Cream Scones

Cream Scones Recipe

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and place the rack in the middle of the oven. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. 

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and blend into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. In a small measuring cup combine the whipping cream, beaten egg and vanilla. Add this mixture to the flour mixture. Stir just until combined. Do not over mix.

Knead dough gently on a lightly floured surface. Roll or pat the dough into a circle that is about 7 inches (18 cm) round. Then, using a 2 1/2 inch (6.5 cm) round cookie cutter, cut the dough into rounds. Place the rounds on the prepared cookie sheet, spacing a few inches apart. Brush the tops of the scones with a little cream. (This helps to brown the tops of the scones during baking.)

Bake for about 15 – 18 minutes or until nicely browned and a toothpick inserted into the center of a scone comes out clean. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve with Devon cream or softly whipped cream and your favorite jam.

These scones freeze very well.

Makes about 10 – 2 1/2 inch (6.5 cm) round scones

Cream Scones:

2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour

1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated white sugar

2 teaspoons (10 grams) baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup (76 grams) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup (120 ml)  milk or heavy cream (contains 35-40% butterfat)

Glaze:

Cream

 

 
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Denver Fire Department Cookbook 1976

This Cookbook has been well used over the years,  My Grandfather  Harold ” Bill” Kellogg  was a Denver Fireman for 30 years and he retired in 1978,  When My Grandfather Cooked he didn’t need a cook book and he did submitted 1 recipe for this cook book.  All of the other recipes we have used over the years.  When you see the pdf files for the cook book  you see not perfect pages, but well used pages with stains. ,, Ok for the facebook folks, the link is good , but it does take a few minutes to download the pdf file (57 pages) So Cyanda, Christel, Beau, Kristi, there are the lot of familiar recipes we enjoyed as kids…. just follow the stains…    Denver Fire Department 1976 Recipe Book

Italian Cream Cheese Cake

This is a childhood favorite, My grandmother would make this cake for my Granddad’s Birthday on Christmas Eve along with his favorite dinner. We would cook for days filling up the Dining room table with Pizzelle Cookies, Italian Wedding Cookies, English toffee, Peanut Brittle, Sugar Christmas‘s Cookies, Divinity, Fudge, No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies, Rum Balls, Whiskey Balls, and more. We would make gift baskets and deliver them Friday before Christmas eve. Christmas Eve was Granada’s day so we would make all of his favorite dished and Italian cream cheese cake was his favorite. I have continued on with the traditions and every Christmas Eve the Granddad’s cake is bake and served. So here it is Enjoy!

Italian Cream Cheese Cake

Ingredients
1/2 cup Shorting
1/2 cup Butter
1-2/3 cups of Sugar
6 Eggs you will need to separate yolks and whites
1 cup Buttermilk
3/4 teaspoon Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 cups Shredded Coconut
1 cup Chopped Pecans and 1/2 cup Whole Pecans for cake decoration borders
1/2 cup Maraschino Cherries for Christmas you can mix with green and red cherries
1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar for egg whites

Prepare three 9 inch cake pans, greased, floured and line with wax paper
Pre-heat oven 350 degrees
Cook time 30 to 40 min start checking the cake at 30 min when toothpick comes out clean cake is done. Be careful not to
overcook DRY CAKES SUCK! Cool 10 min remove from pans and place on Cake rack. follow with icing cake after thoroughly cooled.

Cream together in a large bowl shorting, butter, and adding sugar until light and fluffy. Add in 6 egg yolks one at a time mixing well after each addition.

In a separate bowl sift together Flour, Soda, Salt, add to sugar mixture by alternating with buttermilk and flour until mixture mix together.

Stir in Vanilla, shredded coconut, chopped pecans, maraschino cherries quartered.

In a separate bowl beat 6 egg whites and Cream of Tartar till stiff (little peaks)
Fold into cake mixtures. Now pour into prepared cake pans.

