Farmer Fannie

Family, Food, and Farm.

The rumors are true. I don’t know what else to say. The birds are obsessed with my window and I am obsessed with the birds. But they are driving me BATTY.

 Real Problems

Here is what is going on: we have a large window with a reflective tint on it. Clearly, they are either seeing themselves and can’t get over it(don’t blame them) or they think they have found a new friend (lol that looks just like them!). Either way, these birds are throwing themselves against the window all day long. Here is what they do: they dive into it, then tap on it, then sit on the ledge, fly back, then the other one flies into the window, taps a couple of times, then sits on the ledge, and flies back to tap in the next guy. It’s a lot of tapping on windows. Therefore, I am a crazy bird lady.

Confession: I’m totally obsessed with their beauty. They are striking and purposely graceful. They are fierce and productive. They take their bird job seriously– look at their faces!

(Above) this is a female cardinal stopping mid-air (because she can) and landing on the window ledge. That is her VERY handsome husband who I feel like is NOT so in charge. He’s letting the boss lady figure it out. Good technique bro.

 

Look at the flight on this guy. Truly can’t believe I got pics of them in action. Striking.

 

They say when you see a cardinal it’s a sign of prior life contacting you. If that’s true and a prior life is contacting me by throwing themselves against the window that definitely freaks me out. I mean really they could just do something bird-like, you know, eat birdseed or build a nest. I’d still get the sign without the weirdness. Well, maybe not cause I still don’t get what sign they are supposed to be giving me now. Gosh…I guess it is necessary. They probably think I’m the dumbest human ever. What do they want?!!! ugh.

He scares me a little. So fierce.

Whatever they want or are trying to say, I am overjoyed in their beauty and magnificence.

Sincerely,

Freaked-out Frannie

I don’t know one person out there that wouldn’t use an easy dinner. Even in quarantine somehow our lives still become consumed with something. So here is an easy dump casserole that can totally be as last minute as you want. Plus! An easy clean-up.

Dump (I really don’t like this word) cans of chopped tomatoes, black beans, and corn. Combine with garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, red pepper and MOST importantly the TOMATO BOUILLON. Disclosure: this tomato bouillon may change your life. I use this for almost all Mexican food but most importantly Mexican red rice. TO. DIE. FOR.

Start layering like a lasagne. Start with the corn mix, add chicken, add cheese. Top that with tortillas and start again. Corn mix, chicken, cheese and tortillas.

Finish it off with cheese and ta-dah!!

Dish it out and fancy with some onion, sour cream, cilantro, or lettuce. Easy-peasy.

Hope you enjoy!!

Fannie two-shoes

Taco-(La)sagne

easy weeknight cassorole
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 7 people

Equipment

  • mixing bowl
  • lasagne dish or 18"x12" pan

Ingredients
  

  • 28 oz. diced tomatoes with juice
  • 29 oz. can of corn drained
  • 15 oz. black beans drained
  • 1 tbsp. tomato bouillon
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbl. garlic powder
  • dash red pepper
  • 8 tortillas
  • 1 lb. cheddar cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven for 375 degrees
    In a mixing bowl dump tomatoes, corn, beans. Add spices- bouillon, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, and red pepper. Mix well.
  • Just like you would with lasagne, place 1/3 of the mix on the bottom of the pan, add 1/3 of the cheese and place tortillas on top. Then the second 1/3 of the mix, top with cheese, then tortillas. For the last layer put the rest of the mix on top and place cheese on top.
  • Bake uncovered for 30-45 minutes. Sprinkle lettuce, onions, cilantro, or sour cream of choice. Enjoy!

I strongly believe that EVERYONE must try pound cake in their life. It really won’t be complete if you don’t. I love that it’s a dessert and a snack and bi-product of other desserts. Oh-la-la, so versatile!

This pound cake is simple and sweet with a cut of sour. The glaze makes it rich and the poppies give it texture. The best part is how easy the recipe is. I call these dump recipes. You dump your items, stir real good, and bake.

