Throwback Thirsty Thursday

Fotor_156254983049744 This is an old pic from the rental house. I miss the bamboo privacy fence and the log bench in front of the fire pit he built me for Mother’s Day. 

It had been muggy and hot for days on end. Everything felt gross, but the flora was thriving. It was almost like I lived in a jungle but with groundhogs and deer.

The particular day was a sticky, hot, and there was a storm coming in fsat. Both Nik and I were out dealing with the lawn and what not so we could get it done before it started to pour, leaving us really living in a jungle!

We finished with less than an hour to spare so the hurried sweat added to our gross. While Nik got cleaned up, I was sitting on the log, waiting to do the same.

But before I went out to be a bump on a log, I thought I’d pour a drink. I was already a little dizzy from the heat and sweating, so I decided a mocktail would be better than a tall glass of iced wine.

I found a bag of blueberries in the freezer and plunked them in the glass with some ice sticks on top. Blueberry Lemon seltzer went over that.

It wasn’t fancy, but it was light and refreshing with the blueberries creating little ice capsules to crunch on while I waited for the rain to start.

When it did start, boy did it come down. I sat on my log sipping my drink as the warm water fell hard on and around me.

It didn’t help with the heat or humidity, but the bamboo did get taller that day.

In full disclosure, Tuesday night after a crap ton of bs, when I poured the wine into the pan for dinner, I poured half a glass for myself and filled it with ice. I’m not totally in the mocktail life, but I’m drinking a lot less than I was…and that’s a lot less calories too!

 

Sweet biscuit success

2019-07-08_10-30-33There was so much good food over Fourth of July weekend. So much.

Thursday, we went to our friend’s house to hang out with him, his daughter (in town from London), and his sister and brother in law (in town from TX). Nik’s parents were there and it was a good time.

Since I’m rarely one to show up at a meal without bringing something, I thought I should bring dessert. The host isn’t a dessert guy though, so what should I bring?

Whatever I damn well please he’d tell me, for sure!

I looked around the kitchen to figure out what my sweet tooth wanted.

Among other things, I found blueberries in the freezer and baking mix in the pantry. Awesome. I decided some blueberry shortcake sounded really good and it was almost patriotic, right?

It was also super easy and I was feeling kind of lazy.

I preheated the oven to 425*F and poured some extra coffee in my mug. I was kind of winging it when I put the following in my mixer’s bowl:

  • 4 1/2 cups baking mix (mine was gluten free)
  • 1TBSP Baking Soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 8 TBSP Sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup milk
  • 8 TBSP (1 stick) melted butter
  • 2 eggs (forked until mixed well)
  • 1 TBSP Vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp Almond extract (This is optional, but trust me, add it.)

Then I mixed the hell out of all of it with the paddle attachment. Starting on low until there wasn’t powder left, I increased the speed until the dough is light tan. The dough should be sticky and easily scooped, but not pourable. Somewhere between pancake mix and chocolate chip cookies.

I took one of my giant non-stick cookie sheets and dropped big blobs (about 9) on it and put it in the oven for 8-10  minutes.

You can stop here if you want and just eat these when they cool off or spray some whipped cream on them. Or you can cut them in half, spoon some berries on it, put the top on and cover in whipped cream.

You do you, boo. I don’t judge how you enjoy your desserts.

(If you’re wondering, the non-dessert guy who hosted that night? He LOVED them so I left the extras for breakfast. I know what to bring for his birthday!)