Posts Tagged ‘babbling’

Forgotten Favorite

March 12, 2011

Boy, what a last couple of days!!!  Thursday was my bday and although my Honey had to work…I was visited by BIL and his girl.  We also had a thunder-storm blow through.  We had a wind gust of 62 out at the airport…about 6 miles as the crow flies.  We had one big clap of thunder and that was enough for me…shut off computer and the TV and hope for the best.  We must have been on the northern edge.  It wasn’t nearly bad as expected.  My friend in Heyburn…east of here on the way to Twin Falls, said it had sounded like the end of the world.  The weather has been unseasonable…temps above 50 for the last few days.  I keep waiting for mother nature to give us a swift kick.

All my thoughts and prayers go out to those in Japan and all over the Pacific who have been affected by the earthquake and tsumani.  Wow…I can’t even imagine.  I grew up in California and never went thru anything like that.  Our friends in Humboldt County are fine.  Damage both North and South of them, but nothing in Humboldt Bay.  Our friends in Guam must be OK.  Everybody there was evacuated to high ground….high ground on Guam????  There were a couple of subs that slipped their moorings, but they have since been retrieved.

Well on to forgotten favorites.  MIL had made some Key Lime Bars, which tasted pretty good and that jogged my memory and I dug out a recipe for Lemon Bars.  Everybody had a recipe stuck away for this one, but here is mine…….

LEMON BARS

1/3 cup soft butter

1 cup sugar

1 cup flour

2 eggs

1 good sized lemon…juice and peal zested

1/4 tsp baking powder

Beat butter until light and fluffy.  Add 1/4 cup of sugar and combine.  Beat in flour until you get a crumbly mixture.  Press mixture into a sprayed 8X8 pan and bake at 350 for 10 minutes.  Combine eggs, remaining sugar, lemon zest and juice, and baking powder and beat until throughly combined.  Pour over hot crust and bake for another 20 minutes or until set in the middle.  Dust with powdered sugar and YUM.

Bet you forgot about these numbly little morsels too…….

Ititarod 39

Martin Buser is back into 9th place after a low of 14th. He has been fighting the open mouth, jello-necked, head bob most of the night.   Most of the mushers are in Eagle Island halfway up the Yukon River.  On to Nome Mushers……

This pic was shot by Bob Hallinen for the Anchorage Daily News.  Thanks.  It was taken in Takotna while the mushers were in and out.  Thought I would include it because it is a beautiful shot.  Ahhhhhh…the Northern Lights

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Welcome March

March 9, 2011

OK…OK..so March is almost half over.  But I am soooooo very glad that February is over!!!  Between internet meltdowns, computer meltdowns…then having to learn a new one with a new operating system…remembering passwords and trying to remember favorite sites, family meltdowns, sickness or just generally not feeling good, and the gray skys leading to the infamous “winter funk”.  One good did thing happen in February….WyoNella came for a visit.  We did have a good time.  We had plans of going to Twin Falls to a Stained Glass/Ceramic Shop, but the weather stopped us.  So we stayed home and colored her hair.  I left her eyebrows and trim to someone alot more talented in that field than I am.  I didn’t even make anything ahead for Christmas.  But I am so thankful that the whole damn month is done!!!!!

So whats been so much better about March??  Lets see….

These came in the mail.  Ought to be fun to try to make these.  They came from the Extension Office in Fairbanks.

Pocatello Old Town had their first annual Beerfest this Saturday.  My Honey and I had a great time.  A dozen or so microbreweries brought their wares for all to sample at some of the pubs in town.  It was a walking tour, but one needed a DD to get home.  One of the brews was 7.8…WOW.  We have a little brewery here in town…Portnef Valley Brewery.  I must admit that I enjoyed their brew the most.

On Sunday we finally bottled our own beer.  A batch of Gopher Pale Ale…which is WyoNella’s favorite and a batch of Dunkelweisen.  Both of them were both yummy.  It will be about 2 more weeks now before the carbonation does it’s thing and they are ready to drink.  Can’t wait….but will have to.

DeeJaye finally got my hair done.  I am back to being a redhead and I feel so much better.  She also got my brows done and I can now hold my eyes open, now that I don’t have double eyebrows to hold up.

We did have 3.6 inches of snow the other night.  Made for some nasty driving for a few hours, but the sun came out and things melted off the next day.

