Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Two weeks gone

It's been two weeks since we lost Babcia. The sadness comes in waves, ebbing and flowing like the tides. I see her in the daily chores I do, in each stitch I knit, in the hugs and kisses of my children. 

Today we baked cupcakes, and I missed her, and remembered when she tried to give me this old KitchenAid stand mixer, and I resisted. It was old, I wasn't sure it would work, and it's quite beat up. But she was patient with me, and didn't give up. She kept offering it, until finally I said yes and brought it home. 

It was amazing! What a difference in mixing for baking and cooking. I wanted to kick myself for not taking it the first time she offered. I don't care what it looks like -- my godfather had offered to spray paint it, but I kept it as is, and I enjoy the retro look of it now. I'm so grateful now that I have it, and the memories of her. 



I'm so grateful for Babcia's love, her prayers, her self-sacrifice for her children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and the life lessons she taught me. 

I remembered her today, and cherished the memories of picking apples and baking apple pies with her up the farm. I tried to be a bit more patient with our youngest DD today, who just wants to spend time with me, and we both felt a bit better. 

The cupcakes are cooling, and we'll glaze them with a vanilla glaze. They smell heavenly. 

I will miss Babcia forever, until we are reunited again!



Thursday, June 25, 2015

Strawberries

The strawberries are starting to produce, and lil lady can't wait to eat them. :)


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Farewell Babcia

Lost my Babcia tonight. 

There just aren't any words. 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Slow growing but still alive!

Our two baby corn plants are still growing, and some of the baby carrots are starting to sprout their second set of leaves. We have a few strawberries growing, as well. 

We fixed the broken sprinkler in the back yard, so seeded the bare spots in the front lawn again. Really hope this time it takes. 


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Gardening take two

So I hate to admit, after we planted our spring garden plants, frost hit and we lost the basil and tomatoes, and the rosemary and parsley took a hit but survived, somewhat. 

Enter hail season, and the rhubarb was decimated. 

Today I dared to buy another basil, and also a sweet mint, oregano, and thyme. I repotted the chocolate mint together with the sweet mint in a new pot, and potted the new Italian herbs together. I'll keep that one on the back stoop, at least until the sun gets too hot for them there. 







We finally received the "free" trees from the Arbor Day Foundation (for a  donation, and a worthy cause to help plant trees in the forests), but they're way smaller than anticipated. They also shorted us three dogwoods, which they can't ship again until the fall. We've decided we'll donate the baby trees (above, bottom right) to the elementary school's garden club, of which DD2 is a member. 

We're bringing them to school this week, and I think we'll plant carrots across the bottom of the garden where they are now, and try some corn towards the top of the bed. 

Praying it all grows! It'll be good for DD2 to take care of during the summer, give her something to do. :)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Frost s****

The new plants yesterday? Frost last night took out most of it. :(

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Gardening day 1

We went to Home Depot to get mulch and things for the front lawn, and picked up plants for the garden. Yay!

Got basil, Italian parsley, rosemary, and cherry tomatoes again. Adding in sage, chocolate mint, and a blueberry bush and a raspberry bush. Really excited to see if they will survive here. The rhubarb and strawberries came back, which is awesome. The catnip did too - that's in a large pot by the patio, so leaving it there for now.  

Here's hoping it all lives!


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Puppas

One of the things my husband's family would make for Easter are Puppas - cookies wrapped and baked around hard-boiled eggs. It kind of looks like a pretzel. 

When we moved cross country, I looked for a similar recipe, but only found a papoose bread. It was good, but it wasn't the same. I finally broke down and asked my husband to ask his cousin for the recipe, and the younger kiddos and I made them this year. I'm posting the details here so when I lose the recipe, it will be safe and waiting on the internets. ;)

We halved the recipe, using 
5 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 T baking powder
1/2 t salt
1 1/2 cups sugar 
1 T vanilla (not halved)
6 eggs
Plus a hard-boiled egg for each Puppa
(We made 6)

Mix all ingredients (except hard boiled eggs) in stand mixer until a smooth dough consistency



Score dough in the bowl into quarters, divide 1/4 in half, and in half again 

Roll into a rough ball, then roll between hands into a sausage

On parchment lined cookie sheet, roll out into a thinner rope, between a quarter and a nickel in diameter

Set aside

Roll out remaining portions for each Puppa. Leftover dough can be baked into cookies

To shape Puppa, place dough rope where you will bake it, form into a horseshoe, lay the egg on the cookie sheet, touching the dough, wrap the dough around he egg and twist the bottom ends around each other to secure (we didn't and it was a weak point)

Repeat. (We baked 3 on each sheet)



Bake 8-11 mins until bottom edge is golden brown (and top of cookie firms)

Remove from oven, let cool a few minutes on sheet

With long spatula, carefully move to cooking racks (with paper towel underneath to catch drips of icing)

When cooled, mix 1 cup confectioner's sugar, 1t lemon juice, and 1T milk together. Drizzle over cookie. Sprinkle with candy confetti or colored sugar. 



Note: The eggs can be a bit hard to peel due to the extra baking in the oven. 









Thursday, April 2, 2015

Easter already

I can't believe that Easter is on Sunday already. Did the requisite Easter basket shopping yesterday, and included some nice non-candy surprises for our three kiddos. We're (read that as I'm) going to bake Puppas, a cakey-cookie thing wrapped around an Easter egg, sort of like a pretzel. Haven't had them since we moved here 13 yrs ago, and I've been searching for a similar recipe and finally had DH ask his cousin for the family recipe. It isn't even the family's, it's from an old neighbor of his grandparents'. Go figure. 

It's incredible how this year is just flying by, and the kiddos will be out of school in two months! It had warmed up nicely, and then today we had snow, so the weather just can't seem to make up its mind. Turned the heat back on, so we don't freeze tonight, lol!