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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat was the name of the play the Captain and I  saw at the Broadway Palm which is just over the Caloosahatchee River.  The Broadway Palm is a Dinner Theater. The Captain and I […]

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Broadway Palm Pineapple Casserole

Broadway Palm Pineapple Casserole recipe is provided by Executive Chef  Gregory Van Horn of the Broadway Dinner Theater. The Captain and I love the Dinner Theaters and have managed to attend them while living in Kansas City,  Seattle, Dallas, Albuquerque […]

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Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow Movie Review…… Several weeks ago, the Captain and I went to the movie Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. I have to say I did enjoy the movie…. because Tom Cruise was in it and […]

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Raindrops Keep Fallin’…..

Raindrops Keep Fallin’…..on my head and everywhere this beautiful Tuesday morning! At 5:30 a.m., the Captain and I were on our way to the airport. Well, actually he was on his way to the airport…I was the Driver. The airport […]

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Cane Pole Fishing with Grandma!

Cane Pole Fishing with Grandma! I was digging through Grandma’s old recipes and her favorite cookbook looking for her Scalloped Potato Recipe (which I am posting for you) and as we day dreamers sometimes do….I started thinking about Grandma Alice […]

 

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat was the name of the play the Captain and I  saw at the Broadway Palm which is just over the Caloosahatchee River. 

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Since this was a matinee…all the tables were not in use…and there were no cameras allowed during the performance.

The Broadway Palm is a Dinner Theater.

The Captain and I have been there many times since moving to Florida and we have always enjoyed the experience.

What is not to love, …when the play is preceded by a lovely buffet.

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The private tables are set with stemmed water glasses and little lamps flickering above white tablecloths.  

The flatware is wrapped in linen napkins and servers are just a nod away.

Not your typical buffet.

There are matinees and evening performances…and the Captain and I have been to both. 

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The performance of this particular play, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat …did not include any dialog and the story was told completely in song.

I have to say, (with tongue in cheek) the songs, written as brilliantly as they could be written…swayed just a bit from the Biblical References.  

In that, I will have to say I was disappointed.

For instance:  the butler, who informed the pharaoh that Joseph, (who had been cast in prison)…had the ability to translate dreams, came on stage dressed like Elvis.

He looked like Elvis and sang his songs, (imitating Elvis)….therefore deviating …just a tad….from Genesis 41. ;)

And yes, I do realize this was strictly entertainment.

However, the good news is the story was clearly told of the brother’s jealousy and pitching Joseph into a large pit… and later selling him as a slave.

Also, the depiction of the twelve tribes of Israel were well understood.

So what did it matter that Joseph’s brothers were all dressed in colorful, large striped overalls…each bearing a large Alpha letter (representing the first letter of  the first name of each brother)…. blazoned or embroidered on the bib, all the while dancing jigs, pulling at their shoulder straps? ;)

Ok,…it was entertainment! :)

And Joseph did have the beautiful coat of many colors that his Father gave to him…and it certainly was colorful! ;)

(Please forgive the quality of these pictures…they were taken with my cell phone as cameras are not allowed during the performance.)

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 The Matinee can be summed up by saying…there was good food, good fellowship with our friends and an “entertaining” performance.

Do you attend Dinner Theaters?

The Captain and I have gone to them in almost every city we have lived. 

We are so glad there is a Dinner Theater close by….it makes for a great date night!

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Delicious Every Time Egg Drop Soup

DSCF2726 - CopyDelicious Every Time Egg Drop Soup recipe… did not come from either of my Grandmothers or my Mother.

However, it did come from “A” grandmother…just not mine.  

When we lived in Seattle, the sweetest little (and I do mean little) Chinese young woman became my nail tech.

She worked in a very upscale beauty shop in Bellevue, Washington, which is just across Lake Washington from Seattle.  

She had been in this country for about 15 years and she worked and saved her money to bring her Mother and Father from the remote recesses of China…to live with her and help her care for her two small children.

And of course, as is the usual case with Oriental cultures…Wendy’s mother brought with her many recipes gathered from her Mother and Grandmother.

Wendy fascinated me with stories about growing up in the farm country of China, living on the fruits and vegetables, harvested by her family.

And before I knew it…my nails were finished and I would long for the next installment at my next visit.

