Saturday, January 22, 2011

Mrs. Shindorf Has Taken Up Drinking~ A Miss Billie Story



Well, as you all know if you have been reading my post I spend Fridays driving Miss Billie. Miss Billie is close to hitting mid 80's and she is a spitting image of Miss Daisy in the movie. Well except for the fact that she dresses in style and has the most amazing taste in jewelry and clothes. She can be every bit as fiesty and I always give Miss Billie her way. She goes to her personal trainer twice a week and still drives her car but she would rather I drive. 


Miss Billie had an accident while she was voting in the November election. The accelerator on the gas pedal stuck and she went over an embankment~she was lucky she walked away unharmed. With the winter road conditions she has been relying on me a bit more. 


 ~Friday Miss Billie sent me to the store for groceries and on her list were two bottles of wine. Well if you know anything about us Baptist girls~ we don't want to be caught dead buying liquor at the local  Piggly Wiggly Market if you know what I mean. So after reading the list I start to work up a nervous sweat. I mean what in the world am I to do if one of my Sunday School girls show up watching me buy the very juice that I have warned them about. I could see it now~ "Pastor~ I saw Mrs. Shindorf buying  liquor at the local Piggly Wiggly." So what does a girl do? 


Why she calls her best friend~yep~ you guessed it~ I called my sister. She was no help~no help at all. I get to the store and I load all the groceries in my cart. I see about half the people who over the past 40 years  have left our church~ I am not kidding you. Then low and behold~ I see a little 20 something girl with wild color hair of all shades in a beauty school uniform. She smiles and says," Hello, Mrs. Shindorf." I had her in Sunday School in the 5th grade~she rode the bus to church for years. We spoke and I told her I had missed seeing her at church. Oh my~by now I am really sweating it. I tried to call my husband~ I am getting desperate. He just turned me off. He was in a meeting~which always happens when I really need him. I circle the store again. Who can I call to get me out of this mess. Well I could just lie and tell her they were out but she wanted two different kinds. Well last I checked lying was a sin too. Now I have already told Miss Billie why I don't drink. Maybe I should just not be such a coward and tell her ~ I can't buy her wine. But for goodness sakes she is old and tired and didn't they use wine for medical purposes back in the day? Oh boy by now I am really losing it. Miss Billie always gets her way~ have you ever watched driving Miss Daisy? Well then you just know what a mess I am in!
Want to know what I finally did?




I went to Miss Billie's favorite check out lady and told her~ "Sue ~ Would you please go get these two bottles of wine for Miss Billie and please sack them for me too?" She looked at me a little funny but she did it anyway. Thank goodness! So if you hear a rumor that Mrs. Shindorf has taken up drinking you know the rest of the story!


Hurry Spring!


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Penne Pasta With Garlic Chicken~ (SO EASY BUT OH SO GOOD)



  • 1 (16 ounce) package penne pasta (I used whole wheat)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into thin strips
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

 1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
 Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until done and drain.

2.Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute chicken and garlic until chicken is almost cooked. Reduce heat and stir in salt, pepper, cream, basil and Parmesan cheese. Cook until chicken is no longer pink inside. Stir in cooked pasta.










Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Hannah's Homemade Fondant~ Valentine Cake




Hannah's Valentine Cake



Marshmallow Fondant Recipe 


Ingredients
8-ounce bag of marshmallows
2 pounds of powdered sugar
2 tablespoons of water
vegetable shortening (Crisco) for greasing hands and tools
How To Make Marshmallow Fondant
Put the marshmallows and water in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high for about two minutes. The marshmallows should be puffy but will still hold their shape. Stir thoroughly until smooth.
Next, add about 1 1/2 pounds of the powdered sugar and stir with a spoon well greased with the Crisco. The homemade fondant at this point should be a very sticky dough.
Thoroughly grease your hands and work surface with the shortening and knead the fondant, adding a little bit of powdered sugar at a time until the mixture isn't sticky anymore. If it's sticky, add more sugar. If it's dry and tearing, add a teaspoon or two of water and knead it in. The homemade fondant recipe is finished when the dough is pliable and stretchy without tearing.
If you won't be using the marshmallow fondant recipe right away, cover it with a little bit more Crisco and wrap it well with plastic wrap. Seal it in a bag and keep it in the refrigerator, where it will last for several weeks.


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Homemade Jewelry Cleaner~



Weekend Do It Yourself Project~
I went to buy jewelry cleaner and discovered the price. I  decided to research and make my own. It works just like the store bought brand for only pennies. My diamonds are sparkling once again.


 Homemade Jewelry Cleaner~

1/2 cup dish washing soap
1/2 cup ammonia
1 1/2 cup water


  •   Soak jewelry for 10 minutes.
  •  Scrub with a baby toothbrush and then rinse.
  •  Dry off and polish with a dry cloth.


Store in large mouth jar with lid.







Friday, January 14, 2011

Hannah's Homemade Fondant~


Marshmallow Fondant Recipe Ingredients
8-ounce bag of marshmallows
2 pounds of powdered sugar
2 tablespoons of water
vegetable shortening (Crisco) for greasing hands and tools
How To Make Marshmallow Fondant
Put the marshmallows and water in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high for about two minutes. The marshmallows should be puffy but will still hold their shape. Stir thoroughly until smooth.
Next, add about 1 1/2 pounds of the powdered sugar and stir with a spoon well greased with the Crisco. The homemade fondant at this point should be a very sticky dough.
Thoroughly grease your hands and work surface with the shortening and knead the fondant, adding a little bit of powdered sugar at a time until the mixture isn't sticky anymore. If it's sticky, add more sugar. If it's dry and tearing, add a teaspoon or two of water and knead it in. The homemade fondant recipe is finished when the dough is pliable and stretchy without tearing.
If you won't be using the marshmallow fondant recipe right away, cover it with a little bit more Crisco and wrap it well with plastic wrap. Seal it in a bag and keep it in the refrigerator, where it will last for several weeks.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snow Ice Cream Recipe~




The kids and I have been snowed in the house for two days. So we decided to mix up a little fun. What do you do with fresh snow?~ Make Snow Ice Cream


Snow Ice Cream

8 cups of fresh fallen snow
1 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract





  • Place snow in large bowl.
  • Pour condensed milk over snow.
  • Add vanilla and mix well.
  • Serve immediately in bowls.




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