Thursday, August 18, 2011

Flashback Friday ~Late Summer

Summer is fluttering away

The daylilies are nearly finished

And the raspberries are nearing their end

I did really enjoy them this year though. I had an abundance so of course I was looking for recipes. I came across this one for Raspberry Bread Pudding that is to die for. I think Kneaders is a restaurant. If I made it again I would skip the cream sauce although it was really good. I think the pudding was awesome on its own.

Kneaders Raspberry Bread Pudding

Cream Mix

1 1/2 loaves aged, white bread
1 quart heavy cream
3 cups sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

In large bowl combine cream, sugar, egg and vanilla. Cut bread into 1 1/2″ cubes and add to cream mixture, coating bread well. Let stand 30 minutes stirring every 5 minutes to allow cream to absorb completely.

Fruit Filling
5 cups frozen or fresh raspberries

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup apple juice

Combine raspberries, sugar and apple juice, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
Layer a 9×13 dark baking dish 3/4 full with bread mixture, pour fruit filling over bread mixture, spreading evenly, top with remaining bread. Bake 40 minutes at 375 degrees. Serve warm. Top with vanilla sauce.

Vanilla Sauce (Totally optional - it was almost overkill)
1 1/3 cup butter

5 tablespoons flour
3 cups heavy cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup sugar

Over medium heat melt butter, and add flour stir 10 minutes until it has a nutty aroma, do not brown. Add cream and sugar and boil till mixture is thick, remove from heat adding vanilla. Serve this wonderful sauce cold.

My flashback today is a pic of my friend Allison and me being silly at the beach in Biloxi circa 1980 right before we started junior high. It's not the best picture and you can't really make out our faces but it makes me smile!

We met when we were both in 4th grade and have been close ever since. She is coming to visit me tomorrow for a week and I'm so excited. Kitchen Bouquet will be on vacation as well from now until after Labor Day. I may send some postcards in the interim, but will definitely have some fun things to share when Kitchen Bouquet is back in business.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Flashback Friday ~Happy Birthday to my Sissy

Its my sister Cindy's birthday today! So I'm flashing back to her visit to see me a couple of years ago. She will be coming back in September! Yay!!! Here she is by the Tuttle River on our way up to Mt. St. Helen's

Here we are from the viewing area. That's our "adopted" sister Cathy.

Cindy and Cathy on the Space Needle!

Here she is at beach near Forks.

And with me, my Mom and Cathy on a giant Douglas Fir - the biggest!

And another giant tree! Western Cedar - also the biggest :-)

Coming down the path at Olympic National Forest

Here she is all smiles on our whale watching tour

It was a fun trip and I'd like to do it all over again. Looking forward to the September visit too! Happy Birthday Cindy! Love you! I know you love daisies - here is a neat African Daisy for you :-)

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