Skywatch Friday, Season 5, Episode 10 It’s my Birthday

skyline at Island Beach State park !

a fisherman's life. Island Beach State park

Here’s my year in pictures, September 16, 2011

Please join me in sharing your photo of your view of the sky at this website called” Skywatch Friday”.

How will you be spending your Memorial day?

Remember on Memorial day the brave that fought for our country! Memorial day parade

annually, the American flag is waved to honor all of our soldiers alive or who died for the freedom of our country.How will you be spending your Memorial Day?

Wave the American flag proudly and wear your red, white and blue .

Remember to teach your children all the reasons why we as a country celebrate Memorial day!

Memorial Day is a public holiday recognized by the government of the United States of America. It is observed Let us now look at some memorable quotes on Memorial Day …

Memorial day quotes:

And I’m proud to be an American,

where at least I know I’m free.

And I won’t forget the men who died,

who gave that right to me. — Lee Greenwood

Perform, then, this one act of remembrance before this Day passes – Rememberthere is an army of defense and advance that never dies and never surrenders, but is increasingly recruited from the eternal sources of the American spirit and from the generations of American youth.  ~W.J. Cameron

Cinco de Mayo day is May 5th, 2011

Let’s use the heritage of Mexico for dinner  at home on  Mexican Independence day:

On May 5th is the celebration of Cinco de Mayo is celebrated here in the United States, mostly in the Mexican themed restaurants and bars but you can celebrate at home as well.

First a beverage,


3 ounces tomato juice

1 teaspoon grenadine syrup (or less to taste)

Juice of half lime or lemon

1 ounce of orange juice


Tabasco (see note

Lime wedge

1.  Combine the tomato juice. grenadine, lime, and orange juices, and salt and Tobasco sauce 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 wedges and additional salt. 

Note:  Tobasco sauce is a Yankee addition to this recipe.   In Mexico, small, hot, chopped green serrano chiles  are used as the fiery seasoning. A genuine sangrita is highly spiced.


Tostados with Cheese

Heat lard or oil in a skillet and deep-fry six tortillas until crisp and golden brown on both sides.

Drain and serve hot, topped with chili con carne, grated cheddar cheese, chopped onions, and shredded iceberg lettuce.  Serve as an appetizer.

Recipes for Sangrita  and Tostados with cheese :

Craig Claiborne’ s New York Times International Cook Book

Recipe for Chili Con Carne :      😉


  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes with liquid, chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, combine onion, garlic, and tomato paste. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in butter until melted. Stir in flour, oregano, cumin, chili powder, tomatoes and beef. Cook uncovered for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in the beans and cook for another 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Salt and pepper to taste.

Nutritional Information open nutritional information

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 285 | Total Fat: 14 g | Cholesterol: 62 mg

Recipe reposted from

Happy St. Paddy’s day-March 17, 2011

Green eggs and.....

A top o’ The Morning to You!

I remember my school days, that on the morning of March 17, my mother would dress in the green courdoy jumber that she had hand-sewn for the two of us, we are twins, and then tell us to pin on the Irish leprechan; he was whimsical and carefree looking, and I’ll bet if i check in my childhood jewelry box , I’ll find him there.

Another little note.  My sweetie gets up earlier than I.  As I sleepily opened my eyes, I said, “what color are you wearing?”, Brown, he said.  Once he’s gone down the stairs for breakfast, I “m more awake, And I say, it’s St. Patrick’s day, what about wearing green.   “I forgot” he says,  but he spends an extra two minutes to  come back upstairs and  change to green khaki slacks and green turtleneck, and socks to match.

An Irish Blessing!

“May you have warm words on a cold evening,

A full moon on a dark night,

And the road downhill all the way to your door.

An Irish recipe  for Boxtys


1 pound potatoes, peeled and shredded,

3 eggs, beaten well

4 cups milk

1 cup sour cream

1 cup green onion, chopped

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground white pepper (oops almost wrote cinnamon) LOL)

3 cups all purpose flour


Rinse potatoes in cold water after shredding.  Drain well.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Mix Well.  Mixture should be of a consistency somewhat thicker than regular pancake batter.

Put about a teaspoon of butter in bottom of 9-inch, non stick skillet.   When butter is melted, ladle ( or using  a measuring cup) in 4 ounces of mixture.

Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on one side.  Flip pancake and cook for another 2 or 3 minutes.


Boxtys can be served plain or filled with almost anything including roasted or sauteed vegetables, salmon or shrimp sauteed in butter and garlic, or grilled chicken seasoned with sage, corned beef and cabbage, fried bacon or ham and cheese.

Place about 3 tablespoons of filling on top of the pancake, fold it over like an omelet and let it sit for a few minutes.  If using cheese in the filling, recommend returning the boxty to the heated pan for a FEW MINUTES TO MELT THE CHEESE.

YIELD: 12.

Happy Birthday! to my husband

HAPPY Birthday!   They say it’s your Birthday! 

Our life together started here On Sanibel Island, Florida








Christmas 2005, in our new house.

BBQ'ing in 2006

It's marshmallow time!

Showing his new tee! September 16, 2006

With mom and brother, say goodbye to 1 Tennis Court Lane in 2006

Pat's birthday with the Riordan's at Olive Garden 2007

Pat and Grace with neices and nephew in 2008

Grace and Pat , dinner at Casa Comida 083108

Pat and his dad at Casa Comida on August 31, 2008

** Feb. 14, 2009 **at Sultana restaurant **

Grace and Pat at "Carnevale 2010" on Feb 13th


%d bloggers like this: