Monday, November 30, 2009

Everyone has a (sob) story

Everyone has a sob story. Here is mine. Sorry if it sounds a little whiny, but I am feeling a little whiny.

I have been out of work since May 2008. I was laid off after being at a job for 6 months. Money became tight, but with the help of unemployment insurance, we were able to make ends meet. I stopped receiving unemployment in May 2009, and we have been living on student loans and the small amount Steve makes as a graduate assistant. But alas, the financial despair is ever so present. We will not get the school loans until after all of our bills are due in January, and could possibly be evicted. We are trying to work with our landlord, but the money is due when the money is due. To be honest, I have been racking my brain on a way for me to earn these funds, and short of doing something illegal or immoral, I've got nothin'.

My sister has cancer, and will likely not make it too far into the new year. We have never been close, and sometimes she is difficult to deal with, but she is still my sister. She has two children who will have to grow up without their mom. And my parents. Why should they have to bury their 30 year old daughter?

My dad recently had triple by-pass surgery. He began having chest pains and went to the hospital. He never had a heart attack (thankfully), but it has been extremely stressful time. I am thankful that he made it through. He is mending well, and is getting more and more strength every day. I am helping him and helping my mom around the house so she can focus on her work.

I miss my husband, although he is in the last week of classes and has 2 weeks of exams before the semester finally comes to an end. I am hoping to be able to spend some time with him in December, but he will need to go visit his Dad and stepmom as well as his grandparents.

I am ready for some good to come along. I want to have a real celebration, not just celebrating the positives of a bad situation. I know a celebration is a celebration. We are celebrating that my dad made it through his surgery so well. We are celebrating that we have today with my sister (and with each other for that matter, as we are not promised tomorrow), but I want to have a joyous occasion that does not have sad undertones. While we are celebrating each day with my sis, we are also mourning that this might be her last Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year. My family just needs some pure joy, happiness, or vacation from reality.

How do we get that?

Alli C

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Sweet Potato Pie

Another southern Thanksgiving treat - Sweet Potato Pie. It is my FAVORITE!

Sweet Potato Pie

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato
¾ cup evaporated milk *
¼ cup milk
¼ cup butter, melted
2 tsp. vanilla
10 inch pie shell, unbaked

Preheat oven to 400°. Beat together eggs, sugar, and sweet potatoes. Add milk, butter, and vanilla. Pour into pie shell, and bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Then reduce heat to 325° and bake for 30 minutes more. When knife inserted comes out clean, the pie is done.

*¼ cup evaporated milk and ½ cup dry sherry may be substituted for ¾ cup evaporated milk.

We top with homemade Whipped Cream or Syllabub:

Whipped Cream
½ pint whipping cream
1/3 cup sugar

Place mixing bowl and beaters in freezer to chill at least 30 minutes. Make sure whipping cream is very cold (but not frozen). In a mixing bowl, beat whipping cream and sugar until peaks are formed.

Syllabub is Whipped cream with 1/2 cup dry sherry added. Make whipped cream and carefully fold in sherry.


Alli C

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Corn Pudding

OK, this is a request from Twitter. It is Corn Pudding, and a delightful, sweet southern recipe from my Granny. She always had it at Holiday dinners, and I always got seconds.

2 cans cream style corn
1 cup milk (evaporated may be used)
2 tbsp melted butter
1/2 tsp salt
2 heaping tbsp flour
2 tbsp sugar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix all ingredients well and pour into greased 9X13 glass pan. Bake at 350 for about an hour, or until set. Recipe can be doubled. This recipe cooks better when it is shallow in the pan. If might fit into a smaller pan, but it will take longer for it to cook and set.


Alli C