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Tink
24-03-2013, 12:04 PM
I'm enjoying some rare moments of peace and quiet. :D No one else is awake yet, so I'm having coffee and obviously, on the 'net. The weather is gray today with some rain forecast. It was hot and muggy yesterday, so the rain is no surprise.

I have a massage booked for later in the morning (a gift) and Herself is meeting with someone who wants to talk about our cleaning their holiday villa on a regular basis. Could be a nice venture to get into.

We do have to go to Lowe's and check on some metal things (yeah, don't ask... :unsure: ) and get more splining for the screen. The lanai needs cleaning today, and then there is the work week to get ready for. :sigh:

I'll be making white clam sauce over pasta for dinner today. Probably add a salad with raw beet and some citrus... we like different combinations of vegetables in our salads.

So then? Care to share with us how your Sunday is going?

Slowhand
24-03-2013, 12:28 PM
Yet again I spent a couple of hours this morning clearing snow off our drive so that we can get one of the cars out without slipping and sliding all over the place!
I really want to do some more work on the car that I`m building but it`s too darn cold to venture into the barn.
At least I can get my feet up in front of the tv in a couple of hours to watch the Malaysian Grand Prix, having had to turn the radio off every hour so as not to get the result on the news as the race has already taken place!

uscwest
24-03-2013, 12:32 PM
Sitting here drinking German coffee and eating German cookies. Then I'll make a pasta sauce. We're having dinner with our DS, DDIL, grandkids, DDIL's BFF, her DH and their two boys.

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Britchick
24-03-2013, 12:37 PM
Writing assignments :rotfl: I've sneaked on in my lunch break lol

Tink
24-03-2013, 12:39 PM
Shoveling snow. I remember it well. As the oldest (by quite a bit) child, that chore was mine. Do you have a snowblower or anything like that, or are you using "just a shovel?" My Da got a snowblower, but not until I was well into my 'teens. :D

John! :nono: Cookies for breakfast! What would your Mother say? ;) Sounds yummy. German coffee? How does that differ from other coffees?

Well, so much for my solitude. Others are "up" and I've made them scrambled egg and parmesan cheese roll ups...

Guess it's time for me to get out on the lanai before it starts to rain hard. It's headed our way. The storms are in Tallahassee right now.

Does anyone do a "big Sunday breakfast" anymore? We went to church every Sunday, so coming home from church was when Mama would make us something "special." Sometimes it was her delicious fried bread dough (THAT was a serious treat) and other times it was hash and eggs, or pancakes. Something like that. Sometimes Da would want doughnuts and that's what our breakfast was! :D (I don't much care for doughnuts today).

Sometimes I'll treat my family to an elaborate breakfast, but usually that's saved for holidays, or the day after a holiday... when there is time off from work.

I love Indian Pudding for breakfast but that means up at a super early hour to get it into a slow oven. It needs to cook for about 3 hours to be silky smooth...

Slowhand
24-03-2013, 12:42 PM
Do you have a snowblower or anything like that, or are you using "just a shovel?"

I do have a blower, but I only use it for shifting leaves etc from the garden.
I therefore make do with a plain old snow shovel which at least keeps me warm and gives me some exercise. :yes:[I`d much rather not having to do it though.]

Johnie
24-03-2013, 12:44 PM
We used to do a big Sunday dinner after church when I visited the grandparents in Kentucky. That's the one thing I miss from childhood. We never did a big dinner here in Virginia.

Sunday is generally a day of rest for me. My goal today was to sleep in. Yet here I am up at 8:45. I know that is sleeping in for some but it's not for me.

Tink
24-03-2013, 12:50 PM
I was happy to have slept in today too. 6:07 am. :D :D :lol:

Thought of you Friday, Johnie. I found a cookbook "Virginia Hospitality." It's really neat, filled with fussy old recipes that I'll probably never do, but some are going to be fun. :yes:

Wendy
24-03-2013, 02:36 PM
I've been baking this morning, it's something I do on Sunday mornings whilst dinner is cooking. We had a lovely roast today even if I do say so myself :lol: the potatoes were just right nice and crispy on the outside with the inside all fluffy :D

I've just finished loading the diswasher and we have a bacon, mushroom, onion and cheese quiche for tea with an apple and berry crumble for afters. I'll just prepare a small salad later tonight to go with it.

We will probably go for a little walk (because of me :sigh:) along the pier at Mountbatten in a little while. It's freezing cold out there, but we don't have snow and it is dry so I don't mind that so much.

