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Thread: Christmas Gift Baskets from the Kitchen
Christmas Gift Baskets from the Kitchen
Posted: 12/12/2013 5:43:14 PM
... MoonChild just asked me to post my recipe for "CHEATERS' FUDGE" ... I
know I've posted it before but don't know where ... so here it is again ...
MELT in a pot over the stove:
1/4 lb. of butter (that's one stick)
12 oz. dark chocolate chips
12 oz. marshmallows ...
you're not COOKING this candy ... you're just MELTING it together ... so there's
a LOT of constant stirring involved ... I ignored a batch once and it burned ... so,
once the ingredients are melted together, stir in 2 tsp. real vanilla extract ... or any
other good-tasting flavor ... and pour it into a buttered 8" x 8" (or equivalent)
square glass dish ... (I used two Pyrex glass pie pans last night) ... let it cool ... cut
into cubes ... sometimes, I refrigerate it if it's warm ... not a problem this year!
the additions are UNLIMITED ... last night, I used cinnamon-flavored marsh-
mallows and added more cinnamon ... really zippy ...
in another batch, I added pecans ... another batch got slivered almonds ... any-
thing you like ...
you CAN shake the cubes of fudge into a bag of powdered sugar for a slightly
different touch ... I've put those in a crystal covered jar ...
Posted: 12/8/2013 10:12:38 PM
I tried to send you a private message, VBXTC ... but, predictably, Plenty of Fish
told me to contact someone more appropriate for my age ... more or less ...
I just wanted to say ... (fireworks ... sparklers) ... congratulations on your meeting
someone thru here ... how WONDERFUL ... I love happy outcomes! I'm so very
pleased for you and your new bride ... but please keep posting your wonderful recipes ...
since this isn't a personal setting and is a "Blackberries!" post ... I need to say
something recipe-ish ...
my favorite blackberry recipe is one I learned from my dear Auntie Myrtie ... who
would say to me, "take this pail down to the crick and bring it back filled with
blackberries ... and I'll make us a cobbler!"
she'd wash the blackberries from the crick ... stir in some powdered sugar ... dump
them into an appropriately sized baking dish ... top with drop biscuits made your
favorite way but maybe with a little added sugar and nutmeg ... bake until the
cobbler is crispy and browned ... serve warm with cream ...
this is probably the very first recipe I learned ... by watching Auntie Myrtie ...
Posted: 12/7/2013 12:29:27 PM
I used to go to a club that had a variety of marketing strategies put into place
to make the place profitable so they could continue in business ... if they don't
succeed, you can't go there ... so I wanted them to succeed!!
I don't specifically ever remember the club having a "ladies night" ... but I do
remember that, if you brought a guest, whether they signed up or just attended
that one time, I think the member's entrance was cut by half or something ... I
had a tendency to bring so many friends that I was let in free often ...
I don't remember cups smaller or drinks watered down either ... because I didn't
go to drink ... I went to dance and have a good time ...
it seems completely logical that, if "ladies night" brings in the women AND the
men ... it's a wonderful marketing idea ... more people ... more fun ...
What no deviled eggs thread?
Posted: 12/7/2013 12:15:08 PM
I, too, used to have chickens ... we had just moved to a small "farm" of about
20 acres when I went to a swap meet ... saw a darling little hen with five chicks
and bought them all including the cage for $5 ... went home, turned them loose
and they slept in the trees for safety ... (turned out to be South American
"fighting" chickens ... ooops!)
city me then went to the feed store to buy chicken feed cuz I didn't know they
didn't NEED to be fed, being fully capable of taking care of themselves, eating
what they found ... at the feed store, I saw some baby black barred Plymouth
rocks which, as anyone knows, are COMPLETELY irresistable! I had a custom
cage built which included a little dorm room with a light for warmth and a
play yard ... when they were big enough, I let them out ... but ... when I went to
buy more chicken feed, they had Rhode Island red chicks ...
completely out of hand ... I ended up with more custom buildings, more varieties
of chickens, all happily running around free ... and I was selling eggs ... mostly
brown ... at that same swap meet ...
I found innumerable ways of making deviled eggs! but preferred the traditional
hard boiled egg, mayonnaise, mustard, salt variety with a sprinkle of spiced
pepper on top ...
we had 37 almond trees, too ... but that's another story and more recipes!
Instant Old Age
Posted: 12/4/2013 11:18:18 AM
Mitch ... I tried to contact you personally rather than thru the Forums but you
have a limitation from being contacted by people as far away from you as I am
in California ...
I just wanted to thank you for your post on "Instant Old Age" and the role
STATINS play in our lives ... I've had an ongoing struggle with fatigue, balance,
"brain fog," muscle pain ... i.e., EVERYTHING you described ... I'd mentioned
all this to my cardiologist who has me on 20 mg. of Simvastatin ... and he said,
"hmmmm ... yes ... those are symptoms of one of your drugs" ... NOT saying
WHICH and NOT lowering the dose ... when I asked him about my cholesterol
levels, he said, "your levels are within normal levels but still not as low as I'd
like to see them!" ... ok ... so I'm supposed to be mentally incapacitated so HE
can be happy with my cholesterol levels?
after reading your comments, I called a pharmacist and we had a long discussion
... with her encouragement, even tho she TOLD ME to TALK to the cardiologist ...
