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Rose Is Rose - January 22, 2009


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Rose Is Rose - January 26, 2009

January 30, 2009

On this day,forty years ago, January 30, 1969, the Beatles, gave a surprise performance on the roof of Apple Records’ London recording studio -their last public concert together.
The Beatles played five songs during their rooftop performance:
“Get Back “(three times),”Don’t Let Me Down” (twice), “I’ve Got a Feeling “(twice), “One After 909”, and “Dig a Pony”. They also played a brief version of the British National Anthem, “God Save the Queen”.
Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr
There was also some filming of the movie, “Let it Be” and the album, “Let It Be” was rehearsed and recorded in January 1969, although it’s release date was May 20, 1970.

1994 Concert with scenes and clips from other previous concerts.

NASA Space Shuttle Challenger,where were you in 1986

January 28, 2009
Where were you on this day in 1986?
On this day, in 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated shortly after lift-off in 73 seconds. I remember it clearly.
Where were you on that day?
I was a fairly new graduate Registered Nurse. Working the day shift. It was the lunch hour for the patients and my team was making the rounds after the lunch trays had been brought to each of the patients rooms and checking that each of the patients were comfortable to reach their meal.
It was while we were in the back section of the hallway of SE 4 that a lady who had had her surgery was watching the Shuttle lift-off from her room’s t.v.
Another nurse and I paused and stood in the entrance to her room to watch the television along with her.
I remember her saying something just happened, an exploison. They replayed the scene.
We were amazed , I moved closer to the t.v. to get a better view of the spot in the sky where it looked like a cloud of smoke. We just couldn’t believe it. What had happened?, we asked ourselves over and over again.
In those times, the Medical- Surical floors kept the patients that had Gall Bladder and hernia surgeries for three or four days each receiving pain medications dispensed per Dr.s orders, and monitoring of the Jackson-Pratt drains.
Another remembrance:
My husband was working at Bell Labs, in between college
and was shopping in K-Mart in West Long Branch; it was announced on the piped-in radio. Saw it on T.V. at work in Bell Lab in the cafeteria and then later at home. I did not meet my husband until more than ten years later, so I asked his recollection of the event this morning while I was writing this. He was ready to leave for work.

Sundays and Brunch and Blueberry Pancakes

Brunch in Long Branch, New Jersey

strawberries, pineapple and marshmallow

strawberries, pineapple and marshmallow

Sometimes on a Sunday, we take a drive for brunch. McCloone’s is situated right along the ocean, the boardwalk of Long Branch, N.J.
Sunday brunch at McCloon's

Sunday brunch at McCloon's

What really inspired us to make the drive here was the chocolate fondue fountain (pictured). If you love chocolate, then you are cerainly in heaven here. There was a huge selection of brunch items, both breakfast and lunch type selections,carving stations for beef and roast turkey, several salads, muffins and croissants, but all during the meal, I knew I had to reserve room for the chocolate fondue.

Salt Creek Grille

Besides the array of food, what I enjoy about this restaurant is the Sunday jazz music. It is in the lounge area where the brunch is set up. The musician is playing a piano amidst small informal seating areas with comfy chairs and low cocktail tables.
Both times that we have come, we have had a table along the window in the main dining area. The decor is contemporary. Thre is a huge, it appears floor to ceiling display of wine bottles in a wall divider. As you walk in there is a fireplace to your right. It looks like during the summer, that there is a patio to dine outdoors.

Brunch at Salt Creek Grille

Brunch at Salt Creek Grille

The chandelier

The chandelier

Raspberry cheesecake dessert

Raspberry cheesecake dessert

Today, let’s have one of my favorite flavor of pancake, Blueberry pancakes. Don’t you agree, that with each bite of pancake, you can taste, the plump juiciest of a blueberry.
There are many Sundays, that I work and therefore I do not have the luxury of going out for Sunday Brunch. Today, I will take care to enjoy every bit of my Sunday at home. blueberry pancakes, Sunday mass, cook some delicious winter soup and for the afternoon, we will go to Dorothea’s House (featured under Polenta Fest title), for an Italian movie. Italian movies are shown once a month in Princeton in Dorothea’s House, a place that was donated for the preservance of Italian culture and language by a lady named Dorothea several decades ago. ( see web site on Dorothea’s House).
Today will probably be the last Sunday that I will have off until a scheduled vacation week. I’m hoping it occurs sooner than that.
Waffles and Blueberry Syrup

Waffles and Blueberry Syrup

Cranberry-Banana Bread with Orange Butter

Delicious fruited bread to eat on a Saturday morning or to serve for a brunch or afternoon tea.

