Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles
1 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
6 Tablespoons Butter, (Unsalted)
1 Lb. Semi-Sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces
In the top of a double-boiler combine cream and butter over summering water. Stir constantly while butter melts, then increase heat until mixture begins to boil. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate pieces, stirring until mixture is smooth and blended Continue stirring mixture for 5 to 10 minutes until cooled to lukewarm. Cover with a tight lid and chill 8 hours or over night Stir occasionally during the first two hours of refrigeration. When mixture is firm, shape into one inch balls and place on waxed paper lined cookie sheet Refrigerate until very firn Roll in powdered cocoa or dip in melted chocolate.
Powdered Cocoa for Dusting
You will need 1/2 to 1 cup of powdered cocoa. Sprinkle it in a cake pan and dust your hands with it. Roll truffles in the powder one at a time until each is well dusted, Place truffles on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet and chill.
Chocolate for Dipping Truffles
1 Lb. Semi-sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces
1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
1 Tablespoon Paraffin
In top of a double-boiler,melt ingredients, stirring constantly until smooth and creamy. Remove pan from heat and let mixture cool to 90F on a candy thermometer. Mixture should be approximately 90F during the entire dipping process If mixture thickens before you finish, return pan to heat and bring back to 90F.
Dipping Process
Hold the truffle between two forks with long tines and dip in chocolate mixture until well coated. Place coated truffles on wax paper lined cookie sheet and refrigerate until firm.

Billie C.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Biscuits For Two

I was going through my Recipe files last night and picked out a few to try soon. The first is this one for Biscuits for two people. Now I know that only 2 biscuits are not really enough for the two of us in the long run, but I wanted to try and share it I've got about a pound of ground meat in the Crock pot with about a quarter of a bottle of BBQ Sauce for our dinner this evening. I am thinking that the beef would be great over the biscuits.
Biscuits For Two
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons shortening
3 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted, divided
In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening
until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk, tossing with a fork until a
ball forms. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead 5 to 6 times. Roll or
pat to 1/2 inch thickness; cut with a 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter. Place on a
greased baking sheet. Brush tops with 1 tablespoon butter. Bake at 450
degrees for 9 to 11 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush with remaining
butter. Serve warm.
Makes 4 biscuits

Billie C.

Friday, October 27, 2017

For Today ... October 27, 2017

For Today ... October 27, 2017
I saw the doctor. He looked at the wound on my breast. he said I will need surgery. but it's debatable over wether they will just try to bring the edges closer together or do a skin graph. If they bring the edges together my breast may be a bit mis-shapened. I can deal with that. I really don't want to have a skin graph. From what I've looked up on the "Net" it's very involved.
 A nurse came in and asked if there was a bad day for surgery and I told her that I have another doctor's appointment on the 17 of November. Okay. The doctor said he would like to wait at least 10 more days before surgery, just to give the edges more time to grow closer to each other.

Friday, October 20, 2017

October 20, 2017, Update

October 20, 2017, Update
I have totally forgetten about my blogs. Oops
Lets see, I have been painting rocks and placing them around town.
Hubby "retired", then un-retired, then retired again. Now he's found a job, driving train personal from place to place, at night. Today, I'll be working on making the bedroom as dark as possible so he can sleep during the day.
I have started going to the Senior Center for lunch. Hubby is not impressed with the meal, but what can you expect for around $1.50 each. I do find that there is more on the plate than I can finish. Next Wednesday is a covered dish and my plan is a Creamy Chicken and Rice dish. I did see that someone else had written they were going to bring Chicken and dumplings. the rest of the dishes all seem to be desserts.  I'm going to have to be very careful of which ones and how much I get of each.
I was in the hospital for 6 days, getting out on my 60th birthday. It all started with an infection under my left breast. I think it was yeast and I treated it with some powder  iwas give for a "raging" yeast infection when I last saw a doctor in March. The powder was working, then then it didn't. I used what I had on hand and it didn't get worse but didn't get better either for a few days. then about September 16, it started getting worse. Since we didn't have insurance, I waited until the Social Security came in to go to the local clinic, paying close to $100 for the visit. She said to come back on Friday and have it rechecked. I went to the local ER on Thursdayy since it had gotten worse. I went back to the Clinic on Friday and told her that I had been to the Er and they had changed the antibotic I was on. She was okay with that, come back in a week. Well by Thursday, September 28, it was much worse so I went back to the Eer which recomending i go to the hospital. Since I was in the ER, I had to go by amblence. I was in the Er from Thrusday night until Satureday, 4 pm. I had surgery to remove the dead tissues and clean up the infectined area and was then in the hospital until October 4, on Iv inatbotics. I might hve been able to go home on October 3rd but they had taken the day trying to find someone who would come to the camper to do daily dressing changes. No luck in finding someone to do that because we don't have insurance, so they taught Hubby how to take care of me. My next check up was in the Surgeral Wound Care clinic. I am doing very well, according the thre 4 doctors who came into the room. keep doing what we are doing. So we did. I went back this past  Tuesday and still told I'm doing well, but might need a skin graph. A slight change in how it's being "dressed" No more wet then dry dressing, just a dry dresing now, held in placewith one strip of tape. The tape is starting to break my skin out so Hubby is trying to place it slightly different each time so the same area is not covered by the tape all the time. I go bvack next week Friday and I'll try to remember to post an update after that appointment.
Today, after I and someone else suggested a "cahllange" in our locak Facebook "rocks" page, we are placing lots and lots of rocks painted to look like Candy Corn around town. I'll have to wait until Hubby get home to put my rocks out, but that's part of the fun. I noted that some people have already put their rocks out a day early. No Biggy as it just helps extend the fun for everyone to go out and find more rocks.
I need more rocks to paint.  I have found a source, but getting Hubby to let me out long enough to get a bucket full ... I hope to get some more rocks this weekend.  I think the next challange I'll post will be  either leaves, or turkeys or "Thanks". I'll post the challange about 15 days before Thanksgiving, and suggest we place them out the week of Thankstgiving since the kids will have 5 days out of school.
Next will be Christmas Challanges and I hope to put out three for the month of December. Angels, stocking or stars and then one for "New Years" day.