Plans for the garden are now under way.  Ordered my heirloom tomato plants from a local grower.  I ordered Amish Paste and San Marzano..both romas, Matt’s Wild Cherry, a tiny cherry that is sweeter than candy, Omars Lebanese and Siberian Russian…early varieties and new to our garden, and Wonder Light…a yellow variety.  Cutting down on the garden this year…or so we say.  Onion sets on sale, so will pick some up tomorrow.

This came in the mail today.  I saw it in Mother Earth News.  Wyonella gave me her bread machine…alas…no directions.  I will muddle through with the help of my new cookbook.  Like I need another one.  If al else fails, I will use the recipes by changing them to old fashion kneaded bread.  Whatever works.

And the Iditarod started. 

Thanks to the Anchorage Daily News for the pics.  Most of the mushers and teams are in Takotna just about ready to leave from their 24 hour layover. 

Good luck Martin Buser!!!!!!  Speed and safety be with you and your dogs.

When Panic Sets In….

February 2, 2011

This is the remains of when a crazed woman, over 50, in her jammies, at 10 o’clock at night,with two very stinky dogs,  gets stuck in the mudroom/laundry room.  It was getting below zero…temp wise…so went out to let the dogs in.  I always shut the door into the house so I don’t have to coax them out.  After the normal hub bub and good night loves I turned around to go in the house.  OMG….the door knob didn’t work.  We had had trouble earlier in the day, but did I think about that….oh, no.  So I flicked the light on.  Ok…the screws for the door knob on on this side, so will just take the door knob off….there are a few tools under the bathroom sink that is out there.  Piece of cake….not so much.  When I unscrewed the knob and the part that turns the latch promptly fell out….on the otherside of the door.   Leaving me with the latch still firmly embedded on the door jam and the useless knob in my hand.  So……ok, I can get the latch to release by pushing in the right spot with the screw driver and just pulling the door open.  With a little pressure and I mean very little…snap the latch breaks.  At least now the mystery to why the door wasn’t working earlier in the day is solved.  After pushing this and that to no avail, I began to panic.  I could here the ending theme for Hawaii Five O…damn…missed the end and it was good.  2 1/2 hours at least till my Honey got home from work.  OK…think Toni think.  I know the front door is locked and so is the French door onto the back deck.  Well, the hinge pins are on this side too.  If I just get them out, maybe the door would just fall out.  It always does when you are painting.  Usually falls out on your head.  Damn…no hammer in the house, so out the back door to the shop I go.  (this is an important fact..please remember it)    With hammer and straight screwdriver in hand (right tools for the job, Toni) I remove the hinge pins.  The door stubbornly stands in place.  No amount of pushing pulling or prying will budge it.  Back to the latch side.  Push on every thing movable in the cheap thing…well after all it broke after 14 years…gotta be cheap.  Pry at the latch by the striker plate nothing, but to put pry marks in the door.  Well, now what??  Maybe if I take off the frame I can get in there and do some good.  More prying.  Off comes the side frame, along with the top frame which after a few coats of paint is not so conveniently stuck together.  Thats not going to work..no way to get to the latch with out major demolition.  Back to the latch….maybe it need a smaller screwdriver to find some hidden  lever or button or whatever makes it work.  Push..push….push.  Suddenly something new moves.  Very carefully I pull on it and hooray, it opens.  Then just as suddenly the door falls on my head.  Oh, yes the hinge pins are still out.  I prop the door up, so the stinky dogs can’t come in and rush into the kitchen and grab my very warm beer  (it was only my second, so no remarks on that thank you very much) and begin to calm down.  Then I start to giggle and then move on to a full blown laugh.

There on the key rack by the back door, hang my car keys.  On my key ring is a key that would unlock any door on this house.  All I would have had to do is walk around and unlock the front door.

I hung the door back on its hinges and banged the trim back up so it wasn’t flapping and went to bed.  The next morning my Honey got up…after getting home at 3:30….glad I didn’t wait for him…and his first words…..”ya wanna tell me about the door”.  I started laughing and relayed the story.  “Glad you think its so funny…You destroyed the door”.   Well, wisely I kept my mouth shut thinking….put the trim back up, a new handle (needed one of those anyway) and paint the pry marks on the door (Lord knows you can’t break into the house that way) and it will be fine.  Then was not a good time to remind him that HIS dog had chewed some holes in the drywall out there when she was a puppy.

