Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Emergency Fruit Cake - The No-Bake Variety

Here is the third recipe for fruit cake in my Grandmother's book. It is quick and easy -- has less fat, but loads of sugar. (That kind of sounds like butt loads of sugar - it has that too. Don't tell my grandmother I said butt loads--that is very vulgar.)

I am going to quote my Grandmother because I just love what she says, "Between a busy Christmas and New Year it is easy to run out of fruit cakes baked in November, and this no-bake fruit cake can be easily made to fill this void."  So I know you are all running out of fruit cakes right about now! So here goes an easy and fun version.

This reminds me a bit of Rice Crispy Treats, but made extra Christmassy by having graham crackers as the binding agent and of course lots of nuts and fruit!

No-Bake Fruit Cake

1 pound marshmallows
3/4 cup scalded milk
1 pound nuts (I used pecans)
1 pound of candied fruit (I only did a 1/2 pound - at husband's request)
1/2 pound currants (My addition to make up for lack of candied fruit)
1 pound of dates cut into pieces (I used the food processor)
1 pint bottle of maraschino cherries
1 pound graham cracker crumbs (Once again the handy dandy  food processor)

Melt marshmallows in scalded milk.  I also had a low heat on under the pan to melt them a little faster.

Mix all dry ingredients together.

Combine marshmallows and dry ingredient together in a large bowl. Then pour into bread tins. I just poured it into a large casserole dish because I wanted to cut it into stars.  It was so sticky that I had to use wax paper to get it at an even level.

This is the best part, my grandmother said to cover with foil and then let it RIPEN in the refrigerator.  RIPEN. I put it next to the Diet Coke so that it felt comforted as I do when I know Diet Coke is in the fridge.

I assumed it was ripe this morning so I cut it into stars.  I had to put this picture in again, because it is just so dang cute and very, very sticky! Only one more fruit cake recipe to go!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Hostess Fruit Cake -- The low of the season!

You make think that I've exhausted the whole fruitcake angle, but no, I have not! At a white elephant party last week I actually stole this 1 pound Hostess Fruitcake.

I stole it for several reasons:

1. I had never seen one before.
2. I currently have a strange and not altogether healthy obsession with fruit cake.
3. It was small 8 x 2 inches but quite dense at a pound.
4. I have enjoyed many a Hostess treat in the past.

I know it is unreadable here but here's the list:

1. 420 Calories per serving
2. 4 serving per package.
3. So every 2 inches has 420 calories for a whopping 1680 calories per package.
4. 72 g carbohydrates per serving
5. 12 g of fat per serving
6.  It says it expires on Feb 15, but doesn't give a year -- highly suspicious.

It sounds like that white paste stuff that you put in a 72 hour kit to keep you alive while help is on the way.

Well I ate a small bite.

A very small bite -- see that little bit gone from the bottom right hand corner. It was the worst thing I have ever tasted and I am an equal opportunity food eater--I'll try anything! It took a Coke Zero and a Tab to erase the taste. Too bad I don't have the ability to erase the memory. Was that too harsh?

(I have nothing against Hostess personally--but stick to Hostess Cupcakes!!)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Hints for the Perfect Fruit Cake

The other day, as I lugged a very heavy bag of fruit cakes into my book club, I wondered why I had just spent 4 hours the previous night making something that I knew most of the people would not like one bit. It gave me no small measure of perverse joy. I'm not sure what that says about me. I was NOT disappointed, however, when I received more than a few positive reviews. Maybe I can help preserve the taste buds for fruit cake for one more generation. It is a large mission but one I take up humbly.

I have found that for me it has become an acquired taste--just like my Aunt Dorothy's brew she made in the bath-tub and I was the only one with a sophisticated enough palate to enjoy. Yum! Those  were the days. Anyway, back to fruit cake, honestly I have found that I'm craving it.

So while I have taken a few days break from making fruit cake I thought I would still keep your appetites whetted by what my grandma suggested from her book. This should be your map to the fruit cake universe.

Grandma’s Christmas Cake Suggestions
Of Food and Thought, Page 375

*Don’t dry out fruit cake by over baking.

*Remember most fruit cakes are worth their weight in gold so follow directions carefully.

*Don’t skimp on ingredients—if you want to save, just make smaller recipes.

*Cool fruit cake in pan, and be sure it is cold before wrapping.

*Store fruit cake in foil or in air-tight container. Keep in cool place.

