Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Easy Baking Recipes: Lavender Cookies

Lavender Plant in Pot
These are a nice change from an ordinary cookie.

Lavender Cookies
1/4 cup butter; room temperature
1/4 cup honey
1 large egg
1 tablespoon organic lavender buds; finely crushed
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Cream butter and honey. Add remaining ingredients, mix well.

Drop by teaspoonfuls on to lightly greased cookie sheet.

Bake 8-10 minutes, being careful not to over brown.

Remove from cookie sheet and cool on a wire rack.

Makes about 14 cookies.

Cheatin' Rhubarb Pie

cheatin' rhubarb pie

Easy Baking Recipes:
I love to make pies, but sometimes feel a bit lazy. This recipe is great for when you are in a rush. This can be made with rhubarb, apples, or a combination.
Cheatin' Rhubarb Pie
2 cups rhubarb; sliced
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup flour
1/2 cup honey
3/4 cup butter; melted
1 Large egg
1/2 cup walnuts; chopped, optional

Place rhubarb in the pie plate. You may need more, or less, rhubarb, depending upon the size pie plate you use.

Sprinkle the cinnamon and drizzle the 2 T honey over the rhubarb.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, 1/2 cup honey, butter eggs and walnuts.

Mix well. Pour over rhubarb.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes.

Note: Apples can be used instead of the rhubarb, just cut back to 1 T of honey instead of 2 T.

Read about cooking this pie in the sun

rhubarb

Easy Baking Recipes: Single Serving "Baked " Egg

baked egg
My husband has been wanting to try this "eggsperiment" for a long time and when I told him the other night I needed some easy baking recipes, we decided to give it a try. It came out great!

Single Serving "Baked" Egg:

butter
1 large egg salt and pepper; to taste
1 tablespoon milk

Preheat oven to 400°F
Generously grease a custard cup with butter.
Drop in egg.
Add salt and pepper to taste (optional)
Add milk. (do not stir)
Bake 15-20 minutes.

Notes: For a "scrambled" egg, simply mix the egg and milk with a fork.

Easy Baking Recipes, Popovers


Popovers are a family favorite. I used to be intimidated to make them, but once I tried, I was amazed at how easy they are! I adapted this recipe from several.

Popovers:
In a large bowl combine:
3 large eggs
1 cup flour
pinch of salt
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter; melted
maple syrup; for dipping (optional)

Preheat oven to 400°F
Mix all ingredients well and let sit 10 minutes.
Grease a muffin pan and fill each cup 1/2 to 3/4 full of batter.

Bake 35-40 minutes. Do not open oven door while baking (this could cause the popovers to fall). Once you bake them a few times you will learn the correct time for your oven, for us it's 38 minutes.


Note: If using whole wheat flour the popovers will not rise as much as with white flour, but the flavor is wonderful.

Serve with butter and maple syrup (we put some maple syrup in small bowls and dip our popovers into it...yum, yum!)

Makes 9-11 popovers if using a muffin pan, 5-6 if using a popover pan.


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Feng Shui on the Homestead: Part Three

The Living Room:

Your living room should be an extremely relaxing room in your house, a place to go to kick off your shoes and get comfortable.

Make sure the room is not over run by clutter and that the lighting is good. If necessary, add some lamps or candles to dark areas.

You should be able to see the entrance to the living room from chairs and couches. It can feel uncomfortable to sit with your back to the door.

Use colors you love to make the living room relaxing. What colors do you tend to lean towards? Try them as throw pillows or blankets.

Home Office:

If possible, place your desk at a diagonal in the farthest corner of the room, facing the door way. You want to face the entrance without being in direct line with it. This is considered a “power position.”

Be sure your desk is not full of clutter.

A crystal hanging over your desk is good for energy flow.

Yellow is a good color in a home office, as long as it is not overwhelming.

Bathroom:

Water draining symbolized money draining; therefore the bathroom is a very important room in the house.

Green and blue are relaxing colors and can easily be added to a bathroom with towels.

It is not good for a bathroom to be located in the center of the house. If this is the case, place a mirror on all 4 walls and even on the outside of the door.

Fix any leaks, as they represent money dripping away.

It is best not to see the toilet when entering the bathroom. If possible place a screen or plant to block the view. If not possible, hang a wind chime half way between the door and toilet. This helps to create a positive energy flow.

If your bathroom is small and feels cramped, try painting the walls a light color or add candles and fresh flowers to brighten it up.

Bedroom:

The bedroom should be used only as a bedroom, if possible, and not as an office as well; work and rest do not mix well. If you must have an office in your bedroom, try separating the two areas with a screen, curtains or other object to define the two spaces.

The foot of your bed should not directly face the door way, and the bed should be accessible from both sides.

The bed should be on a solid wall rather than under a window.

It’s best not to store anything under the bed; this allows for the best energy flow and will help you sleep better.

A round mirror in the bedroom will strengthen relationships; however do not place one directly across from your bed.

The room should be clutter free.

It’s best not to place your bed under a slanted ceiling. If moving it is not possible, hang something that symbolizes depth or movement on the ceiling, such as a colorful kite, scenery pictures, hot air balloon poster, waterfalls etc.

The Front Door:

Many people don’t even think about their front doors, but this is the first thing people see upon arriving at your home. The doorway should be clutter-free and welcoming.

Prune back any bushes or trees that conceal your door and be sure the door is easy to find.

Wind chimes and hanging plants encourage positive energy to your front door, as does a pretty door mat.

Your front door should not line up directly with the back door, use furniture or hang a wind chime or crystal to slow down the energy moving through your home.

Try to look at your entrance as though you were seeing it for the first time. Is it welcoming? (This applies to apartments as well) If not, what needs to be changed?

Conclusion:

Feng Shui is a huge study-hopefully these few tips will spark your interest and you can explore from here. Lots of books have been written and there is so much to read. We have only highlighted a very few points. For us, Feng Shui has made us aware of little things, such as removing things from under the bed and sleeping better, and how much “lighter” we feel after cleaning out a closet or cabinet. It’s all about harmony and balance.