Who Is Anastasia?

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New Castle, Indiana Zone 5, United States
When I was 55, I decided to embrace the things I love and hold precious and dear - regardless of anyone else's thoughts and opinion. I am a folk artist who loves flowers - my own flowers, grown by me. I love good, hearty, exotic foods, and I love to prepare them myself. I love the secret garden situated in my backyard, regardless of how junky it gets. No longer able to afford a vacation, this will have to be it for the time being. In the winter months, I still enjoy it. Anyway, here I am sharing my art, favorite recipes, cocktails, gardening tips, and just my usual vents and bantering. After all, I'm old enough to say whatever the heck I want to now ... Oh, the two pictures below are NOT of my garden, although the one with the pink French doors looks very much like the backyard I grew up with. I am searching for pictures of that wonderful place and will post soon.

JEWELS OF MY SOUL

JEWELS OF MY SOUL
My Book Available on AMAZON

Stacey Torres ART Prints

Stacey Torres ART Prints
A very limited selection of reproductions from my paintings can be found here

June 13, 2009

White Chocolate & Berry Muffins


So, I'm broke as heck now ... still unemployed ... still looking. I've decided to bake up batches of homemade muffins and take them to the weekly farmers market next week. I think folks would like a breakfast muffin with their coffee while browsing early summer Saturday mornings.

Let me know what you think of this recipe I found today for White Chocolate & Berry Muffins:
You will need:
2 cups self-raising flour
2/3 cup caster sugar
¾ cup milk
4 Tablespoons (or 60g) butter, melted
1 egg, beaten lightly
3/4 C white chocolate chips
1/2 C fresh raspberries (blueberries, blackberries, etc.)
muffin liners
White Chocolate Glaze*

Preheat oven to 400F. Line muffin pan (1/3 cup capacity) w/liners.
Sift flour and sugar into bowl. Quickly stir in milk, butter and egg until
almost combined. Gently fold in the white chocolate and raspberries or
until just combined.
Spoon mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for about 20 minutes or until
cooked when tested with skewer.
Serve muffins warm or cooled. Drizzle with white chocolate glaze.
Makes about 12

White Chocolate Glaze:
4 ounces chopped white chocolate
1/4 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons butter, softened
Preparation
Microwave chopped white chocolate and whipping cream at HIGH in a 2-cup glass measuring cup 30 seconds to 1 minute or until melted, stirring twice. Whisk in butter until blended, and spoon immediately over muffins.
(Recipe from Southern Living, 2001)

The Backyard --Today's Vacation Spot

The Backyard --Today's Vacation Spot
A simple garden meal in the shade. No, it's not my backyard, but it looks identical to the one I grew up with at our home in Queens. Looking for an original pic of it to post soon!

Old Fashioned Tips