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A whole lot of cooking going on

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There was a whole lot of cooking going on here this weekend. A friend invited us out to pick green beans and blackberries from her large garden on Saturday. It was a bit cooler than it has been and we were able to pick a large bucket of Italian Flat Beans and a little over a quart of wild blackberries. I worked on freezing up the berries and the beans Saturday afternoon, saving out enough of the beans for lunch on Sunday. The beans were very good--nice and tender.

picture of Blackberries Sauvages

I've been trying to use up things in my freezer the last couple of months and discovered some frozen bread dough I had purchased right before Nora's wedding in April. I had never used purchased dough before then, but thought it might come in handy during the busy weeks before and after the wedding. We all agreed that it does taste good. My only complaint is that it's a bit hard to roll out into another shape if you are trying to use it for something other than a loaf of bread. Do any of you have any tips to share about using frozen dough?

picture of Stromboli 6-25-11

I made some stromboli from one of the loaves using this recipe:

One of our favorite muffin recipes calls for grated orange peel, so whenever we eat oranges I try to use my trusty little Sunkist grater to grate the peel and stick it in the freezer for future use. I usually grate and peel a couple at a time so the oranges are ready to eat.

picture of Grating Oranges

Last week I ran across a recipe for Banana Pudding from a website:

picture of Assembling Banana Pudding

It made a nice cool and easy (but very rich!) dessert for Sunday dinner. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. Everyone, that is, except Ryan, who is thriving on his limited diet. 🙂 I had some whipping cream I needed to use up this time, but I do want to try to "lighten up" the recipe the next time I make it.

picture of Banana Pudding

Here's an updated picture of Ryan:

picture of Ryan 6-26-11

He has started grasping at things and he really focuses on toys and ceiling fans at the moment. We are looking forward to the next couple of weeks when our two grandsons will get to meet each other.

Hope you had a blessed weekend.


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2 Comments on “A whole lot of cooking going on”

  1. #1 Laura
    on Jun 27th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    So will your grandsons meet in MI or in SC? I’m now in MI so want to know when you are coming this way. Laura K home from BD

  2. #2 Becka
    on Jun 27th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Laura, Megan and Drew are coming here for a few days later this month. I’ll email you with further details. 🙂

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