I love a sunny day…

and that is what we are having in central Illinois today.  The temp is 38 degrees right now to climb up to the mid 60s.

And speaking of Illinois…I just hate it when our state is pronounced ill-a-noise instead of ill-a-noi’.  Very irritating.  Some commercials are being run now on television by our local gas/electric provider for central Illinois.  These commercials are supposedly telling us how Ameren IL is helping its customers to save money on their utility bill.  That is all fine and dandy but one lady pronounces Illinois with the noise ending.  I probably shouldn’t let it irritate me but it does.  My own thought is lady, you don’t live in Illinois if you can’t pronounce it so why are you in this advertisement?

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Il·li·nois 2 (ĭl′ə-noi′) Abbr. IL or Ill.

A state of the north-central United States. It was admitted as the 21st state in 1818. The area was explored by the French in the late 1600s, ceded by France to the British in 1763, and ceded by them to the newly formed United States in 1783. Springfield is the capital and Chicago the largest city. Population: 12,900,000.


Il′li·nois′an (-noi′ən) adj.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

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And this is my rant for Wednesday!  Thank you all for the birthday wishes for my son and the very nice comments about my brother in law and niece.

Have a spectacular day!  Stay safe and be happy!!

Beth

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5 Below but…

who cares??  It is only 45 days till Spring.  I am just home from having lab done at the local hospital.  My daughter was kind enough to take me.  Then we went to Bob Evans for breakfast and stopped by  Food Depot on the way home for milk and Prairie Farms Cherry Vanilla ice cream and caramel topping!  Now I think I will bake a cake to eat with it.

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Photo courtesy of http://www.prairiefarms.com/pd/731946/Cherry-Vanilla-Ice-Cream.aspx

Tomorrow and Wednesday we are under a winter storm watch for 6 –8 inches of snow and several inches more Tuesday night until Wednesday noon.  The roads are terrible here in town as the salt they put on the roads doesn’t work at the below zero temps.  I don’t care as I have become immune to the snow and the below zero temperatures.  I figure it will even out in a month or two and by May we will be getting some 90 degree days.  By then the snow will have all melted from my car and I won’t have to clean it off again.

I called and changed my  doctor  appointment Wednesday till February 26th.  I am hoping the weather will have moderated some by then.  Last week I changed my hair appointment to the 11th and my hair is looking so awful that I will have to make that appointment if I have to crawl.

I finished my Lisa Jackson book yesterday.  I read 512 pages in just over 2 days.  Now I have to hunt for something else to read.  I may have to resort to the over 100 books I have stored on my Nook.  I really do prefer a real book even though I have a cover for my Nook and it is easy to hold.

I hope this week is a really good one for us all.  If you happen to encounter an older person that needs help with snow removal, please stop and help them.  You will get your rewards in heaven.  My mom always used to say that and I do believe that it is true.

Stay safe and be happy!!

Beth

Ham and Beans…

and the countdown to Spring continues at 57 days.  It is 10 degrees this morning with a wind chill below zero.  I about froze my patootie off just walking the few feet to the laundry room to start a load of clothes. 

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patootie  definition

interjection
  • interjection of disappointment.
  • buttocks.

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I love all of my blogging friends!  One blogging friend has been a delight  for me lately.  She is very interested in the differences between the United States and where she lives in Tasmania.  She is interested in our culture and the things that we eat.  Today she stated in her comment that she didn’t know what our ham and beans dish was.  Please stop by and say ‘hi’ to http://whiteangels-thoughts.blogspot.com/

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Below is the recipe I sent to my sister in law when she first married my brother a few years ago.  The recipe is from my blogspot recipe blog.

Ham and Beans

You will not believe this and I am still smiling. My new sis in law sent me an email asking me how to fix ham and beans. I thought everyone was born knowing how to do this. Maybe not, so here are the instructions I gave her.

1. Sort through beans and pick out rocks, etc. 
2. Rinse beans a couple of times.
3. Pour boiling water over the beans in the pan you are going to cook them in. Cover and let sit for half an hour.
4. Drain beans. Add 1 chopped onion. Cover with water but don’t drown the beans.  Add ham bone or bits of ham.
5. Bring to a boil, stir,cover,then turn heat down to simmer and cook till done. Approximately 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours.  Remove the bone and put ham from bone back into the beans.
6. Season to taste. 

