Friday, November 30, 2007
(The first apron I made was in Junior High Home EC class. It was pink with blue rick-rack. You made your apron so you’d have it to wear for the cooking portion of the class. If you didn’t have it with you had to sit out, and it had better been clean and pressed! - DSL)
"Oh my. I don't know whether to laugh or weep. Oh, I miss them! The carefully pressed rick-rack outlining every edge of bib and skirt. The smooth-polished surfaces of the ones my Grammy had worn half her life already. My mother's special demi: turquoise floral cotton with huge inserts of organdy wouldn't protect anything against a serious gravy spill. The buttoned bib-skirt that was my first sewing project, 7th grade with Mrs. Post -- 92 miles of red double-fold bias tape that would NOT turn corners. (Amazingly, I continued to sew....) And that host of saints in the kitchens of the Church. It was a special set of tutus that they wore.
Oh my dear friend, thank you."
"Hmmm. This fancy apron thing must be an American/Northern European thing. My family is Sicilian, and the grandmothers all wore black, all the time. Long black dresses. Black shoes. I too wear black shoes and dresses all the time, but I brighten them up with a colorful jacket or sweater and costume jewelry, my greatest weakness/splurge. I admit it: am to costume jewelry what Imelda Marcos was to shoes. And some of my favorite pieces have come from St. Stephen’s Nutmeg Festival. "
"To this day, I cannot cook ANYTHING in a kitchen without an apron on.
Thanks for this."
"Thank you for the nice apron story! I collect them, and often give them as gifts, and of course, USE them. My collection has gotten too large, so I have sold some on Ebay, to ladies who thank me for the lovely aprons. They are such a fun memory, and practical too. Enjoy!!"
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Free Rice - for the U.N. World Food Program
It's a vocabulary game and for each word you get right, 20 grains of rice are donated to the United Nations World Food Program. If you get a word right, you get a harder word. If wrong, you get an easier word. If you go to the options area you can set it to remember your vocabulary level if you like.
To learn more about the importance of rice in the world go to her article at:
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Cell Phones for Soldiers
To learn more about it go to: www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com
To find out where to drop off your phone and for a Free Cell Phone Data Eraser, Go here:
Please pass this information on to people on your email list, friends, family, and co-workers.
"Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money. Since then, the registered 501c3 non-profit organization has raised almost $1 million in donations and distributed more than 400,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas." This morning on the TV show, The View, they were each given $100,000 scholarships to the college of their choice by AT&T.
Friday, November 23, 2007
What's for Dessert?
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Mitchell Burgess, Northern Exposure, Thanksgiving, 1992
Count Your Blessings, Share the Feast
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Free Thanksgiving Printables for the Kids and More!
Turkey Trivia Quiz (Thanks Joan)
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Maple Pumpkin Custard
1/3 cup sugar
6 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
A pinch of ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup light cream
1 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup solidly packed pumpkin mash or canned pumpkin
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1. Heat the oven to 300° F. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, yolks, vanilla extract, spices, and salt. Set the mixture aside.
2. In a medium-size saucepan, whisk together the light and heavy creams, pumpkin, and maple syrup, then bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Do not let the mixture boil.
3. Remove the pan from the heat once the pumpkin mixture is hot, about 5 minutes. Add it by the ladleful to the yolk mixture, stirring continuously. Don't pour it all in at once or it will cook the yolks too quickly.
4. Once the mixtures are blended, divide the custard evenly among 6 standard custard cups. Pour 3/4 inch of hot water into a large, shallow casserole dish, then arrange the cups, evenly spaced, in the dish. Bake the custards, uncovered, on the center oven rack until their centers are jiggly but no longer soupy, about 45 to 50 minutes. Carefully transfer the cups to a wire rack to cool.
5. When the custards reach room temperature, cover the dishes individually with plastic wrap and refrigerate them for at least 6 hours. Makes 6 servings.
I haven't made this yet but I thought it sounded good.
It is from Family Fun Magazine/Nov. 2007 and can also be found at:
www.FamilyFun.com where you can find more recipes and crafts for the kids.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Ranger Safaris in Tanzania
Happy Thanksgiving to you both and to your loved ones! Laura "
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Previously Posted Thanksgiving Stuff!
No time to sew one? Let the kids make one out of construction paper, felt, or craft foam sheets.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Paper Piece Quilting - Minus One Step!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
For more about the "Smokeout" or if you need help to stop smoking or know someone who does go to:
If you don't smoke here's a "Health Check" from that same site that everyone can do:
It will give you an instant personalized health action plan.
In the "Get Active" section you can meet with a vitural trainer and find ways to get active:
Eat your way to better health in the "Eat Right" challenge and meet the virtual dietitian and improve your eating habits.
For the non-nicotine prescription pill with a program to help you, go to: www.chantix.com
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
All This Info From Just A Zip Code!
Economic Indicators: - Household Income, Occupation
Also show is how a town compares with its neighbors. You can compare up to 20 towns. The demographics and a map are included too.
