Sunday, August 20, 2017

Week 87, 8-20-2017

Thoughts and Quotes: May you walk through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life.  Apache Blessing

For international viewers who don't know the name, the Apaches are a Native American tribe, known for their bravery.


Thank you: To Brandon at the library for the photos on my header. I wouldn't have figured this out in a million years. 

And speaking of libraries, our library tax bill passed, so we will now have our very own library here in Nixa. I've already started gathering things for the teas, as you will see later. No sense carting things back and forth between libraries, and besides, the two libraries might have a tea on the same day, and then what would we do?

I'm going to keep track of the expenses so you can see how inexpensively you can gather things for a tea at your library. The ladies love them, and you've never seen happier smiles than the ones on the little girls at mother-daughter teas. 

Tasting: My nephew broke his ankle and my brother (his father) is staying with him. I've been over a couple of times to have dinner. Saturday I took a pecan pie and realized that you might like to have the recipe handy on the pull downs above.

PECAN PIE
(Karo® syrup)

3 eggs
1 cup Karo® syrup
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbs butter, melted
1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
9” pie crust

Heat oven to 350°.

Using a spoon or whisk, mix all filling ingredients except pecans.

Stir in pecans.

Pour into pie crust.

Bake 60-70 minutes or until center reaches 200° in center. If done, center will spring back when lightly touched.

Note: You can also use coarsely chopped English walnuts for a walnut pie.




And I needed a quick dessert to take to a friend's house, so I made this easy cake, origin unknown.


TWO-INGREDIENT CAKE

1 cake mix
1 12-oz can Sprite

Heat oven to 350°.

Mix Sprite with cake mix using a hand mixer. Beat on medium 2 minutes.

Pour batter into a Bundt pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

Bake 20-25 minutes.

Cool completely.

Dust with powdered sugar, drizzle with glaze, or frost.

Note: If you frost, I  suggest using Pudding Frosting.





And some down-home tasting at Rosie Jo's. Bad girl!



Thrifting: Then across the street for some shopping. I found this beautiful butter dish for cooking club friend Mim, who just returned from a trip to Rome. $2




And this sweet little dish for cooking club friend Bev who loves Paris and has even celebrated Bastille Day while sitting on the lawn by the Eiffel Tower to watch the fireworks. She's a minimalist and might tell me "no", but maybe not as it's small. $1



I also found this cute couple - my favorite kind of ceramics; the kind you buy as "greenware", paint, and fire.$2 each.


Another lovely Asian lady to join the other two on the Asian table - see week 70, HERE and scroll down. $1



A Spanish senorita for an international table - $2


And things for the new library - dessert plates, $1 each.


Four water glasses - a bargain at 50 cents each.


No use for sherberts at the tea, so I'm keeping them - also 50 cents each.



The Pepper and Pals Report: Pepper continues to chase Stormy back out to the indoor patio if she enters the house; however, when he's in her territory, he loves her. The other day he pawed the side of the carrier to wake her. No luck, so he pawed the other side. Still sleeping, so he decided to join her. She continues to rearrange the patio and scatter her toys (and other things), so I tell her she's a brat cat. She won't eat until I pet her a few strokes.


I'm reporting this with tears on my cheeks. All five kittens have disappeared. Recently a kitty was poisoned where a friend lives in another city, so that was my first thought. But what kind of monster is evil enough to murder innocent little kittens? They only came on my outdoor patio and went under the fence to live in the hayfield behind us. I doubt that anyone even knew of them except my neighbor (who loved them), and readers of my blog. It's truly a mystery. BJ, the mother, had such a sad look on her face the first day she came alone. The next day she ate only a few bites, and she didn't show up for dinner last night or breakfast this morning. I'll keep you posted.

Taking Care of Our Health: How did you do with eating apples? I ate applesauce twice, drank apple juice once, and chopped them into my oatmeal or Cream of Wheat three times - love that.


