World Blood Donation Day, June 14 2017

World Blood Donation day 2017 was celebrated today at Central Jersey Blood center.

One pint Saves  THREE  LIVES ! 

 As a Registered Nurse, working there, I was proud to see the team spirit    and expertise as everyone worked together to draw many donors both whole blood and platelets. The local community responded to celebrate World Blood Donation day in high numbers. 

Barbecue Sauce and the fun of visiting small towns with quaint book shops

A pretty view through the lace curtain at a quaint book shop in Cranbury, N.J.

A pretty view through the lace curtain at a quaint book shop in Cranbury, N.J.

It’s Friday, and I’m thinking BBQ for the weekend as in Pork spare ribs,  and some home-made barbecue sauce.  Spring is here in , yet in the Northeast, the temperatures are still quite chilly.   This is funny. While I still need some kind of hat, I can’t bear to put on my winter red hat; today, I’ve got to bring down some of my collection of baseball caps, something to cover my head, yet not quite a summer hat.   You , know those, wide-brimmed , straw or fabric hats.

Wishing on wearing once again, my warm weather  collection of short sleeve tees, my favorites, the “Life is Good”  in a couple of weeks perhaps.

Let’s get cooking!!!!

Barbecue Sauce

1 cup ketchup

1/2 cup cider vinegar

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp chili powder

1/8 tsp salt

1/4 cup water

3 stalks celery, chopped (perhaps dices)

2 bay leaves

1 clove  garlic, chopped

2 Tbsp chopped onion

4 TBSP butter

4 TBSP Worcestershire sauce

1 Tablespoon paprika

Dash of black pepper

Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil.  Simmer about 15 minutes.  Remove from heat and strain.

Recipe from:

Cookbook: “This Little Higgy went to marke#

This cookbook has an intriquing Introduction,

” The Higginbottom ancestors immigrated over time to Water Valley , Mississippi from England by way of Barbados, Virginia. They fought in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and by 1870 were ready to head west.  By 1880 , most of the family of John Higginbottham and wife Lucy Ann and their twelve children had arrived and settled in Dublin, Texas. ”

Note: A nice outing, is visiting a used book sale, or flea market.  My hobby is to keep a sharp eye out for things “Made in the USA” , cookbooks included.  I like to learn about other parts of the country and what their ancestors prepared.  Another book , I came across, is a Southern recipe book,  I enjoy reading through those pages. I discovered this cook book while I was at the Cranbury bookshop, a quaint book shop set up in a very old 1800’s style house.  Although a little chilly for an old house, bring a sweater along with you , so you can pull up a chair, and browse through the pages of a book  or two.  There are nooks a cranny’ by the windows with  chairs set up for your to sit and read.

Well, a picture is better, if I can't take them all home!

Well, a picture is better, if I can’t take them all home!

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Happy New Year! Welcome 2012

I finished out the New Year  doing several things.
Sewing and maintaining the practice of Green Living!
Going green as in recycling  started a long time ago in my family.  We still have a  red “breadbox ” that was used to keep loaves of bread inside on your counter in the 1950’s from my grandmother.   In it contains boxes of light bulbs.  A sewing machine table is used as a T.V stand. 
When I went to Junior high school, every single girl had “Home Economics”  for sewing and cooking classes.   We were required to go and buy a sewing chest.  Now bear with me, I’ve got a lot to say!!!! That year , on a shopping trip with my mother I bought a pink  plastic one.  Still on the lid is a piece of tape with  my name and “period 4″ . What I liked about this kit:  has a top tray for two thimbles,  bobbins of thread, sewing needles , sewing scissors, and the remainder to hold small sewing projects.  Thread colors are ” Clark’s” thread of light blue, light pink, yellow, navy blue,and  red.   Inside there I still have folded up paper of sewing terminology called” Sewing Unit review sheet”,   that I got from sewing class all those years ago.  There’s a small folded up newspaper cutting from a “Dear Eunice Farmer” asking for reorganization help of a sewing room.  Our local newspaper at that time had a ” pattern Department” that you could write to with your name and address to request a pattern that was shown that day in the newspaper.   My times have changed.  Everything is order on-line when you read magazines.  Also in the bottom of my sewing caddy is   a piece of patchwork fabric folded up, blue terry cloth material scraps, “sew-on snap fasteners from the store Bradlees’s, two embroidered patches , a strawberry and a light blue flower ( that I remember  my grandmother P. liked ), more spools of thread ( J& P Coates) made in the USA, in colors of royal blue, brown , green, and pastel green,  a  small pink hexagon -shaped plastic box for straight pins,  2 measuring tapes, paper tags  from clothing in size small.   Yes, there was a time when I wore size small, way back in seventh grade. He he he. There’s a paper tag from a wool jacket that I bought from Evan Picone, a hot fashion designer. At that time, I thought that was a special wardrobe addition,  to keep the tag in my sewing kit!!!
Here’s a pic of me sewing a hem on corduroy slacks for my mother.  

