Ruby Tuesday


Ruby Tuesday is a meme for all photos of red in color. With the aftermath of H’cane Irene, I’m happily sitting her in Panera bread for the free internet connection and electricity. This week, I’m living like a farm girl or of the 19th century; that is up at dawn with the sunlight, do my chores as the light shines in the window,and candles or a flashlight at night.

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air at Somerville's Main Street car show

If what you’re craving is some nostalgia,  you can look for  your favorite 1950″s  antique car while strolling along Main street in Somerville on a summer night  and catching a concert on the lawn in front of the Courthouse building.

 Stained Glass on the top of the former RCA Victor headquarters, the “Nipper Building” ( #17).

The above R.C.A. image is a blast from yesteryear. Businesses have changed with the influx of foreign-made products, but I’m glad that the building was saved.   The architecture is all brick,and on closer inspection of the image of the “Nipper”, the Fox Terrier turning his ear to the Victrola, it is   is made of  Stained Glass.

Happy Ruby Tuesday everyone.

Skywatch Friday, Season 5, Episode 7

Chicago skyline reflected in "The Bean".

Friday, welcomes the weekly event of “Skywatch Friday.

You are welcome to share you photo of the sky at

We recently spent two days of our vacation in “the Windy City” of Chicago.   There is so much to see and do, that we had to select from one or two of  our ideas.  millenium Park was very close to the Chicago Fine Arts museum.   After parking in an underground parking garage, we crossed Michigan Avenue where we could see  the throngs of people walking to the great “LalaPolooza music festival that was going to take place all day and night.

Michigan Avenue cross walk, the sky and buildings in Chicago

The Tower fountain in Millenium Park  is composed of brick and has digital photo images of one face that gradually fades and changes into another every few minutes.   We stayed there for many  minutes watching all the people, especially children , running and splashing through the overflow of the fountains’ water.

The "face" in the Tower Fountain!

Oh, to be young and carefree like this to run through the fountain's water!

There are many more photos of the sky to see from participants from all of the world;  Come on over to Skywatch Friday’s host site at

Pink Saturday


Good morning everyone.   Each week on Saturday, there’s a blog host,  Beverly of “How Sweet the Sound”  where you link up to share your photos in pink.   Today, I’m excited that we’re going to Collingswood for their Farmer’s Market.  We last visited in the month of May primarily to go to The PopShop.

The Pop Shop is a retro place with fountain sodas of many flavors, make-your own combinations , ice cream sundaes, and delicious burgers and fries topped with cheddar cheese and bacon if you dare.

Walking along the pretty tree-lined Main street, I stopped very frequently to capture images of this quaint town.  Who remembers the store, Woolworth the five and dime with the luncheon counter inside.  My mother worked in a Woolworth’s in Pennsylvania when she was 16  years old in high school.

Here are some of the photos:

The Pop Shop, get your fountain sodas, malted and ice cream soda here!

The Pop shop is also on Facebook and features daily specials.  I wonder what today’s special is?

A sneak peek of the menu. Which flavor syrup, and which soda will you choose, the combinations are endless!

And a stroll down Main street!

Pretty in pink, store frame window! Step inside for a bite at the Tortilla Press.

Now, continuing on our walk down the Main Street, I spotted a sign pointing down a pretty Alley;  pretty as in pieces of porcelain tea cups dotted the walls of the building.  The Sign said “The Painted Cottage”.  Let’s take a look.  Can you see the pink painted shutters?

An antique store, can you see the pink?

Once  inside, you can see that the owner has sought out all kinds of furniture and has painted them in hues of  all white or pastel blue.  Oh my, how pretty, can we have one please.  We could surely fit a small piece  end table in our car.  Let’s come back soon.

Prettily painted, can you find the pink tea-cup?

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”

Recipe-Quaker Oatmeal cookie recipe from the 60’s

How do you like your oatmeal?   I like mine in a cookie.  Te he he.  Where did that recipe disappear to?  Oh well.  Here’s another oatmeal cookie recipe that sounds even better.

Yum, pumpkin-pie spice will be nice in a home baked cookie for fall, since back -to school time is right around the corner.

Celestial Oatmeal Cookies


  • 1  cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) 70% vegetable oil spread
  • 1  cup canned pumpkin
  • 2  egg whites OR 1 egg
  • 1  teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 2  cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1  cup all-purpose flour
  • 1  teaspoon pumpkin pie spice OR ground cinnamon
  • 1/2  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt
  • 1/2  cup finely chopped, pitted prunes
  • 1/4  cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2  cup powdered sugar
  • 1  tablespoon orange juice

Heat oven to 350°. Lightly spray cookie sheets with cooking spray. In large bowl, beat sugar, and vegetable oil spread with electric mixer until well blended. Add pumpkin, egg whites and orange peel; beat well. (Mixture will look curdled.) Add combined oats, flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt; mix well. Stir in prunes and walnuts. Drop dough by rounded measuring tablespoonfuls about 2″ apart on cookie sheets. Bake 11 to 13 minutes or until lightly browned. (Do not overbake). Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire racks. Cool completely. For glaze, combine powdered sugar and orange juice in small bowl; mix well. Drizzle glaze over cooled cookies. Let stand until glaze sets. Store tightly covered.

recipe- Carolina Beef Hash

Carolina Beef Hash  
Reposted from another website.

Mike Kendrick
live’s in South Carolina, about 50 miles south of Charlotte, NC..around here we cook such things as beef hash, chicken stews, cooter stew ( snapping turtle) and catfish stews. I guess it’s a southern thing. Beef hash and chicken stew are poplar foods that are sold at local fund raisers, such as fire departments, churches and rescue squads. Beef hash is made in different ways and it depends in what part of the state you live in as to the way it is made. I guess have made a few thousand gallons of beef hash in my life time and I have my own way and style how I make it. I have tried to down size the recipe.

6 lbs boneless chuck roast

2 lbs boneless pork roast (Boston butt)
approx 2 gals water
1 pound of yellow onions (peeled & fine diced)
1/2 tsp red ground cayenne pepper
2 tsp hot sauce
1/2 tsp red crushed peppers
salt (to taste)
black pepper
1 lbs real sweet cream butter (salted)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

Boil beef & pork until fork tender and remove from broth and let cool, then add onions, peppers and salt, add back to broth. Shred meat with a fork or fingers until it looks stringy and add back to broth. Bring back to a boil and then reduce heat to a slow simmer for about an hour, add more water if needed and keep the pot stirred from the bottom. Add vinegar and let it simmer for another 15 minutes. The last I do is add the butter, cut off heat and cover with a lid and let it rest for 30 minutes before serving. This great served over white rice. I did my best to down size this recipe, I usually make at least 20 gallon at a time.

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