Monday Motivation

October 2018 Bundle By John Elton Pletcher I am not uproariously excited about going back to work most Mondays, and I know I am not alone. We might take heart today by pondering one rather quirky word, unique to J.R.R. Tolkien. Working with Words Before we consider this motivating word, it is important to grasp…

Farmer Maggot’s Mushrooms

October 2018 BUndle Farmer Maggot’s Mushrooms Marinated Mushrooms with Honey and Sage) by Emily Wert @QueenNellie1 Earthy mushrooms are marinated in a fusion of fresh sage, honey, and olive oil. Yield: 8 cups 2 shallots, finely chopped2 garlic cloves, minced1/2 cup olive oil1/4 cup white wine vinegar1/4cup honey1/4 cup (loosely packed) fresh sage leaves, chopped1…

Bilbo’s Birthday Cake

by Emily Wert @QueenNellie1 Double Recipe Pound Cake: 1 cup (2 stick) butter1 cup shortening (butter-flavor)4 cups sugar 8 eggs 1 tsp baking soda 2 cup buttermilk 6 cups flour 1/4 tsp salt 4 tsp lemon extract 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 tsp almond extract Double Recipe Buttercream icing: 2 cup (4 sticks) butter 2…

BEWARE the Most Dreadful Danger of Tolkien Dragons!

October 2018 Bundle BEWARE the Most Dreadful Danger of Tolkien Dragons! By John Elton Pletcher   Humans display a historic fascination with dragons. Something fiery and wonderful captivates us about those ferocious creatures. Dr. Ernest Drake’s Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons supplies a facsimile of a very old volume. Perhaps fictitious—but maybe real, it…