2 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
16 tablespoons (2 stick or 8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 3/4 cups sugar, plus more if needed
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, plus more if needed
2 large eggs
1. Mix flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.
2. Combine butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar in mixer. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl.
3. Add eggs, and beat to combine.
4. Add dry ingredients, and beat to combine.
5. Deb chilled her dough for an hour- I just went at it.
6. In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the ground cinnamon.
7. Form balls of the dough, and roll in cinnamon sugar. Place about two inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
8. Bake at 400 degrees until the cookies are set in center and begin to crack (they will not brown), about 10 minutes.
I am a sentimental person. I struggle to throw things away that are associated with good memories. Anyone else?
I am learning to let go of the thing- while still maintaining the memory- but I have not quite perfected it. Instead, I am finding a way around throwing things out by turning them into new things.
Take this sweater. (I know it is inside out- I forgot to take a picture right side out- and I can't find any pictures of me wearing it.)
I wore this sweater while driving in the car to meet Chris on our wedding day. I didn't want to wear my dress in the car (wrinkles?) so I wore the sweater and some jeans.
We decided to take pictures before the ceremony at the lake where Chris proposed. (Oooo- very romantic . . .) The unromantic part is that I had to change in the parking lot! Chris and my sister held up sheets while the photographer got a show.
The problem is that I never wore the sweater much before that day- and never after.
But I couldn't just give it away!
So I made it into a pillow. It doesn't really match any room in our apartment- but oh well. I get to keep it a bit longer. Success!
I as you may have noticed- I love my (new) dehydrator. As I was cleaning out the freezer (for our impending move) I found some sourdough bread I had frozen. It wasn't the best bread, which is probably why it got frozen in the first place. So rather than throw it away, or make more bread crumbs, I decided to whip up some croutons. Chris loves croutons on his salads. yum.
a few Tbsp of Olive oil (depending on how much bread you have)
seasonings to taste- I used garlic powder, Super Salt and Rosemary
Cut your bread into desired size.
In a bowl, drizzle oil and make sure the bread is coated evenly
Season with garlic powder, Super Salt and Rosemary- or other seasonings you choose.
Place on dehydrator and cook at 145 degrees for 4-6 hours until dry.
Wow- this is GOOD! Really good. Better than I was anticipating. Chris doesn't really like peppers- but he ate this one and admitted that it was pretty darn good (after you take out the peppers.) Ha- thanks Chris.
He might not like them- but he must admit- they are so pretty!
Did the Schwan Man ever come to you house? When I was a kid- this MN based company made regular appearances at our front door. My Daddy would order all sorts of delicious (but hardly nutritious) treats for us- and the Schwan man would carry boxes up our very steep (and often frozen) driveway.
Fast forward to a couple weeks ago: Chris got us some free icecream from Schwans.com. They delivered the ice cream, and then a week later they came back to ask if we wanted more. I didn't need any more 5 gallon tubs of icecream- but I did need some nostilgia.
So I looked through the magazine and picked out two treasures. We had them for dinner (and dessert) last night. Ahh, the memories.
Hi, my name is Taryn and I love fruit snacks. I love the nasty off-brand ones with sea animals and the high priced ones with Princesses . . . and I would never turn down gummy worms, gummy bears, fruit roll ups, fruit leathers or anything of the sort.
Now that you know this we can move on to my latest creation: Homemade Peachy Grape Fruit Leather.
Now that I have a dehydrator- making fruit leather is so much easier! I made many oven versions of a cranberry apple recipe I found from Martha- but since growing into my kitchen I decided to make up my own recipe. Turned out well.
I have to work on spreading the fruit very evenly- because the dehydrator does not compensate for my errors. It took a bit longer than it should have to dry because of my unevenness- plus some parts got over-done. (However- those over-done dried fruit leathers- if broken into small pieces make excellent salad toppers.)
Homemade Fruit Roll Ups (Fruit Leather)
from my dehydrator book and me!
*I have to admit, I made these a couple weeks ago- while we were still drowning in fresh fruit. However- if you have some frozen you could use those or wait until next year. I wanted to make sure I documented what I did when next summer comes around.
