Thankful


Eastern turkeyTomorrow is Thanksgiving and there is so much to be thankful for.
The general things, Family, friends and health. So much more yo be thankful for this year.II
I’m thankful that we are surviving nanowrimo and still talking. True neither of us made the 50K words for the challenge but we’ve both made the 25K challenge of our RWA Chapter.
I’m thankful for FB because without it I would not be able to stay in touch with family and friends. I have a friend who does not want a computer but since I am friends with her daughter I can show her pictures of her granchildren that she posts on FB.
I’m thankful for my husband who married me in sickness and in health and is still here even though it’s been more sickness and health/
I’m thankful for my friends here in my complex, they keep an eye out for me and make my husbands work day a lot less worrisome.
I may not have a whole lot of money, I haven’t been able to work in about 4 years but I feel richer than Donald Trump. Because I have so very much to be thankful for.
Hope everyone has a wonderful and very Happy Thanksgiving!

A learning vacation NYC part 2


You can’t talk about NY without talking about the food. My mother in law is a fabulous cook and I lot of what I know i learned watching her in the kitchen,  But there was more I got all my food needs meet.  Nathans, which still make the best hot dogs and french fries.  My favorite Polish  restaurant in the neighborhood, Teresa’s.  Of course Dimsum.  There were two additional places filled this foodies soul as well as her stomach.

The day we went to the museum of math we also went to Mario Batali’s new place Eataly.  Amazing.  It’s part grocery store with restaurants in between.  Sort of like a little Italian village.   I purchased a jar of lemon marmalade to bring home. Thought I had wrapped it tightly in my clothes so it wouldn’t break open on the trip home. Unfortunately I could not hide it from the clutches of TSA. Never mind it was sealed shut, had not been opened. It was over 3 oz and was confiscated. I hope they enjoy it…not.

I had originally planned to stay in on Wednesday and rest my legs from the trekking around.  Until my mother in law said the one thing guaranteed to change my mind.  Debbie is bringing the girls.  Debbie is my  husbands youngest sister and I will not give up a chance to spend time with her daughters. Before we met them, we stopped at the famous Algonquin hotel. Home of the infamous round table, where Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchly and others once gathered.  We did not get to see the round table. but I got some marvelous pictures in the lobby.  To stand where so many famous writers had stood was inspiring.

We met Debbie and girls at a restaurant called BUTTER.  It sounded familiar but I couldn’t think of why.  When i entered the restaurant I found out.  It is the restaurant of food network chef,and Chopped judge Alex Guarneschelli.  The food was amazing, the service was impeccable. From my 70+ mother in law to my youngest niece, we were treated well.  When the chef came out to talk to us I was starstruck and actually speechless.  Doesn’t happen often.

The New York subway can be an exercise in futility.I don;t think I understand it any more now than I did when I first visited it over thirty years ago.  However it is a writers treasure trove of characters The subway car was filled with lots of stories.  Half the people were plugged into their devices. Some I was glad to see, were actually reading books. The rest either had their eye closed or were trying to watch their fellow passengers without seeming to do so.

 

So What did I learn on this trip

I learned I have to pace myself and know when to call  it a day.

I learned that I’d rather have 105 and dry then 85 and humid , guess that means I really have become a dessert rat.

Now if I can just get rid of this lung infection that seems to have followed me home.

A learning vacation,Part 1


We just returned from a trip to New York City to visit my mother -in-law and family and friends. It was a busy week, but fun.

NYC is a fascinating place The energy there us amazing.  Tiring, but amazing.  A big difference than when we were there in December when i could barely walk  after my last fall

We were taking to a classical music concert on a barge in the East River.  Fun trying to maneuver a rocking barge with a cane.  Luckily, I didn’t fall. St. Pa tricks Cathedral  is undergoing renovation but still amazing, even for this “recovering” catholic. Across the street is Rockefeller Center, home of NBC and the famous Christmas tree.  Right now there is a topiary there that I’m told is supposed to be a dog,  Could have fooled me.:)

We went to my favorite museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  My husband very patiently wheeled me around in a wheelchair as we went to two major exhibits. Charles James was a fashion exhibit that was amazing,, clothes from the 40’s and 50’s. Stunningly breathtaking it showed how the dress was designed.  It gave me a new view of what goes into designing a gown.  Especially some of the long intricate gowns you see in the movies from the 40’s and 50’s/

The other exhibit is Decoding Chinese Calligraphy which was fun.  I love the intricacies of the form and as my husband speaks chinese he was able to add a new dimension to it.  All in all a wonderful afternoon.  Made more soo as our friend Rita was able to join us.

I have never been a big fan of modern art.  Most of it I just don’t get.  But I let my mother in law take us to the Museum of Modern Art.. One floor had paintings by Degas, Van Gogh and Picasso.  I enjoyed those and could have spent hours in the room that had Monet s Water Lillie’s on all four walls. Some of the rest of the art in there went over me, except for Andy Warhol.Pleae Modern art lovers do not come after me, this is just my opinion.

