|Why is it we don't notice a frame is crooked until we see it in a picture?|
It's remarkable how lovely the weather has been here, much more like late March than February. Somehow I'm pretty sure there will be equality somewhere... hopefully not with one hundred degree temps on summer days. A meteorologist on a local TV channel is fond of saying "Mother Nature balances everything out eventually".
Next week I will continue Pantry Ponderings and respond to some comments. For instance, a commenter this morning mentioned that the "just add water" pancake mixes do not have a long shelf life.
That's very true and that's why I only keep two or three small boxes on the shelf and rotate them regularly. I have a lot of information about really deepening the pantry on my links that are always available on the sidebar but the real secret of a deep pantry is rotation. I'll talk about that more later, too.
I don't use Bisquick or anything similar after reading they can contain unseen mold as they age and that people with severe mold allergies need to be careful (both my guys have severe mold allergies). I thought it was an "old wives tale" until I researched it at the time and there were instances of people with such mold allergies getting sick.
Of course, this was only when products far past their "use by" date on the box were eaten. I only use Bisquick (and similar products by other manufacturers) for a couple recipes that I don't make often and making my own at home is very easy. I have a book called Make-A-Mix that has excellent do-it-yourself mix recipes but I've also seen such recipes in other cookbooks.
So many commented about the Brambley Hedge pictures! I love all the Brambley Hedge books but many of them are going out of print (as soon as I found out Stephanie was expecting my first grandchild, I started ordering Brambley Hedge books... ten years ago).
Along with The Wind in the Willows and the Peter Rabbit series, they are my favorite children's books.
The book shown in the pictures is The Complete Brambley Hedge which is out of print and prohibitively expensive at one time. I place such books on my Amazon Wish List and keep an eye on them to see when the price lowers. When there were a few available for $20.00, I ordered one with credit for my bookshelves.
This past week, I've been perusing the book just to enjoy the pictures but the stories are so charming. There appears to be a pattern in my best loved children's books... talking rodents?