Gather all your ingredients. I like to get the zest out of the way first.

Mix up the cake mix, pudding granules, and shortening.

Blend your poppies, lemon juice, and eggs well.  I love to add zest to this too!

Such a beautiful color! Farm fresh eggs will help that yellow beam too. Pour into a pan and place in your preheated oven. It is done when the top is golden and you can run a knife through the center without batter.

Take this to a party, eat it for breakfast, or take it for a snack. It can be a happy place anyplace.

Fannie

 

Shortcut Lemon Poppyseed Pound Cake

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr

Equipment

  • 9"x5" bread pan
  • mixing bowl
  • mixer (optional)
  • whisk
  • silicone spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 1 package Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme cake mix
  • 1 package Lemon instant pudding
  • ½ cup shortening (preferred) or vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp poppyseeds
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • lemon zest (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour the bread pan well. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl whisk the cake mix and pudding powder. Mix in shortening, poppyseed, and water. Beat eggs and put in a little at a time to blend well. Pour in pan. Bake for 60 minutes or until a knife runs smoothly without batter on the knife through the center.

Lemon Icing

For topping bunt cakes or bread cakes
Total Time 10 mins

Equipment

  • whisk and bowl with hand blender
  • or stand mixer with the whisk attachment

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp whipping cream
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • zest of 3 lemons
  • 4 ripe lemons (lemon juice)

Instructions
 

  • In your bowl, whisk the whipping cream and sugar until slightly thick. Add lemon juice and zest. You are looking for a pancake batter consistency. Pour over cake. Enjoy!

 

Winter-hood.

I can’t even explain our winter. How could we even explain the past year? My head is still spinning. It will be times we look back on and think, remember when?! The whole ‘hood’ was winter!! What!

It was a time to make the most of what we had. Does anyone else wonder if life would have been better when it was less complicated? Like, maybe all I want to worry about is how to cook a blueberry pie on a wood-burning stove. Then I think, I like TV, I like my phone, I (would) like Botox and a sound system on my patio– with a blueberry pie, of course!! But, maybe these times aren’t so bad 🙃.

We may have been crazy cold but definitely got our frustrations out on each other with some hard snowballs. I may have thrown a couple screaming “and that was for breaking the 3rd lamp with your basketball!” 😆 ahhh good times.

So if you know our dogs, you’d know they do fall somewhere on the “spectrum” of special. Here they are sitting on a frozen pond — just chillin’. I love them so much. These dogs truly have a doggy-dog world they live in. They roam acres of forest where they pester animals of all sizes. In particular, they harassed a skunk and have smelt God awful for weeks. See–  special. We all have talents and troublemaking is theirs.

I couldn’t believe it became a winter wonderland.

And then the next day, it melted and all was fine!! Like it never happened. Luckily our soil is awfully thick clay and when the snow melts it just makes it softer for better gardening. Not to mention the mud pit it makes as well 😭😭😭. Mud– a mother’s nightmare.

Spring Preparations.

This is my personal “garbage” compost. Even if you live in the city, this can be done. You will see the difference in a garden that flourishes with little weeds rather than a garden that struggles and constantly needs weeding.

So now it’s time to dump the compost I’ve been accumulating all year and spread it over the garden. This year we added a thick layer of our friends’ pig compost. If you know anyone with animals, odds are they have an area they pile with animal waste just waiting for the opportunity for someone else to help them get rid of it. Especially if they don’t garden.  Humm…makes me think of the horse people. Give them a call!! I’m sure they’d love to give it to you. I cover up any grass or weeds coming through with compost if I have it, mulch, or clean cardboard boxes not needed. Nothing makes for a more difficult garden than weeds and ‘rand-o’ grass sprigs. Yuck!

 

 

The cold froze most of the seedlings I had going in my greenhouse. Some pre-germinated seeds sprouted after but for the most part, I had to reseed the rest of the greenhouse. And they are coming up nicely! Love the spring!!!

