Friday, May 19, 2006

100 Things About Diane

Hello, everyone. I just finished doing my list of 100 Things About Diane. Whew!! I never thought it would be that hard to come up with that many things about me. If you get bored and don't finish it, I don't blame you. I was getting bored with myself there toward the end of it. There's a link over in the side bar for anyone who's a glutton for punishment. I also promised Addie my sugar cookie recipe, so I'll go ahead and put that at the bottom of this post. I had started a recipe blog and put up the link on here, but it won't let me edit any of my recipes right now. I don't know what the problem is with it. I may have to just delete that one and start a new one. I have good intentions, but I have been so busy lately that I haven't had time to do some things I wanted to get done.

I promised to cook a special dinner for Jessica and Jason today, for her graduation, so I will be busy with that most of the day today. She wants meatloaf and creamed potatoes, green beans, corn, and for dessert, Mama's homemade cheesecake. Then, graduation is at 7 pm, so there goes most of my day right there. I'll make the cheesecake after I post this so it can ripen a little. I'll probably go ahead and make the meatloaf, too, and put it in the fridge till time to cook it. I hope everything turns out okay. Usually if I'm cooking for anything special, something disastrous happens. Let's hope not this time, since I want it to be really special for Jessica and Jason.

Well, I will post this and get some of my prep work done for tomorrow, then it's to bed for me. If I manage to snag some free time tomorrow, I'll try to post something, or it may be tomorrow night after graduation. Hope everyone has a great Friday, and a wonderful weekend. Blessings to all.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

1 cup shortening
1 egg
2 cups sifted plain flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup sifted confectioners sugar
2 tsp. good vanilla
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 tsp. salt

Cream together shortening, sugar, egg, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Sift together flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt and add to shortening mixture in thirds, blending well after each addition. It's not necessary to chill this dough, but if it's too soft to work with, you may chill it for an hour or overnight if you wish before baking cookies. The less you work with this dough, the better they are. To bake: roll with your hands into quarter-sized balls, then flatten on foil-lined cookie sheets with a smooth-bottomed glass dipped in a little oil, then into granulated sugar. Bake at 350-375 degrees until edges are lightly browned. Cool on wire racks and store any leftovers in an airtight container. Makes about 4-5 dozen cookies.

These are my favorite cookies. I've made them since I was about 10 years old, so long ago I've forgotten where I got the recipe. Enjoy.


Anonymous said...

I was looking for your list and couldn't find it. Ah, on your sidebar. A different blog. :-)

I have to go in early today, and may have to work late, so I'll check it out when I get home.

The cookies sound good. You know I am trying to avoid things like that, and then you go and tempt me with a recipe for sugar cookies. :-) I guess a little indulgence won't hurt.

Have a wonderful day.

Addie said...

Ah, Thanks Diane! Those sound divine! The description of just browned at the edges sounds a lot like my grandma's!

Have a GREAT day with your girl on her graduation. I'm sure it will all be a little bittersweet for you. :-)

Susie said...

The cookies sound yummy, as does your special dinner for Jessica. Cheesecake is one of my favorite indulgences :-)
Enjoy this very special milestone in your daughter's life. Remember that commencement is a beginning!

Dick said...

You have a wonderful, busy day ahead. As Sue said, this marks a new beginning, not an end, and it is a real milestone in their lives.

Cheese cake is my prefered cake for my birthday cake.

Tennessee Mama Duck said...

This is my first time to your blog. I've been seeing your comments on other's blogs for a little while though.. Glad to find you!

I always try to make my kid's favorites for them on special days! My middle child's 5th birthday was in November and I made everything he requested - baked chicken, garlic shrimp pasta, green beans, and peanut butter sandwiches!!

Oh, do I remember those last favorite meals at mom's house! Mom would always cook my favorite things when I'd come home for a brief weekend during college.

Well, that was 15 years ago. Now their diet is so restricted with her diabetes and dad's heart disease! We get fat free, calorie free, carbohydrate free, taste free meals now!

But the memories are still there...

Diane@Diane's Place said...

I will be gone to Jessica's graduation for a lot of this evening, so I will check in afterwards.

The cookies ARE good, trust me. They're actually not bad at all calorie-wise, unless you eat half a batch at a time....Not that I do, or anything.... :-)

You're welcome. They really are great, and they're Jessica's favorites, too.
And it will be REALLY bittersweet. I'm weepy already. Thanks for your well wishing. :-)

See above about the cookies. :-)
Cheesecake is one of my faves, too.
And I'm trying to remember it's a beginning, not the end of everything. Thanks :-)

Thanks for visiting, and for the encouraging words. :-)

Tennesse Bloggin Mama,
Nice to see a new face here, and thanks for visiting. :-)
Supper has been and gone, and was a great success, thanks.
And I know what you mean about the special diets. We really should be on a diet, LOL. :-)
Make yourself at home, and come back soon. ;-)

Anonymous said...

I read the list. I was trying to comment there, but it wouldn't let me without a Blogger account.

Anyway, it was an amazing list. I don't think I could even come up with 25 things as interesting as what you came up with.

Very good job!!

Diane@Diane's Place said...

Thanks, I'll check out the blogger account thing, it may be set not to allow comments for those without a blogger account.
And thanks, but I'm sure you could easily come up with 100 things, but you might have to think on it a while, like I did. :-)

Greeneyes said...

