Book: Super Healing Foods

“Super Healing Foods”  is an excellent resource book for the home consumer, and those who want to improve on their health and wellness.

Some of my favorite sections that I have read and reread:


The National Institute of Health recommends five or six servings of fruits and vegetables in this 1995 Edition book.  Recently, I read in the news this has been increased to 9  -10 /day.   I don’t know about you, but for me this is a very high challenge.

For example, my daily routine is hot or cold cereal with half a banana, 1 glass of orange juice. On most days , I eat a green salad, consisting Mixed greens, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, sliced celery, walnuts.   So far, that is 6 fruit and vegetable ( vege)  items.   On some days, I think of Vitamin C rich foods, and I’ll pare and slice a whole kiwi.  The only way I eat a kiwi is sliced into little rounds. My reason is , that the first time I tasted Kiwi was a Jr Women’s club function some years back.   It was an outdoor summer party, and this young woman brought sliced kiwi.  I recall her saying, ” how come the kiwi’s are barely touched?, try it. come on. Skeptical, I tasted one. My first taste, I did not care for it.  I”ll have to admit it took some time to acquire a taste for it.  Strawberries for example, I grew up with  my mother serving them soaked for a few minutes in white granulated sugar.  This is the only way we ate strawberries at home.

While working on my health, I decided some time ago, to eat the strawberries plain, and now I don’t mind. In fact,  for my packed lunch, I wash and rinse about 5 strawberries and when I eat them, I grasp the green stem and eat the whole strawberry just like that.

Yesterday was Christmas day, and my mother came to visit.   I put on the table a plate with sliced kiwi and the whole strawberries.  My mother said, ” I can’t eat the strawberries like that, I need sugar, they are too tart.”  I said in reply, ” Ok, there is a sugar container, you can sprinkle on some sugar if you like.”  I did not tell her that the sugar I have is ” Splenda”, blended to look like the granulated white sugar, te he.  Splenda has fewer calories that regular sugar.

Four Anti oxidant eater tips:

1. your best source is whole foods.

2.  Fresh raw fruits and vegetables are more potent than frozen.

3. “The deeper the color ( orange, red, or purple, yellow, green), the higher th anitoxidant level in any food or drink.

4.  Long-cooking , non instant whole grains and dried beans deliver more antioxidants than instant or fast-cooking types.

An apple a day keeps the Dr. away.  There are now six benefits.  Apples are low in calories,80 calories each) high in water, rich in natural fruit sugars.  Apples are rich in carbohydrate food fibers including cellulose, hemicellulose, and pectin plus the non-carbohydrate fiber lignin in the apple peel which lowers cholesterol, normalizes blood pressure, and prevents digestive disorders.   The cardiovascular benefit is low sodium, and provides 70 % more potassium , the mineral that enhances heart muscle function, than fresh oranges.


Carrots are a member of the umbelliferous family ( celery, parsnips,caraway,fennel, dill, and chervil), and a root vegetable.

The USDA rates very highly carrots for providing the most protein, calcium, iron, and Vitamins A,C, and B finishing ahead of squash, green  beans, and cauliflower, and just behind broccoli, tomatoes and corn.

A carrot a day, ( 1/2 cup of grated, or sliced or juiced to beat cancer and coronary heart disease.

Carrots block the progressive, cellular damage characteristic of cancers of the larynx, esophagus, prostate, bladder, cervix, and liver as well as premature aging and cataracts. as reported by the American Institute for Cancer Research.


Author:  Frances Sheridan Goulart 1995


Board games teach math skills-Interesting

Old fashioned board games teach math skills ; with all the hoopla in technology I found this interesting enough to repost from a homeschool message board

As noted on a homeschool message board,
Here are  several “ordinary” games that reinforce/use basic math skills: 

Monopoly – adding and subtracting larger numbers, making change/working with money
PayDay – adding and subtracting larger numbers, making change/working with money
The Game of Life – adding and subtracting larger numbers, making change/working with money
Yahtzee – multiplication, adding larger numbers
GeoBoards – geometry concepts
Tangrams – geometry concepts
Pentominoes – geometry concepts
Clue – logic, deduction, problem solving
Chess – logic, deduction, strategy, problem solving
Rack-O – sequencing, greater than/less than
MasterMind – logic, problem solving
Battleship – grid/graph coordinates

My go to resources for math games and activities are the books Family Math and Family Math for Middle School. Some nice games and activities can be purchased from the Boxcars and One Eyed Jacks folks, too. I like these because they don’t focus on just one skill or one skill level. They cover a wide variety of skills and even I sometimes find some of them challenging.

We often make up our own games. One the kids really like is Combinations. Choose a target number. Deal out four cards. Using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, try and see how closely you can come to that number. Score 1 point for each number off from the target score. After 5 rounds, the player with the lowest score is the winner.

