Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Friday Friend Recipe #155 -- Apple Cinnamon Cookies




My Friday Friend Cookbook Countdown #155!
(#willreallyfinishthissomeday)

Ashley's Apple Cinnamon Cookies

and you know all the whys and wherefores of this countdown, right? Homemade cookbook, friends contributed, Handyman said I couldn't/wouldn't do it, I'll show him, yadda yadda yadda....
...and the rest is cookbook history!



Because cookies and books go together like bread and butter, salt and pepper....warm cookies, books, rainy day, soft chair!
And these are SO GOOD!  That's why I staged some books in the photo.
I was hesitant to make these--I'm not sure why--I think it was the dried apples. But I LOVED these cookies.  Little hand held apple cookies that tasted heavenly!  
Similar to a Snickerdoodle, but with soft apples in every bite.
Yum!









As the FF cookbook countdown continues on,  I am running out of photos and stories about people. Especially those who have moved away as Ashley has done.
Do we keep in contact?  Yes, but pictures are getting fewer and fewer. She doesn't even have a Facebook account where I can steal photos, so I am reduced to finding her sweet face in old  candid photos  taken during  my son's high school graduation party.  
Um... he is 37 now.

Family and friends came from all over of course.
And apparently Ashley thinks we are rather funny -- cuz she's laughing in all the photos!
She is in the orange top.  I've tried to identify her with my high technical skills (couldn't figure out how to do an arrow).

This picture is of my mother-in-law and father-in-law.  He is holding his face in  his hand. The joke must have been on him is all I can think of!
On the right hand side in the back is our very first cookbook typist and editor, Barbara Brown!
On the left is Ashley.




Inside my house  (which doesn't look anything like this anymore), we have Kent Maher getting his hamburger ready and Ash laughing at something that someone, who shall forever remain a mystery, said.



And then Ashley in my garage. Where we had set up ping-pong tables.  Of course you can't see that, you can only see the countless beer bottles in the background (the Handyman saves them, cleans and sterilizes them  to put his homemade beer in). And Peggy who  also has a hamburger at the ready!   (Peggy entered one recipe in the FF Cookbook Countdown, so she'll be coming up in the next 135!)


And finally, Ashley, by herself. 





Once, a long time ago, Ashley made me a cookie cookbook/folder, in which she and her mom and sister made about 22 different types of cookies for the holiday and typed up every recipe on holiday paper.  Ashley brought me a big plate of all the assorted cookies with the recipe folder.  I still have it.  These Apple Cinnamon cookies are in it, as well as the Friday Friend Cookbook.
They are so good, they deserve a place in both!

And that, my friends, is recipe #155.
Only 139 left to go!


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Friday Friend Recipe #154--BBQ Green Beans





Making my way thru my Friday Friend Cookbook, one recipe at a time.

What is the Friday Friend cookbook: I have about 50 of my closest friends and family on an e-mail forum which I called the Friday Friends (from all over the county). At first, most of them didn't know each other, (they knew me) but over the past 18 years, we've answered and shared silly--and serious---questions, exchanged Secret Santa Christmas gifts, had a dieting contest in which we paid a $1 a week and that money went to a scholarship fund for a Friday Friends son's memorial scholarship, and we went on a great vacation for my 52 birthday.

AND, we contributed recipes for a cookbook.
I was looking at the cookbook the other night and I said, "I should make every recipe in here for my blog."
The Handyman--who knows me better than I know myself (this happened to be a question on the Friday Friend forum once---does your spouse/partner know you better than you know yourself?)--said,  "you'll never, EVER do that."

WELL---maybe I'll show him!  Maybe I will.

Which brings me to this... recipe #154

My Mom's (or my brother's)
BBQ Green Beans


Please don't judge the green beans on these photos.  Taken in the dead of winter with no natural light!  (sigh)  I just don't want to do it all over again.

The beans are good!
They sound weird, true, but they are very good.
















So...if I am being honest, my mom turned in this recipe as her's but the only time I've ever had it has been when my brother has fixed it and in my mind that turned into my sister-in-law, Sylvia, who fixed it.
So I was going to tell a story about Sylvia... seen here with my brother below.


So maybe this story is about them both?
In May, we met them at our family cabin in Oregon.

They are 'happy waker-upers' who talk happy talk and cook happy breakfasts, all the while BEING HAPPY!
HAPPY!!!
(I just sat and watched them cook for me!  With coffee in hand.  I am not so happy in the morning)




It was a cold, misty, drizzly weekend--we played cards, and Sylvia won, so she got her name on the family cabin-trophy, THE CABIN CUP.



I made everyone go for a drive--down to the lake,


In the country to see old barns....






Found an old country cemetery....


With graves dating back to the early 1800's.
(very interesting)



And I just like cows.....so I'm throwing in a couple of photos of cows we saw along the way.



But the most fun we had that weekend was going thru some more of my mom's old tubs of pictures and letters.
My mother saved everything and my dad was a romantic-- so, we have letters, cards, short love notes--you name it, we have it.  We are tossing things slowly, but we had some good laughs. Everything was fun to read.
We'll call this one 
"Even Richard: an ode to the Handyman"
in which my father writes:

Kiddo--because that's what he called my mom.

