Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Happy New Year

Happy New Year every one. It's a few days late but anyway. The holidays are over for another year. Time to start our diets again! Hopefully it will stick this time.
2009 should be a great year. I have two trips planned for this year one is going down to Walsenburg Colorado to visit my mother and sister the other is to Idaho Falls to visit my son and grandchildren. Other than that nothing else is being planned. Until next time.

Friday, December 19, 2008

it's almost Christmas!!!!

Hey, if you haven't checked the calendar recently, it is almost Christmas. Maybe you haven't seen all of the Christmas specials that come out this time of year, I can hardly wait for the 24 hour marathon of a Christmas Story. Then again we will be bombarded with 24 hours of The Santa Clause 2. Which is a nice change of pace. It could be worse, 24 hours of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Just remember the real meaning of the holiday. The Birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He didn't get a Zbox, or anything like that. We should just be kind to one another as our gift to Him.
Everyone have a Merry Christmas. It's still cold outside, but we shouldn't complain because we chose to live here. Until next time Stay Warm.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

boy it's cold outside

Boy it's old outside today. It is supposed to get down to 50 below zero to night. We got our tree up today so we are ready for christmas. I don't do well when it gets this cold. Right now it is 6 below zero and my wheelchair freezes up when it is this cold. So I just stay in and watch the river which has ice chuncks coming down the river. The fish are still jumping though.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

thanksgiving hangover

Hello again!! Sorry I've not written lately but I have a thanksgiving hang over, so to speak.
We had thanksgiving with our good friends, and their children and grandchildren. We even had time for a friendly game of basketball, the kids against the parents. the score was 30 for the parents and 13 for the kids. All-in-all it was a fun time and good food.

It was kind of nice coming home with no left overs though. That way my hubby and I couldn't "pork out " on left overs.

Now we can look forward to Christmas with all it's trimmings. ie: fudge and other assorted condiments. January first is looking better all the time. When everyone goes on their annual diet.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Grandma's Raisin Pie

Out of all of the recipes I've placed here, I forgot my favorite pie of all.

This pie brings back memories of Grandma. It"s also good for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

2 1/2 cups of raisins
a double crust pie shell
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons of corn starch
a dash of cinnamon
1 tablespoon of sugar (for sprinkling on top pie after it is baked)


place the raisins in a pot and cover them enough water to cover them, add a dash of cinnamon and boil them for 5 minutes. Add 1 tsp of vanilla.
In 1/4 cup of water place 2 tablespoons of corn starch.

Thicken the raisin mixture, then pour into the pie shell and cover with the top crust. Cut a design into the top crust to vent. We use a wheat design.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until browned
After it comes out of the oven sprinkle with a tablespoon of sugar

Number of servings: 6-8 servings

Preparation Time: about an hour


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Christmas Morning Caramel Pull-Aparts

This is really easy to make and great to prepare the night before and they are ready to bake when you get up !! The ingredients are really flexible. Add more nuts or brown sugar if you like, or leave out the nuts completely (although I think that's the best part).

3/4 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
12 to 16 frozen white Rhodes rolls
1 four ounce package of butterscotch instant pudding mix
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup melted margarine
2 teaspoons of cinnamon

Sprinkle nuts into bottom of a greased Bundt pan (or any 8x8 or 8 " round cake pan will do.
Arrange frozen rolls evenly over the nuts
sprinkle dry pudding mix over the rolls.
Combine brown sugar, melted margarine and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix well.
spoon mixture over the rolls.
Loosely cover with Saran wrap sprayed with Pam cooking spray.
place pan in col oven for eight to ten hours to rise.
Remove rolls from oven.
preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 25 minutes.
Place a large plate face down on top and quickly invert pan and plate together, dumping rolls out. Careful, caramel will be very hot!!
Let cool a bit and enjoy! Best served warm.

My grandma's peanut butter fudge icing

Here is my grandma's peanut butter fudge icing to go on top of the boiled raisin cake.

2 cups sugar
2-3 tablespoons of cocoa
3/4 cup milk

cook it until it starts to thicken up, let it cool slightly and the peanut butter until it is spreadable. You can use smooth or chunky style of peanut butter.