Archive for September, 2009

Aunt Fanny’s Baked Squash

Wow. Even just typing up this recipe is making me hungry. This is a hugely popular recipe in my family, and I haven’t had it in ages. This has a lot to do with the Venn Diagram that is Koshvader’s and my food preferences. (He doesn’t like squash. I love squash.) “Aunt Fanny’s Squash” was a dinner staple at my house growing up. Perhaps I can get my Mum to make some for me when I come up to visit. Oh, and I’ll bet that you are wondering who Aunt Fanny is. As near as I can tell there was a restaurant down south somewhere that served this. I’m unclear on the details.

This recipe was found in a book called Galley Finale: A Collection of Mariner Soups, Sloops, and Other Incredible Edibles. It was put out by The Presbyterian Church of Fair Oaks, Ca in 1978. This recipe is indeed written up by my grandmother, so there are no added notes. If you try it, please let me know what you think.

Aunt Fanny’s Baked Squash by Mildred Catlin

3 lb. yellow summer squash
1/2 c. chopped onion
2 eggs
1 cube butter
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. black pepper, or to taste
1 tsp. salt
1/2 c. cracker or bread crumbs

Wash and cut up squash and boil until partly cooked. Drain thoroughly and mash. Add all ingredients except 1/2 butter to squash. Mix bread or cracker crumbs with remaining butter and sprinkle over top of casserole. Bake at 375 until brown on top.

Posted on 28th September 2009
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And the final icon is…

I’m all done! My computer decided to behave long enough for me to finally finish up my friend’s avatar/icon thingy request. And here is it…


This is for JM’s site – The New Australian. The image actually comes from a photograph that JM took on vacation in the Grampians (at least, that’s what the name of the pic indicates.) I liked the image for its use of a road disappearing around a bend, which to me symbolizes her new life path.

So, on the one hand…yay! I’m all done. On the other hand…I’m kinda sad to be done. I really enjoy this kind of thing. Ah well. I’m sure that new artistic challenges are right around the corner.

Posted on 24th September 2009
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Lemon Jello Cabbage Salad (or the power of the physical vs. the virtual)

I’m trying to de-junk my place again. Yes. It’s an eternal battle of me vs. stuff. I’ve been asking myself, “would I be willing to pack and move this?” If the answer is no, then I add it to the pile of stuff to get rid of. I’ve been going through the shelves in my dining area today, trying to decide if I really needed all of these cookbooks. As you may recall, I don’t really cook much. I did get rid of a few cookbooks. Go me. And then I encountered my stash of those cookbooks that churches and women’s groups put together as a fundraiser. It struck me that in some cases, this could be the only place that a family recipe might lurk. So, I pulled out the one that has recipes from my grandmother Mildred. Mind you, there aren’t that many from her in it, and it’s a fairly sizable spiral-bound book. On the one hand, I need the space that the book takes up, and it’s unlikely that I will ever cook any of the recipes in it. On the other hand, it’s a tangible link to my family’s past. A physical object that my grandmother wrote notes in.

It makes me wonder – What physical things will we, the online, email-sending, internet generation leave for the future? Will there come a time when huge swaths of historical documents will be lost due to power fluctuations or hard-drive failure?

In the 1990 film The Spirit of ’76, a massive electrical storm of some sort has wiped out all digital media. The only way that they can restore their history is to travel into the past. They choose 1776 as their destination (with the help of the oldest man alive) but end up in 1976 by mistake. All in good and silly fun, to be sure, but it leaves one wondering about a future like that. So, I’ve decided that the only way to combat this bleak possibility is to spread the information around. I’m not sure if I’ll keep the book or send it back to my folks, but I’ll share some of it with you all in the meantime.

This recipe was found in a book called Galley Finale: A Collection of Mariner Soups, Sloops, and Other Incredible Edibles it was put out by The Presbyterian Church of Fair Oaks, Ca in 1978. This first recipe is not from my grandmother, but she obviously tried it out, as she made notes on it.

(Italics indicate written notes by my grandmother.)

Lemon Jello Cabbage Salad by A. Tipps

1 (3oz.) pkg. lemon jello
1/2 c. sour cream
1/2 c. mayonnaise
2 tsp. prepared mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. vinegar
1 tsp. sugar
2 c. shredded cabbage, cut fine and/or (celery)
1/2 tsp. minced onion

Dissolve jello in 1 cup hot water and 1/2 cup cold water. Let jello cool until syrupy, then add all ingredients except cabbage. Mix well and let firm a little. Then mix in cabbage and let set in refrigerator until firm. Delicious with ham.

Can put sour cream & mayonnaise in a bowl then add slowly the lemon jello liquid while continually mixing with a folding motion to make a smooth mixture then add cabbage and/or celery & pour into mold or glass dish to set

Posted on 20th September 2009
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Random Review: G. I. Joe the Movie

I just got back from finally seeing the G.I. Joe movie *coughChristopherEcclestoncough* and here is my review:

The short version:
G.I. Joe is a nice wedge of cheese with a dash of melodrama.

