May 31, 2013

The Weather report

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To help out the data that indicates that the older people get the more they talk about the weather , here’s my weather report in pictures for the week.

 

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The Rhododendrons are out in the lower elevations.

 

 

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In spite of the wet spring they’re getting the hay in.

 

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Looks like it’s going to be a good crop of poison ivy this year.

 

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The water is still way up above normal levels for this time of year.

 

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Until next time,

~PN

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May 30, 2013

Angel food cake with strawberries

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Sometimes I just make a cake from a box mix and today was one of those times.

 

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I made cup cakes too.

 

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Maybe some day I’ll try making angel food cake from a recipe but this sure was easy.

 

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A little dusty too.

 

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Added some water that was all.

 

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Poured it into the pan.

 

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I put it on a baking sheet, I was worried that the two piece pan would leak.

 

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Left it in the oven until the top got brown. I had to open the oven door for thin photo so you wouldn’t see how dirty the oven window is.

 

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Then left it upside down  to cool. I don’t know why but the instructions said to so I did.

 

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I don’t have the proper cake knife so I used a regular butter knife and it did the trick.

 

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It was a good thing I used the baking sheet, some of the batter had started to escape.

 

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Then came the fun part! I sliced strawberries for decorating.

 

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I found if I cut a little off the bottom, or what will be the bottom when I put the berries the way I’m going to put the berries it worked better and they didn't tip over. You understood that all perfectly right? Good.

 

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All done!

 

Angel Food cake with Strawberries

ingredients

  • 1 box angel food cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • frosting
  • a bunch of sliced strawberries for the top

 

mix, and bake cake as directed on box. Let cool and remove from pan. Frost and arrange halved strawberries on top.

Eat. Go back to FoodGawker and look for more mouth watering food.

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May 23, 2013

Just because

Instead of making a cake like I said I would, I have my camera and am heading out to the garden to see the flowers in the morning light. You might as well come along with me it won’t take but a minute.

 

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Poppies and Baptisia

 

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Garden buddy

 

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Larkspur

 

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“blue Bush” Baptisia or false indigo

 

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Larspur

 

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Sweet William and a few Forget-Me-Nots

 

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Low Pro Joe. His legs are rather short

 

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Bachelor buttons

 

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Poppy

 

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Poppies and Peony buds

 

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Handsome Harry . He doesn’t mind what we call him just as long as we don’t call him late for dinner.

 

Thanks for coming.

better go get something done now.

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May 21, 2013

Gluten Free Pesto Zucchini Pizza

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Thumbs up to Bob’s Red Mill gluten free Pizza Crust mix it tastes just fine. I made two pizzas with  it. 

 

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For the first one I roasted some zucchini and onions.

 

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I love pesto on pizza it adds such a nice flavor.

 

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And cheese, with a layer of zucchini.

 

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onions and some pepperoni or salami or whatever you have.

 

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Tomato slices with most of the drippy seeds and juice removed.

 

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topped with more mozzarella and cheddar.

 

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Baked until the cheese is good an melty.

 

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Next I tried for more of a traditional looking pizza. I started with tomato sauce,

 

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shredded mozzarella, salami,

 

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and a bunch of fresh parsley.

 

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And tomato slices topped with more cheese.

 

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When I pulled it out of the oven I had to see what was going on under there. I didn’t want to find that the middle was gooey. yay, it looked fine. And it was flexible! After the crumbly wraps I was expecting it to fall apart.

 

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Let cool a little and serve.

 

 

Gluten Free Pizza

ingredients

  • 2 partially baked gluten free pizza crusts

 

Pesto zucchini Pizza

  • 1/2-1/4 cup pesto
  • 1 zucchini sliced and roasted
  • 1/4 onion sliced and roasted
  • 8oz shredded mozzarella/ cheddar /pepper jack
  • a few slices pepperoni or what ever you have on hand
  • 1 tomato sliced, drained and seeded

 

Tomato Pizza

  • tomato sauce
  • shredded mozzarella/cheddar
  • a few slices pepperoni or what ever you have on hand
  • 1 tomato sliced, drained and seeded
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

Layer on partially cooked pizza dough the toppings in whatever order you like. And top with cheese.

*I like the pesto or tomato sauce  as the 1st layer.

bake at 425 until cheese is melty and the crust is lightly brown.

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May 20, 2013

Bob’s Pizza crust

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I tried Bob’s Red Mill gluten free Pizza crust mix. I found it at Big Lots of all places.

 

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I did not know it came with a packet of yeast.

 

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But there it was so I used it.

 

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The instructions on the bag are very easy.

 

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I might put just a little less water in next time and add it if it feels like it needs it.

 

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pouring all the water in made dissolving the yeast more of a challenge but I got it.

 

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a couple of eggs

 

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and olive oil

 

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then mixed it together.

 

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Poured in the whole bag of gluten free pizza crust mix

 

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and carefully mixed it. Ok, some of spilled out when I was mixing in a hurry.

 

 

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In my hurry I forgot that the directions said to let it rise for 20 minutes. I just put it in a backing sheet right away.

 

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This stuff is sticky, I didn’t even try to roll it out with a rolling pin. I just mashed it out with my singers and washed my hands off a lot.

 

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It worked fine if you’re ok with it looking a little lumpy.

 

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While the 1st one was in the oven I wrapped up the other ball of dough to put in the fridge ‘cause they said it can be stored in the fridge. Then I re-read the part about letting it rise for 20 minutes. Oops. So I unwrapped the 2nd one and left it to rise in a bowl on top of the freezer where it’s warm. 

 

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Here’s the risen dough. Very soft and airy but still very sticky.

 

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So sticky that I grabbed a butter paper and used that to spread it out on the baking sheet.

 

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I think that got it smoother.

 

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Conclusion from letting it rise or baking right away: Not noticeably different.

 

Now I’m off to pick out some pizza toppings

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