Of Kids and Crazy Days

Here we are on a wet & rainy Wednesday, sipping coffee and finally RELAXING! Yep – another two days of ‘The Crazies’ around here. Monday, from around 11 a.m. to around 8:30 p.m. (with a few minutes taken off for a bite to eat and bathroom break) my middle son (the one that had the car accident/kidney & bowel problems, etc. three weeks ago) and I went CAR SHOPPING! (oh yay, yipee – NOT!). I love how he conveniently DIDN’T tell me his ‘plan’ before we set off going to dealerships searching for a car he could afford (in the $10,000 range). We hit the local KIA dealer (he wanted a foreign car for it’s great gas mileage – sigh) – found one that was in his range (wrote that down in my notebook and off we went). After that it was our local Chrysler/Dodge dealership where he found a car VERY similar to his old one – he liked that one so much he put a $500 deposit on it. Now, you’d think by doing that he was finally ‘in the home stretch’ in buying his car, right? NOPE! Next stop: Toyota dealership. I was very pleasantly surprised there – the young man who assisted us was VERY eager to help (and NOT pushy!); we looked at and test drove several cars – of all the dealership people (and remember I HATE salespeople!) this young man was VERY good at what he did without alienating us by overkill. After writing down another ‘possible’ car, our last stop was the local Honda dealership. To shorten this story, he looked at several used cars then we had to go pick up youngest son at school and come back. On the return trip, ‘car buying’ son went off with the saleslady and the next thing I know they’re talking NEW CAR LEASING! (sure shocked me!) With much juggling of numbers and Dad as a co-signer, middle son is now the proud owner of a 2012 Honda Civic (in “Cool Metalic Mist” color – looks sort of white/silver – or as he described it: like the inside of a sea shell – it changes in different lighting).

It’s got all the d0-dads: an on board computer display (instead of your average speedometer), hook ups for your iPod, computer, cell phone, etc. but the MOST impressive thing of all is: their air bag system! When deployed, there are air bags all around the inside of the car – every window has it’s own air bag; basically you look like you’re inside a air mattress! The saleslady said she has a 2009 model and she doesn’t worry when her younger son drives the car because she said that Honda is very proud of their protection system. That’s something a Mom wants/needs to hear. He’s thrilled with the car and now he’s back ‘on his own’ and we get to schedule our OWN appointments and things to do. Feels a little strange after almost four weeks, but it’s now ‘time’ for our middle son to be back doing his own things now that he’s healthy and has his own wheels.

I also had a lovely experience yesterday going out to lunch with an old friend. We’ve known each other for a good 25 years and she mentioned at church that she would like to take me out to lunch before I start Radiation. We went to Bob Evans and ‘chatted’ for 2 1/2 hours! It was very nice; we shared experiences, prayed with each other and had a nice lunch – all in all, a very nice time.

I have more recipes to share; recently a reader wrote mentioning a particular recipe; I just wanted to repeat that these are NOT my own, personal recipes. I subscribe to about 5-6 recipe sites and glean the good-sounding ones to share with you. (I try to list the original poster and the site from whence I got the recipe at the bottom of the recipe). I can’t say that I’ve tried very many of them and am sorry if sometimes you don’t get the results you were hoping for when trying them but wanted to repeat that these are NOT my recipes. Some might ask: then, if you haven’t TRIED them and they are NOT yours, why post them? Simply because I thought someone else might find them useful and/or tasty. (just a little disclaimer here).

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Jam Bars

3/4 C. butter
3/4 C. brown sugar
1 1/2 C. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 1/2 C. rolled oats
1 1/2 C. jam (or 16 oz can
   peach pie filling,,cutting up
   peach slices)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Grease a 9 by 13 inch pan .
In a large bowl cream butter & sugar .
Add remaining ingredients ( except for jam ) & mix well .
Pat three fourths of the dough into bottom of pan .
Spread the jam over top of dough .
Crumble remaining dough over jam .
Bake 30 minutes; cool in pan then
cut into bars.
(recipe: Peg, Marys Recipe Exchange)
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Mother's White Beans

3/4 C. chopped onion
1/3 C/ chopped carrot
1 clove garlic, pressed or minced
1/3 C. (2 oz.) coarsely chopped cooked ham
2/3 C. chicken or vegetable broth
2 cans (15 oz. each) white beans (small whites or
     cannellini)
Chopped parsley

In a 1 1/2- to 2-quart pan, combine onion, carrot,
garlic, cooked ham, and broth. Bring to a boil over
high heat. Cover and simmer over medium heat until
the carrot is soft to bite, about 10 minutes.
Stir in beans and simmer, covered, over low heat
until beans are hot, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with
parsley and serve. Makes 4 servings.

