Calendar note: 90 days ago: heard Cicadas chirping.
Do you know what that means? My great-Grandma was a born and raised farm girl, through and through and she would tell you if she was still here: "You hear those cicadas? Frost in 90 days". I always just thought it was an "old wives tale". Or "old great-Grandma tale".
Guess what, the local weatherman just predicted frost for Wednesday night. There really is scientific reasoning for this. Daylight, temperatures, photosynthesis and more, I suppose. Old great-grandma's tale or not, it's feeling like soup and cracker weather!
So, speaking of crackers, have you ever made them? Here's my favorite recipe, the basic recipe from my great-Grandma B, my additions follow. They're just named "Crackers", but I call them great-Grandma B's Crackers, so you can, too, if you want. They're easy to make. And, Bonus!, you get to play in flour with cookie cutters and measuring cups! And they go great with any soup....since it's beginning to be that time of year!
Great-Grandma B's Crackers
1 1/2 c flour, maybe a little more
1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp soda
Mix well, add:
1/4 c oil (I use olive) and stir in until crumbly.
1/2 c water, stir until forms a dough ball.
In seperate bowl wisk together:
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp vinegar (whatever you have on hand, I have used balsamic, apple cider, and rice wine)
Turn dough onto floured countertop and roll out very thin. Brush with egg mixture. Cut into cracker shapes, or just tear into strips. (Great-Grandma B just knife-cut them into squares.) Sprinkle with salt. Transfer to oiled baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes (depending on how thinly they were rolled). Cool and store in air-tight container. If needed, re-crisp in oven at 250 degrees for 2 or 3 minutes.