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Archive Page for 2008

 

                                      
                                                      
                                                                                    
                                                                                  
                                      The Merry bells are ringing, HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you!
                                                                           
                         

 

                          
 

                                                         PEARL HARBOR 1941

December 7, 1941 - A date which will live in infamy as stated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt
and a day that many of us remember. The attack resulted in the United States becoming militarily
involved in World War II.

I was in the 6th grade at that time.  I remember reading articles in the local paper and hearing about
the battles on the radio and that our country will have to "tighten our belts" and give up some of
our luxuries.  I guess that meant we had to give up our radio.  No, that really meant no fancy shoes,
silk stockings or woolen items and no new pots or pans or cars.

We were given ration books that allowed us to buy certain amounts of butter, meats, shoes, and
other items. Gasoline was also rationed but my father worked at an oil refinery so his allotment was
a little larger so he could drive back and forth to the refinery as oil was needed by the military.
Canned goods were scarce as all metals were used for the "war effort" but that was no problem as
we normally preserved a lot of vegetables from our garden. We traded fresh garden vegetables for
fresh milk from local farmer friends and we already wore hand-me down clothes so that was no
problem. Butter was scarce and a new product was sold as "artificial butter".  It was a white
substance and had a packet of yellow substance that was mixed together to look like butter.  It had
no real taste so we did not buy it often.  (I guess this was the beginning of margarine).

It has been 67 years since this incident and most of us have forgiving hearts.


                            



 

                          
 


 



                                                        Veterans Day

                                           November 11, 2008

 
                  

                   

                                            The above was taken from the official website. 

In 1995 Bert and I attended a funeral, at Arlington National Cemetery.  A friend of ours and his 
comrades died during the Viet Nam war.  Their remains had been found 27 years later and were
interred in this one coffin.

The ceremony was very impressive with the coffin being placed on the caisson, which is pulled
by 6 horses.  The honor guard, the folding of the American Flag, taps playing in the far distance,
the 21 gun salute, the fly over of the jets and the presentation of the folded flags to family members
is a ceremony I will never forget.
 

                                          
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I guess it's time for Mama Pat to start stirring up her Witch's Brew. What should I conjure up this
 year?
Spicy hot Bat Wings? Raven Parmesan? Owl and Snake Eye pizza? HHHMMMM Nothing seems to stir
 up my appetite." Bubble and brew what shall I do?"  Where oh where is my Batty Crooked Cook
Book?

Ok, let's try this:
Spicy Hot Bat Wings

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup soy sauce*
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon minced ginger root
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 -2 pounds bat wings (chicken)
*If you want it hot add several dashes of
  Szechuan Spicy Stir-Fry Sauce to taste.

DIRECTIONS
In a 9x13 inch casserole, combine soy sauce, brown sugar, oil, ginger, and garlic powder. Mix until brown sugar
completely dissolves into the mixture. Place the chicken wings in the dish and turn them over until they are all
well coated. Cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Turn the chicken again, after 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Bake chicken, covered, for 45 minutes. Turn the chicken wings, and spoon sauce from the bottom of the pan
over the tops of the wings. Cook an additional 50 minutes, uncovered.

Owl and Snake eyes pizza
1 Pizza Crust
1 Cup Innards (salsa)
2 Cups shredded cheese
2 Owl breasts (chicken), cooked and cubed
1/2 Cup chopped Snake eyes (olives)

Directions
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cover crust with innards (salsa). Evenly spread Owl (chicken) over salsa.
Top with cheese. Place in PRE-HEATED oven directly on rack. Bake for 10-14 min. or until cheese is
slightly brown.

                                    

   
                                                                                                          
It's October again and many cities have already started and are finished with the celebration of
Ocktoberfest as it really starts in September and carries on into October. Depending on where
you are it starts around September 19 and carries on to October 4th or later. I get the idea this
happens in Munich and Bavaria on these dates. A lot of people, here in the states, just celebrate
it the first 2 weeks of October. I don't celebrate Octoberfest but I really like to eat sauerkraut,
kielbasa, potatoes, pumpernickel bread and drink a little beer in October.

Cincinnati goes all out to celebrate OKTOBERFEST (Zinzinnati USA) . This is the nation's, most
authentic Oktoberfest that showcases the rich German heritage of Southwestern Ohio as well as
tasty samples of German-style music, food and beer.

