Thursday, April 13, 2017

Marg






Easter is fast approaching.
In our family we will be celebrating Christ's death and Resurrection with one less person in our family.

Dave's mother passed away Sunday.

She had been struggling with dementia for years and living at Tideview Terrace. She was born in Jerseyville , Ontario.  Yes there's actually a place called Jerseyville.

Dave's family moved here, to Nova Scotia in 1983. 
They moved here so Len could retire around his family.
It was a difficult time for Marg since she couldn't speak or understand French.
So she was uncomfortable when people would speak it in front of her.

So she decided to get a job in an old folks home.
She loved her job. She took such good care of the residents.

I don't remember the first time I ever met her. But I know that she didn't like me too much the first year or so. I was taking away her only son. The funny thing is that I'm actually the same way
with Jamie's girlfriend (yes, he's got a girlfriend) I try not to be, but like Marg, I find that I don't want my little boy taken away from me. I now understand Marg.

But as the years passed by I grew on her and she once told me that I was like a daughter to her.

She made the best cabbage rolls and Italian spaghetti sauce.
 Or as she'd call it, Eye-talian sauce.

Unfortunately, when I asked her one day for the recipe, she told me she had never made cabbage rolls or Eye-talian spaghetti sauce. Dementia was setting in.

She loved Holstein cows and knick-knacks.  The house was full of them! She was an easy person to buy for. an Avon knick knack and she was happy. 
She was also a neat freak.  She loved to iron, as a young lady she worked in a 
laundry in Brantford, Ontario and she told me once she loved that job.
I believed her, cause she used to iron everything...EVERYTHING!!!!
Even underwear! 
She was the only person I know, that would wear out an iron.

She was a good lady. For awhile they owned a cabin in the woods. It wasn't her favourite place to go
but she made it homey with her Holstein cow flower pots and her dozens of 
hummingbird feeders!!
She would buy sugar in bulk because she would feed the dozens and dozens of hummingbirds
that would come to the cabin.

We're not sure what she died of. The flu was going around in the home, but it hit so fast, that the 
doctors told us it looked like a stroke.  She had decided a long time
ago that she would be DNR. So she was just kept comfortable till the end.
We want to thank everyone that was there for us in body and spirit.
The prayers, cards, phone calls etc...
The day before she passed our Pastor, Shawn Craven, stayed with us for the longest
time to comfort us. For that we will always be grateful.

We met the doctor going in to sign the death certificate. 
He told us that Dementia is the worst disease.
You lose your loved one twice.
First when they no longer know who you are and then
when they die physically.
So please, if you can, 

The service was held at Tideview Terrace where Len could attend (he lives there also) and all her friends and the staff that loved and helped care for her.

Have a Blessed Day
and Happy Easter

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Hoppy Easter!


Easter is fast approaching so I figured I'd divulge our family favourite Easter recipe.
Glazed Ham.

I know there's probably about a million and one recipes out there right now.
But this one is easy peasy!
And no cloves. My family hates the taste of cloves.

So here goes.
I make sure to de-salt the ham several times before I even begin.

Score the ham in a diamond pattern.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Put about a 1/4" of water in the bottom of your roasting pan.
 But keep an eye on it.
Make sure it doesn't go dry.
  
Bake for an hour with cover on.

Increase the heat in the oven to 450 degrees.
Combine 
3 cups lighly packed brown sugar
3 tbsp flour
2 tbsp maple syrup (you can use corn syrup but we like maple syrup better)
3 tsp dry mustard
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

Mix together till it's all blended.

Pour a third on the ham and bake with cover off.
Keep putting some on until all gone.
You should bake the ham for 30 minutes
and the sugar concoction will make a nice crust on the ham.

Take out, carve and serve.
Hubby likes to take the syrup from the bottom of the pan and put it on his potatoes.
Hey, to each his own.




Not the best photo, but you get the drift.

Have a Blessed day!
Lisa

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Chocolate Zucchini Cake.

I'm at it again!
And this time it's healthy eating...
Ok, maybe not.
But it's gooood!

And it's the perfect way of getting rid of your abundance of zucchinis!
In the summer I shred my zucchinis and freeze them in 3 cup increments. That way
I'm ready to roll whenever I need to make this cake.

Before I proceed, you're going to need a Bundt pan.
I've never done it in cupcake form, but I assume it would work well.
It's a heavy cake and that's why it wouldn't work well in a regular
cake pan.  It takes forever to cook in a Bundt pan.

So here goes.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup milk
2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 cups shredded and peeled zucchini
1/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp salt

Mix butter, sugar, oil, eggs, vanilla and milk in a bowl.
Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt together.

Blend in together. Mix well.

Bake in Bundt pan at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 50-60 minutes.
When you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean, it's ready.

Serve plain or with whipped cream.


