Anyhow, in the meantime, we've been working on making our home function better. Once again, I rearranged the living room to make it work for us. You see, this room must serve many purposes; sitting room, guitar studio, sewing room, dressing room and on occasions a guest room. That's a lot to ask a little 12 X 14 room! We figured out a way to have a sitting area and a place for the guitars, plus enough open space for one of those air beds for guests.
So I had the idea to bake up a lot of tea goodies and freeze them in tins, then when someone stops by it would just be a matter of popping a few things out and defrosting them in the toaster oven (we don't have a microwave).Spanish bar cake (without the frosting), fruit squares, and a lovely almond tea cake. The plan was put to an immediate test, as I just took the last loaf from the oven, Mary stopped in, and we all tested out the new seating arrangement and goodies. It was so nice to have something to offer, as I try not to keep too many sweets in the house (and when I do, they don't last long). Keeping tins of teatime treats in the freezer is something I will definitely continue to do.
Almond Tea Cake
1 C. butter
3/4 C. sugar
1 egg, separated
half of one of those 8 oz. packages almond paste (found by the pie filling in the baking aisle)
1 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. butter extract
2 C. flour
handful of slivered almonds
Cream the butter, almond paste and sugar together, (you'll need a mixer for this). Add the egg yolk and extracts. Add the flour and mix until just blended.
Spread the mixture (it will be very thick) into a lightly greased 8" round cake pan.
Beat the remaining egg white until frothy. Spread over the cake batter and sprinkle with the almonds. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool and cut into wedges.
This is a very heavy substantial cake, but oh boy! does it ever taste like almonds. Would be good served with some fresh fruit. Maybe for Easter brunch?
Our little tea and coffee repasts are so important to us, that we even have a little coffee station set up in our kitchen to make it easy to prepare a cup of coffee or a pot of tea.
Well, we have our first sign of Spring, the rhubarb is starting to come up!
I spotted this cute craft on YouTube. I wish I knew where, to give them credit, but you know how it is when you're clicking on one thing and soon you wonder how you arrived at the channel you are on. Macrame is popular again. Who would think that fad would ever make a comeback? But apparently young hipsters haven't lived through the 70s so they don't have the hindsight to know that the 70s were really an ugly era, they think it's groovy (we actually never used the term "groovy" in the 70s, we said beaucoup). Anyhow, I thought it was a pretty way to display yet another doily.
THRIFTY THINGS WE DID THIS WEEK
Ran fixed my medical problems by doing research on the internet. A few dollars in vitamins and some red meat, and I'm feeling a million times better!
Ran sold two of his guitars that he never played on Craigs list.
Made a decoration from a doily I had and a stick from the yard.
Continued to eat from our pantry and freezer, except for fresh vegetables and the red meat, we haven't shopped for groceries in months.
Knitted some more on my temperature blanket using up more of my yarn stash.
Cleaned out my closets and gave four bags of clothes to charity.
Tonight we'll put some things up for sale on Ebay.
Used our points to get a free sub from Subway.
Entertained ourselves by visiting with neighbors (the snowbirds are coming back)
Basically, just stayed home, ate what we had and made do or went without. There is joy in ordinary days.
Well, that's it for another week here at the old Zempel boarding house. I hope that all your days are sunny and filled with joy!