So happy, cozy time is here. Warm socks, fuzzy blankets, mug after mug of hot beverages ( tea & cocoa my two favorites ) And Baking… my daughter had the itch today. I made kale & onion meat loaf with fresh steamed potatoes from the garden. My little sweet heart wanted to make some bread with it, and got a little carried away. Next thing I know, she had made Soda bread with cranberries and dried cherries, two loaves of challah bread, and a loaf of ginger tea bread! Hey, I’m not complaining! Love all the cooking we can get done around here 😉
The air has been full of all the lovely smells that this time of the year brings. Cool, crisp and fresh. I was out in my robe early one morning, taking pictures of the garden in the mist of the morning. I though you might like seeing my garden at the end of the season.
Chicken pot pie with my favorite purple potatoes, and corn from my garden too 🙂
‘Fall, leaves, fall’Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night’s decay
Ushers in a drearier day.
-Emily Jane Brontë
“Just a note to let you know how much I am enjoying my outdoor cooking station. So far, I have successfully cooked a Beef Roast, potatoes, carrots, steaks, ect. I have even cooked breakfast with my cast iron. Best of all was my chili this past weekend. To top it off I was able to make the chili in a 100 year old bean pot.”
“Cozy is as cozy does!”
1 |ˈhōmē| (also homy)adjective ( homier , homiest )(of a place or surroundings) pleasantly comfortable and cozy.• unsophisticated; unpretentious : an idealized vision of traditional peasant life as simple and homey.
– Abby Jo
I need to take photos of the garden and other things, so I will be back with more.
Happy Summer to you all!
– Abby Jo
3 cups vinegar
6 cups water
8 tablespoons pickling salt
1/4 teaspoon alum
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke per jar
Heat vinegar, water, salt to a full boil. Pour over peeled garlic in pint jars. (I buy pre-peeled organic garlic at Costco in bags) Pour 1/2 teaspoon of liquid smoke per jar and process ten min. according to your canning manual.
If you don’t like the smoked flavor, add a little dill to the jars and omit liquid smoke.
Adapted from: The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen cookbook
¼ cup unsalted butter
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
½ cup milk
½ all purpose organic flour
2 tsp vanilla
1 teaspoon of grated lemon zest
Dash of salt
Maple syrup or powdered sugar with some lemon juice.
Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Place the butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a 9-inch pie plate .
Heat in the oven until the butter is melted about - 5 minutes. Remove from the oven, stir well
and mix in the apple slices. Return the to the oven and bake for 2 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the eggs, milk, flour and salt beat until frothy. Pour over the apple mixture.
Bake until the cake is puffed and set – 18 to 20 minutes.
I enjoyed digging in her cellar/basement; I found all kinds of goodies. I loved everything that was old and had a story. I still do, that’s why I love old simple recipes. They have stories and life in them. This oldie was my granny’s, she made the best pies! It’s simple and tasty. This really was a simple desert often used during the 30’s and 40’s.
½ c. cocoa
¼ cup cornstarch (or ½ c. all purpose flour)
3 egg yolks
1 ½ c. sugar
¼ tsp. salt
2 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix cocoa, cornstarch, beaten egg yolks; sugar and salt, then add milk gradually, while stirring in a pot over med-high heat on your stovetop. Cook until thick, beating it smooth. Cream pies take some time to thicken, so stir, and stir (10-15 min). Using a heavy bottom pan really helps. Just keep it up until it thickens add vanilla in after you take off the heat. Pour into a pre-baked pie shell. Put in the fridge to chill, add whipped cream if you like :0 Or use the left over egg whites for a meringue topping!
Some people asked in the comment if you need to bake or freeze it… No is the answer. It is a old fashioned pudding. It should be thick and all you need to do is chill it, but if you want to eat it warm by all means do!
* I don’t recommend using arrowroot powder as a substitute for corn starch or flour, it kind of makes it stringy and sticky. I had it as a gluten free option, but took it out, because I did not like the outcome.
Enjoy some old fashioned goodness!
1 large can of pumpkin or two small 15oz cans ( don’t be afraid to use some of your pumpkins from the garden)
3 cups of organic sugar ( 1 ½ organic sugar 1 ½ honey works too!)
1 cup of light olive oil or butter
4 ½ cups of unbleached flour (you can use whole wheat or go half white & half whole wheat. Whatever your heart wishes!)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
4 tsp. soda
Bake @ 350 for 1 hour
Makes 3 loaves of pumpkin bread.
Simple & Sweet.
Note: I always add toasted nuts and chocolate chips to the top, and slightly pat down before baking.
My Great Granny always made simple food, and boy was it good. She lived through the depression, and really new how to use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.