Sunday, February 16, 2014

Week 6 Sunday (2/16/14)

Recipe Review

Today’s Recipe and Location:  Raspberry and Blackberry Butter
         Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From my Frontier
                           Pages 28 - 30      Copyright:  2012  Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 326 calories per serving, if 10 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

         I made both types of berry butter for both critics.  I did not partake of either type of berry butter because I have an allergy to berries.  I also did not remake them to take a picture since both critics panned this recipe.

Today’s critics: 

       Brandy:  Berry Butter - No thanks, I will keep my berries and my butter separate, thanks.

       Nicole:  I don’t get the point.  Why don’t you just put them both on the table.  I would not make this recipe.

Trivial Triffles

This is a suggestion for all young people.  (OMG that now makes me one of the old people.  I guess I knew it but just wanted to be in denial).

                           OPEN A RETIREMENT ACCOUNT! 

         As a teacher, we currently have a retirement plan from TRS.  Many places do not. As teachers, we cannot get social security because the powers that be, state we would be double dipping.  Now this is extremely annoying to someone who continues to put money in to Social Security but will never get it out. I wish I had begun my 403B account many years earlier.  I would have had quite a little safety nest built up for my old age.  Do as I say and not as I did!
         Be smart and start investing for your future.  It is never too young to save, even if it starts with $50 - $100 a month.  Come on – you can waste that much during a fun weekend. Be one of the brilliant ones and look beyond today!!!

Memory Musings

         When I was in Elementary School, my family took a wonderful summer trip to Estes Park in Colorado.  Our family was driving the stunning blue station wagon with the fake wood on the side all the way west.  My Grandparents came along on the trip. I really don’t know how we fit eight people in that station wagon with all of our gear, but we did it.
         Estes Park was so much fun. We went on a trail rides and hiked the mountain. The owners had fed the squirrels so much that they would take food right out of your hand. I remember playing shuffle board with my grandmother and having a great time.
         One day my sister, Kim, and I decided to climb up the mountain. We started up and were having a great time. On the way down Kim slipped and landed in a cactus.  Now it was just a little thing that was only a couple of inches tall but the spines went into her knee.  She was okay and we did have a good laugh over the whole thing, so I dug up that cactus and brought it home as a souvenir.  I had that cactus until adulthood, mine not the cactus’.  Weird memory.

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