Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Cookies, cookies, cookies

Good to know cookie info and some recipes from WW 
No matter how vigilant you may be about what you eat, it is awfully hard to turn down a chocolate cookie. So there's no sense in not enjoying these wonderful treats — especially when they can fit so easily into your choices for healthy eating. Being able to bake treats with low PointsPlus™ values is just a matter of knowing a few secrets.

  1. Replace half the fat of any cookie recipe with an equivalent amount of unsweetened applesauce or mashed-up, ripe banana. If you do so, always double the amount of vanilla or other spices in the recipe.
  2. Always cream the butter or shortening for at least 2 minutes in the mixer at medium speed. More tender cookies have more air beaten into the batter. But once you add the flour, never beat the batter, only stir with a wooden spoon, just until moistened and incorporated. You don't want the glutens to get stiff.
  3. If a recipe calls for two whole eggs, use 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites; if it calls for 3 whole eggs, use 1 whole egg and 3 egg whites.
  4. Replace walnuts, pecans, and hazelnuts with almonds, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, or unsalted sunflower seeds.
  5. If you replace buttermilk or sour cream with low-fat buttermilk or fat-free sour cream, use cake flour rather than all-purpose flour for more tender cookies.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Brown Butter Banana Cranberry Bread

I'm really getting into recipes all of a sudden.  So today is a good day for baking - it's freezing out, only in the 30s for the first time in ages, but tomorrow it's going back to the 40s and then even almost 60 for Christmas Eve - can you believe?
We were out of banana bread so I thought I would make one with cranberries this time and came across this recipe.  I can't wait to taste it.  The raw batter, I guess you're not supposed to eat that but I always have, was delicious and now that it's baked it smells so good.

This is where I got the recipe from  http://joythebaker.com/2014/12/brown-butter-banana-cranberry-bread/ and I made it as stated except for the topping,  I left that off.   If I was making it for company or to take somewhere I would put it on but for just us, which is really just Larry, we didn't need the extra half stick of butter.  But if you go to the link above, it sure does look good with the topping.

Brown Butter Banana Cranberry Bread

For the Bread
6 ounces unsalted butter, melted and browned to just over 1/2 cup of butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 large eggs
3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 1/4 cup mashed banana (from about 3 medium bananas)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 1/2 cups whole fresh cranberries

For The Crumble
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons lightly packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

  1. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×5x3-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and line with parchment paper leaving about two inches of parchment paper to hang over two sides of the loaf pan. Parchment paper will make the loaf much easier to remove from the pan.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Butter will begin to foam and crackle as it melts. When the crackling subsides, the butter will begin to brown. Swirl the pan as the butter cooks. When the butter browns and begins to smell nutty, remove the pan from the flame and transfer the butter to a small bowl. Taking the butter out of the hot saucepan will stop the butter from overcooking and burning. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, mashed bananas, vanilla extract, and yogurt. When butter has cooled, whisk in the browned butter.
  5. Add the wet ingredients, all at once to the dry ingredients. Fold together, making sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl to reveal any hidden pockets of flour. Fold together ingredients, but try not to over stir. Fold in the cranberries.
  6. To make the crumble, combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and rub together with your fingertips until crumbly.
  7. Spoon batter into prepared pan. The pan will be very full. Leave out a spoonful of batter if you're worried about the bread baking over. Make a few muffins with the scooped out batter. Bake the loaf for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until a skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to rest in the pan for 15 minutes, before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Bread will last 4 days, well wrapped at room temperature. This loaf also freezes well.

joy the baker http://joythebaker.com/

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


I've made a bunch of socks over the last few years and every time I have to finish it using the grafting stitch I have to look up how to do it.  I finally found a site that has really good instructions with really good pictures so that it was easy to do.  I'm posting the site here so that it will be easy to find again.

I think I'll also look up their instructions for making socks too.  Larry wants me to make a pair for him but they take me forever and his feet are too big!!

This is the pair I just finished.

I also found this pair in my knitting bag, who knows how long they've been there.  They were done except for pulling a couple of ends through.

