Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lemon bar recipe and more.......

I made some whole wheat bread yesterday and then discovered it doesn't rise like white flour so I will adjust my recipe next time
I figured out how to knit "inside-out" and "inside right" thanks to some Ravelry friends and switch between the 2 without any damage....Woo Hoo!
I'm walking daily again and lo and behold I'm in better shape than the girls!  Nitty and Annie are just wiped when we get back and start slowing down and panting.  But then again, while I've been working around the house they've just been cat napping all winter so I guess it's to be expected.  They're "floor potatoes". 
This tree was just glowing in the woods.....it actually looked like someone had strung lights on it

It was the bright green buds with the sun hitting them....Mother Nature's way of  decorating for Spring
Some other trees/bushes have blossomed and smell so good.....I'm not sure what this is but maybe a spirea?  Does anyone know?  Connie, you're the plant expert.....you be the judge.
Lots of other Spring flowers are popping up too....these are all wild in the woods.

We have lots of moss here too which I love and it is coming back to life.....
this is just one type
i had to put in a dogwood picture as they won't be here forever and they are just filling up the woods with their white light.......
Here's the recipe for the lemon bars from Mary Emmerling's American Country Cooking cookbook from back when I was a young mother...sometimes it seems like yesterday and other times it seems like that must have been someone else's life.  Enjoy!

Tart Lemon Squares (Carol Bade from the Texas Hill Country)

6 tablespoons or 3/4 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons (3 T is for later) all-purpose flour
3 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
grated rind of 1/2 a lemon
confectioners' sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a  food processor or with an electric mixer, cream the butter, confectioners' sugar, and 1 cup of the flour.
Gently pat the dough into a 9-inch square baking pan.  Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
Meanwhile, in a bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Mix together the granulated sugar and the remaining 3 tablespoons of flour and add them to the eggs.  Stir in the lemon juice and lemon rind.
When the crust has baked for 15 minutes, remove the pan from the oven and pour the lemon mixture on top.  Bake for 15 or 20 minutes, or until the mixture appears firm. 
Remove the pan to a wire rack and dust lightly while still hot with confectioners' sugar.  Use a spatula to loosen the edges from the sides of the  pan and allow to cool to room temperature.  Cut into 1 1/2 inch squares and serve.   Makes 3 dozen.

Okay, Carol might have been drinking when she gave that recipe to Mary because first of all 1 1/2 inches is more like the size of a piece of candy.....I get 9 bars and sometimes go back for a second one.  Also, I always doubled this recipe because I had a big family and I used a 9 inch by 13 inch pan and that worked but for some reason the 9 inch pan makes the lemon filling a little sparse, I think.   I'm doubling the filling next time so I can have as much "lemony goodness" as possible...I'm just sayin'.  Try it and see what you think.....it is the most requested dessert of my family when they come to visit and even when they don't. LOL! 

Happy Trails!

Monday, April 21, 2014

YOP Monday

I know...it's supposed to be YOP Sunday but I am behind per usual...and after my "too many pictures blog" on Friday, I am keeping this short and sweet.  Aren't you glad?


 The sock is coming along but that is the inside of it.  I don't remember this from before but that's because I made the cuff and then the body of the sock on circulars?  It looks good inside but one of my big mistakes last time was that I casually turned it so it was right side out and that is how I messed up because naturally then my knit stitches were backwards.......knitting is so much like life, you are constantly learning.  Some of the biggest lessons come when you actually think you know what you're doing.

 I was trying to take a picture of another project but Grace was just sure I was there to take her picture....so I did.
This is a new wash cloth pattern which I need to measure and it has an edging that needs to go around it.  I'm not sure what this stitch is called but I really like it.  I have a printed off pattern but I'll see if I can find it on Ravelry. 
Easter here was quiet and gorgeous but I changed sheets, did laundry and ironed and took calls from the family which was nice.  I fixed ham salad and some lemon bars........
An old favorite cookbook I've had since my children were small and I still love it.  The lemon bar recipe comes from this cookbook. 
And what a nice Easter surprise........I got hands and nose on some lilacs which I adore.
I hope you all had a nice Easter and Passover.  
Happy Trails!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Great Friday...........

This is the most beautiful Good Friday I remember....74 degrees F, blue skies with clouds floating by, a soft breeze and everything in bloom.....come on...we'll go for a walk together.........
 heading out down our street.....


 the woods are full of dogwoods blooming and it almost looks like fog in the distance...
 the red buds are blooming too........


 everything is budding out....

 something is or was living here probably for the winter...........

 the squirrels do a great job of landscaping throughout the woods...........see the bulbs growing there....
 some nice landscaping rocks but they  might be a bit heavy for me..........
 the woods are ethereal looking...I expect a leprechaun or fairy to step out from behind a tree at any moment........

 starting back home  now......









 the girls were so excited to have some new and interesting smells for a change.......
 getting closer to home ...........
 we're all getting a little tuckered out...it was a long walk...
 almost there..............

 cross this street...........look both ways!

 our house is around the bend down there.........





 our house is right where that curve in the road is.....thanks for taking a walk with us.  I hope we didn't tire you out too much.  We're bushed but it was a gorgeous day and a beautiful walk.
Happy Trails......literally!