Monday, September 26, 2011

Pineapple Puddings

A couple of years ago I saw a neat Picnic idea where instead of putting out a pitcher of iced-sweet-tea, they poured it into the Mason-jar-drinking-glasses, capped it with the canning lids and rings, and stuck them into a large washtub full of ice.

I thought that was the cutest idea, and I happened to have a set of the glasses that used to belong to my Grannie.
I only had 8, though, which wasn't enough for our family gatherings, so I scrounged around at yard sales and thrift stores, picking up more of them here and there for a dime or a quarter at most.

So recently, while visiting a Site/Blog I just luuuuuv, Sugar Pie Farmhouse, Aunt Ruthie was advertising her self-created recipe book - cuuutest thing I've ever seen - and I saw this idea, where she made Banana Pudding in little Mason jars!  (Why can I never come up with such cute and adorable and great ideas as things like this recipe book, or using Mason jars for things other than canning?!)

The recipe itself wasn't one that I - as a Self-Respecting-Southerner - could use (instant pudding: shudder!).  If I tried to make a Banana Pudding using instant pudding, my family would throw it at me, no matter how cutely I'd packaged them!

The recipe I use involves baking in the oven 15-20 minutes, until the meringue is browned, so although I thought the Banana Puddings would look so cute in the Mason Jar drinking glasses, I don't think the drinking glasses are actually the kind of glass made for higher temps like for canning, or being able to use in the oven.
My next thought was, that's a pint of Banana Pudding; if I gave that to John, he'd sit and eat the entire thing in a sitting.
 So I had a box of 1/2 pint size jars that I thought would work out fine for my project.

As it turned out, by the time I got ready to make the Banana Pudding, I wanted Pineapple Pudding instead.
It's the exact same recipe as Banana Pudding, except you use crushed or chunk pineapple instead of sliced banana.

In a Double-Boiler (I don't have a double-boiler, so I use a smaller pot inside a larger pot), combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup self-rising flour, and a dash of salt.

Add 3 egg yolks and 2 cups of milk.

Cook over boiling water 10 - 12 minutes, stirring constantly, until thickened.

Layer pineapple and nilla wafers in jars until about half to three-quarters full. (I went half and it made 11 jars. If you go a little fuller, it'll make less jars, but be a little better of a serving size.)

Begin beating the 3 egg whites to fluff them up.  Add 1/4 cup sugar and continue beating on medium until fluffy and forms a Peak. (Yes, I do lick the beaters when I'm done. Dying by meringue doesn't worry me.)

Fill jars remainder of the way with meringue.  Bake at 350* until browned. 

If you're like me and like your Pudding warm, you can eat it now (or, well, wait until it cools some). Otherwise, cap with lids/rings and refrigerate.  Enjoy!

**In case this needs to be spelled out - these are NOT *preserved* and can not be stored in your pantry and eaten a year later. This is for fun/decorative purposes only**

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Movie Week(s)

Back in December during some of my Coupon/Deal Shopping, there was a big deal with Orville Redenbacher Popcorn, Sodas and Redbox.

Long story short, while digging through some old coupons recently, I found a lot of free Redbox rental codes I had cut out from inside the Orville boxes. 48 codes all together. Expiring Sept 30th.

I've been giving some away, but I've also been going and renting (2) a day for myself.
I wish I had been renting (2) a week since December, so I wouldn't have to feel like I'm gorging on movie-watching, since I'm not generally much of a tv/movie watcher.

These are the movies I've seen so far:
  • American Breakdown - Stupid!
  • Rango - Cute
  • Thor - Okay
  • The Score - Old, had already seen, but Okay
  • Lincoln Lawyer - Good
  • Insidious - Not really scary, but Okay 
  • Red Riding Hood - Good
  • Limitless - Good
  • Dylan Dog - Meh
  • Drive Angry - See Below
I got Drive Angry on the recommendation of a guy at the Redbox machine.
I was waiting for him to finish, and he asked me which movies I had that I was returning, because he was looking for one that wasn't in at the moment. I didn't have the one he was looking for, but he had seen one I was returning and we chatted about it (he hadn't liked it; I thought it was okay.)

So then he says that Drive Angry movie was a good one, if I hadn't seen it, which I hadn't, because I thought it was a movie about a car, and I'm not all that car crazy. But I have usually enjoyed Nick Cage movies, so I said what the heck, I'll give it a shot. It's free, so I'm not out anything if I don't like it.

Turns out the movie is very violent, lots of blood and gore, sex, strong language.

I liked it, it was pretty kick-ass.  But it makes me wonder, what it is that I was apparently projecting that would make a guy think I'd enjoy a movie like that? Not your typical housewife and Mom persona, I"m guessing.
Do I look like someone that enjoys sex, violence, fast cars and...stuff like that?

I never thought so, but it'd be cool if so.
And without even needing tattooes and piercings!

BTW, I still have a good many free codes left, so if anyone wants a couple, send me an email to missi at bellsouth dot com.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fall Gardening (Attempt)

So I decided I wanted to try some Fall Gardening this year. We've pretty well got regular gardening down, I think, time to try something new.
I went through the seed packets I already had, and apparently the only colder-weather seeds I had were Cabbage (yum) and Collards (yuck).

I had been trying to get to Walmart to get some of the Peat Pods I usually start my seeds in, but when we finally remembered about it, they were all out. So I put some Miracle Gro potting soil in the trays and sowed the seeds like that. I covered the trays with Saran Wrap (to create a greenhouse effect) and sat them on the kitchen window sill so they'd get morning sun.

Just a few days later, I had sprouts! Usually it's a couple weeks until sprouts.

Cabbage and Collards
Can you tell which is cabbage, and which is collards? I can't!

I moved them outside today to start hardying them for outdoor temps before planting them in the garden.

Friday, September 09, 2011