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Month: October 2013 (page 1 of 6)

Trick or Treat

If bloggers had their own Halloween and could go from blog to blog collecting “treats,” what would your blog hand out?

Others had all types of ideas but I like Tradition. It is tricks or treats. Sending you all would be impossible on many levels. So I came up with an idea.


So How about a this?


Other Prompts to enjoy:

  1. Happy Halloween!!! | Jab and Cross followed by Cross and Stitch
  2. Trick or Treat | Kate Murray
  3. All Hallows’ Eve – Valencia style | Beth Byrnes
  4. Treats for Bloggers | piran café
  5. Trick or Treat | Kate Murray
  6. All Hallows’ Eve – Valencia style | Beth Byrnes
  7. Treats for Bloggers | piran café
  8. milk and cookies | yi-ching lin photography
  9. I Would Literally Blow Your Mind | sayanything
  10. Daily Prompt: Trick or Treat | Under the Monkey Tree
  11. Treat | Rebecca Barray
  12. Daily Prompt: Trick or Treat | Awl and Scribe
  13. I Would Literally Blow Your Mind | sayanything
  14. Daily Prompt: Trick or Treat | Under the Monkey Tree
  15. Treat | Rebecca Barray
  16. Daily Prompt: Trick or Treat | Awl and Scribe
  18. Poor Old Paul the Pumpkin… | EW Brown

Plum Sauce

Plum Sauce

1/3 cup chicken stock
1/3 cup plum jelly

Heat up the chicken stock in a sauce pan. Add the jelly. Cook at a simmer until the chicken stock has evaporated and sauce is at desired thickness.

Sagamore Hill Style Thanksgiving

sagamore hill

United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service Photo

The Sagamore Hill home of Theodore Roosevelt near Oyster Bay had a rather simple Thanksgiving meal. I was expecting more gamey type of food such as Venison or elk. They served a suckling pig and Turkey. The menu below is a copy  of a menu I found which changes to make it more modern. I add the sesame-sausage fold-over since oysters, especially fresh are not easy to find here and we do not like them anyway. I add fresh ham to use instead of suckling pig. It is much easier to find and more what most people eat now. A regular ham would work too. The other item I added was the fruit salad since the original menu just had salad.

Oysters On a Half Shell or Sesame-Sausage Foldovers

Celery      Radishes      Olives

Herb Brined Roast Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing        Turkey Gravy

Suckling Pig or  Fresh Ham     Cranberry Sauce      Jelled Cranberry Sauce      Spiced Apples

Spinach     Mashed Potatoes     Onion in Cream      Brussels Sprouts

Salad or Sour Cream Salad

Mincemeat Pie      Pumpkin Pie      Apple Pie       Ice Cream

Nuts     Fruits     Chocolate Dragees     Coffee     Wine

Timetable Up to 1 month ahead:

Order fresh turkey if that is what you are using. Make turkey stock; freeze Make pie crusts for mincemeat,  pumpkin and apple pies Make apple pie; freeze

3 days ahead:

Make cranberry mold and sauce or pre-make in by canning

Night before:

Defrost pie crust. Make pumpkin pie.  Brine turkey. Prepare onions in cream; store in refrigerator.

8 hours before serving turkey:

Bake apple pies; cool and store at room temperature

7 ½ hours before serving turkey:

Make stuffing.  Make sour cream salad.

5 ½ hours before serving turkey:

Roast turkey

4 hours before serving turkey:

Peel potatoes; store in cold water at room temperature Whip cream for pies; refrigerate

When turkey done (about 45 minutes after guest arrive):

Serve drinks. Bake remaining stuffing. Place potatoes on stove, bring to boil. Put brussels spouts on stove. Make gravy; keep warm

Serving Time

Drain & mash potatoes; put the olive, radishes, celery, cranberries on serving plates. Heat up onions in cream and put into serving plate.

After serving turkey:

Make coffee and tea.  Serve pies, fruit, nuts and candy.


Yoga And Parkinson’s Disease- Book Review


This is the second  Demos Medical Publishing book I have read concerning Yoga. The poses are very well explained with written directions and pictures. The book has examples of modifications to help you with limited mobility or unsteadiness.  An interesting part of the book is poses you can do in bed to start you day. If you have Parkinson or know of anyone with Parkinson this book will help with their guide to bring the benefits of yoga in your or someone you care for life.


Gentle Exercise for Better Health

IMG_8805Exercise is a vital part of our health. Exercise is not only for strength building but can improve your lung capacity , balance, gait and flexibility. It can lift your spirits and improve everyday functioning. It is useful in helping to reduce stress. I do not suggest joining a gym but use very simple techniques that cost very little to nothing. Classes can help with motivation and direction but are also not necessary. Here are some of the way I get exercise.

