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is always too long no matter where you live. February is certainly too
early to plant flowers, or is it? We have been looking through some of
our vintage glass pieces to price, and put in the shop for sale.
normally try to avoid selling anything with nicks or chips. In fact
some pieces are pulled off the shelf if they become chipped through
customer handling. We used to throw these away.
some minor welding skills, and having the proper tools to drill glass,
we turn trash pieces into beautiful additions to our garden. Below is a
12 inch diameter glass flower. They are beautiful and especially so
when they catch the sunlight passing through them just right.
The stem is a piece of bent re-bar. A 3/8 nut was welded on the end.
Stamen of the flower is 1/8 steel rod welded to a washer. The rod was
bent using a torch to heat the metal. It was finished off with a coat
of gold glitter paint.
The glass dish was drilled using a diamond bit in a drill press, with adequate cooling water, as well as lots of patience.
A bolt threaded through everything and tightened into the welded nut completes the project.
All that is left is "planting" it in the proper garden spot to catch the sunlight
This is another recipe for those that collect Cast Iron Cookware and are not afraid to put it to use. These are little mini pizza"s done in #3 Cast Iron Skillets. We normally make them for breakfast as a special treat. Don't let that stop you from baking some and serving them at other meal times. We make homemade dough the night before. After the first rise we cover appropriate sized balls of dough with olive oil. Place them in their own individual zip lock bags and store in the fridge over night....or for a couple days. Take them out and let them warm up to room temperature (about an hour). Then work the dough into a well greased #3 Cast Iron Skillet. Use well seasoned, 6 inch, greased, and pre-warmed cast iron skillets.A great way to use up leftovers. (Make a 6 inch pizza for each person)
Homemade Pizza or Bread Dough
Any Preferred cooked Breakfast toppings (Left over Home fries, Hash browns, crumbled bacon, diced ham, etc)
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1 raw egg per mini pizza
Salt and Pepper to taste
Flatten dough into warm greased skillet.Brush olive oil on top of the flattened out dough.Add sauce and toppings.Set aside in a warm place to raise for 15-30 minutes. Use Mozzarella to form a nest.Slip the whole raw egg into the nest.Salt and Pepper to preference. (Makes a single 6 inch pizza for each person)
Preheat oven to 375°.Once raised bake 12-20 minutes or until the egg becomes opaque on top.If bottom appears to be browningbefore the top is done, turn on broiler to finish off the top.Just keep a close eye on them.
Variation.Mix BBQ sauce 50/50 with pizza sauce.Then use shredded or small chunks of cooked chicken,chopped fresh basil leaves, Mozzarella cheese, egg, salt & pepper. Options are endless.
find leftover pizza is sometimes better than fresh baked. As with many
tomato and herb based foods. Aging seems to increase the flavor.
Especially if it is homemade.
How many of you enjoy cold left over pizza for breakfast? I certainly do. How about the re-heated version?
favorite technique for re-heating leftovers is to use a cast iron
skillet. You can't be in a hurry. If you are in a big rush just throw
it in the microwave. If you really want something better than just
baked, try using cast iron.
I put my cast iron on a burner set at
its lowest setting. I always use gas stoves. If you cook with
electric you may have to experiment. As soon as the Cast Iron is warm
to the touch (a minute or two) I wipe it with a very thin layer of
Crisco vegetable shortening. I place the pizza on the Cast Iron and
cover it with a lid or tent of aluminum foil.
I kept the heat as
low as possible and allow the pizza to warm slowly until the top cheese
is warm and melted. Serve at this point. You will be rewarded with a
delightfully crispy bottom crust, and aged sauce that has brought out
even more flavor.
My favorite for pizza re-heating is my square vintage BSR (Birmingham Stove & Range) Breakfast Griddle.
"Tis the Season. Make up boxes of cookies, candies, chocolate dipped
pretzels, etc. Have these on hand the week before Christmas to spread a
little joy and love with your friends, family, and neighbors.
Here are a couple very common recipes to start out with.
Our favorite is right off the bag of Nestle's ® Chocolate Chip Bag
Nestle’s® Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 5 dozen
2 ¼ Cups Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
1 CupButter softened
¾ CupSugar – White Granulated
¾ CupBrown Sugar Packed
1 tsp Vanilla
2 CupsNestle's ® Chocolate Chips
1 CupNuts Chopped (Optional)
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Combine Flour, Baking Soda,
and salt in small bowl.
Beat butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl until
creamy.Then add eggs one at a time
beating well after adding each egg.
Gradually beat the Flour mixture into the creamy butter mixture.
Stir/Fold in the Chocolate Chips and Nuts.
Drop by rounded Tbsp. onto an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake 9-11 minutes until golden brown.Cool on baking sheet 2 minutes then move to wire rack to cool
Cookie Press Christmas Cookies Decorate with Icing and Sprinkles
Plain/Vanilla Spritz Cookie Press
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup butter
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
Heat oven to 375°F. In large mixer bowl combine sugar, butter, egg, salt, and
vanilla. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until mixture is light and
fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add flour. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often,
until well mixed, 2 to 3 minutes. Place dough in cookie press. Form desired
shapes 1 inch apart on cookie sheets. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until edges
are lightly browned.
Cookie Press Cookies
Makes about 60
1-1/4 cups butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
2 large eggs
3 ¼ Cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cups cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 375 F. In a large mixing bowl with an
electric mixer, beat butter and sugars, and vanilla, until light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In another bowl,
sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Gradually stir flour
mixture into butter mixture. Shape dough into a log and place in your cookie
press. Press cookies out onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12
minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Layered Vanilla and chocolate Cookies
Used press with wide saw toothed die and lay out a long strip.
On top layer a long strip of white/vanilla
Variation use crushed candy, (Crushed candy canes work good) between the
Cut the strips in bite sizes and bake at 350°F for about 10 minutes.
Decorate with white or colored icing and sprinkles.
To make pinwheels Roll a Layer of the Vanilla dough out on wax paper. On a second piece of wax paper roll out a thin lay of the Chocolate dough. Flip the chocolate layer overon top of the white. Press dough together slightly. Peel off the top layer of wax paper. Roll the double layer of white and chocolate into a log removing the bottom wax paper. Cover the dough log with wax paper. Then cover in foil and chill in the fridge for about an hour. Then remove foil and wax paper, and slice disks off the log about 1/4 inch thick. Arrange on cookie sheet and bake as directed above.
Chocolate Dipping Sauce
for Pretzels, Ritz Crackers, Oreo Cookies, etc
For every 8 oz of Chips (Chocolate, White, etc) add 2 Tbsp. of Crisco Shortening In the microwave or double boiler heat and stir until silky smooth
Dip your items in the melted chocolate and lay out on wax paper. You can speed this up by using chilled cookie sheets.
a second time after the first dip has cooled will make a thicker layer
of chocolate. Either way, before chocolate has hardened you can
drizzles with sprinkles or colored sugar.