October 05, 2011

Wednesday Morning Random

I am super busy this week preparing for our garage sale Friday and Saturday. I will be so happy when it is over and I swear I will never have another one. Of course I say that every time I have one and you can feel free to remind me of that next time I say I'm having one. Which I won't. Because I will never have another one. By the way, those scooters are not for sale but just moved out of the garage to give me space to sort the 376 boxes of stuff we no longer have room for.

Last night I made this chili for dinner. It is one of my favorites. I'm not a beans in my chili (or anything else) kind of girl. To go along with it I made this girls fabulous biscuits that she shared with me. The recipe comes from her Grandma Carrie Wright who was apparently an amazing baker. They were hands down the best biscuits I've ever made and probably the best I've ever tasted. My entire family is in Claudia's debt and my search for the perfect biscuit recipe has just officially ended. I may have just polished off a leftover one for breakfast. Here's the recipe:

Grandma Carrie's Cloud Biscuits
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter
1 egg, beaten
2/3 cup milk

Mix together dry ingredients. Cut butter into dry ingredients, until well chopped.
Stir egg into milk and into dry ingredients. Put on floured board and knead until blended.
Flatten out (but not too flat, or they won't be fluffy), cut with a cookie/biscuit cutter and place
on an oiled cookie sheet. Bake at 450 for 10 minutes.

Claudia's tips:
I learned not to flatten too much after kneading. You want the thickness of the dough to be at least a 1/2 inch or more for fluffiness, hence the name "Cloud" biscuits. Also, in my oven I've learned to bake them for 12 minutes.

Jen's tips:
Always make sure your biscuit ingredients are super cold. I dice up my butter and put it back in the fridge to get cold. Never overwork your biscuit dough. I also used buttermilk instead of regular milk because I had some I wanted to use up.

Tonight I'm making these with the leftover chili. If you are one of those foodies that doesn't eat hot dogs then just look away now. I however, justify my love of them by telling myself they are all-American. It's practically my patriotic duty to eat them.

This morning I'm headed to knitting class with my girl Sarah where I'm going to attempt these mittens. Wednesday mornings with Sarah are usually the highlight of my work week but I am especially looking forward to the break today.

You see? I wasn't kidding about all of those boxes! So that's about it for me this week: clean, sort, price, cook, knit, grocery shop, sleep. Come to think of it that's pretty much a typical week if you substitute paint for price! Hope you are all having a productive week too.


  1. garage sales are a lot of work, but the extra cash in the pocket when they are done is really nice. i was going to hop in my car and come shopping if those scooters were for sale. i love those mittens.

  2. Good luck on the garage sale! I really need to do one, but am not as motivated as you!

    Those biscuits look yummy and the mittens -- adorable! Have a great Wednesday!


  3. I can't wait to try those biscuits, they look delish! I have made Paula Deen's recipe for a long time, with self rising flour and buttermilk but it's heavy... come to think of it I'm a little heavier from eating those biscuits! Good luck with the garage sale, hard work but hopefully you'll get the garage cleaned out and make a few $$$ too!

  4. You are moving mountains- literally! I see dollar signs in your future!

    Those mittens are gorg, I may have to copy you! See you soon for the highlight of my week too sis!

  5. Best of luck with the garage sale - I've been through one or two myself and they are exhausting!

    My grandma would be thrilled that we are passing on her recipe, though she'd sure be surprised about the internet!


  6. Good luck with the garage sale! I don't have a garage, so tend to donate to Goodwill or the Rescue Missions throught the year.

  7. Oh, the dreaded garage sale! I've still got a table of remnants out there that I'd rather forget.

    And I LOVE chili dogs! But you probably already knew that...

  8. I know I say the same thing about not having any more garage sales, however, I always end up still having them.

    Your biscuits look so good, will have to try! Good luck with your sale.....

  9. Okay then- I will take the birdcage AND the table off your hands- two less things to price and sell! I need to get busy and do this too~

    I saved that biscuit recipe to my file because I am always looking for a good recipe for them. I will try these when we get home. xo Diana

  10. I want to go to YOUR yard sale! Maybe you could save me a chili dog? haha

  11. Do not envy you this weekend have done a couple myself seems when you relocate there are things that need to go somewhere else to be loved and appreciated. Now shopping garage sales that can be fun.
    Biscuits on my list and oh my those
    hot dogs look yummy.

  12. You know, I'd never have thought of doing that with left over chilli. What a great idea! I'm going to steal it from you.

  13. Oooh, I'll buy the birdcage, JJ!
    I bet you'll rake in the bucks, girl. It will be worth all the work when all is said and done and you can go shopping and get some goodies to feather your new nest.

  14. I live in Plainfield and would love to come to your garage sale! I would love to meet you too! You could send me a message on my email, maybe I could stop by. good luck with it should be a great weekend for a garage sale.

  15. Jen, Send the birdcage, baby rocker and sofa table to me...trust me, it will help you with space. Good luck on your sale. I HATE them and usually end up donating or throwing away or sitting by the road. (People will pick up ANYTHING.) I'm surprised you have time to cook. Don't you know that a rummage sale is a good reason to eat out? xo, Cheryl

  16. Good luck with the sale - it's a pain, I know, but you'll have some extra cash when you are done and lots more room in the garage! Biscuits look yummy, is that corn I see in them?

  17. i hate hot dogs. i CRAVE chili dogs. yum. wish i could come sit with you and keep you company while you sell things!! good luck, and i hope it's worth the hassle! ;o)

  18. We moved from Tucson to Lake Havasu in February of this year and the houses in Havasu are big on garage space and smaller on living space SO my huge boat deep garage is loaded with extra furniture and too many boxes to count. We're off on vacation next week but when we get back a yard sale is on my list for the first week in November. I'm not looking forward to that prep work and after reading your post I am reminded why that is but I am looking forward (I hope) to a less crowded garage. Wish me luck!

  19. Would you share your chili recipe??? Looks yummy!!

  20. I, too, avow to never have another garage sale. And, when I do in fact have another, I make sure everyone knows I am seriously not having another one.

    I am a foodie; some might say a bit of a food snob....I love a good chili dog or a hot dog with mustard and onions or..... It is one of my weaknesses.

    Have a terrific sale and eat a dog for me. Bonnie

  21. Thank god your garage is full, cluttered and normal. Amen!
    Good luck w/ the sale!
    xo Jeanne
    bees knees bungalow

  22. I applaud your efforts to do a garage sale! What time does it start o Friday? I'd love to come by and shop! :) would you be willing to email me your address?

    joelnkelly at hotmail dot com


  23. baked chili dogs....OH YUMM!!!!
    must try those. i have 4 in this house who would scarf them down. i for one!
    good luck at the garage sale!
    ps--love the mittens.

  24. Surely you aren't getting rid of that bird cage, are you?

    Would love the chili recipe too!

    hope your sale is going well.

  25. Looks like you are going to have a great sale!

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