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Friday, November 17, 2017

Food Friday: Quick and Easy Pain au Chocolat

One of the food items I really loved while I was studying in France was pain au chocolat.  I tried once to make it in our own kitchen.  It was so very time-consuming.  It was very good, but not worth the work.  This method is worth the effort.

You need fresh croissants and your favorite chocolate chips.

Put paper toweling on a microwave-safe plate.  Put one or two or possibly three croissants on the paper towels.  Slice the croissants part-way through horizontally.  Lift up  the top of the croissant and insert a handful of chocolate chips.  Replace the "cover" of the croissant over the chocolate chips.  Put in the microwave for about 20 seconds, depending on the temperature of the microwave.  Remove the plate and check to see if the chocolate chips are mostly melted.  If so, let them cool a few moments, then enjoy them greatly!  If they are not melted,  put them back in for a few more seconds.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Mission: Flying By

The last two weeks have been pretty heavy duty!  We all had so much to do to get ready for the new arriving missionaries.  Dear One had to find and outfit a couple of new apartments and re-work one of the old ones for two sets of elders.  Amazingly, we got it all done.

We changed this transfer from middle of day transfers to evening transfers and they worked!  

Wonderful news:  We in our office were approved for better internet!  Until then, every day I have to shut off the syncing of my computer files to the cloud since it eats all the bandwidth and no one can do anything.  (I tried to check in and get boarding passes for two of our "visa waiters" whose visas had come through so they could go to their own missions.  Checking in the one going to the Dominican Republic went just fine.  For the sister going to Taiwan, I could not for anything get her passport image to upload to the airline so she had to wait until  she arrived at the airport to check in and print her boarding passes.  That seems like a long time ago, but it was only this past Monday!!  On Thursday I checked in and printing boarding passes for five of the other seven departing missionaries.  The one going to Philadelphia could not be checked in nor could the one returning to Cambodia.  Well, they were getting to the airport in plenty of time.  I found out later that there were no problems.

Thursday was the departing dinner at the President's house.  Sister J and I got to the house at 3:30 and scrubbed, pierced, oiled, and salted many many baking potatoes and had them in the oven by 4 PM.  We then chopped green onions, washed and tore lettuce, laid out the finger desserts on platters, and generally got things ready that were the last minute things.  President and Sister were at the temple with the missionaries and then President had some interviews.  Sister returned  shortly after five and was happy to see everything set up.  She had done a ton of work before she left for the temple which made life so much easier for us.

The potatoes cooked.  The salad was ready.  The toppings for the baked potatoes were ready.  Sister B.  came with buckets of chili and broccoli cheese soup and wonderful chewy bread as well as oyster crackers.  The missionaries and President arrived then we just had to wait for the senior departing missionaries to arrive.

In the foreground on the left is a big stainless bowl of baked potatoes just out of sight.

It was a nice dinner and a fun time for everyone.  After we ate we helped take care of the food  and  refuse.  Most of the dishwashing was done in the trash bin, good planning on Sister B's part,  I think.  Made life so much easier. I think Dear One and I left shortly after 7 PM.  I went out to the car with him, just about done in.  There on the front seat was Sister J's scripture case.  Dear One was kind enough to walk the scriptures back into the house.  President came out to thank us and say good night. He walked all the way out to the car to speak to me as well.   That was really really nice. He did not need to do that.  This is what we signed on to do: help in any way we can.  It makes us feel good, even when we are taxed just about to the limit.

Last week a really good thing happened when one of the apartment complexes which is owned by some kind people was dispersing some furniture and other things from a model apartment and clubhouse that they were renovating.  They thought we might like these things for the apartment we are opening there at their complex in December.  Dear One, Elder and Sister B and some young missionaries moved everything into the truck and trailer, then put it into the storage garages until we can move it into the apartment in mid-December. There was a fabulous small laser printer they were donating. Since Dear One knew I wanted a printer, they brought it home to me.  I set it up and figured out how to make it work. I felt so smart.  I was so thrilled to have it.

Today Elder and Sister J came over to borrow our Freecyle Mixmaster for some whipped cream she wants to make tomorrow for senior missionary FHE.  They went to the dumpster on the way to our apartment and reported there was a great office chair over there.  Elder J said I needed to go before it rained.  I thought I would go look at it.  I walked over there, sat in the chair, rolled in the chair, then rolled it home, turned it horizontally then carried it up the seventeen stairs and into our apartment then rolled it in the work room.  I sat in it to write this post until time to go to stake conference.  The chair is comfy enough to use plus I think the people who come after us will like it.  (That is, if any other senior missionaries are willing to go up the stairs every day...I am sure they will). Anyway,  I enjoyed the chair, BUT I discovered that there had been rain before I went to get it...my whole back, etc, are damp to the skin now.  Oh well.

The recycled office chair.  Nice tall back.

So, here is a newsflash:  regarding the laser printer.  On Friday we received an email from the complex manager's office who had donated all the furnishings, including the laser printer.  She said that the printer was her office printer and she was in dire need of it.  Huh!  Isn't that a funny thing.  The things that we did not take for the new apartment went to Goodwill.  It is a good thing that my kind husband brought the printer home to me.  I doubt she would have been able to get it back from Goodwill.... So Monday morning we will carry it back down the stairs and take it to our office where the lady will come pick it up.  Easy come, easy go....!  At least the lady is coming to pick it up and we don't have to return it...


This weekend was Stake Conference, a time twice a year when Latter-day Saints get together to listen to our local and stake leaders on inspirational subjects and to receive instruction on current issues we need to address.  Sometimes we have a visiting authority from Salt Lake City.  The other times the conferences are presided over by the stake president.  This was our first stake conference on our mission.  We had met one of the counselors in the stake presidency since he resides in our ward.  (His wife is a wonderful kind woman who has made me feel very welcome here.  She is so interesting to talk with AND she is a very crafty lady.  She always wears a hat to Church.  Hats which she has made.  Well, she says she finds the hats at yard sales then decorates them herself.  They match her outfits. I am so impressed.)

So at the Saturday evening stake conference session to which all members of the stake 18 years old and older are invited, both President and Sister B spoke.  They gave an invitation to all of us.  Since the people I want to invite live far away I thought I would issue those invitations via this blog.

