National Wear Red day for American Heart Association.

Do you have your red sweater or pants ready for “ National Wear Red day?

Women’s Heart Health is traditionally the The first Friday of February.

It’s purpose is to raise awareness for cardiovascular disease in women.

“Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for men, women and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States” ( Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2018). One person dies every 36 seconds in the U.S. from cardiovascular disease.

Women’s symptoms of Cardiovascular disease, Heart Attack, Myocardial Infarction ( M.I.) are different than men. Women may have no symptoms or symptoms of pain in the neck, jaw or throat, pain in the upper abdomen, or back. Shortness of breath with or without chest pain. Other symptoms for Heart Attack for women include nausea, vomiting and fatigue.

In contrast, men characteristically have left-sided chest pain and pain radiating down the left arm, and sweating.

What is a Heart Attack?

“Your heart muscle needs oxygen to survive. A heart attack occurs when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced or cut off completely.

This happens because coronary arteries that supply the heart muscle with blood flow can become narrowed from a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances that together are called plaque. This slow process is known as atherosclerosis.

When plaque within a heart artery breaks, a blood clot forms around the plaque. This blood clot can block the blood flow through the artery to the heart muscle.

Ischemia results when the heart muscle is starved for oxygen and nutrients. When damage or death of part of the heart muscle occurs as a result of ischemia, it’s called a heart attack, or myocardial infarction (MI).”

To promote women’s Awareness, the larger department stores like Macy’s used to offer “ Little Red dress” pins in their fragrance/ cosmetic sections with purchase.

I’ve got a few of these red dress pins.

Share this with women that you know today. #GoRedForWomen #AmericanHeartAssociation #RegisteredNurses #InterimHealthcare

Rainy day and a soup recipe

Revisited my post from Sept 2011, ahh, September, the trees’ leaves are beginning to change colors, the temperatures have started to cool down and it has rained so far three times this week, causing small bridges to be closed due to the Del/ Raritan Canal’s rising up it’s banks.

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On a cooler, rainy day, what is better to warm you up then a nice, hot bowl of soup.  When September brings you cooler temperatures, and all you want to do is  to curl up on the sofa under a blanket and read a book.   But, first have a bowl of soup.

Rainy Day Soup: 


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 can (46 ounces) V8 juice
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) thick and chunky salsa
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables
  • 4 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup cubed peeled potatoes
  • 1/3 cup medium pearl barley


  • In a Dutch oven coated with cooking spray, cook turkey over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 60-70 minutes…

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Caregiving, did you know you are a caregiver?


Aging, what really matters. Would you be so kind as to Dance with her?

Good evening, On the evening before Christmas Eve, I sit and reminisce about my mother in her later years. Let me preface to say that as she was raising us, in the home, she faithfully took care of both us and the household yet seeming to be more reserved on the subject of music whereas my dad danced right along with us in he living room to the sounds of stereo 70’s music.

Five or six years ago, she suddenly began to dance whenever she heard music. For instance, when she heard music playing over an intercom at a restaurant or store, she would bend her knees low and twist her hips, her arms also bent in dance form  and say, ” I can do ” the  twist”  and  smile.

This was my same mom, yet different, and I struggled to understand. I resorted to other people to make sense of it. I recall asking my husband,” why is mom dancing a lot? My intuitive , observant husband would say,”  she has lessened inhibitions “,” her barrier has been lowered”.

Tonight, I described to the PCT,  nurses aide for evening shift, that my mother danced the Pennsylvania Polka, bringing onto the dance floor with her at Kutztown Fair one hot July about 5 years ago.  My husband recorded a video, of the two of us dancing the Polka. I recall I was smiling, with beads of sweat on my forehead, and keeping up with mom’s polka steps as the summer’s heat didn’t phase her as the sounds of the live muscians propelled her body to dance.

Rememering these sweet moments, it begins to hurt my heart that these chances to dance are over.   If you ever encounter an aging person, whether family or out experiencing life,  I want to pass on this message.  What really matters, ” is to dance with her”.

Do you share in the love for reading books?

Today, I am sharing a link to an excellent author who thought up a goal to learn about people from every country through books, and she set her goal for one year.  She has so many interested followers and I am one of them. 

This project has international origins. It came from a comment on a blog I used to keep, where an American reader suggested I try an Australian novel: Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet. This got me looking at my bookshelves with new eyes and made me realise how narrow my reading choices were. So in recognition of Australian literature’s […]

via Postcard from my bookshelf #7 — A year of reading the world

World Blood Donation Day, June 14 2017

World Blood Donation day 2017 was celebrated today at Central Jersey Blood center.

One pint Saves  THREE  LIVES ! 

 As a Registered Nurse, working there, I was proud to see the team spirit    and expertise as everyone worked together to draw many donors both whole blood and platelets. The local community responded to celebrate World Blood Donation day in high numbers. 

A baseball outing at Somerset Patriots With my mom


What inspires you?

Revised December 4, 2018

Do you ever wonder how it is that you choose to do something? What inspires you? Why does that particular thing spark your interest?

Are you a ” go with the flow” type of person or are you rigid in your thoughts of what you’ve already decided is right for you?

I am finding that I have changed my likes over the years, just as some people change in their level of friendship, exploring new things, adds to wellness. am interested!!

From the perspective of children, some cannot wait to finish school, yet you can spend your lifetime learning. Your brain, the process of  thinking and your mind is ready to absorb new and  different information.

I feel you become a better person with each new thing that you introduce.  It is social, in the process, you meet new people. You don’t have to like every aspect of a person, but you learn to appreciate that part of them that participates in a certain activity, whether it yoga, painting, rock climbing, singing, teaching, jewelry-making, meeting a bakery owner, a gardener at the Dukes Farm Estate.

I am amazed at my local library and all the venues it has to offer. It truly has become a multi-faceted place for community in which during the learning process,  I have met several new friends.

At my local library, There is the ” Digital Cafe”, The Smart Lab” to take various computer seminars, and to make appointments for one on one questions. Also there you can learn ” Garage Band”, video-Editing.  There is also is a Library consortium of shared services, one of these being sewing. I sewed  both a zipped pouch and a pretty library tote sewn with one of my favorite design patterns called “toile” in a black and white color fabric.

During both months of  January and March were ” Makers month ” at local libraries in my area.

Who would have thought that all you need is a black felt tip sharpie and a white ” tile” cardboard and you can create artistic doodles called Zentangle? The premise is that while playing New Age music, ( a type of  music that is  often played during yoga classes),  and drawing patterns, that it releases endorphins that create a form of relaxation.  That day in January, I also learned knitting, and ball room dancing. In March, I was enthused to attend and watch documentaries films on environmental concerns created by independent film makers.

One of my favorites was the movie entitled ” Angel Azul”,  about the long process of creating an Angel statue by plaster casting on a live person model; this took hours to do and I appreciated the patience of the lady model. This statue was lowered into the ocean with a giant crane.  Many more statues were created by sculpturists in the same method , all to be used on the ocean floor, to create a new barrier reef ,  a place for plankton, and sea life to adhere to.  I learned that professional scuba divers travel from all areas of the world to scuba  dive in Mexico to view this place.

December 4, 2018  Revisiting my blog post, entitled “ What inspires you?” .

In summary, inspiration and creating is a fluid, an ever-changing process, involving being with people, the social interaction becomes the fun of it.

However, for inspiration, it helps to have space, quiet time to think and create, reflect.  The early morning hours, before anyone else is awake has been a good time for ideas to emerge.   Ways to plan involve having a list pad nearby for jotting down notes, or 3 x  5 index cards, “ do young people  even hand write notes in this day?”, utilizing google calendar for event dates, and merging similar ideas onto the  Pintrest, a web site.


Thank- you for visiting my blog. I’m so happy you read this post.

Anyone is welcome to leave a comment.  If you write a blog, please share your blog link.

Comments: I welcome your comments, thoughts on the subject.


Top Ten Bookish Things I Haven’t Finished- Weekly Tuesday Book Meme

Top ten bookish things I haven’t finished.

Tuesday book meme

Is the question, do you like to read? Rather, what is the least amount of books that you have purchased at a book sale, since the last day of most book sales is ” Bag of Books for $1.00 or 2.00″?

This is how I can contribute to a weekly meme topic, Tuesday books, with the title, ” Top ten Books I Haven’t finished”.  As I look to the side of my bed, this is the current stack of books.  These are the ones I reach for.  However, chuckling, I currently have  just two books checked out of my local library, Negella’s Kitchen, and a Halloween themed book, ” Vampires, Witches and Caldrones”, or something like that.

  1. Summers End                By Kathleen Gilles Seidel
  2. A month of Summer      By Lisa Wingate
  3. The Conde Nast Traveler of Unforgettable Journeys By Clara Glowczewska,Editor
  4. The Clover House.          By Henriette Lazaridis Power
  5. Floating in My Mother’s Palm  By Ursula Hegi
  6. Know Your Power            By Nancy Pelosi.                                                                                                 The first two books that I have listed have a common word in them, Summer.  I chose these books at a book sale in the spring, while I was anticipating summer and then once summer came, I was so busy learning and networking that I didn’t finish.

The 3 rd book, ” Unforgettable Journeys” title , I like to pick up and read a story every now and then.

” The Clover House, just got buried underneath my favorites and I forgot about.

” Floating in my mother’s Palm”  is hard for me to read  , first of all by the tone of the book, is melancholy. The time frame is set in Post War Germany and the first chapter starts with the author describing her mother   Pregnant and carrying the author in the womb, how she chose a nun to take care of her instead of a midwife  and her days waiting .

The Book authored by Nancy Pelosi is a book I purchased after hearing her speak to promote the book on one of the morning Talk Shows. This one is important subject, Women and Empowerment. This book, I promise to continue reading and get it off this list.

Breakfast, the most important meal of the day


July 4 in Central New Jersey, review in pictures past

There’s one town in central New Jersey that celebrates in a very patriotic way on the actual day of 4 th of July, Milltown, NJ.

Many events take place starting at 6:00 in the morning is the fishing derby. A one mile Fun run at 7:45 am, $12 entry fee. Firecracker 5 K run is at 08:10 am w/ $30.00 entry fee. Early bird pricing has ended.

The annual parade starts at 10:00 am. This years theme is celebrating the 125 Anniversary of the Raritan Railroad. Afterwards, the local town park is open from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm with Water bouncy slide, food vendors, musicians in the gazebo. Hotdogs and select soda for everyone. Bring a lawn chair to sit and enjoy the festivities.

Fireworks take place between 9:00 and 9:30 pm the same evening.

I’ll highlight with the photos of the annual 4 th of July parade, and the festivities afterward.

“A” is for “A time to Remember” , a float at the 4th of July parade in Milltown, N.J.

Milltown 4 th of July Parade

Flag Day is celebrated on June 14., and Philadelphia’s Constitution Center

Today is Flag Day. What does that mean? To me, as an American, everyday is the day to celebrate and display our American flag.

And I do. In my own way. My garden has American flags waving proudly among my summer flowers. When I plant my flower garden, The colors I choose are red, white and blue. Red geraniums, white , and blue ageratums.

My front door welcomes you with a homemade hanging sign in the shape of an American flag; it is old, In fact my family made it at a craft project at my hometown library several years ago, and I still display it. It has ribbons, and during the year I drape it on the edge of my plant stand in the kitchen. Whenever I’m cooking, reading one of my cookbook collection or gazing out the sliding door’s window, I am reminded of our Freedom, I jotted notes about it a couple of weeks ago while at the Princeton Public Library.

Freedom to read almost anything out there that is published.  It was a real eye-opening moment when I came across a book last month,

Flag Day at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA

Flag Day at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA

that a writer attempt to describe what it is like in out her countries.  Found the book in the Princeton Public library, was so interesting, that I jotted down.

History of Flag Day:

A celebration of the adoption of the Continental Congress to adopt the flag June 14, 1777.

Resolved that the flag be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white, thirteen stars.

Although for 200 years, the American flag was flown on public buildings, and in several small cities, Flag day wasn’t  officially recognized until President Harry Truman signed it into law in 1949.

Nearby Philadelphia’s Constitution center is having Flag Day celebration, opening early at 0930 am with reduced admission price of $5.00 sponsored by Macy’s ( Department store. )  At 10:30 am on the front lawn is a 50 star grand flag raising and a parade to Independence Mall.

Betsy Ross, the birthplace of the American Flag is open today, the 13 star flag raising.

There is a ” Stars and Stripes” Community fair 09:00 to 3:00 pm at a Independence Mall.

Celebrate Flag Day!!

May, and Diabetes Self Management course

It’s the month of May, coming to a close by the end of the week. Enrolled my sister and I in a 5 week Diabetes Self-Managrment course, funded by the state.