 

Frosting

1/2 cups of Butter
1-8oz Cream cheese
4 cups powder sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon butter flavoring

Cream together Butter, Cheese, Sugar, adding vanilla extract, butter flavoring last the nuts.
I usually double the recipe for the frosting and saved the leftovers for sugar cookie frosting. This is a three layer cake

When I was watching my figure I calculated the calories for this cake as 10 slices; the cake 10,830 and 1 slice 1,083

Red Velvet Cake

 

 

RED VELVET CAKE

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2  tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 ounce red food coloring
  • 2 1/4 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 10 inch cake pans.
  • Beat the shortening and white sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
  • The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color.
  • Add vanilla and red food coloring in a separate bowl and stir into the shortening mixture.
  • Room-temperature eggs should be added one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the shortening mixture before adding the next.
  •  In a big mixing bowl combine your flour and salt
  • Start adding some butter milk. to your shorting mix adding flour
  • now start adding your dry ingredients to your sugar shorting mix and alternate with the buttermilk
  • Hold back 1/2 cup Buttermilk and mix with the vinegar in a separate bowl it will foam than add to the cake mix by folding in with a big spoon

 

 

Red Velvet Cake Frosting

 

 

  • 2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cup butter
  • 2 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Cook the milk and flour in the top of a double boiler over just-barely simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula until thickened, about 5 minutes. Place the mixture in the refrigerator until chilled.
  2. Combine the Butter, sugar, and vanilla extract with an electric mixer until well blended. Beat the chilled milk mixture into the shortening mixture until fluffy.
  3. This recipe has been in my family for 80 years

Red Velvet Cake

 

 

RED VELVET CAKE

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs large
  • 2  tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1-ounce red food coloring
  • 2 1/4 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 10 inch cake pans.
  • Beat the shortening and white sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
  • The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color.
  • Add vanilla and red food coloring in a separate bowl and stir into the shortening mixture.
  • Room-temperature eggs should be added one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the shortening mixture before adding the next.
  •  In a big mixing bowl combine your flour and salt
  • Start adding some buttermilk.
  • now start adding your dry ingredients to your sugar shorting mix and alternate with the buttermilk
  • Hold back 1/2 cup Buttermilk and mix with the vinegar in a separate bowl it will foam then add to the cake mix by folding in with a big spoon. If you decide not use the red food coloring add additional buttermilk for moist cake about 1/4cup or less or more. depends on how your cake batter feels.

 

 

Red Velvet Cake Frosting

  • 2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cup butter
  • 2 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Cook the milk and flour in the top of a double boiler over just-barely simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula until thickened, about 5 minutes. Place the mixture in the refrigerator until chilled.
  2. Combine the Butter, sugar, and vanilla extract with an electric mixer until well blended. Beat the chilled milk mixture into the shortening mixture until fluffy.
  3. This recipe has been in my family for 80 years

Amish White Bread

Simple Amish White Bread Recipe

makes 2-9×5” loaves or 16 big hamburger buns

1 ½ tablespoons active dry yeast

2 ½ cup warm water (110° to 120°)

2/3 cup granulated sugar

8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, divided

1 tablespoon salt

6-7 cups bread flour or regular all purpose flour

****7  cups only needed it bread too to sticky at by the tablespoon

****Melt 4 tablespoons of Butter Set aside. 3 tablespoons of melted butter to be added as you add the other  2 to 3 cups of the flour.

Proofing yeast First

Add water, yeast, and sugar to a large bread bowl.  Once the yeast blooms stir in the salt and the flour using a wooden spoon. Turn dough out onto floured counter top and knead for 10-12 minutes until dough is no longer sticky and holds its shape (when you poke it, it springs back).  Proceed with remaining instructions.

Add melted butter, 4 cups flour, and salt.   Continue to add your flour one cup at a time. the 7th cup of flour add slowly. you might not need all of it. it depends on your weather moisture in the air. Your ball of dough should be tacky (not sticky).  If it is sticky, add a little more flour 1 tablespoon at a time until it becomes tacky (does not leave dough on your fingers when you touch it).

