Monday, January 26, 2015

Emergency Food Supply List - Margaret Ullrich

We’re not out of winter, yet.
There’s always the threat of a bad storm coming, making it impossible to get out to the store.
Still you’ve got to eat.
Or, even worse, feed the kids.

Here’s a list of items to keep on hand for times like these.
Most of these can be stored in a box.
Nothing exotic, and they can get used up once spring comes.


You might want to keep items like this on hand most of the time.
There’s always a hurricane, tornado, blackout….

* Cheeses, such as Cheddar, Mozzarella, Monterey Jack
* Hardtack bread (Wasa), tortillas
* Dry noodles, spaghetti, rice
* Commercial biscuit mix
* Commercial cake mix
* Peanut butter
* Powdered milk
* Canned milk
* Canned salmon, tuna, meat
* Canned tomatoes, vegetables and beans
* Canned soup
* Packaged side dishes (rice, pasta, potatoes, noodles)
* Spaghetti sauce
* Salsa
* Barbecue sauce
* Oil: vegetable or olive oil
* Basic seasonings: garlic, oregano, basil, salt, pepper
* Dried fruit
* Packaged instant pudding mix
* Crackers
* Nuts
* Marshmallows, treats
* Jam, Jelly
* Syrup
* Coffee, regular and/or instant
* Tea
* Bottled water

If you’ve heard that a storm is coming get some extra
* Fruit: oranges, apples, bananas
* Veggies: onions, potatoes, carrots, peppers, celery, cabbage, squash etc.
* Eggs
* Fresh milk
* Meat
* Bread

Friday, January 23, 2015

Anna Sultana's Monkey Bread Muffins / Monkey Bread Coffee Cake

A few days ago I posted the recipe for Ma's Lemon Monkey Bread, along with links for a few of her lemon recipes.
The Monkey Bread is good, either with soup or as a dessert.
It’s a fun dish for when you have the gang over.
And the kids enjoy pulling pieces off the loaf.

But, if you’re not serving a crowd, it does leave a sad looking leftover for the next meal.

It looks like a nicely frosted cake that has been ‘sampled’.
Not exactly appealing.
And not practical if you’re a retired couple.

No problem.
The recipe can be prepared as muffins or as a coffee cake.
Isn’t that nice?


If you prefer cinnamon, substitute 1 Tablespoon cinnamon for the lemon zest in the original recipe.

If you want to have either of these recipes for breakfast the next day you can.
After you have placed the small balls in the pan, wrap the pan tightly with plastic wrap, then place it in the fridge overnight. 
In the morning take the pan out and let the dough finish rising before baking.

For a lighter icing you can combine in a small bowl
!/4 Cup confectioners’ sugar
3 Tablespoons lemon juice or water (more or less)
Drizzle over muffins or coffee cake.

If you don't want the icing, skip it.

                        Monkey Balls

Grease the pan you’re using and set aside.
Place the oven rack in the medium low position.

In a medium bowl combine
3 1/4 Cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl mix together
1 Cup milk, warm (around 110º F)
1/3 Cup water, warm (around 110º F)
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 Cup sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
Gradually stir the flour / salt into the liquid ingredients. 
Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead about 10 minutes. 
Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a greased bowl.
Rotate the dough around to grease all of the surfaces.
Cover the bowl with a damp towel and leave it in a warm place for 1 hour.
The dough should be doubled in size.

On a floured surface roll the dough into a rectangle, about 1/2 inch thick. 
Use a sharp knife to cut the dough into about 60 pieces.
Roll each piece of dough into a ball. 

                        Monkey Bread Muffins

Grease a 12 cup muffin pan and set aside.

Combine in a small bowl
1/2 Cup butter - melted
1/2 Cup brown sugar

Spoon 1 tablespoon of the mixture into each greased muffin cup.

Combine in a second small bowl
1/2 Cup sugar
1 Tablespoons cinnamon
Toss each ball in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Place 5 balls into each muffin cup. 
If you have any sugar left in the bag, sprinkle on top of the muffins.

Cover the pan with a damp towel and leave it in a warm place for 1 hour.
The balls should be doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 350º F
Bake for 20 minutes until the top is light brown.
Remove from oven and let cool for 1 minute.
Invert to remove the muffins from the pan - they should fall right out.

Combine in a small mixer bowl
1/4 Cup cream cheese
1/4 Cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons milk
Drizzle icing over muffins.