The slightly longer version:
It was enjoyable to watch, but I might have enjoyed it a bit more if I could have been able to make comments out loud as I watched. The guy who played Duke (Channing Tatum) took his role very seriously. Good on him. The kids who played young Snake Eyes (Leo Howard) and young Stormshadow (Brandon Soo Hoo) are darn good martial artists. Dang. There was a bit of over the top acting…which really did seem called for. Jonathan Pryce played the President of the US of A. His American accent wasn’t that bad, but I was forced to wonder if he had ever even considered that he might play that role at some point. Brenden Fraser was in the film for a whole couple of minutes. I still adore him.

So…there you are.

Posted on 10th September 2009
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Day 7.5

For my sister…a deleted scene from The Dark Crystal.

Posted on 10th September 2009
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Day 7: Whatever Tickles My Fancy

And here we are on Day 7 with some things that tickle my fancy:

* An astounding library that I want – you can see here.

It’s a Kitty on the Oregon Trail!

see more Lolcats and funny pictures

* This xkcd comic in which they are bored with the internet and this one which is darn romantic if you ask me.

* The Strongbad Email about “Techno.”

* The Ballad of the Sneak (from the folks who do Strongbad’s Email.)

Posted on 9th September 2009
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Day 6: A Quote

And for today, a quote:
From Bladerunner:

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I’ve watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain. Time to die.”


“Gravitation can not be held responsible for people falling in love.” – Attributed to Albert Einstein

How about you folks? Any good quotes?

Posted on 9th September 2009
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Day 5: A Youtube Clip(s)

Hello all. It’s Day 5, and time for a Youtube Clip. Wouldn’t you know it? My father chose today to make a quantum leap ahead of me on the internet. He has posted two videos on Youtube. So far, I have posted…none. Yay Dad! So, here is one of the videos he posted:

Yep. Those are my Mum and Dad. That person with the hoarse voice apparently works at the Apple Store…and showed them how to make these videos.

…And here’s one other video to keep you entertained. it a time lapse of the Northern Lights as done by National Geographic.

Posted on 7th September 2009
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Day 4: A Site

Today’s recommendation is of a website. I have all sorts of sites to offer…I mean, I do deal with information for a living. But I figure that you all will most enjoy:

Stop You’re Killing – This is a fabulous website for Mystery lovers. It keeps track of the order in which series have been published, which books are in which series, and it even offers a way to look up by character if you have forgotten an author’s name. Never read a mystery series out of order again!

Posted on 6th September 2009
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Day 3: A book

It’s Day 3, and therefore time to recommend a book. As it happens, this recommendation dovetails nicely into something else I’ve been wanting to do on this blog. First, let’s look at the book I’ve chosen:


This is the Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron (check out her website here.)

Now, on to the thing I’ve been wanting to do here. *deep breath*

I am a Highly Sensitive Person.

This is what Elaine says to HSPs just learning about the trait:

“If you find you are highly sensitive, or your child is, you need to begin by knowing the following:

Your trait is normal. It is found in 15 to 20% of the population–too many to be a disorder, but not enough to be well understood by the majority of those around you.

It is innate. In fact, biologists have found it to be in most or all animals, from fruit flies and fish to dogs, cats, horses, and primates. This trait reflects a certain type of survival strategy, being observant before acting. The brains of highly sensitive persons (HSPs) actually work a little differently than others’.

You are more aware than others of subtleties. This is mainly because your brain processes information and reflects on it more deeply. So even if you wear glasses, for example, you see more than others by noticing more.

You are also more easily overwhelmed. If you notice everything, you are naturally going to be overstimulated when things are too intense, complex, chaotic, or novel for a long time.

This trait is not a new discovery, but it has been misunderstood. Because HSPs prefer to look before entering new situations, they are often called “shy.” But shyness is learned, not innate. In fact, 30% of HSPs are extraverts, although the trait is often mislabeled as introversion. It has also been called inhibitedness, fearfulness, or neuroticism. Some HSPs behave in these ways, but it is not innate to do so and not the basic trait.

Sensitivity is valued differently in different cultures. In cultures where it is not valued, HSPs tend to have low self-esteem. They are told “don’t be so sensitive” so that they feel abnormal.”

Think you might be an HSP? Take the self-test.

Now, apart from outing myself as an HSP, I also chose this book to talk about today because I’m planning to read it cover to cover soon and post my reflections on it here, chapter by chapter. This book changed my life. Perhaps there are other folks out there who would like to discover, “I’m not crazy, just different.” And that’s always nice to learn. Check back soon to join me on my journey.

Posted on 5th September 2009
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