Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
- Sis's favorite family recipe is Standing Rib Roast. Yep, she's a beef girl.
- Bud likes to ask Sis for advice; Sis prefers to ask her parents.
- Bud described himself as "leader of the pack." Sis was "an A+ student."
- Coziest spot in the house: the kids both said their beds; I said the kitchen.
- Superhero power: Sis would fly and Bud would be invisible.
- Place they want to visit: Texas. ("Why would we go to Rome, Mom?")
- A proper punishment for your parents? Washing dishes all the time..
- Least-favorite chore: cleaning up for both; washing hair and brushing teeth for Sis.
- Favorite day of the week: Saturday and Sunday.
- One word to describe your family: "super!"
Monday, December 27, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
“The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta said people in America are not eating enough fruits and vegetables. They want to give all the power to the federal government to force you to eat more fruits and vegetables. … This is socialism of the highest order!” - Rep. Paul Broun, Georgia
- black beans
- pinto beans
- red kidney beans
- brown lentils
- "autumn" lentils, or a colorful mix of French puy, yellow dal, and red lentils
- Corona/runner sweet white beans
- Christmas lima beans (or any other lima)
- pearl barley
- Great Northern (or navy or cannellini)
- Swedish brown beans (this is the only one I'm not sure about in a soup)
- Vaquero beans (spotted, like Jacob's Cattle)
- yellow or green split peas (I have to go to the store to get these, the only one I didn't have)
Monday, December 20, 2010
The food was great, the tree plugged in, the meal had gone without a hitch,
Till Timmy turned to Amber and said, "Is it true that you're a witch?"
His mom jumped up and said, "The pies are burning," and she hit the kitchen,
And it was Jane who spoke, she said, "It's true, your cousin's not a Christian,"
"But we love trees, we love the snow, the friends we have, the world we share,
And you find magic from your God, and we find magic everywhere,"
So the Christians and the Pagans sat together at the table,
Finding faith and common ground the best that they were able,
And where does magic come from? I think magic's in the learning,
'Cause now when Christians sit with Pagans only pumpkin pies are burning.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Following Mama Teacher's suggestions and coming up with some of my own ideas, I have finally decided what to do about gifts for the myriad of teachers, aides, specialists (2 music, art, Spanish, PE, library), administrators, and staff who assist in the education of Sis and Bud: we're bringing a platter of breakfast breads--pumpkin, banana, strawberry, and chocolate--this week, on a day when they're all in the building, to put in the staff lounge. Because they so enrich the school experience and because the kids will have them all for years to come, I thought it was important to remember them. Also, Mama Teacher tells me they rarely get a thing. And while I'd considered some kind of homemade gift like hot chocolate packets in a mug (realizing each person would then get two, so I'd have to differentiate for Sis and Bud) or individually wrapped little loaves per teacher or a large donation to Heifer International in honor of all of them, this is what we decided on (no worries, we're donating to Heifer as a family). Additionally, next week, the kids will take tins of something (right now, it will probably be specialty chocolates from Teuscher's in the city) for their classroom teachers (I'll save the book gift cards for summer. Which seems so far off at this point). Wish us happy baking before then, we're doing all the bread tonight.
Makes 2 loaves
3 cups sugar
3 ½ cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons each nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and cinnamon
2 cups fresh or canned cooked pumpkin
1 cup oil
½ cup water plus ½ cup apricot or peach brandy (or another ½ cup water)
1 cup each chopped pecans and raisins (optional)
Preheat oven to 325°F. Combine sugar, flour, soda, salt, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and cinnamon in large electric mixer bowl. Mix eggs pumpkin, oil, water (or brandy) and combine with dry ingredients; beat until well mixed. Fold in pecans and raisins. Bake in large greased Bundt pan until cake tests done, about 1 hours and 30-45 minutes.
1 ½ cups sugar
½ cup butter
½ cup shortening
4 tablespoons milk
Sift and add:
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups mashed bananas (appx. 6 bananas)
1 cup nuts
Grease and flour pan. Bake at 350°F for about 40 minutes. For miniature muffins, bake at 350°F for 15 minutes.
Makes 2 loaves
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, well beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup chopped pecans
1 ½ pints strawberries, washed and stemmed (Note: 2-10 oz. packages frozen
strawberries, thawed, may be substituted for fresh.)
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a bowl, combine flour, soda, salt, cinnamon and sugar; mix well.
In a separate bowl, mix eggs and oil; add to dry ingredients. Stir in pecans. Fold in strawberries until moistened. Pour into 2 greased 9 x 5 x 3 in. loaf pans. Bake at 350°F for 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.
Church Cake Lady Chocolate Cake
Devils Food Cake mix
8oz sour cream
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup coffee or liquor
2 tablespoons grated orange peel
1 teaspoon cinnamon
12 oz chocolate chips
Mix all that together and pour in a greased and floured pan. I usually flour it with unsweetened cocoa powder, that way the flour doesn't leave a white mess on the fininshed cake. Bake at 350 for around an hour.
If you are so inclined, when the cake comes out of the oven, pour on the following.
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup orange juice or orange liquor
1/4 cup water.
Heat this together until the sugar melts and pour in over the cake while it is still in the baking pan.
Happy baking! J.W.