"Life is amazingly good when it's simple and amazingly simple when it's good." ~ Terri Guillemets

Monday, April 28, 2014

Buttermilk Biscuit Therapy


It's a storming out there. What to do when I can't be outside on a pretty day?
I stay in and head for the kitchen. And I make biscuits.
Buttermilk biscuits are my therapy when I can't be outside in the garden.
I enjoy making them, but most of all...I enjoy eating them.
Lots of butter and local honey. Yum!


I didn't have homemade biscuits growing up so making them from scratch was a complete mystery to me. But once I started, I can't imagine not having biscuits at our table.
And buttermilk biscuits are my favorite. They are easy to do and you can whip up a batch in no time.
I thought I'd share my recipe here. Enjoy. I'm going back to the kitchen to grab another biscuit.

OLD TIME BUTTERMILK BISCUITS

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Sift together dry ingredients into a large bowl. Cut butter into chunks and add to bowl. Use a pastry cutter until the butter is mixed and resembles course meal. Add the buttermilk and mix just until combined. This is important as you don't want to overwork it. I barely mix it with a large spoon and then use my hands to quickly shape it into a loose ball. I use floured parchment paper to put the dough onto and lightly pat it to the desired thickness (no more than an inch thick). I just eyeball the thickness. Use a round cutter to cut into biscuits. You'll have about 12 biscuits (give or take). I place my biscuits in a pan touching each other as I think they rise better that way. Bake for 12 minutes. 

Betcha can't eat just one!


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day

Everyday should be earth day, shouldn't it?
It's our home. We need to put time and effort into it.
At least take the time to appreciate it, right?
So that's what I'm doing today.
Playing in my garden and enjoying the fresh air.
It does my heart good.
I even took a soil sample to the county extension office for evaluation this morning.
Last year, my garden didn't do as well as it could have.
So this year, I'm starting right. The soil is mighty important in producing a good garden. 
So...whatcha doing this Earth Day? 
Maybe planting and playing in the dirt? 
Happy Earth Day to You!
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Birds Are Singing

The birds are singing their song of spring.
It was a wonderfully warm weekend with lots of work to do in the great outdoors.
I spent some time in the garden and got a Farmer Fran tan. You know...where you wear a t-shirt and have that tan line across the top of your arm. I do it every year. I must say though, this is probably the earliest in the year that I'm a wearing my Farmer Fran tan. I'm such a trend setter.

Well, all that must come to an end says Mother Nature. 
We do have a freeze warning for tonight and some snow for tomorrow.
The birds may stop singing and start screaming...
will winter ever end!?!

Stay warm and hopeful! I've got to find something to cover up my plants!

(:  The little cast iron love birds in the above photo are now available in my shop!  :)  
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