Tuesday, May 31, 2016

ABC's, two Recipes, and A Few Thoughts

  • A big cup of ice covered by raspberry lemonade (sugar free) has become my new favorite drink.  I'm loving it and it's been three weeks now and still no headache.  Yay!
  • BLESSINGS!  Lexi received a Father's Blessing this morning before camp.  That is always a great way to head off to Girl's Camp.  
  • COOKING dinner lately has been very easy.  Nothing too crazy these days.  Everyone wants something simple.  Nothing to heavy during the summer.  That always makes me happy.  
  • DID you know that your ears and your nose continue to grow all your life, but your bones don't change after adulthood? Ya learn something new every day, eh?
  • ENERGY.  My energy level has dropped since this stomach "fun".  Time for some Gatorade or something.  Sheesh!!
  • FAMILY HOME EVENING consisted of getting the rest of the things packed up and to the drop off point for Girl's Camp.  It's almost done!  We still have a few things to pick up tonight at the store, but we are nearly there.  Thank goodness.  
  • GIRL'S CAMP!  Lexi is off for a week of fun!  
  • HOME.  I've gotta get out of here!  Time to get back to normal again.  No more of this sickness stuff!
  • I love my husband and my family!  
  • Just fascinated by the fact that kids use words that we never dreamed of using years ago.  I heard one of them use the word "image" instead of saying "picture", they say "delete" instead of "erase".  Are they talking about "pixelizing"?  I thought kids talked about sports, or bikes, or video games.  What the heck! 
  • KYLE is home these next few days.  Thank goodness!  He will be able to take his Dad to his appointments.  Thank you Kyle.
  • LITTLE PUPPY is still as sweet as ever!  Lately he has been curling up next to Kevin at night.  He really likes spending there.  It's so cute seeing him snuggled up near Kevin.  And Kevin is a big softy when it comes to the puppy.  He acts like he doesn't care for him, but to hear him talk to the puppy you would think they were best friends.  
  • "MOM, do you......?"  That's what I hear every single day.  
  • NAVAJO Fry Bread 2 cups flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 T. shortening, 1 cup water.  Sift flour, baking powder and salt.  Cut in shortening.  Add enough water (up to 1 cup) to make a soft dough.  Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic.  Make into 12 2 inch balls.  Slap back and forth between hands until you have a 4 inch round.  Fry in hot (400 degree), deep fat until light brown on both sides.  Serve with powdered sugar or whatever topping you want. 
  • OH what to do for dinner tonight?  The daily dilemma.  
  • Pretzel Dogs!!!  
    Yield: Makes 8 Pretzel Dogs 
    • 1½ cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water 
    • 1 tablespoon sugar 
    • 2 teaspoons salt 
    • 1 package (1 scant tablespoon) active dry yeast 
    • 4½ cups all-purpose flour 
    • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted (or salted butter, but decrease the 2 teaspoons of salt by a bit) Vegetable oil, for pan 
    • 10 cups water 
    • 2/3 cup baking soda 
    • 2 tablespoons butter (regular or unsalted), melted 
    • coarse sea salt or kosher salt, for sprinkling 
    • 8 good quality hot dogs
    1. Combine the water, sugar and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. Let sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to foam. 
    2. Add the flour, salt, and butter. Combine with a spoon or the paddle until it start to come together, then switch to the dough hook. Mix with the dough hook on low speed until well combined. 
    3. Change to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. You may need to add a bit more flour, but be aware that this is a pretty soft dough. You should be able to touch it without it being impossible to get off your fingers, though. 
    4. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until the dough has doubled in size. I like to put mine in an oven that has been turned to 170? (warm) for about a minute, then turned off. 
    5. Preheat the oven to 450. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and lightly brush with the vegetable oil. Set aside. 
    6. In a large pot, bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil. Meanwhile, knead down the dough, turn it out onto a slightly floured work surface, and divide into 8 equal pieces. 
    7. Roll out each piece of dough into a rope that's about 20 to 24-inches long, depending on how big your hot dogs are. Starting at one end, wrap the dough around the hot dog, pinching each end together so that it's sealed. Place onto the pan and repeat with the remaining dough and hot dogs. 
    8. Place the pretzel dogs into the boiling water two at a time and boil for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a large flat slotted spatula. Return the boiled pretzel dogs to the pan, brush the tops with melted butter and sprinkle with the sea salt. (I forgot to do this butter and salt step until after I had baked them. It worked fine.) 
    9. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before serving. 
    10. If you have extra dough, you can shape them into dinner rolls, cut a slit in the top, let rise for another 20-30 minutes, boil, and bake at 450 until golden
  • QUIET!  It's going to be weird without Lexi here this week.  
  • RESOURCES.  I am very grateful for all of the resources available to us for my husband and hope we can enlist the help of others as time goes by.
  • ST. JOSEPH'S.  Kevin has an appointment this week with the doctor that treated him at the hospital.  This is a good thing.  
  • TIME to put this picture up on my wall.  I just put the photo in the frame, Lexi helped me hang it.  Thanks Lexi.  
    Remember, here, with the other photos.  
    Now all we need is Lexi's to be added.  Love it!!!
  • UNDERSTANDING.  I'm so glad there are people who understand and know what Kevin is going through.  Love that.
  • VERY simple and most tasty Rice Krispy Treats ever!  Here's the recipe.  Melt 1/2 a cube of butter and half a bag of mini-marshmallows in a large bowl in your microwave.  Pour in 8 cups of Rice Krispies and 28 crushed (not too crushed) Oreo's.  Mix and spread in a greased jellyroll pan.  You'll never make them the normal way again!  Promise!  
  • WHEELCHAIR appointment.  Kevin has an appointment this week to be fitted for a permanent wheelchair.  He isn't too happy about it, but in the long run it's a good thing.  
  • eXcited to hear all about the fun Lexi had at Girl's Camp this upcoming weekend, cuz I know she will have lots of things to share.  
  • Y am I still sick?!  My stomach has not been good all weekend and I've had to stay close to home.  I'm so over it already!  
  • ZIMMERMAN.  Another Zimmerman graduated High School last week.  My nephew James graduated and has a full scholarship to his first choice school, Texas Tech.  We missed the graduation because I was down sick.  I'm sorry we missed his big day.  
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