...three things I love in a good book. However, since I haven't been feeling well, I have spent the weekend reading this book. My weekend included hot tea, ibuprofen, kleenex, vapo-rub, and lots and lots of sea water nasal spray.
Joanne Fluke's books must send out a subliminal message - Bake! Bake! Bake!
So I did just that. Even though I had to sit and rest (even taking a well earned nap) in between, I baked.
Those muffins (in the first cookie/muffin photo) are zucchini muffins from Candy's blog at Lazy J Bar C Farm. You can see my son stole one off the rack before I could take a photo.
The original recipe for this recipe (Coconut Walnut Cookies) is from the blogspot A Home Grown Journal, by Mama Pea. I didn't have sour cream so I used ricotta, and didn't have walnuts, so I used pecans. It was snowing out, roads were and I felt bad. So...I made do with what I did have.
These were amazing. The family devoured them. I believe this recipe will be used for the next Christmas gathering.
Then I finished the book, and had to try a few of the author's recipes that were in it.
So I baked Watermelon Cookies. It sounded different, so what can I say?
We now, after baking these, call them "Kool-aid" cookies, because you can use any flavored Kool-aid.
The synopsis on the Watermelon Cookies: they taste like a Jolly Rancher, and kids love them. They did turn out a pretty pink color, and would be perfect for Valentine's Day (using the Watermelon Kool-aid). I think these would win any kid. Hubby liked the flavor, and the co-worker work he shared them with also liked them.
Penny Pinching Tip: I reused my parchment paper for both cookie recipes. It worked fine. I simply wiped off any crumbs and reused my two pieces. I'm saving them for another recipe. Parchment paper is not cheap, so this was a nice discovery.
Okay, so stress had a lot to do with all of this baking, but the book gave me the push.
Next, we tried the Sausage and Cheese Pancakes. These were very good. Also a recipe from the book. If I owned a diner, these would be on my menu. These taste better alone, without the syrup, but would be very good with a fried egg on top. The batter is very thick and sticky, so putting it on the griddle was a bit of a task. You cannot "pour" this batter. We doubled the recipe, but could have tripled it for our family.
Well, I guess I need another book from the library. I'm out of eggs and sugar anyway. And I don't feel like going anywhere.
Beat the egg with a whisk in a med. bowl until fluffy. Whisk in the yogurt, cream and oil.
We also thought that it could use a wee bit more fried sausage, when we doubled the recipe.