Bake the night before plan to serve it.

Cranberries were probably first known as crane berries because cranes living near cranberry bogs fed on the fruit. Later they were dubbed “bounce berries” because by the way ripe berries jump if dropped (bruised ones stay put).

The marshy waters of Cape Cod are a prime source of this native wetland berry and they are also in southern New Jersey.


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 beaten eggs

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup coarsely chopped cranberries

3/4 cup mashed ripe bana

1/4 cup cooking oil

1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel

Orange Butter

In a mixing bowl combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg.

In another bowl stir together eggs, sugar cranberries, banana, oil, and orange peel. Ad to flour mixture, stirring just until combined.

Pour batter into grease 9x5x3 inch loaf pan.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 50 to60 minutes or till a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cool 10 minutes.

Remove from pan;cool on a wire rack. Wrap and store overnight. Serve with Orange Butter.

Makes 1 loaf(18 servings).

Orange Butter:

In a small mixing bowl beat 1/2 cup margarine or buter with an electric mixer til softened. Add 1 tablespoon powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel, 1 tablespoon orange juice, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla.

Beat until smooth.

Nutrition information:

173 calories, 2 gram protein, 22 gram carbohydrate,9 gram total faat,(1 g saturated), 24 mg cholesterol, 103 mg sodium, 53 mg potassium


Heritage of America cookbook, copyright 1993.

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Paul Mccartney -Once Upon A Long Ago

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 https://luvsclassics.wordpress.com/tag/lithuanian/   ).

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.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F._W._Woolworth_Company

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.

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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)

Casserole-Mother’s Tomato Rice Meat Pie

Mother’s Tomato Rice Meat Pie

1 lb. groud beef ( I use gr. turkey for leaner version)

1/4 cup green pepper, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

1/2 cup dry bread crumbs

salt and pepper to taste

2 cups tomato sauce

1 1/3 cups minute rice

1 cup water

1 cup cheddar cheese grated

1.  Combine beef, pepper, onion, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and 1/2 cup tomato sauce. 

Mix well.  Pat into bottom and sides of a greased 9 inch square pan.

2.  Combine remaining tomato sauce, rice, water, and 1/2 cup cheese.  Spoon mixture into meat shell.  Cover and bake at 350 degrees. for 25  minutes. Top with remaining cheese. 

Bake ,uncovered 10-15 minutes longer.

P.S.  I used an 8 x 8 glass square dish and I lined it with foil.

Makes 4-6 large servings, not 12.

Addendum:   In 2009, I was new to blogging and not aware of the rules to writing; for months I was hesitant until I learned that there was editing. 

Source:   From Amish and Mennonite Kitchens

                  Copyright 1984

This cookbook was borrowed from my mother’s bookshelf -she enjoyed preparing many of these recipes.

I served it with fresh spinach that was sauteed on an iron pan with olive oil and garlic.  Added fresh squeezed limon juice to serve.

Chilly Day Soup

Chilly Day Soup                                               Makes 6-8 servings

1 large carrot

2 cups water

2 large onions

1 quart diced potatoes

2TBSP rice

1/3 cup macaroni

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

2 cups milk

2 TBSP butter


1.  Chop carrotand cook in 2 cups water.

While cooking,chop onions

2.  When carrot is partially cooked, add onions, potatoes, rice, macaroni,salt, and pepper.  Add enough water to cover and cook until tender.

3.  Add milk and butter and heat thoroughly.


1.  Add two cups chicken brothin place of milk and butter.

2.  Add 1 cup cooked meat to soup when milk is added.

Recipe from cook book: From Amish and Mennnite Kitchens 

by Phyllis Pellman Good  and Rachael Thomas Pellman  c. 1984.

P.S.  I made a notation in the book that I read this recipe on 072208 on day 7 of a summer heat wave.  Guess I was dreaming of colder days.

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Maggie on Food Candy is celebrating her first Blogiversary with a giveaway of   chocolates-vegan from Grocer’s Daughter Chocolates in Empire Michigan,  and either an apron or a tote with the Dog Hill Kitchen logo.

All you have to do is: 

1.   write a comment on Maggie’s post before midnight on January 16, 2009 ( she lives in Michigan, check the time zone) ,

2. write a post on your blog

3. or send her an e-mail if you don’t have a blog.

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