Some Thoughts on Little Boys

Matthew and Michael
I spent the weekend with 5-year-old Michael and 4-year-old Matthew. Here are a few things I noticed about little boys.

Favorite word: poop.

Favorite activities: jumping on the bed, racing down the hall, and laughing.

Something little boys can't help but do: tell the honest-to-goodness truth. ("Wow, Aunt Donna, you're the oldest one here.")

Favorite food: pizza. Anytime, anyplace.

Favorite collectables: rocks.

Here are a few snippets from our most memorable conversations:
"Mommy!" Matthew ran into the kitchen. "Michael said suck is a bad word and I can't say it. Is suck a bad word?"
"Yes," Mom said sternly. "Don't say that word."
Matthew looked horrified. "But I like to suck on lollypops!"
Mom looked at me with rounded eyes as if to ask, what do I do now?
"We should clean up this mess," I told the boys one morning.
"Nah," Matthew said, waving off my idea, "Mommy will do it."
Michael nodded. "It's good to have a mommy."
While exploring the bay, one of the boys pointed to a cluster of mussels growing on the rocks and his voice filled with awe as he said, "Look, Aunt Donna! Living creatures!"
After he arrived home from a day at the beach, I asked Michael, "Did you have a good time?"
"Yes! But I got sand everywhere." His chin dipped and his brows arched as he added, "In every crevice."
And my favorite:

"Aunt Donna, would you fix me a ham and cheese sandwich?" Matt asked.
"Of course," I told him. "Let's go ask Mommy first."
"You don't have to ask her." Matt shook his head as if I were a complete imbecile. "I can tell you how to make it."
I couldn't help but smile. "You can?"
"Sure." He shrugged. "It's ham. It's cheese. It's sandwich."
My ham-and-cheese-sandwich knowledge might be a bit iffy, but I do know that I LOVE little boys!

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Beautiful Biscuits Recipe

Few people would use a word like 'beautiful' to describe these easy homemade biscuits, but that's just the way I roll. (Pun intended!) You see, I have an on-going love affair with food so it's easy for me to see an type of bread as beautiful (as well as delicious)!

Today, I'm sharing my Buttermilk Biscuit recipe. Mmmmmmm!

2 cups all purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons shortening
1 cup cold buttermilk

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. (Preheating the oven is important.)

Measure out the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Work in the butter and shortening until you've got a crumb-like consistency. (I use my fingers, and I work fast so the butter and shortening won't melt.) Add the buttermilk and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Dough will be sticky.

Turn dough out onto a floured surface and fold it a few times. Pat into an oval that's about an inch thick. I use a drinking glass to cut the biscuits into rounds. Gently reform the 'scraps' and cut into rounds. Place the dough rounds on a cookie sheet. (If you like soft-sided biscuits, let the rounds touch. If you like crisper sides, give each biscuit some room on the sheet.) Bake for 15-20 until they're tall and golden brown.

Alton Brown has a similar recipe, but suggests using a little less salt. Even with all those cookbooks and cooking shows under his belt, what does he know?

Here are some other delicious biscuit recipes I've found on the web:

Paula Deen offers a great recipe for Garlic Cheese Biscuits. Yum, y'all! Yum!

These Mayonnaise Biscuits look interesting, although I haven't tried them. Yet.

And for those who feel biscuit-challenged, here's a neat video from the Joy of Baking website. (Please note, I never add sugar to my biscuits.)

If you're looking for fast and easy, the Betty Crocker website has a recipe using Bisquick, that very well-known all purpose baking mix. I've added chopped herbs and a 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese to this recipe to make dumplings for chicken stew. Everyone knows a dumpling is simply a steamed biscuit!

Whether they're slathered with butter, honey, or jam - or steamed on top of a pot of thick, luscious chicken stew - there's nothing quite as delectable as a fluffy biscuit!

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