Saturday, May 29, 2010

Life in the Kerr Household

May 29, 2010
Yesterday 18 women came to our home to take part in “Game Daze”, one of the social functions of the Parker County Women’s and Newcomers’ Club (PCWNC). Once a month (except August) we meet at a member's home, bringing food and games for all to enjoy. I played Drunk Rummy and 42 (dominos). My food preparation consisted of tortilla soup made in a large crock pot, a delicious cake (well, everyone said it was) made from a recipe on the vanilla pudding box, coffee and punch made from a recipe in our PCWNC recipe book, appropriately called PCWNC Punch. A great time was enjoyed by all. My darling husband, Doug, shot numerous photos of the event as always. One of the ladies who hadn't heard about my book, bought one.

Recipes follow and you will notice, all are simple:

Angel Lush cake

1 20 oz. can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 3.4 oz. pkg. JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
1 cup thawed COOL WHIP
1 pkg. 10” round angel food cake, cut into 3 layers
10 fresh strawberries

Mix pineapple and dry pudding mix. Gently stir in COOL WHIP. Stack layers on plate, spreading pudding mixture between layers and on top of cake. Refrigerate 1 hour. Slice strawberries in half and decorate top of cake with them.

Crock-Pot Tortilla Soup
Serves 8

1-1/2 lbs. cooked shredded chicken breasts
1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
1 14-oz. can Hatch Green Chile Enchilada Sauce
2 4-oz. cans Hatch Diced Green Chiles
1 15-oz. can pinto beans, drained
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tbsp. minced garlic
2 cups water
1 15-oz. can chicken broth
2 tsp. each: cumin, chili powder (depending on how hot you like it-I only do 1 tsp. chili powder) salt, black pepper (or to taste)
1 15-oz. can corn, drained
Garnish with chopped cilantro, Mexican four cheese and avocado
Serve with package tortilla strips or chips

Combine all ingredients (except for garnishes) in crock pot. Cover and cook on High 4 hours.

Serves 40

2 3-oz. boxes orange gelatin
2 cups boiling water
2 12-oz. cans frozen orange juice, thawed
1 46-oz can unsweetened pineapple juice
1 6-oz. can frozen lemonade PLUS required water
1 qt. ginger ale, chilled

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Cool. Add juices as listed; mix well. Chill thoroughly. Just before serving, add ginger ale. Place two or three ice cubes in small glasses and fill with punch.

I don’t like to serve my guests food on paper plates so all of my Fiestaware was in use necessitating two loads in the dish washer when all was said and done. Needless to say, after getting my kitchen back to normal, I spent the rest of the day and evening on the couch either napping or watching TV.

May 29, 2010

Today is the beginning of the Memorial Day observance. We are going to my daughter, Lynne’s, home in Azle, Texas for a family cookout and games.

We played the Ladder Game. For those of you who haven’t seen this: It is an upright unit usually made from PVC pipe with three rows of dowels between the outside frame. There are two units along with two sets of three short ropes, with either golf balls or hard rubber balls attached to the ends of each rope—one set of three colored red and the other colored blue. The object is to toss these ropes with balls so they will wind around one of the dowels. The units are placed a specific distance from each other and teams of two are formed. Each dowel has a value, the top one being 3 points, the middle one being 2 points and the bottom one is 1 point. The object is to reach 21 points before the other team does to win and it must be exactly 21 points at the end. There is an area on the units for keeping score. This is a game in which just about anyone in the family can participate. My team lost consistently, but it was fun.

Because it is so hot here today, in fact 95 degrees, son Russ, Lynne and daughter-in-law Kelley decided to cook indoors. We had delicious turkey tacos with all the trimmings including Mexican Rice and refried beans. I brought left over Angel Lush cake for dessert as well as some of the PCWNC Punch.

Came home to an email from my Publicist Mary Stoddard concerning reviews being dropped from my publishing site. There is evidently a bug in the program and have sent an email requesting restoration of the reviews. By the way, the title of my book is "The Cherokee Advantage", One woman's twentieth century tale of tears.
It is a memoir written from my perspective from the age of four. If you would like to learn more about it, please go to my web site: Crittenden is my maiden name as well as my pen name. It is a well known name in The Cherokee Nation (headquartered in Tahlequah, Oklahoma), of which I am a card carrying member.

This is all I have to say for now.

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