Sister B said that she has just started sharing The Book of Mormon with people, an open Book of Mormon with a verse marked.  Well, she is a full-time missionary and so am I.  We both want to invite everyone to come unto Christ and find the joy and peace that comes from living His gospel.  The Book of Mormon is truly another testament of Jesus Christ, just like the Old Testament and the New Testament in the Holy Bible.  I love all three of them and read in them every day.  They make my life better.

So, in the interest of sharing Sister B's invitation with you, I am posting a picture of an open Book of Mormon.  I will tell you a story about that marked verse.  When I was seventeen years old missionaries came to our farm in Vermont and asked if they could share a message about Jesus Christ with us.  We were already Christians and somewhat active in our local church.  When these missionaries shared the story of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the church He instituted while he was on the earth in mortality, they started us on a journey that has brought inexpressible joy to us, even in the midst of personal tragedies that have beset us over the years.  The joy in knowing Jesus Christ and living His gospel is unending.

So, when I started going to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I met a pretty old lady (probably not as old as I am now, actually, but she seemed old to me at the time!!!) who shared with me her favorite scripture.  It was in the book of Alma chapter 37 and verse 37.  I did not even know a person could HAVE a favorite scripture at that time!  This is the verse I am showing you because it became MY favorite scripture, too, and one I have read, and relied upon so often over the years.  Because I love this verse, I want to share it with you, my friends.

In case you cannot read the verse from this picture,  go to LDS.ORG and find the toolbar that says Scriptures.  Click on that, then click on The Book of Mormon, then the book of Alma then chapter 37 and finally verse 37.  Well, that whole chapter is good...Alma's advice to one of his sons, but it is good advice for all of us.

I find that "lying down unto the Lord" at bedtime with a final prayer, mostly of gratitude for the wonderful day just past,  helps me close out the day.

One thing that I am doing in the scriptures is reading all the verses that refer to Jesus Christ and His many attributes.  There are 63 pages of them.  If anyone wants a copy of that pdf document, email me at my regular email address and I will send it to you.  I may have issued this invitation before...it makes me smile when I read some of those verses.  Right now I am reading on the topic:  Jesus Christ, Lamb of God.

President B invited us to write down three friends who might enjoy more peace and joy in your lives, and invite you to come unto Christ in a more consistent way.  My suggestion is that you see if you can find a local missionary companionship and invite them to share the same message that missionaries shared with our family fifty years ago.  You may not decide to embrace this Church as we did, but you cannot go wrong adding time every day making a place in your life for our Savior Jesus Christ.  Perhaps the three of you that I wrote down will find yourselves in this blog post.

With loving wishes to all who read this blog post.  This is meant to help you find more joy in your own lives.  We all need to live in peace and joy.  It is found in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and Savior of us all.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Munchie Monday: 8-ounce Blendar Jar Smoothie!

Totally the main reason I finally purchased the Vitamix blender was because they had an accessory kit which had  an 8-ounce blender jar. I have used it multiple times.  This time I decided to make a smoothie in the jar.

This is what I did:

Into the jar I placed 2 larger frozen strawberries,  half a sliced banana, 2 tablespoons crushed pineapple and juice from a can, 1 tablespoon flax seeds.

Screwed on the top then placed on the Vitamix base and started it up, going from speed 1 up to speed 10.  I left it at speed 10 until the timer read one minute.

 It was a wonderful smoothie, according to Dear One. Well, he did not say it was wonderful, that was me because it worked so well,  but he sucked it up rather rapidly.

It was a nice accompaniment to Grapenuts with bananas and four ounces orange juice.  I had some kale salad.  next time I will make a small smoothie for myself, I guess.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Food Friday: Almond Joy Cookies

Almond Joy Cookies!  Doesn't that sound just great?!  I love Almond Joy candy bars.  Have not had one for some little time, though.  When I saw this recipe I had to try it.

There are only four ingredients in the recipe:

1 14-ounce bag sweetened coconut--store brand works as well as name brand
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup somewhat chopped lightly salted almonds
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk--store brand fine here, too.

In a very large bowl (I had just acquired a nice stainless steel 7-quart bowl to use in sauerkraut-making so I used that), place all the ingredients.  If your almonds are not already chopped, use a food processor or high speed blender or hand chopper to chop them rather well.  Stir until the "dough" is well mixed.
All ingredients in the bowl ready to mix

Using a small scoop, ours is just under 2-Tablespoons in size, smaller would probably be good, too...scoop out the mixture onto a parchment=lined cookie sheet.  These cookies don't spread so you can snuggle them up close to each other.
Batter mixed and ready to scoop

Make at 325 degrees F. Start checking them for browning at 12 minutes.

Almond Joy cookies ready to cook

Our oven took 16 minutes to cook them to my preferred degree of brownies.  I carefully pulled the parchment-paper-with-cookies-on-it onto a cooling rack and let them cool for 15 minutes.

Lightly browned cookies, cooling
 Well, who am I kidding?!  I took the first one to Dear One while it was still quite warm.  He did not complain.

If you don't eat all the cookies right up, store them in an airtight container.

This is a recipe you need to make when you are not trying to diet or only eat health foods because it is almost impossible to keep your fingers out of the "dough".  The only saving grace here is that this is very sticky. I don't personally enjoy stickiness (remember the blackstrap molasses story about my childhood?  If not, I am pretty sure it is on Grammie's Kitchen and Bedtime Stories blog...) so I was able to only go back to the bowl a few times!

The next time I bake these cookies, I will have the confidence to bake them a little longer to get them more brown.  As soon as something else is out of the oven I will bake up the rest of the cookies.

Enjoy these Almond JOY cookies!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Munchie Monday: Quick and Easy Black Bean Burgers

Sometimes a recipe comes to you that is really worth trying.  This is one of them.  I found it on Fat-Free Vegan then made my own changes.

1 1/3 cups rolled oats (old fashioned oats) 
16 ounces refried black beans (1 can)
3/4 cup medium tomato-based salsa
1/2 cup sesame seeds (why not!  they were just sitting there left over from making tahini)
1 tablespoon soy sauce 
teaspoons chili powder
teaspoon garlic powder

Put the oatmeal in a food processor or high speed blender and pulse 5-6 times or until the oat flakes are somewhat to mostly chopped up.

Pour the oats into a large bowl.

