1/3 cup sugar 1/4 cup shortening 1 egg, beaten 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour shortening for frying the doughnuts in
Glaze: 2 cups powdered sugar 1/2 tbsp. cornstarch 1/4 cup water 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup of the warm water to the bread machine, reserving 1/4 cup to
start the yeast in. Add the yeast and 1 tsp. of sugar to the reserved
water. Stir to mix well and set aside. Add the rest of the ingredients
to the bread machine and when the yeast has proofed, add it as well.
Set the bread machine on the dough cycle. When the dough is ready, turn
out onto a floured surface and punch down. Let rest for 10 minutes.
Roll out to 1/2" thickness and cut out doughnuts. Place on a very
lightly greased and floured baking pan turned upside down. Lightly
cover with plastic wrap and let rise for about 30 minutes or until
double in size. Mix together the glaze ingredients and set aside. Very
carefully remove the doughnuts from the baking pan and drop into a pot
or deep fryer full of shortening which has been brought to a temperature
of 350 to 360 degrees. Fry until lightly brown then flip the doughnut
over and fry on the other side. This takes about 1 minute on each side.
Remove the doughnuts from the oil and place on a paper towel to drain.
Dip in glaze while still warm. Makes about 3 dozen, and this can vary
depending on the size of your doughnut cutter, whether or not your
doughnuts have holes in them and the thickness you cut the doughnuts.
Note: I would not substitute anything else for the shortening in this recipe. You are not likely to get the same results
Lea's note: I did not have a donut cutter so I used a glass and a soda bottle top to cut out my donuts... they ended up huge.... not complaining... I do not have a deep fryer so I used a cast iron pot and a candy thermometer and fried at 325.
Did anyone ever sing this song but me?
Well I walked around the corner and I walked around the block
And I walked right in to a donut shop
Well I scooped up a donut right out of the grease
And handed the lady a five cent piece
Well she looked at the donut and she looked at me
And she said this nickle is no good you see
There's a hole in the middle I can see right through
And I said there's a hole in your donut too!
Thanks for the donut, so long!
I remembered it today when I was enjoying a donut with my tea...
My Bible verse really hit home today when thinking about this past couple weeks:
and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you,
Do I get an Amen? Have a fine donut deliful kinda day! All day long!
When the boys were little we always had pancakes on Fat Tuesday. Bible story time would concentrate on the story of Jesus as n dult, his teachings, his miracles. This Fat Tuesday the boys are grown but Chris and I decided that pancakes were in order, and a good reminder, no matter what day it is of everything Jesus has done for us.
This years pancake did not disappoint!
1 1/2 cups oats
1 cup flour
2t baking powder
1/4 t salt
3T brown sugar
2 beaten eggs
1 1/4 cups milk
2T melted butter
1/2 cup pecans
mix and drop by the 1/4 cup on hot griddle... we had them with country ham on the side and butter and maple syrup.
I realized we had not shared our Valentine tree. We really do love looking t it so much in the corner of our den that we decided to make our Christmas tree into a Valentine tree
Its all glizty and sparkly..
..I finished this little pillow last week
We are thinking about an Easter tree.... we'll see...
... and on a side note, has anyone else been chowing down on Girl Scout cookies like there's no tomorrow???
I pry everyone survived the storms tht swept through the country yesterday. Ours hit around 11:30 with winds and rain... Chris had to climb on the roof and replace a couple shingles and nail down some other stuff that found its way into the front yard... We lost a couple of trees... nerve wracking when you live in the country and you hear them crack but can't see them!
So while Mr E was on the roof I made some cookies from our pumpkin we grew this summer... I used the recipe from Gracious Hospitality Blog If you have not happened on LaDonna's blog may I suggest you do so,
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
A delicious, moist cookie that freezes very well.
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
1 (15 1/2 ounce) can solid pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour*
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
12 ounces vegan semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts
Cream the sugar, shortening, pumpkin and vanilla together. Mix until
well blended. In another bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda,
baking powder, and cinnamon. Stir the flour mixture into the creamed
mixture. Stir gently until combined. Add the chocolate chips and
walnuts. Mix together. Drop by teaspoonsful onto an ungreased baking
sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 12 - 15 minutes.