Billie C.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Good Morning Wednesday

Howdy.... Wow, Fast Changes around here. All for the good.
Let me start with Corbin. He was in a much better mood when he got off the bus yesterday. I do believe that his school day went much better. It's funny though, He really doesn't have "homework" assigned each day. His Homework is anything that he didn't get to at the end of each lesson.  I noticed that he had an armful on Monday. Not as much yesterday. He admitted he was up late on Monday and I'm guessing he was doing homework. He fell asleep on the couch, while we were waiting to go get his sister from Band practice.  We let him know that he was getting the First ride of the kids, in the van. We took Barney with us. He had jumped out of the camper when Jerry opened the door, I am not going to chase him down, so I opened the van door and in went Barney. I asked Jerry to just grab a lead from the hand rail by the door. We keep them there so they are handy.  Corbin had to hold the lead and be responsible while Jerry was driving. Corbin has been enjoying exploring inside the van. I am hoping that Jerry will start showing Corbin a few things about motors and how to maintain a car. I'm going to ask him today to show Corin how to check the oil.
We started off the day sunny, but it's getting darker and darker outside. We are expecting some rain from the outer bands left from Harvey. Not at all like what Texas received but still some rain. Maybe Texas will have a chance to dry out before any more rain comes in their way. Our temperatures are going to be nice for a few days, by only being in the mid 70's through Friday. Maybe back up into the low 80's on the weekend, but even at that, I can leave the doors open and the fans on and be comfortable.
I told you that Barney jumped into the van, yesterday. That's not the first time he did that. When Jerry brought the van for me to look at, he got out and jumped in through the open door.
Macon got to get in and out of the side door a few times on Monday, but he's not gotten a ride in it just yet. Rocky has yet to get into the van. I figure that Macon will most likely get the back, bench seat, while Rocky will want to ride behind Jerry and Barney will get the seat behind mine.
 Blessings are strange and wonderful things.  I, on a whim, looked on Craigslist in the Crafts/Trades just to see if anything new had been posted. Right there, at the top, was a company looking for Industrial Electrictions. I emailed the link to Jerry. He had some trouble finding it from his phone, but when he used his Ipad, he found it. responded to it with the required information and he got a call in less than an hour.  He's going to work out this week and next week, at the factory, but the next Monday, we will be getting up much earlier and he's going to be back working in construction. It's not as much as he was getting before but it's more hours and double what he's getting right now.  So just holding my breath that I don't have to get into a bit of money I have saved. At least not this week, I hope.
 Bailey was told to get some pork chops out of the fridge, but she pulled out the pack from the freezer instead. So Heather needs to cook both packs and since they won't eat left overs, And as a "Thank You" to us, for making sure her kids are getting around to the things they want or need to do, she's invited us to dinner. We will get Corbin from the bus, but instead of having to go get Bailey, she will get Bailey, after band then go home and start cooking and we will show up a bit after 6. I'll need to see how much salad we have left in the bag, and take that with us. Heather said "No Dessert". she and Bailey are trying to lose a few pounds and so have removed all "sweets" out of the house and most of the chips. Keeping only the ones that Corbin likes to eat. She's been doing this for about 2 weeks now and has lost 8 or 9 pounds. That, and changing from Coke to Diet Coke. Now the kids want to just drink Diet Coke.  They see Jerry and I drinking diet cola's so it's not surprising that they want to try it.
I am still catching up on the weeks of "The Young and the Restless". I have 24 more but that will increase here in a bit when the next one is recorded. I also have about 25 "Blue Bloods" to watch. Outside of Y&R there isn't much for me to watch in the middle of the day. There are a few evening shows we recorded as well, but I save them for when Jerry is home in the evening and there isn't anything to watch then either.  WE record all the NCIS shows, Salvation, Ninja Warrior, (Jerry watches that, it's background noise for me, while I'm reading)  IF we don't want to watch something recorded Jerry will pick out something from Netflix. I like watching series on Netflix.  Ones I didn't get to watch when they were shown on the networks or movie channels.
I'm wearing some shorts and a loose top. I have a few Tshirts but I wanted a change for today. Of course it's got butterflies on it. One thing I noticed last spring is I have a number of tops with butterflies on them.


Billie C.