Monday, May 16, 2011

Nature Walk With Coco!

Please note that this post is entitled Nature Walk...what Coco and I were really doing is looking for the mighty Morel!
The fiddleheads pictured above are edible and that is as close to a morel as we got on Sunday (except for the leeks).

If you look closely behind the rock (to the left) you hopefully will be able to see water...this little creek was near and dear to my heart as a child. There was a cherry orchard on the property and our family picked cherries every summer and when lunch time arrived, we walked down to the creek and had a drink of the coldest and best water ever!


Here we have some wild leeks that I pulled...hopefully I can find a recipe that appeals to me to use some of these fragrant leeks!

Not a mushroom:(

The positive news...Coco and I had a great walk and visit in the woods!!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookies With A Twist!

Caramel Bits are new to me and I must admit that I devoured a few right out of the bag...tasty little gems!

This cookie recipe combines some wonderful ingredients and please be advised that parchment paper works much nicer than the Silpat on this particular cookie.

Here are the little caramel morsels and believe me they are just the right size for a snack!

Chocolate Chip Cookies With A Twist:

1 cup softened butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup quick cooking oatmeal
3/4 cup Rice Krispies
1 cup caramel bits
1 cup milk chocolate chips

Mix butter, sugar, and eggs together until light and fluffy, then add vanilla. Mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder and add to the butter mixture. Blend in oatmeal, Rice Krispies, caramel bits, and chocolate chips just until incorporated.

Form dough into small balls and place on parchment line cookie sheets...slightly flatten dough with the palm of your hand.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

I left the cookies on cookie sheet for a few minutes before removing to cooling racks.

Do enjoy the cookies and be sure to pop a few caramel bits into your mouth while making cookies!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tower Time!

Ben has created a tower for Maggie and Grandma!
This piece of furniture will enable Grandma and Maggie to do a little experimenting in the kitchen!

As you can see, Maggie just loves "tower"!

The tower is adjustable so it can be used for quite some time and it slides right up to the island...oh the fun we will have!

I'll be sure to take some photo's of flour covered hands and face!!!
Thank you Ben, for a job well done!