My goals and dreams have changed from younger years, now that I am hopefully (sometimes) more mature and wiser about such things. Goals and dreams are now for security in family and home, not so much material things as they once had been. My dreams have been extended to include our children and grandchildren with hopes for them to learn the values of family and friends, rather then it all being about a material life. This is a very difficult thing to do in times of our present day situations and technology, is it not? We can still pray, hope and dream for them as I believe all hope is not lost for them in such an unsettled future at times.....Oh my sweet yesterday. Sweet it was. I am sure I played "catch up" after being put down for one day with the Flu Bug, with hopes I will not pay too dearly today and tomorrow. Although it seemed never ending at some parts of the day, it was very rewarding in the end leaving me with a feeling of great accomplishment.This day started not long after I had spoken with my Auntie in the morning, wherein the telephone conversation she had asked if I would like to come to her place to do up the dishes. Well, "let me tell the World", by the end of my yesterday I am sure I had done the whole town of Wiarton's dishes and then some !!!!After the usual get the "pack" attended to and a load of laundry in the washing machine, it was a glance at a recipe then time to get at it. I "chuckled" to myself somewhere along the way about all the food blogs and recipe websites I have visited from time to time, with their photos of the perfect kitchen and foods. I certainly do not know how they manage to keep everything so perfect, as there are most times I find myself wearing the flour !The perfect kitchen I am sure has been in some of my dreams and goals, but never my reality .....
"..... and perfectly organized and clean when I have been cooking or baking? It just ain't going to be happening in my kitchen !"
"Should Kitchen Kats, such as IKE & ICE, were ever to speak, I would be scared for people to hear their tales of what goes on and has gone on in my kitchen at times ..... lol."
It all began with .....
"The making of the Milk 2012 Calendar's "Gooey Chocolate Cranberry Squares". I love chocolate & cranberries, so this was my new to do Christmas square this year, and I was not disappointed. I could have came up the sides a bit more with the crust, however it did not affect the taste one bit ! "
Crust: In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and butter; using your fingers or a pastry blender, work butter into flour until butter is well blended and mixture starts to clump. Add milk and stir with a fork until a soft dough forms. Gather handfuls of dough and drop over bottom of prepared pan. With floured fingers, press dough evenly into bottom of pan and 1/4 inch (0.5 cm) up sides. Bake for about 15 min or until edges are golden and top is firm.
Topping: In another bowl, whisk together sugar, cocoa and flour; gradually whisk in milk. Whisk in eggs, butter and vanilla until blended; stir in dried cranberries. Pour over hot crust, spreading evenly.
Bake for about 30 min until topping is evenly puffed and centre jiggles just slightly when pan is moved. Let cool completely in pan on rack. Using foil overhang as handles, remove from pan and transfer to cutting board; cut into squares or bars.
"Yummy, yum, yum, Lemon Bars. Who can resist the taste of refreshing lemon, and a recipe that is so easy to make.....not I !"