We also went to the Museum of Mathematics.  The look on my face told everyone what ithought of it and surprised to prove I was wrong.  It was a very hands on interactive place that I thoroughly enjoyed and would highly recommend to math geeks and non geeks alike,

See NYC  part 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baseball – Hot dogs-Apple Pie and ….


There was a commercial when I was in my 20’s (back in the late middle ages) That started this way. It was supposed to show how american this particular car maker was.

With Independence day coming up, for some reason this jingle has been running through my  mind. So of course it got me thinking of 4th of July’s in the past.

We always had a cook out in our back yard. Hamburg, hot dogs,chips, no apple pie but sometimes there was watermelon. And ice cream.  We loved two blocks from the beach and back then they had fireworks been set off on the other side of the beach. What at the time was a landfill and is now something else.

One time my dad counted all the kids on our street and there were about 75. All of them were down that beach with their parents. We kids ran around, watching the teenagers with their sparklers and other things we couldn’t play with but wanted to so badly. Inevitably though, someone would get burnt  We didn’t care. They were fun to watch, because we knew someday we would be able to do that as well.

Once the fireworks started everyone sat down. The parents bought blankets for the kids to sit on and beach chairs for themselves. It was an hour of oohs and ahhs of pure innocent childhood joy. I still ooh and ahh when I see fireworks but it’s not the same.

This Independence day several of us are getting together for a put luck. We will still have hotdogs and hamburgers and corn on the cob  I’ll watch the fireworks on the tv instead of the beach. I’ll still ooh and ahh. And remember those nights on the sand..

What’s your plans for the holiday? Do you have a favorite thing to cook on the grill?

 

That “One Secret Ingredient”


My father was a master at semi home-made. He made a spice cake from a mix but he said he added something to it because it didn’t taste like it came from a mix.

My older brother just sent me a picture of dad’s grave marker. That combined with the fact that Father’s day is next Sunday I’ve been thinking of him and things he has done for me over the years. Especially the spice cake. Since he never told me what it was he put in there I’m on my own. I just spent a few minutes searching and found a recipe that I think will work. I’ll let you know.Do you, or a family member have a recipe that has that “one secret ingredient “ that they refuse to share?

What’s for dinner?


I love to cook.  It’s only since health issues forced me to quit what i referred to as my “rent paying gig” that I’ve been able to indulge in trying new and different things. I had tried in growing up. I cooked for my dad and my brothers for a while. They did not always appreciate my artistry. J  Luckily, even after all these years, my husband does. Doesn’t mean I don’t get nervous.

Husband and I are trying to eat healthier these days. Having both our fathers pass in six months reminded us all to well of our own mortality.

We both like Tofu but I was tired of just making Tofu stir fry. What to do.

I perused my recipes and came up with a few ideas.  There was a recipe on cook channel I took that and used it as a starting point.  I had Tofu, I had spices, not necessarily the ones on the recipe, but spices anyway. Some of them hot.

I drained the tofu and shake at least 6 different spices on it front and back, maybe more. I just took what looked good to me. I rubbed it in and left it to sit for a while as I watched Dr OZ.

After my daily dose of the good doctor, I went back to the kitchen. Tofu tends to take on flavors of things it is cooked with so what to have for a starch. I was tired of the same old and wanted a change. I opened the cabinet and the first thing I saw, corn meal. Perfect I hadn’t made Polenta for a while. While I stirred the polenta, I heated the pan to sauté the tofu slices.

I cooked the tofu slices, orange tinged from the tumeric. One at a time. Then I took the polenta and put a few spoonfuls on the pan. I figured, I can do it with Mashed potatoes, why not with Polenta?

I cooked just enough for the two of us, storing the remaining polenta to use later in the week. Plated them with the tofu and sprinkled extra cheese on it. I am one of those people who thinks almost any meal is enhanced by cheese. My husband took a bite, then another, then he said, “I really like this!”  Another keeper.

I love it when things go the way I want them to go.

It’s All About The Candy


I hope everyone has had a Happy Easter ! Yes Easter is one of the most solemn holidays in the christian calendar. Growing up it was a time for an Easter dress and my mothers never-ending search for a hat that fit my big head. Very heard to do,which is why a lot of Easter pictures have me with either no hat or one of those little half hat thingies that sat on the back of your head.

Of course there was the dinner, ham or lamb, with all us kids it was usually ham, potatoes, veggies and rolls. But best of all is the candy. As any kid will tell you Easter is all about the candy.

In tha spirit I thought I would share some facts on candies and Easter that I found in my local paper, the AZ Daily Star

A lot of us give up candy or any kind of sweet for Lent. That is 40 sugar-free days!  Is it any wonder that it is a holiday of chocolate bunnies, eggs, peeps and lets not forget jelly beans.   It is the second biggest holiday for candy sales beat only by Halloween

Chocolate eggs and rabbits first appeared in Germany in the 19th century. Jelly beans joined then in the 1930’s.

Some more fun facts from the National Confectioners Association.

chocolate eggs are the most popular treats.

-90 million chocolate bunnies are made for Easter each year

-76 percent of people first eat the ears of chocolate bunnies.

-16 billion jelly beans are made for Easter,

So, are you part of that 76 percent?