Monday, December 07, 2009

Mission: Accomplished

Wonky crocheted tree

I had the whole weekend before me, and amazing things planned.
So...what did I actually get accomplished?

I got my teeny crochet hook out and whipped up a few of these wonky trees, found on Dottie Angel's sweet blog!
Easy peasy, and that's saying a lot when it comes to ME doing handwork!
Now a little forest of them are scattered around my nativity set.

English Toffee Candy

Last week I made Seafoam, one of my favorite candies.
This weekend I tried my hand at toffee, and oh, my, word.
So easy, and SO good!
But be careful! The stuff is so dang hot!
Stop on over to Faithfulness Farm for the easy-peasy recipe!

2 cups leftover heavy cream from Thanksgiving

I had all this cream in the fridge, and it only stays fresh for just so long.
I had read on someone's blog (sorry, for the life of me I can't remember where I saw this)
that you can use your food processor to make butter.
So...that's what I did!

Buttermilk

After the cream "seizes", the chunk of butter will separate from the buttermilk.
Pour it off, then add 1/2 cup ice water to processor to "wash" the butter.
Process for a few seconds.
Drain, then repeat till the water pretty much remains clear.
Mine took 3 "washings".

Sweet cream butter!

I ended up with over a cup of butter, to be used on only the finest toast or to fry a couple of our farm fresh eggs in!

So, all in all, I got quite a bit done, and managed to watch White Christmas, Christmas in Connecticut, and a myriad of other silly, made-for-TV Christmas movies.

It was wonderful!

Now I am off to the grocers to stock up for what is predicted to be the WORST winter storm of the entire season.
Starting tomorrow night and moving right through to Thursday, we are expecting freezing rain, then lots of snow, then 40-50 mile per hour winds with sub-zero temps, then more snow!

YIKES!

How is YOUR week shaping up?

xoxo
Cindy
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16 comments:

Camille said...

WOW Cindy!! You got so much done!! That fudge looks amazing...I bet it even tastes better!! OH dear me...a big storm is heading your way...won't it be cozy to have all your shopping done and just stay home??? I love that...as long as the provisions are in and no one has to go out!! (Rarely happens here though).

Have a wonderful week!
Blessings,
Camille

Vickie's Michigan Garden (my backyard) said...

Cyn,
I have always wanted to make butter and that just looks heavenly. I do love sea feam but I never thought to make it. such good ideas. Wonder if we will get any snow our way this time.
vickie

Holly said...

A skiff of snow our way but the temp this morning was -19 Fahrenheit. Yours sounds worse though. It will be interesting to see what you whip up while your snuggling inside your house and I'm sure feeling very thankful for the warmth of it.

goatmilker said...

I love fresh made butter it is the best. The candy looks great. I don't know about you but I'am not ready for this storm. We are suppose to got to my son's annual eye appointment at ann Arbor Thursday. Maybe not if it is to bad. Have a great night Rebekah.

cityfarmer said...

ooohhhh ...I can almost taste the butter ...


let's see ...mmm ...I hit the lap pool today for the first time in months ... then dropped off some goodwill stuff ... then came home starving ... good thing I had made the salad before leaving on errands ... then I cleaned for some company tomorrow night ...then i made a custom order of the savvycityfarmsacs ...whew ...that's how today is shaping up ...oh and YES the storm lands here tomorrow ... good thing I did the Randall Road Run on Friday last week ... fridge and pantry chock full

Lola Nova said...

Well, that settles it, I'm coming over, save some tasties for me!
Love your crochet tree, been wanting to try that myself. I'm all stars at the moment.
We are at 23F with howling winds making it a 10 degree chill factor and wowee! It's cold.

Ang said...

awesome work! a busy beaver for sure but sounds like the best weekend EVER! love weekends like this

Maria said...

Hi Cindy! The butter sounds FABULOUS!
Wow... what a storm you're getting!
Keep the kettle going!
Stay Warm, Cozy and Safe~
Blessings Always ~ Maria

Kay-The Rustic Cottage said...

Love, love, love English toffee!! You have been a whirlwind of activity. Love the little trees. I want to see pictures of soap!

christschild said...

Sounds like you had a very productive day! Stay warm and send the snow this way!LOL

Handmade in Gibraltar said...

I am looovvving your blog , it's still unreasonably warm here in Gibraltar and I love your snowy pictures. Hope you enjoyed the things you made they looked yummy in photos

love Louise
http://handmadeingibraltar.blogspot.com

Rachel said...

We are getting heavy rain and the wind is coming tonight and tomorrow, and colder weather, but nothing like your neck of the woods will get!

The toffee looks yummy! Love your little trees too! I have never heard of this way to make butter! Interesting!!

Keep warm!

KimT said...

just discovered your blog. Wow, I hope you stay warm and dry over the next several day! I can't believe you made butter! I might have to try it.

A Big Bowl Of Cherries said...

You did have a busy weekend. But a happy satisfying busy. I love the trees! They turned out great! As far as the weather goes. I'm not going very far for a while. As wet as it's been you'll have a time drying that tree won't you?

Luisa @ Dance in my garden said...

your tree looks so lovely....as does the scrummy sweet...
I have been wanting to try making butter with the kids using a jar and a marble...but not sure about the washing bit!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

That is so awesome that you make your own butter. So few people do. I use my Kitchen aid to make butter weekly. It is so wonderful. The buttermilk is wonderful, too.

God Bless,
Jackie