Friday, April 27, 2012

Very Good and Very Bad!

Today is "use up your baking supplies" day also called, "mustgo."  Whatever prompted me to bake cookies just might be the weather. It's lightly flo snurrying and cold outdoors. There was heavy frost on our vehicles this morning. Yesterday I hung laundry out, today I haven't even stuck my head out  - yet.

I have so many recipes for easy cookies that the ingredients in my cupboards ruled which to use. 
Let's see...1/2 box golden raisins (left over from tomato soup cake),  1/2 box dark brown sugar (left over from making pecan pies in January), and just exactly 1 tsp. pure vanilla remained from my winter projects.  Most households with ladies who bake, have a good supply of flour, baking soda, baking powder, eggs, milk and butter. Those I have. Today it will be simple raisin cookies. I almost can put together molasses cookies, oatmeal cookies, peanut butter cookies, grit cookies or civil war cookies (with coffee) but needed just a tad more brown sugar and didn't feel like cooking down the grits. I must remember to buy more pure vanilla. It will stand in line again with my lemon, almond, anise and peppermint extracts.   

The good part is that whatever comes out of the oven here is not left in stock for very long. The bad part is that we are both piggies so I try not to bake very often anymore. However, whenever cookies are just coming out of the oven and if I happen to see the young couple from down the road strolling by on their usual morning walk with the two little children, I usually can run out and share. She once told me the little boy calls me the "cookie lady."  I like to be called names like that. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Revitalized for Sure!

On January 28, 2011 I posted a story about the damage and hope that came of Hurricane Irene as she hit my nephew's home. I just now see that our hopes for his recovery have been fulfilled . The furnace is running. The hens are laying.  He is gathering many eggs. Look!

Is Spring Just Around the Corner?

Well, I've not written in a while. My get up 'n go was lost and it just might be back a bit now.  It seems that I have been getting such great pleasure reading the great blogs of others, that I have been feeling a bit insignificant and lacking in the natural ability to write interesting stories lately. Not that this is interesting but at least it's a start. Of course, since I will have no access to my computer for the next couple of months, in July I might have better stories to tell.

Spring is slowly arriving here. I have hung laundry out once or twice, and my baking endeavors have dwindled down to only one - a tomato soup cake, which was recently devoured by us like we never have had cake; maybe because it had the wonderful cream cheese and butter icing!

There is a lily of the valley growing in a crack on the front porch and hundreds more are springing up in the front flowerbed before the ferns and hostas and seedum all take over. The creeping myrtle is all over the back bank. Some people know them better as periwinkles. Yes, the daffodils are fading and falling over, the birds are nesting here and there and everywhere and I saw a goose couple with 6 fluffy tagalongs but didn't have the camera then.  We put water filled soda bottles all along the rafters inside the front porch roof because the bird nests were getting way too messy to deal with, especially after the little ones hatch. They have to go elsewhere and I'm sure they have. This is MY nest! Oh! I almost forgot! The grass is growing - everywhere - and the 50 year old willows that were damaged by Irene are now missing - almost. 

And so Spring is really coming. Did I forget that it would?