Please save this date - Sat., June 7.
Would you like to see beauty, attend a free educational exhibition that will enable you to plant and enjoys the "stars of the garden” - daylilies? The North Texas Daylily Society invites the public to attend the education exhibition of gorgeous daylilies from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. This free event will feature informative talks from growers of daylilies, as well as members present to answer and help you learn more about this wonderful perennial. I am so smitten with these flowers and, as an example, all my daylilies are now up and green and growing, including those in pots that I virtually abandoned all winter under a tree. How they made it through this winter is beyond me but I know they are hearty, as well as easy to care for. We hope to see you at the daylily event that will be held at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Camellia Room.
I sure do like the idea of making a batter for muffins and being able to keep the batter in the refrigerator for up to four weeks. The "Good Morning Muffins" are not only delicious but the idea of having them ready to be made in a moment's notice is great idea for breakfasts or a brunch. We also like pork chops with sauerkraut, an old German dish my Grandma Sturm used to make often for my family. I also make this dish with country style or baby-back ribs. It's wonderful with sourdough bread. Have you tried Maple Cookies with the wonderful glaze? Once you do, you'll be hooked on these. Thank you to Miranda, a good friend who gave me this recipe a few years ago, they area wonderful. Thanks so much Miranda.
Good Morning Muffins
• 6 eggs
• 2 1/2 cups white sugar
• 2 cups oil
• 4 cups grated carrots
• 1 cup coconut
• 1 cup raisins
• 1 cup chopped pecans
• 2 cups grated Granny Smith apples (that have been peeled and cored, then grated)
• 4 teaspoons baking soda
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 4 teaspoons cinnamon
• 4 cups flour
1. Stir all ingredients together.
2. Make as many muffins as desired, baking at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
Special note: This recipe makes a lot of batter and can be kept as batter in the fridge for up to four weeks.
This really comes in handy for a surprise treat for a teacher or a new neighbor, delicious, quick and easy.
Thompson's Sweet and Sour Pork Chops
• 2 pork chops person
• Sauerkraut-brand of your choice
• Jar applesauce
1. Brown pork chops on each side.
2. Place pork chops in a casserole baking dish.
3. Cover the chops with a layer of sauerkraut. Spread lightly with applesauce.
4. On top of the applesauce make another layer of pork chops, then sauerkraut and applesauce.
5. Bake at 350 degrees until pork is done, about 45 minutes to an hour.
And yes, I have made this recipe in a Crock-pot started early in the day.
If you use pork ribs the meat should fall off the bones, so tender and delicious.
• 1/2 cup butter
• 1/2 cup shortening
• 1/2 cup brown sugar
• 1/2 cup white sugar
• 1 egg
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 2 cups flour
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
1. Cream butter and shortening and both sugars together.
2. Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
3. Roll dough into small balls and pat down cookies placing them about 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8-10 minutes being careful not to over-bake.
5. Remove from pan and cool and frost with the maple glaze.
1. Melt 1/4 cup butter until golden brown, then blend in 1 cup sifted powdered sugar and a few drops of maple flavoring.
2. Stir in 1 to 2 Tablespoons hot water until icing spreads smoothly. These are moist, tender and delicious cookies.
Tip of the Week:
Add a little milk to water in which cauliflower is cooking, and the cauliflower will remain attractively white.
What my Grandmother didn't teach me:
To make eggs beat more quickly, add a tiny pinch of salt to the whites.
Have a great week in Parker County and when it gets cold, yet again, please remember it soon will be spring.