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Mother’s Day

I love a day where I can celebrate what I do.  I love being a mother and I am grateful that the Lord gave me four of the finest creatures I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.   I am even more grateful to the man who has long supported me in this motherhood adventure.  The man who wakes early and works late so that I can stay home and nurture our children.  Without him this life would be impossible. 

My family made me a wonderful dinner complete with lobster.  Mr. calls them sea crows and absolutely hates them so he sure must love me a lot to bring one home for dinner!  For years he even took me on the Lobsta on the Lake cruise for my birthday.  He was thankful for the prime rib and I was thankful for double everything that came from under the sea.  I made yellow cake for dessert because I am a better baker.  He would have done it if I had asked but it is such an easy recipe that I didn’t mind throwing it together.   I will add the recipe below.  It was delicious with strawberries and whipped cream.  A great alternative to pound cake IMO.

I got my iPod Touch for Mother’s Day.  I have been wanting one for a long while now but I have always put it on the back of the list and prioritized something else.  Mr. bought it for me and it was even on sale!   What could be better.  I am having so much fun with it and I am finding that it is a useful homemaking tool as well.

My mom came by and I gave her this jewelry set that I made.  It was my first attempt at a necklace with a clasp and earrings.  I really like how it turned out and she just loved it.   

We ate cake and watched videos from the Kentucky trip and began planning our family vacation in Boston in July. 

All in all it was a fabulous day. 

Yellow Cake from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook.  This recipe is a little different from the one in my actual cookbook but mine is older and things have been updated.    It is all of the same ingredients ( except for the addition of salt)  just in different values. 

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
In a bowl combine flour, sugar and baking powder.  Add milk, butter and vanilla.  Beat with an electric  mixer on low speed till combined.  Beat on high speed for two minutes.  Add eggs and beat for two minutes more.  Pour into 2 greased and floured 9×1 1/2-inch round baking pans. Bake in a 375* oven for 25-30 minutes or till a toothpick inserted near the centers comes out clean. Cool on wire racks for 10 minutes.  Remove from pans.  Cool thoroughly on racks.  Serves 12. 
I actually cut it so that it serves 16.  8 pieces out of each cake.  We usually cover them with confectioners sugar but last night we added strawberries and whipped topping.  It really was the perfect compliment for the berries.   Enjoy!
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Paczki Photos

Yesterday I posted about Paczki.  I hope these photos show just how delicious they turned out.  They were so simple to make.  I mixed the dough in the bread machine.

After the bread machine I cut the dough into 8 pieces and rolled them into balls.  They set out for 2-2 1/2 hours to rest and rise a bit more.

The recipe called for frying the dough for 3 minutes on each side.  I found after 1 1/2 minutes that they were turning this deep, golden brown.  I decided to flip them at this point and I am glad I did.  I think they would have burned for sure.

Some of them are darker than others because I was testing the cooking time.  The first batch were the darkest but thankfully not burned.  (more…)

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Happy Paczki Day

So we’re not all Polish and we’re not Catholic, but, we do love to eat delicious fried foods.  I found a recipe for Paczki in my King Arthur Flour Bakers Companion Cookbook a few months ago and quickly decided to give it a try. 

Paczci are simply sugar dusted doughnuts.  They were traditionally eaten on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday ( the Tuesday being dubbed Fat Tuesday seems appropriate here).  It was in an effort to use up all of the eggs, butter,sugar and other yummy things before Lent when people often avoided such things. 

Apparently in the mid-west it is a big business and the day has been dubbed Paczki Day.  Now here in Vermont where Poles seem few and far between no one seems to know what I am talking about.  That being said , however, I did notice that Price Chopper was selling Paczki.  They also sell Bobka at Easter time too.  It makes me wonder if the founder of Price Chopper was from a Polish heritage?

So to celebrate my 1/4 Polish heritage and that I used to be a Catholic I am making Paczki tonight for dessert.  Paczki are usually eaten for breakfast but once again I reiterate that I am only 1/4 Polish and not a Catholic so I think I am ok. 

I cannot find the recipe on King Arthur flour to share but I did find a few that would work here and here.   I will post pictures later ( only if they turn out well and everyone likes them, if not I will simply skip along to a new topic of interest).

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