 

This is one of my favorite times of the year. These seeds are going wild. I can’t wait to put them outside. Some of my greenhouse secrets are GROW LIGHTS and MISTERS. Not like a hunky cute mister-Mr., yet PVC pipes that Kevin piped into it with misters attached. All I have to do every other day is turn my water on and make sure they are doing well. PREPARATION is key to an easy low-labor garden. All the hard work comes in the beginning, lightens up with routine and supportive preparation.

THIS IS the “LAVENDAR PROJECT”. This is what I am dreaming and hoping to be surrounding the house and land. A property full of lavender? YES, please!! A place of peace and tranquility?! A lavender farm!! OH MY!! Lord grant me the wisdom!! Keep it in your prayers.

Love to you all!

Fannie Fru-Fru

 

love. undefined.

This week was our 7th wedding anniversary! I have to say, it does not feel that long. Although we have gone through so many challenges, it has only made for growth and discovery of ourselves and our relationship. I love that our story has had so much growth and that we have been able to keep believing in each other. Relationships take so much work. Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s much more challenging. By challenging I mean stepping out of comfort zones, taking risks, but also taking a look at yourself. God has given us so much to live for every day, it can be easy to see all that is going wrong first (#firstworldproblems) rather than what is going right. It is important to keep in forethought WHY we do what we do. To keep INTENTION in mind always.

intention.

I certainly don’t know everything about marriage. I hope I will learn how to do this better forever until the day I die. But what I have learned so far is INTENTION and LIVING UNDEFINED is one of the biggest assets in our marriage. What does living undefined mean anyway? It means enjoying these BEST moments that we are given, with whomever we are given it with. Cut out the expectations and just enjoy the moment. I find it is easy to get hung up on what is irritating or not fulfilling. We can’t change someone else, but we can love them for who they are. Gosh, it’s really been about treating others like you would want to be treated. That’s all my 7 years of wisdom I have received so far, haha!

gratefulness is why.

This isn’t hard for me. It is easy to see I have the most loving, passionate, caring, smart husband. He is the hardest working person I know. He loves his family more than life itself. He is your “ride or die” friend and family, or in my case husband and father.  I never have to worry about feeling unsafe or any unknowns. He protects us well and wants the best for every person in our family, whether they are blood-related or not. He truly is unstoppable. I am so grateful for him. He is my reason “WHY”. God has given us so many gifts in our lives that really and TRULY it is our FAMILY that is our “WHY” we do what we do every day.

love gifts.

We all have our love language. One way I portray my love typically with food. Valentine’s day, anniversaries, daily, whenever it may be, food is a love I love to share. Below I have made some MINI chocolate cupcakes. They were such a hit and look pretty too. Check out the recipe to see how they are made!

Nothing hurts a cupcake more than being dry or crumbly. This calls for a soft and flavorful bite!

Roll out some fondant, make a favorite shape. It’s can really make the difference in deciding to have one or not.

You don’t have to always master a shape. Cheat and find some cookie cutters.

Pipe on the icing and VOILA! Maybe melt some chocolate and flick-it around with a whisk across the top to add some WOW. Either way, they are so pretty.

 

Chocolate Mini Cupcakes

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Servings 48 mini cupcakes

Equipment

  • Stand mixer or mixing bowl.
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven for 325 degrees. Whisk the first 4 ingredients in a mixing bowl. Put to the side.
  • In a stand mixer (or a different bowl if you don't have a stand mixer), blend butter and sugar together. Add eggs one at a time to mix well. Mix cream, vanilla, and sour cream together.
  • While adding wet ingredients, add dry ingredients a little at a time, mixing well.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick runs clean.

Vanilla Cupcake Icing

A little stiff, a little soft.
Total Time 15 mins

Equipment

  • Stand mixer with the whisk attachment.
  • Or, a mixer and medium sized bowl.