Have a Blessed Evening
Lisa





Thursday, March 9, 2017

Cinnamon Rhubarb Muffins

This is probably the most light and fluffy muffin recipe that I've come across in a long time.
It must be the sour cream.
Dunno but it's divine!

The recipe is a bit long but bear with me. 
It's worth it!

Muffins

2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 salt
1 cup sour cream
8 Tbs (4 oz) butter melted and slightly cooled
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups 1/4" diced rhubarb fresh or frozen

Topping

3 Tbs sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
Whisk to blend.

In a medium bowl whisk together sour cream, melted butter, eggs and vanilla till smooth
Lightly stir in wet ingredients into dry ingredients with a spatula until batter 
just comes together. DO NOT OVERMIX!!! 
Gently stir in rhubarb. Batter will be thick.

Spoon in muffin cups.

Mix the together topping ingredients and sprinkle  on each muffin.
Bake until they are golden brown and spring back to touch.
Around 18-22 minutes
Serve warm

The recipe says they only keep for one day.
But I kept them for 3 days (yes, they lasted that long)
and just reheated them when we wanted to eat them.

I found this recipe on the website Fine Cooking
Regular size muffins, it makes 12.

As Julia Child would say, "Bone Appetite!"



And yes, I do actually cook.  I don't always just bake.
I'll post my macaroni casserole recipe one day to prove that I can also cook.
Have a Blessed Evening
Lisa

Monday, February 13, 2017

Everyone loves brownies!





It seems like I'm on a recipe roll.

I'm going to share with ya'll my mom's brownie recipe.

I hope she doesn't mind....oh well.

Brownies Simone

3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar

Mix together and then stir in
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
3 Tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla

Bake at 325 degree Fahrenheit for 25 minutes 
in a 8x8 greased pan.

I've started putting them in tiny cupcake pans and making
two bite brownies.



We had company for supper last night so I made 
Fudge Brownie Pie.

Which is really just a large piece of brownie with 
vanilla ice cream on top drizzled with chocolate sauce.
It's really horrible..not. 


But last night instead of making a large brownie, I shoved the little two bite brownies into
the ice cream.  Again...not very good.
I lie.
It's to die for!

Oh and a great thing about this recipe is that if you eat them standing up,
there's no calories!!! How awesome is that.

Again...
I lie.

My mom sometimes makes a chocolate frosting to put on top of the brownies.

So here's the recipe for that.
I'm telling you...I'm divulging family recipes left and right.
What else might I divulge?!


Chocolate Frosting

Cream together 
3 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp cocoa
2 Tbsp hot water and 
1/2 tsp vanilla
Add 1 1/2 cups of sifted icing sugar
Beat until creamy.

Another thing you can add is crushed walnuts or pecans to the brownies before baking.

Gotta go before I reveal other family secrets!

Have a Blessed Day!
Lisa


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Blueberry muffins

I'm going to divulge my secret blueberry muffin recipe.
But you have to promise not to share it with anyone.
Ok!? 
It's just for you.

I can't even remember what cook book I got them out of.
But they're goooood.

So here goes....
just remember it's between you and me.

Blueberry Muffins

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 1/4 cup sugar 
(hey I didn't say it was a healthy muffin)
2 eggs
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup white flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
2 cups blueberries (frozen or fresh)

Cream butter and sugar
add eggs
Put dry ingredients together
Mix into butter mixture
alternating with milk
Fold in berries
Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.
Or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy!

The recipe was originally just white flour but I prefer to add one cup of
 whole wheat flour.

I also like to add cranberries or rhubarb with the blueberries.
Spice it up a bit.

Hope you like them.
And don't forget....
it's our secret!






Saturday, February 4, 2017

Hair, Hair, Hair






Most women complain about their hair.
I'm no exception, but I really shouldn't complain.

I've inherited my hair from my father's side of the family
since my mother's side all have very thin hair.

My hair is thick, grows extremely fast and I'll be
50 this summer and I don't have any grey yet.
(and don't worry, I check all the time)
My 80 year old aunt still had no grey
so I guess I shouldn't complain...
good genes.

Not everyone is so lucky.
So last year I decided to let it grow to donate it.

And this is the result.
(I guess I could have worn a more flattering shirt.)






I wanted to make sure we got as much length as possible. So we put it in ponytails.


10" of  hair!

Tah Dah!

The finished product!

At first it was kinda freaky...and cold!
Now I'm used to it and I kinda like it.
I'm saving a lot on shampoo...but not on hair styling products.
Phew...that's not cheap.

But the hair is now gone to it's destination.
I guess it takes 6-7 ponytails (one full ponytail) to make one wig.
They actually strip all the hair of it's colour and then redye it to
the desired uniform colour.

So if you've got long, non chemically treated hair...
think about donating it.

I might do it again in a few years.
Maybe....

Have a Blessed Day.
Lisa