  1. Walking Just get out and walk when you can. Go to a park and walk. If it is not possible to walk outside then go to the mall or just walk around your home. Park at the back of parking lots. This exercise if free and very easy. Walk if you can to stores. If you can get a simple Pedometer it can help you figure out how much you have walked in a day. These can sometimes be found for free or purchased for about $10.00.
  2. Weights- You do not have to purchase a weight set. You can use cans and other You can even use a child or grandchild to left them up and down a few times. They will enjoy the play time. Let them hold on to you legs as you are setting down and lift them up and down. I have small hand weight.
  3. Bands- These are not very expensive, use very little space and are easy to travel with. I have mine in a netted bag in the cabinet ready to use any time.  This web site has many exercises using bands.
  4. Yoga is another way to help with exercise and health. A mat is all the equipment you need for yoga. You can use a towel. pillows or rolled up blanket for support. A light blanket is sometimes good to have for the longer still poses.
  5. Everyday activities Many activities actually give you some exercise benefit because they keep you moving and using muscles. Animals can also provide a source of exercise inspiration. From walking and grooming dogs to riding horses they all require a need for mobility and movement which in turn give you exercise. Gardening is another source of exercise. We have a wood stove and so must do activities to cut down trees, chop and gather sticks to use as starters. Chopping wood is a conditioning method that has been popular with boxers and fighters through the ages. So turn off the TV, get off the computer and get moving.

All of these exercise methods are useful to improve health and help individuals who have health issues. Ask you doctor or health professional if you should avoid anything but generally exercise done correctly with help dealing with disease and health issues raging from cancer, Parkinson, diabetes to back problems.

This is my response to the Daily Prompt: Pep Rally

There are many others that had great prompts:

  1. Die Trying | The Magic Black Book
  2. Sunset | Bright Moments Catcher
  3. Afternoon sky | Nature Activities
  4. Tony’s Texts
  5. Pep Talk for Tough Choices | Reinvention of Mama
  6. Bring On The Clowns | Just Visiting This Planet

Communication In Seven Words or Less

Khalil Gibran once said that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words.


What you come up with? Do you think anyone could get any point across? Sometimes I feel that there is so misunderstanding with all of the words in the English language. My cats are able to use a limited language and they get quite a bit across.

Purr- happiness and contentment
meow – emphatic plea for attention
MEOW!-a command! likefeed me NOW
MEE-o-ow (shrill whine) – stronger protest
MYUP! (short, sharp, single note) – righteous indignation
MEOW! Meow! (repeated) – panicky call for help
Hiss- I am about to scratch or bite

I remember  a rooster I had really had quite a vocabulary for a bird.

Errrt-uh-errr-uh-errrrrrrrr!- it is O-Dark-Thirty.
gurgling noise or tidbitting sound– I found some grains to share.
high-pitched warning call– run for your life, danger, danger

Seven word is an humans is an interesting concept. Most languages have hundreds if not thousands of words.  For this Daily Prompt I came up with these.


This would be interesting to try this for a day just to see what happened. Other bloggers came up with some interesting ideas. Here are some I read.

Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Musical Foodie Love
Seven Words | Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | likereadingontrains
Seven Wonders | Taryn Marie Writes



Quick Stir-Fry


Very easy stir fry using pre-cooked meat.

Quick Stir-Fry Chart

1 cup to 2 c sliced smoked sausage
1 lb bulk sausage cook & drained
1 cup to 2 c cooked ham strips/chunks
1 cup to 2 c pork strips/chunks
1 cup to 2 c cooked chicken/turkey strips; /chunks
1 cup to 2 c cooked shrimp
1 lb ground beef cooked & drained

Frozen stir fry vegetable combination thawed
Sliced fresh mushrooms
Canned mushrooms drained
Shredded/thinly sliced carrot
Julienne carrot strips Sliced/chopped carrot
Thinly sliced onion
Strips/chopped green/red/yellow bell pepper
Fresh broccoli
Fresh cauliflower
Pea pods
Cubed Pineapple
Canned Sliced Peaches (added at end)
Green Onions (Sprinkled on top after cooking)

Worcestershire sauce
light/dark Soy sauce
Teriyaki sauce
Chili sauce
Cooking wine
Oyster sauce

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
4-8 drops bottled hot pepper sauce
Chicken/beef flavor instant bouillon
Minced Garlic
Minced Ginger

In medium skillet, heat 2 to 3 tablespoons vegetables, olive or peanut oil.
Add meat and vegetables; stir-fry until hot and vegetables are tender. Stir
in seasoning sauce.

Prepare 1/2 of a 1 pound package of any pasta according to package directions; drain. Add to stir-fry mixture; toss to mix. Another option is to serve over white rice.

Yield: 6 servings

Chili and Beans Topped Potatoes


This is a great way to use leftover chili and beans to make them different or if you really do not have enough for a whole meal.  You can take a can or jar of chili and beans and heat up for a supper quick dinner.

The Ultimate Baked Potato


  • Use Russets only, Idaho or Oregon are the best.
  • Don’t store below 55°F or the starch will turn to sugar.
  • Wash and scrub well. 3M makes a green scrubby that works well.
  • Pat dry.
  • Prick the ends with a fork to let moisture escape during baking. This will make the potato fluffy instead of gummy. You will be less likely to have a potato blow up and make a mess.