This is a list of the food that was provided by vendors and volunteers at this last Octoberfest:

          * 87,542 metts *
          * 80,500 bratwurst
          * 56,250 sausages
          * 24,640 potato pancakes
          * 20,000 cream puffs
          * 16,002 strudel
          * 6,000 jumbo pickles
          * 3,600 lbs. sauerkraut
          * 1,875 lbs. German potato salad
          * 702 lbs. Limburger cheese
          * 700 pigtails
          * 400 pickled pigs feet
* Pastry wrapped sausages similar to pigs in blankets
What can I say - it must have been a great feast!

                                    


 

                                                                                                                                                                                                          SEPTEMBER
 

                          

 

My birthday is in September and my sign is Virgo so out of curiosity I went to Google and typed in
"virgo birthday". I already had an idea as to what Virgo meant for me (I really don't believe this
stuff) but it was interesting to read what my horoscope was supposed to be and I was surprised
as this was different from previous readings. So what is true?

                                                           THE VIRGIN
                                                 August 23 to September 23


                             Virgo is the only zodiacal sign represented by a female!!!
                                      Creative and delicately lovely ( In my dreams!!)

1. Virgo is the sign of work and service. (I am lazy)
2. Virgos are always trying to find problems to solve. ( I don't think so!)
3. Most Virgos are neat freaks, constantly cleaning (Ha ha come and look at my spare bedrooms)
      oh my don't!
4. Virgos can be analytical, sensitive, unsocial or shy (HUH?)
5. Virgos can make great money if they use their talents ( I'm great at washing dishes-so where's
    the money?)

   TRADITIONAL TRAITS
Modest and shy (who me?)
Meticulous and reliable (well, yeah)
Practical and diligent (UUMM?)
Intelligent and analytical (I'd Like to think so!)

   ON THE DARK SIDE
Fussy and a worrier ( A little bit)
Overcritical and harsh (Ask Lester and Diane)
Perfectionist and conservative ( Of course)

   LIKES
Health Foods (UUUGGGHHH)
Lists (Yeah, but can't find them when needed)
Hygiene (Wash hands, sometimes)
Order (Hate it when I rearrange things then can't find them)

   DISLIKES
Sloppy workers (Never put things back where they belong. Does not include Di or Les as they know   
     where I put things)
Hazards to health. (I hate spraying for poison ivy or other weeds,  not to mention bugs )

It was fun finding all the info above and I could go on for a long time discussing this zodiac. I did
it just for fun. If you read any thing regarding your zodiac sign you will find something that is
familiar with your way of thinking or belief.

   FAMOUS VIRGOS (Besides Me)

August 23, 1899 My Father - Herbert L. Blackaby
           25, 1918 Conductor - Leonard Bernstein
           25, 1930 Actor - Sean Connery
           25, 1933 TV Personality - Regis Philbin
           27, 1908 President - Lyndon Johnson
           27, 1910 Humanitarian - Mother Teresa
Sept.   01, ME
                Gloria Estafan
                Lily Tomlin
There are too many actors, writers, humanitarians, politicians and plain ordinary people to
mention here that are Virgos and all of us have varied personalities that could be tied into other
so-called zodiac personalities. We are individual in our own way and ain't it grand!!!
                                                                            
September 11, 2001, a time in our lives never to be forgotten. Last year I found this website and
I found it so interesting that I thought I would pass it on to you again.
                                                     www.tributeto9-11-01.com 
   
                            

                                                              Labor Day
                                                      September 1,2008

        

                   


Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September and is a tribute to the achievements of
American workers.

There is a question as to who proposed this observance, Peter J. Mcguire or Matthew Macguire.
This argument has been ongoing for over 100 years.

Many states observed this holiday and eventually Congress made Labor Day a legal holiday.
           (Info from Dept. of Labor)

People think of Labor Day as the end of summer and celebrate with picnics and cookouts. If you
are grilling out this holiday try this potato salad recipe that Randy sent me, from Taste of Home ,
that would be very good to serve.