Check it out at: http://zipskinny.com/
(Actually, you don't even have to know a zip code. Just click on the state and find the name of the town.) Thanks Dave for passing this along.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
King of the Jungle
Monday, November 12, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Some More Information on Gluten-Free
1. Ghirardelli Candy
Thank you for your email regarding Ghirardelli Chocolate. In response
to your inquiry, a majority of our products are manufactured in a gluten
The Masterpiece Collection is one of a few items we out source to
separate manufacturing facilities. The Masterpiece Collection contains
barley malt powder as one of the ingredients, which makes this chocolate
assortment not safe for a consumer with a gluten allergen. This
ingredient is listed in the ingredients section on the side of the box.
The second item is our Classic White Baking Chips. These chips are also
outsourced to a plant which also manufactures with gluten products. A
gluten warning is on the packaging of our Classic White Chips.
Senior Consumer Affairs Coordinator
Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
1111 - 139th Avenue
San Leandro, CA 94578
2. Lean On Me Baking Company
There is an East Rutherford, NJ baking company producing some frozen GF products like quiche, cheesecake, carrot cake and mousse:
3. Looking for celiacs to interview for local newspaper
Sarah Schillaci (201-664-4056) a reporter for the Community Life newspaper is writing an upcoming piece on living with Celiac disease and is hoping to interview individuals/families.The paper covers seven towns in Pascack Valley (Westwood, Woodcliff Lake, Washington Township, River Vale, Emerson, Park Ridge, and Montvale, NJ). If you are interested in participating or would like additional information, you can contact Sarah at 201-664-4056 or Schillaci@northjersey.com
4. Celiac Disease Seminar
Please join members of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University (Drs. DeFelice, Green and Ms. Lee) who with Dr. Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn, MD, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, will be presenting Sorting Through Celiac Disease and Food Allergies on Sunday, November 18, 3:00 at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $22 for non members and $11 for members of the May Center are $11.
To order tickets online visit: www.92Y.org/toyourhealth
Call 212.415.5500 or visit the box office.
92nd Street Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128
5. Edy's Ice Cream
Thanks again for all the helpful info. I passed it along to a friend and she had expressed confusion over the labeling of Edy's Strawberry Ice Cream as containing gluten (I hadn't gotten that far), so I went straight to the source (I called) and found that it IS G/F.
The customer service rep (Stephanie) was incredibly helpful (as is the Web site) and she said they are really committed to serving the G/F community and will always help out by labeling things clearly (they even note items that are Gluten-Derived).
6. Joe's Deli in South Bound Brook, NJ
I wanted to let you know that I went to an awesome GF taste testing last weekend at a friend's Deli in South Bound Brook. She has started to carry Gluten Free items as she has quite a few customers requiring a gluten free diet. I have attached the menu for you. She carries alot of Conte's (Ravioli's and Perogies) and Grainless Baker products. Everything was really good! I believe she will eventually be able to ship items also.
Feel free to contact them if you have questions, the owner's are Joe and Dolly. Hope you enjoy! Nance
Friday, November 09, 2007
By Ritagail Burleson
I was going to write stories/poems around this theme, call the whole
collection "Modulation" or something like that, but, I am sewing these days
and so I want to write this now in case it will benefit somebody else and
in case I don't get that other writing finished.
According to many standards, I have every right in the world to turn
into a bitter middle-aged woman. I know some people with fewer reasons, who
turned bitter/vengeful/"closed" perhaps even younger than I am now (46)
and carried it into their later years, even to their graves (both men and
I'm terrified of doing that. The temptation is very strong. It's a
lot easier to close down and shun everyone else. Put on a hard shell to try
to keep out other peoples' barbs. Trouble is, it also keeps out other
Let me share with you something that almost all of us have to do: Wait
in line at the checkout. Yesterday, it was the "20 or less" checkout at
Walmart Supercenter. I have to be careful when I wait in line, the visual
activity going on around me, the mixture of
voices........and........those checkout "beeps" can send me into neural overload.
So, usually I will
do everything I can to get out of there as quickly as possible.
But, yesterday, there was a lady who was trying to figure out what she
could and could not get on what looked like her WIC voucher.....at least
that's what they called it when I got it for our family. WIC is a program
where families with young children (think it's income based, but not sure)
can get a voucher for food items like milk, juice, cheese, cereal. It's
a good program and families are grateful for it.
Anyway, back to waiting in line.......this woman was trying to figure
out with the checker what was and was not allowed on the voucher. And,
yes, it took some time to figure it out. I think there were at least 3
people in front of me.........each one of them did a "mad dash" for another
checkout because they were in a hurry, and, evidently there were others who
had before I got on the scene. I stayed in line and waited.
Another lady waited behind me.
The mother with the WIC voucher was very flustered and, I would guess,
embarrassed. I remember that feeling. When she looked over at me to
apologize for taking so long, I said, "You're just a Mom trying to feed your
family.......don't worry about it."
I remember the sneers of others when I had to hold up the line trying
to figure my vouchers out.
When it was my turn at the checkout, the checker was flustered. She
said that one woman had practically yelled at her earlier by taking too
long. Now, this young woman was frantically trying to get her change drawer
ready.....she really was nearly out of all her change, and she was opening
those confounded plastic rolls of change........at least one penny went
flying to the floor, which she hunted and found. I told her to take a deep
breath. When she apologized again, I said, "If anyone is in that big of a
hurry, they are in too much of a hurry."
