The City Chicks

The life and times of a couple of urban farmgirls!

Fudge Brownies September 15, 2010

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So last week I did not post due to the holiday and this week I am just a couple days late for the Make It or Bake It post.  I think you will find it was well worth it though.

Yesterday I made the most scrumptious brownies.  Now I’ll be honest here…usually I don’t make brownies from scratch.  I know right!  Who would have thought it.  Most recipes I have been given turn out setting and tasting more like cake and I already have enough cake recipes. 

Oh but these little gems were different.  I found the recipe on the King Arthur Flour website.  Just click the link.  I used everything the recipe called for but the espresso powder and for the Dutch-process cocoa I used the high fat content one that they sell at Penzy’s.  Just to make certain it wasn’t a fluke that they turned out so well I made two pans of them.  (They were going to Donovan’s band practice anyways…and not staying here to tempt me all night!)  Both pans turned out exactly the same.  They were PERFECT and a huge hit.

So the next time you are having a craving for some chocolate try whipping up a batch of these.  You won’t regret it.

 

Make-It or Bake-It Monday August 30, 2010

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I always have so many things that I want to share with you all that I get overwhelmed and end up not posting a gosh darn thing.  So to keep me on track with my posts a little bit I have decided to make Monday’s  Make-It or a Bake-It day.  So to get it off to a start I will share with you a recipe for Raspberry Bread.    It is really easy and only takes me a few minutes to whip together.  Enjoy!

 

Raspberry Bread

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour

1 tsp. kosher or sea salt

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 cup fresh raspberries, halved

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup milk

5 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted

2 large eggs

1 tsp. lemon zest

1/2 a lemon juiced

Directions

Preheat oven to 350º F.  Lightly grease your bread pan.

Stir together flour and the next three ingredients.  Gently stir in the raspberries.

In another bowl whisk together sugar and the next 5 ingredients until they are mixed thoroughly.  Add the flour mixture, stirring until it is just blended.  There may be a little flour still stuck to the berries but it is ok.  You don’t want to over mix it.  Pour the batter into your prepared bread pan.

Bake for 1 hour or until a cake tester or wooden pick comes out clean from the center.  Let cool on a wire rack for 12 minutes before removing it from the pan.  Remove from pan and carefully place it on the wire rack to cool  completely. 

 

 

Finally a freshman August 27, 2010

Filed under: Family — Flour Girls & City Chicks @ 10:07 am

Well I guess I really am starting to age a little bit.  My baby is finally a freshman in high school.  It is hard to believe that time has passed by so quickly.  In honor of him starting high school he willingly decided to “bless” me with his presence for a whole day.  You know boys are just too busy for their mom’s these days.  So we went to dinner and movie.  It was a great day for both of us.  Although, that movie The Other Guys could have been better.  He liked it though and that was what was important.

Really? Do you have to take a picture of everything?!

 Now that he has started school I have discovered just how busy my own schedule is going to be…between running him back and forth to marching band practice twice a week, and to the games each week on top of my own commitments it feels like I am running non-stop. Right now that’s just for marching band.  I wonder when we have to start running back and forth for jazz band, JROTC and possibly cross-country track practices and meets? Oh well that’s why I am blessed to be a stay-at-home mama!  I wouldn’t want to miss a minute of it all. 

May you and your youngster have a great start to the new school year!

 

 

Visit from a little prince

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Time here at the U.H. has been flying by like crazy.  So it was nice to take a little break a couple of weeks ago so I could have a little visit from my sister and her family.  My sister and her husband had our families newest little prince Ryder in January of this year and this was our first time seeing him in person.  He is absolutely one of the sweetest babies ever and we wish that we could see him more often (as well as his mom and dad) but distance and schedules keep us apart most of the year.  After all i don’t think I have seen my own mother in nearly a year.

taken by Ashley

The weather was cooperative and we had a nice meal.  Todd had Ryder laughing as he danced around doing some beat box thing with him in his hands.  It was hilarious!🙂 Plus, Ryder seemed to like our little homestead and he couldn’t take his eyes off all the little critters.  Especially the birds!  Maybe I will have to make a special trip up so I can bring him a little house bird of his own.  Hummm.  Not so sure his parents would like that though.  Hopefully when he is a bit older he can come stay with us for a long weekend now and again ’cause I’m betting he is going to be a true blue city boy and his aunt and uncle may just have to show him how to work a small little urban homestead.  Chicks and all.  I even have the perfect little tire horse picked out to hang on the tree when he is big enough to sit on it.  

 

The winner is… August 12, 2010

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Whoopsie, I forgot to pick the winner of the summer give away on Tuesday.  The winner is Denise!!  Denise please email me your mailing address so I can get your package sent off to you.

Hugs~ Christina

 

Meet Gracie July 28, 2010

Filed under: The Urban Homestead — Flour Girls & City Chicks @ 10:54 am
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Well I told you all that I had been busy around the homestead and not just in the gardens.  Earlier this month, after much research on dog breeds , we acquired our new puppy Gracie!  Yes, I already know you may thinking our family already has a large enough menagerie of animals between the 8 chickens, two cats, a dog and a cockatiel.  My friend Bebe already pointed that out.  However, we felt like we could add one more.  My sister Ashley and her family have a great golden retriever, Maya,  and when we were researching breeds the golden’s kept popping up as a good fit for our family.  So that is what we decided on as well.  Gracie is amazing!  We absolutely adore her.  She loves playing out in the gardens and harassing the chickens when she is not in the house getting chased by midnight, our kitten…won’t midnight be surprised in a couple of months when Gracie is bigger than her.  As you see though Gracie is still small and it left me little time for much else.  I forgot that new puppies were like new babies.  It has been a good reminder of why we didn’t have more than two children.  This week though I have been working on getting Gracie up to the sewing room with me, which is also where my desk is.  So far so good.  As I type this she is sleeping soundly at my feet.  Well I better take advantage of this down time and look for that project to finish!

Hugs~ Christina

 

Sewing room confessions

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Do you sew?  Do you know someone who does?  Well if you can answer yes to either one or to even both of those questions you know how messy a sewing room can get in just a matter of one project.  If you are like me well then you probably have several projects or at the very least the material, patterns and books for several projects hanging around your sewing or crafting room.  They probably even trickle over into the other areas of your home.  Well I must confess that my sacred space was getting a little bit out of control. I really do thrive in a nice and tidy spot.  I find I can think more clearly and finish the task on hand more efficiently.  Now my friends may very well tell you that my house is never as messy or unkept as theirs but really and truly things were getting a bit out of hand up in the sewing room.  Especially the closet!  Now I won’t show you the closet before it was cleaned.  It is enough for me to admit that I am a fabric whore let alone show you all and I am certain that several people have a way larger stash than what I do… so why put us all through that unsightly reminder.  Instead let’s think happy thoughts of what could be.  So after several hours of organizing, reorganizing all those shirts for aprons and let’s be frank tossing out items I finished the dreaded cleaning of the sewing room.  Tossing things is never easy but tossing fabric scraps is even harder.  I did it though and I couldn’t be happier.  The space is back to being organized and I can clearly see and find everything I am needing.  So what shall I sew first.  I don’t know.  I still have those half done items to complete and a long over due baby quilt to start.  

Take my advice…Do a little cleaning or tidying and see how much you can get your creative juices to flow.  Even if it is just a little space like a closet.  Lord knows I still have more fabric outside of my closet!

Hugs~ Christina

 

 
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