Thursday, June 30, 2011

Teaching Children to Cook

A girl should learn to make a bed, 
To bake good biscuit, cake, and bread;
To handle deftly brush and broom,
And neatly tidy up a room. ~1899

These instructions are from our collection of American Girl cookbooks.  They pretty much covered everything so well, I decided to include it on my blog:
  1. Always work with an adult.
  2. Wash hands with soap and water.  Wear an apron, tie back your hair, and roll up your sleeves.
  3. Read a recipe carefully, all the way through, before you start it.  Look at the pictures.  They will help you understand the steps.
  4. Gather all the ingredients and equipment you will need before you start to cook.  Put everything where you can reach it easily.
  5. A good cook measures exactly.  Here is a hint for measuring flour.  Spoon the flour into a measuring cup, heaping it up over the top.  Then use the spoon handle to level off the flour.  Don't shake or tap the cup.
  6. Learn from an adult how to peel, cut or grate with sharp kitchen tools.  Always use a chopping board to save kitchen counters.
  7. Pay attention while using knives so that you don't cut your fingers!  Remember, a good, sharp knife is safer than a dull one.
  8. When you stir or mix, hold the bowl or pan steady on a flat surface, not in your arms. 
  9. Make sure your mixing bowls, pots, and pans are the right size.  If they are too small, you'll probably spill.  If pots and pans are too large, foods will burn more easily.
  10. Clean up spills right away.
  11. Pots and pans will be less likely to spill on the stove if you turn the handles toward the side.
  12. Have an adult handle hot pans.  Don't use the stove burners or the oven without permission or supervision.
  13. Turn off the burner or the oven as soon as a dish is cooked.
  14. Potholders and oven mitts will protect you from burns.  Use them when you touch anything hot.  Protect kitchen counters by putting trivets or cooling racks under hot pots and pans.
  15. Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.  If you plan to make things early and serve them later, store them properly.  Foods that could spoil belong in the refrigerator.  Wrap foods well.
  16. If you decide to make a whole meal, be sure to plan so that all the food will be ready when you are ready to serve it.
  17. When a recipe gives two cooking times--for example, when it says, "bake 25 to 30 minutes"--first set the timer for the shorter time.  If the food is not done when the timer rings, give it another five minutes (or more as necessary).
  18. Cleanup is part of cooking, too.  Leave the kitchen at least as clean as you found it.  Wash all the dishes, pots, and pans. Sweep the floor.  Throw away the garbage.
We may live without poetry, music and art:
We may live without conscience and live without heart;
We may live without friends, we may live without books,
But civilized man cannot live without cooks.
~Owen Meredith

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

St. Patty's Day Family Night

Just found this old homeschool photo "Green Eggs and Ham."
We did this for Family Home Evening last Monday night and my husband and 15 yr. old son clearly enjoyed the activity the most.  My husband was in charge of hiding the clues, and since we have a 21, 18, and 15 yr. old he made it hard.  He said it was more fun than hiding Easter eggs.  My son found the most clues.  We usually make the treat every St. Patty's Day, but I thought it went well with the activity.
Pot of Gold Coins
24 Ritz crackers
1 c. smooth peanut butter
2 c. butterscotch chips
Spread half of the crackers with peanut butter.  Top with second cracker.  Melt butterscotch chips and then dip crackers in butterscotch.  Place on wax paper to set, then gobble up.


Have a Treasure Hunt
Step 1 
Write the Clues.  Get seven pieces of paper and copy the following clues.  Be sure to write the clue number by each verse.


Step 2
Make the Treasure.  Find a shoe box to put the treasure in.  Then write a short note to everyone in your family, telling them how much you love them.  You may want to draw a picture of your family (I used a recently taken family portrait).  Put these treasures into the box.  [My Idea:  Maybe add the ingredients to the recipe for "Pot of Gold Coins" into the box to make as a family, after the "treasure" is found].  You can even wrap the box and put a bow on it.


Step 3
Hide the Treasure.  Keep clue 1 out to give to your family.  Then hide the other clues.
Clue 2--hide in a shoe somewhere in the house
Clue 3--hide behind a door
Clue 4--hide near a sink
Clue 5--hide beneath a chair
Clue 6--hide by a picture frame
Clue 7--Hide near a mirror
Treasure box--hide beneath a bed


Step 4
Assemble the Family.  Tell them they are going on a treasure hunt.  Give them clue 1 and HAVE FUN!