Here are two more that I made but never posted.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Italian Wedding Soup

I got a bunch of coupons in the mail from Weight Watchers and there was a recipe with the one for Smart Ones for Italian Wedding Soup that used 2 packages of Three Cheese Ziti with Meatballs.  The picture looked really good so I thought I would make it.  When I got to the store I just couldn't bring myself to buy that prepackaged food so I bought a pound of 90% fat free ground beef and made my own meatballs.

Italian Wedding Soup
(serves 6-8)

1 lb ground beef
1/4 cup panko or bread crumbs
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped

Blend egg, milk, onion and garlic in blender
Add to ground beef
Add cheese and panko and combine

Make into small meatballs and put on baking sheet with parchment paper.
Bake in 350℉ oven for 15 minutes

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion minced
2 cups carrots diced into 1/4 inch pieces
2 stalks celery diced into 1/4 inch pieces
2 - 32 oz chicken broth
pasta for soup
escarole or spinach, chopped - as much as you like

Freshly grated parmesan cheese

Heat the olive oil in a soup pot and add onions, carrots and celery.  Saute until tender.  Add some of the chicken broth to continue cooking until it is softened. 

In the meantime, cook the pasta in a separate pot. 

Add the remaining broth to the soup pot and bring to a boil.   Add escarole and simmer until wilted.  Add the meatballs (may only want  to make 1/2 pound because you get a lot of meatballs).

Put pasta into a bowl.  Ladle in the soup with all the yummy ingredients and sprinkle with shredded parmesan cheese.

Serve with a warmed crusty bread.  We love Wegmans multigrain baguette

Note:  can also beat an egg and add to soup like egg drop soup

Sunday, December 13, 2015

How to Kill a Day

I had the whole day to myself yesterday. I could have caught up on things I wanted to do after I came home from yoga. Before yoga I started gathering pictures into a folder in iPhoto for a magazine I was thinking of doing. However, sometime during the day I got sidetracked (diverted to distraction??) and thought of getting a picture for a digital Christmas card. Then I started looking for some cute things to do with photoshop and after watching a couple of videos realized I hardly know how to do anything in photoshop.
I tried a bunch of things, still not getting why my text doesn't work right but was able to try some new things. So after staying up until midnight I came up with these, which I'm not that impressed with.
Hopefully I do something a little more worthwhile today like practice the piano or clean up the office.

I made this one using a picture from Friday night but it is much too formal.

This was the original picture of us that I wanted to use.

When I came up with the Holiday "Cheer" I thought I needed a better picture showing cheer and chose this one and got a little more creative with the santa hats.  I like this one the best, a little goofy.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Cranberry Martini

Karen had these at Thanksgiving and I had two. Boy were they good. Later that week when I got the recipe from her she said she gave it to me last year after Thanksgiving too. Sure enough I had it, but this year I made them.

Ina Garten once filmed a Food Network special called Thanksgiving Live to answer viewers’ questions about cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Bobby Flay made a delicious cranberry martini to sip while they worked (what a good idea!). They look so festive and her guests loved them! Infuse the vodka with the orange zest and cranberries at least 2 days ahead.


  • 1 cup (8 oz./250 g) sugar
  • 1 cup (4 oz./125 g) fresh cranberries
  • 6 (1 x 3-inch/2.5 x 7.5-cm) strips of orange zest, plus extra for serving (see note below)
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle good vodka, such as Grey Goose
  • 1 cup (8 fl. oz./250 ml) cranberry juice cocktail, preferably tart
  • 1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) Triple Sec
  • Ice

Monday, December 7, 2015

Kale Salad

Ann brought this salad to dinner on Friday and it was delicious - who would have thought, considering it was kale.

She sent me the recipe today which is from

Kale Salad with Pecorino and Walnuts
Like I did on a recent ice cream cake, please consider this a tale of two recipes, one that’s bare bones (add the raisins, walnuts and crumbs without the extra prep) and one if you’d like to get a little more depth from each. Both work, but the slightly longer prep (toasting the nuts, the crumbs in olive oil, plumping the raisins, etc.) really makes the salad sing and will not be regretted. You can choose your own adventure, too, doing more for some ingredients and less for others.

