Kind of makes you wonder why they bother to take pictures.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Kind of makes you wonder why they bother to take pictures.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
We are heading to Ft. Myers, Fl in a little over a week. Jon has been looking forward to eating at "Rib City" and I want to go to Luby's Cafeteria. I think we set our sites a little low. Fonda San Miguel looks more elegant. Take a peek. I have an ulterior motive. I do not want to be the only one humming the catchy tune on their website. http://www.fondasanmiguel.com/
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Chop it, slice it, guess- don’t measure
Take a handful of turkey pieces
Add veggies or some cheeses
With rice of noodles—surely pleases.
Turkey chili can be quite spicy
Served up with cornbread would be nice, eh?
Turkey sausages-- very hardy
Turkey meatballs—for your party.
Stuff some peppers with the turkey
Dehydrate slowly – make some jerky
Top a pizza, stuff some pitas
Serve them up with margheritas
Turkey soup will warm you up
On colder days just drink a cup
Try turkey tacos, make some hash
Use the leftovers, save some cash.
Turkey omelettes, turkey stew
Many choices, what to do?
Minnesotans, feed the group
Making “hot dish” with canned soup
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Many have stepped up to help and offer suggestions. Our last reunion was about seven years ago. My cousin Dan took charge after observing we were only meeting at funerals and needed to come together at another time.
I remember that first reunion. I was twelve and had never met my California cousins. Coming from a small town in Minnesota, I was so impressed by this blond California cutie, my cousin Mary who is my age and had actually been to Disneyland and the ocean. Other cousins had a dad in the Air Force and lived in Wyoming at the time. We hadn't seen them often either. It was a great week spent in the hometown. Aunts kept us busy helping and organized a talent show. We went floating down the Apple River together. We had picnics. Fond memories. Time to remember the past and make some new memories.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
I have had too much caffeine today resulting in compulsive overblogging. Last one for the morning here. I am leaving in a few minutes.
For the 24 years we have lived in Stillwater Santa arrived the day after Thanksgiving on a fire truck. He comes right down our street on the big truck with the siren sounding. Kids come out to greet him and he throws candy to them. When Andy was little he waited for him. Today it is almost 10:am and time for his arrival. Andy is still sleeping the way the young do on a day off. I have been up five hours. The picture was taken in a different town. I got it online. Santa must have changed over the years. He used to come on a sled, but that was when we had snow in Minnesota. Actually, when I was a kid Santa came to our house to deliver presents one Christmas Eve when my sister and I were sick. She then told me he was really Tater Roberts, a friend of my dad and local fireman. Maybe he could have come on a fire truck after all. I hope I see Santa before I have to leave this morning. Good memories.
Recent headline in SPPP, “Is Med School Name Worth $150 M(illion)? The U May Find Out”. They report the University of Minnesota Medical School leaders are considering selling naming rights to the school for a big-time cash donation. The school is not balancing the budget currently.
We already have Xcel and Target’s name displayed on major local venues. Others are lining up to sponsor sports arenas at the U of M. Naming the medical school might require a committee to screen applicants, or would just the biggest checkbook win? Consider the possibilities. Can we live with the “Simon Delivers” School of Medicine? That would fit nicely in the obstetrics department, however. How about the “Great Clips” School? This might do a disservice to our heritage at the U of leader in transplant services and cardiovascular surgery. Would be politically incorrect to solicit funds from Green Giant to train bariatric surgeons? We are already familiar with Ronald McDonald’s presence on hospital campuses. Maybe Toys ‘R Us could jump into the pediatric sponsorship. Lots of Minnesota companies and lots of possibilities here. This will go through my mind all day. I am voting for Lifetime Fitness because it sounds more dignified, but IF they chose Green Giant they would already have green surgical scrubs for the doctors and only have to buy the elfin boots and leaf-like dress. Lots of possibilites.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
MY FAVORITE THINGS
(stuff probably not on Oprah’s list)
Jeopardy is on TV at 4:30 in our area. That hour is sacred. I love to guess along, saying my answers out loud to the consternation of those who are watching with me. Sorry, but I can’t help it. I love trivia. I am competitive and I am pretty good at getting the correct answer to the final question. It is helpful to have time to think of the answer.