My needle and thread and my sewing box from 7th grade.

Part of  writing a blog, is self evaluation.  I frequently like to read my stats.  In doing this, I learn about what was of interest , why  people visit my blog.
 The most frequently searched items on my blog for yesterday were : 
Swiss chalet chicken recipe ( a Canadian recipe) (4), “By the boab tree”  lyrics, Toto- the Italian comedian. 
I have posted several Lithuanian recipes,  and there are many searches for Lithuanian Koshie, Kugles, and Kapusta.

 Not far behind in the popularity of searches are  Mountain Dew cake and Summer dessert,Vermont, Hershey, Pa, 50’s cars, and many others. ( I ‘ll go back and review again.)  You would’t believe how often people from all over the world  visit my site for pictures of farm animals and zoo animals!!!

Blue Monday

Good Morning to everyone.   Every morning when I awake, I look out my window to the east to watch the sun rise.    This morning I see a thick fog in the horizon.

I decide to make a mental note to type into the computer:  www.weather.com

The weather report is as follows:     The current temperature is 67 degrees, (feels like 67 degrees), Mostly cloudy, wind: From WSW at 3mph.  Through 3:00pm decreasing clouds with temperatures increasing to upper 70’s. 

Speaking of clouds, it reminds  me of the animated movie , “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” that ranked  number 1 for it’s first two weekends of opening.

AREAS OF FOG WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES IN SPOTS EARLY THIS MORNING…

AREAS OF FOG HAD FORMED OVERNIGHT DUE TO HIGH GROUND LEVEL MOISTURE AND LIGHT WINDS. AT 4:00 AM SOME OBSERVATION SITES REPORTED 1/4 MILE VISIBILITY… SUCH AS LEHIGH VALLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

FOG WILL BE LOCALLY DENSE EARLY THIS MORNING. MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO WATCH FOR SUDDENLY LOWERED VISIBILITIES. USE YOUR LOW BEAM HEADLIGHTS… AND WATCH FOR PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS.

THE FOG IS EXPECTED TO IMPROVE A COUPLE OF HOURS AFTER SUNRISE… BY AROUND 9:00 AM.

By the time I am writing this , it is 0:900 a.m. and it has improved.

Just two short weeks ago, on a Monday morning, our house was without electric power from the effects of Hurricane Irene.    That morning as I lie in bed in the darkness, I got up to look out the window at around 0:500 a.m. to look into the sky.   Since it was pitch black outside, the sky was full of so many brilliant stars.    The first thing that I became aware of was that I could see  the formations of constellations of stars.    Not that I knew anymore than “the Big Dipper” and the “Little Dipper”.   I’m the kind of person to look for the positive in any given situation.   I found my positive.  This is so exciting!!!! , that I asked my husband whom I had just woke up a little too early to get up and look at the stars.   That’s “Orion” , he said.   If only there was a way to record all of these beautiful stars that I could see from my bedroom window.    You see, the stars are always there; it’s just that with all of the streetlights the stars just aren’t visible here.  Alas, I will try to etch in my memory the beautiful scene of those stars.

