Archive for April, 2008

Life is getting better!

Drew is now helping Robin out at Caros restaurant each weekday and he’s finding out he can still be a pretty darn good fry cook! lol  On Saturday, I’ve been setting up our “wares” inside where it has been dry and warm vs. the outdoor market where Mother Nature has not been so good.  Robin fixes a mean omelet and Drew mans the grill for lunch, so stop by and say “howdy” and enjoy some really good “joint” food!

The clothes lines have been busy all week with this gorgeous sun and light winds.  I’m trying to get a jump on the spring laundry before the rain and cold temps hit us next week.  I wish you all could have heard us last night when we crawled into bed.  The ooooh’s and aaaah’s were quite loud…you’d think we were doing something other than snuggling into our fresh smelling clean sheets!!!  I’m telling you that I will never go back to drying them in a clothes dryer again.  That outdoor fresh scent cannot be duplicated.

I’m still baking a bunch only now it seems to be more cookies than bread.  Drew is the bread eater in our family and he’s so darn tired when he gets home he really doesn’t want much food but he sure can find space for a cookie or two!  It’s fun to play with recipes.  I found myself without any eggs and I really wanted to bake…that’s not an easy task but I did a search, asked a few friends and came up with a recipe that Drew said tasted like store bought “Pecan Sandies.”  Not a pecan one in the recipe, but what the heck, he enjoyed them. 🙂

Here’s the recipe…

I made the “egg” thingie before I started mixing the rest of the stuff.

½ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon flour

1 ½ tablespoons water

Then I semi stole the recipe posted on Frugal Friends, with a bit of modification, for cookies

1 1/3 c flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspon baking powder

½ cup butter, softened

¾ c sugar

egg stuff

½ teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons peanut butter

½ c corn flakes, hand crushed

Preheat oven to 375. Mix the flour, baking soda and baking powder; set aside. In a medium bowl, cream the sugar and butter until smooth. Beat in egg stuff, peanut butter and vanilla. Gradually blend in dry ingredients. Stir in corn flakes. It’s stiff dough!!! Take about a tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball them semi press flat; place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.

They are not very peanut buttery…just a hint. They are more on the dry vs. moist side…crunchy!  If I had ice cream I would love to try them in a homemade ice cream sandwich. I liked them, but what do I know about cookies!

Once the cookies were baked I headed outdoors and studied the weeds for ahwile before I decided that they just would not go away on their own.  😦  How come weeds can tolerate frost while my plants need to be covered?  I guess it must be those yard long roots that the buggers have.  I pulled, dug, cut, tugged and finally got two areas cleaned out and they look beautiful.  I had a “friend” helping me to get through the dreaded task! 🙂

 

See, weeding can be beautiful when friends help! 🙂

Remember, we are set up inside Caros each Saturday from 7 until 2 so stop by and say Hi! 

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April 25, 2008 at 10:28 am Leave a comment

WOW, a new opportunity!

Boy oh boy, what a past few weeks it has been! My mom always told me not to say anything unless I could say something nice so I haven’t been updating the blog simply cause I really was having a hard time trying to find something really nice to say! We’ve had floods, the furnace broke, the clothes dryer died, the price of gas went up…again! It just hasn’t been a pleasant last few weeks, but that’s all behind us now. 🙂

I am enjoying the wonderful fresh smell of our sheets and clothes as they come off of the line. The aroma of the home baked bread that I have finely learned how to make is unbelievable! We’ve learned how to snuggle again when the temperatures drop…that’s a good thing after 14 years! Lol Unfortunately we can’t do much about the gas prices but we’re not alone with that.

Our little shop is not doing as well as we had hoped but the good thing is we have made some new friends and we have new customers! Drew had been looking for a job all winter and it’s difficult when your vehicle only gets 8 MPG. 😦 A friend of ours owns Caros, a local “joint” in Lexington and she offered to let us set up shop each Saturday during the Lexington Farmers’ Market. We were thrilled because that meant we would still have access to our regular Lexington customers. Then Drew got a call from her very early this morning asking if he could come in and help her man the grill. It appears that her partners did not want to work on Saturday so they walked out on her! It’s tough to cook and run the register at the same time, so Drew will be helping her out. Who knows where this will lead but Robin is a darling and as Drew always tells her “I’ve got your back!”

Of course that leaves me to do the packing for the “market.” YIKES!!!! I promise I’ll do a good job and I’ll remember to include all of the recipes. You can count your blessings…Drew had already blended all of the seasoning this week. Lol

So, this is me heading to the kitchen so we can be ready for opening day at the market. Remember that we will be inside at Caros on Upper St. It’s just across from where we used to set up on the corner of Vine and Upper. Robin and probably Drew, will be cooking a full breakfast and a light lunch menu from 7 until 2 so stop by and enjoy a “cuppa” with us.

Of course, this means that our little shop on the farm will be closed on Saturdays….sorry.

BTW, the gals are doing just fine! 🙂

The darlings sure like to sleep!

 

April 11, 2008 at 3:00 pm 7 comments