Add all the rest of the ingredients and mix until well-homogenized.  If you like your burgers more chunky, use drained black beans instead of refried black beans and mush the beans up as much as you want with a fork, then add them to the oats and seasonings.
Burger mixture ready to chill for 30-60 minutes (or longer if you other projects keep you!)

Let the mixture sit in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes (however much time you need for doing the next thing on your "list"!).  Using a 1/2 cup scoop, (or a slightly smaller one--I used a number 16 scoop) scoop out burgers and place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.  The number 16 scoop made 11 burgers.  

Number 16 scoop...in the neighborhood of 1/4 to 1/3 cup
After scooping them out, pat them down gently to the thickness you like.

Bake at 375 degrees F. for about 20-30 minutes.  You want the outside slightly crispy and the inside. still moist.  I cooked ours for 25 minutes.  

Burgers ready to cook and the great crockery bowl Sister T just gave us
Baked burgers...not burned!
They look a little dark but are definitely not burned.  They smelled divine while baking.  When they were cooked, I let them cool on the pan for a few minutes.

NEWS FLASH!!!  You CAN make bean burgers that do not fall apart!  I am so thrilled with these.  You could adjust the seasonings to please yourselves.  I call this SUCCESS!  Now to see if Dear One will eat them. I hope so since there are 10 more of them to eat.  I may try freezing some of them to see what happens to them.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Mission: Week in Review

Monday was a long day since I had not been able to fall asleep until 3 AM, probably a result of eating brownie crumbs while making the Brownie Trifle for the night before's Senior Family Home Evening.

Dear One spent all morning at the storage garages meeting the vendor of new mattresses and box spring for missionary apartments.  Some old mattresses were taken away.

My whole day was spent, in amongst all the mail, phone calls, missionary visits, and other things, reformatting the medical providers list.  I really am not a fastidious or even organized person BUT some things get my goat.  The bright yellow highlighting hurts my eyes.  PLUS it seems that quickly and easily finding the city in which the providers are located would be very handy.

Well...I did spend all day working on it.  We did not leave the office at 4:30 or even 5:00.  In retrospect we should have left earlier.  Shortly after 5:00 when I had just finished the re-format into a table, I very smartly removed all the telephone numbers.  Don't know how I did it.  Certainly did not WANT to do it.  So, in case I didn't have any other things to do during the week, I had successfully created a project.  This project is needed in preparation for making the new senior couple binders.  We have four of them coming, one in November, two in December, and one in January.  I still have some time, fortunately.

For the first time we received a package from OnTrac.  I had never heard of them.  Nice young man.

We sent a map of Portland home to Vermont so the family there can see where we are. I am hoping it arrives before the older boys get there so they can all look at it together. If that is something they are interested in. I love maps myself.

After we arrived home we ate some quick leftovers then Dear One became ensconced on the couch for scripture study, General Conference talk (well, I stayed for that), and his Netflix evening.  It was still glorious out so I took my stroller and a recycled grocery bag, put on my "tablet apron with name tag attached", installed my headphones to my phone to list to The Ghost Bride and headed up to the Grocery Outlet to find some protein.  Nice walk.

Tuesday was a busy day...more re-formatting the medical providers.  In the afternoon our favorite technology helper came in.  He helped us all in different ways.  His conversation made me realize I need to put all my info up in the cloud...and theoretically it will come back down to my computer as the computer synchronizes.
In the evening I went to Joann Fabrics to find some green and red satin or grosgrain ribbon for the Christmas packages.  I also stopped at Winco to get some jars to use for sauerkraut.  I was going to get 2-quart jars but then realized that the people who come after us will almost certainly not want jars that size. I got a box of wide mouth quart jars.  The ones that I don't use to ferment sauerkraut I will use to store beans, rice, other bulk things instead of just storing them in the plastic bags the come in...  I also bought a wonderful stainless steel 7-quart bowl for the sauerkraut and all other projects!

On Wednesday I awoke at 3. Finally got up for good shortly after 4. Cleaned kitchen and put dishes going in dishwasher. Made Dear One's sandwich. Ate the last slice of bread with cheese melted on it and the last of the vegetable juice. Entered the receipts into our Mission Expenses 2017 excel file then cleaned off the kitchen table. After that I cut out 108 neckties for the Elders’ Christmas gift bags. We invited the Jacksons and Sister Tuell to supper on Saturday night then prepare the gift bags. I folded 12 of the ties. Still have to cut out the little bit for the tops/fold of the tie.  
Dear One suggested quiche for Saturday's supper.  I was thinking Sweet Potato, Kale, and Corn Chowder.  Well, maybe both of them! 
The day was very busy. I met with Sister T about the medical providers list.  She much preferred the previous format!  Wouldn't you know!!  As I was trying to save it, the new one disappeared altogether. Can you believe it?! 
Finally I did a little bit of Oregon Trail ( the mission newsletter which is created in Publisher software, something I still don't know.  I will have to look on Lynda.com for a tutorial) work just before we had to leave to go to Brother G's house for lessons five and six Temple Preparation class. 
Thursday must have been a long hard day because I did not write anything in my journal...!
Friday was the same! Two days in a row with almost nothing recorded.  It was the day that our dear Elder J's (the vehicle coordinator who sits next to Dear One every day) sister passed away.  He had just spoken with her last week and did not realize how close she was to going.
One thing that I do remember about Friday is that an asset manager from Salt Lake City called to say a property they are renovating has a model apartment's furniture available for us in the mission.  Another divine "coincidence"...we have a senior couple coming to an apartment in the same complex in early December.  It will be great to give them those furnishings.
Saturday I was up early.  There were a few more things I needed for the evening's dinner so I headed out to Winco at 5:30. I LOVE having a 24-hour grocery store less than ten minutes away!  I fritzed around the kitchen getting things together but then came over tired all of a sudden (too many difficult nights, I guess) so I went back to bed. I awoke around 10 AM and found Dear One ready to head out.  We needed to take the signature folder to President B's house then went to the storage garages for a table and chair to use for the gift bag project.  We then went to Costco for treats for the missionaries who come into the office every day.  We also purchased 16 pillows for the missionaries who are coming in early November.  We got everything stuffed into the car then headed back to the storage garages to leave the pillows with the comforters, blankets, and mattresses.

