Wednesday, September 28, 2011

"X" marks the spot

for this week's Alphabe-Thursday over at Jenny Matlock.  

You need two of these 

X chromosome

to get one of these

Genetics determine if the hair color will be red, brunette or


Proper upbringing can cause her to be xenodochial such as

Judith Martin, Miss Manners

Hopefully she will not become a xanthippe.  

Xena might be a cute name (probably will be the only girl in class with that name).  


Monday, September 26, 2011

It's important to keep your life in balance

I feel like this scale, too much of some things, lacking in others.  And maybe just a little blue.

Feeling my age, menopause is tough.....I want to be in balance like this!

And, of course, this goes without saying!

How do you keep balanced in your life?  I'd love some helpful hints.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Best Witches

Cute Witch

Good Witch

Witch's Brew

Witch Hat all decked out

Sweet Witch

Witty Witch

Winding down


Joining Jenny Matlock for Alphabe-Thursday and I think you know which letter we are up to this week!

Future whereabouts - joining Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday and Natasha at 5 Minutes Just For Me for her weekly Singing and Pinning Party.

All photos are from my "Which is Witch?" board on Pinterest.  


Monday, September 19, 2011

Tea for Me

Karma has been kind to me lately.  I've won several giveaways recently, including one dozen beautifully decorated autumn leaf cookies from Lisa at The Enchanted Oven.  A very apt name for Lisa's blog, because what she bakes is pure magic!

I pulled out my oak leaf tray by Chris Madden Home Collection to display the cookies.  The colors of the cookies are all my favorites: orange, yellow, rusty red and golden brown.  The "veins" of the leaf are piped in chocolate.

Included with the cookies was a container of orange sanding sugar, Halloween cupcake liners, and an autumn dish towel, which I have used as my 'tea cloth' today.

A close up of the oak leaf design on the tray, the pretty cream color doesn't photograph well.  

I was absolutely in the mood for a pot of tea and took out my Hazel Atlas apple-y cups and saucers.  I have apple pie plates I bought at a craft fair many years ago, and recently saw these cups and saucers on Ebay.  

A pot of orange rooibus tea from my favorite tea room,  The Talking Tea Cup.

I've put out an extra cup, in case you want to join me.  

Yum.  Thank you, Lisa!

I am taking my tea and cookies 'on the road' and joining 

Trisha at Sweetology 101 for Tea Party Tuesday
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays

More to come on other the other 'wins'.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

My Dinner from Miz Helen's Kitchen Table

I tend to read cookbook as if they were novels.  I love reading little anecdotes written by the cookbook author, and when they share that a particular recipe was a family favorite.  

A while back I 'met' Miz Helen through her blog, and decided this was a cookbook I wanted to buy.  It was late June, however, and during the summer I am not into cooking, and this summer was a hot one.  But I had certain recipes picked out that I wanted to try, and this is the first one.  

Only in a cookbook would I ever fold a page!  A sure sign of a good recipe

Mushroom Burgers

1 pound ground chuck
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2/3 cup breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons onion, minced
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon butter

Mix 1/4 cup mushroom soup with the ground chuck, bread crumbs, onion, parsley and egg.  Form patties and cook until done in butter.  Blend remaining soup with 1/4 cup water.  Pour over patties, cover and cook five minutes, stirring.  Serve on toasted buns.  Only changes I made were I used a 93/7 ground beef and used oil rather than butter.

My idea of a "quarter pounder"! Cooked one froze three
These low carb rolls from Whole Foods Hearth Breads are great.  Each roll contains 110 calories, just 16 grams of carbohydrate, 4 grams of fiber, 8 grams of protein and 210% of folic acid!  

A friend brought these from WF in Florida.  Because of regional differences, I am unable to get them at the WF where I shop in New Jersey.  

But I have started a campaign of sorts to get these rolls here.  If you see them in your local WF store, try them, you will like them. 

Since I made one, I "fudged" the sauce a teeny bit, still delish!
Miz Helen adds that this was her son Ron's favorite when he was a little boy, and she still uses this recipe.  I can certainly see why, it is a keeper.  Thanks, Miz Helen.  I hope I did this recipe justice.  