Especially the recipes. Wendy would have to translate the recipe amounts, etc and put them on paper for me because all the ingredients etc….were stored in her Mother’s memory.  

It was interesting to note, that one of the first tasks her grandfather did when he moved to Seattle, was to plant a huge garden in Wendy’s back yard, and enlist the assistance of Wendy’s two children as he weeded and tended to the vegetables.

And so it goes……;)

One more interesting thing that brought a smile to my face was that her children did not really care for McDonald’s.  

Wendy had taken them there and they didn’t like the hamburgers and fries.  They went home and had vegetables and of course…soup!  ;)

The trick with keeping the flavor of  soup, Wendy told me….was a clear broth.  

And the way to achieve the clear soup, so favored by many of us…was to cook the soup low and slow.

Especially if one had a piece of meat in the soup.

There are so many Chinese Restaurants here in our little town by the sea….and when the Captain and I go out to eat at one…you can be sure I order egg drop soup.

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 Which makes me ask myself why, because making egg drop soup is so easy and simple to make.  5 ingredients…how easy is that?

When I get a hankerin’ for a delicious cup of soup…or I am under the weather…Egg Drop Soup is 5 ingredients away…then in my pot, simmering away! :)

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So please check out this recipe for Egg Drop Soup!  It is eggcellent!  

Ok, sorry about the joke! but you know me….a bit weird! ;)

If you like egg drop soup…please try this recipe.  It is really not difficult to make and the flavor is sooooooo good!

Enjoy!

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Delicious Every Time Egg Drop Soup
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My nail tech in Seattle was a soup nut and I mean that in a kind way. She preferred soup to any other entree. She rarely went out to lunch as she always had a cup of soup waiting in the wings....This recipe is modified a bit from her recipe...but it is basically just good egg drop soup.
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Total Time
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups chicken stock (make your own or buy the pre-made at your grocer)
  2. 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  3. 1 tsp. ground ginger
  4. 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  5. 4 large eggs
  6. 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
  7. 2 green scallions, sliced very thin
  8. 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  9. 1/4 teaspoon of white ground pepper
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized sauce pan heat the chicken stock to just boiling (I like to use Swanson but for this recipe I used a store brand and I didn't think it was a good as Swanson...just my opinion)
  2. Meanwhile, add the cornstarch to 2 tablespoons of cold water in a small bowl, mixing vigorously, being sure to remove all lumps
  3. Add the ginger and garlic powder to the cornstarch slurry and mix well
  4. Add the slurry mixture to the simmering chicken stock, stirring constantly until the slurry is incorporated into the chicken stock...and turn the heat up to a medium allowing the broth to boil.
  5. In a small pitcher or measuring cup, whisk the eggs together.
  6. Whisk the boiling broth as you pour the eggs slowly into the liquid, using a circular motion which will create ribbons.
  7. Your ribbons can be any size you choose, the whisking determines the size. I have used a small strainer to insure thin ribbons...it depends on how much time I have allotted for the egg drop soup that day.
  8. Once your egg ribbons are the size you like...slowly drizzle in the sesame oil and add 3/4 of the scallions, leaving the other 1/4th the green ribbons for the garnish
  9. At this point you may add salt and white pepper to taste.
Notes
  1. You may use 2 whole eggs and 2 egg whites if looking for a healthy option.
  2. I have used both grated fresh ginger and the ginger powder...it is just a matter of preference
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Broadway Palm Pineapple Casserole

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Broadway Palm Pineapple Casserole recipe is provided by Executive Chef  Gregory Van Horn of the Broadway Dinner Theater.

The Captain and I love the Dinner Theaters and have managed to attend them while living in Kansas City,  Seattle, Dallas, Albuquerque and now here in Florida. 

Granted, it is not the Broadway in New York that the Captain and I enjoy on our annual Christmas trek to New York City…..but it is close, as there are plays from Broadway that tour the country and we are fortunate to be able to see many of the plays right here in our little sunshine state. :)

More on the Plays in another post, but right now I want to tell you about a great Southern staple…Pineapple Casserole!

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Did you just frown?  I know, it doesn’t sound like a casserole does it?

Well, if you like…you can call it a pineapple souffle…that was one of the recipes suggested to me by a friend. ;)

There are many ways to make it and I am sure you might have a version in your recipe file.Some recipes include grated cheese and Ritz Crackers…and others use tidbit pineapple or the chunk pineapple.

