Sunday, April 28, 2013

Biscotti on the bench...

Going a little stir crazy here in the hills.  There is too much snow to do much.  I am keeping busy with lots of little projects.   The first one is one I saw on Pinterest about starting a celery plant from the base of store bought celery.  So far so good I guess.  I also started some Red Letter Raspberry wine with some frozen raspberries I had.   I painted the ugly old steps going downstairs a nice chocolate brown.  Also as a follow up the last weeks projects...  The Anne of Green Gables Lemonade is wonderful!  The taco seasoning was a tad spicier than I like, but I will live.  Next time I will lay off the pepper flakes.
My next endeavor was to make some No Bake Granola Bars that I also saw on Pinterest.  I'm not attaching the link because it appears to be broken.   These were easy to make and delicious.
No Bake Granola Balls
1c. oatmeal
1/2 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. ground flax seed
1/3 c. honey
1 t. vanilla
Roll into balls and put in the fridge.  

 The next project was a windmill for the garden.  Kelly and I had fun putting it together.  As you can see it isn't in the garden due to the snow that still covers everything.  I can't wait to cover our ugly old well with it.  My goal is to surround it with Black-Eyed Susans and Scarlet Runner Beans. 

Last but not least is my biscotti on the bench project.  I love, love, love biscotti with my coffee, but it is impossible to find any here in the hills.  I usually make my own.   Here is one of my favorite recipes.
Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti
1/2 c. butter
2/3 c. sugar
1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa
2 t. baking powder
2 eggs
2 c. flour
1/2 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. dried cranberries
Add sugar, cocoa, and baking powder to whipped butter.  Beat in eggs and add flour.  Mix in chocolate chips and cranberries.  Bake 2 cakes for 20 minutes at 375 degrees and then lower the oven to 325 degrees and bake another 16-20 minutes.  Sit on the bench and dip in your coffee on a warm spring day.

 Have a great week.


  1. When I can't get out to garden, because of our incessant rain, I also cook. I hope the snow melts soon, it's almost May. It must be very frustrating.

  2. I saw someone starting celery like this on a blog that I read...never knew you could do that!

    As for the biscotti...that sounds like a good Sunday afternoon project. I have all those ingredients on hand. My mouth is watering! :)

  3. MMM I hped you had a biscotti recipe. I haven't made them in years, I have a real good Italian grocery I visit monthly.

  4. I am so impressed with you and your projects! Thank you for posting the recipes, I can't wait to try some!! And, love the windmill, it's going to be fabulous with the scarlet runner beans! I hope that pesky snow melts for you soon! Cheers, Jenni

  5. Cute windmill ! I had a different one but the winds destroyed it so now I have the base with a home made bird house on it Papa quickly built 2 years ago . You still have snow ? oh that would bug me this time of year ! Hope spring shows up there soon . Thanks for sharing the YUMMY recipes and photos ! Have a good day !

  6. Oh wow still snow ...hang in there. I would be stir crazy too. Well at least the snow hasn't kept you from being creative. Spring will find you Bonnie hang on.

  7. Bonnie,
    Sounds like you are keeping busy dispite the snow. The last few days we have had warm temps and sunshine. It's nice to go outside and not have to put on layers and layers of clothes.

    Hang in there, spring is coming soon.

    Ranch Wife Robyn

  8. Love that bench Bonnie! I may have to bug the Mr. to make me a similar one.

    We are having 70s today, but a cold front is coming through tomorrow and we'll have 40s for the rest of the week. Fickle spring!

  9. The last week has really seen a huge growth spurt in the gardens, things warming up. Everything seems to be so much later this year. Glad to see you have plenty to keep you busy until the snow disappears.
    Wishing you some sunshine then you can get on with your gardening.

  10. Maybe the snow will go away soon, and you get start on your outside projects...

    The idea of chocolate biscotti, makes me yearn to turn on the oven.


  11. I love your blog! You have so many fun and creative projects going. Your biscotti with chocolate and cranberries sounds so good. I enjoyed reading about your lemonade, too. We have a lemon tree and I have also made some homemade lemonade concentrate. Been adding ice and strawberries to it, too. And also ice and a mixed fruit salad for a really nice punch kind of drink. Love those lemons :)

  12. The windmill looks great! Good job! The biscotti sounds heavenly too. Thanks for sharing and hang in there, spring is just around the corner. :0)

  13. Ok Let's chat.... Inquiring minds want to know...Does your windmill squeak? If it does--- does it bug you? My neighbors have one (no way near as cute as yours)And it cranks in battles with the wind. I keep saying I'm going to sneak over at night and oil that puppy.....I read that about celery. Everyone says if you eat homegrown celery -- you'll never eat the store bought kind again--- delicious. I may have to try this. Keep in touch.


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