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Cabbage and Mashed Potatoes

A fellow blogger was talking about how a song or a piece of music made her think of certain people

It happens to me when I’m cooking sometimes…

like today…

I cooked green cabbage and baked Idaho potatoesk14778718

Cabbage just cut in wedges… boiled with a little water… salt/pepper… a little sugar and butter184732

I cook until tender not stirring much… because I like the wedges of the cabbage to remain whole

Baked potatoes with salt/pepper and I admit a lot of butter!…

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Nothing else… it was the midday meal… and I couldn’t have eaten anything that tasted better…

Every time I start to cook cabbage a memory of a friend’s Mother comes to the surface…

I would be visiting and that simmering cabbage and big bowl of homemade mashed potatoes k4508598would be set on the table… sometimes cornbread baked in an iron skillet… k5650848

We dipped right out of the pan that the cabbage had been cooked in… 178320

I never tasted anything as good!k15802113

and didn’t realize that’s probably all there was to eat…

Maybe that’s why… what I cooked today… tasted so wonderful…

It wasn’t the food… it was the good memory… k11242244

Butter Cookies

I was at a Dollar Store … actually “Deal’s”… picking up a few items the other day…

I always pick up something sweet… for my hubby and son…

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Mostly cookies

They have all of the old-fashioned cookies

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Coconut bars… Windmills…Ginger Snaps… and many others…but, one of MY favorites is the little flower shaped Butter Cookies

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You know…the ones with the hole in the middle

I remember putting my fingers in the middle and wearing them…

These cookies have three different words embossed on them…

YES

NO

MAYBE

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I tried and tried to find out why these words were put on these little cookies

to no avail on the internet

I could only think it was like picking the petals off a daisy and saying…

“He loves me… He loves me not”… kind of thing…

I found they are made by Fehr Foods Inc. in Abilene Texas… and they carry all of the above mentioned cookies and more…simple_img_1

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but, had no reason as to why these words are put on the cookies

So please!… if anyone knows… let ME know…

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My curiosity is roused!

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I did find this cute video about them…

My Sunday Gratefuls: May 19, 2013

I went to Wal-Mart to pick up a few necessities?… coffee k3702550… soft drinks k10117059… a “goody” k2342269 for my husband…

As I walk in… the display of “fresh corn” on the cob…  grabs me…

I picked up  an ear from the stack… pulling down on the husk k6652634a little to better see what was inside… white u19763315 … yellow x19150595 … variegated k10443979 …

I love white corn and to my surprise that’s what I had in my hand…

and it looked so fresh and good…

I gathered a couple of more ears making sure they had white kernels

A lady standing near by proceeded to hand me a plastic bag k9156499to put them in… She asked, “Do you need two bags?”…

“No, thanks”, I said…”one will do”…

I probably looked like I was going to fill up my basket with itk7656825 … by the smile on my face…

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I was just thinking of how good it was going to taste

Boiled in a little sugar-water for extra sweetness u20756832 no holding back on the butter x20677052

and a little salt/pepper Yummy! … a little licking of the lips was probably seen…

Not on my list…. but, part of lunch was already being planned…

I meandered through the veggies… remembering I needed onionssma0050

I don’t just buy any onions in the summer… It has to be those big… sweet Vidalia’s OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The best on hamburgers, in salads or chopped up on hotdogs which I was going to grill today …

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I needed to get on my way… because I could buy all of the fresh produce k12396930 that is so abundant this time of year…

So, my grateful today goes out to all of the farmers x14579890and people k5152600who have their own personal little gardens

The ones that have those magical green thumbsk7057796 that keep us supplied with all the fresh produce in stores and roadside standsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Taking off husks… and shiny silks…

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(also fits in my pan better) … Plenty for the 3 of us…

Keep that white corn coming!

Yummy or Yucky???

After watching the Kentucky Derby… Kennedy and I decide to make the cookies I bought…

“Shortbread”… made by Betty Crocker

If you notice in the photos her left hand is in a cast… playing outside… she tripped and broke her wrist…

But, she did an awesome job with one hand!

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I’ve tasted shortbread before… Not overly sweet…but, sweet… kinda like a soft sugar cookie

“Lorna Dunes” come to mind… pre-packaged…510ER53HXPL__SX300_

Good!…

All you have to do is mix the dry mix from the package with two sticks of butter/ margarine

untill forms a soft dough

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Pat out in a rectangular shape or use a rolling-pin

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Cut into small rectangles

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Pierce  holes using a fork…

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Bake at 375 degrees for about 8-10 minutes…

They don’t get very brown… slightly on the bottom and tops…

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Cool and eat…

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WRONG!… we tasted and they were just awful!…

No sweetness what so ever!… just doughy…

disappointment for sure!…

Our sweet fix was not to be had!…

All of Kennedy’s hard (easy) work to no avail!…

I even looked on the package to see if I had left out something!… but, no… we had followed the directions just right!

