Thursday, December 22, 2011

Cooking Club: December 2011.


My Cooking Club met in December at my friend Priscilla's house. We are just starting at new cookbook,Recipes Worth Sharing, and our first meal from it was very promising!

Thayer, Lyn and Leslie enjoy some wassail before lunch

Jill, Barenda and Ellen


Here was our menu:

Cherry-Sauced Meatballs
Buttery Biscuit Rolls
Pumpkin Soup
Dried Cherry and Toasted Pecan Salad with Maple Dressing (I brought this)
Marinated Asparagus with Cherry Tomatoes
Shrimp and Wild Rice Casserole
Our Famous Bread-and-Butter Pudding

Susan serves her Pumpkin Soup

My lunch on non-Cooking Club days doesn't look like this!

Priscilla's placecards/favors were these darling bags of Hungarian paprika that she bought on her trip to Budapest this fall

Priscilla and me

Gifts awaiting our annual Kitchen Gadget Exchange

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

All aboard.


Dots and I volunteered through our NCL chapter at the Trains at NorthPark last weekend. This annual exhibit benefits our local Ronald McDonald House and is a popular attraction at the mall during Christmas. Dots and I collected admission tickets and had a great time together!



Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Vivian goes shopping.


Vivian's class went Christmas shopping at NorthPark, a nearby mall, last week. Vivian selected and paid for several gifts for her family, and she seemed to enjoy herself. After school I asked Vivian where she had gone shopping, and she told me, "North Pole."

Vivian's teacher sent this note along with some pictures.

Dear Parents,

We had so much fun today! We arrived at the mall a little after 9 a.m. The students were assigned buddies (staff and peer tutors), and off they went. We owe the peer tutors a huge thank you for giving up a free day to help with this trip. Their presence and assistance made the whole experience so much better for all of us. Everyone shopped a while before meeting the group in the food court for lunch. After lunch, more shopping and sight-seeing, and watching the various performers throughout the mall. At 1:00 o’clock we had the privilege, thanks to a lady who substitutes for us who knows the pianist at Nordstrom’s, to gather around the piano to watch him play. He played the theme from Charlie Brown’s Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, among others. We took pictures and sang songs and the kids just had a blast! Thank you so much for allowing us the opportunity to share this holiday experience with them.

Can you see why I am so appreciative of Vivian's wonderful teachers and school?


Sunday, December 11, 2011

My favorite sandwich: Egg & Olive.


When my sister and I were growing up, our mother often made egg and olive sandwiches for us, and we loved them. I assumed everyone grew up up eating egg and olive, but I found that most people in Texas have never even heard of such a thing; many are familiar with egg salad, but that doesn't always have olives.

I googled "egg and olive" and found an article from the "Southern Foodie" in the Birmingham paper who claims that, "You can't be a Southerner unless you at least know someone who makes themselves an egg-and-olive sandwich." So, this recipe must be an Old South creation hearkening back to our family's roots in South Georgia.

Every Monday my bridge partner, Leslie, and I play in a duplicate game at a local club. Our arrangement is that she drives and I fix our lunch. I started out making egg and olive often because it was a given that I had the ingredients on hand. After Leslie raved so about this sandwich, it became our standard Monday lunch.

As you can tell from the recipe, it is not hard and not exact! But it sure is good.


Egg and Olive

2 hard-boiled eggs, grated
scant tablespoon light mayonnaise (just enough for eggs to be a cohesive mixture)
4-5 olives, chopped finely
sprinkle of seasoned salt
2 slices of toasted bread

Stir together egg, olives and mayonnaise. Season to taste. Spread over toasted bread and serve.


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Mid-night Vivian.

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Last weekend the girls and I made a quick trip to Houston for my cousin Nancy Baby's wedding. While we were there Vivian and I slept in twin beds in a guest room upstairs in my parents' house.

At some point in the middle of the night, Vivian woke up and wandered downstairs to my parents' bedroom. I was sound asleep and blissfully unaware of this until my mom brought Vivian back up to our room.

My mom lay down with Vivian to try to get her back to sleep, but after a minute Vivian declared that she was thirsty and got up and walked to the bathroom to get a drink of water. When Vivian returned to our room, she looked at my mom and exclaimed, "Hey! You're in the wrong bed!"

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My girls and me at the wedding reception

My sister Marian and me with "the bride"

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Vivian taking a break from the reception

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Me, my dad, my mom, my brother Jonathan and Marian