Archives for August 2010

Vegetable Garden Marinade

Vegetable Marinade is great for all of the summer squashes, cucumbers, cauliflower, green beans, onions, peppers and even mushrooms may be added.  Be creative.

The beans and cauliflower may need to be blanched ( placed in boiling water for 2-3 minutes to soften them some).

1 1/2 cups water
1 cup vinegar
1/2 cup olive or canola oil
1 clove garlic–minced
1  Tbls. salt
1 Tsp. peppercorns ( unground pepper)
1/2 Tsp. Oregano
( sometimes I add cilantro too)

Combine all ingredients and add to vegetables. Put in an air tight container or marinator that can be turned easily to marinate thoroughly.  If you do not have a container –you will need to mix vegetables several times prior to serving.   It is FABULOUS!  It is best if it sets overnight or at least several hrs.



Party Games for Kids


Games for Kids

Wrapped Packages

Take a small gift ( book, puzzle, paint set, model) that is age appropriate for the group.  Wrap the gift in several layers of paper (about 7 layers). 

Have the children sit in a circle and the adult will play music and when it stops, whoever is holding the package gets to unwrap a layer of paper.  The person unwrapping the last layer gets to keep that gift.  ypu might want small gifts to give to the others, depending on the age of the children. 

Clothespin Toss

This is a good Game for Smaller Groups and for children over 7 yrs. of age.

You will need a hand held mirror, ten clothpins and a large bowl.

Have each child sit on a chair with his/her back to the bowl. Have them bring the bowl into focus with the morror and then hand them clothespins, one at a time.  They are to toss the clothespins over their shoulder and try to get the clothespin to land in the bowl.  the child with the most clothspins wins the game. ( 2-3 practice shots is helpful for each child)

Common Cooking Terms

Have you ever read a recipe and wondered what some of the terms  mean?    Let’s clear up a few of the most common ones in alphabetical order.

Au Jus: Served in juice, usually from roasted meat.

Baste: To moisten food by spooning liquid or fat over it during the cooking to help retain moistness.

Blanch: To immerse briefly in boiling water, usually followed by quick cooling in cold water.  It is used for easy skin removal, as in fruits and vegetables like peaches & tomatoes.

Bouillon:  A clear soup usually made from beef or chicken.

Braise: To simmer covered in a small amount of liquid on top of the range or in the oven.  Meat may sometimes be browned first.

Bread: To coat by dipping in milk or egg and then in fine crumbs.

Brown: To make food brown either in a small amount of hot fat in a pan or by exposing it to dry heat in an oven.

Cream: Combining two or more ingredients until mixture is light and completely blended.

Drippings: The residue left in the pan after meat or poultry is cooked.

Glaze: To coat with syrup, thin icing, honey or jelly.

Marinate: To let stand in liquid (marinade) to add flavor & tenderize prior to cooking, baking or grilling.

Pan Broil: To cook meat uncovered in skillet, turning frequently and pouring off excess fat.

Pan Fry:  to cook in skillet with small amount of fat.

Parboil: To boil until partially cooked.

Saute: To cook in a skillet in a small amount of oil, stirring until tender.

Sear: A quick application of heat to brown the surface of foods.

Steam: To cook over, but not in, boiling water.  Microwaves can be used for quick steaming in a dish that has holes in it and is placed into another.

Stew: To cook long and slowly in liquid.

Stock: The liquid in which meat, fish or vegetables have been cooked.

Tempura: A method of preparing Japanese dishes by dipping sliced vegetables or meat in a batter until well coated and then into hot oil to cook.

Whisk: a wire tool, somewaht balloon shapped at the end, used for hand beating.

Measurements & Equivalents for Cooking

This may seem simple, but how often do these measurements  leave your mind just about the time you need them for a recipe? Having this handy has really helped save me time!

3  teaspoons = 1 Tablesoon   (tsp. is a teaspoon, Tbl. is a  Tablespoon
1/4  cup = 4 Tabls.
1  cup = 8 fluid ounces
2  cups  = 1 pint ( 16 ozs.)
4  cups = 1 quart  (32 ozs.)
2  pints = 1 quart
2  quarts = 1/2 gallon
quarts = 1 gallon




Lemon Salad Dressing


This is a very easy and healthy salad dressing.
Prepare salad with greens and veggies.
Mix about 1/4 cup lemon juice with a little less than 1/4 cup olive oil. Add about a tsp. of garlic salt. Mix well and quickly and pour over salad. Toss well. Serve.

