Monday, July 24, 2017

Ma's Zucchini Bread

This is one of my favorite summertime
baked goods. I have many hours of hilariously funny
memories of making a mess with my mother as we
mixed, baked and packaged all the breads to eat
through the holidays. So I decided that I would
share this recipe with y'all and maybe you can 
make your own memories to make you smile 
years and years later.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

A year has come and gone since I stopped by here the last time (Hope y'all didn't miss me too much).
In that year I have had many occasions to smile and many to get me really thinking about what is most important in life, at least for me...

         The year started off really good then I got sick went in to the doctors for a routine blood test and found out that it was not so routine after all...needless to say it totally changed my whole perspective on life and although the same things that were always important to me still are I have found that there is now a more intense appreciation for and need to keep in touch and spend as much time as possible with those whom I love...I have faced the fact of my own mortality and that life does not "just go on". There have been times when I wanted to scream and cry and times when I think about how much wasted time there is in life when people fight over stupid things  and can't put aside their differences to get along. The other thing is that there are so many tears that are needlessly shed because people are so cruel to those who are a bit different then they are or may need a helping hand. If the world was just kind enough to reach out a helping hand to their neighbor without expecting something in return and without thinking about the cost to them or the time that it would take away from their recreational activities then every one would smile and no one would be lacking for caring hands, food or anything else they might find themselves in need of.  Those reaching out would feel the moving love within themselves; that good feeling that comes from giving unconditionally.
       Instead this world we live in would rather fight over and hate things as trivial as a difference of opinion, what religion some one practices, the color of a persons skin and whether or not we should protect our world and leave it better for our children. This is such a shame because life is really short to begin with and when you are faced with something which will definitely shorten that time you really come to terms and realize as you watch the world and all their petty grievances that there are many more things that you have to be thankful for they will never figure out until that final moment when they are going to die and then it is way to late to do anything about it or appreciate them.    And that my friends is the kicker to finding out that you have that life shortening disease or as my Mom would call it "The silver lining" to all that has happened in this past year. I got a fore warning so that I am able to realize that choosing your battles is very important because the fight you are fighting now is the only important battle in your life and that all of these little blessings are not so small.
  All this brings to mind one of my favorite songs and how I really didn't understand it until now the song is called "Live like you were dying" and simply it means to open your eyes and heart and soul then you will find a whole new world in front of you and you will definitely appreciate it all which in my opinion is what we should all take the time to do now so when that day comes you will have no regrets. You will have said all you need to say, loved all those you needed to love and appreciated every step along the way.

Friday, December 18, 2015

This is a Recipe for a Basic Pancake mix which I use all the time... They are fluffy and thick so you don't need many to fill you up... If you happen to run out of bread they make a great PB&J or make the batter slightly thinner to make a great flavorful wrap for your favorite meat or scrambled eggs and cheese... Top them with fruit or your favorite syrup No matter what you do with them you will enjoy them... Yummy... :)

Basic Pancake Batter

1/2 Cup Milk
1 Egg
2 Tbls Melted Butter or Margarine
1 Cup Flour
2 Tsps Baking Powder
2 Tbls Sugar
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1  Pinch of ground Allspice

Put egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla into a bowl and mix well then set aside...
Mix all dry ingredients in large mixing bowl and whisk or sift together add egg mixture and whisk till all lumps are gone...spoon onto hot greased skillet and cook till bubbly all over and lightly browned on the bottom then flip and cook till lightly brown on second side...

If desired you can add any fruit to the batter in quantity that you desire or add it on top at the table....

For Waffles: double all ingredients EXCEPT ALLSPICE then  add an extra 1/2 cup of milk and 1 Tbl of melted butter.

For Chocolate Peanut Butter: Double all ingredients  LEAVING OUT ALLSPICE then add 1/2 Cup Cocoa, 1/4 Tsp salt, and 1/2 bag of Reese's Peanut Butter Chips.

Peanut Butter Topping: Mix 2Tbls Peanut Butter with 1 Tbl water and microwave until melted stirring every 10 seconds for up to 30 seconds if it is still too thick add water and repeat heating in 10 second intervals until you have the desired consistency...

Top with desired topping and enjoy...

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Hello world I am here today to write down my feelings of sadness and you know I lost My mom and best friend earlier this year and my Dad in the spring of last year and now it is the holiday season...Last year was a sad season but Mom the wonderful woman that she was brightened it for me but this year is devastating with them both gone. I cannot seem to find the Christmas spirit anywhere...I try very hard for the kids' sake to keep a smile on my face but once they all go home I am left lost and alone with all of my feelings of sadness making me want to go to bed and cover my head until after the New Year arrives. I could never explain what I am feeling but those of you who have lost a parent or two know it is an overriding sadness that weighs heavy on your heart....

So as I always do I wrote down my feelings in my words of poetry...

The World Is Empty Without You Here...

As Christmas descends around the world...
And loved ones all gather...
Into sadness I am hurled...
Skipping this season I would rather.

The children come and decorations are hung...
Smiles and laughter ring out...
Christmas carols are cheerily sung...
But leave me alone I would rather shout.

