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                   Tis the season to be jolly 
                         let us dance among the holly.
                    Let the joyous bells ring out
                        while happy children sing and shout.


                   Come, ye thankful people, Come
                  Raise the song of harvest-home;
                     All is safely gathered in,
                 Ere the winter storms begin.

Henry Alnord (1810-1871)

                                     NOVEMBER 11, 2006

                                                   VETERANS DAY


                                        Many Countries celebrate their honored dead and veterans
                                             on this day.  This day is not to honor the war, but the
                                                     sacrifices made by others for our freedom.

Franklin D. Roosevelt
                                                                                                            U.S. President



While surfin’ the ‘net like Les does, I came across several sites that looked interesting  regarding haunted places
and they reminded me of a story I was told when I moved here, about how, on foggy nights, a bride could be seen
waiting for her groom on the steps of The United Methodist Church in the Millbrook area of Raleigh.  No one I know
has ever seen her.

I’m sure you know there are many haunted places in North Carolina. The Devil’s Tramping (Stomping) Ground,
The Maco Light, The Brown Mountain Lights and of course, The Bermuda Triangle.  A Treasure Ship off Wrightsville
and The Strange Hoof-Marks at Bath are not as well known.  
Some of the “world’s creepiest places” include The Bermuda Triangle, Tower of London, and Roswell.
f you are really interested in haunted houses the best thing is to go to Google and type in "haunted houses".
Click on the state you want.  Since I'm from Indiana I wanted to see if they in included the Crown Point Jail
building and Sheriff's House.  They did and also mentioned John Dillinger, one of the most notorious
crooks back in the 1930's.  They omitted the fact that when Dillinger escaped he stole the Sheriff's brand
new car and totaled it. I have toured the jail and at one time it was turned into a restaurant with tables in
some of the cells. The food was great! and no, I didn't see any ghosts!

Halloween was a fun time for me. As a kid I lived next door to my grandparents’ house in the country and I
remember running, and stumbling, through cornfields to friends houses and banging on their doors yelling
“Trickertreat!” Yes, there were roads but my older sister and I took the short route.  Sometimes there was a
 full moon and snow on the ground. Oh, it was cold but we didn’t care. When we got home our bags were full
 of corn candy, homemade cookies, popcorn balls and sometimes candied apples which we shared with everyone. 

                                                                               WITCH'S BREW

                                                             4 inch Stick Cinnamon (Break in pieces)
                                                                          1 Tsp. Allspice (Whole)
                                                                             1 Tsp Whole Cloves
                                                                 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar (Tamped Down)
                                                                              7 Cups Apple Cider
                                                                            1 to 1 1/2 Cups Rum*
                                                                                   1 Cup Butter

                                              Tie Spices in a 4 to 6 inch square of double thickness cheesecloth.
                                                                                                                       (100% cotton)
                                             In a crock-pot or slow cooker, combine all ingredients except butter.
                                       Cover and cook on low setting 7 to 8 hours or on high setting 3 to 4 hours.
                                            Discard spice bag. Ladle hot punch into cups and float about 1/2 tsp
                                                                       butter atop each serving
                                                                       Makes ten 6 oz servings.

                                                      *Apple Cider can be substituted for the rum
(Recipe from Anne's Place)



                                                         A recap on how oktoberfest started

 It really began with a Royal Wedding on 12 October 1810.  Seems like a Crown Prince named Ludwig decided to marry Princess Therese of Saxony. (I hope she was agreeable!) What a party that turned out to be!  The people of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front the city gates.  A horse race in the presence of the royal
family marked the close of the festival that was celebrated by all of Bavaria.

In 1811, an added feature to the horse races was the first Agricultural Show. That was done to show how good the farmers could grow vegetables, I guess. Gradually more events were added such as a carousel, swings, and beer stands which were eventually replaced as beer tents and beer halls as they are known today.

Today, the Oktoberfest in Munich is the largest festival in the world, with an international flavor characteristic of the 20th century. Roller coasters and other spectacular fun have been added for the fun of people of all ages. It seems
to me it’s more of a “Bier” fest.

This year the (2006) Ocktoberfest celebrates its 196th anniversary.  Only Wars and cholera epidemics have interrupted the yearly celebration. Many cities across this country celebrate Oktoberfest but nowhere in NC!!  If you can find a
place here please let me know!!

