Saturday, 14 January 2012
Poetry Saturday . . . Out In The Fields With God
The little cares that fretted me,
I lost them yesterday
Among the fields above the sea,
Among the winds at play;
Among the lowing of the herds,
The rustling of the trees,
Among the singing of the birds,
The humming of the bees.
The foolish fears of what may happen
I cast them all away
Among the clover-scented grass,
Among the new mown hay;
Among the husking of the corn
Where drowsy poppies nod,
Where ill thoughts die and good are born,
Out in the fields with God.
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I've often felt that one cannot get much closer in to the presence of our Heavenly Father than when we are communing with nature . . . such a talent that Elizabeth Barret Browning . . . I love all the old poets. Living over here in the UK now, I can actually picture the things they wrote about . . . and feel their emotions as I have seen many of the same things and felt the same feelings. It's amazing!
Todd is off to the hospital bright and early this morning to have a head scan. Not as scary as it sounds I think . . . the audiology department just want to make sure that there is nothing un-toward causing his hearing loss. We are not concerned in any way.
My newest creation. Absolutely Everything to Me. I don't do a lot of little boys, so this is a rarity. I don't do a lot of dogs either. Double rarity! They do say that little boys and puppies belong together and these two seem quite comfortable in each other's presence. I do believe they are the best of friends! I did this yesterday afternoon and was quite pleased with the results. As usual it is available as a print or as a card.
Must dash as Todd is stirring and it's time to get things organized to get going. I hope you all have a great Saturday! Remember . . . life is beautiful!
Here are just about my favourite version of biscuits, next to my mom's of course! You can freeze any that you don't eat on the day and then gently rewarm and they will taste fresh as new. They are not great keepers though so you will want to eat as many as you can on the day and then freeze the rest! Eating as many as you can??? NOT a problem!!
*Angel Buttermilk Biscuits*
Makes about 16
These lovely biscuits turn out perfectly every time. Light and fluffy they are a cross between a traditional baking powder biscuit and a yeast roll. They hold up well, but are incredibly tender and are really quite delicious. Why are they called angel biscuits? I suppose because they are as light as an angel's wings, but don't take my word for it, try them out yourself!
1 TBS yeast
¼ cup warm water
2 ½ cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 TBS sugar
½ cup vegetable shortening (Crisco, Trex, white flora etc.)
1 cup buttermilk or sour milk (or regular milk soured with 1 TBS white vinegar)
Stir the yeast into the warm water and set aside for a few minutes.
Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar into a large bowl, lifting the sifter up high to aerate the flour as much as possible. Cut in the shortening with a pastry blenderuntil it is quite crumbly and has the texture of small peas.
Give the yeast a stir to dissolve it and then stir it into the flour mixture along with the buttermilk. Mix it all in well.
Cover the bowl with a clean cloth and then leave it aside somewhere to rise for at least an hour, or up to two hours.
Butter a large baking tray and set it aside.
Scrape the dough out onto a well floured surface. The dough will be really sticky. Flip it over and knead it lightly four to six times. Pat out to ½ inch thick.
Cut into rounds with a biscuit cutter, re-patting the scraps, until it is all used up. (Remember cut with a straight down and a sharp tap, lifting the cutter straight up again. Try not to twist the cutter or you will have lop sided biscuits!) Place on the prepared pan, leaving a couple of inches in between each. Cover with the clean cloth again and let them rise slightly, from 10 to 30 minutes.
Heat the oven to 200*C/400*F. Once it is heated place the pan of biscuits into the oven and bake until lightly browned and well risen, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and to a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm.
Over in The English Kitchen today a very healthy Pumpkin Spice Cake!
“Since the beginning of time, love has been the source of both the highest bliss and the heaviest burdens. At the heart of misery from the days of Adam until today, you will find the love of wrong things. And at the heart of joy, you will find the love of good things."And the greatest of all good things is God.”
― Dieter F. Uchtdorf