Hello from the farm!
Today, became another one of those ordinary moments that turned out extraordinary just because I was in search of a homemade noodle recipe. I was making a roast in the crock pot. Here's a tip. Don't use much water. It will create its own juices. Just salt and pepper. It turns out just like you were roasting it in the oven. Got that tip from my Mom a few years back. Who knew? Hope you can use the crock-pot tip.
Anyway, on to the story. I veered off there for a moment didn't I? I was searching for an egg-noodle recipe to go with my roast. My Grandma Phillips used to famously make them by rolling them out, hand cutting them in slices with a knife then tossing them in flour to dry. She was quite famous with our family for her chicken and homemade noodles.
|I bought this wonderful crock at a yard sale for $5. I love it.|
In my search, something unexpected happened. I took from the bookshelf, The Tasha Tudor Cookbook to see if she might have a noodle recipe. She did not but no matter, she has many great recipes, though, and I got caught up in the moment of flipping through her marvelous cookbook relishing her notes about her recipes and their origins.
|Though I have many measuring cups, these aluminum ones came from my late mother-in-laws home.|
She was a great cook. Makes me think of her each time I use them.
One of Tasha's cookie recipes (page 101 Christmas Cookies) caught my attention. It is similar to one my youngest sister Missy used to make during the holidays. She brought them to our family's Christmas Eve celebration back in the day. No one makes them any other time of the year. I love them I must say, her's are rolled in chopped nuts too. Now my mouth was watering and the memory of family gatherings made me smile Then I sadly thought, In about six months I'll have some, I'll make them myself. Then a second thought grabbed me, Why not now? I really couldn't come up with a "not now" reason so I found my cookbook stand, carefully placed Tasha's cookbook on it so as not to soil it and began.
Would you believe I mixed 1/2 batch cookie dough in less than five minutes? The tip here is 1/2 batch then bake only half of that, this being our weight watcher's plan in this farmhouse kitchen- so that we don't eat the whole batch the first night because as you know, if they are there you will keep eating them. It's true. Plus now you have ready made dough for another special moment.
I proudly mixed with my "new to me" old, hands-free Dormeyer Mixwell mixer that I purchased at an auction a while back for $1. On my Facebook Page I asked if I should paint it. You replied, "No." So I didn't. Both bowls amazingly survived the years and came with it. Oh my, I love that darn thing. Hands-Free! Did I say how much I love it? I love nostalgia and this just resonates with my spirit. Of course I love being old fashioned too and it being an antique makes me love it even more. All total time used for mixing, baking and cooling to eating was 20 minutes.
|Am I lucky or what? You're right readers, I am glad I didn't paint it.|
Any how, enthralled with anything Tasha Tudor, I sat down to tea time and a couple cookies while thumbing through her cookbook again, wondering what I might be destined to make my next spontaneous moment and I simply, and most marvelously, enjoyed this spontaneous moment in my farmhouse kitchen.
So Here's the Thing: I saw it, I wanted it, I did it. Enough said. Don't just dream of it. Live it. No more excuses as to why not. Find the Joy in each and every moment. Even if it is baking a batch of homemade, mouth-watering cookies out of season. It brought me such joy when my husband walked through the door and said with such delight, "Oh my, what is that wonderful smell? Cookies! Then he plopped one in his mouth savoring the flavor. His comment sounded like something I imagined Tasha might say.
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