The Caskey Family

November 29, 2007, 6:54 pm
Filed under: Once a Month Cooking

This blog is by special request (or should I say special DEMAND!) I will add to this blog by request. . . also you can find more recipes soon at the freezer cooking club blog at

Shrimp Dip (Jeremy’s grandma’s recipe)

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 TBS Hellmann’s mayo
  • 1 can shrimp or crabmeat
  • finely chopped celery (up to 1/2 cup or so)
  • finely chopped onion (a few TBS or so)
  • some drops of Tabasco to taste

Stir ingredients together and chill – serve with crackers – Jeremy loves Ritz

Grandma’s Pancakes . . . fry these in a little pool of oil in a pan – don’t try to go healthy, they just aren’t the same!

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/8 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • flour to make a thin (crepe-like) batter
  • Chopped apple pieces if desired

Mix ingredients together and fry in oil or shortening til brown on both sides. Serve with syrup, butter and any other pancake condiment (strawberries and whipped cream are yummy too!)

Primanti Brothers Sandwiches Recipe (Pittsburgh, PA specialty)

Here’s my version – I make them different than the original restaurant, but this is how our family likes them

  • meat of your choice sliced thin (capicola is the most popular in Pittsburgh, we also like Pepperoni, Pastrami and Corned Beef – and/or a combo of any. . . you can also add a fried egg to the sandwich if you’d like
  • Cheese slices – provolone is the favorite – but I also like to combine swiss and cheddar with it too
  • Slices of tomato
  • thick slices of fresh Italian bread cut slanted (to make them bigger, of course!)
  • Fresh french fries (we like shoestring, but they are usually made with steak fries)
  • Coleslaw made of thin sliced cabbage marinaded (at least 2-3 hour) in a mixture of white vinegar, pepper, a little oil, water, sugar and salt. Mix the marinade together to your taste (should be strong and savory, with a little sweet and kick of spice with the black pepper) my sister-in-law makes this with just cabbage and italian dressing – lots easier, definitely.

How to do it:

1. Line up all your ingredients in order: meat(next to the stove to be fried), cheese, bread, fries, coleslaw and tomatoes

2. Fry your meat in a dry pan, til heated through and top with cheese and heat til melted.

3. Place meat and cheese mass on top of one slice of bread.

4. Top with a fistful of fries on top of the bread and meat mass.

5. Top that with a fistful of coleslaw squeezed out so it is not too soppy.

6. Top the sandwich with a few tomato slices and the second slice of bread.

7. Mash it down a little and slice with a bread knife – one half of the sandwich should look like the picture below.

8. Serve and eat immediately.


Our Family Christmas Traditions
November 28, 2007, 1:12 am
Filed under: Holidays

This year is especially exciting for me as a mother and wife, as we begin family traditions of our own. Some things are taken from Jeremy’s family, some from mine, and some are totally new to our family.

I have been reading a book called Let’s Make a Memory by Gloria Gaither and Shirley Dobson, and gleaning some ideas and being inspired to do specific things that call attention to God’s great work in the world and in our family. Our children are remembering things already (whether they will recall them later, or not, they are in their memory, I believe) and I want them to have sweet memories of events and times with each other and us that will remind them of God’s goodness to our family. Jeremy and I both have sweet memories of different times with our families and they bring joy and laughter to us years and years later.

So, here are a few things we are doing, or going to do . . .

Birthdays: Pick what you want to eat for the day. . .and usually a fun activity and friends over.

Baby’s Birth: When a new baby is born into the family, daddy serves the family green eggs and ham (just like my family did) the first morning mommy and baby are home.

Thanksgiving: Turkey and lots of good food – each family member requests at least one favorite dish, at the table we all share what we are grateful for. We invite family (of course) if we have it at our house, and other families and friends who don’t have family to spend the holiday with. The more the merrier!


