Long John recipe

Growing up, my Aunt Mutz would make home made long johns for any and every occasion, and sometimes no occasion at all.  Seriously, the woman had nine kids and made homemade bakery too!  Since moving to assisted living a few years ago, she couldn’t make them any more, but I always intended to bring her over to my house to teach me how. Good intentions aren’t good enough sometimes. My Aunt Mutz passed away a week ago. She will be forever loved and missed. A very sweet woman, always with a smile. I never did get that recipe from her, and I wanted to make them for the dinner after the funeral this past weekend. I didn’t want to bother any of my cousins for the recipe, figuring they had enough on their minds, so I went online in search of a recipe.  I found one that looked good and did a test run on Wednesday. After tweaking it a little, I think I came very close to her recipe. The original recipe is Here. But here is my version:

Ingredients

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup Warm milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 3 1/4- 3 3/4 cups Flour
  • Oil or shortening for frying
  • Glaze:
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

1. In large bowl dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, butter, sugar, salt and egg. Add two cups flour and beat until smooth. Stir in enough flour to make soft dough.

2. Do not knead, place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

3. Punch down dough. Place on a lightly floured surface. Roll into 12×8 rectangle. Cut into 3×1 rectangles. Place on greased cookie sheet. Cover and let rise about 30 minutes until double in size.

  
    

4. Heat oil to 375, fry dough a few at a time, flipping after a few seconds. Remove when golden brown.drain on paper towel.

    

5. Sift together powdered sugar , brown sugar and salt. Add vanilla and water to make glaze consistency. Dip warm doughnuts in glaze.

  

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Mosaic table

I’ve finally finished my mosaic table.  It’s not exactly what I was hoping for but I’m pretty happy with it.  When creating a mosaic it’s good to not have too detailed an image of your finished product in mind as it will almost always end up different.  Preplanning is good though. The one thing I wish I would have done different is to make sure the pieces I used from broken plates were flatter. I think the more uneven surface would work better on a frame or other piece that is not utilized like a table top or stepping stone.  I love the checkerboard in the middle as that is what I had in mind for this table since I first got it about 10 years ago. It’s a nice sturdy farmhouse type of table and I’ve had it just sitting on my front porch all these years wanting to do something with it.  I’m glad I finally did. Here’s the steps I took to get the finished product.
Step 1: I sanded this down as best I could. The old paint was peeling so I really wanted to get as smooth finish as I could and also durable, so I spent a lot if time on this step.

Step 2: I primed the entire table.  I then painted all the areas that wouldn’t be covered by tiles.

Step 3: I got a new tile saw ( yay!) not completely necessary, but a real time saver and nice to have to make the pieces more uniform. I cut up 4×4 tiles into 2×2 squares to use for the checkerboard.


Step 4:   I measured for the center of the table to layout the checkerboard and then used tile adhesive to attach the tiles.
Step 5: I then started breaking the plates and other pieces. I had enough dishes from the same set, but you could mix up the pices if you wanted to.these did not all sit flat so there was the challenge. I started by going around the outer edge to make a border and then filled in. I used a wheeled tile nipper to cut the pieces.

  

Step 6: After securing all the pieces with tile adhesive and letting them dry at least overnight, I applied ground to the entire piece, making sure I got it In all the crevices and then began wiping off the extra grout from the tops of the pieces.
Step 7: I added some 4×4 tiles to the bottom shelf and grouted them as well.  
The end result sits on my front porch, waiting for a game of checkers to be played on a summer afternoon with a tall glass of ice cold lemonade.  
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Collections – dishes, tiles

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I’ve been collecting old dishes and tiles for a while. Some people are just giving them away or I get them cheap at a rummage sale. I won’t pay a lot. I’ve been wanting to do a mosaic table for a long time. I finally did one, which will be my next post. I’ve done other small mosaic projects, such as a flower-pot and a mirror, in the past but nothing that big. Now I have a few other ideas for, more mosaics. Can’t wait to get started on those. Look for my next post soon!