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Old 10-29-2017, 11:45 AM   #4719
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I am cooking today, and don’t believe I have posted either of these recipes, so thought I would share ...

I’m heading to Iowa next weekend, and these will go with me to help with meals...because, that’s what mothers do.

This coffee cake was made by my Danish grandmother, Nana, when we would visit them and my fathers extended family on Long Island each year.

My mother made it for her family, and I have made it for mine since I was a young wife and mother. Traditionally made in a springform pan, the kind with the hole in the middle.

It keeps well, and freezes well, and I double it in recent years to put in my 3 loaf pan....a pan meant for brownies with chewy edges, but never used for such, it makes long, narrow loaves that bake up nicely and can then be easily cut into sections for my freezer.

Nana’s Knudsen Coffee Cake

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup crisco
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs

2 cups sifted cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Topping: 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix well.

Cream butter, sugar and crisco with mixer, add sour cream and vanilla and blend well. Stir in blended dry ingredients til well mixed and spread one half the batter in springform pan. Spread with half the topping, add remaining batter and sprinkle with remaining topping. Bake at 350 degrees about one hour, til done. Cool on a wire rack. Sift a light dusting of powdered sugar over top, while still warm.


I typically make this dish with turkey, post-Thanksgiving, and it easily doubles to feed a crowd. I usually cook fresh mushrooms, use milk for the cream, and use an entire 16 Oz box of spaghetti, adding a bit more milk and broth...it should be fairly soupy going into the pan, as the pasta will absorb sauce as it bakes. My family also likes about 1/2 cup extra Parmesan stirred in, plus the 1/2 cup for the top. This is delicious and easy, and a good place to put leftover turkey.

Chicken Tetrazzini

6 tablespoons butter, 6 tablespoons flour
3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups half and half
1 cup or more chicken broth
3 cups cubed, cooked chicken
8 ounce can mushroom stems and pieces
12oz spaghetti, cooked and drained
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Melt butter in large saucepan, whisk in flour, salt and pepper, and cook just til it begins to thicken. Whisk in half and half, and chicken broth, then whisk and cook over medium heat until it begins to bubble and thickens slightly.

Stir in cubed chicken and mushrooms, toss with the cooked spaghetti and pour into a lightly greased 9”x13” casserole dish. Top with Parmesan cheese, bake at 350 degrees about 30 minutes.

I have never fed this to anyone who didn’t ask for the recipe.

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Old 10-31-2017, 06:16 AM   #4720
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Hi Maggie, I love your recipes... both start with butter....Yes!

Actually I have thought of you often in my journeys up to South Dakota, but pulling a trailer has taken too much out of me. So, in about a week, it will go on the "For Sale" sites and I will be getting into either an Atlas, provided they get the corner bed floor plan in production, or I may haver to go to another Sprinter based Class B+ or C.

In any case, it has always been you and others traveling in interstates who have provided my inspiration to get "right sized". Probably should have done this years ago, but, a slow learner.

Have a great trip to Iowa...be well, Tommie
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Old 10-31-2017, 06:33 AM   #4721
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Hi Tommie, and great to hear from you!

You have a gorgeous trailer, and Iím sure you will be sad to see it go, but downsizing will make travel much easier for you, I feel sure.

Doug never wanted to tow, so a Class B was always our plan, and it has really been perfect....both in the before, and in the after.

One of the best things about the Interstate is being able to stop and step to the back to do whatever, without setting foot into the elements if the weather is inclement....use the facilities, get lunch, take a break, stop for the night ...all without stepping outside if that is what you choose.

Of course, I travel with a dog and a folding bicycle in the rear, so itís not quite that simple for me, but still...

If I have hookups, I almost always run out to plug into electricity, regardless snow, sleet, pouring rain, etc., but that is a couple of minute job, and we are good to go.

I think you will like the changes, and if they keep you traveling, well then that is the goal.

Keep in touch and letís meet up when our paths cross...

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"One of the best things about the Interstate is being able to stop and step to the back to do whatever, without setting foot into the elements if the weather is inclement....use the facilities, get lunch, take a break, stop for the night ...all without stepping outside if that is what you choose."

This is so very true. And, it actually saves as much as thirty minutes a day in long runs...

In my travels next year I will attempt to make a connection with you. Always a lot of fun to get together. And, I suspect I will be traveling more to South Dakota to see my friends, was a wonderful trip the last venture up there...

Keep up the good work, see you soon,
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Old 10-31-2017, 09:14 AM   #4723
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This is so very true. And, it actually saves as much as thirty minutes a day in long runs...
You'll save more than 30 minutes a day, TWICE a day, just by not having to hitch and unhitch a trailer to a tow vehicle, by the time you account for a trailer's stabilizer jacks, equalizer hitch arms, etc.
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Old 10-31-2017, 03:28 PM   #4724
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I had my bi-annual dentist appointment today, about an hour drive each way to a dentist who will take my insurance.

Drive time is always good think time for me, and as I approach the date which would have been Doug’s and my 25th wedding anniversary, thoughts were of him, me, and us...and where I was in March 2014 vs where I am now.

