Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
One good thing, though. I went grocery shopping (oh, yes, so fun) and noticed when I got to the car that my diapers were the wrong price. Since it was a $1.50 off, I decided to go back and argue it. Well, I was right and since it was a scanner mistake, I get the item free...so $19.99 worth of diapers free! That was a GREAT moment!
Hopefully, the day will get better. I'm making shortcake later - when Adam gets up, he can "help" in his kitchen chair. Let's hope that goes better than the rest of my day! Amy and Warren are coming this weekend (YAH!) and since it is Ray and Amy's birthday on Saturday, I wanted to make cake.
Strawberry Shortcake Murder
Modified from Joanne Fluke's Strawberry Shortcake Murder
***The shortcake needs to chill for 48 hours so plan ahead!***
**Needs to sit for 48 hours**
1 1/2 cups softened butter
2 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
Generously butter and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. (The recipe says Pam doesn't work...I haven't tried it that way yet so I can't comment.)
Cream softened butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until they are nice and fluffy. Then ad the sour cream, baking powder and vanilla. Mix it all up and then add the flour, one cup at a time, and beat until the batter is smooth and has no lumps.
Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake at 325 degrees for 45-50 minutes (should be golden brown).
Cool in the pans on a rack for 20 minutes. Run a knife to loosen and then turn them on racks to finish cooling. After the cakes are completely cool, wrap each one in plastic wrap, sealing tightly. Wrap these packages in foil and store them in the refrigerator for 48 hours. Take them out an hour before you serve, but don't unwrap until you are ready to serve.
NOTE: This makes two cakes - if you don't need both freeze one and then half the other recipes. Or half the recipe and only make one (I've done both).
**Prepare a few hours before serving**
Wash 3 boxes of berries and remove stems. Slice all but a dozen or so, reserving a couple for topping. Taste the berries and ad sugar if they're too tart. Stir and refrigerate, covered tightly.
NOTE: I've used frozen if I don't have fresh (meaning they were too expensive and I was feeling cheap) and this still worked great. But as strawberries are currently in season, I'm going with lovely fresh!
Hannah's Whipped Creme Fraiche
**Can hold for several hours (or actually days....) if you want to make ahead**
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup brown sugar
Whip the cream with the white sugar. When it holds a firm peak fold in the sour cream. You can do this by hand or by using the slowest speed on the mixer.
Okay, the pretty way to do this is do it by slice....I usually just do the entire thing at once. Start with shortcake, then top with strawberries and then creme fraiche and finally sprinkle with brown sugar. Garnish with whole berries (if you are going to do all at once I wouldn't bother with the whole berries).
Serves 12 (each cake serves 6).
Ray loves this - it really is delectable. I'm going to try raspberries with my frozen cake, I think, as I love raspberries. Blueberries, if you like them (I don't) would also be good, I'm sure.
Monday, August 25, 2008
In other news, if you stand Adam up and let go, he can hold himself up for a few seconds! What a big boy! We spent the last few days at the Portage County Fair at the right to life booth. It was SO HOT!!! AGGHHH! I brought Adam home both days and stuck him straight into the tub to cool him off. We were in a building, but you know how hot those open air buildings get. It had been such a mild summer, I was hoping this wouldn't be bad, but oh, my goodness....so hot, just like last year!
We are getting visitors this weekend (Amy and Warren) and are really excited about that! Something to look forward to at the end of the first week of craziness as classes start!
I do HATE the new scoring system in gymnastic, but I am slowly figuring it out. You just have to look at execution scores and nothing else.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Chicken and Cornbread Casserole
Modified from Southern Living
2 celery ribs, chopped
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 cups packed crumbled cornbread [I made Jiffy cornbread muffins and crumbled them...I used 10 muffins.]
1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
3 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 1/4 cups chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
1 large egg, lightly beaten
4 oz mushrooms, sliced [this originally called for jarred, but we don't do canned mushrooms.]
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
Sauté celery, onion and mushrooms in hot oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender; set aside.
Combine cornbread and poultry seasoning in a large bowl.
Layer half of cornbread mixture on bottom of a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish.
Combine onion mixture, chicken, and next 6 ingredients in a bowl. Spoon mixture evenly over top of cornbread mixture in dish. Top evenly with remaining half of cornbread mixture, and drizzle with butter.
Bake, covered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Remove from oven, and top with cheese.
Bake, uncovered, 10 more minutes or until cheese is golden.
Makes 6 servings.
This is not Grandpa's first time either...this is me in mine years ago (Adam's is a new one...this one was given away after us kids outgrew it)
Oh, and Adam found a creative use of it:
Friday, August 22, 2008
Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slow down in overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewelry applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.
In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5, and then installed undesirable programs such as NASCAR 6.0, NFL 5.1 and Golf Clubs 4.1.
Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, and Housecleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system.
Please note that I have tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail.
What can I do?
First, keep in mind, Boyfriend 5...0 is an Entertainment Package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system.
Please enter command: ithoughtyoulovedme.html and try to download Tears 6.2 and do not forget to install the Guilt 3.0 update.
If that application works as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewelry 2.0 and Flowers 3.5.
However, remember, overuse of the above application can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0 or Beer 6.1.
Please note that Beer 6. 1 is a very bad program that will download the Farting and Snoring Loudly Beta.
Whatever you do, DO NOT under any circumstances install Mother-In-Law 1.0 (it runs a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources.)
In addition, please do not att empt to reinstall the Boyfriend 5.0-program. These are unsupported applications and will crash Husband 1.0.
In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly. You might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance. We recommend Cooking 3.0 and Hot Lingerie 7.7.
Good Luck Babe!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
But what I really want to talk about...the stupid scoring system! Gymnastics, like figure skating, has revamped their scoring system and it now makes NO SENSE!!! I want one easy score back! They are trying to turn a subjective sport into an objective one! You can make everything numbers! And what is up with how long scoring is taking? It is like they are having brain freezes ALL THE TIME!!! AGHHHHH!!!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Second, I've started watching the summer Olympics. While I love that I can DVR it all and thus not worry about when what I want to see airs (mainly just gymnastics), it does mean I don't have to watch anything else and so miss a bit that way. Although being able to skip all the sob stories and dumb interviews is certainly nice! Anyway, the US men's team is sucking it up. No surprise with both Hamm twins out of it. The US women's team is in 2nd going into finals, but I'm not impressed. They were falling constantly. They just lack discipline. The commentators were making comments about the Romanian team being weak, not like normal - hate to tell them, they are just like the US now and lacking discipline. If you want to see discipline look at the Chinese gymnasts!
Friday, August 08, 2008
From Grandma Cottle
3 eggs, beaten until foamy
1 cup margarine
2 cups sugar
3 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups shredded zucchini
Beat the eggs to foamy. Add the rest of the wet ingredients. Put the baking soda nad baking powder in with the flour and beat that in slowly. Once blended then fold in zucchini.
Bake at 350 for 1 hour.
As a note...make sure your pans are big enough as mine were a little too small and made a huge mess! I just split up the next two batches into three pans.
Let's see, Adam is finally settled back into routine after two weeks of running. We are going up to Cleveland tomorrow, but we have been lying low for the most part. We have a bunch of mundane appointments, trying to get things in line before Ray goes back to work. We've had a slow leak in the basement and finally figured out that it was our AC and got that fixed today. Life has just been crazy here...hopefully it will be getting better before the new semester starts!