I think I feel some fixin up coming on this Spring.

Pickup, Pieces, Parts and Pickled Beans

January 30, 2011

Meet Peebles…My Honey’s pride and joy.  She will be with us forever.  We are done with the new stuff and now have vehicles a person can actually work on.  She is about the third one like this that I have had and I lost count at how many of these my Honey has had of this body style.  It’s a bit like going home when you jump in and drive.

My honey had decided to put a 4BT and new tranny in her.  A 4BT is a baby Cummins diesel engine.  Supposedly she will get 20MPG, but who knows.  He will have to drive her for the rest of his life to make up for the cost of this “little” project, but who cares.  It makes him happy.  Having and working on older vehicles is a disease……a very costly disease and I don’t think there is a cure.  I have a tad bit of the same disease my self, but I really think there are alot worse things in the world to keep one occupied.  If you or someone you know is interested here is the link to his thread on a Ford forum.  I will continue with updates once in awhile, but he keeps his thread up to date and alot more involved.

http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1033583-my-78-f150-4×4-swb-cummins-4bt-build.html

At any rate, took a road trip in the fog to Idaho Falls and got him an engine.  We stopped at Michaels.  I was looking for some texture paint for a project for WyoNella, but apparently Duncan ceramic paints are not to be found in this part of the country.  One more place to check in Twin Falls and then…oh gee, a road trip to Portland.  We also stopped at a junk store in Shelley.  I found a matching tiki glass from Harrahs in South Lake Tahoe that was in my Mother’s things.  More on that later.

By the time we got home it was time to start thinking about dinner.  Sliders would work and I grabbed a jar of pickles beans that I had made at sometime this summer when I had “the over abundant garden stare” going on.  I had frozen all the green and yellow beans we could use, given alot away and still had plenty.  I was glancing through an old Ball canning book and found a recipe I could adapt with what I had on hand.

Pickled Beans

2 lbs. trimmed green beans

1 tsp dill weed

1 tsp dill seed

1 tsp cayenne pepper

2 1/2 cups white vinegar

2 1/2 cups water

1/4 cup sea salt

2 or more cloves of garlic

Trim beans lengthwise to fit in your jars.  Bring water, vinegar and salt to a boil.  Add garlic and 1/4 tsp of each spice to each jar.  Cover with hot liquid, seal and process in boiling water bath for 10 mins.  Makes 4 pints.

These were a BIG hit with family and friends.  We like them all the time.  They have found their way into Leon’s Famous Bloody Marys, the juice gets drank straight and fights have nearly erupted over the garlic cloves.  So I solved that problem by grabbing a bag of already peeled and cleaned garlic cloves at COSTCO and pickling them in the same juice.  Hope you try these and enjoy.

Oh no….more green beans to be planted this spring…I can feel it coming.

There’s a Moose on the Loose

January 16, 2011

My neighbor texted me on Friday while I was in town that there was a moose in her yard.  Thinking she had had one too many frozen margaritas, I called my Honey, who hadn’t gone to work yet and asked him to go check.  And sure enough, there it was.

I guess everybody’s first thought was  “Where’s Mama?”  We have been hearing alot of rifle shots lately, closer than normal, so I bet Mama is hanging to cure at someones house.  Out here on the Rez, the Natives can hunt anytime…it’s just us white folks who can’t.

There are moose around, but until now, you couldn’t have proved it by me.  Even my Honey, who moved out here when he was 12, hasn’t seen one.  They are in the hills way east of us or down in the “bottoms”.  It’s an overgrown area where the Tribe runs cattle that borders the American Falls Reservoir.

I didn’t think much more about it, but when the gkids went out to do chores yesterday afternoon, they came smokin’ in the house.  “There’s a moose out there”.  I grabbed my camera and took a few shots. Gramps gave the kids the talk about watching for it when they go out to play or do chores and not to corner it because it would run over them.  6 year old Bubba looked up at him and said, “Ya mean like Grandma got run over by a reindeer?”.  Outta the mouths of babes.  ROTFLMAO!!!   Have a great Sunday.

Another Beautiful Morning

April 17, 2010

Well, spring was definitely in the air this morning.  The wonderful perfume of a skunk.  Not too close because it didn’t stay around long, but close enough.  And it was 78 here yesterday!!!!!!!  Doesn’t get much better than that.

