Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Here's a little catchup on various holiday happenings....I'll have to add pictures as I find them....
Dave and Jess and Penny spent Christmas in Irvine, then came up to Clayton....it was so fun to see them!


Mike left before his birthday on the 30th....but here's Mark having his birthday pie!
Happy birthday, Mark...



Just a few of our yummy Satsuma mandarins! Plant a tree if you want a wonderful treat



Here was Kaity's Gingerbread House....the ants didn't get it this year...






Parker's joy is contageous...





And the visit to Santa....




Carson is keeping his distance...but did tell Santa he wanted a microscope so he could look at "Quarks"...


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Happy Anniversary



December 16, 1967....cutting the cake and eating it....




Gil, Virginia, John, Patti, Janiece, Roger



This was a few years later....but we don't have many "couple" pictures, so thought I'd throw it in before the picture got totally faded...


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Cranberry Chicken





Another great family recipe...make in the crock pot or oven.
Cranberry Chicken

4-5 chicken breasts
1 can cranberry sauce (jellied or whole berry)
1 pkg onion soup mix
8 oz Catalina dressing(or about 1/2 bottle)


Mix the cranberry sauce, soup mix and salad dressing in a small bowl and pour over chicken in a casserole dish or crock pot. Serve over rice. This actually turns out better done in the oven. If you are going to be gone for awhile (like at church) you can cook it at 300 for 3 or 4 hours.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Happy Birthday, Alec

Athlete(swimmer), musician(clarinet, piano), scholar, artist, Eagle Scout...and just a "fun" guy...we're proud of you, Alec. Happy 16th! Are you taking your driving test today?

































I'll have to add some earlier pictures....pre digital camera days!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Holiday Happiness...Eggnog Bundt Cake (with Caramel Sauce?)

I found this yummy dessert on The Sisters Cafe....she served it with a Caramel Sauce that I plan to make sometime, but I didn't dare make so much yumminess with only three of us to consume it....




Eggnog Bundt Cake

1 yellow cake mix(with pudding in it)
3 T flour
2 eggs
2 C eggnog
1/4 C soft butter
1/4 t rum flavoring
1/8 t nutmeg (or go crazy and add 1/4 t)


Mix well and pour into bundt pan that has been well sprayed with Pam. Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes. Cool a bit and turn out on a plate. I just glazed this a bit with powdered suger mixed with a little milk and rum flavoring. Next time I'm going to try this:

Caramel Sauce
1/2 lb brown sugar(1 1/8 C)
1/2 lb butter
1/2 lb powdered sugar(2 C)
1/2 T cinnamon
1/2 qt. rich vanilla ice cream(2 C)


Melt everything together and cook briefly. Serve over eggnog cake. Leftovers can be refrigerated and reheated in the microwave.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Sorry to steal again from Kendra's blog...but it is unusual to get all four boys in a row...Brady's crossed eyes are priceless, and Carson is almost smiling...and of course Parker and the Kody are darling as usual...Brady and Carson were in the Pleasant Hill School District's Spelling Bee today....props boys for being so brave!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Roger Williams



Grandpa Roger was named for his famous ancestor, Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island...
Here's how we are related to Roger Williams.....

Grampa Roger's mother was..

Dorothy Vivian Cecil(1913)...her father was

Don Francis Cecil (1877)...his mother was

Bessie Ballou Brown(1855)...her mother was

Vienna Wilkinson Sheldon(1814)...her father was

James Manning Sheldon (1791)...his father was

David Sheldon(1769)...his father was

Roger Sheldon(1744)....his mother was

Rebecca Rhodes (1716)...her father was

Zachariah Rhodes(1687)...his mother was

Waite Waterman (1668)...her mother was

Mercy Williams (1640)...and her father was

ROGER WILLIAMS(1602)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Stormy Day...and Clam Chowder

I thought I had already posted this, but I guess not....I often make this in my pressure cooker...it only takes about 3 minutes to cook the potatoes....but a big soup pot works as well. Most of these ingredients are pretty "approximate"...



3-4 slices bacon
2 medium onions
3 stalks celery
3-4 potatoes (more if they are smallish)
2 cans minced clams(with liquid)
3 C milk***
4-5 T flour(I like Wondra)



Slice the bacon into 1/4 inch pieces and cook in your pot...you can drain off the grease if you want to lower the fat content of your chowder...but leave a little for sauteing the onions and celery.
After sauteing chopped onions and celery, add potatoes, diced (about 3/4 inch)
Add about 2 C water, cover and cook until potatoes are tender.
Add milk/flour mix; simmer until thickened and season with s & p or lemon pepper.

***Milk...originally when Grandma Janiece made this we just added 2 cans of evaporated milk; we didn't thicken it. But now I usually use some combination of (depending on how low fat I want it to be) milk and half & half...thickened with the Wondra flour. I have made it with all 1% milk too and it's still good.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Another cute Kody picture.....

Stolen from Kendra's blog....
Kody was determined to join his brothers' Jr. Commando team!



Friday, December 3, 2010

Happy Birthday, Karl

Sorry, I'm a little late getting this posted...
Here's baby Karl (inside the blanket) with Dad, Grampa Gil, and Grampa Walter...four generations of Niemans. Dec, 1969...in front of our (Dean) house in San Jose....2307 Kenwood Ave.
Just for comparison sake....here's Karl, holding Christian, with Dad and Grampa Gil...another 4 generations of Niemans.


Back to Karl... January 1970...his blessing day....Gma Dorothy knit his little white suit and booties.(Grandma Janiece made me the leopard pillows)...this was in our apartment on McAllister St. in San Francisco where we lived while Dad was in dental school (and I was teaching at Woodrow Wilson Jr. High in Oakland)

This is still 1970...in the fall. Karl is about 10 months old. We are inside the Kenwood Ave. house at Gpa Roger's and Gma Janiece's...
This is Karl's 2nd birthday...I made him an elephant cake...Dad and I both have lots more hair than we do now!This is in the kitchen of the McAllister St. apartment.


Here's Karl, about 31/2, in the cute German clothes Dad got in a box of stuff from a postal auction.

Karl's about 4 here...holding a fish caught up at Gpa and Gma Eck's house in Gasquet. Looks kind of like Parker here if you block out the curly hair...
Starting Little League...Kendra was about 3 months old when I started bringing him to practices at the old Loma Vista ball fields on Cowell Rd.
Our back yard before we put the pool in....we "watered" our almond trees...Karl and Mike Busch loved getting "down and dirty"...

Here's Karls first Pinewood Derby...I was the den leader...John was good at building the cars.

With Kendra and our first little dog, Peanuts...this is 1978.

1979...Halloween with Kendra...

Helping Dad and Gpa John build the fence around the pool...
Karl, Michael and Kendra...The kids got these shirts when Dad and I got back from our trip to Hawaii with Val and Dick...not the best picture of Karl!
1982...Now David has been added to the family...

Playing chess with Grampa Gil..

Being silly with Grampa Roger...Michael, Matthew and Kendra.


Karl's graduation from Clayton Valley High...


Karl with Gma and Gpa Eck and the "potato van"...this was a trip we took to LA to the temple before his mission. The Oakland temple was closed for renovation....


Missionary Karl and proud mom! Karl went to Paraguay.


Karl baptized Kaity...

Amber and Karl....

Their wedding day in the Salt Lake Temple.
Eagle Scouts, Karl and Mark.
The Nieman brothers....Mark, Dave, Mike and Karl..

Receiving his doctorate from Utah State...with his great family...Amber, Christian, Alec, Sadie and Lindie.
We love you, Karl!