In Honor of Veterans Day

11/12/2008

I went out to lunch with Mom and Dad this past Sunday before Veterans Day. There was a crowd waiting to be seated. A woman held the restaurant door open for Mom, Dad and me. I think she was teasing when she said she would open the door for us if we promised not to take their table. I Laughed. The woman and her husband were waiting outside for the crowd to dwindle.

After a few seconds, the couple entered the restaurant. For some reason Dad started talking to them. He told the man that he was 82 years young, and that he was grateful to be able to get out and about like he was. Dad also told the gentleman that he was a World War 11 Veteran. The man immediately thanked Dad for the service that he provided for the United States. Just at that moment, a waitress called the couple’s name. The woman asked the waitress to seat us first. Before we started off for the table Dad and I both thanked the couple. I noticed that the waitress sat the couple down a few tables over from us. I also noticed that the couple was served their meal before us. I smiled, they were already reaping for their good deed!

We were halfway finished with our lunch, when a waitress came and squatted down at the end of our table. She had tears in her eyes as she told us that our entire tab had been paid for by a gentleman who wanted to thank Dad for fighting for our country the way he did, when he was just barely eighteen years old. Dad, Mom and I all had tears spilling from our eyes.

Dad said, “See, there still are some good people around!” However, the way I see it, it’s the power of the Christmas spirit! It’s all around us everyday! Sometimes we just see the spirit more clearly.

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Apple Recipes

9/16/2008

Now it is really hard for me to withhold a laugh!  When my personal assistant said that she didn’t know how to make applesauce, I felt a laugh aching to burst forth!  My sister has made it abundantly clear to me that making applesauce is really easy with the following recipe! The teacher in me also wanted to tell her how  simple it can be!  However, I didn’t want her to change her mind and make applesauce.  The desire to have the pleasure of consuming the apple crisp made it possible for me to choke back my laughter! 

 

Enjoy the recipes!   

 

Applesauce:

5 to 8 apples peeled, cored and quartered

Cook in microwave for 4 or 5 minutes, add more time as needed, after apples have cooked and are soft add the following.

Add small amount of sugar – to taste (less than a ¼ of a cup)

Add small amount of cinnamon – to taste (less than a ¼ of a teaspoon)

Add a small amount of nutmeg – to taste (less than a ¼ of a teaspoon)

Stir until it is mixed, then enjoy J

GERMAN APPLE PANCAKES (DUTCH BABIES)
Thanks for sharing this recipe Leslie

Pancake:
Whisk together and set aside:
3/4 c. flour
3/4 c. milk
3 eggs

Apple Filling
Mix all in a mixing bowl
2 apples (diced)
1/2 t. cinnamon
1 T. lemon juice
1/4 c. brown sugar
2 T. butter

Add apples and lemon juice to frying pan with 2 T. butter and sauté about 10 minutes.  Mix in cinnamon.  Put a little butter into Round Tray and melt in oven.  Divide apple mixture among wells, then add 1/4 c. + 1 T. batter  in each well.  Bake at 425 for 15 minutes until puffy, golden and done in the center.  Drizzle maple syrup on top if you like.
You can save yourself a step by putting the apples and lemon juice with butter into each cup of the Round Tray and cook in oven first.

 

It’s apple season!

9/11/2008

My sister brought me a bag of apples from the apple tree in her yard.  I got down to just a few apples, like maybe eight.  I wanted someone to make me an apple crisp.  One person said that I didn’t have enough apples, that I should just make apple sauce.  Then another personal assistant came.  I asked her to make apple sauce.  She said “I don’t know how to make apple sauce, but I will make you an apple crisp.”  I told her that she was speaking my language!  I am forever amazed that what someone deems impossible, another thinks possible! 

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