And once I chopped them, two minutes on high in the microwave, a little sugar, topped with whipping cream and nutmeg, and Voila! dessert.


I recently saw a report about magnesium, which was really interesting. According to the report, a shortage of magnesium can cause the following:

Constipation

Depression or Anxiety

Frequent Headaches

High Blood Pressure

Increased Sensitivity to Noise

Irregular Heartbeat

Insomnia

Low Bone Density

Low Energy

Twitching or Cramping of Legs

Type 2 Diabetes

Foods high in magnesium are:
Protein Sources

Edamame, Fish, Halibut, Salmon, Soybeans, Tofu

Fruits and Vegetables

Artichokes, Avocado, Bananas, Broccoli, Chard, Figs, Okra, Spinach, Raspberries, Strawberries, Watermelon

Grains

Buckwheat, Corn, Flax Seed, Millet, Oats, Quinoa, Wheat Germ, Wholewheat Bread

Legumes

Black Turtle Beans, Kidney Beans, Peanuts, Peanut Butter, Pinto Beans

Seeds and Nuts

Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds

Other

Cashews, Dark Chocolate, Molasses, Peas (not specified if dried - legumes) or (fresh - vegetables)

I assume that halibut and salmon are higher sources than other fish, and that's why they were singled out.

So - this week's assignment is to eat one of the above foods each day, while continuing to eat apples every day.

Even if you don't have a magnesium deficiency, it can't hurt you to eat these healthful foods.

Tablescapes: The four October tablescapes are finished. We're getting there.


A Walk in the Autumn Woods




Apples
The snack set had soup in the cup, quiche and a small salad on the plate, tea in the cup and saucer, assorted muffins in the apple baskets, and spreads in the opaque apple dish.




Autumn Meadow
The funny part is that the name of this dish set is "Summer Meadow". Looked autumn to me.




Brown-Eyed Susans




The National Days: Some yummy days coming up this week. 

Monday: If you're not old enough to celebrate Senior Citizens Day, you can eat spumoni.

Tuesday: If you don't want to loose a tooth so you can celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day, you can eat a pecan torte.

Wednesday: It's Sponge Cake Day. I've never made one. Maybe this is the time.

Thursday: If you're not from Maryland, you can eat waffles or peach pie.

Friday: Put together a second-hand wardrobe or eat a banana split.

Saturday: Dog Day. If you don't have a dog, you can eat a cherry popsicle. It's also Women's Equality Day. I don't know, Ladies. Are we ready to give up being superior?

Sunday: Pots de creme Day. Love it!

EAT THOSE APPLES

AND FOODS HIGH IN MAGNESIUM

CELEBRATE THE NATIONAL DAYS

TIME FOR ONE MORE SUMMER PICNIC

CONSIDER A CLASS AT THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE OR ON-LINE THROUGH YOUR LIBRARY

START COLLECTING THE ITEMS NEEDED FOR A TEA AT YOUR LIBRARY - ENLIST THE HELP OF YOUR FRIENDS

THANK YOU FOR SHARING MY LIFE















Sunday, August 13, 2017

Week 86, 8-13-2017

Thoughts and QuotesDeep summer is when laziness finds respectability.
                                                                                  Sam Keen 

I certainly hope so, because I took a day off and watched the first six episodes of Home Fires. I dragged myself through the book, but loved the program. I missed it on PBS, but found that my library has twelve episodes, meaning that I have six to go and can't wait.

The program is nothing like the book,though it has the same cover, and the program says that it's based on a book called Jam Busting. As the King of Siam would say, "'Tis a puzzlement".  

If your library has the DVD's, be lazy and watch them. You'll be glad, and you'll still be respectable. Sam says so.



Pepper and Pals: BJ looks as if she's saying, "I surrender. Go ahead and nurse, even though I should have weaned you by now".


And this is the janitor, who cleans up every night.