Now get busy and make some corn bread!!

You may use any kind of dried bean you like.  Yesterday I used dried baby lima beans and they were delicious  I usually use Jiffy Cornbread mix but I do have an easy recipe using corn meal.

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Have a wonderful day!  Stay safe and be happy!!

Beth

Yippee!!

the countdown to Spring is on a downward trend.  It is 65 days now till spring. 

I know a lot of you like the snow and the winter weather.  Me, not so much.  I like to look at the snow and I feel all warm and fuzzy when I am safe inside and a blizzard is blowing outside.  A good book to read and something fattening to eat and I am in HOG HEAVEN for 2 or 3 days.  Then reality sets in and I start to realize that I am stuck indoors for an indeterminate period.  Winter weather started here right after the tornado on November 17th and we have had bouts of bitter cold temperatures and mega amounts of snow.  We have a winter weather mixture predicted for this afternoon.

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hog heaven

noun

: a very pleasing or satisfying state or situation

 

Full Definition of HOG HEAVEN

:  an extremely satisfying state or situation

 

Example of HOG HEAVEN

  1. We had plenty of food, good wine, and beautiful weather. We were in hog heaven.

First Known Use of HOG HEAVEN

1944

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Have a wonderful day.  I hope the sun is shining where you are.  It is dreary and cloudy here this morning.

Stay safe and be happy!!

Beth

This is wonderful!!

http://www.paxtonrecord.net/news/arts-and-entertainment/community-events/2013-12-20/grand-light-display-returns-paxton.html

 

http://www.lightinguppaxton.com/

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Most of you know that I spent all of my married life and my children were born and raised in the small town of Paxton Illinois.

This display is new since I sold my home and moved from Paxton over 3 years ago.  Please visit the second link and take time to listen to the music.  The lights are synchronized with the music  and it is an awesome sight!!

 

Merry Christmas to my blogging family. I will be offline for a few days!

Beth

 

Date Rice Krispie Cookies and White Marshmallow Candy

Date Rice Krispie Cookies

 

This is more like a candy then a cookie.  Jim’s sister Phyllis gave me this recipe in the 70′s.  Phyllis didn’t cook much from scratch but she had some really great goodie recipes.  I really miss her!

 

Melt 1/2 pound margarine, then add 1 pound cut up dates.  Beat 2 eggs and add with 1 cup of sugar.  Boil all ingredients together for 5 minutes over medium heat stirring constantly.  Let cool.

Put mixture in a large bowl.  Add 5 cups rice krispies.  Mix together.  With buttered hands  roll into balls and coat the balls with chopped pecans or coconut.

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And if you want another recipe to use up the Rice Krispies I have another one.

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White Marshmallow Candy

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Every year at Christmas time at home I would take a tray of goodies to my dentist’s office.  Would you believe this was their favorite   My daughter gave me this recipe a long time ago. 

  • 2 lbs. white bark  (Instead of the white bark you may use Nestlé’s white chocolate chips)
  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 cups dry roasted peanuts
  • 3 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows (the colored ones make this candy look festive)

Melt bark and peanut butter together in microwave in a large bowl.  Stir every minute until melted. Add nuts and cereal to the melted mixture.  Stir in marshmallows.  Drop by teaspoonful on wax paper and let cool.  Freezes well so you can make this way ahead.

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I have decided the date cookie is what I am making for the cookie exchange next week.  Thanks Liz for inviting me again!!

Have a wonderful day.  Stay safe and be happy!!

Beth

It is bitter cold…

on this Tuesday morning on 10 December 2013.  There is snow on the ground, the wind is gusting at 25 miles an hour.  It is 10 degrees and the wind chill is well below zero.  I am not going out today.  I called my daughter and asked if she would bring my short handled snow shovel over sometime today and a couple of things from the store.  I have a dental appointment on Thursday and I am thinking about calling and changing that appointment.  The weather forecast is for more snow tomorrow with the bitter cold temps remaining.

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Another Christmas item.  I purchased this at the Hospital Christmas Bazaar last year.

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My new tin sign I purchased at Gordmans this year.  The picture is a bit blurry but you get the general idea.

I am almost to my 1000th post on this blog.  If you were to add all of the posts from my various blogs here and on wordpress the total would be in the several thousands! 

I hope the weather is nice wherever you are and the sun is shining.  Stay safe and be happy!!

Beth