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Happy Easter!

From our house to yours,
May all the blessings of Easter come your way, bringing love, peace, and understanding.

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Happy Easter,

The Brown's 

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Apple Mint Bread, there is mint ready to harvest

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

Yesterday my plans to make something in the kitchen were changed to spending some time on a drive north, towards Mt Saint Helen and continued along highway 12 until we almost reached the summit on White Pass before turning around and coming back home. It is such beautiful territory and a grand way to spend the day.

We stopped for a nice lunch at a little cafe in Mossyrock,WA where the sign on the outside said just like home
And it was, the Kameo cafe is housed in a little home storefront. Very small, actually a  one-woman operation. The owner takes your order and then goes to cook your food. I was very hungry and ordered the Cheeseburger and "fries". My order once given was then clarified by the owner as she said: don't serve french fries, I serve home fries".

Honestly, there has NEVER been a fried potato I have not eaten with gusto! Especially a plain boiled potato, sliced with the skin left on, then fried until crispy and golden on the outside, type of fried potato. My response was, "sounds great".  The food was really good, and in just the right amount and we were attended to, just enough without being interrupted.  If we needed anything we were to let her know, but not once were we asked (with a full mouth) how is everything.

A very nice lunch indeed.

But this is my favorite moment while in her little cafe. Across from our table was another table, the couple seated had read the menu and simply ordered. She, a burger with coleslaw and for him, the turkey avocado bacon sandwich with "fries". The owner again explained she did not serve french fries but instead served home fries. He said that was fine, and immediately his wife changed her order from the coleslaw to the home fries. So it is true, everyone loves fried potatoes! It seems that no matter where you go, everyone loves home cooking.


It is time to use the mint from the backyard garden. It is flowering and very beautiful, I have plans for mint jelly, but today this little loaf sounds good.....Minted Apple Bread.




Minted Apple Bread
adapted from Herbal Breads
by Ruth Bass
350-degree oven

1 c flour
1 c whole wheat flour
3/4 c sugar
1 T baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 t cinnamon
2 T minced fresh mint - I decided to chiffonade the mint, I love the little stripes in the bread.
1 egg
1 c unsweetened applesauce
1/4 c oil

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients through cinnamon,



In another bowl whisk together all remaining ingredients.



Gently mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, taking care not to over mix.

Divide batter between 2 8X4 or you may use smaller pans and adjust baking time accordingly. Because quick bread freezes well, I decided to double the recipe. I can share some with the family and put a loaf or two in the freezer for later.


Makes 2 regular loaves or 3 smaller loaves.  Bake 35-45 minutes for standard loaves, 25-30 for the small ones, or until tests done in your oven.


Cool in the pans 5 minutes, then tip out onto a cooling rack or tea towel. Wrap well for storage. Like all quick bread, a 24-hour rest improves the texture for slicing.

Enjoy!

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Citrus and Vinegar Spray Cleaner, all natural and smells great! Updated.

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I love a good fragrance, but I want it to be fresh and natural. Artificial and or overpowering fragrances tend to send me packing! This is true from my own chosen perfume to my cleaning products.

While waiting for our house to sell, I am using my time wisely to get our recipes and household ready to make the small move into our 5th wheel. Our food has been easy, we eat fairly simple if not delicious. Our clothes are for the most part what is now referred to a pocket wardrobe, jeans along with shirts and the needed undergarments. Dressed up for us, will be a new pair of jeans!

Which now brings us to cleaning supplies. I have made my own Homemade Laundry Detergent for some time now, we love it, plus our clothes are clean and they smell fresh, naturally. Another laundry trick is a set of these homemade woolen laundry balls, you won't need fabric softener sheets. If you find your fabric is static producing, add a ball of wadded up aluminum foil...

This Citrus and Vinegar Spray Cleaner also makes a great freshener for your laundry in the dryer, simply spritz a bit on a piece of cloth and toss it in with the laundry, or better yet, spritz a bit on your woolen dryer balls. You can easily make a set for your self, the process is found here.

I have Easy Clean, a surface spray cleaner that is handy and now this new household product, Citrus and Vinegar Spray Cleaner.

Vinegar is one of my favorite cleaning staples. It is cheap and does a great job. Lemon is one of my favorite smells, very fresh and clean. Combine the two and you have a great spray cleaner that won't choke anyone up, especially in a small home.Plus this is frugal to make and did I mention easy? Let's be honest, who want difficult and time-consuming when there is so much to enjoy, all around you!

When we use a lemon, I simply put the peel in the freezer, when I have a few, it is time to make this cleaner, it is that simple. Being frozen does not impair the process and there is always a little corner of even the smallest freezer to hold a lemon peel or two....

