September 24, 2008

CELEBRATION TIME!

We passed our accreditation!!!!!!!! I asked my boss at lunch yesterday if he did the happy dance when they gave him our verdict. He didn't know what I meant..... LOL. He probably thinks I'm the silliest person out there. BUT we PASSED!!!!!! I think Sue is happily dancing in her seat too. Aren't you Sue? lol It was a lot of hard work and a lot of time involved, but now that it is over with it was well worth it to have passed with no recommendations whatsoever! This means when our next ABET Accreditation comes around we do not have to address any concerns. We just keep doing a great job and show continuous improvement. YIPPEE! I'm so excited I could just sing AND dance. lol. Don't worry, I don't sing off key. Aunt Marlene can tell you if I look funny dancing. he he.

HT took Sue and I out to celebrate and of course I wasn't hungry as I had just eaten all my veggies and dip and my cheese stick I had for lunch. Ok, Ok, If I don't tell you, Sue may pipe in here and say I was eating candy corn this morning too. God, I need to get that stuff off my desk. So, I had a Gingerbread Latte and some panini toast. Sort of like my dessert after my lunch that my boss paid for. BUT tonight we had this amazing trifle that I created last summer.


Grumpy doesn't request many things, but when mom brought over the last of the raspberries from their raspberry bush, well, I knew that he would want this dessert. It went without really saying so....although I did ask. Yeah. I had to make that trifle.


HoneyB's Raspberry Trifle

Angel food cake (yes, one of the few things I will buy from the grocery premade!)
Vanilla pudding (recipe follows)
1 quart fresh raspberries
Fresh whipped cream
Amaretto syrup (recipe follows)

Vanilla pudding:

3/4 cup sugar
3 Tbsp cornstarch
3 cups milk (I use skim milk)
4 beaten egg yolks
1 Tbsp butter
1-1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions

In a medium heavy saucepan combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove pan from heat. Gradually stir 1 cup of the milk mixture into egg yolks.

Add egg mixture to milk mixture in saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove pan from heat. Stir in butter and vanilla. Pour pudding into a bowl. Cover surface of pudding with plastic wrap. Serve warm or cold (do not stir during chilling)


Amaretto Syrup:

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup water
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup Amaretto

In a saucepan, combine butter, 1/4 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup Amaretto. Cool syrup.

Whipping Cream:
2 pints heavy cream
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar

Blend until thickened. Do not overmix as if you do you will have butter!

ASSEMBLY:

Layer angel food cake, raspberries, vanilla pudding, whipped cream. Repeat layers (I do two layers). Place more raspberries on top of trifle to finish. Dig in and ENJOY!
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