Anyway, this has nothing to do with Jeopardy. It is about watching a little of Oprah’s show waiting for 4:30. Yesterday was Oprah’s “Favorite Things” annual show. She shares her list of new favorite things and then gives the audience these gifts. The young women in the audience scream their adulation. I like Oprah, but am not so fond of the adulation she receives. My son Andy, remarked once about women on the edge of their seats awaiting life instructions from Oprah. She is a maven and can create best-selling books or new trends. I suppose the vendors of her favorite things are donating them to the show for the great publicity. I am not a “maven” but have my own favorite things. I also like to make lists. Here is it:
Our Osterizer blender. Gift from Jon after we were married in 1968. It has seen heavy use turning out baby food, beverages and the family recipe of knoedels and just keeps humming along.
Just My Size Minimizer bra although I may have to rethink the minimizer thing as I lose weight. Do you think they make a maximer bra? The minimizer has straps that don't stretch. No one my age wants stretchy straps. Need to fight gravity and keep those gals up there.
Dry Idea clear gel unscented deodorant. No white marks on cloths, no scent, no sweat.
Andrea Bocelli’s CD “Romanza”. Meant to be listened to with the volumn up. Bring the Kleenex. It will move you.
The chocolate raspberry cake from Bread Art Bakery in Bayport, MN. Try is and you will be sorry you don’t live here. Maybe you will be glad you don’t live here if you are counting calories.
Dannon Light ‘N Fit yogurt. Only 60 calories per 6 oz and tastes good. I prefer the raspberry or raspberry & white chocolate. Do you see a pattern here?
Laugh out loud movies: Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Blues Brothers. Sure to lighten your day.
Trader Joe’s. They built one closer to our house. Best balsamic vinegar at a good price comes from Trader Joe’s.
The beach at Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Seven miles of white sand beach waiting for us to come in December. Do the manta shuffle if you step in the water.
The lakes region in Austria. The Alps. Switzerland and Bavaria.
The greater northwest in the US and western Canada, especially Vancouver Island.
Turkey. Sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. Guess I will have to continue to make the traditional dinner because I love it tool Have a nice Thanksgiving even if you are eating lobster.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
ITALIAN ZUCCHINI CRESENT PIE
*I doubled the recipe and it fits in a 9 X 13 pan
4 cups thinly sliced, unpeeled zucchini
1 cup coarsely chopped onion
½ cup butter or margarine
½ cup chopped parsley or 2 Tbsn dry parsley flakes
½ Tsp. each salt and pepper
¼ Tsp. each dried basil & oregano
2 eggs well beaten
8 oz. (2 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese
8 oz. pkg. refrigerated cresent rolls
2 Tsp. mustard
Heat oven to 375 degrees. In large skillet, sauté zucchini and onion in butter or margarine until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in parsley and seasonings. In large bowl, blend eggs and cheese. Stir in vegetable mixture.
Separate dough triangles and pat into ungreased quiche pan or 12 x 8 baking dish. Seal the seams. Spread crust with the mustard. Pour vegetable mixture evenly into crust.
Bake @ 375 for 18 to 20 minutes until knife comes out clean. Check after 10 min. If crust is too brown on edges, cover with foil for next 10 minutes. Serve hot, but leftovers are even good cold. Reheats well if covered with foil.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Last week I received my copy of "Midwest Living" magazine. I always look for new ideas and clip or copy recipies. I then file them and occasionally actually try some. I have a great collection of clippings. There was an interesting recipe for brussel sprouts. It had bacon, feta cheese, red onion and fresh thyme. My husband likes brussels sprouts and I confess the only thing I have ever done with them is boil them whole. Boring. This sounded like something I would like. In the past two days I have seen three TV cooking demonstrations with new ways to fix brussels sprouts. (Rachel Ray, Gordon Ramsey and the Today show). All the recipes were a little different. Today I read the morning paper's EAT sections. Headline: "Brussel Sprouts for Thanksgiving". They have a recipe that includes orange zest and balsamic vinegar. Think I will try one of the recipes for a pot luck I am attending Saturday. What is going on? I thought all the farmers were growing corn for ethanol. Next year they will probably all be growing hops. There is an international shortage of this beer grain due to drought in Europe and American farmers planting a lot of corn. That should send the price up. Maybe they will overplant and next year we will see recipes for fixing vegetable dishes with hops!
Be forewarned family. You are getting brussels sprouts as one of the vegetables on Thanksgiving. The consolation; it won't be in the stuffing, although that has possibilities.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Everyone has a story. It is good to talk to the seniors and find out what their story is.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
It is beautiful when it snows. We have had snow arrive later and later in recent years. Most agree if we live in a cold climate we might as well have the snow. There is no wind and lazy, big snowflakes in a calm world are gorgeous. I could live all winter without wind or ice, but hope we get some snow for the holidays. Winter doesn't have to last six months but is welcome for Christmas. My x-country skis await me.
