Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday Quotes... cloudy... cooler

As Summer Fades
 
See the fading light of summer.
Feel the fleeting breath of warmth.
Hear the gentle tree tops whispering,
The songbirds tune break forth.
 
Oh, burning sun above me,
From whence shine thy rays?
The brilliant light is waning,
And shorter grow the days.

Ye fallen rose of summer,
With petals fading fast,
Are telling me that summer is short,
Alas, 'twill soon be past.
©Jonquiljunction 2016
 
 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Persimmon fruitcake...sunny...hot..humid



1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup honey (OR sorghum)
3 eggs
1 cup raisins
1 cup nuts
1/2 cup dried fruit of your choice (pineapple tidbits or apricots are really good)
1 cup persimmon pulp
2 T. lemon juice
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon

Mash persimmons flat with a fork separate one cup pulp from seeds.
Cream honey, butter, and eggs together. add raisins, dried fruit and nuts.
sift dry ingredients into wet, stir just till combined.
Bake in two greased loaf pans at 325* for about an hour, test at 50 minutes, a knife inserted near center should come out clean. Cool five minutes in pan then remove to cooling rack and let cool completely. Wrap in plastic wrap and keep in the fridge at least over night, flavor gets better after a couple of days.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Sunday Quotes

Three things you cannot recover in life:
The moment after it's missed

The word after it's said
The time after it's wasted
~Unknown

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Ozark Treats... Breezy...warm

Ozark Treats
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup coffee
1 egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 rounded Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup black walnuts

Cream together butter and sugar, add coffee and stir till mixed. beat in egg. add dry ingredients and beat till smooth, fold in raisins and nuts (if you don't have black walnuts, English walnuts or pecans can be used)
Pour into a greased 9x9 inch pan and bake at 350* for 30 minutes.
enjoy with coffee or tea on a cold day.

This is my adaptation of a recipe that  originally came from this book:
http://www.amazon.com/Take-Hills-A-Chronicle-Ozarks/dp/1432610759
A pretty good read if your interested in the life and stories from the Ozarks. Check out your local library to see if they have it.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Old Fashioned Thumbprint Cookies.... Cooler

As with many old timey recipes, there are a lot of versions of how thumbprint cookies came about and just when they date back to. But regardless of all that, the fact remains that they are a well known cookie reminisint of 'the good old days' when Grandma still baked cookies with the grandkids while wearing her apron!
This recipe is quite simple, and the tender flaky cookies, show off the filling wonderfully. Traditionally thumbprints are filled with jam or jelly and though that will work beautifully in these, in springtime when we have so many eggs I love them filled with our Lemon curd


1 cup butter, very soft
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp's Almond extract
2 cups flour
1 cup homemade or prepared Lemon curd (cooled completely) OR your favorite Jam

 ** Find our Lemon Curd recipe HERE

 Mix butter and sugar together till very creamy, add extract.
Add flour and still well, it will be very crumbly at first, keep stirring, it will come together into a nice silk ball, cover with saran wrap and refrigerate for an hour (longer is fine too).
Lightly dust hands with flour and pinch off small balls of dough, roll into a ball about 1 inch in size place on ungreased cookie sheet and as you set down use your thumb to make an indentation in center of cookie. You can place them quite close together as they hardly spread at all.
When all your cookies are formed, take a teaspoon and place a dollop of lemon curd in indentation (don't overfill--about 1/2 a tsp. will do it) Bake at 350*15-18 minutes. Cookies will be slightly firm to the touch but will not brown. Remove from tray to a wire rack and cool completely.

Glaze: Mix together 1/2 cup powdered sugar and enough lemon juice (about a teaspoon)  to make a glaze that is thick but will easily drizzle off the end of a spoon, glaze cookies and serve!!!


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