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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

What else did the monster have? . . . Hawaii with a Four-Year-Old

My family and I DO NOT like surprises. 

For us, a lot of the enjoyment of a trip comes from knowing it’s coming MONTHS before the actual date. 

Bryan hauls piles of guide books from the library for me and I start researching.  For this trip to Hawaii, OAHU REVEALED was my best source for things to do with children.      

I picked a hotel right by the beach, the zoo, and the aquarium.

We booked flights for Saturday, December 30 so that we could be sure to all be there for New Year's Eve.  

Kepler headed straight to the beach.

In the evening, we enjoyed strolling along Kalakaua and seeing the street performers.

Sunday, December 31

     First up, the zoo:

Back to the beach

The streets were jammed on New Year’s Eve.  We were lucky to snag a table for cocktails at the Outrigger.  

 We were glad we had booked a table for dinner.

Monday, Jan 1: the Aquarium

Some of the best fun was unplanned.  On the way back from the aquarium, we couldn't resist swinging on a banyan tree. 

Tuesday, Jan 2

Bryan, Nicole, and James went to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial.

. . . while Kepler and I enjoyed some books and monster games at the hotel.  He was not in the mood for going to the beach.  

Wednesday, Jan 3

going to the Children’s Museum by bus: The bus system is AMAZING!  Seniors ride for $1.00.

Kepler made friends all over the place . . .  and had lots of fun; especially in the theatre.

 Thursday, Jan 4

Hanauma Bay snorkeling:  you don't even need to put on the gear!  Colorful fish swim all around you as you wade near the shore.  

Friday, Jan 5

Pirate Ship!  Hauling up treasure and fighting with swords!

Saturday, Jan 6
We had booked a trip, but a tummy virus hit three of us on Friday night, and we had to cancel.  Full refund!   Thank-you Polynesian Cultural Village! 

Sunday, Jan 7

Back to the Beach!


Nicole is really good at finding the best restaurants nearby.   What a great week!


A terrific Hawaiian singer was performing her contemporary music all through our dinner here.


I love traveling in the United States, and, to show my appreciation, I am posting a recipe I clipped about 30 years ago. 

I made it for the first time just before this Christmas because it’s a fruitcake.  It was good but very dense and more like a big currant scone than a cake.   No wonder, since there is absolutely no leavening agent in it!  

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Feb 9, 1991 and Sauerkraut

 In Feb, 1991 Mom wrote:
On Feb 9 Bill Stadnyk was down but I had sauerkraut perogies which he likes, borsch, and head cheese and George gave me a lot of home made sausage.  I boiled it and we had a nice lunch with pumpkin bread.  Matt stayed for lunch, too.

                                                                    Bill Stadnyk




A couple of days ago I cooked sauerkraut as a side dish to go along with Meatballs in Cream Sauce and spaetzle.  I found the recipe online and Kathy said it was the best sauerkraut she ever had.  I loved it, too.

Here's the link:

The only change I made was that for step 3, I covered the sauerkraut and cooked it in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.



Tuesday, 30 January 2018

10 more great videos . . . and Turmeric Scrambled Eggs


 1.  “Aloha” starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, and John Krasinski 

2.    "Pride and Prejudice; Zombies"

3.    "The Making of a Lady" :  a Gothic romance

4.   "13 Minutes"

                                                              A wonderful miniseries based on John le Carre's spy novel

                           This is about Thomas Wolfe who wrote LOOK HOMEWARD ANGEL and was considered a genius 
                                   The critics didn't like it, but Bryan and I thought it was excellent.    (Aug 2017)

                                                                                Enjoyed this twice now!        

Had to see this again before going to Hawaii and thought it was really interesting and well done.

                                              I REALLY didn't like the character, but Bryan and I found this true story very interesting.

                                    Sadly,  BEOWULF was cancelled after the first season.  I loved Grendel and his mother.


P.S.  cool font, no?  it’s Agency FB



            Adapted from Floyd Cardoz: in PEOPLE MAGAZINE, Jan. 16, 2017

1 tbsp chopped garlic
1 tbsp fresh ginger
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced (Floyd said about 1 tbsp, but use more if you like spicy food)
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp turmeric
½ tsp chili powder (use the regular stuff; not the super hot)
¼ tsp cayenne
¼ cup water
¼ cup canola oil
1 ½ cups diced tomatoes
1 tsp kosher salt
½ cup onions
1 ½ tbsp. white vinegar
1 tbsp maple syrup
12 eggs
1/3 cup chopped cilantro

Toasted bread

*Chop and set aside garlic, ginger, tomatoes, cilantro, and onion.
*In a food processor, blend well: garlic, ginger, jalapeno, cumin, turmeric, chili powder, cayenne, and ¼ cup water.
*Heat oil in large skillet with the garlic mixture for 1 minute.  (medium heat)
*Add onions and cook 3 to 5 minutes.
*Add tomatoes, salt, vinegar, and syrup.  Cook 5 minutes.
*Lightly beat eggs.
*Cook eggs in tomatoes until nearly set.
*Sprinkle with cilantro.

You can make this a dinner by serving with potatoes and a Fruity Salad.

 Mango, strawberries, and blackberries on lettuce with Raspberry Dressing