GRANDMA'S POTATO SALAD
8 medium red potatoes, cubed
4 hard cooked eggs, chopped
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
2/3 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons cider or red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons prepared mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons dried minced onion
1 teaspoon celery seed
Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:
Place the potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water. Cover and bring to a boil; cook until
tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain and cool. Place in a bowl; add eggs. Combine the remaining
ingredients; pour over potato mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 6 hours or
overnight.
Yield: 8 servings

NUTRITION INFO:
Per Serving:
Calories: 454 kcal
Carbohydrates: 19 g
Dietary Fiber: 6 g
Fat: 39 g
Protein: 8 g
Sugars: 7 g
 




                                                     
                                                                   

David sent this and I thought he had some interesting ideas:

Here are a few tricks of grilling that I’ve learned over the years:

Cooking on the grill is my favorite past time and over the years I’ve come up with and or learned
some tricks of grilling. For a long time I used a regular charcoal smoker grill for all my grilling.
I am old school, but in the past years time became of essence and I went and bought a gas grill. I
like and still do love charcoal grilling. I charcoal grill when I take my family out RV camping. I still
have the old smoker grill. Owning a gas grill was a whole new ball game. I was burning just about
every piece of meat or fish that I put on the gas grill. I was ready to toss it in the trash until one
day I discovered a way to cook chicken on the grill. I was cooking chicken one Saturday evening
when I had a visitor. So I left one side of the grill on high, I turned the other side off and moved all
the chicken to the off side while I went to greet my visitor. We got to talking and I had forgotten
about the chicken on the grill. When I returned to the gas grill the chicken was cooked to
perfection. I lathered on the BBQ sauce gave it a little bit of fire for a little burnt flavor. We sat
down to eat and it was the best chicken I’d ever grilled. I also found that after grilling your pork
and chicken to paint the BBQ on after the meat has cooked because I found that sugar burns easily
which is in the BBQ so I always add the BBQ till the last minute and let it sit on the grill 1 min or 2
before serving……So now when I grill the chicken I sear it over the fire a little then move them
over to one side the grill and
let the other side cook on high and add the BBQ last just before
serving.

Another trick I learned is to pre-marinate or brine chicken or your meat in a salty solution. I
learned that steak houses pre-marinate the meat in brine before cooking. It will help to keep your
meat moist. Just soak in salted water for 1-2 hours. I also read in recipe to squeeze in some lemon
or sweet iced tea or bourbon. I’ve yet to brine my meat. And anyway when you’re buying meat
like I do, I still search out the cheaper best grill cuts of meat if I can find one that I think is a good
cut of meat. The fat on the meat is “good”. I don’t mean a whole lot of fat but just enough
amount of fat will do. The fat will give the meat more flavor, the fat will drip out and you can cut
out the fat after the meat has cooked so you don’t have to worry about calories. Though unlike
the chicken I grill all my meat over the fire. First I sear the meat on the hot grill to brown it on
both sides and then I grill to my preference, usually I grill my meat rare to med rare.

I’ve grilled hamburgers for many years while raising and feeding 7 kids. I always grilled hamburgers
and corn nearly every Saturday through the summer. There are 2 things I learned when grilling
hamburgers. I flip my hamburgers only once. I let it grill on one side good and brown for a few
minutes then I roll it over to the other side and finish grilling. When I test for doneness, I use this
method. If it feels like the palm of your hand in the middle then it is well done. If it feels like the

palm of your hand next to your thumb then it is rare. I use this method with steak meats the same
way.

For brats and ribs I boil them in water or beer before grilling and BBQing. Sometimes I mix BBQ in
the water for the ribs. Now just boil just long enough so you can finish cooking on the grill,
especially the ribs so the meat don't fall off the bone….

I've not mastered grilling fish on the grill but I've had success with Salmon on a few occasions.

I grill a lot of corn also on the grill. Some times I let the corn unshucked soak in water for 30 min
to an hour while prepping the meat for the grill. Sometimes I would butter the corn in the husk
and put on the grill with the meat and let it cook while turning them over for 10 to 15 min…The
Indiana sweet corn are the best and only the best. I buy lots of corn because we can never have
enough in my family….


Well I hope you enjoy the tricks I’ve learned from grilling. I hope you all have a happy 4th of July
celebration and since it falls on a Friday I will certainly enjoy a nice long 3 day weekend….Sure
wish I could be with you all in NC.
 

                                           

Randy sent this:
This is not on the grill but sounds good.
 