1/2 cup (105 grams or 3 3/4 ounces) walnut halves or pieces
1/4 cup (45 grams or 1 1/2 ounces) golden raisins
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon water
1/4 cup panko (15 grams or 1/2 ounce) or slightly coarse homemade breadcrumbs (from a thin slice of hearty bread)
1 tiny clove garlic, minced or pressed
Coarse or kosher salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 bunch (about 14 ounces or 400 grams) tuscan kale (also known as black or lacinato kale; this is the thinner, flatter leaf variety), washed and patted dry
2 ounces (55 grams) pecorino cheese, grated or ground in a food processor, which makes it delightfully rubbly (1/2 cup total)
Juice of half a lemon
Freshly ground black pepper or red pepper flakes, to taste

Prepare walnuts: Heat oven to 350. Toast walnuts on a baking sheet for 10 minutes, tossing once. Let cool and coarsely chop.

Prepare raisins: In a small saucepan over low heat, simmer white wine vinegar, water and raisins for 5 minutes, until plump and soft. Set aside in liquid.

Prepare crumbs: Toast bread crumbs, garlic and 2 teaspoons of the olive oil in a skillet together with a pinch of salt until golden. Set aside.

Prepare kale: Trim heavy stems off kale and remove ribs. I always find removing the ribs annoying with a knife, because the leaves want to roll in on the knife and make it hard to get a clean cut.

Instead, I’ve taken to tearing the ribs off with my fingers, which is much easier for me. Stack sections of leaves and roll them into a tube, then cut them into very thin ribbons crosswise.

Assemble salad: Put kale in a large bowl. Add pecorino, walnuts and raisins (leaving any leftover vinegar mixture in dish), remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and lemon juice and toss until all the kale ribbons are coated. Taste and adjust seasonings with salt, pepper and some of the reserved vinegar mixture from the raisins, if needed. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving, if you can, as it helps the ingredients come together. Just before serving, toss with breadcrumbs and, if needed, a final 1 teaspoon drizzle of olive oil.

Karen's Cranberry Pie

I have bridge at my house today, in the afternoon for the first time ever in our 47 year history.  I was looking for something to make for dessert and was going to make a cranberry apple dessert and then I remembered Karen's Cranberry Pie and thought that I would make it so we could have it in her memory.  After I had it at her house at bridge I used to make it for Thanksgiving a lot but haven't made it in ages.

Karen we miss you!  Read about Karen here and here.

Cranberry Pie

2 cups fresh cranberries
1/2 c walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup sugar

Butter square pyrex pan or round layer cake pan and spread cranberries, nut and 1/2 cup sugar over the bottom.

2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup melted butter
1/4 c melted crisco (I use butter here too)
dash salt

Beat eggs well.  Add sugar gradually.  Add remaining ingredients and beat well.  Pour over cranberries and bake in 300℉ oven for 1 hour.  Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Sweaters and Sheets

I saw this on Facebook.  It's from Everything My Momma Taught Me

Hanging Sweaters on Hangars
It was posted here-->   https://www.facebook.com/aprildawn1977/videos/10153106334111044/?fref=nf

How to Fold Fitted Sheets is 3rd video down on this page --> https://m.facebook.com/Everything-my-Mumma-has-taught-me-tips-and-tricks-for-everyday-life-1514430222183046/

Need to make sheet video full screen

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Green Smoothies

When I came home from visiting Laura and Greta I saw that BJs had the Nutri Ninja Auto-IQ with Smooth Boost on sale.  Greta had one that I tried and I thought why not.  I wasn't sure that I would use it that much or that it would be any better than my ancient Oster blender but decided to get one and that we would try some healthy "green" recipes.  The next day I bought some kale (already had the spinach) and yesterday I made our first green smoothie - - not bad so I'm putting some smoothie recipes here.  The recipe book that comes with the Ninja has the ingredients listed in some glowy light green and is really hard to read.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

