Sunday, November 19, 2017

Marriage wisdom from Louis L'Amour?

Paris Street: Rainy Day  Gustave Caillebotte
       You want to remember, Peg, just romance is not enough. You may often imagine yourself in love, but always remember you have to live with that person from day to day, in sickness and in health, as they say.
       You will want to be proud of him when you introduce him to your friends, and you want him to be comfortable with them, as you must be with his firends. One must never marry a man thinking he will change or that you will change him. If he does or you do, then he will not be the same man you married, and the less for it.
Louis L'Amour in The Cherokee Trail 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Gluten Free Glazed Lemon Bundt Cake

Sophie made this cake to take to Joe's parents' house this afternoon.  She tweaked a couple of recipes from the web, one for the cake and another for the glaze.

GF Glazed Lemon Bundt Cake

We use the Artisan blend at Peter and Kelli Bronski’s No Gluten, No Problem blog or in their Artisinal Gluten Free Cooking cookbook.
  • 3 cups Gluten Free Flour Mix
  • ½  cup butter
  • 2 ¼ cups sugar
  • 3 eggs + 1 yolk
  • 3 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 c milk
Beat with electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder
  • ¼ cup powdered milk
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
Mix dry ingredients together and then stir into wet ingredients.  Beat with a mixer for a couple of minutes until well mixed and fluffy.

Pour batter into greased Bundt pan and back at 350°F for about 50 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

Allow to cool about ½ hour, and then tip onto a cake plate and cool thoroughly.

When cooled, poke holes with a skewer and coat with lemon glaze, spreading glaze slowly with a spoon so it soaks into the holes a little bit. Continue to scoop up glaze and re-apply until the cake is well-coated.

If you want, you can use a couple of spatulas to lift the cake onto a fresh plate. Cover until just before serving.

Lemon Glaze
  • 1/3 c lemon juice
  • 2 c powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbs melted butter
  • 1 Tbs water

Monday, April 25, 2016

A toothsome tale? I think not!

I'm not a tooth person. They creep me out.

I get the willies even wriggling one of my kids' loose teeth. I got the willies losing my own teeth way back when.

Clara and Sophie both had teeth pulled today. Clara, because the enamel on her back upper molars had a genetic defect that made her teeth nerves very sensitive, and the teeth susceptible to decay. The hope is that her wisdom teeth will now move forward into the empty spots.
Sophie had two baby teeth whose roots did not dissolve.

Joe took them in since I was at work. But they generously offered to describe their experiences for me when we all got home. BIG SHUDDERING UGH.

Sophie's were a little worse than Clara's, which seems strange to me, since Clara's were permanent. Both of Clara's were done before Sophie's first one was out.

First, the redhead pain-med-not-working thing kicked in. They couldn't get Sophie's mouth and face to numb. They had to keep trying more and different and stronger things.

Then one of the roots broke off and they had to dig it out. If it was permanent, they could have used the drill. But since it was a baby tooth, permanent teeth were above it.  So they had to dig it out bit by bit.

Then on the second tooth, they ripped a big piece of nerve out with it. She said they held it up and the bundle of nerve fibers was flopping off the end of the root.

Ok, so by this time in the story, I was totally grossed out. A, "plugging my ears and going lalalala," kind of grossed out. Willies all up and down my back. And a little bit of bilious feeling in my throat.

Later in the day, the girls were comparing how deep the holes in their gums felt and looked.

And then I made the mistake of reading about dry sockets.  There are some things it's just better not to know.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

30-minute Gluten Free Yeast Rolls

I adapted these for Gluten Free and as with many gluten free items, it takes a bit longer baking, so probably they're, .... oh, .... 35- or 40-minute rolls, but still pretty quick for a nice fluffy GF yeast roll.

30-minute Gluten Free Yeast Rolls

Heat oven to 400°F.
Grease a muffin pan. 

In your mixer bowl combine
1 c plus 2 Tbsp warm water
⅓ c coconut oil
2 Tbsp active dry yeast
¼ c raw honey
Let rest for 15 minutes.
Mix in the
1 tsp salt
½  tbs xanthan gum
2 eggs
3 – 3½ c *GF flour mix, or until mixture is a very thick batter.

Drop dough into a greased muffin tin.
Let rest for 10 minutes.
Bake at 400°F for 10 minutes, or until internal temp is 205-210º.
Remove from oven. 
Let cool for five minutes. Remove from pan and set on a cooling rack to to cool.  Or better yet, wrap them in a cloth napkin and basket, and serve them warm and steamy.

Adapted from a recipe at the Your Homebased Mom blog.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Blessing of Grandparents

One of the great blessings of our new home is that we live only half an hour away from Joe's folks.

Two days ago, with no set plans for it, I brought home some sample Gluten Free breading from Kay's. Yesterday John F. dropped off a gallon bag of Northern fillets and pieces.


