My Birthday in Belfast

Yesterday was my birthday. I got to go out with mom. We went to a tea house for tea. It was the first time since I left home that I got to have waffles. With them I got whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Then we went to look for a chocolate cheesecake. We had to get a lemon cheesecake. When we got back I got to help make supper. We had salad that I made, chicken and salmon in the salad. I had a great day


From “Everything on a Waffle” by Polly Horvath

Mix together 2 cups pf flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt. In another bowl put 3 large well-beaten eggs, 1/2 stick of butter and 1 1/2 cups of milk. Make a hole in the middle of your dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients and stir it all up. Make sure your waffle iron is hot and greased if it i the type that is supposed to be greased and then pour in enough batter so that it spreads all over but not quite to the edge or it will end up leaking out the sides and making a big mess. If you have an electric waffle iron, it will tell you when the waffles are done, otherwise you must check them and turn the iron on the burner until the waffle is brown. Serve with butter or syrup. Or if you are at The Girl on the Red Swing, everything.

Carmel Apples

From “Everything on a Waffle” by Polly Horvath

This is perhaps the easiest recipe of all. Buy a bag of caramels and melt them slowly in a double boiler – that is in a saucepan that is over a saucepan of boiling water. When the caramels have melted, take apples that you have stuck Popsicle sticks through and dip them in the caramel until they are coated. Let dry on waxed paper. Do not muck around with chocolate or nuts or anything else fancy that may tempt you. It will only gum up the works. Sometimes you get tempted to make something wonderful even better but in doing so you lose what was so wonderful to begin with.

Aunt Tilly’s Lemon Sugar Cookies

From “Everything on a Waffle” by Polly Horvath

Mix together a cup of sugar and two sticks of butter and some salt. I don’t remember how much Miss Honeycut said, so go with a pinch. Put in some grated lemon zest. Add 2 eggs and 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Beat it all together and add 2 1/2 cups of flour. Roll it out and cut with a drinking glass and bake at 350 degrees. She didn’t say how long but probably until slightly brown. That will usually do it.

Carrots in Apricot Glaze

From “Everything on a Waffle” by Polly Horvath

Take a package of carrots and scrape them. Chop the carrots into bite-size pieces. Open a tin of apricots. Save them for something else and pour the juice into the pan with carrots and a little water. Add two tablespoons of butter with three tablespoons of brown sugar – more is you like them sweeter, less if you don’t. Boil them until the carrots are tender, adding water if the liquid starts to disappear and a glaze appears before the carrots are cooked. The liquid should boil down and turn into a glaze just as the carrots become tender.

More recipes to follow…

Everything on a Waffle and more

Before leaving home, we decided to bring one book with us to read together. Anyone who has been to our home probably has an idea of  how many books we own and perhaps how difficult it would be to pick just one book. The day before we left home, we had  finished reading “A Long Way From Chicago”, a book that we keep rereading because Gramma Dowdel is just so funny as is the sequel “A Year Down Yonder”.

“Everything on a Waffle”
is the book we finally decided upon.  This is a great story about a girl from the west coast whose parents are lost at sea in a bad storm.  Each chapter ends with a recipe that pertains to something from the chapter.  In the last chapter, the waffle recipe is finally revealed.

This morning as I was reading a couple of chapters to Sarah and Robin, we decided that we would post each recipe as we read a chapter.  We will also try to post new recipes that we create while we are traveling.

Recipes to follow…