When humor goes, there goes civilization. ~Erma Bombeck




December 28, 2009

Peppermint Meringue Cake With Chocolate Buttercream

Remember the chocolate peppermint cake I was working on a few weeks ago......... well here it is and it was worth it! I found the recipe in bon appetit magazine. I tweaked it a little because I decided to drink the alcohol it called for instead of putting it in the recipe. (c'mon now you know I don't drink!, hic up) To say it is rich is an understatement. This thing will put you into a chocolate coma. Plus it has enough cream in it to clog every artery you have. (sounds yummy right?) With that warning here we go.



Meringue Layers



1 cup powdered sugar

1/3 cup superfine sugar (yes, I did find it at the grocery store)

pinch of salt

3 large egg whites, room temperature

1/2 teas. cream of tartar

1/2 teas. vanilla

1/4 teas. peppermint extract ( If you are like me and lick every bowl you make anything in, except a raw meat dish, this will taste really too pepperminty. Don't worry, after you bake it the taste is mild.)





Peppermint Syrup



1/2 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

1 TBS. peppermint schnapps. I used 1/2 teas. peppermint extract.



Cake



1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teas. baking powder

pinch of salt

2 large egg yolks

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teas. vanilla



Buttercream



1 and 3/4 cups heavy whipping cream

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces

3 TBS. light corn syrup

1 and 1/2 pounds bittersweet chocolate (do not exceed 61% cacao) chopped

1 teas. vanilla

pinch of salt



Meringue Layers:

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 175 degrees. Using pencil, trace two 12 X 4 inch rectangles on sheet of parchment paper, turn parchment over (rectangles will show through) and place on large rimmed baking sheet. Trace one 12X4 inch rectangle on second sheet of parchment paper, turn parchment over and place on second rimmed baking sheet.



Sift powdered sugar, superfinesugar, and salt into medium bowl. combing egg whites and cream of tartar in large bowl of heavy duty stand mixer fitted with wire whisk, beat on medium low speed until frothy. Increase speed to medium high and beat until soft peaks form. Increase speed to high, gradually add sugar mixtur and beat until stiff and glossy peaks form, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla and peppermint extracts. divide meringue equally among prepared rectangels on parchment ( about 1 and 1/3 cup each) Spread meringue evenly within traced lines.



Bake meringues until dry and crisp but not browned, about 3 hours. Turn off oven and let meringues cool completely in oven.



when ready carefully remove meringue's from parchment.



I don't even know why I am printing out this stupid recipe no one is going to make it.

I already feel like I have been typing for 3 hrs.



Peppermint Syrup:



Oh my gosh!! I am so not in the mood for this. The cake is great blah, blah, blah....... I will edit this later and give you the rest of the recipe. If any of you want it really bad leave me a comment and I will finish it up for ya!





Thank all of you for your concern and love you have shown my family. Jack is still with us, but I am sure he will be gone soon. Papa and I sat with him today while his wife ran some errands. . He was talking on and off to those he could only see. There is a sweet peace in their home. He mentioned some of our loved ones who have passed that had been with him today. He goes in and out of sleep. He also talks to us and family members that aren't there. He was talking to his son and both of my son's this afternoon. He was talking to his grandchild, none of which were with us. I hope he can slip away peacefully.


It is a blessing to still be able to say I love you.


Tell your family you love them. Then go eat a big piece of cake!





December 27, 2009

A Bitter Sweet Christmas

I want to tell all of my bloggy friends Merry Christmas. However, I know I am a little late. You know a day or two late and a dollar or two short. (i know lame) This has been a bitter sweet holiday. Mostly sweet.

We have had the family parties and get togethers which have been loads of fun.
We have also had family get togethers that have been heartbreakingly sad, yet full of love. The kind of love we need to think about always.
The kind of love we were put on this earth to experience even though sometimes with that love comes grief and sorrow.

We are losing Jack. Some of you know my brother in law has cancer. A year ago he was given 3 to 6 months to live. He has done a tremendous job at bucking his odds. He has worked at his keep on keeping on talents. He has dealt with his illness head on with a brave face and courage. Has never wanted an ounce of sympathy and always still the life of the party. He even has been working until last week when he became very ill and was put in the I.C.U.

As a family we have been tight this past week, circling our wagons so to speak. We have had some truly spiritual experiences. That I feel blessed to have been a part of. There is a life beyond, there are family members waiting. It would be inappropriate to get detailed and frankly some of you would just think I am nuts. I know we are being watched over and there is Heavenly communication. That there are angels on this earth. I will leave it at that. Jack and his wife Sissy have made the choice to get Jack out of the hospital and Hospice involved. Hospice has been a huge relief to their family.

I admire Sissy's strength and fortitude. She has been asked to do some tough things this last week. I know she is having her melt downs, but she is carrying on the best she can. There children and grandchildren have been able to be with them. I know this has meant the world to Jack.

Some may think it odd when I say this has been a truly sweet Christmas but it has. It has been a Christmas thinking more about our Savior's love and our love of family. The New Year may be difficult but, we will keep our wagon's circled and we will prevail.


December 21, 2009

I Left My Heart In San Francisco ( well, a little of it anyway)

I have not fallen off the face of the earth. I have been carting my kids to San Francisco. Papa and I helped with the big move. It was an adventure. We didn't want to go over Donner's Pass because the weather forecast was horrible. I didn't want to relive history, get stuck in the snow and have to eat my grandchildren to survive so we went south.