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Some recipes use brown sugar and some recipes use a lot more white sugar and butter.

As is with most old recipes…there are many variations as cooks and bakers use the ingredients they have on hand and for the most part, they are all good…well, mostly good! :)

However, I find this particular recipe has just the right amount of ingredients…as is.

The crushed pineapple works so well with the bread crumbs. 

Plus, this is a quick dish to prepare and one usually has canned pineapple, sugar, eggs and bread on hand in their pantry.

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 Cut the crusts from the bread either with a crust cutter or a sharp knife.  Cube the bread…and tightly pack into 4 cup measure.

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Save the crusts, I like to make croutons with them….:) Or bread stuffing…or..well, you get the idea! ;)

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Cream the butter and sugar together..

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Add eggs, one at a time….beating well after each addition.

Be sure pineapple is well drained.  I like to use a colander and blot with paper towel.

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Add the lemon juice and pineapple to the mixing bowl and mix well.

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Fold in the bread cubes….

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Using a 2 quartt (I used a 2 and 1/2 quart)  lightly greased baking, transfer the mixture and bake at 350 degrees for about 40-45 minutes 

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 Simply yummy and delicious and a great addition to a baked ham or any entree.  Think Thanksgiving side dishes! ;)

One unique feature of this pineapple casserole is that it can double as a side dish or a dessert!  It is that good!

So if you have not tried this wonderful casserole…please try it!

Believe me, once you make this casserole….your family or guests will ask for the recipe.

You don’t have to be Southern to like it!  :)

Enjoy!

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Broadway Palm Pineapple Casserole
Pineapple Casserole is an old Southern dish...always sought after at potlucks and church dinners. There are many variations of this casserole. Some like to add Ritz Crackers in place of the bread crumbs...some add a lot more butter, while others eliminate the pineapple juice and top with grated cheese or substitute the crushed pineapple for chunk pineapple.. Chef Van Horn has a great combination of ingredients which makes this particular recipe a winner. This recipe can be used as a side or a dessert! yummy!
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Cook Time
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Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. ¾ cup butter
  2. 1 ¼ cups sugar
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 1 (20oz.) can crushed pineapple, well drained
  5. 1 ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  6. 4 cups firmly packed cubed white bread (crusts removed)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, making sure to mix after each addition.
  4. Stir in pineapple and lemon juice, fold in bread crumbs.
  5. Spoon mixture into a greased 2 quart baking dish
  6. Bake casserole uncovered at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Serve warm.
Notes
  1. Broadway Palm is a Dinner Theater which provides live Broadway Plays (and off Broadway) which the Captain and I enjoy immensely.
  2. This particular Theater provides a wonderful meal just before the curtain opens to the first act. The recipe above is Chef Greg Van Horn's version of this Southern potluck staple.
  3. It is excellent with Ham as a side dish or add it to your casserole dishes at Thanksgiving!
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Edge of Tomorrow

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Edge of Tomorrow Movie Review……

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Several weeks ago, the Captain and I went to the movie Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.

I have to say I did enjoy the movie…. because Tom Cruise was in it and I like his acting.

AND because the futuristic movie was easy to follow.

Let me explain!

The reason it was easy to follow for me, was because it was a time-travel type of movie.

Yes, a futuristic movie that had Tom Cruise (the main character) re-living the same day over and over again as he struggled to “save the world” by conquering the alien species who were trying to take control of the world as we know it.

Each time he re-lived his day…he would realize the errors he had committed the last time, and would correct those errors the next time… until he finally got to the finish line…so to speak!

As I said, easy to follow when one watches the same start to his day over and over, until one can recite the dialog along with the actions of the Tom Cruise character. :)

The Captain loves Imax 3-D…and I have to admit all the special effects became more lifelike and were amazing.

Example: The Battle at the Beach landing was so real and incredible that each time it was re-lived…I saw new and startling effects.

This movie was definitely action packed and moved right along and I liked that. 

I also liked that there were no overt sex scenes, but rather a hint of romance…after all Tom Cruise was trying to save the world…no time for rolling around half naked in a bed wooing the girl…there were aliens to conquer! 

