Friday, September 20, 2013

Savory Custard

I don't normally do recipes on this blog because I have a few other places that I contribute to so...
However, I know that most of you don't use them but my fellow whovians might need this recipe!!! It is for a savory custard to use with your fish sticks...
For the last year I have just been making a sweet custard which I thought worked great...of course, I do like to dip my french fries and potato chips in ice cream/frosties...So I decided maybe I'd change it up a bit this time and go with a savory custard.
Alton Brown and a few others have posted different recipes. Some made it out of mayo but I wanted a "true" custard so this is closely related to Brown's but made with stuff I actually have in my house...

1 1/2 C 2% milk (I did a mix of 2% milk with a little cream)
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp cornstarch
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp mustard
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp pepper + 1/4 salt
dash of garlic salt
1/2 - 1 tsp dill
pepper and salt as needed

Combine milk, cornstarch, lemon juice and mustard. Whisk so there are no lumps. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Take a part of the milk mixture and add it to the beaten egg. Stir so there are no lumps. Slowly add milk and egg mixture back into the milk mixture stir constantly. Bring back to a boil or until desired thickness is reached. Add dill and salt and pepper...
Basically...just make it like you would any normal custard. It does make a lot. I think you could cut it in half and just use the egg yolk...

Sunday, September 8, 2013

musique - John and the boys...

John and the boys also have lists from our family reunion. These are their lists...

Clearly the boys will probably have different songs every time but these are their favorites this last year or so...
BOYS
1. Big Girls Don't Cry
2. Elevation - U2
3. If You're Gonna Play in Texas - Alabama
4. Sieze the Day - Newsies soundtrack
5. Yoda - Weird Al
6. "TNT" - A Minecraft Parody of Taio Cruz's Dynamite
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2rDbRUDkds
7. Standing Outside the Fire - Garth Brooks
8. Star Trekkin - Dr. Demento
9. Silent Night
10. My Front Porch Looking In - Lonestar

This was John's list...
Worthy is the Lamb + Amen - Handel's Messiah (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUHpXP-w2DU)
The trumpet shall sound - Handel's Messiah (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU_ttF4WTxY)
I Know That My Redeemer Liveth - Handel's Messiah (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg7aXEvCeXY)
Mache dich mein Herze rein (from St. Matthew's Passion) - Johann Sebastian Bach (conductor Philippe Herreweghe) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoBcr-bAg2c)
Rocket - Smashing Pumpkins (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th-AqMvvBzE)
Yellow Ledbetter - Pearl Jam (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hs8y3kneqrs)
Kommt, eilet und laufet (from the Easter Oratorio) - Johann Sebastian Bach (conductor Philippe Herreweghe) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL1k6I_RHN8)
Sanfte soll mein Todeskummer (from the Easter oratorio) - Johann Sebastian Bach (conductor Philippe Herreweghe) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_hIDGRbdfM)
Kite (from All That You Can't Leave Behind) - U2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrdAcJEPb4o)
Bad (from the Unforgettable Fire) - U2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXGJvmCZyHM)
Kyrie (Mass in G Minor) - Johann Sebastian Bach (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSqoBaXrziE)
Shapes Song 2 - A.J. Jenkins (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTeqUejf3D0)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Why you can't win... :)

This is the "pre-post" to my next post. It is about my June this year but "my June" was influenced by this experience. In some ways I feel like this is a post for everyone (at least all 3 of you who read this blog). I bet everyone has felt this way at least once a week...

A few months ago someone asked me about what I do for school lunches. I mentioned a few ideas and asked her about what she likes to do. My older children and hers are similar ages. She mentioned some ideas that she uses. Then she asked me if I did all the different things we had talked about (should have seen it coming right here). I told her I actually don't do any of them now. I used to do a lot of them but I have my boys make their own lunches now. And that is how I walked into that trap.... She pounced. "Really, you don't make your kid's lunches. Oh, I could never do that...it is something so special for a mother to make your lunch. I just want to send my kids to school and have them know that their mother loves them." And there you have it...BAM!!!!!

But this is why you can't win...

If I had been TOTALLY honest I would have said. I "let" my older boys make the lunches. I don't do it because I am lazy. I think it is good for them. I am going to send them out into a world at 18 where I can't even talk to them. They need a few basic skills. They need a chance to make healthy decisions for themselves and start to realize and plan for what they need. I don't leave them to fend for themselves.  They make decisions based on what they are willing to do. I make egg salad and tuna for them so they can make their own sandwiches along with peanut butter. They decided they don't want other types because they are "too hard" to make. I let them have juice once a week but they had to choose what they want to drink the rest of the week. They chose water and v8's. I keep a steady supply of fun and healthy snacks. I still make muffins or even cookies for their lunches. BUT...Josh and Hy know in the morning that they have to pull out everything and pack up those lunches. They naturally worked out a system where Josh makes the sandwiches before he goes to school. He then packs his lunch. Hyrum is then in charge of packing his lunch along with Math and Seth. Hyrum likes doing it. Josh is okay with it. :)

See the problem...the truth is just fine. In fact, until the moment that woman opened her mouth it had never occurred to me that I would be judged on the making or not making of my kid's lunch. When you read the actual explanation of what the real situation is it is clear that I love my children and that I am not trying to hang them out to dry. And while every person may take a different approach to the making of lunches based on their current life situations and what their children prefer, it had never occurred to me to worry about what other's do also because it is completely and entirely LAME to do so...but then the seeds of doubt set in for a few moments...do other people really love their children more than me? Am I really a slacker? I quickly assured myself that I am not a slacker (at least not a big enough one to be called out on it :) and I love my children plenty. These are easy to answer because I know the truth and I know what I do. But then the next round of doubts which are worse...I know I am not a slacker but do other's think I am because of the things I do?

To "win" this game you have to live life on offense. You have to attack first and claim your territory as the best. You have to be the person who makes the statement like "only mothers who makes lunches love their children" :) You have to be the person that causes everyone else to be on the defense when you are around. You get to be the person that lives their whole life acting like high school...You are the person that everyone "admires" but no one really "likes."

And that dear readers is why you will never "win"...because you are a beautiful person. This battle presents itself everyday in some new idiotic form from the food you eat to your child's haircut. So...

Dear World...you win. You are absolutely right! I am not the best mother. I am a lazy a large portion of the time. I could totally be a better person and on top of that I could probably look a lot better too! I am putting up the white flag. In fact, I'll even let my kids playing video games while I drink Dr. Pepper if it will make you happy...now that you have won just let me be. I am busy being happy and fulfilled and sometimes sad and overwhelmed. I am working on being a better person while failing miserably but I am also working on indulging my 1 year's obsession with waterfalls and big scoops (this is actually a very serious condition that drives us to distraction!) I am busy just trying to get somewhere in life...

PS - Today Math got up and made his eggs for breakfast because he wanted to. I was very proud. It must be because I don't love him enough :)