When humor goes, there goes civilization. ~Erma Bombeck

December 31, 2008

Raspberry Rice Surprise

I don't know if it's just me, but when I first heard of this recipe I thought it would be something like rice with raspberry jam. That did not sound yummy to me. Anyway good old mom made it for dessert one night and OH it IS yummy.
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.

Serves 6

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

Auld Lang Syne

This time of year always makes me nostalgic. I think of my life, my family, the good times and the bad. Since Taylor moved in we have been arranging and rearranging where things should go in the house. While rearranging one of the book cases in my storage room I came across my old high school yearbooks. Sometimes that part of my life seems like it just happened yesterday, and other times it seems so long ago.

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

I'll Show ya where you can put that Candy Cane!!! Peppermint Dessert

m Mom made the dessert, so she wanted the picture of her snowman in here.

This is a very Yummy dessert!. My mother in law used to make it every New Years Day for her mother. January 1st was Grandma Schwarz birthday. I guess we are not important enough because she hasn't made it for 21 years now. We have to make our own!

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

Henry and Izzy

Henry is not afraid to show his feminine side. Now that's a real Man!! Izzy is a lucky woman.

True Happiness

This was on our announcements at Sacrament Meeting today. I thought I would share.
"True happiness comes only by making others happy - the practical application of the Savior's doctrine of losing one's life to gain it. In short, the Christmas spirit is the Christ spirit, that makes our hearts glow in brotherly love and friendship and prompts us to kind deeds of service.
It is the spirit of the gospel of Jesus Christ, obedience to which will bring' peace on earth', because it means - good will toward all men.
Giving, not getting brings to full bloom the Christmas spirit. Enemies are forgiven, friends remembered, and God obeyed. The spirit of Christmas illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world's busy life and become more interested in people than things. To catch the real meaning of the "spirit of Christmas, "we need only drop the last syllable, and it becomes the "Spirit of Christ."
President David O. McKay, Gospel Ideals (1953) as quoted in the December 2008 Ensign
I got to thinking the other day about how much I enjoy blogging. To be truthful I did not think I would grow to appreciate it. I thought I would feel about it like I do scrap booking, ( i enjoy when my girls are with me) or skiing. ( i enjoy it when i am not falling down)
I enjoy meeting new people every day and, starting relationships with people I do not even know. I like hearing the happy things that are going on in your lives and, being able to talk to those who are dealing with adversity. I am usually no help to the latter.
I have been helped though by kind people who have never met me. That shows me there is so much good in this world.
The thing I wonder though is in so to speak "real life" would we like each other. Would we be kind to those who believe differently than we do. Would we look down on others, social status in the community. Would some of us think others are too snooty to be around. You get the idea.
I would hope we could all still be friends. That would be a good beginning to 'peace on earth' don't you think.
P.S. I'm sorry about the spacing. I could not fix it.

December 27, 2008

Christmas Day and the day after that.......

Santa Claus Came To Town.

We all went to great grandma B's house for breakfast.

Chloe in her posh skirt her mommy made.

We can hardly ever get a good pic of Izzy these days. We have started calling her Bizzy.

Brandon and Callie

The King and Queen.

The Joker.

Jack, Jamie and his new baby, Sissy and Pete



P.J. he needs a nap and its only 9:30 in the morning.

Jamie, Aisha, Tonio, Sissy and Papa

Henry and Bizzy

Bizzy, Zeke, his dad Nick, Henry and Zeke's mom Megan.

The only clean spot in the house Christmas morning.

The day after Christmas this is what we woke up to.

Papa is such a stud with the Snow Blower.

I just wanted to share some pictures with you.

Coq au Vin (Pretty Fancy huh?) Oh and it is a Crock pot meal.

I made this the other night. It was a perfect meal!!! Especially one fit for a cold winter day. Plus I was so busy with the Christmas doings, that it was great to just throw it in the Crock.

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 25, 2008

December 24, 2008

Ahhhhhh Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve a time to make beautiful cookies, drink cocoa and wrap presents.(those are my Ginger Cookies)
Dream of Santa bringing me new slippers.

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.

Papa no longer has a place in the garage to park his car. ( We knew that was happening, no surprise.) The surprise was having everything delivered today. YaY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Guess what Taylor and Pete are doing.
Well I have to go see if I can find the Christmas tree. Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

December 22, 2008

When The Smoke Cleared....

This past weekend has been a whirlwind of parties. I am party pooped and there is more coming.

my family
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

You don't know this post has taken me all day to finish. Early this morning while I was writing this titillating story my doorbell started ringing like there was a crazy person outside. I thought well it's either mom or mom and it was mom. There she stood with her hair in curlers, she was wearing her little blue robe. Behind her, the driveway was smeared with blood and there was a suspicious looking garbage bag sitting right in the middle of it all. I could only assume it was what was left of my father."Is Mike still home?" She asks. I say " That depends did you kill dad?"My thinking was, well she took care of dad, Mike may be next. That was when she showed me her leg, with a huge gash in it pumping out blood like she had turned on a faucet. ( she is on blood thinners)I invited her in but she declined, she did not want to mess up my floor. (She has always been a good housekeeper.) She sat on the front porch in the snow, her robe up around her waist by now. I ran and got Mike, some towels and took a whiff of my smelling salts. Mike threw her in the bed of the truck and they were off to the hospital

I went to Costco.

Ten stitches later mom was home. She is resting now cracking jokes about me making blood pudding for Christmas. ( Vomit.)

We have had neighbors dropping by with gifts. Christmas carolers bearing cookies just left. All in all a good day.

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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!