I have been breaking the Simvastatins in half and taking them every other night,
effectively going down to 5 mg. doses daily ...
it's LOVELY to be able to walk confidently ... no leg cramps ... lots of energy ...
and, best ... back to my mental competency levels ... WOW ... so thank you ...
really ... I'm back from my "instant old age" ...
What do women mean when they say I feel safe with him?
Posted: 12/3/2013 3:26:27 PM
... last time I said that to a man ... "we're safe together" ... I meant neither of
us would ever pressure the other to do something we didn't want to do ... in
that one specific case, I knew he was completely commitment phobic ... so he
wouldn't start pressuring me to get more deeply involved (i.e., MARRIAGE)
than I was comfortable with doing ...
I knew that whatever we did, it would be a MUTUAL decision with no one being
pushed, forced or otherwise intimidated to do ... so I thought "we're safe
he, of course, was insulted and thought I didn't find him a temptation sexually ...
he thought I didn't consider him "dangerous" or "exciting" ... and he thought
I considered him incapable of fighting off all predators like lions, dragons, tigers
or whatever medieval threat came our way ... so I explained ...
when a woman says that, it's pretty-much whatever SHE means ... not generically
... so ... ASK HER ...
Thanksgiving side dishes you ABSOLUTELY can not live with out.
Posted: 11/30/2013 3:44:39 PM
... well, Thanksgiving is over for another year ... a side dish I could have
ABSOLUTELY LIVED WITHOUT was my slaving for days to prepare a
wonderful dinner ... 1 son arriving with his family early in the morning
and helping ... the other son arriving 30 min. LATE ... then both leaving
IMMEDIATELY after dinner ... before the pies even ... to go to the
Thanksgiving evening "Black Friday Early" SALES ...
so the side dish I'm REALLY ANGRY about this year is greedy bstds
who do their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day, early enough to
ruin MY entire day ...
I realize it was my sons' faults ... but ... still ... I could do WITHOUT
the earlier and earlier Christmas commercialization ...
Are the Holidays/Xmas too anxiety provoking???
Posted: 11/25/2013 5:39:03 PM
... right now, this minute ... Monday evening before Thanksgiving and still
not knowing exactly who IS and who is NOT coming to dinner Thursday ...
and babysitting a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old instead of making cranberry
sauce ... and a rug I washed is hanging on the swing set still drying after dark
... trying to keep my granddaughters out of my bedroom so they don't see the
unwrapped Christmas presents I hurried to stash in there ... waxing furniture
and trying to decide which pot to cook what and how to time the turkey AND
the stuffings AND the sweet potatoes ... hoping my wheat-free pie crust will
REALLY work ... and whether who will eat which cuz some have allergies and
everyone has preferences ...
yeah ... right now ... it's a little stressy ... Friday, it'll all be fine ... until I gear up
again for all the little people sleeping over Christmas eve and watching for
Santa and not being able to open presents until after breakfast ...
I love it ... absolutely love it ... wish there were more people coming!
Posted: 11/23/2013 8:39:27 PM
thank you, skiernfungal, for revving up this old post ... and
thank you, vbxtc, for posting that blackberry liqueur so long ago ...
I've made your liqueur recipe so many times since ... with blackberries,
raspberries, blueberries and cranberries ... but had lost the recipe ...
I made the cordials as Christmas gifts a few years ago ... everyone
loved them ...
so I was very glad to see it here again ...
Thanksgiving side dishes you ABSOLUTELY can not live with out.
Posted: 11/23/2013 11:39:37 AM
... Lady in Red ... you wouldn't have a problem with takers for that pecan pie at
MY house! I usually make one ... my daughter-in-law makes one ... when my
oldest son was around, we had "bake-off" contests to see who made the BEST
pecan pies! he once carried one of my homemade pecan pies with him when
he was flying to his grandmother's for Thanksgiving and there was a bidding
war on the plane, people trying to get him to sell them that pie! he told his
grandparents that he had brought them a $100 pie!
at my house, pumpkin is the favorite, tho ... I'll make 3 this year (1 wheat-free,
all of them milk protein-free) ... my daughter-in-law will probably make 4
regular pumpkin pies so she can send one home with her father ... a grand-
daughter will want pie to take home! my ex-husband will stay till the pies
are all gone!
altho pies are about our only Thanksgiving desserts ... I made a Jamaican rum
cake one year and that was seriously a huge hit ...
why do women say no pic no reply
Posted: 11/23/2013 11:09:29 AM
... I posted no photo for quite a while, primarily because this is a very small
town and, if I posted a photo and then someone saw me at my job, it might
reflect badly on the very paranoid person I worked for ... he was quite specific
about what his employees could/could not do in their personal lives as it
reflected on him ... he even criticized my choices of pets ... (no, I don't miss
working with him!) ...
there are probably as many reasons for not posting a photo as there are
people who don't post photos ...
that stated, it's hard to take people seriously if they haven't got pictures
of themselves posted ... it's not about "nice looking" or "hot" ... nothing
to do with being "shallow" ... it's much deeper ... the choice of photos a
person is willing to share with the PoF world reveals a deeper part of
that person than just their external qualities ...
