The day started at 5:30 this morning, when I got the hankering to make homeade buttermilk biscuits from Greg's Southern Biscuit recipe found at allrecipes.com. They didn't rise like I would have liked, but the flavor was incredible. I think I rolled them out a little thin, which probably explains the lack of leavening. I made a batch of homeade sausage gravy to go with them.
Tanner decided they were so good they made his eyes cross.
This afternoon I decided to whip up a pot of split pea soup. Let me say that as wonderful as this soup tastes, it is NOT pretty. But paired with my Hawaiian Sandwich, it is incredible.
Here is my recipe:
Amy's Split Pea Soup
2 1/2 cups split peas
8 cups water (or broth)
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced onion
1 cup diced ham
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a soup pot, bring to a low boil, then decrease heat and cover, stirring occasionally until peas are cooked completely.
1 Hawaiian Sandwich roll, or 2 slices Hawaiian bread
2 slices havarti cheese
2 slices ham
1 pineapple ring
Arrange ham, cheese, and pineapple ring on bread. Butter outside surfaces of bread and grill in panini press or skillet until cheese is melted and bread is toasty.
We enjoyed a lovely cold weather meal, and then my daughter and her friend decided they wanted to get in the act and bake some chocolate peanut butter chip cookies. I think there was more goofing going on than there was cooking but they sure had a fabulous time.
The highlight of my day occured when I received my mail for the day. Happily tucked into the box were the books that I've been waiting for for about 2 weeks.
The first, More Straw Bale Building: A Complete Guide to Designing and Building with Straw has me daydreaming about building my home... again. The second is How to Build Small Barns and Outbuildings. I love to sit with my books on these nippy winter evenings. Can't wait to curl up with these tonight. In fact, I think I'll go and do that now!