Although there were a few word bombs..they were actually few and far between, … although if I could have had my druthers…I would have them removed from the movie. ;)

But that is just me.  Sometimes these words are a distraction and take away from, say… a period film where in my opinion, obscenities would most likely never have been said. 

OK…off my soap box and back to reviewing the movie.

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I liked watching Tom Cruise in the “Mission Impossible” movies and yes, I really liked watching him in “Top Gun” with his boyish grin and young at heart attitude.

Maybe flamboyant is the word I am searching for…but in this movie, he has “grown up”.  He was a soldier…he was Major William Cage, a Public Affairs officer in United States army who did not want to go to the front line. He was believable! 

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Emily Blunt! What can I say about this young actress? She has been in quite a few movies and although she is attractive, she played the part of a no make-up, no nonsense kind of soldier, assisting Tom Cruise’s character as he re-lived his day. Her character’s name was Sergeant Rita Vrataski. 

You see, she had already re-lived her day and ending up failing miserably.  She could only help him re-live his day up to the point that she failed with hers.

And her body was so completely toned….Wow! I never saw that in myself when I was younger and I certainly will never see muscles like that in my future.

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 Unless you count the muscle in my food tasting arm!  :)

Usually, the critics and I do not agree on most movies.  In fact, if the critics pan a movie…I usually like it! :)

The Captain and I were entertained for about two hours and that is a good thing!

Have you seen this movie? Thoughts?

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Raindrops Keep Fallin’…..

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Raindrops Keep Fallin’…..on my head and everywhere this beautiful Tuesday morning!

At 5:30 a.m., the Captain and I were on our way to the airport.

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Well, actually he was on his way to the airport…I was the Driver.

The airport is about 20 minutes away and he could certainly drive himself…but we like to have that time together and we go out for breakfast to make it a nice farewell for his 7 days of flying. :)

The early morning was dark and clear, ….with just an occasional, faint shimmer of light coming from the Gulf of Mexico….which was an indication that perhaps the morning breezes could bring a little rain shower to our shores.

By the time we finished our breakfast at one of our favorite restaurants, warm drops of rain were beginning to sporadically dance on our heads and then on the windshield of the car.

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I dropped the Captain at the airport…we said our good-byes under the airport canopy…and the rain began to fall more earnestly.

It was not a heavy rain, but a steady light rain accompanied by a distant rumble of thunder which seem to hold the promise of more to come.

Luckily, the heavy rain held off until I returned home….however, I had a surprise waiting for me.

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My daily newspaper lay in a puddle of water on my drive and though it was encased in a plastic sleeve…I could see at first glance that it was a soggy mess.

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Two things I want to note.

1. I would rather read the newspaper than watch the news on the TV!! Why you ask?

Because with the newspaper, I can pass over “stuff” that I don’t want to hear or see, by just reading the headline. ;)

2.  I know I could call the newspaper circulation department and they would send me out a new, dry newspaper.

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Secret Garden Fountain…raining drops!

 

However, it was still raining and  I had a perfectly good newspaper…it was just soaked newspaper…BUT it could dry,  if I spread it out all over my kitchen. :)

So after gingerly separating the mostly wet pages…. which were by now clinging to each other…I placed the pages as if I were drying laundry.

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I put the newspaper on the stove (burners off of course)…

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I put newspaper on the kitchen counter…

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And on the kitchen bar area…

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And on the chairs by the kitchen nook…

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And just about everywhere I had a bare spot!

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And then my eye caught a headline amid the dampened paper…. that jumped up and spoke to my heart!

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What great advice! Smile often…!

Oh, and by the way…the rest of the lyrics to the Raindrop song by B.J. Thomas?

“Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head

But that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turning red

Crying’s not for me

Cause I ain’t gonna stop the rain by complaining”

Have you ever “dried out” a newspaper?

Have a good day my dear readers….from soggy Florida and remember…the sun will come out tomorrow…or the next day…or the next! :)

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As I sit at my computer, this is my view of my Secret Garden…it is raining, though you can’t see the drops! :) But I can!

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I love the raindrops on the mandevilla flowers!

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Aren’t the raindrops pretty?

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Oldie but Goodie Scalloped Potatoes

Oldie but Goodie Scalloped Potatoes…

This scalloped potato recipe has been around a long, long time. 

It was always at any pot luck or family reunion as far back as I can remember.

