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Oct
28
2014

Music Memories & Blueberry French Toast Casserole from Milk Cow Kitchen by MaryJaneButters

Good morning all you happy people!

What is my mantra for today?? The weather is not going to kick my hiney.  The weather is not going to kick my hiney.  The weather is not going to kick my hiney! Why? Because I have much to do! If any of you suffer with fibromyalgia or some other autoimmune disease, even migraines, you know what a change in the barometric pressure can do to you.  It can be rough.  I had one doctor tell me: You just have to work through it.  If it had been another doctor or someone else, I might have been peeved but he meant it with the best of intentions.  And the look on his face let me know he was sympathetic and just trying to be encouraging.  And he’s right sometimes you just do have to work through it.  Right on through it – until you can’t.  So my best intentions are before me today.

MaryJane’s morning post over at Raising Jane brought back some sweet memories.  Music memories.  I was not blessed with a good singing voice.  Whatever the opposite of that is, is about my level of singing ability.  Oh, never fear, it hasn’t stopped me from singing.  It has made my little grandson ask me to STOP singing LOL. See, Sam’s maternal side of his family is talented.  SO talented.   Seriously, seriously talented.  Sing like birds, plays every instrument you would ever need to play. My first introduction to Jen’s (Sam’s mom) music was Sons of William band.  They are no longer together.  And, I for one, am still sad about that.  :( This was one of my favorites: Smile She’s now a member of Identity Crisis.  Check them out here: Meet Identity Crisis.  AND Zach (our oldest and Sam’s dad) is very musically inclined as well.  Loves music and plays guitar.  And preciously a piano virtuoso as you will see by photographic evidence later in this post. Yeah, I like to brag about my peeps – what??? are you new here ??? LOL

My earliest memory of listening to music voluntarily was from when I was about 3 years old.  My dad got paid on Friday (didn’t everyone  in 1962?) and when he got home on Friday afternoon while mom was cooking, he and I went to Sears to pick out two 45’s which likely cost less than a dollar with tax but when you made maybe $500 a month that was a pretty significant splurge on a weekly basis.  I spent most of my late afternoons in my room listening to “my music” and dancing like a maniac! Those are some of my earliest childhood memories.  Oh to have those records would be amazing.  But where they wound up I will never know.  8-tracks and cassettes and later, CDs, took their place long before I had sense enough to hang onto them.

Consequently, I love all sorts of music.  Really I do.  Now, I am not a big fan of ‘crying in my beer, my woman done me wrong, took everything but my dog, and my pickup truck’s got a flat’ country nor do I like violence in some rap music or when any music is derogatory towards a particular group, especially women.  But I listen to ALL kinds of music from Bach to Bennett, rock to rap, oldies to orchestra.  I love it all – or some of all of it :) I grew up listening to old country – Merle Haggard/George Jones kind of country.   My dad loved music and was a gifted self taught string player – guitar, fiddle, flat-top and a little banjo even. I was also allowed to pick my own tastes as well.  It started young.  My mom filled my early days with big band and swing music along with a heavy dose of classical.  Yep, on a turntable.  My first real musical liking was Beatles music.  And Elvis Presley.  Who, by the way, my Mom saw at the Louisiana Hayride and went “meh, he’s okay” LOL  You would have had to know my mom.  Not easily swayed by public opinion.  They both encouraged me to like music period. We watched American Bandstand and Lawrence Welk and listened to the Grand Ole Opry.  Later came Soul Train and Austin City Limits.  Long car trips, after we had an 8-track player were filled with Henry Mancini’s Country and Alice Cooper.  The deal was we traded off – Dad’s music, then mine, then Dad’s, then mine.  He knew all the words to Billion Dollar Babies and I gained a keen appreciation of orchestra music. We both benefited LOL.

Then Jerry came into my life and he loved music as much as I did and introduced me to Bad Company, BTO (our first concert together) and KISS.  A few years down the road we had Zach – Sam’s dad and the tradition continued:

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One of Zach’s first toys :)

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Here he has graduated to more serious music.  My friend Robbin was always so great to let him bang on her piano.  He was quite the singer as well ;)

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It wasn’t long though until he too found rock n roll – I do believe Joan Jett was singing to him here. And the tradition continues…

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Sam singing along (such a sweet little guy – can’t believe he’s 10 now!)

