Sunday, February 28, 2010

Think I'm in love with my new cookbook

In January when Tim was working weekends, my mom asked me if I wanted to go with her to see her dad for the weekend. What the heck, I have nothing to do, so I went. The drive to Austin in Friday traffic with rain was nothing fun. Thank goodness we left at 3:00, because it still took us 6 hours to get there. Well, we did stop and eat at Cracker Barrel and got lost when we turned the wrong way out of the parking lot... it was a long trip!

Saturday evening we stay with my aunt and uncle because we had reached our limits with Grandpa's wifie. This is my fav aunt and uncle. This is the uncle that taught be how to can last summer and I always ask him for homecooking recipes. This time I happened to ask about Ice Box Pickles because I have a friend wanting to make some. He pulls out this glorious cookbook his mom (more on her later) had given them for Christmas. Her local parish put out this most amazing book. It's over 3 inches thick in it's own little binder. And it doesn't have just one recipe for say King Ranch. It has like 5 and I love that!

So I tracked down this cookbook because I had to have a copy. It took about a month of phone tag, mailing a check, but FINALLY I had my own copy.

Last weekend, I made Mexican Bean Dip and Black Olive Dip for the Elks Casino night. During the week I made Herb and Pecan crusted beef tenderloin (will post pictures later). Tonight it's Creamy Tortilla Soup. And it smells great. I just keep opening it up and looking at all the yummieness.

*Don't know why I didn't post this earlier*
Back to my uncle's mom. He is my dad's sister's husband. We spend every Thanksgiving at their home with his entire side of the family. They are very large and tight-knit, but welcome us in. When I was in kindergarten, my uncle's dad was killed by a train. They live in a very rural area of south Texas and the tracks cross their drive way. His dad was hard of hearing and had his hearing aids out that day and didn't hear the train coming.

Two weeks ago, his mom was hit by a train. I don't know all the details of what happened, except that she was in a vehicle and the train hit the opposite side. She was careflighted to Austin some 90 miles away and has been in ICU since. She broke 12 ribs, punctured a lung and had a contusion. Through all this, she has become more and more stable. Critical, but stable. Since being admitted, she had a stroke and then got pneumonia and got a tracheotomy. She’s still in ICU, still on a vent, still critical but stable.

Please keep this sweet sweet woman and family in your prayers. For healing, God’s wisdom in the decisions that they have to make on a daily basis and peace in the outcome. They have a long road ahead of them.

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