Blue: clouds surround the moon

cloudy skies

Blue "mug Shot" After finishing my tea, look what's on the bottom of this Japanese cup!

 

Blue Monday is a photo meme hosted by “Smiling Sally” in which anyone with a blog can upload a photo with blue and link up.

Here is the direct link:   http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/

Thrifty Things Friday-The Thrifty Groove Giveaway!

Hello, For the first time I am joining up with the blog,  ” Diann’s Thrifty Groove”,   for  “Thrifty Things Friday”.  She is having her first Linky party with a Giveaway;  It is called “The Thrifty Groove Giveaway and is from now until April 6th!    Only a couple of days left .

Some of the pretty spring theme things she purchased at the Christmas Tree shops and she is sharing with us in case your state does not have a shop like this.  Oh …….,so lucky.
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THRIFTY FINDS:

This past weekend, I went on a little shopping trip to an antiques auction and to an antiques shop.

The antiques shop is filled with every sort of antique imaginable in the space of an old A & P grocery store; I can tell by the shape of the outside building and the automatic opening door reminds me when I was a kid.

First , here’s a pic of the outside of the shop.

Beyond this door is yesteryear!

This store is semi-arranged by category and the first aisle that we spent some time looking was the cutlery.  If you are on a budget or just feel that you need a change from  your  everyday cutlery or need some for another blog party,” Tablescape Thursday “, you will find on the shelves, many   spoons, knives, and  forks in assorted sizes  among the plastic boxes.  Why pay full price, some spoons here are just .25 cents each with bigger slotted spoon, .50 cents and the soup  Ladle was .50 cents.

Here’s a photo of the spoons!

Could you ever imagine so many spoons?

Me being moi , I keep a keen eye out for kitchen items  with the inscription , “Made in the USA”.  You see during both my mother’s time and grandmother’s time, it was an everyday occurrence to purchase an item that was made in the U.S.A.  On one of my last shopping days, I was looking for any kind of baking pan made in the U.S.A. and upon reading all of the labels, of familiar names like Cusinart, Calphalon,  I could not find one.  Hmmmmm.  I was thinking in the back of my mind to make a mental note and start looking at the antique shops and yard sales.

Since I like to cook soup and being thrifty, would better spoon -like item to take home with me than ” A long-handled ladle” and inscribed ” Made in the USA”, was music to my ears.  I’ll post a photo as soon as I take the picture.

Can you imagine, What's inside "The Keeping Room"?

This is another aisle which has a combination of furniture and a stack of off-white dishes.  At the end of the aisle , we spotted a  sign on the door, “The Keeping Room”.  Hmmmm .  I asked my husband, wasn’t there an old-time saying about ” a keeping room”, or was that the ” drawing-room, a parlor the old name for living room.  Does anybody know what a keeping room is?

 

Quotes:

I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. ~William Penn

Food Trip Friday # 104

This is my first post for Food Trip Friday!  I love to cook , eat and read everyone’s recipes, and  my mouth waters over the sumptuous food preparations.

Last Saturday, having a day off, we pondered over where to go out to eat for a treat.  Being that March 19th was St. Joseph’s day, we were combining a car trip to the Italian bakery with dining out.

At the bakery, we selected some St. Joesph’s pastry’s ; these have vanilla custard inside but you can also get with  cannoli cream ( ricotta cheese and powdered sugar recipe).

There’s an Italian restaurant in a mall  about 1  1/2 miles away. called Bensi.  We have only been there twice and once with friends.

Once we arrive, I see that it has become quite popular, and there’s a birthday party table reserved in the front area complete with balloons, looks like fun.   There are groups of family’s waiting for a larger seating, but since it is just my husband and I, we are lucky to be seated at a booth right away.

the shared appetizer: mozzarella en carrozza, crab-stuffed shrimp, stuffed mushrooms, and bacon-wrapped scallops.

