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Homemade Cashew Butter

Cashew butter is easy to make.  I prefer my cashew butter to be made using raw cashews.  Most commercial nut butters are made with roasted nuts.  So, I choose to make my own cashew butter.  All you need are are cashews, salt, oil, and a blender or food processor.  I make mine using my General Electric Food Processor that I have had for years.  It still works just fine, no need to upgrade.  You can purchase raw cashews at most health food stores.  I get mine at Trader Joe’s.  Below, you can see the assembled ingredients.

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Place the chopping blade in the food processor and add:

8 oz. raw cashews

1/4 -1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 t. sea salt (or to taste)

Place cashews, 1/4 cup oil, and salt in the processor.  As you blend it, you may want to add more oil, a tablespoon at time, until you get the mix that you like.  Blend to desired consistency.  I blend mine until it is fine, but not smooth.

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Keep your fresh cashew butter in the refrigerator.  Stir before use for best results.  Although this goes very well with my homemade bread, I enjoy it enough to eat it without bread!  Refrigerated, your cashew butter should keep for about six months.  I really couldn’t say, because ours is usually consumed long before that.  🙂

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Lunch with Friends

Today, I hosted a potluck brunch for a few friends.  I used my late mother’s wedding china that has somehow survived since 1950.  Two cups were broken in the 1994 Northridge quake in California, but all the rest are intact.  Not many holidays have been hosted here in quite a while so I haven’t had the opportunity to use the china.  One friend suggested that I use it more frequently just with myself and my husband.  Perhaps I will.

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The pattern is called Georgian by Homer Laughlin and the color is Eggshell.  My mother gave the set to me shortly after I got married.  She bought a new set, something more modern and didn’t want these anymore.  Score!  I love them.  The goldware she gave me for Christmas in the 90’s.

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I made iced Cinnamon tea as well as hot Earl Gray tea.  I colored the sugar pink!  I like to have fun.

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The menu on my part, was homemade vegetable soup and, also, homemade breads.  The soup was made of sugar snap peas, carrots, cabbage, celery, zucchini, yellow squash, orange and yellow peppers, green onions, a can of tomato sauce, and salt.  I started it the night before and let it cook on low until we were ready to eat.

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For the breads, I made garlic and plain wholewheat.  While I was setting up for the brunch I got a text from a friend, in Montana, asking for my bread recipe!  It is pretty popular.

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Here is my recipe, if you would like to try it.  I have been making this bread recipe since 1997 with tweaks over the years.  The recipe is still taped to the top of the bread machine where I once put it so that the kids could make the bread. They are long gone and married. (Miss you guys!)  It’s very simple and delicious.

Add to bread machine in order listed:

1 cup water

2 T. olive oil

2 T. honey

1 t. salt

1-1/3 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup unbleached white flour

1 to 1-1/2 t. yeast (depends on your elevation) I live at 4700 feet and use 1 t.

I bake this bread using the French bread setting on my machine.  It makes one small loaf.

Enjoy!

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Books

I love books, real books.  Books made with paper, the older the better.  Recently, while at the thrift store, I looked through the books and found three worth purchasing.  One is a tutorial on faux painting items, walls, et cetera around the house.  Another a little history book on the origin of certain types of paints like, milk paint and limewash.

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The one that I consider a prize is called The American Woman’s Encyclopedia of Home Decorating, copyright 1948.  It smells wonderful.  All of you book lovers will know about that.  It contains 20 chapters on topics the likes of, How to Refinish Your Furniture, How to Make Slip Covers, and chapters on how to decorate every room in the house.

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It even contains many pages with photos in color!  It will forever be one of my treasures.

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On a side note, my dslr is not working properly.  For some reason it has decided not to use auto focus.  When I get down to visit my son, I’ll have him figure it out for me.  🙂  I thank God for my techie son.

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