Spane’s birthday is tomorrow, November 21, 2010. He is going to be 7 years old! So, like every birthday there is the preparation for the party. This year will be the first one where he gave out invitations.
Originally, we were going to have the party at Carr Park, but since it is supposed to rain, Amber volunteered to host the party at her house. That meant sending out notices to everyone to let them know about the change of venue. I hope everyone will make it.
Tonight a red car came down the driveway to the parking lot in the back of our building. For a split second I thought it was Marissa, but it could not have been her, after all she died on April 16, 2007. I miss her a great deal! Spane still calls her Nana. He misses her, too.
I have been thinking about Marissa a lot lately, and the other day I shared a recipe for a drink that an old acquaintance of ours, Kenny Greene, had made for us. Kenny was from New York, so this must be a New York thing, as Marissa and I had never heard of it. Either way, although it sounds terrible, it’s quite tasty.
Recipe: Hop, Skip and Go Naked
Summary: These hit pretty hard, so please remember to drink responsibly.
I am seriously going crackers – Cheddar Cheese Spritz crackers that is!
After rolling out and decorating dozens of cookies, I decided to purchase a cookie press. I had one when I was a teenager, and it was problematic to use. I was a little hesitant to get another one, but I watched the video on the Wilton site, I decided to give it a go.
There are some great recipes to go along with the cookie press, and I decided to make the Cheddar Crackers.
Preheat oven to 375?F. In a medium bowl, cream cheese, butter, Worcestershire sauce and hot red pepper sauce until smooth. In separate bowl, mix flour and seasonings together. Gradually add to cheese mixture. Mix until dough forms smooth ball. Shape dough into small logs and place in Cookie Master Plus. Using desired disk, press shapes onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet on cooling rack. Remove from sheet and continue to cool on rack.
If you have BigOven you can import the recipe right into your software –
It’s going to be summer soon, and right now, in the spring the afternoons can get a little hot. There is a lemon tree outside my window that has wonderful lemons on it, and I have some of those lemons in my freezer.
Yikes! No actually, I have frozen lemon juice ice cubes that I made last month with my Kitchenaid “juicer”. Each cube is about the same as the juice of one lemon, so you can add it to other things as well.
One component of my lemonade is a little unusual. If you can get to a Mediterranean or Armenian store, you can find Rose Syrup. It’s great in a lot of things, but lemonade in particular.
So here is my recipe for the Perfect Lemonade:
: Rose Lemonade
2 lemon cubes (or juice of 2 lemons)
1/2 cup organic sugar
1 teaspoon Rose Syrup
Mix all the ingredients together, chill, and serve in tall glasses. You could float rose petals on top as a garnish.
You can use the juice of one lime to make a lemon lime version.
According to the Aztecs, the foam was the best part of the chocolate. Not having a Molinillo on hand does not mean you have to settle for “flat” chocolate. I discovered that an old fashioned egg beater does a great job.
If you get the Mexican chocolate discs, just put one disk for every pint of milk, and use the egg beater to make the foam. The Mexican chocolate already has the cinnamon in it, is rich, and quite delicious.
Recipe: Hot Chocolate
Summary: Make real, flavorful hot cocoa
2 tsp Hershey’s Cocoa
2 tsp Sugar
1 pinch Cayenne (optional)
1 1/2 cups whole milk
Drop or two of pure vanilla
Put enough cold milk into your cup of choice, and pour that milk into a non reactive pot. Add the sugar, cocoa and cayenne if you are using it. Place on medium heat.
Take your egg beater and start beating the chocolate right away. Continue to beat it until the milk is hot – not boiling.
Pour into the cup, and dust with cinnamon to taste.
You can also put red hots candies in, which will not completely melt while you’re drinking it, but you’ll have a nice treat at the end.
You can also put marshmallows if desired.