We were going to Cardiff tomorrow, but have decided to cancel it because of my lack of mobility :(

Beccaberry
24-03-2013, 03:19 PM
Tink, what is "Indian Pudding" please? The salad you mentioned sounds LOVELY. We make a beet salad here quite consistently during the summer, but I've never thought of adding citrus...I like that.

I "slept in" until 6:30 this morning. I don't know what happened, I used to be so good at sleeping!

We do a "big breakfast" every Saturday morning. All 4 of us, no exceptions (not even moving out of the house!). "That diner" is down the road from us, and we always turn up promptly at 8:00am. Rena (the owner) kisses us all as we walk in and doesn't even bring us menus anymore. We always have orange juice, Andrew's "side" of bacon is no fewer than 8 slices, and we always leave with a cup of coffee in each hand "for the road." We never receive a bill, just a random amount called out at the cash register as we're leaving. Last year Rena suffered a mild heart attack, and we actually went to the hospital to visit her. She's family.

Sunday is a "home day" for us. It's Jon's "cooking day." His mom gave us a really nice dutch oven a few years ago at Christmas, and every Sunday Jon cooks some new recipe he's found during the week. Last week it was baby back ribs braised and then cooked all day in beer, basting with the bbq sauce at the very end. They were incredible. Today he's making some manner of pork tenderloin chili with onion, tomatillos, jalapeno, and pablano peppers...it sounds like it's going to be tasty.

We're also cleaning out the upstairs room that belonged to Andrew. Nothing too drastic (I sense he may return at some point) just a good tidy and dust and make it more "guest room" friendly (perhaps take down all the awful Boondock Saints posters).

Aside from that we're also entertaining/chaperoning the "boyfriend" today. She's forcing him to watch Perks of Being a Wallflower, I pity the poor boy as he's so besotted with Baleigh he hasn't the strength to say no.

I'm also answering a slew of text messages from our friends who are in Disney (arrived yesterday). It's all a bit bittersweet as we were supposed to have been with them on this trip, but it's still so lovely to hear from them and see photos - perhaps I'll post a few!

Tink
24-03-2013, 03:48 PM
Here is a version, Becca. It's one of those regional things (they have this in Connecticut :yes: ) that differs with where you may be in the northeast. I put maple syrup in it (in place of some of the molasses)... the true key is low, slow and long cooking in the oven. Rush it and you lose the silkiness. I use an old, old, old, pottery baking dish with a bail handle. Looks fabulous on the table. This is a GREAT breakfast for Thanksgiving. :yes: Gets the oven warmed and all that jazz...?
OH, and I NEVER EVER EVER use margarine. Uck.
Ingredients:
3 cups whole milk?
1 cup heavy (whipping) cream?
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal?
1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
?1/2 cup molasses
?1 teaspoon salt?
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon?
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
?1/4 teaspoon ground cloves?
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger?
4 large eggs?
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
?Preparation:
Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. Lightly grease a 6- or 8-cup soufflé or baking dish with butter (you can use margarine, but DON’T use non-stick sprays).
In a medium-sized saucepan over medium-low heat, scald the milk.
While the milk is heating, pour the cream into a medium to large bowl, add the cornmeal, sugar, molasses, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. Add this cream/corn meal/spice mixture to the scalded milk. Cook, whisking constantly, over medium-low heat until the pudding has thickened to the consistency of syrup (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat.
In a bowl, beat eggs with a whisk. Temper the eggs by adding 1/2 cup of the hot cornmeal mixture to the eggs while whisking rapidly. Vigorously whisk the egg mixture into the remaining cornmeal mixture. Add butter, one piece at a time, stirring until melted.
Pour mixture into the prepared soufflé dish, and place dish on a shallow baking pan on the center oven rack. Pour enough HOT water into the shallow baking dish to come 2/3 of the way up the outsides of the soufflé or baking dish.
Bake until pudding is set, a tester inserted close to (but not in) the center comes out clean, usually about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Remove from oven and remove from the water bath and let cool slightly.
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream or heavy cream.
Makes 8 to 16 servings (depending on your sweet tooth).


What a terrific diner you have! Like Becky's in Portland. :yes: Jon's dinner sounds really delicious. :yes:

Wendy, I'll have some of that crumble please! :mental:

Beccaberry
24-03-2013, 03:56 PM
Yesss!! Oh yesss! I've had this and it was DEVINE!!! I was at a Sunday Brunch Baby Shower a few months ago and this (I'm sure of it!) was served and I was over the moon with it, though I had no idea what it was called! I wasn't even quite sure how to explain it well enough to google it!!! Oh, thank you, I'll have to try this one weekend!

