Archive | July, 2013

On my desk now

30 Jul

Caution Tape
Easter Eggs
A Christmas Craft book
and a pile of change. . . it’s time to hit up the snack machine at the courthouse next door. . .

Nothing but trash

29 Jul

Mom mentioned recently (again) that she’d love to have a mimosa tree in the yard. . . since mimosa trees are typically considered trash trees, they’re not so easy to find at nurseries.  Fortunately for her, we had one sprouting up, like a weed, in a potted plant that we have under the carport.  It’s been repotted and is ready for gifting.  One day, it’ll sprout  pretty pink fluffy flowers and make my mom a happy woman.

Mimosa

The Weekend

28 Jul

It’s been a fun and relaxing weekend. . . which included a tea party, home made bread and butter, and writing letters to good friends . . . one of which was on my handy dandy typewriter.  By the way, did you know where the rabbit is at the grocery store?  It’s frozen, right next to meat pies and White Castle burgers.

letter writing rabbit

Something new – and not photo related

26 Jul

I just decided that it would be funny if, from time to time, I listed the items on my desk.  As a Youth Services librarian, well, the detritus of my work is sometimes an odd combination of what seems to be junk. . .  Today, on my desk, I have:

  • Various pieces of programming paperwork for a Turkey Extravaganza and a Mother Goose program
  • An information packet on next year’s storytime, for an upcoming training workshop
  • Information about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
  • An eye patch – in case I decide to go pirate?
  • A Tablespoon
  • Two “Geyser Tubes”
  • A photo of various fish and sharks and such from below, matted and ready to be sent to a branch

Maybe it’s not as funny as I first thought it was when I looked around, trying to decide if I should take care of the Geyser Tubes or the Fish photo. . . oh well

Quesillo

26 Jul

Quesillo

If you’ve never tried quesillo, I recommend it. . . it’s tastes like bread pudding, without the bread.

Quesillo

5 eggs, room temperature
1 can of condensed milk
whole milk – enough to fill the condensed milk can once it’s empty
vanilla
5 T. sugar
1/4 c. water
1 – 2 T. rum (optional)
cinnamon
crushed pineapple, drained of most of its juice

Because my honey is hispanic, we have a “quesillo pan” which is an alumium pan about the size of an 9″ round cake pan but deeper. So, find a dish that size, and in it, combine the sugar and water and cook on the stove until the syrup carmelizes. Then, in a blender, combine eggs, condensed milk, whole milk, vanilla, rum, cinnamon, and pineapple. Blend until all ingredients are combined. Then, pour onto your cooled caramel mixture. Place in a bain marie, umm, water bath? in a 350º oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool for about ten minutes and then upend the quesillo into your serving dish and watch all of the beautiful sugar drip down the sides. . . Refrigerate overnight before serving. . . OR, heap yourself a big spoonful into a bowl and eat up tout de suite.

Now, Alex took it upon himself to make this one day when I wasn’t at home, and he keeps saying that he messed up and knows what he did, and he will do it right next time, but he never would tell me what went wrong or why the quesillo was messed up. It tasted JUST FINE to me. He did say that he cooked it quite a bit longer than this recipe that we started with, but it was still more liquid-y, I think, than what he wanted, so you may keep that in mind. I’m pretty sure that the final consistency is supposed to be something like a cheesecake, maybe, depending on how dense your cheesecakes are. It’s supposed to be a similar consistency to MY cheesecake possibly. . . not that anyone’s eaten my cheesecake in recent memory. I’m pretty sure that the last time I made one from scratch was the Easter that Jared came home from the Marines. . .