Monday, February 9, 2009

Time Capsules……

I wish that I had started making time capsules when I was a young mother. Just think how fun it would be for my children and grandchildren to find them when they are sorting through all my things. You know, “Does anybody want this?.....No? Salvation Army pile!”. They suddenly find a series of boxes, one marked “The 60s”, another “The 80s” and so on. I know there is the chance they might not get the enjoyment out of it as I picture they would, but I'd like to think they could have had a fun day instead of sorting through my junk! I suppose it isn’t too late to start,
I intend to be here until I am at least 95!
Let’s see, where would I begin….I suppose I’d have to start with the genealogy records, those would make quite a time capsule all by themselves. I tried to get my daughters and nieces interested in the family’s history, but they truly are not able to slow down their lives long enough to breathe deeply much less sit down and immerse themselves in 200 years of hand written records and photographs. But, the idea of that being one time capsule is a good one.

I think I personally would have fun filling a box with memories of the 50s….those were my years….high school! I will make cds of photos and of music! Good old Rock n’Roll. Elvis!
The box for the 60s will be full of baby pictures, maybe a few recipes that were new and exciting then, like the amazing Magic Marshmallow Crescent Puffs, the $25,000.00 winner in the 1969 Pillsbury Bake-Off! What a splash they made! The kids loved them. Thank you Pillsbury!

1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 (8-oz.) cans Pillsbury® Refrigerated Crescent Dinner Rolls
16 large marshmallows
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 to 3 teaspoons milk
1/4 cup chopped nuts


Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 16 medium muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray. In small bowl, combine sugar, flour and cinnamon; mix well.
Separate dough into 16 triangles. For each roll, dip 1 marshmallow in melted butter; roll in sugar mixture. Place marshmallow on shortest side of triangle. Roll up, starting at shortest side and rolling to opposite point. Completely cover marshmallow with dough; firmly pinch edges to seal. Dip 1 end in remaining butter; place butter side down in sprayed muffin cup.
Bake at 375°F. for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. (Place foil or cookie sheet on rack below muffin cups to guard against spills.) Cool in pan 1 minute. Remove rolls from muffin cups; place on wire racks set over waxed paper.
In small bowl, blend powdered sugar, vanilla and enough milk for desired drizzling consistency. Drizzle glaze over warm rolls. Sprinkle with nuts. Serve warm.

Quite a treat on Sunday morning! Definitely not in the "Good for you" category, but then Sunday morning pancakes and sausage aren't either!

Okay, so now we are in the 70s....Oh oh, Apollo 13. Oh Dear, Munich Olympics where 11 Israeli athletes were killed by Palestinian terrorists. On a more pleasant note, in 1973 the Paul Newman and Robert Redford movie, The Sting , won a boatload of Oscars.
Nixon resigns after Watergate know, I'm thinking I might stuff the 70s box with lots of family photos and more recipes!

Now that I think about it, maybe it would be a good idea if I just have a "Kay Johnston Tucker" time capsule. It will be full of things I love, things important to me. I can date each item, attach a note on why it was important to me.

I think I am on to something here....this might work! Now, step #1, find the perfect box....

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