I’ll describe how the class works. At the beginning of the first week, we got our name tags. The group is co-lead by 3 individuals, one from the County Health Dpt, a diabetic, and one from the Office on Aging( O.O.A.), two at a time, alternating.

On large sheets of poster size paper is written the Agenda for the day.


Activity 1-Intro, ID common problems,

Activity 2: Workshop Overview,

activity 3: make and complete a weekly Action Plan,

Activity 4:Call your buddy, discuss your action plan ( goals of the week).

Turn off your cell phones / pagers or put on vibrate mode.

2nd Responsibilities,

Activity 3: What is Diabetes?

Break time

Activity 4: Monitoring,

Activity 5: Intro. To Healthy Eating,

Activity 6: Into. To Action Plans, Activity 7: Closing.

Guidelines are posted:

Give any new activities at least a two week trial.

Make and Complete an Action Plan.

Call your buddy, ( first week is by one of the co- leaders).

Turn off your cellphone/ pagers or put on Vibrate mode.

Next, everyone was asked to contribute their idea of ” Problms caused by Diabetes”. Ten he list brainstormed as fear of knowing what could happen, tiredness, unable to walk, taking medications ( needles ), neuropathy, diabetic coma ( my paternal grandmother), loss of independence, loss of close family.

Second week class:

On the 2nd week, the class was given the book, ” Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions”.

Another poster was displayed on the wall, ” Diabetes Self Management Tasks”.

1.Take Care of your Diabetes

2. Carry out your normal activities and doing the things that are important to you.

3. Manage Your Emotional changes.

4.  Take part in planning and carrying g out your Managrment program.

5. Provide information.

Blood sugar levels were discussed with a table format.

South Jersey Museum of American History

There’s an Antique toy train exhibit from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm today and ends February 5, 2015.
For history buffs, there’s a eclectic variety of subjects to view.

Event: Antique Toy Train show, today 1:00-5:00 pm and ends February 1, 2015.
Also, Glass from Pa, NJ, Florida and Georgia, Pre-Columbian: the Paleo- Indian through the late Woodland periods 15,000 yrs of tool evolution, artifacts from ghost towns ( Washington, Oswego, Friendship, Quakerbridge), farm equipment, Colonial , and Pine Barrens.

Although I have not yet visited this museum, I’m thinking this would be a fun thing, for families, home-school children, to coincide with American History.

As I sit reading about this museum in the ” Ticket section of the Star Ledger, while in my Living Room, although cozy on a Wintry Saturday, I’m ready to put on my winter boots and take a drive to explore.

Happy New year 2015, How’s the weather on January 8 where you live?

Hello and Happy New Year!!

We spent New Year’s Eve doing English Contra Dancing in a nearby town just 10 minutes away. There was an intro dance lesson from 07:30 to 8:00 pm for beginners. It had been quite awhile since both my husband or I had danced the Contra dancing, mainly because I worked evening shift. The request for attendees was to bring a dessert to share for 11:30 pm. I decided on pumpkin cake which I baked in a Bundt pan, and glazed with white drizzle frosting.

When we arrived, there was a table to pay the entrance fee, and across the room were a set of long tables on which we saw 2 big punch bowls, one with ice water, the other a fruit punch concoction, and some bowls w/ snacks and packaged cookies. We thought this was where “the dessert to share” goes, so my husband put the pumpkin Bundt cake there.
About 1 1/2 hrs later,I noticed that our Pumpkin cake was moved to the outside of the main hall to another table.
To do Contra dancing, there is an experienced “caller” who announces each of the dance steps, she explained the moves beforehand and called out the changes in dance steps.
Some of the terms, are, ” ballast and swing”, ” hands four”, ”
Alamand ” , ( taking your , current partners hand and turn around). At the beginning, the ladies and gentleman ( or gals and guys) line up in 2 long rows and then the dances are broken up into sets of 4 or 6 all down the line. Your partner for the particular dance stays the same, but during the dance, you change positions moving along down to the right, until you get to the end of the line and then reverse.
I found that 1. this is good exercise, better than any aerobics class or “Body Burn” DVD exercise, and 2. I preferred to rest and catch my breath and dance about every other dance. I did one set of the English Country dance in which there was many ” ballast and swing”, that I became dizzy just as the dance ended and Was walking to the chair area.

Another few things, I have done for the New year is sign up for some programs with our local library, culinary classes and a new book club. I plan to sign up for computer classes,as well.
There is a new book club with a cookbook theme called, ” the Bite club”. They started last month. The cookbook for January is Mark Bittman’s Food Matters. Once you pick up the book from the Reference library desk, there is about 3 weeks to read it and be prepared to discuss the book. It is optional to cook a recipe from the month’s cookbook. I plan to read and find something for the members to taste. I’ll post and let you know in a future writing here.

The week, the USA is experiencing Polar Vortex:

How is the weather where you live?
Last weekend, the temperatures were a comfortable 40’s to 60’s. While visiting a relative, a cousin mentioned that colder weather was on it’s way.
Here in the Northeast, both Monday and Tuesday was the warm- up of 20’s. My own rules for dealing with colder temps are wearing the ” Cobbie Cuddlers” brand of long johns and long sleeve top. Then a regular patterned long- sleeve top, a lightweight sweater is the final layer, along with the thermal winter coat with hood.
Wednesday dawned with slightly colder temperatures, and I would have gladly stayed indoors in the evening. Last week, I signed up for a Culinary class at the library to learn how to use Royal Icing to make decorations for cakes and cupcakes.

Today, was the coldest day. Early morning temperatures for 6:00 or 7:00 am was in single digits, 9 degrees with a windchill of 2 degrees or lower. Knowing that my week had been busy thus far, I decided to stay home indoors. Parts of our townhouse are drafty near the windows where the living room sofa is and also in the kitchen with the glass patio doors. One of these years, we’ll arrange to have new replacement windows and Patio door. When my husband got home from errands and appointments, I asked to try putting the boxed plastic that originally designed for a patio door, just use this and see if it makes a difference. It helped a little; I still rely on the space heater placed next to the sofa in easy reach. To decrease on the electric heating bills, the Electronic thermostat is only set at 70, and 68 at night.

October, fall weather is here, recipes to warm you up

October Recipes:

Our neighborhood is having an OctoberFest party,and it was suggested to bring a side dish, the main entree will be “Brats” in assorted flavors accompanied by mustard and relishes. Thinking of something a little hearty and sweet and sour, here’s Bavarian meatballs. I’ll make these appetizer size.

Bavarian Meatballs


1 lb. ground beef

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup dry bread crumbs ( add spices parsley thyme,or lemon pepper)

1 egg slightly beaten

2 tsp horseradish

1 TBSP ketchup

1 tsp salt or Lite salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 cup water

3 TBSP bacon drippings


Mix first 9 ingredients. Form into balls 1 1/4 inches in diameter and brown on all sides, in bacon drippings, turning with your trusty long -handled sauté spoon/ spatula. Drain.

Next, prepare this mixture of sweet and sour goodness.

2 raw medium potatoes, grated

2 apples, peeled and quartered

2 cups sauerkraut ( love this stuff!)

1 onion sliced

1/4 cup sweet white wine

2 tsp brown sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp pepper

1/8 tsp caraway seed

Grease casserole with bacon drippings. Layer first 4 ingredients in casserole. Mix remaining ingredients; por over. Top with meatballs. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Serves 4.

To double the recipe to serve 8, use 2 lbs ground beef. Make smaller size meatballs as appetizer size.
Will keep warm in a crock pot for the party.

RECIPE: Quick Herb Rolls using canned Refrigerator Biscuits

1/2 cup butter

1 1/2 tsp parsley flakes

1/2 tsp Dill-weed

1 TBSP onion flakes

2 TBSP Parmesan cheese

1 ( 10 or 11 oz. ) can refrigerator biscuits, ( buttermilk variety)

Melt butter in 9 inch pan. Mix herbs and cheese together and stir into butter. Let stand 15 to 30 minutes. Cut biscuits into halves or fourths and swish around in herb butter to coat all sides. Bake at 425 degrees for 12 – 15 minutes. This may be prepared several hours ahead and refrigerated. Serves 4.


Cookbook: ” Southern Accent” 1976 edition.
In the quaint historic town, there was a wonderful bookstore called ” the Bookworm”, situated in a 100 plus year house, with delightful reading nooks tucked in beside windows on the upper floors. It has since moved into a much smaller location, has less charm.

Collingswood, Spend a Saturday in July to visit this wonderful town in New Jersey!!!

A must see on a Saturday is the town of Collingswood, a great place to get out and enjoy the fresh air, wearing comfy shoes to walk and explore the many blocks of intriqing places.

One place you must visit if you live in New Jersey or near Philly is The town of Collingswood. It is Main Street, USA.

What are the draws? I’m sharing my thoughts, perhaps you would like to see it yourself.

It has been a tradition, I learned, for many years that there is a farmer’s market, with representatives of many New Jersey farms selling their fresh produce.
Are you wanting something that you rarely find in a supermarket grocery store?
One of the vendors sells Zucchini blossoms.

Arts and Culture:
” Second Saturday Event”
Tonight, the town is having a special event from 6:00 to 9:00 pm , ” A Free Open Air Arts Walk”.
On every block of Haddon Avenue, Art and music will be on display.
Dozens of one night exhibitions of jewelers, potters, painters, crafters and artists.
Retailers will offer deals, giveaways and discounts on services.


Antiques abound. It is fun to walk along Haddon Avenue and explore. My favorite place is a cottage, set back from the main road called,” The Painted Cottage”, the owners collect antique furniture, and refinish in white paint, or aqua, silver, pink or sage colors.   In past visits, I’ve dreamed of buying an antique dresser or dressing table/ vanity or wooden desk and satisfied my want by photographing the pretty images. This old style wooden furniture was designed with elaborate carvings that you seldom find in the Big Box type Furniture Stores.

There’s another favorite antique store that I love to browse with my husband. In the display window, the last time we went, there was a small slate board, antique, written in white chalk were the words, ” The First I- Pad”. We smiled and pointed it out and I remarked that as a child, I drew on a handheld chalkboard just like that one. In fact, I still have it!!!

The Restaurants

What to choose is the question. There’s Thai, Latin American, Asian Fusion, Japanese, Mexican, two Indian , American, ” The Pop Shop”, for fountain sodas, shakes, burgers, and belly busting breakfasts, along with several Italian restaurants.

In a review on, a few write of ” That’s Amore” serving a delicious meal called, ” Sunday Gravy made up of meatballs, pork and sausage and a rich red gravy. Growing up in my house, both of my parents referred to mom’s homemade as Sauce of which I have her recipe posted on this blog.

Cincinnati Chili,

Howdy folks. Here I am.  Summer officially arrives on June 21, on Saturday, however we are getting a taste of it both today and tomorrow with heat index of 93 and 95 to 100 tomorrow.  Whew, Do what you can to stay cool, Crank up the A/C, wear a cool neckerchief, Bought one of these at a “craft sale”, make your own ice pops, take a dip in the pool.

With all of this talk on heat, let’s have some chili.

Cincinnatti Chili

2 pounds ground beef

3 large onions chopped ( 3 cups)

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 15 oz can tomato sauce

1 cup beef broth

2 TBSP chili powder

2 TBSP semisweet chocolate pieces

2 TBSP vinegar

2 TBSP honey

1 TBSP pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cardomom

1/4 tsp ground cloves

16 ounces fettuccine, broken into 4-inch lengths

2 15 1/2 ounce cans kidney beans

2 cups shredded American cheese ( 12 ounces)


In a 4 1/2 quart Dutch oven cook beef, 2 cups onions, and garlic until beef is brown and onion is tender.  Drain fat.

Stir in remaining ingredient  except, Fettucine, kidney beans, cheese, and remaining onion. Bring to boilong;reduce heat.  Cover and simmer over low heat for 1 hour.  Skim off fat ,( pouring into empty food can.)

Cook fettucine; drain.  Keep warm.  In a 2 quart saucepan heat kidney beans: drain.  Keep warm.

To serve divide fettuccine among 8 plates.  Make an indentation on center of each fettuccine portion.

Top with meat sauce, beans, remaining onions and cheese.

Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Info:

768 calories, 49 grams protein, 77 g carbohydrates, 30 g total fat,(14 grams saturated), 136 mg cholesterol, 1123 mg sodium, 1151 mg potassium.

Three way means chil, spaghetti, and grated yellow cheese.  Four way is three way plus beans or onions.  Five way , you get everything, chili, spaghetti, cheese, beans and onions.

Happy New Year!

What are your traditions to ring in the New Year?

