Jun 152014

Father’s Day is for letting our memories drift back to when we reached up to hold our daddy’s hand.

Traveling with Daddy, riding on a Toboggan
Traveling with Daddy on a wintry day, riding on a Toboggan

My Dad: These were times when I could share quiet walks with daddy, which was before noisy snowmobiles got us there quicker.  He was the strong, silent type that showed, rather than told me how to do things.  I earned a stern look when I did something not acceptable, which was louder than a lecture.

Dad always knew how to fix what was broken and I learned by watching. Yes, I could change a flat tire if I had too.

Daddy netting the Fish on Canadian Trip

Dad netting my record breaking 11 1/2 pound Walleyed Pike, on our family fishing trip in Canada

My Husband’s Dad:  Going fishing with dad was always a special time.  The experience of traveling to Canada for fishing Walleyes and Northern Pike was the trip of a lifetime.  Helping his son (my husband) bring in his fish was more important than catching that “big one” himself.

Our Dads knew that giving encouragement was so much better than giving criticism.

Retelling these wonderful experiences to our children, is the priceless legacy that will keep them alive forever in our memory.

This is an easy recipe that a very young chef, with some guidance, can make as a special treat for Father’s Day.

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Chocolate Bread Pudding
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6
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This bread pudding can be served warm or cold. Either Cinnamon-Raisin Bread or Cinnamon Bread can be used, depending on preference.
  • 1 tablespoon butter, plus more for baking dish
  • 8 slices (8 ounces) cinnamon or cinnamon-raisin bread
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly butter an 11x7 inch (or 9-inch square) baking dish; set aside.
  3. Toast bread (in the oven or toaster) until lightly crisped.
  4. In a medium saucepan, combine milk, chocolate, and butter; place over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until chocolate has melted, about 5 minutes.
  5. Tear bread into large pieces (about 4 or 5 per slice); scatter evenly in prepared baking dish.
  6. In a medium bowl, wisk together eggs, granulated sugar, and vanilla.
  7. Wisk in warm milk mixture until combined.
  8. Pour over bread.
  9. Bake until pudding has puffed and is firm, about 25 minutes.
  10. Cool at least 10 minutes, and dust with confectioners powdered sugar just before serving.

May memories of your father’s love surround you with happiness on this Father’s Day too.

Past My Curfew is sharing his uniquely wonderful story for Father’s Day. Phoenix and his dad are celebrating a Cancer Free, second chance at enjoying each other’s company. Warning: Be sure to have a few tissues handy.

Dec 062013

There are many ways to cook a Thanksgiving dinner, but I couldn’t believe anyone ever tried a dishwasher!cooking in a dishwasher

This 1970’s picture shows a large salmon with vegetables, wrapped in tin foil and cooked in their dishwasher.  The story is here. Cooking in a car b que cooking in a bbq cooker

Or, how about lasagna in your dishwasher.  Set the dishwasher to normal cycle and select ‘heated dry’ and ‘sanitize’ settings for maximum heat.

To clean your dishes at the same time, place food in airtight sealed jars.  Select regular dishwashing cycles and add the detergent.  Now that’s taking multi-tasking to another level!

Hungry road travelers can eat tasty manifold grilled meals that are called Car-B-Que. This is really what I would call fast food for road kill.

Did you know that hot dog cookers are also available for snowmobiles that strap to your exhaust?  The story didn’t say where the Ketchup and pickles are stored.

Our thanksgiving turkey was smoked over mesquite to a golden crispness in this elite barbeque rotisserie smoker oven.

The HolySmoke Barbeque company made all these hams and turkeys for Thanksgiving.  The smoked flavor was amazing.

If your mouth is watering now, their facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/HolysmokeBarbeque    How was your Thanksgiving dinner cooked?

Oct 032013

We are making bubbles that grow like a snake at Camp Grandma.   bubble blowing craftThis recipe makes long lasting bubbles that stay firm and won’t break.

Mix 1 cup of distilled water with 2 tablespoons Dawn dishwashing liquid.  Add 1 tablespoon of glycerin, stir and let sit for 24 hours before using.

The bottom of a plastic bottle was cut off, covered with a dry handy wipe and held in place with a rubber band.bubble blower craftbubble blow craft

The boys decided to add food
coloring, which makes some very cool looking bubbles.

The bottom of the bottle was dipped each time into the bubble solution.

The bubbles will hold their form and keep growing as long as you keep blowing.

Unfortunately, their hands will be colorful for a few days.