What no deviled eggs thread?
Posted: 11/20/2013 11:21:46 PM
making hard-boiled eggs again today ... followed Ms. Micki's advice and
peeled after they'd been sitting in cool water (AFTER boiling) ... I waited
until they were cooled off but still warm ... they peeled MUCH better
than the ones I did last time ...
maybe my eggs last time were a little too fresh ... I buy brown free-range
eggs and I've always thought they were fresher than the more commercial
I'm not making deviled eggs today ... I had bought a jar of FANTASTIC
pickled beets ... boiled the eggs, peeled 'em, washed 'em then dried the
eggs off with a paper towel and dropped them into the jar of picked beet
juice ... I've been shaking them up occasionally so they'll be a consistent
color ... they're quite beautiful already!
purple pickled eggs will give the kiddles something else to think about on
Thanksgiving!!! I wonder which (if any) of them will TRY grandma's
crazy purple pickled eggs! (we used to sell these in a restaurant we owned
in the '80s) ...
How did you meet your best friend?
Posted: 11/17/2013 11:10:22 AM
I've moved from town to town quite a bit throughout life so, from childhood,
have very few long-term "best" friends ... they'd be my "best" friend for the
short time being ... until my family moved again!
I met Marlene when we both lived for a short while in an apartment building
in the San Fernando Valley, California when we were both expecting our 2nd
child and already had 3-year-olds ... despite having practically nothing else in
common, we became great friends ... that was almost 40 years ago and we're still
in touch at least weekly ...
I had been standing in a new church, praying to meet a new best friend, turned
around after the service and a man standing behind me said, "wull hullo there!"
... I thought, "thank You! he'll do nicely!" and he did ... that was 1991 and we
were very good friends for 6 years until he crawled back into a bottle ... altho
we rarely see each other now, we still call occasionally ...
the greatest and "bestest" friend I've had was a flaming gay man ... wild colored
silk clothing ... just totally out there ... we bumped into each other and were
chatting when I asked if he had children ... he said, "no, I'm gay!" which was
really pretty obvious ... I considered what to say and replied, "so ... do you have
children?" we laughed and laughed ... we were still the dearest of friends 3 years
later when he died of a brain tumor ... I still miss him ... he taught me what a real
relationship should be ... 50% - 50% decisions, respecting each other's boundaries,
feelings and opinions ... he'd be my "bestest" best friend to date ...
Butternut Squash...how to cook?
Posted: 11/14/2013 9:46:08 PM
... would you also microwave spaghetti squash? I used to enjoy spaghetti
squash quite a bit ... but they're so HARD to cut into ... if I could microwave
them before cutting, the rind would be softer ...
Posted: 11/12/2013 9:44:08 AM
if DWMitch, the Original Poster, is still following this pirated thread, I
hope he starts another one with basically the same premise ... so that
people can respond to his philosophical theories ... it was an interesting
concept for discussion that was pushed off the rails ...
OP's concept of a doctrine of "Free Will AND Fatalism" isn't a theory
I'd subscribe to but it's interesting that he does ... I wonder what other
"Fringe Beliefs" and theories others have come to believe in ... and
would like to hear about those ...
Eating Walnuts & Chestnuts
Posted: 11/9/2013 3:44:25 PM
I've always wondered HOW people opened those black walnuts ... I
think we've called them English walnuts ... there used to be a highway
near here, lined with those walnuts and we'd see cars pulled over and
the occupants filling their trunks with those walnuts and I've wondered
how they got them opened ...
I think dropping a cement block on them works pretty well ... unless
they crack the cement block!
My family is very important
Posted: 11/9/2013 3:38:59 PM
it appears to me that the OP posed a question he had already determined
he "knew" the answer to and, despite no evidence for that decision ... and
despite other posters' opinions ... he "knows" the answer to be the answer
he came up with originally ... i.e., "my family is very important" is code for
something else ...
to quote Donnie Dark in "Butterflies are Free," "there are none so blind
as those will not see" ...
I don't have that statement in my profile but, if I did have it, I would mean
something along the lines of ... hmmm ... "my family is very important" so
if, for some reason, you don't understand how a person's family could be very
important to them, we're not going to be compatible ...
I wouldn't be saying anything at all about the level of importance I would give
to a new partner because that would depend on the partner and the quality of
our relationship ... how could a person determine before meeting someone
how important this unknown person would be ...
I'm with Moraima when she said, if you don't understand what was meant by
some line in a profile, ASK ...
Thanksgiving side dishes you ABSOLUTELY can not live with out.
Posted: 11/4/2013 12:42:27 PM
WOW ... that sounds WONDERFUL ...
( ... I tried to send you this note personally rather than monopolize
the thread ... but, according to Plenty of Fish, you don't accept
messages from people like me, whatever THAT means ... )
I'm definitely going to try that recipe ... thank you!
Thanksgiving side dishes you ABSOLUTELY can not live with out.
Posted: 11/3/2013 11:26:20 PM
... well, here we are at Thanksgiving again ... would be interested in hearing about
anyone else's "MUST HAVES" for Thanksgiving dinner ... mine are still pretty-much
the same as last year ...