All this to say that I don’t think you need to spend a bunch of money on games specifically for MATH, when you probably have games that can be used as math games already in the house…….


Not all those who wander are lost. – JRR Tolkien 

The Cheap Chick

User avatar
Suz MamaFrog
Posts: 387
Joined: Wed Aug 12, 2009 2:29 pm
Location: Laurel Valley, WV

The question originally was:

Which Math Games?

Postby Edwena on Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:23 pm

Since my math meltdown post, I have been doing a Math game with dd everyday that we’ve had school. She likes it and so do I. Seems like it’s helping her retain some things as well. Anyway, I’m thinking of buying a set of Math games. 

Does anyone have experience with some of the following?

Rightstart Math Games

Giggle Facts

Math Games to Master Basic Skills: Addition & Subtraction

Shuffling Into Maths

I know two of the products have a broader focus (more than addition/subtraction), so they’d definitely be able to be used longer. I don’t know if I should be so concerned with that right now. I am sure Kendra and Ami are familiar with some of the above. So if you were me and were only going to buy one thing, which would it be? Anyone else familiar with the above? The ones with the broader focus do they have a really good variety of games for addition and subtraction?

Mathgames Software:

My little girl that is similar to yours loves playin Sheppards Software, its free and fun games:

Poem “By the Fireside” by Robert Browning 1812-1889

An Autumn-themed poem,  the leaves are changing and cooler nights are coming…..

By the Fireside     1855

How well I know what I mean to do
When the long dark Autumn evenings come,
And where, my soul, is thy pleasant hue?
With the music of all thy voices, dumb
In life’s November too!


I shall be found by the fire, suppose,
O’er a great wise book as beseemeth age,
While the shutters flap as the cross-wind blows,
And I turn the page, and I turn the page,
Not verse now, only prose!


Till the young ones whisper, finger on lip,
There he is at it, deep in Greek —
Now or never, then, out we slip
To cut from the hazels by the creek
A mainmast for our ship.


I shall be at it indeed, my friends!
Greek puts already on either side
Such a branch-work forth, as soon extends
To a vista opening far and wide,
And I pass out where it ends.


The outside-frame like your hazel-trees
But the inside-archway narrows fast,
And a rarer sort succeeds to these,
And we slope to Italy at last
And youth, by green degrees.


I follow wherever I am led,
Knowing so well the leader’s hand —
Oh, woman-country, wooed, not wed,
Loved all the more by earth’s male-lands,
Laid to their hearts instead!


Look at the ruined chapel again
Half way up in the Alpine gorge.
Is that a tower, I point you plain,
Or is it a mill or an iron forge
Breaks solitude in vain?


A turn, and we stand in the heart of things;
The woods are round us, heaped and dim;
From slab to slab how it slips and springs,
The thread of water single and slim,
Thro’ the ravage some torrent brings!


Does it feed the little lake below?
That speck of white just on its marge
Is Pella; see, in the evening glow
How sharp the silver spear-heads charge
When Alp meets Heaven in snow.


On our other side is the straight-up rock;
And a path is kept ‘twixt the gorge and it
By boulder-stones where lichens mock
The marks on a moth, and small ferns fit
Their teeth to the polished block.


Oh, the sense of the yellow mountain flowers,
And the thorny balls, each three in one,
The chestnuts throw on our path in showers,
For the drop of the woodland fruit’s begun
These early November hours —


That crimson the creeper’s leaf across
Like a splash of blood, intense, abrupt,
O’er a shield, else gold from rim to boss,
And lay it for show on the fairy-cupped
Elf-needled mat of moss,


By the rose-flesh mushrooms, undivulged
Last evening — nay, in to-day’s first dew
Yon sudden coral nipple bulged
Where a freaked, fawn-coloured, flaky crew
Of toadstools peep indulged.


And yonder, at foot of the fronting ridge
That takes the turn to a range beyond,
Is the chapel reached by the one-arched bridge
Where the water is stopped in a stagnant pond
Danced over by the midge.


The chapel and bridge are of stone alike,
Blackish gray and mostly wet;
Cut hemp-stalks steep in the narrow dyke.
See here again, how the lichens fret
And the roots of the ivy strike!


Poor little place, where its one priest comes
On a festa-day, if he comes at all,
To the dozen folk from their scattered homes,
Gathered within that precinct small
By the dozen ways one roams


To drop from the charcoal-burners’ huts,
Or climb from the hemp-dressers’ low shed,
Leave the grange where the woodman stores his nuts,
Or the wattled cote where the fowlers spread
Their gear on the rock’s bare juts.


