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I’m back

Oh, boy. I just saw how long it has been since I last posted. I should be disciplined.

What has distracted me so? Well, let’s see. I started in real estate, and … I started in real estate. That should say it all. Nothing has been as whirlwindy[...] read more

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Split Pea Soup (Bump)

This originally posted in 2011, but a new friend made it and told me so on our Twig and Feather Facebook page. So now I have to make a batch myself. Oh, the power of suggestion …

I’ve been absent all week … too sick to even get online.[...] read more

Little House in the Snowy Woods

Happy first day of winter! Here’s a memory from a few years back. I’m hoping for more of the same this year.

I am living in a snow globe.

Every handful of minutes, the wind visits the alders and maples and evergreens surrounding our house[...] read more

Gingerbread Bars with a Lemon Glaze

Want a bite of Christmas? Here you go.

Gingerbread Bars with a Lemon Glaze

Gingerbread Bars with a Lemon Glaze

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • _______________
  • Juice and zest of one lemon OR 1/4 cup bottled lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 stick butter (1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 1/3 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Gingerbread Bars
  2. In mixer, cream butter and sugars together until fluffy.
  3. Add molasses, vanilla and egg and blend well.
  4. Sift dry ingredients together and add. Mix well.
  5. Press into well-greased 10 x 15 rimmed jellyroll pan. Dough will be stiff and sticky. If needed, wet hands to press dough down evenly.
  6. Bake @ 325 for 16-18 minutes, or until slightly underdone. Do not overbake.
  7. Cool slightly, then cut into squares or diamond shapes.
  8. Top with lemon glaze.
  9. ____________
  10. Lemon Gaze
  11. In saucepan, add lemon juice an zest, sugar and butter. Cook until butter is melted.
  12. Add whipping cream and heat until mixture comes to a boil.
  13. Boil for three minutes, stirring constantly.
  14. Add powdered sugar to the mixture and whisk to incorporate.
  15. Pour over slightly cooled bars.
http://twigandfeather.com/2014/12/gingerbread-bars-with-a-lemon-glaze/

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My New Favorite Sandwich: Cuban Sliders

This was this afternoon’s football fare. Yes. I know they’re ugly and messy.

Layer slider bottoms all over your pan (if you feel squarish, you may use a square pan.

I don’t want to mislead you. These were fabulous in large part to the[...] read more

Hallelujah

I’ve always loved Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, but now there’s a Christmas version too. I think I like it even better. 🙂

Should any one person be having so much fun?

I absolutely love, love, LOVE what I’m doing.  I’m pretty sure I’ve said that twenty times this week, as everyone I run into asks me the same question, “How do you like real estate?”

What’s not to love? I’m[...] read more

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Crepe Love

If you asked me to describe Paris in one word, I would answer without a split second’s hesitation, “Lemon.” And then you would back away slowly with that, Please don’t hurt me, crazy person look on your face, and I[...] read more

Gage

Beautiful

Gage follows me into the bathroom and watches while I put the brush back where it belongs. As we turn to leave, he settles his gaze on the drawer where I keep the bandaids -- the boring ones, and the ones I've collected just for him.

I can see his thoughts.

"Grandma," he begins, "I hurt my nose."

"You did? When did that happen?"

"Just now."

I pull the drawer open to reveal the bounty within. "Would a bandaid help?"

He nods.

I pull out a small, nose-sized Batman bandaid. "How about this one?"

Bingo.

He smiles as I peel the back off and place the caped crusader on the bridge of his nose.

"My arm hurts too."

Iron Man goes there.

"And my other arm."

Here We Go

At heart, I’ve always been a matchmaker.

As I remember, it all started in fifth grade when my best friend set her sights on the boy who sat kitty-corner from her desk. “He’s so CUTE!” she gushed. That was pretty much all the[...] read more

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Chicken Pillows & Classic Wedge w/Candied Pecans and Balsamic Glaze

In the words of Brittney, spoken after her first bite at lunch today, “I’m not gonna lie to you … this is delicious.”

This one takes a little time, but it’s completely worth it. You should see the pile of scraped-clean[...] read more

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One Year Bible: Feb 22 “Sing”

“Lord, make me to know my end,
And what is the measure of my days,
That I may know how frail I am” (Psalm 39:4).

To read today’s portion of scripture, follow this link to Biblegateway.com or find the following in your Bible:

Leviticus 13:1-59
[...] read more

Move Over, Campbell’s … This is REAL Tomato Soup

Okay, maybe that was too harsh. I don’t actually think Campbell’s uses fake tomatoes in their soup. But neither do I believe they walk out behind the factory with little fabric-lined baskets and lovingly select and then hand-pick only the[...] read more

moody

If Moody were still alive, I would hug him for this.

My friends, it is so easy to find fault; it takes neither brains nor heart. There are many professed Christians who are all the time finding fault and criticising ...

Mid-Air Love

I’ve been staying with friends this week while Dave in southern California. I’ll get back to my kitchen and my camera this afternoon. For now, here’s a post from several years ago.

I’ve told you before about Luke. He’s[...] read more

Jumbleberry Cobbler

Recently, while brushing up on my history of the American cobbler (and it’s crazy how much I’ve forgotten since eighth-grade American cobbler class), I read up on how to distinguish the cobbler from its close kin: grunts, slumps, crisps,[...] read more

Castle Walls

Years ago, when my son was little and had a high tolerance for all my crazy ideas, he gave me permission to paint the walls of his bedroom to look like a castle. Between the two of us, I’m sure I was the more elated. Zac liked his castle[...] read more

That Rock

It’s just an ordinary rock. You could rinse it, scrub it, and polish with all your might, and it wouldn’t look any prettier than it looks right now, right there, sitting on my desktop.

I picked it up on my first trip to Israel, when[...] read more

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