Friday, October 30, 2009
Growing up, the night before Halloween was a lot more fun than Halloween itself... EVERY kid in the neighborhood came out - time to get the pesky neighbor back who was famous for keeping every ball of ours that landed in his yard! We were a pack... I see the tradition still continues, call it what you want... "mischief night, cabbage night" etc. - to me it's ALWAYS "Goosey Night"!
Sandals in the winter!
and this sloppy hair knot?
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I had to "catch up" on all the methods we offer... a little "over the top" to me... but then again, so are many of our customers. Maybe one reason I have no intention to brine my turkey is it's the LAST thing I really eat on Thanksgiving, I love the way it smells and will "maybe" have a piece of dark meat the day after, but white turkey meat does absolutely NOTHING for me! Therefore, brining is not an option...in my opinion it's a total waste of time, effort and money. Well, there is another option.... how about spending $95.00 and have a "jive fried" fully cooked turkey delivered?
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
... and they were charging $3.00 for handling - what gives??? Out of principal... did not continue with the order! But, I REALLY want this vest!!!!!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Birthday Dinner for Grandma Bolton with Gene, Elana and Rachel!Last night we celebrated my mother-in-law's birthday at my sister-in-laws. We arrived on time and I noticed she did not have out ANY appetizers or snacks, this is very unusual for her... I took notice and I was really hungry and like everyone else, patiently waited for dinner. After salad, and while eating a delicious dinner (she's a very good cook) someone verbalized what I realized at the exact same moment. "Dinner is delicious and I'm so happy you had no appetizers first..." We all started to comment and all agreed! How frequently have you filled up on appetizers and then sit down to dinner and not at all hungry to eat a morsel??? It happened to us the night before... filled up on veggies, dip, cheese etc. With the amount of work that goes into a dinner, it's just not fair to the host when you do not want to eat the main meal... I've had it happen to me many times. So... I'm determined to try this. Next event I have a dinner prepared I am NOT going to serve any appetizers first... I'll try and have dinner soon after everyone arrives and see how it goes! I'll keep you posted... I'm frequently full of intentions, but it was a true "ah-ha" moment and occurred to many of us at the same table...and, we all enjoyed the same delicious dinner that she spent hours preparing! Thank you!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
No appropriate picture for this topic!I ALWAYS dread going to wakes, even those that I'm not emotionally connected to. I get that "empty pit in my stomach feeling" as I'm approaching the funeral home. "Funeral Home"... I guess it's supposed to make you feel 'comfortable"! It doesn't. The worst part is not knowing what to expect... is the casket open... my side of the family - always. That dreaded part of waiting on the receiving line to meet the immediate family - and is there ANYTHING else we can say except "I'm so sorry"??? Their comeback is so easy "Thank you for coming"!
I also don't like dressed dead bodies... or I guess any dead bodies - when I go and kneel to pay my respect, I'm always thinking - who picked out what they are wearing, what prayer should I say, why does everyone always say "they look good" or "they look peaceful" - THEY ARE DEAD! Please, I'm NOT trying to come across at all morbid, or disrespectful but having just come from a "funeral home" tonight and trying to be a little creative in what to say to the family... it's on my mind... until the next one!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Yes, I was happy to make some "fast cash" and happy to get rid of a lot of STUFF that's been hanging around for what seems to be "forever"... but, my favorite thing about hosting a garage sale ~ the characters I met... it renewed my faith in people! I was told 2 men would be around... the "riffle" man and the "gold" man... both on a mission - they were there! My favorite ~ some of the people who hardly spoke English - two groups arrived in a small car, 5 to 6 people popped out of the car, a baby on one lap and the cars filled to the brim with "stuff" they were collecting all day...both equally friendly... one lady undressed down to underwear in my garage trying on clothes... no inhibitations, polite and a pleasure to please! I sent off one family with way more than they bought including a hammock that they fit through both back windows with 4 people sitting under it! My least favorite, were some of the big fancy cars with people who were on a mission to bargain over a dime on items they "tested" to see if sterling or plated... out of principal I would not come down 10 cents on some things... people can bring out the best and worst in people! Will I do it again? NO. I'm determined to NOT purchase ANYTHING I don't need... but I think everyone should have a garage sale at least once, you'll be shocked at people who come out of the woodwork... sort of like facebook!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Have you ever heard a story - a "close call" that haunts you? Last night my sister and niece told me something that's been haunting me... Picture this... mother (my sister) in car 3 cars behind her 17 year old daughter... 17 year old attempts to cross RR crossing, stuck in traffic...both rail road gates come down...one in front of her, the other behind her... My niece, quickly zig zags through the closed gates... 10 seconds later, the train goes howling through... The good news of course is... no one was hurt. The lesson, don't ever cross a rail road crossing unless you are sure you can clear it and make it to the other side. Can you imagine the split second decision... can you imagine a mother 3 cars behind her watching this?
