Today has been a beautiful day here in Floyd. Plenty of sunshine with a good breeze. Perfect for drying clothes on the line. I love to see clothes flapping in the wind. This means they will dry quickly and will be so soft.
I tried a new homemade coffee creamer today. It is Almond Coffee Creamer. I changed the recipe some to suit our tastes. 3/4 cup powdered sugar, 3/4 cup non-dairy coffee creamer, 3/4 cup powdered milk, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp almond extract. Put all ingredients into blender and blend well. I must admit I had some trouble getting it to blend together but I just keep on trying. I like almond extract in other things so I thought it would be worth trying. I do like it and think it would definitely be worth making again. I was wondering if I could use this same recipe with different extracts, peppermint for example. I’m not sure how the cinnamon would go with the peppermint though.
Our raspberries are getting ripe! YUMMY!!!! Black raspberries are one of my favorite fruits. We have a few vines we have been working on getting established and it looks like this year we might get enough to make a cobbler at least. (if we can keep the birds out of them)
Yesterday was a nice day. We came back from church and cooked steak on the grill in honor of Dad’s day. Steak on the grill is Hubby’s favorite meal. We had fries with it, rolls and ice cream for dessert. Our pastor’s sermon was very good. It was of course directed mostly to the men in the church. He preached on Ezekiel 22:30. The verse says “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land but I found none.” He challenged our men to be the one that could stand in the gap. It was a very powerful message.
Temperature here this morning is wonderful. Low 60’s with a pretty strong wind. Great for drying clothes. I have one load ready to hang out and several more to go. The girls and I have many errands to run today plus piano lessons. I guess I better get busy. Enjoy your day and God bless.
We have a slight breeze here in Floyd today. Well, okay maybe more than a slight breeze but not a hard wind. Just perfect for drying clothes on the line. When the wind is blowing like this, the clothes are so soft when they get dry. We had a busy weekend but lots of fun. The girls and I went to Sam’s Club Saturday and picked up a few things. Before that we went to one of our local malls and walked around, just looking. This is something we never do, so that made it special. They have already started putting up their Christmas stuff. It was so much fun. Yesterday was church day. The pastors sermon was very good. He compared being a soldier in the Armed Forces with being a soldier in God’s army. He did a really good job. Last nights menu was soup, pinto beans, cornbread, tator tot casserole, cooked apples and carrot cake. Very good.
Today we are doing Grace’s birthday party. We are going over to our friends the Horns to celebrate. Vicki is making the cake and I am taking some homemade chicken noodle soup. We are all looking forward to a great day. I know I have said it before, but we are very blessed by the Lord to have the Horns in our life. We so appreciate their friendship.
Hubby took this picture from our dining room window. I think the dogwood is looking very pretty. Yesterday was a busy day. Remodeling always makes the whole house a mess, not just the area where you are working. Our house seemed to me to be very chaotic. The girls and I took some time before school to straighten up a little. Then we decided to take a morning walk. It would have made a good picture. Myself, Julie, Grace, our two dogs and one kitty cat. The little black cat, Moon, always loves to go on walks. She was very tired when we got back and had to take a long nap under the maple tree. Hubby got the first coat of mud on the drywall yesterday evening. It is starting to look more and more like a room now. Gets me excited thinking things will soon get back in order.
Today seems to be another beautiful day. Yesterday was very nice-sunshine, warm temperatures, breezy, a nice day for drying clothes outside. We made homemade doughnuts yesterday. They turned out okay, I guess. The girls and I did not care a lot for them, but Hubby thought they were good. He likes doughnuts much more than we do. I made the dough in my bread machine and then fried them. If I do them again, I think I will try baking them. A blogger friend of mine bakes hers and they like them better. I did discover though, the doughnut dough is excellent for making garlic bread sticks. The girls liked them better than the ones I did the other evening. The recipe I used is:
1 1/4 cups milk, 1 beaten egg, 1/4 cup shortening, 3 1/2 cups flour,1/4 cup sugar, 1 tsp. salt, 1 1/2 tsp. yeast. I put this in my bread machine in the order listed. Set it on dough cycle and let it work. I love that.
Today I think we will make some cookies-chocolate chip of course. They are the girls favorite-not mine. I am not much of a chocolate person. I know that goes against all nature-for a woman to not like chocolate- but I just don’t care a lot for it. Well, we better get started on our day. Take care and God bless.
I started first with fresh picked apples. I sliced them, and put them into the microwave for about 10 min. or until tender.
Next, I put the apples through my Roma sauce maker. A food mill will work too. Then I put the applesauce into a pan and put them in the oven. Sorry I forgot to get a picture of this step. You can put them on the stove to cook or cook them overnight in a crockpot. I use the oven method, but am thinking of trying the crockpot. Here is my recipe that I use. I got it from the Mennonite cookbook.
1 gal. applesauce, 6 3/4 cup brown sugar (this can be adjusted to taste), 1 cup apple cider or vinegar, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. allspice, 1/4 tsp. ground cloves. Mix ingredients together. If using oven, put into an oven safe pot, bake at 350 degrees for 3 hrs. stirring frequently. I stir mine about every 30 min. If using top of stove, cook on low for 1 1/2 hrs. stirring much more frequently as the stove top method is more likely to stick to the kettle. If using the crockpot method, put in the crockpot and cook overnight. Stirring only occasionally.
The result. Beautiful applebutter. I like this recipe much better than any other I have tried. I have used a recipe that called for cinnamon red hots. It makes the applebutter a red color. We prefer the dark brown color. This recipe is very friendly. You can purchase store bought applesauce, use the crockpot method and it requires very little effort to have delicious applebutter. You also can freeze this instead of canning it.
Temperature here this morning is rather chilly. Mid 40’s with clouds and rain. No fog yet. I guess I’ll be drying clothes inside today. Take care and God bless.