Got house cleaned yesterday and started on spring cleaning.  Started with the room the girls sleep in when they spend the night….affectionately called the blue room.  Got all the bedding washed and I took it over to MIL’s and hung it on her line.  They smell so fresh and clean.  Nothing like it in a bottle or cloth sheet.  Reminds me of the days when I hung out WyoNella’s cloth diapers on the line.  Anybody remember those??  We worked on a ranch at the time and the only time her little bottom was in disposables was when we went to town once a month to get groceries.

Also got the asparagus taken care of too.  All blanched, sealed and in the freezer.  I really like it best grilled on the traeger, but way too much for that. Remembered I had some broccoli that I had gotten just before my Honey left that needed some attention too, so its in the freezer too.

I was digging for a cupcake recipe that my Mom had used and couldn’t find it.  Did find a Telephone Pioneer cookbook that I had forgotten I had.  Tried these pastries.  I cooked them to long because everybody came at once and I got sidetracked, but they are good dunkers.

GERMAN TWISTS

1 tbsp dry yeast

1 cup heated sour cream

1 cup shortening

3 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

2 beaten eggs

sugar, sugar and sugar

Dissolve yeast in warm sour cream.  Cut shortening into four and salt (i used my food processor…..cutting in is not my forte).  Combine with yeast and eggs.  Knead on floured board until smooth and elastic.  Chill dough.  This is a pretty soft dough…even when its chilled.  Roll out dough on sugared surface, fold, sugar again and roll out.  Cut into 1X5 inch strips.  Roll in sugar and twist.  Place on greased cookie sheet and let rise until double.  Bake at 325 for 10 to 15 minutes or until brown.

This makes about 18.  Like I said the dough is sticky and I used a bunch of sugar so things didn’t stick.  I also used some turbinado sugar for rolling and twisting.  I think next time I will use butter instead of shortening and may add some cinnamon to the sugar at the end.  But they are yummy the way they are….over cooked and all.

Well, I mixed up the bear claw dough and filling yesterday and I had better get at those.  And with no gkids today, I am going to be a gown up and go to a Mary Kay party this afternoon.  Hope your weather is as beautiful as mine.

Spring!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 15, 2010

Sorry its been so long again.  We keep getting busier and busier as every day passes.  My Honey finally got two days off this week, but he is off to Boise for three days to check some “new” equipment.  Almost a month of 12 hour days was a bit much.  But we all shall survive.

Got chicks Tuesday afternoon.  Hooray.  They were suppose to be here mid May, but the feed store got some in earlier than they thought and I got the phone call.

I had originally ordered 25 black sex links.  They only got 20 in and another lady had ordered 5, so I let her take the 5 and we filled the rest of my order with golden sex links.  I’m not sure what a sex link is, but they are suppose to be good egg layers and tolerate the cold.  The temp here got down low last night and so did the temp in the chicken house.  The little fuzzie butts were all fine, huddled up under the heat lamp in the brooder.  Last night was suppose to be the chilliest night this week.  Fingers crossed.

When WyoNella and the boys came, they brought me 6 chicks from Wyoming.  Four of them have survived.  Had them in the house under a heat lamp.  They are about 3 weeks older than the new girls and we will have to separate them shortly.

These are Rhode Island Reds.  We shall see how they do.  Sure am looking forward to fresh eggs in the fall and chicken in the freezer.

Had a real flop with the coconut cake at Easter.  The whole side fell out.  LOL  Sure looked funny, but tasted good.  Oh well.

I found a great recipe for Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies I will share next time.  A great wasy to use up icky bananas other than banana bread.  Well, off to check the temp under the brooder.

Winter Funk….be gone!!!!!!

March 11, 2010

I have no idea what has been wrong with me this winter.  But boy, do I ever have the winter blues.  I don’t know if its been the weather, employment/unemployment, sick/healthy or what, and my 57th birthday yesterday sure didn’t help.  But whatever it has been….I promise to do better.

This winter has just been gray.  We haven’t had alot of snow and what we have gotten has been melting fast and making ice and more ice.   At one point the front lawn as totally bare and the driveway had 8 inches of ice.  It has been treacherous to say the least.  We had a pool going for awhile on who would bust their butt first, but no one claimed they did it.  The last week has been warm enough to melt things off and we now have a driveway and not an ice skating rink.  Of course melting ice means mud and there is plenty of that around.  And of course mud makes for oops.

