A New Tradition and favorite…Irish Coddle and Soda Bread

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

This is an edited post from way back when…one of my first posts, worthy of a repeat.

I came across this recipe back then and have since then introduced the dish to several family members. We LOVE it! This is a classic Irish dish and although a great dish for St. Patrick’s Day…it should be enjoyed…anytime! It is a simple recipe, very hearty and flavorful.

Irish Coddle…so easy and great for any meal!

IRISH CODDLE

Irish Coddle Ingredients
16 oz. thick-sliced bacon
12 – 16 oz. pork sausage links
2 large onions, sliced
4 large potatoes, thinly sliced
1/3 c.  chopped fresh parsley (or dried but fresh is best)
pepper (and salt if you wish), to taste
2 c. chicken broth
Note: we like the maple flavored bacon and sausage…very good!

How I make it…
Cook the bacon…

Browning the Bacon

Place bacon on paper towels to drain….start cooking the sausage in a small amount of the drippings.

Browning the Sausage Links

When the sausage links are nicely browned…place on paper towels to drain.

Peel and slice potatoes…thin slices.
Peel and slice the onions.
Chop the fresh parsley…chop lightly.

For the layers….
Into a 3 quart baking dish (9×13)…layer the bacon, sausage, potatoes,and onions. Sprinkle with pepper, to taste, as you go (also salt if you like…but I find the dish to be salty enough from the bacon), and sprinkle each layer with the fresh, chopped parsley.  After layering the meat and veggies…pour the chicken broth evenly over the layers.

When I first started making this dish I didn’t cut the bacon and sausage into bite sized pieces…but that is how I like to prepare it now….especially when you are making enough for a crowd.
Ready for The Oven

Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees until potatoes are tender (about an hour). Uncover and bake a little longer until lightly browned…about 30 minutes.

Then…
add some Irish Soda Bread (recipe to follow), …and enjoy! The flavor is amazing!

Irish Coddle and Soda Bread…a great combination!

Irish Coddle and Soda Bread...a great combination for St. Patrick's Day...or any day!

Irish Coddle and Soda Bread…a great combination for St. Patrick’s Day…or any day!

Irish Soda Bread…

a hearty, homey bread, a bit like cornbread. Buttermilk gives this bread a very distinctive flavor…very good! Simple to make…even if you aren’t a bread baker.

Irish Soda Bread

Ingredients:

4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

4 tablespoons white sugar

1 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon salt

To brush the top of bread while it bakes…1/4 cup melted butter and 1/4 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl (I use my Kitchen Aid Mixer) mix flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. With a fork or pastry blender…blend in the softened butter or margarine until you have coarse crumbles Mix egg into buttermilk and add this mixture to the dry ingredients.

Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead…or change to kneading hook on mixer…and knead slightly.
Then form into a round loaf and place on lightly greased baking sheet or pan.

Kneaded, Shaped Loaf
Ready for The Oven

Brush the mixture of melted butter or margarine and buttermilk over dough. Continue brushing this mixture over the bread as it bakes. Cut  an  ‘X’  into the top.

Bake at 375 degrees for 45 – 50 minute…or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

And…
Voila! Ok…that’s French!

Delicious IRISH Soda Bread!

Ready to Enjoy

Cool slightly….slice and serve warm…with your Irish Coddle!

This bread is best served warm…but still delicious the next day…and the next!

In Parting…me Darlins…

An Old Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

 Vee


Homage to my Danish heritage…Danish Hearts and Cinnamon Rolls!

Stay funny Valentine…stay…

As the song says…

‘Each day is Valentine’s Day!’

Danish Hearts

Danish Hearts

So…even though Valentine’s Day has come and gone…I am posting some of my favorite things that I made for this Valentine’s Day. :)

I had some challenges with my new laptop and photo program and was unable to get it all worked out by Valentine’s Day.

But…every day is a good day to express love and make goodies, right?

I have been so intrigued with my heritage (both French and Danish) and have been exploring recipes and traditions from France and Denmark (see last post…French Cookies).

About a year ago, or so, I came across the Danish Heart. I love them! These hearts are traditionally made at Christmas time. Children make them out of paper and they are hung on the Christmas tree. I happen to think they are suitable for Valentine’s Day as well. The heart is woven together with just two pieces of paper (or fabric) and creates a basket that can be used for a piece of candy or a little trinket.

I made mine from fabric. To make them more sturdy I first tried fabric stiffener and found the best result from using an iron on facing. To reinforce the structure I sewed the sides together at the top and reinforced just on one side on the bottom. Then I attached some ribbon and embellished with buttons or tiny roses.

