Saturday, September 12, 2015

Late Summer! Baked scones and made dill pickes!

Saturday late afternoons are good for baking sometimes.
I made scones.  I have also prepared a soup wich I had not done in a while. The evenings have been cooler and so nice.

It felt wonderful outdoors today. Both cats enjoyed being outdoors for a bit.
I made a pan of scones to take to church tomorrow. It is an easy recipe. The recipe is from I just modify it by not using raisins and instead I use dried cranberries, one can use any type of dried fruit they wish. Also this recipe does not say this but I do place the pan in the freezer for 9 to 10 minutes before baking. That is another modification I made to this recipe. I like to do it this way.

I placed the butter in the freezer the night before.
I place the scones in the freezer for 10 minutes before baking.

I prefer not to place a glaze over the top and only place just a bit of large crystals sugar. I should had placed them before baking though. A glaze works pretty well with other types of scones like orange scones for example.


Simple scones

2 Cups all-purpose flour                           
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
1/2 cup raisins (or dried cranberries)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large egg

1- Oven on lower-middle rack and preheat to 400 degrees.

2-In medium bowl, mix flour, 13 cup sugar. baking powder, baking soda and salt. Grate butter into flour mixture. Use your fingers to work in butter . Mixture will be coarse. then stir in the cranberries, raisins or whatever fruit you prefer.

3-Whisk sour cream and egg in another bowl till smooth.

4- Use a fork to stir creamy mixture into flour until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (Dough will be sticky in place, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.)
5-Lightly flour the counter top and pat the dough into an 8-inch circle about 3/4 -inch thick. Sprinkle the large crystal sugar on top. Use sharp knife to cute into 8 triangles,place on a cookie sheet  (preferably lined with parchment paper) , about 1-inch apart. Bake until golden , about 15- to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature
If you want to drizzle anything over it go ahead! They are your scones, I mean the ones you are making not these here :)

Then I decided to learn to make pickles since a lady from church gave me a few cucumbers and she also gave me some dill. I don't eat pickles because I don't  like them but my husband, son and daughter all like them. I have enjoyed some sweet pickles before but never got used to the flavor of dill pickles.

Hope you are all enjoying your cooler afternoons now in late Summer!

We have been watching Merlin and both me and hubby really enjoy it. I give a 5 star to this show.  We're also watching Parks and recreation, I don't give a 5 star to that show but it's half way ok . I would give 3 stars. :)   I thought about placing images here of the show but I fear they might have copyrights that do not let us use the images. :(  They should let us all use it since we are promoting them, for free too! :)

Are you watching any series? 

Keep well and enjoy your Summer or what is left of it. Around here it starts to look like Fall will be here soon.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Recipes that freezes well

Casseroles that freezes well !

I have been looking for recipes that freezes well. This one was a great one. The flavor was intact after being frozen for a few days. I find myself in the kitchen a bit too much when we have company so I thought why not try to freeze food ahead of time? We live in a rural area and it takes 25 minutes to get to a grocery store so it is wise to have things made ahead.
Do you have a favorite recipe that freezes well?? I would love to hear about it. Share the link if you wish.

Mission Casserole

1 1/2 lbs of ground beef
1 large onion diced
 1 can cream of mushroom
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 8oz cartoon of sour cream
1 can of mixed vegetables
1  8oz package of noodles, cooked
1 envelope of dried onion soup

Fry ground beef, (I added a bit of vinagar and seasoned salt.)
Add the onions cook till onions are transparent then add the rest of ingredients. 
Cook at 350 - for 30-40 minutes.
I have replaced the can of mixed vegetables for frozen vegetables (1 and 3/4 cups)
I have used plain yogurt instead of sour cream. It worked well.
When ready to serve pour over some bread crumbs. Place 2 tablespoons of butter in frying pan and then add about 1/2 cup bread crumbs , let it get a golden color and place over the casserole before serving! 
Also...what do you think....leave the paper towel displayed in the kitchen counter or hide it in the pantry???
Yes, that is one very old pan...but it works so well to place it in the freezer. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Dicovering the beauty of Iowa. The lake was so pretty and looked so peaceful. May you have a blessed Summer.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Back with some recipes

I will keep some recipes here because I think it will easy to come back to it whenever I want.
We had a marvelous year so far. Hope the same has been true to you as well.    "Easy Banana Muffins." To see the recipe click on the link.

I finally lost the fear of making Angel Food Cake and went ahead a made one. Ok, it was a mistake to take away all the fear because I forgot and sprayed the pan and thus the reason it didn't raise well. It did however tasted pretty good with the straberries.

We had a couple of cooler days a few days ago and so I decided to make Cauliflower soup. I absolutely love soups.
I got the recipe again from   Here is the link for you:

I noticed how bad these photos are. The light in the kitchen at night doesn't help with photography. I apologize.
Hope you have a great end of week.


