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Monday, December 22, 2008

Daybook Entry for December 22, 2008

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FOR TODAY (December 22, 2008)...



Outside My Window A beautiful sunny, breezy, Florida morning! Brown oak leaves are still falling, leaving a blaket of leaves scurrying across the yard as the wind blows. Birds are at the feeder, and the titmice, chicadees, and wrens are fussing at something in the jasmine vines. Hope it isn't a snake!!!!!



I am thinking. . . Of all the tings I want to do today. So glad I feel stronger again to be able to do it!



I am thankful forGod's provisions! A full freezer, full refridgerator, a full food cabinet, lots of good recipes to choose from!!!!



From the kitchen... Waldorf salad, potato salad, chicken wings with blue cheese dip, hot sauce, etc.! Can't wait!



I am wearing... A snuggly, knit nightgown, warm bathrobe, a HAT!!!!
Here it is, mid morning, and I'm not dressed yet. Too comfy this way!


I am creating... Taking a break from creating! But I need to get back to some new ideas. I have a HUGE bag of hand-dyed, felted wool that is begging to be made into penny rugs!!!



I am going... Probably nowhere today, except out to the bird feeder.


I am reading... Way too many good recipes. So many blogs out there with wonderful, Christmas recipes and I want to try them all. I even have this craving for a pimento cheese dip that we used to have years ago. Wouldn't you know, I found a perfect recipe for that!



I am hoping... The abscessed tooth is gone for a while. Took the antibiotics and they seemed to have worked in getting rid o the abscess. I know I need a dentist, but will wait until after this cancer thing is all done and over with. Hope the tooth hangs in there til then!



I am hearing... A telemarketer on my answering machine!!!!! I did the "do not call" thingy, but there are still some hanging in there and calling. I feel sorry for these poor people trying to make a buck this way. But they are soooooo annoying! And Buster thinks these phone calls are for him, jumps up, and listens so carefully to every word! I wonder if he's waiting to hear his name or something?????



Around the house... I make more messes than what gets cleaned up! But as I'm feeling better, I do seem to get a little more done each day. I think I'll focus on the floors today. I see that Buster has gotten into the trash and ripped up some paper plates, licked a butter wrapper clean, pulled out the bread wrapper, etc., etc. LOTS of picking up to do as I try to talk sternly to him about being bad again. Will he ever learn????



A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week. . .Nothing much! Looking forward to a quiet Christmas, good music, good eats, etc. Just wish we could get one good snow storm here in Florida.



Here is picture thought I am sharing. . .



My family on both sides were from Holland, so there were some very traditional recipes in our home that I loved so much. One of my all time favorites were the oliebollen!!!! "Fat balls" is the literal translation. Better than any donut you ever had. Full of apple chunks, raisins, etc. You can bet I'm making these for Christmas this year, and as I'm stuffing them in my mouth, I'll be remembering my childhood and all the wonderful memories of my Dutch heritage!!!!! Here's the recipe if you would like to try! But I'm warning you ---- you can't eat just one!


OLIE BOLLEN

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2 pkg. yeast
3/4 c. warm water
6 c. milk, scalded
3 eggs, beaten
3/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. lemon juice or extract
6 c. flour or more
3 c. raisins
3 c. peeled and chopped apples

Soften yeast in warm water. To cooled milk, add the eggs, sugar, salt, and flavoring. Add yeast mixture and then gradually beat in 6 or more cups of flour and raisins and apples. Dough should be stiff.
Let rise until double in bulk (covered with dough cloth). Stir down and let rise again until double. Fry in deep fat at 375-400 degrees. (Use ice cream scoop to drop dough into hot oil.) Drain on absorbent paper. Dip or serve with powdered sugar. (Bollen will usually turn over by themselves while in hot oil.)
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I'm so glad to be able to participate with the others in this Notebook entry. You can visit The Simple Woman's blog
HERE!

27 comments:

Heather said...

Mmm! I love OLIE BOLLEN - thank you for the recipe! Do you have a recipe for a yummy spicy cookie that is crisp and not very sweet! I had a good friend growing up whose mother made wonderful cookies - so fragrant and good - but she is a recipe keeper and won't share! I tried speculaas and thought it would be the same, but it was not crisp!
I enjoyed reading your daybook - enjoy your warmth - it is -10 C here!

Debra said...

We are very cold here too, with TONS of snow.
Your recipe sounds wonderful. Thank you for sharing it! I'll pray for your tooth!
Merry Christmas, my friend. Give Buster a hug for me. Something must be wrong with our Lab-she never gets into the garbage!
Love, Debra

Lainie said...

Oh Cora I'm so glad you're feeling better (except the tooth). I'll pray for quick healing of the infection in there.

I sure hope there isn't a snake in there! Yikes!

All your treats sound delicious and I thought I lost my fav sugar cookie recipe was able to find one on line that was close.

Wouldn't you know it, as soon as I was done baking I found the original recipe :)

Have a great week and Merry Christmas!

Dani said...

So good to read your blog and the recipe sounds so yummy....we tasted Olie Bollen when we honeymooned in Solvang, Ca where there is a Danish community....out of this world!..
its rainy here and I baked most of the morning...got three different types of cookies made....its the most baking I've done in some time...
I couldn't find my favorite sugar cooky recipe either, Lainie...but did find my mom's so used that..brought back alot of memories.

tam said...