"Heart Felt Greetings"

“Heart Felt Greetings”

I love Valentine’s Day! Love should be expressed every day…but it is one of those times we can make it seem even more special. It just makes saying…

“I Love You”…a little bit sweeter!

And, of course, making something sweet for someone sweet…makes it even better! So…bring on the Cinnamon Rolls! I know…Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a day for chocolate, right? Well…we had that too but the weekend before Valentine’s Day…Poppy helped me try out a new recipe for Cinnamon Rolls.

Yep…we had a week of Valentine’s treats! See…there are so many reasons to love the celebration of love!

Cinnamon Roll...Love!

Cinnamon Roll…Love!

I have been a lover of Cinnamon Rolls…forever! And…I have tried many recipes.  I am told that my Danish Grandmother made some pretty fantastic Cinnamon Rolls. Sure wish I had her recipe! I found this one in my Southern Living Homestyle Cookbook….and it is definitely a keeper!

My husband (Poppy)gave me a hand with these because I had sore, cracked fingers from this frigid Kentucky weather. He was needed for the kneading!. He did a great job! The rolls turned out to be tender and delicious!

'Cake Like' frosted goodness!

‘Cake Like’ frosted goodness!

Such simple things…make me smile!

The comforts of Home…nothing better!

Here is a link that will take you to the recipe for some of the best Cinnamon Rolls..ever!…

https://sites.google.com/site/recipesfromhomeandtherange/buttermilk-cinnamon-rolls

‘Til we meet again…

Wishing you a happy heart each and every day…

 filled with tender moments, sweet treats,

the comforts of home to make you smile… 

And forever love!

~Blessings!

Vee

Poppy...rollin' in the dough!

Poppy…rollin’ in the dough!

Mad about…Madeleines! Plump and tasty, delicate little Madeleines!

Here it is already…2014!! Happy New Year!

I have been gone for so long again. Doggone it!! I miss this place…called blog!

I won’t go into long detail about my absence…only try to get up to date with some shares of some of my favorite things since I last checked in.

One of those very delicious favorite things is this tender little sponge cake that they call a cookie! They are called Madeleines.

Fan Shaped Cookies...Madeleines!

Fan Shaped Cookies…Madeleines

I know I’ve heard of them before but when I saw them on a ‘Best Christmas Cookies’ and also a ‘Favorite Christmas Cookies’ list I had to try them. And this was, in part, in honor of my French heritage. I am also part Danish. Is it any wonder I have an attraction to all things pastry? I’m doomed!

These ‘cookies’ do require a special pan. After doing an online search to find a Madeleine pan I went to two stores that were supposed to carry the pan and had no luck. Nobody seemed to know what they were either. Now I am doubting the popularity of these so-called favorite ‘cookies’. I wasn’t willing to give up just yet though! Surely…Bed Bath & Beyond would have this specialty pan! I went to BB&B and could not find what I was looking for. I asked an Associate if they carried the pans and she looked at me with a very confused look on her face. Luckily…another customer, near by, explained what they were and said…’oh yes, those are delicious’! Ah hah…I said…I must have this pan! The Associate understood what I needed after the very helpful customer explained that they look like little fans. I was then directed to the right shelf where there was but one remaining Madeleine pan!  The cashier was just as excited about my purchase as I was, thinking that he now knew where to direct the other customers that had been asking about this very special pan! But..ha I say…this pan is mine and there are no others!   I felt blessed and I now believed the Cookie list to be accurate! OK…does this story sound at all like the narrative in A Christmas Story yet? No…I cannot shoot my eye out with this pan!

As I was doing some other Christmas shopping (yes, for others, now that I had my very special pan in hand), I was again lucky and blessed to find yet another pan, in fact two, at another store. The BB&B pan (a Wilton pan) definitely had a different shape than the other pans that I found at The HomeGoods Store. After trying them both I have determined that my preference is the pan that I found at The HomeGoods Store. The Wilton pan is deeper, narrower and my Madeleines turned out like little flying saucers…not the desired result. The Madeleines baked in the other pans…perfect! I wish I could tell you what brand the other pan is. I threw out the packaging and it isn’t marked on the pan. The HomeGoods Store carries them.

I’ve now made two batches. One batch makes about 22 cookies (even though the recipe says 24). I think the pan design has something to do with the yield.I am reluctant to confess…but I shall anyway…my husband and I can eat all 22 cookies in less than 24 hours. OK…he does eat most of them. And just in case you’re wondering if that was a fluke…nope! Second batch…gone in 24 hours!

