Wednesday, December 27, 2017

More Christmas In The Mail

Tuesday was a day of running around.  It's not that I had anything to return, or exchange for a smaller size (yeah right) or BUY since all the Christmas sales are in full swing, I just needed to get the last of 25 bottles of Hershey's syrup.  These are the big boys, 48 ounces each, to be consumed in the ice cream sundae social at the rally in Indio.

There are another 12 bottles of caramel syrup.  I have to admit, I had absolutely NO idea just how heavy all of this stuff was going to be.  My RV bays are pretty full already and adding this much more weight made me a little nervous.  Especially since I could hardly carry the box to the rig in the first place.  When there was no room, I struggled to carry it back to the house.  I know, I should have looked first.

It ended up in the back of the Jeep, along with other boxes, that will probably make it tow with the front wheels off the ground.  To add to the weight load are bottles of juice and enough pancake mix to sink the Titanic!  I sort of got talked into not one, but TWO rallies back to back, making for twice the load.  I've learned my lesson!!
My second stop was the Post Office for my Christmas box from my nephew and the baker.  Thank goodness the big two-legged mice who live there didn't get into my goodies.

THESE are the most wonderful things ever.  Homemade marshmallows ... YUM!!  You can't imagine how soft and pillowy they are, with the pink ones being peppermint of course, and dipped in chocolate to boot!!  They tasted amazing!!  Tasted, as opposed to TASTE, because these have all disappeared!!
I'm sure you've all been sitting on the edge of your seats waiting to see what I did with all that leftover meat.  HA!!  Prime rib is meant to be eaten when freshly roasted and deliciously tender.  Although you really can gently reheat it in the microwave, the original flavor seems to evaporate.  Too much heat and it seizes up into a tough piece of leather.  

Although beef stew is a good suggestion, I had a 2-cup container of sour cream in the fridge that needed to disappear.  I'm sure I bought that for something.  At any rate, I remembered my mother's stroganoff.  Too bad I couldn't remember how she made it.

After searching the internet, I found a very simple recipe.  Onions, mushrooms, beef broth, a can of mushroom soup, along with the meat and simmer until tender.  A big dollop of sour cream at the end gives it the creamy yumminess.  Add noodles.  

What they don't tell you is that this recipe is for 25 people.  By the time I dumped in the first four ingredients, my pan was overflowing.  I dug out my largest chicken fryer, so heavy I can hardly lift it.   At long last, stroganoff!!  It actually tasted VERY good, but I knew in minutes that sour cream could be added to the mayonnaise on the list of things my stomach hates.  

I had a second helping because it was so good!!  I only have 23 more helpings to go, all of which went in the freezer ... probably not the best idea, but what's a single girl to do.  It was too tasty for the cemetery!!
In preparing for the Indio Rally at the Fairgrounds, I made my once a year phone call to Jim Fulkerson.  For anyone in the area requiring a rig service and oil change, this guy is the best!!  He actually comes to your door and does the work right where you are parked.  

He will be there again this year if you need service.  Seems to me it was about $100 cheaper than Freightliner, or whatever kind of service center you have, not to mention the convenience factor.  His email address is if you'd like to set up an appointment.

Back to packing and checking my lists twice!!


  1. If you're going to Indio which has a Costco why no let them do the heavy work of shipping,, free shipping is good,,

    1. Good idea Ed, but I don't know if they carry it. I went to my local Costco and they didn't have any. It took me a month just to find the bottles I needed.

  2. Or Sam's or Smart and Final.?They all handle big supplies.

    1. Trouble is, I don't know if they have those stores in Indio, or whether they carry what I needed. Smart and Final here had one bottle, but refused to order more.

    2. They have both stores in Indio. Sam's has diesel usually best price,easy in and out with the RV.
      Love the Smart and final there,same area as the 99cent store. Would think if you ordered in advance they would have it ready.

  3. You are keeping busy and the stroganoff sounds wonderful , you will have a few more meals then for a later date.
    Nice to have the service people come right to you.

    1. I hope it tastes as good after being frozen!! LOL