About elzbthc

I am a Graphic Artist and The Tomato Lady in the Spokane Valley, WA. I love creating beautiful things, horses, quilting, traveling, sightseeing, cooking, entertaining, and reading among other things.

Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake

Skip to Recipe I swear buttermilk is magic. I’ve dwelled on this before. Buttermilk seems to turn everything to gold. Super-moist, super-delicious gold. Anyway, I needed a simple, summery, breakfasty, cake-like-but-not-dessert-like recipe to make this morning. One of Ben’s friends had crashed here last night, and I thought it only appropriate to treat him to a proper breakfast. In other words, I was craving sugar and carbs. The truth is I’ve been craving sugar and

Source: Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake

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Yeasted Brown-Butter Waffles Recipe | Bon Appetit

yeasted-brown-butter-wafflesThese are really good. Made them this morning. Convenient except for making the brown butter which actually isn’t too hard. You set the dough up the night before and add eggs and baking powder in the morning. Yummmm. Casteel Tested and Approved.

Being the thrifty soul that I am, I made my husband spaghetti and myzitha (a la Spaghetti Factory) and needed a use for the browned butter.

Once you make this yeasted brown-butter batter, all you need to do the next morning is plug in the waffle iron.

Source: Yeasted Brown-Butter Waffles Recipe | Bon Appetit

Changing The Focus Of This Blog

Before you choke on your cup of coffee at seeing two posts from me on this blog, here’s the scoop.

When I started this particular blog I intended it to be mostly about crafty things. Now I am finding that too constricting. My life is much more than just creating things, I cook, rI ide a horse, raise tomato plants, hike, take pictures, entertain, read, volunteer, etc.so I am going to put much more content on this concerning all the parts of my life.

Some things you might identify with, such as the fear issues I am overcoming with riding my horse, the joy I get in raising my own flower plants, the books I like and don’t like, the recipes I love and the ones that make me wonder what someone was thinking, techniques i learn, devotionals that really strike me where I live… and other things.

The skies the limit now and I am excited! I hope you enjoy this “new and improved” blog! At least I will write more posts.shiloh-and-i-2016-favorite

The Secrets to a Great Quiche


A quiche consists of a pie crust and an egg-based filling, a custard.  Meats, vegetables, spices, and herbs can be added to the filling.  The custard relies on the coagulation of the proteins in the eggs to provide structure and firm the pie.

Secret #1: The right ratio of eggs to dairy.

The eggs need to be diluted with milk or cream but if you use too much dairy, there will not be enough proteins form the eggs to set the quiche.  The right ratio is 1/2 cup dairy for each large egg.  A four-egg quiche should have 2 cups of milk or cream or half and half.

Secret #2: Baking the quiche until it is just right.Quiche

As stated, a quiche relies on the coagulation of the egg proteins to set into a firm pie filling.  A mixture of egg whites and egg yolks coagulates at 165 degrees.  These same proteins become tough at 185 degrees.  So your target temperature is 170 degrees.

The secret of a well-baked quiche is a thermometer.  To test for doneness, insert a thermometer right in the center of the quiche half way through the filling.  When the temperature reaches 170 degrees, remove the quiche from the oven.   If you let it cook longer than that, the temperature of the filling toward the edges where the filling sets first, may be over 185 degrees.

Secret #3: Avoiding a burnt crust.

By the time the center of the quiche reaches 170 degrees, the crust may be over cooked, even burnt.

The secret of avoiding a burnt crust is to protect the crust.  A dark pie pan absorbs heat and while they are preferable for avoiding soggy crusts with fruit pies, they are not desirable for quiches.  A light pan, especially a stainless steel pan, reflects heat.  (By the way aluminum is a much better conductor of heat than is steel; never use an aluminum pan for quiche.)

A pie crust shield or aluminum folded around the edges of the pie is usually necessary to protect the protruding edges of the crust.  Both reflect heat.  A pie crust shield is easier to use than aluminum foil which always seems to fall off or protrude into the filling.

Secret #4: Adding the right amount of cheese.

Cheese performs two functions in our quiche: It delivers flavor and adds fat that contributes to a pleasing “mouth feel” and substance.  We prefer a cup of grated cheese in a four egg quiche but admittedly, the amount of cheese is a matter of taste.  For us, less than a cup of cheese and the quiche tastes light and with insufficient substance.  If you use cream with its high fat content, you can use less cheese.

All else is matter of taste and preference: what meats and vegetables you add, what seasonings, and what cheese that you add.

Courtesy of The Prepared Pantry

How to use copic markers tutorial 2 | how to blend with copic markers – Scrapbooking Ideas, Memory Keeping, Layout Design

This is the 2nd article in a series by Michell on copic markers. See the first: An Introduction to Copic Markers. by Michelle Houghton The next step once you have some Copics is to get them out of your drawer and start using them.  The magic of these markers, like I said, is in blending …

Source: How to use copic markers tutorial 2 | how to blend with copic markers – Scrapbooking Ideas, Memory Keeping, Layout Design