Then, I looked at the lady behind me, and said, "Well, I guess that's
easy for me to say."
SHE said, "I'm not in any hurry" (and to the checker) "Take your time".
The young checker woman said to me at least twice, "You're nice". I
finally made her laugh: "Don't tell people that.......if word gets out that
I'm really nice instead of mean like they all think.........people will
be all over me to do stuff for them!"
That lady behind me said, "Ain't that the truth!"
By this time we were all three giggling and the checker gal had relaxed
some. My total came to some dollars and 2 cents. I could have given her
exact change and was fishing for 2 pennies, when the lady behind me put 2
pennies into the checker's hand from her purse. By this time I had 2
pennies in my hand, so, I threw them into the lady's purse. SHE said: "Now
I have to fish those out of the bottom of my purse!"
The checker announced (we were both older than her): "You two girls
I said to the lady behind me, "Did you hear that, she called us
'girls'." Then to the young gal: "Thanks for the compliment". Lady behind me
had a big smile and said, "Yes, Thanks!"
By this time I was taking my bags out to rearrange them for my bicycle
basket and backpack, but, one lady in the OTHER line had one last thing to
say, "My Mom and Aunts would be insulted if you called them
'girls'.......THEY are 'WOMEN'!!!"
There ya go........I'm at the crossroads of becoming a bitter old
woman, or a young at heart old girl.
Oh, I'm sure there are going to be times when I may get bitter for a
time, but, may God have mercy on me enough to remind me that at my deepest
heart, I am basically just a kind, sharing, giggly,......with a dose of
Thanks Be To God.
Here's to All the Girls!!!
And, Dear Women....it ain't too late to modulate!
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Is Your Child Being Properly Restrained in the Car?
that 7 out of 10 car seats are not buckled in properly?
using a booster seat is 60 percent safer for kids than being restrained by a seat belt alone?
that there is a listing of child passenger safety seat inspection locations where certified inspectors can provide guidance on proper child restraint use and installation?
Answers to all these questions and more can be found at:
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
One day, we came upon a group of giraffes lying down in a savannah to enjoy their midday siesta. Giraffes are most vulnerable when they change position - to lie down or to take a drink.
Those long necks pose some serious blood pressure problems and they're a bit dizzy for a few minutes when they stand up straight again. So they take turns resting, drinking etc.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
A Safety Issue with Your Phone Number and Google
You can have your phone number removed or blocked from this. You just fill out the removal form. In order to test whether your phone number is mapped, go to: www.google.com
Type your phone number in the search bar and hit enter.
If you want to BLOCK Google from divulging your private information, simply click on your telephone number and then click on & fill out the Removal Form. Removal takes 48-hours.
Check your own number(s).
This may not apply to you if you have an unlisted number or cell phone as primary contact, but you should check.
Please share this information with friends and family.
(Thank you Uncle Phil for send this along. I knew about it but had forgotten all about it.)
Monday, November 05, 2007
Retreat - with a Craft
She introduced the idea as the attendees were first gathered in Fryer Hall and I gave a brief explanation. Then I went to set up in a back classroom. Throughout the day people stopped by, about half in all. Some that felt they were not crafty were doubtful that they would be able to make the item. I again reassured them that no great sewing skills were necessary. As the dubious crafters began to see their successes, their enthusiasm grew. They had surprised themselves. Everyone was given a premade padded square of muslin to take home on which to attach their paper piece quilting. It could be used as a hot pad for their Thanksgiving table.
You can do this! Go to: www.paperpieces.com
Friday, November 02, 2007
Cookie Recipes & Much More Christmas Stuff for the Kids!
*Send a letter to Santa
*Send holiday postcards
*Stories to read & color
*Santa's Birthday Cards
*Games to play
*Puzzles & Activities
*Good Deed Calendar
*Visit Elf Pal Academy
*Q&A with Santa
*Find the hidden stories
*Naughty or Nice List
*Santa Tracker (Dec. 24)
Thanks cousin Merry for sharing. (And yes, I did spell her name right. She was born on Christmas!)
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Santa Fe-Style Quinoa Salad
1/2 cup mild or medium picante sauce
1 cup quinoa rinsed under cold water
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/4 salt tsp. (optional)
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
4 scallions (white & green parts) thinly sliced
1 jalapeno pepper seeded and finely chopped
1 tablespoon canola oil
15oz. can black beans rinsed and drained
In a medium saucepan over high heat, combine the water, picante sauce, quinoa, cumin salt & pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium cover and cook until the liquid is absorbed 15-20 minutes.
Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes Uncover and toss with a fork. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool slightly.
Add remaining ingredients to the quinoa, tossing well to combine. Serve slightly warm or let cool to room temperature.
Alternately cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days and served chilled.
Debbie, I use Quinoa in place of the many grains I can't have. Here's a recipe I use that's delicious. - Joan
Joan was David's school bus driver and we still keep in touch. She is on a gluten-free diet.