December 31, 2008
It is also a pretty looking dessert.
I have to hurry and make this post because Papa has to go have his sinus surgery, sometimes he is such a drag.
Taylor and my daughter in law Aisha are going to JoAnne's craft store but do I get to go? NO! That Papa.
1 Cup uncooked white rice
3 Cups boiling water
3/4 teas. salt
1/2 Cup sugar
2 TBS. honey
1/4 teas. almond extract (optional , if you are an idiot - just my opinion)
1 Cup heavy cream, whipped (mmmmm heavy cream)
Berry Sauce - See Recipe Below
Cool (wait a minute) O.K. this is another one of my mom's recipes
( I am truly surprised anything she ever made turned out.) I am deciphering again.
I am sure this should say :
Boil rice in salted water until tender and fluffy. (You can try to cool the rice in salted water until tender and fluffy if you want, but I don't believe it will work.)
Blend in sugar, honey and almond. Chill (here's where the cooling part comes in)
Fold in whipped cream. Serve with Rasberry Sauce.
Raspberry Sauce: ( O.K. let's see what this part says, you know I am actually holding my breath.)
1 TBS. cornstarch
1/2 Cups sugar
1/4 Cup water
2 Cups raspberries, I always use frozen raspberries for this recipe. Just drain them as well as you can. Then press them with a paper towel until you have gotten most of the juices out. ( Hey, this sounds like Papa's sinus surgery! Maybe I should just do it at home.)
1 TBS. Lemon juice
Mix cornstarch and sugar. Add cold water and stir until smooth. Add the raspberries and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer 5 minutes. Chill . Top each serving of rice with Raspberry Sauce.
This does look festive in pretty glass goblets or dessert dishes. It is also really yummy as I said earlier, or it wouldn't get posted. I never post unless it gets the thumbs up from my family. This one has been around in our family for years.
You all have a wonderful day!!
"Hey papa I have an idea, go get me some paper towels. Then lay down on the bed --- don't ask questions I have to get to JoAnnes!"
P.S. I made this for dessert on New Years Day 2009. I doubled the whip cream and I liked it better. (of course that's why I'm fat)
December 30, 2008
Take for instance, I totally forgot I dated Squiggy in high school. Look at him. This is the day we broke up. I found him in the girls shower room. Waiting with that ridiculous smile. I thought he would have been embarrased but he wasn't.
We went our seperate ways after that. The next time I saw him he was on T.V. I think he still looks pretty much like he did in high school. What a Nerd.
December 29, 2008
My mom has had this recipe forever too. I can't find my recipe so I went next door to borrow mom's and let me tell you it might as well be written in German. Let's hope I can decipher this mumbo jumbo
1. 1 box vanilla wafers 16 oz.
1/2 Cup melted butter
Crush the vanilla wafers in a food processor, blender, or over your kids heads. I don't care just get them crushed. I prefer the latter way of doing it.
Save some of the wafer crumbs to sprinkle on top of finished dessert. ( I never do this, I know I am rebellious.)
Mix the rest of the crumbs with the melted butter and press in a 9 x 13" pan or 2 pie pans.
2. Take 18 whole marshmallows and cut them into 6 to 8 pieces each. I know you are thinking "Why not just use mini marshmallows?" Well you can but they do not absorb into the rest of the mixture as well as the cut up big marshmallows. Plus mom does not have the proper amount of marshmallows needed written on this mess of a recipe card. Set the marshmallows aside.(I'm sick of marshmallows already let us move on.)
3. In a large bowl mix and add :
1 Cup crushed peppermint candy (candy canes are peppermint candy... for you slow people. )
1 Cup chopped walnuts
( Now on this card, right under 1 cup chopped walnuts, she has 2 Cups chopped walnuts. What's up with that? We are sticking to 1 cup chopped walnuts. (I'm sick of walnuts already let us move on.)
2 Cups whipped whipping cream ( I like heavy cream, that's why I'm fat.)
4. Mix all ingredients, including the marshmallows together until nicely blended. Pour mixture into the prepared pan or pans. (Remember, the ones with the mashed up crumb crust in it or them. Whatever.) Put in the freezer until almost ready to serve or leave it in the freezer until ready to serve. ( I don't care if your guests break their teeth.)
5. Drizzle with chocolate sauce before serving. (optional) This is a huge controversy in our family. If you want to see a good fist fight, pour chocolate sauce on my Peppermint Dessert!! I love chocolate, but not on my Peppermint Dessert. ( I'm sick of Peppermint Dessert already I am moving on.)
December 28, 2008
December 27, 2008
The King and Queen.
P.J. he needs a nap and its only 9:30 in the morning.
Nonstick cooking spray
3 pounds chicken thighs, skinned. ( it take 2 seconds to skin to rip the skin off, so stop your griping.)