                        Monkey Bread Coffee Cake

Grease a 9-inch round pan and set aside.

Combine in a small bowl
1 pkg. (102 g) vanilla instant pudding
1 teaspoon lemon or orange zest
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Toss each ball in the pudding mixture.
Place in prepared pan.
Drizzle with
1/4 Cup butter, melted

Cover the pan with a damp towel and leave it in a warm place for 1 hour.
The balls should be doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 350º F
Bake 40 minutes until the top is golden brown. 
Cool 5 minutes and remove from pan.

While the cake is cooling, combine in a small mixer bowl
1/4 Cup cream cheese
1/4 Cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons milk
Drizzle icing over the coffee cake.

Sprinkle over the top of the cake (optional)
2 Tablespoons chopped toasted pecans or walnuts or almonds

Monday, January 19, 2015

Living the High Life by Margaret Ullrich - Highball Recipe

Last August I posted about our quest for a Queen-sized bed.
We had searched and tested mattresses in two countries.
You’d think, after all that trouble, that we’d have found the perfect bed.
You’d be wrong.

The queen-sized, soy-based, gel-plus memory foam mattress from Sears was just fine for about two months.

Then Paul’s shoulders and hips started to hurt again.
Since Sears has a one year return policy for their mattresses we were back to testing their mattresses.
Finally Paul decided on a tempur-pedic mattress and box spring set.  
The Concord.
Yes, we were buying a mattress set and not the airplane.

Kathryn was very helpful and, within minutes, had sorted out all our paper work.
We were given a large plastic bag to wrap the mattress.
We knew the routine.
On January 18 our bagged and sealed mattress was to be exchanged for the Concord.

I’ve got to admit that Sear’s service was prompt.
We had been told to expect the delivery between noon and six p. m.
At 11:30 a. m. we received a phone call.
They’d be here within ten minutes.
No problem - we’re home 24/7.
The young men who came were the same pair who had delivered the Zed bed.
They had also removed our old set, which we had bought from Eaton's, probably a few years before our young movers had been born.

By now we were buddies.
As they removed the Zed they said there had been problems with that model.
As bedding professionals, they approved of our replacement.
Which made me feel much better.
The set even came with a welcome kit!

They did have a bit of a chuckle while they installed the new bedding.
Some comments about our needing a step ladder, or maybe a stool.

The Zed was basically a slab of foam that was eight inches high.
Perfect for me, since I am about five feet tall.
I could easily sit on it, and getting in and out was no problem.
Since Paul was the one with the comfort issues, I had let him test out the mattresses.
What was fine for him would be okay by me.
Yes, well he’s over six feet tall.

The bed is comfortable.
But I feel like the girl in the Princess and the Pea fairy tale.
The mattress and box spring combined are twenty-one inches high.
Add the frame and it's another nine inches, for a total of thirty inches.

I have to take a flying leap to get into bed.
And it takes a few minutes for my feet to touch ground when I carefully slide over the side to get out of bed.
Well, nothing’s perfect.

I miss the days when we could camp and sleep on the ground.  
Oh, well, that was another century.
We’re zipping along in the twenty-first century.
Time for a nice simple drink, like a Highball.

A little history…
Highball may refer to the fact that these drinks are served in tall glasses.
Or it might refer to the dining cars of trains powered by steam locomotives.
When the engine got up to speed the ball showed that the boiler pressure was at its high level, known as "highballing".
Whatever, it’s a nice simple drink.


Pour over ice cubes in a highball glass
1 1/2 ounces whiskey, scotch, brandy, rum, gin, vodka or creme de menthe
Add favourite mix and stir.

Initially the highball was made with Scotch whisky and carbonated water, known in the UK as a "Scotch and soda".
Other highballs include the gin and tonic, Seven and Seven, and Cuba Libre

Happy Highballing!!!

About Tuesday’s new moon in Aquarius…
According to the folks at

The new Moon on January 20 is also a super Moon (Close to Earth)!  
The very next day Mercury goes retrograde amid this calm, cool, and collected constellation. With the planet of communication rolling backwards for the ensuing three weeks, expect to feel the opposite of calm! 

Social media and technology are in for some major confusion during this time, so be certain to back up your data.

When I posted about getting the bed it was also a Super Moon. 
It was a full moon in Aquarius which is the best lunation of the year for sexual experimentation.
No idea what this moon is supposed to do for our sex life.
Thanks to the extra height, I’m getting more exercise.