You’ve totally missed me, right?

Look at that.. another “hey I’ve been busy sorry I’ve been away yadda yadda yadda” post. Shocking!

So anyway, this is what I’ve been up to.

I found a new amazing snack.

The Yes Bar

So good, you guys

I’ve been torturing my neighbors with my new banjolele. Please note the Bing Futch shirt. It’s totally cool to wear a shirt about one instrument and play a different one.. right? Sho.

Luna Banjolele

I think I’ll call her “Lola”

I finally mowed the lawn and whacked the shit out of the weeds.. and tried to look tough doing it.

Trying to look all gansta -ish.

Trying to look all gansta -ish.

I rendered down something like three pounds of beef fat I’d been saving. I’m going to use this to make beef confit… eventually.

I guess they call this tallow.. or something

I guess they call this tallow.. or something

I made 16 pints of chicken stock out of the carcasses I’d been saving in the freezer. I finished up the last of the homebrew in front of the window while I waiting for the bitch, Big Betty to finish up.

It was so hot in the kitchen with the pressure canner and the oven going at once.

It was so hot in the kitchen with the pressure canner and the oven going at once.

We bought a big box of meat. Which is why I was canning and rendering like a fool. I needed the freezer space.

That's 30lbs of pastured pig and cow right there.

That’s 30lbs of pastured pig and cow right there.

And we did a 45 whirlwind trip to the most Magical Place On Earth and stayed awake for 20 hours! I felt invicible! Until I fell down.

Such a beautiful day

Such a beautiful day

That’s the snippets. What do you want to know more about first?

Brew-ha-ha

chai

Back in June of last year,  I posted about my experience with making homemade soda from Emma Christensen’s book True Brews: How to Craft Fermented Cider, Beer, Wine, Sake, Soda, Mead, Kefir, and Kombucha at Home. At the time I was like “I’m only gonna make soda because I already…

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Puddles

Puddle Cookies

We saw the folks for dinner tonight and my mom brought us some puddles that she baked. These cookies are made by spreading a batter that is kind of cake-like onto a sheet pan and then you drop 12 blobs of jam into the batter. Then it gets baked off, cut apart and then you top with powdered sugar. She made these with the strawberry fig jam I gave her a few weeks back.

These are one of my favorite cookies. Have you ever had puddles? What is your favorite cookie?

UPDATE 02/11/14– Wow, Marisa from Food In Jars included this post in her link round up yesterday. SO COOL!

For those of you who’ve asked, recipe is forthcoming. I snuck it out of my mom’s house like a thief a few years ago, copied it, and put it back… I suppose I could have asked for it but these cookies seemed to inspire the mischievous behavior of my youth. Of course, I’ve stashed it somewhere and now I need to find it again.

Also? I still can’t believe that the only person who knows about these cookies is the gal who grew up next door to me. I also cannot find ANY other reference on the web. Bizarre