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Autumn is here!

Fall is here! Hurray, I love these temperatures!

Temperatures are beginning to go down but this is a good time to do things indoors. Temps for this week: 83 degrees, 77 degrees and 58 Farenheit next Thr. 40 degrees at night.
The garden is almost gone. Now I will have be time for crafts and some reading or at least that's what I plan.
I saw in pinterest these adorable sack towels embroidered and so I went to the site and ordered her booklet with the instruction and prints to get my own done. They are flower sack towels. I plan in giving them to my daughter but will also make a set for myself and also to give as gifts. I love handmade gifts and I have friends who values that as well.
Portuguese : O outono chegou, a temperature esta caindo e agora e um bom tempo pra fazer coisas dentro de casa.  Nessa semana temperaturas: 31 hoje mas depois a 25 e 14 graus na quinta feira com uma temperatura de 5 graus a noite.  Adoro essas temperatures , esse e o melhor tempo do ano. A horta ja esta terminando. So resta alguns tomates e meu filho vai cortar todos os pes de tomates e deixar a terra plana pra receber a neve que vem logo ai.  Vi em pinterest essas toalhas de cozinha bordadas e adorei! Se compra ja feitas as toalhas de saco de farinha mas pode se usar outras que seja de algodao. Fui pra o site e comprei o livrinho que vem com o desenho e as instrucoes pra fazer as toalhinhas. Vou da um jogo pra minha filha e tambem fazer um pra min. Claro que voce pode bordar suas proprias ideas tambem. Lindas pra presentear a pessoas da familia ou amigas. 

Link to my pinterest page:
Este acima e o link pra minha pagina de pinterest.
 Link :    Esse e o link pra se comprar o livreto.
Se fizeram os seus tirem fotos, adoraria ver-los.
Se fizerem seus proprios publiquem, adoraria ver-los.

Son picking some tomatoes.  O filho pegando algumas tomatoes.

Here some of the books I got to read. The one about Olive oil (Extra Virginity) is written by a blogger friend who lives in Italy. Her husband is from the US. She made a merino wool shawl for me. Here's a link to the shawl she made: ( ) "On our shoes" is a book for a bible study. "French Women don't get fat" I got for $.25 cents at a library sale. I also have plans to read the whole series of Harry Potter books. Wish me luck! There are also plans to do more crafts for Christmas. "Stuck" is a book done by the brother of a very sweet friend, we used to work together at the clinic. 

Portugues: Aqui estao alguns dos livros que estou lendo. O livro sobre oleo de oliva (Extra Virginity) foi escrito por uma amiga que vive na Italia. Aqui o link pra o chale que ela fez pra min ( ) O marido dela e daqui dos E.U. Ela foi quem fez meu chale de la merino. Tenho um poste sobre isso alguns meses atras. O livro "In Our Shoes." sera usado pra um estudo biblico. O livro "Stuck" saiu fresquinho da impressora e foi escrito pelo irmao de uma boa e doce amiga enfermeira. Trabalhavamos juntas quanto eu trabalhava na clinica (noutra cidade.)

(Desculpa as palavras sem acentos pois estou escrevendo de um teclado que nao tem possibilidade de escrever com acentos.)

I water my own plants with the rose but some small pots I water with a water can. We have been quite visited by humming birds and even this lovely moth that I first thought it was a humming bird. I am not sure what type of moth it is. This is our backyard. The building in the back looks closer in photo but it's further in the back yard and that is a honey business. We see 3-4 bees around our flowers sometimes. They take their bees to Texas in the Fall. 
Uso a magueira com um aguador ao final mas pras plantas pequenas uso uma caneca de agua como esta. Temos muitas visitas de beija flor e outros passaros e ate essa mariposa que ate parece um beija flor da maneira que bate as assas. Bonita! O predio atras que por sinal parece bem mais perto de nos do que realmente esta  e um predio onde processam mel. Eles tem abelhas atras e de vez em quando ha ate 3-4 abelhas por aqui nas flores. Eles levam as abelhas pra Texas a cada nesse tempo do ano.

We like to walk here sometimes. It's a quiet and lovely nature walk in this area. A few people of the community also enjoy to be here. This is a park owned by the city. It's much larger than this small segment I am showing. The cicadas are noisy in this video and the wind was tremendous that day. I apologize for the fact that I have no skills in videography. I had the camera to take photos but decided to make a small film.

Gostamos de andar or correr nessa area as veces. E um parque que pertence a cidade e varias pessoas da comunidade vem aqui pra fazer picnics ou pra exercicios ou pesca. Claro e bem mais grande do que esse pequeno segmento que estou mostrando. As cigarras estavam barulhentas e o vento estava horrivel nesse dia. Pedindo desculpas pelo fato de nao ter talento em videografia. Estava com a camera pra tomar fotos e decidi fazer um video pequeno. Pra ver os video tem que fazer um click na seta, ficou meio estranho com panoramas passando rapido :)
Tenha uma linda semana a frente e o que o senhor lhes bendiga!