Clue 1  Roses are red, Violets are blue.  To find clue 2 Look in a shoe.
Clue 2  Wasn't that fun?  Are you ready for more?  To find clue 3, Look behind a door.
Clue 3  Move right along As quick as a wink And find clue 4 Hidden near a sink.
Clue 4  Getting tired?  Don't despair.  Go find clue 5 Beneath a chair.
Clue 5  You're doing great Playing this game.  Go find clue 6 By a picture frame.
Clue 6  You're almost through With your inspection.  Go find a clue By your reflection.
Clue 7  The game is finished, So go ahead.  You'll find the treasure Beneath a bed.


(Marene Ebert, "Have a Treasure Hunt," Friend, Oct. 1981, 8)

Try these Bierocks for an quick and easy "sorta American-Irish" meal.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Baby Album Page Layouts


Above is my version of "Cute as a Button" layout. I CANNOT BELIEVE I HAVEN'T JOURNALED THIS! This is evidence that one should journal the day a page is completed. I completed this ages ago, and I'm sure I don't remember a whole lot of what went on. The Creative Memory journaling prompts below might be helpful. They really delve into details--which is where I need to improve! (Layouts from 1996 Ed. Scrapbook Page Design and Layout Ideas, p. 24 and Creative Memories Idea Book, Vol. V, p. 26)
I used this example to complete the layout shown.
Photographic Time-Line of the baby's first year.

Baby Layout Journaling Prompts:
Who did you call first when you found out you were pregnant?
How long did you keep the secret?
What was hubby's reaction to the news?
How did the two of you select a name?
What noises does the baby make?
How long was the hospital visit?
Who were the first visitors?
Who has the baby inherited certain features from?
What are your future dreams for the baby?
Who does the baby look like?
What special things does the baby do?
Where does the baby seem the most content?
When does the baby sleep?

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Tips for Toddlers

You can drag the children to church but you can't make them listen-unless you are prepared.  ~LaVern Parmalee


There comes a time, (pretty darn quick!) when most small children will no longer be content just observing the sights and sounds around them.  We've all seen children being allowed the freedom to run about willy nilly in church meetings, waiting rooms, restaurants, grocery stores, etc.  Now so common a sight, this behavior may have actually become accepted into our society.  However, I don't think this is good and can actually be injurious to the child in question, (and unpleasant to watch by others).  And as far as meetings go, unruly toddlers are distracting to the speaker and to the audience.  


Though we are tolerant with families of small children, the parents (please note I did not say the oldest child--emphasis on "child") should be making some effort to deal with the situation instead of ignoring their children, as is so often the case nowadays.  Taking a few extra precautions will make things go a little more smoothly.  If you are very sensitive to what I have stated so far, then you are probably not who I am talking about because most people who have this issue seem to be quite oblivious.  By I'll persevere anyway. 


While reading an old article in my churches' magazine (Ann Stoddard Reese, "I Have a Question," Ensign, Jan. 1977, 75), I was reminded of the many things my husband and I would be prepared to do to make outings with our littles ones much more pleasant for everyone concerned.  I made paper dolls, but out of cloth so they were soft and quiet and pretty much indestructible, and I used Velcro cut into tiny squares hand sewn onto the body and clothes to keep the clothes on.  I also sewed a giant quiet book that taught skills such as tying, zipping and buttoning.  It also taught shapes, colors, etc.  These can be bought already made at book stores.  They were just some of the quiet toys that we only used at church or other public places and were rotated out often to be disinfected and to give the children a chance to play with other quiet toys.  The items were kept in a special bag used only for these "quiet" occasions.  


My children were also taught the difference between a indoor voice and outdoor voice, a quiet voice and a loud voice, a whisper and a yell.  Yes, these must be taught!  And I learned so much from the other families with young children with whom we associated.  They had lots of good ideas.  One that was the most helpful, was to give my 3-yr. old a five-minute warning before we had to do whatever it was that the child would probably have a fit over (such as leaving playtime at preschool or the church nursery).  