For my entree, I choose Papparadelle pasta (means ribbons shape) with shrimp, sun-dried tomatoes, and asparagus in a wine sauce.  It was delicious, especially since I like the taste of sun-dried tomates and of course once in a while I eat mozzarella cheese.

My entree, Papparadelle with shrimp, sun-dried tomatoes, and asparagus

Another view since the topic is Foodie Friday!

My entree!

I love tomato sauce, so I was waiting for the waiter to bring a small dish of extra marinara sauce to dip my mozarella en carrozza ( fried mozzarella sandwiches-breaded).  Once in a while I’ll order mozarella, but not often.

Dipping the breaded mozzarella in the tomato sauce, delicious!

And the St. Joseph’s pastry that we purchased at the Italian bakery.  Yes there are still some authentic bakeries left instead of the supermarket’s

bakery!

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St Joseph's pastry with vanilla creme

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Boot camp- Debbie’s tips-Healthy eating plan


     

 Good Morning!  Below is Debbie Doos blog post on New Year, New You , 2010. 
I thought that all of these healthy tips were too good and  a reminder for the whole year.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

     

NeW YeAR, NeW YoU!

https://i2.wp.com/images.marthastewart.com/images/content/pub/ms_living/2005Q4/mla101583_1005_cod_main_xl.jpgLet me start off by saying I am by no means a skinny Minnie! I have however, been able to maintain a healthy body weight, and BMI (Body Mass Index) for many years now. I can see the older I am getting the harder it is. Hormones, I am sure play a big role in this. For the Past two Years I have been doing Boot Camp sessions with a personal trainer. I am part of a group with 5 women, and it has been a wonderful experience. Since it is Winter and cold I am back at the YMCA and doing some classes, custom cuts, kettle ball, and Yoga. I do miss boot camp and have learned a lot from my trainer that I would love to shAre  this with You. I haVe diet menus, Recipes,  and some key facts that you really should know if you want to lose weight. Whether you are slightly overweight, or normal weight…..YoU are what you eat. FIRST, let me tell you everything you should NOT eat……     

All Flour Products basically anything white!

Fast Food and Junk Food
Trans fat/hydrogenated Foods
Anything with GLUTEN basically is not good for you.  If you can try for two weeks to stay away from it to see how you feel that would be key.  Listed below are some examples of why.

Carrots and Parsnips baked
https://i1.wp.com/images.marthastewart.com/images/content/pub/ms_living/2004Q1/a100424_0104_side_l.jpgNow you are asking what the hell am I suppose to eat? I will get to that, but let me first tell you why you should not be eating the above. Chronic health and weight problems have been associated with GLUTEN. Do you feel bloated, gassy, fatigue, brain fog, mood problems, headaches, sinus and nasal congestion, joint pain, acne, eczema,? Any of this sound familiar? Gluten causes inflammation. You may be sensitive to one of the above and never have realized it is from what you are eating. First key to success when going to the grocery store is…..shop the exterior ONLY! All fresh. No reason to pick up a can or a box. If it has something in it and you can’t say it, it is bad for you! Most EVERYTHING has high fructose in it, which is sugar! When possible buy organic, at least in the meats as well. Ground turkey should be ground turkey BREAST, the rest has all added crap in it. I will tell you I did this diet for two weeks, and I lost weight and felt AWESOME! Now is it realistic?….it can be once you get use to it. I can honestly tell you a lot of these tips and tricks did stick and I have followed with them.  If you want to lose weight and start todaY….you are now on a 1,500 calorie a day diet.  Sounds like nothing right?  Well it’s not that bad really.  Now what I did was substitute my milk with Vanilla soy (unsweetened), which was great.  I also used the soy cheeses available, cheddar, and different flavors.   The bottom line here is you must burn more calories then you take in. So start back on that treadmill I know you have one. You should be doing that at least 40 minutes a day. While doing your treadmill work outs add short duration, high intensity drills….which means go fast, and then regular pace intervals, you want to get your heart rate up. We also need some light weight training in there.  We tend to develop osteoarthritis and our bones get weak and frail as we age.  I have  kicked in the weights these days. And no you will not bulk up like Arnold Schwartzenager! By no means am I a Dr. or certified trainer, what I am passing along to you is what my trainer did for us, and we paid her big bucks for this information! So yours is FReE!!!

