When humor goes, there goes civilization. ~Erma Bombeck




November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving







"I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage." (Erma Bombeck)

That explains the Bennett's. (By the way I'm Nana Bennett) The first time I went to Thanksgiving dinner at their house I thought, are they crazy? Their was gravy dumped on everything. Now I do the same thing. We have a little turkey with our gravy. At least we do when we can eat.

I had 14 people coming over for Thanksgiving this year. Two turkeys to stuff and roast. Sweet and mashed potatoes to prepare. Furniture to move so we could have one long beautifully set table with candles, china, crystal, pewter , and silver. Table cloths to iron - you get the idea. Mike (Papa) was sick. Poor guy, oh the feast he was going to miss.

I called everyone to let them know we had some kind of scourge set upon the house. They all still wanted to come. (poor suckers) Everything was going swell. Turkey's roasting, Christmas music playing, nothing new I listen to Christmas music in July. Mike was hanging in there. Only I had no help.

I called my boys. They were playing football, this was no time for football. Yeah they finished the game. Anyway they were my new potato peeler, furniture movers. Then Megan and her husband Nick came and all of them went to work. Especially after I slowly but surely got sick myself. Luckily the scourge was slow enough at settling in that I could finish roasting the turkeys and advise on making the gravy.

The kids were in charge now. No furniture was moved. No candles, china crystal, pewter or silver was put into play. Not even a table cloth. They had a nice buffet right out of the pots and pans the food was cooked in, and from what I understand it was lovely. Other than the vial sounds coming from our bedroom. Never have the Master Bedroom close to the kitchen! Everyone pitched in and washed every dish, pot and pan. I heard my mother in law exclaim... "Let's clean all this up and get it out of here. There's nothing worse when your barfing and pooping than to get up to a bunch of smelly dirty dishes, she'll wanna die!!!" (she is a genteel woman indeed) Thank you Linda, (mother in law) you are right!!! Thank all of you for cleaning it up.

Girls, I have found a way to lose 8 lbs. in one day.
Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving.

November 25, 2008

These Moms Share Special Gifts, by Erma Bombeck

Most women become mothers by accident, some by choice a few by social pressures, and a couple by habit. this year, nearly 100,000 women will become mothers of handicapped children. Did you ever wonder how mothers of handicapped children are chosen?

Somehow I visualize God hovering over earth selecting his instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation. As he observes, he instructs his angels to make notes in a giant ledger. "Armstrong, Beth, son, patron saint Matthew. Forrest, Marjorie, daughter, patron saint Cecelia. Rudledge, Carrie, twins, patron saint... give her Gerard. He's used to profanity." Finally he passes a name to an angel and smiles, "Give her a handicapped child."

The angel is curious, "Why this one, god? She's so happy."

"Exactly," says God. "Could I give a handicapped child a mother who does not know laughter? That would be cruel."

"But has she patience?" asks the angel.

"I don't want her to have too much patience, or she will drown in a sea of self pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wear off, she'll handle it. She has that feeling of self and independence that is so rare and so necessary in a mother. You see, the child I'm going to give her has his own world. She has to make him live in her world, and that's not going to be easy."

"But, Lord, I don't think that she even believes in you."

God smiles, "No matter. I can fix that. This one is perfect. She has just enough selfishness."

The angel gasps, "Selfishness? Is that a virtue?"

God nods, "If she can't separate herself from the child occasionally she'll never survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with a child less than perfect. She doesn't realize it yet, but she is to be envied. She will never take for granted a spoken word. She will never consider a step ordinary. When her child says Momma for the first time, she will be present at a miracle and know it! When she describes a tree or a sunset to her blind child, she will see it as few people ever see my creations."

"I will permit her to see clearly the things I see...ignorance, cruelty, prejudice... and allow her to rise above them She will never be alone. I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life, because she is doing my work as surely as she is here by my side."

"And what about her patron saint? asks the angel, pen poised in midair.

God smiles, " A mirror will suffice."




That is why Tara isn't mean to Nosey Onlooker's. I need to remember that.

Magnificent Macaroni and Cheese

I made this for dinner tonight. MMMMMMMM everyone loved it except for my daughter Megan, she is Zeke's mom.

Ingredients:
1 TBS. vegetable oil
2 1/2 Cups small elbow macaroni
1/2 Cups shredded Muenster cheese
1/2 Cups shredded Gouda cheese
1 1/2 Cups medium cheddar cheese
1 1/4 Cups milk
1 Cup (8 0z.) Velveeta, cut into small cubes
1 Cup melted butter
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 teas. salt
1/8 teas. pepper
1 Large TBS. Alouette Garlic Herb spreadable cheese (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter a deep 2 1/2 quart casserole.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the oil, then the elbow macaroni, and cook for about 8 minutes. Do not overcook. Drain well. Return it back to the pot.

Stir melted butter into macaroni.

In a large bowl, mix all the cheeses, add macaroni and butter mixture, add the milk then the cubed velveeta, and eggs. Season with the salt and pepper. Mix all together. Transfer to the buttered casserole. Sprinkle with 1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese.

Bake until bubbling around the edges, about 35 minutes.
This is delicious if you are not Megan.
Megan would rather eat Kraft Mac and Cheese. I think this picture says it all about Meg's eating preferences.

Tuesday With Zeke

I'm on my belly scooting backwards, he's chasing me trying to get the camera. Look at those eyes.




















I've lost his interest.























This picture is for his daddy !









November 22, 2008

Jack

Tomorrow is Sunday. I go to church on Sunday. I don't say this trying to sound holier than thou or anything. I say it because I'm thankful I have this ability. Church re-charges my batteries so to speak. I know this will sound weird after my little rant about Uranus, but church reminds me to be a better person. I sing, I pray, and remember our Saviour. We all need to do more of that.