Slowhand
24-03-2013, 04:39 PM
we have a bacon, mushroom, onion and cheese quiche for tea with an apple and berry crumble for afters. I'll just prepare a small salad later tonight to go with it.
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Yummy! We`ll be at your place at around 6.30 pm then ok? :lol:

Wendy
24-03-2013, 04:42 PM
Yummy! We`ll be at your place at around 6.30 pm then ok? :lol:

:lol: you are more than welcome, I think it will take you a bit longer than 2 hours though :lol:

Disneybumble
24-03-2013, 06:50 PM
Well i will sneak in and say hello. My Sunday has involved potty/ house training our new puppy. She is adorable but I forgot how much hard work is involved.
I hope everyone is well. Xx:hug2:

Johnie
24-03-2013, 06:52 PM
:hug2: hello lovey! Now you know better than to sneak in and no pictures! :nono:

Disneybumble
24-03-2013, 06:59 PM
Ok it might take awhile. As I have forgotten how to upload:sorry:

Britchick
24-03-2013, 07:56 PM
hello trouble! :taunt:

Wendy
24-03-2013, 08:06 PM
Well i will sneak in and say hello. My Sunday has involved potty/ house training our new puppy. She is adorable but I forgot how much hard work is involved.
I hope everyone is well. Xx:hug2:

:mental: :mental: :mental: you are here - please don't stay away so long, I miss you :hug2:

Beccaberry
24-03-2013, 08:32 PM
Oh my! Puppies are harder work than babies, in my opinion!!! As for the photos, if you can manage to get them on your computer, I'm sure we can help you get them online! Or you can always email them to me and I'll be happy to post them!

Johnie
24-03-2013, 09:00 PM
If you have the tapatalk app it is really easy to load pics

robertcraig
24-03-2013, 10:13 PM
Church in the morning and family for dinner in the evening

Tink
24-03-2013, 10:36 PM
Puppies!!! :mental: SO good to see you here with us, Siobahn! :yes:

uscwest
25-03-2013, 01:25 AM
John! :nono: Cookies for breakfast! What would your Mother say? ;) Sounds yummy. German coffee? How does that differ from other coffees?



Cookies were just to have with the coffee. Donna and I had scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast. German coffee has a richer, bolder taste than most American coffees. It is NOWHERE near as strong as Starbucks however. We used to have a couple of coffee shops called the Coffee Beanery and Gloria Jeans. Donna and I used to like their High Mountain Andes and Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. I would occasionally buy a very expensive bag of Jamaica Blue Mountain. They faded away when Starbucks (YUCK) moved into the area. :(
:sorry:

Johnie
25-03-2013, 01:27 AM
John, do you have a Keurig? I think they still sell the Gloria Jeans k-cups.

I only get frapps at Starbucks. It's the only way to get rid of the burnt taste

Tink
25-03-2013, 01:30 AM
I prefer Ethiopian to Jamaican, where Blue Mountain used to be my favorite coffee. Yirgachaffe is my absolute favorite. You can get huge bags of it at BJ's of all places. I prefer it from Whole Foods, but I try not to patronize there any more than I 'have' to.

uscwest
25-03-2013, 11:58 AM
John, do you have a Keurig? I think they still sell the Gloria Jeans k-cups.

I only get frapps at Starbucks. It's the only way to get rid of the burnt taste

No we don't. Both Donna and I prefer to grind our own beans.


I prefer Ethiopian to Jamaican, where Blue Mountain used to be my favorite coffee. Yirgachaffe is my absolute favorite. You can get huge bags of it at BJ's of all places. I prefer it from Whole Foods, but I try not to patronize there any more than I 'have' to.

Unfortunately I am not a member of BJ's. I belong to both COSTCO and SAMS but I've never found a coffee in either of them that I like.

Tink
26-03-2013, 01:19 AM
Me either. We prefer BJ's to Sam's and Costco (usually) to both, but the Costco closest to us isn't very good so we didn't renew our membership.

We also have an independent coffee shop, Axum. Wonderful coffees, including Ethiopian and Tanzanian Peaberry (another that I like quite a bit).

Johnie
26-03-2013, 01:32 AM
I love BJ's.

Watchinherskip
26-03-2013, 03:55 PM
Yes, we are members too Johnie, and they have some pretty good options for coffee. We are starting to rely on our Keuring too much I think though. I love their Costa Rican and Kona coffee.

Johnie
26-03-2013, 04:14 PM
I absolutely love our Keurig.