Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature. C. S. Lewis

The title of the post means that I finally found a job! After a year and 9 months of searching I am now working regular hours and loving it! As such I will be taking a 2 week break while my body and mind adjust to the new schedule. During that time I will be cooking and prepping new posts so I have a small stockpile of posts built up for times when I am working more overtime hours and less time to cook. I will be back to my regular 2 time a week posting on October 2nd. I love my blog, and sharing recipes with everyone and I promise you that I have some great recipes lined up to share when I get back. As always if you have a recipe you would like to see converted please send it to me and I will work it into the rotation. See you all soon!

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Peanut Butter Cookies/Biscuits

IMG_0222Saturday and Sunday this week were actually relatively cool and pleasant for the majority of the day, and Sunday I was home to enjoy it! I decided to take advantage of the cooler temps by baking cookies/biscuits. I found this recipe on the Kraft Canada website and decided it looked like the simplest and tastiest to try. I halved the recipe since, well, husband and I just don’t need 30 cookies/biscuits sitting around our flat as we would eat them all. They are great!

Ingredients

1/2 cup/78g butter/margarine

1/2 cup/105 g Peanut Butter

1/2 cup/85g white sugar

1/2 cup(packed)/65g Light Brown Sugar

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 1/4cups/220g plain flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda/bicarbonate of soda

1/4 tsp salt

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Southern Biscuits, British Scones

So there is some argument about this recipe. I call them Biscuits (which is what they are!) but Husband’s coworkers don’t agree.  I’ll let you make them and decide.

Liz’ Biscuits

2 cups / 315g flour
1/2 cup /112g butter/margarine (cold)
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tarter
2/3 cup milk

Mix the dry ingredients. Add cold butter/margarine and use a hand mixer to blend in the butter. It should break up the butter into pebble sized pieces. Add the milk and mix in by hand till it forms a sticky dough. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and pat down into 1 1/2 cm thickness, do NOT use a rolling pen. Flour the edge of a cup whose mouth is the size you want the final biscuits to be. Use the cup to cut out your biscuits, pressing straight down without twisting. Place on an ungreased baking sheet (they can be placed very close together since they will not spread much). Bake at 180c for a fan oven or 200c until golden brown (appropriately 9 minutes, although you should start checking around 5 minutes).

Pound Cake Apologies

I know I have been neglecting my blog, and I feel really terrible about that. So to make up for it I will be sharing recipes :D. I have several recipes I’ve already converted to share with my British friends, so all recipes will be in weight measurements and in American cup measurements to make it easier for everyone to follow.  I will start with a family favorite, meaning a favorite of my wonderful husband.  Actually all the recipes I post will probably fall into that category, favorites of my wonderful husband.

Liz’ Pound Cake

Ingredients:
206g / 1 US cup margarine
700g / 3 US cups sugar
4 eggs
580g / 3 US cups flour
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda / baking soda
227ml / 1 US cup milk
2tsp vanilla

Steps:
Cream together the butter and sugar. Add eggs 1 at a time, mixing after each. Combine the dry ingredients, alternate mixing into the creamed mix with the milk. Stir in the vanilla. The batter will be very thick.

Put into baking dish – a bundt pan, 2 loaf pans, or a 9×13 (32.5cm x 23cm) cake pan should do. Bake at 350F, 190C (170C for fan ovens) until a toothpick comes out clean (should take no less than 20 minutes and up to 70 minutes, depending). The top will get very crusty and brown before the center is done.

Remove from pan, let cool, and try not to eat it all at once.

This recipe can be halved (fitting a single loaf pan or 9×9 (23cm square) cake pan) with nice results.

Hope you enjoy this tasty cake 😀

FoxTrot Greatness!

2013-04-10-1ed2fd51This year is the 25th Anniversary of Bill Amends FoxTrot. I won’t claim to have been reading it for all those 25 years, I mean I am only 30 so while it would have been possible I haven’t. I did start reading it as a teenager though, and at one time owned all the books, sadly they have been lost through my many moves. I love/loved the geekiness of FoxTrot. In many ways Jason helped me realize that I wanted to be a geek.

I come from a family of “normals”. About the geekest thing my family ever enjoyed was The Muppets. What they were however were/are avid readers and open to loving and accepting anyone different. I won’t say they didn’t find great humor in my geekiness, when I first started watching Star Trek there was a lot of laughter in my house at my choice. Though my brother at least joined me watching the X-Men cartoon, and we did have wonderful conversations about our favorite characters. Those conversations usually ran along the lines of “My favorite character is Wolverine!” “Your favorite character can’t be Wolverine, he’s my favorite character!” “Ok, then my favorite character is Nightcrawler” “Ok, but now my favorite character is Nightcrawler, your favorite character can be Cyclops!” “Ewwww no! My favorite character is Gambit!”.

As I was saying, Jason helped be realize that I wanted to be a geek. I could never claim his grasp of Math, or excel like he did in school, but I went out of my way to read more about what he talked about. I watched things he mentioned, I tried to play the things he played (that never really worked out so well since we didn’t get a computer till my last year in high school and I’m rubbish at console games). Thanks to Jason I was a nerdy kid in University and that led me to make other nerdy friends. Those nerdy friends pushed me into making a profile on a dating website called Geek 2 Geek which introduced me to my nerdy husband to be. So in many ways I have Jason and Bill Amend to thank for my current happiness.

Thank you Bill Amend for making me laugh, and making me a better person through your characters 😀

This is not where I had planned to go with this post. It’s just where my thoughts took me as I typed. I guess this is what comes out after the cold medicine I took before bed didn’t knock me out like it was supposed to. So please forgive my late night, cold med induced ramblings.

Quick update, I tweeted Bill Amend to thank him with a link to this blog. This was his response, @se You give me WAY too much credit, but I appreciate it anyway. 🙂

Needless to say that is now a favorite tweet!