I need inspiration for something new and different this year ...
Posted: 11/1/2013 5:16:44 PM
I wonder if using the rest of the buttermilk in the pancake mix that you
just add water to ... would improve that as well ??? just a thought ... I
hate to see anything go to waste ... in my case, my avoidance of waste has
become a flaw!!
Rum Candy Balls
Posted: 10/30/2013 8:40:16 PM
I finally found the recipe somewhere else ... in a post about "favorite recipes" ...
Despite ALL the WONDERFUL recipes that have been posted on here over the years ...
Landra posted this one on December 7, 2011 ... my ALL TIME and FOREVER favorite
recipe !!! (and they ARE addictive!)
A sleeve of saltines*
1 cup of butter
1 cup brown sugar
bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
chopped nuts if you want (I like blanched almonds)
Line jelly roll pan with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray, then fit as many
saltines on the pan as you can get in a single layer. Cook/boil butter and sugar until
it comes together, stirring the entire time-- about 2-3 minutes. Spoon over crackers
in jelly roll pan. Bake at 350⁰ for 10 minutes; watch closely because it will burn easily.
Remove from oven, then while it's hot, top evenly with the chocolate chips and smear
them around as they melt to form a layer of chocolate. Sprinkle the nuts over that.
Stick the pan in the freeze for about an hour or so, then break up the brittle into pieces.
You can also use graham crackers or Club/Townhouse crackers. I prefer saltines because
they have that hint of salt that compliments the sweetness of the sugar and chocolate.
You can also top with crushed peppermint candy. Makes a nice gift too.
Caution: is very addictive!
EDIT: I used Blue Diamond almond crackers and sprinkled the chocolate chips with
slivered or sliced almonds! ... wonderful ...
Rum Candy Balls
Posted: 10/30/2013 8:14:50 PM
... so Sean Ichiban posted the above on July 18th, 2009 ... did anyone try this?
has anyone tried anything similar?
I'm looking for candies to send as Christmas presents ... I was LOOKING FOR
the cracker brittle ... but haven't found it yet ... soooo good ...
anyone have any other candies that would qualify for traveling for Christmas??
Would you read a book about your life?
Posted: 10/27/2013 2:19:43 PM
... I'd read it ... I'd be too curious NOT to read it and I'd want to see if the book
accurately and appropriately documented areas that I've only seen from my very
limited perspective ... maybe the author would have some insights I've overlooked!
... there would be many times, though, when I'd be reading while simultaneously
screaming, "NO! NO! DON'T DO THAT!" the way you think when you're watching
a scary movie and someone says, "let's split up ... you explore the basement while I
go to the attic!" and you're thinking, "NO! NO!" but they do it anyway ... that's
how a lot of my life story would go ...
now ... if I could RE-WRITE that book! (smiling)
songs that scared us when we were kids
Posted: 10/27/2013 1:18:09 PM
as a child, I do think the scariest was "Rock A-Bye Baby" ... although
"3 Blind Mice" is probably equally as disgusting and creepy as the
thought of a baby falling from it's cradle in the tree ... those poor
little mice ... horrid farmer's wife ...
as an adult, I HATED that "Alone Again Naturally" song ... and the
"I'll Be Watching You" song always gave me the creeps ... but the
ending of that song the Mamas and the Papas sang about the
earthquake coming to Los Angeles ... the wailing of the dying ...
How to make new friends
Posted: 10/27/2013 1:03:25 PM
... CalGarden, you seem to have an awful lot of restrictions on who can
contact you here in Plenty of Fish ... do you have that many restrictions
in your personal life as well? you don't have to limit your friendships to
the same sorts of people you were friends with in Wyoming ... you might
discover new horizons here in California if you opened yourself up to a
larger variety of possibilities ...
tropical chicken dinner
Posted: 10/27/2013 11:56:44 AM
thank you for sharing, Mike ... your recipe sounds interesting ... I'll give it a
try ... since you're new to Plenty of Fish, I'd like to encourage you to keep
posting recipes in here, the Forums ... there are few people in here right now
because the powers that be make it difficult to find ... but the Forum Folks
are like the tides ... they ebb and flow ... almost 20 people have read your
recipe already and more will, too ... so, on behalf of everyone who DIDN'T
thank you but are probably trying your recipe ... I thank you!!!
I love chicken and rice together ... it seems like a natural ... the above recipe
could also be made with brown rice which I prefer because it has more
flavor ... I'll bet broccoli would be a good addition, too ...
Soul Mates defined at this time in our lives?
Posted: 10/25/2013 12:37:57 PM
long, long ago ... when I was married ... we were having a "romantic dinner" out
and my husband asked me if I thought I knew who my "soul mate" was ... I was
puzzled and didn't respond so, gazing at me romantically across the table with
a candle between us, he proceeded to spend the next 20 minutes or so, telling
me all about the beautiful Russian girl he'd seen in some class in high school
and never had the nerve to speak to her and he was convinced SHE was the ONE!
and how he'd recently looked her up, talked to her mother in Texas and determined
that this Russian girl had died ... so now, he would never know for sure ...
if our marriage wasn't on the rocks prior to that point, it was then for sure ... he
asked me again who I thought my "soul mate" was ... I said something like, "until
just now ... I'd thought it was you!" but I was thinking, "I'm sooo over this!"
