Sunday, November 30, 2008
and I got some new recipes last night.
This first recipe reminds me of my grandma Hazel's freezer slaw, sort of! This recipe makes tons (so have a crowd) but it keeps in the frig for a couple of weeks AND it's super simple.
Sweet and Sour Bean Salad ~
1 can Green beans, Drained and Rinsed
1 can Yellow beans, drained and rinsed
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can butter beans, drained and rinsed
1 large green pepper, sliced
1 4oz jar Pimentos
1 Large red onion, sliced
1/2 cup salad oil
2 cups celery, chopped
1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons Salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 can tomato soup, undiluted
Drain all the veggies, place in a bowl, and add the oil and celery
In a saucepan, combine vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper and tomato soup.
Bring to a boil and pour over veggies.
Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
OK the reality of the recipe~Marcia doesn't put in the oil and substitutes the celery for water chestnuts for crunch!
I was surprised to find out there was tomato soup in this! Can just barely see it and certainly can't taste it!
Orange Jello ~
My family loves Mandarin oranges, really just out of the can but they thought this was a good thing!
1 Large Box of Orange Jello
2 cups boiling water
2 cups orange sherbet
1 can Mandarin oranges
Mix Jello until dissolved
Stir in Sherbet
We just ate, sat around and talked, ate some more and talked some more.
C's family told stories of how he had recently had surgery to repair some hearing lost (well, there had been A LOT of hearing lost over the past 30 years). His hearing is now back to about 75%.
He's telling his wife about everything that makes noise, such as "did you know it makes noise when you pour coffee into a cup?"
"Hey the water that comes out of the refrigerator makes noise!"
His son told that one day C was home and was searching and searching for this noise and finally discovered that it was dishwasher was running. His daughter told how he got upset at the restaurant because the bus was making SO much noise clearing the table across the room, C thought for sure that the busboy was doing it on purpose. This doesn't sound like C now does it! (for those of you who don't know, it sounds just like C). C even went so far to call a machine repairman for one of the machines at work because it was making a odd sound! it's was cooling water in the machine!
D's youngest is getting ready to learn to drive but is refusing to allow her parent to do the teaching. They have a friend that's willing to do it!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
What was on our table....
Turkey, stuffing (I finally have someone else in the family to like it),mashed potatoes (lots and lots), gravy, corn, relish tray, layered salad, rolls (tried a new kind this year, they were great), cranberry jelly (just like Grandma Rice used to make complete with the can rings and all ~ this is W's favorite), 5 cup salad, pecan pie (last year was the first time in a while that I'd made Pecan Pie, and W loved it ~ asking "where has this pie been all these years") & Pumpkin pie!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I'm so excited to share with all of you the Grad party invitations that she has made for us.... but you'll have to wait until closer to time!
from Shoebox by Dan
* “We’re lactose-intolerant vegetarians!”
* “Hope nobody minds…we brought the cats.”*
*“It’s never too early for carols. Let’s sing!”*
*“Billy’s fine. He hasn’t thrown up in hours.”
* “If Uncle Mike loses his football bets, everyone better get out.”
* “Here’s a poem I wrote about thankfulness.”
* “Those aren’t yams.”
* “I’ve got an eight-hour video of us at LAST year’s Thanksgiving! Somebody make popcorn!!”
Sunday, November 23, 2008
When I got the gift home I put it in W's room and put a blanket over it.
When W got home the conversation went like this....
Me ~ I got the gift and it's in your room.
W ~ Ok
Me ~ you'll need to tell G about it so he'll be included in the excitement.
W ~ I can't tell G! He'll just tell you what it is.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
*W gave blood for the first time.
*I can stay home an entire Saturday.
*Our temple will be completed in 3 years.
*Our ER gets busy every Saturday at 5.
(didn't go but called and that's what they told me)
* The kitties leave nose prints on the windows.
*they recommend that people at the age of 60 get a DPT shot (whooping cough is still out there)
*something I was reminded of .... When I give blood they always tell me when we were all babies 98% of us were expose to this virus (I can't remember the letters now), OR maybe I should say all of you were exposed, I, for some reason wasn't exposed. I am part of the 2% that doesn't walk around with this virus. Thus this virus isn't in my blood, and my blood goes straight to the children's hospital to be given to babies! This fact is always my motivator for giving blood, there are babies that need my blood.
*When I give blood now, I do the ALYX machine. It takes whole blood from my body, separates it into red blood cells and plasma, takes 2 pints of red blood cells but puts the plasma back into my body. It takes 2x as long but it's worth it. REMEMBER the babies!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I've subbed this week in a kindergarten class. It's always fun to be in kindergarten, they are for the most part eager to please. My name is always a challenge for them, since they are in kindergarten, it's really useless to write it on the board, this is true sometimes in 1st grade also. So I introduce myself and then they either ask and ask, "what's your name?" or usually my name gets shorten to "Mrs Ham". Once one students calls me that, then they all do! So I've been Mrs Ham most of this week.
While I was in this kindergarten class, there was this noise from the hall way. The kids from the High school were coming for the recycling. There were a 3 little girls from my class that started in whispers "ooo, listen the high schoolers are here", then the excitement flowed through the class, "the high schoolers are here", " the high schoolers are here!" I just stood there amazed at their excitement at this noise. I even had one little boy say, 'you know my dad is a highschooler!" At that I went out into the hall, called THE HIGH SCHOOLERS into the classroom, and introduced them. This little kindergarten class was SO excited to have seen the high schooler. When 'high schoolers' left, one of the little girls that had started the whispers told me, "that was SO exciting seeing the Highschoolers."
