Wednesday, February 27, 2008
This blogging thing is still very new to me & I'm trying to catch up a bit. I was resistant to try my hand when this all began & instead focused my attention at the computer to putting together other websites. Etsy was the beginning.
My son Peter was in college & had started selling some of his ceramic pieces there & encouraged me to start my own shop. I began with my own etsy shop in Sept. of '06 maryhanks.etsy.com.
Besides the desire to have that special shop of mine, I've always wanted to put together a cookbook. I'd compiled, organized, printed & given several copies family & friends. It was also nice to have recipes that I could easily email to anyone interested.
Not long after the "etsy experiment" began I started work on putting my recipes in yet another format --- sharing recipes via another website. I also use the site as an on-line portfolio of my other work, decorative painting, faux finishing, some sculpture work. I have posted a recipe here on my blog - see Chicken & Blueberry Muffins post - but am torn between adding more recipes here or hoping that I can direct those interested to the original project. Any thoughts or comments are very welcome, of course! You can use this blog for comments or see the "contact" link on the other site!
So please let me introduce you to "Food for Thought"...thanks for taking the time to look!
One more thing....I've also discovered TasteBook, and am experimenting with that format. FoodNetwork.com is another one of many go-to sites for lots of great tasting dishes!
Friday, February 15, 2008
Sweet Best-Ever Muffins
1 ¾ C all-purpose flour
½ C sugar
2 ½ t baking powder *
¾ t salt
1 egg, beaten
¾ C milk *
1/3 C oil
* To substitute buttermilk, reduce baking powder to 1 t and add ¼ t baking soda.
Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; make a well in the center. Combine egg, milk and oil; add all at once to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened (do not over mix). Fill muffin pans which have been either papered or greased 2/3 full. Bake at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes.
Use this basic recipe to create your own wonderful sweet muffins. Toss in some fruit, alter liquid or dress up the tops.
- Blueberry Muffins
Prepare Sweet Muffin recipe; add fresh, frozen or a drained can of blueberries to the batter. You may need to add a bit more sugar if using fresh or frozen depending on how sweet you want the muffins. Bake 20-25 minutes.
- Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Prepare Sweet Muffin recipe adding 1t ground cinnamon in with the dry ingredients. Mix as directed then carefully fold 1 cup finely chopped apple, ½ cup finely chopped pecans, ½ cup chopped dates, optional.
- Banana-Nut Muffins
Prepare Sweet Muffin recipe; add a ripe, mashed banana to the milk, egg and oil mixture. Add ½ cup finely chopped pecans to the batter. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
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Wednesday, February 6, 2008
This is the Relay for Life Spirit Week at school. The students and teachers can participate in the day's theme with a $1 donation. Today was Wacky Hair Day, one of Jonathan's favorites! It's a good thing that tomorrow is Hat Day!!! Cesar is glad he didn't get sprayed blue too. (Although, that's a thought ... Blue's Clue...)
Monday, February 4, 2008
When I saw the barn photo from NicksPics & saw that it might be in Georgia I got REALLY excited!!!! That's just the type of place they'd like for their one-of-a-kind-wedding. The chandelier, photographed by chicalookate, hanging inside (the REAL chandelier!!!) would also be just perfect. Casey's niece, Mia, will be such a precious little flower girl & featured are a couple of finds that I can easily see her in on the BIG day! The necklace from nuovovita is similiar to ones that Gloria special ordered for all of her bridesmaids. They were a perfect compliment to the girl's dresses!!!
The illustration on the card from seasprayblue, "and then he kissed her" just reminds me of Sara & Casey...as does the ampersand...music has been a HUGE part of our lives, thus the bird song from synchronicity313...
( links to Peter & Sara's blogs: http://peetah.blogspot.com/
Friday, February 1, 2008
In the prom & bridesmaid area are more dressing rooms which now have these two pairs of silver shoes above the mirrors. Done in silver leaf, I added large jewels today but forgot my camera...these are actually yesterday's pictures...
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