Then he goes on to 'type' her a love note.
(most likely because his handwriting was so bad!)


Where he says the famous line 'even Richard'
(aka The Handyman)
(and by great grandkids he meant wonderful, amazing)



POOR RICH!!  Poor Handyman!!
Even?
Even?
This gave us a great laugh when we read it!  We wonder what he had done?! Because by all accounts they loved him much more than me, their own daughter!

My dad always did think he was funny tho... I also found this note when I was cleaning out my own closets. 
Twenty years ago my dad sent me money for Thanksgiving Dinner.  They were coming down for the week and they always worried that we spent too much money at the grocery store for them.
(and yes, my dad was a private investigator)
(and I don't live at that address anymore)




But gambling?  Dad!  Yes, we lived in Nevada but we don't gamble!
I mean yes, we have a slot machine in our garage, and we don't NOT gamble--I mean if company from out of town comes, we take them, but  day to day gambling?  Nope.  No one who lives in Nevada does.  It's  (shhhhhh......) boring!
Well, I guess my grandkids don't find it boring... nor the Handyman when he passes by his slot machine in the garage on the way back from taking out the garbage--every single time!
(I don't know what the fascination is--you can't win, as we don't have a bank to pay it from!)

I meandered (again), the Handyman doesn't really gamble.  My dad just finds himself amusing.
(We all found him kinda amusing too!)


Anyway--  the BBQ Green Beans are good!
And my parents obviously liked my sister-in-law more than my husband.
Or maybe we just haven't found 'her' note yet.

Here Sylvia is about to become a mother of one of those FIVE (my dad wrote that note before number 5 came along. Or? He only liked 4 of his grandsons?  Who knows?)  great grandsons and the Handyman?  Was having sympathy, I guess.


They really are great in-laws!
They were the BEST when my parents were ill.  
THE BEST!
Even Richard.

Okay---this was recipe #154
140 left to go!






Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Friday Friend Recipe #153 -- Crock Pot Meatloaf




Come with me as I continue to countdown my Friday Friend Cookbook!

What is it, you may ask?

In a nutshell...
About 17 years ago, 50 of my closest friends and family, who had been on an e-mail forum with me, sent in recipes in different categories and we compiled a cookbook.
I decided to count those down!
Why?

Because  one night I was looking thru the cookbook and I said, "I should make every recipe in here for my blog"
The Handyman--who thinks he knows me better than I know myself, said,  "you'll never EVER do that."
Well,  maybe I will!  Maybe I'll show him!

Which brings me to recipes #153
 My Favorite Mother-in-law's Crock Pot Meatloaf



Even tho whenever I take a photo of 'meat', it ends up looking like Pac Man (to me anyway), I need you to look beyond that-- and know that a meatloaf in the crockpot might seem weird to you, but it's really really good!  It was very moist and not dry.  This recipe is a good one, but I think if you have a favorite, it can be done in the crockpot too!












This is only my mother-in-law's 5th time in the cookbook countdown!  I thought it had been more than that.
You can check them all out here! (just click)

I'm going to share the funniest story I've ever heard about my mother-in-law.
The first summer that the Handyman and I were dating, his younger brother, Greg was 15.  (I was 18 and the Handyman was 25).
Greg and some buddies of his wanted to take some girls to the movie, but no one had a driver's license, so they asked Mom to do it. She said yes, of course.  She dropped them off to the late movie at 9pm and told them she'd be back at 11pm to pick them up.
She went home and towards the end of the night, fell asleep on the couch, but roused herself at about 10:45 to go down and get the kids.
She parked in front of the movie theater (the Uptown!  It was pretty cool when I was a kid! It was UPTOWN) and noticed it was raining. She thought "wow, I didn't notice any rain when I left the house and now it's pouring".  
She sat and waited a few minutes, windshield wipers going the whole time,   until the movie got out and people started leaving the theater.  Greg and his friends didn't come and didn't come.  She was starting to get a bit worried when  finally, she heard a knock on her car window.  She rolled it down and there was Greg --getting soaked by the torrential rain fall.  What the heck is he doing, she thought!
He said,  "mom, can you pull out of the sprinkler so the girls don't get wet?"

She had parked in the sprinkler and not even known!  It was not raining, but a nice warm summer night!  She was still dozy from her little nap.

It  might lose a little in the translation, but, it's just one of those family stories that makes us all laugh!

I don't have a photo of that incident, but I do have a few photos of the Handyman's siblings trying to recreate an old family photo.
(I also can't find the old family photo they are trying to recreate.  sigh.  I know I'll find it as soon as I hit publish. )

It took the Handyman and his siblings 3 times to get it right...




Well, maybe not right---they should have ditched the sunglasses.


Then they added their parents!


Finally one where everyone is looking at the camera.
Greg is to the left of his mother--just in case you're wondering who braved the sprinkler/rain to ask his mom to pull up.


