Tag Archive | family

Hard choices

Liathfaol is not doing well and I have some hard choices. She has a grade 3 heart murmur, a thyroid problem and a deep infection in the roots of more than one tooth. She is 15 years old and most Maine coons only make it to 12 1/2 years.

My choices are a $400 + surgery which she may not survive and which I would have to get a vet loan for. I could have her put to sleep or I got keep her on pain meds from the compounding pharmacy and let her die naturally or do nothing and let nature do what ever nature will do.

None of them good and my heart is breaking.

Yuletide treat – Twin Nut Wonders

Twin Nut Wonders

½ cup butter
1 cup ground almonds
3 Tbsp powdered sugar
1 cup sifted flour
1 sq /oz of semi sweet chocolate
Finely chopped pistachios

Cream butter with sugar in bowl by hand or with mixer
Gradually sift in flour blending well
Stir in the ground almonds
Chill one hour or until the dough is firm enough to handle
Form tablespoons of dough into 2 inch fingers by rolling lightly on pastry cloth or board.
No flour needed
Cut in half lengthwise
Place cut side down on greased or foiled cookie sheet
Bake at 325 (slow oven) 15 minutes or until pale golden brown.  Carefully remove with spatula.   Cool on wire rack. 
Melt chocolate in metal cup over hot water
Remove from heat
Dip end of cookie into the melted chocolates and then dip in the chopped pistachios
Put on waxed paper until chocolate has set.
Makes 3 dozen

Another old recipe from before calibrated ovens. I remember making these before pistachios were grown in the US, when they still came from Iran dyed with bright red dye or covered in a white coating of salt. I used to end up with bright red fingers from shelling the pistachios and sneaking them to eat because I loved them so much. Used to suck the salt off the shells too of the white ones if Mom didn’t catch me. Now I’m allergic to almonds so I could probably only eat one before it caught up to me but these are really good and one of my sister’s favourites.

Yuletide treat – Pineapple Pickle

Don’t knock it until you try it!

Pineapple Pickle

2 #2 ½ cans of pineapple chunks
1 cup cider vinegar
1 cup brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks 
20 whole cloves

Drain pineapple, reserving the liquid.
Add liquid to other ingredients and boil for 10 minutes
Add Pineapple and simmer for 10 minutes longer
Remove spices
Seal in hot sterilized jars or refrigerate until ready to use. 

Serves 6-8

Warning when we made this for Thanksgiving and Christmas there is never any left to store. The longer you wait before serving the better the spices will do their job. So make the day before at least.

Throwback Thursday


This is the morning of the second day of river rafting. If you look closely at my left leg you can see it’s sunburned by night fall it was on its way to blooming into a 3rd degree burn. This was way before waterproof sunblock in the 70′s. Two glorious days on the American River at Class IV and a red head with no waterproof sunblock. I went with my parent’s friends from church and my Dad. One of the few times I got to do something as an adult with just my Dad.

I miss him.