Citrus and Vinegar Spray Cleaner, all natural and smells great!

Citrus and Vinegar Spray Cleaner
by the seat of my pants, but found everywhere on the internet...

1 small glass jar
the rind from 2-3 lemons, cut up if necessary to fit into the jar
white vinegar, to cover

Make sure the rinds are below the surface of the vinegar, this will prevent spoiling. A small glass set inside the jar is very helpful to keep the rinds kept below the surface of the vinegar. Let rest in an out of the way spot for 2 weeks or so, then...

Citrus and Vinegar Spray Cleaner, all natural and smells great!

Drain the vinegar into a spray bottle, take a look and add the same amount of water. Shake gently and you have a wonderful little bottle of spray cleaner for your home.

Citrus and Vinegar Spray Cleaner, all natural and smells great!

Remember to save those peels, lemon, orange, and lime. They all work well!

Citrus and Vinegar Spray Cleaner, all natural and smells great!

I personally like to wipe the counter or surface of any loose dried food particles, then spray with a bit of the vinegar and scrub/wipe clean with a damp cloth.

UPDATE: By the way, since vinegar is a completely natural ingredient. And like all things in nature, it has a built-in mechanism if you will for recycling or continuation, known as a "Mother". You will notice the bottle of vinegar has a cloudy mass floating in the center, this is a mother.  You can use the mother from a bottle of vinegar and create more vinegar.

 A "Mother" forming in a bottle of plain vinegar.
A "Mother" that was strained from a bottle of homemade vinegar cleaner.
Vinegar based cleaning supplies may form a mother after they have been stored for a time. You may do one of two things.

1. bring the strained Citrus and Vinegar Spray Cleaner to a boil, which will not harm the end product in any way, but will destroy the naturally occurring mother or,

2. The Citrus and Vinegar Spray Cleaner can be stored in the refrigerator. Where a mother will not form. The cold storage will not impede the cleaning properties. The choice is yours.

If on the other hand, you use your Citrus and Vinegar spray quickly, you may never see a mother form!

Happy cleaning!

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Buttermilk Creme, a dessert sauce for berries and poached fruit.

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Buttermilk Creme, a delicious sauce for fruit.
Buttermilk Creme, a dessert sauce for berries and poached fruit.

It is going to be berry season very soon.







Not just strawberries, all berries. This sauce is delicious. Perfect to pour over perfectly ripe, sweet berries.











Or poached fruit, like rhubarb and plums.

Buttermilk Creme
by the seat of my pants
see update below: a cooks wisdom

4 oz cream cheese
2 t vanilla
1/4 - 1/3 c sugar - see note below suggesting how much sugar to use
1/2 c fresh buttermilk

Beat cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar until fluffy.


Mix in the buttermilk one or two tablespoons at a time, scraping sides of the bowl to the center.

Continue to mix, until smooth.

Drizzle over berries.

This makes approximately 1 1/4 cups sauce.


Update:  decrease sugar to 1/4 cup, if using the sauce over berries or other fruits that have been sweetened with sugar.

Enjoy!

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Oat and Prune Bread

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Oat and Dried Plums Bread, fragrant with orange rind and spice.
 Ahh, finally time for breakfast, warm with a touch of butter.

I could go on and on about the healthy virtues of prunes, but I have learned that the way to eat well, is to cook well. Cooking well means, quality ingredients, used in creative ways that will entice a meal shared.

I used the word entice for that sentence because sometimes you do have to entice folks to eat a food that they have already formed a negative opinion about. And that is OK because it is all about learning for the first time or relearning if need be.

For a lot of folks relearning is usually needed with prunes.


This is such a beautiful book, it holds today's recipe. Let's get started shall we.........oh and just a reminder, quick bread toast up great in the toaster.

Cooks notes and possible words of wisdom:  For a loaf that is easy to slice, cut the dried plums into smaller pieces that the recipe states. While the large chunks of fruit are delicious, they make a chunky loaf of bread that is easily broken when sliced.


Oat and Prune Bread
adapted from:  Herbal Breads
by, Ruth Bass
350-degree oven

2 c pitted prunes, snipped into thirds
1/2 c orange juice
1/2 t dried thyme leaves, crumbled (don't leave this out, it is delicious!)


1 c oats, whirl in a processor to chop - pulsed only - do not make flour
1 c whole wheat flour
1 c flour
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c brown sugar
1 T baking powder
1/2 t salt
1 t cinnamon

3/4 c yogurt (or buttermilk)
2 eggs
1/3 c oil

chopped walnuts for top of breads, if desire

Snip prunes into thirds, add thyme and orange juice let soak while preparing rest of the ingredients.

In a medium bowl combine flours, oats, sugars, cinnamon, salt and baking powder. Whisk to blend ingredients well.

