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White Jello

One of the patients at the dental office gave me her family recipe for White Jello. I was a little leery, but made it for a family dinner a few weeks ago.
It was a hit!!!
I made it again yesterday. I doubled the recipe and put it in a 9X13 pan.
Inverted it and placed a few raspberries on it.

I had started dividing it up before I thought to take a pic. I wanted you to get a look at it anyway.

Here is the recipe! Enjoy!

Patty's White Jello














Recipe for #1 Daughter

My last post was got some mouths watering. The recipe was requested and I listen to my sparse followers!!
Croquettes ( Thank you Aunt Willy!)

4-5 lbs. Beef Chuck Roast, cooked and ground ( when you have leftovers, freeze them til you have enough)
6-7 potatoes, cooked and ground
1 cup celery leaves no stalks, chopped fine
salt & pepper, to taste
¾ cup beef consume , give or take
flour, enough to make them stick together
bread crumbs
egg whites
oil for frying, peanut oil is nice
Heat this bad boy up to 340°

Mix ingredients in a bowl.
Add enough flour to make the mixture form into nice
torpedo shapes about the size of your thumb or a bit larger. As long as they are all the same size so they get done at the same time.

Dip in egg whites, then bread crumbs.

Place 5 or 6 in a Deep fryer at 340° until crispy brown, about 7 minutes.

Remove from fryer and let sit on paper towel or brown paper bag to cool a bit.

Serve with spicy mustard. ( I eat them plain )


Number One Daughter

My poor dad. I have two older sisters and no brothers. Between our mom and the three girls there was a good chance that no matter what week it was, someone had PMS.
Some of us were worse than others. (ahem! Jennifer?) Just kidding Jen! You were by far the sweetest among us!
Anyway, we are all older now. At 40, I'm the youngest. I won't go into how old the other two are!
In the last few years or so, there has been a little joke/competition between the three of us.
I don't remember how it started but at some point Dad turned to one of us and said, " you are my number one daughter!" this was after some small but cool thing one of us had done for or given to Dad.
I think we each have our own ways of achieving said Number One Daughter Spot.
Theresa is an amazing baker. I can't tell you all the yumminess she can create. All she has to do is stop by with something sweet for Dad and BAM! Number One Daughter. Well, just as long as there aren't any cherry pits in it. :-)

Jennifer lives in Ohio. She just has to show up at Mom and Dad's in Green Bay and there she is! The Number One Daughter.
I live in Illinois. I think for awhile just bringing our son to visit with Grandma and Grandpa put me there a bit, but the thing that scores every time is when I make Dad some croquettes.
What are they? Basically deep fried leftover beef and potatoes.
They are glorious!

Dad, I'll see you with these goodies on Friday!!

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The Arrogance of Authority

this was too good not to share!!!

A DEA officer stopped at a ranch in Texas , and talked with an old rancher.

He told the rancher, "I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs."

The rancher said, "Okay , but don't go in that field over there.....", as he pointed out the location.

The DEA officer verbally exploded saying, " Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me !"

Reaching into his rear pants pocket, he removed his badge and proudly displayed it to the rancher.

"See this badge?! This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish.... On any land !!

No questions asked or answers given!! Have I made myself you understand ?!!"

The rancher nodded politely, apologized, and went about his chores.

A short time later, the old rancher heard loud screams, looked up, and saw the DEA officer running for his life, being chased by the rancher's big Santa Gertrudis bull......

With every step the bull was gaining ground on the officer, and it seemed likely that he'd sure enough get gored before he reached safety. The officer was clearly terrified.

The rancher threw down his tools, ran to the fence and yelled at the top of his lungs.....

(I just love this part....)

"Your badge, show him your BADGE........ ! !"


Why Do Bad Things Happen?

Or why do really inconvenient things happen all on the same day?
Some one posted this on Facebook and I had to share.

Me: God, can I ask you a question?

God: Sure

Me: Promise u won't get mad...
God: I promise

Me: Why did u let so much stuff happen to me today?

God: What do u mean?

Me: Well, I woke up late

God: Yes

Me: My car took forever to start

God: Okay

Me: at lunch they made my sandwich wrong & I had to wait

God: Huummm

Me: On the way home, my phone went DEAD, just as I picked up a call

God: All right

Me: And on top of it all off, when I got home ~I just want to soak my feet in my new foot massager & relax. BUT it wouldn't work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did you do that?

God: Let me see, the Death Angel was at your bed this morning & I had to send one of the other angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that

Me (humbled): OH

GOD: I didn't let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.

Me: (ashamed)

God: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick & I didn't want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn't afford to miss work.

Me (embarrassed):Ok

God: Your phone went dead bcuz the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn't even let you talk to them so you would be covered.

Me (softly): I see God

God: Oh and that foot massager, it had a shortage that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn't think you wanted to be in the dark.

Me: I'm sorry God

God: Don't be sorry, just learn to trust all things , the good & the bad.

