Sunday, January 31, 2010

A delicous rice casserole

This is a great casserole that Daughter Number Three found. It has quickly become a family standard.
Rice And Easy Casserole
Serves: 4-6

Prep time: 25 min.
Total time: 1 hr., 20 min.
2 tbsp. butter, divided
1 cup (8 oz.) rice
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped (about ½ cup)
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
1 pkg. (8 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
2 eggs
1 cup milk
4½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp. dried thyme


1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease 9"x13" casserole dish with 1 tbsp. butter; set aside. Cook rice according to package directions; set aside.
2. Heat remaining butter and oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, sprinkle with cayenne pepper and cook until translucent, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add the spinach; cook until heated through, about 5 minutes more; set aside.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and the milk until well blended. Stir in 4 cups cheese, basil, parsley, thyme, reserved rice and reserved spinach mixture until combined. Pour rice mixture into prepared casserole dish; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, until cheese melts and begins to bubble, about 30 minutes.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Remedy for a chest cold.

Years ago friend and fellow teacher, Kathy W., sang the praises of this mustard plaster recipe. I was ill several times with a chest cold before she could persuade me to give it a try. Perhaps it was the Vicks Rub or just the comfort of the heating pad but I think it works!

Today one of our first year teachers came to work with a horrible chest cold. I promised to give him the recipe but I wonder how many times he will get sick before he tries it!

Mustard Plaster

1 part baking soda
2 parts dry mustard
3 parts flour................................mix these three things with water to make a paste

Layer on chest: Vicks, then the plaster that is sandwiched between a tea towel, and on top of it all a heating pad.

Check every 5 - 10 minutes, as it could burn your chest. Stay out of drafts. (the combination really heats things up and your chest pressure is eased)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Go and die happy!

Years ago, when we were interviewing son-in-laws, it was important to know who their primary football team was. SIL#1 is from England he thinks that the game of football is when the teams run up and down the field kicking a ball and the fans riot when the game is over! We just gave up and let him join the clan. SIL#2 is, was, and forever will be a stanch Vikings fan. He told me then that if the Vikings EVER made it to the Super Bowl he would die a happy man. We let him in the family because he's true BLUE.
Today, the Vikings are playing their final playoff game. If they win, they will go to the Superbowl.

If Brett Farve can join the Vikings and become a true BLUE player, I've decided that I can watch and root for the Vikings. Years, and years from now I want my SIL to look back and know that he has had a satifying I'm declaring my loyalty - go Vikings!!

Friday, January 22, 2010


For several years Number One Daughter and a group of her co-workers have rallied for Relay for Life. In February they are continuing their fundraising tradition with a silent auction. I wanted to do something to help out so I knit this mitten pattern, felted them, and tried my hand at needle felting. Here is the result:

Could they be million dollar mittens?

Pattern: Felted (Fulled) Mittens by Nancy Lindberg
Yarn: Two skeins Patons Classic Wool
Colorway: Dark Grey Mix, and various bright wool colors.

P.S. You can tell by the picture - the snow did hit today and life was much better at the work place!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

When it snows, it blizzards!

Oh my Gosh! Without even watching the weatherman on TV I know that the air pressure is changing. I know this to be true because of the behavior of my students today! It was one heck of a day - proof, I'm having a beer as I'm writing!

Damn those Californians, why can't they just buck up and take all the weather? H2O and all! There's supposed to be a major snowstorm arriving tomorrow. Just like hospitals know when a full moon arrives there are babies to deliver, a teacher knows that when air pressure changes and a storm is coming the students go crazy!

I had a student in at lunch recess burst into tears (blubber) because he had to finish (START) his morning assignments.  I told him that he had made the choice to play earlier and so now had to do his work while the others were enjoying their recess. He told me he wasn't playing...Okay, to clarify son, if you choose to sit there and do nothing you will do work when others are playing. AND by the way, don't yell at me! - when a person that works at this school tells you to do something, just do it. If I tell you to jump, you ask how high! Now sit down and think about that for a minute.

After the minute goes by, (and he tries to sneak out of the room) I summon him to my desk and hoping for an apology ask him what he has to say to me. "When you say jump, I say HOW HIGH!"
Oh Hell, go to lunch!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Distantly related to Sadie Lou Who.

Last night NDpurlgurl called and we had such a nice visit. I told her that I’d missed the updates on her blog. I do love to see the little ones and to have her check in every few days so I know what's going on in their neck of the woods. Then I realized, I hadn’t added to my blog for almost as long!

My Sadie Lou Who received a hand painted tea set for Christmas. It was a beautiful set. I remembered that I have, carefully packed in a box, two little tea sets that were my mother's when she was a child. I played with them when I was little and they gave me many happy hours of enjoyment. I displayed them for many years in a small cabinet before packing them away.

The green transparent set is depression glass from Agate Company."The Akro Agate Company produced a wonderful collection of dishes for children out of slag and glass in the depression glassware era of the 1930's and 1940's. These vintage tea sets are a wonderful treasure. The Agate Company was founded in Akron, Ohio by George T. Rankin and Gilbert C. Marsh in 1910; By 1911, they registered their trademark of the crow clutching a marble in each talon and one in its beak as it flies through a capital letter A. Known for the making and selling of marbles the company began sales of sets of children's dishes...miniature versions of tea sets and dishes. The sales were not good at first due to cheaper versions being available from Japan, but as World War II gripped America in the 1940s, the import of Japanese products ground to a stop. This opened the market to Akro Agate and the sales of their children's dishes jumped." (taken from collecting on ebay) My mother would have be the appropriate age for these dishes in the 1930's. These dishes have ridges vertically around them,making them rather unique. There is a teapot with lid, a cream and sugar bowl (no lid), one tea cup with two saucers, and two dishes.

