Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Here's how it's been for us: We were assigned to a "Gold Cast" group with several other families. We started off our week with team building activities and Pageant rehearsals. The charges are in heaven since most of what we are doing seems quite a bit like play, and if it isn't fun they send them to "Family Support," which basically means more fun and games. I wish I could send them to "Family Support" when they were bored at home. My parents are here with us-since they help run the Nauvoo Pageant all summer long. Here they are during the team-building dance. Did I mention that I can't dance? I really can't-but take it away, Mom and Pop. Boogie down for all of us.Suddenly it was time to get serious with our first important task-getting fitted for our pioneer costumes. The women need bloomers, a huge slip, a skirt, and a bodice and possibly a bonnet. The men wear shirts, trousers, vests, suspenders and hats if they haven't grown their hair out. My boys are looking like hairy surfers-no hats for them. The little girls steal the show in their dresses and pinnafores. Look at this little pioneer girl. I wish I could take her home in my apron pocket. The charges are playing their violins in the Nauvoo Band, so they have been busy practicing frontier favorites like Cotton Eyed Joe and Golden Slippers. You can get a little peek at them on stage. They look so little up there, fiddling their little hearts out. Aww, I can't wait to see them fiddling tonight in their pioneer costumes. I've got to run to rehearsal, but I'll be back with more pictures of Nauvoo Pageant and the Frontier Country Fair....
If you are anywhere near Nauvoo, Illinois-get in your car and come out and see us!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
"West, my dear, sweet son, please take your sweaty feet off your sister!"
"Sailor, my kind-hearted girl, when West puts his sweaty feet on you, please don't scream-calmly and serenely ask for help!"
"Oh, charges, can you count how many ears of corn you see in Nebraska?"
"Only 682 miles left till our destination-think how much closer we're getting!"
Oh-I've been positively chipper, if not always genuine. There's a huge responsibility on the shoulders of the mother, and not just in the car. The mood of the family hangs on your ability to keep your cool. If you are calm, the family will recover from grounchy moods and squabbles. If you are crabby, the whole family will let loose with existentialist angst. Remember that if you are thinking of having children. Forget about learning Lamaze and how to diaper infants. Practice being cheerful when everyone around you is cantankerous. That's the most pratical advice I can offer to potential parents. Ohm. Serenity now. Fake it till you feel it, baby.
We are here-and I can say that much with an absolutely 100 percent genuine glittery voice.
"Charges-it's time to unload the car! Oh, ho! Now won't that be fun?"
Be Back Tomorrow with more about Nauvoo...
Friday, July 23, 2010
Estimated Cost: $3.00 for four servings with tomato salad-or almost free, if you've got a garden.
2 cups shredded zucchini
1/4 cup grated onion
1/2 cup flour, plus more if needed
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
pinch of cayenne, if desired
butter, for the fry pan
Combine all ingredients. Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Cook pancakes in melted butter until browned on each side, about 2-3 minutes per side. Serve with sour cream and tomato salad.
1 large red ripe tomato
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons olive oil
S and P, to taste
Combine all ingredients in medium bowl and serve with zucchini pancakes.
Banana Cake Lots of Ways
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
1 clove garlic, minced
In a skillet over medium heat, heat vegetable oil. Add onion and cook until softened, about five minutes. Add garlic, jalapeno, zucchini, squash, tomato, and corn. Cook until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add brown sugar and lime juice. Cook for one additional minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with quesadillas made with sharp cheddar.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Zookies- Zucchini Butterscotch Cookies
1 1/4 c. packed brown sugar
Cream sugar and butter; add eggs, milk; beat well. Mix and add dry ingredients. Stir in rest of ingredients. Drop by spoonfuls on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for about 12 minutes.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Brush zucchini and steak lightly with oil. Sprinkle with brown sugar, chili powder, garlic, powder, and salt and pepper. Rub mixture in to adhere. Grill according to desired doneness over high heat. Serve with Maple Chili Butter.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
All Week Long:
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Time to read books like....The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, about the French editor of Elle magazine who suffered a stroke at age 43, confining his ability to communicate to the blink of one eye. And 52 Loaves, about a man who attempts to bake bread from scratch...no really, from scratch-homegrown wheat, harvested microorganisms for a starter, and built a backyard oven, and most impressive of all-made me laugh in the process.
Per my sister's recommendation, I bought some of the Mint Oreo Fudge Cremes and put them in the fridge. Hide them in the back of the fridge because these slim little cookies go fast.
Have you tried Dibs before? It's like a little poppable Eskimo Pie. They come in mint, peanut butter, and Nestle Crunch-my favorite.
All right, readers: It's time for you to make some recommendations. What should we all be reading, watching, and eating before the summer's through? Leave me a comment and point me in the right direction!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
This long holiday weekend made for a whole lot of celebrating, didn't it? In a rare burst of spontaneity, we took a road trip. We left town around 7 PM Friday night (exactly 30 minutes after deciding to go-don't even ask me about all the things I forgot to bring) and made the four and hour drive to my sister Heidi's house. I'm so glad we did. She hosted an Anytown USA Patriotic holiday weekend. We hiked a waterfall near her house, had a picnic on the lawn, made crafts-a robot for West and a skirt for Sailor,and had fireworks in the driveway.
Here's a pic of the cousins, looking spiffy for Fourth of July church.And here's my brood, taking advantage of my sister's Americana porch for a family portrait. I wish you could have tasted the food. Well, actually you can, since most of the recipes came from right here. We had peach barbecue chicken, fried chicken, dill potato salad, baked beans, watermelon, corn on the cob, homemade rolls, Texas Sheet Cake, and this peanut butter pie.
Holy Bottle Rocket, this pie was mmm,mmm good. And peanut butter is one of those distinctly American flavors, so that makes it even more perfect for a patriotic holiday. Hope you all had a great, long weekend. Now get some rest.
Chunky Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate Chip Pie
Recipe from Taste of South Magazine
Estimated Cost: $5.00 for 12 servings
Serve with lots of vanilla ice cream and hot fudge sauce!
1 prepared unbaked pie crust
1 cup Domino’s Granulated Sugar
3/4 cup King Arthur Mellow Pastry Blend Flour
2 tablespoons chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup Spanish peanuts, skins removed and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup peanut butter morsels
1/2 cup milk chocolate morsels
Preheat oven to 350°.
On a lightly floured surface, roll piecrust to 1/4-inch thickness. Transfer and press into a 9-inch pie plate. Crimp edge, if desired. (Edge may be slightly uneven.)
In a medium bowl, combine sugar, flour, peanut butter, and butter, mixing well. Add eggs, vanilla, peanuts, peanut butter morsels, and chocolate morsels. Transfer filling to prepared piecrust.
Bake until firm in the middle, approximately 45 minutes.