And you know what?  

It is just as good today as it was way back then…….:)

I have modified it a bit…you know added a little of this and a little of that!

But all the original flavors are still there, buried in this wonderful baked casserole.

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Oldie but Goodie Scalloped Potatoes

 

I have several scalloped potato recipes…one in particular is the crock pot scalloped potatoes which is always a winner.

(You can find that recipe listed under the “sides” category on my Home page.) 

But this oldie but goodie scalloped potato recipe is from my Grandma Alice on my Mother’s side!

I have added pepper jack cheese to the cheddar cheese and instead of 4 cups of heavy cream (as Grandma made this casserole) I use both heavy cream and half and half.

Wow! Grandma was such a great cook….

Enjoy!

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Oldie but Goodie Scalloped Potatoes
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Grandma Alice used to use 4 cups of Heavy Cream...and she only used cheddar cheese. I like to mix it up with half and half and heavy cream and add two kinds of cheeses. I use cheddar and Pepper Jack because I like the "zip" it give this old fashioned recipe.
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
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Ingredients
  1. 3 to 3 1/4 pounds Idaho potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  2. 2 tablespoons butter
  3. 1 whole medium sized chopped onion
  4. 2 cups half-and-half
  5. 2 cups heavy cream
  6. 2 teaspoons salt
  7. 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  8. 1 cup grated Cheddar Cheese
  9. 1 cup grated Pepper Jack Cheese
  10. 1/4 teaspoon smoky paprika (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly butter a 2-3 quart casserole dish.
  2. Heat butter in a large skillet or sauce pan.
  3. Add onions and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until they start to turn translucent.
  4. Add the half and half, cream, salt and pepper and stir well while over medium high heat
  5. Add the potatoes making sure the cream covers all the potatoes. (add a little more cream if necessary)
  6. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer until the potatoes are barely fork tender, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  7. Remove from the heat.
  8. Using a large spatula or spoon, layer 1/3 of the potatoes with 1/3 of the cream sauce to the casserole dish
  9. Top with 1/3 of the grated cheeses
  10. Continue layering the potatoes, sauce and cheeses, making sure to save some of the cheese for the top of the casserole dish
  11. Using a baking sheet to catch any spill-overs...place the casserole dish on the baking sheet and sprinkle with smoky paprika
  12. Bake until golden brown and bubbly for about 30 minutes.
  13. Remove from oven and let sit for about 5-10 minutes before serving.
Notes
  1. When transferring the potatoes to the casserole dish, use a spatula to keep the potatoes from crumbling into tiny bits....;)
  2. You can use any cheese you prefer....
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Cane Pole Fishing with Grandma!

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Cane Pole Fishing with Grandma!

I was digging through Grandma’s old recipes and her favorite cookbook looking for her Scalloped Potato Recipe (which I am posting for you) and as we day dreamers sometimes do….I started thinking about Grandma Alice and all the fun times I had with her.

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Grandma had white hair and always wore a dress with a bib apron at all times.

She and Grandpa also had one of the largest vegetable gardens in the little town of Bennington, Kansas.

Perhaps that was a carry over from when they raised nine children on their farm near Niles, Kansas.  (Niles is about 15 miles from Bennington)

My Mother was the last of the nine children and was considered a “change of life baby”.

Back in those days a “change of life baby” simply meant that the Mother, after delivering her baby would start menopause. (sorry, if there are men readers, but this is the way of life)  ;)

But ……Grandma had another talent, away from raising children, tending a large garden, walking to church on Sundays…. a talent she taught me at an early age.

Grandma liked to fish!

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And fish she did…almost daily.

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She fished from the Sand Creek (a tributary off of the Solomon River) which was about a block from their home on the corner of Putnam and Princeton Streets.

The streets didn’t have names back then, or if they existed, they were only known to city planners.

All I knew was that Grandma and Grandpa, lived on the corner, across from the football field which was by the Sand Creek.

Grandma Alice would catch catfish, bullheads, perch and bluegills …or whatever was biting that day.

She would take the fish home and cook it for supper.   

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What is interesting is that my Dad was a fisherman…later in his life he fished for Bass, but earlier on, he would walk the rivers and deep creeks and catch catfish and bullheads and bring them home for our dinner.