By 3 PM we were home and I was cooking for supper and cleaning the apartment to be ready for company.  Thank goodness Dear One is so helpful.  He did much of the cleaning...including fixing the vacuum cleaner.  We ended up with the Sweet Potato Kale and Corn Chowder but I forgot the kale.  Even though it was sitting there in there refrigerator.  I did throw in some leftover garden peas to give a little green!  The quiche came out okay even though I had somehow managed to stop the timer...well, I had to warm up an afternoon treat for Dear One and forgot I was timing the quiche.  Well, it was fine.  I then made some Apple Cinnamon Cake.  I will post about that sometime.
Our friends arrived at 5.  After quickly eating we removed the new tablecloth that we had gotten for the occasion at Target and set to work on the gift bag project.  We knocked off at 8 PM with the Sisters' bags all done and 28 of the Elders' bags done.
Sunday was wonderful. It was the Primary Program which the children put on every fall to show what they have been learning throughout the year.  Their theme this year was "Choose the Right".  So sweet.  There are many children in our ward.  The prelude music was by very young children...one-finger playing songs from the program.  So lovely to hear.  You don't have to have "professional" musicians to bring the Spirit.
During the third hour of meetings today we had a combined meeting with everyone but the Primary children involved.  The bishop spoke, then trained about Relative Finder,  which can be found at RelativeFinder.org.  If you have a free account at FamilySearch.org and start building your family tree, by the time you get five or six generations input, 1.  you will love your family more, and 2. you will be able to find connections with other people you know on Relative Finder! So nice.  Bishop also showed us a new-to-me thing on the Tree app which you can put on your phone or tablet from FamilySearch.org.  If you sign into Tree then click on "More" at the bottom right, you will see "Relatives Near Me" on the upper left of the screen.  Click on "Scan" and pretty soon, if there are people with Tree open who are related to you and who are within 100 feet of your location, the will pop up!  This was just the niftiest thing to do.  There were 52 people who were cousins--as close as 5th cousins and as far distant as 13 generations.  I loved it.
Hopefully more on genealogy another time.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Mission: It has been a good week in Portland...

We had a good week.  So many sweet experiences.

On Monday I worked hard on gathering email addresses for both fathers and mothers of OPM missionaries so we could send them a letter with instructions about Christmas packages.  We need to get the packages early so we can make up the difference if some missionaries are not going to receive packages from their families.  On Christmas there needs to be a gift for every missionary.

On Monday also the Church Service Missionary area directors came to train Dear One and me, though he is the one who gets the brunt of it...new responsibilities added.  Dear One asked me if I would deal with chatting with these church service missionaries who are local part-time missionaries and who do various things such as inspecting the missionary apartments.  Other things, too.

On Monday ALSO two sister missionaries came in and asked if there were any senior missionaries going to Clackamas because one them had a former companion whose birthday was Tuesday.  She had arranged to meet that sister in Portland to do some shopping together on their preparation day which was that day.  The sister's companion did not like shopping so she refused to go, so guess who got to make the trip?!  It was okay but Dear One said we did not want to become the mail service... It took an hour and a half to drive down there but only about forty minutes to get home, thankfully.  It really was a beautiful day for a drive and we had not been that far out before so all is well that ends well.  The sister was sort of thankful for the gift delivery.

Tuesday brought an end to the email-gathering project thankfully.  Of course, it was enjoyable contacting a variety of people to get those email addresses.

Tuesday also brought a bad low-blood-sugar episode.  Scary, actually.  I ate all my rescue food and still was shaky and sick.  After about 30 minutes I stopped shaking but I felt pretty icky.  I took off and went to the grocery store to get some real food.

Tuesday ALSO we went to Brother G's for a wonderful temple preparation class.  He is such a sweet kind man, so ready and willing and anxious to come unto Christ.  So nice to share time with him.  We feel the whisperings and peace and comfort of the Holy Ghost as we meet with him.

Wednesday was good.  I sent off the email about the Christmas packages, appending my own email address to the end so I could be sure the recipients got it.  By the end of the day the message still was "out there" and not in my inbox.

On Wednesday I found that Freecyle is up and running in Beaverton!  (Not something that makes Dear One's heart sing, I can assure you!). I was able to acquire a Sunbeam Mixmaster stand mixer with the original glass bowls, both of them, that it came with back in the 60's.  My mother had a Mixmaster, though hers was metal, not plastic like this one.  The only glitch with this one is that there were no beaters with it.  I found some online and ordered them.  $17. A good price for a stand mixer if they work.  If not, it is not a lot of money to throw away.

Also acquired on Wednesday was a cooling rack that I have been longing for since I am now baking treats for Dear One and others.  I held off for almost two months but now it looks like it needs to be part of our weeks.  Drat.  Sweets are not something I want in our house.

On Thursday the elevator was back in service after a month of carrying ourselves and the mail up and down 24 steps every day.  Good, strengthening work.  I am expecting to have spectacular legs at the end of our mission from our own 17 stairs.  Those 24 stairs were really good.  I still will use them when I am only carrying myself.  Arms full of heavy packages was a little rugged.  SO on Thursday morning I got out the dolly from the supply room and loaded 10 packages on it and rolled it easily down to the elevator then down to the mail boxes.  That was so great!  One trip!  On Tuesday I had six boxes that took three trips up and down the stairs.

We talked with Son #3 Thursday evening.  He told us that the missionary name tags I had ordered for us had arrived in Vermont.  Duh!  That was really smart to send them there. (I had thought I had ordered them shipped to us here but I am sure it was confusing for those on the other end so...) I hate making extra work for others.  One of the sister missionaries called today to say she did not get all of her name tags, either, so I had to see where the error lies.  I still am not sure...

On Friday I awoke well before 6 and decided to throw on some clothes and walk around the complex for a bit.  3500 steps before breakfast made me feel virtuous.  The fresh air was so good tasting.
Brownie Trifle for the Senior Missionary FHE.  Beautiful dish from Salvation Army Thrift store

Also before breakfast I made a triple apple cake from Chef AJ.  I will write about it another day.

Some of my office work includes preparing orientation binders for incoming senior missionaries.  The previous computer files are confusing to me so I am organizing them in a way to makes sense to me.  I brought our binder in from the apartment to use as a sample and have now found everything we are supposed to include.  This makes me happy.

