Sunday, June 27, 2010
It's about making them feel comfortable."
The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
Lots of from scratch baking and cooking have been keeping me busy in the kitchen. So busy a homemaker have I been, as to not have been very diligent in keeping notes on it all!
The kitchen is being prepped (cleaning, organizing, stocking and so on) for canning --- my first real season of it. I shan't pretend to not have a level of intimidation at even starting but start, I must.
The lovely harvest is graduating from a first cucumber and growing zucchini to hands full and finally, shirts are being filled and we will next need a basket. Each morning, we are amazed and delighted (yes, delighted) over a new gift and God's goodness astounds us without fail.
Hopefully, I will be a wise manager of time and some journaling will be accomplished of the canning process. I am starting out with cucumber pickles, zucchini pickles and maybe a relish or two. My goal is to have no waste from the bounty heaven blesses this humble spot of earth with.
This morning, I got up at 5:00 am ---praise God for my recent return for early risings --- and got a few things done in the quiet glow of getting up before everyone. It even afforded me time to stir together some luscious muffins to make for my family to wake with. Smiles. . . they were a welcomed gift and so 'just right' for a before church eat.
Here they are and I will try to share more from my wrick wrack work as I go!
I just love what the man wrote with this recipe:
Buttermilk Oatmeal Muffins
Submitted By: Robert Luebke
"These delicious muffins were a significant part of the first dinner I had with my wife when we were courting. She's an excellent cook, and that first meal was truly a gourmet's delight. Now whenever she plans a menu and asks for my suggestions, I make sure these muffins are on it."
-Robert Luebke, Appleton, Wisconsin
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1. In a bowl, soak oats in buttermilk for 15 minutes. Stir in egg, sugar and oil. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir into oat mixture just until moistened. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 400 degrees F for 16-18 minutes or until muffins test done. Cool in pan 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
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