Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Tracy's Transplant Video

This is such a good story I wanted to save it here.  Tracy is Brittany and Allison's Mom and Brittany and Allison are Larry's grandddaughters.  Tracy was married to Larry's son, Michael.

Last week, we posted a sneak peek of a heart-warming paired kidney exchange. Now, we’re sharing a behind-the-scenes video to tell the sweet story of two families joined together by the gift of life.

Happy New Year's Eve

This is definitely a happy day.  I finally finished my t-shirt quilt that I started in August.  Now I can update this blog which I've been very amiss at since November and then the memoir that I've been talking about for 7 years.  At least during all that time, I've read everyone else's memoirs.

This is the front of the quilt.
 The backing is black fleece.
And it's a good thing I got it done today because when I made my signature piece I dated it 12/2014.
BTW - the binding is a black on black design which you can see at the bottom of this pic.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Smoky Sweet Potato Latkes

This was in the D&C this morning and found it online here:
I have to remember to make these since I did buy 5 pounds of sweet potatoes when they were $.33/lb before Thanksgiving.

Recipe By: Melissa d’Arabian
Start to finish: 45 minutes
Makes 16 latkes
1 large sweet potato, peeled and grated (about 4 cups)
1/2 large yellow or sweet onion, grated (about 3/4 cup)
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/3 cup cornstarch
4 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil, divided
Plain Greek yogurt and unsweetened applesauce, to serve
Heat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large colander, combine the sweet potato and onion. Set over the
sink. Bring about 4 cups of water to a boil. Slowly pour the water over the potato mixture, then let it
drain and cool until easily handled, 8 to 10 minutes. A handful at a time, place the sweet potato
mixture in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze to extract as much liquid as possible, then transfer to a
large bowl.
In a small bowl, beat together the egg, salt, cumin and paprika, then stir into the sweet potato mixture.
Sprinkle the cornstarch over the sweet potatoes and mix well. The mixture should be moist, but not
wet. If needed, blot excess moisture and add a little more cornstarch.
Use 2 tablespoons of the oil to evenly coat a rimmed baking sheet. Divide the sweet potato mixture
into 16 mounds (each about 2 tablespoons) on the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches
between them. Use the bottom of a glass or measuring cup to flatten each.
Using a pastry brush and the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, brush the tops of the latkes with oil. Bake
for 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned and crisp. Serve the latkes with a dollop of yogurt and
applesauce. Makes about 16 latkes.
Nutrition information per serving: 60 calories, 3.5 g fat (0 g saturated), 15 mg cholesterol, 6 g
carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 1 g protein, 70 mg sodium.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Greta Visit 11/19-11/24

I drove to Greta's on Wednesday and got there before Hunter got home from school.  We hugged and he said he was going to lie down because he was tired and had hockey practice in a couple of hours.  Later Greta told me he probably just wanted to play with his electronics.  When Myles came home he played his saxophone for me - first year of lessons and then his trumpet.

 Tucker and Hunter went to hockey practice with Bev and I took Myles to his practice at Chelsea Piers.  What a fantastic place.  So many types of sporting activity all under one roof.

Thursday the boys went off to school after Hunter had to quickly do his homework and then left separately with friends to drive up to Lake Placid and Greta and Charles followed later in the day.

 In the meantime I went to the Stamford Town Center where I spent 3 hours.  I was using MapMyWalk and it said I walked 6 miles although I find that hard to imagine.  It's a good thing I used it because awhile after it said something about 3 hours I realized that was how long I had left money for in the meter so I went rushing out and didn't have a ticket on my window when I got back to my car.  My next stop was to pick up Tucker at his school and I didn't know where I was going so it left me plenty of time to get lost.  It was cold and windy that day so I tried to stay warm in the vestibule of his building where they have 2 beautiful fish tanks at the Brunswick Lower School.
 Speaking of fish, this is Myles new spotted puffer fish.  While he was gone I had to feed the fish 2 frozen itsy bitty prawns which I remembered to do every day.

On Friday I went into the city to see Aunt Harrie.  Because my back was still bothering me and I wanted to get there earlier rather than later, I took the shuttle over to the West Side from Grand Central and then the train down to 14th St.  I'm finally figuring out how to get there the eaisest way possible and was able to stay underground until I could come out on 12th street since it was also cold out.  Then it was only a few blocks walk the rest of the way.
There was a lot of subway entertainment that day.  I had a great visit with Aunt Harrie and I can't believe I never took a picture because I planned on doing a selfie of the two of us.  We had a great Japanese lunch which I picked up at the restaurant around the corner and brought back to the apt.
Saturday morning Tucker and I were at Chelsea Piers in Stamford at 6:30 AM
Being a goalie meant there was a lot of gear to get into.  He had a 7:00 AM game and another one at 10:00.