Saturday, March 28, 2015

Grandma Dawkins Noodle Recipe

Grandma Dawkins' Noodles

2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 beaten eggs
4 Tablespoons milk or cream

Beat eggs in bowl.  Add milk.  Mix well.  Add flour and salt, mixing well.
Knead on floured board until smooth.  Roll very thin and set 20 minutes.
Sprinkle with flour and roll up like a jelly roll.  Cut rolls in thin strips.
Unroll and dry.
Cook 10 to 20 minutes in hot chicken broth.

If you ever visited grandma the week before Easter, you'd always find these noodles
drying on tea towels on the bed of the front bedroom or draped over tea
towels on the kitchen chairs.  Once they were dry, she'd store them
in containers until time to put them in the broth. 

Maybe this will be my contribution to Easter dinner rather than my dumplings this year. 
My dumpling recipe is found here.  My family always requests these for any holiday.

Grandma Dawkins - oh the memories.  I am sure all of her grandchildren have the best memories of this remarkably kind woman.  To me she will always and always be my favorite grandma.  She's been gone now for 43 years, but I still think of her often, and, other than my own mother, I feel her influence in my life more than any other woman I've ever known.  I so wish my own children could have known her.  

I love you.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Stay Safe. Stay Prepared.

With the tornado still fresh on my mind, I thought I'd jot down a few things for you and me to remember.  We here in Oklahoma usually have days to prepare for a tornado.  They don't know for sure if a tornado will actually form, but the weather predictors can foresee favorable conditions for the possibility of tornadoes.  Here are a few things to think about in preparation for an upcoming tornado event.

1.  Make sure you have a plan of shelter.  You might have to take shelter away from your home or you might even need to take shelter in your closet or in your bathtub.  You might have your own shelter at home or your neighbor might take you in.  If your neighbor has offered their shelter, then find out in advance where the key is in case they aren't home.  It is tornado season right now so make sure your shelter is not filled with junk and that the door can be easily opened.

If watches are in your area, then make sure your children are within shouting distance.  As we saw the other evening, some tornadoes happen very suddenly.  Make sure your children, too, know your shelter location.

2.  If you have a shelter, make sure the city knows it in case they have to rescue you.

3.  Keep your phone charged.  Don't head to your shelter and find that your phone is at 18%.  Have it in your pocket at all times during alerts.  You don't want to be hunting for it on your way to your shelter.

4.  Flashlight.  Have a charged flashlight at the ready or in your safe spot.  If you have a metal room, maybe you can find a magnetic flashlight and put it just inside the door.  It wouldn't hurt to have a small LED light in your pocket as well as a larger one.  You might even stock your shelter with a hand crank flashlight just in case your batteries run out.  Same goes for a radio.

5.  Water.  Make sure you have fresh drinking water in your shelter just in case you, God forbid, are sheltered in place for quite some time.  Same goes for a candy bar.  I'm not saying stock it for the millennium, but a couple of candy bars might calm the kids.  If you're going to a neighbors house for safety take them a case of water for their shelter at the beginning of tornado season. 

6.  Make sure you have on clothes that are comfortable in case the weather suddenly gets colder and it always does after a tornado.  Think ahead.  Prepare yourself for the possibility of a disaster.  Do you want to be sifting through rubble in a pair of short shorts and flip flops? 

It just makes sense to me to change into fairly decent jeans, shirt, and shoes when the alerts are in my area.  You might think this is a bit silly, but I also put on some of my nicer pieces of jewelry--those I know I would never replace.  So what if I have on 8 pendants tucked under my blouse?  It would be better than trying to dig through the rubble for your mom's wedding ring.  Just put it on.  Monday evening knowing the storms were coming, I just changed into my nicer jeans and tennis shoes.    

7.  Shoes.  This mom is going to suggest tennis shoes or hard sole shoes for the exact reason as number 6.  Do you want to be running in flip flops?  And if you have children, make sure they have their shoes on and laced.  No last minute "I can't find my shoes."

8.  Purse or wallet.  Make sure you know exactly where your purse is.  If you have extra cash around the house, you might want to, temporarily at least, put it in your wallet.  If your place is destroyed, that extra cash might come in handy until the insurance comes through.

The other night the weather alerts told us the storm was near Tinker so we then started to wonder if we should run to safety at one of our neighbors.  It was at that point that I put my crossbody handbag over my head just in case we made a dash for safety.  I wore it in the house for probably 30 minutes, but I would have it if we needed to leave immediately.

9.  Dog and leash.  If you are taking your dog to your shelter, prepare ahead of time.  Get the leash handy.

10.  Meds.  If you have meds you cannot live without, why not stash a couple doses in your pocket.

11.  Kids --  Now I know those kids will be number one on your list, but you also might want to have ready anything that will make them a little less anxious.  I am specifically thinking of their favorite blanket or their go to doll or stuff animal.  Shelters, cellars, etc, can be scary places especially when you add in all the TV weatherman dramatics.

