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Monday, 30 January 2017


     When Olivia came off the waterslide at recess the next day, Emily Eagle screamed at her, “You told Ms. Marten on me!  I suppose you think you’re smart because she moved me away from you. Well, Rhonda and I are going to wait for you after school today.  How do you like that, you little sissy rat?”

     All day Olivia wondered what she should do. Should she tell the teacher? Or was there something else she should try? She waited so long without making up her mind that suddenly it was time to go home.

     “Tidy up, class,” said Ms. Marten. “Quickly, quickly!  You can’t be snails today.  I have a meeting after school.”

(Story by Eleanor;   Illustrated by Nestor)

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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Greeting to my new grandniece, LEANNE PAIGE . . . and Leanne Biscuits

Leanne Paige was born Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 11:30 p.m.

Congratulations to Kacy and my nephew, Nick!

Her paternal grandparents: George and Aline

George and Aline with Nick when he was a baby

Her great-grandparents: Nick and Mary

Her great-great grandparents: John and Anne Leschyshyn 

Leanne's great-great grandfather, John Stadnyk


I made lots and lots of biscuits for my family when they were growing up so I'm dedicating this recipe to Leanne.


       1 3/4  cups flour
       1/4 cup cornmeal
       1/2 cup sugar
                2 ½ tsp baking powder
                ¼ tsp salt

                1/2 cup soft butter
                 1/2 cup halved fresh or frozen cranberries
                1 cup milk
                1/2 tsp grated orange rind (optional)
1.     Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2.     Grease a baking sheet.
3.     Mix cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in food processor.
4.     Add butter and process to fine crumbs.
5.     Turn flour mixture into a mixing bowl.
6.     Stir milk and cranberries into flour, stirring only long enough to combine.
(The secret to tender biscuits is minimum handling.)
8.     Drop about 6 to 8 large spoonfuls onto baking sheet.

9.     Bake for 15 minutes.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

January 20, 1960 Bad news

Marilyn shared this picture and commented:

 One of our grandmother's fav house plants and since she didn't have Superstore she wintered the plant.

January 20, 1960    (From my journal -- I was 13 years old.)
This evening only a few minutes ago we had a phone call that Grandmother is in the hospital and wants us.  We shall go tomorrow.

January 21
We went to school as usual today.  Then at noon when I had just been skating a little while Matt came to take us home.  Everyone wondered who he was.  We changed at home and started out about quarter to three.  We had a hard time getting the car out because it was stuck.  Finally when I was stepping lightly on the gas pedal and Matt and Dad pushing we got out.  It was a long trip and we stopped at Russell and Roblin.  We were hungry so we got garlic sausage and bread at Roblin and ate it.  We got to Gilbert

went to bed about half past eleven.  

Mom and Aunt Marion 


Simple food for when you’re really rushed or not in the mood to cook, but people have to eat:


            From: WOMAN’S DAY ENCYCLOPEDIA of COOKERY, Vol. 1

Hard-boil 2 eggs and let cool.
Cream together 2 teaspoons of anchovy paste and ¼ cup butter.
Toast 2 slices of bread.
Spread toast with anchovy butter.
Cut into small pieces. 
Top with a slice of egg.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Rainy day in PALM SPRINGS and 250 Best Cobblers, Custards, . . .

There are lovely hummingbirds here.  A couple of times, a hummingbird flew right up to about a foot from my face and its head was a shimmery, pyschedelic purple.


About Restaurants:   DON’T MISS:

Pueblo Viejo in University Village Mall:  Mexican:  I loved the shrimp fajitas:  the shrimp arrived on a sizzling hot iron platter!

John Henry's Place: The Cajun Blackened Catfish  and the perfectly cooked vegetables were wonderful, but I asked to go back so I could have some lobster ravioli all to myself!  

Manhattan restaurant:  I loved the hot pastrami sandwich and the blinzes. 

Sherman’s:  the staff have all begun to recognize us because we've gone there every morning for breakfast.  Do try their Linzer Cookie and their Florentine cookie.


Soon, I’ll have to do my own baking again, and this will be one of my go-to cookbooks:


page 45:  Crisp:  Excellent!

                                                                            page 74:  Blueberry Scones

*Fresh Blueberry Cobbler :  for recipe see my post:

Thursday, 12 January 2017

More Family Fun in Orange County

There’s stuff to do with kids that’s reasonably close to the airport if you’re flying out of the John Wayne airport. 

The Discovery Cube, which is a cross between a children’s museum and a science centre attracted us with its dinosaur section.

A lot of stuff was interesting to adults as well as kids.

Hockey Science included a Zamboni.

Kaleidoscope: you're multiplied over and over

 When Bryan stood inside this Wind-a-ma-jig, the glasses blew off his nose when the wind reached 70mph.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle section was another winner with its interactive games.

After the Cube, we enjoyed lunch at the 4th Street Market in Santa Ana.  Bryan’s comment: “Jinny’s Pizza is worth noting as is the Chapman’s Craft Lager.”

 We then drove out to the Newport Beach Nature Reserve for a walk.  

Bryan noted, “A  coyote was trying to catch two rabbits (without success . . . this time.”

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Cruising into the New Year

Dec. 29:  Boarding the CARNIVAL IMAGINATION

First objective: find the ship library

Next, lunch with several complimentary glasses of sparkling wine . . .

Then, the pools . . .

and hot tubs

Bedtime stories and play

December 30:

Ensenada, Mexico

“Run, Grampa.  She’s coming!”

Pouring rain, margaritas, hot chocolate, and a serenade

Warm up:

Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve dinner in the “Spirit Dining Room” 

Zzzzz . . .


Balloon drop in the atrium