*Fruit cakes improve on storing; flavors blend and become more delicious.

*If fruit cakes are wrapped in cloth dipped in fruit juice, be sure the cakes are kept cool so mold does not form.

*Chill fruit cake before slicing, and the slices will be thin and perfect.

*Any of these cakes may be baked as cookies, if a little more flour is added.

*Try serving hot wassail and cheese with thin slices of fruit cake.

*Fruit cake crumbs are good sprinkled over ice cream.

*Fresh-colored gumdrops may be cut thin and take the place of candied fruit in fruit cake cookies.

*For New Year’s Eve garnish large silver platter of fruit cake with real sprays of holly.

I had to bold the information about mold--it is important--mold is bad. No moldy fruitcakes is my motto.

So then I thought--Hey I have some suggestions too:

*If you give fruit cake to anyone over 60 they will love you! It will bring back memories of their childhood and you will have fans!

*Fruit cake is heavy and is great for arm strength.

*Fruit cakes hold doors open really well.

*Fruit cakes seem like they are healthy, but really they are not, don't be fooled. You WILL GAIN weight if you eat too much. (My too tight jeans told me that this week!) And really, don't you want to get fat by eating uncontroversial yummy food like chocolate cake!

*Fruit cake is an expensive hobby.

*Be prepared for ridicule, here are some of the quotes I heard, "I didn't know anyone wanted to make fruit cake anymore." "My husband did not enjoy your fruit cake." I also heard a lot of guffaws and outright laughter when I handed people their heavy little package.

*Do not throw fruit cake--it will go through windows (Ours was caught before it actually hit the window, thank goodness.)

Please add your suggestions for fruit cake. It would be greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The moment you've all been waiting for--Fruit Cake #2!

It is time for fruit cake #2 while I am still high from the success of fruit cake #1.  This is a sophisticated concoction. My grandmother wrote, "The following recipe makes one of the best white fruit cakes you could ever dream of."  It is called "Fred's White Fruit Cake."  I decided to check with my mother to see exactly who this Fred character was, but she hadn't heard of him or of white fruit cake for that matter!  He must have skills to be in the cookbook though so I forged ahead.

Here's the recipe, once again my comments/changes are in red

Fred's White Fruit Cake

1 1/2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
4 cups flour
1 t cream of tartar
1/2 t soda
1/3cups sweet milk (no idea what this is, neither did my mom, so I used half sweetened condensed milk and reg  milk!!??)
12 egg whites, beaten stiff
2 pounds white raisins (you heard me 2 pounds - I used regular because that's all I had )
1/2 pound candied pineapple sliced thin
1/4 pound candied lemon peel (cut into small pieces)
1/4 pound candied cherries (leave whole)
1/4 pound candied orange peel (cut in small pieces)
(For all of the candied fruit I bough already cut up fruit cake mix in a two pound container - totally cheating)
2 1/2 cups blanched almonds
1 cup shredded coconut

A plethora of expensive ingredients--again.

Soak the raisins overnight and dry thoroughly. (I so did NOT do this.) Mix with other fruit and nuts.

Cream the butter and sugar until very light.

Sift the flour and cream of tartar three times. (I just kind of mixed it in nicely.)

Add to the butter and sugar mixture alternately wiht the milk to which has been added the soda. (Again I don't know why she likes adding the soda to wet incredients before incorporating, it must be some kind of chemistry thing I do not understand.)

Fold in the fruit lightly.  (I had to get out the BIG spoon again--and I could not do it lightly.)

Fold in the beaten egg whites. (The mixture was quite dense I ended up having to break the dough with my hands and then fold in the egg whites. There is hardly any dough--with lots of fruit and nuts, but amazingly it all sticks together.)

Prepare four loaf tins by greasing well and lining with greased wax paper. I oiled 10 mini loaf tins and filled them 3/4s the way up. Because they were disposable foil pans I didn't need to line with paper because I knew I could get the fruit cake out.  Bake at 275 degrees F. for about 2 hours or until baked when tested. I baked for about 1 1/2 hours in the smaller tins and I checked often. 

Remove from pans, remove wax paper and cool. Paint with fruit juice. (Be careful not to use too much and soak.) I didn't remove the bread from the pans until it cooled a bit, then I turned them upside down on a cooling rack. I didn't paint with fruit juice, because I didn't want them sticky when I wrapped them up.

