Thursday, February 10, 2022
Monday, February 7, 2022
I grew up with my mother saying every fourth Thursday of November, "Well, it was another Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving."
My dad had a copy of "Doctor and the Doll" hanging in his office. It seemed only fitting for a doctor that was also the father of three little girls.
"Before the Shot" hits close to home when I have to take my boys to the pediatrician every year.
And of course my husband's favorite is "Sunday Morning," what feels to me like an accurate portrayal of more days than just Sunday...
Norman Rockwell was a man of good stature, style, and taste. His art went beyond just an image on a canvas, it told a story and touched close to home for many of us. His paintings are timeless, as appears to be his favorite cookie recipe. Courtesy of The Red Lion Inn, here it is:
1 stick butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup water and 2 eggs well beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
About 1 cup oatmeal
Chopped Nuts (walnuts preferred)
Mix in order and drop on baking sheet. Bake 400 degrees 7 to 8 minutes. Then run under boiler to brown.
Thursday, December 9, 2021
Step 1: Heat up a mug of warm milk.
Step 2: Drop in one bomb per mug.
Step 3: Sit back and watch as the bomb explodes (well, more realistically it dissolves...)
Step 4: Stir it up!
Step 5: Enjoy
I remember hearing about this new "Hot Chocolate Bomb" craze last year, but then I also remember them selling out - those things were like hot cakes! Well, I am happy to say that Hot Chocolate Bombs are back, Baby! So run, don't walk, for this super special treat. They come in all different classes (Adult and Kid friendly) and colors (Dark, White, and even Rainbow!).
Thursday, October 14, 2021
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Monday, March 22, 2021
My dad came to visit, for the first time in 18 months (thank you COVID vaccine!), and I was over the moon. It felt special, and I wanted him to feel special. And my father, the doctor, loves his vegetables. So of course, one of his favorite cakes is Carrot Cake. Luckily, I have a friend who is a marvel in the kitchen and gave me this recipe for a homemade carrot cake. I was skeptical at first when she said it was easy, but all truth be told, the most difficult part was slicing the carrots! So, without further adieu, here is the best recipe for...
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/4 cups canola oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs
5-6 medium carrots, peeled and sliced *
1 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup raisins
1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prep two 9-inch round cake pans lightly greased with oil, lined with parchment, and lightly grease the parchment.
2) Whisk together the oil, sugars, and vanilla. Whisk in the eggs, one by one, until all ingredients are combined.
3) Using a spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl, then add 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and the salt. Blend together, then add the remaining flour, baking soda, and ground cinnamon. Stir until all is smooth.
4) Add the carrot slices, pecans, and raisins, and mix together.
5) Bake for 35 minutes, then remove from oven, flip over on a rack, and let cool and release from the pan (about 15 minutes).
*To "slice" the carrots for this cake, use a peeler to peel off the skin, then just keep using the peeler all around to get your thin, fine slices.
Cream Cheese Frosting
16 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup of butter, softened
4 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
Beat all of the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Makes a generous amount of frosting.
Now put it all together... Place some frosting in a full circle on the bottom of a plate. Top with the first cake round, layer the top with frosting. Carefully place the second cake round on top of the first, and frost the entire cake around.