By the end of the day at the office I had been notified that I had received the email regarding the Christmas packages!  Three of the addresses were wrong, so I called the parents and got the correct ones.
The game we played, and no, I don't get credit if you buy this from Amazon.

That evening we were invited  to Elder and Sister J's apartment for pizza, salad, cookies, and Quirkle.  We had never played the game but had a good time doing it.

Saturday was spent doing errands while waiting for the sister of one of our missionaries to arrive with packages from home.  Eventually I met her at the office and took in the boxes.  We also purchased the  rest of the ingredients for the Family Home Evening treats.  We took Brownie Trifle,  chunks of pepper jack cheese, cranberry-cinnamon encrusted goat cheese, and Wheat Thins.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Food Friday: Broccoli Bisque, Maybe

Today I watched an episode of Chef AJ's Healthy Living on YouTube. Dr. Joel Kahn was her guest. She made some broccoli bisque. 

This is how I made it, but watch the video to see how to really make it.

Into the Instant Pot I put:

8 ounces broccoli
2 small potatoes-12 ounces
1 sweet onion chopped
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon dried parsley
1 Tablespoon granulated garlic.

Put on the lid and cooked on high pressure for 6 minutes then let it cool down naturally for about 8 minutes but wanted to hurry things along so I quick-released the rest of the pressure.

Added in:
1 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
4 Tablespoons nutritional yeast.

With a fork I then mushed everything up until it was more or less smooth.  You are supposed to use an immersion blender but we don't have one and I don't want to buy one.  (I may buy one more kitchen tool, but I will tell you when I decide...). If you have an immersion blender the soup will be lovely and smooth and look lovely.
Broccoli Bisque ready to store.

This made about four servings.  Not that large servings, either.  I thought is was nice.  Not great, but perfectly edible.  Dear One said it was bland and added a lot of salt.  Well, that was the point:  this was a no-oil, no-salt soup to try to clear out the arteries of bad stuff.  He did eat nearly all his bowl of soup, though.  I put much of the rest of it in the refrigerator to lunch some day, then ate the rest!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

More Mission Knitting

 In an effort get further on the hat project,  I decided I would try to knit two hats at once on two circular needles.

The hat I am making is a K2, P2 ribbing for about 8 1/2-9 inches from cast on edge (112 stitches)  then work the crown decreases.  This is a very stretchy pattern, yet it is snug on a smaller head.

Since I had size 7 circular needles...both 16-inch and 24-inch, I decided to use them to work two hats at once.  It turned out that the 16-inch "circ" was a bit too tight to do the job easily.  It certainly can be done that way but not as comfortably as with two 24-inch needles...so off I went to Black Sheep at Orenco to their new location.  It was a challenge for me to get there but I love our Garmin.  (In our welcome letter to the Oregon Portland Mission it was strongly recommended that we bring a GPS with us.  I can see why!  Fortunately we were already comfortable with the basics of GPS.  I am sure there is more we could learn, but it gets us where we need to go.)

I have started getting Chia Goo needles.  The ones I get are lace needle which have a longer sharper point making it very easy to pick up the yarn.  Their cable DOES NOT TANGLE!!!  A very good thing.

112 stitches Patons Classic Wool cast onto two circular needles

On the way home I dropped off a book at the main library then saw a Papa John's pizza and cranked the car to a quick stop and ordered a pizza.  Dear One is always happy when I bring a pizza home to him.  This was a Philly Steak pizza which was on sale for a good prize.  Because he is a vegetarian I asked if they could make half of it a regular cheese pizza, which they could.

One more stop was at Whole Foods Market which I had discovered by chance about half a mile from home.  I was astonished at the prices of things...quite high, except for some canned garbanzo beans which were $.79, the cheapest I have seen them.

When I got home we had the pizza for supper.  The crust was great.  The regular cheese side of the pizza was cheese, but not regular:  no red sauce, just more of the cream cheese sauce that was under the Philly Cheese Steak side.  Not popular.  Having said that,  the cheese size went pretty fast, too.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Munchie Monday: Brownie Bites

It seems like every time we went to a function over the last few years someone had brought brownie bites to share.  They were nice thick round store-bought treats.  The advantage was that if you could each just one, you had a treat and not so many calories as a full brownie.

Last week I was at Michaels, had a coupon, and saw a 24-well silicon baking pan.  Well, I took that as evidence that I should add something to our kitchen arsenal.  (It would have been good if I had seen a cooling rack at the same time...!). So, I did purchase it.  With plans to make some homemade brownie bites some day.

Well, that day may be sooner than I imagined.  One day this week we had a phone call at the office inviting us to the Senior Missionary Couples' Family Home Evening coming up next weekend. AND we were invited to bring the refreshments.  So far refreshments have  been things like carrot cake,  apple crisp, and once, some chopped fruit with only a little watermelon in it.  Dear One suggested that we bring vegetables.  Well, that appeals to me, but on Sunday evening I think most couples are more interested in a sweet. So, maybe I will make brownie bites.

 Because we have "kitchen basics" here, I am using the white bowl whose actual function I do not know. I used it to mix the brownie mix with the red spoonula I finally purchased earlier this week. The rubber scraper here left too much to be desired.  I had brought two portion scoops with me.  This is the two-tablespoon one.  You only need 1 tablespoon of batter per well.  I baked these bites for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F then let them cool for 15 minutes before pushing them out of the wells.  Since we do not currently have a cooling rack, a situation I plan to remedy really soon, I set the cookie sheet on which I had set the silicon pan to bake on top of a second rimmed baking sheet to get a little air underneath.
Here is the second pan of brownie bites out of the oven and nicely cooked.  You can see that I used cooking spray on the pan.  I do not know if that is necessary but I HATE having things stick to pans.

After letting the bites cool at least fifteen minutes I turned the pan over and pushed them out of each well.  No, if you were thinking they would just pop out unassisted, you would be wrong.  They did come out rather easily, though.

Here you can see them as they came out of the pan.  (Yes, you can also see ant buttons in the background.  I am just leaving them there to scare off the ants.  I will dispose of the buttons soon, probably. )

The 18.4 ounce box of brownie mix made 56 brownie bites, 1 tablespoon of batter per well.

