Saturday, September 24, 2016


I have had a small reaction to chemo. It put me in the hospital for a couple days. Now I am home the dogs have decided I am never leaving the bed again.

One on my belly. One wrapped around my legs.  

Happy to be home. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Tea pot

I have a tea pot that was a gift over twenty years ago. My brother and sister-in-law, Ed and Leslie, gave it to me.

It has alwasys been one of my favorite tea pots. I use it mostly mornings to have tea in my room. These days it is also a help keeping me warm when the chemo freezes me.  

I love warm memories that take the edge off a not so good day!  Thanks Ed and Leslie! Luv ya!

Great Grandmothers recipe book

When Mom and Dad came to help me this last time they brought it to me.  It was printed in 1936 by General Mills to promote two of their products.  Swans Down cake flour and Calumet baking powder.  Both are still in production today.

As you can see it was well used and well loved.  It opens easily to a paticular page. Caramel Devils Food cake.  I talked to Mom and she remembers this cake.  Her fathers mother, Caroline Virginia Dean, is the one that would make it.

This is 1936 printing of this book.  As such it predates the time when every home had electricity much less an electric mixer.  So all directions give you the truly 'hand made' way to bake.  Boy am I glad I have a Kitchen Aid! When I get more on a level keeI intend to recreate Great grandmother Virginias cake.  There is another recipe that seems to have seen alot of action,  The Busy Day Cake.

That sounds like a to do too! LOL!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The brother grilled again! Yummster!

My brother, Charles, makes the best pork loin known to man! It is always tender and moist. . . I am so jealous!

I can NOT do that! I make great huge hockey pucks! Tough and dry they are inedible. So happy the brother knows what to do.

At least I can make a pretty plate! Lol!  Dirty rice & gravy, pickled beets and pork loin! My plate didn't look like that for long.  Yummster!  

Friday, September 16, 2016

First bake in months!

I have been so tired lately bakeing has just not been on my list of things to do.  I had gotten used to commercial breads again.

When I baked today the aroma filled the house. The taste of home made breads. Rich, tender and flavorful! Plus I know I have used the best ingredient I have access to.

There are two loaves. A buttermilk white bread. Then to make my innner child happy, a loaf of rainbow bread.  You can see the layers of color on the rainbow bread.

Then, when you slice it, you see the rainbow.  Such fun!  It makes all sammies a little more uplifting!

All basil all the time!

Mid September and Charles basil plants are going gangbusters! We made basil pasta.  We made basil oil.

We are clipping all the fower buds off so they won't go to seed.  They will get spendly and die off.  If they don't go to seed they will keep producing. And producing. And producing! And producing!!  

Take some of these stalks, in water.  They will give you fresh basil all winter!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Craving satisfied

Recently I have been craving the deliciousness that is chicken fried steak.  I finally broke down and made some.

It's still a work in progress.  I had trouble getting the crust to brown.  The steak was tender and flavorful.  The crust had a great crispness.  Just didn't brown like I wanted.

It still made lovely plate! I added mashed potatoes, green beans and sawmill gravy to the meal.  The brother added a a beer.