I am not going to repeat my sauerkraut recipe because I found this German potato salad that sounds

Warm German Potato Salad

6 medium potatoes peeled, cooked, sliced                    ½ cup water
14 slices center cut bacon (less fat)                                ½ cup cider or white vinegar
    cut in 1 inch pieces                                                    1/3 cup sugar  (sweetener can be substituted)
1 medium onion chopped                                              1/4 tsp salt and pepper
1 tbsp flour


Place cooked and sliced potatoes in large bowl, set aside
Cook and stir bacon in skillet on medium heat til crispy.  Remove bacon from pan, reserving
       2 tbsp. drippings in skillet, set bacon aside.
Add onion and celery to skillet; cook until celery is crisp tender, stir in water, vinegar, sugar,
salt pepper and bacon.  Bring to a boil.  Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes until thickened,
stirring occasionally.  Pour over potatoes, mix lightly.  Serve warm.
Optional:  Sprinkle with parsley or poppy seeds


Summer is gone, fall is here, kids are back in school, football games have started and its tailgating time. Prez Randy has been diligent in sending me recipes, which  I will share with you later but I have found several that I think really fits into this time of year.

Grilled Orange-Sage Pork Chops

2/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tsps dried sage
2 tsp grated orange zest
1 clove garlic, peeled and
1/ tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
4 pork Chops 1-inch thick

     In a glass or ceramic baking dish or large re-sealable plastic bag, mix olive oil, orange juice, orange zest,
     garlic, salt,  and pepper. Mix well.
    Trim chops of fat. Add the chops to the marinade and cover or seal.  Place in refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours.
    Turn the chops  to keep them  covered with marinade.

Prepare lightly oiled grill to a medium heat.
   Cover grill and cook the chops for 5 minutes on each side .  Check for doneness.


(Recipe from Alan's Kitchen.  His web site is now offline.)
Tailgate 2006 Veggie Salad

1 (14 1/2 oz can) whole kernel can
1 (14 ½ oz. can) green beans( I like green and yellow beans mixed)
1 14 ½ oz. bag frozen sweet peas – thawed
1 cup green pepper chopped- A little red pepper would be nice for color.
1 cup celery chopped
1 cup onions chopped
Optional- broccoli florets, chopped carrots
Drain and rinse canned vegetables.  Mix with remaining vegetables.
   1 cup sugar
   ¾ cup vinegar
   ½ cup oil

Combine ingredients and bring to a boil, simmer several minutes. While hot add vegetables. 
 Refrigerate overnight.  Will keep several weeks in fridge.
              Note: Italian or balsamic vinaigrette would be a good alternative.
Now how about this for DESSERT?

Mama Pat’s Apple Crisp

8 Granny Smith’s (about 8 cups chopped)
½ cup sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup flour sifted
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
½ cup (1stick) butter or margarine

Pare and core apples, cut into small pieces
Stir in sugar and lemon juice to coat fruit well.
Put into well buttered 9 inch pie plate or shallow baking dish.
Combine flour and brown sugar in small bowl.  Cut in butter (or margarine)
     with pastry blender or 2 knives. Sprinkle over apples; pat down.
         (I like to add chopped nuts and/ or crunchy cereal to the topping)

Bake in slow oven (325) about 50 minutes, or until juice bubbles around edges and topping
is golden brown.  Serve warm, with or without ice cream and enjoy!



                                                 SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
                                                         The Towers
                                                       The Pentagon
                                                           Flight 93 

                                        A day that will never be forgotten



                                                                   LABOR DAY

                                                         SEPTEMBER  4TH 2006

Well, Labor Day will soon be here, so I guess that means I have to stop vacationing and get back to work.

Labor Day was started in 1884 by a group called the Knights of Labor.  They wanted to honor the
working class so they held a parade in New York City.

In 1894 Congress passed a law recognizing Labor Day as an official national holiday and to be
held the first Monday in September.  Over the years this holiday has turned into the
“last fling of summer”.

 Enjoy this “last fling” if you can - even tho hurricane Ernesto is on his way.


                                  LEMON-CAPER CHICKEN


Feel free to double the recipe for a crowd (but use two skillets), or halve the recipe for an intimate dinner. Make sure to buy thinly sliced breasts — they are usually sold four to a package.

If you can't find them, slice a medium-sized breast crosswise, resulting in a 1/2- inch thick piece, about 4 oz in weight. Place each piece between two sheets of plastic wrap and lightly pound to flatten to an even thickness.