Turn onto a floured board; knead about 10 turns. Place 1 tablespoon melted butter in the bottom of bread rising bowl.  Place dough into bowl, turning once to grease top. Loosely cover damp warm cloth over top and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down and shape into two loaves (or 16 hamburger buns).  I like to make half and half.  Place loaves in greased 9-in. x 5-in loaf pans.  For hamburger buns, grease a cookie sheet.  Divide dough and roll into balls.  Gently press on dough balls with the palm of your hand (creating a bun shape).  Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45-60 minutes.  Preheat oven to 350°.  Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.

If bread starts to brown too quickly, cover with aluminum foil.  When the bread is removed from the oven, brush with remaining butter.  Serve and enjoy!

COOK’S NOTES: Bread flour will achieve the highest possible rise and a chewier crumb, however you can substitute all-purpose flour.

 

Finally After 45 days, I have internet and desktop!

Nothing like having my desktop fix as of today.  I have a lot of catching up!

 

 

Merry Christmas AND Happy new Year! 

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A powerful email from my son to his daughter

ear Chryssy,

You have reached a milestone – 14 years old. This is an exciting time in your life. Now the hard part begins. You are not quite an adult, but you have some adult responsibilities, such as learning what life is about. Further, you are a few years away from a working career, a Husband, and children. I wish you luck.

But, more valuable than luck is a bit of wisdom. I don’t profess to know or understand everything, but nearly 35 years of hard knocks and self-education have taught me a few tidbits of wisdom worth passing on. I hope you read and consider these thoughts and, more importantly, I hope you direct yourself in a positive and self-fulfilling manner after pondering the bits of wisdom I have to share. I suggest that you reread this letter in about ten years. I think you’ll find it means even more when you do.

Don’t believe most of what you hear. Instead, watch what people do. A good example is a national politician. He’s in favor of this, and supports that, and is dead-set against something else when he is running for office and soliciting votes, but when it is time to collect contributions, payoffs, and other lucrative deals, he (usually) is all about enriching himself and obtaining more power. This is pretty much the same in the corporate world and often little better in the world of big charities and other organizations. As they say, actions speak louder than words.

Don’t trust the currency. Dollars, Yen, Euros, or whatever. You don’t remember gasoline when it cost 85 cents per gallon, but I do. The same price increases are true for postage, cars, food, and coffee. The economic system that we currently use forces prices to increase, so don’t believe that a dollar tomorrow will purchase what a dollar purchased today. An ounce of gold or silver, on the other hand, stays an ounce of gold or silver regardless of what the bankers and politicians do to decrease the value of the dollars we use. But, more on that later.

They don’t really care about you. Substitute whomever you want for “they.” They could be your state or national government, the Army, big pharmaceutical companies, or practically any large organization or business. Those organizations and businesses want to grow, and that may or may not benefit you. So, take care of yourself, and don’t depend on someone or some government agency (etc.) for your survival or well-being. In the end, it is all up to you anyway, so don’t waste your time and energy believing in something that is just not true. Also, find out who really does care about you – friends, family, others!

Get all the education you can, but I don’t mean colleges and universities. In my younger days, a college degree was practically a ticket to success. Not so anymore, and worse, a college degree is now outrageously expensive. But, you have the Internet! In my younger days, the Internet was just a science-fiction dream. That’s not so anymore. You can self-educate quite effectively using the Internet, determination, and a healthy skepticism. That education will more than repay your efforts in terms of understanding the world, increasing your income, and in managing your savings. I encourage you to read and think, stop wasting time on game sites, and minimize social media activities.

Enjoy your life while you can. At 14, this probably makes no sense. But, you can work too hard, neglect your family, neglect your health, and eventually create a miserable, unhealthy, lonely world for yourself. Keep some perspective – your physical and emotional health, your family, and your financial health are important, and most of the rest just isn’t. That includes the size of your house, the model of car you drive, the latest fashions, the opinions of others, and the nightly news. Choose wisely what you define as truly important in your life, and your life will be far more rewarding.

