Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday

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The weather outside is::::
sunny and brisk....
 The  almost 9 inches of snow we  received Monday  still blanket   the  neighbor and  things are  pretty much  slow going,  
yet, a lone songbird  sings a reminder  song that spring is right around the corner!
I realize it is Wednesday,  but  I  have been  under the weather quite a bit lately and am just  beginning to see light a the end of  a long tunnel of   discomfiture.  The  bird's lovely  tune inspired me to  get  back to blogging today!

On the breakfast plate this morning::::
Fluffy  cheesy scrambled eggs, buttered  English muffin and  a cup of delicious coffee!

As I look outside my window:::

I am delighted by the  pristine  whiteness of our first  snow of the season!
Right now I am::::

sitting here in my jammies and house coat awaiting hubby to return...  he was determined to keep his haircut appointment... 

As I look around the house::::
I see   my  beautiful  red roses  my sweetheart gave me on Valentine's Day...  still just as  beautiful as  they  were then!!!!  Gorgeous!

On today's to do list::::
Blog and blog some more....  everything is cancelled today and it is a glorious feeling!

A bit of correspondence... slow mail...  I love to  receive a letter and so I need to write them first!
Currently reading::::
The book of Daniel

Beth Moore's study guide on Daniel

research on Ireland for our trip this year

What am I hearing:

On the TV today::::

I have been enjoying the  Oscar  series  they have been doing on TCM  but I have no idea what is coming on.. I like to be surprised!

On the menu this week::::

barbecued pork loin, salad, and cornbread

chef salad and baked potatoes

What I am creating at the moment::::

an organized house

New recipe I tried or want to try this week::::

I  got a Kitchenaid mixer for Valentine's Day as well and I cant wait to make 

This Meringue Cookie Recipe is super delicate and looks divine. All you need is a little patience since this takes 2 hours to bake But your KitchenAid Mixer will do all the hard work for ya!
– 3 egg whites at room temperature
– 3/4 cup of white sugar (you can use your food processor to fine the sugar)
– pinch of salt
– 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar
– 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
– few drops of your favorite food coloring

I am going to give you a few hints in how to make successful meringue cookies, here are a few:

* your egg whites have to be at room temperature and not have ANY egg yolks on them

* you need to start whipping your egg whites at a low speed for a while until they become foamy, this will help keep its shape, small bubbles, better shape

* cream of tartar is essential to a good shape meringue cookie

* you really need to use your food processor to fine your white sugar, NO YOU CANNOT use powdered sugar and NO YOU CANNOT use white sugar, if you dont have a food processor just use the blender, just a few pushes until it fines the sugar a little more

* make sure you add the sugar spoon by spoon giving time to incorporate it into the egg whites before adding more

* only add the vanilla and food coloring at the very end

* You will know when Its ready when It looks shiny like marshmallow and the peak holds up

* bake it at a very very very low temperature. DONT try to bake it faster, otherwise it wont work, these have to bake for 2 hours at low temperature


Preheat your oven to 170F.

On a cookie sheet (you will probably need 2) lay wax paper and reserve.

Lets start adding the egg whites to your KitchenAid Mixer bowl with the whipping attachment on and start on speed 2 whipping it until it foams. Once it gets to that point its time to sprinkle the cream of tartar and crank up to speed 6 and start whipping those eggs.

It will take about less than a minute and you will notice the egg whites will be almost thick and hard, at this point you will start adding the fine sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, VERY SLOWLY, always letting it melt into the egg white before adding the next spoon of sugar.

Once you have added all the sugar into the mixture it will look shiny like marshmallow, at this stage you will add your vanilla extract and your food coloring (enough drops to get to the color you want).

Pour the mixture into an icing bag or a zip lock bag (with a cut off tip) and shape your meringues over the wax paper on the cookie sheet.

Bake it for about 2 hours.
Let it cool off completely before removing them from the wax paper.

Favorite photo from the camera::::

Taken through the screen door....  dear hubby  taking care of business.....  what  would we do without our menfolk!  Sweetheart blesses me in to many ways!

Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::

1 comment:

  1. Hope you are feeling better and have a great rest of the week. My days have been super mixed up with Monday's holiday and my boys off school and now sick. I love meringue cookies!


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