Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Waffles & Frosting

I adjusted our waffle recipe the other day, when I realized we had no all-purpose flour in the house!  I think these waffles are even better than traditional--soft inside, crisp outside, and a nice texture and flavor with the whole wheat and oatmeal.  This is a large batch, making about 20 small squares on our waffle maker, but they freeze and reheat well in the toaster.  (About 6+ servings.)

Whole Wheat and Oat Waffles

5 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 cup baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 1/2 cups milk
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
4 large eggs, lightly beaten

Combine all ingredients in the order listed, in a large bowl.  Whisk until smooth.  Let batter rest about five minutes before using.  Pour recommended quantity into preheated waffle maker.  (Our takes almost two cups of batter per batch of four.)

Especially delicious with jam or fruit,  and my husband's favorite topping, Fluffy White Frosting!

Fluffy White Frosting

1 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
dash of salt
2 egg whites
1 tsp. vanilla

Combine sugar, water, cream of tartar and salt in a small sauce pan.  Bring to a boil and dissolve sugar.  In a separate bowl start beating egg whites.  Pour hot sugar mixture very slowly into egg whites and continue beating until fairly stiff peaks form.  Add vanilla.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


It's been so long since my last post that I'm not sure where to start!  Here's a few snapshots of what I've been doing at home this past month.

Decorating Valentine's cookies.
Enjoying the first of spring--plum tree blossoms, wild mustard, daffodils...
Finally getting our art print framed and hung!
Watching (and sort of helping) my husband prepare a garden area in our yard.
Still feeding my starter, and loving my Ranunculus from my husband, and spending time at the sink...
Getting brave adding sun-dried tomatoes and herbs to my bread.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Remodels & Additions, My Style.

Yes, I'm talking like a contractor's daughter!
Here's the 'remodel'--two skirts for my nine-year old sister that started as ladies skirts from our local gospel mission thrift.  They are both nice cottons with time consuming details.  The navy blue is a GAP skirt, smooth lawn fabric with a hem tuck and full lining.  All I had to do was pop open the casing and pull the elastic tighter!  The other is a crisp cotton with all-around pleats, and a tiny little georgette edging at the hem.  I removed part of the waistband, sewed a new side seam, added a bit of elastic inside the waistline and restitched it.
And the 'addition'--adding cute fabric and trim to the bottom of a couple of basic hand towels for the kitchen.  I had not chosen colors for the living area of our home until recently, so I thought it would be fun to make some of the neutral items a bit more fun and personal!