BAKED TACO SALAD
Serves 10
Ingredients:
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
5 medium cloves garlic, finely chopped
12 (6 inch) corn tortillas, torn or cut into small pieces
1 cup sour cream
1 (19 ounce) can Progresso(R) Vegetable Classics hearty tomato soup
1 (15.25 ounce) can Green Giant(R) whole kernel corn, drained
1 (15 ounce) can Progresso(R) black beans, drained, rinsed
1 (4.5 ounce) can Old El Paso(R) chopped green chiles
1 (1.25 ounce) package Old El Paso(R) taco seasoning mix
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese blend
1 (2.25 ounce) can sliced ripe olives, drained
16 cups shredded romaine lettuce
3 cups chopped tomatoes
4 medium green onions, chopped
Mango-peach salsa (optional)

Cooking directions:
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken, onion and garlic; cook about 8
minutes, stirring frequently, until chicken is no longer pink in center. Remove skillet from heat.
2. Stir in tortillas, sour cream, soup, corn, beans, green chiles, taco seasoning mix, salt, cumin
and pepper. Pour into baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese and olives.
3. Cover tightly with foil; bake 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 15 minutes longer or until cheese is
melted and mixture is bubbly.
4. In 6-quart bowl, mix lettuce, tomatoes and green onions. Divide lettuce mixture evenly among
individual plates. Top each with baked taco mixture and mango-peach salsa.

Nutrition Info Per Serving:
Calories: 555 kcal
Carbohydrates: 58 g
Dietary Fiber: 8 g
Fat: 24 g
Protein: 29 g
Sugars: 7 g

Recipe Provided By: Pillsbury Bake-Off

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                                             JULY 4TH

         
 "Hallowed be the day, forever bright its memory in the heart of the Nation.
                                                     Sing to it, poets;
                                                 shout to it, freemen;
                   celebrate it with bonfires, parades, and triumphant assemblies"
                                            (Daily Alta, California, 4 July 1855)

                       *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *

Independence Day celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th 1776.
America is celebrating its 232nd birthday this year.

We celebrate with parades, marching bands, and displaying our
country's flag with honor and respect. It is a time for picnics, bbqs, and firecrackers.

Randy sent me a recipe that would be a change from hamburgers and hot dogs.

BARBECUE PULLED CHICKEN
Serves 8

INGREDIENTS
1 (8 ounce) can reduced-sodium tomato sauce
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies, drained
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon sweet or smoked paprika
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 teaspoon ground chipotle chile
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic

Nutrition Info Per Serving:
  Calories: 211 kcal
  Carbohydrates: 9 g
  Dietary Fiber: 1 g
  Fat: 6 g
  Protein: 28 g
  Sugars: 5 g

Cooking Directions
Stir tomato sauce, chilies, vinegar, honey, paprika, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce,
mustard, ground chipotle and salt in a 6-quart slow cooker until smooth. Add chicken, onion
and garlic; stir to combine.
Put the lid on and cook on low until the chicken can be pulled apart, about 5 hours.
Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and shred with a fork. Return the chicken to the sauce,
stir well and serve on buns.

Recipe Provided By: EatingWell.com

              
 

                                                                        

Father's Day is, of course, a day set aside to Honor Dad and show him your love and appreciation.
The day is observed as a time for a family reunion, as children who are far away from families,
take time out to celebrate the day with their father. Indulging daddy with breakfast in bed and
gifts of flowers, chocolates and neckties is the traditional way of celebrating Father's Day.

                                                    I'm not always just perfect,
                                                    Even though I try.
                                                    Sometimes when I'm not so great,
                                                    You give a little sigh!
                                                    On days like that I wish
                                                    I could give you cause to smile
                                                    And have you put your feet up,
                                                    To rest a little while.
                                                    So the next time you're tired,
                                                    And it's because of me,
                                                    Please sit down and relax awhile
                                                    And have a cup of tea!
                                                              Lots of Love, the kids


                              
                                                             FATHER & SON
                       
                                

One evening when he was a little boy, Lester, his daddy and I were sitting around the table eating
ice cream. Lester said, "Daddy, you're the boss, aren't you?" Daddy was very pleased and with a
smile, said yes. And then Lester asked "That's because Mommy put you in charge, right?"

Lester entered a contest for kids with the theme: "The nicest thing My Father Ever Did For Me."
His answer: "He married my mother."

A quote from Lester:
When I was a little boy I thought my father was so old that when he was in school, history was
called current events.

                                                                             HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!
                              



                                                       
MEMORIAL DAY 2008

                                      

                                               Rest Haven Cemetery in Edinburgh, Indiana
                                            is the final resting place of many war veterans


In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday to be held on the last Monday in May. It
was previously known as Decoration Day.