When I was growing up my parents would tell about the Armistice Day blizzard of 1940. My dad was stuck in a house in the country for days. Because of the war climate, the weather forecast was not broadcast. My father in-law was at work when someone called his office from South Dakota warning them to go home. A nasty blizzard was coming. He did. Others were not so lucky and there was great loss of life. Many duck hunters did not have cover. The day had been warm and cattlemen lost stock who were out on the range.
Our Halloween blizzard of 1991 was worse, but we had warning. Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armistice_Day_Blizzard
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Last evening our son, the college senior, called saying he was buying a new suit. Recruiters were coming to a Career Fair and he had updated his resume but needed to dress professionally. This is the first professional job he has sought. We gave him some advice on where to shop and he called after he had purchased a new suit and shirt. His girlfriend helped him make the selection. I told him to have her take a picture and email it to me. The picture just arrived. Doesn't he look smart? He is a young scientist. Will this outfit impress prospective employers? Not to worry, this is Andy in his Halloween costume--think Don Johnson in Miami Vice. He assures me he has cut his hair and the new suit is charcoal with a pinstripe. Gotcha.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
What surprised me about writing my story was with time harsh memories soften and good memories sweeten. I tried to force feed the book to my grown children but realized they will be more interested in years to come when they are my age trying to make sense of life.
A couple days ago I had a younger cousin die suddenly. In the past year I have seen many old friends, some work friends, die. About half were younger than I am. Several died unexpectedly. I hope they told their stories, or someone they love recorded their thoughts about them.
I was listening to MPR this week when they were playing excerpts from the Storycorps project. It was a project that used a recording booth in Grand Central Station train depot to allow everyday people to tell their stories in a limited time. They have over 16,000 stories catalogued and have now published a book. Many New Yorkers impacted by 9-11 are included. The tales vary. If you have never heard of it, browse the site of the link below. My favorite that they played on the radio was the love story of Danny and Annie. It was a good reminder to be thoughtful and kind and loving everyday to those we can easily take for granted in our family.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Yesterday afternoon I got a call from my mom's younger brother's wife. "I have bad news", she said. I thought of Aunt Marcella. Yesterday was her 86th birthday. "No, John died suddenly", she said. He was 60. He was found "down", no cause of death known, but his father died of heart problems in his early 50's. That family has had such sadness. Two of John's younger brothers had wives who died from cancer several years ago. One was in her 40's and left an elementary-aged son. His younger sister has lymphoma. Now his death. It struck me again when I last saw him how much he looked and sounded like his dad.
I notified my sister who reminded me his name was John Wayne. Born in 1947, a good strong name for a firstborn son. He was also a quiet man. Responsible. Friendly, but quiet. Tall, handsome, deep voice. A tribute to his dad and his namesake John Wayne. His career was management at the nuclear power plant in Red Wing. He seemed a good fit for the job. Serious. Trustworthy. A good son and father and husband. Sadly he died too young, like the other John Wayne.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
The "happiness is a warm puppy" thing originates with Charles Schultz. A new biography is out. PBS did a special with his biographer. He paints a picture of a deeply introspective, sometimes depressed man. Maybe he had his problems emotionally but left a wonderfully warm legacy of Snoopy and Charlies Brown and friends.
My husband's father (also an artist, sometime cartoonist) was a friend of Charles Schultz. Roman gave him his first job in the art world and Sparky showed his gratitude his whole life. The job was a minor job doing the lettering for the bubbles in a cartoon strip, but at the time encouraged the young Schultz that his dreams could come true. He gives credit to Romie in his autobiography. They talked from time to time on the phone. We have photos taken of the two of them and sometimes someone else in our family with Sparky. When my mother in-law and sister in-law were sick, he sent an original art cartoon of Snoopy with a personal message. To our disgrace, we sold them. It is a hot market for those collectables.
What I will remember about the kindness of Mr. Schultz are the calls he made to cheer up my father in-law in his final years. Romie was depressed too, but a call from old friend Sparky did a lot to brighten his day. Now we know he probably did not feel very cheerful himself. It says a lot about looking past oneself and reaching out to others. Share the love and if you have a warm puppy be thankful and maybe share him with someone too.