So, not to waste them… I gave them to the birds this morning… Unbelievably… They seemed to really enjoy them…            OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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They’ve eaten over half of them already …

I guess you could say, They were…” for the birds!”

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One of My Favorite Turkey Recipes…

Great Turkey recipe
Here is a turkey recipe that also includes the use of popcorn as a stuffing ingredient — imagine that. When I found this recipe, I thought it was perfect for people like me, who just are not sure how to tell when a turkey is thoroughly cooked, but not dried out. Give this a try:

8 – 15 lb. turkey
1 cup melted butter
1 cup stuffing (Pepperidge Farm is Good)


1 cup un-popped popcorn (ORVILLE REDENBACHER‘S LOW FAT IS BEST)  

Salt/pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush turkey well with melted butter, salt, and pepper. Fill cavity with stuffing and popcorn. Place in baking pan making sure the neck end is toward the front of the oven, not the back. After about 4 hours listen for the popping sounds. When the turkey’s ass blows the oven door open and the bird flies across the room…. it’s done!
And, you thought I didn’t know how to cook…

I actually did find this awesome sounding Turkey Recipe…

Apple Farm Roast Turkey

Ingredients

  • 1 small Heritage Turkey
  • 2 yellow onions, cut in wedges
  • 3–4 oranges, cut in wedges
  • 1 bunch fresh oregano, half on stalks, half with leaves removed
  • 3 sticks melted butter
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Rub orange wedges into the neck cavity and leave them inside, along with a few stalks of oregano. Seal the neck flap with bamboo skewers. Combine thoroughly the remaining orange wedges with onion wedges and oregano stalks.
  • Add ¼ cup of butter, a few pinches of salt and pepper, and stuff mixture into the main cavity.
  • Close the cavity by securing the drumsticks.
  • Chop oregano leaves and add them to the remaining melted butter, along with generous amounts of salt and pepper. Rub the mixture all over the turkey skin.
  • Place the turkey in the pan and put it in the hot oven. After the skin browns for about 30 minutes, lower the temperature to 350 degrees and cook the turkey using a thermometer.
  • Remember to baste periodically. The turkey is done when the internal temperature reads 165–170 degrees. Let it rest, then move it to a platter before carving.

Remember to not get too stressed during the Holidays…

Pause for a little fun and laughter!

Taking Part In “The Old and New”

It’s been 7 months since I started my BLOG … I think I will start a new one for the year 2012 … I started writing about working with my kids at school … almost a never-ending story…but, since I have found my interest going in a different direction … I’ve learned that’s OK… I will finish what I have started… I’m like that… need to complete tasks I start… and then I can go on to other ideas … I find that maybe it’s because I am finally starting into another part of my life … When you have done something for over 30 years …it’s hard to stop thinking about it…In my case the schools , the teachers , the kids, the adventures and friends I made… I was so drawn to what I had left… but, now I’m looking in other areas… of things to do, to see  and feel…It’s kind of encouraging that I can go on to new beginnings … and I do intend to try new things, meet many more people, learn new things every day and maybe even change my thoughts and patterns that are so instilled in my being…The world is so glorious with all that it has to offer Why not take part in it! 

“My Kids!”…

In the Fall , a team at school called “The Shooting Stars, held Muster Day in October… It was like a pioneer day apple cider making , square dancing , corn husk doll making , quaint games from years past, cake walks , making beaded necklaces, cooking corn in the husk , roasting a pig  and serving BBQ to all who wanted to try it, frying jowl bacon on an open fire and our contribution would be beef stew , corn bread and pumpkin pie … We had such a good time! … It took months for the students and our kids who were included to learn the steps to the square dancing… laughing and getting to know each other as they found out who had two left feet or who wasFred Astaire in disguise  of a gangly teenager … Studying about their particular subject that was assigned to them… from making moccasins to apple butter … The kids came up with their own costumes… dressed in the clothing of the period they were learning about… very original… Many posters were made and many stories were told to all the spectators and parents who had come to view all of their hard work… Such a good memory to hold within me and brought to surface when the calendar turns to October, the air starts to cool and the smell of pumpkin pie and apple cider entices you to enjoy those times again…I think I’ll take part in the past as well as the present…