Tuesday, September 11, 2007

9/11 and recipes

My hopes for today are that if you have a flag, you are displaying in in honor of all the victims who died on 9/11 and for their families who are left behind. It's just a small way to show that we remember and we always will. I can't help but think of Chad and all the other soldiers who are so far from home selflessly fighting on foreign soil to protect all of us. Keep all of them in your prayers. I missed a call from Chad this morning. I did't even hear the phone ring. So sad. I saved his message so I could listen to his voice whenever I need to.
Here are all the things I made for the luncheon. The empty spot on the counter was for the subs. We got over to their house before church to set up, then went to hear their talks (which were wonderful, by the way), rushed back to set out all the cold stuff just before they all came in. I only had a minute to take a couple of pictures to share.My salsa is always a hit. Several people tried to take the bowl home with them. I've heard several times that it is the best salsa they've ever had.
4-5 tomatoes on the vine
2 bunches of green onions
2 - 10 oz cans of rotel milder tomatoes with green chilies
1 - 15 oz can tomato sauce
1 - 4 oz can diced green chilies
1/2 to 1 cup water
salt, lemon pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, Lawry's seasoning salt to taste
Dice tomatoes and onions small. I use most of the onions. I cut off the roots and the ends plus remove one layer if necessary. mix everything in a bowl and season to taste. Remove half and put in a blender or food processor and pulse a little bit. Add back to the rest and stir. That really helps to get it to the right consistency of smooth and chunky.
Potato salad is always a favorite too. For those of you are who sticklers for measurements will not like my recipes because I don't measure...especially mayo based recipes.
Potatoes -How ever many you need depending on how many you need to feed. I think I used 8-10 big ones
1-2 dozen hard boiled eggs, diced
1 jar of dill pickle relish
best foods mayonnaise
miracle whip
(I use 1/3 miracle to 2/3 mayo) I just scoop on and mix till it looks right. I add more if needed
yellow mustard...just squirt in.
salt, pepper, onion powder, paprika
Boil potatoes whole with skins on until tender. Boil eggs, peel and dice save a few to slice up on top. Peel cooked and slightly cooled potatoes. Dice into small bite sized pieced. In large bowl add diced potatoes, eggs, relish, scoop mayo and miracle whip on top, add mustard (maybe 1/4 cup...who knows) season the mayo before mixing together because it helps to get the seasoning mixed throughout. Slice eggs and lay on top. Sprinkle with paprika. Pasta salad
1 bag salad roni
1/2 lb. sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 bag frozen peas
ham or spam
miracle whip
salt, pepper, onion powder, accent
Cook noodles, drain, rinse with cold water
Dice up cheese teeny, dice up ham or spam teeny too. mix everything together just like the potato salad with the mayo and miracle whip being a 1/3 to 2/3 ratio. Season to taste

What is pink fluff you ask....this is it. Mormons are known for their jello concoctions. I got this one from my sister in law Mary Ann. I don't know what it's called. I call it pink fluff.

2- 1lb containers of cottage cheese

1 large 6 oz box of cherry jello

1-2 cans of pineapple tidbits drained

1 large cool whip

Mix cottage cheese and jello until dissolved, add drained pineapple (I use 2 cans because I like them), fold in cool whip and refrigerate.

Last recipe for today. This is Mark's favorite. I got this recipe from my good friend Paula. I know she calls it halves salad because all the ingredients are in half cup measurements, but I don't measure. Plus I don't use everything she does. I know she uses artichoke hearts in there, but I don't. You can if you want them.

Pasta Salad

1 box of colored twirly pasta

1/2 bag frozen peas

1/2 lb of diced mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup diced olives, drained

1/2 cup diced ham

1/2 cup sliced green onions I don't use that many. Probable half that


1 envelope good seasons Italian dressing

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

3 tbsp. water

1/2 cup olive oil

Mix together and pour over pasta salad. Mix well and refrigerate.

Thank you all so much for your sweet comments on my last post. That made me feel better. I know a lot of you don't understand the boundaries thing, but that is how our church is run. It really does make sense because we do so many things together and it's set up that way so that we can look out for each other and know who goes to each ward. That way hopefully no one gets lost. Each ward really is like a big family. There are almost 13 million members world wide, so it's important that there is consistency throughout the church. Mark came home last night and we talked about the new changes. He assured me that all would be fine. He had a peaceful feeling about it all day. I know these things are inspired and good things will come. There are always blessings to be found in trials.

Have a great day!


TK Angels said...

Wow-you ARE Betty Crocker aka Martha Stewart. Maybe you can come to my house sometime and cook-well- just too darn far away :)

Thanks for the salsa recipe.

Take care,

Cam George said...

I LOVE it that you are sharing your recipes....I can finally try to make some of the good stuff that you always make.....Jolene -- I miss you. I am sorry that your new ward isn't what you wanted. I think we should keep in touch better pinky.....anyway call me or write to me so we can spend some time together....hope your chad is doin' ok....Love...Cam

Susie Q said...