How to Clean a Burnt Pot

This happened to me once before, only much worse but I was so frantic about getting it fixed that I never took any pictures.  This time I was much more relaxed, even though it occurred in the middle of my cooking, so I took pictures.
I was making chili and also catching up on watching "How to Get Away with Murder."  I guess I got really engrossed in the show and when I got up to stir the chili (I hadn't but in the tomatoes or beans yet) it was all burnt on the bottom.  I quickly shut off the stove and transferred what I had so far into a bowl.  I then looked up how to clean the pot since I didn't remember and I didn't document it the last time.  Below is what my pot looked like to start.  All that you see was firmly stuck to the pot.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Flu shot

Last Friday I got a flu shot and then Wednesday night I thought I was coming down with something.  Sure enough, Thursday I had a fever of 101.7 in the late aftrenoon.  I decided to take my temperature after I went to bed and tried to warm up under lots of covers.  Friday I felt better but now this morning (Saturday) I woke up with a relapse of the fever.

I think the same thing happened last year but I don't have it documented.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Carrot and Ginger Bisque

Carrot and Ginger Bisque

Larry had this soup on our NCL cruise and it was so good that I wanted to make it.
This is the recipe that was adapted from here.

3 tablespoons butter or extra virgin olive oil
2 cups onion chopped
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
2 pounds carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon minced or grated fresh ginger
1 apple peeled and sliced
3 large strips of zest from an orange (or not)  I like it better without

Salt and pepper

1 Melt the butter in a soup pot over medium heat and cook the onions and carrot, stirring occasionally, until the onions soften, about 5 to 8 minutes. Do not let the onions or carrots brown. Sprinkle a teaspoon of salt over the carrots and onions as they cook.

2 Add the stock and water and the ginger  the strips of orange zest. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook until the carrots soften, about 20 minutes.

3 Remove the strips of orange zest and discard. Working in small batches, pour the soup into a blender and purée until completely smooth.  I waited until it was fairly cool.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Could vary by adding cumin for more zip.

Garnish with chopped chives, parsley, or herb of your choice if desired.

P.S.  I went to my recipe index to add this recipe and saw that I had a Carrot-Ginger Bisque recipe there from 2012, guess I never made that one.

Monday, October 19, 2015


Larry pointed out this article to me this morning since I am guilty of multitasking - and never accomplishing anything.  I read it and thought it had a lot of good points so I'm putting it here as a reminder to myself.

The original article appears here http://greatist.com/happiness/is-multitasking-bad-plus-how-to-stop

Why multitasking is a waste



Reality check: We live in a busy world where a million things are happening at once. For many of us, multitasking is a way to keep up with the grind. From checking email at brunch with friends to finishing a status report during a staff meeting, a lot of us are trying to accomplish a lot — all at the same time.

Here’s the problem: Only two percent of us multitask effectively. That means the remaining 98 percent of us are running around like headless chickens in the name of “productivity.”

So what to do? It’s time to put down your smartphone, lift up your head, and actually listen to that funny joke your friend is telling or that question your boss is about to throw your way. Increased productivity is available to us all — and surprisingly, it may come in
 form of doing only one thing at a time.


Just so we’re all on the same page, multitasking means trying to do more than one thing a time. In the era of smartphones, tablets and laptops, it’s easy to multitask without even realizing it. After all, most of us have checked Facebook in chemistry class or during that long conference call (at least once). Multitasking with a phone (or iPad, tablet, etc.) is so prevalent that one study called it the “epidemic of distraction.” Contrary to popular thought, addiction to mobile electronic devices may actually impair multitasking, lower performance, and result in cognitive overload. Guess we aren’t as productive with that iPhone as we thought, huh?


As it turns out, our brains aren’t very good at doing more than one thing at a time. One study found that the brain may get overwhelmed when faced with multiple tasks. Researchers found that when we attempt to multitask, the brain “bottlenecks” the information and quickly moves its attention from one thing to the next, instead of addressing the items simultaneously. Rather than becoming more productive when faced with multiple tasks to accomplish at once, this suggests we really only become more frazzled — and thus less able to handle the challenges of a high workload.

