Recipe of the day. Eggs benedict casserole

Eggs Benedict Casserole
2 1/2 cups dried cooked smoked ham
10 eggs
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Mornay Sauce (see below)
1 cup crushed cornflakes cereal
1/4 cup margarine, melted
Arrange ham in ungreased 13 by 9 by 2 inch baking dish. Heat 1 1/2 to 2 inches water to boiling; reduce to simmering. Holding egg close to water, carefully slip egg into water. Cook until egg is just set, 3 minutes. Remove from water; place on ham. Repeat with remaining eggs. Sprinkle eggs with pepper. Pour Mornay Sauce over eggs. Combine cornflakes with margarine, sprinkle over casserole. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
Mornay Sauce
1/4 cup margarine
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Melt margarine over low heat; blend in flour, salt and nutmeg. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and bubbly; remove from heat. Stir in milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir for 1 minute. Add Swiss and Parmesan cheeses; cook and stir until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth.


Recipe of the day. Easy pork riblets

Easy Pork Riblets
2 pounds pork riblets
1 (8 ounce) bottle cocktail sauce
1 (8 ounce) jar grape jelly
Place ribs in 3 to 4 quart slow cooker. Mix cocktail sauce and jelly together in a bowl. Pour over riblets. Cover; cook on low for 8 hours, or until meat is tender.
Makes 3 to 4 servings.

Recipe of the day. Apple rolls

Apple Rolls
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons shortening
4 tablespoons sugar
8 teaspoons baking powder
Chopped apples
3 cups sugar
2 cups hot water
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
Mix together 4 cups flour, 1 teaspoon salt, shortening, 4 tablespoons sugar and baking powder with enough milk to make a soft dough. Roll out, then spread with butter and chopped apples. Roll up and cut into pieces. Make a syrup out of the remaining sugar, water, flour and salt. Pour hot syrup over rolls and bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.

Book review:A long way from home by Cathy glass

So I just finished the book a long way from home by Cathy Glass. A wonderful read. Different from most of her other foster care memoirs, this is Annas story. A story about a little girl adopted from an orphanage who came into foster care after being diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder and when her behaviour became unmanageable for her parents.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a poignant read. Deeply moving, very sad in places, but also full of hope.
The summary for the book follows.

The true story of two-year-old Anna, abandoned by her natural parents, left alone in a neglected orphanage.

Elaine and Ian had travelled halfway round the world to adopt little Anna. She couldn’t have been more wanted, loved and cherished. So why was she now in foster care and living with me? It didn’t make sense.

Until I learned what had happened…

Dressed only in nappies and ragged T-shirts, the children were incarcerated in their cots. Their large eyes stared out blankly from emaciated faces. Some were obviously disabled, others not, but all were badly undernourished. Flies circled around the broken ceiling fans and buzzed against the grids covering the windows. The only toys were a few balls and a handful of building bricks, but no child played with them. The silence was deafening and unnatural. Not one of the 30 or so infants cried, let alone spoke.

This book can be gotten from audible, its also available on kindle. and in paperback. It is Cathy glass’s latest foster care memoir.

Blog share. Its good to be crazy!

Trina blogs over at its good to be crazy. Her blog is cool! Go check it out and give her a follow!
Below is her intro!

Hi Carol Anne and everyone else

This is me, I blog about lots of things but mainly mental health. On occassion I post photos of my cats/masters, I am on a reblog craze at the moment.

Having children

A friend of mine just wrote a post about having kids. I have been thinking on it. I am childless but not by choice. I am childless due to having no ovaries. I am also childless due to being a lesbian and unable to have kids in the natural way. If I had ovaries, and I was straight, I think I’d have kids. I’ve always wanted kids. I could adopt or foster kids, but due to my mental illnesses I doubt I’d be allowed. I think the social services are very strict on that. I’ve never tried though. I could do IVF but its far too expensive to try it. I desperately wish I had kids, though. I’ve always longed to be a mom. I do question my parenting skills though. I am not sure I would make a good mom. I find it desperately hard to mother my littles so I think mothering a child would be super hard for me. I wish I could give it a go though. I ache to be a mom. I long for it. I do have my niece and nephew who I love dearly. I am not their mom though. But I do give them ample love and affection. I dote on them. At least I can be a mom to my furbaby. That counts. I love him and dote on him too. I also think my blindness would prevent me from having kids, since I think I would be watched closely if I did have a child. I don’t particularly agree with this stance since my friends are blind and have kids, in fact my best friend has two, but then she has a sighted partner so that helps. I feel like my chance to have a child was kinda robbed from me. Because I didn’t have a choice as to whether my ovaries were removed, they had to be for medical reasons.

Recipe-Big sandwich

This recipe so totally unhealthy but man it sounds so good. I got this one from a friend.
Big Sandwich
1 (8 inch) round loaf of bread, unsliced
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1/2 pound thinly sliced cooked roast beef
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1/2 pound thinly sliced fully cooked ham or turkey
4 slices Swiss cheese
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 small tomato, thinly sliced
6 bacon strips, cooked
4 slices American cheese
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
Slice bread horizontally into 5 equal layers. Spread bottom layer with horseradish; top with roast beef. Place the next slice of bread over beef; spread with mustard and top with ham or turkey and Swiss cheese. Add the next slice of bread; spread with mayonnaise and top with tomato and bacon. Add the next slice of bread; top with American cheese and onion. Cover with remaining slice of bread. Combine butter, sesame seeds and onion salt; brush over top and sides of loaf. Place on a baking sheet; loosely tent with heavy-duty foil. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, or until heated through. Carefully slice into wedges.
Makes 8 servings.