Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Gotta love them!
I'm sitting at the motel trying to get caught up on email and spark when a dear friend sent me the following:
3-year-old Reese :
'Our Father, Who does art in heaven,
Harold is His name.
A little boy was overheard praying:
'Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it.
I'm having a real good time like I am.'
After the christening of his baby brother in church,
Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car.
His father asked him three times what was wrong.
Finally, the boy replied,
'That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home,
and I wanted to stay with you guys.'
One particular four-year-old prayed,
'And forgive us our trash baskets
as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets.'
A Sunday school teacher asked her children as they
were on the way to church service,
'And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?'
One bright little girl replied,
'Because people are sleeping.'
A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin 5, and Ryan 3
The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake.
Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson..
'If Jesus were sitting here, He would say,
'Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.'
Kevin turned to his younger brother and said,
' Ryan , you be Jesus !'
A father was at the beach with his children
when the four-year-old son ran up to him,
grabbed his hand, and led him to the shore
where a seagull lay dead in the sand..
'Daddy, what happened to him?' the son asked.
'He died and went to Heaven,' the Dad replied.
The boy thought a moment and then said,
'Did God throw him back down?'
A wife invited some people to dinner..
At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said,
'Would you like to say the blessing?'
'I wouldn't know what to say,' the girl replied.
'Just say what you hear Mommy say,' the wife answered.
The daughter bowed her head and said,
'Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?'
Sure did make me
Hugs from the cold northeast!!!!!
Monday, November 29, 2010
Some of you have probably read this before. I just received it in an email again and, since it's one of my favorites, thought I would post for all to read.
We can all reflect on this story and at times we need a reminder.
I guarantee you will remember the tale of the Wooden Bowl tomorrow, a week from now, a month from now,a year from now.
A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson.
The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered.
The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and
failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor.
When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.
The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess.
'We must do something about father,' said the son.
'I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.'
So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner.
There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner.
Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl.
When the family glanced in Grandfather's direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone.
Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.
The four-year-old watched it all in silence.
One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor.
He asked the child sweetly, 'What are you making?' Just as sweetly, the boy responded,
'Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up. '
The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.
The words so struck the parents so that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks.. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.
That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently led him back to the family table.
For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason,
neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.
On a positive note, I've learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles four things:
a rainy day,the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as making a 'life.'
I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands.You need to be able to throw something back sometimes.
I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you.
But, if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.
I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
I've learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone.
People love that human touch -- holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.
And, yes. I've learned a lot from spark friends - kind words, support, a virtual hug, caring - just to name a few.
Hugs to everyone,
Sunday, November 14, 2010
I have been attending these classes for over 3 years now. There is always one in the Fall and one in the Spring. Each one seems to just get yummier. These are not professional chefs, just 3 wonderful Swedish ladies who enjoy sharing their heritage and stories while they show us how they prepare the meal. We just watch and enjoy. Then we all sit down to elegant tables with fresh flowers, fine china and wine with our meal.
Caeu de Filet Provencale (beef tenderloin & potatoes:
1 1/2lb beef tenderloin
2 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp salt
black or white pepper
10 - 12 potatoes
1/2 stick of butter
1-2 cloves of garlic (crushed or put through a press)
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 c of chopped fresh parsley
Stir together all ingredients for garlic butter. Roll into a cylinder about 1/2 inch thick. Wrap in foil and place in frig.
Preheat oven to 450.
Peel and cut the potatoes into thin slices. Spread out in an oven safe dish and add salt. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. (I would spray the dish with cooking spray).
Brown meat in frying pan until it is all brown. Add salt & pepper and cook for about 15 minutes with a lid on the pan. Turn meat over once and cook for 15 more minutes.
Remove meat from pan and add 1/2c water to the pan (1/2 cube of bouillon optional). Remove the foil from potatoes and pour the water over potatoes. Put the dish back in the oven without foil and cook for about 25 minutes or until potatoes and tender.
Cut the meat into 1/2 inch thick slices. Put them on top of the potatoes. Cut slices of garlic butter mixture and place on top of sliced meat. Put back in oven until butter has melted. Serve
Fylld Pork File (stuffed port tenderloin):
2 thin pork tenderloins
3 oz blue cheese or gorganzola
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter
1/4 lb button mushrooms, cleaned
3/4c cream (can be light or fat-free)
1-2 tsp flour
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 small can whole tomatoes (16oz)
Cut a long slit in tenderloins and fill with cheese. Tie with string or use toothpicks to hold seam together and keep cheese in. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Melt butter in frying pan & brown meat on all side. Add mushrooms, cover and cook for about 15 minutes on low heat. Pour in cream and cook for about 5 minutes more.
Mix small amount of juice from can of tomatoes with the flour and add to pan. Cook for a few minutes to thicken. Add soy sauce to taste. Drain tomatoes and add, cook until heated. Take out tenderloins and cut into 1/4 inch slices. Return meat to sauce and sprinkle with parsley.
Kyckling a la Herman (chicken a la Herman)
3 lbs of chicken breasts
3 medium onions
10-12 white or black peppercorns
6-5 cloves of garlic
1 green apple (like Granny Smith)
3 tbsp curry (more or less to taste)
3 1/2 tbsp white flour
3 tbsp mango chutney
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 1/2c chicken broth
1/2c heavy cream
2 tbsp butter
Mix together: pinch of ginger, turmeric,coriander, chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Break up 2 bay leaves.
Place chicken in pan. Add broth plus water with one sliced onion and peppercorns. Cook for 30-40 minutes. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces. Sift the broth to remove onions and peppercorns and save 2 - 2 1/2 cups.
