Thursday, March 31, 2011

Your Trial Is Your Greatest Treasure....

This latest interview of Barbara Barrington Jones on Mormon Women was so good!

She was a ballet dancer and coached many young women aimed for the Miss America contest. She often speaks at EFY and Especially for Women...we had actually contacted her about doing a program for our stake RS....her conversion story is an inspiration...

....check out the other interviews on the Mormon Women site! Last weeks story about Liz Shropshire was wonderful too...a composer....she went from working in the film industry to running music programs for former child soldiers in Ireland, Kosovo, and Uganda...just amazing!

This is such a great site to blow away that stereotype of the "typical" Mormon Woman...

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Skinny Sloppy Joes....

This is skinniest if you use ground turkey...but I usually get Costco's 12% ground beef, cook it and rinse it with hot water...still pretty skinny! And it's great to double or triple so you have some for the freezer or to share...

Skinny Sloppy Joes

3 T wine vinegar

2 T brown sugar

3/4 C catsup

1/4 C chopped onion (or dried)

3 T Worcestershire sauce

1/2 t mustard

1/2 C chopped celery

1 lb. ground turkey breast

Brown meat; cook with onions and celery for a bit; add remaining ingredients and simmer about 30 minutes....or cook in crock pot (after browning meat) 4-5 hours. Good with chips or tater tots and coleslaw.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Grandma Janiece's Banana Bread

Banana Bread

1/2 C shortening (Crisco or butter)

1 C sugar

2 eggs

1 C squished banana

1 t lemon extract

2 C flour

3 t baking powder

1/2 t salt

1 C chopped walnuts (if you like nuts)

Cream shortening with sugar; add eggs; beat until fluffy. Add banana and extract. Mix dry ingredients together and mix in. Add walnuts.

Bake at 350 about 40 minutes. Cover with foil if necessary to keep from overbrowning. It's extra yummy if you glaze it with: 1 C powdered sugar mixed with enough lemon juice to thin.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Tater Tot Casserole

Here's another recipe from the past...

Tater Tot Casserole

1 lb hamburger, cooked and crumbled (or even just 1/2 lb.)
32 oz. pkg tater tots
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can chicken rice soup
1 soup can milk
1/3 C dried onions (or chop a real onion and cook it with the hamburger)
grated cheese if you want...

Cook hamburger; drain and crumble; mix soups with milk and onions (if you didn't cook the onion with the hamburger)

Dump half the tater tots in the bottom of a 2 qt. casserole dish. Add cooked hamburger next;
Cover with the soup mixture; Sprinkle with some grated cheese if you like...cover with remaining tater tots. Cover and bake at 350 about 30 minutes. You can make this fairly healthy (ie - lower in fat and calories) using only 1/2 lb. ground turkey, fat free soups and milk and not too much cheese...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Creek is FULL!!!

Maybe being forced to pay for flood insurance will end up being a good thing!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Deliciousness! Chocolate Chip Cookie Frosting

This is based on a recipe from Cookies and Cups...
It would probably be best on a chocolate or red velvet cupcake...
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting
First make butter cream frosting....your own recipe or this one:
3 cubes butter
1/2 C white Crisco
Beat these together for 3 minutes until creamy....then add:
8 C powdered sugar
1/2 C milk
Now to change it into cookie dough frosting add:
1 C flour
1/2 C brown sugar
1 t vanilla
pinch of salt
You could add mini chocolate chips, but I just sprinkled them on after piping it on the cupcakes...then the chips show up better and don't clog up the flow of the frosting from the tip(or from a plastic bag you've cut the corner from)
This makes a bunch...more than enough for two dozen generously frosted cupcakes, so you might want to halve the recipe...but it can be refrigerated to use (or eat!) later....

Friday, March 18, 2011

Mega Danish Pastry

This is Mega Danish because this recipe makes three good sized pastries....enough to share and still have some for the home team (Do you feel bad when you cook something yummy and your family asks, "Who's that for?")

First make this easy dough:

2 cubes butter, softened
2 pkg (or 2 T) yeast...I use SAF yeast
2 C warm milk
2 eggs
3/4 C sugar
1 tsp salt
6 C flour
Mix and knead about 5 minutes. Don't add much additional want a soft dough. Let rise while you make the fillings.

(I usually make about 1 1/2 times this amount because I love lots of filling)

1 C milk
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 C sugar
3 T flour (I use Wondra)
1 tsp vanilla
Stir together and cook in microwave...let cool...I actually put this in the freezer to really cool it down. If it's warm you'll melt the almond/oat filling

Next...make the Almond/Oat filling:
(again, I usually make 1 1/2 times this amount)

Almond Filling:
3/4 C sugar
1 cube butter
1/3 C oats
2 tsp almond flavoring
Mix until crumbly.

When dough has risen, divide into three pieces and pat each into a large rectangle on a baking sheet.

