Monthly Archives: March 2011

Recipe: Cheddar Biscuits


I made these up for dinner last night. Ellie ate FOUR so I felt like I needed to share right away.


Leftovers for breakfast.

Cheddar Biscuits
Makes about a dozen.
Preheat your oven to 425.

1 c. all-purpose flour
1 heaping t. baking powder
1/4 t. garlic salt (don’t be a hater, garlic salt has a purpose)
1 T. sugar (trust me)

Put the above in a bowl and mix well. Cut in

1/4 c. butter (or whatever – I used organic butter because I had it)


1/2 c. shredded cheddar (I used Cabot Extra Sharp)

and toss well. Stir in

1/2 c. + 2 T. milk (I used organic 2%)

Your dough will be wet – don’t panic it’s a drop biscuit. Scoop it out in rounded tablespoons onto a parchment lined baking pan (or a cookie sheet you trust although there is enough butter in these that you should be OK) and pop them in the oven for about 15 minutes. Watch for golden brown and delicious to emerge.

Eat up!

Note: I think a little melted butter brushed on top would only improve them, but they certainly don’t need anything else to be yummers.

Sunday is for Treasuries: Yard Work

‘Yard Work’ by yarnmiracle

Today I will lead you into battle against the blackberries. It’s us or them.

















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Sunday is for Treasuries: Honey in My Tea

‘I’ll Take Honey in My Tea’ by yarnmiracle


















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Heavenly days, y’all.

I’m getting Ellie’s cold. I can feel it.

The pile of tissues next to my computer proves it.

I’m going to make the kid start wearing gloves and a mask in public.

pink play kitchen

Pink kitchen, pink vase, white birds.

We rearranged a little bit before Christmas and moved Ellie’s little pink kitchen, her ‘pantry’ and her table and chairs to her room. This instantly transformed it from a baby’s room to a little girl’s room (boo hoo hoo). It’s really cute in there and I am thinking of moving in. We should probably take some pictures, but that will require me to neaten and get out the umbrella lamp (it is DARK on the back of the house).

In case you are having a hard time seeing it, I took the vase outside and created a tableau. We found out that C.C. put it in the swap box (Ellie says “Nank you!”) for us! I’m not sure a piece of glass has ever had so much love.

hot pink elephant

Still Life with Magenta Elephant. They match!

My home has never had so much pink.

Time to blow my nose and make a cup of tea with lots of honey.

Sunday is for Treasuries: If the Shoe Fits

‘If the Shoe Fits’ by yarnmiracle

Bet you can’t guess what we watched this afternoon.

















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Recipe: Tomato Soup

Every time I make tomato soup, I wonder if I have shared the recipe with you. So I use the little Google thing over there on the right and I search to see. I will search no more! Dust off your immersion blender, here’s a little comfort food on a day when a lot of people could use a little comfort.

soup's on

Tomato, tomahto. They both taste good.

Tomato Soup

3 T. Earth Balance (or butter – Organic Valley is the best I’ve ever had)
1/2 c. chopped onion (about half an onion)

Toss both of these into a pot and cook until the onion is tender. Turn the heat to low and add

3 T. of flour (all purpose)

Stir until it’s smooth. Well, as smooth as it can be with all the onion in it. Slowly stir in

1 c. vegetable broth (canned or in a box, unless you are more awesome than I am)

Then add the rest of your ingredients

1 28oz can whole tomatoes
3 T. tomato paste (I use half of one of those little cans and freeze the other half for next time)
1 1/2 t. dried parsley
1 T. sugar
1 t. salt
1/2 t. dried basil
1/4 t. pepper
1 bay leaf (just pull one off the tree outside the den door…you don’t have a bay tree? Dried will do.)

Give it a good stir and bring it to a boil. Then add the lid, reduce the heat and simmer for about half an hour.

Now for the fun: puree it. An immersion blender is easiest, but you can also use a regular old blender if you cool it a little bit first. And vent the top. And don’t let it sit with the top on for too long.

Otherwise you have to clean up the counter.

Into the bowls! You can add croutons, a little bit of cheese or some fresh parsley and eat it all up with a side of crusty bread.

Sunday is for Treasuries: Throw me Something, Mister!

‘Throw me something, Mister!’ by yarnmiracle

Any of these will do.Careful with the bookends, though, I don’t need a concussion.

















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