The Choice in the Joyney

If given directions or a recipe, do you follow it exactly as written every time or is it a guide to help you find your own way?

For me, I look at many recipes and sets of directions as guides. I make changes to suit the needs of those who gave the directions/recipe and for myself as well. But it is different for each situation. As some situations, the direct following of the directions/recipe is vital for the outcome.

I see this as freedom to pursue happiness. We all have to find our own way and purpose in life. Every which way we choose, there are mountains and valleys. Each a lesson. A step. A dance. No two paths are the same. Many of our friends and family are with us just a short while. Each with their own set of blessings to share in our joyney with us.~pharris2013

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Coconut Rice

2 cans of coconut milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup of jasmine rice
a tab of butter
a pinch of salt

In a saucepan, bring the coconut milk, salt, brown sugar, and butter to a boil. Add rice. Turn down heat to low. Stir often. Cooks in about 10-20 minutes. Serve warm.

Nice addition to curry, jambalaya, or eat with nutmeg.
It does freeze well.

Velveeta/Spam Hamburger Bun

A recipe from my grandparents time was using velveeta cheese, spam and hamburger buns. With a meat grinder (or blender) grind the cheese and spam together…small cubes of each at a time. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. On a sheet pan prepared for the oven, place the half buns and a big spoonful of cheese/spam mixture. Place in oven for about 20 minutes until the cheese mix is browned.

Note…I have used turkey spam, as well as, traditional spam. They are really good.

Polly’s Yams

Polly’s Sweet Yams

By Pauline Harris

 

For Large Family or Get-togethers:

Ingredients:

6 to 8 large fresh yams

½ lb. miniature marshmallows

up to 1 jar of marshmallow cream

1 tbsp pumpkin seasoning

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup brown sugar

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted-sweetened butter, melted

 

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

On stove boil water in half filled pan(s) at medium to medium-high temperature.  While water is getting hot, chop yams into roughly evenly chunks of 2 inches.  Put yam chunks into heated water.   Leave yams in till tender with fork (and there is normally a little foam at the top of the water).  You can turn the heat down a tad, if needed.  When the yams are done, drain completely.   Let cool for a little bit of time, then peel the yams.

In a large bowl, mash yams till desired texture.  Add butter,  brown sugar, seasonings, and the marshmallow cream into the yam mash.  Place the ingredients into large casserole dish.

Cook for 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and add the marshmallows.  Broil till marshmallows are golden brown.  Enjoy.

 

PS  this recipe has grown over the years.  Lately, I have not used the whole jar of marshmellow cream and have added some crushed pineapple…and some dried cranberries and nuts.  Mixing up the flavours makes it interesting each year.

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