Sunday, September 28, 2008

No More Rain, Please!

It has been raining on and off, mostly on since Thursday night. I am sure we needed rain but it is enough. The sun is sort of peeking out but it will soon be dark!





P#1 and I started on her Halloween Costume. It will be a lot of work. She picked the costume on the top left.





In between I need to work on little P's! She is going to be the purple and green mermaid.




Saturday, September 27, 2008

Paul Newman dies at 83


He dies at his home in Connecticut on Friday due to cancer. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26913988/?GT1=43001



What is your favorite Paul Newman film?
"The Hustler"
"Hud"
"Cool Hand Luke"
"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
"Winning"
"The Sting"
"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"
"The Verdict"
"Slap Shot"
"The Color of Money"
"Towering Inferno"
"Mr. & Mrs. Bridge"
"The Hudsucker Proxy"
"Nobody's Fool"
"Road to Perdition"
"Rally Round the Flag, Boys"
"Empire Falls"
"Cars"
"Harper"
"Exodus"
"The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean"
"Absence of Malice"
"Hombre"
"The Long, Hot Summer"
"Young Philadelphians"
"The Secret War of Harry Frigg"
"Sweet Bird of Youth"
"From The Terrace"
"Paris Blues"
"Harry and Son"

These are but a few. I think the first movie I saw Paul Newman in was "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid". AND "The Sting" AND "Slap Shot". I was the kid that watched movies on Saturdays. So I have seen a lot of his work. I just resaw "Empire Falls" the other day on HBO. Paul was great in that. Plus Josh Lucas played him as a young man in a scene.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Freaky Friday

I haven't found anything good for this theme in awhile. Bit today i found this.

I call it Stupid Motorists

Drivers recently hit by their own cars: A woman parking her car in Athens, Ga., in July, opened the door to tell another driver that she was not leaving her space when she fell out and was run over. [WSB Radio (Atlanta)-AP, 7-12-08]

A man in his 60s was pushing his car out of a ditch in July in Montreal, Quebec, when it started to roll, and when he jumped in to hit the brakes, the car jerked, ejected him and ran over him. [Montreal Gazette, 8-1-08]

A 24-year-old man, fleeing police in a stolen U-Haul truck in April in Royal Palm Beach, Fla., leaped from the vehicle but failed to clear the door, sending him out head-first, where he was crushed to death. [KOCO-TV (Oklahoma City), 7-24-08]

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Love Thursday

APPLES - I love 'em!

Tomorrow, if the weather is nice, P#2 and I are going apple picking with the homeschool group from our library. I know I am going to be baking something on Saturday. Then I got an email from Pillsbury with this recipe.

Easy Apple Foldovers with Apple Glaze

INGREDIENTS:

Filling
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 medium apples, peeled, finely chopped
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Crust
1 box (15 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box

Glaze
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 to 3 teaspoons apple cider or apple juice

DIRECTIONS:

1. Heat oven to 375°F. In small bowl, mix walnuts, brown sugar and butter with pastry blender or fork until crumbly. In medium bowl, stir together apples, flour and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon; set aside.
2. Unroll crusts on work surface. Cut each crust into quarters. Place about 1/4 cup apple mixture on one half of each pie crust wedge. Sprinkle with walnut mixture. Fold untopped half over filled half (foldovers will be full). Press edges with fork to seal. Prick top with fork. Place on ungreased large cookie sheet.
3. Bake 22 to 28 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir together glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over foldovers. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Bake 18 to 22 minutes.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is my 46th birthday! I am on that downslide to 50! haha
My mom is taking me out for lunch. But I don't know where we are going. I guess I better think of something!
I know that I want to run to the kitchen store and look for some glass containers to put drinks in. The King saw a report on TV last night about plastics. How much of the chemicals actually leach out into the drinks they hold? Almost every drink you buy comes in plastic. I refill water bottles for him to have at the building. But I think that is not good to do. It's a catch 22.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Chicken GumbO Soup

Chicken GumbO Soup is my recipe for O Foods for Ovarian Cancer. All the info on this is listed below my recipe.



