Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday Randomness #102: $20 and the dryer heats up again

Drum turning but no heat coming out and the clothes aren't drying?
That's one cool dryer but we want a hot dryer! 
An appliance should feel useful and know its importance in the household. (like WALL-E!) 
So what's a cold dryer to do?

Turns out that all we needed was a little part called a thermal fuse that we bought at the local Sears parts store for about $20.  We could have bought the part cheaper online but buying it in person guaranteed we were getting the correct piece and could take it right back if it didn't work out.  Replace one little fuse and the dryer's working as good as ever! 
(Thanks to my wonderful dad for the diagnostic advice and the labor to replace the fuse.) 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Corn Pudding

Corn Puddin' 
Recipe from the VV5th ward cookbook
1 can cream of corn
2 eggs, lightly beaten, 
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
4 Tablespoons butter, cut into small chunks
         (we cut the butter down to 3 Tbsp and probably could have cut it to 2 Tbsp.)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat eggs, then add rest of ingredients.  Bake at 375 degrees F until it bubbles (normal is around 30 minutes). 

We were surprised at how good this was-we would probably only make it once a year but it was definitely tasty and different. This is from a neighbor who lived in the South.  She served her mission there decades ago and an old southern gentleman made this every month for the missionaries, telling them in was an old southern recipe.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sunday Randomness #302: Georgia O'Keeffe bringing Sunday light

 I've checked out this book before now.  Georgia O'Keeffe: An American Perspective by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths, published in 2009 by Quercus in the UK.  I love the quote on the back: "I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say in any other way-things that I had no words for." Georgia O'Keeffe, 1923

For this post I picked Pedernal from 1941-1942 that is on display at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico
I also like the explanation with this picture: "This flat-topped mountain, O'Keeffe's view from her Ghost Ranch house, was her favourite mountain and where her ashes were scattered.  It was a view she never tired of painting.  She portrayed it many times in different colours, different seasons, each time overlaying her mood and imbuing the view with a distinct atmosphere - as if by doing so she could tryly embody it.  'It's my private mountain.  It belongs to me.  God told me if I painted it enough, I could have it.'"

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Lighter Lemon Pound Cake with 7 Up

Top picture with some ingredients

Bottom picture finished cake

7 Up Cake p. 103 in the VV5 ward cookbook from 2008

 1 1/2 c. butter
3 c. sugar
6 eggs
3 c. flour
2 Tbsp. lemon extract
3/4 cup 7 Up  (or other lemon flavored soda beverage)

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time and beat well. Add flour. Beat in lemon extract and 7 Up.   Pour batter into well greased and floured jumbo fluted pan.  Bake at 325 degrees F for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until done.  Cool about 15 minutes and then remove from pan.

(Baker's note:  We cut the butter down to 1 cup and baked it in a regular large bundt pan.  We also added about 10-15 minutes to the bake time until a toothpick came out clean.) 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunday Randomness #225: Sunlight and horses

"Stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight." - Gordon B. Hinckley

Daisy has discovered the world of horses and received a horse page-a-day calendar for a surprise "New Year" present and this was a recent page. She's letting me use it for this post since I thought it was aptly applicable for a new year.

 The quote is from a New Era article from July 2001 on The Spirit of Optimism