Archive for March, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I must apologize for my absence.  It was not deliberate or for lack of interest merely a series of distractions, hiccups along the road of life.   The realization that life might have been better before the invitation granted to ‘the computer’ to enter my home has become crystal clear while I set up yet a another computer.  I’ve spent the last few days installing, transferring data, software etc.  My former 9 yr old PC has become a tired decrepit tool that I was dragging out each day, rather like the albatross, while forcing it to function.  It was time to let it drift off on the iceberg for a respectful demise.

I don’t yet have photo editing on the new computer, hence I am unable to improve my photos.  Eh, the stress of it all.   And to think I actually had a small darkroom years ago where I dabbled in film developing & printing.  Fingers in the chemicals, the smells hung in the air along with the wet photo paper fresh from the fixer bath clipped onto a line stretched across the wall.   That was truly fun.

behold the bpx

behold the box

I am in the midst of finding new desktop printing software, weighing the merits of owning the ability of PDF creation, my former software is not compatible, photo editing tools, to WORD or not to WORD, a WORD by any other name be as sweet?  The transition from one OS to another on top of the computer shift.  I love wasting time in front of the screen as opposed to tapping into my creativity on my worktable or bakery counter.  Yes, I will be glad when both computers are not humming though my old computer is rather loud, I think the fan is going.   My new computer is so quiet I forget it’s there.

I did, if you notice, brighten up the blog, forced it to bloom into spring, and have given my cat, Rufus, a prominent spot.  I’ll have more to say on him and other cats in the future!

Prior to the computer interlude I was playing around with a ‘Jammie Cake’ project.  I am up-cycling materials from the bakery and should have more to reveal at a later date, as you may wonder if I have indeed spent too much time at the PC and have tossed my wits, gazing on this photo.

upcycling bakery disposables

up-cycling bakery disposables

So no food here in this post.  The snow stopped falling around 7 pm.  We gained almost 6″ of the white blanket.   Tomorrow the sun will shine down on it and it will be lost into the ground.  Good for the garden and the water supply!

So until next time we meet, maybe eat .. Mangia!  Enjoy family, life and food ….. snow and computers!  HAH!




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Sunday March 9
What am I doing with the 3 odd wads of dough, I asked on the bakery Facebook page???
3 dough remnants
Blended doughs
Blended doughs
I finished up baking for a few orders today and decided to ‘play’ with some of the left over dough.  There were  small lumps of basic sugar cookie , cocoa sugar cookie and gingerbread doughs remaining from the day’s baking.  Rather than form each into disks for me to eat ( baker benefits) I began to blend the doughs then roll them out and realized a camouflage look was materializing before my eyes.   What would I do with camouflage cookie dough!  Why would I camouflage a cookie?? !!
We love to send our sweet treats in Cookie Care Packages to our deployed military members and I have wanted to make a cookie that  loosely looks military, to add to our ‘military’ collection of cookies.  Presently we offer the USA Jammie heart, it resembles a flag within the heart and features blueberry as well as strawberry jams.
I think I’m pleased.    All natural, no preservatives or food coloring, just a pure sweet treat with lots of love for our Guys and Gals far from home.

cami jams 004

cami jams 007

ready for the oven

cami jams 010In honor of George Washington this jammie has Cherry Jam between the ‘camo’ layers .  I figured I could check off the American and Military boxes with that yummy jam snuggled in.
I’ll add them into the bakery Etsy shop in the Military Care Package Section.
Warning:  Strictly for eating do not try to camouflage yourself with these sugary delights!
So did you think that was what I was doing on this  3 dough night?
Until we next eat, ah meet.  Mangia!

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Sunday March 2
You all have experienced the satisfaction of eating a healthy meal, finishing up not too full, with plenty of room to breathe and happily ponder the evening ?   Yes, well I was there but then I deviated to sweet thoughts and decided to whip up a small batch of cookies.     My desire, my decision, my indulgence.   There were no cookies to pilfer from the bakery frig.     So what do I do?  I crank out a batch of cookies I know my husband will like.  Is this move to deflect or stem the tide of guilt from myself, me the one who really wanted the cookies?  Perhaps.  Then to make myself feel even better I make the cookies on the healthy side, less white flour and butter.  Nothing against either, mind you.  After all, I am the baker, the maker of all things pure, rich and refined.
Cereal: ground ready to add

Cereal: ground ready to add

chocolate chip oatmeal and basic oatmeal

chocolate chip oatmeal and basic oatmeal

I did mention I had a healthy meal, so I began by using  half the butter,  spooned in coconut oil and a splash of olive oil.  I then ground up one of our  favorite cereals, a nutritious multi grain Crisp type.  Added about 1/3 cup to the whirling cookie dough, along with oats.    Have I ruined your appetite yet?   Heh, well I have made variations of this concoction before and the results are astoundingly good.   I still use sugar!
So half the batch is plain oatmeal and half has mini chocolate chips.   Simple not exotic, quick but healthy.  I’m sure you know which 1/2 is for me!
Here’s the recipe if you dare!
Multi Grain Oatmeal Cookies chips on the side so to speak
4 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp coconut oil, 
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup ground multi grain cereal, your choice  
1/3 cup unbleached flour
1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt
1 2/3 cup oats, rolled or quick
1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 semi sweet chocolate chips

Cream butter, oils and sugars.  Add egg, vanilla, then flour, ground 
cereal, baking soda & salt, spices.  Toss in oats. You may wish to add 
dried fruit, raisins,cranberries, cherries, etc. I usually do but 
opted out this time.  You may need to add a splash or 2 of water 
depending on the dryness of your cereal choice.  Dough should be moist 
but not sticky.  Using a cookie scoop or spoon place approximately 
2 Tbsp for each cookie, as many as you'd like for plain oatmeal cookies, 
if you are splitting the dough, then throw in chocolate chips 
(nuts too, if you wish) form up the rest of the dough.

Bake @ 350º for 8 - 10 minutes.  Cool.
Yes!  Everyone is happy!           Until next time we eat, meet! Mangia.

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