Preserving Family Recipes

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Some years back I met someone that wanted to preserve their family recipes that had been handed down. They were also gathering  favorite recipes their children grew up with so they would not be lost until one day they would appreciate them or would want them.

So I gathered up my mom’s and my grandmother that have become familiar and well loved. I included the ones I have made recently and others that my daughter loved as a kid.  Now if you know me I like to be creative when I give a gift whether to family or friends. Have you ever received a gift and you liked the package better than the item?. That actually happened to me this past Christmas. But of course I would not say anything to indicate this.

I looked for a photo album that would fit 4×6 recipe cards. I didn’t want it to be to big or awkward. I wanted to make sure it would fit on shelf and not be oversized.

I found a photo album that fit my criteria. The pages had plastic sleeves that my recipe cards would fit in perfectly.

I like that idea that families that garden together stay together. Based on that concept – my daughter seems to like bird things in her house. So I decided to use that as my theme. I came up with “Birds of Feather, Bake Together”

Then I gathered all my materials and made a mixed media cover to house the recipe cards. Here is picture of what I came up with. I used tape around edges using her favorite colors blue and green.  Assorted paper to make my collage, ink, rubber stamps and rub on letters and then put modge podge over the entire front and back cover. I put the date on front so she would remember when she received this.

I am really happy to report she was really excited with her gift. She loved the cover too! Bingo nice when your daughter appreciates something you made for them.  She also loved this because I left room for her to add some others as time passes by. It seems- she uses the same size card I use. Like Mother like daughter. She’s my daughter. So that all in nut shell for today!

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Razor Sharp

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Here is funny thing that happened to me yesterday. I have two single edge razor blades in a yellow prescription bottle like the ones above except my lid is upside down so I can screw it on and off.  The bottle  label  is kind of worn off but the back side of sticky label is stuck to the bottle and I didn’t bother to take it off.  I normally use the razors to peel  labels off of packages so we can send them back out for the interlibrary loan dept.
I had the prescription bottle sitting out in public view, some guy walked by and was trying to see what was in this bottle.The razor blades were actually on top of each other I am not sure how that came to be?  He started to say something about his prescriptions, when I piped up with ” there’s  razor blades in there  so I can stay sharp, he laughed and so did my coworker and so did I. Then I thought this would be good thing to post on Friday!

Gift Idea

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I have friend who is moving away in few weeks. She is someone that comes to the library where I work. There have been many that have come and gone. Some have gone further to Heaven above.

I had this thought that I would write a little something in the beginning of her journal some personal effect of things we might have shared from time to time.  But instead of using up her space, I  decided to insert it in the front of the book. But then I received an inspiration, this idea popped into my head – I am going to  place some of my favorite quotes amongst her pages so that when she reaches that page she will have a neat little quote to give her inspiration or or help her along her journey..

I hope this prompts someone to do the same thing. It could be a college student, or dear friend. either way I think it was neat idea. to send someone along their way….

Food for Thought

Recently I signed up with 100 days of going without process food.  . My thought today was ” What would our food look like if dyes were not used? Would we all be healthier?

My eyes have been open, I am reading package ingredients. So one thing I read today was that some cheese is colored from a vegetable color. Other products come right out and say they used yellow, or red or what have you..

So if everything was not dyed would we still be eating the good stuff? Just some questions I have been asking myself. Have any of you thought about this concept?

So I went to the internet to see what they had to say about it.

Kids seem to have an opionion: https://becominghippies.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/kid-approved-dye-free-snacks/ ( This person has a suggested list of things at the end of her conversation and what approach she is taking ….

Pinterst has board on this topic called DYE FREE FOODS . Tahke a look for yourself – ” https://www.pinterest.com/explore/dye-free-foods/

Here’s a Great blog about a mother’s journey into a dye-free diet for her daughter. http://www.thoroughlymodernmommy.com

Best and Worst Drinks for Kids is another great link to read, . 

http://www.thedailymeal.com/best-and-worst-drinks-kids/012814

And this is who I am following presently and trying out what she has to say https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/recipe-make-ahead-smoothie-2-ways/

I went to my local library to get her first book to read

Do you want more energy, improve your health and attitude? Why not give it a try and see how you feel about 100 days.

