Autumn Baking

Italian cheese twists (thefrugalgirl.com): cheesy-garlicky goodness. The best part is the crunchy bottom surface.

Chocolate molasses cookies (countryliving.com): I was never a huge fan of molasses cookies, but thanks to Lindsey, my views are changing.

Apple cheddar scones (allrecipes.com): the softest, yummiest, cheesiest scone I have ever tasted. An addiction in the making.

Pie crust 102 & 103: this produced the best pie crust I've ever eaten. I was the demiurge and smittenkitchen.com was the home of the forms.

Excuse me. I need to go renew my gym membership.


samosas: my first deep-frying attempt

What started out as a craving for mashed potatoes turned into mashed potatoes sown in corruption and raised in glory: samosas. And they turned out rather well! Here's the recipe, which I mostly followed. The main differences were adding in some peas and cooked shredded carrot, and using sauteed yellow onion instead of green.
[Sorry about the picture quality. I blame it on the borrowed camera.]


last term's reading

Disclaimer: there are a few here that we didn't read all of, but we took at least a good chunk out of them.


perogy pizza

Or, if the word "perogy" means nothing to you, you could call it baked potato pizza.

You will need...

3 cups of mashed potatoes, ish
1 tsp salt to make the potatoes taste better
1 onion, diced and sauteed
Olive oil for sauteing the onion

Mix the sauteed onion into the potatoes and let them sit in the fridge overnight and get to know each other. The next day, get your crust ready and spread the potatoes over it; I made them about 1/2 inch thick. Then top the potatoes with...

2 cups shredded cheddar
8-10 bacon slices, fried crispy and cut up

Bake this for ~20 minutes at 425, or at your discretion, and eat it with sour cream. This is the most filling pizza I have ever encountered, so use discretion when you're eating it, too.


Psalm 90

Over the last few months, I've gone back to this Psalm again and again; it's a prayer for when I run out of my own words. I think it's time to just settle down and memorize it.

Psalm 90: A Prayer of Moses the man of God.

1 Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth,
Or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

3 You turn man to destruction,
And say, “Return, O children of men.”
4 For a thousand years in Your sight
Are like yesterday when it is past,
And like a watch in the night.
5 You carry them away like a flood;
They are like a sleep.
In the morning they are like grass which grows up:
6 In the morning it flourishes and grows up;
In the evening it is cut down and withers.

7 For we have been consumed by Your anger,
And by Your wrath we are terrified.
8 You have set our iniquities before You,
Our secret sins in the light of Your countenance.
9 For all our days have passed away in Your wrath;
We finish our years like a sigh.
10 The days of our lives are seventy years;
And if by reason of strength they are eighty years,
Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow;
For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
11 Who knows the power of Your anger?
For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath.
12 So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom.

13 Return, O LORD! How long?
And have compassion on Your servants.
14 Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy,
That we may rejoice and be glad all our days!
15 Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us,
The years in which we have seen evil.
16 Let Your work appear to Your servants,
And Your glory to their children.
17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us,
And establish the work of our hands for us;
Yes, establish the work of our hands.