It is that time of year if you garden you have zucchini everywhere. I have 3 refrigerators (yes, I know that is extreme) and they are full of zucchini. I have made it lots of different ways. Trying to eat it up but the family favorite that seems to win is good old fried zucchini. Our days have already turned cooler up here in the north so I know the end of the zucchini will happen soon but in the mean time I will keep making zucchini bread, zucchini muffins, zucchini lasagna and good old fashion fried zucchini! What have you be up too?
I didn’t anticipate leap day being much of a day out of the norm but it really was. Up here in the northern part of the USAwe look forward to a snow day every once in a while at least. The day started out early with a recorded call from the school superintendent saying how school would be closed due to weather. After turning the TV on to check out the weather and road conditions you get to crawl back into bed to sleep in. As each kid wakes up they start to realize it is a snow day that’s why they got to sleep in. At breakfast the excitement starts to build as the discussion of what each kid wants to make in the snow first is voiced. It is like a bonus day, a free day, a day that doesn’t count. You get to do something you hadn’t planned on doing that day. Being this was the first snow day we have had since we move to our little farm I thought I should go out and check on everything. Our 15-year-old told me I would want my camera so I grabbed it on the way out the door. The snow was beautiful but the rain that came before the snow had turned to ice. Then that wet sticky kind of snow was on top of that. The branches sagged under all the weight. It was kind of eery for some reason.
Some were bending down to the driveway. Some had broken and were laying on the ground, shed roof and the fence. The very fence we had just fixed on Saturday. I closed the gate to the pasture and unplugged the new fencer. I didn’t want that to burn out again. I continue to walk down our township road and take images of the ice and snow.
windmill in disguise
Once back in the house it was time to start warming up by baking. The kids played outside for hours and had warm chocolate chip cookies when they came in. A day like this called for soup or stew so beef stew was made for supper with cranberry muffins.
warm cranberry muffin
The night was wrapped up by planting some sweet pepper seeds. That task reminded me that spring is right around the corner and the snow won’t last long.
Today started out with more baking. This time I needed to make enough cookies and bars for 300. This is a special baking session because my husband is joining me in baking. The cookies and bars will be served at a memorial service for his childhood friend. As you can imagine we were a bit more somber while baking than normal. He mixed up the chocolate chip cookies while I started on the brownies.
chocolate chip cookies
I decided to dig out my Grandma’s Sugar cookie recipe. It is from back when I had my bakery. Yep back in the 90s I had a little sweet shop. Well this recipe isn’t really my grandma’s but it came from my sister-in law and if I remember right it was my husbands and her grandma’s recipe. Anyway it was a big hit at “The Cake and Cookie Company”. It is a pretty big recipe but maybe someone out there has a big mixer like mine. That photo of the vintage Hobart mixer it is not a stock photo. That baby is mine. She is a 1950s 3 speed, automatic transmission, 10 quart mixer and she is smooth! Here is the recipe cut in half.
Grandma’s sugar cookies
Grandma’s Sugar Cookies
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup vegetable
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups & 4 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Cream the first 6 ingredients together well, mix in vanilla. Mix the rest of the ingredient into the creamed sugar and eggs. Use a scoop to place on non-greased cookie sheet sprinkle with sugar and bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. I like mine a little more brown so I let them go 12 minute. They smell wonderful…on to the next project. What’s your next project?
Besides the project to get more light into my living room. This has been a week full of baking bars. Now I’m not talking a couple of pans of bars here. So far I’ve baked five kinds of bars this week … Continue reading →