I will be joining Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday, 2805 for the 3rd Potpourri Friday,  Miz Helen's Full Plate Thursday (Miz Helen invited me herself!) and Stone Gable for On the Menu Monday.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

"V" is for

one of my favorite vocalists, Bobby Vee.  

Born Robert Thomas Velline in April 1943, his career got started under tragic circumstances.  When Buddy Holly and Richie Valens were killed in a plane crash, Bobby stepped in to finish the tour.  

While searching the vast world of You Tube, one can listen to all their favorite songs from years gone by.

Bobby Vee had a very smooth voice, he sang with a lot of heart.  My favorite song of his is "Take Good Care of My Baby", which rose to No. 1 on September 18, 1961.  That song is 50 years old and I still like it!  

Bobby Vee is still touring with his sons.  

Vade mecum back to 1961 

Now, I need to stop with the vagaries and concentrate on vacuuming.

Joining Jenny Matlock for Alphabe-Thursday and Natasha at 5 Minutes Just For Me for her Singing and Pinning Party.  


Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Decade

Try not to think of the ending, for few are good
and none can be changed

Think of the beginning, and the times in between
for these are the things that bring joy to one's heart
in a time of pain

Think of the laughter and the good times you shared
and will always remember
For these are the things that we will never change
or leave us

poem written by Lieutenant Harvey Harrell, NYFD, who was killed at the WTC  on  9/11/01
along with 342 other NYFD firefighters, including his younger brother, Steve
and 272 other Staten Island residents (3 of whom I called "friend")
This was written  shortly before his death
(A fourth friend of mine perished that day, she did not live on SI)

I remember that Tuesday, it was a beautiful sunny morning.  Cloudless sky.  Quiet.  Almost too quiet.  I was at work, the bank wasn't opened yet.  We heard a rumble, deep and off in the distance. I looked at another co-worker and she asked me, "What was that?!"  I answered, "I don't know, I hope it wasn't a plane crash....."

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Get Me to the Greek

Restaurant, that is.  I have been dreaming about a vacation cruise to the Greek isles for more years than I care to think about.  

Santorini is my idea of a true paradise.  I am always looking for photos to add to my Pinterest board and wish board (a la The Secret Garden).

For the interim, when I am craving a little Greek flavor, I head out to Holmdel, New Jersey and visit a place called "It's Greek To Me".  

My friend Lily treated me for a birthday lunch recently.  

Lily perusing the menu

It is part of a chain but the food is quite authentic.  Souvlaki and other meats and fish are grilled to order.  There are all sorts of wonderful Greek appetizers like hummus and taramasalata (fish roe dip).  

We tried the Greek spinach and artichoke dip with grilled pita - it was so good, with big bites of artichoke hearts, not too salty and just the right amount of gooiness.

Beef, pork, chicken and shrimp skewers waiting their turn on the grill

I had the grilled calamari or squid, which was very fresh as it was delivered at 6:30 AM that same day, served with grilled veggies (eggplant, green and yellow squash, tomatoes) and rice.

Lily had the grilled tuna with rice and a side of Greek salad.  It was really tasty, too.

The very nice and accommodating young waiter lifted the cover off this tray of baklava so I could take a photo.  We decided to forgo dessert that day.  I feel I may be a candidate for martyrdom.

So until my next visit to this wonderful eatery, I will look for more photos of my dream destination.   Sigh.

Linking to

Potpourri Friday at 2805
Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper
Singing and Pinning Party at 5 Minutes Just for Me
Blue Monday at Smiling Sally
On The Menu Monday at Stone Gable
Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum


All photos of Santorini from Pinterest

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Do U Know the Way?

I feel a gentle urging to take a long trip, oh to be more ubiquitous

Way south of the border, a place that is rather unique

It seems uncanny to me how much it looks like Greece

It would be an ultimate vacation destination

I would utterly enjoy it.  The unctuous feel of suntan lotion.

Punta del Este

I have no ulterior motive

Yet my passport remains unused

Unbelievable hand!

Joining Jenny Matlock for Alphabe-Thursday and the letter "U"

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