Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Here comes why is 50 degrees the high? it's not actually snowing yet. However it is damp,raw, and just plan cold here in New England.I suppose I should be thankful that it isn't worst but, being challenge by a neckbrace is bad enough do I really need anymore road blocks?
 Trying to keep as normal a schedule as possible and not able to jump in the car for needed supplies I have resorted to scouring my cellar and garage for things that I can put together to feel a sense of accomplishment.
That's's all about me.Found a few items in the garage that went together for a makeshift bird feeder and birdbath.I know .....there's enough food out there for them to get by right now but, what can I old hanging basket, plate and candle holder glued together and I felt marvelous.
My neighbor was doing her flower border and felt by pain of not having anything to plant so she brought over her extras to lift my spirits. Hope they don't freeze........Ok, enough complaining I'm headed out to get my hands dirty in that nice dark back soon......said the hobbit.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The comeback kid !!

Well...........just when I thought I was going to get it together with my blog, I was involved in a serious car accident.Of course, all is going to be fine but, I am currently healing from a broken neck. Sounds serious right? The worst part is wearing what they refer to as a "Miami Collar"Who named this thing ? It's like having a noose around your neck that reigns you in every time you try to move in a normal direction. So for now, I am limited in my activities. Most of what I considered normal is now a time consuming chore. Hmmm, lets see ..........What kind of trouble can I get into when no one is looking??? Driving is out , therefore I am limited to seeing what lurks in my closets to keep myself occupied......challenging to say the least. Here's what I found this week.
       I've had plenty of time to peruse my favorite blogs and seeing as how I love my kitchen best, I thought that might be a good place to start. Chopping and cutting is still a chore as my visibility is straight ahead.Something easy was going to have to suffice. Smitten Kitchen was touting the need for popsicles for breakfast and that seemed like a great idea. Besides I had all the ingredients in my stash of supplies.
 I had raspberries calling me from the freezer........that's the only change I made.
Looks like I have to work on getting a clearer picture. What can I say,gave it my best shot. Seems my camera disappeared in the accident and I'm having to use a new one .........all the bells and whistles are not the same, so bear with me. I'm working on it. For now,it is what it is......said the hobbit.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Here in New England

This is the view from my front window..........I know, hard to tell were the driveway ends and were the street starts, right? We've been getting a ridiculous amount of snow. Wish it would go up to the mountains but, seems it's vacationing at the coast this year. So what can you do but, make the most of it.First and foremost we make sure we have heat, batteries and candles.......well, we don't really need the candles but, they add a nice touch.Flashlights are a little harsh.Next I checked the fridge to see what I could make that wouldn't require my going out in this weather.
 Yes, there is always a good supply of local eggs and mixed with a bit of slivered onions and chopped olives this will make a great lunch.
I think this will get us through the afternoon. Chips would be nice. Maybe I'll make some. Homemade chips are pretty awesome. Burgers in the freezer so guess what we are having for supper. Well can't chat now I'm off to make those chips and hoping for a break in this snowstorm............said the hobbit

Monday, February 2, 2015


Well getting back to the "land of blog" is going to  be a little tougher than I thought. Obviously a  work in progress but, here I am giving it my all.
Of course it's not all my fault...........the weather here on the coastal side of N.H. has been a bit uncooperative.This morning the weatherman said that 3 out of 5 days have been snow days for the school children in this area. So, someone has to be happy over this.But, enough crying.......
While looking for something new to try I came across BIALYS. I'm always drawn to breads and sweets. I guess you can say " It's a blessing ...and a curse. But, this time I gave in and thought,why not, there's nothing in the garden at this time to get my creative juices going so, I'm going with the BIALYS.

The dough is pretty basic: 2CUPS WARM WATER
                                        1 TABLESPOON SUGAR
                                        2 TEASPOONS INSTANT YEAST
                                        4 3/4 CUPS ALL PURPOSE FLOUR
                                        2 TABLESPOON KOSHER SALT.
Sprinkle sugar and yeast over warm water and let it get foamy. About 5 min. Mix flour with salt. Note: If you don't have Kosher salt and are using table salt.........cut amount in 1/2
Add flour to yeast and mix with bread hook attachment till just blended. Turn onto floured cloth and knead till dough seems smooth,about 1 to 2 min. Turn into a greased bowl and let rise till double. Should be about 1 hour. Took me a bit longer with snowmagedden going on in my neighborhood.

THE FILLING: I took this break and made my filling.
CRUMBLED BLUE CHEESE (they said 1 tbs poppy seeds,but, I break out in hives with poppy seeds) So you can do either.Saute onions in oil till golden  then sprinkle with crumbled blue cheese

After the first rise, divide dough into 12 pieces ....form into a ball and place on 2 parchment lined sheets. Cover with clear wrap and let rise for another 30 min.Now flatten each ball to a 5 inch disc.Cover and let rise another 15 minutes,grease a flat bottom glass or a 1 cup measuring cup and dip in flour to make indentations in all of your disc.

Fill your disc with the onion mixture and bake at 475 degree for 15 to 20 minutes. Place your sheets on the upper middle and lower middle racks Switch and rotate sheets 1/2 way through baking
And, here is my batch of BIALYS....They were so close to being perfect,but, I wanted them just a bit more golden and popped them back in the oven for a little extra browning. What I got was a little thicker crust. Live and learn. What can I say ? I guess we have to put them back on the list for a remake. They were still edible,just not perfect yet............said the HOBBIT

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

How are those New Years resolutions coming?

Did you make any plans for 2015? Every year on New Years Eve my husband and I muse over what we should tackle for the coming year. This is the second year that cleaning the cellar is on my list. 
But, I'm hearing the call of my seed and plant magazines luring me away from my chosen track.
Also on the list is to knit 3 pairs of socks in January.............
But, who can resist those adorable cardinals that have come to visit my yard. Mamma hides in the bushes
While Daddy gathers the fallen seeds from the bird feeder. Such a good Papa.
Ok, I'm a little distracted but, I still have my eye on the prize.
I did manage to finish 1 pair of socks now it's off to the cellar with me.
Did I mention that I have 4 levels in my house? 
 Well..........let's not get ahead of ourselves How about you? ..................said the Hobbit