Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cute grandkids!(and kids)...of course

Penny...don't you love that she has ponytails now!!!
Jess, she's looking so much like your sister's kids....

And here's the whole family....great pictures your friend took.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Taco Rice oldie but a goodie!

I used to make this 20 or 30 years ago! It's from a healthy cookbook I had called Recipes to Lower Your Fat Thermostat...
Taco Rice Casserole
1 C brown rice, cooked (I like medium grain brown's more like barley)
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix (or 1 T from a big bottle)
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
2 C chicken, cooked and chopped up (I used two lg. chicken breasts)
1 16 oz. can refried beans
1/2 - 1 C shredded cheese (cheddar or cheddar/jack mix)
Cook rice and place in 2 qt. casserole.
Combine taco seasoning with tomato sauce and mix with chicken. Spread over rice.
Spread beans over chicken (this requires dumping the beans from the can into a small bowl and stirring with a for a bit to loosen them up...then dab small spoonfuls over the chicken mix and pat to spread it out)
Sprinkle with cheese.
Bake at 350 20 or 30 minutes...or cook in microwave a few minutes...everything is already cooked so it just needs heating.
Serve with: lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, sour cream, taco sauce, even baked corn chips to scoop with...

Friday, October 22, 2010

Word Retrieval, Thank you, Parker

So I was helping Parker do this little shape picture book, and it was time to get those gold, 4 sided pieces with two non parallel sides...I blanked on the word (parallelogram, quadrilateral, rhomboid???)
Parker quickly said, "Trapezoid, Grandma....Thanks, Parker...were we ever worried about his language skills?

Friday, October 15, 2010


Hmmmmm...Dad's happy with a bowl of caramel corn adorned with cookies around the edge!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Girls' Camp Recipes...Cheese Zombies!

A favorite from Girls' Camp...

This is Donna's recipe...a 6# size which makes about 36 Zombies
We used American cheese slices(from the 5# Costco package), cut into about 1 inch stacks/cubes...

Here's the dough....

Zombie Dough

4 C warm (110 degree) water
2/3 C sugar
1 T salt
1/2 C shortning(butter or Crisco)
13 C bread flour (approximately)
3-4 T Saf yeast (double for regular yeast)

Put water, sugar, salt, shortning, and about half the flour in mixer (or mix by hand); add yeast and enough additional flour to make a sticky dough. Let knead 15 minutes; let raise;

To make Zombies, divide dough into 6 balls (1 lb. each); then roll each ball into a little log and cut into six pieces.

Now this is the critical part...wrap each piece of dough around a chunk of cheese, sealing and pinching carefully so you don't see any seams. Then SLAP it down onto the baking tray (covered in parchment paper or sprayed with Pam). Let rise; then bake in hot oven (400) about 10 minutes...if you're really good you won't have any (or at least not many) "leakers"...
Zombies can be frozen and reheated in the microwave....

Additional notes:
A simple version of Zombies can be made using Rhodes frozen dinner rolls and either American cheese or Velveeta...these are quite good and way easier! Girls' Camp this summer, Kim used a different recipe... it used milk, eggs, baking powder, salt, flour, oil , water, yeast...and was also great.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Playing at Grandma Pat's

A little catch up on what's been going on here the last couple of months (which may explain why I haven't done much blogging!)

Kody really enjoys popsicles!

It wasn't too warm this summer, but we got a few pool days...

Kody and Parker especially enjoy "playing trains" in the attic...

And Brady and Carson found all the old Legos (minus instructions, of course) and made their own creations!

It's nice the kids don't notice the them the attic is full of treasures!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fiesta Chicken Soup...for a group!

Last month I made this soup to serve at the dinner following the Women's Broadcast...this is not a very appealing picture...this is the recipe x 4 made in my big roaster...I did this 5 times (to serve 225)....
Here's the single's easy, once you cook the chicken, onions and peppers, and you can freeze it!
Fiesta Chicken Soup
3 chicken breasts, cooked and cut up
1 green pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
1 1/2 t cumin
1 1/2 t garlic powder
1 t chili powder
1 pkg frozen white corn
1 can kidney beans, drained
2 cans chicken broth (or water +bouillon paste)
1 can Rotell tomatoes (or any mexican style canned tomatoes...about 12 oz.)
1 small can tomato sauce
1/2 lb. Velveeta cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
juice of 1 lime (optional)
3 corn tortillas, sliced
Boil the chicken breasts, cut up.
(You could actually use the water you cooked them in for the chicken broth, maybe with the addition of a little bouillon paste...Tone's??? or Better that Bouillon)
Dice green pepper and onion; saute in a little butter or oil.
Then just dump everything else into a pot; cook until cheese melts and tortillas soften and start to dissolve.
Nice to serve with this....sour cream, taco sauce, diced avocado, tortilla chips...

Monday, October 4, 2010

What a truck!

Here's the truck Karl bought when he got back from his it a 1972 Toyota?('s a 1981)
Anyway...Karl and Christian and Alec painted it this summer....what a great job!

A masterpiece!!!! Good job, guys....