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Posts Tagged ‘celebration of life’

Special Favors For Special Occasions

Posted by terrepruitt on August 23, 2014

If I got paid on all the products I talk about I would be in a better position.  But I don’t, but I still talk about them because if I like it I like to share it.  When my husband turned 40 I thought it was a big deal and I was working then so I wanted him to have a nice party.  It wasn’t really a big party, but I wanted to have a lot of stuff to commemorate the event.  I think birthdays should be celebrated big.  He did not want a party, but I insisted.  I ordered a few favors for the party.  When we were planning my mom’s “Celebration of Life” I also thought it was a big deal and so mentioned to my dad that we could order favors for her party.  What I did for my husband we did for my mom.  We ordered personalized fortune cookies.  They are a great way to personalize your favors.

Personalized fortune cookies are very affordable, I think.  I didn’t remember the name of the company that did the cookies for my husband’s birthday.  I remembered the website but when I looked it up it was no longer cookies.  So I searched on the internet and found another place.  They allowed FIFTEEEN different fortunes in the cost of the cookies.  I thought that was a great deal.

For my husband’s birthday, I don’t remember what I put on the fortunes.  For my mom, at first I had no idea.  Then one day I sat down to send my dad an e-mail and 15 ideas came into my head.  I thought it would be nice to share facts about her.  Somethings people would be hearing for the first time.  I thought the suggestions would be talked about and changed, but my dad just went with it.

The company allows you to change font as part of the cost of the cookies.  Colored printing costs extra.  They will put the fortune in the cookies facing in or out — according to your instructions.  I don’t know if having the print facing out costs more because I didn’t even bother to look.  You can also decided the kind of package you want each cookie to be wrapped in. Plain or the companies label . . . and other choices I don’t remember.  I think the whole thing is very cool.

The cookies are very tasty too.  Most people love fortune cookies.  These ones have a slightly lemony flavor.

As I mentioned before you can have fifteen fortunes.  I also mentioned the font.  Each fortune can have a different font.  I mixed it up just a little with my mom’s fortunes.  I wanted them to be clear enough to actually read.  Here is what we put in the cookies:

1—Diane’s favorite color was purple.

2—Diane loved flowers even though she was allergic to them.

3—Diane loved to bowl.
Diane was a good bowler.

4—Diane had a generous heart.

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6—Diane loved her “Reno get-a-ways”.

7—Diane loved Lake of the Pines.

8—Diane was a wonderful person.

9—Diane used to drag race.

10—Diane lived in Santa Clara
for 23 years.

11—Diane had a strong faith in God.

12—Diane loved Mexican and Chinese food.

13—Diane and Steve were together over
50 years and married for 49 years.

14—Diane loved traveling with Steve
in their motorhome.

15—Diane was a GREAT wife, mom,
sister, grandma, and friend.

I am trying to collect all fifteen.  So far I only have twelve.  I have a few more cookies left.  I am hoping that they will have the remaining five fortunes.  I think my dad is saving them all so perhaps he will let me have the one I don’t get from his duplicates.  Silly, I know, but I would like to have them.

So what do you think about personalized fortune cookies?  Do you like that idea?  What could you use them for?  What would you say in your cookies?

 

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Lemon Cookies

Posted by terrepruitt on August 14, 2014

In regards to diet and food these days there is so much information out there it can be overwhelming.  There are so many schools of thought on what is healthy and what is not.  I follow the school of thought that the less man made chemicals IN the food it is healthier than one full of chemicals.  I also think that less processed foods tend to be healthier than heavily processed foods. Some of the processing – even when the original ingredient – is natural is just a wash of chemicals.  I say all of this because I know that some would argue that some of the recipes I have posted are not necessarily “healthy”.  A banana full of marshmallows and chocolate chips?  No, not something I would deem as healthy, but also not something I eat every day.  The following recipe is not anywhere in the realm of health and fitness . . . one could argue that it has to do with “wellness” if you are one that thinks comforting foods help with well-being.  But I am not trying to disguise this as anything but what it is.  It is a recipe that I used to make with my mom.  It is one she passed down to me.  It is one that when I used to bring the cookies places people would ask for the recipe.  I don’t make them that often any longer because I do not like to eat the ingredients that make up a boxed cake mix.  But I do make them every once in a while because they are easy and people enjoy them.  I made them last week in honor of my mom.  I took them to her Celebration of Life.  They were the best ones I have ever made in my life.

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Lemon Cookies

One box of lemon cake mix
1 egg
3/4 cup oil

Preheat oven to 375° F.  Mix all together.  Drop dough onto a cookie sheet using a spoon.  Bake for 10 minutes.

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If you have any lemons, squeeze some juice into the dough.  And/or some zest.

DON’T USE ALL THE OIL.  Start out with 1/2 of a cup.  Stir.  If the mixture seems like it needs more, then keep adding until it is a wet dough.  The oil depends on the cake mix.  In the “old days” it was 3/4 cup oil.  But with the cake mixes that have “pudding in the mix” it seems like you can use less oil.

The more oil you use the cookies tend to come out flatter.  They will puff up but one knock of the pan and they deflate.  Or when they cool they deflate.

Placing them close together on the cookie sheet makes them bake “fluffier”.  Farther apart makes them flatter and “crispier”.

WATCH THEM.  Ovens vary and 10 minutes might be too long.  What tends to happen for me is the first few pans seem to take longer than the ones after that.  My oven temperature should not be getting HOTTER, but . . . I don’t know.

I know that these last ones I made were the best ever because I didn’t leave the kitchen.  Normally I put a pan in and I set the timer and I leave the kitchen.  And with the variations I usually bake at least one pan that has brown edges.  But this time I wanted them all to be “perfect” . . . “unbrowned” . . . . so I stayed and watched them like a hawk.  I turned the pan in the oven if I thought I saw one tiny tint of color.  They were the most perfect lemon cookies I have ever made.  I know my mom would have been proud.

