Monday, August 11, 2008

What did you say is coming out of your ears?

Here's a recipe for those of you in pain due to zuccini sprouting from your ears. It's great for lunch or as a dinner side dish. You can top it with sour cream and salsa or with applesauce.

Zuccini Pancakes

3 cups peeled and grated zuccini
4 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1 teaspoon lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients except zuccini until a smooth batter is formed.
Add zuccini.

On a hot griddle melt 1 Tablespoon butter with 2 Tablespoons olive oil. (Yes, the ratio is important).
Spoon out 2 tablespoons of batter for each pancake. Brown well on each
side until golden brown.

This recipe makes about 30 small pancakes.

Did you know that in Idaho you can leave your car unlocked when you go to church any time of the year but summer. If you forget during July, when you come out of church your car is full of zuccini.
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Friday, August 8, 2008

The Last Lecture

One of the things that Randy and I really enjoy is reading to each other, especially in the car. We've both become skilled at reading aloud from years of reading to our children as we traveled. Whichever one of us was not driving was reading. There have been a few times when we almost had to pull off the road because we were all crying so hard it wasn't safe to drive. I had bought a couple of copies of Randy Pausch’s book, The Last Lecture, to give as little gifts on our trip. Randy Pausch passed away while we were in Utah and so we dug one of the copies out and read it on our road trip to Southern Utah (Yes, we confessed when we gave it to my sister that we had carefully read it on our way). It was a great read and provided opportunities to think about and talk about some interesting things. I recommend it.
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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Theater a la Shakespeare

One of the things that Cedar City is famous for is the Utah Shakespearean Festival, now in it's 47th season. I was a participant in the Festival's second season in 1963. At the end of that 1963 season, 27 of the cast members left on an eight-week Europen tour. The Festival has come a long way since then.

Randy and I love the Festival and manage to get there every year that it is possible. This year we saw "Taming of the Shrew" and 'Cyrano de Bergerac' in the outdoor Adams theater. We also saw "Fiddler on the Roof" in the beautiful Randall Theater. My niece was in the pit as the lead violinist. It was a "sold out" performance with people coming from all over the country. We happened to be seated next to the parents-in-law of the man who played Tevye. They had come from Baltimore to see him perform.

The outdoor theater is built to match the specifications of Shakespeare's Globe Theater. We were afraid we might have to move to the indoor theater because of rain. Although it did "mist" several times during the evening, it never got bad enough to disrupt the play.

Randy and I just feel so blessed by our Southern Utah connections. We had a wonderful time and loved spending a few days with our extended family. We return home tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Back to the Hills

On Saturday, Randy and I drove to St. George to have dinner with some friends. We went early and spent some time exploring the hills near his home where he romped as a child. The many caves made wonderful hiding places for "War," "Cops and Robbers," and "Cowboys and Indians."

This was their Pony Express Station

There is a wonderful story about this tunnel. It was located on Highway 91, the main road through Utah. Anyone traveling from California or Nevada toward Salt Lake City or Denver had to pass through this tunnel. One end of the tunnel had a slightly larger opening than the other. One day a trucker heading to Salt Lake City for the first time entered the larger end of the tunnel, but quickly found that his truck was wedged into the rock. He tried to back it out, but he was truly stuck. All traffic through the tunnel was stopped as they tried to extricate the truck. A young boy riding his bicycle home from school saw the commotion and stopped to see what was going on. He watched for several hours as bigger and bigger tow trucks were called out. Soon there were construction vehicles and blasting equipment. The boy finally raked up enough courage to approach the man who appeared to be in charge. "Hey, mister! If I were you, I'd let the air out of the tires and drive this rig out of here." The man opened his wallet and handed the boy a twenty dollar bill. Within a few minutes that truck was headed for Salt Lake City.