Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Day 7: Just One Cookie?

Day 7 of "30 Days of Farm Kid Stories"

Thunk.  The sound of cold, packaged butter quarters as they land on our kitchen countertop.  It’s an anticipated sound.  Soon to be followed by the hum of a Kitchen aid mixer. 

I’ve been baking a lot this fall.  We bring munchies into my workplace often, and then I have a husband with a sweet tooth.  Make that….two men in the household who like cookies.  Better include me too.  

In our next farm kid story, Grandma prepares a batch of made-from-scratch chocolate chip cookies.  In All in Just One Cookie Susan E. Goodman describes each baking step and includes detailed info about where the ingredients come from. 

On the Flour pages she writes:

“Grandma adds and blends, making sure each speck of white disappear into the mix. When the last of the flour hits the whirring beaters, a cloud puffs out of the bowl.”

The author goes on to describe a Kansas wheat farmer and a flour mill.

On the same page a studious fact-reading cat says, “One bushel of wheat makes enough flour for 75 batches of chocolate chip cookies.”  To which the wise-talking hungry dog says: “Better tell Grandma to keep the oven on!”

Illustrator Timothy Bush uses warm browns, grays and creams in his scrapbook-like layouts. Hand lettered ingredient titles and carved oak shapes decorate the pages.  

By the end of this book I can almost smell the warm brown sugar smell coming from the kitchen. 

Ding. Ding.

My oven timer says it’s ready to check on my dessert.  I’ll share my favorite family recipe with you tonight:

Chocolate Chip Blonde Brownies

Measure 2 cups flour.  Add 1 tsp. baking powder, ¼ tsp. baking soda and 1 tsp. salt.  Set aside.  Melt 2/3 cup real butter in saucepan; remove from heat.  Add 2 cups brown sugar and mix well.  Cool slightly.  Add 2 slightly beaten eggs and 2 tsp. vanilla; blend.  Then add flour mixture, a small amount at a time, mixing well after each addition. Spread in greased 9 by 13 inch pan.  Sprinkle 1 pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips over top.  Bake at 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.  Do not over bake.  Cool in pan.
What are you baking in your home tonight? 


My Library List:
Preview Day: 30 Days of Farm Kid Stories
Day 1: One Moment

Day 2:  Perfect Pizza
Day 3:  Our Heartland
Day 4: Pasta Fistful
Day 5: One Fast Grower
Day 6: Farmer Seuss

Our blogging host Holly Spangler writes  “30 Days on a Prairie Farm” this month on her blog: My Generation.  

It’s a group party, of sorts!  Please join fellow bloggers as they tell their agricultural stories:

Beyer Beware: 30 Days, 30 Things You Never Knew About Food
Black Ink: Beef’s a Trip – 30 Days from Gate to Plate
Confessions of a Farm Wife: Life on Our Farm
Go Beyond the Barn: 30 Days of Farm Life Blessings
Kelly McCormick Photography: 30 Days of Thankfulness
Le Jardin da ma Vie: 30 Reasons Why I Love Being a Farmer’s Wife
Pinke Post: 30 Days of North Dakota November
Rural Route 2: 30 Days of the Not-So-Glamorous Life of This Farm Wife


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