(recipe: Recipe du Jour 6/16/11)
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Twice-Baked Ranch Potatoes

4 large baking potatoes
1 (3 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 T.milk
1 (1 oz) pkg. ranch salad dressing mix
1 1/2 C. mashed potatoes
1/4 C.shredded Cheddar cheese

Scrub and pierce potatoes; place on a microwave-
safe plate. Microwave, uncovered, on high for18-20
minutes or until tender, turning several times. Let
stand for 10 minutes.Meanwhile, in small mixing
bowl, combine cream cheese and milk; beat in salad
dressing mix. Add mashed potatoes; mix well. Cut a
thin slice from the top of each potato; scoop out pulp,
leaving a thin shell. Add pulp to the cream cheese
mixture and mash. Spoon into potato shells. Top with
cheese. Place two potatoes on a microwave-safe plate.
Microwave, uncovered, on high for 3-1/2 to 4-1/2
minutes or until heated through. Place remaining
potatoes on a baking sheet. Freeze overnight or until
thoroughly frozen; transfer to a freezer bag. May be
frozen for up to 3 months. To use frozen potatoes:
Place potatoes on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave,
uncovered, at 50% power for 8-9 minutes or
until heated through.
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Apple & Brown Sugar Corned Beef Brisket

4 C. apple juice
1/2 C. brown sugar
1 T. prepared mustard
2 (3 pound) corned beef briskets w/spice packets
20 small red potatoes, scrubbed
4 carrots, cut into chunks
2 onions, cut into 8 wedges
1 head cabbage, cored and cut into large chunks

Pour apple juice into large slow cooker, and mix in
brown sugar and mustard, stirring until brown sugar
has dissolved. Mix in contents of spice packets, and
lay briskets in apple juice mixture. Top with red potatoes,
carrots, onions, and cabbage chunks. Push all ingredients
into the liquid; cover and cook on High until corned beef
is very tender, 4 to 5 hours; or cook on Low for 8 to 10
hours. Slice meat thinly across the grain, and serve with
vegetables. (recipe: Slowcooker Digest 4101)

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Blueberry Breakfast Bread

1 1/3 C.flour

3/4 C. quick cooking oats

1/3 C. sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

3/4 C. milk

1/4 C. vegetable oil

1 egg

1 cup blueberries, frozen

 

Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease or oil an eight inch

round baking pan. In large bowl, mix together dry

ingredients; do not overstir.(batter should be lumpy)

Fold blueberries into batter.Pour batter into pan and

bake approx. 20 minutes; batter should pull away

from sides of pan.Remove from oven and cool on

rack. Serve warm.

(recipe: Peg-Marys Recipe Exchange)

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Not sure why, but the computer is doing ‘it’ again; I go to ‘paste’ the recipe and instead of pasting, it highlights all the above materials. I learned the hard way the other day that if I go ahead and try to paste with all the ‘above materials highlighted, it will totally erase it all with no way of getting any of it back! Frustrating! Well, let’s see what happens if I try to post more recipes below this: NOPE! Still doing it – sigh. Guess I’ll try to just put all my recipes on a separate list then do just one mass post of those recipes. Ya win some – ya lose some. Oh well, lots more recipes to come!

Enjoy your day (rainy or not); remember that EVERY day is precious and use it to it’s fullest!

Hugs;

Pammie

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  1. Wow from used to new with the wink of an eye! Well at least that solves his problem. I mentioned the apple and brown sugar brisket to Jay and he had to go back to your site and check it out. Take it easy kid Our day is coming!!!!

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