Joe called his parents and asked if they wanted to come for supper.  When the kids got home from school I had them scurry around accomplishing some last minute household clean-up.  Sophie peeled and cut sweet potatoes into fries.

On the menu:
  • Fried fish in three varieties of coatings.  Joe did the Chili Nacho breading as is.  He put some GF beer in with the Parmasan breading to create and beer batter, and he ground up some less than satisfactory GF srirache crackers for the third selection.
  • sweet potato fries, par-fried in oil, then finished off in the oven.
  • garden corn from the freezer (originally from Ed and Kathy S.)
  • lemon chess custard for dessert
We had a fun and delicious supper, thanks to my Joe.  I am NOT a fryer.  I don't have the patience to learn how to do it well.  But I definitely have the fortitude to eat fried food in large amounts.

After supper we all sat around the living room visiting.  A few of the kids started playing Apples to Apples.  Soon Grandpa was playing, too.  Gradually the others kids trickled in and joined the fun, too.  I don't think Grandma ever officially joined in but she helped here and there, when littles needed help with the words or concepts.  

Someone didn't want me to post this picture, ... but every else looked so good.

It was ten o'clock before Grandma and Grandpa left!  What fun!  And what a great gift for my children to be able to enjoy periodic spontaneous evenings with their grandparents.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

A few thoughts on "The Government Dole" aka the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare

At risk of irritating anyone by posting a somewhat political post, .... in case anyone is curious about who's paying for national healthcare and in what amounts... I'm going to give a little object lesson. And the follow it with a short logic lesson.

Since July, we've seen doctors for the following: regular way past due check-ups for Joe and I, a sleep study for Joe and CPAP, an x-ray of my hip, and a handful of chiropractor appointments.

Our providers footed our bills to the tune of $2919.

The government pitched in $1085 of taxpayer dollars.

So, ... not only are the tax payers now paying for our medical bills, the providers are having to write off almost 2/3 of the cost of our medical care.

Take this one thought further. For every dollar written off, of real cost of providing health care, the providers have to compensate for that loss by that much by raising their prices still higher.

And stick with me please, just one more thought further. The higher the cost of the medical bills, the higher the cost of insurance. The higher the cost of insurance, the more people will choose the "free" option. The more people who choose the "free" option, the fewer "paying customers" there are. The fewer "paying customers" there, are the higher the prices have to go. And the circle continues.

Not only that. Stay with me. As the cost of care rises, the amount the government has to come up with rises, too. The more money the government has to come up with, ... guess what, folks, they have to raise taxes. Or the government could lower the percentage they have to contribute, forcing the providers to come up with an ever growing proportion of the bill.

Which then feeds the "provider having to raise prices" loop even faster.

I've nothing against helping those in need.

And my irritation with being on "the government dole" is not a matter of pride or discontent or ungratefulness.
I just can't stretch my sense of reality far enough to figure out how this is supposed to be sustainable.  And I don't like that our family is yet another stress on the already strained system.  

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Seven Day meal plan, Day 4

Thursday, January 28
Breakfast according to plan
Kay's Naturals Honey Almond Cereal with 6 oz fat-free yogurt, 1.5 tbs ground flax seeds, 1/2 c berries, and 12 oz calorie free beverage.

Breakfast according to theMom
I started the day with my Honey Almond cereal. I used about 3/4 c of whole milk skipped the yogurt, flax seeds and berries.

Snack: 1 package Sweet Barbecue Snack Mix

Lunch according to plan
Amy's Tamale Mexican Pie, Kay's Chili Nacho Chips, and 12 oz calorie free beverage.

Lunch according to theMom
Kay's Chili Nacho Chips and a small helping of some left over Mexican flavored stuff (same as yestserday).  I estimated it to be about 1/2 c, and it had kind of equal parts beef heart or tongue (they had been cooked together) and refried beans; it also had a little bit of chorizo and a few bits of potato. I skipped the cheese today, in the hopes of staying within my caloric intake goals.  I also had two apples, which, according to my fitness pal is big calories.  So, ... oh well, still a good healthy snack.

Snack: 1 package Cinnamon Almond Cookie Bites.  I was so hungry when I was done eating lunch I had to have my cookies right away.  Seems like each day I get hungrier sooner.

Dinner according to plan
Salad with lemon juice, Kay's Crispy Parmesan Chips., and 12 oz calorie free beverage.

Dinner according to theMom
I had a big plate full of salad and over it I poured about two tablespoons of olive oil.  I skipped the cheese and stuck to carrots and cucumbers.  I also had my parm chips with it.

After the kids were in bed, my sweet Joseph brought me a glass of Gnarly Head Old Vin Zin.  I didn't have the heart to say no.  Or maybe I just didn't want to.  Added an extra 220 calories.

My fitness pal again had dire news.
Your Daily Goal1,20015040602,30045
Sigh.  And again today, I did not extra exercise.