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cup whipping cream
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla
  • 6 drops red food coloring

Instructions
 

  • Add ingredients to your bowl. Whisk until desired stiffness.
  • Drizzle melted chocolate across the top or cut out some fondant shapes. Have fun!

Thanks for letting me share with you!

Lisa

 

Dream Catchers

I remember when I was little, going to a shop where they sold these beautiful and intricate handmade weaved hoops. Supposedly, if you put it above your bed, the evil spirits will be caught in its web, and then your nightmares will go away.  Of course, I bought one. I’m not sure if my bad dreams were filtered out, but what I didn’t realize is what REAL dreams –good dreams–were made of.  Dreams that are right there in the palm of my hand– in my everyday life.

Coffee

I met with a good friend of mine today at the coffee shop. Do you know what I love about some people? Sincerity, passion, love, and honesty. We are all capable of it, but do we choose to show it? Do you know what we did at the coffee shop? We sat around and discussed our dreams and passions.

How rare is it to find someone that you can share openly and talk about all those “silly” dreams we have? Rarely! In fact, I think sometimes we find those “crazy” dreams are not “realistic”. But really, what dream is actually realistic right now? NONE. No one can save the world in a day, but I can do a little something.

I have found the biggest problem is NOT pursuing what is in your heart. I truly feel that when we align ourselves with what we find our future to look like, the little things now are adding up to something greater.

Fear.

Fear tells us “you’re not good enough”. So, learn more until your confidant.

It tells us “somebody else does this better”. So yeah, there are a lot of people doing it, why can’t you bring your sense of uniqueness to the table?

Then fear tells us “What will people think of me?”. So….who cares? I hope you don’t let others’ opinions ruin what your heart seeks. Again, who cares what they think?

And now fear tells us “this could potentially be embarrassing”. Again, don’t let others’ voices or opinions ruin what could connect your destiny.

Take a risk. I guarantee you inspire someone else.

Something happened to me this week. I had a fellow former coworker text me after she had her baby. Several times prior when we worked together she came to me with aspirations to give birth to her first baby naturally, without an epidural. 2 out of 6 of my deliveries have been without medication.

I cannot speak higher to the matter. The (vaginal) deliveries I have had WITHOUT medication have been the most memorable and “easiest” to bounce back from. Don’t get me wrong, it was FREAKIN’ hard, but once I made it through I had more energy and clarity ever.

My point is… the former coworker said on the last day we saw each other, that her husband was NERVOUS about delivering without medications and that everyone she talked to said to NEVER even TRY to do it. I said, “What do you want to do? If that is what you want, then do it.  This is how I was able to deliver without meds and it worked.”

She texted me a couple of weeks after she delivered. She said, “you were the only one that believed I could do it. During labor, all I thought about was what you said– so I kept repeating it in my head. Lisa, I did it naturally, without medications!! In fact, I had severe complications that my doctor said that if I had NOT done it naturally, things may not have gone as well.” I was moved. I had NOOOOO idea of the impact that conversation had on her.

Honestly, my intentions were not to sway her but to encourage what her gut was telling her. There was a risk in guiding her to NOT take the “easier way”. Your gut knows!!

So if…

…you could catch something bad or wrong in your dream catcher– what would you catch?

…fear didn’t hold you back– what would be different?

…you realized what you say is powerful– then how would you talk differently?

It’s been an eye-opener to realize how easily others around us are impacted. I hope all your dreams and wishes come true. Let all the little things every day, make a dream a reality.

But first,

Let’s start with a good breakfast for inspiration…

Bacon…need I say more?

A pure necessity is an English Muffin toasted with cheese that is melted.

I prefer my eggs over-easy all day–every day. Just put some oil in a WARM to a HOT pan, add an egg. Wait for the egg whites to get white completely on the bottom. This doesn’t include the top portion. Flip after about 3 minutes, or when the underside is completely white. Once flipped, cook about 30 seconds before the yolk cooks. I need to upload a video. You can do it. Promise!

Add your bacon and maybe some jelly. Voilà!!