Posted: 10/25/2013 10:44:57 AM
Since the O.P. titled this "Cobbler," I was expecting a variety of cobblers ... does
anyone else LOVE a good old-fashioned fruit cobbler? when I was a child, the
phrase I loved most to hear from one of my Aunties was "take this pail, run down
to the creek, fill it with blackberries and I'll make us some cobblers!" WOW ...
my Aunties made the BEST cobblers with whatever fruit was in season ... I'll
never forget the blackberry ones tho ...
I still follow the directions my Aunties gave where you just wash whatever fruit
you have, peeled or not but definitely seeded! (I had another Aunt who made pies
without seeding the cherries but that's another story)
the Aunties would mix the fruit with a little cornstarch and/or powdered sugar ...
my favorite was when they mixed powdered sugar with lemon juice and drizzled
that over the fruit ... my Aunties also always added cinnamon and nutmeg to their
sweetening/thickening sauce before they drizzled it over the fruit ... then, they'd let
the fruits "marry" or blend while they were mixing out biscuit dough ... they'd add
a little sugar to the biscuit dough but, otherwise, just biscuit dough ... drop biscuits
or, as they called them, "stickie biscuits" ...
put the sweetened thickened fruit in the bottom of whatever size pan or dish the
fruit fits ... and dropped spoonsful of stickie biscuit dough on top, not completely
covering the dish but just islands of biscuit dough ... so the fruit could peek thru!
I think probably a 425 to 450 oven, depending ... a long flat pan would cook faster
than a short deep dish ... the tops of the stickie biscuits would crisp up first and
were the first to be broken off and popped into children's mouths before the dish
was served! yum ...
my most recent cobbler was made using some small red delicious apples ... sheer
wonderfulness ... I ate the last piece of it for breakfast this morning ...
Posted: 10/23/2013 11:49:59 AM
I DO think that remembering that "life is a journey, not a destination" helps ... in
fact, I think I even put that on my profile, having started in my search for a
"mate," thinking it was a done deal ... thinking I'd want to have someone in my life
and he would magically just appear as soon as I'd decided ...
noooo ... doesn't work that way ... as a journey, I have to decide how I want mine
to go ... not necessarily the destination but the journey ... there are mitigating factors
to be considered such as how far away I want to be from my children ... do I want to
stay in this quiet little town or go somewhere that could be more exciting ... do I want
to stay in my house or move into an active condo/apartment situation where there
are many other singles? I have to decide on my life style with regard to the journey,
not necessarily the outcome or destination ... how does it work for me NOW?
we make decisions every day that contribute to the "end of ... journey" as DragonBits
mentioned ... I've been thinking quite a bit about the everyday decisions that have
led me to where I am ... single ... I can see the decisions ... specifically the ones where
I've ended a relationship I'd initially had high hopes for ... and I can't say I regret any
of those decisions! even though, here I am, single! it is the journey that's important
to me ... because the "end of the journey" or the destination could happen at any
second ... I want to enjoy the journey ...
Trigeminal neuralgia and pain management
Posted: 10/21/2013 11:01:19 AM
My daughter, who was in the last semesters of a nursing program, experienced
serious trigeminal neuralgia that was debilitating ... she saw 2 different Family
Practitioners before she finally got in to see a Neurologist ... she had many tests
including an MRI and a couple of CT scans, blood work, on and on ... was on
anti-seizure medications, pain meds, etc. they ruled out shredding aneurism,
tumors, on and on ... the list of potential etiologies had gotten to the zebra
category ... (when you hear hooves, think horses instead of unicorns) ...
She woke up one morning, unable to close her mouth correctly because her jaw
was mal-aligned ... she got in to see her dentist within a couple of hours and he
diagnosed an abscessed tooth, far back, bottom ... it was so abscessed that it was
pushing her tooth out resulting in an inability to close her mouth correctly ... he's
currently in the process of doing a root canal, she's on antibiotics, the dentist is
hoping to save the tooth ... and she hasn't had an episode of trigeminal neuralgia
since he started working on the tooth ...
I realize that's a unicorn in a zebra case ... but ... it happened ...
oh ... she missed so many classes that she'll have to fly back to this particular
school to re-take one 5-week class next year ... it happens ...
What no deviled eggs thread?
Posted: 10/17/2013 9:25:23 AM
I've just finished making some deviled eggs and it was NOT EASY ... I've made
deviled eggs before and thought it would be like falling off a log ... BUT ...
I used eggs that were about a week shy of their "best by" date ... so they were NOT
too fresh ... I let them come to room temperature before adding them to cool water
and bringing it all to a boil ... promptly turned off the fire and let the eggs sit in the
hot water for 25 min. ... dumped out the hot water and replaced with cold ... then
same way I always do boiled eggs ... BUT ... the shells would NOT come off easily ...
