Saturday, December 10, 2011

Grandpa Roger's Treasure Chest

When Grampa Roger was about 8 years old, Grandma Clara and Grandpa Jesse gave him a "treasure chest" ....

.....that we inherited many years ago... Here is the story he told about the Christmas he received it:

The Pirate's Chest

A true story by: Roger W. Dean
(I'm copying this exactly and Grandpa Roger wrote can so feel the love he had for his Grandparents and family)

The year was 1930. Our family tradition was to always spend Christmas Eve with my very special Grandparents, Jesse and clara Dean. I am telling you their names so you may better know who they were, but I always called them Grandma and Grandpa Dean. I loved them with all my heart and even though they are not with us I still love them and remember the wonderful childhood I had with them.. Christmas was a very special time in our family life. My Great Grandmother Browning would always make "Tarts" which were served on a wicker tray about four feet in diameter. Oh, they were Luscious and so good to eat. There were vinegar tarts, apple tarts, strawberry tarts, blackberry tarts and so many more. At this time in my life I lived with my parents in a duplex (two houses joined together) and my cousin Patricia with her parents, Uncle Bill and my wonderful Aunt Thelma lived in the adjoining duplex. I always called her Pat or Patti and that is why your Mom's name is Patti (Patricia Darlene Dean). Patti (my cousin) was the age of a very famous child movie star (Shirley Temple) and her mother (cousin Pat's mother, my Aunt Thelma) always like to curl Patti's long hair just the way Shirley Temple's was curled. She (Aunt Thelma) would also every Christmas sew a beautiful dress for Patti. Perhaps with yellow organdy and lace trim. They were beautiful but the problem was that my Aunt Thelma would not get them finished until late Christmas Eve. This made us late in getting to Grandma's for our presents and party. You can just imagine a little boy (me) being so frustrated in waiting until the dress was finished and being able to go to Grandma's house. A question: "why is it always going to Grandma's house? Don't Grandpa's have a house too?" Yes they doo!!! This is just a little background of my family and the way we celebrated Christmas.

So one Christmas (1930), one of my presents was my Pirates Chest. Today if you look at it you may just see some dark boards and with my initials on top, but to me it was a very special present. My Grandfather had made the chest and if you look inside you will see a sliding drawer. Underneath the top drawer was another secret drawer in which treasure maps for buried gold, jewels, and Pirates money was hidden. These are probably long gone by now but for an eight year old who was into reading about "Long John Silver" and the lore of the Spanish Pirates it was pretty exciting.

My Grandmother was a very artistic woman. The cast iron initials on the top of the chest were made in the following way: My Grandmother found a piece of pine wood (perhaps from an apple or orange crate) and with a paring knife made the mold for the letters RWD. She then took the pine mold to a metal caster, and they cast what you now see on the top of the chest. Please remember that this was in 1930. No computers, no TV, none of the things we take for granted today.. Also the great depression was going on. Money was a major problem. My father cleaned used brick sitting next to a railcar in Oakland to help support his family. But you know what, there was a bright side to all of this. We had a family and we had love, and that is what it is all about.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

'Tis the season! (Ho, ho ho...)

'Tis the season! (Ho, Ho Ho...) What a merry little elf! We're looking forward to seeing her next week (along with Dave and Jess)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thanksgiving Cran-Raspberry Jello Salad

This is one of Grandma Evelyn's recipes..but it used "cran-raspberry" sauce, which is no longer made....this is close, and pretty and yummy! (Although calling it a salad lends it an aura of nutrition that is probably lacking).

Cran-Raspberry Salad

1 lg (6 oz) pkg Raspberry jello
1 pkg. Knox unflavored gelatin
1 can jellied cranberry sauce
12 oz frozen raspberries
12 oz 7-Up or Sprite
1 1/2 C boiling water

Sprinkle the unflavored gelatin over 1/2 C of the 7 up and let set to soften.
Dissolve the raspberry Jello in the boiling water.
Stir the unflavored gelatin mixture into the hot jello.
Mush up the cranberry sauce (use a potato masher or ricer) and stir into the hot jello.
Add 1 more C of 7-Up and the frozen raspberries. Mash the berries a bit with the potato masher.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Kaity's recent ventures into yarn arts and wooly things...

made me think of the story about Julia Ann Dillabaugh Zufelt (my 3rd great grandmother) and how they pulled the wool from dead sheep carcasses to make into yarn. You can read the story here...

Later, her daughter, Julia Ann (Grandma Pearson's mother)told of her life growing up in Cedar Fort (just east of today's Eagle Mountain)...she says..."When I was only a girl of 9 I had to wash all of the dishes and I never liked it. At twelve years of age I began spinning yarn. We washed the wool and father took it 15 miles to Lehi and had it carded into rolls. We spun it into fine thread to make cloth, then we dyed the yearn. Logwood made black dye; oak bark, brown; rabbit brush, yellow; madder and alum made a dull red; and indigo made blue. It required three or four days to dye a fast color with indigo. When green was the desired color the yarn was first dyed yellow, then put in the blue dye. Mother would wind the yarn on a stick the way she wanted the cloth striped, then send it to the weaver. When we got the woven cloth back we had to cut our clothes and sew them all by hand, even the mens' suits. We had to spin the thread for all of our clothes and all of our blankets. Our blankets were usually gray.