Me: I will trust you

God: And don't doubt that my plan for your day is always better than your plan.

Me: I won't God. And let me just tell you God, thank you for everything today.

God: You're welcome child. It was just another day being your God and I love looking after my children...

(Steph's side note) What if God only gave you everything you thanked Him for yesterday? I saw that some where on Facebook or Pinterest too and it really smacked me upside the head!


My Alternate Reality

While we were growing up, our parent's music was NOT what we kids felt as cool.
They listened to either twangy solid gold country or the dreaded elevator music.
I felt lucky if Dad put on some 50's or 60's rock. Well as "rock" as that gets!

Every time we drove up north to our grandparent's we listened to WOCO out of Oconto.
It was awful elevator music!! I can still hear the jingle in my head. WOCO... Oconto! AM and FM!! I silently screamed in the back seat. Dad thought it should be acceptable to us as he always turned on the FM station and not the AM. I don't even want to contemplate what could have been on the AM dial!!
I remember begging for anything with lyrics. Actual singers. But to no avail. It was the same crap my dentist played. I guess I can be happy there wasn't a drill involved.

Fast forward to Thanksgiving 2011.

Mom and her three girls were on the way to Thanksgiving Eve Service at the Moravian Church at Heritage Hill.
Some song came on the radio that I didn't know. I'm guessing we had a Top 40 station on. What ever the song was, the same lyrics were repeated over and over. I made some comment like "Sing if you know the words!" Only to realize Mom was already singing!!!
Wait... What???
Ok, maybe it was a fluke and a catchy tune. I just let it slide.

A couple nights later we were about to get down and dirty with our usual family fun
of playing Uno. We like the house rules for Seven-0 Uno.

(• Basically same play as Original Uno with 2 exceptions. When a "0" is played--all players need to pass their hands to the next player. When a "7" is played the person that played the "7" trades their hand with another player of their choice.

Anyway, I digress. Most of us were waiting around for Mom to get her self over to the table so we could start. She said, I want to watch this first. I walk over to see what she is watching that is so important as to interrupt our sacred Uno time. You will not believe this! In fact I thought she was joking.

The Lady Gaga Christmas Special!!! Of all things! My mom!!! Lady Gaga??? What is going on?
Did aliens come and abduct my mom and leave someone ( or something ) else in her place???
I of course looked shocked and questioned this person claiming to be my mom.
She said, "I like her."
And that is it. I have learned not to question my mom further. She is, and will always be, right. Sometimes with a little persuasion, I can try to change what she feels is right, but mostly, she's the bomb!

So from elevator music to Lady Gaga. It's been over 2 months since that night and I am STILL in shock. In fact, I may never be the same. When I was 16 I would have given my left arm for my mom to enjoy listening to WIXX with us! I guess she just wasn't ready. Also, at that time Lady Gaga was 2 years old. I guess she can't be all bed, her birth name is Stefani. :-) Perhaps we are soul sisters...
I really do enjoy her music for an upbeat workout, but have you seen some of those videos? A bit odd. I prefer this one.

Have your parents ever freaked you out like this? Please tell me about it so I don't feel alone!!!


Don't Do it!

I love menu planning. I seldom really look at the nutrition information as I fill in blanks on my calendar. I think I need to start.

Tonight I put together a breakfast dish that sits in the fridge overnight.
It's called one thing but I'm renaming it. It's now:

Don't Do It Caramel Apple French Toast Bake


2 sticks butter
2 C. Brown Sugar
4 TBSP light Corn Syrup
2 Tart Apples peeled Cored and sliced
1 loaf soft french bread cut in 1" slices
1/2 c chopped walnuts or pecans optional
5 eggs
1 1/4 C milk
1 tsp Vanilla extract
3 TBSP sugar
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon


Cook butter, sugar and corn syrup in saucepan over medium heat until it thickens to a syrup. Pour into a 9X13 baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spread apple slices across syrup & sprinkle with nuts if using. Place bread slices on top.
Whisk together eggs, milk and vanilla. Pour over bread.
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 350° Before baking sprinkle top with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Bake uncovered 40-45 minutes. Remover from oven and cool for 5 minutes.
Invert onto nice platter and serve.

Serving Size: 8

Number of Servings: 8

Now here's the fun part. I plugged the ingredients in to SparkPeople Recipe Calculator and here's what I got. Oh and I didn't enter the nuts in, so if you add that it will change this info.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 696.8
Total Fat: 28.0 g
Cholesterol: 177.4 mg
Sodium: 606.7 mg
Total Carbs: 123.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.0 g
Protein: 10.5 g

Now this is if you actually get 8 servings out of it. Between Keith and I, well, it could be 6 or 7.
But you see how this is a little over a third of my calories for the day??? And it's only the main course. What if I made sausage or bacon with that? A glass of juice or milk?
I really need to start planning better.
This is proof for sure!

Next post: From Elevator Music to Lady Gaga



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