Wrap in wax paper and then in foil.  Fred says he stores his cakes in a stone crock to which he adds a cut apple. Isn't that charming!  Then occasionally he unwraps the cakes and repaints with juice and wraps them again. keep them in a cool place. Also charming and a little scary.

Here's the final product.

This cake has a chewier texture less like a cake and more like a cookie bar than the "Rich, Dark Fruit Cake" recipe. It also has a much more candied fruit flavor because there aren't any other flavorings like cinnamon or nutmeg.
Yes, the middle should be up--not DOWN! Thanks for pointing that out.
Look at that piece--quite a little fruit cake fiesta going on there!!!

Well, two of the four fruit cakes are baked. I am already exhausted.

Friday, December 3, 2010

10 Pound Fruit Cake - Are you kidding me?

Warning! Baking fruit cake can
make you batty!

Well, tonight has been a great education.  I decided to make Grandma Florence Pinnock's "Rich, Dark Fruit Cake." Several disasters, about $1,000 worth of ingredients later and it is now safely tucked in the oven for THREE HOURS. I put it in at 9:30pm. Note to self:  Read all of the recipe before beginning to cook at 8:30pm to see if you are going to be up all night waiting for it to bake!

According to my lovely grandma "Many, many years ago, as far back as we can read, fruits were gathered and dried and saved to mix with eggs, sugar, spices, and flour, and baked as special treat at Christmas time.  Fruit cake recipes have been handed down in families for generations to be used at this holiday season."  She has 4 fruit cake recipes in her book, Of Food and Thought.  Yes, you heard me, in her cookbook published in 1965 there are 4 different recipes for fruit cake.

Things I've learned:

1.  Fruit cake is like a religion.
2.  In the past there seems to be an unnatural love for fruit cake.
3.  Now there seems to be an unnatural hate of fruit cake.
4.  My grandma loved fruit cake.
5.  She wanted to share the fruit cake joy.
6.  Don't spill the egg whites, they are hard to clean up!

Questions Remaining:

1.  How could candied fruit be so gross?  It's candy and it's fruit it just doesn't add up.
2.  My grandmother says you can store these fruit cakes for a month -- does that make you scared?
3.  This recipe makes 10 pounds of fruit cake. Is that really necessary?
4.  Will these fruit cakes I make and give away last for an eternity in the great game of fruit cake roulette? Will it ever be ingested or just given away like a hot potato?

Time for pondering now. Think of a serene song as you contemplate.

Now, before you begin:

1. You will need super sized cooking implements, don't just try cutting all that candied and dried fruit up at one time in your food processor it -- Oh no, you will need either an industrial size food processor or work in batches (you could learn the hard way by letting it seize up before everything is nicely chopped).

2.  You will  need super sized bowl for mixing. Don't just try your wimpy Kitchen Aid you've had for years--it will start making very scary noises.  I also only had one spoon capable of folding in the egg whites at the end.

3.  I laid out all of the ingredients before hand--because there is a large amount of work to do just to prepare them to be mixed in. Here they are below (Note the 2 lbs of nuts, the 12 eggs, the full pound of butter, and the 2 pounds of dry and candied fruit)

Rich, Dark Fruit Cake
"First, a rich, dark, heavily-fruited cake, perfect for a wedding cake or a very special Christmas cake."

1 lb butter
2 cups sugar
12 eggs
1 1/2 t soda
2 t nutmeg
2 t cinnamon
4 1/2 cups unsifted flour
2/3 cup molasses
2 packages puffed seeded raisins (seriously what size is a package of raisins? Unnecessarily vague)
1 package current (Cruelly vague - was vagueness the way to go in the '60s?)
1 pound dates, pitted and cut in small pieces
1 pound walnuts
1/2 pound blanched almonds
1/2 pound pecans
1 pound candied pineapple
2 cups maraschino cherries

(Phew! That's a lot of ingredients)

I've had to do some major interpretation for the instructions. It seems as if we speak a different cooking language now.  I feel a little as if I've entered a worm hole and come out where I am just supposed to be able to infer the meaning in several places. I will point those out in RED.

Cream the butter and the sugar. ('nuf said)

Add the egg yolks, well beaten and then add the juice from the cherries. (Separate the eggs and save the whites -- they are important. And by the way -- it doesn't tell you this above but drain the maraschino cherries and save the juice!)

Add the soda to the molasses and beat until thick and add to the first mixture. (I have no idea why we need to add the soda to the molasses, but just do it! My grandma said so!)