I practically ruined my right thumb and index finger, trying to get the shells off
the eggs ... THEN the egg yolks wouldn't come out of the egg whites and I had to
use a spoon to dig 'em out ...
after that, all was good ... I wanted them to be bland due to diet restrictions of
some of the people I was making them for ... so I mashed the yolks, added salt,
yellow mustard, low-fat mayo ... they whipped up perfectly ... I loaded the base
egg whites and sprinkled with Lawry's seasoned pepper ...
but ... does anyone have any idea why the eggs were so difficult? what did I do
wrong? these were medium sized brown eggs ... are medium sized eggs more
difficult to shell?
Over age 45 do we tend to be able to hide our negatives for longer?
Posted: 10/16/2013 2:12:37 PM
... I agree whole-heartedly with what Phoenix 55 was saying that, 3 months
is about the max people can hide their true selves ... I especially agree when
she says, "but you'll try to convince yourself that you're just looking for deal-
breakers." True. So true. I'm great at convincing myself that they ARE who
I wanted them to be ... blinded to the reality of who they are ...
I'd been dating a man for just about 3 months when, we were standing in the
parking lot of a restaurant and he suddenly started yelling that, whenever he
was with me, he felt like he was cheating on his dead wife ... like that was MY
FAULT? he was making it MY FAULT that he was cheating on a person who
had died 3 years earlier? I don't see how that could be MY fault!
another man who had been interested in me and my life, suddenly ... at about
the 3-month mark, lost interest ... it could be that I'm just boring but, if so,
you'd think he'd have said, "you're boring" and leave ... but no ... he'd call me
every night at exactly the same time and, without more than a "hello?" from me,
he'd launch into a liturgy of everything that had happened in his day ... at the
end of 30 to 60 minutes of his non-stop talking, he'd say something along the
lines of, "well, my dinner is ready to eat now so I'll call you tomorrow!" ummm
thanks for calling?
I wish they'd be UP FRONT about their lunacies instead of wasting 3 months
of my time pretending to be something they can't truly be ...
Posted: 10/15/2013 8:08:50 PM
I know a darling little 3-year-old with similar problems ... she LOVES her
"yummy gummies" ... a fruit flavored fiber gummy ... the biggest problem
is in restricting her to ONLY one in the morning and one in the afternoon!
she thinks they're very good! good luck with your little guy ...
Can you admit - what kind of drunk are YOU?
Posted: 10/11/2013 11:52:55 PM
I rarely get drunk because I don't like the taste of most alcoholic drinks and,
more importantly, have one drink and become unbelievably drowsy and boring!
BUT when I was probably 18 years old, my best friend and I got drunk with our
boyfriends ... I felt like I wasn't drunk at all and was having a normal evening
until the next morning when we ALL woke up sprawled over the same bed ...
and I clearly remembered sitting on the floor in the bathroom the night before
while watching my friend's boyfriend puke into the toilet ... and the other 3 of
us were sharing a plate of barbecued chicken ...
yeah ... that pretty-much cured me of drinking ...
Single and Loving it
Posted: 10/11/2013 9:47:46 PM
... I hadn't read the article but, based on your comments, I found the magazine and
did take the time to read it ... I, too, agreed with the author when she said, "I just
don't think I'm meant to be a wife, certainly not at this point in my life."
I suspect I was never meant to be a "wife" ... I'd make an excellent companion, lover,
fun date or partner ... but "wife"?? I don't think so ... especially when ministers are
so inclined to "declare you man and wife" ... hmmmm ... HE gets to remain a "man"
while I'm designated as the "wife" ... no, no, no ...
I wasn't surprised that the author's research concluded that men over 55 would
rather be in a relationship ... but was surprised that she concluded that only 24%
of singles over 50 preferred to be single ... I'd have expected more of us to be
happily single ... but the article was vague about the quoted statistics ...
who knows? maybe I'll want to be in a love relationship when I'm older ...
Posted: 10/9/2013 1:55:21 PM
about 4 years have passed since I last posted about cornbread ... and I've
come to grips w/some of my dietary restrictions that I was trying to
ignore before ...
I love this cooler autumn weather where I can warm my kitchen by
turning on the oven! which is something I won't do all summer!
the cornbread I made for breakfast this morning:
set the oven at 400 degrees ... and started
12 sausage links, browning in a heavy cast iron skillet
1 cup of yellow corn meal
1 cup of rice flour
3 tbsp. ground flax seeds
1/2 cup of dark brown sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
about 1/4 cup dried onion pieces
to that, I stirred in:
1 cup of flax "milk"
1/3 cup light vegetable oil
3 small brown eggs
stirred briefly and, when the sausage links were browned, I
spread them out nicely and poured the batter over ... I baked
for approximately 35 min. until nicely browned ... wow! I
thought it was a bit too sweet maybe but, otherwise, wonderful!
it was hot and spicy ...
this made 8 servings at 490 calories each serving ... 200
calories of which were fat ... which is kinda horrible ...
if I do this again, I'll use turkey sausage which is really just
as tasty as the pork kind and would reduce the fat considerably ...
the sausage added 1,080 calories to the entire dish ... 900 of
which were fat calories ... the turkey sausage would be FAR
Posted: 10/8/2013 4:34:16 PM
when I bought my house and it was going thru escrow, I was informed as to
an estimate of the property taxes ... which have fluctuated from year to year
since ... they're paid out of my impound account ...
and I wasn't particularly surprised at the amount of money from my impound
that went toward FIRE insurance ... but, when FEMA went thru a few years
ago and decided our County had not been properly maintaining the run-off flood
rivers, I was shocked to discover a NEW large charge on my impound account for
the FLOOD insurance ... you might want to check into that as well ... fire and
flood insurance requirements and costs ...
ladies, what's the kind of cologne/aftershave you like best
Posted: 10/4/2013 11:24:36 PM
there's nothing more off-putting than wanting to get to know a man
better but my head is throbbing or I just can't breathe because he's
wearing some overpowering strong scent ... what I like a man to smell
like is good old fashioned cleanliness ...