An idea from the article that I have seen be very successful is to reserve the back row of the women's classroom at church for the mothers with small children.  ...(And parents--for Heaven's sake, do not change your child's poopee diaper right there in the church meeting--ICK!)...  The chairs in the meeting should be set up so that the mothers can take their children from the back row out of the room, in case their child is causing a disturbance.  My husband and I really enjoyed our children's toddlerhood and when the time finally came, we would often spend time playing with the children in nursery and participating in their activities.  This helped the transition from our knee to nursery class a little smoother. 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Tweaking the Ideal



My Grandma was a great example of a working homemaker.  No birthdays were forgotten.  Active at church.  No meals left unprepared.  Visitors were always welcome at a moments notice.  Her home was always clean and her garden full of tomatoes.  And she retired from working for the state as a secretary!  Sickening!  Though Grandma might have preferred to stay home (maybe?), she always put family first.


Barbara B. Smith, past general Relief Society president, explained that if need forces the providing role upon a mother, it is critical that she be able to work as few hours as possible to leave time for homemaking and the nurturing of her children.  “The counsel to all members to acquire training and knowledge as a hedge against a time of need is one of our best ‘storage’ concepts.”  (Barbara B. Smith, “Makers of Homes,” Ensign, Mar. 1979, 24)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Dian Thomas Rules!

My Homemakers Journal would not be complete without a list of Dian Thomas' church magazine articles and books.  Sister Thomas helped to shape my idea of a homemaker, mom, and Scout leader.  She taught preparedness in a clever and interesting way.  Most of the ideas recorded below have been field-tested by my clan and me (and the folks at church and scouts who participated in these activities with us).  I start with great outdoor dinner tips, and then a short sample article.  There's also a list of articles to read, bio articles and her books.

Tacos in a Frito's Bag
I love Dian's Instant Taco idea in "Backyard Dining," (New Era article sourced below).  Southern Living magazine had the same idea and used single-serve Frito's eaten directly in their little pouch--so cute! 

Dian has a great idea for using embroidery hoops and plastic wrap to put over bowls of food and keep the insects out, and to blow a fan on the food to keep insects away and the rest of us cool.  I can totally visualize her Wheel Barrow Salad Bar--I can't wait to try it!  Plus she includes recipes like apples on a stick--tastes like apple pie--great for autumn fires.  And everyone has to try making icecream in a can even if you're not a scout :0)

"When Children Play Indoors," Ensign, Feb. 1981 (scroll down some)
Do children challenge your normal good nature on a stormy day by whining, "What can I do?"  A few well-planned activities will help restore order and good cheer.
Sit-down Scavenger Hunt:  Give each child an old catalog or magazine, a pair of scissors, and an envelope to organize his "finds."  Then give each a list of ten to fifteen specific items to find.
If not all of your children read, divide into teams with a reader on each team, or give the group as a whole o ne list of items that everyone must find, and have the older children read the list aloud.  The first child to cut out pictures of all the items on the list wins.
Front Room Olympics: Hold a series of indoor games.  Some activities might include--
Discus throw, using a paper plate
Shot put, with securely tied, blown-up paper bags or balloons
Javelin throw, using a plastic drinking straw
Fifty-yard dash, blowing a ping-pong or cotton ball a designated distance
Relay, using two foot-sized pieces of cardboard. One person "runs" by hopping from one piece of cardboard to the next, while his partner moves the pieces into place as fast as he can.
Collage Decorating:  Let children cut pictures and words from magazines that express their interests, and arrange and paste the cutouts on pieces of butcher paper.  For a permanent remembrance, shellac or frame the collages and hang them on bedroom doors or walls.

More of Dian's Church Magazine Articles
Dutch Oven Cooking,” New Era, Jul 1974
"Tall Can Grill," New Era Sep 1974
"Rock Cooking," New Era July 1975
"Non-utensil Cooking," New Era May 1976
Stick Cooking,” New Era, Jul 1977
Backyard Barbecue,” New Era, May 1979
Backyard Dining,” New Era, Jun 1985
Tin Can Cooking,” Ensign, June 1974
Tin Can Date,” New Era, Jul 1982
Tricky Treats,” New Era, Oct 1982
Make-It-Yourself Christmas,” New Era, Dec 1982
Pizza with Pizzazz,” New Era, Jun 1984
Incredible Edible Valentines,” New Era, Jan 1985
Creative Birthday Cakes,” New Era, Mar 1987
(Plastic) Bag of Tricks,” Ensign, Feb. 1980
All-Family Shopping Trip,” Ensign, July 1979

Dian's Bio
"Unusual as Usual," Ensign Dec. 1990
"The Combustion Point," Ensign June 1984

Dian's Books
Backyard Roughing It Easy
Many of those who enjoy the outdoors are already familiar with New Era contributor Dian Thomas’ Roughing It Easy series. Her latest work, however, will open her world of creative cooking to a new crowd—the backyard, back porch, and patio picnickers who can’t always break away to the hills. The volume is full of recipes, ideas for cleaning up, and tons of energy savers (both for the cook and the pocketbook), as well as thoughts on unique party ideas and family activity suggestions. Imagine ironing a burrito or pizza made with pocket bread for your father on family night, or using a wheelbarrow as a charcoal grill! Those are only two of hundreds of ideas in this exciting cookery guide.