We got it out early the next morning while the ground was still frozen, but there were a few choice words said and the UPS man parks on the road and walks down to the house.

We do have a new addition to our family.  We got her about mid January.  Her name is Lola.

She started out this darling little ball of fur and is now into the terrible twos.

She is a wonderful friend.  We have been taking her to puppy school for the last 6 weeks.  She was too young when we started so we are going to start again at the end of the month.  The last 2 weeks she has been finally getting what was suppose to happen.

We decided this fall that we were going to get chicks.  For my birthday my Honey built me a chicken coop.

I just love it.  I’m still pouting that I have to wait until May to get fuzzy butts though.  But it is just too cold yet to try to keep them alive even in the coop with the brooder.  We have it moved out to area where we want it to set, but haven’t got the run built yet.  We do have some time for that.

Another new addition to the menagerie we had about 10 days ago.

Mama goat had twins, but we lost the little buck.  I will try to get a better picture of her tomorrow.  She is out of the shed and running or should I say hopping around.  Any ideas for a name would be greatly appreciated.

And now for the best new addition to our family.  Meet Lucas James Wells.

Welcome to the world little guy.  We went down to see Lucas and Logan and Mommie and Daddy last weekend.

And Gramps sure is proud.

And Logan sure is growing.  Hard to believe he will be 2 in June.

Well, that’s enough babbling for tonite.  I have lots of new recipes to share and odds and ends.  All for another day.

Happy New Year

January 1, 2010

Hope everyone had a safe and sane New Years.  I know we did.  In bed and snoring about 9 PM.  Of course when you have to get up at 4:30 AM, ya gotta do that.  Everybody on radio and TV talks about what a lousy decade it was.  Good things happened along with the really bad, so I guess it really wasn’t any worse than any other.  And it sure could have been alot worse.

Anyway…..jambalaya for dinner last nite.  Southerners eat black eyed peas on New Years for good luck….and I’m from southern Idaho.  That ought to work.  I adapted this from my favorite southerner, Paula Deen.  Some stuff I had and some I didn’t.

JAMBALAYA

1 cup long-grain rice

1/2 of a red onion, chopped

1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 bay leaf

2 1/2 cups chicken broth

1 qt canned tomatoes

1 8 oz can of tomato sauce

3  smoked hot link sausages

1 lbs shrimp…I left the tails on

Throw everything, but the shrimp, in a big pot and simmer until rice is cooked and sauce is thick.  Add shrimp and cook until barely pink.

Now how easy was that.  And oh my….sooooo yummy….as you can tell by the almost empty pot.

Now for those New Years resolutions:

Eat healthier…yeah right.  Gonna make BrazenBites caramel cake today and cookies for lunch fixings.

Get more exercise….ahahahaha.  About all I exercise is my mouth and fingers.  That ain’t gonna happen.

I know….I know.  Remember to wind the cuckoo clock.  I do forget that some times…like yesterday.  It’s an 8 day clock, but it isn’t hung up far enough on the wall for the weights and chains to hang straight, so its about a 5 3/4 day clock.

Well, here’s to another New Year.  Hope y’all can stand my babbling for another one.

Gulhwein

December 23, 2009

WyoNella has requested the recipe for Gulhwein, I sent a jug home with her and apparently it disappeared over Thanksgiving.  Here it is.  Enjoy,kiddo.

GULHWEIN

750 ml wine

2/3 C sugar

1 lemon, sliced thinly

2 cardamom pods

2 star anise

4 cloves

2 bay leaves

2 cinnamon sticks

Throw it all a pan and warm.  If you use a crock pot you will want to double the recipe.  Mostly because the crock pot is too big for that little amount and besides, the more….the more better.  You can use any drinkable red wine, but I use the Blackberry because when we were in Germany, my Honey liked the blueberry gulhwein and I can’t find that around here.
Well, think  we are about ready for Christmas (round 1) here.  The only one still put out of joint about the whole thing is my blogging buddy Kylie.

She got moved from in front of the french door to in front of the kitchen window, so we could put up the Christmas tree.  We have a bird feeder outside the window and there are still some some of my little yellow friends around that like to come and eat.  Here she is trying to scare them away….not that she would eat their food anyway…people food is her thing.

Big Bully!!!