Oatmeal in Another Form

Farm Journal Oatmeal Crisps (without coconut) and a cup of Ginger Lemon Tea

Baking a batch of cookies warms up the kitchen when it’s single digit temps outside.

Here’s the recipe but they call it Oatmeal Coconut Crisps. I did not add coconut to my batch and I halved the recipe. 1 c butter 2 eggs….

How Old is Your Spice?

Thinking about the spice jars on the shelf.

Where do you keep yours? A spice rack, a drawer, a cupboard?

How old is your spice? That’s the question.

I received a gift of a jar of Bagel-on-Grant spices at Christmas (thank you Amy) and as I put it on my spice shelf today, I looked at the other little jars and thought about how long they’ve been on the shelf.

Some spices are used often, so get replenished more often but some little jars just sit. A pinch or smidge here or there, but just sitting. For years!

I think it’s time to clean out the spice collection.

The new one is the fresh looking white label in the photo. The Steel City Salt Company is across the Allegheny River in Millvale, Pennsylvania. I just checked out their website and they are on a family vacation until February 3rd but they’ll fill online orders upon their return.

Here’s an article from Still Tasty about the shelf life of spices

Bagel-on-Grant seasoning is the new spice.
The jar of cardamom was new before a Christmas.

A Little Hippopotamus?

The deadliest land mammal, my son told me at Christmas. According to the BBC News post

“Ungainly as it is, the hippopotamus is the world’s deadliest large land mammal, killing an estimated 500 people per year in Africa. Hippos are aggressive creatures, and they have very sharp teeth. And you would not want to get stuck under one; at up to 2,750kg they can crush a human to death.” BBCNews

When the kids were small , we had cute picture books about a Hippo couple-George and Martha. Guess not

Do you see a baby hippo, too?

This is a blue potato that got left behind for the soup. And sprouted.

Looked like a baby hippo to me.

An article “Are Sprouted Potatoes Safe to Eat?” Don’t eat the sprouts!

The Last Package of Lebkuchen

When I got to Laura’s house there were three packages of Lebkuchen by the guest bed. My daughter knows me well. These are from Germany.

Unfortunately, Oscar the dog got one package and ate some (no ill effects even though he got a chocolate covered one)

but he didn’t get my favorite kind.

I just opened it tonight. One a day for six days and then will have to wait until next Christmas

Kind of a soft gingerbread with a blend of spices, nuts and peel, not too sweet.

Lots of Lebkuchen links below

Lebkuchen ice cream in Berlin

Lebkuchen ice cream at home

Aunt Rhea’s Recipe post from her mother’s father.

Friends in Florida and Massachusetts Bake Aubt Rhea’s Lebkuchen recipe a double guest blog

Annual Lebkuchen Baking

And if you want to experiment with different recipes here’s the blend of Lebkuchen spices

A Sweet Gift

Honey. Harvested by Cougar Canyon Apiary in Malott WA. Extracted with no heat.

A wonderfully sweet gift from my brother David and his wife Carolee. Thank you

I believe toast in the morning will be on the menu so I can sample this golden treat.

How do you use honey?

Three Types of Apples

Three different types of apples, peeled and chunked and cooked on the stove top to make applesauce -nothing added, just apples. Last farm box delivery had three bags of apples. A lot of apples.

Trying for one continuous strip of peel for the entire apple

A Friend’s Dishes Made Me Laugh

How about this bowl? There’s a fly in your soup! What are these fun dishes, I asked?

Calamityware

Created by artist/ retired graphic designer Don Moyer. Read about how he took a classic Blue Willow plate “ The Calamityware series started in 2011 when I inherited a traditional, Willow-pattern plate and decided to sketch it in my notebook. I couldn’t resist the temptation to add a pterodactyl in the sky”

Check out the TCBW collection. That’s Things Could Be Worse

When was the last time you looked at a dish and laughed?