There’s not a lot of cornbread that I’ve enjoyed in my lifetime. Always dry, boring… truly, a waste of calories. But, my mother-in-law always nails it. Like, better-than-soft-bread good. When I asked about the recipe, she referenced the Fannie Farmer cookbook, which I’ve used since she gave it to me when JD and I first got married. Since the cookbook is long and filled with tons of recipes, I’ve passed over the cornbread because of my dry history with the food. But I took a stab at the recipe, and holy cow, so good. Here’s my adjustment to the Fannie Farmer recipe:
Cornbread (modified from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook)
3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
just under 1 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 egg, well beaten
2 tablespoons bacon fat (yes)
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Grease an 8-inch square cake pan.
- Mix the cornmeal,flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add the milk, egg, and shortening or bacon fat, and blend well.
- Spoon into the pan and bake for about 20 minutes. Cool and cut in squares.
Soooooo good. Mad props to the mother-in-law for changing my long-standing views on cornbread!
It’s a little overdue, but I just want to pop over and say that turning 31 was quite great. I’m finally feeling awesome and settled in many areas, specifically at home, at work, and with myself, and I can’t express how appreciative I am about this. I had an excellent birthday with many surrounding surprises and events, and I feel so loved and blessed.
I’ll be popping over more frequently this month to show you a project I’ve been working on, some food I’ve been cooking, and a little lady we’ll be celebrating.
And, finally, a description of the shot above, because at first glance, it might look a little “pitiful”… The picture above was actually taken at about 2:30am one night in late January when JD, Maggie, Lucy, and I all crammed into our closet when the tornado sirens went off. Our little foursome was calm and sleepy, and Maggie slept on me most of the half hour we were in there. She was so snuggly and warm, and JD wanted to document how sweet we were… but the flash was so bright! So I squinted a bit. But, there we were, safe together in the cramped space. Thankfully the weather spared us, and it was a fun night as a family of three plus Lucy the dog.
Looking forward to sharing more with you soon.
Time for Luster Cluster! It’s been a while, folks!
Here are a few things I’ve found around the web lately.
Typeface for Doctors… love it!
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JD and I get DirecTV, but we have the very basic package. For the past few weeks, the channel called Palladia has been giving us a little free trial of goodness. I don’t know much about it… I think it’s owned by MTV and VH1 or something, but it’s all of what was awesome about music channels before “Jersey Shore” and other “music” shows arrived. JD recorded a bunch of live concerts they have been showing, and we’ve been watching/listening happily to Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Walk the Moon, Mumford, Avetts, Temper Trap, Passion Pit, you know the drill. Good stuff.
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If I could share all of my Google Reader stars with you, I would. Here’s are two of my recent highlighted posts that I think will be very helpful in the upcoming year:
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These are pretty fun, no?
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Each day, in my inbox, I get two comic strips: Arlo & Janis and Calvin & Hobbes. I have a soft spot in my heart for comics, what can I say? So in preparation for the Super Bowl, coming up in just a few short weeks, I just had to share this giggle.
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I love my new job… (love it!)… but I’m now in a cubicle rather than an office “room,” and I’m struggling how to decorate it. I’m guessing this is too much? (It’s cool for a party, though. via Style Me Pretty)
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Finally Tom’s that are work appropriate!
New Year’s resolutions… they feel so overdone. For so many years, I thought New Year’s resolutions were silly, but in recent years, I’ve decided it gives me great practice in goal-setting, looking ahead, assessing where we are and what needs to happen. If anything, it’s excellent self-reflection that should happen more often anyway… January 1 is just a great incentive.
So, in order to make myself a little more accountable, I’m throwing my New Year’s resolution out there, along with some readers’ resolves as well. What do you think? What are yours?
My resolution for this year is to have less guilt, do more exercise, and eat better. (So boring, I know!) I also want to complete a growth chart for Maggie (a project I’ve had on my mind for a few months now and hope to complete before her birthday), as well as do some house reorganization with the items I already have.
Here are a few others…
Last night I was scrambling to find something to bring to my girls’ quarterly “Wine Night,” but I didn’t have time to run to the store. I also didn’t want to spend my post-work/fun-Maggie time cooking. I remembered this recipe that I refer to often, but I just wasn’t feeling “peanut-buttery.” A quick scan of the pantry turned on the lightbulb: Nutella.
By easily replacing the peanut butter with Nutella in this recipe, I made an amazing cookie that was prepared quickly… as well as eaten quickly. JD also did quality control and thought it was great.
Check out our pretty spread last night, including the Nutella cookie beautifully placed within the mix of homemade pimento cheese, brie, baked pears, and, of course, wine:
Definitely check out the 2009 version, but here it is repeated, with Nutella.
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 stick margarine
3 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup Nutella
- Boil the first three ingredients in a saucepan for two minutes.
- Add remaining ingredients and mix together.
- Spoon onto wax paper in individual cookie sizes.
- Let cool for at least 15 minutes.
We will miss you, Liz!! Alabama is better for getting you!
Sigh. Maggie. I just like her. And, I am so thrilled beyond measure to get to buy her Christmas presents for holidays to come. But, here’s the deal… she’s still not old enough to really ask for anything. Originally I would have posted this as a gift guide for kids, but actually, it’s for the mommies and daddies that love them. Here we go:
Ok, fine. I’m sure this is totally gross to all of you, but I went to a baby shower recently where this was gifted to the expecting mommy and I thought… genius! I would definitely get this Nose Frida for the new mom!
“Hare Styles” onesies and t-shirt… perfect.
While we’re talking t-shirts… have your people call my people.
I’m learning a lot about patience while I let Maggie feed herself with those little pinchers. I can’t quite trust her with a plate, but when she gets a little older, these plates would be a ton of fun.
Did you really think I’d go a whole Gift Guide year without something chevron? This is the cutest.
Considering I still haven’t filled two empty frames in Maggie’s nursery, I am always looking for sweet prints and cards to fill them. This BigCartel shop has a bunch of sweet drawings.
Little boys. Cute ties. Perfect combination.
We got this toothbrush for Maggie to begin her long life of brusha-brusha-brusha. This is one of the cutest little person things I’ve bought.
I totally stole this from Goop’s gift guide but COME ON. I can’t resist… sushi!! booties!! And, I’m done:
Don’t forget to check out past Christmas Gift Guides since 2009! Scroll down to the bottom of the About Page.