I never wear perfume as I don't want to cause someone else to have
health issues ... I can't avoid scents though ... my lotion smells like
summer at the beach and tanning with coconut oil ... add in the
scent of my shampoo ... my body wash ... I've had a lot of people
ask me what perfume I'm wearing ... nothing ... no perfume ... just
good old fashioned cleanliness ...
Posted: 10/4/2013 6:55:51 PM
I've been proud of my cooking all my life, doing everything the
"right" way including cooking "from scratch" ... WELL ... now ...
I've had a couple of health slow-downs and have discovered
the joys of cooking the EASY way!
I've always used a combination of dark and white chicken parts,
usually the entire bird ... now, I've discovered I can buy boneless,
skinless (I know, tasteless) chicken breast pieces already frozen
so they keep well ... and I discovered some frozen veggies that
include whole little carrots, chunky good green beans and the
the good cooks on this site are going to shudder here ... I toss
a couple of pieces of chicken breast into water and simmer ...
then I add the whole bag of veggies ... simmer just a few minutes
and add ... (I'm apologizing in advance) ... a can of Campbell's
Chicken and Rice Soup ...
forgive me ... but ... it's pretty good !!!
Posted: 10/2/2013 8:37:50 AM
... on a roll from last week's wonderful pinto and beef soup ... which
I froze half of ... THIS week, I decided to do white northern beans
with ham ... wow! really great!
I soaked, rinsed, added more water and started cooking the white beans
... tossed in some celery, carrots and onion ... added quite a lot of dried
mustard powder! finally, when the beans were almost done, I sizzled
up a nice slice of ham ... cut it into smallish pieces and added to the
beans when it was nicely browned ... I scooped some of the soup into
the ham skillet to get up all the browned bits and flavor ... then poured
that back into the bean soup in the Dutch oven ...
I love fall when it's cool enough to begin cooking again ... I made another
batch of applesauce, too ... with blueberries this time so it's a fabulous color!
Easy applesauce recipe?
Posted: 10/1/2013 12:15:12 PM
so here I am, 5 years later, making applesauce! and this was the only applesauce
thread I could find ... I agree w/Charon that seeds, stems and cores make applesauce
nasty ... bitter ...
otherwise ... I took a bag of apples ... this time, used red delicious ... washed all of
them, cut them into quarters, dug out the stems and cores then cut them into
cubes ... my 3-year-old granddaughter "helped" me by eating some of the fruit!
I did NOT add water because there's no need for water ... apples are plenty juicy ...
I added a little bit of cloves ... a little more nutmeg ... a lot of cinnamon ... and some
raw golden sugar ... AND a tablespoon of butter ... just because butter tastes
sometimes I add other fruits ... craisins, for example ... this morning, I had some
blueberries so tossed them in as well ... last week, I used two different kinds of
apples ... I've used a lot of different fruits ... peaches ... sometimes I add lemon
juice but usually not ...
the applesauce has been slowly simmering for well over an hour now and that's just
fine ... the whole house smells HEAVENLY ... what I'd consider heavenly anyway ...
and that's really a perk ...
not only do you end up with fabulous applesauce ... but you have the additional
benefit of a wonderful-smelling house all morning ...
When your best friend doesn't want to be friends anymore
Posted: 9/28/2013 12:25:19 PM
when I had a "best friend" who indicated she didn't want to be my friend
any more ... by ignoring me or by an actual statement like ... oh, I don't
know ... "I don't want to be friends with you any more!" ... when that
happened to me, she and I talked about it ...
we came to the mutual decision that, in fact, she DIDN'T want to be my
friend any more ... (her reasons were odd but that's ok ... they were HER
reasons) ... and I stopped trying to contact her.
she didn't want to be friends and that's ok. it doesn't matter who was right
or who was wrong or whether her reasons made a bit of sense ... or if I still
miss her ... it doesn't matter ... SHE doesn't want to be friends with me ...
and, in a friendship, if one person doesn't want to play that game, it's over ...
The Crazy Ones
Posted: 9/28/2013 12:11:16 PM
sorry I missed it ... I'll try to catch it next week ... although I admit a little
bit of Robin Williams can go a long way!! I did catch the bit when he was
on the David Letterman show ... someone must have invented the word
"zany" while thinking of Robin Williams!
there should be a division of labor on creative venues ... one person is the
"star" ... others "support" ... and the directors need to tell them when they've
gone off track and need to reign it in ... when the mad-genius-comedic star takes
over, producing AND directing AND starring ... they have a tendency to produce
a show that's not balanced ...
just my opinion on mad-genius-comedians in general ... I'm looking forward
to catching the show next week ... sounds fun ... I'll try to "let go," suspend my
disbeliefs ... and just have fun, watching what the show has to offer ...
