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Nov
02
2014

Welcome November! And guess what!

Remember last week when I told you that I would have some exciting news pertaining to the Milk Cow Kitchen give-away? Well I am back and happy to tell you we have extended the give-away for this week and then I will draw not one but TWO names and give away TWO books! Woot!! So again this week I will be sharing a couple of new recipes and points of interest out of Milk Cow Kitchen by MaryJane Butters.  I will draw the two names next Monday November 10 and will notify the winners by email so when you leave a comment please be sure and leave your email in the form – not the body of the comment – and considered yourself on the list!  Thanks for all of you who visit me faithfully and are so patient with me when I am absent a couple of days.  Life has been busy for me as I am sure it has all of you.

Here are the links to the previous recipes and posts for the  Milk Cow Kitchen Give-Away:

Blueberry French Toast Casserole

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

maryjane.b

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

Oct
29
2014

National Cat Day ~ October 29

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It seemed I almost missed it but since I likely won’t have time to blog tomorrow. SOOOO busy! Halloween preparations and our oldest and her husband are spending the night tomorrow on the way to his parents YAY!!

Just so you know: October 29 is National Cat Day. Currently we are under the spell of 6 lovely kitties – Siobhan Alpha Female (in my cover photo) along with Luther, Gertie, Julius, Leo and Angus. National Cat Day was founded by animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige. It is a celebration that takes place on October 29th every year in the United States.The National Cat Day website states that the holiday was first celebrated in 2005 “to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year and also to encourage cat lovers to celebrate the cat(s) in their life for the unconditional love and companionship they bestow upon us.” The day is supported by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a nonprofit organization which also works to encourage pet adoption. An international cat day was created in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

But I want to say how much of a crazy cat lady I am – if you didn’t already know and share somethings I posted on facebook.  photo 1

Getting in some cuddles while Ben scooped the poop. Angus peed in both litter boxes WHILE he was cleaning them. The minute he got finished with one, Angus jumped up in it. The second one he had to strain pretty hard but he made a wet spot and then took about 5 minutes to cover it up. He cannot stand for us to clean out the litter boxes. He’s a weirdo. LOL

And now the rest of the brood:

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Julius and Mo (Mo passed a couple of years ago – we still miss him)

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Leo (or affectionately called Butt)

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Julius – so sweet

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Luther – he’s a mess – has to smell your breath before you can pet him!

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Gertie – sweet and shy

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Anus Angus – he’s rotten.




Oct
29
2014

As promised!

My follow up to yesterday’s recipe: Blueberry French Toast Casserole from Milk Cow Kitchen by MaryJane Butters!  Oh Em GEE! This was so good.  Truth be told, it was brunch for me as sleep evaded me almost all night and I stayed in bed a little longer than I had planned.  But my oh my what a wonderful brunch it was!  So skee-daddle into your kitchen this evening and whip this up for tomorrow’s breakfast/brunch!

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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)

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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

maryjane.b

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

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