Roughing It Easy, II
She’s done it again! Dian Thomas has written another fun, informative, timely book about the art of outdoor living. It’s called Roughing It Easy, II.What the first Roughing It Easy didn’t have (and we thought it had it all), the second has. It includes sections on car camping, recipes for different sources of heat, how to create sanitary living situations, the preparation of TV dinners in the out-of-doors, and the latest method of cooking: solar heat cooking. Dian has collected ideas that are easy, fun, and practical, making out-door-living living rather than constant work. With her suggestions you can spend your time enjoying the scenery instead of fighting to survive. Roughing It Easy, II is written with humor and is easy to read. Even if you have Dian’s first book, you’ll probably want her second, too.  ("FYI," New Era Nov. 1977)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Art Badge Camp


Our Temporary Art Gallery
In the South, the advent of summer vacation is always marked by church posters advertising VBS ... Vacation Bible School. You can't miss it--they're everywhere! I can remember one summer, as a little girl, walking with my cousins to the nearest church to attend Vacation Bible School. VBS is mostly given in the evenings these days, but back then, there were enough homemakers sufficient to provide it during the daytime.  


For the most part I enjoyed the experience and many times when my children were young, I wondered why the LDS didn't do something "like unto it." So one summer, as I was helping with Cub Scouts and Webelos, I offered to put on an "Art Camp" in order to get through a pretty involved Cub Scout Art Badge. I think it was only two or three days, and I had one other mom as a helper. I think we did pizza one day, and they brought their lunches the other days.  


Most of the boys pictured are wearing one of their first art projects: screen-printing t-shirts. Of course our's say "Scout Art Camp." Each boy brought their own t-shirts and I had plenty of paints left over from past Girl Scout projects. These shirts made good art smocks so their clothes stayed clean.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Alabama's Worst Storms, Ever- UPDATE!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Praise You In The Storm
The tornado hit in the woods right past the tree in the upper left corner of the photo.  That is the closest I have ever come to feeling like we weren't going to make it.  Sirens went off 30 minutes before we were hit.  However, we were given no real information about this 5am storm, just a wind advisory on the weather radio that didn't really mention our particular area.  The local shelter (basement of a church) was locked for those that did go and they had to weather the storm in the doorway.  

What I learned:

  • Always keep the gas tank above half-full
  • Store fuel for chainsaws, generators, etc. (and have those items!)
  • Rotate a food stash that can be served without refrigeration or cooking (at least 3 days)
  • Batteries, batteries, batteries!  Keep in a Tupperware type of container in the fridge--especially for lanterns and radios (esp. weather radios)
  • Keep 1-2 bags of ice in freezer at all times (it may be awhile before you can get to a store
  • Keep $200 in cash handy
We are only able to communicate via Facebook since I can plug in my computer.  I think it will be a week before we get power and phones.  I truly feel we came so close to losing our home and even our lives.  So many people have lost their homes completely.  The fear of this prompted me to bring along air mattresses and my photo albums (negatives and disks as well) to the shelter.  I am also dead set on building a storm shelter now.  

April 30, 2011, Addendum:






Thanks ladies for lending us your husbands and boys!

Some final words:
(source from Cullman Electric Cooperative, Alabama Living, June 2011)
It was the storm that went through Bangor/Blountsville at 5 am that made the biggest mess on our property and in our county.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Crystal Garden


Liquid Bluing takes forever to use up, so here is a fun activity to do with your kids or grand kids, or neighbor kids this summer that uses liquid bluing. This can be used to teach the properties of natural crystals.

"One of the main ingredients for this project is salt, which is itself a crystal. If you look at it under a microscope, salt crystals look like diamonds. You will find this project one of the more exciting natural crafts ... because you can watch the crystals grow larger day by day."

