Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Winter Blahs?

Hey, Y'all,
Are you suffering from the winter blahs? Not I! This morning I decided to do a little more rearranging of my kitchen counters. I know they are not very big, but that is the whole point of arranging them for the best use. I also took the cleaning spray to them. Wow! It makes one feel so much better knowing that the area where one spends a lot of time cooking and preparing meals is measuring up to its optimum, doesn't it?

Gramps was up early this morning for his breakfast, and then it was back to bed for him and he's still there. I will see about getting him up soon if he doesn't get up on his own for food.

Last night we had our neighbors down for supper and had a wonderful time (as always). Yesterday morning, I put a pork tenderloin in the crock pot to cook all day. The night before I had put it into a marinade of soysauce and Worcestershire sauce, with some spices added (cayenne pepper, garlic, parsley flakes, oregano). When I put it into the crock pot, I lined the crock pot with heavy aluminum foil and put the marinade in with the tenderloin. I cooked it for a couple of hours on high, then turned it down to low to cook the rest of the day.

After putting the tenderloin on to cook, I decided to try my hand at a new recipe. (a new one from my head) I had cooked a package of dried apples, and drained them, then put them into my food processor to make them into a saucelike mixture. I then added some sugar, cinnamon, and cloves and mixed that well. I took a roll of prepared pastry dough and placed it on a floured dough board, rolled it out a little more, then brushed some soft margarine on the dough (covering the whole piece of dough)and then added half the apple mixture spreading it out onto the dough. I sprinkled a handful of dried cranberries and a handful of pecan pieces onto the dough. Then I rolled it up into what looked like a jelly roll. I sliced the roll into one inch slices and wound up with about 18 pieces and placed them on a greased circle of parchment paper and put the paper onto a pizza pan and put it into a 400 degree oven. I set the timer for 15 minutes and then turned them over and put them back into the oven for another 15 minutes. Then after taking them from the oven, I put in a second batch of them. Yum! They were a hit at supper and all of them disappeared within minutes. I will be making them again, and probably with dried peaches or apricots.

Well, Gramps is up and eating and the therapist is on her way, so that is about it for now. More later. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. Laurie is going to be picking up some groceries and prescriptions for me after while. The weather here is not getting up to freezing this week so it is really cold outside. I am loaning her my car so she can take Olivia to ballet class and not have to get her husband's truck. That way, we both get what we need.

Gotta go now. Much love to each of you. Bye for now. More later.


Anonymous said...


Clara....in TN said...

The recipe sounds wonderful. I love to try new things. Yesterday I made a Raisin Pudding Cake. It was just a little on the sweet side, but good. Here's what I did: Sift together 1 cup flour (I used self rising) 1 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add 1/2 cup milk, 1 cup raisins, 1/2 cup walnuts, (I used pecans) and mix with spoon. Spread in a greased 9x9 inch (no smaller because it will expand over the sides) In a saucepan, combine 1 cup brown sugar with 1 and 1/2 cups boiling water and 1 Tablespoon butter. Pour over batter but DO NOT STIR. Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes until cake tests done. Serve warm. (There is no egg in this recipe) Sweet but Yummy!

Anonymous said...

Hi Grammy, Your recipe sounds so good. I am going to try your recipes and Clara's recipe sounds good, too. I will have to make a trip to the grocery firt. It is snowing here today so I will stay in. We are expecting zero temps. for the weekend. I love being inside and cooking something good and tasty to warm up the belly!

Clara....in TN said...

Oh....it is called Raisin Pudding Cake.