Sunday, November 22, 2009

New things to love

Do you take time to find new things? Everyone is so busy with the day to day necessary chores that someone usually has to remind me to get our of that rut. Mind you I'm perfectly happy in my little rut,but, I know there are so many new and old things to discover I often need a shove to move on.

My friend Jeannie is always opening her mind to new possibilities.Last year she took a course in photography which lead to another course and the end results were these black and white photos. This picture doesn't do her work justice but I had to attempt to show it to you. These started out as snapshots of real strawberry pots. I can't explain the path she took to achieve this end result. I just admire her ability to open new doors because they are there.

This is more my realm of comfort. Mmmm good food gets me every time.I'm sure most of you know about buttermilk biscuits.Would you believe I can't ever remember making them?They're just one of those things I've never needed. However new to me this year is a magazine called Mary Janes Farm Her web site is a little difficult to get around but, her magazine is chock full of ideas and products that would make anyone interested in a back to the earth lifestyle,just a little more informed. In her June July issue I discovered what she calls can't miss biscuit bliss. I made tiny little biscuits and used them to make Cajun crab cake sliders. Sliders are the "hot appetizer these days and I created my version using her biscuit recipe.Everyone loved them and I put the recipe away till next summer.That is until we went down to South Carolina for vacation. Biscuits are a way of life down there. You have your breakfast biscuits ,your biscuit and gravy,snack time biscuit and by the time you get back to New England you are crying"lordy how I NEED a biscuit" So out came the recipe and I have made several batches since. Want a taste of the past,try these for breakfast.We started having egg ham and cheese on them and we thought that was the ultimate.My friend Sharlene suggested having them warmed and drizzled with honey.Mmm, that was another winner.Here is the recipe give them a try and let me know how you made use of them.
2 1/2 cups of flour
2 1/2 teas.cream of tartar
1 1/2 teas baking soda
1 1/2 teas salt
5 Tbls cold butter
1 cup of buttermilk
Sift all dry ingredients With a pastry blender or fork cut in butter till mixture resembles coarse crumbs.Make a depression in center and pour buttermilk ,mix till you have a sticky dough. Turn the dough on to a HEAVILY FLOURED board .Flatten dough to 1/4 1/2 inch thickness Cut into 2inch circles with a 2 in biscuit cutter dipped in flour. Stack one biscuit on top of another. After baking they will pull apart so you can fill them as desired. Now they look like little hamburger buns.Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes at 400. I used parchment paper out of habit,but I don't think it was necessary.When the tops are golden they are done.

Another new thing to love in our household is Miss Bitty.This is as clear a picture as I can get these days.Lightning doesn't move as quickly as she does. It's like watching a new sporting event.I think she has 1/2 a dozen balls in various corners of the house and every now and then she comes whizzing by in hot pursuit of one. Very exhausting.................said the hobbit


Connie said...

Miss Bitty sounds like a lot of work! I think she could take things apart faster than I could get them together.

The biscuits - oh my. Didn't dare start on something so addicting. I would want them all the time.

Margaret said...

Biscuits and soup are one of man's greatest inventions, well in my opinion anyways. Yours look light and fluffy as a cloud.
Well all I can say about cats and kittens??? A home seems to be happier when they are part of the family.