Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Flash From the Past and Some Family Recipes

We had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend with two of our three sons...and the dog. About the dog... something happened on Memorial Day that made me smile. As Hubby and I were trying to get the meal together, grilling and inside kitchen tasks, the dog was just underfoot, as usual. In her defense, there were the scents of grilled hotdogs and chili wafting through the air. But, as we kept giving her orders, to no avail, I was reminded of an experience from my past, and it made me smile.

I'm sure that anyone who's had to have a new tire put on, or their oil changed has had this same experience. You are confined in a small, possibly glassed-in room with a soda machine, coffee service, and possibly a couple of magazines, to wait out the procedure to your car. A person comes in with a small child, let's say his name is Bradley. The child starts asking his parent for things...gum, soda, the cupful of coffee stirrers! He then, starts touching items that may be germ-coated. He might start trying to hang off of things like display tires, or promo stand ups. The parent, every two minutes, is yelling things like, "don't Bradley";"stop that, Bradley";"Put that down, Bradley"; "get off there, Bradley!" By the time you are released and can pay your bill, and you would pay almost any amount by this point...just to be allowed to leave, you are sure that you will never forget Bradley's name!

Well, back to our Memorial Day kitchen scene: as we both are saying things like, "Stormy, move!"; "lay down, Stormy"; "Stormy, get out of the way"! as she continues to weave back and forth between us as if she doesn't hear a word, I'm having a flash back... and smiling. We did pretty well with the first three children, but that last one is always a challenge!

Here are a few family recipes for today. The first two are from my Aunt Georgia Milburn who was quite a conversationalist, and an avid dog lover!

Aunt Georgia Milburn's Chicken Casserole

5 C chopped, cooked chicken
1/2 C chopped onion
1 C chopped celery
1 C evaporated milk
2/3 C melted butter
1 can each: cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, and chicken w/rice soups
1 small can chow mein noodles
1 C stuffing mix

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Pour into a greased baking dish and top w/ grated cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hr. (I don't measure my chicken; I buy a big chicken and use all the meat). This casserole freezes well!

As given to Mammam (Lina Michael) on 12/11/'76

Aunt Georgia's Waffle Recipe

1 1/2 C milk
2 C flour
2 eggs
6 TBSP melted butter
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Add beaten egg whites last!

Here's a nice cold dessert for summer from Aunt Hazel Bell:

Yummy Cake

In 9"x13" cake pan, bake a boxed yellow cake mix according to directions. Let cool; spread with prepared banana pudding (large box). Top with a layer of Cool Whip. Finally, spread a layer of cherry pie filling over all. Refrigerate leftovers.

Homemade Whipped Topping (I think this one's from Aunt Sis-looks like her writing)

1. Put into 1 qt. bowl, 1/2 C instant non-fat dry milk
2. Add 1/2 C ice cold water
3. Beat w/ mixer at high speed until mixture stands in soft peaks, about 2 min.
4. Add 3 TBSP lemon juice
5. Gradually beat in 3 TBSP sugar
6. Chill about 30 min.

Makes about 2 1/2 C (Note: I believe you could substitute a little vanilla extract in place of the lemon juice.)

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  1. Your story made me laugh! All your recipes sound yummy. I really want to try the homemade whipped topping, sounds very interesting!

  2. All your recipes look yummy. I'm curious about that whipped topping...I've never made anything like it! :)