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Chicken and Dumplings
3 rolls of croissant rolls, divided
1 small rotisserie chicken, de-boned and skin removed
(can also use 2 large cans of canned chicken)
1 can cream of chicken (can use reduced fat)
1 can cream of mushroom (can use reduced fat)
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
roll out the cans of rolls & separate into the triangles
Place a heaping spoonful of chicken into center of each roll.
fold over dough and press ends together to create a dumpling.
cut remaining dough into strips.
line 9x13 pan with one layer of dumplings.
In a medium size mixing bowl mix together soups and broth.
pour over top of dumplings.
Place strips in a crisscross pattern on top of dumplings and soup mixture.
Season with salt and pepper. bake until dumplings are tender and cooked through.
soup mixture should be bubbly and brown. About 30 minutes.
**hint ** after about 15 minutes the dough on top will be brown enough so you should place a piece of foil lightly over the top.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
(FYI ~ the 'yardstick' is about 14 inches)
I'm sure there are warnings on microwave popcorn, but I don't think they include anything that could result in a scratched cornea.
G was struggling to opening his unpopped popcorn, when the plastic wrap suddenly gave way. The plastic wrap somehow scratched his cornea!
Just How Can this Be?
I don't know but it landed us in Urgent Care for a few hours. The scratch is large enough to be seen without the dye, but it should heal with 24-48 hours.
We have some lovely ointment to put in it 4 times a day. When G and I were waiting for the Rx I told him that I'd get him an eye patch tomorrow, this excited him! but then he figured out that tomorrow was Friday and everything will ALL over before Monday.......no, wearing the eye patch to school! He was right back to his scratchy painful eye but now disappointed! All in true G fashion!
UPDATE ~ Friday morning ~ as some of you may know and others not.... G gets up EVERY morning at 7am. Rain, Shine, darkness, or disregard to what time he went to bed! This morning was no different. We left home last night around 9 (he'd just gone to sleep ~ FYI the scratch happened around 7:30 but he didn't say anything about blurring vision until bed time. Didn't want any of you thinking he was having popcorn at 9pm) and left urgent care around 11:10pm. G went to sleep after a while in the car.... but woke up to walk to his bed at midnight. This morning he's up (and cranky) at 7:05. The actual scratch and that pain maybe the least of my worries today! Let's review.... he's complained that he has to stay home, he's complained that we had to put medicine in, he's complained that he'll miss the 'fun' day in PE....
Goodness this day is going to be long.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
this website jogs your memory!
I can remember voting for Regan Bush when I was in College. I sent off for my absentee ballot, went to the local court house and voted in front of someone. They then certified it I mailed it back. I think I was only person I knew of voting (out of my friends). The ballot came with the a piece of Styrofoam for me to put behind my ballot to help punch the 'chad' (as I now know they are called).
I can't recall voting, I'm sure I did, but I don't know where it would have been. I mean I know where I was living, just can't recall the voting place.
I stood in line for 2.5 hours, at a local middle school. The line went in and out of rows of lockers, down the hall and out the door! It was mind boggingly crowded when the classes changed.
W and I went to see Dole at a rally! it was exciting! I voted at the same place as before but I didn't have to wait SO long, I believe only an hour.
I now live where I live where I did then.... We go to vote in a little one room school house. I went during the day not crowded AT ALL. I do remember getting on my knees in prayer over the outcome of this election. I also remember thinking that we'd never hear the name of the President-elect on the same night any more ... too many legal technicalities to have it announced the same night. I can remember when I was little that they'd announce the president-elect before the west coast polls were closed.
I waited in the little one room school house for 40 minutes, by the way this little school house is in the middle of no where, no parking lot just a grassy patch, and up until recently no ramp (we pulled hubby up in 2000).
I voted early! the whole process took MAYBE 6 minutes and that was mostly the discussion my choice with G!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
G asked, "Mom, you're voting for Obama aren't you?"
Me ~ "No, I don't think I will be."
G ~ "What, who else would you vote for?"
Me~ "I believe I'll be voting for John McCain."
G~ "I voted for Obama, because I wanted to vote for the first Black president."
Conversation was on hold while I filled out my paper work..... but my the little Obama backer started up once again as we entered the room to vote.
G ~ "Mom don't you want to make history?"
Me~ "No, I believe there is more to a man than color of his skin. Every person gets to vote, and it's important that you ALWAYS vote."
G~ "well, you know Mc Cain won't be winning and don't you want to vote for a winner?"
I got busy voting even though, G was little upset at my choice (and proceded to tell those working the voting booths)
As we walked out to the car. After a short conversation about WHERE his voting sticker was (the lady had given him one when we walked in)!
G ~ "well, mom if this where and how you vote then how will my vote at the school get here?"
M ~ " your vote at the school doesn't really count, it's only for fun."
G ~ "What do you mean my vote is only for fun?, it's my vote!"
M~ " you have to be 18 to vote, and it will be important that YOU ALWAYS vote!"
G ~ with look of disguise, "I don't think this is fair AT ALL."
I'm sure he was thinking
"Just How Can This Be!"
Monday, November 3, 2008
First of all, all of us are in some degree of this cold junk, hubby has lost his voice, G is tired and cranky, I'm at the nose dripping stage and W is at the begining and tired all the time.
I was trying NOT to take a nap yesterday since I wasn't sure how it would effect my restful night. I was tried and watching a clock that didn't seem to move!
We finally decided to just put G to bed, and put all of us out of eveyone's misery (he doesn't make good choices and boy is he cranky when he doesn't feel good) at 8pm. He went out like a light!
AND then we were all up nice and early today!
Is this Daylight savings thing REALLY worth it?