I'm looking forward to visiting with you all to see what is happening in your kitchens and gardens and sewing rooms and farms. I'm always so inspired by each friend I visit.
Well my recipe for today is something that I have wanted to try for some time. I've read about it on various sites but most recently at Heather's Choosing A Simple Life blog.
Some years ago, my family and I chose to no longer use margarine and return to real butter. However, my boys have never gotten over the "shock" (poor dears~LOL) of having to wait 30 minutes for it to soften! Well now they won't have to. This great recipe both stretches your butter and makes it easier to use for those of us who just can't wait.
Equal parts real butter and oil
(I prefer canola though I am going to try olive oil for my next batch.)
1. Allow butter to come to room temp.
2. Place the butter and oil in a blender and blend away till smooth and creamy. You may use a mixer as I did. It worked great!
3. Pour into containers and refrigerate.
The butter is easy to spread straight from the fridge and tastes so good and creamy!
Today, I also made a small batch to which I added cinnamon. My boys just love cinnamon toast for a snack, and they are going to be tickled about this new creation. I've already tasted it, and its simply wonderful.
You can get really creative and make different variations. Add honey, pureed fresh strawberries or brown sugar.
I really think the flavored butters would make such a nice gift with a fresh baked loaf of bread. I can just hear everyone now ... "Oh no! She is off on another tangent and we're all going to get bread and butter next week." Don't worry though ... I'm not baking bread until this heat wave subsides. But cooler temperatures will be around before you know it ... then watch out! LOL
Today I am thankful for:
1. Laughter of my children
2. Hummingbirds outside my dining room window~a miracle of creation
3. Finding my long lost friend, Diane
4. My husband who said I was pretty even though I know I was a mess
5. Inspiration from on-line friends