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Old Dog ~ New Tricks

I am the old dog.  And I have learned something today.  If you have followed my blog for any length of time,  you realize I am a country girl, farmgirl, jill of several trades.  Yesterday just as my company got here and I took the quiche out of the oven, our lights went out.  There was a storm north of here and unless you live in a rural area, you have no idea how something so minor can change everything abruptly.  So anywho, we ate in the semi dark, visited in the semi dark but these friends are farmgirlfriends so they didnt let it faze them. Well, someone, who will remain nameless, flushed a toilet.  BIG  NO NO when you are without electricity and the water pump is off.  So here we go  ~ we have to go prime the pump at 10pm.  And 11pm.  And 12 am…and 2 am.  You see where this is headed.  Even with this lovely diagram husband has laminated

and hanging in the pump house,(that man loves him some Excel) something was not quite right ~~ duh! So after going to bed after 2 am I got up at daylight and went back out to see if I had missed something but nope…couldnt get it up and running.  So I called our friendly water well serviceman.  He, quite frankly, is my newest and bestest friend.  Not only did he get my water back up and going, but he taught me a couple of things: 1) How to clean the points on a pump (#2 in the diagram) 2) How to adjust the pressure on said pump.  Water and two very valuable pieces of knowledge for a mere $55. I would have told you I knew all I needed to about our well and how it works, but I would have been wrong.

For all the inconvenience, it is nice to learn something new.  Something I very well may need again.


Recipe of the Day: Rachel's Nutella Brownies

* 1 & 1/4 cups chopped pecans
* 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
* 3 ounces milk chocolate
* 1/2 cup unsalted butter
* 1/4 cup Nutella (oh yeah…yummy)
* 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* pinch of salt
* 1/2 cup granulated sugar
* 2 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350°. Butter and flour a 9-inch square baking pan. Tap out excess flour. Set pan aside.

Coarsely chop chocolates and place in the top of a double boiler. Melt with butter and Nutella over simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth. Remove top bowl from heat for mixture to cool.

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Whisk sugar into chocolate mixture, mixing well. Whisk in eggs until mixture is glossy and smooth. Stir in flour mixture and pecans, stirring just until combined.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until a tester comes out with moist crumbs. Cool brownies completely in pan on a wire rack.



Recipe for Quiche ala Susan

I think Tami and Karen really REALLY liked the quiche.Rachel and I did too. Hannah made “the face” and didnt even taste it…texture issues. Anywho, it turned out very well for being one of those thrown together things. But that’s kinda what a quiche is right? Throw it all in a dish and cook it!

Preheat oven to 375. Prepare an unbaked pie crust in a 10″ deep dish pie pan. Use your favorite unsweetened pie crust or a bought one. Be sure it is up a bit past the edge of your pie dish – you gotta alotta stuff to put in there!

Start with two-three cups of your favorite veggies. I use Baby Bella mushrooms, fresh asparagus and leeks. Saute them in a little olive oil or butter – I used a little of each!

Grate 3 cups of your favorite cheese. I used equal parts of Gouda, Feta, Asiago, Cheddar, Swiss and Mozzarella. Yes we always have this many cheeses! I could have also used Provolone, American, Parmesan or Romano!

Spread the cheeses evenly over the bottom of the crust, reserving about 3/4 a cup to sprinkle over the top.

Spread your veggies over the cheese…it already looks yummy doesnt it???

Whisk together 6 eggs and 1 cup of half and half. Add salt and pepper to taste. Be sure your eggs are well beaten.

Pour this over the veggies being sure to cover evenly.

Sprinkle remaining cheese over the top of your quiche.

Bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden and firm in the middle.

Let it sit for about 10 minutes before cutting.

I will get the Brownie recipe to you tomorrow…but dont they look delish?!

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