Scenic Sunday

I came across this small town in the northern part of central New Jersey, one Saturday in July 11, 2009,   when I went to work.   In the late afternoon,  I  walked around and photographed it.    The bookstore  had an inviting look, with white wicker chairs visible through the upstairs window.  I would have loved to sit there and browse through a book or two.  I guess, being a small independent bookstore, they close early at 5:00pm.   Perhaps some other time that I pass through this way again.

Wished I could sit in the white wicker chairs in this small booksore.
Wished I could sit in the white wicker chairs in this small booksore.
Weeping Willow tree along the river as seen from a small bridge
Weeping Willow tree along the river as seen from a small bridge
The bridge

The bridge

Asbestos City Lyrics


78-Year-Old Music Teacher, Store Owner and Accordion Player Extraordinaire  Manville, NJ

If, during the summer of 2004, you lived in Middlesex County, New Jersey you might have spent a warm afternoon or evening enjoying the upbeat pulsating sounds of Nick Novicky and his Verstyles Polka Band. Or maybe, last December 13, 2004, you spent Tuesday evening at the Manville Public Library where you stuffed yourself with holiday goodies and played games while listening to the songs of the season during Nick Novicki’s Holiday Extravaganza.

Added Note:  My family and I were there for his Holiday performance.  When I locate the photos of Nick with his accordion, I will post at a later date; but be patient this pre digital camera.

In 1969, Nicholas J. Novicky, an accomplished accordion artist, wrote the music and words to “Asbestos City, USA,” a polka that celebrated the hardworking people and prosperity of Manville, New Jersey, home of the Johns-Manville Corporation for 74 years. The lyrics are as follows:

Asbestos City USA
Where people work hard
to earn their pay
The grass grows green here
the skies are blue
Asbestos City – We’re all for you

Well Manville is the city’s name
Johns Manville products
have brought it fame
The girls are pretty
and friendly too
Asbestos City – We salute you

The people came from everywhere
From Pennsylvania and Delaware
From New York City – Chicago too
Asbestos City – Hello to you

You’ve heard our story
About our town
So why not stop in
And look around
In central Jersey not far away
Come visit Manville
You’ll want to stay
Come visit Manville
You’ll want to stay

*** POSTED ON DECEMBER 28, 2005 ***

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Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, Recipe with Pink theme

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 Ribbon Bagels” 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                

                                                               4 servings

1/4 pound bacon, cut into one-inch lengths

3 Tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 cups chopped onion

1/2 cup finely chopped parsley,preferably Italian

1 cup finely diced Fontina cheese

2/3 cupfinely shredded proscuitto or Virginia Ham

2 egg yolks, lightly beaten

hot red pepper flakes

1 pound Sphaghetti

Freshly ground pepper

1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1.  Heat the bacon pieces in a heavy skillet and cook, stirrring frequently, until crisp.  Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to paper toweling andto drain.

2.  Pour off almost all the fat from the skillet, but do not wash the skillet.  Add the olive oil and onion.  Cook the onion until tender.

3.  Prepare the parsley, cheese, prosciutto, and egg yolks and keep these ingredients, plus the bacon bits and pepper flakes, close at hand.

Have a hot dish ready for tossing the spaghetti and hot bowls ready to receive the portions. 

4.  Cook the spaghetti in boiling salted water to the desired degree of doness ( 10-12 minutes or more).  The moment it is done , empty it into a colander.  Drain the spaghetti quickly , then pour the spaghetti into the hot dish.

5.Add the onion, bacon bits, parsley, Fontina cheese, prosciutto, beaten egg yolks and red pepper flakes to taste and toss quickly and thoroughly with a fork and spoon.  Serve in hot bowls and pass the pepper and Parmesean cheese.

Coldwater Creek Blue Jeans In Pink

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If you’d like to win a pair of celebrity decorated blue jeans with pink embroidery, enter this contest every day in October for Coldwater Creek store.

Recipe: Chicken Pronto


Yield 4 servings                             Preparation time:  8 minutes     Cooking time:  22 minutes

Saute boneless chicken breasts in olive oil and serve with tomato, garlic, and olives in a wine-yougurt sauce.  Serve with Tomato Dolma (see recipe)


1 pound chicken breasts, skinned and boned

1/4 cup, mild light flavores olive oil

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

1 medium tomato, chopped

6 pitted black olives, rinsed

1 clove garlic (or 2 scallions), mince

1/2 cup dry sherry or dry white wine

1/4 cup low-salt chicken broth

1/4 cup low-fat yogurt

1.  Brown chicken breasts in olive oil in a large skillet for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned.  Sprinkle with pepper and salt (if desired) and transfer to covered serving dish and keep warm.

 2.  Add tomato, olive, garlic, sherry, or white wine and chicken broth to skillet.  Bring sauce to boil and reduce heat.  Simmer for 7 minutes.  Add yogurt gradually while stirring.  Continue heating until sauce is warmed through.  Do Not allow to boil. 

3.  Pour sauce over chicken and serve.

Nutrient Analysis:

Calories per serving 358

Protein :  37 grams

Carb: 3.7 grams

Dietary fiber: 0.6 gram

Cholesterol :95 gm

total fat: 19 gm (170 cal)

Sat fat: 3.4 gm (31 cal)

poly fat:2.2 gm (20 cal)

mono fat: 12.1 gm (109cal)


Recipe :    TOMATO DOLMA


Happy Columbus Day


Me making etching of my grandfather's name at Ellis Island

Me making etching of my grandfather's name at Ellis Island

There are

a few things  that I always remember about Columbus Day  and one is that is was my maternal grandfather’s birthday.  My grandfather was born in Italy in the small town of Poggio Cinolfo about 40 miles from Rome.   He immigrated to the USA with his mother at the age of 6 coming through Ellis Island.

My husband and I recently went to visit Ellis Island again.  I had made an etching of my grandfather’s name a long time ago in the early 90’s and decided to make a new one.

 I thank my cousin Donna for having his name inscribed on the Ellis Island wall when it was being built.

My maternal grandfather and I playing a board game after dinner as a teen.

My maternal grandfather and I playing a board game after dinner as a teen.

I ♥ Faces- My Favorite Things

This week’s non-judge theme in I ♥ Faces is called ” My story in Photos ”  with a theme of “My Favorite Things”.   You are welcome to join in and share your story in photos.

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