Butter: My Little Yellow Friend

I don’t speak Mandarin. I can (incorrectly) say a few things, but I don’t speak it. I also can’t read it. I can recognize a few words (pictures to me) in Chinese, but I don’t know what words they mean, just what they mean. Oh, the box with two x’s [网] means there is probably internet here.

Once in a while, I do pick up something new. Today, it was the word for butter, because I was trying to search for butter to buy online. XX gave me the pinyin (romanized alphabet for the Chinese characters), “huang you.” Two words I know, “huang” means yellow, and “you” means friend.

Butter, you are my yellow friend. Yes you are. Sad to say, butter, you are probably my best friend. You will be there with me right to the end (and possibly be the cause of that end).

I was disappointed when XX explained it to me though. It is “huang you,” but the “you” here means oil (油 Yóu), not friend (友 You).

But I don’t care! Don’t worry butter, I will always think of butter as my little yellow friend, and no linguistic rules can tear us apart!



How Maple Syrup is Made

My grandfather made maple syrup for the better part of 60 years. It is amazing how long it takes to make syrup, and how much work is involved in it (especially when you don’t use a pipeline). He tapped about 2500 trees, with spiles and cans, you then place covers over the cans. Every couple of days (depending on weather), you have to gather the sap from the cans with five gallon buckets, and put it into a tank on the sled. It is then taken back to evaporator house, where it is boiled down to syrup. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. This video is footage from over the years my grandparents took. I am the little kid riding on the sled and holding the hose.

I have good memories from the sugar woods, as well as, “I don’t want to be here,” memories as well. Funny thing is, for as much as I felt like complaining about things, I know how to make Maple Syrup and if I ever wanted to start making, I could. My childhood was blessed with tonnes of opportunities to learn and experience. I have had a good life. 🙂

Sap Can

Hidden Veggie Pasta Sauce

Deceptively Delicious

Tired of your kids/husband/wife not eating their vegetables? Here is the answer for you. This pasta sauce delivers a tonne of veggies in a hidden format. Purée well, spice to taste, and you have a delicious, and nutritious pasta sauce. Top pasta and sauce with cheese, and have a family dinner, nobody will complain about. Need Meat? Add Chicken

This is a basic outline for the recipe. It can be done with most any combination of veggies, so experiment, go nuts, enjoy, explore, and feel free to share your ideas in the comments 🙂

5 Celery Stalks with Leaves
5 Small Carrots
4 Sweet Mini Peppers
1 Onion
3 Garlic Cloves
1 Large Zucchini

**** Fry Until Soft****

****Put in Food Processor****

1 Can Tomato Sauce
1 Can Tomato Paste
(Use Fresh Tomatoes if 
Spice as desired

****Purée Until Smooth****

****Simmer then Top Pasta with Sauce****

Veggie Pasta Sauce

While it may be less than healthy, here is a tasty treat for dessert, Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Soft Ginger Sparkle Cookies

Here is a recipe for soft & chewy ginger cookies. They turn out delicious every time. These are a great treat to win someone’s heart. They are also perfect to comfort yourself if you are alone.

3/4 Cup Shortening
1 Cup White Sugar


1/4 Cup Molasses
1 Egg: Beaten


2 Cups Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Ginger
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Salt


Roll to desired size,
Cover with sugar,
Bake @ 350 for 10 minutes

Cool & Enjoy

Ginger Cookies

If you like these, then you’ll like my White Sugar Cookie Recipe too.

Soft White Sugar Cookies Recipe

This recipe is for delicious, soft, chewy white sugar cookies. They are a perfect project for baking with kids, for cookie exchanges, or as gifts.

1 Cup Butter or Margarine softened
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Icing Sugar
Mix Well
1 Egg
1/2 tsp Vanilla
Mix Well
2 Cups Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
Mix Well
Roll into Balls and Coat with Sugar

Flatten with the bottom of a cup

Bake @300 for 8-9 minutes
(@325 for 8-9 minutes for more well done)

White Sugar Cookies

Know what goes great with White Sugar Cookies? Pie goes great, here is a recipe for a perfect, flakey Pie Crust