Slice along each side at about 1 inch intervals. Then spread 1/3 of the custard down the center. Next crumble 1/3 the almond mixture on top of the custard.

Finally, braid the strips over the fillings, tucking the ends in so the fillings doesn't leak out while baking.

Let rise again; bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes until slightly browned.

Frost with a powdered sugar glaze or thin cream cheese frosting.

These also freeze well and are great to make during the holidays when you want a nice breakfast treat that doesn't have to be made at the last minute.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Four Stories...

I recently attended a RS meeting where the topic was maintaining a positive attitude while dealing with of the sisters told these four stories very quickly, repeating the moral like a little mantra at the end of each...all except the Plimsoll story are from the scriptures...

1. The story of The Ten Virgins....keep oil in your lamp


2. The story of The Widow's Mites...keep oil in your lamp...give your mites.

3. The Plimsoll Line....Samuel Plimsoll, A british MP in the mid 1800's was outraged by the number of sailors deaths caused by overloaded vessels...he got a Bill passed to include provision for a marking on the sides of ships which would disappear below the water line when the ship was overloaded(ships have different buoyancy depending on the temperature and the salinity of the water).......

...keep oil in your lamp, give your mites, don't load past your Plimsoll line

4.And the last scripture is the one in Mosiah 4 that says you shouldn't run faster than your strength...
So: keep oil in your lamp, give your mites, don't overload, don't run faster than your other words, take care of your own needs, spiritual, emotional and physical so you have the strength to deal with the trials of life.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Snag these kids books if you run across them...

I was looking for copies of a few kids books that were favorites in our family years ago and was shocked at the cost of some of these out of print titles: The Hungry Thing...a USED paperback copy is about $40...a LIKE NEW copy is $165!

A used Gunniwolf is $46 and a LIKE NEW copy is $276!

Another favorite that I was able to get reasonably used is Where Did My Mother Go?

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Christmas Presents....

So I've been meaning to post about a couple of really fun Christmas presents...these were from Kendra....sorry it's taken me until March!

My blog book! Complete with a recipe index.

And these are custom made paper dolls...meant to look like me as a child! Kendra, you were really kind...this is a whole lot cuter than I was after about the age of 8 (when I got glasses and my mom permed my the days before the "fro" look was popular)

These dolls come with magnetic strips so you don't have to use the tabs...and a CD is included so you can print off more copies...

I was looking for a picture of me in my "cuter" days...and found this one which reminded me of this cute picture of Penny with a similar expression...I am about 3...I'm wearing a navy blue sweater and jumper knit by Grandma Dorothy..

Here I'm on the porch of our Kenwood Ave. house in San Jose...I'm about 5 1/2...Grandma Janiece made me that dress when I was 3 1/ orginally came below my knees...It was my Christmas dress...dark green taffeta with lace trimmed tarten plaid ruffles.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Recently Read: Operation Mincemeat

Operation Mincemeat (How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis)...was a successful deception plan of the British in WW2. This book reads like a spy novel...not surprisingly, since several British "spys" became famous authors...Ian Fleming, Graham Green, John le Carre...but this plan to divert Nazi attention from the D-Day invasion in Sicily, reads like something out of the "Keystone Kops"!!!...dress a dead guy in military garb, transport him to the coast of Spain in a submarine, float him ashore where he is "discovered" by the pro Nazi Spaniards who forward his "secret"papers to Hitler before returning the body to the British... worked! Scary to think how the outcome of WWII might have been very different without this crazy scheme.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Asian Noodle Salad

This is the salad we made for our Woman's's a little hard to determine how many it depends on how big your veggies are...but this serves 15-20! It's a LOT of chopping!

Asian Noodle Salad

1 lb. linguine pasta, cooked, rinsed, cooled

1/2 head sliced Napa cabbage

1/2 head sliced purple cabbage

1/2 bag baby spinach

1 red bell pepper, sliced

1 yellow bell pepper, sliced

1 orange bell pepper, sliced

3 green onions, chopped

1/2 jicama (about 1 C julienned)

cilantro (optional, up to 1 bunch if you like it)

cashews - 10 oz


1 whole lime, juiced

1/2 C olive oil

1/2 C soy sauce (I used "light")

2 T sesame oil

1/3 C brown sugar

3 T fresh ginger, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped

(Safeway has herbs, minced, in plastic tubes...saved a lot of chopping when I was making this x 10!)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

This is Fun....The Day You Were Born

The Day You Were Born....

Click here to see what was being read on the day you were born....

What famous people were born on your birthday?

What happened on the day your were born?

What was the world like the day your were born?

On 24 July 1945....bread was .09 a loaf; gas was .21 a gallon; average income was $2807 a year; a new car cost$1250...the minimum wage was .40 and the DOW Average was 193. The "hot new toy" was the Slinky