Crystal Garden
6 charcoal briquets
disposable aluminum pie or pastry tin
measuring cup
salt
liquid bluing
ammonia
coffee can with lid or jar with lid
food coloring in 4 colors


Place six charcoal briquets in the aluminum pie or cake tin, Fig. a.
Measure one-quarter cup of salt, bluing, and ammonia and pour all ingredients into a coffee can or jar. Mix them together.
Squeeze or sprinkle different food colors onto four of the briquets, one color for each briquet. Squeeze or sprinkle all four colors onto the fifth briquet. The remaining briquet is not to be colored.
Pour the salt mixture evenly over the briquets, Fig. b.
Place the tin in a warm place.
The crystals will start to grow in a very short time.
Mix the same solution of salt, bluing and ammonia in the can or jar and cap tightly.
Add some of the solution over the garden every two days to keep it growing.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Cleaning Clothes

Besides putting clothes into at least three piles, darks, lights, and whites, make sure the piles are not too big for the washer and dryer.  There needs to be room for the clothes to move around freely.  If they are too crammed-in, a crowded washer will not get clothes clean and the dryer will make clothes very wrinkled.  You can get wrinkles out by putting garments in the dryer with a wet, clean washrag.  Dry for about 10-15 minutes.  Remove and hang or wear immediately.

If the three separate clothes piles are still too big, I split them up some more by the texture of the material. For example, I separate dark Docker-like pants from dark softer materials. Jeans are usually a separate wash as well. Every other week I have enough towels to do a whites towel load and a colors towel load. I usually clean sheet sets by themselves for full or queen, and I will clean two sets of twin-size sheets together.


When washing bed linens, go ahead and run the blankets, mattress pads, and pillows through the dryer on the air-fluff cycle, even if they aren't getting washed. This is a good time to turn mattresses from one end to the other (and flip over if possible). Change all your linens at the same time so you won't forget any and can get all the bed-changing done at the same time.

Be sure to check the pockets. My sister HATES it when I bring up the "lip stick story." I say, who carries lipstick in their pockets anyway? I lost a favorite pair of jeans that way!!! Take care of those stains right away. Blood stains can be soaked in cool water and most will just lift out. Rubbing a little liquid detergent or stain remover on it will lift out the remaining blood. Pretreat collars on shirts. Teresa also says that in a pinch, Ajax dish washing liquid works just as well as Woolite and can be used as detergent if you happen to run out. She also reminded me about using Aqua Net hair spray to remove ink stains out of clothes. You spray it on the stain kind of heavy and the hair spray soaks it up and it's washed away. Another friend, Patti, said ink stains can be removed from the dryer by soaking a white towel in water with bleach and drying it in the dryer.

I like to use powdered detergent because I live in the country and burn all my cardboard boxes or use them in the garden as a weed-blocker. I immediately throw the plastic scoop that comes in the detergent box into the recycling bin and put a measuring tablespoon in the detergent box. This makes it seem like you are putting more detergent in than if you use a scoop, which keeps the family from getting too much detergent into our clothes when they help with the laundry. I noticed that our towels, were always stiff when anyone else washed them, but were fluffy when I washed them and read that too much detergent was probably the culprit.

I also use vinegar in the rinse water. This helps remove excess detergent and fights the bacteria that causes that bad smell in mildewy or sweaty clothes. If clothes are washed correctly, then they shouldn't need a color-safe bleach, but if I do purchase some, I get this also in a box and use a tablespoon instead of a scoop. Always leave front-loading washers cracked open to thoroughly dry, or they will start to smell mildewy also.


We have a septic tank that requires safe cleansers which is one reason I use vinegar instead of Clorox for smells. I use liquid bluing for whitening. I could not find this anywhere but a local mom and pop grocery chain (S&S--I think there is two stores). So you may have to search around. There is nothing that get clothes whiter. Clorox is very damaging on clothes and makes some materials (like garments) turn a dingy yellow. It is important to follow the directions carefully. I bought a 1 quart container with a spout that closes to mix a batch--3 drops per 1 qt. cold water, then shake well. Apply to wash water like you would Clorox.

For seriously muddy clothes, wash in COLD water so the stains won't set. Brush off all loose dirt possible. Rinse several times in cold water. When no more dirt can be rinsed out, wash the article in warm soapy water through several changes of water. (I don't have a mud sink so I use the bath tub area and a dish pan or pail for smaller garments or the whole tub if necessary).

