Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Getty Villa

Steve and I took a short trip back in time to the Getty Villa located in Malibu. It was restive and lovely. We ate our lunch at the side of the road watching the beach.

An obnoxious seagull was a bit offended at our "gull" of eating in his territory without feeding him and his people. They do seem to like mac and cheese and P&J sandwiches.

Christine's Bridal Shower

I am giving Christine points for being the most effecient bridal shower gift opener ever. She was great! I was so impressed with her speed and gracious acceptance of all kinds of neat gifts. I love Bed Bath and Beyond. What a fun place. I personally did not care for everyone staring at me as I opened all those things at my shower.

We got her an icecream machine, and someone else got her sprinkles, and dessert cups that will compliment that nicely.

They arranged tons of bridal games of which I have never been fond, but many people are enamored of them. The MC also gave out plenty of prizes. They had a book to write advice for the bride and also a place to submit recipes. I wish the recipe card might have been a bit larger since I felt obligated to submit a simple recipe with few ingredients, but one that Steve and I both like. Baked Tofu cubes!

I didn't hear the story of their initial meeting or engagement but perhaps soon. They also had teams design "bridal dresses" out of toilet paper and Christine selected the one she liked the best. Our team did not win, but it was fun to see people's creativity!

I also got to meet Gwen's grandson. He is a precious little 3 month old fella with charming dimples and an interesting eye color, perhaps Hazel, a blueish, grayish, greenish color. Gwen says that he has Glenn's coloring.

One of the neatest gifts, I say, in my humble opinion was a picture frame from Christine's aunt. The picture on the left side was Glenn and Gwen's wedding picture and then on the right was Christine's parents wedding picture. Christine thought it was a joke that her aunt had played on her, until her aunt reminded her that the other picture was Glenn and Gwen. Then she really looked at it. Her wedding pic is supposed to go into the middle spot. I believe she really appreciated it! We passed it around. I was so surprised that Gwen and Adrienne look so much a like. It is a startling resemblance.

And Coffee Grounds

I just love sharing my new and improved ways of creating messes. I was bringing my coffee pot home last evening from Women Walking Wisely. I realized as I was putting it into my backseat that I had forgetten to empty the grounds but I was too tired and lazy to do something about it. I carefully propped it up in the seat and soon was on my way home down The 405. In my usual zipping way of driving, I soon smelled coffee which to me is a pleasant, comforting smell. Good thing I think that, since when I got home, I discovered to my shame the coffee pot on its side and grounds strewn thither and yon across the back seat and floor. Now how do you explain that to your gentle and understanding husband? Is there any reason for such a thing to happen? I couldn't think of one. Praise God that I have been learning about anger, frustration, and irritation. I was able to thank Him for the incident and be thankful that I hadn't left any coffee in the pot. =-)

Steve just shook his head sadly and said, "I don't even know what to say." You just got to love that guy!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

and Pizza

Wow! Go Pampered Chef. Today I created Fruit Pizza by combining two PC recipes. Yummy! I used bananas, strawberries, kiwis, and cuties with a sprinkling of shaved hershey bar and toasted coconut. The crust was sugar cookie with a peanutbutter/creamcheese covering. Looks fab! Love those simple pampered chef recipes.

Monday, March 16, 2009

And Biscuits

Old-Fashioned Soda Biscuits

2 cups flour (not self-rising)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 tablesppons lard
1 cup milk

Sift the dry items together, add the lard, then add the milk while you slowly stir (a fork is good for stirring dough.) Roll the dough out on a floured board to about 1/2" thick, cut into biscuits. Bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes.

I still need to improve this recipe, but biscuit making is a skill not luck!

Shameless Enthusiasm

I did it! I actually made a recipe that we both like. Of course I did change the recipe a bit, wouldn't be mine if I didn't.

2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 lb beef, stew meat
2 Tablespoons cooking oil
3 1/2 cups vegetable juice cocktail (use instead 2 1/2 cups V-8 juice)
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons instant beef bouillon
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
2 1/4 cups cubed peeled potatoes
2 cups sliced carrots
1 cup sliced celery

Cut beef into small cubes. Flour beef cubes on all sides. Fry on all sides. Layer onions, potatoes, carrots, and celery on the bottom of your crock pot. Sprinkle with bouillon, garlic, basil, and thyme; add meat. Pour V-8 juice into the crock pot. Boil 2 cups of water from the pan of meat, then add it to the crock pot. Cook on high for 4 hours then on low until you are read to eat.