Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Minnesota Summer Day

It is summer salad time; my favorite type is fruit salads made from fresh fruit with orange juice. This morning I made this recipe:
1 peach, sliced
1 nectarine, sliced
1/4 cantaloupe, sliced and cut into bite size pieces
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
 2 kiwi, peeled and cut into small pieces
1 banana, cut into quarters and sliced
Mix together with 1/2 to 3/4 cup orange juice.
Serves four.

We attended Erin Lee and Ryan Murray wedding on Saturday afternoon. Erin was a lovely bride and they make a cute couple. It was so hot though, I went home and then on to the city center for the dinner at four. Ardmore went out and cut CRP after the wedding. I sat with Roxann and Don and some of the Lee family. Very nice and would have been a fun wedding if Ardmore would have come and we could have danced a bit. Good meal!

My turn to bake cookies for choir tomorrow. I wanted to make chocolate drop cookies and headed for Joanne Fluke's Lake Eden Cookbook and found the best recipe. I did a little embellishment as I am a chocaholic.
I doubled this recipe.
Bake 350 degrees for 5 minutes, turn pan and bake additional 5 minutes, you know your own oven, do what you need to do!
2 one-ounce squares of unsweetened baking chocolate (I used choco bake, just set them in a cup of hot water to soften)
1/2 cup butter at room temp
2/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg
1 tsp peppermint extract, I use Watkins
1/2 tsp chocolate extract, I used 1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecan pieces
1.5 cups of large dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Cream sugar and butter until smooth, add the baking soda and salt and beat, add the chocolate and beat, add the egg and beat, add the extracts and beat.Scrap bowl often.
Add half the flour and mix, add the sour cream and mix well, then add last of flour. Mix in chocolate chips and nuts.
Drop with small ice cream scoop, but be generous. Makes about 3 dozen, depending how big you make them. 
You can also frost them with the following frosting, use a 4 cup measuring cup.
Microwave Chocolate Frostening
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk or cream - mix it up
add 1/4 cup butter, cut into chunks.
1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
Microwave one minute, stir to get the marshmallows melted, microwave until the marshmallow all dissolve.
Add 1/2 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips to the above and let set for about 30 seconds. Stir and pour over cookies as you desire. You can pour a little and go back and pour more later! I also used mint choco chips when I can find them, usually they are available at Christmas.

Incidentally, Joanne Fluke's cookbook has the greatest recipes and they are all from her mystery books. Have you read her books? If so, you know what I mean.

So what am I reading now? I finished all of Joanne Fluke's books and am waiting for the next one. Right now I have just started reading Minnesota author William Keith Krueger's first book, Iron Lake. I highly recommend it. His books were recommended by one of the guys from my class reunion. I can see I am already hooked! The best  thing is that this author is coming to our Roseau MN library soon!

Monday, July 16, 2012

50th Class Reunion and Retirement - June 30

I will finally complete this and place it on the blog! On Saturday, June 30th I attended my 50th class reunion. Now I don't know about you, but whenever I had heard someone was attending their 50th class reunion, my first thought was, "Oh my, they are getting up there!" I guess that must mean I am getting up there now too!

Aurora-Hoyt Lakes Class of 1962

I spent the past week at my brother's in Hoyt Lakes, which gave me an opportunity to spend some time with my brother and wife and a couple of friends. The reunion was very enjoyable. We had our gathering at The Lodge at Giant's Ridge. It is a choice place to stay, if you have family and plan for a midweek ski trip, they have 2 bedroom villas near the lake for $179 a night. When I was much younger, in my twentieths and thirties, I would take the kids skiing at the Ridge. The last time any of our children skied there would have been when I took Garrett, Eric, Terry and James a couple of times. The Lodge has great banquet and conference centers. Our group of around eighty had an ideal room, although the air conditioning could have been turned on a little more. The food was an excellent buffet.
We did a Class Up-date which was very enlightening. Great to discover what everyone has been doing and is now doing. I am looking forward to our 55th or 60th; will I still be around? I sure hope so and in good health.

I enjoy going to HL as we raised our children there and it brings back many memories. Times spent at the beach all summer until the kids were old enough to go on their own. Bicycle rides out to Fisherman's Point or the Partridge River, golfing at the golf course. I had my opportunity to see all of these places when in HL this past week. My brother took me on a tour of each of these areas, plus the new housing development on White Water Reservoir, and along the Colby Lake housing development and new assisted living housing.
I spent a couple of days visiting with friends. Toots and I spend one whole day together and our friend Barb joined us in the afternoon and then on Monday we went to Virginia to do some shopping and out for lunch. 

I hadn't been back for many years, my brother thought it was about five or six. I guess  visiting on the phone with Toots and my brother appears to make it seem like less time has past.Then my brother and wife come up once or twice a year.

It is interesting to hear how my friends and I are different and alike. We are all readers, but I am the only quilter. They watch soap operas still, I have watched soap operas since I was in my early twenties. Other than that, we picked up right where we left off, friends forever, with a thousand things to say to each other. Great fun!