1 envelope package beefy onion soup mix. ( That is code for Lipton Onion Soup Mix)
2 Cups quartered fresh mushrooms
1 1/2 Cups frozen small whole onions ( Yes they exist.)
3 medium carrots, cut into 3" sticks
1/2 Cups dry red wine ( I used 1/2 cup chicken broth and I'd say 1/4 Cup grape juice. I drank the wine w/ lunch o.k.)
Hot cooked mashed potatoes (optional) I say these are not optional. I never like using instant potatoes but, I was in a rush so, I used them. It was still delish. I think real mashed would be better but if your in a hurry I can certainly recommend the instant variety.
Especially the ones from Welfare Square Dry Pack.
1. Lightly coat a large skillet with cooking spray. Heat skillet over medium heat. Cook chicken thighs, several at a time, in the hot skillet until brown. Drain off fat.
2. Place chicken thighs in a slow cooker (Crock pot) Sprinkle chicken thighs with dry soup mix. Add mushrooms, onions, and carrots. Pour wine over all in cooker.
3. cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5 to 6 hrs. or on high-heat setting for 2 1/2 to 3 hrs.
If desired, served with mashed potatoes.
Makes 4 servings.
(You know the daughter I have , the move in, well she thinks I joke around too much about drinking. You know the old alcohol. Well as I have mentioned before I don't really drink, but if she keeps nagging I can guarantee I will START! Not Really.)
December 24, 2008
These have served their purpose. I will mourn them. Santa better bring new ones cuz those are in the garbage. Christmas Eve, a day of fun. Not here at Nana's house. Remember my daughter, her husband and 2 1/2 kids that just moved in. Well the moving van with all their crap, I mean valuables found it's way here today. This is what it looks like at Nana's on Christmas Eve.
December 22, 2008
First we had P.J.'s Birthday party. The next night we had our Big family Christmas party. The next night was our little family Christmas party. Too Much!!!
P.J. and Papa
I want to concentrate today on our Big Family Christmas Party.
We had the party at my single brother Matt's house. Mom and I were going to go a few hours early and clean but, he assured us the place was all spiffed up. We were a little sceptical to say the least. Let's just say at his house, when you drop some sort of food there should in no circumstances ever be a 10 second rule.
Of course it was snowing like a ... well it was snowing. However, with Papa's fab driving skills we made it to the party on time.
The house WAS spiffy. The dog, cats, rooster and chickens were all outside. There was a wonderful fire going in the fire place. It was oh so cozy.
I went in the kitchen to unload all of my industrial strength containers, which Papa assured me would keep everything in place during our journey to Matt's house. Imagine my surprise when I saw that the Au jus sauce for our French Dip sandwiches had leaked into the brownies. (Crap)Well I thought I just wouldn't tell anyone, they'll never notice. (like the time my mom and her friends made ice cream with salt, those crazy gals)
At the same time I was noticing my little sauce problem, thick black smoke was bellowing out of Matt's fireplace. What could be the problem the flu, flew (whatever) was open. It was probably just a family of Raccoons living it up in the chimney.
To our shock and horror Matt raced outside grabbed a metal garbage can, ran back inside threw the fireplace screen across the room and tried to pick up the blazing log with the fire poker. Well he got half of it. Threw it in the garbage can and raced back outside.
Meanwhile the fire inside the fireplace was raging now, so we were opening windows like mad men. Looking on the plus side though, now we had a raging fire blazing outside too. It actually came in handy because Santa called and was lost. I heard my sister in law on the phone telling him ,"well just look for the house with the fire in the front yard." Poor Santa....
The fire inside was not going to go away, so Matt being the brilliant man he is ( Haven't I already established that? I wonder why he is single?) threw a bucket of water on it. Now we were all in a smokey steam bath. We hear 'Ding Dong' (doorbell) the door swings open and we hear "HO HO Cough, gag HO." "Oh boy it's Santa."
The steam slowly subsided while we gagged out Christmas Carol's for Santa Claus, who was holding his beard up over his nose.
The kids were thrilled, they took turns on Santa's lap, telling him their hopes and dreams. We sang again and Santa left. A trail of smoke following him to his sleigh.
Now it was time for dessert. Brownies topped with Peppermint ice
Now back to our story...
cream covered in Hot Fudge. I immediately noticed my brownie tasted beefy. Then I heard others stating the same thing. " Pour more Hot Fudge on it." I cried. It didn't work. They are not as dumb as they look. We threw our dessert away. Some die hards finished theirs off but, all in all it was not yummy at all. (Nana has a hard time when stuff like that happens!!)
Never travel with French Dip Sauce. It is a stay at home meal!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was still a great party! Here are my little sweetie's with Santa.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!