Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Peach Kuchen

I made this peach kuchen and it was delish.

German settlers brought the recipe for this tender coffee cake to the northern plains. The industrious pioneers changed up the tast by folding local fruits into the batter: apple, gooseberry, plum and even no-fruit cottage cheese. Here's a biscuitlike version with sumery peaches. Serve it warm for breakfast or with ice cream for dessert.

Peach Kuchen
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg or cinnamon
1/4 cup butter
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
2 cups sliced fresh peaches or frozen unsweetened peach slices,thawed & well drained on paper towels
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon light-color corn syrup
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon lemon juice
vanilla or peach ice cream

1. Grease and flour 9-inch springform or 9x9x2 inch baking pan. In bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. using pastry blender, cut in 1/4 cup butter to resemble coarse crumbs; make well in center. In small bowl, mix egg and milk; add to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (it will be lumpy)
2. spread into prepared pan. Halve any large peach slices. Arrange slices over batter. In sausepan, mix brown sugar, corn syrup, 1 tablespoon butter and juice. bring to boiling. Drizzle over peaches. Bake in 350 degree oven 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes. Serve with ice cream. Serves 9.

Try this recipe. I'm sure you will like it.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

 It's a late winters day, almost spring. The thin sunlight is filtering through a cloudy sky turning the world bright so you have to squint no matter which direction you look.
 The snow is turning first to slush and then to mud.
 it is a day you can take a walk wearing only a sweat shirt, jeans and rubber boots. You feel free, not encumbered by that bulky winter coat.
 I spotted a few geese flying overhead. I hope they find food and a soft place to land.
 Hungry deer have ventured up on the hillsides looking for fresh shoots popping up.
 Boys are bringing out their toys. I just saw Willie spinning donuts on the still ice covered lake.
 The dogs search for tasty tid-bits in the woods.

What signs of spring have you noticed?
Have you seen any Leprechaun's or pots of gold?

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Baby Girl

She'll steal your heart
Right from the start.
She'll giggle and coo
And that's not all she will do.
You can dress her up in lace and bows.
Oh, what fun to buy little girl cloths.
Take time to enjoy this precious gift
And in your hearts you will all be rich.

 I've just finished this quilt to send to my great niece Mazy, who will soon be joining our family.
 Her brother Noah can hardly wait for his little sister to arrive.
 And believe me the rest of us are pretty anxious to meet Mazy.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Outdoors Woman

 My sister in law Twila rode the midnight train to Rugby, ND from Minneapolis to go to an outdoor woman's work shop with me,

 We chose cross country skiing. I needed a few pointers, how to go up and down hills, and how to get up when you fall down.

 The first time I put on my skies and tried to get to the lake I fell down and was flailing around in the snow trying to figure out how to untangle my skies and get up when husband Willie drives by in the tractor honking the horn.

 It was 20 below the morning of the workshop but did stay warm all bundled up in our insulated ski cloths.

 It was quite a workout. We skied five miles up and down hills, over bridges, around corners.
Get up fall down, do it all again.
(Whew, we made it back)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Turn The Page Tuesday- An Untamed Land

   In "An Untamed Land" Lauraine Snelling's first novel in her Red River of The North series you will travel with the Bjorklund families on their journey from Norway to their homestead in North Dakota.
 From sea sickness on the long boat ride to arriving in New York not knowing a word of English.
 It is a fascinating story. The happiness and heartache this pioneer family goes through to prove up their land and make a new life in America.

 This book begins "Ingeborg Bjorklund shifted on the hard bench and fingered the tattered newspaper article in the pocket of her reticule. She lifted her face to the offshore wind that brought a fresh breeze to nostrils filled too long with only salt-scented air."

 Lauraine Snelling being of Norwegian heritage has dedicated this book to "The men and women who left Norway to forge a new life in America were pioneers of deep courage and fortitude. Leaving behind everything they treasured, they faced innumerable hardships as they settled across the territories of the West."

 I will defiantly be keeping my eye out for the second book in this series.

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