Wednesday, November 13, 2013

My Daddy's Favorite- Pineapple dressing

In November of 2009 we lost my Dad. He had brain cancer. It hit fast went undetected and before taking him from us it left a strong man a shell of his former self. (Don't worry it gets less sad)

What I want to focus on is his happy times. He is looking down from Heaven at me and turning red and sighing and shaking his head. He would have been so embarrassed that anyone wrote something about him for all the world to see. You see it is because he didn't know how special he was. And I am not saying that just because he was my Dad and I am his daughter. I am saying it because it is true! My Daddy is stronger than your Daddy yada, yada......

The man loved to laugh, tell silly stories and jokes, tease his grandkids & most of all he loved his wife, my Mama. She spoiled him rotten. Yes, he was rotten. She made him pie on his birthday when the doctors told him no cake and when he was really particularly in need of some spoilin' she made him Pineapple dressing for his salad. Remember those happy times I was mentioning earlier? Well, anytime he got Pineapple dressing was a happy time!

Now, this dressing is very versatile. You can pour it over any greens you like. Regular old iceberg lettuce, fancy romaine hearts and endive, plain old spinach, but the way I like it best is over coleslaw. Yep coleslaw. You take the dressing and toss it over coleslaw and chunk up an apple. Red or green, whatever variety you like. The apples won't brown because the pineapple juice coats them. It is the taste of summer if summer had a taste. Seriously good.

So are ya interested yet? Want me to quit my yammerin' and just give you the dang blasted recipe?
Well, ok. Since you asked so sweet and all. 

Pineapple dressing:
1 large can of chunked pineapple with the juice
1 tuna fish sized can of crushed pineapple with the juice
1 to 1 1/2 cups mayo use the real stuff people no fat free, sugar free caca. Use the good stuff. After all you are eating salad and all the green must cancel out all the bad right? Like eating a candy bar while drinking a Diet Coke ; )

Here is the hard part. Put it all in a container that you can seal without it leaking. Yep dump the  juice, pineapple and mayo in. Now shake! Shake until you can't shake no mo! See this works off some of the bad even before you have eaten the dressing. No seriously, stop worrying about the bad in this recipe and just eat it.  Take a little taste if it is too mayo-ish add another can of crushed pineapple or pineapple juice, if it is too pineapple YOU ARE CRAZY! ((collecting myself)) If it is too strong with the wonderful flavors of pineapple then add a little mayo more shake and taste. You can keep adding until you reach the flavor you like best. 

Pour away! Pour it on, pour it on! 
The coleslaw is best if it can sit about 4 hours in the fridge but is really good the next day, if it lasts that long.
Make sure you keep it refrigerated until you are ready to use it and if for some strange reason there are left overs. 

It was Daddy's favorite and I hope it is one of your favorites now too. I would love to hear how you used it, so leave me a comment and let me know.

Thanks for stopping by and i hope to see ya around this parts again.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

When Good Craft Supplies Go Bad

When Good Craft Supplies Go Bad

Getting four kids to school every morning is pretty much like wrangling Monkeys at the circus. Once all the monkeys were corralled and off to school to get some learnin' I started the rest of the day by getting all my chores for the day. Why? Well duh, so I could craft!!!!

After using my gun for , oh I don't know perhaps 150 million years, it has turned on me.

Oh of course high temp glue guns are hot and I have had a moment of jumping around after getting a tiny bit on me but this one was a doozie. We are talking I immediately thought of those poor people in Pompei.

The molten lava (aka high temp melted glue)  FLOWED!

The gun decided to send the glue out the back end rather than the front end. The glue flowed out over the edge of the gun where it feeds into the gun toward my right hand and dripped onto my pants. Of course I have "Mom mentality" and what is a Mom's reaction to an impending mess or danger? Cut it off/ catch it/ prevent disaster. So I reached over with my left hand and of course tried to catch the lava burning hot melted glue. The second I did it I knew I shouldn't have. I could see the scene as if I was standing beside myself and could do nothing but watch the train wreck happen.

The glue ran between my middle and ring finger tips. The glue coated my fingertips and ran down the side and underneath of my nails. I dropped the gun on the floor. Jumped up, started taking deep breaths and thought if I can wait until it cools I can just peel it off. I counted to myself in an attempt to try to make this work. I made it to 20...... During the counting, I found myself in a "cuss storm" saying made up words in some language that I am sure others would say is speaking in tongues.
Natural childbirth was easier. NUFF SAID!

To make things worse, I pulled the largest drop of glue from the side of my ring finger, which had already blistered, and yanked off a huge deep chunk of flesh. DO NOT DO THIS! I am now open to infection as most burns are however I doubled the chances by exposing the injured flesh under the blister.  I will spare you a photo of my finger. Our youngest child can't bare to see it. Uh huh, it's u.g.l.y.

TIP: ALWAYS keep a bowl of ice water nearby when using a high temp glue gun. Immediately dip the injured area into the water WITHOUT trying to remove the glue or waiting for it to cool before dipping. Seriously, just take the plunge, get it in the cold water. The ice water helps cool the glue and helps to try and reduce the burning. You ARE going to still be burned but it won't be as bad as what this dumb girl did.

So when good craft supplies go bad be prepared.
Thanks for stopping by!

 Want to see what I was working on before I injured myself? Well stay tuned and safe my friends.