This is just a list of things that have crossed my mind lately.  Your list might be a short one.  Just be prepared in a common sense sort of way.  If you don't have a shelter and events are stacking up for the big disaster event like Moore, 2013, you might consider leaving town for a night...somewhere out of the "watch" area.  In that case, gas up your car prior to actually needing to leave and leave in plenty of time to avoid the traffic of those doing the same as you.

Advice from your over protective mom.

I love you.  Stay safe.  Stay prepared. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sometimes You Just Want to Be in Bed Asleep

End of 2014 and beginning 2015  Audrey's Birthday 091"I just want to be in my bed asleep", this little boy cried.  I think we all wanted to be in our beds asleep last night.  Yes, the Oklahoma tornado season began last night with a vengeance right in good old Moore, Oklahoma; got to be known as the tornado capital of the world.  Moore -- the town where my daughter, her husband, and my three darling grandchildren live.  It was almost more than this grandmother could take hearing the weatherman declare a tornado on the ground on my daughter's street.  Hurriedly I called, no time for texting, and got no answer.  I called again, still the same.  Finally, in a few seconds my phone rang and all I said was "Get in your shelter now!"  And then the waiting began......................

It seemed like an eternity before the weatherman reported the Moore tornado intensity was decreasing.  This time, luckily for my daughter, the weatherman missed the location of the tornado and they were spared any damage (except the emotional toll).  This time the tornado was on top of Moore before anyone realized what was happening, including the weatherman!  This time not even the National Weather Service had time to issue a warning.  It was quick without warning until it was on the ground, but thankfully it was not as strong as other tornadoes that have haunted Moore in the past although the 30 or so house that were destroyed might disagree with me.  Anytime ones house is flattened, it really doesn't matter what the EF rating is.

My daughter called later to tell me they were safe, but not without crying children and mom's anxiety.  Our little 7 year old grandson told his mom through tears that he wanted to be in his bed asleep.  I shed a tear myself thinking of him being so scared.  I, too, just wanted to be in my bed asleep.  Sometimes you just don't want to deal with all the excitement of a tornado.  Sometimes you just want to be in bed asleep.

I love you. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Throw Them Out or Keep Them

I've been cleaning out drawers today and ran across an old pair of pantyhose.  What am I going to do with those?  Throw them out or keep them?

I don't wear pantyhose anymore, do you?  Styles have changed over the years, but gee, I wish that pantyhose were still popular.  Who decided that pantyhose were to be cast aside for bare legs?  My legs just don't look like they did in 1970.  They need a little help with a cover-up just as my body needs a little cover-up when I dare wear a swimsuit.  (And yes, I really do wear a swimsuit........even at my age.)

Here it is dead of winter, 33 burr degrees.  These days what do women do when they have an event where a knee-length dress is worn?  Do they go bare-legged or do they don hose?  I know what you're going to tell me.........wear dress pants............or wear tights, but DON'T wear the pantyhose. 

Still you haven't convinced me that I should throw them out.  So I will put these sheer lovelies back in the drawer and I can decide later when and if I actually need them.  My criteria will probably be whether my need to be stylish outweighs my need for comfort.  Not many women my age are considered fashionistas anyway.

Throw them out or keep them?

I love you.

I'm going to tell you a little story about pantyhose and how we girls saved money.  Back in my day (back in the sexy Mad Men days--ha ha) pantyhose were pretty expensive.  If one leg got a runner, then the pantyhose was ruined.....or was it?  Nope, and here is how we saved them.  Cut off the leg with the runner and discard, but save the remainder.  When you get a runner in another pair hose, do the same thing.  Assuming the runners were on opposite legs, you would then have another pair with two panties.  Get it????  Just a tiny bit uncomfortable, but hey............saved money when I was a single gal.  By the way I was told about this little secret by someone who really was a fashionista back in the Mad Men days.


Hamburgers and Memories

Have you ever had one of those sensory moments where you are taken back in time?  Sight, sound, touch, smell, and tastes.  Smell...........I had one of those sensory moments tonight with the smell of pickles.  Pickles!!!  Hamburgers were on the menu and when I opened that jar of pickles, I was immediately a little girl again.  So much so that a tear fell and the hubby asked what was wrong.  I looked up and he immediately said "You had one of those moments, didn't you?" and gave me a sweet hug.  He knows me all too well.

I have written about our Saturday night hamburger suppers several times, but for me the memory never gets old.  Saturday nights were the "party" time for my family; pop to drink, hamburgers on the stove with that wonderful odor............hamburgers frying in the cast iron skillets, freshly diced onions (not sliced), thinly, thinly sliced lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and mom's dill pickles-----just up from the cold cellar.  All those odors came together to almost make me weep tonight.  It wasn't the hamburgers so much as it was the gathering of those seven people.  The shuffling of seven chairs, the girls with rollers in their hair, the chatter, the faces........oh the faces.  Seven people who knew nothing of the future............just living in the moment............a family.

