No joke, Spring Break is one of the fastest weeks of your life. It felt like it was time to pack up and get back on that airplane just after I landed! But there’s no sense in fussing over the speed at which break flew – that certainly won’t bring it back! Instead, I’ll remember how much fun I had and remind myself that there are less than 8 weeks left in the semester…thank the Lord.
Break was filled with family time, cooking, bowling, double dates, church, nice meals out, scenic drives, shopping, a lovely lunch date, homework and…*drum-roll*…relaxing. It’s been awhile since I’ve gone so days without a tummy ache! I think that’s a sign of chillaxin’ 🙂 Also found in my break were excellent conversations – all uplifting, but some very challenging. More on those in another post…I’ve written several serious posts lately, so it’s time for something more lighthearted! 🙂
I didn’t take pictures of everything, but I did capture a few moments! First up, the scenic drive. Flathead Lake is gorgeous, no matter the season or the weather. Sunny? The water is blue and clean, framed by snowy mountains and outlined in pine trees and rocky beaches. Stormy? The water’s white-capped fury is breathtaking yet frightening, the gray clouds reflected in the dark water. We got a mixture – sunny but windy. Have a look!
Here’s the cloudy look, minus the whitecaps. But would you look at those mountains?!
And true to Montana weather, the sun came out a few moments later. It amazes me that looking a different direction will provide an entirely different looking mountain range. And people say there is no God? Crazy.
And then there was cooking. Hooray!
First, I made some biscuits. They’re just a simple buttermilk biscuit, using this recipe. The only change I made was that I used all purpose flour rather than white whole-wheat.
Super easy recipe – mix dry ingredients, cut in butter, add buttermilk, knead, then roll out and cut!
I baked just a few of them, then froze the rest in a ready-to-bake form. Easy peasy!
One evening, I went over to my bestie’s house to make some festive shamrock cookies. And chat, but that’s a given.
Chelsey had everything out and ready to go when I got there.
After mixing up a quick dough and letting it chill for a bit, we got to cuttin’ cookies. We had two different shamrock styles and…an elephant. I found the elephant in mom’s bag o’ cookie cutters at home and thought “eh, what the heck!?” And Chelsey said “bring it!” So we made shamrock cookies AND elephant cookies. Then, with the leftover dough, we made little twisted circles. After baking them, it was decided that they looked like poo…so it must have been from the elephants! I swear, we ARE adults…
These chocolate mint cookies, finished with a chocolate coating, were tasty! You can find the recipe here at the Taste of Home website…although it looks like you have to be a member of their website to see the recipe. Or you could pick up the February/March copy of the magazine 🙂
Who likes brownies? How about if I add peanut butter? Yeah? I thought so 🙂
Basically, I took those ingredients….
…and turned them into this! I followed this recipe, except instead of using the frosting in the recipe, I just made a simple “drizzle” with powdered sugar, peanut butter and margarine. SO tasty!!
I kept myself busy in the kitchen. After these brownies, I made some Irish Soda bread. It came out a little tough, but I may or may not have used a little too much buttermilk….oh well…live and learn, right?
Instead of making one big loaf, I made two little ones. Ain’t they cute?!
They sure did come out nice and golden! I followed this recipe, except I omitted the raisins, and cut the baking time to 30 minutes.
Sadly, I failed to take pictures of my final kitchen project. Blame it on fatigue and hurry…both are accurate! Good thing Dana over at My Little Celebration (where I found this recipe) takes LOVELY photos!
These Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins were divine! Moist, dense, sweet (but not too sweet)…so tasty. I want to make them again. Right now.
Well, this pretty much covers the things I photographed over break. Coming to you soon shall be a simple pizza recipe and reflections on some of the conversations that took place over break. Such good conversations.
Take care, friends!