This is a great departing gift for a loved one on the go :))

Fannie

 

Here in Tejas, and the majority of America was hit by a random winter blast. It’s almost surreal to think that happened. I won’t disclose how many years I have enjoyed here, due to the fact I’ve always lived here (therefore you’d know my age), but I have never seen such a thing. Let’s just say the farm-ily will be restarting the whole greenhouse again, bummer. Kevin has also had to fix several water pipelines out to the barn and garden, but luckily nothing too serious. I pray for those that had pipes bust and electricity out. Oh nightmare, uuugghh. I’m so sorry to those that were hit. TRUE TRAGEDY. Let’s feel better with some Potatoe Leek Soup?!!

Let’s get started!

Gather yer ingredients.

Here they are! Grab cookware, including a stockpot, colander, and skillet.

Get yer ‘taters chopped. The smaller the faster it will be to cook. Chop the leeks and soak them in water. This cleans them well.

Go ahead and cook the bacon. Takes 20 minutes, so might as well get ‘er started. Drain and dry the chopped leeks.

Get the cookware hot.

Heat up the pot and sautée the leeks and onion. Add sage and salt. Smell that great fragrance? I want to jar it.

Sautée until slightly translucent and place on a plate to the side.

Add potatoes to water. Boil until fork tender or a knife can run smooth. Drain. Then, put potatoes back in the stockpot and add broth. Puree with a blender or immersion blender (my favorite) until desired thickness. If you like a thinner soup you can dilute more with more stock. Add salt and pepper to taste after puree.

Use the right side of the pepper container; the open side didn’t work out so well for me. Haha. Whoops!

Let’s plate it!

Place the sour cream on the bottom of the bowl, pour a scoop (or 3) of the soup over the sour cream, and top with bacon and chives. This will give you a “Welcome home” feel. Better than a no electricity havin’, pipe bustin’ situation. Y’all stay safe!

 

Fannie

Well, I guess Hell has frozen over. Covid Hell that is. Who would have thought it definitely can get worse?! What’s next?! A tsunami? Not funny.

Full disclosure, it’s my fault. I’m sorry. I have been praying for snow all December, and, all of January I prayed for a trip to Colorado. So, there it is. The truth.

But really, what a winter! I’m still in shock that we are having a Winter. Ready or not here we are. Plus, if you didn’t like life during Covid quarantine, this puts it all back to the test. Anyone else fearing that this may be like last Spring Break? You know, the one where they never actually went back to school. Nooo, no, no, no!! I can hate the government all day long for their rules, but hating Mother Nature for a delay doesn’t seem productive.

So what is a mom do that is ready to hear her own thoughts again? Send them outside…

Then, make them spend enough time that this happens…

Anyone else notice the yellow snow? I guess the dogs had to have their part in the snowman.

So the truth of the matter is, here in the country we ALWAYS are the first to be without power the SECOND the power lines feel the breeze. Therefore, it’s typical I have candles ready, firewood stocked up, and extra food supplies. HA! Sooooo…what actually happened was I only had candles and firewood ready. I ran out of groceries and didn’t wash clothes before the storm hit. I feel brilliant. We actually have been so fortunate to not have had a power outage (how? I have no idea) but, what did happen was… the drain to my kitchen sink froze and my clothes washer froze (with frozen clothes in it). Kevin has spent two days trying to defrost the washer and unclog the nasty slush frozen in the sink drain. It’s a long story but those pipes were exposed and despite covering them with towels, they still wouldn’t drain. I think the pipes themselves laugh at us when we are crouched down looking at them, trying to outsmart the situation. I would laugh at us too.

Meet (below), our saving grace. This practical Potbelly stove has saved our rears more days than I can count (it pipes out heat that makes Haiti jealous). I’m not sure if Allstate is real excited about it but, heck, we are!!