Damask napkins, linens and even white socks can be whitened on the stove: Fill a pot with water and a few slices of fresh lemon, and bring to a boil. Turn off heat, add linens, and let soak for up to an hour; launder as usual. For extra brightening, spread them out in the sunlight to dry.

It's important to clean the lint trap in the dryer after each load. Clean out the dryer vent by unplugging the dryer and removing the tube that connects it to the wall. Clean out the area behind the dryer, and remove lint with a vent-cleaning brush. Occasionally check the washer machine hose for potential problems such as stiffness or brittleness. Replace if necessary.

Working in Scouts, we found that lint from the dryer makes excellent fire-starters. I use a cardboard egg crate, fill each opening with lint, then pour wax on top (or melted crayon and candle stubs), let it harden, then tear apart each of the egg holders. Each one makes one fire-starter. Works better than anything you can buy! Melt wax in a tin can and sit in boiling water (low boil) as shown. See Also: Homemade Firestarters



Use dryer sheets in storage boxes for clothing to repel bugs (bay leaves work well also). You can wear them outside to keep bugs away. I put them in the top of my gardening hat so those annoying little gnats will stay away from my face. It really works! Dryer sheets keep cars smelling fresh as well.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Some Favorite Campy Things, camping part 2

Monte Sano State Park Overlook
Most Favorite Place to Camp:
Just found this article by accident about my favorite place to camp--cause it's near home and situated in beautiful Monte Sano State Park, Huntsville, Alabama. Everything you need to know is in the article, however there is also an indoor aquatics center minutes away (really nice!).  ("That Huntsville Feeling," New Era 1/86) 




There is also a planetarium right next to the park. The hikes are so beautiful and there's a lovely Japanese tea garden near the State Park store and entrance to the campground. The State Park has rock cottages built by CCC workers in the 1930's that are well-maintained and have screened in porches with breath-taking views of the valley. Happy Camping!



While visiting Huntsville, be sure to see Constitution Hall Village in the beautiful historic downtown district.

Swaps
Around the World annual event - When we studied and presented France...Bonjour!

Patriotic - We made these 911 Ribbons to pass out after the horrific aftermath of September 11, (and on another occasion, the G.S. troops put flags on veteran's graves at the local cemetery).  This swap can be used for Memorial Day, 4th of July, Pearl Harbor, 911--anytime you want to honor our military and our country.  
Place a mini yellow ribbon and then red, white, and blue beads on one mini safety pin and use another safety pin to wear it.  One side of the paper says the following...
Red:  Meaning valor and hardiness, the heart of our country and the strength of our unity.
White:  Meaning purity and innocence, those innocent people who perished for our nation.
Blue:  For vigilance, perseverance, and justice, the very things we will need to rebuild our country.
Yellow:  For remembrance of all who have suffered and perished, civilian or military, to make and keep this country strong.
The other side says...
God Bless AmericaTake these pins, keep one for yourself and share one. As you share your pin, take time to have a prayer with your friend or family member for the victims and families of all who were lost or injured, for the government officials who will make tough decisions in the next few months, and for our Country. United We Stand.

Christmas - My favorite by far!  I love the "Gingerbread Man" theme.  This was so easy to make, just cut a little gingerbread man out of light-grain sandpaper and use fabric glue to outline and add details.

So many more SWAPS to share...

Master Camp List
For you regular campers, having a list handy really helps packing go more smoothly.  As you can see, my copy is well-used.  I keep it on the inside lid of my Rubbermaid box filled with everything I need for outdoor cooking.  What I call my "kitchen box" always stays packed and ready to go.




More Campy Recipes!

Rotate your dry milk powder from your food storage by making your own instant oatmeal and baking mix.
Camper's Oatmeal
2 c. quick-cooking oatmeal, uncooked
1/2 c. chopped dates or chopped dried apples
1/4 c. chopped pecans
1/4 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 c. instant nonfat dry milk powder
Combine all ingredients in a heavy-duty, lock-top plastic bag.  To serve, spoon desired amount of oatmeal into bowl and pour boiling water over it, barely covering the oatmeal mixture.  Stir and let stand 2 minutes.  For thinner oatmeal, add more boiling water; to thicken, add more oatmeal mixture.  Yield:  3 cups oatmeal mix.

