Monday, June 29, 2015

End of the Month Miscellany

A mixture of this and that from my Facebook page over the past week. The second Item was from a year ago. 

I. I am sickened as well by many events over the past days, weeks, month ... Just when it looks like a storm has passed, another larger one forms. I fear for our land, because a negative energy has built and is sweeping across the plains and mountains, When there are respite moments, times when we could individually and collectively rest, renew, there always seems to be more vitriol waiting to be unleashed ... lines from an old song come to mind - "It's time for a cool change."

II. Very sad to read on the WCYB website of the discovery of the body of an infant near Castlewood on Saturday. For those not from this area, Castlewood is a town in my county of residence. I am sure the end result will be another tragic story. Safe again in the arms of angels a young soul has taken flight. I commented in a group I belong to here on Facebook very recently (paraphrasing myself) that the pain of death is pain for those who remain, because death is release from pain. We mourn the lives that were well lived and well loved. We also mourn the lives that never really had time to learn the sorrow and ecstasy that is life, those who leave so soon. A baby is a sacred responsibility, and the wording of this news story is predicative of a tragic story unfolding. Such sorrowful events happen, and we collectively are lessened in their wake. Sorry for such a meandering post, it has just really upset me to see the headline, Body of Infant Found. How and why was this baby lost? Discarded? Such questions will never have acceptable answers. ( From 2014)

III. The fickle fates are not going to make this week easy for me ... 

IV. Several years ago, Roger and I were in a local grocery store standing in line to check out. Directly in front of us was an older gentleman holding a young girl, she looked to be maybe 18 months old. Riotous blonde curls, big blue eyes, rosebud mouth, porcelain complexion. There was a red balloon tied to a shelving support. She wanted that balloon. She had big crocodile tears, puddling up in her eyes, looked as though they would spill down her cheeks at any minute. She had on hand clasped around the man's neck and was reaching out to the balloon with the other. Her little lip was just quivering and she was saying , "Boon. Boon". Now he was having none of this, he stoically held his ground and paid for their items and left. Rog and I, well were we the grandparents in that situation would probably have bought her a dozen "boons". I do not think that he was being mean, just firm. Not giving in, you know? Because little girls with crocodile tears welling up in their eyes can really work on a person's heart, as can little boys with pouty mouths and soulful looks. 

V. I have a personal friend whose home was bombed in Louisiana by the KKK. That is why I think it is time for the Confederate Battle flag to make a graceful exit from public display. 
I have personal friends who have been shunned in public by complete strangers because they are openly homosexual. That is why I changed my profile to the rainbow of celebration.
If you have a problem with my standing up for my own personal beliefs and opinions on my own personal Facebook page, be you real life friend, online friend, or relative, feel free to unfriend or block me. 

VI. Homemade Banana Pudding
Yes, I did.
With cooked 'from scratch' custard
And real meringue
(And I don't just use vanilla wafers, I make peanut butter vanilla wafer sandwiches and use them instead of the plain cookies)
Oh, yes I did

** This was not on Facebook. I use the recipe that is on the Nilla Vanilla Wafers box. Here it is:

Original Nilla Banana Pudding

Ready in: 60 mins.

Layers of Nilla wafers, creamy pudding and fresh banana slices 
are the stars of this American classic.

3/4 cup sugar, divided 
1/3 cup all-purpose flour 
Dash salt 
3 eggs, separated 
2 cups milk 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
45 NILLA Wafers, divided 
5 ripe bananas, sliced (about 3 1/2 cups), divided 
Additional NILLA Wafers and banana slices, for garnish 

1. Mix 1/2 cup sugar, flour and salt in top of double boiler. 
Blend in 3 egg yolks and milk. Cook, uncovered, over boiling water, 
stirring constantly for 10 to 12 minutes or until thickened. Remove 
from heat; stir in vanilla. 

2. Reserve 10 wafers for garnish. Spread small amount of custard 
on bottom of 1 1/2-quart casserole; cover with a layer of wafers 
and a layer of sliced bananas. Pour about 1/3 of custard over 
bananas. Continue to layer wafers, bananas and custard to make 
a total of 3 layers of each, ending with custard. 

3. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form; gradually add remaining 
1/4 cup sugar and beat until stiff but not dry. Spoon on top of 
pudding, spreading evenly to cover entire surface and sealing well 
to edges. 

4. Bake at 350°F in top half of oven for 15 to 20 minutes or 
until browned. Cool slightly or refrigerate. Garnish with 
additional wafers and banana slices just before serving. 

Makes 8 servings

287 calories, 6 g protein, 50 g carbohydrate, 7 g total fat, 
2 g saturated fat, 117 mg cholesterol, 134 mg sodium, 
1 g dietary fiber. 

Preparation Time: 30 mins.
Cook Time: 15 mins.
Cooling Time: 15 mins.
Total Time: 60 mins.

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