It has some pretension too, this front,
With its bit of fresco half-moon-wise
Set over the porch, art’s early wont —
‘Tis John in the Desert, I surmise,
But has borne the weather’s brunt —


Not from the fault of the builder, though,
For a pent-house properly projects
Where three carved beams make a certain show,
Dating — good thought of our architect’s —
‘Five, six, nine, he lets you know.


And all day long a bird sings there,
And a stray sheep drinks at the pond at times:
The place is silent and aware;
It has had its scenes, its joys and crimes,
But that is its own affair.


My perfect wife, my Leonor,
Oh, heart my own, oh, eyes, mine too,
Whom else could I dare look backward for,
With whom beside should I dare pursue
The path gray heads abhor?


For it leads to a crag’s sheer edge with them;
Youth, flowery all the way, there stops —
Not they; age threatens and they contemn,
Till they reach the gulf wherein youth drops,
One inch from our life’s safe hem!


With me, youth led — I will speak now,
No longer watch you as you sit
Reading by fire-light, that great brow
And the spirit-small hand propping it
Mutely — my heart knows how —


When, if I think but deep enough,
You are wont to answer, prompt as rhyme;
And you, too, find without a rebuff
The response your soul seeks many a time
Piercing its fine flesh-stuff —


My own, confirm me! If I tread
This path back, is it not in pride
To think how little I dreamed it led
To an age so blest that by its side
Youth seems the waste instead!


My own, see where the years conduct!
At first, ’twas something our two souls
Should mix as mists do: each is sucked
Into each now; on, the new stream rolls,
Whatever rocks obstruct.


Think, when our one soul understands
The great Word which makes all things new —
When earth breaks up and Heaven expands —
How will the change strike me and you
In the House not made with hands?


Oh, I must feel your brain prompt mine,
Your heart anticipate my heart,
You must be just before, in fine,
See and make me see, for your part,
New depths of the Divine!


But who could have expected this,
When we two drew together first
Just for the obvious human bliss,
To satisfy life’s daily thirst
With a thing men seldom miss?


Come back with me to the first of all,
Let us lean and love it over again —
Let us now forget and then recall,
Break the rosary in a pearly rain,
And gather what we let fall!


What did I say? — that a small bird sings
All day long, save when a brown pair
Of hawks from the wood float with wide wings
Strained to a bell: ‘gainst the noonday glare
You count the streaks and rings.


But at afternoon or almost eve
‘Tis better; then the silence grows
To that degree, you half believe
It must get rid of what it knows,
Its bosom does so heave.


Hither we walked, then, side by side,
Arm in arm and cheek to cheek,
And still I questioned or replied,
While my heart, convulsed to really speak,
Lay choking in its pride.


Silent the crumbling bridge we cross,
And pity and praise the chapel sweet,
And care about the fresco’s loss,
And wish for our souls a like retreat,
And wonder at the moss.


Stoop and kneel on the settle under —
Look through the window’s grated square:
Nothing to see! for fear of plunder,
The cross is down and the altar bare,
As if thieves don’t fear thunder.


We stoop and look in through the grate,
See the little porch and rustic door,
Read duly the dead builder’s date,
Then cross the bridge we crossed before,
Take the path again — but wait!


Oh moment, one and infinite!
The water slips o’er stock and stone;
The west is tender, hardly bright.
How gray at once is the evening grown —
One star, the chrysolite!


We two stood there with never a third,
But each by each, as each knew well.
The sights we saw and the sounds we heard,
The lights and the shades made up a spell
Till the trouble grew and stirred.


Oh, the little more, and how much it is!
And the little less, and what worlds away!
How a sound shall quicken content to bliss,
Or a breath suspend the blood’s best play,
And life be a proof of this!


Had she willed it, still had stood the screen
So slight, so sure, ‘twixt my love and her.
I could fix her face with a guard between,
And find her soul as when friends confer,
Friends — lovers that might have been.


For my heart had a touch of the woodland time,
Wanting to sleep now over its best.
Shake the whole tree in the summer-prime,
But bring to the last leaf no such test,
Hold the last fast! says the rhyme.


For a chance to make your little much,
To gain a lover and lose a friend,
Venture the tree and a myriad such,
When nothing you mar but the year can mend!
But a last leaf — fear to touch.


Yet should it unfasten itself and fall
Eddying down till it find your face
At some slight wind — (best chance of all!)
Be your heart henceforth its dwelling-place
You trembled to forestall!


Worth how well, those dark gray eyes,
— That hair so dark and dear, how worth
That a man should strive and agonize,
And taste a very hell on earth
For the hope of such a prize!


Oh, you might have turned and tried a man,
Set him a space to weary and wear,
And prove which suited more your plan,
His best of hope or his worst despair,
Yet end as he began.