Making the baked potatoes:

Oil or butter lightly.

Place on baking sheet, spaced 1/2″ apart and bake at 400°F for about 1 hour, depending on size. Potato will yield to pressure when done. Some people wrap in foil but that makes a steam potato. 

Cut open in wave shape with paring knife and squeeze ends. Serve immediately.

Add toppings as desired.


3-4 lg. baking potatoes

Bake on high 4 minutes. Turn each potato over. Bake another 4 minutes. Turn all potatoes again. Bake on half power 2 minutes, turn and bake another 2 minutes. Remove from oven. Wrap each potato in foil. Let them remain wrapped until ready to use. This is for microwave oven with 700 watt power.

Dutch Pancake, Dutch Baby Pancake or Pannekoeken

IMG_8800This is where the Souffle meets the pancake. The Pannekoeken is a treat you do not want to miss if you ever visit the Netherlands. If a trip is not in your future you can use this recipe make it at home. It is very easy to prepare  using an emulation blender. If you don’t have one a regular blender will do.  After about 20 minutes in the oven you can top with whatever topping you enjoy. In Holland the traditional pancake house, or pannenkoekenhuis has sweet types and more savory pancakes. Just leave out the vanilla if you make it savory.  If you ever visit the Netherlands do as the Dutch and go to a pancake house. You will be glad you did. 



This recipe is more like a pancake and less egg like as some recipes are. I like this recipe but here is another type.



3 tablespoon unsalted Butter; room temperature
3 large eggs
3/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 425°F. In a medium cast ion, oven proof nonstick skillet, or pancake pan. Melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat or warm in the oven; set aside.

In a bowl using an emulsion blender or in a blender mix together the eggs,milk, flour, salt, vanilla, and sugar. Blend until foamy, about 1 minute. Pour the batter into the pan; bake until the pancake is puffed and lightly browned, about 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and quickly add toppings. I used some canned apples lightly cooked butter with the powered sugar sprinkled on top but any goes. You can add berries, fruit or make it more pizza like with sausage and cheese, etc. Yum!

Slice into wedges and serve immediately. It will sink very quickly and is it normal so do so.

NYC Nutrition Analysis of the pancake only (per serving ):

water=150.6 g; calories=564.6; protein=15.8 g; total fat=28.52 g; saturated fat=15.14 g; monounsaturated fat=8.3 g; polyunsaturated fat=2.02 g; trans fat=0.7 g; cholesterol=334.7 mg; carbohydrate=61.14 g; dietary fiber=1.03 g; total sugars=37.1 g; alcohol=0.37 g; ash=2.36 g; calcium=153 mg; phosphorus=245.8 mg; iron=2.43
mg; sodium=430.6 mg; potassium=265.3 mg; magnesium=24.62 mg; zinc=1.37 mg; copper=0.09 mg; manganese=0.24 mg; vitamin A=1072 IU; vitamin E=1.36 mg AT; thiamin=0.34 mg; riboflavin=0.71 mg; niacin=1.99 mg; pantothenic acid=1.56 mg; vitamin B6=0.14 mg; folate=129.9 ug DFE; vitamin B12=1.28 ug; vitamin C=3.51 mg; selenium=37.51 ug; vitamin K=2.08 ug; refuse=4.68%; blocks carb:prot:fat=6.7 : 2.3 : 9.5; ECC=60.1; %cal as carb:prot:fat=43:11:45;


Yield: 2 servings

Preparation Time:  30 minutes

The Golden Hour

Storm_8_23_12Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise

Benjamin Franklin


What a great quote!. I believed it and lived it. It did not happen. Oh, well! Still I continue to live that pattern. I like the mornings so I am usually up at least by 7 am. even f I went to bed later than normal. We built a breakfast nook that takes advantage of the rising sun. Great place for breakfast in the early mornings.

Here it is usually peaceful except when you have an 18 month year old on full throttle. He already has entertained himself already in numerous ways such climbing on the table, getting the wet wipes and proceeding to pull them out. I am sure more entertainment is on its way. The day has just began.

In photography the golden hours are not times but the Golden hour, a.k.a. magic hour, are the first and last hour of sunlight in the day. The light is traveling through more of the Earth’s atmosphere and really softens it up. It make people and other items look wonderful without filters and adjustments. This is the time I like to take driving road trips. One is due to take pictures of fall colors, falling apart buildings and anything that interests me.

Other Daily Prompts I enjoyed today and hope you do too:

  1. Good morning! – wait, is that the time? | Nonsense From Computer Bound Girl
  2. Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour | Awl and Scribe
  3. Morning Has Broken | Prayers and Promises
  4. Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour « Mama Bear Musings
  5. A Parent’s Woe. | Tales of a slightly stressed Mother!
  6. Blue Lagoon | Tish Farrell
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