The windows are boarded up, making the house as cozy as it is going to be this winter. In the main living area we leave lots of windows to look out of, despite the high cost of leaving them unboarded. Were I to design a house for this climate, I would have exterior rooms without plumbing, built to be boarded up and closed off during the winter, with a warm core open only on the south side of the house. That would be the only area heated during the winter.

It is unlikely I will ever design and build a house. I like to think about it though, when I am frustrated with the silly way most homes are built in Ontario.

Saturday’s turkey dinner was a real treat, and we will enjoy leftover turkey dinners for most of the week. Then Attila will make another pot of turkey soup, which will take us into next week.

The highlight of my Sunday though, was baking a batch of biscuits. I love biscuits. My traditional recipe calls for 1/3 cup of shortening, which is 5.3 tablespoons. Yesterday I tried a new-to-me recipe that Kate posted in her blog, Karen’s Cottage Cheese Biscuits. Attila and I both agreed, great biscuits! The advantage to the Cottage Cheese Biscuits is that the recipe calls for only two tablespoons of fat, and I used olive oil. I omitted the pepper and parsley flakes, as I like my biscuits with a dab of jelly.

Traditional Biscuit Recipe

1/3 cup of shortening
= 5.3 tablespoons
= 5.3 x 12.8gm per tablespoon OR 68 grams of fat
Total grams of fat in recipe: 68 grams

4 tsp baking powder
= 4 x 488mg = 1952mg sodium
1 tsp salt
= 2325mg sodium
Total mg of sodium in recipe: 4277mg

Cottage Cheese Biscuit Recipe

2 tablespoons of olive oil
= 6 x 4.5gm per teaspoon OR 27 grams of fat
1 cup of cottage cheese
= 5gm fat (2% cottage cheese)
Total grams of fat in recipe: 32 grams

4 tsp baking powder
= 4 x 488mg = 1952mg sodium
1/2 tsp salt
= .5 x 2325mg = 1163mg sodium
Total grams of sodium in recipe: 3115mg

Daily Intake Limit

Fat (Adult) 65gm

Sodium (Adult) 2300mg

So the cottage cheese biscuits have less than half the fat of the traditional biscuits, and less sodium. There are several other bonus factors to the cottage cheese biscuits. Olive oil has no cholesterol in it. Cottage cheese has complete protein in it.

Karen’s Cottage Cheese Biscuits will be a staple food at our house!

Elf with Notepad: Elf and I worked together on his Notepad to connect to the Internet, download a free game, and read the instructions to play the game. Thankfully, he spends a lot of time building with lego, and planning building projects. The digital world is disembodied, and so I am glad he enjoys the physical world as well.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 10:00 AM EST Monday 3 November 2014
Condition: Cloudy
Pressure: 102.0 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 6.4°C
Dewpoint: 1.5°C
Humidity: 71%
Wind: SW 9 km/h


“One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.”
Rita Mae Brown

One of the perks of old age!

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Snug is good. After a gentle summer and an extended autumn, we’ve now had our first frost. It’s great to be able to cook again without having to calculate the cost of adding heat to the house.

Those biscuits sound very good. I don’t make biscuits worth a darn (I have bread hands) but I have a friend who makes excellent biscuits, so I’ve bookmarked the recipe link because she’ll try anything new! Thanks for this.


Here in USA so many homes have the heating unit/element directly under the windows. I never understood that.

The recipe sounds good and when I can I want to make it. I had a friend years ago who made delicious cookies using cottage cheese. I would never think to use it as a baking ingredient. Thanks for sharing.

I’m going to disagree with Ms. Brown. For me a bad memory is often frustrating ๐Ÿ™‚ plus too many abuse the privilege!


Aren’t those biscuits dandy? I’m pleased to think of you all trying them.
Think I’ll make a batch this week.


Yum, thanks!
I have to respectfully disagree with Ms. Brown too. Having parents with Alzheimer’s right now (one less parent as of today) the loss of memory is a heavy burden, more so for the loved ones around them, and I would not wish it on anyone.


I went into Kate’s blog and saved it as a favorite! It’s wonderful. Looking forward to that cookbook!!!!

Lares has a good point but I am inclined to think like you do.


Maggie, my “bread hands” tend to work well with yeast dough, but I have to be careful about the handling of lighter things.

TopsyTurvy (Teri)

That biscuit recipe sounds nice. I have to limit my bread intake but the next time I start wanting Biscuits and Sausage Gravy I’ll have to give it a try.

Personally, one of my very favorite sayings is “The key to happiness is the company you keep.”

TopsyTurvy (Teri)

Hi, Maggie! Yes, I limit intake of all breads, even from other grains. I am, however, more likely to eat breads with nuts and seeds or higher fiber content. I currently eat Slim bread, which is cut thinner and has extra fiber in it. But I don’t have it all that often. But during the Holidays I do allow myself some indulgences.

I think we all need indulgences once in a while. ๐Ÿ™‚

Irene Bean

I agree with all comments regarding the memory quote, but I also saw it as a delightful quip, something said tongue in cheek? Also, might it be that lapse of memory opens one to the journey of forgiveness. Iโ€™ve noted over the years that we all become revisionists of sorts โ€“ nothing malicious โ€“ because most revisionists rewrite a memory with a kinder voice.

The biscuits sound divine! Iโ€™ve never ever ever ever had any luck with biscuits โ€“ I mght just try one of these recipes!

My parents board up most the windows of their home during certain seasons. Itโ€™s something theyโ€™ve done for years โ€“ all borne out of practicality.

Irene Bean

I know – the journey with a parent or friend whose memory is failing is difficult. I call it *word* charades with my father when he has difficulty retrieving words. I feel compassion for those who are experiencing that sadness. It’s very hard.