When humor goes, there goes civilization. ~Erma Bombeck




August 31, 2009

Fresh Peaches and Berries Cobbler

I love harvest time. All the fresh fruits and veggies make me want to cook. Today I made Salsa and this little beautiful Cobbler.



I have never served this to someone who did not like it. It is not like a regular Cobbler in that it has a custard type filling mixed in with the fruit. Oh, YUM is all I have to say.



Here goes:



4 Cups fresh peaches, peeled, seeded and cut into wedges

2 Cups fresh berries, (raspberries, blueberries or blackberries) I do use frozen berries from my garden) Raspberries and blackberries are my fav.

2/3 Cup flour

1 3/4 Cup granulated sugar

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

5 large eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

2 Cups milk

1/2 Cup heavy whipping cream

1 Cup flour

1/2 Cup granulated sugar

1/2 tsp. ground cardamom

8 TBS. butter

Half and half cream or sweetened whipped cream. I use the 1/2 and 1/2.



In a lightly sprayed 9 X 13 inch baking dish, arrange the prepared peaches and berries of choice. In your blender combine the 2/3 cup flour, sugar, cinnamon, eggs, vanilla, milk and 1/2 cup whipping cream and process until all is blended. Pour this mixture over the fruit, then bake, uncovered, in a preheated 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.



During the baking period, prepare the topping. In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the 1 cup flour, sugar and cardamom. Using a pastry blender, cut the butter into the mixture, until the mixture resembles a streusel consistency.



Remove the baked mixture from the oven and sprinkle the topping over all and return to the oven for an additional 15 minutes or until the topping is lightly browned. Place on a cooling rack and let cool to just warm before serving. Serve with chilled half and half or whipped cream.



I always have to bake this longer than the recipe calls for. Just watch it in the oven to make sure the topping is not getting to dark.



Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!


Go check out what is new on Tara's blog Kidz, she as most of you know has her hands full and has kind of dropped out of blogging world. I want you to listen to the song she has posted and maybe you will understand more as to why that is.

August 26, 2009

Ahhhhhh The L Word

I love fall. The nights are cooler. The trees change color.



Kids go back to school, we see the old familiar school buses as they finish their routes. I can almost feel autumn as it slowly reaches into my reality and I love it.



I was relishing in these thoughts Monday evening, relaxing, watching some T.V. It was around 10:00 so I was ready to hit the hey when the phone rang.


(The names of the people in this tale of woe have been changed to protect the innocent)



Ring Ring (that's my phone)


I pick it up and say hello.


The person on the other end I'll call him Ken, said "Ummmmm do you know what lice look like?"


I am thinking LICE???????? I also thought of my delightful tactless ex-brother in law at the same time. (No he didn't have lice.) When something bad would happen he had this wonderful little saying "WELL THAT WILL MAKE YOUR POOPER PUCKER!" Yes, I was sufficiently puckered and it was only seconds into the conversation.


Now Ken knows I know what lice look like because I was indeed one of the lice ladies at his elementary for years. I would go in once a month with the other hardy professional lice ladies and check heads.






I might add this is not a job for the weak hearted. I said "I will be right over!"





I ran downstairs grabbed my old goggles and I was off.


Papa and I were at Ken and Barbies home in no time. I grabbed the alleged infested suspect and did my thing. Dig, Dig, Dig, Nit one Pearl two and YES to my horror the case was confirmed.







We had lice. Then it happened I screamed a scream from the depths of my soul. The whole neighborhood could hear it, but we were in Rose Park so no one cared. I'm sure the neighbors were like "What the heck, it's not Saturday night." (I will soon be chronicling my life and times living in Rose Park, don't get me wrong I LOVE Rose Park, well most of it.)


Any who, we all ran to Smith's and bought a bunch of shampoo and spray. Our homes have been ripped apart, scrubbed, vacuumed and fumigated within an inch of our lives. New pillows were purchased. Every piece of bedding washed including blankets. Toys are in bags. The toy closet is off limits.






This is my new look. I didn't want to take any chances. Actually it may really be my new look soon because my hair is like straw from that crappy shampoo. I guess it is better than the alternative.


We are like a bunch of primates grooming each other at least twice a day. My head, what am I saying my whole body won't stop itching.


We have found nothing. (Knock on Wood)


I called the vet thinking I was going to have to take my dog Two Dot in for some kind of dip. He told me no. I learned that cat lice, dog lice and human lice are all different and prefer their type of host.


What do you know. That was one less thing I had to scrub. I did however, vacuum her and she didn't like it.


We have fought a good fight. My house has probably not been this clean since I moved in!!

I certainly hope and pray we have sent those little buggers packing!!!!!!


Barbie has been horrified throughout this whole thing. She told her son not to tell a soul about any of this. He had to swear it in blood. (He's not the one with the blood suckers all over his head.)


So what happens? Barbie, while at the check stand after buying new brushes is minding her own business when the cashier tells our little infested victim:

"Oh, you are such a cutie pie!"


Victim gives her a big smile and says:

"I have bugs in my hair."


Barbie felt as if she was dying a slow miserable death.


You gotta love lice er I mean life.









August 24, 2009

Broccoli Slaw and Tonio's Birthday

I found this recipe in an old cookbook so we decided to give it a whirl. We means Taylor made it.
I must say it was very tasty!!

