So, here it is the middle of January already; how the heck did that happen so fast?
The little tracks we saw in the snow around New Year's turned out to be an ermine who took up residence in our woodshed for about five days before moving on to another site. It was a little unnerving to have it around as it liked to jump out of the wood pile when we went to get firewood. But, it was fun to see it skimper across the snow from the big picture window in the living room.
My next-door neighbor planned to make crackers today, but she was nervous about the whole process. Mainly because her oven is not working quite right and she was afraid of undercooking the crackers. I told her just to keep an eye on them and pull them out when they are a nice golden brown on the bottom; the temperature and timing can fluctuate from oven to oven and even day-to-day as moisture and humidity can affect baking, so any of the baking times in the book are an approximation as cooking and baking are not rocket science but more trial and error.
Some women in the next town over from mine plan to have a cracker bake and exchange later this month. About ten of us plan to gather and make a variety of cracker recipes, then divide the results up so everyone gets to take home an assortment of crackers. It should be fun and far healthier than those cookie swops we all went to back around the holidays.
What recipe(s) have you tried this month? How about planning a cracker exchange for Superbowl Sunday? While the guys watch the game, (okay, some of us girls will be watching, too) how about making some Barbecue Crackers or some Cheddar Cheese Crackers? They are big hits at football parties.
We will be rooting for the Patriots this weekend even though my husband's daughter is married to an avid Ravens fan. Sorry Steve!
Until next time . . .
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