Wheat Quick Mix (Never buy baking mix again!  Click on the Wheat Quick Mix link for more great recipes.)
8 c. all-purpose flour
2 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. non-instant powdered milk or 1 c. instant nonfat dry milk powder
1/3 c. baking powder
1/4 c. sugar
1 T. salt
2 c. butter-flavored shortening
Combine dry ingredients; mix well.  Cut in shortening with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Store in an airtight container at room temperature.  (Mix may be stored up to 6 weeks.  Store in fridge if kitchen stays warm.)  Can package for gift giving, and present with the following recipes.  Yield:  15 cups.

So good to eat on those early campy mornings!
Melt-in-Your Mouth Wheat Quick Pancakes
1 egg, beaten
1 c. water or milk
2 c. Wheat Quick Mix
Combine egg and water in a mixing bowl; mix well.  Add Wheat Quick Mix; stir just until moistened.  For each pancake, pour 1/4 c. batter onto a hot, lightly greased griddle.  Turn pancakes when tops are covered with bubbles and edges are brown.  Serve with syrup.  Yield:  eight 4-inch pancakes.



Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Senior Teas


Class of 1986, Senior Tea given by Debra McCord

Class of 2008 Senior Tea 
given by Jeri Anne and the Senior's Mom
(I added the crown!)

The invitation

The Spread

Memorable Graduation Cards

Senior (Friendship) "Tea"
2 c. orange drink mix (Tang)
1 c. lemonade drink mix (Country Time)
1-1/3 c. sugar
1-1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ground cloves
Mix all ingredients together; store in an airtight container.  Makes about 4 c. mix.  To make one serving, stir 2 tablespoons mix into one cup boiling water.

Favorite Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 c. mayonnaise
1-oz. pkg. dry Italian salad dressing mix (can use less if desired)
1 loaf Pepperidge Farm thin sliced bread
1-2 cucumbers, very thinly sliced
In a medium mixing bowl, blend together cream cheese, mayonnaise and dressing mix.  Spread half of bread slices with cream cheese mixture and top with a layer of thin cucumber slices.  Top with bread slice.  Chill until ready to serve.  Prettiest served trimmed and cut into triangles.

A Quick and Simple Menu:

Wild Rice Salad
1 c. uncooked wild rice
2 c. diced cooked chicken
1-1/2 c. halved green grapes
1 c. sliced water chestnuts, drained
3/4 c. light mayonnaise
1 c. cashews, optional
Lettuce leaves
Cook rice according to package directions, omitting salt.  Drain well; cool to room temperature.  Spoon into a large bowl; add chicken, grapes, water chestnuts and mayonnaise.  Toss gently with a fork.  Cover and chill.  Just before serving, add cashews.  Serve on lettuce leaves or line a bowl with lettuce leaves and fill with salad.  Yield: 6 servings.  318 calories, 10 gm fat.


Lemon Bars
(from The Essential Mormon Cookbook, Julie Badger Jensen)
2 c. sifted flour
1/2 c. sifted powdered sugar
1 c. butter or margarine
4 beaten eggs
2 c. sugar
1/3 c. lemon juice
1/4 c. flour
1/2 t. baking powder
Sift together the 2 cups flour and powdered sugar.  Cut in butter with pastry blender or knives until mixture clings together.  Press into an 8 x 8 - inch pan.  Bake at 350 degrees F. for 20 to 25 min. or until lightly browned.  Beat together eggs, sugar, and lemon juice.  Sift together the 1/4 c. flour and baking powder.  Stir into egg mixture.  Pour over baked crust.  Bake at 350 degrees F for about 25 min. longer.  Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar.  Cool.  Cut into bars.  Makes 9 bars.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Touch of Class: Graduation Layouts

Oldest Child's Graduation Layout
I cut one scrapbook page in half with a paper cutter so that I could make a pocket page.  It is held on with adhesive.  I use a protector cover which I slip off to see the pocket contents which include momentos and cards.  Before filling the pocket, I decorated the page just like any other layout.

On my pocket page, I used only a few "Finishing Touches" using most of the space for pictures from graduation season.  The final touch will be my journaling penned in with fine-tip pens.  I have also typed up my journaling when I plan to write quite a bit.  It saves room.

Here's a tip for aligning your alphabet stickers:   Place them on the backing paper of leftover tape runner coated paper.  When ready, simply place the top half of the letters on the album page and remove the strip of coated paper.  Press down the lower half of your letters for a perfect title.  

Aligning Stickers
Layout by Cristine Zocchi
(Source: Creative Memories Vol. VI Scrapbook Page Design and Layout Ideas, p. 69 and p. 39).



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