Here is the salty and the sweet in one.
Chocolate dipped pretzel sticks.
They are about 9 inches long, which made the kids giggle with glee when they pulled these beauties from the bag and were choosing sprinkles to put on them. We had a lot of fum making them and many other sugary items today (including tons of christmas cookies with friends).
Treats for the season, along with some beautiful
and completely willing helpers, will make for a sweet year.
Here is my garden, covered in snow. I mainly took these for Little's book, but I thought I would share. It is asleep. But still beautiful, in its own barren way.
The kids are shut in today. It is just plain old too cold to be out there. They went out for about 10 minutes a peice, and came back in with frozen fingers and toes. So I decided that we were going to sit, watch a movie, and have some simple old fashioned treats.
With a side of hot Spiced Apple Cider. Apple juice from a near by cider mill farm that we go visit often, and the spices were added and brought to a boil.
Easy, inexpensive, and very effective. I have very happy kids this morning.
I woke up this morning to a blanket of white. And not a quiet gentle one like in stories either. lol... snow is dropping in big wet splotches all over the place, the snow has now turned to rain and it is very noisily melting down the drain pipes all over the house... but it is beautiful.
These footprints are my sons. He has very large feet. He wears a size 8 in men's and he is 10. He is not big in any other aspect except his inseam. He isn't even especially tall. I keep wondering if Little has huge feet because with how strong his kicks have always been I know that he does have long legs like his brother.
The snow called to me, I had to go outside today. But I quickly realised that no matter how hot you get 8 mos pregnant in June, it just doesn't keep you warm in November.
My brother showed up and was a big help with the cooking. I pretty much had him doing the things that I didn't have arms for, for the better part of an hour and 1/2. My dad as always, only left me half the dishes, and my dads girlfriend brought the turkey (both of which made a HUGE difference!). It was a very nice and pulled together meal. We only had to reheat one thing, and it was easy. Still tasted great.
My china, set out beautifully layered with the salad plates on top. The pink and dark magenta roses my husband bought for me, and I thought they matched perfect, so I didn't do the center peice with the drilled white pumpkins that I was going to, but I think it looks nice, albeit very simple.
We can get SPINICH again! Yay! After two months of spinich not being on the market in WA due to the health risk, we are able to have spinich in our salad. This salad is a spinich and romane salad with walnuts, cranberries, feta cheese, and a homemade Apple Cider Vinagrette.
Apple Cider Vinagrette Recipe:
2 c of apple cider (the good stuff... no Tree Top.)
1/2 c apple cider vinagar
1/4 tea salt
1/2 t. honey
Put the apple cider in a small sauce pan and boil on Med heat to reduce until it is less than 1 cup of liquid. Add in honey while it is still hot, and then allow to cool to eat least room temp. Add the vinagar and salt. Mix well and serve.
This beautiful Rasberry/Cranberry tart was so easy it was almost scary.
1/2 stick of butter (room temp)
3 Tbs brown sugar
1 egg yolk
3/4 c flour
Place butter in a mixing bowl and add brown sugar until turns to course crumbles. Add egg yolk. Slowly add in a bit of flour at a time until resembles a paste. Place in the bottom of a spring form pan or 9 inch pie plate and cook at 350* for 15 minutes or until sides begin to brown.
1 bag cranberries
1/2 c water
1/2 c rasberries
1 1/2 c sugar
1 cinnamon stick
~1/4 c water
~2 Tbs corn startch
~Lemon Zest (opt)
Place water, sugar, cinnamon stick, and cranberries in a pan (lemon too if you want it). Bring to a boil until berries pop. Strain berries out of the syrup and place in a seperate bowl. Add rasberries and boil until reduced and partially thickened (about 15 minutes on Med). Remove cinnamon stick and put cranberries back in. Add to pie plate, and cook at 350* until the top berries start to turn a dark brown red. (About 20 minutes)
~If wanting a sideless tart (like mine) and not a pie, mix a 1/4 cup cold water with 2 Tbs of corn starch and add to the mix while still boiling, and bake for same amount of time in a spring form pan. Remove the pan after letting the tart sit for at least 10 minutes.
Other things on the menu:
Sweet Potatoes with Carmalized Shallots
Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes
Garlic Green Beans (whole) with Carmalized Shallots and Pine Nuts
Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots, Parsnips, and Pearl Onions
Pumpkin Pie with real whipped cream
Butternut Squash pate' with Maple Syrup
And of course, TURKEY!
1 lb chicken
4 lg Russet potatoes or 10 small red and white potatoes
What do Domestic Goddess children do on the weekends? They create things of course!
Here is my sons fairy bower.
He used nothing but a pair of garden clippers and a pearing knife. (Goddess Kids pick up all sorts of tricks)
Inside this rainy get away, there is a pile of firewood, and a small acorn banquet.
I was very impressed to say the least.
I guess the Goddess legacey lives on in my spawn.
I love these pancakes and so do my kids. We usually fill them with peaches and/or applesauce from our pantry and eat them with whipping cream.
Peasent style peticoat made with curtian lace (as you go down the fabric it gets heavier with embroidery).
Pentafore made from Navy Muslin and a sweet baby blue calico with pink and blue flowers for the straps and accents.
Have a good day!
It creates magical worlds out of ordinary and often dying places.
Fall leaves turn into peices of art.
Salad Burrnette turns into a backdrop for a fairy land.
And Sage magically reappears dressed in white and ready for a party.
The garden is dead. But the seeds are ripe.
The frost has come 5 nights in a row. We suspect we will have snow before Thanksgiving. But the sun is out.
It is a good, cold and beautiful day.
Translated loosly means: Winter green and sausage stew
4 Tbs olive oil
2 medium leeks, white and green parts only (chopped)
5 large baking potatoes (chopped into cubes or thinly sliced)
3 lg cloves garlic (minced)
4 cups chicken broth
6 oz hard sausage (cut into uniform peices)
1 lb Kale or other winter green (stemmed and sliced VERY thin)
Salt and pepper to taste
Saute' leeks in oil until tender in the bottom of a large stock pot. Add potatoes and saute' until they begin to brown. Add garlic and agitate for a few minutes.
Add chicken broth and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil and simmer on med until potatoes are soft. Mash slightly for a creamier texture.
Saute' sausage until brown in another pan. Add the greens saute' until tender (adding salt helps tenderise tough winter greens such as kale, but saute' too much and they loose their color). Add to soup.
Add salt and pepper to your liking.
It was very good. Perfect compliment to my Onion Upside-Down Cornbread or a Puglese loaf (traditional italian bread loaf) cut in half and topped with Provalone cheese. This soup can have many variations once you make it once you will see what I mean. Adding a tiny bit of Sage would have brought depth to the flavor but it was good just how it was.
Just in time, I picked these sweet melons from the garden. We had them in a melon salad for dessert one night.
Two days later, it hard frosted, finishing off the season and the rest of the garden plants.
Hot out of the oven right as Alex stepped off the bus.
God, I'm good. ;)