Sunday, March 25, 2012

One Year Ago...

One year ago I closed on my house.  The kitchen certainly wasn't in working order on March 25, 2011.  I brought over my ultra light backpacking stove and made tea out on the porch.  And I ate a sandwich that I had made at my apartment.  What a year it has been!  So I'm having a little celebration.  A delicious carrot cake cupcake from my Mum's shop, Edna and Lucy's, and a Sofia Mini.  Happy one year home owner anniversary to me!

German Dinner - Spaetzle, Schnitzel and Braised Cabbage

So the idea for this meal began when my mother called me and said she was cleaning out her kitchen cabinets and asked if I wanted some things.  Things turned out to be cast iron muffin pans, a heart shaped cake pan and a spaetzle maker.  I decided that since I was now the proud owner of a spaetzle maker, in a box with all of the directions in German, that I should learn how to use it.  And I couldn't just make spaetzle, I had to make a whole dinner.  I also decided I should have some friends over to test these new recipes and techniques on.  I figured if it didn't turn out well we could always order some pizzas.  The dinner invitation went something like this:

Maggie  I have a spaetzle maker, want to come over for German dinner?
Mike  Heck yes!
Maggie  When do you and Kim get back?
Mike  We are back.  When is dinner?
Maggie  Ummmm.  Sunday?
Mike  We'll be there.  Can I make sachertorte?
Maggie  YES!  I love cake. 

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Cranberry Lemon Muffins

These are not "cake" muffins.  If that was what you were hoping for I'm sorry.  These are the kind of muffins you can toast and put butter on and they won't fall apart.  They are the kind of muffins I like.  Just a tiny bit sweet and full of fruit.