I love how every blackout we have I suddenly think, oh! Let’s make popcorn and watch a DVD. Oh, ok never mind although DVDs are now ancient they still require electricity, duh. Ok, how about a nice hot shower. Oh, ok that won’t last long, never mind. What about I get some chores done? The washer doesn’t work, oh, waaaaaaaaaa (as I throw my head into my hands wanting to cry). Hmmm, maybe I’ll read a book. Hahahaha…there are 5 kids in the house, good luck! I can never grasp how we rely almost everything we do on electricity. Maybe I’ll just rock myself in the corner. Nah, snap out of it! I have been watching “Anne with an ‘e'” and I find myself paying more attention to how they lived rather than the story. I have absolutely loved the series, highly recommend it! Especially if you ever read the book. But really, no electricity, no central air, no running water…how did life go on?! I’m mesmerized by it, and the joy of simplicity. I feel surprisingly jealous they don’t need any DVDs to be content.

So here’s what we typically do during blackouts: eat pantry snacks, play games under candlelight, argue, then realize we can either get along or go to sleep. So, we usually make food together and then go to sleep. This is a great time to snuggle up with your warm husband 😉

So, I put together my no-bake cheesecakes that requires no other material than some cold and a little bit of elbow grease if you can’t use appliances.

Cheesecakes in the snow? you betcha! Here is how you do it…

Put the graham crackers, sugar, and cinnamon in a ziplock bag and smash it into smithereens. Pour melted butter in and shake it around to coat the crackers well. If you can use your food processor it’s easier but maybe not as much of stress relief (I may have cheated and used mine, sorry, not sorry).

Bust out your cupcake pan (24 ct) and liners. Liners aren’t totally necessary but helpful.

Have your sweet, unusually busy pre-teen come smash the crackers down. A shot glass works well smashing down the crackers.

Have your cream cheese at room temperature, blend it well in a bowl with the powdered sugar until it is smooth like this:

OK! I cheated again. I used a mixer (sorry, but not sorry).

Using a small scooper, I used 2 scoops to fill 2/3 the way to the top.

Cover and place out in the freezing freakin cold outside. I mean, it’s gotta be good for something y’all!!

(I fear predators like my dogs or birds will get it so place it somewhere safe out there)

And ta-dahhhh!!

Open up a can of your favorite topping (don’t use the electric can opener, haha) and pile it on for a little piece of heaven. 🙂

And, maybe some for the wild ones in the house…use your resources. It’s nice to put those forgotten can of cherries to work.

See, there is something good that can come out of this blizzard.

Love y’all! I pray you all are warm and safe.

Lisa

Graham Cracker Crust

Total Time 5 mins

Equipment

  • ziploc bag
  • hammer

Ingredients
  

  • 2 packages honey graham crackers or 10-12 crackers
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 2 sticks butter melted and cooled

Instructions
 

  • Place crackers in a ziplock bag. Smash to smithereens. Add cinnamon and sugar, shake well. Drizzle cooled butter into the bag and shake. Place in the designated holder and press down firmly. For cupcake pans try a shot glass to press evenly into the bottom or a pie pan for larger cakes.

NO-Bake Cheesecakes

Total Time 10 mins

Equipment

  • mixing bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 16 oz room temperature cream cheese (2 blocks)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 lemon (juice)
  • 2 tbsp strawberry jam (optional to taste)

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing bowl, cut cream cheese and powdered sugar together. Use a whisk to mix well with little to no chunks. Add vanilla and lemon juice. Add jam if you want to make it into a strawberry cheesecake. Chill for 3 hours to overnight.