Dear One and I are really enjoying the bites.  I had four. I won't say how many he had!  I believe I will take them to the office tomorrow.  Did I already say the?!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Mission: A Week of Coughing!

For some reason I cannot shake the cough.  It rather colors everything because I am sleeping more poorly than usual.  Coughing while answering the phone is not good.  Several good suggestions of what to do about it have helped a little but not gotten rid of it.

Last night was so bad that I stayed home from Church today.  I tried to sleep sitting up on the couch and do think I slept a little this morning.  Eventually I got up and picked up the table then taped a map together and hung on the wall so we can see where we are and where we need to go.  AAA has some very good city maps.  By getting two of them I could cobble together a larger one.

Dear One came home from Church to tell me that we are on for a Temple Preparation class TONIGHT!  Well, that will be enjoyable.  Just need to take the water bottle and lots of cough drops in my pocket. Now to get prepared.  I think as part of the class we will show "Man's Search For Happiness", a video that had a huge effect on me when I was 17 years old.
Red roses in the Rose Garden October 14th!!

The office was jumping this week!  Two brethren came from Salt Lake City to do some training with Elder J, the vehicle coordinator.  They spent all morning and then left at 1 PM.

The same day Sister J and Elder J, Sister T, and I went to one of the church buildings about 35 minutes away to check it out for the next Arrivals/Transfers day.  We wanted to figure out the flow to make things run smoothly.  Things to be concerned about were building entry (there are two levels in this building), luggage storage, supper bag lunch location and eating space, orientation location, cars/cards/safety conversations, interviews with President, interviews with nurse,  bedding distribution, waiting space.  We met Elder and Sister B and the zone leaders there (the ZLs opened the building for us then left for a teaching appointment they had) and went through the building several times until we had a feel for what would work most efficiently.  We have fifteen new missionaries arriving so some things will be easier than last arrivals when there were 27 new missionaries.

Shortly after we left the apartment complex heading out for this adventure, my phone rang.  What?!  It was the bishop of our ward asking Dear One and me to come see him at our own church building that night.  Elder J, the sisters, and I returned shortly after 7.  I gobbled down something quickly then Dear One and I were off to church.  The bishop had asked me to text him to say when we arrived.  So I did.  All this electronics is such a new thing to me. I was up with computers but the phone and texting, that is new stuff.  Sometimes it works, sometimes I delete a call before I even get to answer it because I swipe the wrong way.  R-r-r-r!
Some kind of Japanese vegetation near the entrance kiosk at Japanese Garden

So the bishop asked us to take an assignment in the ward:  to teach the Temple Preparation class which I mentioned above.  We have two brothers who are preparing to enter the temple, though they are on different schedules so we will teach them one at a time.

Sister B called one day this week to ask if we sisters in the office would help with the departing missionary dinner in early November.  It should be fun.  We will have two soups that can be served over baked potatoes, green salad, and homemade finger desserts.  I am trying to decide what to make.  I just saw a recipe for Almond Joy Cookies that looks good.  I want to try it out.  I will have to take all but a couple to the office for missionaries to eat because I just know that I will not be able to leave them alone.  Elder J suggested cheesecake, but I don't see that as a finger dessert.  Suggestions?

The big adventure of the week was taking a train ride to Washington  Park in Portland.  Getting my "stroller" onto the train was rather tricky the first time because we did not realize there was a wheelchair entrance.  Duh!  Of course there would be.  The return trips was much easier!
Train station under Washington Park heading towards Hillsboro

We took the free shuttle from the Oregon Zoo (without stopping at the zoo since this was just an exploration trip today) up to the International Rose Test Garden and the Japanese Garden.  The Japanese Garden is going to be trickier because it is not very accessible.  We shall see what we can do next trip.  The shuttle driver was a bit cranky when we got on.  I asked if I could bring the stroller.  He said yes.  It was tricking getting it up the stairs and shoved in behind his seat.  On the way back I noticed there was a spot which said--handicapped people wait here.  When the shuttle arrived I noticed there was a wheelchair lift in the bus!!!  So I went to the door and asked if there was a better way to get into the bus.  He heaved a big sigh and said okay fine.   So he was as nice as pie though he did kick the lift a couple of times....  Listening to him on the walkie talkie thing it appears that he was just there to be a help during the lunch hour.  Maybe he had not had lunch yet...that would make me crabby.

Mount Hood in background about middle of picture.
At one point in our walk we could see Mount Hood so I took several pictures.  Not really visible but if you use your imagination you can see the white peaks just above the trees mid-picture.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Food Friday: Spicy Peanut Sauce, Again!

Spicy Peanut Salad Dressing (or dipping sauce)

1/4 cup peanut butter
2 cloves garlic
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons soy sauce 
2 Tablespoons water
2 teaspoons fresh ginger paste (or just finely minced ginger)
1 heaping teaspoon sambal oelek 

Blend very well until a nice smooth sauce. If it is too thick to be a salad dressing, add water, one Tablespoon at a time until the texture is right.

Yields:  about one cup 

This is the recipe I started with but I more than tripled it and blended in the Vitamix since the peanut butter was extra crunchy.  I did not have any fresh garlic so I used granulated garlic at the rate of 1 teaspoon granulated garlic for every clove of garlic mentioned in the recipe.  I washed about 2 1/2 inches of fresh ginger which I DID have, chopped it into four pieces and put it into the blender skin and all.  This stuff is delicious.  There was a little left over.  I took it home and stirred it into some steamed cauliflower the next day. Yummy!  Really yummy.

Vietnamese Salad Roll Wrappers.

Along with the peanut sauce I made some "Vietnamese Salad Rolls" with rice paper I purchased at the Can Tho Market which is within easy walking distance.  I filled the spring rolls with julienned carrots, shredded lettuce, red bell pepper sticks, and, in some, roasted tofu sticks.  

Dipped in the peanut sauce the rolls were really good!

If you have never used these to make fresh spring rolls, don't be scared!  They are very easy to use.  Get out a round cake pan and put about half an inch or more of warm water in the pan.  One at a time, drop in the wrapper and submerge it in the water, making sure all of it submerges.  Remove to a clean cutting board and place a SMALL QUANTITY of your vegetable shreds on the lower third of the wrapper closest to you.  Fold the left and right sides into the middle over the vegetables then roll up like a burrito.  Place in a container that you can cover, and when filled, store in the refrigerator.  I have found that if these get really cold they are wonderful and easy to dip in the sauce.  