But you spared me this, like the heart you are,
And filled my empty heart at a word.
If you join two lives, there is oft a scar,
They are one and one, with a shadowy third;
One near one is too far.


A moment after, and hands unseen
Were hanging the night around us fast.
But we knew that a bar was broken between.
Life and life; we were mixed at last
In spite of the mortal screen.


The forests had done it; there they stood —
We caught for a second the powers at play:
They had mingled us so, for once and for good,
Their work was done — we might go or stay,
They relapsed to their ancient mood.


How the world is made for each of us!
How all we perceive and know in it
Tends to some moment’s product thus,
When a soul declares itself — to wit,
By its fruit — the thing it does!


Be Hate that fruit or Love that fruit,
It forwards the General Deed of Man,
And each of the Many helps to recruit
The life of the race by a general plan,
Each living his own, to boot.


I am named and known by that hour’s feat,
There took my station and degree.
So grew my own small life complete
As nature obtained her best of me —
One born to love you, sweet!


And to watch you sink by the fireside now
Back again, as you mutely sit
Musing by fire-light, that great brow
And the spirit-small hand propping it
Yonder, my heart knows how!


So the earth has gained by one man more,
And the gain of earth must be Heaven’s gain too,
And the whole is well worth thinking o’er
When the autumn comes: which I mean to do
One day, as I said before.

Source Book

Men And Women

by Robert Browning

Copyright 1863
Published by Boston: Ticknor And Fields

Team Leadership

Recently, I was asked by my Director, “what are my plans for my new team”?

I am reading articles on the team approach. In the near future, I may start a new blog with this theme.

Team Leadership Tips – 7 Top Tips For Leading Teams

By Duncan Brodie Platinum Quality Author

A team as a collective can deliver much greater results than any one individual could. A key component in any team is the leadership of the team. So what are my 7 key tips when it comes to leading teams?

Tip 1: Have a clear vision

If you don’t know where you are heading, how will you know when you have got to the destination? Put differently, it is essential that you create a clear vision of what you want the team to achieve so that it can be understood by everyone.

Tip 2: Learn to be a great listener

You are the leader and have many ideas, views, opinions and solutions. Your team know that this but also want to be able to offer their views and feel like they have been heard. A good leader recognises this and focuses most of their communication on listening.

Tip 3: Be someone who takes decisions

As a leader you need to weigh up the upside and downside of any particular option and then decide. Team members may not always support your decisions 100% or may not have taken the exactly the same decision. On they other hand they will respect you for not procrastinating.

Tip 4: Empower your team

One of the big advantages of a team is the range and variety of skills and experience that is available. You know what you are good at and not so good at, so empower those to do what they do best.

Tip 5: Encourage participation

In any team there will be those who are vocal and those who will be quieter. Your role as a leader is to encourage the full range of contributions and encourage the introverts who make great contributions to get their point across.

Tip 6: Be a role model

One of the best ways to show how you want others to act, behave and interact is to show them. By being a role model you encourage others to follow your lead.

Tip 7: Know your team limits

Within any team there will be a range of skills and abilities. If you are to lead effectively you need to understand the limits of all team members.

Bottom Line – Leading a team is a challenge but by doing some simple things you can become a highly effective team leader. So what’s your first step in becoming a highly effective team leader?

Now take a positive step to becoming an even better leader by taking advantage of my free audio e-course available at

Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements (G&A) works with individuals, teams and organisations to develop their management and leadership capability.

Article Source:

Duncan Brodie - EzineArticles Expert Author


Eat Pray Love Italian Challenge

Eat Pray Love Italian Challenge

Valli of ” More Than Burnt Toast” blog has an Italian food recipe challenge inspired by the upcoming movie release of EAT,PRAY,LOVE on August 13, 2010.

You can find her post on More Than Burnt Toast at
If you would like to join Valli  simply prepare an Italian dish from antipasti, primo, secondo, contorno to dolce and send the link with photo to eatchallenge(at)gmail(DOT)com before the opening of the movie ,  August 13, 2010.

Eat , Pray,Love is Elizabeth Gilbert’s wonderfully crafted book about life changing experiences when she trades in her previously perfect life to travel the world “to find herself. ” After a heart wrenching divorce she spends a year traveling in Italy, India and Indonesia. Each word in the title Eat, Pray, Love is expanded by her experiences in three countries.

She writes:

Eating in Italy is a main event and the descriptions provided to the reader of Eat, Pray, Love and the food consumed were absolutely mouth watering and ultimately inspired this challenge. The EAT part of the book highlights Elizabeth’s gastronomical indulgences and creates vivid and beautiful imagery of all things Italian.

To begin her  journey she will begin with the antipasti. L’antipasto is the traditional first course of a formal Italian meal, which literally means “before the meal.” The antipasti is the appetizer or hors d’oeuvre course.