While most of us are susceptible to multitasking, research suggests people who have a harder time blocking out dis
tractions and focusing on a single task are more likely to be multitaskers. And those who multitask usually overestimate how successful they are at doing so (sorry, guys). 

But there’s hope yet. Once you’re willing to accept that multitasking isn’t doing you any favors, follow these tips for focusing on one thing at a time — without sacrificing productivity. 

1. Put down your phone (or tablet or laptop … ) 

Block out distractions while you work, hang out with friends or play the guitar by turning off the phone, TV and anything else that draws you away from what you’re actually doing. 

2. Get into a routine. 

This can be helpful if you spend a good chunk of your day on the computer or working from home. Instead of diving in to tasks willy-nilly, set up a schedule that tells you what to work on and when (and be sure to incorporate some breaks into the day). That way, you’ll know what to expect from yourself each time you sit down to work (and you’ll be less tempted to goof off on ESPN.com or tinker with household repairs). 

3. Set goals. 

Know what you’re going to do before you start doing it. If you have no clear path, distractions can come easily. Before starting a new task, take a few minutes to plan out the steps you’ll need to complete and in what order — that way, you’ll be less able to wander. An important step of goal setting? A quality to-do list. 

4. Eat a good breakfast. 

Turns out taking a second to chow down on a healthy breakfast can help boost concentration and focus. Bonus points if that meal includes some protein. 

5. Meditate. 

Studies suggest that regular meditation can boost brain function and is associated with better focus and attention. It can also help reduce stress when a massive to-do list is looming. 

6. Block it out. 

Can’t beat distraction with willpower alone? Don’t worry: There are applications out there that will shut down distractions on your media devices. An app called Dark Room transforms your computer into a focused writing space. For $15, the app Anti-Social will stop you from checking social media while working. And Rescue Time allows you to block select sites and track the amount of time you spend on various activities, so you can adjust accordingly. 

7. Listen well. 

We’re not being the most productive when we’re half listening to someone while checking our phone, Facebook and LinkedIn all at once (also, it’s just plain rude). To be a better listener (and get the info you need the first time), face the speaker and look him/her right in the eye, and stay present with the conversation. Who cares if you have 12 unread emails? This person deserves your attention. 

8. Cut out clutter. 

To help avoid distractions, stay organized. Find a place for everything on your desk, and keep your paperwork in order so you’re not wasting time searching through piles of files (say that five times fast). This goes for your desktop too: Keep files organized and close extra browser windows and tabs so you can work with a clean screen. For an extra boost, apply some feng shui principles to your workspace. 

9. Give yourself a break. 

Catch yourself staring at your computer? Literally, just staring at it? Probably time for a break. Studies show taking brief breaks during a task can improve focus. So walk around the block, get up and do some jumping jacks, or take five minutes to face the wall and breathe deep. 

10. Read about it. 

Want even more tips? There are plenty of books available that will help you develop strategies for achieving better focus and deeper concentration. Check out this list to get started: http:// amzn.to/1NBQVIj It may not be easy to quit, but science says multitasking isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Staying focused and concentrating on one task at a time is worth a shot. And who knows? We may end up getting more done — a

Sunday, September 27, 2015

1st Day in San Francisco

What a great day!
We started off with coffee at the hotel.  
Then  going to Old St Mary'sCathedral on Califorrnia St. aat the corner of Grant, the first cathedral built in San Francisco for the  express purpose of serving as a cathedral in 1853.
When it was built it was the tallest building in San Francisco and all of California.

From there we had an hour to get to Jane's on Fillmore to meet Meg and Aris for brunch which was only 1.6 miles away so we had time to wander around Chinatown before going there. 

 What we thought was going  to be a nice leisurely walk turned out to be a hike fit for mountain goats.  We were going along great till we came to the first uphill.  Then we had a big downhill only to find another uphill but we finished off with a downhill.  We were so happy when we finally reached Fillmore, where Jane's, our brunch place was.

We had a  nice brunch and then took an Uber to do a hike at  Land's End which was so beautiful.  During the walk we reached 10,000 steps according to my fitbit and by the end of our day we had over 15,000.  