Chicken Gumbo Soup

2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
2 bell peppers, sliced – green, red, yellow or orange
1 medium onion, sliced OR ½ bag of frozen peppers and onions (sometimes called stir-fry mix)
1 tsp olive oil
1 14.5 oz can of stewed tomatoes OR a can of Ro-tel OR diced toms
1 10 oz box frozen okra, sliced
28 -32 oz of chicken broth or water
½ cup rice
Salt and pepper to taste
5-10 drops of Tabasco (optional)

Saute the peppers and onions in the oil in a large pot until soft. Add okra, tomatoes and broth. Simmer until okra is thawed. Add chicken, rice and seasonings. Ready to serve when rice is thoroughly cooked.

O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of Gina DePalma, author of Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen and Executive Pastry Chef of Babbo Ristorante in NYC, who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Sara of Ms Adventures in Italy, Jenn of The Leftover Queen, and Michelle of Bleeding Espresso are asking you to donate to the:
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (via FirstGiving.org)
and then, out of the goodness of your hearts and to be eligible for the O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Contest, please do the following:
1. Post a recipe to your blog using a food that starts or ends with the letter O (e.g., oatmeal, orange, okra, octopus, olive, onion, potato, tomato) and include this entire text box in the post;
OR
2. If you’re not into the recipe thing, simply post this entire text box in a post on your blog to help spread the word about the event and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
AND
3. Then send your post url [along with a photo (100 x 100) if you've made a recipe] to ofoods[at]gmail[dot]com by 11:59 pm (Italy time) on September 30, 2008.
We will post a roundup and announce prize winners on October 3.
Prizes:
1 Recipe Prize for best “O food” concoction: $50 gift certificate to Amazon;
1 Awareness Prize for only publicizing event: Copy of Dolce Italiano cookbook.
———
From the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund:
Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women; a woman’s lifetime risk of ovarian cancer is 1 in 67.
The American Cancer Society estimates that 21,650 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the U.S. in 2008 and about 15,520 women will die from the disease.
The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and subtle, making it difficult to diagnose. There is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer but there are tests which can detect ovarian cancer when patients are at high risk or have early symptoms.
In spite of this patients are usually diagnosed in advanced stages and only 45% survive longer than five years. Only 19% of cases are caught before the cancer has spread beyond the ovary to the pelvic region.
When ovarian cancer is detected and treated early on, the five-year survival rate is greater than 92%.
Please donate to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fundand help spread the word!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Banana-Sour Cream Coffee Cake



I forgot to take a photo before we cut into it!

I got this recipe somewhere on the internet and changed it a little. Next time I make it I will use another pan and not start the layers with the streusel mix.

Banana-Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Streusel Mix:

2/3 c Pecans; chopped 1/4 c Sugar 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 c Shortening

1 c Sugar

2 Eggs, at room temperature

3-4 bananas, very ripe

1 tsp Vanilla extract

1/2 c Sour cream OR greek yogurt OR plain yogurt

1 ½ c white wheat flour mixed with some white flour

1 tsp Baking powder

1 tsp Soda

1/4 tsp Salt

Combine 1/4 c sugar and cinnamon, then add pecans; mix, and set aside. Combine shortening and sugar; cream until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs (one at a time), bananas, and vanilla; stir in sour cream. Batter will look funky. That’s ok. Combine remaining dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture, and stir just enough to blend. Sprinkle half of reserved cinnamon mixture into bottom of a well-greased 10inch Bundt pan; spoon half of batter into pan. Sprinkle remaining cinnamon mixture over batter; spoon remaining batter into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool cake 5 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Loosen edges of cake, if necessary. Invert cake on serving plate; serve warm or cold.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

I received an email from Bleeding Espresso about this. Please read the post and if you can donate please do so!

