Wednesday, July 7, 2010

We are under a storm watch and I do hope they are right! We need the rain desperately.

Not much has happened here since all company left Sunday evening. I have watered some and done a little tilling and weeding in the new garden.

The pole beans I planted around the OP corn has sprouted a little spotty but enough.

We still have Japaneses Beetles. I delayed spraying because of the weather forecast.

We dug a small bucket of potatoes this morning in the backyard garden and spied some huge blackberries the beetles has missed. I picked about three cups and maybe a half cup of blueberries. I washed them and cooked them together with sugar to taste and thickened it a little with flour. I had a single pie crust in the fridge that I rolled out a little thicker than normal. I poured the berries into a small casserole, dotted a little butter; topped with the crust. Sprinkled with sugar and baked just until the crust was done. The berries were already cooked and hot. The whole process didn't take very long.

I thought it was very tasty. I was surprised the little amount of blueberries added just a hint of their flavor.

We also had our first little ripe tomato! What a treat.

I made Cinnamon Cookies for our daughter's family and she wanted to take the leftovers home..........there were none! They were a big hit. I don't know why I don't make them more often. DH didn't get his share so I made them again this morning.

They are a very crisp, crunchy cookie. The texture I want an oatmeal cookie to be but haven't been 100% successful yet. I plan to play around with this one and see if I can come up with what I have in mind. I did add 1/2 cup of oatmeal to about 1/3 of this dough and it worked great. Next time I will leave out the ginger.
Cinnamon Cookies (Char's recipe)

¾ cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
¼ cup honey
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon ginger (can use less)
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt

Mix sugar and shortening; add egg, mix well.

Add dry ingredients. Mix

Make 1 inch balls, roll in cinnamon sugar topping

Bake 12-15 minutes at 375°

By now, you may know Char is my sister. I have some super recipes from her. She is the real cook in our family now that Mom is gone.


  1. Talk about coincidence. I ate my first ripe tomato today too. The 'black prince' found itself in a dandy BLT for supper tonight. Can't wait for some more. Your 'berry casserole' sounds wonderful. You are such a good cook. :-D

  2. I look forward to making these cookies for DH. Maybe I'll do it tomorrow morning.

    Your pie sounds wonderful. I don't think Char is the only cook in the family.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

  3. The berry pie sounds really good and I would love the cookies-I love cinnamon but alas, DH likes a soft cookie. Grin I gained a pound this morning so told DH no more baking for awhile-I have been on a spree and we sure don't need it sugar or weight wise. Wish I didn't have to watch so close.

    We got a half inch of badly needed rain earlier tonight. The pastures, lawn and tomatoes will appreciate it-so thankful. Hope you got some as well-seems to be pretty spotty.

    Just got my computer back up and running this afternoon after I clicked on a box I should have left alone.