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Trash talk

29 Nov

So this Friday will mark a new chapter in my family’s Christmas traditions. We are hosting our inaugural ugly Christmas sweater party. I’m super stoked. 

With a holiday party comes all the food stuffs too. So of course I went directly to the best source of holiday recipes: my mom. Oh my goodness y’all. My mom used to throw some killer Christmas parties. I’m pretty sure she spent an entire month’s grocery budget on the food for said parties too. The smells that wafted through the house, from December 1-25 were heavenly. 

One of my favorite things she’d make was Texas Trash. Basically a homemade Chex mix. I’m sure she included a small amount of questionable ingredients because it was so addictive. Ha ha. And whatever didn’t get consumed at the party would be leftover and only got better with time. It’s great to gift and even better to “taste test.”

Sow without further ado, I give you Cheryl’s Texas Trash  

right out of the oven

   

  • 3C corn squares cereal 
  • 3C rice squares cereal
  • 1C of wheat squares, “Os” cereal (Cheerios), or Kix – I use store brand Tasteeos
  • 1C mixed nuts 
  • 1.5C mini pretzels 
  • 6 TBSP butter
  • 2 TBSP Worstchestershire Sauce 
  • 1.5 tsp seasoned salt

Preheat oven to 250°F. Melt butter and combine with salt and sauce. Pour over cereals/nuts and toss until coated. This may seem like not enough butter/seasoning, but just keep tossing. On a sided cookie sheet or roasting pan, spread mixture in single layer (it probably will make two pans). Bake for 60 minutes, tossing every 15 minutes. When done, transfer to countertop on paper towels to cool and to allow for any additional oils to drain off. Once cooled, transfer into an airtight container. 

Christmas tins are perfect to put them into and then gift. 
I wish I had some smell-o-vision for you right now. 

There’s a Party In My Tummy…

3 Jun

…so yummy, so yummy!  OK, so maybe I’ve watched a few too many episodes of “Yo Gabba, Gabba!”  If you haven’t had the privilege to see an episode, you should.  The music, alone, make it worth it.  What I get a kick out of is the little skits that the characters do, regarding food.  In an effort to encourage good eating habits, they always make things into a song “There’s a party in my tummy; so yummy, so yummy.”  the best part is that the food actually smile about being eaten and want to “join the party in your tummy.”

OK, so maybe it’s not that funny.  I get a kick out of it though.

Tonight, there was not only a party in our house, but there was a party in my tummy too!  My husband recently returned from a mission trip to Cuba and we had all the folks from the trip at our house.  Like any good Southern Gal, I knew I should not rely on guests to bring food.  I grew up where if you were invited to a person’s house, for a party, you didn’t bring anything unless it was a birthday party.  Then, and only then, you brought something- a gift.  So, when I moved to Florida, I was shocked stunned pleasantly surprised to find that people actually bring host(ess) gifts and will even bring food (you don’t even have to ask!).  I still have making-more-food-than-i-need-to-itis and tonight was no exception.

We already planned wings and hot dogs, but I knew that wouldn’t be enough.  So, I decided to pick a few party foods from the cookbook: tomatillo avocado dip, Jamboree Dip (no. 2), Pretzel jello salad, Banana Punch, and Banana Split Cake.  Lest night I made everything and had the dishes done within 3 hours!  I was very proud of how efficient I am becoming.  Since I made so many things I will try my best to describe them well enough.

I already posted about the tomatillo dip.  It was really good again, and this time I made sure I had cilantro.  I also made it in the blender which was difficult as the cilantro got twisted around the blades of the blender.  Some day I will own a Vitamix…someday.  But until then I will just forge on with my Oster blender with a million speeds that all do the same thing. 🙂

The Jamboree Dip (no. 2) really didn’t make the party happen in my tummy, although it was tasty.  It’s a blend of black-eyed peas, chili powder, onion, Rotel tomatoes, blah, blah, blah.  It was good with chips, but really just tasted like what I might give my baby when I’m wanting him to have seasoned black eyes for the first time…so I will only divulge a picture.