Memorial Day will be celebrated on May 26 this year. I have in the past related the stories of how
my family celebrated this day. To me it is still a very important day to honor our military men
and women who have given their lives in service to our country. I think, it is due to the fact
that Bert, my husband, spent so many years in the military and I also had a sister who joined
the WAVES. I personally know that several young men in my far off family spent time in the
military. I have pictures and names but do not remember being in contact with them.

Many people have forgotten why we celebrate this day and no longer honor the tradition of
placing flags on the graves of the fallen. Sometime during this important day we should stop
for a few minutes to give thanks for these courageous young men and women.


             

                                                       
How do you remember celebrating Mother's Day? I remember, as a young girl, making some small trinket while in grade
school such as decorating a May calendar with colored flowers, or making a small basket from paper and filling it with
flowers found growing on the roadside. Money was scarce so there was no present purchased at a store although my
dad saved up enough to buy Mother a small box of candy which she shared with us.

We gathered at my grandparents house for the afternoon with aunts, uncles and cousins and after supper my
grandfather, known as Pop, would bring out his violin, my dad would have his guitar and my mother would have
her mandolin  or banjo and the music would begin. My grandmother, known as Mom, had no musical talent but she
could clap her hands and stomp her feet in time with the music. As a matter of fact this is how we celebrate many holidays!

Mother's Day Trivia:

Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia who started Mother's Day celebrations also filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop the
over- commercialization of Mother's Day. She lost her fight. Anna had hoped for a day of reflection and quiet prayer
by families, thanking God for all that mothers had done.

Julia Ward Howe staged an unusual protest for peace in Boston, by celebrating a special day for mothers. She wanted
to call attention to the need for peace by pointing out mothers who were left alone in the world without their sons and
husbands after the bloody Franco-Prussian War.

Japan's Imperial family trace their ancestry to Omikami Amaterasu, the Mother of the World.
Ancient Egyptians believed that 'Bast' was the mother of all cats on Earth, and that cats were sacred animals.


In the Bible, Eve is credited with being the 'Mother of All the Living.

In the vast majority of the world's languages, the word for "mother" begins with the letter M.

Believe It or Not Records :

Youngest Mother:
The youngest mother whose history is authenticated is Lina Medina, who delivered a 6½-pound boy by cesarean section
in Lima, Peru in 1939, at an age of 5 years and 7 months. The child was raised as her brother and only discovered that
Lina was his mother when he was 10.

Oldest Mother:
On April 9, 2003, Satyabhama Mahapatra, a 65-year-old retired schoolteacher in India, became the
world's oldest
mother when she gave birth to a baby boy. Satyabhama and her husband had been married 50 years, but this is their
first child. The baby was conceived through artificial insemination using eggs from the woman's 26-year-old niece,
Veenarani Mahapatra, and the sperm of Veenarani's husband.

Most Surviving Children:
Bobbie McCaughey is the mother who holds the record for the most surviving children from a single
birth. She gave
birth to the first set of surviving septuplets - four boys and three girls -on November 19, 1997, at the University
Hospital, Iowa, US. Conceived by in vitro fertilization, the babies were delivered after 31 weeks by cesarean in the
space of 16 minutes. The babies are named Kenneth, Nathaniel, Brandon, Joel, Kelsey, Natalie and Alexis.

Shortest Interval Between Two Children:
Jayne Bleackley is the mother who holds the record for the shortest interval between two children born in separate
confinements. She gave birth to Joseph Robert on September 3, 1999, and Annie Jessica Joyce on March 30, 2000.
The babies were born 208 days apart.

Longest Interval Between Two Children:
Elizabeth Ann Buttle is the mother who holds the record for the longest interval between the birth of two children.
She gave birth to Belinda on May 19,1956 and Joseph on November 20, 1997. The babies were born 41 years 185
days apart. The mother was 60 years old when her son Joseph was born.


Highest Recorded Number of Children:
The highest officially recorded number of children born to one mother is 69, to the first wife of Feodor Vassilyev
(1707-1782) of Shuya, Russia. Between 1725 and 1765, in a total of 27 confinements, she gave birth to 16 pairs of
twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets. 67 of them survived infancy.

Highest Number of Children in Modern Times:
The modern world record for giving birth is held by Leontina Albina from San Antonio, Chile. Leontina claims to be
the mother of 64 children, of which only 55 of them are documented. She is listed in the 1999 Guinness World Records
but dropped from later editions.