I’m going to share my thoughts, as they may be of help to others..

His death was not the only traumatic experience I have had in my lifetime, but it was the most sudden, and the first death of a loved one so close to me.

It was important to me from the beginning to get up and keep going...that is not only what I do, but who I am...but it was all very rote, mechanical and mindless at first, following in the footsteps of the before...much more thoughtful and intentional as the months and then years have passed.

Anyone who has experienced trauma of any kind...be that death, natural disaster, etc...understands the struggle to keep overwhelming events from defining you for the long term...becoming who you are, rather than something you experienced.

This is hard, and it takes not only time, but the ability to create and maintain perspective...a process, and not an event, in my experience.

Certainly Doug’s death thoroughly defined me for quite a long time, but tho I will always love and cherish him, I am his widow more in the background these days...and that is good for me.

Always working to understand myself , and be a better me, I recently read a good article by Louise Thompson, who wrote...

“It is common for our tragedies to come to define us if we let them....to forever define yourself by what you have lost rather than what you still have....this makes the present unbearable as our loss becomes a lens through which we view the world. Viewing life through the lens of loss means we are experiencing life either in terms of what we have lost (which is past) or what we can no longer have (which is future).”

Very good other peoples words, and I wanted to share them.

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Old 10-31-2017, 04:09 PM   #4725
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Maggie, thank you for sharing your post and thoughts.

Reading your posts over the last year's and watching the passage of time it is just a reminder that time waits for no one and nothing is constant but change.

I have learned a lot from reading your posts about grief and grieving and living.

Someone close to me is definitely defined and consumed by their grief. They have had several (4 major) losses / grief's in the last 20 years and have literally gone from one to the next never finding the spark of life in between.

When days are particularly troubling or sad for them they actually resurrect all those losses. They rehash the what ifs, and why's, the why me's and why them. The how did we let this happen and how could this have happened to me.

It's sad to watch and participate in. It's very overwhelming, obviously for them but also the people who are trying to be supportive.

You feel like you lost not only the deceased but also the one that survived.

Also challenging is to watch the deceased be elevated to sainthood when like you they were a real and flawed human.

I've read the books and counseling sights and tried to impart tidbits here and there. Even some postings from here to no avail.

So patience and prayer seems to be where we are.

Thanks for letting me share.
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Always, Hittenstiehl.

Itís about integration, I believe...

Part of the grieving is about being realistic, acknowledging what was good and what was not...I talk with him every day, about whatever is on my mind, and I tell him the truth.

Him, me, both of us complicated and imperfect...but we got each other, and loved each other. That was the best part.

I know that he is nodding, with a wry smile, and that he understands.

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This is a good article on letting go, Hittenstiehl..may help you better understand your friend, if you can’t help them.

https://whatsyourgrief.com/grief-and...of-letting-go/
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Maggie,

I have had the pleasure of reading your blog for several years. I very much enjoyed meeting you several years ago although Cassie and Lilly had issues....

I particularly enjoy the moments when you post thoughts like these...

Thank you.
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Awww, thank you, Vince...and for the pictures of those sweet pups!

They are getting so big!

I know you are enjoying them, and their boundless love and energy.

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I really enjoy your blog, Maggie. It is a place where all can share both pain and joy. I for one understand the pain, having lost a son four years ago... We learn to live with our reality, never get "over" it.

But, a couple things have come up....the "awww" stuff... while at the repair shop who did my front axle on my truck.... this youngster was there to greet me each day.... awww...
Welch_Pup_10.27.2017_TFL-1 by Tommie Lauer, on Flickr

Just hope I have not posted this before...LOL

Now, back to the time saved.... as one who remains hooked up, some of the time each evening is not about the disconnect, etc., but for me in the Flying J with a TV and trailer, hooking up the generator in the bed of the truck is certainly a ten to twenty minute job, when raining is accompanied by language I cannot repeat.

So, yes, Protagonist, some definite time savings each evening and morning, had not even thought about that. Looking forward to being in the Class B/C crowd!

Thanks again, Maggie, for the blog...

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Oooh, sweet puppy.

I looked up the Atlas, Tommie, and it looks roomy and comfortable, so I hope that works out for you.

Thank you, Tommie...I at times struggle with whether to continue this blog, and my recent change in the number and nature of my posts here was a product of that...it felt time for a change, but not elimination.

However, I appreciate those who read this, and those who comment publicly and privately that my posts resonate with them...and so I go on.

This is a written outlet for me, and I write what I think will be of interest...and encourage others to do the same.

Losing Doug was a life altering event, as traumatic events by nature are...the ground shook and rippled beneath me, seriously...but loss is something we all will go thru at some point, and as we are more alike than we are different, there are commonalities and transferable points of reference between us.

A good thing.

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Please don't close up shop/blog yet.....😚 It's one of my daily dose favorites.

I liken it to:
A voice of reason.
A calm in the storm.
A passage of time.
A different dance.
Life beyond grief.
Survival of the living.

I actually think it would be nice in a published format someday.

Warn us before your done please😄.
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