Friday, January 15, 2016

Fashion on Fridays

Color(s) of the year are Rose Quartz and Serenity are most fitting for me since we're expecting two grandchildren next month: a boy and a girl, both due on February 15, the birthday of DD#3. Stay tuned!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Monkey Bread

Make ahead recipe ~

Grease and flour a large tube pan.

In it arrange 24 1-oz frozen Parker House rolls.



Mix together the following dry ingredients and sprinkle over the rolls:

1  3-3/4 oz butterscotch pudding mix (NON INSTANT)
1    cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Evenly distribute 1/2 cups chopped pecan over rolls.

Pour 1/2 cup melted butter over everything.

Allow bread to rise overnight (or 8 hrs).  No need to cover pan.

Later ~
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes.

Let pan rest for 5 minutes before turning out onto a large dish with a lip, so the sauce wont run over the edges.

There are never any leftovers of this holiday breakfast item.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Top Ten - Pumpkin

Aside from the proverbial jack-o-lantern use for pumpkins, I have found a host of ways to enjoy this plentiful autumn gourd.

After roasting and pureeing, here are the top ten ways I've enjoyed pumpkin and its flavoring ~ links, if available



1)  soup
     really easy to fix, and I generally leave out the milk/cream
2)  roasted seeds
     freeze well, and a treat to add to salads
3)  pie
     DD#4 prepared a noteworthy version this year
4)  bars
     bought some cookie bars at the grocery store this year
5)  cake
     bought one from my favorite bakery this year
6)  muffins
     received some as a gift this year
7)  cheesecake
     too easy to buy the Cheesecake Factory version at BJs
8)  frappe (pictured)
     low-calorie, nutritious meal replacement
9)  latte
     coffee, vanilla protein powder, and Torani pumpkin syrup
10) ice cream
      Turkey Hill brand tastes delicious alone or a la mode

PS  I use Libby's canned pumpkin mostly, but insist on freshly roasted, pureed for my soup.

PPS  Bonus link to DD#2's recipe for pumpkin bread  ;-)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Chameleon


hews the hue from pith and peel
to sublimate the color wheel
refracted in sun-speckle drops
like lemon macaroons.  It sops
up the palate's palette cake
and engineers a prism break
above entablatures of trees
to slip into the backdrop frieze
and coalescent with the light
cleave itself from human sight.





Poem by Walter Ancarrow
Photo by Os Nakayama

Monday, August 24, 2015

Walking




From my view above, walking
the hall with the cat, she slightly leading,
her body sways a little with her stepping,
undulates, not like the track of an old river
seen from an airplane, sharply cut through the land,
nor a snake or earthworm---
which must exaggerate, side to side.

She makes a subtle, graceful sway.

I think of how that wide river of ungulates looks,
The elands, zebras, wildebeests, buffaloes,
seen from the airplane above,
in their Great Migration up the Serengeti.

The head does not sway, remains straightforward,
not so much in the hip or shoulder either,
with soft forward shift one leg to another,
but, living where the ribs are, that swing.

When I see that liquefaction
in my cat or in the hordes on TV,
I stare in wonder at how the four-legged ones
are made, how seen from above,
they move in that way by merely walking,
in a grace not only probably, but is.

                       


Mary Ellen Branan

   Bastrop,TX

Poetry Society of Texas A book of the year 2012 awards
p. 118, Derry Tutt Memorial Award

Friday, August 14, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

Mango Salsa

2 ripe mangoes, peeled and chopped
2 large yellow tomatoes, peeled and chopped
2 Tbs grated white onion
2 Tbs finely chopped red pepper
2 Tbs finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 tsp cumin
zest and juice from 1 lime
salt & pepper, to taste.


DD#3 developed this recipe in 2010 and I have served it with repeated success.


In addition to being a refreshing appetizer, this salsa pairs well with grilled or baked fish.