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!!!

Shadow Shot Sunday and Scenic Sunday


For Shadow Shot Sunday, one day while taking a stroll after a delicious brunch at Kingston”s Main Street Bakery and coffee shop, I happened to see this black cat.   He was taking a stroll, too!  See below for Scenic Sunday.

Show shot Sunday: black cat struts!

Here’s my photo for Scenic Sunday!  The tree looks pretty with little pillows of snow and leaves.

Fall leaves still on tree and snow.

Revisiting a recent Sunday in October, we had an unusual snowstorm that caused many trees in the Northeast to collapse from the combination of the weight of the leaves still on the trees and the heavy snow.  This caused extreme power outages in many towns and surrounding states.  People resorted to using candlelight at night and flashlights at night.  At our house, the power was out for 3 days and nights.

I recalled with humor, the children’s book, ” Twas the Night Before Christmas” and the true meaning of one of the lines.   The line that came to mind was, ” And I in my kerchief and mama in her cap had just settled down for a long winter’s nap when my husband and I went to bed with winter hats on because of the lack of heat in the house.

A word on Comments:

Comments are always appreciated.  Please take the time to tell me what you think of these photos.  Thanks to fellow Shadow Shot Sunday/ Scenic Sunday / and Sunday Favorites  meme  for stopping by and visiting me.  I’ll visit yours as soon as I can.

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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