Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Carrot Cake (Mom's recipe)

Carrot cake is one of those food items that is easier to purchase ready made. The other foods that come to mind in that category are fried chicken, pizza, french fries, etc. Mainly it is laziness as most are better homemade.

We did give thought to purchasing Kim's favorite carrot cake last weekend. I decided to pass on the preservative laden OTC and make my own. It was good. In case anyone else out there has misplaced the old carrot cake recipe, here is Mom's.

Carrot Cake
2 cups sugar
1 teas. soda
3 cups flour
2 teas. baking powder
2 teas. cinnamon
1 teas. salt
1 1/2 cup salad oil
1 small can crushed pineapple
1 teas. vanilla
3 eggs
2 cups grated carrots
1 cup chopped nuts

Mix dry ingredients. Add oil, eggs, carrots and flavoring. Add nuts & pineapple. Don't use electric mixer. Pour into greased pan. Bake 1 hour at 325. (Set timer for 50 minutes and check it--mind was almost overdone at an hour)

Icing
8 oz cream cheese
1 lb. powdered sugar
1/2 cup oleo (I use butter)
1/2 cup crushed pineapple (drained)
1/2 cup nuts
Cream butter & cheese. Mix remaining ingredients & beat.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Cold feet-warm heart

...or is that cold hands, anyway

We were in Overbrook tonight filling the truck and multitudes of containers with gas. We burn through a lot of gas in a week with me driving around 110 miles a day in a pickup truck.

Through a steady rain, we noticed the bank said it was 37 degrees. Pretty much the weather most of the day.

While I was dedicated to energy conservation this summer, now I am going to confess this is where my individual commitment to conservation hits the wall. I hate to be cold.

Here is a list of definitely non energy savings winter habits:

1. A lap size electric blanket that warms my side of the bed only. At least I turn it off when I go to bed.

2. A small individual heater that sits by my desk.

3. Endless supply of hot drinks, including green tea, chamomile, and peppermint

4. Hot showers that last a little too long

5. Foot warmers when it gets really cold

We do benefit from our home's southern exposure with plenty of windows. On a sunny day, the passive solar gain heats the house. Maybe that offsets my on going evening battle against cold feet.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

1970 or 2008?

Today is our daughter Kim’s birthday. Since it is Sunday, we are having fun helping her celebrate. While they were here for brunch this morning, we brought out the “box” and inspected the mementos from her childhood.

I saved the Time magazine and Topeka State Journal published on the day she was born.

As one might expect on November 9, 1970, the Vietnam war is the biggest part of the news. The headline in the Topeka paper is, “High Court Rejects War Suit Action.” The first paragraph reads, “A divided Supreme Court refused today to hear a suit by Massachusetts questioning the legality of U.S. military action in Vietnam.”

Again quoting from the article, “The Nixon administration counseled the court against granting the Vietnam War hearing. Justice Department officials said a judicial inquiry into the legality of the war would hamstring the President, insult the Congress and embarrass the nation.”

The article continues to list other actions by the Supreme Court:

Ruled that mental patients who are new to a state may not be sent back to their old home states by hospital officials.

Declined to review the conviction of Yippie leader Abbie Hoffman for resisting arrest in Chicago in 1968 [Democratic National Convention]. He was accused to having a vulgarism written across his forehead.

Rejected a challenge to a provision of the 1968 Gun Control Act that prohibits unregistered possession of firearms by convicted felons.

Another front page headline in the 1970 newspaper is “Airplane’s Thieves Iranian Fugitives.” The article tells of nine Iranian men who hijacked an airline for an escape to Iraq.

War, politics, health care, Gun Control, Iran and Iraq. Yes, I said this is November 9, 1970 edition newspaper.