On my years, we spend the day in Philadelphia, to watch the Mummers. There is a parade outdoors all day, and many string band performers and Mummers ‘ clowns in the parade, but we prefer the indoor show at the Convention Center by The Fancy Brigades. it starts officially at 12 :00 p.m., arrive earlier and you get to do the Philly ” strut” aback and forth motion with you feet, with one of the Fancy Brigade captains leading the guests. We missed this portion this year.  Better yet, I got to try on the sequined costumes from prior years’ performances.  For those moments , I almost felt like a kid again playing dress up.   Further down in the post, I will share Some Mummer’s photos.  please come back to visit my blog.

Do you make resolutions?

I had a very busy year for 2013, taking care of members of my family that live in another town, so for thus year, my wish is that  I can handle all the challenges that come my way.  I hope to get the chance to use the gift  card That I got last year for a local spa.  I spend most of my days off at my mom’s house.

Trying on a prior year's Mummer sequined costume

Trying on a prior year’s Mummer sequined costume


  Preparing for Thanksgiving, choosing recipes

My sister’s favorite appetizer is stuffed mushrooms.

Here’s are the names of recipes that  I posted at  an earlier date, that I might use for Thanksgiving.  This morning, I was unsuccessful in copy and pasting using my I-pad.

Enjoyed my day off after a long weekend working, we went to lunch , Election day Chili at a local church fund raiser, they had little tables set up with red and blue tableclothes, baskets with cornbread , and butter and Tortilla chips. The chili was very good. Dessert was m & m cookies or macadamia nut cookies.

Corn casserole, posted on March 12, 2013.

Italian Stuffed Mushrooms

Sweet Potato pie

Jiffy French Dressing for Salad and two lunch salads, October 4, 2013

Life is Beautiful  is the title that I choose for my blog  when I started it.

Lately , I put other family members first and have less time for myself, my husband  and my house working a full -time job.  It has caused me to delay my own check-ups, the first being my dental cleaning, was due in December.   Each month, I knew this, yet I had to bring mom for many follow -up visits both in January and February for the dentist.   until now, I spend every week house sitting ,and  working alongside the  ” Visiting Angel” coming to mom’s house; and during the months of July and August, taking my sister three times a week for Physical Therapy, left no chance to take them to the beach even for one day.  Also, getting their porch fixed and selecting and ordering porch railings  a priority.( expect a phone call any day this week that ready for installation.  As long as it comes before the weather turns colder.

After I received a follow-up phone call,In August from my dental receptionist,  , asking  where are you? I said , “taking care of my mothers house, I don’t have time for my appointments” . I now in the process of getting a crown on a molar tooth For a cavity.  This will cost big bucks.

At home,  we prepare foods that  are good for a couple of days in a stew pot, like lentils , with carrots, sweet potato  in a tomato based broth, but I post a lunch salad recipe this morning.

Jiffy French Dressing  ( not associated with the store box mixes)

Blend well:

1 Tbsp sugar or Sugar substitute,

1 tsp Paprika

1 tsp dry mustard

1 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

Put into a 1 – pint Screw-top jar.  Add

1 cup salad oil ( canola oil , lower in cholesterol I buy what is on sale. )

1/4 cup vinegar or lemon juice

Cover jar tightly and shake vigorously to blend.   store in  the refrigerator.  Shake well before using.

Makes : 1 1/ 4 cup French dressing


Salad for one person

Ring- Around salad

For each salad, place on a salad plate, 1 lettuce  leaf , washed.

In center of lettuce, place 1 slice pineapple , well -drained,

Around the slice of pineapple, arrange

6 orange sections

Place in center of pineapple, one apricot half , cut side up.

Fill apricot with 1 tsp jiffy French dressing

6 raisins.

Makes 1 salad

Peach and Cottage cheese salad

For each salad, place one crisp lettuce leaf on salad plate,  and top with 2 peach halves ,

Place the peach halves close together, rounded sides down . Then arrange from the center of one peach half to the center of the other

1large green pepper ring .

Inside green pepper ring, place 1/4 cup cottage cheese and shape into a mound .  Circle cheese mound with 2 or 3 rings of green pepper.

The design is of a cowboy. The peach halves are the rim of cowboy hat, the cheese forms the crown, and pepper rings are bands around the sombrero.  If desired, drizzle over the top of the ” hat crown,  Jiffy French dressing.

When it’s time for lunch, Choose  a pretty plate from your cabinet, it does not have to  match. I have a set of 4 clear glass salad plates and a few brightly colored plates that  I purchased at Home Goods/ or Marshall’s. 

I have a favorite plate that has the colors pink and green and beige, pink flowers from a well-known pattern, I purchase dishes in sets of Two.

Hamburger soup, September 6, 2013

What memories do you have of school lunch or lunch as a kid?

I am reposting a recipe from blogger, ” Syrup and Biscuits” for Hamburger Soup,

One, sounds economical , and two, includes fresh veggies  and canned diced tomatoes.

School Lunchroom Hamburger Soup

yield: 6 to 8 servings

Ground hamburger meat joins lots of good vegetables for a soul-warming, gullet-pleasing, uncomplicated, big ‘ol bowl of soup.

4 large  carrots, peeled and diced
4 stalks celery, diced
2 onions, diced
1/4 cup olive oil
3 to 4 clove garlic, minced
3 pounds ground beef (85/15)
2 (14.5 oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 quart stock
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 bay leaves
2 cups whole kernel corn, fresh, frozen or canned
1 (15 oz.) can LeSuer very young small sweet peas, drained
salt and pepper to taste

Heat large soup pot and add olive oil. Sauté carrots, celery and onions for 10 minutes or until soft. Season with salt and pepper. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes.

Throw ground beef on top of all those beautiful vegetables and cook the meat until pink is gone. Don’t you dare drain away all that good juice after the meat is cooked. There’s very little fat in 85/15 ground beef. What little bit is there is going to add flavor.

Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, stock and Worcestershire sauce. Stir well.

Add bay leaves. Return to simmer. Cover and cook for 30 minutes.

Polynesian Burgers

Polynesian Burgers

Alright, so it’s is officially summer, the 2nd day and my mind is conjuring up all kinds of cool, fun menu ideas.  Burgers seem to be one of the favorites among Americans for picnic food.

If your are like me,with ketchup and pickle relish as the  “de-riguer” ,taste-bud loving choice,  in this recipe, how about stepping beyond your  comfort zone for a different taste with your burger!

This recipe has an Twist in taste  with and Island flair.

1 1/2 pound ground turkey

1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs ( or make your own fresh from leftovers ends of bread)

1 Tbsp lite soy sauce

1/2 tsp ginger

1 (9 oz.) jar ( 1 c.) prepared sweet and sour sauce

1 ( 8 oz. ) can crushed pineapple in it’s own juice, drained

6 sandwich buns ( I like whole grain )

Heat your grill. ( outdoors- or use grill pan on your gas indoor stove.) In a large bowl, combine turkey, bread crumbs, soy sauce,ginger and 1/4 cup of the sweet and sour sauce; mix gently.   Shape into patties.

When read to barbecue, oil grill rack.   Place patties on gas grill over medium-low heat or on charcoal grill 4 to 6 inches from medium coals.  Cook 9 to 13 minutes or until no longer pink , turning once.

In a small saucepan, combine remaining sweet and sour sauce with crushed pineapple.   Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thoroughly heated.   Serve burgers on sandwich buns with sauce.

Yield 6 sandwiches


Recipe book found at a church market sale.

International Foods Program , 1994 Clifton “Success” High School Project Cookbook

Yields 6 sandwiches

update: August 8,2015

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Breakfast Chicken With Biscuits

Breakfast Chicken:

Serve for breakfast or brunch or when” you”re hungry for chicken”.

I found a yellow “post-it ” note with the words “breakfast chicken, p 51”, in my mother’s familiar handwriting in pencil; all of these years, her trademark is that she has always has sharpened # 2 pencils  both in a pencil cups and in her purse in an old eyeglass case

1 pound chicken fillets ( about 4 fillets)

2 cups water for soaking chicken

1 teaspoon salt

14 teaspoon black pepper

self-rising flour

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 cup hot water for simmering chicken


Soak the chicken  fillets for 15 minutes in the water and salt.  Rinse, lay on paper towel, and sprinkle with the pepper.  Coat the fillets lightly with self-rising flour.  Place in a pan and fry in hot oil until lightly browned on both sides.  Drain off the oil, add the hot water to the pan, and simmer the chicken for 5 minutes.

Makes enough to fill 12 2-inch biscuits  ( to serve 4 to 6 people).

Old Fashioned Soda Biscuits:
2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
5 tablespoons shortening
1 cup buttermilk
Add the baking soda to the bowl along with the flour and then mix, shape , and bake biscuits as in the preceding recipe.
Makes 12.
Southern recipes cookbook: “Mama Dip”s kitchen 1999.
I was intrigued to read about her southern upbringing, starting to cook at the age of nine  for her brothers , sisters and father while they worked on the cotton farm.  I recall my first cooking around the age of nine both at home with my mother and in 4-H club called “All Thumbs”.
My mom tells me that she got this cookbook while working at Baker and Taylor books.

My Day

May 15, 2013. My Day off goes like this.

I wake up to kiss Pat as he leaves for work. I lie in bed, hoping for another half hour of rest. The sun is shining very brightly this morning through the closed blinds and sheer floral curtains.
I think, I need to start my shower, however the Master bath needs removal and repair/re-grout of the floor and tiles; the contractor had suggested to refrain from using this bathroom. 
In the second (guest) bathroom inside the tub is Bulk toilet paper, a bag of Nina’s books,and Reader’s Digest.  Then, I decide that I need to start a load of laundry but first I’ll have a quick bowl of cereal. Another day, another time, there will be a chance to sit outside at the Patio table with my breakfast and enjoy the outdoor sounds. 
Once downstairs, as I approach the sink/counter, I see that the floor below still needs sweeping.  Monday started off with a busy work-week,including both an early morning Team Leader meeting and staff meeting followed by an eight-hour shift. 
Instead of reaching up in the cabinet for my bowl for cereal, I reach down to move the kitchen slice rug, and see spots on the floor. First I sweep, then get the Swiffer that needs refill sponges,so I dampen a paper towel add dish soap and gently stoop down and give it a scrub. There, that will do. I don’t want to overdo it and strain any muscles, I have a 12 hr shift tomorrow at both Parsippany and Muhlenberg. 
I look over to the rest of the kitchen. The cute card table has things on it, it was intended to sit and eat there, currently there’s a stack of cookbooks jam from Sussex County fair with pretty fabric covers,a bag of pistachios, orange cranberry chutney , a bag of jasmine rice (should be moved to the upper cabinet and place in a plastic bag.), a Betty Crocker’s
” new” Boys and Girls Club book from the late 1960s , a bag of dried blueberries trail mix with cashews cranberries and almonds, and a cookbook called healthy meals. It was 915 I sat down to write this,  I did prepare my bowl of  half rice Chex cereal ,half Raisin Bran with vanilla Eating my cereal one spoonful at a time and sip my tea from one of my favorite mugs a Hawaiian theme that I got in the big Island in the 1998 trip with the CAC. I like to stir in A tsp of wildflower honey from the local Griggstown market. As I pause, I hear the ticking of the kitchen clock outside the home and rumble of the lawnmowers and the Weedwhacker’s of the landscape company. It’s a sunny day I ask myself if there’ time for a ten minute walk. Th e house after picking up/fish flounder and package of chicken drumsticks, Perdue , 5 La yogurts,  oatmeal, an organic plastic wrapped Zucchini. Yesterday morning before working evening shift at old Bridge I went to target store for Lysol spray bathroom cleaner with hydrogen peroxide three bottles were on sale plus Efferdent mint dentures tablets .  The  family were practically all out with two tabs left and they were breaking them in half and did not tell me nor did Mom buy any when she went shopping on her senior bus. When mom shops she thinks of meat and cake and pasta sauce and only allowed two grocery bags anyway.

