Thursday, April 8, 2021

Spring Chickens And Daffodils II

Have you ever seen white daffodils? For over 17 years, these beauties have bloomed as a sign that winter is finally over and it is time to get out of the house for the pleasant weather and sunshine days. . .

I have numerous daffodils planted all over the farmstead, but these are my favorites because until this year the "cup" was yellow and the petals white. . .What a surprise when March came and they were ALL white! . . .Of course, they fit in well with the farmhouse decor. . .but what happened to the yellow? . .Does anyone know? . .Something missing in the soil, maybe? . .I need some info! 

 Actually, I do like them a lot. . .It's a change. . .

These were saved from the unusual freeze we had a couple of weeks ago. . .I wasn't home at the time but John knew how much I loved them, so he cut a canning jar full. . .I was certainly thrilled to see them. . .

You are probably wondering what all this has to do with chickens? . .Well. . .I posted a story several years ago that is as true today as then. . .About spring bringing not only daffodils but boxes of tiny chicks to my Grandmother's door. . .I knew when those little fluff balls arrived and the daffodils were blooming outside that spring had arrived. . .

SPRING CHICKENS AND DAFFODILS

I think of it every year. . .and hope you'll enjoy the story again. . .

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Eggless Chocolate Pecan Raisin Tomato Bread

Tomatoes in a sweet quick bread? Well...it is actually tomato soup. . .I have to be honest with you. . .When I originally found the recipe in one of my 1930s cookbooks, I wasn't quite sure of it. . .No eggs and tomato soup? What a combination!. . .As they say, though, "Don't knock it until you have tried it.". . .If you like spiced quick breads, you'll love this. . .

I was inspired to pull out the recipe and bake several yesterday when I was purging almost out-of-date canned goods that had gotten pushed to the back of the cabinet. . .Lately I have been doing a lot of clean-outs all over the house. . .It's been spring cleaning on steroids. . .When I found four cans of tomato soup, I decided to make bread. . .I know that it freezes well and will be a great treat for John during the summer. . .

 

EGGLESS CHOCOLATE PECAN RAISIN TOMATO BREAD

1 can tomato soup

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 cup sugar

2 1/2 cups flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons cocoa powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cloves 

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1/4-1/2 package raisins

 1 level teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water

1/2 cup chopped pecans

 Mix by hand the tomato soup, oil, and sugar until sugar is dissolved.

In a separate bowl, sift all dry ingredients together and add raisins.

Combine the tomato soup mixture with the dry ingredients.

 Stir in baking soda and water mixture. Do not over mix.

Pour into a greased loaf pan.

Sprinkle with chopped pecans, pushing them slightly into the batter.

Bake at 325 degrees until done.

Top with glaze while still warm.

GLAZE

1 cup confectioner's sugar

3 tablespoons lemon juice

SPOILER ALERT: 

This bread is so moist and delicious that you can't eat just one slice. . .(smile)

ENJOY!


Sunday, February 7, 2021

Gone To The Farm

It was sometime in the late 1990s that I had a huge task in front of me. . .We had just bought a 1910 Craftsman-style home in a small town in Arkansas. . .It had three floors, the third being a large room attic. . .And it was full. . .Full of old photos, papers, broken furniture, books. . .all the things a family had accumulated for at least 80 years. . .

It fell upon me to clear it all out. . .

While I did find many 'keepers'. . .I think my favorite was this simple note from one of the mothers who had raised their children in the huge old house. . ."Gone To The Farm. . .Ma". . .

I became attached to that note. . .and carried it with me over the years as my job opportunities took me to other states. . .Never realizing. . .nor desiring. . .that I would be returning to the farm one day. . .It was almost as if the note looked into my future. . .and knew what was to be.

So here we are today. . ."Gone to our own farm". . .and the note remains in my treasures. . .I am so thankful that we have been safe down on the farm during these days of the virus and lock-downs. . .It has become a haven and an even greater delight for us. 

One never knows when the smallest thing can become such a blessed one. . .



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