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of Gina DePalma, author of Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen and Executive Pastry Chef of Babbo Ristorante in NYC, who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Sara of Ms Adventures in Italy, Jenn of The Leftover Queen, and Michelle of Bleeding Espresso are asking you to donate to the:
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (via FirstGiving.org)
and then, out of the goodness of your hearts and to be eligible for the O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Contest, please do the following:
1. Post a recipe to your blog using a food that starts or ends with the letter O (e.g., oatmeal, orange, okra, octopus, olive, onion, potato, tomato) and include this entire text box in the post;
OR
2. If you’re not into the recipe thing, simply post this entire text box in a post on your blog to help spread the word about the event and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
AND
3. Then send your post url [along with a photo (100 x 100) if you've made a recipe] to ofoods[at]gmail[dot]com by 11:59 pm (Italy time) on September 30, 2008.
We will post a roundup and announce prize winners on October 3.
Prizes:
1 Recipe Prize for best “O food” concoction: $50 gift certificate to Amazon;
1 Awareness Prize for only publicizing event: Copy of Dolce Italiano cookbook.
———
From the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund:
Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women; a woman’s lifetime risk of ovarian cancer is 1 in 67.
The American Cancer Society estimates that 21,650 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the U.S. in 2008 and about 15,520 women will die from the disease.
The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and subtle, making it difficult to diagnose. There is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer but there are tests which can detect ovarian cancer when patients are at high risk or have early symptoms.
In spite of this patients are usually diagnosed in advanced stages and only 45% survive longer than five years. Only 19% of cases are caught before the cancer has spread beyond the ovary to the pelvic region.
When ovarian cancer is detected and treated early on, the five-year survival rate is greater than 92%.
Please donate to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fundand help spread the word!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Travel Thursday



Here are some photos from our trip to Cleveland. We went to Lake Erie one day. It was a beautiful site to see. You sit on the sandy area (is it a beach?) and look out on the water, watching the waves gently rolling in. The breezes felt wonderful. I liked watching the kids playing in the water. We had ice cream from the stand that was up the hill. I had banana. Oh, it was sooo good!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Pecan Pie Bars/Snickerdoodles

This morning I was checking my emails and I got my monthly email from Eagle Brand. This recipe was in it. It looks tasty! I think I will try it this weekend.



Pecan Pie Bars
Add these moist and flavorful pecan pie bars to your cookie collection.
Servings: Makes about 3 dozen barsServing Size: 1/36 of a recipeNutrition: See Below
Prep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 15+25 minutesTotal Time: 0

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1 (14-ounce) can EAGLE BRAND Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
3 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar; cut in butter until crumbly.
Press mixture on bottom of 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake 10 to 15 minutes.
In small bowl, combine pecans, EAGLE BRAND®, eggs and lemon juice; pour over crust. Bake 25 minutes or until filling is set. Cool. Cut into bars. Store leftovers covered at room temperature.

This afternoon P#2 and I are going to make Snickerdoodles. I wonder where in the heck it got that name! These are my favorite cookie!

Snickerdoodles

½ cup butter
½ cup shortening
1½ cups sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
½ teaspoon salt

Coating: 4 Tablespoon sugar
4 Tablespoon cinnamon

Cream butter, shortening and sugar together. Add eggs and beat well. Sift flour. Add baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Sift again. Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture. Chill dough for at least 1 hour. Roll into balls the size of small walnuts. Roll in coating. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 400F for 8-10 minutes.
Yield: Approx. 5 dozen

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Travel Thursday

On August 13th, while we were visiting my sister, we went to the Cleveland Zoo. It is a nice zoo. They have a great selection of animals. Most we got really good looks at! The one thing I appreciated was no stinky cat cages like at Philadelphia! Here are some shots of the day!



I will post more of the animals another day! The Cleveland Zoo is a good place to get some exercise! We walked and walked and walked. We went on a really nice day. It was warm but not hot!