The other set is pottery and made by the Gold Castle, the company also made lusterware.

I could find no information on these dishes. There are five dishes, four tea cups, three saucers, one tea pot with a lid, and one sugar bowl (no lid and a broken handle)

I started a sweater for Sadie Lou Who last weekend. It is a sweater pattern called Rambling Rows and I was interested in it for a couple of reasons. First, Creative Cottages provided me with an outstanding sweater last year, called the Wonderful Wallaby. Another reason I wanted to try the pattern was I like that it is sized from toddlers 2 to adult 42 . If it was a good solid pattern, I could use it for many years.

Before knitting one for myself I decided to try it out on a smaller version. I’m glad I did. It’s an “all right” sweater and I won’t frog Sadie Lou Who’s, but I’m not going to make one for myself. This is a disappointment because I so loved knitting the six Wonderful Wallabies. I had been so sure that Cottage Creations would also provide me with a wonderful pattern in Rambling Rows…

I can just see Little Sadie Lou Who in a pair of jeans, white shirt and this sweater!

Pattern: Rambling Rows
Yarn: James C. Brett Marble Chunky

Amount: 3 skeins = 1023.0 yards (935.4m)
: Jeweltone 08

Over Christmas I made a salad that I hadn’t thought of for many years called Pacific Lime Salad. Sadie Lou Who was the only member of the family, besides myself, that loved it. She asked her mom to get the recipe!

This recipe came from my mother in law. When Hubby and I were first married, we lived in Missoula while he was going to college (Go Griz). Many Sunday afternoons were spent with his mom. She would often fix us supper. The meal would usually be ham, potato salad and the pacific lime salad. She was such a thoughtful and kind lady. Although we all were working, she was always looking out for others – ie one tired daughter in law!

So Sadie Lou Who here is your salad recipe!

Pacific Lime Salad - 6 servings

1 pkg (3oz) lime jello
1 c boiling water
1 c cottage cheese
1/2 c mayonnaise
1 (9 oz can) crushed pineapple
1/4  c chopped nuts

Dissolve Jell-O in boiling water. Add juice from crushed pineapple can. Chill until slightly thickened. Beat until frothy. Fold in pineapple, cottage cheese, mayonnaise, and nuts. Chill until firm.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Montana weather, just like old times!

What a strange day from start to finish. It's cold, I mean really cold today, we woke to the weatherman telling us that it was 22 degrees below zero. But when hubby looked at our thermometer at our house, it was 5 below, hmm...As I drove down the hill into town, the thermometer in the car began to drop, -10, -16, -20, and finally upon my arrive at school, -23 degrees. What an interesting lesson on: "What an Inversion Can Do"!

Once at school, I was met with the announcement that 5 of the 12 buses were not running! As teachers began arriving they all had different stories, buses stranded at the side of the highway, in parking lots and one bus was even stalled in the middle of the busiest street in town. For you California or Oregon people, diesel doesn't like the cold - it turns to jelly. However, within about twenty minutes things got better and all but one bus was up and running They were able to make a run though their routes and pick up any stray kiddos. Interestingly,  I ended up with all but one of my students today.

But then at approximately 11:30 the administration was told that buses would not be running in the afternoon to get the kids home! WAIT A MINUTE!!?? I've heard of year round school but 24 hour school - not what the kiddos signed on for! Fortunately the school had the ability to make bulk calls to inform parents of this crazy turn of events. So the call went out and all the office phones within the district began to ring...and ring...and ring. I haven't mention our FABULOUS secretary before but Mrs. Jess is just that - we love her!!

Okay, so things were in motion. The kids were going to stay in their classrooms after school until parents picked them up.  I was hoping (and praying) that the kids had been as good after Christmas as before when there had been presents in the offing. If the Christmas spirit had rubbed off and they'd reverted back to regular behavior I might have these cherubs all night!

But wait.....NEXT, the bus transit service called back to say that they were calling off the calling off of bus service (just had to write that). So there would be bus service after all! Bulk calls went out once again to let the parents know: Good, bad, or ugly, your kiddos are going to be home tonight!

I hopped in my car this afternoon, it started, and when it had warmed up, off I went.

And just down the lane - Windyridge!
It's currently 0!
I do love a good adventure!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

My first finished project of 2010!

I stumbled upon this purse on ravelry and fell in love with it. The pattern was hard to track down but worth the effort. Even though it took 4 skeins of yarn, approximately the same amount as a size 5 child's sweater, it was a quick knit. The purse was approximately 36 inches tall and about the size of Santa'a sack before felting it!

Turning a sow's ear into a silk purse!

 There was a big learning curve as far as the lining was concerned.  It didn't turn out the way I had envisioned, I had wanted to have a zip down the center, but I soon figured out that it was not to be. The sides were just to flexible and I needed to provide some "give", I cut the lining down the center of the sides and added about 4 inches of gathered lining to each end. Perfect! It has three pockets on one side for sunglasses, my camera, and the last for the cell phone. I also added a strap at the side to attach my set of keys.

Felted Purse with Celtic Know by Debbie Barisa

Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted
1 skein

Cascade 220 Tweed
3 skeins