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Early signs of amazing rhythm – and demon eyes! LOL

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His favorite thing to do at my moms! He batted his eyes with every beat but wasn’t about to stop till EVERYONE clapped!

Wait…what were we talking about??? OHH YEAH!!! Milk Cow Kitchen by MaryJane Butters!! And a recipe for today (and tomorrow).

The recipe I am sharing today is going to be a two day-er.  I am prepping it this evening but want to bring you along on the process so there will be no picture of the actual process and outcome until tomorrow.

Blueberry French Toast Casserole

  • 3 cups day old 1″ baguette cubes (I am using gluten free sourdough)
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese (2 oz cut into 1″ cubes)
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries thawed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cup maple syrup
    1. Generously butter an 8 x 8 clear glass baking dish. Or use and 9 x 13 and double the ingredients for 8 servings
    2. In a medium bowl, mix together baguette cubes, cream cheese cubes and blueberries; add to prepared baking dish
    3. In a small bowl, mix together eggs, milk and syrup.  Pour over bread mixture.  Using a spatula, press ingredients down into liquid.
    4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night.
    5. Remove Casserole from refrigerator 30 minutes prior to baking.  Preheat oven to 350
    6. Remove plastic wrap, cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 35 minutes or 45 for 9 x 13.  Remove foil and bake until top is golden and mixture is set in the center, about 15 minutes or 25 for doubled recipe.
    7. Serve topped with maple cream syrup (recipe below)

    Maple Cream Syrup

    • 1/2 cup maple syrup
    • 1 cup cream

    In a small saucepan, combine syrup and cream.  Stir over medium heat until thickened, approximately 15 minutes.  Drizzle over French Toast Casserole.

    Until tomorrow here are the links to the previous recipes and post for Milk Cow Kitchen:

    Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

    Sweet Corn Casserole

    Scalloped Potatoes

    Four-Cheese Macaroni

    If you haven’t read the interview with MaryJane here’s your link to that: Meet MaryJane Butters

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    You can find out more about MaryJane Butters by visiting:
    RaisingJane.org
    MaryJanesFarm.org
    HeritageJersey.org

    See all you happy people tomorrow!  Make this Tuesday! a good one!

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    Aug
    05
    2014

    Farm Fresh From Vermont

    Update: The goal was met and Swan&Stone are headed to NYC!!! Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible!!

    If you have ever visited my blog you know my love of all things Vermont. Vermont is my happy place. Anytime I get the opportunity to share it, I take that opportunity. And I take it seriously. I have something really special to share today.

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    It’s not often you see the word millinery. I found Swan&Stone a couple of years back when they were Little Hill Woolworks and bought a hat right then and there!

    Collaborators Samantha Stone and Nora Swan, both former New Yorkers, are the brains, hearts and hands behind Swan&Stone. Both have contributed fascinating halves that make the whole of all that is now a thriving millinery housed in The Granary in quintessential, bucolic Brandon, Vermont.

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    Robbin, my oldest and dearest friend, and I were treated to a personal tour of Swan&Stone when we were in Brandon last October. Yes, Vermont in October. Heaven on Earth! Our tour guide was Kelly, whom I met through the wonderful world wide web when we were both in business – she owned a handcrafted lollipop business and I owned Dahlem’s Soapworks. I don’t remember exactly how we met, but it was meant to be. Kelly is an amazing mom and friend AND an extraordinary photographer. I have given her credit on the photos that belong to her – though you could probably tell already – they are amazing.

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    Stepping into Swan&Stone is a feast for the eyes for anyone – but for a couple of women who love Vermont, LOVE handcrafted, LOVE sustainable products, LOVE locavore culture, LOVE farms and sheep and hats…well our breaths were taken away! We tried on hats, admired and admonished our choices, and had an amazing and educational visit with Samantha. I am kicking myself for not purchasing my favorite of the day – a felt beauty that was a little steampunk, a little country with lot of attitude – you know, like me! LOL! The trim on it was bits & bobs of metal found after Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc on beautiful Brandon back in August of 2011.