Then add the flour and the spices sifted together. (Self explanatory)

Clean and wash the currants and separate the raisins, blanch and split the almonds; cut the cherries and pineapple into pieces and add the dates and mix all the fruit together and add to the cake batter. (It was at this point my mixer started to whine! TIPS:  1. currants come washed now --if you can't find currents use craisins, I did. 2. Separate the raisins? I don't even know what that means! 3. Thank heavens you can buy blanched split almonds! 4. I cut all the fruit up in a food processor in BATCHES 5. You will also need to chop the walnuts and pecans.)

(At this point I poured all of the batter out into a HUGE bowl and then mixed in the nuts with the only spoon in my house capable of stirring this concoction.)

Beat the egg whites to stiff peaks and then fold into mixture.  (This was a little like folding sea foam into clay soil, but it did work to lighten the mixture.)

Yes, the heavy wooden spoon is standing straight up in the batter.

Use a large 12x9x4 inch pan. (I didn't have a 4 inch deep pan, so I used a larger casserole dish and it seemed to work just fine.) Line the pan with 3 layers of greased heavy paper. (I used parchment paper.)  

BAKE AT 275 DEGREES FOR 3 HOURS!  (Bonus: You will have time to update your blog and clean the kitchen, because everyone else will be asleep.) You may bake the cake in a number of separate loaf tins. This amount will make a ten pound cake. the advantage of cooking it in one large pan and cutting it into loaves after baking is that there will be less crust, and the flavor is improved.
Fresh out of the oven. I tested it with a knife to make sure it wasn't overcooked.
Cool in the pan and then remove the paper from the cake. Store carefully.

I let it cool the rest of the night and then trimmed it up for placing in cellophane bags.

It made 14 mini loafs - You heard me 14! Sorry about the difference in color from the two pictures the first one was taken with a brighter flash. The cut up cake looks more like the real thing. The same thing happened to the picture below.

Here is one sliced ready for my children's breakfast. I thought it tasted quite yummy (but then again I had just invested 5 hours), they were ambivalent.

Here is the loaf cut up -- see all the fruit and nuts. I gave one to my mom this morning and she said grandma left the fruit bigger so you almost got whole fruits, but the taste was pretty similar.

Now I just need to give them away and see if I get re-gifted with my own fruit cake this Christmas. Will it be like a fruit cake chain letter? With me sending out 14 of just this variety I think it's inevitable.

Tune in soon for more Grandma Florence fruit cake wisdom!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Of Food & Thought - Grandma Pinnock

My Grandma Pinnock was amazing. She was a formidable person, but also funny and delightful. She worked hard for her family, for her church and was a woman before her time. She graduated from college back when women didn't even go to college. She taught cooking and other classes. She wrote and wrote and wrote. She was a member of the Young Women's General Board of the LDS church for more than three decades and traveled from Africa to Asia during that time. Let me tell you you didn't slouch around her!

She also wrote a cookbook in 1965 that was published by the Deseret Book Company called Of Food and Thought. She wrote articles for The Improvement Era magazine and many of the articles are in the book. She ruminates on traditions, feeding the "royalty" that is family and has simple motivational stories and poems. She believed in the power of good food to nourish body and spirit and tie families together. She was famous. I remember when my violin teacher in 1975 found out that I was the granddaughter of Florence Boden Pinnock, she gushed about how she always used her cookbook and would read the articles while she waited for whatever she had created to cook. I found it startling that the woman even knew her.

I can't really separate my Grandmother from food. In fact my first real food memory is Thanksgiving Dinner at her home. It was an event. She had beautiful china and dishes and every place was set.  I sat with cousins my age and felt grown-up even at the kid table. She had just a simple galley kitchen by the time I knew her, but the food it could produce--oh my!  I remember watching her push pats of butter deep into silky roll dough just before she baked it. I also remember thinking that her food was the culmination of all that was good in the world (of course others contributed to the menu and my mother is known far and wide for her cooking skills).

After Thanksgiving Dinner all at least 23 relatives and often more guests would retire to the large basement family room. I remember we would all lay down on the floor and talk and eventually more than a few would fall asleep. My grandpa snored like a freight train and his belly would shake just a little. He was funny even when he slept.  In that room with people I've loved all my life, I think that I developed a true sense of family and security!

