"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about." ~Angela Schwindt~

Monday, May 31, 2010

4 of my favorite corn recipes!

My most favorite part of this time of year is the unlimited amount of fresh fruits and veggies you can get at the farmers and supermarket. I absolutely love corn on the cob, it makes me think of when I was a little girl and we lived in Cherokee Gardens, my mom did a huge garden every year, and planted every kind of vegetable that you can imagine. I would follow her out there as a child while she would weed in her flower garden and pick the veggies. We would always can a lot of them. I remember in the winter when I would walk into the kitchen and see a couple of jars of tomatoes on the counter; I knew that mama would be making vegetable soup, my favorite winter food.

I often wish that my grandmother, Nanny wrote down the way she cooked things. My mom does this same thing, when I got married and had a desire to first start cooking, I would call my mom and ask her how she made something and she would tell me, add this, this, and this, but she would never know how much, she just did it. My Nanny would make cream corn from the cob, and I remember it tasting so good, I asked my mom several years ago how she would make it and she said that she just added a little, milk, flower, sugar, salt and pepper.

About five years ago I started writing down my favorite recipes in a book that I hope to pass down to my daughter some day and I hope that she has the memories of food and family that I do.

Here are my favorite corn recipes.

Cream Corn
8-10 ears of corn
1 cup whipping cream
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons butter
2 teaspoons flour
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

***Cut corn from the cob and place in saucepan with whipping cream, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in salt and sugar. Melt the butter in a small pan and stir in flour (do not brown). Stir this roux into the corn and cook until slightly thickened. Turn corn into oven-proof dish. Sprinkle with cheese and dot with additional butter. Brown under the broiler and serve.

Corn Chowder
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 small onion, diced
1 small carrot, finely diced
1 small celery stalk, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups white corn kernels, fresh or frozen
3 cups chicken stock
2 cups half-and-half
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
salt and pepper

***Melt 1 stick of butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic, and saute for 2 minutes. Add the flour and stir to make a roux. Cook until the roux is lightly browned; set aside to cool to room temperature. (I leave out the carrots sometimes)

Meanwhile, combine the corn and chicken stock in another saucepan, and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Pour the boiling stock with the corn (a little at a time) into the saucepan with the roux, whisking briskly so it doesn't lump. Return the skillet to the heat and bring to a boil. The mixture should become very thick.

In a small saucepan, gently heat the half-and-half; stir it into the thick corn mixture. Add the nutmeg and salt and pepper, to taste. Just before serving, cut the remaining stick of butter into large chunks. Add it to enrich the soup, stirring until the butter melts.

Easy Corn Pudding [sweet]
1 can regular corn
1 can cream corn
8oz sour cream
2 eggs beaten
1 box of jiffy cornbread mix
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 table spoon sugar [if you like it sweeter]

mix everything together and put in a sprayed baking pan. Cook uncovered at 325 for about 50-55 minutes. Cook until golden.

Corn Pudding
5 eggs
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons cornstarch
1 (15.25 ounce) can whole kernel corn
2 (14.75 ounce) cans cream-style corn

***Preheat oven to 400 Degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a 2 quart casserole dish.   In a large bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add melted butter, sugar, and milk. Whisk in cornstarch. Stir in corn and creamed corn. Blend well. Pour mixture into prepared casserole dish.  Bake for 1 hour.

Happy Cooking!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Welcome to our Famly

We got Millie from a breeder in Midway, if you are interested I will give you her name and number, she has I think four or five puppies left. Millie definitely picked us – it would have been really hard to choose a puppy out of a litter. She is so sweet, of course she cried last night, but that will soon pass and she will roam with the beagles. They were really sweet with her yesterday, we put her on one side of the fence and them on the other, I wasn’t sure how Samson would react to a new puppy. Barkly either for that matter after chasing the ground squirrel up the gutter drain yesterday. Millie isn’t much bigger than that squirrel. She is just precious. Jason went into work this morning and took her with him; I know she will make a wonderful golf course dog.

Looking foward to seconds...

I absolutely loved taking time off this week from work. I was able to take off Wednesday through Friday, and our offices are closed on Monday because of Memorial Day. Jason was able to take a half a day off work on Friday because there was a scramble going on at the golf course, so we decided to take Abigail to Boyd Orchards to pick some strawberries. While we were there we were able to see some roasters and goats.
Abigail hadn’t ever seen either so she was pretty amazed at the interesting creatures. She wanted to get on her tip toes so she could see everything! Abigail had a scoop of ice-cream, I got a strawberry sundae and Jason enjoyed a piece of apple pie. We were able to relax, sit in the rockers, play on the play ground and best of all – eat some strawberries. I wish Abigail wasn’t allergic to them – we gave them to her one time and she got little bumps all of her cheeks – all four cheeks that is, on her little face and her bottom. We will give them to her again when she is older, but for now, we won’t! It was a wonderful afternoon and we look forward to going back here in a few weeks for seconds.

They did sale an amazing product there for $4.99 - it is a strawberry slicer:  You use this - and get this!  Wonderful :-)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Missing my golden girl

"Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you.  I loved you so.. 'twas Heaven here with you"  Ilsa Paschal Richardson
The whole Spencer house is missing Molly. I know Jason especially is. She would go the golf course with him daily and I think Friday was especially hard. It was his first day there without her. He said there was somewhere she would always be when they did certain things, if he would get out to check on a water head, she would sit in his cart, she would run chase the geese, and even had her own sofa in his office. I am sure it was especially hard when he saw her food and water bowl in his office. I think the beagles know that she is gone; however Abbyroo I think still wonders where she is. Abby will always crawl to the kitchen door and push herself up and hit the glass door until the dogs run to it, she would always stop and laugh once they got there, now when she crawls to the window she just keeps hitting it, waiting for Molly. We got a sympathy card in the mail from the Advanced medical care vet, very heartfelt comments on there, they had all their staff sign it with a sweet note to us.  We sure miss our Golden girl, she was so special to us, looks like we will have a new golden boy in our home on June 5 – we can’t wait, although Molly can never be replaced.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

One year already!

What a wonderful evening with friends, who we consider family. I can’t believe that Canaan is one! It seems like yesterday his mother and I were talking after church about finding out we were prego! It is amazing how time flies, and I know that I am going to blink and Abby will be one just around the corner.

I have been practicing with my new camera a lot! I have read 3 books from the library and watched a DVD about SLR cameras and taking better pictures, but I have found out the best way for me to learn this camera and all the different settings is just to take pictures, and a lot of them! We went to a birthday party tonight and had a wonderful time! Happy Birthday Canaan, your girlfriend can’t wait to see you again!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Friday evening at the park...

We had the most wonderful Friday evening at the park. We were a little nervous about meeting at 6:00 due to the fact that Abigail is always ready for bed by 7, however she took a late evening nap and woke up at abouy 5:45 with enough time to rush out the door and meet our sweet friends.

As you all know I have recently purchased my 1st SLR camera and I have loved taking pictures with it. I have always had an interest in taking pictures, however having a baby has just made me so much more interested in taking creative pictures and capturing our livestory on film. Landon, the little boy in these pictures is such a sweet friend to Abby roo, he can make her laugh harder than anyone else. He often hides behind the church pew to pop out and say boo, and she thinks it is so funny! Here are a few of the pictures we did, I look forward to continuing to practicing and learning photography skills. Currently I am just reading anything I can get my hands on about photography. The public library has been a wonderful place for me to start, and I can’t wait to enroll and take a class in the future! If you want some pictures send me an email!!!