Saturday, January 15, 2011

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

For some reason, I have been in the mood to cook and bake a lot lately. I guess it's the cold weather.....there isn't really anything else to do but hibernate and eat! I got up this morning in the mood for something sweet to eat with my coffee, so I got out several of my cookbooks and found this recipe.

Speaking of Cookbooks, I think I sort of maybe have an addiction to them....I pick them up at yard sales, the flea market, the Goodwill....anywhere I can find them! I could spend hours looking at the pictures and reading the recipes. I was at a yard sale this past summer, and bought 5 really nice hardcover Cookbooks, one of which was Taste of Home 2006 America's Family Recipes. I paid $1 apiece for these cookbooks, and I have really gotten my money's worth. The recipes are all simple, and use ingredients that you are likely to already have on hand.

So I was browsing through the cookbook, and this coffee cake recipe sort of jumped out at me. It looked really decadent, but pretty simple to assemble, and it baked in 30 minutes.....perfect!

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream


8 ounces (1 block) cream cheese softened
3 Tablespoons Powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice


1/4 Cup Finely Chopped Pecans
2 Tablespoons Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream. Set batter aside.

In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, confectioner's sugar and lemon juice until smooth. Spoon half of the first batter into a greased and floured 10 inch tube or bundt pan. Top with the filling and then the remaining batter. Combine all the topping ingredients; sprinkle over batter.

Bake at 350* for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.

This coffee cake turned out great! It was light and very moist and not overly sweet. I've had some coffee cakes that just had way too much sugar. This one is not like that, the cream cheese filling was actually a little tart which I really liked. If you wanted a sweeter filling, you could always add more sugar.

Oh......and I know I shouldn't, but I let Greta lick the bowl.....c'mon, I'm not the only one am I?
She agreed that it was pretty tasty, LOL........
Is her tongue really that long!?!?! about snapping the picture at just the right second!!

Have a great Saturday!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Cows & Roasted Chickens!

Good afternoon everyone, I am pleased to say that Snowflake continues to improve and get stronger every day.....aside from any unexpected complications, I feel like she will make a full recovery! I hope to get some new pictures tomorrow to post, but in the meantime, I am posting a roasted chicken recipe.

I sort of winged it on the spice rub recipe (pun intended, LOL).....I just made it up and tasted it as I went. This chicken turned out moist and full of flavor!

Oven Roasted BBQ Spiced Chicken

1-  4 to 5 pound roasting chicken
1/2 Stick Butter at room temperature
1/4 cup of paprika (sweet or smoked)
1 TBSP Brown Sugar
1 TBSP White Sugar
1 TBSP Kosher Salt
1 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper (or more or less to taste)
1 tsp Dry Mustard Powder
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Onion Powder
Grated Zest of 1 Whole Lemon
1 Onion, Peeled and Quartered, (Optional)
Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil

Preheat oven to 375*F

First, I discard any pieces in the cavity such as the giblets or neck, and then I wash and pat dry my chicken with paper towels, and place it on a lightly greased roasting pan...........

Mix all spices and Lemon Zest together until thoroughly mixed in small bowl, then mix about 1/3 of that mixture together with the butter in another small bowl........

Next, take your chicken with breast side up, and gently run your fingers under the skin to form a pocket between the flesh and skin, all the way to the legs and both sides of the breasts..................

Then, take the spiced butter and stuff in the pockets that you made and gently squeeze and distribute the seasoned butter all between the skin and the meat, and pull the skin back to it's original position...........

  Then you take the remaining spice mixture and rub it all over the chicken, front and back......

I then take my quartered onion and stuff into the cavity of the chicken and drizzle the chicken all over with the olive oil............. 

Ready for the oven......see you after while gorgeous...... :-D

I roast my chicken on 375* for about 30 minutes, then lower the oven temp to about 300* and cook for approximately 2 to 2 and a half more hours. This time of course depends on the size of your chicken, and your oven, so you may need to adjust your cooking time accordingly.\ end up with exciting.....

Ummmm.....Errrrr........I meant to just pick a little piece off the leg while I waited for the rest of supper to get done, but as you can see, I got a little carried away............

Have you ever seen such a beautiful hunk of meat in your life?!?!?

If you love have to try this recipe......delicious!!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Snowflake Update........

Snowflake may have finally turned the corner....she nursed vigorously this morning! As of last night, we were thinking she wouldn't last another couple days.......although we had been tube feeding her, you can't do that forever. If you don't let them actually get hungry, they will never have the desire to nurse, so we decided just to let her be last night and see what would happen this morning. Also, we put molasses on the nipple, which may have just done the trick. She seemed actually interested about 6:30 this morning, and was actually bawling and latched on and took nearly a whole bottle by 9:30!