“More often, , antipasti refers to a number of traditional Italian appetizers, which can be categorized into four different groups… meats, olives, vegetables, and cheeses. Even such offerings as crostini, bruschetta, and mozzarella in carrozza.  Antipasto is served at the table and signifies the beginning of the Italian meal.”

“The French have a word for it” x-posted

When English is short of a word, it often takes one from a foreign language.


Over the centuries the English language has assimilated phrases and words from other foreign languages. Here are some examples.

A cappella, Italian, sung without instrumental accompaniment (literally “in chapel style”)

Ad hoc, Latin, made or done for a particular purpose (lit. “to this”)

Agent provocateur, French, a person who tempts a suspected criminal to commit a crime so that they can be caught and convicted (lit. “provocative agent”)

Al dente, Italian, (of food) cooked so as to be still firm when bitten (lit. “to the tooth”)

Alfresco, Italian, in the open air (lit. “in the fresh”)

Bête noir, French, a person or thing one particularly dislikes (lit. “black beast”)

Blitzkrieg, German, an intense, violent military campaign intended to bring about a swift victory (lit. “lightning war”)

Carte blanche, French, complete freedom to act as one wishes (lit. “blank paper”)

Caveat emptor, Latin, the buyer is responsible for checking the quality of goods before purchasing them (lit. “let the buyer beware”)

Al dente, Italian, (of food) cooked so as to be still firm when bitten (lit. “to the tooth”)

Alfresco, Italian, in the open air (lit. “in the fresh”)

Bête noir, French, a person or thing one particularly dislikes (lit. “black beast”)

Blitzkrieg, German, an intense, violent military campaign intended to bring about a swift victory (lit. “lightning war”)

Carte blanche, French, complete freedom to act as one wishes (lit. “blank paper”)

Caveat emptor, Latin, the buyer is responsible for checking the quality of goods before purchasing them (lit. “let the buyer beware”

C’est la guerre, French, used as an expression of resigned acceptance (lit. “that’s war”)

Chacon à son goût, French, everyone to their own taste

Chef-d’oeuvre, French, a masterpiece (lit. “chief work”)

Coup de foudre, French, love at first sight (lit. “stroke of lightning”)

De facto, Latin, in fact, whether by right or not

Déjà vu, French, the sense of having experienced the present situation before (lit. “already seen”)

Dernier cri, French, the very latest fashion (lit. “the last cry”)

Deus ex machina, Latin, an unexpected event that saves an apparently hopeless situation (lit. “god from the machinery”)

Dolce far niente, Italian, pleasant idleness (lit. “sweet doing nothing”)

Doppelgänger, German, an apparition or double of a living person (lit. a “double-goer”)

Double entendre, French, a word or phrase with two possible interpretations (from obsolete French, “double understanding”)

Eminence grise, French, a person who has power or influence without holding an official position (lit. “grey eminence”)

Enfant terrible, French, a person whose behaviour is unconventional or controversial (lit. “terrible child”)

Esprit de corps, French, a feeling of pride and loyalty uniting the members of a group (lit. “spirit of body”)

Fait accompli, French, a thing that has been done or decided and cannot now be altered (lit. “accomplished fact”)

Femme fatale, French, a seductive woman (lit. “disastrous woman”)

Haute couture, French, designing and making of clothes by fashion houses (lit.“high dressmaking”)

In camera, Latin, in private (lit. “in the chamber”)

In loco parentis, Latin, in the place of a parent

Inter alia, Latin, among other things

Jeunesse dorée, French, wealthy, fashionable young people (lit. “gilded youth”)

Katzenjammer, German, a hangover or severe headache accompanying a hangover (lit. “cats’ wailing”)

Laissez-faire, French, a non-interventionist policy (lit. “allow to do”)

Magnum opus, Latin, the most important work of an artist, writer etc (lit. “great work”)

Manqué, French, having failed to become what one might have been (lit. from manquer “to lack”)

Memento mori, Latin, something kept as a reminder that death is inevitable (lit. “remember (that you have) to die”)

Ménage à trois, French, an arrangement in which a married couple and the lover of one of them live together (lit. “way of living”)

Mot juste, French, the most appropriate word or expression

Ne plus ultra, Latin, the best example of something (lit. “not further beyond”)

Non sequitur, Latin, a conclusion or statement that does not logically follow from the previous statement (lit. “it does not follow”)

Nouveau riche, French, people who have recently become rich and who display their wealth ostentatiously (lit. “new rich”)

Papabile, Italian, worthy or eligible to be elected pope

Pied-à-terre, French, a small flat or house kept for occasional use (lit. “foot to earth”)

Prima facie, Latin, accepted as so until proved otherwise (lit. “at first face”)

