Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Glamping Breaky II

We have been enjoying our vacation in Florida!
Another great breakfast is pancakes,
especially with some fresh maple syrup we brought from home.
These cakes are so fluffy and yummy.

My sister Evelyn gave this recipe to me some time ago
and it's our favourite.
She calls it their cottage pancake recipe.

I mixed the dry ingredients at home so that only the 
egg, oil and milk needs adding to prepare.

Pancakes at the Cook’s Cottage

1¼ Cup sour milk (if no sour milk, substitute by putting a cap of vinegar into measured milk and let stand for 5 minutes).
1 Egg
2 Tbsp. oil
In separate bowl:
1 Cup Flour
1 Tbsp. Sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
Mix well – add the sour milk and beat.  Let stand till thickened.
Pour onto well oiled hot pan or griddle.   This recipe makes approx. 7 pancakes.



Our little piece of heaven here at one 
of our favourite Florida State Parks.
Morning walks before breakfast couldn't be more pleasant!

Grayton Beach State Park

More about this to come ....



Till next time .... 


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Favourite "Glamping" Breaky

Last Spring when we glamped our way westward,
stopping to visit some dear friends in Iowa,
they generously gifted us a huge bag of homemade granola for the road.
It must have been several batches.


Trese and Dale


This recipe has become a favourite and a must have when we 
go on the road with our little RV.

Trese’s Granola


4 cups old fashioned oatmeal
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup coconut
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon vanilla or almond extract, as desired
¾ cup raisins
¾ cup dried cranberries

Set the oven for 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 1 jellyroll pan, (with sides).  Mix the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl and set aside. Whisk the corn syrup and vegetable oil and the vanilla or almond extract well. Add this to the oatmeal mixture and stir thoroughly with a large spoon.
Pour mixture onto greased jelly roll pan and even out the mixture on the pan.
Bake for 15 minutes for 4 cycles, stirring well between each 15 minute cycle. The granola is done when it has a medium brown color throughout. Place into a large bowl to cool. Stir in the raisins/cranberries and enjoy.
Trese says:
* I make 3 of these at a time, so I always have an extra gallon sized bag of granola to share with those I love.



So glad we received this love gift.
Strawberries are in season where we are right now and this,
with a dollop of delicious organic yogurt
is the perfect way to start every day ...



Till next time ..... hope strawberries will be in season soon where you are too!






Saturday, March 11, 2017

Museum Quilts

A recent visit to the Edison and Ford Winter Estates
in Ft. Myers Florida
was a chance to look back into history
about the time that my mom and dad were born - 1916

These beautiful estates with wide porches and immaculate gardens
felt like an oasis from the busy city streets all around them.



We peeked into the windows and listened to the walking audio tutorial
as we wondered around the grounds and gardens.


That's us peeking into the Ford family's Dining Room! Cuppa tea anyone?
The farmer was intrigued by the brilliant inventions of these two men
and stopped to read all the information boards and watch the videos and studies.

I was more interested, it seemed, peeking into the bedrooms with the quilts and antique furnishings.







My favourite one, "Tree of Life"
pattern.
So beautiful in the red and white fabrics!






Another favourite - Red and White Four Hearts Quilt!!!

It was such a lovely day to stroll through some amazing history.
So glad we went.

Me and Mina Miller Edison - she hailed from Akron, Ohio (Menno roots perhaps lol?)

If you ever get the chance, you should see this great museum.

Until next time ....... enjoying some sun and fun.