Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Got "THE" tuna pie recipe

I've been trying for years to make the kind of tuna pie that my Dad's cousin makes, and have failed.

Well, today she called me and gave me the recipe that she's been making for 50 years or so.
As soon as I hung up the phone I started making this delectable dish. I was very cautious to follow the instructions--which were not precise (this cooking imprecision must run in the family) The results were extraordinarily wonderful.


Sorry about the off center picture. The piece is about 2"x4" And that was our next to last tomato, and the parsley which survived the 18F overnight freeze 2 nights ago. Jasmine green tea, and in the gravy boat, left over ambrosia from Thanksgiving.

It is made in a 9x13 pan. The filling is not watery like other sorts of pot pies. After it comes out of the oven it has to rest for 15 minutes so it 'sets.'


In the morning and early afternoon I swept, mopped and vacumned all the floors. That accomplishment always feels great and smells so good. I use Murphy's Oil Soap.

I need to publish a menu and a cleaning routine. One blogger said that it helps her do the same routine constantly--except for emergencies in a, sort of, self-imposed accountability.


About stitching: I found this cuuuuuute blog. Go to her embroidery page...those wee people are adorable. I'll be doing one of those--or some faximily--on one of my aprons.

I'll leave you with this thought: "Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips." Psa 141:2-3

In His hands, ^__^

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Semi-busy Tuesday

I'm so glad this head cold is all but gone. I actually sound worse than I feel, but you couldn't tell from there. DH is also much better.
Ran some errands this afternoon taking advantage of the warmer temps. It got all the way to 52F.

Made *canned* (gasping in horror) chicken soup--Progresso--and homemade tacos. Should have eaten the soup only. But, you know how it is...the tacos are soooooo good. We'll have tacos as left overs another day, maybe Saturday.

Of course I 'doctored' the soup with 1 heaping T of 'jar' minced garlic and a whole bunch of black pepper, so it would be good for the stuffy nose...yeh, it works.

I've been reading Candy's blog about being organized, etc. she has been a good inspiration. I've started a binder with categories that suit our family. I will go to her blog and browse the other ladies' binders to glean more ideas. My problem has been that, since I'm not used to making organized lists and blocks of lists, I start and in 2 or 3 days I'm back to my 'disorganized' routine. Someone said that it takes the brain approximately 28 days to 'reprogram' a new routine. Must concentrate...leave myself post-it notes...remember to go to the list. Now, that did it...right?

Have to take out the roast to thaw tonight so I can bake it tomorrow, also I'll have to make bread tomorrow or Friday, we're almost out. DH's co-workers love my bread and I get to sell a few loaves, every other week.

My recipe is the regular Bosch mixer recipe that I got from my dear friend, almost 12 years ago:
Start with 8 cups (of the best wheat from Marienthall, KS certified organic )
Mills into 12 cups
While milling the wheat, put 6 cups of warm water, 4 T of dry yeast (mine is from Sam's club 2lbs package) To this, add 1/2 cup of melted butter and 1/2 cup of local honey. Mix to blend these ingredients.

When the yeast 'proofs' add 1 T of sea or 'real' salt and the flour, about 2 cups at a time until the dough is ready. When the dough is tacky--not sticky--it is ready. Put the dough in a big pan, let it rise covered until double, punch down, let it rise until double again, punch down and cut it into 4 and form the loaves. Let them rise for 25 to 30 minutes [and not one minute more] and bake for 30 minutes at 350F (my oven is on the hot side, so it may take you longer)

In His hands, ^__^

Monday, November 26, 2007

After Thanksgiving

Two piece 4" molds that held the pecan pies. They were so yummy! This picture should have been at the bottom, but I deleted it and had to reload it here. I'm still learning!!!!
I really love these cookies, you can only get them at Aldi, in our little village. Too bad they are a seasonal product. A couple of Speculaas (well, actually 3) and a glass of fresh goat's milk, makes a perfect cookie break in the afternoon. Just had some.

Front of the sweater started (looks bluish for some reason, but the real color is Oxford gray) and coming right along.

Some of the dishes drying, and these were all preparation dishes, the meal dishes were done by the invited guests *who would not take NO for an answer*

Some of several pans and glasses drying.
We are recovering from this cold. I keep having to put castor oil on my lips--they are so chapped--Castor oil is so good for so many things. In the winter it makes a very good salve/ointment for chapped hands and lips. Moisten the area with water first, then apply a little castor oil. Our grandmothers knew well the use of this wonderful oil. When I learn to place links I will refer you to the websites that have good and useful information.

"Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him." Pro 26:12
In His hands, ^__^

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Who needs a cold?

That's what we seem to have. The night-time-liquid-comercial-type-of-cold. It has been a while since I've had a cold. Thank you Lord for that.

Oh, well..."in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God..." 1 Thes. 5:18

and in another place...

"Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" Eph 5:20

We had a lovely Thanksgiving *spread* and ate more than necessary, but every bite with thanksgiving.

And we did pray after eating: "When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee." Deu 8:10

We had a dusting of snow about noon, and again last night, it is all gone now. I missed my 50% off any regular price item, at Joann's today. My need to stay cozy was greater than my need for that beautiful quilting book I wanted. There will be other 50% off coupons, when I'm feeling better.

I started the front of the Oxford gray sweater for gs2. But besides cleaning and pickin up, I did not do much. All the holiday dishes are put back in their place until the next time.

I'll leave you with this thought: "Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked;
For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out. " Pro 24:19-20

In His hands, ^__^

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

The loaves, unintentional split. 4" pecan pies--don't have enough 9"pans

This is the day Mr. Washington assigned as a day to give thanks to God, oh so many years ago.
We are going to #2's for dinner at dinner time. #4 will be there with his family also, and some friends from church whose families are several states away. They will be there with two of their children. It will so nice.
#1 and #3 live several states away and will be having their Thanksgiving meals with their in-laws. #5 will be eating the turkey with his in-laws (their turn this year) and may stop by on their way home.
Ok, here are the pictures. Knitting is gs2's and then all the food...well the pies and the whole wheat bread. I have potatoes boiling for mashed potatoes, and bread rising for potato dinner rolls.
May not get back to the computer until tomorrow, Happy Thanksgiving again to all of you.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Here is some bread, woohoo I got it

I have a 'techy' member of the family in my ear and this works when you do it right!
Thank you techy #1
I'll fix it further tomorrow, Lord willing.
In His hands, ^__^

Playing with pictures

I'll get it yet! That is in the imperative form, mind you.

This is a new challenge--learning how to put pictures in the text, that is. I'm such a point-and-click-er, that reading how to do something, is beneath me. Well...I'll have to read stuff so I can do this right,'s academic. (What does that mean? really. I know how people use it, but what did it mean when it was first said with the intent it has today...academic, hmm)

Oh, by the way, I go on rabbit trails a lot--a lot.

Ok, let's see if the picture is here or floating about, somewhere else.

Well, they are somewhere else. I'll have to enlist some help from the techy parts of the family.

Hey, where did my other post go???? I know that the blogs I read have them all--at least several--on one page. Allrighty then. Back to the drawing board, well, you know what I mean.

Monday, November 19, 2007

If I had a blog, I'd blog in the morning, I'd blog in the evening...

So, here we go.

Have 4 loaves of whole wheat-honey bread rising.
Finishing gs2 sweater back, he'll love it.

I will have pictures, words, and more words.