It’s 9:45 AM I have to take a quick shower and at the same time start the lingerie on Coldwater wash. I’m still in my PJs. I have to quit right my bill for the car payment due the 19th and pack the car with the blue flowered tote bag  with file folders , bring the small red cooler with the chicken and fish and your perishables and look around and see what else. Alas, I want to cook something at least some pasta salad or an entrée for this evening for Pat and I. While busy at my mothers’ house, I must remember to be home before 7 PM there’s a webinar ,,  I’d like to listen in. 
Well, it’s 9:46 PM exactly 12 hours later and I did not make it home in time for the 7 PM webinar. what I did accomplish at my mother’s house was to take her to her bank to deposit the monthly checks that came in on May 1 and today is May 15 and to take her down to the borough Hall  to write a check for her taxes that were due May 1 , late also.
Joan, the Visiting Angel was there from 11:15am to 3 :15 pm.  After I gathered the laundry and sheets off one bed, Joan started the laundry. Once I sorted through my sister’s books and magazines, and placed them in two new plastic containers, Joan did the vacuuming.   There was excess green salad from my mothers lunch, so while Joan suggested I take it home, I sat down to eat it. After all it was already 1:30 pm; I eat and talk with Joan. By this time, mom is in the spare room napping. 
Sister is laying down on her bed,since I had things on her rocker when she got home; then she had a big headache. Once Joan finished cooking dinner,neither was ready to eat.  Mom did not feel well this afternoon, mentioning diarrhea; I bring the soiled laundry downstairs and start a load, around 6pm. Three hours and neither has touched their plates of food on the kitchen counter.  Now, I package both meals up in plastic left-overs containers. Mom, is sipping Chamomile tea in her tea mug, When I first prepared it in the microwave since Joan was cooking at the stove, mom said it was too hot and added cold water to the mug. Later,after return from the bank and Boro Hall, she asked me to warm up the tea. 

It’s May, and the temps are forecast to drop to 30 degrees next week.

Well, today is May10 th, and I’ve got two “Early Girl” type Tomato plants already planted in the ground.  

According to the literature, May 15, is the date  to start planting your annual garden plants in the ground; called ” the last average frost date” 

Eek, I just read on a weather forecast through “Facebook “from Adam Joseph on the Philadelphia news page that a frost is impending on Monday coming; the temperature with drop from 80 degrees to 30 degrees.

What is the plan ? Protect those tomato plants.  Check all the resources ( on-line , of  course, Google is my BFF).

Steps to take when frost or freeze threaten tender plants:

    • Bring Indoors: Frost-tender plants in containers should be brought inside during cold weather. Dig up tender bulbs and store them in a cool dry place.

    • Protect Tender Sprouts: Cover tender plants overnight with an inverted bucket or flower pot, or with a layer of mulch. Be sure to uncover them in the morning when the temperature rises above freezing.
  • Cover Shrubs and Trees: Larger plants can be covered with fabric, old bed sheets, burlap, or commercial frost cloths (avoid using plastic). For best results, drape the cover over a frame to keep it from touching the foliage. Fabric covers help to trap heat from the soil, so make sure your cover drapes to the ground. Uncover them in the morning when the temperature rises above freezing.

Irrigate during the potential frost


people claim that watering the frost off plants

prevents frost damage. This is partially true.

As mentioned above, watering plants helps

raise their temperature and the air around them

to that of the water. In addition, as water

freezes, heat is released; 80 calories for each

gram of water that freezes. Therefore,

watering plants before they are injured from

frost can help keep their internal temperature

above freezing. A single application at the

coldest part of the night (generally just before

sunrise) may be enough on 30- to 32-degree F

nights. On colder nights it may be necessary

to apply overhead irrigation for an extended

period of time, allowing actual ice formation on

the plants. In this case, irrigation must

continue until morning temperatures rise above

32 F and the ice melts. It is important to note

that once frost damage occurs, watering does

not help.

Resources:   Understanding Frost

From Cornell Cooperative Extension, Chemung County

eve of Cinco de Mayo, my Mexican hat

My Mexican hat!

My Mexican hat!

My Mexican Hat   Stand by your principles.  I like to think that I am practicing Green Living.  One of the ways that we spend  ” free time”, is attending flea markets and White Elephant sales. Last fall, I arrived on day two of the sale by Princeton Medical Center’s Ladies Auxiliary  in the last 30 minutes. Walking quickly around the perimeter of the huge Airplane hanger, I spotted the area with hats and tote-bags. When the Sale came to an end, the volunteers announced that each person had five minutes to gather “Free items”.  I was nearby and ran over to the hat collection where I had spotted  a couple of Large sombreros’ , Eeeh, I said with glee, “I’ve got them !!!!”  Also, there was a decorative” bird-cage” that I had been viewing with discernment, during the sale; I liked it , but not willing to shell out bucks for it.

¡esto hay que celebrarlo!


  Pollo con Calabacitas

Chicken with Squash and Corn

3  Tablespoons vegetable shortening or butter ( I use Canola oil)

1 chicken 2 1/1 pounds cut into serving pieces salt to taste ( prefer a salt substitute)

1 teaspoon cumin ( 0r cumin seed , crushed)

1/2 tsp coarsely ground pepper 2 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 1/2 pounds zucchini, cut into quarter-inch slices, (about 5 cups)

1 cup finely chopped onion 2 1/2 cups fresh corn “off the cob” , (scraped from about 4 ears) or two packages 10 ounces each frozen corn

2 small hot green peppers , chopped, optional

1 pound fresh tomatoes, peeled and cored

1.  Heat the oil in a large casserole and add chicken.  Sprinkle with salt or salt substitute, and cook until chicken loses its raw look.  ( I use chicken herb seasoning).

2. Add the cumin, coarsely ground pepper. and minced garlic, and cook stirring occasionally  ten minutes.   Add the squash and onion.   If the corn is fresh off the cob, add it.   Do not add the frozen corn if used until later. Add the hot green peppers and tomatoes and cover. Do not add other liquid.; as the mixture stew it will add quite a bit of liquid.   Cook for one hour. 

3.  If frozen corn is used , add it now.  Either way, uncover the casserole  and cook 30 minutes longer. Serve with rice or boiled potatoes.

A , now it’s time for an authentic Mexican beverage!


3 ounces Tomato juice

1 teaspoon grenadine syrup

(or less to taste)

Juice of 1/2 lime or lemon

1 ounce of orange juice



1 1/2 ounces Tequila

Lime wedge ( my favorite part! I love the sour taste.)

1. In a Beverage shaker, Combine the tomato juice, grenadine, lime,and orange juices, and salt and Tabasco to taste.   Add ice cubes and shake rapidly.

2.  Strain the mixture into a glass and serve the Tequila on the side.   It is drunk in Mexico, by sipping the tomato mixture alternately with the Tequila.  Many non-Mexicans prefer to add the Tequila to the tomato mixture before shaking the cocktail.   Serve with the lime wedge and additional salt.

Note: Tabasco sauce is a Yankee addition to the recipe.    In Mexico, small , hot, chopped green Serrano chilies are used as the fiery seasoning.    A genuine sangrita is highly seasoned.  



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Barbecue Sauce and the fun of visiting small towns with quaint book shops

A pretty view through the lace curtain at a quaint book shop in Cranbury, N.J.

A pretty view through the lace curtain at a quaint book shop in Cranbury, N.J.

It’s Friday, and I’m thinking BBQ for the weekend as in Pork spare ribs,  and some home-made barbecue sauce.  Spring is here in , yet in the Northeast, the temperatures are still quite chilly.   This is funny. While I still need some kind of hat, I can’t bear to put on my winter red hat; today, I’ve got to bring down some of my collection of baseball caps, something to cover my head, yet not quite a summer hat.   You , know those, wide-brimmed , straw or fabric hats.

Wishing on wearing once again, my warm weather  collection of short sleeve tees, my favorites, the “Life is Good”  in a couple of weeks perhaps.

Let’s get cooking!!!!

Barbecue Sauce

1 cup ketchup

1/2 cup cider vinegar

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp chili powder

1/8 tsp salt

1/4 cup water

3 stalks celery, chopped (perhaps dices)

2 bay leaves

1 clove  garlic, chopped

2 Tbsp chopped onion

4 TBSP butter

4 TBSP Worcestershire sauce

1 Tablespoon paprika

Dash of black pepper

Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil.  Simmer about 15 minutes.  Remove from heat and strain.

Recipe from:

Cookbook: “This Little Higgy went to marke#

This cookbook has an intriquing Introduction,

” The Higginbottom ancestors immigrated over time to Water Valley , Mississippi from England by way of Barbados, Virginia. They fought in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and by 1870 were ready to head west.  By 1880 , most of the family of John Higginbottham and wife Lucy Ann and their twelve children had arrived and settled in Dublin, Texas. ”

Note: A nice outing, is visiting a used book sale, or flea market.  My hobby is to keep a sharp eye out for things “Made in the USA” , cookbooks included.  I like to learn about other parts of the country and what their ancestors prepared.  Another book , I came across, is a Southern recipe book,  I enjoy reading through those pages. I discovered this cook book while I was at the Cranbury bookshop, a quaint book shop set up in a very old 1800’s style house.  Although a little chilly for an old house, bring a sweater along with you , so you can pull up a chair, and browse through the pages of a book  or two.  There are nooks a cranny’ by the windows with  chairs set up for your to sit and read.

Well, a picture is better, if I can't take them all home!

Well, a picture is better, if I can’t take them all home!


Easy Chocolate chip cookies

Easy Chocolate chip cookies

Makes 2 to 3 dozen

1 package yellow cake mix

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 cup chopped pecans

1 (6 ounce )bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 eggs

Mix all above ingredients and form into balls.  Bake on ungreased cookie sheetat 350 degrees F. for 10 to 12 minutes.

“These cookies are so good and so quick!”

Substitutions: butterscotch chips, Yum, butterscotch is a close second  favorite to  chocolate.

White chocolate chips, ( I love to see a mix of these when combined with macademia nuts, Delish!)

peanut butter chip, and whatever your local grocery store has on the shelf!

Holy Saturday- Easter Basket Blessing, a church tradition

The Holy Saturday Easter Basket Blessing is a traditionally Polish occurrence,and our Roman Catholic church is performing this at 12:oo Noon today at mass. 

The alter of St. Augustine of Canterbury church with the Easter "food " baskets ready for the blessing.

The alter of St. Augustine of Canterbury church with the Easter “food ” baskets ready for the blessing.

I’ve checked to see what is included in a traditional basket for blessing.  We will be driving to Mendoker’s bakery in Jamestown this morning, for small Easter cakes to put in the basket. We have everything else. 

Slice of ham, ( symbolizes the Resurrection, Christ’s victory over death), Bread loaf or Rye bread slices,  ( symbolizes the Bread of Life) salt, ( Prosperity & Justice)  pepper, (bitter herb of Passover), horseradish , (The Passion of Christ) cheese , candle, basket ribbons, and a linen cover. ( My linen closet has a pretty selection of Easter theme colors. ) 

I’l take a picture of our basket that we’re making up and post at a later date!!

Here are some of the Easter baskets.  Ours is the white basket with the pink and white plaid linen.

Holy Saturday Easter "Food" baskets to be Blessed by our priest.

Holy Saturday
Easter “Food” baskets to be Blessed by our priest.

The alter of St. Augustine of Canterbury church with the Easter "food " baskets ready for the blessing.

The alter of St. Augustine of Canterbury church with the Easter “food ” baskets ready for the blessing.

Here is information from another website called Polish Easter customs and Polish music, religious: 

traditional Polish Easter basket for the 
Easter Blessing (Święcenie pokarmów)
  The tradition of preparing a special Easter basket to be blessed by a local priest has been practiced by Poles throughout the ages. It is reported that as many as 95% of all Polish families continue the custom today. The custom is also maintained throughout Polonia and has even been embraced by those not of Polish descent.
  It should be noted that the Easter basket is first lined with a linen or a lace napkin which extends beyond the ‘basket’s rim and covers the food placed inside as the basket is carried to and from church. The food is later uncovered for the blessing. Here is a list of items that are traditionally included in the Polish Easter basket and are an integral part of the Polish Easter blessing:
  • Eggs, colored or plain (jaja, pisanki): Hard-boiled eggs symbolize new life, a basic theme of the Easter celebration.
  • Bread (chleb): The “staff of life”. In some cases, special loaves marked on top with a cross are baked for the occasion. The importance of bread as a symbol of life cannot be stressed enough.
  • Meat and sausage (mięso, wędliny): kielbasa, a slice of ham or roast meat are usually included. Meat symbolizes the resurrection, Christ’s victory over death.
  • Horseradish (chrzan): Horseradish represents one of the bitter herbs which foretold the Crucifixion. It is also an acknowledgement that in life one must accept the bitter with the sweet.
  • Vinegar (ocet): A small container of vinegar stands for the bitter wine that Jesus was given while hanging on the cross.
  • Salt (sól): Salt is an important food preservative that has always been essential for survival through Poland’s long winters. Like bread, its importance cannot be overstated.
  • Pepper (pieprz): Like horseradish, it is one of the bitter herbs of Passover.
  • Easter cakes (babka, mazurek, placek, chalka, sernic): The forty-day period of self-denial is over, and it is once again time to enjoy life’s sweetness!
  • Wine (wino): A small quantity of wine is sometimes included. Wine represents Christ’s blood shed on the cross.
  • Easter Lamb (baranek wielkanocny): Usually made of butter (but is can be made of almost anything) is added last where it prominently guards over the other precious items in the basket. The lamb, representing the sacrificial Pascal lamb, usually wields a red banner with a gold cross proclaiming victory of life over death.
  • Box twigs (bukszpan): This is an evergreens shrub with tiny green leaves used for decorative purposes. Sprigs of pussy willows are also very popular.