 

Calling all Artist

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Still time to sign up to donate a card to to aid help sick children. Registration closes 24th FEB

Please take a minute of your time, can you draw, are you artist or just like to doodle this is nice way to help an organization raise money for those that are less fortunate then us. Surely you can come up with drawing, It isn’t very big its only 16cm x 12 cm on heavy cardstock paper. Certainly you have something laying around that you love to draw or have drawn why not send it off

no rewards, no recognition here, just sweet joy will come to you, because you shared your heart. Hope to see many others help

 Lighting was bad but it is the thought that counts

Acres of Diamonds, are you famaliar with this story?

If you are not familiar with this story, you can read one version here at this website.

https://marketinginsidergroup.com/content-marketing/myth-better-content-lessons-acres-of-diamonds/

Ok, tonight I am working at the library in the Reference Department I had patron come in as her computer was not printing. She needed some assistant with our computers. She was printing out her nurses certificate from the state..

So one thing led to another. Soon we were talking about her job she holds at a  nursing home. She works with few men that were veterans that suffer with bi -polar disorder/. Plus there are two women that suffer from something else.

She then mention that writing in journals has helped them by  keeping them from wanting to take their own life. I thought that was amazing. I also could feel that she was intune, that she listened to them and had compassion for them.

She mentioned that she often buys them journals as well. One of the ladies doesn’t really write in hers, but writes numbers in them. I told her that maybe in her former life she may have been an accountant working with numbers. She agreed with me.

I personally write in a journal daily myself. Sometimes I get attached to some of my journals as they become my best friend. and hate to start a new one.

I don’t know how it came about but I decided to help her four people and volunteer to buy them journals. I asked if I could wrap them up and she said that they would be great as they liove to open presents.

So that is what I am going to do before the year end is out. I told her she can tell them it was from an angel. I am greatful that she crossed my path today. It is great feeling to help others. It brings much joy to your heart and soul.

Tonight, I was thinking about my journey and then suddenly the story of Acres of Diamonds came to my head. I remembered reading this story about 30 years ago. Don’t know why it popped into my head. But often we look past the mark, when all we need to do is LISTEN and bloom where we are planted. I am thankful to help some people that don’t have the means to pick up journal but can provide them with small gift.

May you look around you and see what you can do to help someone. I learned some where in my life, that when you are in the service of others, you are only in the service of the your Lord,

May God Bless you and help you to fined someone to bless. So if you read this I would like to challenge you to consider it tagging you and you find someone to help.

Till later, Mary O.

They say

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I have always heard  all my life: don’t make new recipe until you try it first.

Well this morning I went ahead and did not listen to “try it yourself first”

My daughter and family were coming over for breakfast this morning. I was planning on making two different quiches. I could only find the recipe for one of them.  A bit frustrating. So I was breezing thru a recipe book last night before going to bed and found one that was a lot easier to make.

The First recipe  I had, had  called to put heavy tin foil over crust and bake it before putting the  mixture into it. My new recipe didn’t require so much work, which I decide to make. Guess what it turned out just fine. It was a Mexican Quiche.

Here is the recipe and here is the book that it came from: 

Mexican Quiche

Ingredients                                                                                                                                                           5 eggs                                                                                     1/4 cup flour                                                         1/2 tsp baking powder                                                      1/4 cup butter, melted                                     1 (7oz.) can diced green chilies (mild)                        1 cup cottage cheese                                         1/4 cup chopped onion                                                      1 Tbsp. Butter                                                   1 cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese ( I used Taco Blend Shredded Cheese)

Directions:                                                                                                                                                            Beat eggs lightly in large bowl. Stir in flour and baking powder. Add the 1/4 cup melted butter, chilies and cottage cheese. Saute onion in the 1 Tbsp. butter; add to mixture, along with cheese. Combine just until blended. Pour mixture into a greased 9×9 inch baking dish or pie plate and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue baking about 30 minutes. Cut into small squares or wedges and serve hot. Makes 6 servings.

Note: I placed a cookie sheet under my pie. I used a store bought deep dish pie crust and cooked it in there. My family loved this.

Hope your family will too. Happy Holidays and hope you have a safe and Happy New Year.

Mary O @ Prairie Pine Peddler