Serves 4

1 Tbsp olive oil
4 thinly-sliced boneless, skinless
chicken breast halves (about 4oz each)
Salt and pepper
4 tsp whole-wheat flour, divided
1 medium shallot, minced
2 Tbsp drained capers
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1-2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley

Instructions :

  1. Warm oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Pat chicken breasts with paper towels to thoroughly dry. Season chicken with salt and pepper, then lightly coat with flour, using about 1 tsp for each breast.
  2. Lay chicken in skillet; cook 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown, gently pressing down on breast to ensure equal browning. Reduce heat to medium. Turn breasts; cook 2 to 3 minutes longer, until golden brown and cooked through. Remove breasts to a serving platter.
  3. Reduce heat to low; add shallots and capers to skillet. Cook 30 seconds, stirring. Add broth and juice, cook 1 minute, until incorporated and thickened, stirring. Stir in parsley; pour sauce over chicken. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information:
258 calories
17 total fat (5 g sat)
72 mg cholesterol
5 g carbohydrate
21 g protein
1 g fiber
142 mg sodium


Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? Do you know who
invented ice cream, that smooth, creamy, cold, flavorful, yummy,
delightful tasting bowl, cone, or spoonful of utter heaven that satisfies
your taste buds, and soothes your every desire of “I need something
but I don’t know what” while you spoon some out of the container
with the freezer door open?  Who Cares!! Enjoy!!
If you are really interested you can go to
You will
find a little history as well as recipes.  


                                             JULY 4TH 1776

   Congress established Independence Day as a holiday in 1870 and in 1938
   Congress reaffirmed it as a holiday



   So, hooray for the Red, White, and Blue!  It’s time to celebrate our nation’s
   230th birthday with parades, barbecues, family and friends and fireworks.


                        HAPPY FATHER'S DAY

                       JUNE 18, 2006

This is the special time when fathers are honored.  Many of them are in the military
and will not be home on this day. They will be sorely missed.

Let us celebrate this day with good food, family and friends and most of all with love.
                                                                                 Flag Day                                                          June 14, 2006


The Pledge of Allegiance

I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to
  the Republic for which it stands,
one Nation under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.


       To protect our country and their families many men and women have given
       the ultimate sacrifice – their lives. We, the living, are the beneficiaries of that sacrifice.
       Let us honor them on Memorial Day.
         “Your silent tents of green
                                                                                      We deck with fragrant flowers;
                                                                                          Yours the suffering been,
                                                                                         The memory shall be ours"
                                                                                                                                                           Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  Happy Mother’s Day                              

                     May 14 is Mother’s Day                 
              Celebrate it in a happy way.
              With lots of hugs and kisses too
              She will love them because they come from you.



                           Do you know how the Easter Bunny evolved as part of the
                                                      Easter holiday?

                                    I went to Wickipedia and found this info:

It is thought that the idea of the Easter Bunny was developed by German Protestants, who wanted to retain or re-introduce the Catholic custom of eating colored eggs for Easter, but did not want to introduce their children to the Catholic rite of fasting, which was the reason for the abundant availability of eggs at Easter time (they were forbidden to Catholics during the fast, thus eggs layed during the fast were stored until the feast).

The idea of an egg laying rabbit came to the United States in the 1700s. German immigrants in the Pennsylvania Dutch area told their children about the "Osterhase" (also: "Oschter Haws") or Easter Bunny. Only the good children received gifts of coloured eggs in the nests that they had made in their caps and bonnets before Easter. Presumably, the Oschter Haws laid them when they were not looking.

In the United States, the Easter Bunny purportedly leaves baskets of treats (including Easter eggs and assorted chocolates) on Easter morning for good children. This is a common practice even in non-Christian households, as Easter has started to become a more non-sectarian festival, like Halloween or Valentine's Day.

source: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

                                                        So now you know!



                                                May the luck of the Irish
                               be smilin' upon ye

                                                It was suggested that I repeat this recipe:
                                                                   IRISH DINNER

                                                3 to 4 lb corned-beef brisket
                                                1 bottle beer
                                                1 can beef broth or
                                               2 onions, sliced
                                               2 cloves garlic, minced
                                               3 bay leaves
                                               6 small to medium potatoes
                                                 pared and quartered
                                              6 carrots, pared and sliced
                                              1 medium head cabbage
                                                cut in 6 wedges
                                  Place corned beef in heavy pan and barely
                                  cover with beer, broth and water; add
                                  onion, garlic, bay leaves. Cover and simmer
                                  1 hour per pound of meat or til tender.
                                  Remove meat; add potatoes and carrots.
                                  Cover and bring to boil and cook 10-15
                                  minutes; add cabbage and cook til vegetables
                                  are done. (Remove bay leaves as they are
                                  for seasoning only.)
                                 To carve meat, cut thinly across the grain.


Well, if you are reading this, then Lester has restored and moved my page to the new server. So......
that means I need to get back to work.....mmmmmm. I guess that means you can come back later
and see if I am paying attention to Lester. 





January 28, 2006
I was pleased to be invited to the Mini-Reunion with Francis Yeargan last Saturday and was saddened
to hear of her passing and my heart goes out to her family.
MamaPat Latkowski

No New Year’s resolutions for me

I’m perfect!

                                       To look for previous recipes posted in 2005, click here.