Thursday, October 2, 2014

Celebrate the Day with a Breakfast Treat

I've been playing with my bread pudding recipe again. . .This time baking up a breakfast treat with the mouth-watering goodness of honey buns and pecans, bread pudding with cinnamon and sugar, homemade peach preserves and whipped cream. . .Everyone will think you slaved over a stove in the early morning with a special treat for them. . .but the great thing about it is that you can prepare the Bread Pudding the night before and just pop it in the oven the next morning. . .

Place Honey Buns in the bottom of a lightly greased casserole. Top with Pecans, Almonds, or your choice of nuts. Fill in the spaces with day old or toasted French bread (or bread of your choice). Cut more French bread into cubes. Layer on top of the Honey Buns and Nuts.
In a mixing bowl, whisk 2 tablespoons melted butter and 1 cup sugar.
Then whisk in 3 large eggs.
Add 5 tablespoons flour and whisk.
Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and 2 cups buttermilk or regular milk. Whisk.
Pour mixture over the bread. Let the bread soak up most of the pudding mixture. If the top is not saturated, place a plate or other weight on top. This will take approximately 10-15 minutes, or it can be covered and refrigerated overnight. Top before baking with a cinnamon and sugar mixture. Set oven at 350 degrees and bake for 45 minutes or until the pudding is set and the top is a golden brown. Let it cool slightly before cutting.
I top each piece with Homemade Peach Preserves. There's a recipe for Amish Peach Jam HERE or choose any favorite jam or preserve.  Add whipped topping. Then set back and enjoy the compliments with your coffee!
. . .from my farmhouse to yours. . .

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fall Inspiration Inside the Gazebo

Well. . .Okay. . .So it's not your everyday standard gazebo. . .but I don't know what else to call it. . .John actually named it. . .People looked at us funny when we'd tell them to meet us at the Corn Crib. . .I remember my cousins meeting their Dad's at the Corn Crib with a belt for an 'attitude adjustment'. . .not a pretty sight. . .I think they also went there to smoke. . .They thought they were getting away with it but Daddy always knew what they were doing. . .being boys.

But back to our Corn Crib built ca 1930 by my Granddad Magers. . .It was in an awful shape when we returned to the farm. . .Some told us to bulldoze it. . .They're eating their words now. . .John called it 'The Corn Crib Gazebo' from the beginning. . .'The Gazebo' stuck. . .I have one cousin who loves to sleep here. . .Can't blame him a bit, can you?

It's become the meeting place for friends and family when the weather is good. . .and Fall is the perfect time to enjoy it. . .I try to have afghans handy for the chilly days. . .So far, we haven't had any, but I'm sure cooler weather will be here soon.

In years past I've used vintage metal gliders and chairs, but with several years of use they were beginning to fall apart. . .One day I was killing time at Lowes while John was sorting wood and found these white Adirondack chairs on sale for $8. . .I immediately staked my claim on them and sat there until John found me. . .I didn't want anyone to grab them. . .They are really comfy. . .In fact, I found John napping in one last week. . .They are much easier to clean, too. . .A hose-down is all they need.

I've been told it might become a favorite meeting place for the witches on Halloween. . .That would be fine. . .as long as they leave me a chair. . .and maybe John, too. . .In fact, looks like one has already claimed the swing, doesn't it?. .(grin)

. . .from my corn crib gazebo to yours. . .

Sunday, September 21, 2014

SUNDAY: There's Always One In Every Crowd

Have you ever noticed this? You get a crowd together and one will stand out from the others. . .Might be a clown. . .Might be their fashion style. . .Might be someone with a lot to say. . .Not a bad thing. . .They only become memorable. . .Leaders stand out in a crowd. . .Trend Setters shine brighter. . .

Do YOU know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made by the Creator?
Unique and unlike anyone else?
Well, you are.
In this day of being politically and socially correct, our uniqueness is threatened. . . .Sometimes I have to remind myself that I don't have to do what everyone else is doing. . .
So very true. . .
Be Who You Were Meant To Be, My Friends. . .
Because You Are Beautiful Within Yourself
Sunday Blessings From the Farm!

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