Thomas and Friends

My oldest son is 8 and all I ever bought him in his growing up years were Thomas trains. It is what kept him happy and occupied. No other toys interested him. Thomas was a familiar sight on our TV screen. His books laid around throughout the house looked at and read daily. But Thomas has been laid aside for over three years now, I suppose he is growing up. I have another son who just turned two. His interest is in trucks. He does however take interest in books and Thomas is one of his favorite. Today once again I sat down at his biding to read his thomas book, I did not feel reluctant this time and decided to read it word for word. I was surprised that he sat still and completely captivated by it through the entire story. I have read this book a thousand times and it has never spoken to me. Today it did.

The book describes each engine. Who they were. What they did. In a small paragraph you get the idea of the kind of person the engine is. I began wondering which engine best describes me and perhaps it would be better for someone else to pick me out amongst them all for it is only others that sees us best for who we truly are. I began to see my friends and family throughout the book. Such huge differences among these engines and now it is coming back to me all the movies from years before how these engines work together on their island of sodor. I have new desire to sit and watch them for I feel like they are meant to teach us something. Something that is so missing in our island of sodor. The last paragraph of the book will need to be copied and hung on my fridge, the air hung still for just a moment as I spoke the last words. Today I read a book out loud to my child like I never read a book out loud before and I have 4 children. We read a lot.

“On the road or in the station, On straight paths or twisty bends, Treat each person that you meet The way you treat your friends.

- Thomas and Friends

 

Pumpkin Delight

Pumpkin Delight comes from my “Amish background”  As a child it was one of the things to look forward to when the leaves began to change. It was never made any other time of the year. I suppose just like many other things…Peanut Butter Eggs for instance, must they be made only at Easter?  Some days my mouth waters for these and I feel trapped. I know that I must squash the desire, often I buy a peanut butter cup just to conquer the desire. It never works.

I have decided to make Pumpkin Delight whenever I desire and here is how you make it so you can enjoy it too.

Buy pumpkin from Amish neighbors.

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I paid a dollar a piece. Can one live on pumpkin?

These peppers have nothing to do with Pumpkin Delight. They just look pretty and cost me a small sum of $5.00

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I chop it. I cook it. I puree it skins and all. Seems a bit yuk when you think of the skins in the mix but just put your mind to other things and know that you are getting way more good nutrients in your body this way.

I put it in jars and cold pack it for an hour. (you may skip this step if you feel tired however you will not eat Pumpkin Delight year round)

A graham cracker crust with butter and sugar

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A cream cheese, egg and sugar filling is whipped together and baked

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Pumpkin, cinnamon, sugar and more are cooked on stove top and poured over cream cheese layer.   Top it off with cool whip and a sprinkle of cinnamon for looks.

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Pumpkin Delight

  • 2 packs graham crackers crushed
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • Mix and press into 9×13 pan
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Mix and pour over crust; bake 20 minutes at 350
  • 1 pint pumpkin
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • Cook until thickened. Remove from heat. Add:
  • 1 package gelatin dissolved in 1/4 cup water
  • Cool slightly
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Whip and fold into pumpkin mixture. Pour over cooled crust. Top with cool whip.

 

Jergens

Many things change our lives. Some changes happen unaware some you are very conscious about. Jergens has been a conscious change towards good in my life. Jergens is not a person but a very dear friend of mine. I have a physical relationship to Jergens. About 4 years ago I began to lotion my legs after each shower with Jergens. within a few months I noticed a creaminess beginning to take shape. I thought to myself, What would happen if I took this relationship to the next level? and so I added the arms I was not satisfied to leave it at that so to this day my body gets a full Jergens massage daily. Depending the mood sometimes twice or thrice. Whoever said you may only take one shower a day? Jergens began to disappear rather fast. At this time I asked myself, Is it worth the cost? The answer is YES! If you do not believe in feeling fully alive in your skin then your answer may be NO or perhaps you do not feel fully women, uncaring about your looks. Again you will answer NO. Maybe you would rather spend your green on other important things. But I will tell you that at the end of the day we women can happily accomplish so much more in life when we feel good within ourselves and about ourselves. Jergens changed my life. Some may sell you electric some may sell you Jesus. Some may sell you Mary Kay some may sell you rainbow vaccum cleaners.

I will sell you Jergens. :)

There are many different kinds of Jergens and they may affect you in different ways. I buy them all.  I stand before them and say…which will it be today?

Do I want original?

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Do I need ultra healing?

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Sometimes you just need some butter!