Well, I can cross this off of “my bucket list”.  Next year , if I have the day off, I’d like to do this again.  Growing up, My mother would speak about it, saying, she did not have time to cook a whole meal and bring it down to the church.  She had a misconception of what the basket consisted of.  Thanks to the world wide web, and  a conversation with a staff member, I learned this year that it was not a entire meal, but a sampling of foods each representing something about Jesus Christ’ Passion.  She said that the food that they bring are the Kielbasa, loaf of bread, the horseradish, cheese, hard-boiled eggs, butter, and these things they eat for lunch that same afternoon.

I shared with my mother that Pat rick and I made up a basket for the blessing, and she seemed not interested.  She said the Polish church did that.  That’s what makes this world go round.   We are all individuals  that can make up their own mind what new experiences to try.

Here's our Easter "Food" basket that was blessed.

Here’s our Easter “Food” basket that was blessed.

Today is Friday and meatless day

Who wants to swing on the tire swing?

Who wants to swing on the tire swing?

For those of you who are Christian, this is a time of Lent! One of these things means the process of fasting,abstaining from meat on Fridays of Lent.

Fast and fabulous cannelloni bean salad

Into a medium sized bowl:

1 can cannelloni  beans. (high in fiber,good for you) rinsed and drained

Fresh cut-up vegetables of choice: or what you have on hand in yor vegetable drawer of fridge.

Handful ofcherry tomatoes, cut in half

Cucumbers,sliced, then cut each slice into fours

Celery, 1 stalk, cleaned with vegetable peeler, and cut into small pieces

Bottled salad or marinade, ( I used balsamic olive oil marinade).

Mix all together.

Next, I opened up a can of tuna with vegetables, mixed with, mayo,

And added some chopped black olives.

Cold brown rice salad:

Saute one or two strips of a red bell pepper and 1 stalk of celery chopped in a small

Skillet with 1 tablespoon of canola oil (lower in cholesterol).

Boil in medium size sauce pot, a bag of brown rice, 1 cup. To directions on box.,boil for 10 minutes,in this case, (success boil in bag brown rice),serves 4.

Mix into the drained brown rice,the previously sautéed chopped red bell pepper and green celery, add the spices that you prefer.

Spices: lemon pepper seasoning,1/4 teaspoon, celery seeds,salad dressing, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar,

Two Root Coulis- Using Celery, the youth and beauty food

I’ll have to say that this book is my “bible ” of sorts when it comes to health. Whenever I have a few spare moments , I read a section or two and bookmark recipes to try; I even underline important nutrient information.

Two Root Coulis- With celery

1 celery root (about 1 lb ,peeled and chopped

2 large potatoes, peeled and chopped

3 carrots , peeled and chopped

2 cups vegetable broth

Place potatoes in medium saucepan, add cold water to cover.  Bring to boil, cook until tender ( 15 minutes).  Drain and mash using a food mill, electric mixer, or hand-held masher.

In a second saucepan, combine celery root and carrots.  Add cold water to cover.  Bring to boil and cook until tender (about 15 minutes).  Drain. Combine the two mixtures.  Puree’ ( with blender).  Serve vegetable or pasta. 

Variation : Substitute parsnips ( a close relative) for carrots. ver hot steamed veg

Note: A coulis is a thick puree.

From the Super zfoods book, by Frances Sheridan Goulart.

Marchman Corn bread using a Cast Iron SKillet

March 19, 2013

Winter just does not want to leave us yet. Yesterday parts of the Northeast New Jersey had snow accumulating from 1 to 3 inches, and the lower part had the freezing rain.  Well, we finished at work more than an hour and half later than usual and with freezing rain coming down on top of the snow I decided not to drive home and stayed overnight at a Hotel.  It was quite nice.  Relaxing and watching TV on a newer model with HD ( High Definition) was a plus.  

Plans for appointments in the morning had to be canceled for a family member.  Enjoyed a great breakfast of scrambled eggs, home fries, bacon, yes , I Indulged ( as long as only every once in a while) fresh orange and juice. Finished with a cup of hot tea.

Once I checked out of my hotel room, I drove to Home Goods, my little luxury,  to walk around and see housewares displayed so cleverly in different bright  colors.  Who needs  a cow shaped hand soap dispenser?  I do. I like to take photographs of the local dairy farm, it is fitting to place this in the kitchen along with a timer of same theme.  Polka Dots on linens , I thought would be a fresh change for the warmer months with  latest” in- style “color for spring being  green,  pillow cases with   green polka dots fit into my decor.  I always like to stroll down the aisle and check out the utensils, slotted spoons, spatulas being my favorite skillet tool.

Marchman Cornbread

Serves 6

3/4 cup yellow cornmeal

1/4 cup flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

2 TBSP sugar

1 cup milk

2 eggs

3 Tablespoons oil (no cholesterol brand)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Find your mother’s or perhaps your grandmother’s cast iron 10 inch skillet and pour 1 TBSP oil into it. 

Pop it into the preheating oven so it will be sizzling hot when the batter is ready(wait until it is). 

Sift dry ingredients together in a large bowl.   Add oil and mix well. 

Beat eggs and milk together and add to mixture in large bowl.   It may seem runny but don’t worry.  POur batter into the hot skillet and set your timer for 15 minutes, or until the top is a lovely light brown.  Cut in generous wedges, douse with butter. Yum. 

Recipe by Josephine Marchman Nash ,

” This Little Higgy Stayed home”  cookbook .

Recipe Corn Casserole

The best Corn Casserole

Serves 6

1 can ( 16 oz ) yellow cream style corn

1 cup biscuit mix

1 egg, beaten

2 Tablespoons salad oil

1/2 cup milk

1  can (4 or 5 oz) green chili peppers, drained and cut

6 ounces Monterey Jack cheese ,sliced


Combine first 5 ingredients, mixing well.  Spread half of the mixture in greases 8 x 8 x 2 inch pan.

Cover with green chili peppers and sliced cheese.   Spread remaining batter over all.   Sprinkle with paprika, if desired. Bake for 30 minutes in 400 degree oven or until browned.

By Harriet Lang Worsham of the cookbook ” This Little Higgy Stayed Home” .

Happy Sunday everyone!  I’m counting the days until the official start of spring. One thing is certain,  my ” sock-liner” socks have just been put away because I don’t expect to see any cold temperatures into the 20 degrees range from now on.   Bring on Spring!!! Easter will be here in just four weeks.

Saturday Evening Supper menu:

Turkey and Cheese  Pie

Frosted Cauliflower

Honey Biscuits ( No recipe)

Turkey “n” cheese Pie

This is a ” Made over ” entrée!  Original recipe was beef “n” cheese pie.

To lighten the recipe , I used ground turkey instead of ground beef, and low-fat sharp cheddar cheese.  For those on low-sodium dietary restrictions, use garlic powder instead of garlic salt.  As We do not care for onions, we omitted the onions.


1 1/4 pounds ground beef ( I substituted ground turkey)

1/3 cup chopped onions or 3 to 4 tsp instant minced onion

1/4 cup chopped green pepper

1 8 ounce can cut green beans ,drained

1/4 teaspoon parsley flakes

 1/4 tsp garlic salt 

1/4 -1/2 teaspoon salt

1 can (8 oz.) refrigerated crescent rolls ( substitute what you have on hand, we had honey biscuits, which were sliced in half and placed on the bottom of the glass pie dish).

1 egg, slightly beaten

2 cups shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese


1 8 ounce can ( 1 cup) tomato sauce with mushrooms ( I used plain tomato sauce, you could add a small can 4 oz. size  of cut mushrooms , stems and pieces. 


Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.   In large fry pan , brown your meat, onion, and green pepper; drain fat.  Stir in tomato sauce, green beans garlic salt and salt.  

Simmer while preparing crust. Separate crescent dough into 8 triangles in ungreased 9 -inch pie pan. ; press over bottom and up sides to form  the crust.  Sprinkle with paprika, parsley and remaining cheese. 

Bake 20 to 25 minutes.  Let stand 5 minutes before cutting into wedges. 

Refrigerate left-overs.  Makes 5-6 servings.

Frosted Cauliflower:

1 large head of cauliflower ( or frozen cauliflower)

boiling salted water


1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 teaspoons prepared mustard

1/4 cup shredded  ” low-fat” sharp cheese

Precook cauliflower for 12- 15 minutes in boiling salted water

Or Steam in the top of a Steamer  pot 

Drain and place in an ungreased shallow baking pan.  Sprinkle with salt. 

Combine mayonnaise and mustard.  Spread over cauliflower.

Top with cheese.  Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes, ir until cheese is melted and bubbly.  Serves 4. 

Tip:  Cauliflower may be reheated by wrapping in aluminum foil and baking at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. 


Recipes adapted from this cookbook that I purchased at a library/ town sale.

“Home Cookin for the King of the Road” 1976  ( from issues of Road King Magazine – which is the first time I’ve heard of. ; )

Observe Lincoln’s birthday, the sixteenth president

Today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, the official day. 

As President, he built the Republican Party into a strong national organization. Further, he rallied most of the northern Democrats to the Union cause. On January 1, 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy.

Lincoln never let the world forget that the Civil War involved an even larger issue. This he stated most movingly in dedicating the military cemetery at Gettysburg: “that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain–that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom–and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

The spirit that guided him was clearly that of his Second Inaugural Address, now inscribed on one wall of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C.: “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds…. “

” Famous quote:

With malice toward none, with charity for all”

As President, he built the Republican Party into a strong national organization. Further, he rallied most of the northern Democrats to the Union cause. On January 1, 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy.

Lincoln never let the world forget that the Civil War involved an even larger issue. This he stated most movingly in dedicating the military cemetery at Gettysburg: “that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain–that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom–and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

The spirit that guided him was clearly that of his Second Inaugural Address, now inscribed on one wall of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C.: “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds…. “

” Famous quote:

With malice toward none, with charity for all”


As President, he built the Republican Party into a strong national organization. Further, he rallied most of the northern Democrats to the Union cause. On January 1, 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy.

Lincoln never let the world forget that the Civil War involved an even larger issue. This he stated most movingly in dedicating the military cemetery at Gettysburg: “that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain–that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom–and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Cookie Crumb Coffee cake

Crumbled cookies make a different fun topper for Hurry Up Hot Breads!

2 cups packaged biscuit mix

1/3 cup sugar

2 Tablespoons soft butter or margarine

2 eggs

2/3 cups milk

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup fine vanilla cookie crumbs (9 cookies)

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup broken California walnuts

3 Tablespoons butter, melted


Combine the first 6 ingredients.  Beat at medium speed 2 minutes, scraping sides of bowl often.

Turn half the batter into a greased 10 x 6 x 1 3/4 inch baking dish. ( do they still sell this size? This is from an early 70’s cookbook.

Combine last 4 ingredients; mix til crumbly. Reserve 1/2 cup mixture for topping;sprinkle remainder over batter into pan.

Spoon remaining batter over. ; add reserved topping.

Bake at 350 degrees F. 30 minutes until done.

Quick fish dinners

These recipes, I  gathered together one morning . I typed and printed out to bring to my mom’s house for the  Visiting Angel  lady to cook. I put this in the plastic binder pages.   She choose the first recipe to cook that day. The recipes from the “Keep it simple collection of the U.K. ” are easy, quick and taste delicious with just a few ingredients.

   Quick Fish Supper ( pg 48)

2 servings                             260 calories per serving

6 oz (18 g) cod or haddock fillets

½ bay leaf 2 slices lemon

4 oz ( 120 g) cauliflower florets

4 oz ( 120 g) courgettes, sliced

4 0z ( 120 g) leeks sliced

3 0z ( 90 g) carrots sliced Salt 2 0z

( 60 g  Cheddar or double Gloucester cheese, grated

1 oz ( 30 g) fresh breadcrumbs

Pinch of mixed herbs

1 medium tomato sliced

1)      Place the fish in a pan, cover with cold water, add the bay leaf  and lemon. Poach gently for 5-10 minutes until cooked .  Drain the fish, remove and discard the skin, flake the fish.

2)      2. Plunge the cauliflower, courgettes , leeks and carrots in boiling , salted water .   Boil for 8 – 10 minutes until just cooked, drain.

3)      Mix together the hot , flaked fish and  vegetables, transfer to a flame-proof dish.