I've been reading her book and am finding myself quite nostalgic and missing her. I've always used her chili and rolls recipes, but not much else. So, I've decided to make my way through the book. I think I will skip the deviled egg casserole--but maybe not--it could just be what the doctor ordered (although not the Cardiologist!). They are wonderfully old-fashioned and sometimes outright funny.

So today I turned to the Chapter labeled "November" and cooked.

Baked Ham with Citrus Sauce

She writes, "Just the right sauce can raise and ordinary meal to a gourmet's delight. Use care in choosing the sauce for the "gander," or any other bird, meat, vegetable, fruit, or desert. Try some of the following saucy sauces--your meals will have zest."

Citrus Sauce

1 can mandarin oranges                  1 T cornstarch
1 13 1/2 oz can pineapple chunks   1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t cardamon
1/2 t nutmeg

Drain the oranges and pineapple. Reserve the liquid. Combine cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom.  Add orange and pineapple liquid.  Cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Fold in oranges and pineapple and heat through. Serve hot with ham slices.

Here's the skinny--

Crushed pineapple is better and don't fold in the fruit. I think it works better as a sauce with the fruit broken down a bit. I also found the sauce too sour and added a 1/3 cup brown sugar. It was still tart, but not so tart my kids wouldn't eat it. I also think it would be a great sauce on pancakes or waffles or even a filling in a white cake! It was yummy--old fashiony yummy.

I paired the ham with my own sour cream baked mashed potatoes and my Grandma's veg medely --which is just defrosted Frenched beans and peas fried with onions in butter with salt and pepper (I added garlic for a little kick).  My Grandma does love butter.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Patience Is Not My Virtue


That is what my life is all about at the moment; waiting. There are exciting things just around the corner, but at the moment it's all about passing time. Hopefully not wasting time. I find that when I have a lot on my mind, but not a lot of ability to do anything about it, I get a little stymied, okay immobilized, no really it is more like paralyzed! Here are my solutions.

Eat chocolate - I have eaten a lot of chocolate over the last couple of weeks. Yes, the sugar devil is back (although it is 10 am and I have not had any sugar yet this morning - Yea!).

Join Twitter - I haven't tweeted yet, but I am building up my courage. I am enjoying other people's tweets though. I just learned that you should capitalize Twitter (proper noun) but not tweet (can be used as a verb and/or noun).

Take long walks in the beautiful Olympus Cove. It smells all piny and has been incredibly lovely this fall. I also love the architecture. There is a lot of very modern homes and the landscaping is unusual as well. They've really blended into the hill and there are only a few McMansions in my area.

Practice cello - My son has taken up Suzuki cello. That takes up time and also includes double tasking by letting me spend quality time with my son! Go cello.

Type aimless things into Google Search - Like, “Is there anybody out there?”  Well there's the Pink Floyd song, a website that lets you type in existential questions and a whole heck of a lot of people looking for ET.

There’s my sister-in-laws blog – If only she posted every day instead of Mon-Wed-Thurs. Here's the link Brodi Ashton.  She's also sold her first book - or in actuality a trilogy called the Ever'neath. I am so excited I've put her on a Google Alert so I get all the news. Yes, that means I am stalking my sister-in-law.

Check my bank account - Not empty, not full.

Check my children’s grades - Could be better – could be worse.

Avoid thinking - This I do in very creative ways and is a very large category.

Ways To Avoid Thinking

     1. Paint nails - I've painted my nails for the first time in years. I even pushed back my cuticles and moisturized them.

     2. See movies - often! At least once a week, hopefully more. I loved The Social Network by the way. Also does it seem like there are an awful lot of movies about old, retired, crazy, dishonored, disheveled, cast- out spies these days. Like, The Replacements, The A-Team, RED, The Expendables. Well I've seen all of those (Except The Expendables - that didn't stay in theaters long enough).

     3. Compartmentalize - I work out in the morning hard and then eat chocolate. They are totally separate. Food - exercise how are they related again?  When I have something that I have to do I just pretend that I don't know that I have to do it. I do it anyway, but I didn't have to think about it so it isn't painful. 150 cookies for the Halloween Party - not me, until 9:00pm the night before and they magically get done!

     4.  Watch every new show of the fall season (and every old show)! That does wonders - 3 hours can pass by in nothing flat. By the way, I love The Good Wife. I could watch Julianna Margulies forever. Just her eyebrows entrance me!  I've also discovered "On Demand" with Comcast. I can watch so many more shows - like Law and Order: UK. Did you hear me LAW AND ORDER: UK. There can never be enough Law and Order period.