Quid pro quo, Latin, a favour or advantage given in return for something (lit. “something for something”)

Raison d’être, French, the most important reason for someone or something’s existence (lit. “reason for being”)

Reductio ad absurdam, Latin, a method of disproving a premise by showing that its logical conclusion is absurd (lit. “reduction to the absurd”)

Sangfroid, French, the ability to stay calm in difficult circumstances (lit. “cold blood”)

Soi-disant, French, self-styled; so-called (lit. “self-saying”)

Sui generis, Latin, unique (lit. “of its own kind”)

Tant mieux, French, so much the better

Tête-à-tête, French, a private conversation (“head to head”)

Vox populi, Latin, public opinion (lit. “the voice of the people”)

Zeitgeist, German, the characteristic spirit or mood of a particular historical period (lit. “time spirit”)

— © Oxford University Press 2007

Extracted from The Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus (ed. Maurice Waite, 2007)
Buy the Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus (RRP £30) for the offer price of £25.50 (inc p&p) from BooksFirst on 0870 1608080 or

// Tant Mieux,   French,   so much the better

Tete a Tete -French, private conversation

Grace’s Folio’s- Oldtime Sundays

On Sundays during a time long ago, there were traditions that are very different from today.

These are the recollections of both my mother who grew up during the Depression and me.

My perspective is through the eyes of a seven-year old.

My father grew up in NYC, the Bronx , my grandmother always insisted in living in the best of neighborhoods.

After WW II was over , my father used the money that he saved during his time in the military to buy land in Old Bridge so his parents could move from NYC to the country.  He wanted them to have something in their own name, so I’m told that he said to leave off his name.

This explains why my father grew two gardens, one in Old Bridge, N.J. and one at our house in Somerset County, N.J.

  1. Every Sunday, my sister and I and my father  would go to church in our hometown. We wore  matching dresses and our father wore a long sleeve white dress shirt that had to be starched and ironed by my mother, before permanent press shirts.   My mother would stay home  to cook  the Sunday dinner which we ate at lunch time.   My father liked a “big meal” of Roast Beef on Sundays along with homemade mashed potatoes and a vegetable.

    After Sunday dinner was finished, we would set out for the 45 minute drive to our paternal grandparents home which my Connecticut cousins’ recently relayed to me that they called the property,… “the farm”.

My mother stated that she, “had to cook fast and also pack a change of clothes.”  My paternal grandmother wanted everybody dressed up on Sundays when they came to visit,  the men in white dress shirts and tie and the women wore dresses.

On arrival to my grandparents home, upon getting out of the car, my grandfather would greet us with a big, squeezing hug and a kiss and utter the words ” hello …chicks” in broken English.  I remember that at eight years old, I was about  the same height as my paternal grandmother.

I was named after my paternal grandmother.  My sister was named after my paternal grandfather, though his nickname.

Upon entering the house, all of us would go into the kitchen and sit around the large round table for coffee and dessert, Italian cookies from a bakery.  The coffee was Italian style, very strong.

Afterwards , my father change  to work clothes and walk down the sandy paths, past my grandfather’s many rows of already growing vegetables to the  back of the property behind the old chicken building , (coop) to tend to the garden of tomatoes and potatoes, green peppers.   There was an old rusty water pump ( you couldn’t drink from it), with which he watered the plants by carrying  bucketfuls of water back and forth.   As kids we kept my father company while we played there in our “Ked” sneakers.

My paternal grandfather spent his time after retirement all day outdoors in the yard planting and taking care of his garden.  He sold the vegetables for a small income to regular customers and friends.  My grandfather as well as my grandmother were  members of St. Thomas the Apostle church in Old Bridge.

There was a grape arbor  behind the house on the right side of the property.  He was making homemade  wine , I can picture the wooden barrel that he kept it in during the process.     He was proud of this and I recall him offering a taste of the red wine to my father.

My grandmother whom I was named after, did not go out in the garden portion.   She stayed indoors “always sewing’, making her own clothes and aprons she wore  while cooking Italian meals of chicken and pasta with meatballs and sausage.  She had worked as a seamstress  while she was raising my father and two sisters in the Bronx section of New York.  When my sister and I were ready to make our First Holy Communion, grandma hand sewed our dresses with white eyelet material and a white organza short sleeve jackets to match.

When we arrived, we would sometimes see grandma sitting on a chair in the shade next to the garage waiting for our arrival.  There were cats and their kittens walking around outside, their cat food on an old tin pie plate for a dish.  My Aunt Rose and her three children, Eddie, Maureen, and Debbie ( the closest to our age) would have spent the whole weekend there and eventually moved in to live there.-

We would spend only the afternoon there and then leave at supper time; I only recall having dinner there once when  more  relatives were visiting. Because there wasn’t room at the table in the kitchen, I clearly remember we sat at a table in the basement.  The interesting thing about the basement was that my oldest cousin, Eddie had a train set with railroad tracks displayed which  included a handmade mountain or volcano.

