Saturday, January 29, 2011

We need a little Springtime, just this very minute...

I'm thinking that it's time to shake off the winter doldrums and look forward to spring. Don't get me wrong, I love the winter, the cold, the holidays, but we've been making up for past light-snow winters. Well, here's a picture that I hope will brighten your day. Tulips about to bloom, the birds chirping, warm sunshine... aaah, spring. It's only 51 days away.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Meet "Matilda"

I made this doll for a young lady who is in my book discussion group. I named her "Matilda".

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cheese Crackers

While blogging I found a recipe for Cheese Crackers that are supposed to taste like Cheez-Its.  I hope so as I'm addicted to those little bad crackers!

Heres' the recipe from

1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup flour (I used white the first time I made these, but today I used my regular wheat flour I mill.)
4 Tbl butter or margarine
1/2 tsp salt, plus more to sprinkle on top
dash of paprika and cayenne pepper, to taste
1/4 c water

Grate the cheese in your food processor or hand grater.  Add remaining ingredients except water and mix.  Add water and combine.  Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Turn mixture out onto a buttered baking sheet and roll with a rolling pin, until even.  Cut into little rectangles or squares with a knife or pastry/pizza wheel.  Or you could cut out shapes with small cookie cutters. Sprinkle with sea salt, roll again with rolling pin and bake for about 10-14 minutes.  Or until desired color.  Enjoy when cooled.

Friday, January 14, 2011


Another "Living Doll"

I really like how this doll turned out.  I hope that you will too.  As soon as she has a name I will post it.

More "Living Dolls!"

Recently, two new dolls have joined Margaret and Aurelia.  The first one is Patricia. Here is a picture of Patricia.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Farmer's Market Apple Pie

This morning I made apple pie from apples that I purchased from the Farmer's Market in Montclair, NJ.  The pie is a recipe from Martha Stewart and here is the link:

I changed the crust a little.  Here is my adapted recipe for the crust:

3 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 sticks of cold butter
2 tablespoons sugar
4-5 teaspoons ice water
1 egg yolk
Pinch baking powder

Measure flour into a large mixing bowl.  Slice the cold butter into the flour.  Add the sugar and baking powder.  With two knives cut butter into the flour/sugar mixture until the butter is the size of peas.  Combine the ice water and egg yolk and drizzle over the mixture.  Mix with a spoon until it comes together in a shaggy mess.  Working quickly, press into a ball of dough, cut it in half, wrap one half in cling film and refrigerate.  With the other half, press into a glass pie plate covering the bottom and the sides.  Come up over the side of the pie plate about a half an inch.  Fill with apples, cinnamon, sugar, salt mixture. Place in the refrigerator.  Remove the other half of ball of dough and roll out between plastic wrap.  Cover the pie with the rolled out dough, take a knife and make a few slits in the top and sides of the pie crust.  You can brush with water and top with sugar.  Or brush with egg and cream.  Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F for one hour.  Check to see that the crust doesn't brown too much.  If it starts to get very brown, place some tin foil around those areas.  Remove, let cool and enjoy.