  • Weeknight Taco-(La)sagna
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  • Lemon Poppyseed Pound Cake
    I strongly believe that EVERYONE must try pound cake in their life. It really won’t be complete if you don’t. I love that it’s a dessert and a snack and bi-product of other desserts. Oh-la-la, so versatile! This pound cake is simple and sweet with a cut of sour. The glaze makes it rich and …

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  • Crazy Bird Lady
    The rumors are true. I don’t know what else to say. The birds are obsessed with my window and I am obsessed with the birds. But they are driving me BATTY.  Real Problems Here is what is going on: we have a large window with a reflective tint on it. Clearly, they are either seeing …

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    Winter-hood. I can’t even explain our winter. How could we even explain the past year? My head is still spinning. It will be times we look back on and think, remember when?! The whole ‘hood’ was winter!! What! It was a time to make the most of what we had. Does anyone else wonder if …

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  • A Love Undefined
      love. undefined. This week was our 7th wedding anniversary! I have to say, it does not feel that long. Although we have gone through so many challenges, it has only made for growth and discovery of ourselves and our relationship. I love that our story has had so much growth and that we have …

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I love an easy “Valentine’s” themed goodie for after school. This is not only delicious but quick! Cherry-Almond -hey you can’t go wrong with that, AND I can’t mess it up. The more imperfections the better! Just the way I like it.

HOW IT’S DONE:

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Full disclosure: I have worked my pants off on perfecting my pie crust recipe. I lost count after 7 revisions, but, I assure you the fam was enjoying every “redo” and “ehhh…not-right-yet” recipe. Also, I will NEVER go back to canned pie filling ever again. Sorry, but not sorry this was a game-changer.

I’m guilty of saying this jar had been in my pantry for uuhhhhhhh…a long time. I was waiting for a day to put them on ice cream or in a fun drink for the kids. They obsess over cherries. You know, I think of them as homework motivation. For now, it is the new pie filling recipe experiment.

Put the whole jar, including the juice in the saucepan.

Gather the sugar, corn starch, salt and almond extract.

Bring to a boil. Then add the sugar…

Add corn starch and a dash of SALT. Salt will cut the sweetness just right.

Reduce the heat to low, let it cool. It will start to thicken, then stir in the almond extract.

Roll out your pie crust. If it tends to stick, then use a sharp knife to gently work it off in one piece. Of course, you don’t have to make this yourself. There is always store bought crust waiting to be devoured as well. Although if you have time, it is totally worth the effort. You may never go back to store bought pie crust again for this either!

Put room temperature filling in the center of the dough. Fold the edges, make into a heart shape. Hint: the edges will need to be strong or it will leak out the side. Use the top indention for one of the strongest sides.

Cook at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Ta-dahhhhhhh!!! good luck only having one slice. hehe.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! The next batch I do will add a cream cheese filling. And, I can’t wait. AH!!

Lisa

Cherry-Almond Galette Filling

farmer fannie
a quick slice of pie
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 6

Equipment

  • baking sheet
  • parchment paper

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large jar Maraschino cherries (I used dark cherries) or 2 of the small jars
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup corn starch
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp almond extract

Instructions
 

  • In a small saucepan, dump the whole jar of cherries. Bring to a small boil.
  • Mix in sugar and corn starch. Reduce heat to low. Add a pinch of salt.
  • When cooled, fold in the almond extract. Add to the pie crust when room temp.

Pie Crust

farmer fannie
makes two 8-10" single-crust pies
Prep Time 5 mins

Equipment

  • food processor or pastry blender
  • plastic wrap

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter cut into cubes
  • ¼ cup shortening

Instructions
 

  • Layout two long stretches of plastic wrap on the countertop that crosses like a "t", about 2 feet long each. This is what you'll be putting the crumbly dough into.
  • In your food processor (which makes it all much easier), add flour, salt, and sugar. Pulse a couple of times to blend.
  • While blending add small pieces of cold butter and shortening until it turns into a sandy consistency.
  • Add up to ½ cup of ICE water (measurement does not include the ice) while blending. Go slow, you may not need to use all of it. You are looking for a coarse crumble. To test when it is ready, you should be able to pinch it and make it into a ball. Do not over blend.
  • Turn the dough into your plastic wrap. Pull the sides of the wrap and shape into a flat ball. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • When ready to use, lightly flour a surface. Divide dough into two, make two dough balls.
    With your rolling pin, start in the middle of the dough, and work your way out. Turn the rolling pin to evenly flatten making it into a circle as best as possible. You want it 1/4th inch evenly thick.
    Gently lay into the pie pan or tart pan your using. If you are having trouble getting it off your surface, use a sharp knife to gently scrape it off.
    If you are needing to precook it, cook at 375 for 15-18 minutes.
  • tips: make sure your butter and water are cold, cold, cold when blending. Also, it will need to rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Over 2 hours is ideal.