The tree goes up and the lights are lit...
The presents are all wrapped...
On my couch I solemnly sit...
Feeling totally trapped.
The Christmas singing and the bells chime...
Aren't the same without your voice so clear...
All I can do is cry all the time..
The world is empty without you here.

Written December 15, 2015
Christmas without mom & dad
Joy & Cashmier Kotlarz 
by: Frances (Kotlarz) Glennon 

Ó Frances Glennon 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Poem for Momma

I wrote this Poem to say goodbye to my Mom...When she left this world to join my Dad in heaven I not only lost a Mom but my best friend and as you can see from the words in the poem it made me very upset and lost...I wanted to say goodbye and let her know how much I love her and will miss her...Written with all the love in my heart for you Momma by your baby girl Sissy...

My Momma My Best Friend

A Poem For Momma
 Momma, You kissed my boo boos you dried my tears...You helped me grow through the years.You taught me all I would need to know...The seeds of love for to sow.Now you've gone from this world...Into despair my life is hurled.But you reached out to touch my face...and shine upon me with loving grace.So now I sit and I can have not gone you're here with me.I love you momma is all I can say...I will carry you in my heart every day.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Gluten Free Meatloaf Surprise

Ok folks having to go gluten free has practically made a mad scientist out of me...I can't stand the terrible flavors of the store bought gluten free items so to the kitchen with test tubes and a bunch of components I have gone and every now and then through all those experiments comes shining through one or two delicious meals...This one has become not only my favorite but a family favorite too so give it a try and I hope that you enjoy it as much as we do... :)

Gluten Free Meat Loaf Surprise
2 cups Corn Chex (run in food Processor to make 1 cup crumbs)
1 1/2 lbs. Hamburger
1 sweet Bell Pepper finely chopped
1 onion finely chopped
1 clove Garlic finely chopped
1tsp. ginger
1tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup parsley leaves chopped(can use cilantro here if you prefer that flavor)
2 Eggs
2 oz Cheddar cheese (white no additives sliced lengthwise off the brick)
2 Mozzarella cheese sticks (all natural no additives cut lengthwise in half)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix all ingredients except the cheese together and place half of the meat mixture into a loaf pan make a channel down the center then place 2 halves of one Mozzarella stick in the bottom add the cheddar and place the 2 halves of the other mozzarella stick on the top place second half of meat mixture on top pushing down on the sides to seal the cheese in the center place in oven and bake until temp in center is 175 degrees (when putting thermometer into meat loaf be careful to NOT get it into the cheese pocket the reading will be wrong and cheese will leak out). Cook about 1 to 1 1/2 hrs at the end of this time if the temp is correct then cover with barbecue sauce and return to oven for another 5 min or so to thicken and caramelize the sauce...serve and enjoy!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Summer's End

As you can tell by the tittle of this post I started it a couple of months ago but as the post states I was very busy at the time and just plain lost track of time...Now that time has slowed and the winter has found it's way into my back yard I again have time to write so I sat down and finished what I had started to write here... Hope that you enjoy the read and I hope that some of the love and warmth that we found in my Momma's kitchen will find its way into your hearts...

Summer is coming to an end and Harvest is upon us...My caner is going a mile a minute these days and as I sit and slice and dice I think upon the days long gone by...Days when my Poppy and I would spend hours in the garden picking all the fruits of our labors...Days when I would spend hours in the kitchen with my Momma as she patiently taught me how to prepare all those things to be preserved for later use and then she patiently showed me how to preserve them too...Those were not only days of hard work and satisfaction for a job well done but a time of delicious smells and laughter  and the many stories that  Momma and Poppy would tell of my ancestors and all the trials and tribulations that they went through to get to where they were and to have the things that God had blessed them with...Poppy would tell me the many stories his father had told him of the old world and planting potatoes and playing in the fields...He would tell me of the hard times and how they all worked together to keep food on the table just as we were doing now...He would tell me to take a good look at all that is around me and to remember that it is a gift I should take good care of so that it would last through my lifetime and that of the many more that would follow after me...Momma would tell me of the times that her and Gram(Who was a tailor and dressmaker) would be working on a dress for some very special occasion and Momma  would get hopelessly tangled in the thread and they would both burst out laughing at the impossibility of the task of getting her untangled again...or of the time when Momma tried to save some money and make all Poppy's shirts one year and ended up with several sleeves of different lengths (oh my did Gram get a kick outta that one) and we laughed just remembering what Poppy looked like standing proudly in his home made shirts...I remember how he smiled at Momma and said "They are perfect and who will ever know since they are always rolled up"...The simple life was how they lived and how they taught me by example that no amount of money could ever buy all the good things in life...Happiness was yours for the taking and if you fall down reach out your hand and the Lord will be there to help you up again...The laughter and the delicious smells will always be with me and the memory of all the love they symbolized will never fade for instilled in me and a crucial part of my life is all of the traditions and recipes for a great simple life that my parents patiently passed on to me and I now pass on to my children and grandchildren and I pray that they will find their roots in those traditions along with many smiles of their own...