EXTRA Virgin Olive oil
Coconut Milk
Coconut Oil
Organic chicken broth
Avocado Oil
Walnut Oil
NO Canola, peanut, safflower sunflower, corn & cottonseed….WHY? because they are refined, and anything refined is no good for you.

Free Calories seasonings, salsa’s or and a light amount of GoOD oils!
Drink a glass of water every time you eat.
Keep each meal no more than 300 calories. Diet sodas are bad for you, as we know but hey we have to live too, so I say on occasion we can still drink them.
RED potatoes and sweet potatoes are now the only potatoes you should eat, that is all I buy now. The Red potatoes are awesome boiled, sprayed with a little Pam, and seasoned slightly with Mrs. Dash. The sweet potatoes are awesome sliced, sprayed with Pam and sprinkle Cumin on them, bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, those are good!
NO eating after 6:00pm…tell your husband he can eat alone! You are on a serious mission to lose weight. In case you are really hungry after 6:00 you can have 150 calorie snack. I found having dark chocolate in the house really helps. It has to be over 70% coco.

OK now here are a list of foods for you to enjoy! Get creative and you will be surprised how great everything tastes.

Lean White Meat (Chicken, Turkey (skinless)
Fish, Tilapia, salmon, cod, sole
Sirloin or Lamb loin again as I mentioned above Organic if you can.
Frozen or Fresh Fruit
Avocados…oh how they are my buddy, I love them. Yes high in fat, but it is a GooD fat!
All veggies
refried beans, lentils, navy and all other beans, excellent!  I sometimes take an avocado with the beans, olive oil and some chicken breast, dash some red vinegar on and you have an awesome filling lunch!
Brown Rice/wild rice gluten-free excellent
NUTS and Seeds, almonds, walnuts, pecans, macadamia, flaxseed, cashews. Try some of the NUT butters too they are not bad and they have no sugar! all except peanut butter. I buy the Almond butter and put it on my toast, which I talk about below what bread to buy.
As mentioned try Soy Milk for the first couple of weeks…make sure it has no sugar as well.
BREAD I use EZEKIEL it is in the frozen section.  I like their english muffins and their sesame bread is great too.  Toasted is the best!  

EXAMPLE MEALS
BREAKFAST:  1 cup of organic frozen strawberries, 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla soy milk.  Flax  seed grounded and sprinkle on top.  Flax seed is a great source of Omega 3’s.

SNACK: 150 calorie, protein based…you can take rolled turkey breast and eat a few pieces of that

LUNCH:  Ground turkey breast ( make some and have it on hand)soft CORN tortillas all the time now CORN, they are great flipped in a sprayed skillet….sprinkle a little organic cheese, salsa, tomato and that is great!

SNACK:  You can always grab a handful of almonds

DINNER:  Grilled chicken breast with your choice of seasoning, ie. garlic, pepper, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, rosemary, any of these will do. Potato and salad on the side.  Do not use any more bottle dressing, olive oil and balsamic is the best choice, or red wine vinegar.  Salad dressings are loaded with sugars.  I also want to mention a great sugar substitute is Stevia.

Make sure you are taking your calcium supplement.  I buy the Chocolate Chews and they taste like candy!
https://i0.wp.com/www.northerntool.com/images/product/images/30028_lg.jpgGrab your measuring tape and take your measurements, now watch them shrink in the next couple of WEEKS!!! 

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