A far cry from a trip to Target!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Crock Pot Rice Pudding with Dried Apricots

2 1/2 C milk (1% is fine)
1 can (13.5) light coconut milk
1/2 C sugar
1 C arborio rice
1 cinnamon stick
1 C dried apricots, chopped (I think I only used about 1/2 C, snipped with scissors...alternately you could use raisins.)

Whisk milk, coconut milk and sugar in crock pot. Stir in rice and drop in cinnamon stick.
Cook, covered, until the rice is tender and milk mostly absorbed, about 2-2 1/2 hours on high. Discard the cinnamon stick and stir in the chopped apricots. This is best while still warm....refrigerated, it get pretty solid...rewarm in the microwave, top with a little squirt of whipped cream.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Recently Read....Theodore Rex

I listened to this on Audible and it was fascinating....such a window on this period of American History...the Panama Canal, Sherman Antitrust Act, Teddy Bears, Booker T Washington, "Speak softly and carry a big stick", Yellowstone Park, "a square deal", Chinese Japanese War, Edward Arlington Robinson, The Jungle, William Randolph Hurst, spelling reform(!), Cuba, the Supreme Court, the "yellow peril", National Parks, child labor, William Jennings Bryant, Conservation,...I love "reading" these big books on Audible because I would never have enough "sit down time" to get through them...this is the second of Edmund Morris's trilogy on Theodore Roosevelt. The first is The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and the last is Colonel Roosevelt.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Scott's Krazy Kornbread Kake

Scott's Krazy Kornbread Kake

Let them eat cake! or cornbread??? With this recipe you can have it both ways....either a lighter,yummier cornbread to go with your chili or whatever...or a not too sweet cake... perfect for a light snack after school or dinner....

1 box yellow cake mix
(plus whatever you add: eggs, water, oil)
3 C Marie Callender corn bread mix
1 1/2 C water

Mix everything together and pour into 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350....a little longer than for the cake since there's more stuff in the pan. Make sure it's done in the middle....if it starts to get too brown, cover with a piece of foil.

Serve with honey butter (or just butter) or give it a light coating of canned frosting (or homemade if you are so inclined).

Saturday, October 8, 2011

These Were Good....Ginger Molasses Cookies

These cookies stay soft!

Ginger Molasses Cookies

2 sticks unsalted buttered, softened
2 C brown sugar
1 egg
3/4 C molasses
3 C bread flour
1 T baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 t cinnamon
3/4 t cloves
3/4 t nutmeg
1 1/2 t ginger

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and molasses and mix until just combined - 20 to 30 seconds. Add all dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated (don't overmix).

Use cookie scoop and drop onto parchment lined sheets or use a Silmat. Bake 11-13 minutes until slightly crackled. The center will be soft. Let cool on trays. These stayed soft and chewy!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Happy Birthday, Kaity...Raspberry Scones

I wanted to get this on the blog before I got to October...September is a happy month for many reasons...but chief among them is it's the month Kaity was born!

In honor of Kaity reaching her quarter century birthday and actually eating two raspberries I thought we might make Raspberry Scones...
Raspberry (or Cranberry) Scones
1 3/4 C flour
1/4 C cornstarch
2/3 C sugar
2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
4 T butter
1 C frozen raspberries
(or chopped cranberries)
2 t orange rind
3/4 C plain or vanilla yogurt
sugar for top
Cut butter into dry ingredients with pastry cutter or twoknives. Add orange rind and yogurt. Stir until a sticky ball forms. Add berries and gently fold in. Pat onto buttered cookie sheet in a large circle. Sprinkle with a little sugar. Bake about 20 minutes. Drizzle with glaze (1/2 C powdered sugar thinned with a little milk).

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

R2D2 - Pretty spiffy!!!

Last year Karl, Christian and Alec's project was painting Karl's old Toyota truck...they did an amazing job... this year they painted R2D2 (my old 95 Honda Accord)....looking good, guys!!!!
(Does the Toyota truck have a Star Wars name???)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Lovely Low Fat Pumpkin Cupcakes

1 yellow or white cake mix
1 C Libby's pumpkin
2 t pumpkin pie spice
1 C water

Mix for two minutes; fill lined cupcake pans; bake about 18 minutes at 350. These are great even unfrosted! Or add a little cream cheese frosting for super deliciousness...

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Pizza Monkey Bread

The original recipe had you make your own bread dough....I made it way easier by using frozen Parkerhouse roll dough!

1 pkg frozen Parkerhouse Rolls (24 in pkg)
1/2 C melted butter (you could probably use less in the interest of good health!)
1 C parmesan or asiago cheese, finely grated
1/2 C pepperoni slices, cut into small pieces
1 t dried oregano
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
Serve with pizza or marinara sauce.

