Thursday, July 31, 2008
Strawberries and Cream Mold
3 c. boiling water
2 (10 oz.) pkgs. frozen strawberries in syrup
2 env. Knox gelatin
1 c. cold water
2 c. light cream
1 c. sugar
2 c. sour cream
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Make the 3 boxes of Jello with the 3 cups of boiling water and let stand 15-20 minutes. Then add the partially defrosted strawberries. Stir until all the strawberries are evenly distributed. Place this in a Jello mold or a large Bundt pan will do, that you've sprayed with Pam. Cover and place in the fridge to set. In another bowl, dissolve the Knox gelatin in the cup of cold water. In a saucepan, scald the 2 cups of light cream with the 1 cup of sugar mixed in. Once scalded add this to the gelatin-water mixture. Add the sour cream and vanilla and whisk until smooth. Pour this over the already chilled and set Jello. Return this to the fridge to set and chill all the way through. Unmold to serve. You could put fresh sliced strawberries in the hole in the center of the mold if you use the Bundt pan or a mold like it.
I made this dessert for the party. This and the Frittata are both in the St. Luke's Cookbook. There are still copies available. Go to link for more information:
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
1-2 T. olive oil
2-3 medium potatoes, par boiled, cooled and sliced (Yukon Gold are good)
1 small tomato thinly sliced (I used a Compari tomato)
1/2 c. sliced carrots, precooked
1/2 c. frozen peas
1/4 lb. Swiss cheese, shredded
1/4 lb. Munster cheese, shredded
1/4 lb. ham, cut into strips (optional)
1/2 of a very small zucchini, thinly sliced
1/2 of a very small yellow summer squash, thinly sliced
salt, pepper, parsley, basil (fresh is nice), garlic powder, red pepper flakes
or whatever you like.
6 eggs, beaten.
Saute' the onion in the olive oil until translucent. Using a deep glass pie dish or such, layer the ingredients starting with some of the onion on the bottom and there should be some of each ingredient in more than one layer. Sprinkle each layer with the cheese and spices as you go. You'll probably get 2 layers. After one layer you can pour half the beaten eggs over it, then top it off with the rest. (You should have some cheese on the very top. Yes, eggs can go over it.)
Depending on what you are baking this in you may want to bake this on a cookie sheet with sides in case it runs over.You can vary the ingredients but try not to add too many vegetables that are going to produce a lot of water.
Bake: 350' for 30-40 minutes or until the chesse is lightly browned. Let it cool down and set a bit before serving. It reheats well. You can zap it in the microwave. It doesn't freeze well.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Cornbread for a Crowd
Preheat the oven to 375'.
You'll need 2 Jiffy Cornbread Mixes and 2 Jiffy Yellow Cake Mixes.
Mix them all in a large bowl and add the eggs, milk and water as indicated on the packages. I used that Black & Decker Gizmo Twist Mixer (see HP Friday, May 02, 2008) with the one beater and it worked fine. It really is a handy little item!
Spray a large roasting pan* with Pam and dump all the batter into it. Start checking it around 20 minutes for doneness although it may need another 5 minutes or so. (Our old church kitchen electric wall ovens don't bake evenly and one was done before the other.)
I cut this up into little squares and stacked it up on a serving tray. I had doubled this recipe and there was very little left. (*When I get a chance to measure the roasting pan size. I'll post it.)
**Total for the 8 boxes of mixes: $5.68
Note: Around here everyone carries the cornbread mix but some of the other Jiffy items are harder to find. Use this search tool to find what stores in your area carry their items.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Benjamin Zander: Classical music with shining eyes
Here's his website: http://www.benjaminzander.com/
and you may also find this of interest from his website:
(Our thanks to HP reader Sheila H. for sending this along!)
Thursday, July 24, 2008
For some bigger and even better images:
Labels: hummingbird moth
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The Girl Who Silenced The United Nations
Updated information on this young lady go to:
Thanks Don for passing this along.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Time and Date
Here's just some of what you can find or do at this website:
Current local times around the world
Make a Personal World Clock
World Clock Meeting Planner-This utility should help you find a convenient time, so that no one has to be up during the middle of the night.
Time Zone Converter-Do time zone conversions between two cities. This time zone calculator takes into account daylight saving time (DST), local time zone and accepts dates in past or future.
Fixed Time World Clock-Have you planned a web cast, online chat, teleconference call or other event where users from all over the world might participate? The Fixed Time World Clock can help tell your users when this event will happen in their local time zone.
Create Custom Calendars for countries around the world
Calculate duration between two dates- This calculates the duration, counting the day count and the number of days, months and years between two dates.
What date is in x amount of days?
Countdown to any date
. . . . all this and much more are included at this website.
Monday, July 21, 2008
The Missing Link
My old college friends, Coleen & Bobby, have a new dog Molly. She was a rescue from the pound and is black lab/cocker spaniel mix. They have been giving her this supplement in her food as suggested by a neighbor of theirs. They said her coat sparkles and glistens from it. The amount to be used varies with the weight of the dog and it is to be refrigerated after opening. I just started adding it to Maggie's food. Does anyone out there use it? You can leave a comment.
Oh, and they do have products for other pets. Check out their website and look at the special offers as there are rebates on some of the products.