Save some money each month and invest it well. In today’s world, investments are not what they used to be, so be cautious. Certain mutual funds may be good, but don’t forget real money – yes, I’m talking about gold and silver. They are mentioned in the Constitution – which our spendthrift politicians have forgotten. So, trust in gold and silver as well as a few other things – you will have to figure those out for yourself.

Forgive, forget, and move on. You will make mistakes. You will be hurt by others. You will be disappointed. Don’t cling to negative feelings; move on! A wise man once said to “forget the experience, remember the lesson.” I wish I had understood that simple concept years ago. Anyway, move on, and if you can’t move on, get help. Clinging to a past trauma, hatred, or bitterness worked out well for no one in the history of man. Or, as another person said, “build a bridge and get over it.”

You are not only a physical being, but also a spiritual being. At 18, I doubt it is important to you, but the spiritual side of man is essential. Without the purpose that a spiritual understanding gives us, life is pretty barren. Come back to this idea in ten years, and it will seem more real.

Things won’t stay the same – life will force change on everyone, so embrace change and use it to your advantage. I could go on, but you’ll understand this better as the years pass.

See people for whom they are on the “inside.” By that I mean, look at the values and principles they cherish, look at their intent, look at their capabilities, and not their race, gender, popularity, wealth, or appearance.

And, finally, be realistic – expect miracles, stay positive, and have fun living and growing. I wish you well on your journey through life.

With Love,

Dad

54 in in 5 days

Well it seems my Birthday is just around the corner on the 20th of Sept, I will be 54 and nothing has changed except I’m older with a tendency to get sick easier. My Husband is kind and still loves me. He plays music and he is happy. My grandmother is 94 years old still full of piss and vinegar with a shot of Alzheimer to top it off. My Son and his family our in good shape. Michelle is working and so is Josh. I’ m still blessed with two beautiful grandchildren. Chrissy who is 13 and all out teenager and Phynex my grandson, who is 4 going on 5 Oct 28th. Phynex and I had a blast yesterday. After he wore out Grandma Kellogg at 94 playing hide and seek it was my turn. We watch the Reef 2 and Battleship, at the end of battleship Phynex farted and then we had a farting war laughing our butts off,
for 20 min.

I Learned this week you can drive a car on a blowout  tire and not ruin the rim. My husband proved it to me on Sunday, were so broke I have two flat tires and no money for tires. GASP the fate of a husband with no job or work insight. My disability check is the only thing keeping us above water and not drowning. We have a new dog his name is shadow and he is a blessing. He  guards grandma and lets me know if something wrong with grandma. Shadow follow me everywhere I go. I’m still the cat lady with five cats.  I feel bless to see another year !

A Thought on the coming storm

How could we let the elite drive this nation into a thriving toxic pool of corruption, Narcissism, Arrogance and Brutality? How could we as individuals ignore all these signs? We have been asleep at the wheel! Thank you to those that are the old wise men and women out there that rang the bell to raise us from our slumber! It’s time to take control of the wheel and prepare for the unseen coming our way!

 

We all have seen the slow building of bursts of anger and Brutality for years now. 5-10 years ago it would be a family member hurting loved ones with unleashed evil once in a year or so. Then it was Kids snapping at school, maybe a postman or employee going nuts once every month or 2. Now we see what true evil is and how dark the world is getting. We now have mass shootings, beheading’s on the border, pressure cooker riots, secret orders (not congress approved) to attack other countries by the President and Husbands Killing their suffering wives in hospitals.

 

These events are happening faster and faster in a more diabolical fashion. It is almost like when  a woman is getting ready for birth. The contractions become more intense and closer together until the final moment arrives! For those who are aware we need to start understanding what the signs are so can we prepare.

 

The reason I bring this up is to talk about warning signs. No I don’t believe the world is coming to an end, but there are some major changes happening. These changes are not to be ignored. I was talking with a wise man just a few weeks ago. We were talking about the massive changes in thoughts and actions that are upon us in these days.