Statements in profiles that make you say NEXT!
Posted: 9/28/2013 12:01:52 PM
the statement I got recently that was the biggest "NEXT!" yet ... was the photo
of an obviously ageing, grossly obese man, apparently standing in his bathroom,
GLOWERING at the camera ... and naked, at least from the belly button up ...
I can't imagine that works for him but, still, he's using it ... so ??? his message
to me was completely inarticulate so I'm guessing he's gotta turn heads by using
his body ...
I TRY to be NOT critical ... or mean ... but ... wow.
Posted: 9/27/2013 10:13:19 PM
... this is an oldie ... but it's that time of year again when soups, beans,
applesauce comes to mind ...
today, I soaked pinto beans ... when they were ready to be cooked, I browned
some ground beef in my Dutch oven, chopped white onion and some garlic ...
when that was all nicely browned, I'd rinsed the beans and added them to the
beef mixture ... added dried mustard powder ... then some carrots ... I think I
added TOO MANY carrots so ended up mashing them! cooked on and off today ...
somewhere along the line, I added 5 small tomatoes ...
I waited till the beans were done to add salt and was amazed at how much it
took ... the bean soup was really wonderful ... I SHOULD have made cornbread
but felt too lazy and don't need the extra calories anyway ...
I felt so domestic that I went ahead and made applesauce for dessert using
red delicious apples with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves !!!
Slow cooker apple butter for canning.
Posted: 9/24/2013 11:49:49 AM
... it IS that time of year again, Rzxarsr ...
thank you for posting this again as a reminder ... I was just this morning
wondering what sorts of things I could make for Christmas presents ...
and here is a GREAT IDEA ...
anyone else have other ideas ... ??? I love the pumpkin/apple concept!
hmmmm ... I wonder where that cracker brittle recipe is ...
If you could do it all over again...
Posted: 8/31/2013 9:03:30 PM
responding to the question before us: "If you could do it all again, would you choose another career path?"
ultimately, I got to the career that made me happiest, the one for which I was best suited ... but it was a long, tortuous, twisted and winding path to get there ... if I knew then what I know now, I could have eliminated a lot of (for me) dead-end efforts ... I worked in banking administration ... being an office manager ... quietly typing ... lots of clerical and secretarial jobs in the legal field ... even tried my hand at sales jobs ... these jobs were good, I did well ... but there was always something lacking ...
eventually, I fell into the field that made me happiest, that of medical care ... something I could actually believe in ... where it felt like my work meant something at the end of the day ... where patients were better off because of the work my co-workers and I had accomplished during that day ... I wish I'd found that path sooner ...
Hardwater vs. Softwater
Posted: 8/28/2013 1:31:42 PM
the water where I live in the central San Joaquin Valley in California is relatively "hard" ... I've been visiting my sister in Eugene, Oregon and my daughter in Seattle, Washington ... their water is considered "soft" ... after the first shower, I noticed my skin is delightfully softer and my hair shinier and silkier ... I'm loving it!
Empty Nest Syndrome
Posted: 8/26/2013 12:06:19 PM
hi, Melannie ...
I went through a similar situation when my daughter married and took HER daughter (they'd been living with me the entire time) and moved to Hawaii ... wow ... "empty nest" to the max set in !! I couldn't even drive across town to see them!
first, I tried to revel in it ... driving home from work, wondering what I "had to do" tonight, realizing I lived alone and didn't "have to do" ... ANYTHING ...
but the reveling wasn't authentic ... I kept wishing I had family to share with ... until ... until my son, daughter-in-law and grandson moved in to fill the void ... wow ... ouch ...
when they moved out 3 months later, my "empty nest" was happily alone! so watch what you wish for ... I'd wished for family and got family! when they left, I was better-prepared for aloneness ...
as a suggestion, I would specifically recommend you NOT fill the void with a pet ... not initially ...
if it were me facing an empty nest again ... I would first just sit and think of what I WANTED to do ... and fill it in that way ... I've volunteered here and there, joined a hiking club, joined a writers' group, been a bit more active in other social activities, supported issues I believe in ...
congratulations on your new status ... it's gonna be fun!
Memory of a favorite pet
Posted: 8/2/2013 11:24:31 AM
I've had quite a few wonderful pets ... and I may even shed a tear now and then,
thinking about them ... for the most part, you know when you acquire the pet
that their life span will probably be shorter than yours so I've steeled myself to
the knowledge that I'll probably outlive them ... I've cared for them as well as
I could and, when the time came, I've sat with some of them, telling them that,
"everything will be alright," meaning for THEM, not necessarily for ME ...
picking a favorite pet would be difficult ... my chow-chows Bear and Ashley are
probably contenders for that spot ... but I grew quite fond of a stray orange
tiger-striped kitten I rescued Tigger ... the one I most recently cried over was
an Australian Shepherd named Chester who died about 1982 or so, trying to
rescue me ...
right now, my favorite pet is my small parrot Sunny ... HE will probably
outlive ME ... his life span is around 30 years and he and I have only been
sharing the house since about 1994 maybe ... and he out-lived his previous
old lady owner!
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