A lot of you have been asking for my wife's Persimmon Bars recipe. So, here you go! (Ted Ziegenbusch)
Persimmon Bars - Makes 6 Dozen
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
2 cups of persimmon pulp
2 cups flour
1 cup of pecans
1 cup of golden raisins
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 (3 ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons of butter or margarine, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons of milk
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
3/4 teaspoon of orange peel, grated
2 cups of powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl of an electric mixer, beat eggs lightly. Beat in oil, sugar and persimmon. In another bowl, stir together flour, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, walnuts, raisins, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Gradually add to persimmon mixture, blending thoroughly. Pour butter into a greased and floured 10" x 15" rimmed baking pan. Bake about 35 minutes, or until edges begin to pull away from pan sides and center springs back when lightly touched. Let cool in pan on a rack. Frosting: In small bowl of electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter or margarine until fluffy. Beat in milk, vanilla, orange peel. Gradually sift in enough powdered sugar (about 2 cups) to make a spreadable icing. Spread over cooled bars. Cut into 1" x 2" bars.
Do you have any vintage toys in the attic? It's fun hanging on to the items from our younger years. I'll admit that most of my old toys are now gone - passed on to friends and other family members to enjoy. But, I'm still clinging to a few.
I wish I had the train set from elementary school days. Sadly, that disappeared during one of my moves years ago. Most of my baseball cards also came up missing after another move. So, I highly recommend NOT allowing professional movers to touch your memorabilia or valuables. That was a tough lesson to learn. Hand carry the best stuff in your own vehicle and watch it with an eagle eye.
Back to the attic. I have a stuffed animal from when I was a pre-schooler and a few special toys that remind me of my first days in California and playing with neighborhood friends. Why do I keep them? Well, why do we keep anything old? Why do we hang on to photos from years ago? I guess each of us might have a different answer to that one. But, it's always a good feeling to hold each one and remember the more innocent times.
What are your special keepsakes?
How do you feel about department stores being open for business on Thanksgiving Day? Black Friday Sales are one thing, where stores open at midnight. But, is it right to take time away from friends and family on Thanksgiving before sunset?
This year, it seems more and more stores will be open while some turkeys are still in the oven. I have to say, I love the family time where everyone gathers (or hovers) around the kitchen, munching on veggies and healthy snacks, waiting in anticipation of a great dinner and a special time of sharing around the Thanksgiving table.
Will you be shopping this Thanksgiving in stores? Do you love the crunch of people and the potential bargains or are you a solid tranditionalist who keeps the day sacred for family and celebrations?
I prefer the latter. Football is okay to watch on TV, touch football games in the yard, sharing up-to-the-minute photos on Facebook or Twitter and lively conversation. But, ditching the family to hit the mall seems a bit uncaring. Your thoughts? You can share them on this Facebook post or in the comments section below.
It's sad news for fans of TV's "The Mentalist" as we hear a departure is in the works for next season. The beautiful and talented Amanda Righetti won't be returning to the show. Amanda is a brand new mother (giving birth recently) and has been splitting her time between Hollywood and Hawaii with her husband Jordan Alan, but says her decision was based on timing and nothing else. It was just the perfect time to move on to something new, she says.
Let's hope she lands another top rated show. She's always such a pleasure to watch. In addition to her many achievements, Amanda was named one of the sexiest women in America.
People from outside of California often ask us, "How can you live in California with all of those scary earthquakes?" The truth of the matter is that they don't really happen that often and most are just little shakers. Of course, there are exceptions.
This afternoon's devastation in the midwest serves as a reminder that almost anyplace can be a dangerous place to live, with everything from wildfires to earthquakes, floods or tornadoes and hurricanes.
If you had the choice, where would you live? I grew up in the midwest during my first few years and it has both good and bad. But, since I've called California home for most of my life, this is the place that I love - with family, beauty, warmer weather (nearby snow sometimes in the winter), beaches, mountains, flowers, sunsets and more.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families devastated by the damaging winds and storms today. We hope the days ahead bring recovery and some peace of mind before the holidays.
I've seen enough Christmas mornings to know that the day is memorable regardless of the gifts that are shared. It's the closeness of family and friends that make it so special. It's remembering the true meaning of Christmas and why we celebrate the day. But, like me, I'm sure you remember that one special gift from Mom and Dad, your grandparents or from Santa.
For me, the first memorable gift was a cartoon recording of The Chipmunks. Their music and comedy is eternal and I know you'll hear a few of their songs this holiday season.
I also remember receiving my first camera, my first calculator (hey, that was a really big deal) and my first radio. However, maybe most of all, I remember decorating the tree and the excitement of the family all gathering around to laugh and share stories. It's still a special time today with the added bonus of a fresh breakfast and hot coffee compliments of Santa's helpers.
Do you have any Christmas rituals in your home? I've known families who wait until Christmas Eve to open all of the cards they've received. Sadly, most people have forsaken that gift of sharing greeting cards by the old fashioned postal mail.
Others take pleasure in arranging their Nativity scene in the living room and sharing the story of the first Christmas. Do you remember all the words to the song The First Noel? Josh Groban has a great version on his Christmas CD.
Maybe you have a tradition or ritual that brings you great joy. If you like, share it with all of us on Facebook or in the comments section below.
Thanksgiving will be here before we know it. Meanwhile, we're happy to set the mood and bring some holiday cheer with our annual tradition of non-stop Christmas tunes 24/7 until December 25th. Happy Holidays and thanks for being part of our KOST family!
Coming up later this hour on KOST 103.5 is the song "Wonderful World" that everyone seems to love from the soundtrack of the movie Meet Joe Black. We all seek those moments in life that remind us that, despite tough times, the sun will indeed come out tomorrow.
If you ever stop and ponder, "Should I or shouldn't I?" when it comes to sharing something special with other people in your life, go with the sharing. I'll tell you why.
Simple conversations turn into friendships. Honest talks turn into closeness. And, open communication can often take a relationship to new heights of happiness. When you open your heart and let someone share in your most inner thoughts it's like magic. So, don't be afraid. Chances are, you'll make someone else's day!
Earlier today we asked the question, "Is it too early for a Christmas Party?" Apparently, it's not! That's really good news for us because our annual and very private Holiday Kick-off Party is coming up on November 21st at Disney's California Adventure Park. We're giving away 4-packs of tickets from morning to night. So, keep listening for your chance to win on The KOST. We'll be asking you to call right around twenty minutes past the hour. If you're the corect caller, you could win a 4-pack of tickets to our private party. We have a limited number of tickets available, so it will be an intimate and special evening for everyone in attendance. I hope to see you there! Ted
I've worn some rather radical Halloween costumes in my lifetime. However, Heidi Klum wins the prize for the biggest surprise of all. Can you believe this? Heidi held a Halloween costume party this year and she was the talk of the party! Yes, indeed. It really is Heidi. Can you believe it?