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As if we really need another debate or impeachment, I felt like a good bake-debate was a good idea. I mean, we don’t have to worry about Congress or ballot counts with this one. No send-in votes please, haha, only comments.

I feel that the best way to settle such profound times is to have a bake-off. What else should we do in this situation? So let’s do this: Who’s banana bread should be impeached?? This is serious! I am going to make my recipe of banana bread that was discovered through many trials and tribulations (over many years), and, also make Granny’s original that I found in the depths of my mother’s keepings. (Side note, I would have never even sought after my own if I knew there was a family recipe in the first place, duh 😒 .)

I do need to disclose that in this bake-off, no recipe would actually be impeached, it would only go to the (waay) back of the book. Also, there may have been a breach of security after the making, appearing as starving children, showing NO liking to any manners (complete rabid animals). I’ll refer to them as the “aborigine”. Humph, sometimes I think the real aborigine acted better than we do today. They probably had more bake-off challenges to keep them occupied,ha.

(above) Is Granny’s recipe. Noooootice all the detail? She really went overboard in detail. That’s ok, most all quick breads are made the same. I prepared and mixed it like mine (below) yet with her ingredients.

 

I think when you trial a recipe so many times, you end up with a million ingredients thinking it’s adding something else. But is it?

The dough may seem brighter than yours but I also use my hens eggs. Their yolks are to-die-for rich and creamy!  I love them so much I feel the need to check my lipid panel this year. Well worth it.

For her recipe you can see the folded in whipped egg whites. The dough consistency was about the same but hers did taste just right. But how will it cook?

 

Mine (on the right) was a bit thicker.

Ta-da!! The end results… they look the same but the smell brings in the aborigines out quickly. But, do they taste the same?

Granny’s has pecans in hers. The aborigine typically do not like nuts. Surely this will deter them. Yes, I’m am playing fair!

Drum roll please!!!!!

The winner is.

(Based on a panel of aborigines.)

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GRANNY!!! She won with a landslide. Every one of us agreed that my recipe was dry (how dare I?) and crumbly. I’m sure crazy 2020 passed a law against dry banana bread. How else could we go on?!

Stay healthy and happy!

Lisa-loo

Granny's Banana Bread

Juanita Lewis
The perfect recipe that will not need any alterations.
Servings 8 slices

Equipment

  • mixing bowls
  • whisk to beat egg whites
  • loaf pan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 stick oleo (or salted butter)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks (beaten well)
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2-3 mashed very ripened bananas
  • ½ cup pecans
  • 2 egg whites (softly stiffen)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease loaf pan with butter.
  • Cream the sugar and oleo (or butter) together. Add beaten egg yolks and mix well.
  • Sift together flour and baking soda.
  • Alternate slowly a little of the flour mix and buttermilk into the sugar mixture until blended well. Add bananas. Add pecans (can add toasted pecans).
  • Fold egg whites into mix. Pour into pan. Bake 55-60 minutes until a butter knife will dip into it smoothly without batter.

Lisa's Banana Bread

Servings 6 slices

Equipment

  • mixing bowl
  • flour sifter

Ingredients
  

  • 4 tbl unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup margerine
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ cup vegtable oil
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • tsp salt
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 3 ripe mashed bananas

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter the loaf pan.
  • Cream the sugars and the butters together (different butters give different flavors). Add eggs and mix well.
  • Sift flour, salt, and soda together. Blend a little at a time, alternating flour and buttermilk into the sugar mixture. Add bananas.
  • Pour into loaf pan. Bake 60 minutes or until a knife runs through it well.

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