Figs are in Season! Try these Glazed Warm Fig Bars for a Tasty Treat.

In my younger days, one of my favorite cookies was Fig Newtons, and they still are a favorite today.  I wanted to try my hand at making my own, but I didn’t want the heavy texture of the original cookie.  Thanks to Pepperidge Farms and their Puff Pastry, I have found a way to get the taste of Fig Newtons, but with a flaky crust.  The recipe calls for dried figs, but since fresh figs are now in season, I cooked a batch of fresh figs and then drained them.  I did add some dried figs to tighten up the filling.  If you don’t have fresh figs, just follow the recipe (a link to the recipe is at the end of this post.)

Be sure to use local honey for this recipe for that taste of sweetness.  I will definitely make these again.

Homemade Fig Bars with Puff Pastry

 

Homemade Fig Bars fresh from the oven

Puff Pastry is my go-to pastry for these tasty treats.  If you do not like figs, try substituting any dried fruit; just follow the recipe on the initial cooking of the fruit.

Many thanks to Pepperidge Farms for their delicious recipes.

Recipe courtesy of Pepperidge Farms; click here:  https://www.puffpastry.com/recipe/glazed-warm-fig-bars/

Maybe I’ll see you in the kitchen! ~ Barbara

Need an idea for Breakfast? Try these Mini Ham ‘n’ Cheese Frittatas and Chocolate Delight Banana Muffins

Breakfast has to be my favorite meal of the day. It just gets my day going, especially after a couple of cups of coffee.  I’m always searching for new and simple ideas to add variety to my meals. This delightful combination of mini frittatas and muffins fits the bill for easy breakfast eats.  If you don’t want to bake early in the morning, make these the day before and then warm them up and serve with fresh fruit and coffee.  Both of these recipes are perfect if you are baking for a diabetic; food exchanges are included.

Chocolate Delight Banana Muffins (left) and Mini Ham ‘n’ Cheese Frittatas (right)

The muffins are made with reduced fat-biscuit baking mix, Splenda and a touch of sour cream, along with bananas, cocoa powder, chocolate chips and walnuts.  Light and moist, these are just perfect hot out of the oven.  For the frittatas, I made the recipe exactly as stated except I used about one tablespoon dried onions instead of the chives.  I only used the chives as a garnish.  A great combination of flavors all wrapped up in a small bundle.  Next time I may substitute turkey sausage and use fat-free mozzarella cheese for a different flavor combination.

Thanks to Taste of Home for the frittata recipe.  Click here for recipe:  Mini Ham ‘n’ Cheese Frittatas

Click here for recipe:  Chocolate Delight Banana Muffins

Both of these recipes are definite keepers.  I hope you give them a try and add them to your cookbook.  See ya around the kitchen ~ Barbara

Blueberry Surprise … what could be the surprise?

Looking for a good summer read?  Check out Blueberry Surprise by Wanda E. Brunstetter.  A light, summer romance just perfect for those days on the beach or the front porch.  But what is the Blueberry Surprise?

The Blueberry Surprise is a light, moist tea bread made with honey, bananas and fresh blueberries.  You will have to read the book to see how this tea bread ties into the story, but what I can share is the recipe from the book.  Try to use local honey for a real taste treat and fresh blueberries.  Fresh from the farm ingredients can’t be beat for this tasty eats. Serve for breakfast or as an afternoon snack.

Maybe I’ll see ya around the farm ~ Barbara

Recipe for Blueberry Surprise

Makes 1 loaf

1/3 cup butter
2/3 cup honey
2 eggs
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream butter and honey until fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add bananas and mix well.  Combine dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture, mixing thoroughly.  Gently fold in blueberries. Pour into 9×5-inch loaf pan lined with waxed paper.  Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.  Cool, remove from pan, and gently pull away waxed paper.

Recipe from Blueberry Surprise by Wanda E. Brunstetter.

 

 

106 Miles – 8 Towns – 1 Saturday … Join me for a “Coastal Road Trip”

One of the joys of moving to a new town is “seeing” what makes a town unique.  Two years ago my sister and I moved to Southport (North Carolina) and now call it home.  After we settled in, we would take to the road to visit the neighboring towns.  Even though we had already traveled to these towns, I decided I wanted to “see” what maybe I had missed on our earlier road trips.  On a beautiful, sunny day last March, we set out for our “Coastal Road Trip.”  This journey was  documented through my photographs along with a short story.  My “Coastal Road Trip” was just published in the South Brunswick Magazine-Spring 2017 issue, Pages 77-84 and can be found in local grocery stores and drug stores in Brunswick County, North Carolina, for the next three months.  Be sure to pick up a copy, or you can read it here.  Ah, the joys of a good road trip!  Hope to see you on the road. ~ Barbara

Summer Markets Begin! Visit The Southport Sisters This Wednesday.

It’s that time of the year again as the summer markets come to town.  If you are in the Southport/Oak Island area of North Carolina, be sure to check out the Southport Waterfront Market every Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.  My sister and I, the Southport Sisters, will be there every Wednesday, weather permitting.  Look for us under the big oak tree.  Scroll down to see what we’ll have new this year!

Barbara will showcase new local scene images on note cards:

Francine will offer new shell game boards, complete with shells from Oak Island:

Francine will also bring her many varied designs of children’s growth charts:

We hope to see you at the market this summer.  ~ The Southport Sisters

Craft Festival Season Begins – Come Out To The Villages Spring Market-April 29

And so the Craft Festival begins on Saturday, April 29, 2017!  If you are in the Wilmington, Leland, Southport or Oak Island area this Saturday, be sure to stop by The Villages Spring Market.  My sister and I, the “Southport Sisters,” will be set up under the big white tent on the parking lot of Lowes Food market at Brunswick Forest in Leland (located at 1152 E. Cutlar Crossing off Highway 17).  There will be 70+ vendors so there is something for everyone.

Be sure to stop by our booth and check out my sister’s new hand-painted Shell Tic-Tac-Toe board games complete with shells collected from Oak Island.  Many colors and designs to choose from.

Francine will also bring a wide variety of her hand-painted children’s growth charts.

I will be showcasing my photography on note cards with many new designs.

We hope to see you at this craft festival.  If you can’t make it to this one, we will be set up at the Southport Waterfront Market, every Wednesday (weather permitting) from 8am until 1pm, beginning May 3.  Click here to see our compete list of craft festivals and exhibits:  2017 Arts and Craft Festival Schedule