Time for Others: We finished two Sketches cards. In order - Jeanne, Katie, Patsy




Things that Grow: Thankfully, the Japanese beetles have gone for the year. The zinnias suffered the least. I'm still harvesting cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, butternut squash, and beets. Blossoms on the zucchini, but no produce. I haven't cooked any of the beets lately; they might be hard as rocks.


Tasting: We had our August cooking club lunch at Bev's.


August 10, 2017, at Bev’s

THE TABLE




THE MENU

Chilled Raspberry Soup

Chicken Salad

Boiled Egg “Mushrooms”

Cantaloupe Slices

Pickle Heart

Carrot/Olive Flower

Sister Shubert Rolls

Cornucopia Berry Dessert

Iced Tea

THE FOOD




PARTY FAVORS




THE RECIPES

Beverly’s Chilled Raspberry Soup

2 cups raspberries
2 cups water (divided)
1 cup sugar
1 Tbs raspberry syrup
1 Tbs cornstarch
2 Tbs Framboise
2/3 cup almond milk
2 cups freshly made crème fraiche

Put raspberries and 1-1/3 cups water in a saucepan and simmer 3 minutes.

Strain to remove seeds.

Add sugar, 2/3 cup water, raspberry syrup, cornstarch and Framboise. Cool.

Add almond milk and cream fraiche.

Chill until ready to serve.

Garnish with raspberries or whipping cream.



BEVERLY’S CHICKEN SALAD

2-1/2 cups cooked chicken or turkey breast, cut in cubes
1 small can water chestnuts, diced
1/2 cup chopped celery
3/4 cup mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
3/4 tsp curry powder (or less)
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 cup seedless grapes, cut in half (can use Mandarin oranges, if preferred)
1 cup drained pineapple chunks
Half of a red onion, finely diced
Salt and pepper to taste
Toasted almonds for garnish
Cantaloupe slices, optional

Mix chicken, water chestnuts, onion, and celery.

Make sauce of mayonnaise, curry powder, soy sauce, and lemon juice.

Add to chicken mixture and store in the refrigerator overnight.

To serve, add grapes and pineapple to salad and place on a lettuce leaf.

Garnish with almonds and decorate plate with cantaloupe slice(s).

BOILED EGG “MUSHROOMS”

 Boil the egg and peel; cut off a thin slice of the wide bottom and set on a bit of curly kale.

Cut off a quarter of the top of a Roma tomato and hollow it. Place it on top of the egg.

Dip a toothpick in mayonnaise and make “polka dots” over the top of the tomato.

ICE CREAM CONE CORNUCOPIAS

For each serving, place a bit of Cool Whip on a dessert plate and secure the cone on its side so that it looks like a cornucopia.

Fill with Cool Whip, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, or fruit of your choice; spreading the mixture out onto the plate so that it seems the filling spilled out of the cone.

Garnish the plate with chocolate wafers of choice and a strawberry rose.

You can also use a very thin slice of cantaloupe and roll it to resemble a rose bud. Secure with a toothpick.

Hide the toothpick with small mint leaves, if desired.

Tablescapes: September tablescapes. I stole one from October - must get busy.

Casual Duck Breakfast




 Soup and Salad



  


Green and Brown Leaves





Sunday Dinner





Taking Care of My Health: Brother Bill and I started a health plan which I abandoned when my life got complicated (seems to happen often). The idea was to add one thing per week, and the plan was cumulative. Week two was added to week one, so that you did two things in week two, three in week three, etc. 

There's nothing difficult - it just takes determination and planning. Week one is easy. Eat apples every day - raw, cooked, juice, baked, applesauce, your choice. I started to say that week one is a piece of cake, but that didn't really fit, did it?

Start a little chart and mark you progress.

EAT YOUR APPLES

SMILE AT EVERYONE

STAY POSITIVE

EAT A WATERMELON BEFORE THEY'RE GONE

TRY A NEW RECIPE THIS WEEK

BUY SOME NEW SCHOOL CLOTHES, EVEN IF YOU DON'T GO TO SCHOOL

THANK YOU FOR SHARING MY LIFE