is different, but this photo turned out better)

Place on serving dish

We added chantilly cream to ours, also known as thickened cream

Click on the button for a printable copy of the recipe. . . simple as cake

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Who is the Scarlet Pimpernel ???

Scarlet Pimpernel Program

This Morning I am still singing the songs
and reminiscing with some of the lines.
How I love that people are willing to
share their talents and abilities for our
enjoyment!  If you would like the
soundtrack for your personal collection
I would recommend
"The Scarlet Pimpernel, Encore".
I have had so much fun building this blog and am surprised at the interest and the following I am receiving.  I think the pages are pretty much in place, I may tweak them on occasion, and plan to add to them regularly.  Last night we went to the "Scarlet Pimpernel" presented by the Cache Regional Theatre Company (CRTC).  It was absolutely phenomenal.  I will admit that I am bias on two accounts, FIRST: Pimpernel is my favorite musical and SECOND: because of my involvement with the CRTC I tend to like what they do.  Floyd Salisbury, the director, is exceptional and knows how to direct a great show.  But setting bias aside, the cast was absolutely remarkable and amazing.  A performance/or run of a show doesn't sell out if they are not.

Scarlet Pimpernel CD

oops! . . . brings blessings amidst great distress!

Have you ever had one of those sinking moments when you instinctively know you goofed, big time?  Well, I had one of those just this week.  I was looking for some pictures to add to my little blog and could not find the memory-disk from the camera anywhere.  After searching for quite some time, it hit my heart like a ton of  falling bricks where it was.  While preparing for the wedding, the little memory-disk from the camera filled up and so we went and purchased a new one.  I tried fitting it in the camera case, which is quite small, just big enough for the camera, and the little memory disk just didn't fit quite right.  I didn't want it to get damaged, so placing it in it's little protective plastic case, I put it in the zippered compartment of my purse for safe keeping.  Well, two weeks ago one of the handles on that purse broke in half.  Deciding to be wise and not be a pack-rat, (of which I have a tendency to be) of unnecessary items hanging around, I dutifully emptied the purse and threw it away.  However, I didn't check the zippered compartment, where I am confident the little disk from my camera is still being safely stored, which is now in the local landfill. oops!  not such a bright moment in my life.  Now, I know why I am a pack-rat. . . pack-rats, never throw anything away, therefore never loose anything permanently, they can't get into their homes, and can't find anything in those said homes, but at least they know everything is still there.

However, with this event I was quickly reminded of another time when an ancient prophet was prompted to do something that he too did not fully understand the reasoning.  You may be asking how this applies to a silly little memory disk.  Well, let me share the story with you.  In December, I was trying to get all those hundreds of pictures on my computer and was having a difficult time and asked the genius for help.  You see, my computer is kind of sick and VERY slow, so The Genius graciously offered to put the pics that I needed on his computer, when I told him to put them ALL on he was a little incredulous, but as I insisted, he finally relented.  Now this week at the height of my distress, he said wait a minute, I have those pictures on my computer.  How blessed I felt.  Neither one of us understood why we needed ALL those pics transferred, but now we do.  Granted he didn't have the most recent, but the bulk of them were there.  Most of the others, from the wedding preparations are on my computer.  We were making a "Wedding Memories/Planning book for The Daughter, and one Sunday afternoon, I transferred several of those pictures onto my computer for future use of that project.  So, while we are missing some pictures not all is lost.  How the Lord blesses us and we don't even realize it at the time.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

running adventures begun. . .

my running shoes, I love the fun colors!
So I went running on Monday, 2.2 miles to be exact.  What a great way to begin with my new goal.  This is actually my second start at running, the first being for the Cache Valley Sprint Triathlon earlier this summer. I'm in fairly good shape just coming off of a season total of 2205 miles on the bike, and my start 3 months prior.  My run felt great and I actually did better than I thought I would and was energized and excited about my new venture, until today.  My legs are obviously not used to running and they are painfully STIFF & SORE!  Who would have guessed, I mean seriously, 2 miles is not that far, considering that I was running 3 miles in July preparing for a triathlon.  Today, I realized that I am basically starting over.  Much to my disappointment, I didn't think I should attempt another heroic effort in running attire today.  Instead, today consisted of stretching, general tedious housework and laundry.  It kind of stinks to spend your day off doing such boring tasks, in fact, I've spent a good portion of my day looking at the clouds in the sky wanting to share my day with the wild outdoors in some way, but I added to my blog and the sheets are clean and that feels good too. :-)  Today I also made progress on our biscuit recipe, which was fun, and we had biscuits & gravy for breakfast. A couple of minor adjustments, and I think we will have the perfect biscuit.

What is the "perfect" biscuit to you?  soft, dense, cakey and slightly chewy, flaky, crumbly. . .  share your thoughts with me I would love to hear them.

Monday, September 20, 2010

exciting new adventures

This is a new week with new adventures!
FIRST: I now have a blog, that's kind of cool all by itself and brings on a whole list of curiosities with it like:  will anyone care? how will I use my blog page? who will find me? is it safe?  (The Genius say's yes) overall, in  the newness of it, I'm kind of excited with the possibilities.  I don't do well to keep in touch with people, that I should keep in touch with, so perhaps this will help a little.

SECOND: I've decided that I will begin to learn to run.  I love to ride my bike but have committed to participate in the Wasatch Back, also known at the RAGNAR, in June 2011.  Therefore, I need to learn to run.  It is my hope that the diversion will help me keep in shape, motivated, and keep me excited about my bicycle for the next season.  Yup, it is my quest to trim off another hour from this years LOTOJA time of 12:39.

THIRD:  The Genius and I are designing a web-page for "Country Gourmet" and we will be developing mixes to add to our line of products so we have more than just pancake mix and say more than "we have the best pancakes anywhere".  "People who don't really like pancakes, like our pancakes". which is not made up, these are actual quotes.  To make a long story short, we will see where this takes us.  We will let you know when the site is up and running and you can check it out too.

Isn't life exciting and full of possibilities!