4). Stir together the cheese, breadcrumbs and herbs, sprinkle over the fish and vegetables.  Cook under a preheated grill until beginning to brown .  Arrange the tomato slices on top of the breadcrumbs and grill for a further 2 minutes. Exchanges per serving: 3 ½ protein 3  Vegetable  ½ bread


Recipe: Cod  in a Parcel

Serves 2                                    130 calories per serving

10 0z (300g) Cod fillet

3 Tablespoons chopped dill

2 Tablespoons chopped spring onions

1 Tablespoons soy sauce

½ clove garlic crushed

2 sprigs of dill

1) Cut a piece of baking parchment big enough to enclose the Cod, lay it on a baking sheet.

2) Sprinkle half the dill and spring onions over the center of the parchment, lay the cod fillet on top.

3) Mix the soy sauce and garlic together then pour over the cod and sprinkle with the remaining dill and spring onions.

4) Fold over the parchment to completely enclose the fillet and bake at 350 degrees F, (180 degrees C.)   for 25 to 35 minutes.

5) Carefully unwrap the parchment and check the fish is cooked , it should flake easily when tested with a fork .  Cut the cod fillet in half and transfer to a warm serving plate.  Garnish with the sprigs of dill.

Exchanges per serving: 4 protein , ½ vegetable.  

Fish and Pasta Surprise

Serves 2                         435 calories per serving 2 x 4 oz (120g) Finnan Haddock

1 medium can chopped tomatoes ( 14 oz/397 g)

½ small onion thinly sliced

2 oz ( 60 g) sliced 6 oz (180 g) broccoli, cooked

6 0z (180g) drained canned sweetcorn 6 0z(180 g) cooked macaroni hot

2 oz (60g) hard cheese, grated

Salt and pepper

1)      Place the haddock in an ovenproof casserole and spoon the tomatoes over the fish

.2)      Arrange the onions, mushrooms, broccoli, and sweetcorn in layers over the tomatoes.

3)      3) Mix the macaroni and cheese together and spread evenly on top of the vegetables , season with a little salt and pepper.

4)      Cover and cook at 350  degrees F. ,( 180 degrees C, Gas 4 ) for 30 -45 minutes .

Exchanges per serving:  4 Protein, 4 Vegetable 2 Bread

Recipes: Simply the Best From the Keep it Simple collection ,  Published 1990 by Weight Watchers ( U.K.) Ltd. 


Cooking with Zucchini- Stove top casserole

Good morning. I don’t know about you, but whenever I have a free morning, I’m at the computer, and looking out the window at the sunshine, sipping some green tea.

While talking with mom on the cordless phone,  our conversation went like this.  I was reading a blog recipe aloud where they mentioned Sea Salt as the ingredient for the salad dressing .  (lemon, white vinegar, and sea salt).  Mom asked,” which one is better Sea salt  or Table Salt? ” If there’s a question, Google has the answer. She was amazed , how fast the computer works.

Sea salts retain the trace elements while table salt has been processed to remove trace elements and include additives.

Table salt is processed to remove trace elements while sea salts, in general, leave these in.  These minerals are indeed important in our diets, but in sea salt they exist in what the Mayo Clinic describes as “insignificant amounts.” Chances are you are getting the same minerals in greater quantities in the fruits and vegetables that you eat.

Mom then posed the question about Salt mines. Where are they located?

Google again.

“The oldest salt mine known to date located in Azerbaijan, Duzdagi mine”

“In order to understand these interactions, CNRS researcher Catherine
Marro and her team have been exploring the Araxes basin (Turkey, Iran,
Azerbaijan) for the last ten years or so. The archeologists have been
focusing particularly on the Duzdagi (4) salt mine situated in
Azerbaijan, more specifically beside the old medieval Silk Road linking
Tabriz (in the north west of Iran) with Constantinople.”

“To the researchers’ surprise, intensive salt production was carried out in this mine at least as early as 3500 BC.”

The economic and symbolic importance of salt in ancient and medieval
times is well-known. Recent discoveries have shown that salt most
probably played a predominant role in protohistoric societies, in other
words those that preceded the appearance of writing.  How is salt
obtained? The two most widely used techniques are based on the
extraction of rock salt, in other words a sedimentary deposit containing
a high concentration of edible salt (2), and the collection of sun-dried
salt in salt marshes, for example.”

Mom then said, “Well those mines are older than the Coal mines of Pennsylvania. ”

Stove Top Casserole

zucchini 4 cups sliced

Vegetable oil 3 Tablespoons

Garlic cloves, 2 crushed

salt and freshly ground pepper

spaghetti sauce, 1  16 ounce can, heated

mozzarella cheese, 3/4 pound thinly sliced

oregano, 1 teaspoon, crushed

basil 1/4 tsp

In a large Teflon skillet, saute zucchini slices, 1 cup at a time in 1 tablespoon oil with garlic.

Cook until almost tender and a little brown; drain on paper towels.  pour off any excess oil; then layer hot zucchini in skillet, season lightly with salt and pepper , and spreading each layer with some of the hot spaghetti sauce and sliced mozzarella cheese.  Cover top layer with cheese and sprinkle with herbs.   Cover and cook very slowly until mixture is just bubbly and cheese is melted.

 Serves 6.

Reference: The Zucchini Cookbook by Paula Simmons.

Sloppy Jose’s

Celery.  I remember what my mother’s kitchen used to look like when she cooked.  She always had the stalk of celery sitting upright in a clear glass jar right next to the sink on the left.    She liked to add celery to lots of foods that she lovingly prepared as a matter of routine.  On a many a day , you hear the whirring sound of  glass jar blender  mincing the celery after she chopped it on her wooden cutting board.  The same cutting board remains. Fresh Parsley from the garden was also displayed in a small juice glass ( the kind grandma used to keep from the jelly jars. Grandma used  to put her own decals on those glasses.  Her favorite was the “Bubble Ladies”, aka the 60’s era.

Well , it certainly feels like winter outside today. When I look at my window, I see remnants of a light snow shower on the windshield of the car’s of the neighbors who have to left for work yet.

I’ve got my boots ready, to play in the snow but perhaps we’re lucky today, and the snow will stay in the northwest of the state and New York, and Pa. 

You came here for a recipe , didn’t you.  Well, here’s something to warm you up on a cold winter’s day!

Sloppy Jose’s

south of the border sloppy joe

1 pound ground beef (or ground turkey)

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped celery

1 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp salt

dash pepper

1 tablespoon shortening

1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup

6 buns , split and toasted. These can be hamburger buns.


Brown beef with onion and celery, and seasonings.; stir to separate meat.

Add soup.   Simmer to blend flavors.

Serve on buns.    Makes about 3 cups.

From : A Campbell cook book , Cooking with Soup. 

Salt Substitutes blends:

Super Healing salt #2

1 tsp thyme

1 tsp marjoram

1 tsp celery seeds

1 tsp garlic flakes or powder

1 tsp onion flakes or powder

1/4 tsp dry mustard

1/4 tsp cayenne or 1/2 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp lecithin granules (optional)

1/2 tsp ascorbic acid powder or crushed vitamin C tablet

General Directions ( for all salt substitute recipes)

In a seed /spice mill, electric blender, or with a mortar and pestle, grind the dried ingredients until powdery.

 Stir in powdered ingredients.

( Experiment with proportions to suit your taste.) Spoon into an empty spice jar.  Cap tightly and keep dry.  Keeps for 3 to four months.  These recipes make 6 Tablespoons ( except as noted otherwise. )

Christmas Revisited:

Retro red Christmas stockings, my dad’s, my sister’s and mine. That’s a Santa puppet hand sewn by my mother!

This year, the living room at my mom’s house is barren of Christmas decorations. 😦

On a positive note, Today, I brought over to the Sacred Heart cemetary a Grave Blanket of evergreens and a Bid red festive Bow , for my father’s grave. There was still fall leaves in among the Vinca vines that are still alive from earlier in the year.

The American flag is missing from my Father’s War Marker.  I noted that other graves including my Grandfather’s ( for Uncle Ronnie had American flag at my grandparents grave marker.  My grandfather did not fight in any war, said my mother today!

She doesn’t have any family to help her except me.

I finally got my Christmas tree decorateddyesterday.

This is a glimpse of what is still downstairs in the basement.

Do you have your first Christmas stocking?  Do you collect Christmas stockings?Happy Ruby Tuesday everyone!

Super Oven Pancake

Super Oven Pancake, Use your Iron skillet for this tasty recipe.

1/4 cup Butter

2 eggs , slightly beaten

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup milk

1/4 tsp cinnamon

Confectioners’ sugar or syrup

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F. 

Melt the butter in a 9 inch IRON skillet placed in the oven while the oven is preheating. 

In a bowl combine the eggs , flour milk and cinnamon.  Beat but not until smooth: Leave a little lumpy ( like traditional  pancake batter). Scrape into the hot skillet. 

Bake at 425 degrees F. for 15 to 20 minutes.

Sprinkle with Confectioners Sugar on top or syrup.

Makes 2 to 3 servings. 

From the “Ivy Hall Cookbook”

I’m absolutely liking many of the recipes  that I read in this cookbook.  With our thrifty ways, we found this cookbook at a book sale for 50 cents;  the cookbook is locally written, too.

Cookie recipes: Blondies and New England Chocolate chip cookies


The flavor of Butterscotch has been one of my favorites since I was a kid spending time after school with my Grandma P.

 Of course, for me, I’ll eat or sample anything  with brown sugar!!! 🙂 Nowadays , this has to be a once in a while indulgence or wait for a real “Blue Moon” or the belt has to go up a notch, Tehe!!


2 cups packed brown sugar

2/3 cup margarine or butter

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate pieces

1 cup chopped nuts


Heat sugar and margarine, stirring until sugar dissolves.  Cool SLightly.

Stir in eggs. one at a time , and vanilla. 

Stir in flour, baking powder and soda.

Spread in a greased 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan.  Sprinkle with chocolate and nuts.

Bake in a 350 degree F. oven  25 to 30 minutes until done.   Cut while warm. 

Makes 36

New England Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yogurt Raita with cucumbers

Cool and refreshing, this Raita goes well with hot curries and other Indian spiced dishes!


2 cups plain yogurt

3 medium garlic cloves, minced

2 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped



Mix all the ingredients together.   Chill in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes.

Yogurt Raita with Ginger and Honey

This raita offers a sweet contrast to spicy curries.

It is also delicious when you serve it as a dessert , topped with fresh strawberries.


3 to 4 inch piece of ginger

2 cups plain yogurt

2 tablespoons honey

Makes 2 cups


Peel and finely grate the ginger.  Squeeze the juice from the grated ginger either in a towel or with your fingers.   Mix 3 tablespoons into the yogurt and stir in the honey.   Taste to adjust the flavors.  Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour before serving.


Cookbook: “A taste of Heaven and Earth  by Bettina Vitell

Copyright 1994~ ~” Vegetarian recipes”

“This is a both a cookbook  filled with recipes and a boo that asks questions.    She offers these questions as a way to taste what she has discovered in the kitchen and to encourage the reader to make his/her own discoveries.

“What is the source of your aliveness?”

“What brings you greater clarity?”

“What leads you to a more connected and aware way of living? “

Rainy day and a soup recipe

Sep 28, 2018 @ 18:08:33 Edit

Reblogged this on Life Is Beautiful-La Vita e Bella Weblog and commented:

Revisited my post from Sept 2011, ahh, September, the trees’ leaves are beginning to change colors, the temperatures have started to cool down and it has rained so far three times this week, causing small bridges to be closed due to the Del/ Raritan Canal’s rising up it’s banks. ( September 28, 2018)

On a cooler, rainy day, what is better to warm you up then a nice, hot bowl of soup.  When September brings you cooler temperatures, and all you want to do is  to curl up on the sofa under a blanket and read a book.   But, first have a bowl of soup.

Rainy Day Soup: 


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 can (46 ounces) V8 juice
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) thick and chunky salsa
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables
  • 4 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup cubed peeled potatoes
  • 1/3 cup medium pearl barley


  • In a Dutch oven coated with cooking spray, cook turkey over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 60-70 minutes or until the vegetables and barley are tender. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).

Nutrition Facts: 1 cup (prepared with ground turkey breast and low-sodium broth and V-8) equals 196 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 703 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 11 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 starch, 1 lean meat.

Note:   You can halve this recipe to make 6 servings.

1/2 pound gr turkey., 8 oz salsa, 23 oz v-8 juice, 8 oz of beans, etc.  Buying one of those  packages of shredded cabbage speeds up the process.

I always have on hand, cans of chicken broth, beans, potatoes,  barley and lentils ( for another soup).

Recipes-with Stuffing mix

Recipes -with Stuffing mix Using Stove-top Stuffing mix or Pepperridge Farm Stuffing mix.      Please scroll to bottom for home-made stove -top stuffing mix. 