In a large bowl, blend the yogurt, eggs and oil. Quickly stir dry ingredients into wet. Add prunes and orange juice mixture, stirring well.

Divide into two 4X8 loaf pans, top with walnuts.

 I currently do not have 8X4 inch loaf pans, I do have this lovely Danish* loaf pan that I prefer to use. 

Bake 40 - 45 minutes or until tests done in your oven. Cool in pans 10 minutes, turn out on rack or towel to cool completely.

 This danish pan takes longer than the 8X4 pan listed in the book, by about 12 minutes. A standard 9X5 loaf recipe will bake in the same amount of time.

 This is what happens in my kitchen, how about yours?

Enjoy!

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* a Danish style pan is narrower and longer than our standard 9X5 inch loaf pan, yet holds the same amount or a standard recipe.
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Coconut Macaroons

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With just a few ingredients from your pantry and a few moments of your time, you get cookies!

Coconut Macaroons, quick easy and delicious!
Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons
from Mennonite Girls Can Cook
325-degree oven
1 can sweetened condensed milk
3 c coconut
1/2 c flour - whole wheat flour works great here!
1/4 t salt
 2 t vanilla or a combination of vanilla and almond extracts

Combine well, drop onto greased or parchment lined baking sheets.

Bake 18-20 minutes, let cool 3-5 minutes only, before remove from baking sheet to a cooling rack.

Let cool completely (the center stays hot, please don't ask me how I know...).

Super easy Coconut Macaroons, great recipe for baking with your youngsters!













This the perfect cookie, quick, easy, and chewy coconut good!

Enjoy!

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How to Make Homemade Woolen Dryer Balls, eliminate dryer sheets for good!

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another frugal and worthy project from our home to yours. Today I have another project that is a little different for us to offer, but I think you will like it...


How to make, Homemade Woolen Dryer Balls, from re-purposed wool sweaters.
Homemade Woolen Dryer Balls from re-purposed sweaters. 
Recently while home, I used some of my time to complete a simple handcrafted project. These simple projects are relaxing while creating something helpful for our home. While these Woolen Dryer Balls will not win any beauty contests, they are excellent in softening your clothes during the drying cycle, without the use of fabric softener sheets.

For those clothes that also produce excess static, you can easily reduce static with a couple of foil balls along with the Woolen Dryer Balls. Another trick I use for those items that filled with static electricity when pulled from the dryer is to air dry them. Most blended fabrics come out of the washer fairly wrinkle free and air dry quite well.

How to make woolen dryer balls, from a re-purposed sweater.
Keep this basket on your dryer for soft and static free laundry!

 The aluminum foil balls are just that, balls of aluminum foil. So easy, take a square of foil and crush it your hands and then "roll" into a ball. Try to not leave any sharp corners sticking out, but the first time you use them, they will become smooth. In time they will begin to break apart, at that point simply toss the well-used foil balls into the recycling and make a few more.  

If you would like to use a bit of freshener in the dryer cycle, consider spritzing the woolen dryer balls with a bit of the Citrus and Vinegar Spray Cleaner. 

I have found that 3-5 Woolen Dryer Balls are perfect for a full load of laundry. Because laundry is tossed in circles during the drying cycle, the Woolen Dryer Balls and the Foil Balls will become "lost" in a load of clothes. It is best to have enough for more than one load of laundry. As you fold the first load, you will come across the balls trapped in the clothes. The balls don't wear out and they don't leave behind any chemicals.  


I had priced wool yarn for this project and did not want to spend $8 for each skein. At that price I thought I would wait and see if I could find some wool yarn while out thrifting. As luck would have it, I found none. But what I did find was a 100% woolen sweater for a small sum and decided to give that a try. To began I felted the sweater, which involves washing it in the hottest setting on your washer, and during the drying cycle once again use the hottest setting. It should come out a few sizes smaller, which is what you are looking for. 

However felted wool yarn is what you have once the balls are made from a skein and washed in hot (very!) water. With the felted sweater, I had felted yarn, the only difference is that is was already knitted into a sweater. 

How to make woolen dryer balls, from a re-purposed sweater.

Cut the sweater into wide strips, they don't have to be perfect as this is a utility project and not intended to be beautiful. This sweater scrap also had a banded edge, this came off as one strip. 

Start with a banded edge piece (if you have one) and begin winding into a ball. Tack with needle and thread as needed, to help keep the ball shape. 

How to make woolen dryer balls, from a re-purposed sweater.

As the balls are being formed, whip stitch over each raw or cut edge to stabilize and strengthen the ball. I tend to "over sew" in a case like this. It is better to "over sew" than to have to mend later and I don't want them coming apart in the dryer. These are about the size of an orange. 