Grandma’s Notes: 6/3/77- Sid went to Center, Frank went to the garden (she had recently stepped in an armadillo hole and broken her knee).  He gathered greens, picked beans, the began to dig potatoes.  Sid got there in time to help some before noon.

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On to the Pretzel Jello Salad…this is a great, um, er, well, I’m not really sure if you want to call it a salad or a dessert.  It’s got a savory pretzel crust, but it’s also got Cool Whip in it.  I always grew up with the idea that whipped topping = dessert.  However, this is one of my mom’s recipes and who am I to tell her it’s not a salad?!

Not the best picture, but you can kind of see the layers: pretzel, cool whip/cream cheese, strawberries, and jello.

Notes: Frank Henry Horton was born June 1, 1950 in Center, Texas to Sidney and Gladys Horton of Tenaha.  Frank graduated from Tenaha HS in 1968 and then graduated from SFA in 1775 with a Computer Science major.  Frank married Cheryl Harris March 18, 1978.  They moved to Bedford, Texas.  Frank worked for Texas Health Resources for 32 years.

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Now for the PaRtY!!!!

I don’t want to weigh down this entry with a lot more fluff, so I’ll get to the recipes I want to share.

Banana Punch

  • 1 lg can of pineapple juice
  • 1 lg can orange juice
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 cups sugar
  • juice of two lemons
  • 5 bananas (blended)

Heat water and sugar until dissolved.  Mix in all other ingredients.  Freeze in cubes or rings until needed.  Before using, let thaw 2-3 hours (until slushy).  Put into punch bowl or pitcher and add 2 or 3 bottles of ginger ale.

Like my new bowl? It’s handmade by a friend of ours!  He and I also decided this recipe could easily be “leaded” or unleaded.  Just add rum and blend the frozen mix!

Grandma’s Notes:  6/3/77- Ramah Day; I’m not able to go.  Sid leads the singing (was church song leader at Ramah Church for many years).  Bea sent my dinner.  It was SO nice.  I couldn’t eat it all but it was SO good.  6/5/77- Glenda Bagwell Hendrix came and visited until after 12:00 this morning.  Bea again sent dinner.

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Banana Split Cake (Get ready to REALLY Party!)

  • 2.5 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 sticks butter (one stick melted)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 3 or 4 bananas
  • 1 lg Cool Whip
  • 1 (or 2) 16 oz can pineapple, well drained (VERY well drained)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • maraschino cherries

Combine cracker crumbs with melted sick of butter.  Place in 13 x 9 x 2 in pan or casserole dish.  Beat eggs, 2 sticks butter, and powdered sugar for 15 minutes (YES, 15…it will go from a pale yellow to white by the end of the time).  Pour over cracker crust.  Slice bananas over filling and pour drained pineapple over bananas.  Add Cool Whip next, spread evenly.  Sprinkle with chopped nuts and garnish with cherries. Refrigerate overnight.

OK, so I was VERY disturbed about the egg/sugar/butter part, because there was no cooking involved.  However, I am guessing the mixing for 15 minutes does some sort of emulsification to the eggs.  But, I can not find information about it anywhere.  If you know…let me know!  After I got over that initial issue, I prepared the rest of the recipe as indicated.

Holy Bananas Batman!  It was THE one thing people went back for seconds and thirds at the party.  I had not yet eaten any at this point either.  I waited until I was putting everything away to enjoy it.  And yes, there was a super-duper party in my tummy happening!

The after party the next day is just as fun too!

Grandma’s Notes: 6/6/94- Watched memorial service for Normandy Bay (50 years today was D-Day in WWII).  So many did not come back.  James Roy Hill brought fresh vegetables.  Haley came; brought the fan from upstairs; found my walking cane.  Anthony mowed.  THANK YOU FOR THE GOOD THINGS THAT I CAN ENJOY.  MAY I BE CONTENT WITH MY LIFE.