If you fill them too full, or try to eat them before refrigeration, my experience is that they fall apart.  You can still eat them but...not as tidily.

This is the second item we brought to the President's potluck Family Home Evening along with the second batch of black bean soup.

***The end of the story on the first iteration of black bean soup is that I have been eating it all week.  It is not inedible exactly, but not fun to eat.  The food is healthy and good for you so I have not thrown it out.  I will be glad when it is finished, though.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Mission: New Kitchen Gadget

In case I have not said so before, I love this kitchen gadget!

Daughter M had one of these on her Lodge cast iron skillet when we visited her in July.  I thought it was a great idea.  Finally I found one online.  It works great!

One thing to know,  if you leave the grip on the pan when you put it in the oven at 400 degrees F.  it will not have the effect you want.  You WILL burn your fingers when attempting to remove the pan from the oven.

Instead: take the grip off  the skillet before putting skillet in oven for whatever cooking project you are doing.  When the cooking is done,  pull the oven rack out, slip the grip back over the handle then, using a pot holder for the other handle on the pan, you are able to two-handedly remove the heavy skillet from the oven.  And you won't get burned.  Unless your potholder is wet, in which case all bets are off...!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mission: First Time for Transfers

Transfers happen every six weeks.

There is a lot to do to get ready for transfers.  Transfer day arrives and there is more to do.  The office missionaries are busy as beavers getting everything ready.  The President, his wife, and the Assistants to the President work very hard with transfers.

"Transfers" is a time when new missionaries arrive, missionaries who have completed their missions depart, and missionaries continuing on in their missions may receive a new assigned area and companion.  A lot of thought and prayer goes into these changes.  With all the attention given to so many details, usually transfers go smoothly, I understand.  This was our first transfer as we arrived to the mission two days after the August transfers.

Missionaries arriving from the Provo Utah Missionary Training Center leave Provo VERY early in the morning and arrive in Portland around 10 in the morning.  After getting their luggage they are taken to the Visitors' Center adjacent to the Portland Temple.  There they have their photograph taken with the mission president and his wife.  From there they are taken to the nearby stake center where their first order of business is to come to the serving area to pick up a bag lunch.  By now it is noon and they have not had anything to eat since a breakfast before leaving the MTC so they are ravenous.   They are also just about wiped out!  One of the new missionaries told me he got up at 1:30 AM to finish getting ready to leave Provo...

After picking up their lunches they go to one of the larger classrooms where they are given a short orientation by the Vehicle Coordinator, the Finance Secretary, and the Arrivals Secretary.  Following that they are interviewed (5-minute interviews is the time they have) by the mission president and his wife.  Some with medical conditions meet with the nurse to discuss their health situations and how to keep them well while serving.

Eventually the missionaries come to pick up their bedding: pillow, fleece blanket, and comforter. They bring their own sheets.  (As I am writing this, it seems like I may have already shared this, but...the old gray cells being what they are, I will continue on as if I had not already shared.)

After a final time together in the cultural hall, (a large space where all kinds of activities take place every week) the arriving missionaries pick up their luggage, their bag of bedding, and depart with their new companions and head to their areas.  They will do some work then fall into bed for some much needed sleep.

The office missionaries headed back to the office.  My after-transfers job was to print out boarding passes and pay for luggage for the missionaries who will depart the next day.  (This transfer we had 9 departing missionaries and 27 arriving missionaries!  Twenty-seven is a lot of missionaries!)  Once the boarding passes were ready they were banded together and, along with the departure binders, were taken to the President's house where the departing missionaries were staying overnight.  I got to do this...my first trip to President's house on my own.  Dear One was off with Elder B getting mattresses to one apartment, moving mattresses from a different apartment, moving an air conditioner, and other necessary tasks to make the missionaries comfortable.  I arrived home at 8:45 PM.  Dear One did not arrive at the apartment until 9:15 PM and Elder B still had two stops to make on his own way home.  He did not arrive home until after 11 PM.  This is a man who does not let MS keep him from serving.

This first transfer was very eye-opening to me.  There is a lot of energy put into making things run smoothly and to get the missionaries where they need to be in a timely and organized fashion.

The only glitch this transfer (that I am aware of...) is that the people making the bag lunches mis-counted by one lunch, so when the three missionaries arriving from the Mexico City MTC got here later on, one of them might have had to miss lunch but Sister B gave up her lunch.  Then it was discovered that one person who was expected to attend did not so she was able to eat after all.  It was my job to order the sandwiches, which I had done the week before.  We actually had ordered the right number of lunches.  I think the sandwich people just mis-counted.  We needed 47 lunches.

It was beautiful to see local members who come with their vans and pickups to carry missionaries where they need to go.  We met some very kind brothers who were giving this service.  While the missionaries were finishing up their orientation I got to visit with a couple of them.  Dear One was conferring with Elder B to figure out how they were going to get what where...!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Munchie Monday: Quick and Easy Black Bean Soup

Last Sunday the full-time senior missionaries were meeting at the President's house for a potluck dinner and Family Home Evening.  We were asked to bring soup.  Immediately I decided on black bean soup since it is something that Dear One likes, thanks do DIL A's wonderful rendition of the soup.

On Friday I put four cups of dried black beans into the Instant Pot and filled it with water.  Rinsed the beans well, drained, then filled with lots of water again and let them soak overnight.  On Saturday morning I drained and rinsed the beans again then cooked the beans for 30 minutes on the Bean cycle then made some wonderful black bean soup using a luscious recipe.

Except, it wasn't!  I had doubled the recipe due to the size of the crowd.  It turns out that some recipes cannot be doubled.  At least, cumin seems to be a deciding factor here.  The soup was bitter, SO....Saturday evening I went to our local Grocery Outlet and did not find ingredients so I went to Winco, a grocery store which stays open 24 hours a day.  I think that is a good thing!

When I came back from Winco with a full bag of ingredients (plus some cream soda for the cream-soda-lover in the family, I was too tired to make another black bean soup.  So I went to bed.  The next day after the afternoon session of General Conference I made the soup.

