Wednesday, January 28, 2015
I crave so much for time with Mother Nature. Her land is so beautiful, even in winter, even when it rains, and even when I am having a bad day. I am always hoping I would find one of her beautiful creatures, like a fawn or a kit, here in the woods. And when if I do come upon one, I would only adore from a distance. I had no luck with beautiful creatures, only what drops behind them. Until then, my partner and I will wander in other parts of what Mother Nature has to offer us. I love her land so much!
Monday, January 26, 2015
thinking aloud - - -
yep. . . that's life lately for me. how about you??
Sunday, January 25, 2015
I’ve kind of been on a baking roll. Last week, I decided that I should bake some banana almond muffins and blueberry muffins. For the banana muffins, I followed a previous recipe, but made muffins instead of bread. And here is the Blueberry Muffin recipe:
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flower
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons fine salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for the topping the muffins
2 large eggs, at room temp
1/2 cup whole milk
1 ½ cups fresh blueberries, rinsed and dried
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Brush muffin tin with butter and set aside. In most cases, I always use paper cup/liners for my muffins/cupcakes for less cleaning.
In a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and salt then set aside.
In a large bowl, with a mixer, mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, one at a time, mix after each egg is added.
With a rubber spatula, fold the flour mix in 3 parts into the butter/sugar/egg mixture, alternating the milk in 2 parts until combined. (I did flour, milk, flour, milk, flour).
Fold in blueberries.
Pour the batter evenly into muffin tin and sprinkle sugar on the top.
Bake for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
Cool muffin on rack.
Enjoy muffins with coffee or orange juice (or whatever drink you like).
Have you been baking lately?? If so, what have you been baking??
Friday, January 23, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Minnesotans were so happy to see the blue sky on Sunday (01.18.2015). At least, I know I was happy to see some blue in the sky. Our winters can be long and dark, but days like this, we really live for!
Is it me, or is this winter just so gloomy? It brings a good mood to my pictures, but c’mon, we've had too many consecutive cloudy days. The flip side to the gloom, we do not have three feet of snow! I just hope we do not get a big dump come February! My gosh!
I am embracing the fact that I’m a Minnesotan. Our winters can bring be long, but I have to make the best out of it. When the sun is out, I’ll make attempts to explore some of my favorite places in its winter stage. It’s not as bad as it seems unless it’s -35F with wind chills. In that case, I can make a date with a movie, coffee, and some snacks. =)
We are half way there, Minnesota. We can do this!