Now go out and make it a fine day..... all day long!
Going out the other morning it was so pretty to see the fog frozen.... makes me appreciate living in the country that much more.
We had a couple of snaow days this past week. We settled in with plenty of hot drink and food, even Cubbs found a cozy warm place to sleep
I had read several books and watched some videos on canning beans, with the new shoppe opening we need open a jar meals... and I think I have found my favorite way to date. These turn out PERFECT, and along with a hot supper we have 5 meals sitting ont he shelf waiting to be heated.
to your clean jars add 1 cup of dried beans
1T dried onion
a sliver of country ham bits ( optional)
fill to about 1 1/2 inch from the top with water.
add a lid and a ring ( after you wipe the rim)
pressure can under 10lbs of pressure for 90 minutes.
These are so tender and good.... we had ours with sausage.. so filling and perfect for a cold day..
Last week Chris and I attended a class on recognizing gangs, markings, clothing..etc... very very interesting. We know our shoppe is located in a high gang population town, so its good to have an idea of what you are up against.
Makes prayer for our young folks even more urgent...
So, one of the markings we were taught about was the shaved eyebrow thing... one gang, M13 shaves one tick in one eyebrow and 3 ticks in the other to represnt "13".. I really wanted a visual of it so I went to our local news where they list the folks arrested, what they were arrested for, and their mug shot...
I was able to see several of the characteristics talked about in class...............
...and a rant... WHAT KIND OF PERSON CHEESES FOR A MUG SHOT, seriously, some people look like they just got a pony for Christmas with the smile on their face. Is it just a reaction when someone says look at the camera??? I dunno.. rather disturbing...
On to happier news:
My dear sweetest and I have spent 25 years of goodness together. We will celebrate this summer... but what did we do today?
We opened our satellite shoppe ! With priviledge license in hand we will be open Tuesday and Wednesdays right in the downtown area and we look forward to meeting all the other merchants around us and being a good neighbor. We will certainly still be at our old location Fri, Sat & Sun.
I drove home to throw lunch together for Chris and there was nothing but real food in the house. So I opened a jar of our canned chicken, added some broccoli, cream of chicken soup, a table spoon of mayo and some shredded cheese... preheated the oven to 350... topped all that stuff wiht a box of stuffing mix, baked for 35 miutes while I did laundry... and took lunch to one happy man...
I confess that having that chicken already to go has been a life saver... we will ceratinly be doing more in the future, homemade convience food!
Broccoli Chicken Casserole
Cooked boneless skinless chicken breast ( mine was canned breast meat actually)
1 T mayo, 1 can cream of chicken, 1 can cream of mushroom ( mix together)
Chris and I have been wanting to try this for some time and today we finally got around to it. I will link the video that got us started below. But first some notes,
These were good and we loved the convinence of the beans cooking in the jars while they pressure can. They come out just the right consisitancy.
The allspice in the recipe would have been enough for us, and next time we will omit the cloves and add garlic.
We will also try brown sugar instead of regular next time, although I am not sure that will make a big difference.
We canned 6 quarts using this method, and like I said, this was so easy we will be doing it again.
Here is the recipe from the Ball Blue Book tweaked by Susan int he video, I really do belive the tweaking is necessary.
Canned Pork and Beans
Pork and Beans an adaptation of the Ball Blue Book's recipe
Makes about 8 pints or 4 quarts
2 pounds of dried navy beans 1/4 pound salt pork, cut in pieces 2 cups chopped onion 6 tbsp. sugar 4 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. ground cloves 1/2 tsp. ground allspice 2 quarts tomato juice
beans in a large pot and add water to cover by at least 2 inches. It's
best to add as much water as your pot will hold without boiling over.
Boil for 2 minutes then remove from heat and let the beans soak for 1
hour. Make sure the beans are soaking in water, if not, add more water.