This happened very close to my house, when telling this story everyone knew exactly where it had to have happened... Ramsey, NJ. My sister called the police and they were neither here nor there about it... I hate to think it would take a true tragedy to make a change at this intersection!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
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Friday, October 2, 2009
Next time someone asks me for directions I will be sure to give them my fullest attention... Today, I had someone who just amazed me...there is "above and beyond" then there is a step above that. While trying to find a location in Camden (which I've since found out is a very high crime area), I asked someone how to get to a location... He emphasized how dangerous of an area it was and he was going to plug in his GPS and find it for me... In the interim I find out his little daughter in his car is late for Kindergarten... he said to me "the teacher will understand" if you make one wrong turn you are in serious consequence! He could not get a signal, plugged in his GPS, and waited with me for over 10 minutes to be sure he had perfect directions. He even confirmed with someone else in the parking lot...drew me a picture so I could "follow exactly"
I was so impressed by this stranger who was so concerned, and so sure I was not going to make any wrong turns. I'll never see this kind man again... my only way of thanking him is to hopefully be able to help someone else to the same extent sometime. A true act of concern and kindness.
AND...his directions and hand drawn map were impeccable... thank you whoever you are!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Caramelized Onion and Mushroom SoupOctober = Soup! By this time of the year I'm tired of grilled food and look forward to soups and some good braising recipes! Williams Sonoma has a terrific "Sunday Soup" Recipe book... this is one of my favorites and I'm ready to make it soon!
Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Soup
3 Tbs. olive oil
1 lb. yellow onions, thinly sliced
1 carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
1 celery stalk, thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1/4 cup plus 1 Tbs. Marsala wine
1 3/4 lb. cremini mushrooms, brushed clean and thinly sliced
1 bay leaf
7 cups low-sodium chicken stock
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 country-style loaf, crusts removed, bread cut into 1/2-inch cubes
6 oz. Gruyère cheese, shredded
In a 5 1/2-quart Dutch oven over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and caramelized, 25 to 30 minutes. Add the carrot, celery and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft, about 6 minutes. Add the 1/4 cup Marsala and cook until evaporated, about 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook until soft and the liquid evaporates, about 15 minutes. Add the bay leaf and stock, increase the heat to high and bring just to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Season the soup with salt and pepper. Remove the bay leaf and discard.
Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender until smooth. Add 1 Tbs. of the parsley, the lemon juice and the 1 Tbs. Marsala and stir to combine.
Preheat a broiler.
Place 6 ovenproof soup bowls on a baking sheet and ladle about 1 1/2 cups soup into each bowl. Top each with 4 or 5 bread cubes and sprinkle with about 1/4 cup cheese. Broil until the bread is lightly toasted and the cheese is bubbly and golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes. Sprinkle each serving with 1/2 tsp. parsley and serve immediately. Serves 6.
Barley and Reilly Winning the War!Now what? For the next 2 weeks we have my folks dog, Barley - AKA "The Prince". He's really a cute dog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (something like that), but considering they no longer have any kids living at home, (actually, that's not true either - a cute story for another blog)... he is their world! So, this is what I came home to see... BOTH dogs on my love seat! If it wasn't my couch, there would be something cute about it... Any survival suggestions?