Posted by: marthabernie | April 29, 2016

Best Ever Southern Pecan Pie Bars. Listening To Seth Timbs.

If you love pecan pie, you will love these.  I think it’s a Paula Deen recipe:

Best Ever Southern Pecan Pie Bars. Listening To Seth Timbs.

Posted by: marthabernie | April 28, 2016

Lemon meringue parrot ice cream

Take a look at this link:

Lemon meringue parrot ice cream

Posted by: marthabernie | April 26, 2016

A Recipe for Rocky Road

Another recipe for rocky road:

A Recipe for Rocky Road

Posted by: marthabernie | April 25, 2016

KIRBY FAMILY – Humboldt County, California 1906

030bThis is the last of the photos from the scrapbook my niece loaned to me.  I have others from the 40’s and 50’s of other parts of her family that I will share soon.  Look at all those fancy lacy collars and dresses!

Posted by: marthabernie | April 25, 2016

Roast Pork Loin, Porchetta Style

Another pork recipe.  We eat more pork loin and tenderloin than beef these days:

Roast Pork Loin, Porchetta Style

Posted by: marthabernie | April 24, 2016

Roast Pork with Fabulous Potatoes

An interesting way to roast potatoes:

Roast Pork with Fabulous Potatoes

029aAs I have mentioned, hunting and fishing was a big part of life for people in Humboldt County California back at the turn of the 20th Century.  Below a man and his hunting dog.

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Posted by: marthabernie | April 23, 2016

Unknown Building, Humboldt County, California Circa 1900-1910

029bI think this is either a church or a school, most likely a school since the entrance appears to be on the left end of the building, behind the trees.

Posted by: marthabernie | April 23, 2016

Oreo brownies from scratch

These are really decadent….

Oreo brownies from scratch

Posted by: marthabernie | April 22, 2016

San Benito Ranch, Humboldt County, California Circa 1905

028bGetting down to the last few images from early Humboldt County, California.  This one labeled, “San Benito Rnahc”.

Posted by: marthabernie | April 22, 2016

Passover Cobbler

We have been making a lot of cobblers lately, and this one seems relatively easy:

Passover Cobbler

Posted by: marthabernie | April 21, 2016

Humboldt County California After the 1906 Earthquake

028aHumboldt County is north of San Francisco, but it was obviously close enough to suffer damage from the 1906 earthquake.

Posted by: marthabernie | April 21, 2016

Sticky Asian Chicken

Something to try…

Sticky Asian Chicken

Posted by: marthabernie | April 20, 2016

CHURRO CHAMPS

I saw this recipe recently and thought it’s a good way to make a churro-like treat without the frying.

CHURRO CHAMPS

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  On a lightly floured surface, roll out 14 oz all butter puff pastry (store bought) into a 12 x 16 rectangle.  Brush lightly with a beaten egg.  Fold in half into a 6 x 16 rectangle; press out air bubbles.  Cut crosswise into 1/2 x 6 inch strips.  Twist into spirals, pressing ends to gently adhere.  Place one inch apart on 2 parchment lined baking sheets; freeze 30 minutes.  Bake, rotating sheets halfway through until puffed and golden, 20 to 22 minutes.  Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon.  While still hot, toss half the churros with half of sugar.  Repeat with the remaining churros and sugar.

MUY DELICIOSO!

Posted by: marthabernie | April 19, 2016

Caramel Pecan Carrot Cake. New Music From White Peaks.

Here is a different twist of Carrot Cake:  apple butter between the layers etc.

Caramel Pecan Carrot Cake. New Music From White Peaks.

Posted by: marthabernie | April 19, 2016

Humboldt County California circa 1900-1910

026bI got these photos from my niece, and they are from her grandmother’s Wulff Family, who as near as I can tell, lived in Humboldt County, California.  Among the photos there were also very long, detailed written accounts of hunting and fishing trips.  Not sure where these were taken, but the one below seems to have a camp fire going.  Those are redwood trees above.

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Posted by: marthabernie | April 19, 2016

CITRUS VINAIGRETTE

I don’t buy much salad dressing these days except for the Bolthouse yogurt based dressings.  This is because I make my own most of the time.  Below is one of my new favorites:

CITRUS VINAIGRETTE (Makes 1 cup)

In a small bowl (or dressing container) combine 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest, 6 tablespoons fresh orange juice and 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar.  Whisk in 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

NOTE:  I have a bottle I make my salad dressings in and that way it goes right into the refrigerator if there is anything left over.

Posted by: marthabernie | April 18, 2016

Humboldt County California Circa 1900-1905

026aThis could be part of the creamery in Humboldt County, California, but not sure.  Circa 1900-1905.

Posted by: marthabernie | April 18, 2016

QUICK BREW ICED TEA

Here is a quick way to make iced tea, it’s sort of like the quick way to make Jello with ice:  For 2-1/2 cups, place 3 to 4 tablespoons loose leaf tea in the strainer of a teapot.  Pour in 2 cups boiling water and let steep about 3 minutes.  Then add 2 cups of ice.  The cubes will begin to melt and the drink will reach the perfect strength in a few minutes.  Serve in glasses filled with more ice.

NOTE:  Use a ceramic or tempered glass teapot for this method.

Posted by: marthabernie | April 17, 2016

1900 California – Humboldt County

027aAnother old photo from Humboldt County, California circa 1900.

Posted by: marthabernie | April 17, 2016

Shakoy (Twisted Fried Donuts)

This recipe looks exactly like French Twist Donuts!