"I have used this for years on a variety of dogs for a variety of reasons and found it to be quite helpful to what ailled them.Some were skin or coat problems due to nutritional assimilation problems others had allergies others we just didn't know. some were Jack Russel Terriers some were "Curbstone Setters" and "Back Bay Retrievers". I highly recommend The Missing Link."
D. Maddox from Georgia
"I have a friend who owns a pet store in Rye, NY she recommended it for my dog & it has improved her health. I have a black lab that is 14yrs old with Diabetes & arthritis. Anything to help her out I will do. Good luck! Hope you enjoy the product! It might be a little costly but worth it!"
A. Cundiff from West Orange, NJ
"We used this when we had our dog years ago and it really made a difference in his coat and dry skin - especially the "hot spots" (dry skin that dogs tend to scratch and bite at)." Deb
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Beijing Olympic Topiary Gardens
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I hope you all find something. We did! Don't know if it's anything significant yet. The forms have been filled out and submitted.
For this site - click on the state.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Second Stone Walkway
Monday, July 14, 2008
It'll make you think twice about using them. Read it and send it along.
(Thanks Dave for sending this along.)
Labels: Plastic Bags
Friday, July 11, 2008
Labels: stone walkway
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
It's All in the Organization . . .
Monday, July 07, 2008
Buon Viaggio Wishes
I wish with all my heart that I could be present in person at the Buon Viaggio potluck, but alas, that cannot be. Nonetheless, I offer the following as my contribution to the feast.
BUON VIAGGIO CAKE
Take four full measures of good wishes.
Add one large handful of good luck.
Stir together with as much good weather as the mixture will hold.
Add cinnamon and sugar to taste, plus a little vanilla, and stir again.
Stir in one large bag of Flight-Delay-Preventer (available from Heaven's Store)
Mix until light and fluffy (about two minutes).
Turn half of mixture into well-greased baking pan.
In a separate bowl, mix together big heaps of hugs and kisses; spread over mixture in pan.
Cover with rest of cake mixture.
Sprinkle the batter with sentimental tears.
Bake at whatever temperature seems right to you, for as long as it takes.
Allow cake to cool.
Spread cooled cake with Angel Blessing Icing (available from Heaven's Store)
Serves Barbara and Q for sure, with portions available for all who attend the party.
God's blessings on you both, plus Ben and Kitten.
How I would love to come to New York, be part of your celebration and meet other 'geraniums' alas 'down under' New Zealand is too far away.
But I will have to be content with a cyber party. If I was to come with my surname begining with Z it would be desert. This is what I would bring.
May your party be blessed, I look forward to the Italian e-mails.
Arohanui ( love ) Meryl
~~~~~ P A V L O V A ~~~~~ named in honour of the ballet dancer Anna Pavola.
4 tbs of boiling water
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp malt vinegar
1 tsp cornflour
1 1/4 cups sugar
pinch of salt
Put all ingrediants together in a mixing bowl, beat at full speed for 10mins.
Put baking paper on a oven tray, dollop mixture on the tray and cook for 10mns at 150`C
lower temperature to 120`C and cook for another one hour.
Spread whipped cream on top and slices of kiwi fruit.
Then I would open a bottle of desert wine from the sun blessed Henderson Valley.
Friday, July 04, 2008
Boeing - Boeing
She was nominated for a Tony Award for her role as the German stewardess, Gretchen, in this production. She was hysterically funny as was the whole show. Also pictured above is Bradley Whitford, that you may best know for his role as a presidential aide on "The West Wing".
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Upcoming Events Website
You could even find out where and when Fireworks are going to be in your area!
You can browse the events by these categories and click on the calendar date for the day you're interested in or plug in what you want in the "Search Events" area:
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Buon Viaggio - Farewell Fete for Barbara & Q
To all Geranium Farmers and friends of Barbara and Q! Suggested assignments for category of food offering for the pot luck supper appear below, organized by first letter of your last name. This scheme should help balance out the dishes so that we don't have all cupcakes or all pasta salads! For those bringing a family of four or more to the dinner, please consider bringing two dishes (if transportation is not a problem), and, if you are in a non-dessert category, your second dish could be dessert. Think garden, think Italy, think summer, think Geranium Farm or St. Luke's cookbooks! If you have no ideas or can't work within your category, contact Katherine Young at her email: email@example.com.
A Appetizer/snack food
B Appetizer/snack food
C Appetizer/snack food
D Appetizer/snack food
I Vegetable or fruit side dish or crudités
J Vegetable or fruit side dish or crudités
K Vegetable or fruit side dish or crudités
L Vegetable or fruit side dish or crudités
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
National Priorities Project
"National Priorities Project (NPP) is a 501(c)(3) research organization that analyzes and clarifies federal data so that people can understand and influence how their tax dollars are spent. Located in Northampton, MA, since 1983, NPP focuses on the impact of federal spending and other policies at the national, state, congressional district and local levels."
Check out the "Quick Hits" section on the right side of the page to see:
NPP Database, Interactive Tax Chart, Trade Offs, Quick Reports, and The Cost of War
Note from the Website: "NPP does not in any manner endorse or oppose any candidates for public office. Use of the information gathered by NPP or links to NPP's website by other organizations does not imply NPP's endorsement of the views or actions of such organizations."