46 thoughts on “Cherry Saturday, March 24, 2018

  1. I thought for Easter I might make the brownies I planned for Christmas – before the nuts go off. Would be better than an Easter egg, I think. I’m enjoying raisins in my stewed apple, with Greek yoghurt.

    I’ve just been getting my head straight, yet again. My week off doesn’t seem to have cured me: I’m still infuriating myself by hyperventilating. Trying to be in the moment, however. And planning to sow my tomato and dahlia seeds (‘Bishop’s Children’ – I’m hoping there might be a keeper or two), and then take my camera for a walk. And tomorrow I’m thinking of going up to Lake Vyrnwy for a photography day, since they’re forescasting sunny intervals.

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  2. Things to do with left over Bailey’s Irish Cream frosting/icing – frost/ice brownies – spread on chocolate graham cracker halves to have with afternoon tea (in place of marshmallow fluff) – fill a small decorator’s bag and insert into cupcakes. Chocolate covered raisins an instant energy boost.

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        1. Softened Chocolate ice cream would be better: the cream flavor of the Bailey’s is more noticeable if you have an element of contrast.

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  3. That’s a clever idea, and now I want to make cookies. Have to do housework today so that I return home after my knee surgery to a clean place. Who knows how long it will be before I can vacuum again, or do laundry.

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    1. I hope your surgery is successful and recovery is swift!

      When someone asks “what can i do?” Tell them to come over and vacuum. Thank them later with cookies (or other little something).

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    2. I hope you have a speedy recovery.

      Within a week I could get up and down stairs slowly. The hard part was picking up and carrying things because of the weight limit. And carrying things while walking or going up and down stairs increases the pressure. If you pick something up while standing still with the weight off the one knee, move it forward, put it down, then take a step, then repeat, you can in fact get around this. But it takes forever. If I did not have to take the vacuum up and down the stairs, I could indeed vacuum in about 3 weeks. And I believe I was able to drive in two weeks. I was about 50 at the time which greatly improved my healing time. If you can get someone to dust and vacuum for you and do the laundry and put it away at about the two week out mark, life will be immeasurably better.

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    3. I get it, Robena. Prepping the nest for a settled-in recovery. When you return and are fully squoshed in, squint your eyes a lot. Helps. And best wishes for a quick recovery. A good read is The Devil and — oh, wait, not out yet.

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  4. My favorite raisins are the big ones that you can find at Trader Joe’s. They are to the tiny little box of Sunmaid raisins as a ripe mango is to a piece of cardboard cut in the shape of fruit.

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  5. I love golden raisins which I have almost every morning on my oatmeal with brown sugar and a dusting of cinnamon. You cannot, alas, get chocolate covered golden raisins.

    But oatmeal cookies are a great idea.

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      1. We have to resign ourselves to the fact that life is not fair. (We were suppose to learn this while we were still toddlers but for some of us, it takes a while to sink in).

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    1. I’m sure you could make chocolate coated golden raisins. Melt chocolate gently in microwave. Add raisins. Stir.

      I might have to experiment, all in the interests of science, of course.

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      1. It’s easy. Just remember that milk chocolate has a slightly lower melting temp and take avery little time off the microwave.

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  6. I feel like this is the most a chocolate-covered raisin can hope for. Only by being in an oatmeal cookie is it delicious (can you tell I don’t like these?)

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  7. There’s a quote that I don’t remember and can’t find the source of regarding how living in other places doesn’t just broaden your view, but mean that no one place can then ever capture what home looks like.

    I miss Marks and Spencer chocolate raisins. They were (are?) the best.

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    1. I have a passion for Maltesers, so when I found them at the local grocery, I was ecstatic.
      Except they were made in the US, not England. Horrible.
      England has all the good chocolate.

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      1. Ironically other countries in europe think English chocolate isn’t good enough, they require their chocolate to have a higher cocoa content. We have fun chocolate, the Swiss and Belgian make chocolate graded by connoisseurs

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        1. We used to have an outlet of Leonidas Belgian Chocolates in Portland, where they flew in fresh chocolate every week. I got it for special occasions. Alas, it is no more. And I believe in Belgium, Leonidas is considered like Ghirardelli is here – good but not spectacular.

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  8. Wishing you a speedy recovery, Robena.

    This should be a national holiday! Never thought to put choc-covered raisins in my oatmeal cookies. Must try that soon. Thanks for the Trader Joe’s tip!

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  9. Mmm. . . Oatmeal cookies. I’m planning on making a batch this weekend. Not with chocolate covered raisins though, my raisins are soaked in brandy before heading into the cookie batter.

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  10. I’m making bread. Considering I ate an entire cake by myself over the last three days I should probably not bake cookies.

    No icing. I like plain cake. It’s best hot out of the oven.

    Yes, it’s shocking that I ate an entire cake, but I only had green beans and turkey slices as well as the cake. Notice that I need to justify myself…

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    1. If it took you three days, nothing to apologize for.
      If you stood over the stove with a fork and ate it all before it cooled, then you have a problem.

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    2. Green beans, turkey, cake. That’s protein, vitamins and carbs. Sounds like a balanced diet to me.

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  11. Hmm–for those of us who can’t bake: how about chocolate covered raisins in oatmeal? or even just plain cereal flakes (like Nature’s Path Organic Heritage Flakes, also conveniently available at Trader Joe’s)? I will step up to this culinary (well ok, at least gustatory) challenge!

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  12. Hope you have a speedy recovery Robena!

    Choc covered raisins in oatmeal cookies, well there’s a genius idea!! Might have to investigate that in the near future. Although now I’m also wondering if I can somehow add brandy/rum/Grand Marnier (that’s alternatives, not all of them simultaneously, just to be clear!) to M&S chocolate raisins – suppose could add it to the batter rather than the raisins themselves? Not sure…

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