Tomorrow our family will be fasting and praying for Jack. Jack is my brother in law. He was just diagnosed with liver cancer. I would ask anyone who reads this to please keep him in your prayers.

Today my recipe is dedicated to Jack.

Here it is: Olives

Jack hates olives.

May he be around a long time to remind us just how much he detests the lowly little olive.

Below is a picture of some of the Bennett family at Market Street Grill. Jack is the one with the mustache. No not the lady in pink. The guy behind her in the green shirt.


November 21, 2008

German's Sweet Chocolate Pie


Prep: 15 minutes Freeze 4 hours

1 Pkg. (40z.) Baker's German's Sweet Baking Chocolate
1/3 Cup milk, divided
4 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
2 TBS. sugar
1 tub (8oz.) Cool Whip Whipped Topping, Thawed
1 prepared graham cracker crumb crust (60z.)

Microwave chocolate and 2 TBS. of the milk in large microwavable bowl on HIGH 1-1/2 to 2 minutes or until chocolate is almost melted, stirring halfway through heating time.
Stir until chocolate is completely melted.

Beat in cream cheese, sugar and remaining milk until well blended. Refrigerate about10 minutes to cool. Gently stir in whipped topping until smooth. Spoon into crust.

Freeze 4 hrs. or until firm. Let stand at room temperature or in the refrigerator about 15 minutes until pie can be cut easily. Store leftover pie in freezer
Makes 8 Servings

This is a favorite Thanksgiving Pie at our house. It is simple but tastes divine!

Grandpa Phil or as I know him "Dad"

Yes, Nana has a dad and he turned 70 today. Mike and I decided to take him to dinner but since he is wheelchair bound we brought dinner to him. We have an old favorite here in town and dad loves it. The Pagoda. It does the trick every time. This is dad with my nephew Max at Bear Lake a couple of Summer's ago. Max needed a swinging partner and he found a good one. Bear Lake is one of our favorite places in the world.
Happy Birthday Dad!

November 20, 2008

Clean Out The Fridge and Slab On A Few More Pounds Soup


Next Thursday is Thanksgiving. I love this holiday, no heavy duty decorating, no expensive gifts to buy, just family feeling thankful for everything we have been given and lots of eating. I have to admit with all the cooking that goes on that day I usually sit down to eat only to realize I am not hungry. Some how I manage to fill my plate and , well indulge.

Two or three days after Thanksgiving I always make this soup. This is a recipe my mom gave me. I've never written it down before but here goes. Also I must explain save your carcass. Your turkey carcass that is. After your Thanksgiving meal take the turkey and pick it clean so you can have left over turkey for sandwiches and such. Then take the carcass wrap it in plastic, put it in Tupperware, cover it with foil. I don't care. Just put it in the fridge and save it a couple of days. Until you are ready to make soup. mmmmmm sounds yummy already right?!

I must also say do not even attempt this recipe unless you make gallons of gravy for your meal and have a lot of left overs.

Ingredients:

1 turkey carcass (remember yummy)
1 onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, sliced
6 to 8 potatoes peeled and chopped into bite size pieces
2 to 3 yam peeled and chopped into bite size pieces
3 carrot's peeled and sliced
2 to 3 cups left over turkey meat sliced into large bite sizes
Left over gravy at least 2 cups
Left over stuffing at least 2 cups

You will need a large stock pot with a lid for this recipe emphasis on the LARGE.

Take turkey carcass and put it in the pot. The bones from the turkey add flavor and vitamins that are good for you. ( in case you were wondering)
Cover the turkey with water, then put it on the stove. Turn heat on to medium, preferably on the burner you have placed pot on.

Put into pot:
onion, celery, potatoes, yams, and carrot's
Add 1 TBS. of salt and 1 teas. black pepper

Things should be warming up now, providing you have turned the right burner on. I say this for my mother's benefit, she does this kind of thing. ( a lot )


Today I told her she was old and acted old. It's a long story that I won't go into. I also want to add that it is not as mean as it sounds. She said to me "HOW DO I ACT OLD? Only my blindness." I said "Well other than the fact that just this minute we both got back home from twinsy mammogram appointments so you could have someone drive you. And yes you are blind in one eye. ( another long story) You are on blood thinners so you won't throw another clot to the lung. We take you to the hospital at least twice a year, and you can't remember which burner to turn on for starters. She huffed and got out of my truck as soon as I went and got her a stool to step down on. I think she was hurt.


Anyway. Let this cook on medium heat for around 20 minutes to 1/2 an hr.
When veggies are nice and soft, take the carcass out of the pot. You will notice meat will have cooked off the bone and that is great. Leave it in the pot. However, you will need to thoroughly check pot for little bones that may have fallen off the turkey. You don't want those. You can strain the soup to make sure there are no bones. ( I never do, it's not the Holiday's until someone has a little turkey bone stuck in their throat.)

After all that:
Take your gravy and mix it in the soup. Then take your stuffing and mix it in. Taste it to see if it needs salt or pepper, maybe some lard. The lard is a joke, obviously this is not a low cal meal. But it is GOOD.
Let this mixture simmer for about 10 minutes and yum it is ready.
Goes great with Jiffy Rolls!!!!!

November 17, 2008

Crockpot Italian Chicken

8 chicken breasts (frozen or thawed)
2 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese
2 (10 3/4 oz) cans cream of chicken soup
2 packages of dry Italian dressing mix

Mix cheese, soup & Italian dressing. Soften cheese first. Place chicken breasts in crock pot. Pour sauce over chicken. Cover and cook all day on low or 4-6 hours on high. Serve over pasta. Voila - Deliciousness is served!

Shhhh they'll never know how easy it is, so don't tell them!