I have also made these with a chocolate cake mix.  Very yummy.  I have also used a white cake mix and added chocolate chips.  I have also used a white cake mix and added mint chips (well, the mint pieces from Andes).  I think I made orange ones once.  I think I have made spiced ones.  I have never tried the funfetti cake mix because that came onto the market after I kind of stopped making these.  Most boxed cakes mixes have partially hydrogenated oil in them and I avoid that.  They USED to have High Fructose Corn Syrup in them, but I haven’t seen that on the occasion that I have bought cake mix.

A boxed cake mix is just a bunch of chemicals.  I know.  If I were to make a cake I would do it from scratch.  But the point of these cookies is that they are easy.  But, as I said, I don’t make them often.  They are a treat.

In this case they were in honor of my mom.

I believe that there ARE some boxed cake mixed out there that do not have partially hydrogenated oil in them if you are interested in avoiding that.  Otherwise these are really easy to make and people seem to love them.

If you try making another version besides lemon, let me know.  I am a bit curious about the funfetti . . . .

Have you ever made cookies out of cake mix?

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She Wanted A Party

Posted by terrepruitt on August 9, 2014

Front of Mom's Celebration Invitation for blog postToday we had a celebration event for my mom. Saturday, August 09, 2014.  I am writing this before hand so that I can schedule it to post and not have to think about it on Saturday.  I am writing it as if it already happened.  I will have it post AFTER the event, so it will be over and this will not be construed as an invitation to the event.  Even though this is a picture of the actual invitation to the event.

Even though, I don’t want my blog to turn into a blog about death and dying, as I have said before.  There have been a few deaths this year so there will be more posts.  I would like to eventually share more of my mom’s story because she went through a lot and I feel I want to brag about how brave she was.  Plus, if you have read a few of the related posts you know writing about things is my pressure valve because I still have very angry feelings about how we expect humans to die.

In addition to sharing her story, I will probably have pictures of the celebration to share with you and words to write about how wonderful it was.  I will be so glad when it is over as planning it has been so very stressful and time consuming.  It is impossible to please everyone so I don’t bother trying . . . but this was not my event to plan.  And as you may know, grief tends to cloud one’s thinking, making decisions difficult.  I think it has a lot to do with the fact that there is so much thinking — too much thinking . . . well, that can be left for a separate post.  I have faith that everything was perfect and no stress was required.

My mom is worth Back of Mom's Celebration Invitation for post Day of COLcelebrating.  And a loving crowd was invited to gather to share stories, to laugh, to live, to “eat-drink-and-be-merry”, as the saying goes.  Our merry is in tribute because that is what she wanted.  “Celebrate” and “purple” was the idea.  She wanted us to have a party and we added the purple because that was her favorite color.

Monday, August 11, 2014 will mark four months since her death.

If you have a story with my mom in it and you would like to share, please go to her Memorial page and share in the comments.  (Click here!)

 

 

 

 

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Celebration of Life

Posted by terrepruitt on May 28, 2011

This evening I went to a funeral of a man I did not know.  He was a former boss of my husband.  He was a huge influence in my husband’s life, in his career.  According to my husband he was more of a mentor and a teacher than a person that dictates tasks for you to carry out. He was one of those bosses that you are lucky to have when you get one.  A boss who actually inspires you to be a better employee, a better person.  This is what I thought my husband was saying when he talked about this man.  Even so a funeral is not something you look forward to.  They are sad and uncomfortable.  I am one of those people who believe that grieving is a very personal thing and we all do it differently.  If you are one that sits in the pew and weeps loudly, that is fine, but that is not to say that the person next to you with a dry eye cares any less.  Everyone grieves in their own way.  No one can say what is right and what is wrong.  Not having known the man nor his wife, I was a little curious when we walked up to the door and the smiling tiny figure introduced herself as his wife.  Her smile was so big and genuine.  She lit up more when she heard my husband’s name.  We stood right inside the doorway so I heard her greet everyone as they arrived.  She was happy to see and meet everyone that came up.  She was allowing herself to feel joy as the friends who loved her husband came to celebrate his life.

When she got up to speak that is what she said, she said we were there to celebrate his life.  She admitted that it was sad and that we will miss him, but he was so happy and positive the gathering was to be a celebration.  She said she was looking forward to hearing stories about her husband.  She said she was looking forward to the laughter.  She said that while there might be tears, while there will probably be tears, they will be tears of love.  Wow!  It was amazing.  “Tears of love.”  (I love that!) 

I am not sure, but it sounded like he might have been sick for a while and maybe even suffering so maybe not having him suffer was a relief.  I know I would hate to see my loved ones suffer.  I cannot speak to the actual background, I can only tell you what I saw and this woman was truly celebrating the LIFE (not the death) of her husband.

All the people who spoke confirmed what my husband said and more.  They all said that this man was positive and he always smiled.  A large group of his employees and co-workers were there and they all said he was a great boss.  It was awesome.  I really don’t think I have EVER heard so much laughter at a funeral.  It was amazing.  When someone dies, it is beyond sad, there are sooooo many reasons to be sad; they will be missed, they will miss things to come that are happening here and sharing that sadness is a way people begin the healing process and begin to move on.  There is also great healing to be had from a celebration.  Laughter is a great thing.  Tears are always going to come, but there will not always be a chance to sit and hear stories and tell stories and laugh about the stories.  It was nice that this gathering was held to allow for people in his life to speak of the great times they had with him.  The widow said she enjoyed the stories and the laughter.  Even if this celebration only gave her a few hours of relief from tears it really was a celebration of life.

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