Drain. Cover beans with boiling water by 2 inches and boil for 3
minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Drain. Combine
onions, sugar, salt, spices and tomato juice and heat to boiling. Fill
jar half way with beans, add a few pieces of salt pork, add more beans,
filling jar 3/4 full. Beans will expand more as they are processing so
don't over fill the jars with beans. Ladle hot tomato sauce over the
beans, leaving 1" headspace. Remove air bubbles, wipe the rim of the jar
clean, add the lid and ring. Process pints 1 hour and 5 minutes, quarts
1 hour and 15 minutes at 10 pounds pressure in a pressure canner. If
necessary, adjust the pressure to suit your altitude.
processing times are the ones that are given in the Ball Blue Book
however, when meats are being canned, the times are usually 1 hour 15
minutes for pints and 1 hour 30 minutes for quarts. You might want to
increase the processing time. ( I processed my quarts for 90 minutes)
Anow the video, I use a ton of her recipes and suggest subscribing to her if you are interested. Lots of great tips
Hey Bloggy friends, I had some sort of ear / throat thing going on today so I kept the chore list to a minimum.. ( or perhaps it was an excuse... I dunno)
It had been awhile since we had one of our carrot cakes, Chris and I usually make a lunch or breakfast out of a big piece of this, whole wheat flour, pineapple, coconut, carrots, its justifiable...
I thought for sure I had written out this recipe before because we ahve had it so many times but I guess I hadn't so here goes"
3/4C BUTTERMILK ( I use regular milk with vinegar , sour cream or yougart)
3/4 c oil
1/4 t salt
1 cup white flour
1cup whole wheat flour
2t baking soda
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup coconut
1 cup walnuts or pecans
8oz can of crushed pineapple with syrup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9X12 pan
Mix flour, baking soda, salt & cinnamon and set aside
In a large bowl combine eggs,buttermilk, oil, sugar & vanilla and mix well
add flour mixture and mix well
add the rest of the ingredients and mix well
pour into prepared pan and bake for 40-50 minutes until toothpick comes out clean
allow to cool and ice with cream cheese frosting
... Very very good with a hot beverage, we had ours for dessert
I undecorated the bedroom today and did a cleaning in there, I hate to see the Christmas decos go... but then I would not appreciate them so much next year would I?
I made the cutest ear warmer/ headband today using Tam's @ Coffee n' Crafts pattern . I needed something to keep my ears warm when we walk in the afternoons... I ahve a hat that is good for super cold days, but this would be great for the windy days too.
I used up a bit of the purple yarn
I got the yarn on sale and from one skein have two pairs of the purple mitts and this headband with some left over... not a bad haul for 2.00
As I promised myself I was going to work through cross stitch and other reandom crafts I have started so today I worked on Bernard
I got his hat and face done today, good grief this is some tiny fabric... might end up blind by the time I finish.. but he is very very cute.
Tomorrows big plan besides going into the shoppe is to write thank yous, and visit our dear friend who lost her husband right before Christmas I made her a special batch of her favorite christmas candy to take over. I am sure during the holidays folks were around her all the time, but a couple weeks end the folks clear out and reality sets in. They had been married over 60 years.
I hope you all had a great Thursday... that it was full of JOY...
... carry thaksgiving in your hearts always... and have a fine day... all day long!
I know its been more then a couple days, but I really did need the break and now I think I might possibly have my bloggy mojo back...
We ahve had such a nice day despite the rain, Christopher had a friend over to watch a movie and eat dinner. I kept it rather simple for our foodage today.
First off were these delicious cinna buns
This is the best recipe I have made for cinnamon rolls
Foodlion was running a special on pork butts and when I saw this video ( same person who did hte yummy cinnamon rolls) we had to try it... I must say if you are a fan of Carolina BBq then you must try this. I did not pull out the meat grinder but used the food processor of just a couple of pulses... a side of slaw and we were all happy!
It was raining outside and the perfect day to snuggle up and read a bit.
Yes, I am STILL working on the Book Across America project...I think this is year 4 and I still am only about 75% complete... One goal is to finish this up this year, really its been too long...
..and in between reading I caught up on the Downton Abbeys...is anyone else in love with this like I am... it has been awhile since I have looked forward to soemthing on television... and during the dry season I think I shall revisit Upstairs /downstairs.. not as good but the same genre..
..and while I watched I made these:
For a sweet neice of our neighbor at the shoppe...
..and I also cross stitched a bit on this:
I think it is so cute!
... and now the house needs a straighten, and the animals fed.
.. and tucker ourselves in bed...
Prayers for all of you...and have a fine day, all day long!