Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG
December 9th, 2008

We rented Prince Caspian over the weekend.  It was pretty good except for the lame kid-romance at the end.  Why do movies do that?  Really, how does kid romance enhance a family film? Is it just me, or does that sort of thing gross anybody else out, too? At any rate, besides that, everybody liked the new Narnia movie.  But right in the middle of it Emmiko and Bo got into an argument that went like this:


Emmi: This movie is irritating me.  I don’t like the way Susan looks


Bo: I like the way Susan looks. She looks just like Coie — beautiful


Emmi: No she doesn’t! Coie is WAY prettier than Susan. And Susan is wearing too much make up. 


Bo: … Coie’s so pretty




Coie: giggle giggle



When the first Narnia movie came out, everywhere Coie went people always said the same thing: “You look just like Susan”. She does, sort of.  But I’m inclined to agree that Coie is prettier.


In other news, we went to a family Christmas party at the lovely Casa de Maria.  I am not exaggerating when I say I have the best friends ever.





And I don’t take it for granted, either.  I hope you have friends in your life who encourage you, strengthen you, uplift you and make you laugh your head off.  It’s not easy finding a group of friends who you can seriously just be yourself around.  I am blessed indeed.  And so are my kids.  They have great friends, too.


Lastly, you guys should have tried the sugar cookies I made with cream cheese frosting. HOLY COW were they ever miraculously delectable.  … and I have a question, besides cheese cake and my magical cookies, what else can you put cream cheese in to make it dangerously delicious?


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  1. jess said,

    on December 9th, 2008 at 1:53 am

    You do have some pretty wonderful friends. You’re very lucky. I’M lucky to have you for a sister, so that I can feel guilt-free that they’ve befriended me too. 😉

    And Charley rented Prince Caspian tonight, along with Wall-e. He couldn’t wait to watch Wall-e though (which is quite a lame movie by the way, but gave him ‘warm fuzzies’), so we’ll probably watch Narnia tomorrow.

    Oh and good job on “pre-posting”. Aren’t you just clever.

  2. Maria said,

    on December 9th, 2008 at 4:29 am

    Those were your cookies! I had one and they were great!! I noticed you didn’t forget the Christmas tree cake,,, it was so pretty I wanted to eat the whole thing myself…kinda like you with the shrimp…ahem.
    Your the best and not just cause you come to my just are!
    Love you!

  3. on December 9th, 2008 at 8:29 am

    Pumpkin bread, silly.

  4. Barbara said,

    on December 9th, 2008 at 8:35 am

    Must be the first to tell you because I’m sure others will too: Cream cheese makes an incredible pasta sauce addition. Melt it in chicken broth with garlic and parmesean to make alfredo. Or melt it in tomato sauce (preferably hot and spicy) to make a blush sauce. Or my *favourite* tomato soup recipe which I am going to benevolently email to you, and then you will never by can of tomato soup again. Di.vine. Just ask Kristina. She has the same recipe. Couldn’t you make a wicked curry sauce with it too? Never tried. Must experiment. Hmmmm. Now you have me thinking.

  5. Trixi said,

    on December 9th, 2008 at 9:05 am

    I have to agree Coie is prettier than Susan. My kids had issues with the movie because ofcourse, it didn’t follow the books. They never do. Anyway, I love to make homemade cinnamon rolls and I use a cream cheese icing on top. So good!!

  6. Gina D. said,

    on December 9th, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Look up and search for ‘dirt cake’ or ‘dirt pie’. Awesome recipe… and very fun for kids. And cream chz is great in chicken casserole. I would like to have the secret tomato soup recipe…please email it to me if you’re allowed. I LOVE tomato soup!

  7. Emily said,

    on December 9th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Your daughter is prettier. Bo is smart.

  8. Megan said,

    on December 9th, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    mmmm, marbled brownies, mmmmm! Got to go. Have some baking to do, mmmmm!

  9. Jessica Igarashi said,

    on December 9th, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    I would love to try one of your cookies! My personal favorite cream cheese recipes are:

    “Evil” Cheeseball (evil b/c it’s so addictive!)

    and Cream Cheese Squares (a pastry that uses refrigerated crescent rolls – YUMMY!)