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Black Bean Corn Soup

The herbs, lime and wine ( I like the way those three roll of my tongue. Go ahead try it. I see you sitting at your office mumbling this and now your co workers have proof that you might just be missing a few.  That’s Ok I am sure they will walk around saying it too once they make and taste this soup. It has such an affect on one. Not because of the wine but because of all three put together. Three is always better then one. )  truly make this soup what it is.

  • 2 Red Peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 4 Carrots
  • 6 Small Potatos
  • 1 stick Butter

Saute’ these ingredients in big soup pot.

  • 5  32oz Cartons chicken stock
  • 1 Bag Frozen Corn
  • 1 Quart Black Beans (rinsed and drained
  • 1 Lime ( cut in half and squeeze out juice
  • 2 Bay Leaf
  • 1  1/2 T Dried Thyme
  • 2 T White Wine

Simmer for an hour to let flavors set in. Remove bay leaves. Makes 8 quart.

Granola Bars

This is one of the easiest things to whip together. There is very little time involved. There is no baking or stovetop cooking. And they are so amazingly delicious that a 9×13 pan disappears in this house of 2 adults 4 kids within a week.  IT MAKES ME PROUD TO SAY TO THE WORLD THAT I CAME UP WITH THIS RECIPE ON MY OWN. There is a certain amount of self-confidence that you gain when you come up with something good entirely on your own. It doesn’t have to be food. It may be anything. Create. It will do you and the world around you some good.

The fun with these bars is that you can shift things around if you like. Cheerios instead of rice krispies. Extra chocolate chips instead of raisins. For gluten free, extra oats instead of wheat germ.

I love to cut, individually wrap and freeze them. A perfect on the go snack grab.

  • 3  3/4 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup Wheat Germ
  • 2 cup Raisins
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup Almonds
  • 1 cup Peanuts
  • 1  1/2 cup Rice Krispies
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 3/4 cup Honey
  • 1 T Vanilla
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup Table Syrup (maple syrup)

Melt oil then add other wet ingredients. Stir to combine. Pour over dry ingredients. Mix well with hands. Press into 9×13 cake pan or your choice container. Keep Refrigerated. This is not a must but will keep your bars more solid and less crumbly because of the coconut oil.

 

V8 and It’s Stories

This week I am making Vegetable Beef. I LOVE SOUP. For many years I have made all kinds of Vegetable Beef. I have never been satisfied.  This past week I invented what I will call “ V8 Soup”  all I need to say is….I am now satisfied.  If I look V8ish it is because I have been eating it daily. I have been having serious thoughts of cooking this weekly for the next million years. Have no doubt I will still be living, it has V8 and kale in it!  and leeks!  add another million years!

Here is how you can make it….

  • Buy a black cow, feed it grass
  • Butcher it
  • Place a small roast in crock pot
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 onion
  • 3 garlic gloves
  • 2 bay leaves

Cook for 8 hours on slow. Cool. Place in fridge overnight

  • On stove top cook 1 64 oz V8 juice
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • Remaining broth from roast cooked day before
  • Roast cut into little pieces
  • 2 cups carrots chopped
  • 2 cups corn
  • 1 bag green beans
  • 3 leeks chopped fine
  • 3 large handfuls Kale chopped fine
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Simmer with lid on for an hour. Cool. Eat as much as you want. Do not add quilt.

If you care to keep reading I think you will find it funny and interesting as I share the stories of two people whom have eaten my V8 Soup. I will make up the names as to protect identity. If you hold to a strong belief of being a vegetarian understand that there is some graphic content below .

  • I saved the soup for tonight because I am working till 6:15 and it is always a struggle cooking when I get home at 6:30. So I got home and Travis said, I am hungry, and I said, supper will be ready in 15 minutes and I felt so proud. So I dumped the soup in a big pot ( I had given it to her frozen) and then went about my business of scooping poop. ( she owns way too many cats) So then the soup was ready and I said make your own sandwiches boys but I will ladle your soup in bowls. I love that word, ladle. we started eating and I was like, OMG! Travis said, there are leaves in this soup! with a very uncertain look in his face. He said, where does this soup come from? And I said, my friend Kathy made it. I said, she has cows in her back yard and when shes ready to make soup she butchers a cow, picks the vegtables from her garden and the leaves from the trees. I said there are cow carcasess all over her yard. He did not think I ws funny but I did. and then I told him that you also made cinnamon rolls that we are going to have for dessert but I said to Travis, you won’t like them because there are leaves in them too. Alas, he did not believe me and I had to share my cinnamon rolls. So the moral of this tale is that the boys and Travis loved the soup and the cinnamon rolls. Even the leaves. The End.
  • I have to tell you that when my husband first looked into his bowl at camp he was “worried” about the green stuff floating in his soup. Ends up he ate two large bowls and LOVED it!  Thanks for helping cook at camp!