After our  walk we Ubered back - first dropping off Meg and Aris.  Instead of going into our hotel we walked down to the ferry terminal and wandered around.   

We bought a bottle of wine, some English Cheddar and a small loaf of sourdough bread and took our aching bodies back to our room.

Tomorrow is our wine tour.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Things Discovered on the Way to Finding Other Things

You can change your text to speech here http://ctrlq.org/listen/

Converting various types of files
I haven't checked this out yet and it's from 2012 so there may be better options

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Hilton Head Day 1

I started the day with an Aqua Fit class that was just great.  When I first got in I thought the water wasn't as warm as the pool at home but after awhile it didn't matter because the air was so warm.

My big discovery for the day was this bug in the guest bathroom.  Later on in the day it went for a swim.

Larry and I took a walk to Kroger's for sunscreen which we didn't have and mainly to do a walk.  4 miles round trip.  We went there last night for a basic grocery shopping to get us through a couple of days (drove).  They had grapes for $1.29/lb.  The best I've tasted this year.  We've practically finished them so we'll have to stock up.

After our walk we went to the pool down by our room.  For awhile we were the only ones there.  The most the whole time we were there was pribably 8 and it was mainly one family.  I finished reading (listening to) John Grisham's Gray Mountain.  

A selfie.

Panorama at the pool when there was only one other couple (not in picture).

Monday, August 17, 2015

To Hilton Head

On Sunday we drove 8 hours and stayed in Buckley, WV at the Fairfield.  We were so tired and lazy we went only as far as walking across the parling lot to a McDonald's for dinner.  Larry had the pulled pork sandwich and I had a fish sandwich and we shared fries.  

I was so tired when we went back to the room that I could barely keep my eyes open and I didn't even do any of the driving.  Knitting makes you very sleepy.

On Monday we had 7 hours more to go and now we're down to 1/2 hour!!!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Summer Streets

All of the pictures/videos are courtesy of Greta. The first 3 she posted on Facebook, the last video she emailed.

New York City is such a fun place and Summer Streets really opens it up for New Yorkers and out of towners alike to enjoy it in a different way.  So glad my family was able to enjoy it.
This is the link to the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SummerStreets

And this is the website link http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/summerstreets/html/home/home.shtml

This is a great shot.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Visit to North Canton

Can't believe I never finished this posting of our visit to Margie and John.  What do I mean I can't believe it?  Of course I can believe it, I got distracted.  I was making the magazine and never got back here.

We left on a rainy Tuesday in July - Bastille Day, in fact - the 14th and stayed until Friday when we went to Pittsburgh which was only 2 hours away.  Below is just the highlights of our trip since I put the details in the magazine (see bottom of page).

This is the view of their house in North Canton, Ohio from across the street.

We went to the Fanny Farmer store and factory and did the tour.  We also bought some bad candy but I got a $20 gift card for the $8 of bad candy.  Hope none of the other goes bad before we ever eat it.

We went to the Aviation Museum and toured around.

Read about Rhoda Wise here:   http://rhodawise.com/
Will she become a saint?
We went to her house.

We had lunch at the Gervasi Vineyard and wine of course.

We took a real canal boat ride - drawn by horses

At night we played euchre and/or phase 10

And this is my magazine

Wednesday, August 5, 2015


Monday it was official.  The Transatlantic Cruise that we signed up to take in conjunction with the Norway cruise was cancelled.  Instead of having the Star come back to the United States it seems it will be going to Asia or Australia for new cruises that will be announced August 24th. 

We were really looking forward to sailing back and not having to fly and especially since we had such a good deal on the trip.  It was only going to cost us $1785 for both of us for 14 nights including gratuities.  So we cancelled the Norway trip too!

