Here is a another video I took of some Robins, I tell you I have to stalk the birds to get video's of them. Bird watching is a tricky thing, you have to be very quiet or they will quckly fly away.
Steve put together the cabinet for me Wednesday. Because of the storms we've had, all the furniture I ordered came late. The Cabinet had to be assembled. My room is a mess right now, so photos of my craft room will be forthcoming as I try to organize this room now. I am about two thirds of the way done. I am so far very happy with the way things are fitting in the cabinet and I even had room to fit extra things in there, so that way the room looks really neat without a bookcase that become very sloppy looking.
I just got back from taking our two dogs, Edie and Effie to the vet's. In order for the dogs to get their heartworm meds they have to take a test each year, that cost $39.50. Why so expensive for this yearly test I always wonder? my total vet bill for the hearworm test, and Edie's Rabies shot, plus she gets a pre-med for vaccine reactions, because both her and Effie have bad reactions to the shots and they had a nail trim, so my vet bill was $129.80, which was cheaper then September's bill, so I guess I shouldn't complain.
I made some homemade Ministrone Soup and some Steamed Brown Bread from a 1880 recipe first found in cookbook called Miss Parloa's New Cook Book of 1880.
It was really good bread and the soup was good too. I made up my own recipe for the soup. I can tell you what I put in there, but I don't have exact measurements.
Here is the photos for the Minestrone Soup and Steamed Brown Bread followed by the recipe.
In the 1880's they used 16 oz. vegetable cans, that seemed yucky to me so I used a bunt cake pan
similar to this one sold at Macy's.
I put the bunt pan in a steamer and added water only up to the top of where the bunt pan would end.
I just used a vegetable and pasta steamer. Is there any other kind? I'm not sure.
Here is what the uncooked bread looks like in the bunt pan after the pan was greased and floured.
After you get the batter in the pan you cover the pan with foil.
Now you put the foil covered bunt cake pan back in the steamer, I had it originally in the steamer to be sure it fit and I could get it back out.
Here is what the Brown Bread looks like after it has been steamed.
Here is the brown bread all finished and ready to eat!
Another photo of the bread ready to eat.
Recipe for the Steamed Brown Bread follows from Miss Parloa's New Cook Book of 1880.
2 cups buttermilk-if you don't have buttermilk take 2 tablespoons of the milk out after measuring the milk and add 2 tablespoons vinegar this will curdle and sour the milk.
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup raisins
3/4 cup light or dark Molasses (I use Grandma's)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Grease and flour bunt pan or if you prefer you can use four 16 ounce vegetables cans (41/4 x 3 inches) or 7-inch tube pan or like me I used a bunt cake pan. I'm not sure if a tube pan is the same as a bunt pan or not? I would think a tube pan was shaped like a tube.
Beat all ingredients in a large mixer bowl on low speed, scraping bowl constantly, 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed, scraping bowl constantly 30 seconds. Fill cans or pan 2/3 full. Cover tightly with aluminum foil.
Place cans on rack in Dutch oven or steamer; pour boiling water into steamer to level of rack. Cover steamer. Keep water boiling over low heat or until wooden pick inserted comes out clean. About 3 hours, mine took about 1 hour and half. (Add boiling water during steaming if necessary.) Immediately unmold bread.
*If you are using self rising flour, decrease baking soda to 1 teaspoons and omit salt.
If you prefer to bake the bread, bake it at 325 F. Pour batter into greased 2-quart round casserole. Bake 1 hour.
Kat's Minestrone Soup
1/2 head of cabbage chopped
1 red onion chopped
1 cup celery
1 carrot sliced
1 cup of cooked shell macaroni
1 can chopped canned tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce, small or large
1 can garbanzo beans or great white northern beans
4 cups water
5 beef bullion cubes
I added leftover crumbled meatloaf, yes meatloaf and my husband loved this soup because it was in there!
Have a great Friday and wonderful weekend! ~Kat