Shakoy (Twisted Fried Donuts)

Posted by: marthabernie | April 17, 2016

Another easy apple cake, and a goat

One can never have too many apple cake recipes!

Another easy apple cake, and a goat

Posted by: marthabernie | April 16, 2016

Lawn Mowing Service – About 1955

007bMy father worked for Standard Oil/Chevron at the El Segundo, California refinery for more than 30 years.  For most of those years, he worked shift work and the shifts changed every week.  I don’t know how he ever adapted to these weekly schedule changes, and I would not doubt that it took years off his life (he died age 61).  However, it did have some advantages:  he learned to sit down and immediately go to sleep at a moment’s notice no matter where he was, and we never got bored with holidays being the same.  We would have Christmas dinner at noon,  4 pm or at 6 pm, depending on when he had to be at work and when he slept.  It drove my mother crazy from time to time, especially when he was at home all day, “under foot.”  However, he did all the home repairs, he loved working in the garden, and he even started a lawn mowing service on his days off.  We had a relatively new car but he bought the old truck above and made (yes, made himself as a DIY project) the trailer to cart around all his mowing and gardening gear.  The trailer also got used for carrying all the camping gear we took to the High Sierras and other places for long family fishing vacations.  Photo above was taken in front of our house on Flower Street, Inglewood, California, and that’s my brother Richard on the left and Larry on the right.  They helped with the mowing when they were not in school.  I don’t know what happened to that old truck but I do know it was replaced with a 1941 Chevy when it gave up.  He also gave up the lawn mowing service when he moved to 64th Street, also in Inglewood.

Posted by: marthabernie | April 16, 2016

Seashell Shortbread Cookies

Take a look at these, they are so cute!

Seashell Shortbread Cookies

Posted by: marthabernie | April 15, 2016

Larry and Nancy About 1955-56

006cMy brother Larry Marlin and his then girlfriend (later wife) Nancy McReynolds standing in front of our 1953 Pontiac.

Posted by: marthabernie | April 15, 2016

Eggless Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

An eggless variation:

Eggless Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Posted by: marthabernie | April 14, 2016

Cheesy Baked Goulash

A cheesy twist on goulash:

Cheesy Baked Goulash

Posted by: marthabernie | April 14, 2016

Larry and Friend George

006bI may have posted this photo previously, but put it up again today because it’s another one of those 50’s classics.  On the right is my brothers, Larry Marlin, and on the left his friend, George Mautz.  Larry was 6 feet, 4 inches tall and towered over everyone.  His friend was an inch taller.  I am fairly certain that this was taken before they were going to some dance or other events and that is George’s convertible they are standing in front of.

Posted by: marthabernie | April 14, 2016

Pecan Brownies

I did not try pecans in brownies until about ten years ago.  I like them almost as much as walnuts!

Pecan Brownies

Posted by: marthabernie | April 13, 2016

Walker River, High Sierras, California 1956

005bWhen I was a child, our family vacations were either trips to Missouri to visit the family there, or we went on 2 and 3 week camping/fishing trips to the High Sierras and other places in California.  My dad took these two photos of my mother while we were camping near the Walker River in the High Sierras.  These trips were hardly a vacation for my mother because she cooked and washed dishes three times a day for all of us, but she always seemed to enjoy it.  She had a camp stove with portable oven and would sometimes bake pies at the camp site!  She also enjoyed all the little critters that visited the campsite, especially the chipmunks.  They either sensed a kindred spirit in her or figured out that she was the source of all the food!  I am not sure which!  But one thing was certain:  she had INCREDIBLE patience, and she would put out food scraps of some sort and then sit and wait for something to come visit.  I tried it several times but was too fidgety, I think.  Here you can see the chipmunk checking out the cantaloupe rinds!

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Posted by: marthabernie | April 13, 2016

Spiced Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Note the cinnamon in this recipe….

Spiced Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Posted by: marthabernie | April 12, 2016

Raspberry Cheesecake Cake

This recipe combines a lot of my favorite flavors!

Raspberry Cheesecake Cake

Posted by: marthabernie | April 12, 2016

About 1955 – Sequoia National Park

004cMy brother, Larry Marlin, about 1955 or 1956 when he went on a family vacation with his girlfriend’s family to Sequoia National Park, California.

Posted by: marthabernie | April 12, 2016

Egg Nog Cheesecake

Way past Christmas, but irresistible all the same!

Egg Nog Cheesecake

Posted by: marthabernie | April 11, 2016

The ’40 Chevy Once Again…1955

004bThis photo was taken in 1955.  That’s the ’40 Chevy in the background in an earlier incarnation than the photos from yesterday.  It was originally painted dark blue at the factory, but as time went on, it was painted white, black and gray before the car was totaled in an accident in 1959/60.  That’s me standing in front of my two brothers:  Larry on the left, Richard on the right. There was a 5-1/2 to 6-1/2 year gap between each of us.  My mother, who was one of 8 surviving siblings (4 more babies died at or soon after birth), 3 step siblings and 3 half siblings, decided she wanted to have each of her children in school before she started with a new baby.  She would never explain why other than to say that she wanted to spend a lot of time with each child.  Her mother died at the age of 42 from a burst appendix (my mother was 6), so it may have had something to do with that. She also was a great seamstress and spent a lot of time making our clothes as well as her own.  Note Larry and Richard’s matching shirts…she made those, and I am sure she made the dress I am wearing under the coat.

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