biscuits. and pretzels. and tallow.

have i mentioned that randy loves bread? especially biscuits. i made him biscuits (for the first time in our nearly 6 months of marriage) for his birthday and since then i’ve made them lots. i’ve discovered that homemade biscuits are a cinch to make. i initially used soymilk but i splurged and used real buttermilk the other week when we had company over for dinner. this morning i used sour buttermilk (does it get much better for a biscuit?!) and oh boy, they were my best biscuits yet. the boy is getting me hooked on bread.

today's buttermilk biscuits. served with homemade strawberry-rhubarb jam for breakfast and with turkey soup (made from the nanny family's turkey carcass) for dinner.

today’s buttermilk biscuits. served with homemade strawberry-rhubarb jam for breakfast and with turkey soup (made from the nanny family’s turkey carcass) for dinner.

a peek back at randy's birthday dinner: venison steaks, au gratin potatoes, green beans and biscuits.

a peek back at randy’s birthday dinner: venison steaks, au gratin potatoes, green beans and biscuits.

last night we had some friends over to watch "love actually" to carry on what has now become tradition this time of year (watching that movie). i took a stab at making homemade soft pretzels. it worked (baking soda bath and all), but i left them in the oven a bit long. ugh. lesson learned.

last night we had some friends over to watch “love actually” to carry on what has now become tradition this time of year (watching that movie). i took a stab at making homemade soft pretzels. it worked (baking soda bath and all), but i left them in the oven a bit long. ugh. lesson learned.

and right now there is a huge pot cooking away on our stove. but it’s not dinner. it’s the tallow (fat) from our deer, rendering away as i type. we’re trying to use as much of our deer as possible this year. randy did some research on making deer tallow candles and soap (i’m more interested in the candles) so we’re giving it a try. in other words, there is deer fat cooking away on my stove. kinda weird, kinda cool. don’t worry, if it works, i’ll proudly post a picture of our candles 🙂

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