Links:   Pumpkin swirled coffee cake  
    Beautiful way of dressing
Lovely Autumn photo


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Welcome Autumn

Welcome Fall!!!   Bem vindo Outono!

We had a Fall (Harvest festival dinner) in our church. The dinner was at the civic center. Lots of interesting food. Look at the multi colored jello salad. The peach pie was pretty good too.
Festival do Outono na nossa igreja. Toda comida preparada pelas senhoras da Igreja. O jantar foi no centro civico.
Tai meu prato, cobri a carne com o paozinho :), mas olha a gelatina colorida! A torta de pessego pra sobremesa estava boa com um copo de cafe.

Look all the pies at the dessert table. My husband with his back to the camera, visiting!
Olha todas as tortas na mesa das sobremesas. Ai ta meu esposo (a direita, com as costas) conversando!

Our son and husband decided to get a machine that makes pasta with the hope that it can also help them to make homemade crackers. They like whole wheat and out there we can't find a lot of crackers that offer lots of fiber. Everything comes with so many chemicals that one is better off making your own at least part of the time. This one was made in Italy and it's sturdy with a good price. No need to buy a super expensive one when a middle priced one can do the job well.
Meu filho e esposo compraram uma maquina de fazer pastas com esperancas que podera tambem fazer as
crackers porque por ai e dificil de encontrar crackers de trigo integral com muita fibra. Quase tudo por ai vem cheio de chemicos que faz medo entao devemos o proprio o mais possivel. Ja fizeram crackers caseira e ficaram boas. Esta foi feita na Italia e bem forte.

I canned 19 jars of tomatoes and a few beet pickles and even some salsa!  It will be nice to enjoy those once the garden is done.
Preparei 19 vidros grandes de tomates. Ainda tenho bastante na horta. Fiz tambem varios vidros de pickles de beterraba e salsa tambem. Entao sera otimo ter tudo isso quando ja nao houver horta porque o inverno e a neve bem por ai.
Harvest moon !!!
Aqui eles chamam essa lua - A lua da colheita!
Desejando um lindo Outono pra todos aqui no hemisferio Norte e uma boa Primavera pra o Sul.

Here another photo of the Havest Moon. Outra foto da lua da colheita.



Saturday, August 24, 2013

Basil and other herbs! Manjericão e outras hervas!

We have lots of basil this Summer so I made so
me pesto, used it in my focaccia   and of course hanged some to dry so we can have dried basil in the Winter.
3 c. packed fresh basil leaves
4 cloves of garlic
3/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 c. olive oil
1/4 c. pine nuts
1/2 c. chopped fresh parsley ( I used useds lesss than that since I don't really like the flavor of parsley)
 Combine all ingredients  in food processor or blender and process it till you have a smooth paste.
I love it with focaccia, or any other bread. I recommend everyone to plant some herbs, even planted in pots they do pretty well.

Portugues:  Temos muito manjericão esse ano. Utilizamos na focaccia e tambem fazemos um pesto pra servir com pao ou focaccia. Penduramos secar o resto porque assim vamos ter manjericão pra o inverno. E bom todo prato de pasta. Temos varias outras hervas que tambem produziu muito esse ano e estamos secando todas. O ponto e que pensamos que voce deve com certeza plantar suas hervinhas pois vale a pena.
Pra fazer o pesto:
3 xicaras bem embaladas de manjericão fresco
4  dentes de alho
3/4 de xicara de queijo Parmesao ralado
1/2 xicara de azeite de oliva
1/4 de xicara de sementes de pinhões
1/2 xicara de salsa picada ( usei menos pois nao gosto tanto assim to sabor da salsa)

Combine tudo no processador ou liquidificador e processe ate obter uma pasta cremosa. Adiciono sal antes de servir. Uso sal to mar ou sal da Himalaia pra acentuar o sabor.
Compro uma bolsinha com as sementes de pinhões como pode ver a esquerda da foto e da pra fazer pesto duas veces. E muito caro por aqui mas acredito que e bem mais barato no sul do Brasil. Os tomates tambem esse ano estao bem grandes e vamos ter muitos tambem.

Sorry for the photos. At night I can not take good photos of my camera. I have so much to learn. But the point is, plant some herbs, they worth the time. Desculpe a photo e de ma qualidade! Mas o ponto e , que voce deve plantar suas hervinhas porque vale a pena.  Como ve na foto tambem tenho muito alecrim e tomilho. Tambem tenho algumas outras hervas que nao estao na foto mas que produciram bem esse ano.