She is still weak and anything could happen, but it is very encouraging that she is actually wanting to nurse! Now, we are trying to decide whether or not to try her back on her mom, or just let her be a bottle would be best for her to go back on the cow, but she may not take her back since it has been 3 days. We may bring mom and put her and baby in a stall and see what happens. We would just have to watch closely and make sure the cow doesn't try to injure or kill the calf.....but it is a possibility.

I will update later, and hopefully have some new pictures......have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

She's Still With Us.......

Snowflake is still alive, and doing somewhat better. I say that cautiously, because she is far from being out of the woods.  She has some water in her lungs which is making her not want to nurse from the fluid and just plain ole feeling we are tubing her with colostrum and milk. She is alert, and can stand, so that is good. Our veterinarian has put her on several meds, Baytril, Dex, Vitamin B, and Banamine for pain, she gets 3 shots a every morning. We also gave her Sub Q fluids, and that seemed to help her too.  So, for now, it's just keep her comfortable, hydrated, and alert......I will update later.......

Monday, January 10, 2011

How is She Still Alive!?!?!?

Things have been sort of hectic and exciting around here......yesterday morning  Terry went to check the cows, and found a newborn calf in the pond!! Mom was just standing there watching, but of course there was nothing she could do. She had been born either late the night before, or early yesterday morning. Of course, it is very cold here, temps have been in the teens and we've had snow too. We're not sure if she walked out on the ice (there was just a very thin layer of ice on the pond), or if she was born at the edge, and just stumbled into the pond when she got up. Either way, it was a dire situation.....Terry called me immediately and told me to bring him a rope, so when I got there , he roped her and pulled her out. The pond is pretty shallow, and she could stand up, but only the top of her head and nose were above water.....and we have no idea how long she was in there!

So we got her out, and immediately stated drying her with towels, and put her in the floorboard of the truck, with the heat blowing on her on the ride back to the house. Made her a bed in the laundry room, and put a heater in front of her and warm blankets on her. She was shivering really bad, and cold as ice, her eyes were rolled back in her head, eyes closed........and basically non-responsive.....she was very bad off. I took her temperature, which didn't even register on my digital thermometer, which meant her temp was below 90* F. A normal temp for a calf should be around 101.6. Finally after about 45 minutes, it registered at 90.2, then slowly started coming up from there. Her nose finally got some pink to it, and she started opening her eyes and being more alert.....whew! We really didn't expect her to make it, and she is not out of the woods yet.....she still won't take a bottle or nurse at all......We think she has gotten some water in her lungs, which is not good at all. We gave her a shot of antibiotic, and now it is just a waiting game. She does stand and try to walk around, and is very alert this morning.....just no interest in the bottle.

She is a big, strong calf (she had to be to survive what she did).......she is black with a solid white face, eyeliner on one eye, white on her ears,  and a black speckled nose.....just a doll! I was researching information on the Internet, and it said that usually when their temp falls below 94*F, their organs start shutting down, so I really can't believe she is still alive....her temp was in the 80's........

Ruby Jane loves her, as you will see in the pictures, Ruby would set by her a lot, lick her face and eyes, until she started coming around. It was really sweet, Ruby seemed to be worried about her......

Our hopes are to get her taking the bottle good, then, putting her in the large stall in the barn with mom for a few days. We are hoping that mom takes her back, she didn't seem too concerned that we left with her, she went right back to eating with the herd which is not good. Usually they will run around and call to the calf, but I'm sure she thinks the calf is dead, so we will just wait and see.

So, at this point, we really don't know if she is gonna pull through, they are so sensitive at this stage, and anything can happen, so we are doing all we can for her and hoping for the best! 

So, in the meantime......I have a cow in the house!!!

Still not warmed up yet, pale nose, shivering and eyes shut.......

                                      Barely with us................

Ruby Jane checking her out........

Greta and Ruby checking on her......

                                        Checking again, LOL.........

Starting to come around..........

Ruby and Snowflake.........

Ruby just sat there....wouldn't leave her for the longest (she is such a sweet dog, loves everything and everyone)

Ruby looking worried.........

She's alert now.....and Ruby was kissy, kissy, kissy, which I think helped Snowflake to come around........


Yay.....finally standing up and to get her to nurse!!

Well, I better go check on her, and try to get her to take some milk......we are still cautiously optimistic, but it's too early to say she is gonna make it, I will post updates whenever I can..........

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year.......

Happy New Year to all my blog people....I know there's not that many of you, but I appreciate your following of our lives through this blog. I hope the new year brings much joy and hapinesss to all!

2011 will bring many new firsts for me, I hope......I will be a grandma for the first time in June, and hopefully I will land that ever elusive job that I have been searching for, LOL........I have an interview Monday at our local spay and neuter clinic, and I am really hoping I get the job, I love working with animals! That would be a great start to my New Year for sure!!!

Hope everyone has a safe and prosperous 2011.....