    There are numerous articles written about Swan&Stone online and I will give you links at the end of this post. But the words that are their own are the best. What interesting women, business owners, and artisans. I have to admit, I will never look at hats the same. I say all the time: I wish people still wore hats. WELL, people do! Bold people. Confident people. People who don’t bend and give to the latest fashion trend. That’s what I love about Sam & Nora’s creations – they are timeless. Beautiful, extraordinary, handmade hats for now and forever.

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    wooden hat blocks

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    one of a kind hats for men

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    hats waiting for embellishments

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    LOVE the blue!!

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    there’s something for everyone!

    felt hats, straw hats, fascinators, kids’ hats, hats for brides

    These are literally farm to head hats!

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    photo credit: Kelly McCullough

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    photo credit: Kelly McCullough

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    photo credit: Kelly McCullough (I need this one framed)

    Now Samantha and Nora have a once in a lifetime chance to show their hats to the world! After a rigorous jury process they have been invited to show and sell their hats at the 2014 Grand Central Holiday Fair! Yes! THAT Grand Central – in New York City! There is a little bump in the road, a catch if you will – the $16K entrance fee. But you know what? This is very doable – and you, me, we can help them meet that challenge head on (no pun intended) and become the famous milliners they are destined to be. I believe in what Swan& Stone is doing. Grass to market isn’t just about food anymore. Every product that is made from sustainable goods should be readily available to consumers who care about that very important factor in producing goods & services. Fine hats should be no exception. So please visit their KickStarter page and contribute.

    Every little bit will help them realize their dream.  AND you too can own an original Swan&Stone creation with your contribution.

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    Please do you and me both a favor and follow the link, visit Swan&Stone’s Kickstarter Page and help this woman owned and operated business show in NYC! You know what they say: If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. And Samantha and Nora deserve this opportunity – they have worked so hard and offer beautiful handcrafted hats that anyone would love.

    Be sure and watch the video on your visit to their kickstarter page. There is also an easy “go to” link in the right column – check it out!

    You can read more about Swan&Stone here:

    You can also follow them on twitter @ https://twitter.com/swanandstone and find them on Face book @ https://www.facebook.com/pages/SwanStone-Millinery/187059057992815

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    With warmest regards,

    Susan

    Apr
    12
    2011

    Gooseberry Patch’s Review and Recipe 5: Pecan Pie Muffins

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    Okay, I know you may be tired of hearing this but ANOTHER WINNING RECIPE from Gooseberry Patch’s Quick & Easy Autumn!   Seriously delicious.  Seriously quick (and easy).  And super easy to convert to gluten free! I switched up the size tin it called for and used a mini muffin tin.  And they are so rich that two mini muffins was just right for me with my morning coffee.

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    Pecan Pie Muffins

    Regular or Gluten Free

    • 1 cup chopped pecans
    • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
    • 1/2 cup all purpose flour (just substitute your favorite gluten free all purpose flour)
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil melted and cooled slightly

    Mix pecans, brown sugar and flour in a large bowl; make a well in the center and set aside.

    ppmuffins1aIn a separate bowl, beat eggs just until foam appears.  Stir in butter or oil.  Add to pecan mixture, stir just until moistened. Spoon batter into muffin cups greased only on the bottom, filling about 2/3 full.*

    ppmuffins1b Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until golden**.

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    Promptly remove from muffin tin.  Cool on a wire rack.  Makes 9 ***

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    In my gluten free version I also added a 1/2 cup chopped dates – a great addition!

    * I used a mini muffin tin and lined it with paper muffin cups

    ** I reduced the baking time to 18 minutes

    *** Made 30 mini muffins

    I fixed the girls a little box to take to school with them today.  Yes, school is actually college :) Putting the rest in the freezer for snacks later on!

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    If you want to get your name in to win this great cookbook, just leave me a comment after each recipe and consider yourself entered.  Each recipe you comment on enters  your name again! Please share this giveaway with your friends if you facebook or have a blog.  Then on April 15th I will draw the winner.  I picked April 15th to give us something fun to do that day!  I hate tax day and I know many of you do too!  So we will soften the blow of mailing that check with a wonderful NEW GOOSEBERRY PATCH COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY!!!

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