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Like that

I lifted this list from a previous post because I saw a trend of mine in there … the words “like that.”

1.    Some of you know that I hold citizenship in both Canada, my birthplace, and in the United States, my home. What you don’t know is that every time I go through customs, it’s all I can do to hold it together.  When an Immigration Agent says, “Welcome home” at either border, I blink back tears, every time.  I’m patriotic like that.

image from photos.igougo.com

I love this land. Image from photos.igougo.com

2.     I love to read and always have a book at my side.  But I get ornery when authors leave me hanging with a poor plot line or a dismal ending.  I will finish a book I’m not enjoying but won’t visit that author again. They don’t know this, or care, but I do. I’m stubborn like that.

Great book!!  image from goodreads.com

Now this is a book I’d read again and again. ~Wonderful!~ image from goodreads.com

3.     I bake goodies and give them away; chocolate does little for me.  Potato chips?  Different story.  Potato chips take me back to summer nights in a backyard tent, reading comic books with my cousin, telling stories and plotting our next great pony-riding adventure. I’m quirky like that.

oh yeah!

oh yeah!

4.     I love going to the airport.  I can cry watching someone else’s reunion.  I’m sappy like that.

The beautiful Budweiser Clydesdales; an emjayandthem photo

The beautiful Budweiser Clydesdales make me cry, too; an emjayandthem photo

5.     The older I get, the less I care what people say and the more I watch what they do. I’m seasoned like that.

photo source: watch-roseanne-online

“Seriously?” photo source: watch-roseanne-online

6.     I try not to look back unless the view is really worth seeing.  I’m determined like that.

The day our own Royal Princess arrived - baby MJ!  (an emjayandthem photo)

The day our own Royal Princess arrived – baby MJ! (an emjayandthem photo)

7.     No matter how big or tall or experienced they become, my boys will always be mine and I pity the fool who dares hurt them. Yep, I’m a Mom like that.

This is how I mother. Get over it. google.images

This is how I mother. Not apologizing!  google.images

I’d love it if you shared 7 things about yourself “like that.”

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Opally delicious

When I was home with my mom in September, one of my goals was to write down a few time-tested recipes.  And I did.

I gave this one a try last night.

Hubbs loves him some caramel. Or Carmel. Or however you say it.

He’s not a big fan of cake, but if pressed he’d claim his favorite as “just a white cake with caramel icing.”

Smiling, I remembered I had absconded with Opal Sandvold’s recipe for “quick caramel icing” from my Mother’s recipe books.

The Opal, more than any other gemstone, is distinctly an individual. (www.gemselect.com)

An icing so good it deserves its own mention.

An icing I remember pouring over warm cakes as a teenaged baker. An icing so delicious I recall watching grown men scrape their plates looking for more.

Mrs. Sandvold was Mom to Penny, my sister’s grade-school friend.  She contributed to the community recipe book as did Mom and Aunt Irene. You can’t go wrong with a name as feminine and unusual as a rare gem. You can’t go wrong with some of her quick caramel icing, either.

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Combine 1/2 cup of margarine  or butter (1 stick) with 1 cup of brown sugar in a saucepan.  Stir over low heat until combined (about 2 minutes).
  2. Pour in 1/4 cup of milk (I used 2%) and stir into butter/sugar mixture; continue to stir about another 2 minutes on low heat, stirring steadily until it comes to a boil.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool.  (Your cake should be baking at this time)
  4. Lastly, stir in  1 3/4 cup powdered (icing) sugar.  Stir well then beat mixture using rapid stirring motions until the texture is smooth and lump-free (about 1-2 min).
  5. Pour over hot cake and enjoy.   I baked a white cake but this is also good on chocolate or spice cake, donuts or cinnamon rolls.

Thanks Opal!

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