 

When I say my Dad walked the rivers….I mean he walked in the rivers…at night.  But that is another post! ;)

However, it was not my Dad who taught me to fish…it was Grandma Alice!

Grandma Alice had an old cane pole about 6-8 foot long, and she carried her white enameled bucket, with it’s red rim… which sported a few black blotches where the enamel on the bucket had been chipped.

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Grandma’s enamel bucket did not have a lid.

Grandma always walked to the creek…and the handle on the old bucket squeaked with each step she took, as it kept in tune with “hitch-in-her-get-along”  irregular gait.

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She didn’t have a tackle box.  Her bucket was her bait box, and it held a couple of round, red and white bobbers, a few small sinkers, a couple rusty, extra hooks and her line.

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 Anyone remember the short, round coffee cans with a key on top to open the coffee? :)

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Her Bait? Live earth worms in a clump of moist dirt she kept in an old Butter-Nut coffee can with holes punched in the top.  

(She dug the worms herself from her vegetable garden)

Once in a while, her bait consisted of chicken livers…but that was rare, because she loved Fried Chicken livers and didn’t want to give them up to the fish. :)

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Grandma didn’t use that fancy monofilament line….nor did she have a reel…she had a fishing line that resembled string that would float along the top of the water.

This “string” was actually tied to the narrow end of the pole…actually about 5-6 inches from the end of the yellowed cane pole. 

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The length of the line was determined by the length of the cane pole….which made for easy “pulling” in the fish and for transporting the pole.

When carrying the pole from spot to spot on the creek, the line was spiraled around the pole and the hook on the end of the line was stuck into one of the spirals. 

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Grandma never caught more bullheads or catfish than we could eat at the evening meal. They were not large, but more of a pan size.

If she needed more fish, she would grab her bucket and pole and off she would go back to the creek.

Waste Not…Want Not.

Or as she would say… “If we don’t waste what we have, we’ll still have more for a time when we need it”.

I really miss my Grandma Alice…and everything she taught me…..especially about the patience of fishing and the quiet time alone.

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Did your Grandmother teach you something you treasure?

Enjoy your Monday my dear readers…

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Oh, the scalloped potato recipe follows! ;)

Super Moon and a Steak Dinner

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Super Moon and a Steak Dinner at home…and not at a Steak House!

Who doesn’t like a good grilled steak with a baked potato (loaded with sour cream, grated two-cheese blend and green scallions)

AND a garden salad dripping with white rivers of blue cheese dressing

Add in some crispy, umber colored onion strings or straws (not at all fattening) ;)

AND top it off with a healthy dessert of strawberries with a strawberry glaze and a dollop of whipped cream and (drum roll please) ….I am in eatin’ heaven!

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Preparing the potatoes by brushing with my little potato friend!

(By the way…the dishes listed here are all under “recipes”)…different categories.

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I just love my little potato scrubber!  It is the little things isn’t it? ;)

Last evening, the Captain and I decided to have a quiet dinner on the Lanai and watch the super moon that was soon to approach our skies.

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fresh strawberries and a thick and sumptuous glaze.

 If you have followed my Blog….you know how the Captain and I love the Moon and the significance it has for us! :)

So I found Rib Eye Steaks (on sale)  

Pulled out two bakers from my potato bin…

And sweet vidalia onions from my onion bin….. 

And cucumber, Roma tomatoes,  scallions, and Italian Blend of lettuce (yes, it is the packaged lettuce…this was going to be a “quick” dinner remember?) out of the crisper bin for the garden salad! 

 

 

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 A quick and simple dinner for two….to enjoy before the moonlight. ;)

However, last night we had rain and thunder clouds and …well, very little of the super moon!

So tonight, we will try again as the super moon is “supposed” to shine again, providing our Florida skies don’t shine again with another lightning show! :)

I have a question for you my dear readers….do you like the easy and simple steak dinner at home…or do you prefer going out to a steak house?

Oh, and did you get to see the super Moon last night?

Enjoy!

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Rub-A-Dub-Dub…

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Rub-A-Dub-Dub…no this is not about three men in a tub as the old nursery rhyme says….instead it is about back rubs and foot rubs and…you get the picture!

A couple months ago, I wrote a post about finding the right massage therapist.  