Those faces came back to me tonight......young faces........and two faces now gone, but never, ever forgotten.

Here's to my favorite meal at home.........hamburgers and memories of a wonderful childhood

I love you.

If you come to visit, I will gladly make you a hamburger, but you won't have this emotion for the faces have changed.  I would hope, however, that you would leave with a happy memory of being in my home.  I might even tell you a story about my life on the farm.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Enjoy the Season, Young Parents

All my Christmas shopping and wrapping are done, but I kind of wish I was out shopping today.  I think more than shopping, I would like to turn back time and experience the 'young parent syndrome' again; the excitement of playing Santa.

Back in the late 1970s, I would have never classed ourselves as poor, but as a stay-at-home mom, we sort of lived from paycheck to paycheck.  The kids were little and didn't really have particular toys on their list so that made shopping for them much easier.  We could wait until the last minute to shop and usually did because inevitably payday fell just a few days before Christmas, or in some instances, on Christmas Eve itself.  We never panicked for there was always toys, toys galore. 

You'd be surprised how much toys are discounted on Christmas Eve if you know where to look.  That place would be all the stores that don't normally carry toys; OTASCO, for example.  Remember OTASCO?  Oklahoma Tire and Supply Company.  OTASCO to the rescue.  Steven was just at the age where he could maneuver a little motorized vehicle and we found one that OTASCO was practically giving away on Christmas Eve.  That made Santa very happy.

Enjoy the season, young parents!  This season of life passes ever so quickly.

I love you.

And no, we didn't have a babysitter.  We'd all look at the toys, Santa would nod, and one of us would take the kids either to the car or across the store while Santa did his magic!  It all worked out perfectly just as was intended.

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Perfect Day

Have you ever had one of those days where you have everything planned right down to the tiniest detail and you get derailed right at the get-go?  That's exactly what happened today.  And I had to cope............

During the night last night, I planned our whole day; a perfect pre-Christmas Day stressless day.  A day of fun as a reward for getting all the shopping and wrapping done.  I was going to:  1)  Get my hair colored at 9:30.  2)  Pick up hubby.  3)  Be at Ingrid's Kitchen for Lobster Bisque at 11:15.  4)  Be at Steinmart at 12:00 for a little shopping and looking for myself.  5)  Be at Whole Foods by 12:45.  6.  Movie around 2:00.  7)  Be at Sam's Club by 4:45.  8)  Home by 6:00.   A treat day.  A perfect day!

BUT, I got to my salon at 9:25 and the girl that was to fix my hair wasn't there yet.  No biggie, but by 9:50 I was grinding my teeth and I was getting quite tense.  It wasn't like my stylist to be late.  Getting more and more tense, I finally asked a girl if she'd heard from her; she hadn't.  Finally, another stylist came in the door and explained to me that my stylist was in the ER with her daughter, but that she do put color on my hair after she did the same for her own patron.  It was awfully sweet of her to take me and I am extremely appreciative, but that put me off my schedule by two hours.

After being at the salon for 45 minutes and still not in the chair, I started to de-stress.  I began to unwind.  I unclenched my jaws.  I just let it all go.  All the plans for the day, all the appointments, and even Ingrid's Lobster Bisque.  (You have to taste it to believe it.)  You see, I could either stress myself all out or just go with the flow, which truth be told, was the only thing I could do.  Short of leaving with my roots showing (and we know that wasn't going to happen), I really had no choice but to set there so I might as well let it go.

By this simple decision to not let myself get all uptight, the day still turned out perfect; just the way it was always meant to be.  We had lunch at home.  We skipped Steinmart all together, but we made it to Whole Foods.  They didn't have their Stolen this year, probably a good thing because I would have been tempted.  We made a quick trip to Sprouts for produce.  We didn't take in a movie, but we made it to Sam's.  Home by 4:45.  A perfect day!

I hope your day was perfect.  I hope that you are having a chance to reflect the true meaning of Christmas and can let all the stress and strife all go.

Not the day I had planned, but a PERFECT DAY!

I love you. 

Now I just need to de-stress about my laptop.  I'm using the hubbies, but after Christmas...........


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Rambling Christmas Thoughts

I haven't written in ages due to a faulty laptop which now seems to be working; like magic.  Now don't tell anyone this, but I think the security people messed it up deliberately.  I say that in jest, but it all started when I failed to renew my security protection and suddenly has fixed itself after I renewed.  Could it be???????  Hubby told me to be careful because I was sounding cynical.  I learned it from the master.

So since it is working and since I really don't have my thoughts in order enough to actually post anything of sentimental value, I thought I just start listing my rambling thoughts that have been running through my mind lately.