From the Animal Kingdom:
A female oyster over her lifetime may produce over 100 million young.
A mother giraffe often gives birth while standing, so the new born's first experience outside the womb is a 1.8-meter
(6-foot) drop.
Just like people, mother chimpanzees often develop lifelong relationships with their offspring.
Kittens are born both blind and deaf, but the vibration of their mother's purring is a physical signal that the kittens
can feel - it acts like a homing device, signaling them to nurse.

                                                                              This info from www.mothersdaycelebration.com
                       


                                                                 
April Fools Day has come and gone and I know I'm late but I have just discovered the origin of this day.
April 1st was once New Year's Day in France. If it wasn't for Pope Gregory, back in 1582, who devised the
Gregorian calendar to replace the Julian calendar, we would be celebrating New Years Day on April 1st.
instead of January 1st. Since cell phones, e-mails, and telephones were not available then, it took a while
for everyone in France to get the big news. Many people were too stubborn to accept the new calendar and
continued to celebrate New Years Day on April 1st earning the name of April Fools. They were often ridiculed
and practical jokes were played on them and the tradition was born. Prank playing still continues on the first
day of April.

        

 

                                                     
                                               

Easter is a holiday that is celebrated anytime between late March and late April. It is a difference in time that has
been used by different churches using different calendar calculations depending on the full moon.  It has been suggested
that observance of this celebration have a permanent date.  (I totally agree).  This argument has been going on for
centuries.

My family usually celebrated quietly with small baskets for the kids that contained colored eggs, candy and
a special treat.  Dinner was usually ham, covered with brown sugar, pineapple juice, pineapple slices and a
little orange juice so it wouldn't be too sweet.  Side dishes were potato or macaroni salad, baked beans, pickled
beets, maybe green beans and corn on the cob. Dessert was whatever I decided to make.  hhhmmmmmm  sounds
like what I had at my grandmother’s when I was a kid!!  Nobody complained!

I hope you all celebrate with your old traditions and have a great day.
                                            


                                        
     ST. Patrick's Day 2008

In Irish lore, St Patrick was held as a slave for about 6 years, then went to another country
to take up religious training and was a Christian Missionary to Ireland.

    TRIVIA:

In Ireland, the plant most often referred to as the shamrock is the white clover.
According to legend, St. Patrick believed the three small leaflets of the shamrock
represented the Holy Trinity.


Rainbow in the morning, travelers take warning: rainbow at night, traveler's delight.

Leprechaun: An Irish superstition: a small sprite sometimes inhabiting wine cellars, farmhouses, and
possesses a priceless treasure of gold.

Fairies sometimes reward people for doing them a favor. Grateful fairies may leave money for people who
have treated them well.
                                                                   

The Claddagh Ring represents romance and the promise of love forever.  This symbol goes back to the Druids. Two
hands  supporting a heart and upon it a crown.  When on the right hand with the heart facing out means the heart is
free.  When the heart is inward it indicates the heart is no longer available and if on the left hand it traditionally means
that love has been plighted.

The true history of this ring  remains elusive.  If you go to www.galway1.ie/faq/ringsaga.htm  you will find more info
 on this special ring. (I am part Irish and Bert, my husband, gave me this ring)

                                   
                     May the Irish hill caress you
                                                    May her lakes and rivers bless you
                                                    May the luck of the Irish unfold you
                                                      May the blessing of Saint Patrick
                                                                   Behold you       
  

                             PRESIDENT'S DAY
 

Presidents' day is a federal holiday and is celebrated the 3rd Monday in February. This year
it falls on the 18th. The main purpose of this holiday was to recognize George Washington
and Abraham Lincoln but evolved into honoring all presidents. There is a long story as to
how this day originated. The following site involves a lot of reading but is interesting:
www.snopes.com/holidays/presidents/presidents.asp
              

                                   
Valentine's Day is a day that is somewhat shrouded in mystery that includes traces of both Christian and Roman
traditions. One story is that Emperor Claudius decided that single men made better soldiers so he outlawed marriage
for potential soldiers. St. Valentine defied the decree and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.

One legend states that Valentine actually sent the first "valentine" greeting himself. It is believed that while in prison
he fell in love with the jailer's daughter and wrote her a letter which he signed "From your Valentine," an expression
that is still in use today.

                                                               valentine's Day Trivia:

The oldest known valentine in existence today was written by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife in 1415 while
imprisoned in the Tower of London.

Cupid, often associated with Valentine's day, was the son of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.