I found from using the Woolen Dryer Balls, that a larger grapefruit size was especially handy for larger or heavier clothes like blue jeans. 

Between the aluminum balls for static and the felted balls for softening, we have it covered!

With that, you are ready for laundry day!

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Brown Butter and Fruit Skillet Cobbler

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

I had noticed this beautiful peach cobbler and thought how lovely and delicious that looked. The only problem? No peaches in the fruit basket. But this browned butter batter is perfect with fruit, especially fruit with pits, like peaches, nectarines, but also plums.

The lovely plum is perfect to bake with and with so many varieties available you won't have trouble making this just a little bit different each time you make it!

Sounds good to me, personally I love plums, and it is a good thing too, because that is what was in the fruit basket.  

This cobbler is perfect for any and all fruit, currently in season.

Browned Butter and Fruit in a delicious Skillet Cobbler.
Browned Butter and Fruit Skillet Cobbler
Browned Butter and Fruit Skillet Cobbler
adapted from Sage Trifle
350-degree oven

1 stick butter

10-12 large black plums OR 6 c berries OR 8 c peaches
1 c sugar
generous t spice of choice (cinnamon, coriander, cardamom)

1 1/2 c flour
1 c sugar
1T baking powder
1/1/3 c milk

1/2 - 3/4 c sliced almonds

In a large flat bottom pan (iron skillets work great for this dessert!), melt butter on medium-low heat, carefully let brown until golden, reducing heat if necessary.
Turn off heat and remove skillet to prevent over browning. Let sit while preparing fruit and cobbler batter.



Wash and pit plums, cut each plum into thin slices, toss with the sugar and cardamom in a medium-size bowl. Let set while preparing cobbler batter.




In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and sugar. Whisk to combine, beat in milk until batter is smooth.

To assemble cobbler, pour batter over browned butter.


Spoon fruit onto the surface (it may sink, that is OK) in an even pattern, leaving about 1 1/2 inch rim with no fruit.

 

Sprinkle with the sliced almonds around the rim of the pan, over the batter. 


Bake 45 - 55 minutes, or until tests done in your oven. 
The almonds will be golden, the fruit bubbling and the cobbler will test done. 

Let cool, serves 8 - 12 and offer a small scoop of vanilla ice cream alongside.

Enjoy! 

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Cottage Cheese Dinner Buns

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

Cottage Cheese Dinner Buns, easy and delicious! Includes a link for whole grain version.
Cottage Cheese Dinner Buns
Before I had a camera or even this blog I had made these dinner buns many many times. It is another recipe from my old little black handwritten recipe binder, splattered and used for recipes just like this on, favorites made many times over.

These are simple, easy and delicious. My three favorite categories! You know the reason folks love to cook, is because not every recipe they make and enjoy is difficult. Let's be honest here, if every meal was a big challenge or difficult, the fun would disappear. Learning about and enjoying these simple, easy and delicious recipes is what begins the journey to other more challenging recipes and fun projects.

If you are a bread lover, fresh bread can turn the most humble dish into dinner. And fortunately, yeast doughs are not fussy at all and very forgiving. Yeast dough will wait in the refrigerator, to be baked right before dinner. And of course that wonderful aroma will call the family to dinner, you won't have to. But enough about my love of bread lets make some dinner buns.

By the way, this is a wonderful recipe to make with youngsters (or oldsters, I don't discriminate!) and it is the perfect way to make any meal special. You may see a whole wheat version of this recipe right here.


Cottage Cheese dinner buns
source unknown, in my little black binder
350 degree, for baking

1 package (1 scant T) yeast
1/4 c warm water
1/4 c sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 t salt
1/4 t baking soda
1 c cottage cheese
2 3/4 c flour - divided

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in the water, add the sugar, stir.


Gently warm the cottage cheese,


and add to the yeast mixture along with the egg, salt, soda and 2 1/2 c of the flour.

 
Slowly blend the flour into the wet ingredients, then mix well until mixture leaves the sides of the bowl, adding last 1/4 c flour if needed. Scrape down sides of the bowl, when completely mixed. NOTE: dough is sticky.


Cover and let rise until double in bulk.

 The rising will take about 1 hour.


Stir/punch down dough. Spoon into 12 prepared muffin cups.


Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.

 If not ready to bake after 30 minutes, remove towel. Otherwise, it may stick to the dough. If you need/want to store the dough, oil the tops lightly and cover loosely with wax paper and then a towel, put in the refrigerator.


When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350, bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and done. Makes 12 buns.

Enjoy!

Cottage Cheese Dinner Buns, easy and delicious! Includes link for whole grain version.
Whole Grain Cottage Cheese Dinner Buns


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