…A New Start to an Old Site

This is a continuation of my site, started in 2010, The Beavercreek Backyard Farm, After almost 10 years, my original record – The Beavercreek Backyard Farm, seems to have outgrown its site. So I guess, as I don’t report back to school after summer vacation (for the first time in 33 years), its a good…

Grand Central Baking Book …. Ginger Molasses Cookies

Another great recipe from The Grand Central Baking Book. These cookies are easy to make ahead and leave the dough chilling in the refrigerator until evening (after the dentist appointment). When you have the oven at the right temperature, (Oops – turned it off when I meant to turn it down) rather than 250 degrees…

Recipe Review – Scones

Grand Central Bakery Scones – The Grand Central Bakery Book I want to try to cook my way through The Grand Central Bakery Book by Piper Davis and Ellen Jackson. I love their bread and have been looking for something new to keep me busy during the pandemic “stay at home” part II. The first…

Preparing for Yuletide

Last year we went back to the nurses where we found our 2018 Yule tree. It was a great tree, not too large, not too small, long lasting and easy to get around – perfect for a gal with a bum knee. 2019 didn’t work out nearly as well. The trees were all too big…

Thanksgiving 2020

Along with the rest of 2020, Thanksgiving had an unusual twist. Cases of Co-Vid in Oregon, and the rest of the country, are on the rise and Oregon’s governor has asked residents to gather in groups of less than 6 for the holiday. We decided to have supper for the immediate family and then take…

Sprucing Up …. Living Room Paint

The time has come to stop worrying about new shenanigans from the election and wait until January 20 for Joe Biden’s innaguration. It’s time to get back down to the business of sprucing up the house to try to sell it in the summer. The pandemic is raging across the country so it also seems…

Roast Pork and Vegetables with Fennel and Rosemary

Ingredients 6 large garlic cloves 2 T fresh rosemary leaves 1 T whole fennel seeds 1 t ground fennel 2 t red pepper flakes 2 t ground black pepper 1 t salt ¼ cup olive oil 6.5 pound bone-in pork loin roast Instructions Add the garlic, rosemary, ground fennel, fennel seeds, pepper flakes and black…

Baking …. Cheese Danish

Ingredients Roll of remade puff pastry ( I used Wewalka) Filling 8 oz room temperature cream cheese 1 egg yolk 4 T powdered sugar 1 t lemon juice 1/4 t vanilla Egg Wash 1 whole egg 1 t water Extra powdered sugar for dusting Instructions Make filling – combine ingredients in bowl of mixer and…

Sprucing Up …. Woodenware

Every few months I try to remember to treat the big cutting board in the kitchen. It’s a 4’x4′ island covered with a hard rock maple butcher block surface. I should probably do it more often, but we get busy and I forget. I gave it a good scrub and tried treating the stains with…

Smoked Salmon Chowder

Ingredients 2 strips bacon, cut into thin strips 1 T butter 1 medium onion – finely chopped 2 stalks celery – chopped 2 cloves garlic – minced 1/4 c AP flour 4 c fish / seafood stock (or chicken) 1/4 c white wine 5 c starchy potatoes – peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes 1 1/2 t salt 1/2 t ground black pepper 1 1/2 t fresh thyme leaves 2 bay leaves…

Cinnamon Rolls

Rolls 1 c milk 1/4 c warm water 1 t vanilla 1/2 c room temperature butter 2 room temperature eggs 1/2 t salt 1/2 c sugar 5 c bread flour 1 T dry yeast Cinnamon Filling 1/2 c melted butter 1 c brown sugar 2 T ground cinnamon Butter Frosting 4 oz room temperature cream…