  • Christmas tree put up on the day after Thanksgiving, and we talk about the meanings of items, such as Jesus being the greatest gift ever given, and everlasting life and the evergreen tree, and the lights representing Jesus as the Light of the World.
  • The manger scene gets put up while we talk about the Christmas story.
  • On Saint Nicholas Day, stockings will be opened, and everyone gets a book and a drink in their stocking.
  • Gifts aren’t labeled with actual names but “codenames” that are revealed on Christmas morning. This year the names for people are Donuts, Cupcake, Ice Cream and Banana Bread. Of course my codename is Ice Cream. . . the rest are a secret until Christmas morning. Next year they may be superhero names, or something else.
  • We will try to go to a live Nativity or a live Bethlehem (this is something my family did every year growing up).
  • One evening during the holiday season, we will all get into warm pajamas, fill sippy cups with warm milk and a thermos with chocolate milk for mom and dad (when the children get older they will all get it too – Elijah will get “fudgy moop” as he calls it, this year probably) and we drive around and look at Christmas lights.
  • Christmas Eve will include a candlelight service (if our church has one. . . and YEAH! this year our church does!) and one gift opened (chosen by the giver to be useful that night or first thing in the morning).
  • Christmas morning will start with Dad turning on the Christmas music to signal that everyone can get up and gather around the Christmas tree. He will read the Christmas Story from the Bible, then gift giving will begin, with youngest giving their gifts first to be opened one at a time. This does stretch out the gift-opening, but it makes it SO much more fun, and each person gets to observe each gift.
  • Christmas dinner consists of Chicken Kiev, noodles, gravy, peas and a yummy dessert (varies each year)
  • Merry’s Birthday begins at 7:21 P.M. and continues into the next day
  • The day after Christmas, we go pick out one ornament for each child to put on the tree for next year. When they begin their own family, they will hopefully have at least 18 ornaments to start their own tree.

What are your family traditions? Do tell!

Growth updates
November 27, 2007, 11:27 am
Filed under: Elijah, Merry

Merry is mildly walking now; letting go of furniture and walls to walk 3 or 4 steps. She is also climbing (she seems to do this better than walking!) on everything. The items of climbing choice today were: the living room ottoman, everything on the big-kid playground, the couch, the block box in the playroom, and of course the rocking chair in the playroom. I guess every Mommy has to have a climber, and I guess she’s mine!

Yesterday she started laughing at herself, smiling real big and giggling this cute little laugh at any small thing, like she amuses herself or something. Cute and endearing – very girlish and sweet!

Elijah is doing very well on his letters and numbers. He recognized 4 and 5 today when I pulled them out of his pegboard basket. He asks about the sounds of everything he sees and touches. . . it is wearing us out “Whas dis soaund, mama?” or “Lion say BBB!?” “no, Elijah, Lion starts with Lll,” “oh. . .(on to the next item!)” We learned what rainbows are and he loved that because we got to read a whole storybook about Noah. . . evidently his favorite bible character right now. He left Sunday school this week saying “later alligator” as clear as day. I guess some weeks we remember bible truths and some weeks we remember toddler social graces (such as are required for toddlerhood)!

Photos from Thankgiving – Ahlgren Cousins
November 24, 2007, 2:02 am
Filed under: Ahlgren, family news, Holidays

Check out the spread! Everyone pitched in and made something – and Roseann took over and ran the kitchen for final preparations. . . THANKS Monkey!!





Risa is at the end of the table feeding Merry – she LOVED all the food . . . she ate whatever Risa gave her it seemed!

And here are some of our friends and family who celebrated with us:


Jose, Elijah and Jasmine


Naomi (my sister), Lumina (my neice) and my brother-in-law, Jason


Stephanie, Josiah and Richard


My littlest brother Jonathan, enjoying his dinner!


Merry, Lumina (Roseann’s baby) and Elijah


Happy Thankgiving David!
November 23, 2007, 3:47 pm
Filed under: Adina

Check out this practical joke we played on David. He called me to say Happy Thanksgiving and we passed the phone around. The sisters all sound the same, supposedly, I guess this proves it!

If You’re Happy and You Know It (Kiss Your Mimi?)
November 20, 2007, 1:08 am
Filed under: Elijah, Funny

Aaw Noo Church!
November 18, 2007, 1:22 am
Filed under: family news, Move to SC

We have made the decision to join Rutledge Memorial Baptist Church in Charleston. We are excited about the amazing expository preaching get to hear every week, and loving church family we will get to know better in our time here in Charleston. This is probably the smallest (in number) church we’ve ever attended; we are happy that we will have a place to serve others and be taught and grown spiritually. Thank you for all of you who have prayed for us in this transition. Deciding on a church is probably our biggest decision when we move somewhere, and I’m more than thrilled that God gave us the opportunity to settle down this early!