Spring cleaning about done in kitchen

I’ve been moving things like crazy, getting things put together, getting rid of things I no longer use nor want. I didn’t realize how much junk I had until I started cleaning closets,drawer,and cabinets. I got this one done, now all my baking and seasoning is together.Looks so much better, even my youngest said she loved how the kitchen looked. On to the next think. lol

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Happy Anniversary!

Forty years, to think back.

To a sawmill my dad owned and where all his children worked after school. Didn’t know that as I crossed that road and into the mill that day I would meet a boy, with a blond Dutch boy haircut, dark tan, and a smile that melted my heart for a life time. That was 41 1/2 years ago, a life time. When we married we knew things would be a challenge, I was going to have a baby, we both were in school and we both wanted to finish. Hubby did graduate that year, I finished 10th.  I didn’t graduate from my school, but 2 children later and while living in Alaska I got the job done. We grew up together, he had gone into the military to provide a living and we left our home. Together we braved new worlds to us, new people and new ways of life. It was not always easy, nor was everything fun and games. We did however continue to love one another, through sickness and through health, grow through every rough patch and forgive….for any marriage forgiveness is the key, we both have done things I’m sure neither one of us would want to admit, but at the end of the day I can look at this man, the man I love and still see the smile across his face when he sees me and as my face lights up to see him. We still hold hands, we still kiss goodbye, and hello, we still set side by side anywhere. The pizza hut lady thinks we’re a cute couple and hopes to be like us someday. We have become that couple that we use to say “someday honey we will be like that”. We are and proud of it. Happy Anniversary Honey!!jan10006

Pretty day for grilling

Hubby surprised me yesterday with a new grill…mind you I have hinted, took him past it, left pictures of it on the computer for him to see, and there it is..just cooking away. Some might think it is small, but just for the two of us most the time, it’s just right.

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Right now it is loaded with our taters, this is how I do mine..

First, I slice them. I use a wooden spoon, lay one in the spoon then cut to the edge of it. That way I don’t cut all the way through. Then when I get them all cut I lay them open along the handle so I can season them. (sorry a little blurred) Then on to grilling chicken kabobs, legs and breasts for later. I will say, that this grill cooks different than my old one, I’m going to have to learn how to use the smoke stack because I don’t want everything smoked, some I just want grilled. It is a fine line as I’m learning.

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Call in

Went to work this morning only to find out I had a call in and I wouldn’t have a closer tonight, so back home and going in later today. Just got to love the bakery, never a dull moment. If I hadn’t  then I would of closed it at 4 when my last person left for the day. Don’t get me wrong, I really don’t mind working nights, just don’t like doing them then going back in early the next morning. It is a pretty day and I plan on working on the hotbed before it snows tomorrow night, so everyone have a great day…..

Blueberry Muffins

Sunday has begun, coffee and a blueberry muffin I had made yesterday. I’m not one for cake but muffins, Oh my! This is the recipe I used. Mine did turn out just like this. I did put my blueberries in a bag and added just a touch of flour and shook it up then folded them gently into the batter, this helps them stick to the batter and not all sink to the bottom while baking. Next weekend I’m making strawberry ones. Family enjoyed them…a keeper.

Blueberry Muffins

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten
Ingredients
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk, shaken
  • 1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries (2 half-pints)
Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper liners.

Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl and mix together. In a separate bowl, mix together the buttermilk, butter, lemon zest, and eggs. Make a hole in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix with a fork just until blended. Fold the blueberries into the batter. Don’t over mix! With a standard (2 1/4-inch) ice-cream scoop or large spoon, scoop the batter into the prepared cups, filling them almost full.

Bake the muffins for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown.