Weekend Baking

I didn't do quite as much knitting as I would like over the weekend. It was my first Mother's Day without my Mom, and knitting gave me too much time to sit and think and feel sad. Instead I spent some time baking to keep myself busy. I made a batch of cranberry scones, and... Continue Reading →

Caraway Soda Bread

One of my favorite St. Patrick's Day foods is soda bread. Since I can't do much else to celebrate this year, I figured I would try to make some soda bread for myself. I baked this up on Saturday, and it was so delicious that it was gone by the end of the weekend. I'm... Continue Reading →

Cranberry Scones

On Saturday I decided to give this recipe for scones a try. It came highly recommended, and it was incredibly simple. As promised, the ingredients came together in about the time it took for my oven to come up to temperature. My only complaint is that they are almost too light and fluffy for scones,... Continue Reading →

Homemade Pretzels

I have a lot of sweater progress to share, but that's just going to have to wait a bit. One of my friends mentioned on Friday that she was planning to make pretzels for the Super Bowl, and I decided that I needed to try too. They were a bit of a pain and we... Continue Reading →

Lemon Apricot Cake

My grandmother was a prolific baker. When I was growing up it seemed like there was always cake at her house when I visited. Her signature cake was a hot milk cake with homemade chocolate fudge icing, but my favorite was always her lemon apricot cake. She made me one for my birthday every year... Continue Reading →

Krusciki Day

The Saturday before xmas is traditionally krusciki day in my house. These are a Polish fried dough treat that my family has always made around the holidays. This year I swore I was not going to make them, because they are so closely associated with my Mom, and my heart just couldn't handle having them... Continue Reading →

Garden Experiment update

It has been a few weeks since I gave a garden update. This photo was taken just before the tropical storm rolled through my area. The plants all got moved to safer locations and seem to be recovering just fine. The squash plant has been producing really well. We're at the point where we have... Continue Reading →

Yummy dinner

Sure, I worked on my hat a little tonight too, but I got tired of posting photos when I only get a row or two done at a time. Instead you can see my very yummy dinner, roast pork loin with rice and carrots.

So much cake

An entire shelf of my fridge is full of cake for tomorrow. I actually baked the cakes over the weekend. Today I made the frosting and finished everything. There's some leftover frosting in the coolwhip tub. We'll probably put that on every dessert for the rest of the year...

A Roast

Even though we've had our Instant Pot for about a year, this is the first time I've actually cooked a roast in it. Usually we would use the slow cooker for this. The pressure cooker worked perfectly though, and it was done in about an hour instead of taking all day. A bonus of using... Continue Reading →

Krusciki

Today was our annual krusciki day. They are Polish fried bow-ties from a recipe handed down to me from my mom. I think they are traditionally served at easter time, but we always had them at xmas in my family. It took about 6 hours from pre-cleaning through the final clean up afterwards. We ended... Continue Reading →

Pizza from scratch

I was exhausted after work today and almost didn't bother making pizza. I'm glad I didn't give up. When life gets you down, make delicious pizza. I've definitely been improving with every attempt, too. Although I didn't exactly get a perfectly round shape this time, it did taste delicious. The crust was crispier and the... Continue Reading →

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