Monday, November 24, 2014

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

Nothing says comfort like a southern biscuit! Adding butter and jam on top make
them irresistible!! They are so fluffy and buttery. It's hard to just eat one. This is
my favorite biscuit recipe. I found the recipe on Southern. And i have
been making them ever since. I make a batch and put some in the freezer. They
freeze well for up to a month. These melt in your mouth!!  

     They are so buttery and moist.

    Preheat oven to 450  Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, or in food processor.

  Cut the butter into chunks and cut into the flour until it resembles course meal.

  If using a food processor, just pulse a few times until the consistency is achieved.

   Add the buttermilk and just mix until combined.

  If it appears on the dry side, add a bit more buttermilk. It should be very wet. Turn the dough onto
  a floured board. Gently, gently pat the dough out until it's about 1/2 inch thick. Fold the dough
  about five times, Gently press the dough down to 1 inch thick. Use a round cutter to cut into

   Place the biscuits on a cookie sheet - if you like soft sides, put them touching each other. If you
   like Crusty sides, put them about 1 inch apart - these will not rise as high as the biscuits put
  close together.


    Bake for 10 -12 minutes Do not over bake. Now i am going to sit down with a cup of coffee
    and enjoy my biscuit.

Total time 22 mins
Prep time 10 mins 
Cook time 12 mins

2 cups flour (all purpose)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, very cold
1 cup buttermilk (approx)

                                                                  Have a great day!!!

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Kitchen Cart Redo

I thought it was time to give the old chippy cart a nice clean look. I gave it a coat of white gloss paint.
A few coats!! When i bought it at a yard sale i really loved the old chippy look with the paint peeling
off. I still do love that look, but i wanted to clean it up!!! I think the white gloss paint does the trick.  
I like the nice clean look now!!

 I always have my bowls on here, but it's perfect to use as a dessert cart when guests are coming!!


  I also painted the wheels to give it a clean fresh look.



                                                           Have a great day!!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Pressure Cooker Recipe..Risotto

Seriously, they're not as scary as you think! I love using my pressure cooker. I can
have meals on the table in no time. I remember my mom using a pressure cooker, i
was always scared it was going to explode. They're quite and safe now. It's a great
addition in my kitchen. You end up with delicious moist food. You can have dinner
on the table so much quicker. I made butternut squash risotto. It's creamy and full
of flavor. This is a great autumn side dish.

What a beautiful side dish for Thanksgiving.

Place cubed squash and water in pressure cooker, securely lock the cooker's lid,
and set for 6 minutes on high. perform a quick release to release the cooker's pressure.
Drain the cooked squash and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Use a potato masher, heavy 
fork, or food processor to mash the squash.

 Meanwhile, with the cooker's lid off, heat oil and butter on high or brown, until
 melted and sizzling. Place the onion in the cooker, and saute until translucent,
 about 5 minutes. Stir in rice, and saute 1 additional minute.

   Add the mashed squash and remaining ingredients, except half-and-half. Securely
  lock the pressure cooker's lid and set for 6 minutes on high.

   Perform a quick release to release the cooker's pressure. Stir in half- and- half.

                                                  It's really not hard to do.
                                                  Prep time 20 min
                                                  Cook time 12 min

                                         You can have beautiful meals in no time at all!!!! 

  2 cups cubed butternut squash
  1 cup of water
 1 tablespoon olive oil
 1 tablespoon of butter
 1 small yellow onion, diced
 2 cups arborio rice
5 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup half- and- half
11/2 tablespoons light brown sugar
Salt to taste


                                           These are very special ingredients i add to my recipes!!!

                                                                          Have a great day!!
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

While I Was On The Hunt...I found The Hunt..

That's right while i was on the hunt at different garage sales i found the hunt!!! The fox hunt.
I have always loved pictures of the fox hunt. There is just something about the scene that i love.
I just imagine an old English countryside on a brisk fall morning out for a fox hunt. While at
a neighborhood garage sale i found four prints of the hunt. I loved them right away. I knew
if i painted the gold frames black they would be perfect for my office. I had to change things
around, but i like these much better in the office. The other pictures are moved to my hallway.
Soon i am going to put some bookshelves up in the office with all my old books. 

   I love old books. I found a lot of them at antique shop that i always visit. She sells them two 
   for a dollar!!! Can you believe it!!! They are really old too.

 I found the old magnifying glass at an estate sale. The home belonged to a doctor.

  The old metal lamp came from another estate sale. It has a beautiful very old delicate
  paper shade.

    Love it!!

 I found this signed print at the thrift store several years ago. It's back home again.

      Before.... Paint does the trick.

   I fell in love with this spaniel that i bought at the thrift shop. The blue base didn't work
  for me so i spray painted the base. You may have to do some work on things you find at
 garage sales, but it's so worth it. 

                                                        Have a great day

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