And the sands of time……

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I have been home from the hospital for a week. It seems like a lot more time has slipped by. As before with other surgeries, I promised myself I would use this time constructively. I would take online classes, read all the books piled up throughout the house, on my Nook and Kindle apps. I would write the next great American novel, or at least read one. I thought about finding my creative self and continue with my charcoal sketching, or pen and ink drawing. Or maybe color in the adult coloring book I have.  Maybe I could start some innovative business that would save the world. Get rid of the bad guys and help the good guys. Too simplistic? Maybe. I was planning on changing my life, as I had planned the two other times. Do you have any suggestions? So far, I have used my time in less productive ways. Notice I didn’t say “non-productive” ways because if you learn something, it’s productive.

So here are a few of the things I have learned. In case you didn’t know, there is more than one way to peel a hard-boiled egg. You can look it up yourself. I now have the know-how to make Unicorn Bark. To continue in this thread, there will be Unicorn Kisses flavored seltzer water on the shelves April 1st. I am skeptical of this.

With regards to celebrities, I watched Adele attempt to twerk in concert. I cannot un-see that. I have watched enough FIXER UPPER episodes on HGTV that I am convinced Chip and Joanna could be my best friends. Really. If I could get past their kids and goats. Tom Brady can surf. He also bonked the Easter Bunny in the head with a football. Bad move, my friend. You’ve just ruined it for all of us. Ina and Ree love it when I follow along with them, taking copious notes on their techniques. I think Ina would like me, but Ree would really feel threatened by me. Just saying’. Coach K is a smart guy. His quotes must inspire others. I just like to repost them so I know where to find them, just in case. I still use two spaces between sentences. I’m old and stubborn.

I have continued searching for a beautiful vacation home on my beer budget. Nantucket keeps showing up. I guess I should head over there in my never-to-be-afforded Land Rover. I wonder what color would suit me best. This is assuming they would let me on the island.

Daily I look at the The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe. Front to back I search for articles on knitting. Maybe I should expand my searches. It would still leave me with 23 hours and 45 minutes to fill. If I knit as much as I think about it, read about, and plan, we would all have an endless supply of sweaters, scarves, and socks instead of a sock.

The most amazing things I’ve discovered is that life goes on in the world without you, and my glasses get very dirty while on my face. I think the glasses thing bothers me the most. How do they get so damn dirty?

The thing I am most thankful for during my rehab (I promise I’ll do my exercises later…tomorrow) is my husband. Girls, looks will fade, humor is subjective, but any guy that can cook, clean, do laundry, help lift swollen legs and fluff pillows without being asked, and makes the best cheese plate for a snack, and a perfect cup of coffee or tea, is a KEEPER. You can take that to the bank! Thanks honey! I love you!

 

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Call it what you’d like, but it’s delicious!

 

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A few weeks ago I was browsing through my recipe box. Do people even keep recipe boxes anymore? Honestly, I don’t think I’ve added anything to mine since the 90’s. My mother found it when she working at an elementary school. It’s a distressed looking stained wooden box. In it is a treasure of clippings of home recipes from newspapers and recipes from friends and things I grew up eating. That’s how it was done a million years ago. People exchanged recipes or submitted recipes to the newspaper in hopes of sharing their family recipes. There were no chefs writing for newspapers or magazines, nor where there cooking shows on TV except Julia Childs. It was all print media back in the day.

Nowadays, I find most things on the internet. I print them, and put them in a nice pile with hundreds of other recipes, waiting to be gently placed in a clear plastic sleeve and then organized in a three-ring binder. Some may call this pile a fire hazard, others, opportunities! It could happen. I need a snow day!

I scribbled across the lined note card “Irish Bread”. In no way is it Irish bread. I don’t know where I found it, but it is delicious. It’s more like a quick bread or a tea bread. The sprinkled sparkling sugar on top gives it a nice crunch. The pre-soaked raisins add some moisture. I have some cooking right now and cannot wait for a warm slice with a little bit of butter. Pure heaven.

Let’s cook!

2 ½ cups all purpose flour

2 ½ tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp salt

1 stick of butter, melted and cooled slightly

¾ cup sugar

2 eggs

milk

1 cup raisins

1 tbsp. caraway seeds (optional)

Place the flour, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. In a measuring cup, crack 2 large eggs (don’t break them up) and then fill with milk to the 1-cup measure line. Sometimes when you’re mixing, you need to add a splash more milk because large eggs aren’t always the same. Many things can impact baking such as humidity and different brands of flour.

Add the milk/egg mixture to the dry ingredients. Add the melted butter and sugar. Mix until batter is combined and thick. Add the raisins and caraway seeds if using. I like to soak the raisins in warm water to plump them up, then drain the water before adding them to the mixture. Keep in mind, this is a very thick batter. If it’s impossible to mix, add a splash more of milk.

Pour mixture into greased loaf pan. Sprinkle sugar on top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour. Start checking it at 45 minutes. Oven temperatures vary as do pan sizes. A toothpick should come out clean when it’s done. Cool pan on a rack for 5 minutes. Loosen bread with a knife and then let the bread cool on a rack. Store in an airtight container.

Let it cool, if you can, before serving!