Preheat oven to 400.
Cut semi thawed rolls into quarters. (They are too sticky if you let them totally thaw out)
Spray a bundt pan with Pam
Melt butter; then combine with cheese, pepperoni, oregano and garlic. Roll a few of the dough pieces at a time into this mixture, generously coating; place in bundt pan. Let rise to top of pan. Bake 25-30 minutes. Serve with pizza or marinara sauce for dipping.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Classy kids...

Amber had the kids dress up for their annual photo this year....don't they look great!
Christian and Alec had tuxes for Jazz Band and Sadie dresses up for the orchestra she's in....

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Cool Cars in Clayton...

Labor day festivities in Clayton included a "soap box" derby (I didn't see any cars made of of soap boxes!) and a car show...very fun!

I'm really bad at taking pictures on my phone! Or at least getting everyone's attention before pushing the button!

Lots of cool and old.

Kids could register to race cars provided by local year Brady and Carson!(I think you have to be seven)

Such a fun experience...old time music and cars, perfect weather!

A happy ending to the adventure...

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Tropical Banana Bread

Banana bread is a totally awesome way to use up overripe bananas...but add some crushed pineapple, coconut and spice and a tiny bit of orange glaze and you're in Paradise!

Tropical Banana Bread
3 C flour*
2 C sugar*
1 t salt
1 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1 t nutmeg
3 eggs
1 C oil*
2 t vanilla
1 15 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
3-4 smashed ripe bananas
3/4 C coconut
Mix oil and sugar; add eggs; stir in pineapple, bananas and vanilla; add dry ingredients and coconut. This makes two small loaves (4 1/2 x 8) or 5 mini loaf pans (3 x 5)
For extra deliciousness glaze with a little powdered sugar/orange juice glaze.
***You can substitute 1 C wheat flour for part of the white; you could also replace half the oil with applesause and reduce the sugar by half...but I just gave up on being healthy and went for yummy! It's so good no one will get more that one or two pieces...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Rolo Cookies....

Everyone can have homemade cookies with this yummy recipe from Six Sisters Stuff....a great recipe for kids to cook too...only four ingredients....but you might have to monitor the unwrapping of the Rolo candy!

The cookie 'staches are hiding the smiles as they bite into the gooey caramel centers!

Rolo Cookies
1 pkg(12 oz) Rolo candies, unwrapped
1 box chocolate cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 C oil

Mix the cake mix, eggs and oil. Pinch off a small ball and wrap around a Rolo. (Just use enough to envelope the Rolo)

Place on greased cookie sheet and bake at 360 about 7-8 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired....Makes about 3 dozen...depending on how many Rolos get eaten while being unwrapped!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Almost Pumpkin Pie (Crock Pot)

Well, tomorrow is September, school has started, and a "fallish" dessert sounds really appealing....this was from that Facebook Page...Crock Pot Girls...
This might even be a good breakfast....
Crockpot Pumpkin Custard

Spray your crockpot with cooking spray. I used a 3 quart crock pot.
Mix in a bowl:
16 oz can pumpkin
12 oz can evaporated milk (I used 1%)
2 eggs
1/2 C Bisquick
3/4 C sugar
1 t pumpkin pie spice
2 t vanilla
2 T melted butter (optional)
Pour into crockpot; cover and cook on Low 6-8 hours or on High 3-4 hours. I put mine on High about 3:15 today and by 6:15 it was perfect.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Thanks for the cute birthday present, Kendra!

I got a nice surprise today...Kendra had ordered this for my birthday and it came today...isn't this darling... a bracelet with classic Golden Books framed....when I think of all the hours spent with these books...both in my own childhood and with my kids and will bring me a happy feeling every time I look at it!

She got it on Etsy from Southern Heidi Belle ...she makes a lot of other cute bracelets with various themes...

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Babysitting Posey....

While Kendra and Dustin were in Utah this week, we took care of Posey....we only lost a couple of pairs of shoes (sorry about the Puma's, Mark)...and a wallet....Link was a good sport about her stealing his bones...most of the time

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Pioneer Day in Utah

I always though it would be great to be in Utah on my birthday...(Pioneer Day) this year I was! We didn't actually go to any parades...but we saw a lot of fireworks, some of which were really exciting as they started a fire on the hill behind Karl's house...and Alec made me his famous Tres Leche cake!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Happy Day! Kaity and Alan's Wedding!

I thought I'd put up a few wedding pictures...summer has been busy...not much blogging going on!

The Nieman-Broadbent families (and friends)

Sweet memories!

A bevy of beauties...

Fun at our Fenton's lunch!

Beautiful that "antique" blue mason jar???'s really a clear one with a drop of food coloring in the water (teal from the McKormick Neon food coloring set)

The most fun....we had a Photobooth!

The Gardner's beautiful yard! Thanks so much....

Wedding pies....I ordered 30 from Marie Callendar's...then the next week they went out of business! So we had to scramble a bit.

Key Lime, Strawberry Rhubarb, Chocolate Creme, Lemon Creme, Apple, Bing Cherry...

Off to a beautiful life together!