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
~Smiles~Tam!

Aubrey said...

Thanks for sharing your Daybook and thanks for the recipe! Your supper sounds delicious, too.

We have ice and snow here but I don't think that we'll be able to share...lucky you! ;) It's a nightmare to drive in, especially if we get a good solid layer of ice first and then the snow on top!

Merry Christmas from Nebraska!

Susan said...

Your recipe sounds so good.Thanks for sharing.Have a good week.God Bless.

*Linda Pinda* said...

Cora:
I am so glad you are feeling stronger!!! I am praying that tooth behaves for you until you can visit the dentist.

Your recipe sounds yummy. I think blogs are my new favorite cookbook!!!

I hope you and your family have a BEAUTIFUL & BLESSED Christmas together, dear friend. You will be in my heart every moment.

Hugs & Prayers... *Linda*

Deb said...

Hi Cora! Wishing you blessings for a wonderful Christmas with family and friends!. Deb

Toby Parsons said...

I'm so grateful that you are feeling better and you had your extended family here from Holland!!!

As for snow Cora, you are welcome to ours. I just posted a lot of our current 'snow' pics.

Love and prayers!

flmom said...

It's nice to meet you! I had to laugh at the comment you left for me about seeing all the snow pictures and here in FL we post palm tree pics. Snow is such a foreign concept to me as I've lived away from anyplace capable of getting snow for over 12 years now.

Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!

Rachelle said...

I love your blog, Thanks for visiting me and I plan on coming back to visit you.
Merry Christmas
Rachelle

Julie said...

Merry Christmas, Cora! I hope you have peace, love and happiness this holiday season. Julie

basketsnprims said...

What a wonderful recipe. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm glad to hear you are feeling a little better.

Have a blessed and Merry Christmas.
Pam

Oma aka Meme said...

praying for your tooth - I so enjoyed reading your blog today-
here I see snow falling :-)
Merry Christmas to you and yours
huggles Meme

Linda said...

Whoohoo! Oliebollen! ;)

You actually MAY eat more than one, as they only contain about 120 calories each.. of which most are starch ;)

greetings from holland!
(You bet I'm taking some boxes of oliebollen-mix to the caribbean with me for newyear!)

Princess Of Pink said...

YAY Oliebollen!! Dutch-er than those are not around, lol. I never make them for just me on my own, but the church is making them so will buy me a small bag :)

Your picture looked SO familiar, until I realized that a while ago I saw you mentioned on a blog, asking for prayers for you. I prayed often for you :)

How nice to see your parents are from the Netherlands! I have lived most of my live in a town called Zaandam, about 10 minutes from Amsterdam!!! Later we moved to Flevoland, the newest province in the Netherlands.

Many hugs and come by more often!
Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year from Marian

Rose Mary said...

I loved reading your day book, Cora. I'm so glad that you are feeling stronger~God is good! Yum your Olie Bollen sounds wonderful! I'm copying the recipe and will give it a try when I have all the ingredients.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Merry, Merry Christmas to you!

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Cora ....Thank you for the recipe it sounds heavenly. It was so nice to stop by your blog and I loved reading all your recent post. Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and May your New Year be a Happy and Healthy one for you!
:)Ginger

ga.farmwoman said...

Hi Cora,
Merry Christmas,
I can't wait to try your Olie Bollen recipe.
I am afraid I am already looking like a "Fat Ball" with all the good holiday food.
I am happy you are feeling better and I hope that abscessed tooth holds off too.
Good thoughts coming your way from Georgia.
Pam

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

Merry Christmas dear friend!
I've so enjoyed your Daybook. Wish I could be there and pour over those recipes with you. Who knows, maybe I'd even help Buster lick that butter wrapper clean! LOL

Sending you warm thoughts and warm hugs and lots of love,
Lea

Toby Parsons said...

Merry Christmas Cora! :)

Jan and Tom said...

Just dropping in to wish you a Merry Christmas!!

~Blessings,
Jan & Tom

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Just droppin by to wish you a merry Christmas Cora!
I hope you had a wonderful day celebrating Jesus' birthday!

My honeys' side of the family is all Dutch so I'm copying down your Ollie Bollen recipe. SOUNDS DELICIOUS!
Love ya girl,
EAGLE WINGS,
Lea

LindaSueBuhl said...

Merry Christmas a day late! You sound SO much better and stronger - hooray for chemo and prayer (not in that order). Your Olie Bollen sound too wonderful!

Juri said...

Hey Cor...come on, I made the Boterkoek....where is my olie bollen???

Jur

Stacy Lambert said...

Cora,
How is your progress coming? How much more chemo do you get? Do you have to have surgery? I will probably get a bilateral mastectomy after all of the chemo. 8 more treatments in a 11 week time frame. I'm glad to hear you're feeling better. The new chemo (abraxane) doesn't have as bad of side affects as the one Taxol I got. I am a little more nauseous (sp.) Take care. I hope your chemo is doing it's job. I hope to hear from you about your progress soon.

Stacy