Archive for January, 2012

Frisbee 1995-2012

Frisbee had been ill for almost a year, not that anyone seemed to have told him. We thought we’d lose him in early 2011, but with treatment he perked up and was right back to his old tribble-purred self. And then, right smack dab in the middle of the holidays just passed, his health took a major nose-dive. But, being Frisbee, he held on a while longer, and quite enjoyed sitting under our first Christmas tree.

We didn’t even get Frisbee until a few years ago when his people had to move away. I didn’t complain. I’d known him for years, and he was more than welcome. He was originally supposed to join them when everything got settled, but I was selfishly pleased to keep him. He enjoyed play fighting with Sam, our tabby. He kept my MIL company during the day. He had the most amazing silent meow that he would occasionally use if extreme cuteness was required. The most laid back and mellow cat I’ve ever met was our Fris. I mean…he let small children use him as a pillow and had none of the traditional vacuum fear. Mind you, woe betide anyone who didn’t wake up when he wanted them to. He’d go from batting your face to licking your eye to just curling up on your head, depending upon the situation.

I’ll miss his habit of curling up on anyone lying down long enough. My iPad isn’t quite as much fun, now that he isn’t constantly trying to sit on it. My kitchen is empty in the morning when he’d normally be begging for treats. I even miss the “claws-in-my-thigh-pay-attention-to-me” thing.

We miss you Mr Frissers, and we hope you’ve found a nice warm vent to sleep next to in Heaven.

Posted on 27th January 2012
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Bits of Randomness

Right. I think it’s about time for a link dump, don’t you?

And finally, a video of my niece with her books:

Posted on 25th January 2012
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Rhubarb Custard Pie

This is one of those recipes where my lack of cooking/baking experience is most evident. For example, does one bake this pie? If so, for how long/at what temp? Ah well. It certainly sounds good.

This recipe was found in a book called Galley Finale: A Collection of Mariner Soups, Sloops, and Other Incredible Edibles which was put out by The Presbyterian Church of Fair Oaks, Ca in 1978.

Rhubarb Custard Pie by My Grandmother

3 full c. sliced rhubarb stalks, 3/8 inch thick
2 eggs, well-beaten
1 1/4 c. sugar
Dots of butter or margarine
2 generous tsp. flour

Sprinkle bottom crust liberally with 1 heaping tablespoon flour. Add 1/2 the rhubarb and cover with 1/2 the sugar and dot with butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Drip the beaten eggs as evenly as possible over the first layer. Repeat layers and rest of ingredients. Place a top crust over all this. Be generous with the cinnamon.

If anyone makes one of the recipes from this blog, please let me know how it goes. Thanks!

Posted on 23rd January 2012
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Carrot Cookies

Yet another family dessert that I don’t recall encountering. This one sounds quite yummy, though. I love carrots, you see.

This recipe was found in a book called Galley Finale: A Collection of Mariner Soups, Sloops, and Other Incredible Edibles which was put out by The Presbyterian Church of Fair Oaks, Ca in 1978.

Carrot Cookies by My Grandmother

1/2 c. butter or margarine
1 1/2 c. light brown sugar
2 eggs
2 c. sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. finely grated carrots
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
2 tsp. baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a saucepan melt butter. Add sugar and stir until well-blended. Remove from heat and beat in eggs. Beat in all remaining ingredients except nuts, fold in last. Bake in greased square pan. Cut when warm.

If anyone out there makes one of the recipes posted on this blog, please let me know how it comes out. Thanks!

Posted on 16th January 2012
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Heavenly Hash Candy

This one looks familiar. Actually, if my Mum is reading this, I might like to try a dark chocolate version at the next family event. *hopeful smile*

This recipe was found in a book called Galley Finale: A Collection of Mariner Soups, Sloops, and Other Incredible Edibles which was put out by The Presbyterian Church of Fair Oaks, Ca in 1978.

Heavenly Hash Candy by My Grandmother

Put 1 pound milk chocolate in the top of a double boiler and set over hot water to melt. Stir occasionally until it is melted. Pour half of this chocolate into a tray lined with waxed paper. Cover the chocolate with a mixture of:

1 c. chopped nutmeats
12 diced marshmallows

Pour in the remaining chocolate and let the mixture cool. Break the candy into pieces.

If anyone makes one of the recipes posted on this blog, please let me know how they turned out. Thanks!

Posted on 9th January 2012
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Pineapple-Cherry Squares Dessert

And now a dessert from my grandmother that I don’t particularly recall. It looks decadent, though.

This recipe was found in a book called Galley Finale: A Collection of Mariner Soups, Sloops, and Other Incredible Edibles which was put out by The Presbyterian Church of Fair Oaks, Ca in 1978.

Pinapple-Cherry Squares Dessert by My Grandma

1 1/2 c. fine vanilla wafer crumbs
1 1/3 c. flaked or shredded coconut
1 1/2 c. sifted confectioners sugar
2 eggs
1 (9 oz.) can or 1 c. drained crushed pineapple
3/4 c. or less chopped and drained maraschino cherries
1 c. heavy cream, whipped
1/2 c. butter or margarine

Place 1/2 the crumbs in bottom of 9x9x2 inch pan. Sprinkle with 1/2 coconut. Cream butter and add the sifted powdered sugar. Cream until light. Add 1 egg at a time and beat well. Spread this butter mixture in a layer over the crumb and coconut mixture.

