Cheddar and Biscuits Barn Quilt

One of my favorite breakfasts as a child was my grandma's Cheddar Biscuits.  We would watch them puff until golden and slice them open and eat them with a slice of sharp cheddar, crisp bacon and a fried egg.  The heat from the biscuit melted the cheddar and the golden yolks were better than butter over it all.  It is one of the most simple and elegant breakfast we had on the farm.  

Her Cheddar Biscuits are the inspiration for the Cheddar & Biscuit Barn Quilt that is in The Shop this week.  The barn quilt diamonds represent the perfectly golden trays of biscuits with the Prairie Paint color, Cornsilk being the perfect soft yellow representing the cheddar cheese that came from the Holstein cows on the farm.  The barn quilt is available in three sizes, framed and ready to light up your country mornings.

I am so happy to share this perfect biscuit recipe with you...
it will be your new favorite!

Grandma's Cheddar Biscuits

 5 Cups of Baking Flour
3 Tbs Baking Powder
2 Teaspoons of Baking Soda
1 & 1/2 Cups of Cold, Salted Butter (Cubed)
4 Large Eggs (Reserve 1 for the Brushing)
1 & 3/4 Cup Buttermilk
1 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Grated)
3 Tbs Chopped Fresh Chives

In a food processor add flour, baking soda, baking flour and the cubed, cold butter.  Use the pulse feature to cut the butter into pea sized  bits o' butter in the flour ingredients.  Dump the butter-flour mixture into a mixer and add the milk and eggs.  Mix till sticky and together.

Grate the cheese into the mixer with the dough and use kitchen snips to cut the fresh chives into small 1/4 pieces.  Mix with the dough to incorporate.  Your dough should be together, yet sticky.  If it is too dry, add more buttermilk.  If it is too wet add a little bit of flour.  It should hold together but be sticky to the touch.  Cover and refrigerate for  30 minutes to an hour.

While you wait for the oven to heat, beat one egg and a Tbs of buttermilk together with a fork.  Brush over the top of the biscuits.  Pop into the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden flaky and irresistible.

Let cool and enjoy with breakfast, lunch or dinner.  We love to eat them warm with a slice of cheddar, a slice of bacon and am over easy egg.   They are also a favorite dinner biscuit because of the savory chive and cheddar baked through them.  We are having some tonight with Salmon!

You will love this recipe forever and this barn quilt too!  I love how the star in the center can be seen through the "golden biscuits".  The pattern is available as a PDF Download or as a paper pattern in The Shop.

So get yourself some good cheddar and enjoy this barn quilt and recipe!  It is like a burst of morning sun.

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Rays of Hope

I have always loved rainbows!  After every storm I go out and look to see what colors appear in the sky.  Forever rainbows have been a symbol of hope.  Over the past couple of months through Covid19 and the unprecedented changes that we have all experienced, there have been many "signs of hope" in our communities and families.

For as many fear driven stories and realities played out on television screens and in personal accounts of loss there has been stories of hope.  We see it in the front line essential workers who have served us, kept us fed, worked long shifts and I can't even begin to express the awe and gratitude to our medical workers and leaders.  I am equally touched by the way our teachers have kept spirits up with parades, zoom parties, gifts to door steps and their smiles that offered hope.  

Around us I began to see rainbows.  Many colors.  Rainbows in windows, chalk drawn on driveways, flags of color flying from porches, and of course in our skies after the rains had passed.  That simple blending of light creates something magnificent that we all can see as a symbol of hope, much like the small and mighty acts of kindness and service we have witnessed during our Covid19 pandemic.  My heart breaks and then I look for hope.  It's a daily thing for me.  

I created this Rays of Hope Barn Quilt as a symbol of this time.  Just like barn quilts and hexes in history with their symbols and colors all signifying some memory, I wanted a quilt from this time to remember there is always a ray of hope before us.  This barn quilt is framed and comes in four sizes in Our Shop.  We also offer a pattern and kit for those who want to paint it themselves.

The pattern comes in full color step by step instructions with a traceable pattern and tracing sheet.  This allows you to enlarge the pattern to the size board you want to paint, lay down the tracing sheet and trace the pattern onto the wood.  How simple is that?

The Rays of Hope Barn Quilt is available now for order now with 20% off your entire order until the 15th of May.  No codes needed and as always we offer free shipping on orders over $50.00.  We want to thank you for being one of our Rays of Hope during this pandemic and social distancing time.  Your orders and support have kept my bills paid and have been a huge blessing to our family.  I drop to my knees with every order and thank God for answering our needs through you.  So, thank you and we love you!  Stay safe and stay strong...and continue to look for your rays of hope.

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