 

What he said to me hit me like a ton of bricks. As we were talking on the porch he pointed out the light grayish clouds on the horizon. Then he said do you feel that change in the air? Yeah I do, it seems to be turning cooler, I said. Then he said do you feel that breeze? Yep it’s a nice break from the heat wave we have been enduring. He then point to the horizon asked another question, do you see those darkening clouds on the horizon. I simply nodded, while he pointed out the edge of a storm rolling in.

 

 

 

He went on to say that a field worker knows when the weather is about to turn and so does the fisherman on the lake. They both recognize that when the breeze picks up, the air gets cooler; the clouds get darker there is a storm is coming. So what do they do? They will wrap up the day’s work and cover/shelter the work or pull in the fishing lines and then get to shelter. The same goes for you. You see the danger on the horizon; you understand that things which cannot go on forever don’t. The things you are learning and feeling are the signs of a great storm coming.

 

He told me, that the field worker and fisherman have learned to look beyond what is going on locally. They look at and feel what is coming on the horizon. He is a wise old man. Everything he said made perfect sense. It is time to start looking at and feeling the changes on the horizon.

 

As I look to the horizon the storm clouds are building. The corruption in government is out of control, it is every man and woman for their selves in the process to be elected, re-elected or just flat bought out. They shake a hand in a contract while crossing the other hands fingers hoping that we will buy their lies. All for the chance to help their friends get richer and let middle and lower classes get a little poorer.

 

The arrogance of the elite, to think they are above us!…That we are only an expendable dollar in their wallet. They pay us to watch their kids, to protect them from street thugs, and wait on them hand and foot. All the while they crush us with more debt and violent streets to walk home on. What happens to them when we walk away? What happens when we no longer are there to do all the things can’t? They lose the machine! When we walk away; we take the machine with us! We are the gears that keep their lives working! Walk away and we win!

 

The Narcissistic are attacking our heritage and religions. It must be that we are wrong or our individual beliefs are old and out dated. Yep we must be re-educated in the way of their world. By damn, they must make us understand and believe they have the answers. They keep pushing and pushing. Now we should let them push and when they do it again move aside and walk away. When we do this they will fall flat on their faces. Be aware that these people are pushing because they want more control of you. We win when we walk away! We can control them with our actions not our anger! They are going to have a complete melt down of their new world as more walk away! Time is no longer on their side!

 

There is a ton of anger in the air and the clock is ticking http://www.usdebtclock.org/ it is just a matter of time until we start to feel the storm’s rain drops hitting our skin and the hear the crack of lighting in the distance. The signs are out there and clearly written and posted. The storm clouds are building what are you doing about it?

OMG 19% Unemplyment

by Wynton Hall 8 Sep 2012, 2:23 PM PDT 153 post a comment
Beneath the surface of Friday’s jobs report lies the reality of just how disastrous the Obama economy truly is.

Consider the following 11 economic facts:

1. When you include the underutilized labor figure with the eight million Americans who have lost hope altogether and stopped looking for a job, real unemployment now stands at just under 19 percent.

2. If the labor force were the same as when President Obama took office in January 2009, the unemployment rate reported on Friday would be 11.2 percent.

3. A record 88,921,000 Americans are no longer in the labor force. To be included in that figure, an individual must be over 16 years of age, a civilian, not in a mental hospital or nursing home, and have stopped hunting for a job for at least four weeks.

4. The average American lost 40 percent of their wealth from 2007 to 2010.

5. Every fifth man in America is out of work.

6. One out of two Americans are now low-income or below the poverty line.

7. Over the past four years, 400,000 food stamp recipients a month have been added to the welfare dole.

8. In 2006-2007, 90 percent of college graduates landed jobs. Under Obama, just 56 percent find work after college.

9. A gallon of gasoline cost $1.84 when Obama entered office. Today, a gallon of gas costs $3.77.

10. Every fourth home mortgage in America is underwater.

11. Under Obama, healthcare costs have skyrocketed 18.9 percent.

The latest Gallup tracking poll shows Mr. Obama leading Republican challenger Mitt Romney 49 to 45 percent.