Then the old switcheroo!  Take out one brother, switch parents and you have a whole other family photo!



You've all heard the  Handyman's family history,  right?
His mom and dad were married, had 5 kids, got divorced, each married someone with 3 kids and each had another child.
So---13 siblings is the count for Rich. AKA The Handyman.
This is  just a sampling.

You should go  sample that  crock pot meatloaf! 
It's good!

And that is recipe #153
Only 141 left to go!


Monday, August 14, 2017

Friday Friend Recpe #152 -- Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo


My Friday Friend Cookbook Countdown #152!
(#willreallyfinishthissomeday)

Barb's Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

and you know all the whys and wherefores of this countdown, right? Homemade cookbook, friends contributed, Handyman said I couldn't/wouldn't do it, I'll show him, yadda yadda yadda....
...and the rest is cookbook history!




This is really good.
Great for pasta night! 
We  used to have a dedicated pasta night, but those days are long gone--so IF I had a pasta night, this might be a new favorite!







In this photo you can see the Handyman's hand --  like he is going  "TA-DA" for Barb's recipe!



Barb and the Handyman have always been 'partners' when it comes to board games, cards, any competition ever.


They are pretty good, but I think when it comes right down to it, her husband Doug and I can give them a run for their money anytime.  Unless of course, I lose my confidence and let Doug talk me out of an answer---a correct answer.
(This happens quite often)
Barb and the Handyman never quibble over an answer. They are strong in their unity of being game playing partners.

Rich makes sure Barb gets her rest before beginning another competition:


Then they try their best to psych me out!
(by doing really weird stuff!!)




As strong as their partnership is tho---there are some chinks in the armor. 
Angel-food cake for one. It's the Handyman's all time favorite cake.  He likes it with chocolate frosting all over.

Barb disagrees.....





This is Barb's 36 appearance in the  Friday Friend Cookbook Countdown. She has a lot more to go, but I'm betting we won't see one with an Angel Food cake in it!
And now I'm wondering if Barb ever got rid of her angel food cake pan?

That's my story!

Recipe #152 is done.
142 left to go!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Friday Friend Recipe #151 - Nicole's Chocolate Cookies



Making my way thru my Friday Friend Cookbook, one recipe at a time.

What is the Friday Friend cookbook: I have about 50 of my closest friends and family on an e-mail forum which I called the Friday Friends (from all over the county). At first, most of them didn't know each other, (they knew me) but over the past 18 years, we've answered and shared silly--and serious---questions, exchanged Secret Santa Christmas gifts, had a dieting contest in which we paid a $1 a week and that money went to a scholarship fund for a Friday Friends son's memorial scholarship, and we went on a great vacation for my 52 birthday.

AND, we contributed recipes for a cookbook.
I was looking at the cookbook the other night and I said, "I should make every recipe in here for my blog."
The Handyman--who knows me better than I know myself (this happened to be a question on the Friday Friend forum once---does your spouse/partner know you better than you know yourself?)--said,  "you'll never, EVER do that."

WELL---maybe I'll show him!  Maybe I will.

Which brings me to this... recipe #151

Nicole's
Chocolate Cookies




I had a helper the day I made the cookies.  My grandson, Camron.  He was setting up the photo shoot!



If you love a good chocolate cookie chock full with nuts -- you can't beat this one.  
It's one step beyond chocolate chip---it's a chocolate, chocolatey, chocolate chip cookie.
It's a little bit crispy and a little bit chewy and a lot chocolatey. 
Grab a glass of cold milk or a cup of hot tea or coffee and sit back and enjoy and  handful of these!






And now---let me introduce to you a new Friday Friend!
Nicole.
As I mentioned, even after 150 recipes I still have a couple friends to make their appearance, and Nicole is one of them.
She is in the 'low' group of recipe contributors.
I've known Nicole for over 20 years--in fact I taught her son Dain, in pre-school about 17 years ago. He choked on a lifesaver while we were visiting one class was over. It was very scary.  She looked to me to save his life -- now yes, I had had to pass a CPR course, but when your friends son can't breath because a hard candy is stuck in his throat, you kind of panic.  
I picked him up and luckily it dislodged right away, but I kept thinking--there is a hole in the middle of the candy, won't air be able to get thru?  How ironic to choke on a lifesaver!
All was well in the end tho--Dain is now 21 years old and going to college in Utah.
The mother of 5 kids--Nicole also teaches writing at the local college and is the PR person for our hospital.
(she exhausts me---because while I do love to be lazy--that's not really a word she understands)
One of the many things she does is  organizes a monthly informational luncheon at the hospital--it's called A Healthy you, and have different speakers come talk while they feed you.  Last month, they had Miss Elko County come talk about her platform: SUN SAFETY NOW.
Here is Nicole doing her duty, introducing Miss Elko County...





It was a very informative talk, which conclude with the hospital giving Miss Elko County a gift as a token of their appreciation. 


And that is Nicole's story!   Her first (but not her last) time in the Cookbook countdown!

That is recipe #151 done!
143 left to go!





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