We passed Vegas, the kids were in awe of that place. We drove to Bakersfield CA. in one day. It was so fun. (whatever) We stayed in a very nice Holiday Inn. The kids were in awe of that place too. They don't get out much. The next morning we were off bright and early for Fremont CA.

We spent the next few days unpacking and putting things away. Cleaning etc. We did get out to Fisherman's Wharf one afternoon, some pics are below.





This is right before we left for the airport to come home. We were having a giant hug. Taylor grabbed my camera and took this shot. I'm glad she did.
Here is Papa with the boys at the Wharf.

I had Taylor get in this one. Pete was at a fancy work party for employee's only. RUDE!

Sitting in the sunshine. I have to say I did not mind the weather!

December 12, 2009

Christmas Candy

Once again I have finished my Christmas Candy. Whew, what a relief to get that over with. I think every one in the city was at See's. Today I have been making a Chocolate Meringue Mint Cake that has literally taken all day. I will let you know the results.!

Happy Saturday!





December 9, 2009

Fun With Mom

Taking my mom shopping can be quite the adventure! Today I took her to Costco. We were only there 2 hours. Yes, 2 hours. Yes, 2 hours. As we were driving up to the store she decided she wanted to go to Deseret Book to buy my dad some Christmas gifts. Now this is a long time trick of mom's, we start for one place and she has you cart her to several other places. I dropped her off at Deseret Book ( it is right next door to Costco) and I went on my way to Costco.


I found most of my items then decided to look for mom, she was looking at pajama bottoms for dad. I then went and found the rest of what I needed and returned to help mom retrieve whatever it was she was in need of.

We traveled through the store looking at everything they have to offer, yes everything, yes every thing. That was no big deal. Finally mom says "o.k. I just need to get your dad some vitamins and we can get out of here." We travel to that section of the store when she says"where is the acid reflux medicine?" I say " right here I just got Papa some." She then says "No, your dad won't use that brand, he wants PERCOCET." I'm thinking who doesn't. I say "mom you can't buy Percocet at Costco that is a powerful pain medication." She says "oh ." I say " how about Prilosec?" She says "No, I better call him." Which she does I hear her asking what kind of medicine it is he needs. I hear his muffled reply and she says "HE wants Percocet!!" I think great I am going to have a stand off with my mom in Costco over Percocet. She is still on the phone and then she says " oh I mean Prevacid." Whew!!!!! We get that settled and head to the check out.

Mom gets finished checking out before me and notices when the cashier runs my See's Candy gift certificates through the register. Then I hear " Oh I have to go back and get me some of those." I tell her that is fine I will guard her cart while she goes to get her crap. While waiting I buy myself a Lemonade and salad, eat, chat with other patrons of the store, get my shoes shined,
eat some ice cream, have a rousing game of Bingo with the employee's, then finally I see her coming. I tell everyone good bye, thanks for the good times and we are off.

We get to the door.......The gal there checks my receipt. Then mom's. This is when mom has to open her big mouth and say " I have these See's gift certificates here too but, I have lost the receipt." (the lady would not have even noticed, she was about to set us free. We were half way out the door.... for the love......We hadn't even walked 2 yards from where she got the stupid receipt!!!!!!!!!)

The lady says "Ummmmm I can't let you out of here without a receipt." (we were so close, I could even see the van) The lady says "you need to go to the front of the building and get a receipt." Mom says "$#*%!!!!!" I was thinking far worse. I said "I will be with my homeys playing Bingo."...............


Luckily mom found her receipt crumpled up on the floor. I couldn't believe my good fortune.


You may be thinking I am giving my mom too hard of a time. I say I don't care!!

This morning she called to ask if I had sound on my T.V. She told me she had no sound. I told her indeed I had sound on my T.V. I told her to go check her other T.V.'s and see how they were working. I then hung up the phone.

I sat and thought for a moment. Hmmm this is my mom, I bet she has the T.V. turned down.

I call her back. I say" is your sound working?" She replies yes it is working and explains she had forgotten she had turned it down as to not bother my dad last evening. (am I good or what?)

I know most people would try turning up the T.V. or check the mute button before calling 911. I am her personal 911 and I have to say that is o.k.



In other news... my kids are moving away. I thought I would be extremely happy about this but, alas I am very sad. It's bitter sweet actually. I am glad they have a good job, found a cute house, San Francisco will be a great place to visit. Still I would prefer it if they were staying in my state.
They leave Monday. I know Papa won't dance with me during "So You Think You Can Dance." He is not ticklish either. He certainly won't let me chase him around with the Corn Cobbers. (private joke) This house will seem awfully quiet. I didn't think I would ever get used to them living with me. Now I know it will take a while to get used to them not being here. My mom feels the same way. Henry thinks her house is some kind of Shangri La. He can watch cartoons and eat chocolate until the cows come home over there.
Oh well, as they say... life goes on.

December 4, 2009

Guess What.....

Sorry I have not been a very good bloggy friend lately. I might not be for a couple of days. The creeping crud is making it's way through the house. I am it's latest casualty. BLAH!

December 1, 2009

Home Sweet Home

What am I supposed to do with this?

Wait...... I know,

KIDS FOR SALE

SICK KIDS FOR SALE !!!!!! You would think two bawling brats would cost at least $39.99 , but you can get them at the stunning price of FREE. Hurry and get yours before they are gone. ( i won't tell you where they will be going)