First Holy Communion dresses hand-sewn by Paternal grandmother Grace

Cookbook and Ice cream recipe

Who has ever made their own handmade ice cream?  I’ve read several recipes in cookbooks and on blogs and this one I simply must set out to do.  Since I have not had any formal lessons on computer use,  like saving this recipe to a word document for my use  which I  formerly and sometimes still revert reaching for my favorite pen and jotting down a handwritten recipe on  notebook paper and placing in a folder labeled recipes-desserts.

This is from one of David Lebovitz’s  cookbooks on desserts.

The Easiest Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe…Ever

The Easiest Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe…Ever

83 comments11.27.2007
Bailey's Banana Chocolate Ice Cream

This dessert is the result of a happy accident.

But soon after, I got to work and discovered something—the world’s easiest Chocolate Ice Cream…with no machine required!

Unfortunately I didn’t write anything down—how could I?—and once I hit the rock-bottom of that container in my freezer, I had a personal melt-down: it was all gone. But I really wanted to share the recipe here, so I decided to re-work recipe to re-create what I did.

Happily, I discovered that this all-new ice cream doesn’t require an ice cream-maker at all. Yes, really. So if you don’t have a machine, fear not: it’s simply blended up, poured in a container, and left to chill on its own in the freezer. And after four hours (no stirring required!), I dug my spoon into the most luscious, creamier ice cream imaginable. Again.


Chocolate and Banana Ice Cream

Four to six scoops
From Ready for Dessert (Ten Speed) by David Lebovitz
This is the world’s easiest ice cream. It takes literally a minute to put together—since it’s winter, I simply set the bowl of chocolate and milk on the radiator, and while I leisurely and lovingly take the time to peel the banana, the chocolate melts and is soon ready to use.
You can easily increase this recipe to make more than it calls for. I haven’t tried it with any other liquor, but for those of you who want to experiment, you do need to include a similar amount and percentage of alcohol to prevent the ice cream from freezing too hard. The banana gives the ice cream a smooth, creamy consistency and provides the sweetness, so use a nice, ripe one.
I found that this keeps for weeks in the freezer and maintains it’s absolutely perfect consistency. Cheers!
2 ounces (55 g) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped

6 tablespoons (80 ml) milk, whole or low-fat

6 tablespoons (80 ml) Baileys liquor

1 medium-sized ripe banana, peeled*, and cut into chunks

1 tablespoon (15 ml) dark rum
1. In a small bowl set over a pan of simmering water (or in the microwave), melt the chocolate with the milk.
2. Blend the melted chocolate the Baileys, the banana, and rum until smooth.
3. Pour into a plastic or metal container, cover, and freeze for at least 4 hours.

Southern Plate Repost- an old time recipe.

Southern Plate Repost:

This recipe is from a blog writer in Alabama, called Southern Plate that looks too good to forget.

Treasure Found: Granny Jordan’s Chicken Casserole / Salad

Granny Jordan’s Chicken Casserole/Salad

  • 1 cooked, cut up chicken
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 boiled eggs, cut up
  • 3/4 cup celery, diced
  • onion, diced (I used half of an onion)
  • 1/3 cup cracker crumbs (I omitted these)
  • Potato Chips
  • Ritz crackers
  • Lettuce

Mix chicken, mayo, soup, eggs, celery, onion,  and cracker crumbs in a bowl. Spread into an 8×8 pan. Top with crushed potato chips. Bake at 350 for twenty minutes. Serve hot or cold. If cold, serve over bed of lettuce with Ritz crackers.

Alice in Wonderland-the movie


Anne Hathaway is the White Queen in this new photo released by Empire Online.

Alice in Wonderland - Anne Hathaway as the White Queen

“Anne Hathaway is eye-catching as the White Queen in this brand-new picture available from Empire Online.  Her appearance is  elegant yet bizarre.

Which is not surprising since the White Queen seems to live her life backwards (screaming before she’s injured etc).  Mostly an ally to Alice, she will prove not to be the most useful or reliable companion.

Though I’d rather see Hathaway in the lead role of Alice, I think she’ll excel in this odd character.  Though truthfully all the inhabitants of Wonderland are more than a little odd.

Interesting fact is that the White Queen doesn’t appear in the Alice in Wonderland book, appearing in the sequel Through The Looking Glass.”

From :

Cook book: MODERN SPICE by Monica Bhide

Cook book:  MODERN SPICE        by Monica Bhide

Monica was born in India learning about cooking from her parents and in the kitchens of her cousins and other relatives.Since moving to the USA,  she lives  outside of  Washington, D.C. the past fifteen years or more.