    If you’d like the recipes, just let me know. 🙂

  10. jenig said,

    on December 9th, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Here’s the tomato soup recipe, courtesy of the lovely Canadianized Barbara:

    Get ready for a serious lack of actual directions and lots of generalizations:

    You need:

    an onion or two
    2-3 cloves garlic
    Olive Oil (for sauteing the onion and garlic)
    dried oregano and/or basil
    1 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
    1 can diced tomatoes (28 oz)
    Splash or two of soy sauce
    8 oz cream cheese (cut in chunks or scooped out by the spoonful)

    Saute onion and garlic until softish. Add oregano and/or basil. Stir around a bit. Add all tomatoes with juice and 2 cans of water (or broth if you are a lush). Splash in some soy sauce. Get it to a boil. Add all the cream cheese and simmer a long time until the cheese is all melted.

    Delicious. You can also throw everything into a crockpot over night and wake up to the most glorious smelling house in the world. you’ll want it for breakfast. This is actually a Moosewood Cookbook recipe that has been tweaked slightly. Love it.


    AND YES JESSICA! I’d love to have the recipes!

  11. Michelle said,

    on December 9th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    We watched Prince Caspian this weekend, too.
    And what’s funny is that people always tell my middle daughter (Katie) that she looks like Lucy. (…especially when she used to have the bob haircut.)

    But I definitely agree – Coie is WAY prettier than Susan! 😉

    Those cookies sound wonderful. Can you post the recipe?


  12. Liberty said,

    on December 9th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Here is the best cream cheese recipe EVER! It won some sort of contest.

    You get green jalapeno peppers. Cut ’em and gut ’em. Stuff with cream cheese. Wrap a piece of bacon around them. Stick with a toothpick. Cook at 350 for 30 minutes. MMMMMM……DELICIOUS! Don’t eat the toothpick. My friend’s uncle liked these so much that he ate one whole toothpick and all and ended up in the emergency room.

  13. jenig said,

    on December 10th, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Liberty, Those.Sound.Awesome.

    And Michelle, the sugar cookie icing is this:
    four cups of powdered sugar
    one tablespoon of vanilla
    six ounces of cream cheese
    whip it. whip it good.

  14. Dalyn said,

    on December 10th, 2008 at 10:16 am

    I agree about the kid romance stuff. Bummer- that’s a great movie otherwise
    and CREAM CHEESE- mix it with honey and an egg and then fill cupcakes, cake, pumpkin bread, banana bread,etc. you get the idea. YUMMY stuff. Make it homemade from your goat milk Jen and we will award you as a gfted-something-or-other…can’t think of a suitable tite right now, but it should be something high-falutin’!

  15. Nancy Baetz said,

    on December 10th, 2008 at 11:08 am

    We love cream cheese too, jalapeno cream cheese on bagels. YUM. On jalaeno bagels too. Double Yum.

    Have you ever made those easy wonderful little cream cheese mints? You just soften the c.c. enough to work it and add peppermint extract, or cinnamon extract, or even lemon. Whatever! Add a drop or two of food coloring to match the flavoring, make little patties or cut them out with itty bitty cookie cutters, like less than quarter sized—and then roll them gently in sugar. Chill them. Totally addicting and oh, so good. Easy for little kids to do too!


  16. jenig said,

    on December 10th, 2008 at 11:17 am

    this was a bad idea. i’m going to gain 60 pounds.

    Dalyn… I SO wish you could come to my house and teach me how to make goat milk cream cheese!

  17. Talysa said,

    on December 10th, 2008 at 11:51 am

    I too have a Narnian!!!! When the first movie came out, we would get stopped at Wal-Mart or other random locations (I kid you not!) just to be asked, “Do you know she looks just like Lucy from Narnia?!?!” And I must admit that while in the theatre watching it, my husband and I were a bit freaked out by the resemblance! But we too feel our Narnian is prettier than Hollywood’s 🙂
    You can take a gander yourself by scrolling down through my blog.

    Cream cheese…..hmmmm….you have just entered the world of my expertise! 🙂

    Cream cheese frosting on brownies….heaven!

  18. Laura said,

    on December 10th, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Mix a stick of cream cheese with 3/4 cup of packed brown sugar and 1 Tbsp of vanilla. Use as a dip for sliced apples.

  19. Amanda said,

    on December 10th, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Wow, I never realized that Coie does look like Susan. A much prettier Susan, of course. 🙂

    Cream cheese–I use it for frosting on pumpkin squares (these are DEADLY if you are trying not to gain 60 lbs.), oh, and I have recipes for a greek cheese torta and artichoke bread bowl dip, both of which get rave reviews. Not sure if I’ll have time to type them up, but you could email me, and I can send you the PC recipe book. 🙂

  20. jenig said,

    on December 10th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Yum, Amanda, I LOVE anything artichoke!

