Monday, February 6, 2012

Cutting Wood and Easy Cream Biscuits

We ordered eight cords of wood from a local guy. He delivers them in eight foot logs. Steve has been cutting the logs down to the size that will fit into our wood stove:

After Steve cuts the chunks, they need to be split so that they can be stacked to dry. This load of wood should be dry by next winter. Here is my wood splitting station. That yellow thing is the electric wood splitter. It's way easier than splitting by hand with an ax!

Here's my pile after the first round:

It was Steve's birthday this weekend. One of his favorite treats is biscuits and gravy! I got up before he did on Saturday, made coffee, got the wood stove stoked and made homemade biscuits and gravy for breakfast. The recipe is at the bottom of this post.

After that, we took a drive to Duluth to get out of town and poke around. Steve found a new restaurant to try.

The restaurant is situated right on Lake Superior. This was the view behind my seat - we were seated on an enclosed porch looking down and out across Lake Superior. There were floor to ceiling windows!

This is looking down from where we were sitting at our table. It was a gorgeous day so everyone was on the lakewalk walking their dogs and pushing strollers. We loved seeing the water because all of our water has been frozen now for months, and we have months to go before it turns back to liquid.

Later a train went by and we got to look down into the train boxes as it went by. We think it was hauling taconite from the mines (it looked like coal, but taconite is more likely up here). Our food was wonderful! We had a prosciutto, Gorgonzola and fig jam bruschetta appetizer. Then we both had pasta dishes (with enough left over for supper) and finished with a shared scoop of gelato. I'd highly recommend giving this restaurant a try when you are in Duluth.

Super Easy Cream Biscuits

2 cups all purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream plus extra for brushing prior to baking

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Add the cream and stir just until it holds together. Put the dough on a board and knead four or five times. Pat the dough into a round and flattened shape about an inch thick. Cut rounds out of the dough with a cookie cutter or anything else you have that is round. Place the biscuits on a greased baking sheet (or use parchment paper on the baking sheet) an inch or so apart. Brush the tops with cream. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

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