"It was so cold I almost got married..." - Shelly Winters

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Hunger Moon

Welcome February...




In February there are days,
Blue, and nearly warm,
When horses switch their tails, and ducks
Go quacking through the farm.
When all the world turns round to feel
The sun upon its back...
When winter lifts a little bit
And spring peeks through the crack!

Dorothy Aldis


  
Poem and artwork (by artist Robert J. Lee) borrowed from my personal collection of vintage books and book art.

February is sometimes referred to as the Hunger Moon due to the difficulty obtaining food at this time of year. Of course that was before supermarkets and Costcos. However, me must not forget that there are still many people that do not have enough food for their families.


Food insecure—At times during the year, these households were uncertain of having, or unable to acquire, enough food to meet the needs of all their members because they had insufficient money or other resources for food.

  • 14.0 percent (17.4 million) of U.S. households were food insecure at some time during 2014. (source)



Another more common name used now days is the Snow Moon, for obvious reasons, the snow piles that get even higher in the month of February.

In fact we are expecting more snow this week, just a little bit, most of the heavy snow is going to blanket the states south of us. We still have yet to see a real blizzard here this winter. I'm actually a little disappointed!

Stay safe and warm wherever you are, 
and thanks again for stopping in to visit! 
If you are able to donate to your local food shelf this month, 
I'm sure they would greatly appreciate it.

~~ Diane ~~




Wednesday, January 27, 2016

New Year Resolutions on Hold

Have you all been keeping your New Year Resolutions? Maybe you don't make any, I know that I gave up on them quite awhile ago. Actually not true, I make resolutions about every month. Some I keep and others... eh... not really.

We've been trying to eat better around here, lots of salads and lower carbs and fat.  It's been a struggle, I grew up on a farm for goodness sake, and every day there included comfort food. I still miss my Mom's home cooked meals, she was a fabulous cook! 

One thing I'm already tired of is no dessert.... that lasted about three weeks and then these yummy blueberries were on sale and then I saw some lemons,  and well here is the result....



Lemon Blueberry Gooey Butter Cake




 





This is a pretty easy recipe and it's luscious, plus it feeds about twelve people, so it's great for a crowd. The entire recipe and directions are at the bottom of the post.


 

Start by making your crust, it's just butter, cake mix and an egg.  Remember to spray or grease the pan so it doesn't stick.

 

 

I've already creamed the butter, cream cheese, sugar, eggs and juice... now I've added those delicious blueberries.
 


 
 

Stir in the blueberries and lemon zest, gently! Don't crush your berries! OK, I actually forgot to add the lemon zest.... too caught up in taking pictures and conversing with our house guest! 
Oops! 
It's much better with the zest. 
Don't forget like I did!



 

 
Smooth your batter over the unbaked crust.



 

Bake until golden and puffy, but don't over bake, it still should be gooey.  Jiggle the pan and if the center is still really loose bake for about 5 more minutes and check again. 



Lemon Blueberry Gooey Butter Cake

Crust:
1 box cake mix, white or yellow
1 stick butter, softened
1 whole egg


Filling:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
3 whole eggs
2 lemons (zest removed and then juiced)
2 or 3 cups of fresh blueberries


Directions:
 
1.    For the Crust:  In large mixer bowl blend the cake mix and butter to combine.  Add the egg and mix until it forms a soft dough. Spray a 9 x 13 glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.  Press the dough evenly into the dish. Set aside and make the filling.

2.    For the Filling: In large mixer bowl cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl.  Add the sugar and mix well.  Then add the eggs and lemon juice and mix until well combined and smooth.  By hand, stir in the blueberries and lemon zest.  Pour over the crust.

3.    Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 40-45 minutes.  Center of dessert will be gooey but not runny.

4.    Cool at least 20 minutes, cut or spoon onto serving dish and top with whipped cream.
 






Wait for your dessert to cool until you can't stand it any longer and then scoop into a bowl and cover with massive amounts of whipped cream.... and then fall into a sugar stupor! Yay! What else is there to do in January?  Except then I remember we're going to be going somewhere soon where the weather is tropical and shorts and swim suits are a possibility ..... then it's back to the salads!


Desserts are my one weakness! 
Want to share yours?

 ~xx Diane xx~