That post is titled…….50 shades of ???? if you care to read it. :)

I have to confess, that I had never had a professional massage before I met the Captain.

And no, The Captain did not give me a massage personally…I know what you were thinking! ;)

But he did give me a membership to a Massage and Spa Salon for my Birthday…and that was many years ago. 

And here comes the confession….you knew there would be one didn’t you?

I didn’t use it for almost 7 months!  I just didn’t think I needed to have a massage.

The Captain kept telling me how it would help all that ails me….and I certainly had plenty of aches and joint pain…knee surgery etc.

I also used the approach that I did not have an hour, or half hour, to lay on a massage table and be pampered.

So I kept stalling.

Finally, I decided to go and have a massage….mainly to get the Captain to keep from asking me…”Have you used your Birthday Massages yet?” 

The first time I went…I was asked what kind of massage did I want.

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Well, I didn’t know…remember, I had not had anything but perhaps a brief neck rub from a co-worker in an effort to relieve a headache.  I still had the headache when her inexperienced hands were done….(sorry Laura) and I had rubbed my own feet, which always made them feel like they had never been walked on….hahaha!

So, I said just give me an overall massage…..and then she asked at what pressure?  Again, I didn’t know so I said medium pressure.  I mean you can’t go wrong with medium anything can you?

Forgive the look of this massage table.....this was after my massage so the sheets are not hospital perfect as they are when I entered the room.

Forgive the look of this massage table…..this was after my massage, so the sheets are not hospital perfect as they were when I entered the room. ;(

And before she left the softly lit room with background music (that reminded me of an Oriental tea room… because it consisted of flutes and other “soothing” and “relaxing” meditation music),… she told me to take off whatever clothes made me feel comfortable.

I thought that was cool.

I certainly wasn’t looking forward to disrobing, even though the Captain had assured me that I would remain completely covered at all times, with the sheet and thin blanket on the massage table.

My question of how then, would the massage therapist be able to give me a massage if I was covered….was quickly answered when the therapist removed a limb…my arm or leg (not a tree limb) haha!  from under the sheet, …..while leaving the rest of me under cover.  She tucked the sheets around my arm pit so that only the limb (arm) that was being massaged was exposed. 

The wonderful bolster placed under your legs or ankles relieves pressure.

The bolster that is placed under your legs or ankles to relieve pressure.

She put a bolster under my legs…oh yes….to relieve any pressure one might have with laying flat and begin to massage my whole arm right up to my fingertips.

By the way…have you ever had the palm of your hand massaged? Wow! does that feel good.

I have to admit….by the time she got to my feet…I had snuggled on the heated mat of the massage table, with a big smile firmly planted on my lips… as the therapist gave me the most amazing foot massage ever!  

And I was hooked! I go about every two weeks now and I make time for that special hour…it is so worth it!

If you go to a massage therapist…you know that you can choose the kind of massage you want and what areas of your body you would like worked on. 

The choices are limitless.  If you want an hour spent on your feet…just say the word.

Massages are so beneficial to the human body…if you have swollen ankles….the therapist can literally move the fluid throughout your body so it can be eliminated through the body’s processes. 

If you have a tension knot in your upper shoulders….the therapist will work on that until it is gone and dissipated. 

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Azalea, my therapist.

 Why am I telling you all this today?  Because I just got back from my massage with my favorite therapist who is always waiting for me when I come out of the room with a glass of water.

I “try out” different therapists when ever we move, and when I find one I like….I make sure my future appointments are with her.

I personally prefer a woman because…well, because I am a woman…I also have a woman dentist, woman MD, woman eye doctor…you get the picture…that way she knows what it feels like when I describe any symptom.  :)

I took the below from the website of the massage salon the Captain and I go to…and have gone to for all our married life. It is a chain called Massage Envy.

I am not being compensated for any of what I am telling you…but if you have never had a massage, you don’t know what you are missing! 

Below are some of the advantages to getting a massage.

 

Relieves Stress

Stress relief is key to achieving a healthier lifestyle. Even a single massage session can significantly lower heart rate, cortisol and insulin levels–all of which help reduce daily stress.

Encourages Relaxation

Relax. Reset. Repeat. Massage has been shown to help the body enter a relaxing rest-and-recovery mode- an effect that lingers long after the massage is over.