2 cups peaches
1 cup grapes
Puree the fruit.
Add to fruit roll tray on dehydrator and dehydrate at 145 degree for 4-5 hours or until dry.
I made three batches of jelly- and got 20 1/2 pints. See, my jelly is so talented and beautiful, no?
What am I going to do with 20 1/2 pints of jelly you ask? Good question.
I am going to give them to my MOPS volunteers and workers for Christmas. Good idea, Taryn.
But, I would like to give them something else too- something that goes with the gift, you know? I was thinking about putting a quick bread mix in a pretty bag and giving them that . . . so they could make the bread and spread the jelly on it?
I don't know- what are your thoughts? Any good ideas?
Are you familiar with Smartwool? They are a Steamboat Springs based company who makes wool clothing that is super warm and super soft. Not itchy like most wool clothing.
This weekend, they had their sample sale (which included several other vendors such as Simple, Roxy, Quicksilver and some others I had never heard of before). Lucky for me- they sold half of the stuff here in Boulder and the other half in Steamboat Springs (3-4 hours away).
Here is how it went down:
20 minutes of waiting to get in + hordes of people + $28 = 7 pairs of Smartwool socks
See? I even got several pairs of "high performance socks" so my poor little feets won't have to be cold when we go camping next year. That, and I will have the appropriate sleeping bag.
In addition to finding the best socks ever- I also processed apples this weekend.
Remember when I said I went apple picking? Well here is what we got.
About 35 lbs of apples. Crazy.
From those apples I made 12 pints of applesauce, 2 cups of dried apples, and from the peelings, I made 20 1/2 pints of Apple Pie Jelly. My hands are stained a nice brown/red from the apple peels. Seriously.
Details on the apple jelly and dried apples to come.
I hadn't posted any pictures of the house we are in the process of buying because I didn't have any of my own pictures of the house, and I didn't want to link to the website I got them from - I didn't think the whole world should know our (hopefully) new address.
But I want to show the house to you- so nobody at coloproperty.com get mad for not linking back, ok?
Here she is! Please ignore the decor and landscaping- obviously the trees need trimming and some new paint should do the trick.
I got this from Everyday Food- and at first I was skeptical. I first picked the meal for the tomato soup the sandwich was paired with- but in the end, the soup ended up as an epic failure and the sandwiches were divine.
Give them a shot sometime. Spice up your grilled cheese with something less healthy than a tomato. = )
Grilled Cheese with Bacon
adapted from Everyday Food
a few slices of cooked bacon (please tell me you bake your bacon in the oven- right? Its the best way to cook it.)
a few slices of bread
some cheese- we used cheddar- Everyday Food called for some fancy cheese we didn't have- but the cheddar was just fine.
I hope you can put together a grilled cheese sandwich . . . butter the outsides of the bread, put cheese and bacon inside and grill that bad-boy until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted.
Last night for dinner we had our good 'ol standby dinner- spaghetti with meat sauce. We always have jar spaghetti sauce, pasta and frozen ground meat in the freezer. And it is always a nice dinner choice when in a rush.
Today was an exciting day- I looked at 9 more houses and . . . .
I got my diploma in the mail today!
I am officially a graduate with my Masters of Arts. According to the diploma, I graduated on my birthday back in August. Pretty sweet. The only sad part is that I don't have any pictures of me walking across a stage- oh well.
In addition to house hunting (which went in a totally new direction- weird)- this weekend Chris and I went out to Lyons (a quazi mountian town) and picked apples! One of his new coworkers has some apple trees which are producing way more apples than he needs- lucky us! We picked about 30 lbs I think. It was a HEAVY basket!
I can't wait to try all my apple recipes I have been storing up just for this occasion! Dehydrated apples, apple sauce, apple pie filling, apple cake . . . the list goes on. I'll let you know how it goes!
I am a Minnesota girl transplanted to the desert- known to most as the state of Colorado. While everyone else raves about the mild winters and sunny days- I crave the lush green trees, abundant clear lakes, and the overcast, gray days of my youth. Ahh, the things we do for love . . .