2.13.2018

cakey deeeeeelish buttered pecan & chocolate chip cookies


  • 2 1/4 cups GF (Cup 4 Cup is what I use) flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 14 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) softened butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar 
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup buttered pecans (melt 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet on high, chop one cup pecans, then stir until butter turns brown, which is very quickly, just under one minute.)




  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment ( yesssss!!! I got one for Christmas!!!!!), mix butter and both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Add flour mix; mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and buttered pecans. 




  2.  Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. 

  3.  Bake until cookies are golden around the edges and set in the center, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes before devouring. 

2.12.2018

monday!

Good morning! Monday. A different Monday for me than most! Instead of heading to the office here in a bit, I am heading to the car shop to get my gal serviced. Tire rotation, oil changed, brakes, etc.... The office is getting new carpet today, and that means NO WORK! I'm glad to have a day off because unlike everyone else at work, I drive my personal vehicle and must find time outside of the typical work week to get stuff like this done... And guess what? Most places have typical hours, and Saturday car maintenance would take allllllllll DAY! So, I am hoping the rain holds off, because while my car is in the shop (Christian is off work today and picked me up & will take me to get my car), I plan on getting a few more things done at the farm. I also didn't do my Sunday Sweet Stuff baking yesterday, so that will be on today's list as well. I cleaned the rest of the pecans from last fall, so I am gonna post the recipe for my GF cake-like salted chocolate chip and buttered pecan cookies. They were a HUGE hit at the Indie South Christmas market, so I am glad to share the recipe later this eve (double posts today make up for NONE this weekend!!) gonna do a little more seed germination, and figure out the layout of this year's herb and flower beds - I am moving my setup from the back of the property to the side.... Anyway, it was supposed to be wet and rainy all weekend and lucky for me it was a fine mist! I moved a fenceline, planted some cypress trees, put in time at the rescue, visited a friend's new homestead, and did NOT post any weekend snapshots, so here they are...















Happy Monday! I'll be back later with a fine tuned car, and delish cookies! 

Xo



-s

2.09.2018

...friday.... hello, weekend.

 Yesterday the office got painted work, but no one thought to take into consideration that we have no windows that open, and only two doors. What does that mean? Overwhelming paint fumes, and an unplanned afternoon off! I took full advantage of this sunny afternoon and gave the horses a spa day (complete with hoof cleaning),  a little fencework (which meant no enclosure for the goats for several hours), and some soaking up of vitamin D!!! Here is a look at our sunny afternoon after nearly a week of rain......




 ...nice and fluffy winter coat on Miss Hazel...

 ...the crew took to thinning out the bottom of the magnolia tree so that I can take up the limbs a bit..




Anyway, it is FRIDAAAAAAAAAY! We have more paint happening today, but not in my area, so gonna head to work in a little and see how it goes. I know now that if the headache comes on again, a good dose of fresh air and farm fun is an immediate cure! 

xoxo

-s

2.08.2018

thursday's mixtape!

I haven't listened to this one yet, but pretty sure the title has something to do with the lingering skunk we've had recently... ha!


2.07.2018

catchup post!


Hello hello! It is late and I didn't blog all weekend, but I have been a busy bee over at the farm and the rescue and my day job that pays all the bills..... It has been terribly rainy and messy and waaaaaaaaaay too wet outside for me to be too motivated about much, but here I am, and here I will update. Last weekend was a bit of a cram session in the garden project. My apprenticeship under the garden growing master officially started. A few of us helped sowed a few rows of kale, spinach, and lettuce. I also started a bunch of other things inside...



I had a few friends come out and help me with various other projects on the farm. We rebuilt and insulated an outdoor spigot, took town a ton of chainlink fence, and hauled off a bunch of junk...





We did all this on Saturday and then Sunday the gully washer rolled in....and has pretty much been a daily thing since... Looks like we will have a day of sunshine tomorrow, and then more rain rain rain.

I am still trying to figure out how to manage my skunk problem, and that in itself is going to be costing me a pretty penny in exclusion repairs in the near future....

My potion-making has fallen to the wayside, my studio is a MESS (I am even too embarrassed to put a picture up here of it!!!), as well as pretty much everything else that sits on this 10 acre farm, but I am making progress. I have this way of working where everything always looks worse in the process of bettering it - and most of the time it is at it's worst just before the finish! Yikes! It surely looks like a tornado came through, but with all this rain forcast for the weekend, I am sure to make some headway on the housekeeping...




Ahhh! Anyway, after work I devoted my evening to the rescue, where we made leaps and bounds with my newest favorite little buddy, Bandit. He was super scared of humans, and today was the first day I have actually been successful at getting him out on a walk with me! I just got home not too long ago, fed my crew in the sludgy mud, and then checked all my skunk traps... now it is time for a bit of some Real Housewives and some Eddie cuddles. Christian is on the horn with our best friend, Paul, who lives in New York. Why not watch bad tv in bed?!?

It's late..... and we are more than halfway through the week! I am off to dreamland.....

xo

-s