Chop the rest of the onions and the garlic. Saute in butter. Chop the apple and add to onions. Add curry and let it saute gently. Add flour, chutney and soy sauce. Stir well, Add both and stir until boiling. Add cream and let simmer for 20 minutes. Add spices and chicken. Stir well until chicken pieces are heated. Serve over rice.
Marangtarta med mockakram (Meringue with mocha cream):
6 egg whites
1 /3/4c of sugar
1/2 tsp lemon juice
Preheat oven to 200
Beat egg whites to thick foam. Add sugar and lemon juice and continue beating until stiff and shiny. Put parchment paper on a baking sheet after having made 2 big circles with a pencil (trace a plate). Spread the meringue within the circles, approx 1/2 inch high. Bake 1 1/2 hours.
4 egg whites
1 1/4c Rice Krispies
Preheat oven to 250
Beat egg whites until stiff and shiny. Add Rice Krispies. Make 2 circles on parchment paper with a pencil and spread out the meringue evenly. Bake 80 minutes. This one has a little crunch to it.
1/2c of water
1/2c of sugar
2 tsp vanilla sugar
2 tsp instant coffee
6 egg yolks
2 sticks of butter
Heat water and sugar and let boil until sugar is dissolved and you can do the thread test. Add vanilla sugar and instant coffee. Stir the egg yolks until well blended and slowly add to syrup. Beat briskly until cooled. Cream butter and add to egg mixture. Finish mixing in double boiler so that butter melts and blends in. Cool and let thicken.
Spread mocha creme between two meringue pieces. Spread whipped cream on top and decorate with shaved chocolate.
Note: this is enough mocha creme for one setup. Would need to double to use all 4 meringue pieces. They used one of each of the meringues for each set up so you would have the two different textures. All I can say is OMG they melted in your mouth.
I tried to catch my typo's but might have missed some. We don't eat a lot of any one thing but you get to sample everything. These were all foods that were prepared during the 70's. It's food for your palate, your heart and your soul. I just adore these people but told them I won't learn Swedish.....too many consonants! We are there for almost 5 hours but time just seems to fly by. My kids always think of the Swedish Chef from the muppets - not quite but they sure do make us laugh with their tales.
This is not the entire menu but I'm tired of typing...sorry. Also sorry I forgot to bring my camera but will make sure to have it in the spring!
Friday, November 12, 2010
Here's an email I just received and felt I needed to share. It's humbling!
There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend.. He was always there for her.. She told her boyfriend, 'If I could only see the world, I will marry you.'
One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend.
He asked her,'Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?' The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn't expected that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life
led her to refuse to marry him.
Boyfriend left in tears and days later wrote a note to her
Saying: 'Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before they were yours, they were mine.'
How the human brain often works when our status changes.
Only a very few remember what life was like before, and who was always by their side in the most painful situations.
Life Is a
Before you say an unkind word - Think of someone who can't
You complain about the taste of your food - Think of someone
Who has nothing to eat.
You complain about your husband or wife - Think of someone
who's crying out to GOD for a companion.
Before you complain about life - Think of someone who went
Too early to heaven.
Whining about the distance you drive Think of someone who
Walks the same distance with their feet.
You are tired and complain about your job - Think of the
Unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your
Depressing thoughts seem to get you down - Put a smile on
Your face and think: you're alive and still
Thursday, November 04, 2010
About a year and half ago I went for my regular eye exam and was told that there were a couple tiny drusens on my left eye. This is an early sign of dry macular degeneration which my dad has and it is robbing his vision. The doctor gave me am Amsler grid which looks like a chart with a dot in the middle. He told me to check my eye every day and I did. Mind you, I was only checking my left eye! What a dummy.
October of 2009 I was reading and happened to rub my left eye and realized that there was a "fog" covering the words for my right eye. I waited a few days before I called the doctor who had me come in immediately. She examined me and sent me right to the retinal specialist. I had very early wet macular degeneration in the right eye. There is a tiny blood vessel that is bleeding at the back of my eye. The treatment is injections into the eye every 6 weeks which I have now been doing for over a year. When I went for the injection in October, I mentioned I was noticing something in my left eye. They ran tests and could see something but it was not definitive that I had a problem. When I went for my injection this week, they ran the test again and I was right....it had started in my left eye. I will start injections in that eye in 2 weeks. I told them I would just bring in my sleeping bag and stay there. The specialist said that no one has ever come in to him in such early stages and that my chance of reversing it are very good. It's still scary.
The reason I am telling you this is because my dad has it and a paternal cousin also has it. Neither one of them was discovered early and with dad having the dry, there is really nothing you can do. The retinal specialist was impressed that I was so "in tune" with my body and picked up on the problem so soon. We talked about it and I told him that once I realized I had a problem, I religiously looked at my Amsler grid every morning. It is on the front of my refrigerator and I check my eyes before I feed the kitties. I even have an extra so that in all my trips to Maine, I had one to travel with me. Do you think maybe I'm a little paranoid?
I have discussed this with both of my children to make them aware so they can tell their doctors. I have also recommended to the specialist that I feel that eye doctors should start discussing this with their patients by the time they are in their 50's if there has been any history of it in their family. Also, they should provide them with an Amsler grid. I have seen these in the doctors office for years, but nothing was ever said and I never asked what they were for. I thank God that I did have the grid and that I do check my eyes. I also pray that the specialist is right and they can stop it from going further. I have also handed out grids to friends that have a family history. This is such a simple thing to do - only takes a few minutes and doesn't cost anything.
So, if there is a family history of macular degeneration, ask your eye doctor for the Amsler grid.
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