Stuffin’ Burgers     
Combine and let set until moist: 1 cup stuffing mix 3/4 cup milk 1 tablespoon instant minced onion (dried onion)
Mix with: 1 lb either ground beef or ground turkey either: 1 bouillon cube (beef for hamburger or chicken for turkey)OR mixture of 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 tespoon msg (I used Accent), and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
Shape into patties. Broil, grill, or pan fry. (  By Wavette of SPFP forum)
ZUCCHINI AND GROUND BEEF CASSEROLE 6 c. sliced zucchini 1/4 c. chopped onion 1 lb. ground beef 1 tbsp. butter 1 pkg. Stove Top stuffing mix 1 1/2 c. water 1 c. cream of chicken soup 1 c. sour cream 1 c. shredded carrots Cook zucchini in a small amount of salted water in saucepan for 3 minutes; drain well. Brown onion and ground beef in butter in skillet, stirring until ground beef is crumbly; drain. Prepare stuffing mix according to package directions, using 1 1/2 cups water. Combine soup and sour cream in bowl. Add zucchini, ground beef and carrots. Spoon half the stuffing into greased 9×13 inch baking pan. Layer ground beef mixture and remaining stuffing on top. Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown.
I found this one this weekend and fixed it for our Church Homecoming yesterday. I thought is was very good. I was looking for zucchini recipes since they are coming in droves in our garden, but I would imagine any vegetable would work .  reposted from :
Rachel A Genuine Georgia Peach
Stuffin’ Meat Loaf
2 lbs ground meat 1 cup barbecue sauce (I like Sweet Baby Ray’s) 1 cup Stove Top Stuffing 2 eggs, lightly beaten.  Mix  together and cook in a preheated oven at 350   degrees Faherenheit  ( F ) for 1 hour.   I cook my a little longer but that could be my oven.
reposted from View PostPat in Mississippi
Make-your  own , instead of buying store , “
stove- Top “brand
Put in a zip lock bag:
3 cups breadcrumbs ( using grater attachment) if making your own
1/2 tablespoon parsley
2 Tablespoon dried onion  or    TBSP powdered onion
 2 TBSP  dried celery  or  1  TBSP celery salt    ( or use Mrs. dash for a no salt recipe )
1 tsp thyme
1/ 2 tsp. pepper
 1/2 tsp t1/2 tsp pepper 1/2 tsp turmeric 1/2 tsp sage — If you like a sage stuffing.  I don’t use it all the time and just mark my bag “Sage”. 1 1/2 TBL powdered boullion or 1 1/2 cubes boullion, crushed (or you can replace the water with broth when cooking the stuffing  to eliminate this ingredient)
Directions for cooking: Bring 1 1/2 cups water (or broth) and 1/4 cup butter to boil in a saucepan.  Stir in contents of bag; cover.  Remove from heat.  Let stand for 5 min.  Fluff with fork. EDITED THE BOULLION AMOUNT!!!  1/27/09  9:40 p.m.  The original was for the 2x amount I’ve been making!!!  Sorry.
the above recipe from Chicken in  the Road forum,  Cindi. P.    Jan 27,  2010 under  title   “Just Recipes” , ” Chicken  in a Bag”

Ham Recipes

Maple Orange-Glazed Ham


Spiral sliced ham brushed with a glaze of orange juice, maple syrup, star anise, cinnamon and cloves.

  • * 1 Cook’s® Bone-in Spiral Sliced Ham
Maple-Orange Glaze
  • * 1/2 gallon (2 quarts) orange juice
  • * 2 star anise
  • * 2 cinnamon sticks
  • * 3 whole cloves
  • * 1 cup pure maple syrup
  1. Remove and discard glaze packet from ham or reserve for another use. Prepare ham according to package directions, uncovering and brushing occasionally with the Maple-Orange Glaze for the last 30 minutes of the baking time.
  2. Maple-Orange Glaze: Combine orange juice, star anise, cinnamon and cloves in large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until glaze is reduced to 1 cup. Stir in syrup. Strain glaze; cool.
  3. Carve ham just before serving.

Great Substitute: Prepare as directed, using Cook’s® Bone-in Butt or Shank Portion (or Half Ham).

Brown Sugar and Mustard-Glazed Ham


A simple glaze prepared with spicy brown mustard and dark brown sugar brushed over spiral sliced ham.

  • * 1 Cook’s® Bone Spiral Sliced Half Ham
Brown Sugar and Mustard Glaze
  • * 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • * 2 tablespoons Dijon Mustard
  • * 1 teaspoon water
  1. Remove and discard glaze packet from ham or reserve for another use. Prepare ham according to package directions, uncovering and brushing occasionally with the Brown Sugar and Mustard Glaze for the last 30 minutes of the baking time.
  2. Brown Sugar and Mustard Glaze: Mix sugar, mustard and water until well blended.
  3. Carve ham just before serving.

Great Substitute: Prepare as directed, using Cook’s® Bone-in Butt or Shank Portion (or Half Ham).

Recipe- Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Happy Fall, everyone.

This morning I am reposting my picture of the Sweet Potato Pie I made. My, Has it been that long??

Today is October 8, 2015.

Wishing good cheer to the lady from Arkansas  whom I spoke with last night on the Telephone who was baking a sweet potato pie. After the telephone survey, she share with me her baking secrets for this pie, a little different than my posted recipe. 

To the pleasant  Arkansas gal, ” I’m sure that piece of pie tasted good this morning with your first cuppa, cup of coffee!!!


2 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes

1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 eggs, separated

1/4 cup ( =5 oz) can evaporated milk

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp slat

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

1 unbaked 10 -inch pastry pie shell

whipped topping (optional)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Combine mashed sweet potatoes, brown sugar, butter, egg yolk, salt, and spices in a large bowl.  Beat with electric mixer until   light and fluffy.   Add evaporated milk. Mix just enough to combine.


Beat egg whites in a separate bowl until foamy.  Gradually add sugar, beating until stiff.   Fold into the large bowl.  Bake for 10 minutes.

Reduce heat to 350 degrees F. and bake an additional 45 to 50 minutes or until set.  Cool.  Top with whipped topping, if desired.


First peel the sweet potatoes, cut into quarters, and boil in pot filled with water until soft, 15 to 20 minutes. ; take care to drain all of the water out of the pot, and then mash.  I used a food mill since I have an antique one that my grandmother had purchased.  You can also use a ricer if you have one; this separates the strings from the sweet potato which is a little fibrous being a root vegetable.

Recipe from several sources:



Mississippi Sweet Potato Pie

World Blood Donor Day takes place on June 14, 2010

World Blood Donor Day 2010

HistoryThe World Health Organisation and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies initiated World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) in 2004. It takes place on June 14 each year and provides an opportunity for a united, national and global celebration on a day that has particular significance; the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, the Nobel Prize winner who discovered the ABO blood group system

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Editor: Cumlet, Haagen P.

The focus of World Blood Donor Day, June 14, 2010, will be on Young Donors – with the slogan: “New blood for the world”. The Global Network for Blood Donation, a Rotarian Action Group (GNBD), liaises with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations (IFBDO/FIODS) and the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT), which jointly are sponsoring the WBDD.

Please note: This article is copied from a Rotary Club, but there are joint web sites for information on World blood doror day.

Please ask your Rotary club to join the celebration during the week of June 14 – recognize those who donate blood. The aim is to raise global awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion and of the critical contribution voluntary, unpaid blood donors make to national health systems.

You and your Rotary club and district are invited to contribute by sharing your ideas, resource materials and plans for activities at national and local levels through the Global Network for Blood Donation, A Rotarian Action Group. Please contact GNBD at this mail address: . Your involvement and support will help to ensure a wide impact for World Blood Donor Day 2010 and bring the world closer to 100 per cent voluntary non-remunerated blood donation. Materials in several languages are available at

“Celebrating the gift of blood”

Announcing World Blood Donor Day, 14 June 2010

The focus of World Blood Donor Day 2010 will be on Young Donors – with the slogan: “New blood for the world”.

The need for blood is increasing in all parts of the world. Young people can make an important contribution by donating blood and by recruiting other young people to become donors.

Initiatives such as young ambassadors’ programmes, Club 25, media campaigns directed towards young audiences and other youth-oriented activities will help bring “new blood to the world”. Many activities are planned around the world to focus on the role of young people in ensuring a safe blood supply.

World Blood Donor Day takes place on 14 June each year. The aim is to raise global awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion and of the critical contribution voluntary, unpaid blood donors make to national health systems.

World Blood Donor Day is also an opportunity to celebrate those who already donate blood, in response to the worldwide increase in demand for voluntary non-remunerated blood and plasma donations. Today, 57 countries have achieved 100 per cent voluntary blood donation, up from 39 in 2002.

Since 2004, World Blood Donor Day has been jointly sponsored by four core agencies: The World Health Organization (WHO), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations (IFBDO/FIODS) and the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT). During 2009-10, IFBDO will be acting as the coordinating agency on behalf of the four core agencies to coordinate communication with any external agencies.

Each year, these core agencies identify a host country for a global event that provides a focus for an international media campaign.

The event is also designed to support national level blood transfusion services, blood donor organizations and other nongovernmental organizations in strengthening and expanding their voluntary blood donor programmes and to reinforce national and local campaigns.

The 2010 global event will take place in Barcelona, Spain. It will be hosted by the Spanish and Catalonian Health Care Authorities, the Spanish and Catalonian donor associations and the Spanish Red Cross.

The scale and volume of World Blood Donor Day events increases every year. Support from government leaders and celebrities, along with media campaigns and community-based activities, results in a celebration of the selfless individuals who donate their blood and plasma to save the lives and improve the health of people whom they will never meet.

Further details about plans for World Blood Donor Day 2010 will be provided over the coming months, but we take this opportunity to remind you that all the latest information is available on the joint website of the core agencies ( ). Here you will also find a new Campaign “Celebrating the gift of blood” 14 JUNE 2010 Kit and the World Blood Donor Day brochure which can be downloaded and used freely by anyone who wants to promote voluntary, non-remunerated blood donation.

Governmental activities will be presented on a separate WHO webpage ( ).

You are invited to contribute by sharing your ideas, resource materials and plans for activities at national and local levels through these websites.

Your involvement and support will help to ensure a wide impact for World Blood Donor Day 2010 and bring the world closer to 100 per cent voluntary non-remunerated blood donation. We wish you a successful celebration.

World Health Organization

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

International Societyof Blood Transfusion

International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations

Editor’s foodnote:

See also related articles at this website:

“Surveys of Rotary’s influence on blood donation”;

“Outstanding Organization Award to RI “;

“You see this thing called blood …”

See also the #8, 2010 Neswletter from the Rotary International’s Health and Resource Group. Click here or go to DOWNLOADS.

The Great Depression-Tales of Wildcat, PA., in Schuylkill County

The sisters

My mother Jeannette in yard of home in Weston Place, PA.
My mother Jeannette in yard of home in Weston Place, PA.
My, my grandfather looks handsome in his suit with his brother -in -law
My, my grandfather looks handsome in his suit with his brother -in -law

During today’s celebration of my mother’s birthday, she talked about growing up during the Great Depression of the late 1920’s and 1930’s.   Wildcat  was the name of a village in Girardsville, Pa.  They lived in coal-mining towns.  The first place they lived was Lost Creek # 2, a coal mining village.  That makes me a coal-miners granddaughter. You may recall the  movie with Sissy Spacek ,  Coal Miners  Daughter.

Wildcat,Girardsville, Weston Place and Lost Creek #2

They walked to school  It was far! She said,  they walked across a field and up a hill, possibly two miles or more.   No such thing as buses.   It snowed a lot.  The front door was level with the ground.  Once when my maternal grandfather opened the door,  he saw that the snow that had fallen overnight was  so high, that it was over my mother’s head, a child of 7 yrs old or so.

Growing up in the Great Depression, they didn’t have much.  They didn’t have boots to walk in the snow to school.  She said , they used tin cans.   The tin cans used for boots were the size to fit their feet;  they would stomp on th mash down to fit the foot shape.  I cannot imagine this.  Sounds like a snowshow of sorts. And by the way, sounds like school was not canceled for snow.

So by now, my dear readers , you must realize how much easier that we have it today.  If you need boots, you have an multitude of places in which to shop for boots.  My mother was not concerned with style such as the now Australian boots Uggs that many young women parade in during the winter months.

Her parents picked wild mushrooms in the forest and strung them on a string and  hung straight across in the kitchen to dry.  They also picked Huckleberries , blueberries and canned them.

