Saturday, July 23, 2016

An Untraditional 4th of July for Pink Saturday

Welcome to Pink Saturday sponsored by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound. 

I thought I'd share our family's 4th of July celebration with  you.  There was no parade or fireworks this year for us.  It was just too hot and humid.  So hot and humid that we chose to have a cook-in rather than a cook-out.

One of our favorite recipes is Roast Sticky Chicken.  I found this recipe online many, many years ago.  I think it was sometime in the 1990's.

I just googled and this appears to be the exact same recipe that I use.

Mimi's Roast Sticky Chicken - as posted by Anieema

I do not care for salt and always omit salt from my recipes.  I also don't bother rubbing on the spices and putting the chicken in a plastic bag overnight.  I do it right before cooking.  This time I doubled the recipe and used two chickens.  It cooks for five hours and the smell is so good.

I like gravy with the chicken so I just use a package of Pioneer Gravy Mix and add in some of the juices from the pan for a little extra flavor.
Then my son Reid made twice baked potatoes.  This was taken right before he put them in the oven for the second time.
YIKES!  I almost forgot to take a picture after they came out of the oven.  Fortunately there was still a few left.  I should have gotten his recipe to share.
Then I cooked some asparagus...nothing fancy.
We had two desserts.  One was the Nabisco Chocolate Wafer Cake again.  We had just made it a month before for Keith's birthday and wanted it again.  The recipe is right on the box. 

We also made S'more Cups.  Another big favorite with my family.  The recipe can be found on Coleen's Recipe blog

I enjoy Coleen's recipes and a few weeks ago someone notified her that someone else had taken over 300 recipes from her blog and put them up on a blog as their own.  You can read about it here.  Why would someone do that?    I was afraid Coleen might stop posting recipes, but she hasn't.

Everyone enjoyed our untraditional 4th of July meal.
After we ate it was time for Family Feud!
Yes, we played a few rounds.  It was Troy and Debbie against Reid and me.  Wyatt was the host.  Troy and Debbie won.

I should have gotten these photos up sooner, but I've been busy lately...
Yes, even I play Pokemon now.  I don't completely understand this game, but I do enjoy catching the little Pokemon characters.
I joke that I can bring home Pokemon now instead of cats!
This is Reid playing when we went down to Discovery Green Park in Houston.
Discovery Green is a park in downtown Houston located right in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Houston is counting down the days until the 2017 Super Bowl.

Now head over to Beverly's blog for a list of this week's Pink Saturday participants.  Thanks for visiting...

















Saturday, July 16, 2016

Pink Salad AKA Pink Stuff for PINK SATURDAY

Some years back I put this recipe up for Pink Saturday.  There are probably a bunch of people that weren't here then, so I decided to share it again.  In our family we have always called this recipe PINK SALAD or PINK STUFF.  Actually, it can be a side dish or a dessert.  I got this recipe from a friend in the 1970's while living in Virginia.  Personally, I could eat the whole thing myself.



Congealed Salad (AKA PINK Salad or PINK Stuff)

1 small can crushed pineapple
1 6 oz. Jello (any flavor…I like raspberry)
1 12 oz. Carton Cool Whip
2 c. buttermilk
½ - 1 cup chopped nuts

Combine undrained pineapple and Jello in small saucepan. Heat until Jello dissolves. Mix Cool Whip and buttermilk; add nuts. Stir in gelatin mixture, mixing thoroughly. Put in mold or long rectangular pan. Let set for 4 hours. (I do it overnight.) I find it helpful to spray the mold lightly with Pam…it comes out of the mold a lot easier. Serves: 12. (I use a wire whisk for mixing the ingredients together.)

You can make it look fancy by garnishing it with some fresh fruit.  I used a Tupperware mold that I've had since the year of the flood.

For a list of other Pink Saturday participants visit Beverly's blog.



