Sunday, February 20, 2011

feelin' the LOVE??

so, okay...back in november, after our big thanksgiving dinner, someone mentioned that it would be great to have thanksgiving EVERY month. now, we at the hellhole do like eating so there was agreement all around about what a great idea this was. of course, there was a big holiday meal (or two) in december, but we somehow missed january.

with it being february, valentine's day seemed to be the next logical time to have our monthly "thanksgiving" dinner. but, alas, some family members had to work last weekend, so we had our "valentine'sgiving dinner" last night. usually big meals are served at my mom and dad's house. but we felt these milder holiday meals should take place at the hellhole.

there were eight of us, five jensens and three "adopted" family members.kaye and elle and i decorated the table. i had also made cupcake flag picks for the lemon cupcakes (a family favorite). the menu was ham, pineapple casserole (another family favorite passed down from my grandmother), green beans, and the broccoli casserole and dinner rolls that misty brought.

the three kids running around made for some chaos while i was finishing up the cooking. kaye and misty were working on something on the computer in my new craft room (blog post coming up). bilbo had just purchased a flat- screen tv and was focusing on that while the mayhem reigned. nothing comes between a man and his tv, apparently!! needless to say, i was a tad bit harried!!!

but the food was good, the company was good and eventually, the kids were good! just another wild night at the hellhole.
pineapple casserole recipe:

1/2 c softened margarine or butter
1/2 c sugar
4 eggs
1 lb. 4oz. can crushed pineapple
5 slices bread, cubed
* lightly cream the margarine and the sugar. add the eggs and beat well. pour in the pineapple and it's juice, blend well. fold in the cubed bread.sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. bake at 350 F. in a greased casserole dish until golden. YUM!!
lemon cupcake recipe

take a box of white cake mix. prepare as directed on box. bake as cupcakes- makes 24. let cool completely.
prepare a box of lemon pudding and chill. meanwhile, cut a small indentation (hole) out of each cupcake, reserving all the hole tops. spoon in a small amount of pudding and gently place each top back on, don't press down. dust with powdered sugar and serve to grateful guests.

1. for  good food
2. for the full moon on a clear night
3. for family who loves me


  1. These recipes look yummy, Jo! I had forgotten all about Valentine's Day this year, or rather this year is getting away from me just like last year did!! Happy posting, looking forward to the next one :) Hugs. xxx

  2. Looks like fun and yum to me!! You can turn any day into a party, joey...

  3. As I am reading I am thinking that I will have to ask you for the lemon cupcake recipe and didn't you just read my mind and as I scrolled down there it thoughtfully was - picture and all. These will be made at my house soon.

  4. You made me hungry Joanne! Next time you make the cup cakes please call me over!! :-)

  5. I want to leave work early to get to my kitchen to whip up these cupcakes. They look so good!!! Thanks for sharing. :)