Hi Diane
Just finished reading your 100(posted there as well) list and your last two post including this one .
The mothers day one /prom one was so endearing , I could feel the love you have for your daughter and the story shows how much she has for you , to include you like that is absolutely wonderful , and you had such a good time , fantastic , that is going to be a warm and cuddly memory for the rest of both of your lives . I think your daughter being such a loving daughter is a true testament to what a good Mom you are , Take a BOW , you have given her what she needs in life ,you have feed her soul and she will now soar into the next part of her life , taking you with her in her heart .
Your pics are beautiful and so is she , she looks so happy , God Bless you and your family , it did my heart good to read this , thank you

Diane@Diane's Place said...

Ah, Green Eyes,
It's so good to see you back in these parts, I missed you so while you were gone. ;-)
Thank you for your nice words here. I am still teary-eyed and weepy, but I am making it okay, they're happy but bittersweet tears. I'm glad you liked the pictures and the posts, and God Bless you and yours, friend. :-)

Naturegirl said...

Yummy..that "special dinner" and cheesecake my favorites!!mmmmmmm
Thank you for your recent comment in my post about "Patches" and for caring...and for getting "it" the fact that she is a mommy!! oh and thanks for the recipe!:)

Girl Raised in the South said...

Hey - I did NOT know I could do that - show original post - what a help that was. I wondered how on earth everyone remembered what everyone said - so thanks! And your 100 things - "I was getting bored with myself there toward the end of it." cracked me up. Sometimes I get so tired of hearing my own voice. Seriously. And how the heck did you know it was your 100th post - did you count. If so you are way detail oriented...

Diane@Diane's Place said...

Nature Girl,
It was a nice dinner, thanks. :-)
I really did wonder about Patches, and how she was doing. Any chance you can get pics of the babies? :-)
And you're welcome for the recipe. ;-)

Thanks for dropping by, and I'll leave you a comment about how to tell how many posts you've made in your comments. It's easy, actually. :-)

boomama said...

I left a comment on your 100 things...and those sugar cookies - yum!

Krissy said...

Diane- I love that you made meatloaf for your daughter's "special occasion". EVERY time there is a special occassion taht involves me (mainly my birthday) I always request my mom's meatloaf with mashed potatoes and corn! How funny!

Sister said...

I'm so proud of Jessica and her accomplishments...I can't believe I don't know her! Thanks for the Sugar Cookie recipe - maybe Boomama will make them for me! :) Oh, and I left a comment on your "100" blog.

Diane@Diane's Place said...

Thanks for your comments on my 100 things, and I commented on your comment, LOL. ;-)
The cookies will make you hip up and pop your Thomas, really they will. ;-)

The funny thing about the meatloaf dinner is that Jessica hates meatloaf, but her new feller loves it, so she requested it for him and she ate all the sides and no meatloaf, LOL. ;-) Thanks for visiting and commenting. It's not taking you long at all to catch on to this blogging thing, is it? :-)

Thank you for your nice words about Jessica. :-)
And the sugar cookie recipe is easy....EVEN YOU could make it, LOL. ;-) It's worth the trouble, too.
And thanks for your comments on my 100 things, too. Glad you enjoyed it. :-)

Lisa said...

Awesome dinner, Diane! Can I come? ;)

Those cookies - that recipe sounds a heck of a lot better than the one I used at Xmas. Which I ended up tossing and buying the Doughboy's roll. Cheater, I know. :)

100 things - good for you! I still haven't been able to think of that many yet.

Diane@Diane's Place said...

Hey, Lisa,
I'm honored that you took time to drop by my humble digs here. :-)

You'd be welcome if you were in the neighborhood, Lisa. That meal is gone and forgotten about, now, but next time you're coming this way, let me know. ;-)
And the cookies are really easy to make, and really good, too.

As well as you write, I'm sure you'd have no trouble coming up with a great list of 100 things. Just try it sometime, you might surprise yourself. :-)

Faith said...

The cookies sound wonderful. i will try them out!
Congrats to your daughter on graduating!!

Faith said...

Okay, i guess I'm a bit daft. Where is the post of 100 things? Why am I the only one that doesn't know? I'll check back for the answer!!

Diane@Diane's Place said...

Thanks for the congratulations, and the cookies ARE good, I guarantee it. :-)

And the 100 Things are on a link, the very first one on my sidebar, at the top of the links list. :-) You're not daft, so I must not have made it very clear where it was, LOL. ;-)

Greeneyes said...

Uh is everything ok , thinking about you ,you havent been on for a bit and I sense something , hope all is well , may God Surround you and keep you safe , your friend

Andre said...

Yoooo hoooo! Diaaannnneee...

***Dagnammit! This woman is going to make me form a search party to find her. The nerve of her not to be around when I need her.***

Huh? What do you mean, "other people can read this?" Oh.

Oops. I've really gotta stop thinking out loud...

Diane@Diane's Place said...

Green Eyes, and Andre,

I posted a comment on your blog, Andre, and I emailed you, Green Eyes.

Thanks to both of you for your concern, and I appreciate it more than you'll ever know.......


Dick said...

Diane, we are waiting to hear how the graduation went last Friday. I expect all went fine as they usually do. Jessica probably needed to sleep a lot over the weekend as it seemed she was on the go all the time.