The first commercial Valentine's Day greeting cards were created in the 1840's by Esther Howland and were known as
 "scrap" because they were made of real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures.

In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine's Day card.

Victorians believed that if a lady put a silver coin under her pillow on Valentine's eve, she would receive a proposal by
 the end of the year.

Valentine's Day and Mother's Day are the biggest holidays for giving flowers.

Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine's Day each year.

The oldest surviving love poem till date is written in a clay tablet from the times of the Sumerians, inventors of writing,
around 3500 B.C.
       

                                          

                             

      I am not a sports fan and really have no interest in Super Bowl Sunday
            but I thought a recipe or two would help you enjoy the game.

        Black bean and Corn Salad
Ingredients
   1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing
   1/4 teaspoon seasoned pepper
   1/4 teaspoon dried cilantro (parsley)
   1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
   1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
   2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
   2 (15 ounce) cans whole kernel corn, drained
   1/2 cup chopped onion
   1/2 cup chopped green onions
   1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped

Directions
   In a small bowl, mix together vinaigrette, seasoned pepper, cilantro, cayenne pepper, and cumin. Set dressing aside.
   In a large bowl, stir together beans, corn, onion, green onions, and red bell pepper. Toss with dressing. Cover, and
   refrigerate overnight. Toss again before serving.
      (From allrecipes)
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   Randy sent the following 2 recipes from cookingvillage

         TEX-MEX BURGERS

Ingredients
   1 pound lean ground chuck
   1 jalapeno chile pepper, seeded and minced
   1 small onion, minced
   1/4 teaspoon salt
   1/4 teaspoon pepper
   1 tablespoon vegetable oil or butter
   4 ounces cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
   2 English muffins
   1 ripe avocado, thinly sliced
   1/2 cup chunky salsa

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 6 to 10 minutes
Serves 4

Directions
   1. Crumble the ground beef into a bowl. Add the jalapeno, onion, salt and pepper. Mix gently without overworking,
  
2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add burgers; cook, turning once, 6 to 10 minutes, or until
      desired doneness. (You can also broil or grill the burgers.) Just before the last minute of cooking, top the burgers
      with the cheese.
   3. Split and toast the English muffins. Top each half with a burger, avocado and salsa. Serve with chips and cherry
       tomatoes, if desired.

Village Tip
    Don't work the ground beef too much when mixing in the jalapeno and onion or the meat will become tough when
    cooked. Mix only enough to distribute the ingredients evenly.
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          Parmesan Potato Sticks
Ingredients
   4 medium russet potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled
   2 tablespoons olive oil
   Coarsely ground black pepper
   1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
   1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
   Sour cream and chive dip (see Tip, below)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Baking Time: 20-30 minutes
Serves 6 to 8

Directions
   1. Preheat oven to 450F. Lightly grease two 15x10x1-inch jelly-roll pans. Cut potatoes into sticks, about 3x1/4x1/4
       inches.
    2. Place potato sticks in a medium bowl. Add oil, salt and pepper; toss to coat. Combine Parmesan and bread crumbs
       in a small bowl; mix well. Add Parmesan mixture to potatoes; toss to coat well. Arrange potato sticks in a single
       layer in prepared pans.
   3. Bake potato sticks, turning once, until they are lightly golden and tender when pierced with a fork, 20-30 minutes. 
       Cool slightly in pans. Serve warm with sour cream and chive dip.*

Village Tips
     Potatoes can be peeled and sliced ahead of time; just place them in a bowl of cold, salted water to prevent browning.
     Pat them dry before using.

*To make sour cream and chive dip, combine 1 cup sour cream (reduced-fat is fine), 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 2 to 4
  tablespoons fresh snipped chives and a pinch of salt.

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       OH ME------OH MY    I am a great Grandma again!  This is # 8!

      Welcome!   Dale's new baby girl! 

                                                born Jan 13

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                    

                                      OH, CHRISTMAS TREE
                                                 
{My apologies to the author}

                                       OH, Christmas tree,
                                       OH, Christmas tree,
                             How fresh and green thy branches.

                                      OH, Christmas tree,
                                      OH, Christmas tree,
                                With you I took my chances.
            
                                  When I got you I was glad,
                            But now you've made me very sad

                                       OH, Christmas tree,
                                       OH, Christmas tree,
                             How brown and dry thy branches.
                                         
               
 

                                                     

                                            
                                                                       2008

 

                                       To look for previous recipes posted in 2007, click here.

                                

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