Some of the recipes as feature in gluten free girl’s blog are brown basmati rice with pine nuts, mint and pomegranite, cilantro mint chutney, and Red Chile Garlic Basil Chicken. (using 1 1/2 pounds cubed chicken).


Summer Book Giveaway

On the blog entitled ” A Sea of Books”  there is a summer beach bag of books giveaway.   The contest ends july 31, 2009.    I recently read about it.

The books are from Hachette book group.

All you need to do is go to the website and follow the rules listed there.


The following are the titles:

Julie and Julia by Julie Powell

A  summer affair by Elin Hinderbrand

Obama’s Blackberry by Kasper Hauser

Any Minute by Joyce Meyer and Deborah Bedford

The Secret Speech by Tom Rod Smith

Swimsuit by James Patterson

The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer

Miscarriage of Justice by “Kip” Gayden

When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

The website :

Ruby Tuesday

I am sharing with my Ruby Tuesday on-line friends  my collection of vade mecum , cookbooks with a red theme colour.

Tomes with a Red colour

Tomes with a Red colour

To participate in Ruby Tuesday a weekly Tuesday meme in photos
She posts 2:00pm EST
Last week, Ruby Tuesday celebrated the one year anniversary of weekly Red themed posts.

A busy life and a book titled Crazy Busy

Life,  what’s it all about? Ask yourself these questions.  What are your expectations? How do goals play a part in your plan?    As you change and grow, year to year, do your expectations change?

As I was browsing a ” used book area” , my eyes scanned over a title, ” Crazy Busy”. Hmmm, that sounds like me. Yes, I know. But do I need another book, especially with the continued popularity of E-books, ( that you can download on your Kindle or Nook for .99cents, to $ 3.99 or more and mostly the classics are free.)

I picked up the book, flipped through the pages quickly, thought and pondered;yes, my life and responsibilites of taking care of family in another house besides my own is ” crazy Busy”! I do feel stressed!

In the title,The words stare out at me, ” Overstretched, Overbooked, and about to snap”, the last phrase, I’m not quite there yet, Thank God!

I skim through the book, with chapters,” myth and reality of multi-tasking, “the Daily Drill”, and “energy, Enthusiasm and Play, beckon to me.  Take this book it, seems to say,   it suits you now at this time in your life.   However, I  put the book down and walk around some more.

I come back to it.

This is what I have learned from this book:

“Make sure you do what matters most to you”.”In order to reach it, you must regain a measure of control that you ought to have and live actively, consciously,according to a system you have formulated yourself,, a positive emotional environment and your life’s right rhythm.  There are many factors, and the most unique are the obstacles of our modern age.  If you don’t manage the rush, the clutter.  The key is to find the right balance between control and lack of control.

The Serenity Prayer, Modified:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;

The insight to prioritize wisely what I want to change;

The patience to resist trying to control everything I could, had I the energy and time;

The courage and skill to change the things I have chosen to change;

And the wisdom to know the difference among all these. 

“Finding Hope When You’re down”,The author states is one of the common problems that we face.  These days, losing hope is easy in the light of the fact that there are so many dangers, so many chances to get lost, make mistakes, or be cut-off.  From a realism point of view, there is hope.  Our emotions get in the way of recognizing it.  When a person’s job gets outsourced, he or she may feel out of luck and give up hope, but there is more of a chance to rebound than a generation or more ago. “Emotion turns action on or turns it off.’

The question is posed, Where does fresh hope come from when you’re fresh out of hope?  It comes from connection.  What connections matter most to you?  Is it a friend, a family member, GOD, a song, a mentor ,  a garden.  Whatever truly matters ,hope will truly spark.  It’s the connection that makes the spark. ” How difficult is it to feel up when you’re down and feel overwhelmed by the volume, speed,and worry in life , when you’re down. When you’re up’ you ride this fast life like a surfer atop a huge wave.”  The author simply says that being deeply connected to what matters most is the enlightened way of life.

Books I am reading,

First of all I’d like to say that I’m back to write a post.  I like to read books of fiction, some with themes of days of old, like Jane Austin, and others about stories of relationships. 

A book that I recently acquired is called, The Elegant Gathering of White Snows by Kris Radish. Subtitled, For eight women friendship is the first step of the most remarkable journey.  The setting is in a small town in Wisconsin. The close friends have been meeting on Thursday nights for years sharing food, wine and their deepest secrets. At midnight, they begin a brave walk. This description has me intrigued to open the book and turn the pages, feel , and learn about these women and their lives. 

I’ll come back and post what I think after I’ve read the book.  February 14, 2016