When her parents were first married and she being the oldest recalls some of these details of the house.  In Lost Creek # 2, they lived in a “double” house with her maternal grandmother and grandfather from Lithuania.   My mom said that her grandmother  worked hard all of the time at home.   She made sauerkraut in large wooden barrel, it was kept in the basement. My mom said, ”  My mouth waters for a taste of that sauerkraut! ” She  baked bread, in the coal stove as well as” Koshi”, A potato mixture that was baked in a large oblong pan.  She remembers the nice crust on top of the “Coshi” (pronounce- co-she-). A dish called Kapoosta was cooked, made of pork and cabbage. ( recipe is in this blog: the link   ).

My mother’s father, my grandfather emigrated from Italy as a child of six years old by ship with his mother  to Ellis Island in New York, and settled in Pennsylvania, coal mining region. Being that he had a taste for Italian foods, “an Italian stomach”, my grandmother learned to cook that traditional Italian dish of Polenta.  It was served with tomato sauce. She also cooked pasta for lunch on Sundays.  Once moving “ living” in Weston Place in their own house” , they would visit the gradmother each  Sunday  and have pasta again for supper.  Her Uncle Tommy Puscavage  also lived in the house before he was married.  His preference for the pasta was fresh made, so when  she recalls looking out the window and upon seeing his car, the pasta was put on to boil.

My great grandmother, called grammy also raised chickens, and one rooster.   Mom  can remember hearing the rooster make his call “cock -a-doodle-do” sound  in the early morning hours.  Great grammy  had a back yard shed where her she   made her own whiskey.  She ( mom) remembers  peeking in there and her grandmother saying to her “ to shoo away from there”. She served it to people.  This may have been during Prohibition or just lack of shops to buy liquor.

There were no grocery stores.  There was a train tracks that ran in the front of the house;  they would hop on ( it moved slow, she recalls ) and head to the town of Shenandoah.  She recalls that “ There was limited groceries there”.

At the  front of the house , her grandmother planted flowers. Her mother in later years did not like the hobby of planting  flowers. In contrast, my  mother did carry on that knack for growing plants. I recall that my maternal  grandfather loved the year she planted zinnia flowers outside our back door, ( late 1970’s,  the multi-colored hues of lavender, pink and yellow.  And in succeeding  years ,the Zinnias flowers were planted there for grandpa, Anthony P.

Continuing on with my mother’s biography of her Pennslvania life during the Great Depression.

In the back yard was great grammy’s vegetable garden and the chicken coop with chickens and rooster, a shed for  whiskey making, and a coal hole.   There was a hole to dig for coal right in the backyard.  She remembered watching a man from Philadelphia come with a truck to buy the coal.  The kids would sit and watch.      Since there was no indoor plumbing at this house,  they went outside to the  out house, one for kids and one for adults.  There was also a  “Bathhouse”  for the adults.  The kids had their baths in the kitchen in a wooden tub.

My mother has an old kerosene lamp.  I asked her what it was used for.  She said it was to light the way in the coal mines.  My great grandfather and grandfather both mined the coal and also wore miner’s caps with a light on.

Here is a link to the Lithuanian recipes:

These are recipes that both my mom and grandmother and even my great-grandmother from Lithuainia prepared in a coal -stove while growing up.   Mom said that the potatoes-Koshie tasted best from the coal stove!


Many of these tidbits of family life were told to me while speaking to  my mom on the telephone in the mornings and I jotted down the notes.

February 21, 2012

Mom remembered a section in Pennsylvania where they raised goats, ” The Italians”, she said, the folk called it ” Nanny Goat Hill”.

Grace asked ,  ” Was it a farm?’

Mom, ” As a baby I was allergic to milk, and had goat milk in my bottle”.

February 28, 2012

Mom said that growing up , they always had a ” radio” shaped like a clock”.  ” Grandma Pusavage had a Beautiful clock, wooden. 

In Lost creek #2 , the Rooster would wake them up.

Then she talked about the family. Uncle Tommy and Uncle Kayo were “young”, I ask  ” In their teens?”when mom lived there in the house.

Grandma Prosper was the oldest and married living in her mother’s house with Jeannette (my mom)as a baby.

Mom than tells me that “they ran way to Detroit to get married with an old car. There was work there (in Detroit).

Grace, I asked , ” When did she come back ?”

Mom, ” then they lived with Grandma Prosper”  ( Our great Grandma Prosper ?).

” When we were  little kids, they got married by a priest.  Mom said that She and her younger siblings stayed home while their parents went to the church for the ceremony. Mom mentions Rita Sebastian (Her Godmother ) and Tony Tirone ( her godfather) accompanied our Grandma and Grandpa Prosper to get married. ( perhaps the witnesses).

She says Rita had 6 children, Nancy and five boys.( I will have to look up their names in her address book).

Family History: The Lithuanian side

Great grandma Pusavage emigrated to the United States ( from Lithuania) as a young adult, with her brothers. Mom tells the story that , “The brothers came to the United States to avoid being sent to the Russian army”.  The brothers were older than “great Granny”, and they settled in Staten Island.  One of the brothers name was John.  mom stated , ” they were so tall.”

Great grammy’s father died in Lithuania and her mother remarried.

Mom remembers that great grammy’s brothers came to visit (in Pennsylvania). ” they visited Eva Simenivoch ‘s house first.  Eva was a step sister that came to America.  There are then references to who lived in Frackville, and who lived in Shenandoah, “the Valley”.  Eva had a daughter , Josephine, who was the same age as Our Grandma (Anna )Prosper. Josephine was a beautician at a beauty parlor. She had a granddaughter, her age would be about 70 yrs old now.  Note: I don’t know where she is living and if any of my mom’s sisters have ever had contact with her.

Great grandma Pusavage also had a sister who was a teacher.   She was sent to Russia ( Siberia) and they never heard from her again. At that time Russia domineered Lithuania, and Poland, the early 1920’s. ( a guess).

Mom said she was born at home. The Dr’s name was Dr. Cook.  When Dr. Cook came to visit, ( Dr’s made House calls ),” he could bring anything in the house, they had dogs, but when Dr. Cook was leaving with his Dr’s bag, the dog bit the Dr. !!!!”.

Grandma Proper like Buckwheat. ” She cooked everything from memory, no cookbooks” !  Grandpa A. Prosper made pancakes with apples in them on the weekends grandpa was off. ( Apple Pancakes).

Note: in another blog post, I posted a buckwheat pancake recipe with a remembrance of my grandmother P.

At this time,  mom also  tells me  ” A lady had a small store that sold fudge.” Fudge was 2 cents a piece.

Once I found  out about Grandma and her Buckwheat pancakes,  I myself set out to look for Buckwheat pancakes in the grocery store.  I found a blend of Buck- Wheat and another flour in the Whole Foods supermarket. We made the pancakes on our iron skillet on the stove several times.

On another telephone conversation,  Mom said, ” As kids, there was a lady in Pa had a little candy store. You could buy pieces of fudge for 2 cents.   ” When we got two pennies, we bought fudge.” mom ” I used to like the white one.” I ask, ” vanilla”.  Mom said , ” yes”.  They lived in a town called Weston Place when she was age 10,11 12, and 13 years. When she was a Sophomore in High school they moved to Chester , Pa.

When my mom was in her Sophomore year of High School, 1942, they left the rural area of Lost Creek #2 and Weston Place, so that her father could work in the Chester shipyards during World War II.

Mom said that she like the rural area versus McCaffery Village section of Chester, Pa.  She was too shy to hang with the kids.  The teens were ” noisy kids” and Irish, There was an Irish church nearby to McCaffery Village.   While mom was waiting for the school bus, she would walk to a different block on a corner to catch the” town bus”for school.    In MacCaffery Village, Mom would ask uncle Al, ” where are you going?, He would say, I’m going to visit friends”.  They were girls.

Mom’s first job was working at Woolworth’s.

Mr. O’Toole was the manager.  Mom worked there after school everyday.  She walked up from Chester High school into the town of  Chester, Pa on Main street.

She worked behind the counter in cosmetics.  When she was promoted , she worked in the cellar , kept inventory ( on paper).   Mom stated that she took care of all the stock that came in.  Make-up, candy, lipstick, stationary.  I asked if it was like the “Dollar Stores ” of today. She said , “yes”.

After mom graduated High school in 1945 , she got a different job in a company and that is were she met her lifelong friend Dorothy Falkosky Sacharok.  She stayed working there until  mom’s  family moved out of Pennsylvania to Bound Brook , New Jersey in the late 1940’s.  Another relative was already living in Bound Brook, working in American Cyanamid. Grandpa Prosper went to John’s Manville to check out a job there, but he did not stay.  He saw in the air all the white particles floating ( this turned out to be Asbestos) around so much that it looked like snow and he decided it was not a healthy or safe place to work.

There is a short  story about a  cousin to my mom.    Elizabeth was a sister to Grandpa  ( Anthony) Prosper, and married to Benjamin Antonelli.   One of Elizabeth’s  children was crippled with Polio.  One day when Grandpa P. went to the house to visit, he said” Where’s Nicky?” . The mother stated that she put him in a ” Home”. Grandpa then went to the “Home” and took him out . He said, ” Nicky’s your son, you take care of him!!!”

Another son of Elizabeth’s ” Alfred” became a teacher, and Frances and Eugene.

Well, Stay tuned, to more little stories, or call me/ e-mail to add yours!!!


If there is anyone reading this that lives in Pennsylvania in these towns, I’d appreciate a comment.   I’d like to know if the coal mines are still operable.   When I did a map search of the streets,  I can  see the vast area occupied by the mines..  My mother recalls a kind of dust in the air living near the coal mines.

Again,  Comments are welcomed.   Many people stop by from other countries and if you’d like to share your story or your great grandparents story of those years,  please  drop me a line under comments.

Addendum:  May 18,2009

 This writer sees that many come to this blog with an  interest in the photo of 1920’s suit, 1930’s suit,  grandfather suit.         Your  Comments are welcomed.

Please sign my guestbook  at my other new blog .

My parents wedding

My parents wedding

Look at the coal transport system overhead!

Look at the coal transport system overhead!

My mom's school photo, age 6

My mom’s school photo, age 6

My mothere's brother , Undo, (Anthony)

My mothere’s brother , Undo, (Anthony)

Heritage recipe Lithuanian Koshie, ( potatoes casserole)

Lithuanian recipe, Kapusta( pork and cabbage)

February 5 is Go Red for Women day

Adding a Professional RN tag cloud

Connection. This is how Professionals meet other like-minded professionals.

Connecting, is the method to carry more professional people into your network circle.

You have heard of a long ago used term, “ chain reaction” used in science, chemistry. This chain reaction or expanded introductions is one of the links to beginning networking.

Here is my Tagcloud for my RN Resume.

The link, is to be copied and pasted. Will publish this article and then update. 071020

The Force of Life

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Photo by Suhairy Tri Yadhi on

“Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen”.

Quote by Bradley  Whitford, Actor, born 1959 .

During Spark People’s 5% Spring Challenge, during one of the week’s, the focus of the week was for “ Movement, and this was totaled each day on the team’s site.
Movement to me is getting out and doing things. By engaging in activities, it’s a way of connecting with people, finding out their stories and impact on their life, how it can be connected to you. All of these movements is a learning in the process, your mind adds what you learned to previous learned knowledge and assimilate into life goals.

On a Saturday in May, there was a special event called “ AIR, “ Attitutude in Reverse” , the  website:
“ Miki and Friends, Open Air, Healthy in Mind and Body”
A non-profit, starting the conversation about good mental health and how dog’s help improve our lives.
The  event had : Dogs, music and Family fun. All activities provided good de-stressing and Coping mechanisms.
• Certified 5k Run & Walk

• Dog activities and demonstrations – fun for families with or without dogs!

• Butterfly Release for those who lost a loved one to suicide.

• Concert , live musicians .

• Vendors, on health & wellness, dog products, environmentally friendly, or homemade dog toys.


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Skywatch Friday, September 28, 2018

October, fall weather is here, recipes to warm you up,       

Skywatch Friday, a weekly photo meme group, sharing your viewpoint of the sky around you.

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Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, Recipe with Pink theme

Breast Cancer Awareness month in October

Life Is Beautiful-La Vita e Bella Weblog

Think Pink !  As many of you know, October is breast cancer awareness month. 

There are several places of business that are participating.

For those of you who have a Panera Bread franchise in your state:

Panera Bread is selling “Pink RibbonBagels” and donating twenty-five cents for each bagel sold to a specific Cancer Instituteor organization in that region.

I stopped by Panera’s last evening after work.   The bagel is baked in the shape of the ribbon used for Breast cancer awareness. Flavored with cranberries and dried cherries and cherry bits, it is delicious toasted.

Estee Lauder and Clinique each year sell products with the pink theme.  Stop by your favorite department store to check it out.  They usually have little pink ribbons to pin on your outfit.

Has anyone heard of a recipe themed contest .  With pink theme.  Possibilities could be endless.

Spaghetti Carbonara II                

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