Oh these recipes are delicious looking! Thank you for sharing!
You are such a talented cook. I wish I could come over and learn at your side...

I will be trying your recipes.


Andi said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes...they look so pretty all set out for everyone.

I have a question. Do all the Wards have Enrichment Night or just the one you were in before? I was totally blown away by that post and all the amazing talent. Please post pictures if you ever do that again. Robin and I still talk about that post!

velvet brick said...

Wonderful post of pictures and recipes...and I'm starving and just got home from work... and here are all of your scrumptious goodies laid before us! I have to love a gal that changes the color of her font with her recipes...you rock, Jolene!

We had a wonderful flag ceremony today to honor the victims, country of 9/11. I wore red, white and blue and was honored to be asked to speak about my reflection of this anniversary before my school. Prayers to Chad and all of the people who fight to let me be free! God Bless America...Land That I Love!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Jolene~ I wanted you to know that Chad's name was one at the top of my prayer list.
This day we all remember 'the day the world stopped turning'. Thank you for your gift.

Chickenbells said...

Dang girl...I'm sitting here eating dinner, and your post is making me hungry!

Jacquie said...

My word woman, you can cook!! My tummy is rumbling I tell ya ;-) That pasta salad looks yummy, I have to try that one. The pink fluff YUM I love pineapple too, I must try that one too.

Thank goodness for answering machines. Your son is a brave man.

patti_cake said...

I am always salivating over your recipes & pics! Mmmmmmm...
So sorry you missed Chad's call but at least you can hear his voice when you want to.
I don't completely understand the Ward thing but as long as you and Mark stick together you can weather the storms. Hopefully it won't take long and you will feel right at home in the new Ward.

Sandy said...

Great food and recipes! Sounds like a feast!
(No flag, but we prayed as a family for the families of 9/11. We also visited the site 8 mo. after it happened and it was so sobering to all of us.)

Nikki *Ü* said...

Oh my goodness!! All of this looks just fabulous!!! I have to measure, though. LOL At least the first few times I make something. Once I've made it enough, then I will wing it a bit, but to start off I really need measurements! LOL I'm going to have to try some of these because they do just look so yummy!!! I don't do Miracle Whip, though!! LOL Hmmm....maybe I'll have to make an exception because I do eat my friend's chicken salad sandwiches that have the mayo-MW combination. LOL

Nikki *Ü* said...

I forgot to say...I'm sorry you missed Chad's call!! But I'm with you on saving the message. I have several voice mails on my voice mailbox from my girls that are several years old! I love listening to their little voices! I hope you are able to get his phone call next time!!

sohpiasmom said...

Woah! This post makes me so hungry...everything looks delicious! Thanks for the recipes! :)

Anonymous said...

Hey Jolene,

I am still out here reading pretty faithfully! I only have internet at work and my school filter is still blocking all your photobucket pictures, but every now and then when I am at my mom's office I will get on her computer to 'see' your life story that I have already read about.

I love the salsa tip, put some in the blender then mix back with the chunky! I totally do that, and I am glad to see someone else does, texture is important when it comes to salsa!

I hope you are going to the Convention this weekend, I will have to experience it through your blog. I am not going this year, I can't believe it I have been going since I think the 1st year. But, half my scrap friends went to Creative Escape and the other half went to ScrapFest at the Mall of America in MN-BOTH of those options were WAY out of my price range!

Thanks for providing such a great BLOG!
Yuma, AZ

P.S. Sorry about the ward change. My church family is so important to me, I would probably cry for days!

Tip Junkie said...

Yummy! Yummy! Yummy! Thanks for sharing all the recipies too.

m.b.s. said...

If I make and eat the Pink Fluff....will I turn into a mormon? ; )

PS You should be a spokesperson for SPAM!

martha said...

jolene i am so making that pink fluff and eating it all by myself!!!LOL just one of those weeks!!!

love all the recipes, man I wish you were my neighbor ;)

Kim - ScrapToMyLu said...

oooh, looks so yummy! We have alot of jello concoctions........but we're not mormon. We have one that we call south Dakota Salad....it's an old family recipe from my father inlaws sisters who are from SD. LOL

Deanna (dw) Shain said...

Ohhh...I wish I was closer so I could give you a hug in person!!!! I am just catching up on your blog and your post about the ward split broke my heart. I cannot help but look on the bright side however, as you have so much to offer in freindship that maybe there are more women your age within the new boundries and you can add a whole bundle of new friendships into your old. You don't have to totally lose touch with those outside your ward. Host a girls night with all the "old" faves and get some special time to just hang out! ;) I know my gf here has stayed in touch with many from her old ward even though they moved into a new one. Be doubly blessed! You have sooooooo much warmth to offer...they are lucky to just be on the other side of the ward boundry rather than in an entirely different state like me!!! ;)
Tell Mark you want a WA plane ticket for your birthday and come join me at CK Seattle!!!! I'm gonna work in the dollar booth - join me!!! You can make money to spend while you're here!!! Ah, Come on.....
BIG {{hugs}}