Watery Wednesday

Watery Wednesday #163

This week, I’ll continue showing photographs of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. 

At the towns ‘  Christkindlmart, there was an outdoor display on Ice Carving.  We had a chance to watch the man carving with electric tools and a hand chisel.

“Ice Carving” in progress!

Oh, look , “it’s a Ice Christmas Tree complete with star!

A captive audience , the ice is melting as it’s carved.

“Chair, Anyone!!!”

Do you want your picture taken in the thrown? Ohh , that’s a cold seat!!! I saw a piece of cardboard to sit on, though.

Ice Carving in progress

Simply, an Ice angel!

Here’s Snoopy!

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Ruby Tuesday

Hello everyone. Please join me and share your photos with a little red or a lot on the web site. http://www.workofthepoet.blogspot.com/

During this past Thanksgiving weekend we took a day trip to Bethlehem Pennsylvania to see their “Chriskindlmart”. The weather was mild for this time of year, perfect for walking around on a November day.

Since we have been to Bethlehem many times in the summer for their Muzic Fest which is exceptionally presented all through the town, we wanted to experience Bethlehem at Christmastime.    We were not disappointed.

The town is beautifully decorated.   Upon entering the town,  from  the “Welcome to Bethlehem” sign,  the streetlights are real x-mas evergreens in the shape of a little tree and in the evening they twinkle with Christmas lights.

Bethlehem had it’s first roots as a mission community by the Moravians on Christmas Eve 1741, the beautiful ” Moravian star” is prevalent in the decorations throughout the town.

Christmas tree with Moravian star

Have you worn a tree on your head?

"Red and Green" lights illuminate the Steel Stacks of Bethlehem

Skywatch Friday

Skywatch Friday is a meme to share your view of the sky with everyone in the world!

Today is called “Black Friday”, symbolizing the day after Thanksgiving day sales. Here is my creative interpretation for Black Friday. There are hundreds of birds resting in the tree branches; This is the time the birds fly south and they’ve chosen our home for their respite.

Black birds on black Friday

Starlings Silhouette

For those of the Skywatch Friday group living in the USA, enjoy your day off! Have a great weekend. Looking forward to browsing everyone’s sky.

Happy Thanksgiving


Sunday Favorites

Sunday Favorites” Information
“Sunday Favorites”…. A New Sunday Meme!!!

Hello my friends! I hope that you’re having a super Sunday!

Happy To Design“Chari” Of “Happy to Design” blog thought that it might be fun to dedicate Sundays to a “re-run” of a favorite blog post!
“Sunday Favorites” is designed to give bloggers an opportunity to share, once again, one of their favorite posts! She loves this idea!!! So many fabulous posts have been published…and regrettably, forgotten about…they have been buried under a myriad of previous posts. She believes these fabulous posts deserve a second showing!!!
Here’s Sunday meme( begun in 2009)…”Sunday Favorites”…where we can repost a favorite! Many of you have been blogging for years and you have published some really great posts…it would be so nice to share them again!
Cranberry Banana Bread with Orange sauce

********[Originally posted in 2009] ***********

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 banana

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 greased   9x5x3 inch loaf pan.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 50  to 60  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 butter 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 fat,(1 g saturated), 24 mg cholesterol, 103 mg sodium, 53 mg potassium


Heritage of America cookbook, copyright 1993.

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On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour ,WE WILL REMEMBER!

Laying down of arms , Armistice day became an annual observation  signaling the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. 

On this day, I remember my father,  and all of my uncles and great uncles who proudly served their country during the both WWII.

Photo of my great Uncle Kayo :

Uncle Kayo in uniform the army

My mom tells me today, that my Great” Uncle Kayo was left for dead over in Germany; My great Grammy got a notice that he was killed in action, but he had had crawled his way to the American lines-he survived!!” Mom  just remembered that fact.

Great Uncle Butch (Charles), served in the South Pacific in the army.  Great Uncle Thomas was sent to a copper mine? by the military to work there.

I don’t have photos of my father to share here.  An 8 x 10 framed photo of my dad in Navy uniform sits atop his dresser.

The  Armistice became an annual observation on both side of the Atlantic in the 1920’s , only back then they called it “Remembrance Day” back in England and Canada.   The United States called Armistice day or Victory day, and people made the “V” sign with their fingers.   I fondly remember my father showing me the “V” sign, saying “V” is for Victory”.

November 11 did not become a legal Federal holiday until 1938.

President Dwight Eisenhower on October8, 1954 signed a bill that Armistice day would thereafter be commemorated as Veterans day.

In some places, the 11th day of the 11th month is celebrated with a moment of silence at the 11th hour  (11:00am ) , the hour at which hostilities ended and the armistice was signed.

Doreen’s Penne pasta with Vodka Sauce

Penne Pasta with Vodka Sauce

Vodka Sauce 

Prepare this delicious sauce the night before, so the flavors can meld.

1 pint of heavy cream

1/4 cup Vodka

1 ( 8  ) ounce can tomato sauce

1/4 cup olive oil

1 medium onion chopped (use food processor)

1/4 prosciutto slab type chopped, slice and use food processor.


Heat oil and , chop onion and put in pot, simmering for 5 minutes.

Add prosciutto , chopped, and brown for 5 minutes.

Raise the heat on stove, and add Vodka, then lower heat , add tomato sauce  and cook 10 minutes.

This amount of sauce is for 1 pound of pasta.

Please Note:   This recipe is from a former co-worker Ronni Germaine, who has moved to a southern sunny state, yet her recipe remains with my collection.

Second Note:   Another Cook ( friend) suggests that  For a richer flavor:   add oregano and another 1/4 cup vodka and simmer for 10 min longer.

Penne Pasta w/ Vodka Sauce : Amounts for 3 trays of Penne = 4 pounds of pasta.

4 lbs. pasta

6 qts heavy cream

1 1/2 cups Vodka

1/1/2 c. Olive oil

10 8 ounce cans tomato sauce plus 2 cups of water

5 medium onions

Recipe: Brisket of Beef

1 Brisket of Beef   ? amt of lbs

Using a ” Brown and Serve ” bag ( not the Turkey size), place the brisket meat, 1 lb of baby carrots, 2/1/2 lbs. red potatoes, 1 inch square diced, 1 bottle of French dressing.

Bake at 300 degrees for 4 hours or longer.

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