I hope you endure waiting with more grace than me. If you have an idea, please let me know.

Friday, October 22, 2010

William James Quote of the Week

“Wisdom is learning what to overlook.”

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Marriage Myth Number Uno: Over time we will grow more alike. Ha!

I've been married 22 years 1 month and 8 days. I am not an expert--but let's just say I am experienced! I think it would be valuable at this time to share my vast experience with all of you, to help you along that rose strewn rocky path, by uncovering some marriage myths.
So young and so hopeful!
I think one of the most dangerous myths is: Over time we will grow more alike!

I love my husband--I look at him today and think how lucky I am. I could never have guessed all the good he had in him. I still find him astonishingly handsome and still sexy (kids don't read that part). But -- I have no idea what is going on in that brain of his.

We have given up even being interested in each other's t.v. He finds my shows boring! Fantastic shows like America's Next Top Model. (I love watching dumb beautiful people! I can't help it - they can be teenage vampires, hot burned ex-spies, hot disgraced doctors, you get the picture.) He hates cooking shows and he's bored by home decorating shows (okay so no shocker there). He is even bored by --yes, you should be prepared to gasp -- Law and Order!  He has an aversion to gruesome detective dramas like the CSI's of the world. I don't know why but I love those (maybe it's back to the pretty people doing anything, even gross things).  He also doesn't love B end of the world movies that I've grown oh so fond of.

So what do I find him watching when I come into the bedroom --Arrested Development over and over and over, Thirty Rock (ok I love that too) and anything that has Chevy Chase, Mike Meyers, John Belushi, John Candy, or anyone who was ever on Saturday Night Live ever! I like these guys too the first time I see the movie, but the tenth, no way. Also what is it with men and movies where people throw-up. I hate seeing people throw-up!

Then there's music. I know he is the expert, but I am tired of classic rock. You can boo me all you want, but I want something new. He has a huge aversion to basic pop -- I don't -- because I need something in my life that I don't have to think so hard about even if it's Delilah! We do have common ground on Eric Clapton, Beatles, John Mayer and Radio Head. Phew.

A few years ago - a few pounds ago and blond hair! Oh my!
The saving grace after 22 years is that we are much more tolerant. If he listens to Led Zeppelin, I don't tell him that he is going to H E double hockey sticks. When I'm watching the Lifetime Movie Network he just snorts and leaves instead of thinking he has to sit and watch and then finds himself unable to keep from making wisecracks all the way through.

Now that's heaven.

Monday, September 20, 2010


I ask God to bless you every day

it's a breath a wish a sigh

in the car, bath, private spaces

my heart.

Every prayer fervent

like for a child at war

a lover absent

a sick heart.

I pray as if there is joy in my heart for you.

He blessed me

I'm not afraid anymore

I don't hate anymore

My only prayer now is that you won't always

hate me.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Creepiest Place on Earth

(For some reason I cannot get this post to format correctly--please ignore the spaces.)

We visited Oregon for our summer vacation. We spent 4 days in Portland and 4 days at the beach. We had a great time. We thought driving up to Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood would be a nice Sunday activity. It’s a bit of a drive from Portland, but it was a beautiful sunny day so we made the trek.

Now , for your information, Timberline Lodge was used in some exterior shots for the movie, The Shining. When you approach the mountain as well as the lodge their austere nature can be otherworldly.

The Shining is really the only horror movie I have seen. I saw it for the first time at a slumber party in high school and being of a highly sensitive nature I spent most of the movie in the bathroom reading a magazine. It is also one of my husband’s favorite movies and every time he watches it, just hearing the music sends me screaming outside. 

So, the exterior of the hotel creeps me out, BUT the interior--Oy vey!

The interiors for the movie were not filmed at the lodge—they were filmed on a sound stage. The interiors at Timberline do not even look like the ones in the movie. Yet, the inside of Timberline still managed to raise the hair on the back of my neck.  It is dark, claustrophobic, and I know it supposed to be rustic, but it somehow for me it crosses a line.

Now for the decor and I must make a disclaimer, Timberline Lodge is heralded for its decor, so it may have been the way I was feeling on the day, or  my small mind going small places.

Here is one of the architects Gilbert Stanley Underwood. Note the little Timberline he is holding, the small crow and the dog with a leash falling like blood from his neck. It struck me as a spine chilling.

Does it feel a little medieval torture chamber to you?

This is the Women's Restroom