1.  Why did they take the hopped up on caffeine Target lady off their commercials?  I know people just like her and they definitely get in their zone when Target is their destination.  Mindy, I'm talking about you!!

2.  Why is it raining when I have the time and desire to make divinity?  If I have to explain that to you, then you don't make candy.

3.  Yesterday, on the way to the car, I saw a woman who was wearing the cutest top; a 4 inch trim of sequins around the bottom and the 3/4 sleeves.  Anyway, I told her it was pretty.  She never said a word, but her husband who was a few steps behind, rather loudly told me thank you.  She definitely heard me, but I wonder why she didn't acknowledge a compliment.  She must have been in a hurry, but I could tell the husband thought she was being rude.

4.  I don't like music of the Trans Siberian Orchestra.  Just don't.

5.  I have all my Christmas shopping done except two gifts which are simple ones.

6.  I have made a double batch of Fantasy Fudge with pecans.  I weighed the candy--6 pounds 13 ounces.  It is in the refrigerator.  Hopefully!
7.  I love colored lights on my tree.  Oh the solid colors are very beautiful and glamorous, but I like all different colors.  The hubby and I are in agreement and we have decided that is because we have such fond memories of our childhood Christmases.  We both had colored lights on our trees--precious memories.

8.  I start listening to Christmas music the week before Thanksgiving.  Love it!  Nowadays it is so much easier to find the old standards; satellite radio, Pandora, etc.  There is one CD I really want and hope to get this week--Seth MacFarlane's Holiday for Swing.  Who knew Seth could sing?

9.  I am not going to make Aunt Betty's (my actual Aunt Betty--a real Aunt Betty) Peanut Brittle.  First time in 42 years............hmmmm.............maybe I ought to make it after all.

10.  I can't wait till Tara and Rhonda get here.  I get all giddy thinking of all the Mexican restaurants to try.......a few new ones, maybe.

11.  and lights...........always a "look at lights" night for us Tuckers.  Nichols Hills and Chesapeake, here we come!  Which reminds me of the time when I was a teenager when two car loads of us Dawkins' were out looking at lights in the big city.  We either made a wrong turn or someone deliberately decided we needed to check out the Oklahoma City Country Club.  Oh yes we did, two car loads of us drove right up to the front door; valets ready to open our doors and park our cars.  Don't look at them and keep on driving like we know what we are doing.  That same night there was someone who was driving on the wrong side of I44, coming right towards us.  I was in the first car and I remember looking back to make sure our family members in the second car avoided that car.  It was scary, but  God was watching over us all.

12.  I just love the Salvation Army bell ringers.  Again, it must be a childhood memory thing because it warms my heart to know there are folks that take time to volunteer.  It saddens me, though, to know of people who are suffering.

13.  We bought 4 Christmas movies to replace those that have been ravaged by time and abuse.  We have an entire month's worth of movies that we view each year, saving our favorites for the week before Christmas.  There are several old black and white movies with a Christmas theme that we have discovered in the last 5 years.  Yes, they are cheesy, but they are cute and you see all the period clothing and d├ęcor.  I love that!

14.  I don't like to wrap presents, but, guess what.  I have all mine wrapped and all that Rhonda has sent so far.

15.  Hot chocolate!!  Tara has been texting me for more than a month that we are going to McDonald's to get hot chocolate when she comes.  Did I already say I cannot wait till she gets here?  By the way, McDonald's does have the best hot chocolate.

This is getting long........and I have so much more to say.  Oh well, more next time boys and girls.  I think I will blog something tomorrow that you will find nostalgic.  Stay tuned.

I love you.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Dishwasher

Well it is gone.  After 27 years and 11 months, it is gone.  They took it off this morning and I sighed just a little.  And this is the part you are NOT going to believe.  The thing was still workingYou know how the Tucker's make things last and last.  If it works, why get something new.  I am just a little bit surprised that we gave up the old rotary dial phone.  After nearly 28 years, I finally have a new dishwasher.  It has been a good one--that old dishwasher of mine.  Only the $99 pump was replaced.  (I have receipts of all my appliances and repairs.  I am married to an engineer.  Who knows when this information might be used as a blog post?)  I have written about this old machine a few times when the hubby was able to work his magic and keep that old thing running for a few more years much to my chagrin.

It's gone now!  I would like to tell you that I almost miss the old thing, but not really.  Yes, it was working and I used it yesterday, but it wasn't getting the dishes as clean as I thought it should...........and I really wanted to have something that didn't sound like a freight train coming through the kitchen.  Well, I sure can't hear the new one, but, then again, my family quotes a line in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation to me often.  "You couldn't hear a dump truck driving through a dynamite factory."

That's about all that's happening here at the homestead.  Do you think the new machine will last 28 years? 

I love you.