Youngest Son and his Fair Wife came by this morning to say good-bye. They are on their way back to Cedarville and her job and his school. When I thought about the fact that Youngest Son had not had a single bite of Graham Streusel Cake all week, I got busy and made one for them. When they came in, it was almost out of the oven, and Youngest Daughter had made a pot of Caramel Truffle Coffee.
Jessica had a bad headache when they stopped. We got her some
Excederin and Lem had some coffee cake and some coffee. Certain Man stopped
in long enough to say a prayer over them and to eat a little cake and
then they and he were on their way. I finally got the metal cake pan
cover and shut this cake up. Every time I went by it, I could hear it
calling my name. I said to Certain Man, “I am not going to eat one
piece of this cake. And I need you to hold me accountable.”
much help in such situations, as he feels like I should know what I
should eat and he refuses to police such things.)
After Lem and Jess left for Ohio, and Certain Man headed out to his inspections, I got busy on my next project.
I would have made them earlier, but the only person in this family who likes these besides me doesn’t live here any more (That would be Eldest Daughter). And the persecution that I endure when I “stink up the house” to make pickled eggs (or red beet eggs, or whatever your neck of the woods calls them) is something to be reckoned with, indeed.
However, I had promised Oldest Daughter that I would make them for the Youth Group Fundraiser that is coming up at our church on New Year’s Eve, so I thought I had better get at it.
So, now the eggs are pickling, and all I have to do is make a seafood chowder of some sort for that evening, and my part will be done. Which reminds me. Everyone is welcome! If you look at my posting for New Year’s Eve a year ago, you will see that we really do have a great time. So come on out and have some soup and salad and pickled eggs and whatever else might be available!
And now, it is back to that laundry room and some much needed “end of year” business.
Edit: Recipe for Pickled (red beet) Eggs
two dozen eggs, hard boiled and peeled
4 (16 oz) cans of small, whole red beets
2 cups brown sugar
1½ cups vinegar (apple cider vinegar)
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. whole cloves
two inch stick cinnamon, crushed
In large saucepan, bring all the ingredients (except eggs) to a full rolling boil.
Remove from heat, and add eggs.
Put into glass gallon jar with tight-fitting lid.
Refrigerate for a couple of days
(if you can bear to not eat them–I’ve already “tested” one ).
Serve and enjoy!
If you eat all the eggs and have some beets left, and want to make some more, just reheat the red beets to a boil and add a dab of vinegar and a little brown sugar and put in another batch.
Edit # 2
Graham Streusel Coffee Cake:
¾ Cup margerine, melted
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
¾ Cup brown sugar
¾ cup chopped nuts (I use pecans)
1¼ tsp. Cinnamon
Mix together thoroughly, set aside.
1 yellow cake mix, any kind
¼ cup oil
1 cup water
I mix this batter together as the directions on the cake mix box says (usually for two minutes on medium speed).
Put half of the batter into a greased 9×13 pan. Spread at least half (I usually spread about