May 13, 2009

Kristina's Strawberry Shortcake

This recipe shall forever be dubbed...
Kristina's Strawberry Shortcake

you must try it


2 cups soft white wheat flour (aka wheat pastry flour)

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

3 tbsp honey granules (can sub white sugar)

1 stick butter, chilled

2/3 to 3/4 cup half and half, milk, or cream (use cream- why not?)


1 quart strawberries

1/3 cup honey granules (can sub white sugar)

Whipped Topping:

1 1/2 cups whipping cream

Rinse berries under cold water; drain well. Hull and slice berries; place in a bowl. Sprinkle with honey granules; cover and let stand at room temperature for about 1 hour.

Whip the cream (sweeten with 2-3 tbsp honey granules if desired and 1 tsp real vanilla) until it holds a soft peak. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In food processor (you can use a pastry cutter or fingertips) combine the flour, baking powder, salt and honey granules and pulse to mix. Cut butter into about 8 pieces and add to the mixture. Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal, but with few pea-size chunks of butter left in the mixture. Transfer to large bowl and make a well in center. With fork, stir in cream until dough is just moist. Do not overwork. Let stand for a minute. Turn dough out on floured surface. Knead 2-3 times until dough holds together and is less sticky.

Gently pat the dough into a 3/4 inch thick rectangle and cut into 8 (3 inch) biscuits with a floured round cutter. Transfer to a greased cookie sheet. Brush on some cream and sprinkle with honey granules. Bake for 10-15 min.

Remove to a platter and split each biscuit horizontally with a serrated knife. Top with about 1/3 cup of berry mixture. Replace the tops and top with a tbsp or so of berries. Serve with whipped cream for topping.


May 11, 2009

Fresh the movie

A documentary about food and crop preparation in America.
Fresh, the movie, Coming Spring 2009. Watch the trailer.

May 6, 2009

Oh the things he says...

J-Man had been having a rough morning with focusing and keeping his hands to himself, so on the way to lunch he and his teacher, Ms. Corrigan, had the following conversation...

Ms. C: J, you need to have a really great lunch and get yourself under control because your mom is coming to take you to the book fair this afternoon, and you won't be able to go if you can't control yourself.

J: Yes, Ma'am (as he straightend his back a bit and thought)

J: But, what if someone makes an angry face at me?

Ms. C: Well, I wouldn't like it if someone made an angry face at me, so what is something you could do if that happens?

J: I could move?

Ms. C: Yes, you could move. What else could you do? You could use your...

J: Manners!

Ms. C: Yes, you could use your manners. You could also use your...

J: Words!!!

Ms. C: That is right! You could use your words.

J: I could use my words, just like Martin Luther King did!

Ms. C: Yes, that is great. I love that you are remembering something that we talked about earlier in the year. You can use your words just like Martin Luther King.

J (walking off and mumbling to himself): I could use my words just like Martin Luther King... but, he got shot!

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!

May 5, 2009

Summer Sweet Corn

And now in an effort to bury that last post, here is a cute photo of J-Man eating cold corn on the cob. Nothing says summer in the south like eating a cold ear of sweet corn- except maybe eating watermelon and spitting the seeds in the yard.

I bought a cow!

Yes. There is half of a cow in my freezer. My small group that is based on natural/ healthy eating found "a guy" to purchase a farm raised, grass fed cow from. How crazy is that? We actually ended up purchasing 3 cows in total, but our family bought half of one.
I went to pick it up yesterday, and the first thing that I pulled up and saw at the butcher was two live cows in a pin. My thoughts were..."Whoa, am I really going to do this? Poor cows." I eat meat all of the time (and love it), but this makes it a little too close to home. In door number two, I saw two animals hanging, and about ten minutes later I looked in and a dude was butchering one. CRAZY! In door number three, this sweet little lady takes us into a humongous freezer to get our beef. Then she tells us that her husband, Big John, who owns the place has steped out because one of the goats got loose. Smart goat- run little goat; run like the wind!!!!! When Big John returned, he was not happy because he didn't find the goat, but he did get out of his truck with his rifle- just in case. I have to say it again- CRAZY!
So, I have about 60 lbs of ground beef, 30 pkgs of steak and a dozen roasts in my freezer. Anyone want to come over for dinner?
I am not going to post the photos that I took because I don't want to make anyone sick or turn anyone into a vegetarian (if I haven't already).

May 3, 2009

4295 Miles

My Youth pastor, Barry L, retired this year after 29 years of service in Athens, Georgia. How amazing is that. Almost as amazing is the fact that he is now biking across the country! Unbelievable!!! Check out his blog to follow him across the country. He began his journey last week. His wife Margaret is following him in the car. The photos are incredible!!!!!!!

Obviously, the date on this photo is wrong. Check out those braces...