But today we booked a cruise for January 2017 to South America on Celebrity Infinity.  So there NCL!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Broccoli Salad

At lunch today Terry mentioned Broccoli Salad which I haven't made in ages but remembered it as delicious and that I had the recipe.  Maybe I'll make it again one of these days and then I'll put the picture here.
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Bunch of broccoli florets 
1 cup ralsins
1 cup chopped walnuts 
10 strips of crumbled bacon 
1/2 chopped red onion
Mix all the above together 

1 cup mayonaise 
5 tbls. sugar 
2 tbls. vinegar 

Pour dressing over salad 1 to 2 hours before serving 

Note - if the dressing is put on the salad too soon, it's not very good 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Jazz Festival

This week we finally went to the Jazz Festival.  Fisher was hosting events at the Lyric Theater, which is going to be beautiful when it is renovated, so for the first time we decided to go.  We went on Wednesday and saw pianist Fred Hersch who was excellent.  And then we signed up to go again on Thursday.

Instead of going to any of the other venues we decided to go to Trata's for dinner and use the gift certificate Laura gave us for Christmas in 2013 - better late than never.   We went early, about 5:30 and all the outdoor seating was gone but we sat downstairs and had a fantastic meal.  The warm pretzel sticks with a mustard and raspberry/cheese sauce were the best !

The pianist on Thursday was Bill Charlap and he was tremendous!!  After that we had a dinner put on by SJFC at The Lyric and then went to some of the other venues - Max's, some of the tents, Xerox Auditorium and Christ Church.  It was a perfect night and now having done it, we'll be going back again next year.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Losing it!

OK - I admit I am pretty forgetful lately but what gets me is how I can not only be forgetful but so dumb!!

Today I played golf and parked across the street from the clubhouse and the first tee.  In order to save time, I got all my stuff together including my credit card to pay for the round and walked over with my clubs and cart.  I paid for the round and put my credit card in my pocket.  Fast forward 6 hours.  That's a reasonable forgetfulness time isn't it?

I ordered a movie from redbox online and used the credit card that is on file with them, which is the same one I used this morning.  Larry and I went to Wegmans and did some shopping and then went to the redbox machine in the store to pick up the movie.  I pulled out my wallet to get my credit card but it wasn't there.  Oh, oh, what did I do with it?  I mentally retraced my steps of when I used it last and remembered that it was this morning and that I put it in my pocket.  I checked my pockets and it wasn't there.  If it wasn't in my pockets where would it be?  I probably put it in the little bag that hangs from my golf bag.  That's where I put my keys and cell phone and probably forgot to take it out.

After getting home and unloading the car I went to get the card out of the little bag - NOT THERE!!

I checked every single pocket in the golf bag.  I wouldn't put it in with the golf balls but I looked anyway, not there.  It wouldn't be in with the tees but I looked anyway - not there.  Not in any of the other compartments either.  I looked in my pockets again.  Both side pockets and the ones on the sides of the capris (like cargo pants pockets) - still not there.

I went back in the house and looked one more time through my purse and dumped everything out not thinking it would be there since I had left my purse in the car before going to pay for golf.

My next steps were:
1)  Call the golf course to see if anyone turned in the credit card - NO.
2)  Call the credit card company and tell them I lost my card
3)  Contact Redbox and tell them my tale of woe - they couldn't cancel the order but they did send me a credit.

We decided to bypass the movie for tonight and get it another time but how I could have lost the card still boggled my mind.  I went back out into the garage to check the car one more time.  Maybe I pulled it out with my phone and left it on the passenger seat where I knew I originally put my phone after taking it out of the cart pouch.  It was a hopeless move since Larry sat in that seat on the way to Wegmans.

My brain started working double time.  How could I have lost the card?  I remember rationalizing which pocket to put it in after I paid my fee and as I walked back into the house my hand reached behind me and as I walked into the house I announced, "I found my credit card!"

Back pockets - how could I have forgotten they existed.  Losing it!
Now I have to wait for the new card to arrive and update all my accounts that use it  :(

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Greta Visit

It's hard to get a picture with all of the boys and me but I managed to get into pictures with all of the boys but not at the same time.

Maybe I should photoshop myself into this one.

I loved these wall photos

On Saturday I went into the city and saw Nadine, Gerry and Kay at Aunt Harrie's.
When Charles and Greta came back from the wedding at the Cape they came to Rocky.  Not very good swimming weather.
 Mark Cuban's boat Fountainhead was anchored off shore.
Myles is now taller than I am.