I tested two recipes. I will share a link to the first recipe that I tried…

Ina Garten’s Coconut Madeleines:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/coconut-madeleines-recipe/index.html

And this link will take you my Google Sites recipe site where I’ve added my adapted recipe…

https://sites.google.com/site/recipesfromhomeandtherange/madeleine-cookie-cakes

I'm a Fan of the Fans!

I’m a Fan of the Fans!

I am truly glad about being mad for these things! A new recipe for the New Year!

Wishing you a very blessed and Happy New Year…

a Year full of new and wonderful,

a Year that is blessed simply…

and simply blessed!

Vee

Winter Wreath

Winter Wreath

A wreath is a symbol of growth and of the continuous circle of life.

It is a symbol of God’s Love…Everlasting, yet ever new.

Each new day…His Love is there! Happy 2014! May God bless you and yours!

A Cup ‘O, Cup ‘O…times ten…and BOOM, Ten Cup Cookies!

Remember Dolly Parton telling how to make a fruit cocktail dump cake in Steel Magnolia’s?

Hmmm…well this post isn’t about that!! But in the future I will do a…

Cup ‘O, Cup ‘O, Cup ‘O post on that yummy cake and share some photos of those beautiful Magnolia trees in bloom.

Nope…this post is about Ten Cup Cookies. Delicious cookies! I think of these delights as a ‘my cup runneth over’ cookie and they are a new fave at our home!

A Cup 'O, Cup 'O.....

A Cup ‘O, Cup ‘O…..

I have been absent for a while…again! Life has been quite full for several months. It hasn’t been so ‘Easy like Sunday Morning’ for some time now! It has been full…ten cups full and more!

One constant in life is change! I’ve had a change of job and industry which has required a lot of learning. A LOT of learning! My cup runneth over! I remind myself to see all of this change in that very light. I am thankful! I am grateful!

I am on a crazy diet now also…ANOTHER diet! My love for baking has been shelved for a while. But…oh no…where are the goodies? Ah…I made some of Poppy’s faves and some of mine as well…before diet day one! So…I have pictures. What…am I crazy you say? Hmm…yes, must be! Looking at these pictures makes me yearn for these scrumptious cookies! Ah well…can’t have my cake AND eat it too! Wait…what about a cookie?

I have made these Ten Cup Cookies several times now for Poppy and I and for co-workers and their families. They are addictive! Everybody loves them!

One of my fellow bloggers, Christie McGuire, awarded me this great Cookbook…Southern Living Homestyle Cookbook. This recipe was a definite winner and so…I share!

Southern Living Cookies

                                                 Southern Living Cookbook Cookies

Remember…life gets full of…life! Enjoy it…each and every ten cup cookie at a time!

And when life gets scary…’high tail it and run!’

High Tail It!

I never quite knew what that expression meant or where it came from. After seeing White Tail Deer on our property…I have a good idea! When they sense danger (life gets scary) they raise their tails and run. They ‘high tail it’ outta here!

Until we meet again…

may your cup runneth over

and remember to ‘high tail it’ and run…when life gets scary!

Wishing you a day that is blessed simply…

and simply blessed!

Vee

Take a bite...and high tail it!

Take a bite…and high tail it!

Easy like Sunday morning….and Kentucky style french toast!

Kentucky Style French Toast

Kentucky Style French Toast

Sunday has always been my favorite day of the week!

When I was a young girl Dad and Mom helped each other make breakfast on Sunday. My brothers and sister and I scoured the Sunday Funnies while we waited for breakfast. We went to Church and then came home to the smell of Mom’s pot roast.  In my mind it has always been a day for worship and for family.  Even if I don’t go to Church…I feel gratitude and count my blessings. It’s a Sunday thing!

There is just something about Sunday! The words in the song, Easy, that Lionel Richie sings (easy like Sunday morning) strikes a chord with me.  Just hearing those words makes me feel like it is Sunday…or makes me long for Sunday! It reminds me of days spent with Dad and Mom, my kids and grandkids and those easy peaceful Sundays that I spend now with Poppy (my husband).

Sunday breakfast and dinner traditions remained a constant while raising my family. Even when some of the kids had grown and moved away from the nest, for many years Sunday dinner was still at Mom’s! empty nestGrowing and ‘grown’ children with their own families have busy lives. Sunday was generally the easiest day to get everyone together! I loved those days!

Now…my family lives ‘out West’ and Poppy and I are living in Kentucky.

Sunday is our day. We enjoy easy, peaceful Sunday mornings here in our empty nest and I enjoy making us a special breakfast.

Let me see if Poppy enjoyed it….

Kentucky Style French Toast

Kentucky Style French Toast

A bit like bread pudding.

A bit like bread pudding.

Didn't like it..one bit!

Didn’t like it..one bit!

