Thursday, December 24, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
It has survived falling on the floor, sitting on the window sill getting chewed by the cats, over watering, under watering. This Christmas Cactus is a true gift from God via Helen.
Just recently I noticed that another flower was budding so I decided to take pictures in its glorious stages.
The praises can only go to One.
This original post was done in 2009.
I am re-posting because this same Christmas cactus has 10 new flowers this month. A miracle.
Please scroll down for the comments.♥
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Food and recipes have always been a crucial part of our family. Sophie was my great-grandmother, the person who I was named after. She had passed away before I was born. She came here to America from Lithuania with my great-grandfather Jacob, probably around the late 1880's. Along with her came these delicious recipes, one being creamed mushrooms on toast.
I follow this recipe exactly as written even if I think I could skip a step because I am afraid that it might not taste the same. One time my cousin tried to jazz it up with spices - WRONG! big mistake. These are the most scrumptious creamed mushrooms you will ever have.
5 lbs white button mushrooms
2-1/2 lbs eastern potatoes
1 whole onion left whole
1/2 lb(2 sticks) Breakstone sweet butter - NO SUBSTITITUTES
3 pints heavy cream or enough to cover mushrooms & potatoes in the pot
cut mushrooms into pieces about 1 inch sq. and clean with water put in pot-cover with water and bring to a boil - strain out water
put mushrooms back in pot with whole onion-cover with water-bring to a boil-strain water and take out onion. Add the potatoes
While the mushrooms are being boiled to oblivion and these are the steps that you THINK you can skip(but DON'T) peel and dice the potatoes raw.
So, in the pot you now have the mushrooms and the raw diced potatoes, add the heavy cream to cover them and put in the 2 sticks of butter.
I never said that this recipe was for the feint of heart or dietetic!
keep on a low light and allow to simmer. The butter will melt. You can add salt and pepper to taste. while this is simmering, gently squash SOME of the potatoes - up against the side of the pot to thicken the cream. We really can't say exactly how long this will take but I have been known to have this simmering on a low light for a few hours. STIR every so often because you don't want the bottom to burn! The following day you can add a little milk to loosen them up for re-warming, if you want to.
serve over toast. YUMMY!
This is a dish that we have always saved for special occasions but my family wishes we could have it a lot more often.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
IMAGINATION IN THE 1950'S
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Colors inspire me so I am typing in the color of the desert to speak about my friend, Barbara. We have been friends for many years and 3 years ago she moved out to New Mexico to live in the desert! Not isolated in the desert but desert just the same: tarantulas, rattle snakes, scorpions - you get the picture.
If I decided to visit it would have to be in the winter because all of the creepy crawlies are hybernating - HOPEFULLY.
To me it takes a brave woman to just pack everything up and just move to another State, leaving behind a great job, friends and a brother. Not with the intent of NEVER seeing them again but not quite as often as before.
She did have her beloved horse, Gato, brought out there with her and was able to spend some wonderful quality time with him because he could now live on the same land as her home. She got to ride him more often and see him every day, whereas here in NJ he had to board at a horse ranch.
Gato was old and unfortunately passed away but now Barbara has 2 more horses name Chibella and Salvadore. She also has 2 doggies named Sabado and Domingo (for those of you who do not speak Spanish that translates to saturday and sunday).
I am posting pictures of Barbara's family as well as of Barbara.
I am very happy to have her as a friend.