What soapy liquid isn’t used can be stored in a bottle for another fun time.

We used the required Camp Grandma mess control.  This project was done on a large tray, with newspapers and toweling layered on the dining table.

Next time, we want to try this outside with string or larger hoops than what you buy in stores.  Is there a way to color the bubbles and not their fingers?

Sep 162013

Cherry Peach Crisp RecipeHave you ever wondered what happens when you mix peaches and bing cherries together?  It becomes a purplish, peachy combo.

I didn’t have enough of either fruit to make a dessert.  So, I combined what I had and the mixture came out delicious and pretty!

This is an old family recipe that will never be the same again.  What recipe did you dare to change that turned out better or worse.

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Peach 'n Cherry Crisp
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
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A fruit dessert that's compatible with any combination of fresh or frozen fruit
  • 4 cups sliced fruit (apples, peach, cherry)
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ⅓ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar (white or brown)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup walnuts (optional)
  1. Place fruit in an 8 x 8 inch pan. Mix together the remaining ingredients with a pastry blender or fork. Pack on top of fruit. Bake 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until the fruit is done.

Aug 262013

I found a rhubarb recipe, that I couldn’t resist trying.  But first, I couldn’t resist tweaking the Rhubarb Crisp Reciperecipe to the point of not even resembling the original version.

If you aren’t crazy about the tartness of rhubarb, you’ll love this sweeter combination of apples, strawberries, and of course the rhubarb.  Please share your favorite rhubarb recipe.


Rhubarb Crumb Torte
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Serves: 12
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  • 2 ready made pie crusts
  • 5 cups rhubarb
  • 1 peeled and finely chopped apple
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries or 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅓ cup shortening or margarine
  1. Preheat oven at 400 degrees.
  2. Spread the 2 ready made pie crusts into a 9 x 13 inch pan. With a fork, poke holes in crust and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until crust is lightly browned.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  4. For the filling, in a large bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, cinnamon. Add the rhubarb, apple, and strawberries or blueberries and the water. Mix and place into pan over the baked crust. Dot with butter.
  5. For the crumb topping, using the same bowl, mix together the flour, oats and salt; stir in sugar and spices. Cut in shortening until mixture is crumbly. Spread crumb topping over filling and cover the crust edges so the crust doesn't burn.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes or until fruit is tender.

Aug 152013

I love great tasting recipes that are easy to make, but look like you slaved for hours to prepare. Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe

Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu
4 chicken breasts
4 thin slices ham
4 thin slices swiss cheese
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/3 cup melted butter
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

Cut a deep pocket in the side of each chicken breast.  Fold a ham slice around a cheese slice & tuck into the pocket.  Skewer with toothpicks to secure.  Combine seasoned bread crumbs with pepper.  Roll chicken in butter, then in bread crumbs.  Place on buttered baking sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until lightly browned and tender.  Brush chicken with left-over butter as needed, to keep from becoming dry.  Makes 4 servings.

Red Potatoes
Wash and slice the red potatoes and place in a heated frying pan with a small amount of olive oil.  Turn the oil coated slices one time and sprinkle with purchased or homemade Italian seasoning.  Then turn again and season the other side.  Fry until browned.

Homemade Italian Seasoning
3 tablespoons each of basil, oregano, and parsley
1 tablespoon each of garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, and rosemary
1 tablespoon each of black pepper and red pepper flakes
Mix all ingredients in a spice grinder.  Store in an airtight jar for up to 6 months.
Bon Appétit

A link to this post and other fun food posts appear on Marcia Maynes’ Foodie Tuesdays.

Jul 042013

I love the fragrance and flavor of fresh herbs, and having to run outside to snip some for a recipe takes time and ambition.  Since it’s a known fact that natural fragrances help us enjoy life, my kitchen chores might even become more enjoyable now.

herb jar blogAcrylic paints are non-toxic according to the “This Old House” website, so I painted the insides of the jars for a shinier look.  Titanium dioxide replaced lead in paint 30 years ago, and is edible.  Would you believe it’s in products such as toothpaste to give it whiteness, as well as meringue pie?

I painted the label area on the jar’s outer side with a flat grey paint, since chalkboard paint is rather pricey.  Then the names of the herbs were added with white paint.  For that finished decorative touch, I wrapped and tied Raffia around the jar’s neck.