Inspired by an item on a restaurant menu here in Kentucky, I created some Kentucky style french toast this morning. It is delicious! It’s texture and flavor remind me of bread pudding. A bit of bourbon is added to the egg and milk mixture. I made a bourbon butter sauce last weekend for my hummingbird cupcakes and had some leftover that I froze.  It made an outstanding syrup for the french toast.

The following link will take you to a printable version of the Bourbon Sauce…

https://sites.google.com/site/recipesfromhomeandtherange/vee-s-kentucky-bourbon-sauce

It was an ‘easy like Sunday morning’ breakfast!

I thought of my brother-in-law this morning. He makes french toast for his family every Sunday!

I think each of us must have a favorite day of the week and a favorite family tradition that goes along with it.

‘Til we meet again…

Wishing you a day that fills you with that …

‘Easy like Sunday morning’ feeling,

A day that is blessed simply….and simply blessed with

family and tradition!

Happy Trails!

snoopy

Vee

Honoring Mom, being a Mom and sharing the blessing…Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother's Day Bouquet

Mother’s Day Bouquet

My Mother has inspired me in so many ways. She has been a dedicated and devoted woman, Wife and Mother and I am thankful for her. I am also thankful for the blessings of Motherhood. I have been blessed with children and grandchildren that I adore…they are my life!

Each year, as this day draws near, I reflect on the journey and every thankful day and moment of having my Mother…and of being a Mother.

Blessed…I am!

One small inspiration for today….

My tiny Mamma is no bigger than a Hummingbird! (Well…kind of!)

I have been working on creating some new cake recipes and today my tiny Mamma inspired this one….

Hummingbird Cake, a Southern favorite!

Little Hummingbird Cakes

Little Hummingbird Cakes

My Mother is my Southern favorite! She has Southern roots and she is definitely a lady!

She has southern style…without the accent!

Little Hummingbird Mamma

Little Hummingbird Mamma

Little CakesThese little cakes are so tasty! I came up with a recipe…without the bananas! Who always has bananas…at just the right stage of ripeness? These are tasty…and still have banana flavor (not sharing the secret just yet). They are frosted with my new version of Pecan Praline Frosting…and I wish my Mamma was here to enjoy them. She is pleased that I made them for her anyway.

Wishing you a day full of gratitude for your Mother, Grandmother, Mother of your Children…all Mother’s!

May you appreciate these wonderful women in your life, today and always!

‘Til we meet again…

tell Mom you love her!

Wishing you a day that is blessed simply…

and simply blessed!

Vee

Love Blooms

Mamma Robin…and a lucky place for her nest!

Mamma tends her nest.

Mamma tends her nest.

I have not participated in a photo challenge in a while. This…I couldn’t resist! UP is the subject matter.

I opened the garage door one day last week and a small bunch of straw and debris fell on my head.When I looked up…this nest is what I discovered! We have been watching this Mamma Robin and her nest since then. We are hoping that all goes well for her and her little ones! This Mamma built her nest above the door of one of the barns here on the property. It is at the top of the rail that the barn door (aka the garage door) slides back and forth on. It is a very precarious place for her to be. We are being so careful and gentle when we do have to open the door. This poor Mamma gets so upset when we have to be anywhere near…taking care of the yard, walking the dogs or going in and out of the barn. Poor Mamma!

My thoughts…

Mamma’s Nest

 It happened one day…while we were away,

Mamma Robin built her nest.

I am concerned, little Mamma,

About your choice…

It seems unstable, fragile, subject to circumstance.

 With every uninvited movement, unsettling noise…

Mamma bird flees the nest.

Watching….

She frets…

At every thing that seems a threat!

But she returns and waits…

As do we!

 

How often we build our nest…

Home for our families, uncertain of the foundation,

Hopeful of the outcome; our parental mission…

We anticipate and desire only the best;

No matter…our surroundings, circumstantial things;

We pray for shelter, provision…

Courage and strength in our little ones’ wings,

A bright and promising future,

Fulfillment of their dreams.

 

As I watch Mamma Robin, ever near;

Always watching, protecting, she frets…

I think of my own worry, fear,

Wonder, regrets!

Did I do everything…

To give my children the best?

 

When every stick and straw has blown away…

Will they still remember the nest?

Will they remember comfort and shelter?

Will they remember my watchful eye?

Will they know that they were pushed gently…

 

To learn, on their own…how to fly?

Another view…

A Lucky Home!

A Lucky Home!

Perhaps this little Mamma Robin thought this had to be …

the luckiest place on earth!

It has to be…there is a horse shoe!

Until we meet again…

Wishing you good luck for YOUR home!

Happy Trails!

Vee

The Empty Nester's!

(The Empty Nester)