  21. Latte said,

    on December 10th, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    I want to see that movie….and yes kid romance is weird…shiver!


  22. Latte said,

    on December 10th, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    oh cream cheese on a cinnamon crunch bagel from Panera…man that is good!

  23. Kathy P said,

    on December 11th, 2008 at 12:06 am


  24. Michelle said,

    on December 11th, 2008 at 10:59 am

    “whip it. whip it good.”

    You crack me up! Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  25. Amanda said,

    on December 11th, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Thanks, Michelle, now that song is going to be stuck in my head all day. LOL

  26. Jessica Igarashi said,

    on December 11th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Cream Cheese Squares

    * 2 (8oz) cans refrig. crescent roll dough
    * 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
    * 1 cup white sugar
    * 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    * 1/2 cup margarine, melted
    * 1/4 cup white sugar
    * 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan.
    Press one can of the crescent rolls into the bottom of the prepared pan. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar, and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Spread over the crescent layer. Unroll the second can of crescent rolls and lay them on top of the cream cheese layer. Do not press down. Pour the melted margarine over the entire pan. Combine the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over the top.
    Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top is crisp and golden.
    *Note: I have tried substituting the Pillsbury refrigerated “all-purpose” dough that comes in one sheet and it works just as well.
    This is good warm and fresh, or refrigerated overnight!


    1 (8oz) bag shredded sharp cheddar cheese
    1 (8oz) bar cream cheese, softened
    1 teaspoon mustard
    1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
    Dash of Worcestershire and/or soy sauce (soy sauce makes it taste saltier)
    Dash of garlic salt


    Mix all ingredients but the cheeses until blended; add cream cheese and mix. Lastly, add shredded cheddar and mix all together by hand, then shape into a ball if desired.
    *Note: The original recipe calls for rolling the cheeseball in crushed pecans, which makes it look pretty. I don’t care for the flavor of the nuts with it so I usually leave that out. We like to serve it with Wheat Thins, sliced summer sausage, and sliced bread & butter pickles… but that’s just our preference!

    Lots of great sounding recipes on here!! I love cheese in almost any form. 🙂

    About the Narnia movie… I am a purist, and wish that the movie-makers would just stick to the original story! The Chronicles of Narnia are wonderful stories and don’t need any embellishment, in my opinion. Besides, we already know that Susan never returns to Narnia, and therefore will never see Caspian again, so what is the point of adding the romance???

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  27. Angie:) said,

    on December 11th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Your cookies were WAAAAYYYYY delish!!! YUMMY!!!
    Coie is WAAAAAAAAY more beautiful!!!!
    It is us that are blessed by your friendship WAAAAAAY much!!

    P.S It’s a WAAAAAY day because I am feeling WAAAAAAAAAY better!!! :):):) Praise the Lord!:)

  28. Melissa said,

    on December 12th, 2008 at 10:35 am

    I finally watched Prince Caspian last night. Ugggh. Many things about that movie irritated me, but I will only mention a minor one: Susan’s mascara looked like it was smeared throughout the whole movie. Maybe it is just the look for Amazon women?

  29. quietcajun said,

    on December 12th, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    I actually did read a tale of two cities. I think… it was a long time ago and I do remember it being really dry!

    I think Coie looks like Susan too… I also think my Kaitlyn kind of looks like her. I am glad she does not dress and act the way that character did… a few of those dresses were a little low cut!

  30. Spunky said,

    on December 13th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Cream Cheese Spaghetti is nearly a weekly staple at our house. It makes ordinary spaghetti miraculously awesome and will make you a big hit with the kiddos at your next church pot-luck or barn dance. It also makes a great new mamma meal. (Email of you want the recipe, I’m too lazy to type it in a comment box now.)

  31. Marsha said,

    on December 14th, 2008 at 1:31 am

    Wow, that sounds seriously sweet! Cream cheese is good on everything… chili cheese bean dip, tomato cream sauce (over lobster ravioli– yum!), and if sweetened… whoa, endless possibilities… pumpkin dip with ginger snaps, gingerbread… Mmmm…

    Gotta go eat something sweet now.

  32. on December 15th, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Mac&Cheese. Stir Cream cheese in to regular orange box mix and make your ordinary mac and cheese extraordinary.

    Actually, I think cream cheese makes everything better. Perhaps any kind of cheese really… Hmm, I’m pretty hungry right now.

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