Wednesday, May 27, 2020

BAKING


Hello, friends!  Happy Wednesday.  We are half-way through week #11 of our stay at home.  Things are letting up here somewhat.  But now I am so used to being at home that going out doesn't interest me that much anymore.  Strange how people get used to things.  I know I am feeling better without having to run here and there every day.  I think the running around is going to stop or at least slow down even when things reopen.  I feel as if I am getting old, but that's not possible is it?

I'm going to talk about baking today.  It seems as if everyone is jumping on the baking bandwagon these days.  Me... not so much.  I like baking, but I don't like all the clean up that accompanies it.  So I have baked only four things during this time.

The first thing I made was Amish Applesauce Bread.  I wasn't sure how it would turn out but it was wonderful.  I got the recipe from my Amish cookbook and I would definitely make it again.  It made we want to bake more things from it.


The second thing I made was an apple dump cake. I made it because I had the ingredients in the house and I wanted something sweet to eat.  I took a can of spiced apple pie filling that I was given and put that in the bottom of a greased 9"x13" pan.  Then I put a yellow cake mix on top of it and spread it around to cover everything.  Lastly I melted 3/4 cup of butter and poured it over the entire thing.  I baked it at 350* for 40 minutes.  It was very good.


The next thing I made was a banana blueberry bread. This was another recipe I got from my Amish cookbook.  It sounded good and seemed easy to make.  It was very easy.  I mixed it all up and put it into the oven to bake.  I baked it for the maximum amount of time and then let it cool according to the instructions.  After 10 minutes of cooling in the pan, I turned it out onto a cooling rack.  Some of it stuck to the bottom of the pan.  And the middle of the loaf was still batter.  I asked Joe the baker what to do.  He told me to put it back into the pan and bake it a little more.  I did.  It didn't help.

We ate the baked part.  What was baked tasted very, very good.  But I probably will not make it again.


The last thing I made was a banana bread.  We had bananas that were going bad and I had to use them fast.  I googled "easy banana bread recipe" and came up with one.  The recipe called for three bananas, but I put four into it to use them all up.  I also read the comments and found that although it called for baking soda, most people found that it didn't raise with that and suggested using baking powder which seemed to work better.  So I just put baking powder in.

It was good and didn't last long at all.  I am not a fan of banana bread, but if I have bananas that I have to use up, I will be making this again.  Here is the link to the recipe:  Joy's Easy Banana Bread.
And it really is very easy.


So are you inspired to get into your kitchen and start baking?  I'm thinking about it.  But if I do, I think I will be using a mix.

See you all later.  Have a wonderful day.

Kathy




Tuesday, May 26, 2020

MEMORIAL DAY


It was a different Memorial Day for sure.  It felt like every other day -- but then not.  As I mentioned earlier we did not have our parade.  But some veterans decided to do a drive by.  I watched it from my front door looking across the parking lot to see them.  First there were about 70 or 80 veterans on motorcycles.  Of course they made a lot of noise and that's what alerted me that they were there.  I grabbed my camera and ran to the door.  I just kept shooting and shooting.  There were a lot of pictures I couldn't use, but here are some that came out OK.







I thought that was it, but then came a few trucks decorated with flags and patriotic bunting.  They were honking their horns.





I did decorate the house a bit.  Not much, but enough to get some flags out.






It was hard getting a picture of the window.  There was so much glare from the sky no matter what time of day I tried to take it.  The "America" sign in the window I got at Kirklands a couple of years ago.  It was on sale for a very good price.  I use it so much it was certainly worth every penny I paid for it.

After a month we are running short on food.  I did not have what I wanted for dinner.  So for a treat I called East Coast Wings and Grill and ordered dinner from them.  It was curbside pickup.  By the time I drove over there, our dinner was ready.  I got Joe the Cowboy Burger.  It was huge with bacon, cheese, barbecue sauce, mushrooms, and French fries.  I got him fries to go with it.





I got a hamburger -- two patties, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo and homemade chips.



It was so nice to have something to eat that I didn't cook!

After dinner Joe took a walk to 7-11 and came back with a bouquet for me!  It is so pretty.  Carnations, mums and daisies.











So in spite of it not being a "normal" holiday, we still had a very nice day.

I'm going to end with a video that Pastor Ralph posted a couple of weeks ago.  I hope you enjoy it.


Have a great evening everyone.  I'll see you soon.

Kathy