He made cookies. All by himself. For the first time!
They spread. Just a little.
He was sad…
Mom came to the rescue!
Now the cookies look pretty.
He is Happy. ^_^
Replant hens & chicks ✓
Another project checked off my long, long to-do list! It’s not perfect, but much better than the weeds that lived in that spot. Here’s hoping they fill in and last their first winter in my garden. ^_^
I still need to find another type of plant (or something?) to fill in the rest of border between the fence and sidewalk. It has to be hardy to withstand the harsh weather we have in Alberta. And require little effort for upkeep. And not turn brown the first time I forget to water them. Maybe strawberries?
Another project I’d love to check off that list is the replacement of that classy fence. The joys of living in a “fixer up”!
Simply Delicious Apple Pork Chops
(Recipe adapted from MomAdvice)
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 pork chops (fat removed)
freshly ground black pepper
2 apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup apple juice
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Heat oil in large skillet. Brown the pork chops on both sides in oil.
Place chops in a baking dish just large enough so they do not overlap and sprinkle them with salt and pepper.
In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, apple juice. Stir in apples. Pour over the chops.
Cover and bake in preheated oven for 30 to 45 minutes, until pork chops reach an internal temperature of 160°F.
This recipe makes a wonderful bread for sandwiches or slathered with butter to dip into soup.
I love homemade bread. Not so much the kneading and rising and kneading and rising… But that’s why I have a bread machine. But I HATE the hole in the bottom of the loaf if baked in the machine. As long as it’s not baking outside, I make the dough in the machine and finish it up in the oven.
Honey Oat Bread
(from bread machine to oven)
(adapted from Food.com)
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 1/2 cups white bread flour
1 1/2 cups Multigrain Blend (Robin Hood)
1/2 cup oatmeal, uncooked
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
melted butter (optional)
Combine all of the ingredients (except melted butter) in bread machine according to the manufacturers directions. Select dough setting. Go read a book while the machine does all the hard work.
Grease (or parchment paper) 1 or 2 bread pans, depending on the size of bread you prefer.
Remove dough and knead out any air bubbles. I don’t usually use the proper kneading technique, I just hold the dough in my hands and knead it for a minute or so. Faster and less messy. (Sorry mom!)
Shape dough to pan size. Place dough in pan(s) and spread out a little to fill the corners. Cover with towel. Find a spot that is warm with no drafts and let rise for 45 minutes.
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 15 minutes. Brush on melted butter. Bake for another 10 to 15 minutes.
Knock, knock? If your bread is golden and sounds hollow when tapped, it is done.
Remove bread from pan and let cool on rack.
Enjoy — Taryn ^_^