Kid’s Corner

In The Kid’s Corner we will continue to give ideas for crafts, recipes, games, books and special holiday ideas.  Please stop back as we implement many Fun and useful Ideas!

Marty’s Accident In Michigan

This will start out a little about me—well maybe a lot.  Let us start with the most recent unnatural event.  I fell down a full flight of stairs.

We left our Colorado home to go to Michigan for a surprise Party for my sister’s 60th birthday and also to visit my Mom (what a story here—but later).  The Party was held in a Lutheran Church social hall and some of the relatives & a few of my sister’s friends went back to a niece’s home.  Well after awhile, I was getting restless and feeling like a bathroom break may help cure me.  I opened the first door which pushed inward with my left hand, took a step; vaguely remember thinking “what can I grab”.  My next conscious moment was at the bottom of 14 wooden stairs on a cement floor.  I came to only to see a wrist that had my hand aiming in an unnatural 45-degree angle.  I got a little frantic about removing my watch, but had no idea what was happening. Our youngest daughter’s face came into view and she was telling me to lie still because I had been injured and help was on the way.  Even though I don’t remember much after that, I guess I let out a blood-curdling scream when moved to a backboard.  Guess what—I talked about my medications, my replaced knees and my spinal fusion all the way to the hospital in the ambulance.  My husband who was riding in the front told me this.  I remember nothing.  Had a 3” inch cut on my head—the Dr. told me “I am going to give you lidocaine, before I staple.  I said “no lidocaine”, just staple.  Apparently my face never changed nor did I apply pressure to the hand my daughter was holding.  Guess I was a little shocky.  No alcohol involved .

Apparently I was moved to what is called a ‘step down” unit which is like ICU.  I had surgery the next day with metal pins placed in my wrist and a Fixator—kind of like a head halo, with a metal bar and pins holding bones together.  I do remember the “Dr. McSteamy” who was my anesthesiologist.  Shortly after that the Dr. who was the Administrator came to see me.  I asked, “How am I doing?”  I guess he answered “Fine considering what you have been through”.  I replied “Great, I am going to the casino tomorrow”.  Do I remember any of this “NO”?

So bottom line I had 10 rib breaks on 6 ribs—4 had 2 breaks. I dislocated & fractured my clavicle, and punctured my left lung—not to mention the colorful bruising.  OK, under the bottom line—our 8 day trip became a month, I did not break my spinal fusion, I am not paralyzed, both knee replacements are intact and as far as we can tell no noticeable brain damage—jury may still be out on that.

Found out that there were black marks on the wall going to the basement about a yard up the wall.  My husband looked at my NEW shoes that I had been wearing and both had large scuff marks on the inside of the sole.  Man—I saw none of it.  Never went back to the scene of my accident.  Maybe next visit.

I tried very hard to entertain the staff with humorous stories and was told I was popular, but REALLY needed rest.  I am on the road to recovery and we will go back through some other incidents later.

Tips For Knee Surgery

What you will Need for Knee Replacement Recovery

*ICE PACK     This is the best, most flexible, inexpensive Ice Pack you will ever find.  My first PT gave me the recipe after knee replacement and we still have the same Ice packs in the freezer.
* To sleep by yourself through the recovery period, having someone nearby to help you get to the bathroom, help you move, put you in your CPM machine and assist in PT.
* Safety Bars in your shower
* A bench to set on in your shower
* A “grabber”  It is a metal or plastic  tool that is about 27?-30? long that you can squeeze to have the pinchers pick up things you drop.
* A raised toilet or toilet seat that can place on a toilet and remove later for ease in using the bathroom. ( pharmacies often carry them)
* If your bedroom is on the 2nd floor, you will need to set up a bed for 3-4 weeks on your first floor.
* It is good to have shampoo cap so that when you sponge bath you can just use the pre-shampoo cap to dry wash your hair.