Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cranberry Coffee Cake

Several people asked me for the cranberry coffee cake recipe so here it is: Yes it does have 3 1/2 sticks of butter!

Cranberry Coffee Cake
From: Melissa Carr and Cuisine

For Struesel-
½ stick unsalted butter
2/3 cup flour
1/3 cup toasted pecans
1/3 cup dried cranberries
¼ cup sugar
2 TBSP orange zest

For Cake:
1 cup fresh cranberries
2 ¼ cup sugar divided
Zest of ½ - 1 orange
2 cups flour
1 tsp each salt and cinnamon
½ tsp baking powder
4 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
3 sticks unsalted butter softened

Preheat oven to 350 and coat a 9 inch square pan with cooking spray. Line pan with parchment so it hangs over edges and spray again.
Melt ½ stick butter and stir in all streusel
Pulse fresh cranberries, ¾ cup sugar and orange zest in food processor; set aside. Whisk together flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder in a bowl. In another bowl whisk together eggs and egg yolk; set aside
Using a hand mixer cream 3 sticks butter and 1 ½ cups sugar in large bowl
Add flour mixture and egg mixture alternately to butter mixture beating well after each addition. Transfer half of batter to pan; top with cranberry mixture and then top with remaining batter. Use a knife to swirl batter and cranberries. Top cake with streusel
Bake 55 – 60 minutes..

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Unit 5 revisited

OK, better late than not at all. I have subscribed to more than three newsfeeds and I am completing Unit 5! Thanks to Elinor and others who pointed the way to the great food sites I have subscribed and I am enjoying the information from:

I also subscribed to:

In addition, I subscribed to the Tribune and Missourian just in case I don't have time to read the papers at home.

I think all of these will keep me busy for a while.

Monday, February 8, 2010


Congratulations to Pat and everyone that worked on this exciting new product! Our patrons are going to love it. It was so very easy to place a hold that I was concerned I had not actually placed the hold--but Bibliocommons let me check my account in one key stroke and my hold was placed. I also enjoyed reading the reviews by several of the staff. It was fun to see who had read what I was just finishing and what they thought. I still think the main downside is that people are going to spend so much time on the catalog that their families will complain--it is too fun.

Monday, January 18, 2010

New Lydia picture

Thought it was about time to add a new Lydia picture. Here she is in her tutu at 5 months old. Who do you think would have given her that for Christmas?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Web 2.0 Favorite

I enjoyed looking at several of the sites and had a hard time deciding which to explore in the time I had. But as you may have already figured out I explored the food sites. I was looking for a new dessert recipe. iFoods.TV had some very interesting recipes and the videos were also helpful. I think I might try their "Raspberry and Chocolate Creme Brulee" since Santa brought me a torch last year for Christmas. I also enjoyed watching the video on making my favorite eggs Benedict on "imcooked".

And as requested, I will put the cranberry coffe cake recipe on my blog sometime soon.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Since you all have been hearing so much about my new grand daughter, I thought I would share a picture--yes only one can you believe my restraint? She is 4 months old today!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Thank you Brandy for reminding me that I need to post which habit is easiest and which is the hardest. Obvioiusly, following directions completely is a bit challenging for me!

I enjoy setting a goal and then challenging myself to figure it out. Whether it be knitting a Christmas stocking, sewing the nursery decor for my new grandbaby or making up a new recipe. The hard part for me is finding the time, there are so many fun things to try.

Of the 7.5 Habits, the hardest one for me is using the technology to my advantage--I just don't take the time very often to learn all of the capabilities. It is great to have others around that are willing to share their knowledge and make it easier for me.

I am very excited about this training opportunity!