Sunday, March 16, 2008

Irish Soda Bread Cookies

A nice twist on the traditional Irish Soda Bread that everyone makes for St. Patrick's Day - and since the ingredients are basically the same there are always a few loaves of soda bread made as well - and I STILL have leftover buttermilk!



Crumbly mess before adding the buttermilk....



I always manage to coat my kitchen in flour....



I think the holiday should be re-named St. Peeptrick's Day!





Irish Soda Bread Cookies

2 Cups All Purpose Flour
3/4 Cup White Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Paking Soda
1/2 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Currants
1/4 Cup Buttermilk
1 Egg
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Caraway Seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. With a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sitr in currants.

Mix in beaten egg. Pour in milk and mix with a fork to make a soft dough (you may need to add a little more milk).

On a floured surface, shape dough into a ball and knead lightly 5 or 6 times. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut into squares and triangles using a knife (approximately 2 inches in diameter).

Bake for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned.

(personally I like to overbake these just a tiny bit for a crispier texture.)

Monday, March 10, 2008

My personal version of "Design on a Dime"

A $10 rummage sale table needed some TLC. Two screws in the base and the table was solid, but the table top - silly me thinking scratch coat could fix that.





Well, I didn't want to strip and sand the table top so I got out my trusty crochet hook and ball of string and went to work....





A bit larger than the table, but the flaws of the top are covered - crystal beads attached to the points of the doily and now it looks like I meant the edges to hang over - cost of doily less than $3.00 and 2 weeks of American Idol and Project Runway.



I was feeling the need to build an ark.....

Another wicked rainstorm flooded the area behind my home turning it into a raging river -





A Pre-Valentine Snow Day

A day that started with snow and turned to vicious rain - Figured since I was working from home that there was no reason to make some festive cupcakes to take to the office for Valentine's Day - and yes, the Christmas china FINALLY has been put away! I never have much luck with cupcakes, but these looked good and tasted pretty yummy....