First, broken clay pieces were added to the bottom of the jar for drainage and to absorb excess water.  Next, the potting soil was added around the herb plant until the jar was filled.  With these small jars, I’ll be watering almost daily.  A weak, and weekly, addition of liquid fertilizer will help boost their growth time

If I prune the Rosemary plant just right, I might have a miniature Christmas herb tree sitting on my kitchen sill by December.

May 132013

This delicious recipe was copied from a Better Homes and Garden Salad Book that my mother-in-law gave me in the 1960’s.  Normally sugar and vinegar would be added, but this recipe gets a natural tartness from the pineapple and it’s sweetness from the apples.

Spring Coleslaw Salad                                                       Spring Calico Coleslaw
3 cups shredded crisp green cabbage                             ½ cup shredded red cabbage
1 9-ounce can (1 cup) Pineapple tidbits drained            1 cup diced un-pared apples
½ cup mayonnaise                                                              ½ cup chopped celery
1 cup tiny marshmallows (optional)

Combine by mixing mayonnaise until it coats all ingredients.  Apple wedges can be added for trim around the bowl, for this healthy salad.  Serves 4 to 6 people.  As a shortcut, I bought a package of pre-shredded coleslaw and then chopped and added red cabbage.

Apr 152013

Our grandchildren love having us attend to their school performances.  Normally a flower bouquet is presented to a performer.  My grandkids are too young to appreciate receiving a flower bouquet and besides, they’re starving after singing and dancing.

Blog cookie bouquet A cookie bouquet brings big smiles and unfortunately, other little performers have wanted to trade their flowers for the “grandma-baked” cookies.

To shape a bouquet, I use solid color gift wrapping paper and cellophane that’s been shaped into a cone and then stapled on the bottom.

blog cookies 001 copy To make a Cookie Flower, melt chocolate chips and “glue” together two cookies with either a plastic straw or a wooden skewer inserted.

Also, the little performers won’t mind if you just insert some freshly baked cookies into the wrapping paper cone.  Be aware that grandchildren have fantastic memories and cookie bouquets will be expected for every performance!  I’ve added the recipe for the pictured cookies, as follows:
              Basketball Cookies
1 cup unsalted butter              2 eggs
1 cup oil                                      3 ½ cups flour
1 cup white sugar                     ½ tsp. salt
1 cup brown sugar                   1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla                              1 tsp. cream of tartar
Cream first 5 ingredients together.  Add eggs and beat.  Mix together dry ingredients and then stir into mixture.
Stir in:
1 cup quick cooking oatmeal   1 cup coconut
1 cup Rice Krispies                     2 cups chocolate chips
Drop by large tablespoonfuls  on ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly brown.  Makes 60 large cookies, enough for the entire team.  Good keepers, too.

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Mar 262013

Lee and I have bought Jerky from roadside stands and aquired a taste for freshly made and spicy dried meats.  Since there aren’t many brave people sitting at roadside stands in the middle of winter, I decided to make my own jerky.  I hope you like my favorite recipe:

beef jerky enhanced copy1Purchase 4 to 5 pounds of beef.  Use a lean, good quality meat (sirloin, round steak, etc.).

Ask the butcher to slice it very thin and with the grain.  Trim off any fat and cut into narrow strips.  Don’t overcrowd the meat in the marinade or beef will lose consistency of flavor.

2 ½ Tsp. Liquid Smoke                                      ¾ Cup Soy Sauce
¼ Cup Worchestershire Sauce                        ¼ Cup Brown Sugar (packed)
1 Tbsp. Crushed Garlic                                      1 Tbsp. Pepper
1 Tsp. Onion Powder                                         1 Tsp. each of Emeril Seasoning Salt & Sea Salt
1/3 Cup A-1 Sauce                                             ¼ Cup red cooking wine (marsalla)
½ Tsp. Tabasco or ¼ Tsp. Sudden Death Sauce (I used with ginseng flavor).
Add ¼ Cup of water or more to make sure “all” the meat is covered in marinade.  Adjust the amount of seasonings according to your taste.

Marinate meat overnight in non-metal bowl(s).  Drain & discard the marinade.  Place meat strips on cookie sheets or flat pans lined with tinfoil.  Bake in the oven on the lowest setting with the door ajar until meat is dry, approximately four hours.  Turning the strips over will help dry the meat evenly and quicker.

Note:  the spices can be varied or omitted according to taste.  The end result should have 3 parts soy sauce, 1 part worchestershire sauce, 1 part brown sugar and the rest as desired.  It should be a very strong, salty, spicy and slightly sweet solution.

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