mmmm….cranberries and lemon…

I made some cranberry-lemon cake/bars yesterday…

and… they were so good that there is not enough left to get a good pic…

Of course, It did help that I got a call at the last minute yesterday reminding me that there was a homeschooling meeting last night so I packed them up and brought them to share…

I will make them again though and share the pic but for now I will share the recipe…

2 eggs (beaten)
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
zest of one lemon
juice of one lemon
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups cranberries (or less if you don’t like them as tart as I do)

1. Beat together eggs, butter, sugar and vanilla.
2. Mix in Lemon zest and juice
3. Add flour and baking powder and mix well.
4. Fold in cranberries.
5. Pour into 9 x 9 cake pan.
6. Bake@ 350 degrees 40-45 minutes .

It's alive!!!

I have been missing making sourdough bread for a while now… my starter died when I was pregnant with Khéna… so I have been trying to make some sourdough starter again…

The first attempt…. failed… just failed… no idea what happened…

The second attempt… put too much water by accident while feeding it and didn’t catch my mistake… no go…

Third… I decided to try cheating and starting with a bit of yeast… foam… looking good… then flat… dead…

Fourth… mixed some flour and water and just let it sit… fed it and slowly I saw bubbles… after about a week I wasn’t getting more but I knew there was potential… so I added about 1/4 tsp of sugar and it doubled within the hour…fed it again the next day with flour and water and it foamed again… and it is perfect!!!

So I have been making sourdough again…

  • I cup starter
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2 cup flour

Knead and let rise until doubled…


sourdough... yummm....

Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffin

These are perfect!!

Everytime I have made muffins they have a springy texture to them that I don’t like… I rather them be light and fluffy and a bit cake like…  and these are it!!!
1/2 cup Coconut oil (or butter… or a bit of both)
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups blueberries
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk

– Heat oven to 375°.
– Grease or line 12 large size muffin cups
– In bowl, mix butter until creamy. Add sugar and beat until pale and fluffy.
– Add eggs one at a time, beating after each.
– Beat in vanilla, baking powder and salt.
– With wooden spoon, fold in half of flour then half of milk into batter; repeat.
– Fold in blueberries
– Spoon into muffin cups
– Bake 20 to 30 minutes

Of course you could make any kind of muffin with this base… I am going to make some strawberry ones next….

Blueberry Muffins...

Pita Bread…

2 1/4 tsp yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 teaspoon brown sugar
3 1/2 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 cup lukewarm water

Activate yeast by mixing with 1/2 cup warm water and tsp of sugar

Mix flour and salt

Add yeasty water to the flour

Add the cup of warm water… start with 1/2 cup and slowly add more until it comes together…

Put on lightly floured counter and start to knead




Place in bowl lightly covered in olive oil

Cover and let rise


separate into small balls and let rise again about 10 min (preheat oven to 450)
I made 14….

roll out the dough

let rest another 10 min…

put in oven and watch them puff up…


Some yummy bread…

I got this recipe from one of my best friends… and it is a keeper!!!

It is a simple bread made with oatmeal, millet and flax seeds (though I ran out of flax so I used sunflower seeds) and it is sweetened with Molasses…

This makes 5 loaves… so it is a large recipe.

You need:

  • 2 cups of Oats
  • 1 cup of Millet
  • 1 cup of Flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp of butter/oil
  • 1/2 cup of Molasses
  • 3 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast
  • Flour

Put the Oats in a large bowl and add the 4 cups of hot water and then add the butter (so it will melt).

In another bowl place the grains with equal amounts of hot water and soak.

When the water in the large bowl is warm to the touch, add the molasses. (if you are using intant yeast you can add it directly to the bowl, if you are using traditional yeast, proof it first and then add)

Add the soaked grains to the large bowl and then start adding flour. Add flour until the the dough starts to come together but is still very sticky… add the salt and mix it in and then let rest for 20 min.

Flour the counter and turn the dough out and knead for about 10 min or until elastic, adding flour as needed.

Shape into a ball and let rise.

Preheat oven to 350 and grease the bread pans.

Once dough has doubled, turn the out onto the counter, fold and cut into 5 pieces.

Bake for about 45 min or until ready (the bread will sound hollow when tapped)


bread rising

Here are the 5… um… 4 1/2 loaves I made… (It was so good that one just didn’t make it into the pic)

5... um... 4 1/2 loaves

yummy bread

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