Improves Posture

Unlike other bad habits, poor posture can be relaxing to correct. Massage helps reinforce healthy and natural movements, which can get your posture back on track.

Massage Improves Circulation

Improves circulation. The pressure created by massage therapy moves blood through congested areas. This causes new blood to flow in, resulting improved body function.

Lower Blood Pressure

High blood pressure has more misconceptions than nearly any other medical condition. But one effective way to stave off high blood pressure naturally is massage therapy.

Massage Relaxes Muscles

Got neck, back or muscle pain? Odds are, sitting all day at the office is the culprit. Massage gets to the root of persistent pain by relaxing sore muscles.

 Massage Improves Flexibility and Range of Motion

As we age, joints tend to tighten, making range of motion more restricted. Massage helps keep joints more fluid, making you more flexible and less prone to injury.

Massage Promotes Deeper and Easier Breathing

One of the telltale signs of anxiety and stress is constricted breathing. Massage can play an important role in reliving respiratory issues and training the body how to relax.

Massage Relieves Headaches

45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches and migraines. Massage helps ease the pressure and pain, which can also reduce the chance and frequency of headaches.

Massage Strengthens the Immune System

Studies indicate that regular massage can naturally increase the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity–the activity level of the body’s natural “killer cells”.

Massage Enhances Post-Operative Rehabilitation

Massage helps the body pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. This makes massage therapy a great supplement to post-operative rehabilitation.

So now you understand why I am so relaxed today….and that is a good thing!

My dear readers…have you gone to a massage therapist? and if so….do you agree that your body is better off? 

 

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http://www.massageenvy.com/benefits-of-massage-therapy.aspx

Yummy Strawberry Glaze

Yummy Strawberry Glaze!

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Strawberries are so abundant this year and here in Florida they are available year round as they are in most supermarkets.

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I can remember when the only way to have strawberries in the Winter in the Midwest…was to buy those white cans of frozen strawberries out of the freezer section.

Uh Oh!…I am dating myself again. ;)

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And then there were whole strawberries in the freezer section.

And now,… there are Strawberry Fields Forever….

Oops! Sorry…I was letting the Beatles song that is in my head…slowly slide down to this post…much like the glaze recipe….it just oozes down and around any dessert you choose.

Sooooo good and easy to  make!

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Do you like strawberries my dear readers? 

And do you like to put a glaze on your cheesecakes?

Just sayin’ or singin’…….Strawberry Fields Forever!

Enjoy!

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Me

Yummy Strawberry Glaze
A quick and easy strawberry glaze to add over cheesecake, or any strawberry dessert!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pint fresh strawberries
  2. 1/3 cup white sugar
  3. 1/3 cup water
  4. 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  5. 1 teaspoon corn starch
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Wash and hull (remove the green stem) the strawberries and slice in half
  2. In a large sauce pan, combine the strawberries, sugar, water and lemon juice
  3. Stir on high heat until the mixture begins to boil.
  4. Reduce the heat and allow the strawberries to cook for about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Stir occasionally and mash as many of the strawberries as you can with the back of a large spoon, (I use a wooden spoon)
  6. The strawberry mixture will start to thicken.
  7. Remove from heat
  8. Using a strainer and a bowl, pour the strawberries through the strainer mashing the few bits of solid strawberries with a wooden spoon.
  9. Add the mixture back into the sauce pan
  10. Make a slurry by whisking the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water in a small bowl until the lumps are smooth.
  11. Add the cornstarch slurry to the strawberry mixture in the sauce pan.
  12. Simmer and stir until the mixture becomes thicker and becomes a glaze (about 3-5 minutes)
  13. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  14. Allow the glaze to cool to room temperature and then place in the fridge until it is well chilled.
  15. Serve
Notes
  1. You can use a blender to mash and blend the strawberries rather than a spoon but it is easier for me to do it while the berries are cooking and then using the strainer to make a pure glaze
  2. Add a little more sugar if the glaze is not sweet enough...less if it is too sweet....
  3. This glaze is wonderful over fruit pizza, ice cream, angel food or pound cake or even spooned over fresh strawberries for a quick dessert.
  4. Try it on cheesecake...really yummy... or over strawberry pie!
  5. Add a few blueberries to whole strawberries and the glaze become a finishing touch.
Me and My Captain http://www.meandmycaptain.com/
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