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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Squeaking in one more post in September :)

Yesterday in Fergus Falls, MN we had nearly 88 degrees and sun and it was B E A U T I F U L!  Today - totally windy and 64 degrees, and the sun was hiding but has now just peeked out.  Tonight is coronation for homecoming @ MSCTC Fergus Falls, and my son Grant is up for homecoming king - how exciting!  I am going to go to the coronation - it should be fun!  Then it will be home to watch Grey's Anatomy :)  My hubby has been craving a pot roast with carrots, and potatoes - simple.  So tonight he is getting just that!  He will be excited and he will have leftovers to take for lunch tomorrow!  Of course we need some sort of treat after that nice fall, hearty meal and today I decided it should be Pumpkin Bars.  Here is the recipe now:

Pumpkin Bars
4 eggs
1 c. canola oil
2 c. sugar
1  15 oz. can pumpkin
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ginger
2 tsp. cinnamon

Mix all together.  Spread into a jelly roll pan that has been greased.  Bake @ 350 degrees.  Frost with cream cheese frosting - you can find my recipe for that in an earlier carrot cake blog! 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Computers . . .

Since the move, we have been totally wireless for computers and phones.  We will see how this works, we consider ourselves somewhat tech savvy but not really tech savvy - this for sure we have learned in the past 2 weeks.  My Old faithful Dell computer was getting a bit slow and it was not set up for wireless, so I decided to get a new one and ordered it and it finally showed up yesterday.  So now, I thought my husband will finally get my desk all assembled and get my new computer set up and I will be ready to go, Hey there, not so easy is what I learned last night.  First of all, we are going through the old computer (which is not hooked up to internet) to pull off information, pictures, documents, etc., that we feel we cannot be without.  You know the computer guys who will offer to transfer your information from one computer to your new one - TAKE THEM UP ON IT!  Needless to say, we spent about 3 hours working on this last night and alas, still today my desk is not ready and my new computer is not yet assembled.  Good thing hubby leaves his laptop here for me to work on!  Before the above-mentioned new computer showed up at the door last night, I did make this recipe, one I had not tried before, it too is in the Gooseberry Patch Best Ever Cookies cookbook (page 150) and was submitted to GP by Linda Elvins from Missouri!

Bake-Sale Butterscotch Bars
1/2 c. butter
2 c. brown sugar
In a saucepan over low heat, combine butter and brown sugar.  Cook until bubbly, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. sweetened flaked coconut
1 c. chopped walnuts (optinonal)  I did not add the walnuts because I am not a fan of walnuts.
Mix thoroughly, spread into a greased 15 x 10 jelly roll pan and bake at 350 for about 25 minutes. 
**I used a 9 x 13 cake pan instead of the jelly roll pan and they turned out fine!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Packing, Unpacking, no time for cooking or baking . . .

Well I see that I have been almost 1 Month delinquent in posting to my blog.  Sorry about that.  As I type today it is from my new 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment in Fergus Falls.  I have learned a great deal of things since my last post, some of them listed as follows:
1.  It's much easier to move across town, than it is to move 55 miles away, from the home you have known for the past 23 years.  :(
2.  It's much more exciting to unpack than it is to pack.
3.  It's no fun getting ready for a moving sale.
4.  It is exhilirating to go through stuff and decided you don't need that STUFF anymore.
5.  It is good to make lists!
6.  I hope I remember where the STUFF I did save, is all stored, some at a friends, some here in Fergus Falls and some at my Mom's house another 2 1/2 hours away.
7.  As soon as you pack something in a tote to be stored away for the next year - you will NEED it.

Shockingly, all of this work, as mentioned above - has not caused me to lose lots of stress related pounds  :(  Oh well, such is life.  Good news on that front - there is a very nice treadmill, in the fitness room, right down the hall from me, so I can't even use the "I am not going out in this weather" excuse to not exercise!  I did tread down to said treadmill last night and walked 2.5 miles in 35 minutes and then ran (well, more like, jogged) for the last 2 minutes!  Hey, I am trying.

Today is gray, rainy and cool here in Fergus so I am making my 6-can chili for supper and following it up with Lemon bars for dessert.  Please look through my previous posts for the chili recipe.  Without further ado, here is the lemon bar recipe, WHICH BTW (by the way) you can find on page 130 of Gooseberry Patch's cookbook entitled Best-Ever Cookies!

Buttery Lemon Snow Bars
1 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. sugar
2 2/3 c. all-purpose flour
Mix together.  Pat into the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 baking pan.  Bake @ 350 for 15-20 minutes, until light golden brown.  Then mix together, the following:
4 eggs
1 1/2 c. sugar
6 tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 c. flour
Mix well.  Pour over the baked crust.  Bake an additional 20 minutes.  Remove from oven, cool slightly.  Dust with powdered sugar (while still warm).