Saturday, July 02, 2016

Happy 4th of July for Pink Saturday


OK...it's been a while since I participated in Pink Saturday sponsored by Beverly at How Sweet The Sound.  Actually, it's been years since I last put up a Pink Saturday post.  I just ran out of pink!  I think a while back the rules were changed and now it's anything for Pink Saturday, so here it goes.

I collect dolls.  Mostly I collect Vogue Ginny dolls from the 1950's and some of the modern day reproductions.  I also collect other members of the Vogue Doll family, some vintage Nancy Ann Muffie Dolls, and any other little doll that pulls at my heart strings.  You can read a brief history of the Vogue Doll Company here.  Sadly, the current owners of the Vogue Doll Company are no longer producing the vintage reproduction dolls and no one seems to know what the future holds.

There are all kinds of doll collectors.  Some only collect vintage mint dolls, but I prefer to collect the previously played with dolls since I like to fix their hair, change their clothes, etc.  I also enjoy setting my dolls up in scenes and have two large cabinets in my doll room with dolls displayed in scenes.

Today I'm going to share my 2016 4th of July scenes for Pink Saturday. 

I recently purchased a toy travel trailer at Target and converted it into an Airstream trailer for my dolls by spray painting it silver and making some modifications.  This year my dolls are going camping for the 4th of July.  A lot of activities are planned.  (You can click on the photos to enlarge them and use your back arrow to return to this page.)

The trailer has been decorated for the occasion.  (Peek in the window and you can see another Cub Scout and their pet dog.)
Most of the "kids" participated in the 4th of July parade.  Bikes were decorated, the scouts were all neatly dressed, and Mr. Jeff decorated and drove the golf cart in the parade.
This was Little JJ Watt's first parade.
After the parade everyone enjoyed the picnic.  Ms. Jill did the cooking.  There were hamburgers, hot dogs, and steamed crabs.
Now it's time for them to rest so they can stay up late and watch the fireworks display!

Please head over to Beverly's blog for a list of this week's Pink Saturday participants.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Thanks for visiting. 







Monday, June 27, 2016

The Times We Live In


I have never cared much for politics and often joke that it's a necessary evil in a democracy.  In spite of that dislike I try and keep up to date on political happenings by reading my newspaper every day and listening to the news on various news outlets.

I stay out of politics although I always vote.

I've never posted anything political on this blog, but that's about to change with this post.  I can no longer look the other way.  Next time it might be my loved one.

There are two organizations that I've decided to support financially:


AND


In the past it seemed so hopeless.   Now I'm more optimistic. 



Saturday, June 11, 2016

WORLD DOLL DAY 2016


World Doll Day is celebrated the second Saturday in June.  That's today!  Happy World Doll Day to all my doll loving friends!

Why do I love dolls?  Dolls are my escape into a wonderful world of imagination.  I'm not turning my back on all of the world's ills, but I am momentarily escaping.

There are all kinds of doll collectors.  I don't collect mint dolls because I truly believe they belong with someone that can enjoy and care for them.  A doll that just sits on a shelf is not for me.  I want to actually "play" with my dolls by changing their outfits, setting them up in scenes, etc.  The previously loved dolls are the ones I enjoy.  I am glad there are people that preserve the mint dolls though as I think that is important.

I don't think little girls play with dolls the way my generation did, and for me that's so sad.  Now there are cell phones, tablets, computers, video games, etc., that keep children busy.  Will my hobby die out someday?  I hope not.

The happy times in my childhood always involved dolls (and cats).  I don't need a psychologist to tell me that's probably why I have so many dolls (and cats) today.
This is my childhood Vogue Ginny doll from 1954.  She is the only doll that survived my childhood.  She originally had long red hair in a flip, but I cut her hair shortly after I received her.  I waited for a beat up faded Ginny on eBay and bought her for the wig, so she now has braids.  The outfit she is wearing is also from my childhood.
If there is a little girl in your life please encourage her to play with dolls.  I can almost guarantee special childhood memories.

Have a wonderful World Doll Day 2016!