Here goes:

2 3oz. packs of ramen noodles, broken
5 cups broccoli florets
1 cup shopped celery
1 medium red onion chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup sald oil
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1/4 cup sunflower nuts

Remove seasoning packets from noodle packages.
Discard or save for later use. In a large bowl, combine uncooked ramen noodles, broccoli, celery and onion.

In a small bowl, whisk or stir together sugar, oil, and vinegar until sugar is dissolved. Pour over broccoli mixture. Cover and refigerate the salad for 12 to 24 hrs, stirring occasionally. Before serving, stir in the almonds and sunflower nuts.
Makes 10 side dish servings.

This salad has a little bit of a sweet taste to it, but when I salt and peppered it I thought that made it perfect.

Now on to Tonio's 9th birthday:

Buddah boy was ready for a party, he is trying to get a clue here.

Chloe was so tickled to be with her Papa last night. She really loved standing up. (I know I don't have my chair rail up yet. I have tons of painting to finish.)


Here is Tonio opening the spiffily wrapped present Papa and I gave him. He also recieved some cash, and a whole bunch of books. Books were the theme last night. He was thrilled.



Chloe was ready for hugging, one of her new things.




She just doesn't get the concept of letting go. Look at Izzy, she looks like she can't breathe.






Zeke says good bye. He had an incident at the pool. The floor was closer than he thought. Poor little nose.
Well that's how we spent our Sunday evening. We had lots of fun.
Happy Birthday Tonio





August 18, 2009

A.S.S. oops I mean I.R.S.

Well, well, well, where the H E double toothpicks was this book a couple of months ago. If you have not guessed we are going through an audit. I trully believe I am going to have a nervous break down. Even though my shrink tells me that is impossible, if all of your nerves broke down you would be dead, or so he says. I think it is going to happen!!





This cartoon should be called "Bend Over and Bear It" in this certain situation. This is how Papa's days at the office have been going lately, especially today. He thought it was strange when the I.R.S Agent showed up with a crane this morning, hooked him up and began doing this.....





Yes, the crane has a big hand like that and everything. Last week we thought everything was going to be pretty much o.k. This agent ( I know she is just doing her job.) Keeps changing things up on us. " I need this year." " Now I need that year." "O.k. Papa give me another year." Papa has now given her the best years of his life. I have finally found a good weight loss system. It's called " When the I.R.S. Comes Calling, You start Pooping Your Pants Diet"


This whole thing is a long story which I will bore none of you with, but we thought we were doing everything right, minding our own business then......



squish.


Today has not been my best. All I ask is if you see Papa or myself begging for money downtown (Pooba) please give us a couple of bucks. I won't have some ridiculous story about my car engine breaking down and I need to get to Las Vegas. My story will be the I.R.S stopped by and my nerves broke down, I'm living in a box and my feet stink.


I have heard stories like this, what we are going through and I always think " Oh you poor schmuck, glad that has never happened to me."
O.k. I'm done with my pity party. (at least here on the blog) Thanks for letting me vent a little and save every receipt you ever get and every check you ever write. Just read the book I guess.




August 16, 2009

Lovely Summer (Whatever)

The family recently went to Bear Lake for our annual Bear Lake Fiesta. We have been doing this for around 25 yrs. This is a picture of my mom w/ her friends from left to right Carol, Peggy, Sally and mom.





Peggy owns the joint (Cabin and land, we all crash it and she and her hubby accommodate all of us.





These women have been friends since kindergarten, yes I said kindergarten. Friendships were shaken during the war, some were for the South and others for the North but they came through it and agreed to disagree.





I had the privilege and I use that word loosely of driving ( for 3 solid hrs.) w/ mom and Sally to the lake and back. Here is an example of one of our or I should say their conversations:


Sally: Have you ever bought underpants with a really thick cotton crotch.


Mom: I don't think so, what do you mean?


Sally: Well, I bought a pair that had such a thick cotton crotch that I felt like I had a Kotex between my legs.


Mom: I wish I could have something between my legs.





Me: Gag!!!!!





I will not give any more examples of the things I heard in the Van during those hours of sheer boredom mixed with moments of horror and nausea.



Mom loved the new lounge chair I bought them. That women.... On the way to Bear Lake she lost $500.00 then found it. Lost her debit card, then found it. Longed for the old days when dad could, well , perform and many many other things that have me scared.



Then she sits down and you can see what happened. I have it frame by frame but didn't want to bore you with it. No she can't get up by herself!




Nothing like breakfast at the lake!






No one wanted to play w/ Chloe. That's my SIL saving her from the crowds.





Dad insisted he get a pic of his family. As you can see I am the only girl. (I know I am fat, but look at my ankles.) You may also notice that not one of my brothers is giving the finger.


As other family members moved on to get there family pic dad was yelling " Yeah, that's right just leave the old man sitting here! Someone get me out of the picture..... Hello? What the Hell!?!

It was precious. Oby and Tara are giggling up there on the tractor.

Don't worry we got the old man his wheelchair. (after awhile)



We all shower outside at the lake. That's the way we like it! My camera died so that's about it for my Bear Lake pics.




Other things going on around here besides gardening are story time and....




I hired a painter. (He's not that good, but he works for cookies.)
I have lot's of fun recipe's I can't wait to share. I have missed chatting w/ all of you! Hope to talk tommorow.