Archive for May, 2010

Laundry Room Meditations #3

Dear Readers,

Here’s another laundry room meditation for your perusal.  Friends are so important to all of us and are deserving of our prayers for them.


Dear God,

With this prayer, I call to mind my friends,

I ask for your blessing on them.

May angels fill their nights and bless their days.

May they find joy and peace and harmony.

May I be a source of happiness in their lives.

May our bond be strong and based on truth.

May they always know that in me, they have support.

May I live a life that lives up to this prayer.

Thank you, God.  Amen.

Keep smilin’!

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Dear Readers,

Here is some very useful information for making substitutions when cooking.  This info is quoted verbatim from the March 10, 1998 issue of Family Circle magazine.

“In-a-Pinch Substitutions

It can happen to the best of us:  Halfway through a recipe, you find you’re completely out of a key ingredient.  Here are some substitutions.

1 square unsweetened chocolate – substitute 3 tablespoons cocoa powder + 1 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoons flour (for thickening) – substitute 1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 cup cake flour – substitute 1 cup less 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder – substitute 1/4 tsp. baking soda + 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar + 1/4 tsp. cornstarch

1 cup corn syrup – substitute 1 cup sugar + 1/4 cup additional liquid used in recipe

1 cup milk – substitute 1/2 cup evaporated milk + 1/2 cup water

1 cup buttermilk – substitute 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice + enough milk to make 1 cup

1 cup sour cream (for baking) – substitute 1 cup plain yogurt

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar – substitute 1 cup sugar + 2 tablespoons molasses

1 teaspoon lemon juice – substitute 1/4 teaspoon vinegar (not balsamic)

1/4 cup chopped onion – substitute 1 tablespoon instant minced onion

1 clove garlic – substitute 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

2 cups tomato sauce – substitute 3/4 cup tomato paste + 1 cup water

1 tablespoon prepared mustard – substitute 1 teaspoon dry mustard + 1 tablespoon water”

Hope you find these substitutions useful.

Keep smilin’!

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Dear Readers,

Mimi had every intention of writing a mind-blowing blog about a subject that would keep you entirely involved and totally interested in reading every last word.

But, you know what?  That didn’t happen!  This past Sunday (my day for blog creating), there was a marvelous art festival being staged just a block away.  My husband and I sauntered over to the site, fully intending to only stay 30 minutes or so perusing the arts and crafts booths and maybe listening to a song or two on the outdoor stages in the park.

We sat down to listen to the music and there on the stage appeared the Papa Mojo Zydeco Band.  As the band warmed up, I kept thinking:  I can’t stay – I have a blog to write.  But the pounding rhythm of the zydeco music seduced me to stay and 30 minutes turned into 2-1/2 hours!  It was the wailing sound of the harmonica along with the pulsating beat of the drums and the strumming of the metal washboard  that did me in.  I thought:  the heck with going home and writing.  I’m staying right here listening to this glorious music – and that’s exactly what I did!

There’s no earth-shattering blog today but Mimi does have excellent memories of a warm Sunday afternoon spent totally enjoying Papa Mojo and his Zydeco Band in the heart of downtown Raleigh!

Keep smilin’!

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Mimi’s Springtime Salads #2

Dear Readers,

Here are more light springtime salads that are out-of-the-ordinary and simple to prepare.  The basic salad can be made with two different flavor combinations.  The tangy taste of cottage cheese keeps the salads from tasting too sweet.  Just try them and judge for yourself!

Pineapple Cottage Cheese Salad

1 – 24 oz. container cottage cheese

1 – 3 oz. package lime gelatin

1 – 9 oz. container Cool Whip

1 small can pineapple chunks, drained

Mix all ingredients together well.  Be sure to use gelatin crystals – no water.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Orange Cottage Cheese Salad

1 – 24 oz. container cottage cheese

1 – 3 oz. package orange gelatin

1 – 9 oz. container Cool Whip

1 small can mandarin oranges, drained

Mix all ingredients together well.  Be sure to use gelatin crystals – no water.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

These recipes came from the cookbook “Home On The Run” compiled by Marlys Long, Grace Schmit and Janet Taylor.

Enjoy and

Keep smilin’!

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Dear Readers,

Had a tremendous Mother’s Day complete with a tasty family brunch at a neighborhood restaurant and an extended phone conversation with my daughter in Connecticut.  I started thinking about what makes a Mom truly happy.  Now don’t get me wrong – mothers enjoy restaurant meals, flowers and candy but I’ve come to the  conclusion that perfect happiness is all about the small things.

Happiness for my sleep-deprived daughter-in-law was having both little ones sleep until 7:45 AM on Mother’s Day.  That sure beats a bouquet of flowers!

Reading an off-beat, irreverent card sent by my daughter brought a smile to my face.  My son drove by me on my morning walk and stopped the car just to wish me a “Happy Mother’s Day”!  It was heartwarming to receive a card from my sister and another card from my niece filled with photos of my favorite great-niece and nephew.  My younger sister called long-distance to extend best wishes for Mother’s Day.  My husband remarked that I looked “pretty in pink” right before we left to attend the family brunch.  My granddaughter bestowed a Mother’s Day hug and kiss on me.  Even at church this morning, I was surprised to receive a packet given to all the mothers containing an envelope filled with mint flavored hot chocolate mix, an Andes mint wafer and two pieces of milk chocolate Dove hearts.

These are all little gestures that are small on money but big on love and added together they made my Mother’s Day a joyful one, indeed!

Keep smilin’!

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Mimi’s Springtime Salads

Dear Readers,

It’s spring and everyone is in the mood for lighter meals.  Here are a couple of salad recipes that are sure to perk up any light springtime meal.

Crunchy Pea Salad

2 – 10 oz. pkgs. frozen peas, thawed

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 – 6 oz. can water chestnuts, sliced

2 tablespoons onion, chopped

3/4 cup celery, chopped

3/4 cup mayonnaise

In bowl, combine all ingredients until evenly coated.  Refrigerate several hours.  Stir before serving.

5 Cup Fruit Salad

1 cup sour cream

1 cup miniature marshmallows

1 cup pineapple tidbits, drained

1 cup coconut

1 cup mandarin oranges

Mix all ingredients together several hours before serving.

Enjoy and

Keep smilin’!

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Dear Readers,

On February 9, 2010 I posted a blog about inspirational clippings that are taped on the inside cabinet door over my washer in the laundry room.  The following is a prayer taped to that same door.  I think it’s worth sharing with you.

Our Home

May this house be a sacred

Dwelling for those who live here.

May those who visit feel the peace

We have received from You.

May darkness not enter.

May the  light of God shield

This house from harm.

May the angels bring their

Peace here and use our

Home as a haven of light.

May all grow strong in this place of healing, our sanctuary

From the loudness of the world.

May it be used by You forever.


Keep smilin’!

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