Beat cream until it holds peaks, then add nuts, pineapple, and cherries and fold in carefully. Then spread over other layer in pan. Sprinkle top with rest of crumbs and coconut. Chill 4 hours or overnight. Cut in squares.

Posted on 2nd January 2012
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Update: 101 things to do in the next 1001 days

It’s a new year, so, I’m going to see how I’m doing on my 101 things list.

101 things to do in the next 1001 days.

(bold=done, italics=in process)

Starting: 1 January 2011 (1/1/11! tee hee)
Ending: September 28, 2013

1. Do at least 12 Articles podcasts in 2011 (Way more than 12 were done)
2. Start your own podcast (You already have a name and an idea…)
3. Record a podfic (I’ve recorded a bunch, actuall)
4. Record yourself reading Chapter 1 of Lord is My Shepherd
5. Record yourself reading 5 poems (4 down)
6. Record a song (with you singing)
7. Record a radio play (so…I got a part in one)
8. Learn 5 songs all the way through (for voice)
9. Learn 5 new songs for the piano

10. Upload 5 cat videos to Youtube (1/5) (Frisbee snoring on 1/1/11, cat toy app 6/12/11)
11. Make a fan music video
12. Upload some other kind of video to Youtube (turtle and Point Reyes)

Art & Crafts
13. Draw a cartoon and blog it. (done!)
14. Sketch something
15. Paint something
16. Sell something crafty
17. Make 5 button bracelets
18. Knit something other than a scarf
19. Do something crafty with one of the flour sack towels you bought
20. Do something crafty with keys
21. Make a stuffed animal
22. Make a hair ornament
23. Knit a scarf for the hubby (done!)
24. Knit a black scarf
25. Learn to do the alphabet in calligraphy
26. Sew something
27. Make something out of clay
28. Make a fairy (normal, tea, pizza, etc.)

29. Do a topic study (paths, chairs, spirals, signs, etc.)
30. Make a Calendar from Your Photos
31. Make a Calendar of The Hubby’s Photos
32. Print and Frame one of your photos
33. Scan the old photos in the box
34. Make icons and post on LJ
35. Get a new camera (done!)

36. Finish writing a book
37. Finish writing a fanfiction (either an old one or a new one)
38. Write a poem about depression that isn’t boring or melodramatic.
39. Write enough poetry for a book (30? May include previous ones. Make the book.)
40. Write a radio play
41. Write a short story
42. Write up 2 TV show ideas

43. Make soup.
44. Make 5 new dishes
45. Learn how to do something from the Martha Stewart Cooking School book
46. Get new cookie sheets
47. Get new cooling racks (done!)
48. Make salad dressing of some sort (done! …it was a vinagrette, but it froze)
49. Learn to make Samosas
50. Bake something
51. Upgrade 2 more kitchen knives

52. Blog 5 family recipes (1, )
53. Review 5 things
54. Blog the rest of the t-shirts you own
55. Blog about the HSP book
56. Blog about the Sherlock Holmes stories (coming soon)
57. Write a story for the blog
58. Finish that list of Doctor Who episodes (with availability and links)

Home & Family
59. Move
60. Spoil The Niece (a work in progress)
61. Renew Passports
62. Get a safety deposit box
63. Start a savings account (done!)
64. Have a kid, or get a classic car and a dog.
65. Enter all of the DVDs into the database
66. Enter all of the books into the database
67. Get a new mattress
68. Get rid of the tires in the shed
69. Get the piano tuned
70. Learn a new hairstyle
71. Deal with the mending
72. Pay off a credit card
73. Find additional employment
74. Find a Pooh Bear hat for Mojo
75. Buy an iPad (done!)
76. Get new glasses
77. Recycle the old phones
78. Get down to 130 lbs.

Culture, etc.
79. See 5 plays (2011 Panto)
80. Attend a live musical performance
81. Go to the Niles Essenay and see a film
82. Go to the Academy of Sciences (Done! 1/15/11)
83. Go to the Computer History Museum (Done!)
84. Go to an Art Museum
85. Go to Gallifrey One (Done!)
86. Go to San Diego Comic Con (God help me)
87. Send 20 letters/postcards…in longhand.
88. Read 20 books
89. Read the HSP book
90. Read the Sherlock Holmes oeuvre (begun)
91. Go to a fan meet-up (Done! 1/15/11)
92. Try 5 new restaurants (1. Pig & Whistle in SF)
93. Go to a restaurant that Triple D has been to. (done! – in Pacifica)
94. Go swimming
95. Make a snow angel
96. Go for a proper hike
97. Go to the Sacramento Zoo
98. Do something for charity (done!)
99. Better your High Score on Pet Dazzled<--- no longer possible.

100. Make a Bucket List (begun)
101. Make another 101/1001 list when this one is done.

Posted on 1st January 2012
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