This is what I did:

3 cans Progresso Vegetable soup

Full bottle of Victoria Salsa Verde

1 can Black Bean Vegetarian Soup and 1 can Refried Black Beans

Three cans Rosaritas low fat Black Beans
All these went into a large stainless steel pot where I stirred them well until the soup was well-warmed.  I then put it into the stainless steel liner in the Instant Pot and turned the pot onto high.  By this time there was only an hour before we had to leave for the evening.

The soup tasted good to me and several others thought it was good as well.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Mission: Busy Times

The last two weeks have been quite filled!  We prepared for transfers the first week and then last week we had zone conferences.  Three of them.  There are nine zones in out mission, one for each stake in the mission.  Each zone is divided into districts and areas.  Districts are several areas.  There are two or three districts of missionaries in each zone. In each area there are two or three missionaries, ideally, two missionaries.  These areas coincide with the local wards or branches of the Church as the zones coincide with the stakes.

For zone conferences, three zones which are in relatively close proximity to each other meet every six weeks (the period of the "transfers").  The same three zones meet together each time and rotate the meetings to the three stake center buildings over a period of three transfers.  So, there are three days of zone conferences.

Things that happen at zone conferences:

1.  The missionary  cars are inspected.
2.  The missionaries meet together for instruction, admonition, and learning.
3.  All the missionaries have the opportunity to share good things that are happening.  It is a very uplifting time.
4.  The Relief Society of the stakes provide a nice lunch.  (This week in the zone conference we attended lunch was Thai Spicy Pumpkin Soup, Olive Gardens-style Toscano Soup, Chili, and at least one other. I had a dab of the Toscano and went back for a dab of the Pumpkin.  They were both really good.  The sisters in charge promised to share the recipes but I have not seen them yet.  Sad.  Also there were several kinds of breads including corn bread, salad, and brownies, cookies, and ice cream for dessert.  That was a great lunch and all the missionaries loved it. The bread and sweets were certainly tempting but I managed to abstain.  Soup and salad was enough.)
5.  After lunch the missionaries, in about five minutes!!, take down the tables and chairs and put them away then line up for a group photograph.  We did not stay for the photo this time, feeling we needed to get back to the office.
6.  In the afternoon the young missionaries remain until about 3 PM for more instruction/learning.  We have not stayed for this, though I guess we could.  I feel the mail and the phone calling me...
7.  This zone conference flu shots were available to everyone.  Dear One had one there. I had had one at the doctor's office a few weeks earlier.

The missionaries love the spiritual uplift they get from being together and learning from the President and his wife, from the Assistants to the President, and from the zone leaders.  It is wonderful to see these leaders teach and encourage the young missionaries.

This time there was instruction on improving teaching skills.  Senior couples were invited to participate in a role-playing activity.  We enjoyed it.  Teaching was done, then three different sets of missionaries  taught using the various techniques to the senior couples.  Two sister companionships and one elders companionship taught us.  One of the elders had been in the field one week!  He did a good job, but was flummoxed by a question Dear One asked.  This was a good thing since he will be asked that same question many times during his missionary time.  It was great that he was questioned in a friendly situation.

Listening to the investigator, clarifying the questions the investigator has, and teaching a gospel principle were what they practiced this time.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Mission Afghan: More squares

Here is the current situation with the mission afghan.  I was rather saddened to discover that not all the skeins of yarn were in the "Stripes Collection" as I thought. Just goes to show that when you go to the store and are tired and in a hurry, you can make significant mistakes... Well, I guess I will continue on with the project since we do want to have a nice warm blanket on the couch.  There are two more colors to add then I will start again with that luscious first square in the corner.  Square seven goes above the pink one then eight is in the cubby hole between the pink and purple/blue one.  The nice stripe will be next then one more and that diagonal will be finished.  If all goes well, that will happen this week.  There are other projects looming that need knitting....

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tender Mercy Tuesday

Heavenly Father blesses us in the sweetest ways.  And sometimes in such practical and mundane situations.

A couple of weeks ago I posted about the pillows we needed to buy for the incoming missionaries.  (We had purchase thirteen bags of two pillows each because we were expecting 25 missionaries. We we arrived at the storage garage we discovered that we actually had fourteen bags of pillows.  After pondering a moment we decided that rather than returning the extra pillows, we would hold them for the November incoming missionaries. I then went back to Costco and paid for the extra bag.)

Well,  in the middle of this week we received an email informing us that we were getting two  temporary "visa waiters" on Monday!  Visa waiters are missionaries who are going to foreign missions for whom the visas have not yet arrived.  It is expected that they will only be here for one transfer (a transfer is six weeks in length) but we shall see.  We have a visa waiter here now who has been here for four or maybe five transfers and who is hoping he gets to stay since he is loving teaching and bringing people unto Christ.

Anyway,  this morning in Sunday school we were studying the lesson in the Gospel Principles manual about The Holy Ghost. {If you want to read that lesson go to LDS.org then click on lessons, then Sunday school then Manuals then Gospel Principles then chapter 7.  I am unable to link to it here.} Right in the middle of the lesson the still small voice whispered to me that Heavenly Father had already known that we need fourteen bags of pillows to be ready for these new temporary sisters.

It is another of the many tender mercies he shows to us so often.  I love the feeling the Spirit brings.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Munchie Monday: Waffles

A few weeks ago we went to Deseret Industries,  a Utah-based thrift store plus training center.  We found several things we needed to set up our apartment to my satisfaction.  Including a Krups Belgian waffle iron.  Dear One was very much against the acquisition but since he likes me to be happy we did not have a knock down, drag out in the store.  Nor later, either!

When we got home I cleaned it up, then after some time had passed to allow for feelings to regularize, I made waffles.  We loved them.

This is what we used for a recipe.

2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a good-sized bowl.  In another bowl, mix together the milk and eggs then stir in the vegetable oil.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until mostly mixed together.  This made a rather thick dough.

The waffle iron should have been heating all the time that you are making the batter.  When the iron is hot,  at least for the first waffle, grease the waffle iron with either spray grease or a greased paper towel, being careful not to burn yourself.

You need about 1/3 cup of batter in each waffle well, and you need to put the timer on for 3 minutes, so you won't forget to check on them!  Check to see if the waffle is cooked. If so, enjoy it with maple syrup or jam and butter or use it for the base for Eggs Goldenrod.

This recipe makes about 7 waffle squares.  One is enough to eat at once.