Saturday, January 03, 2015

Polish Bigos and Hand-Stretched Apple Strudel

My daughter, Krysia, loved Poland. 
When I was in High School
I read about a Polish Dr. 
in the Sunday World Herald
Omaha, Nebraska.
I saved his daughter's name
for my future daughter,

Five years later, I gave birth
Dr. French said, "It's a Krysia."

She started this blog for me May 2005.
In her memory
I share her beloved Poland.

Polish Hunter's Stew. 
When you can cook prunes, mushrooms,
bacon, cabbage and sauerkraut, 
any game, beef, pork, poultry 
and vegetables together 
and cook the stew outside,
you will draw a crowd 
of hungry people!
Count me in!

Hand-stretched Apple Strudel

We grew up in a community
of fabulous East European cooks.
At Fall Festivals and Celebrations
We waited in line for
duck and roast beef dinners
Kolaches, Strudels,
poppyseed filled sweet rolls
and accordion music

William Faulkner said, 
"The past isn't dead. It isn't even past."
My memories are alive and well
Happy New Year Family, Friends
and Friends to be

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Happy New Year, Sleep on your Dreams for 2015

Celebrations around the world

The desires in your head
put on paper
in a pie shape
sleep on them
as long as it takes

Penguin love

As 2015 unfolds
prepare to check off
your dreams

Mighty Reflections

You let your
 do the work

I've done it
It did!

Have a Very Merry New Year's
and a fabulous New Year!

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Is Christ in Christmas?

Or is it all about buying and gift giving? I feel Goodwill in the air from Thanksgiving through Christmas. It encourages kindness, helpfulness, generosity, kindness, and heart connectedness with all life.

It feels good to give. The Law of Life requires a "go around" to have a"come around." Give your best and the best will come back to you, it says. It doesn't have to come from the one you gave to; the Universe will see that you are sent the come around. Claim it! Enjoy it!

Wishing you and yours Peace and Grace, Joy and Plenty, Prosperity and Good Health in the New Year, and Always.


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Friday, December 05, 2014

Thanksgiving, Christmas, Pillsbury Cookies

That was a short season!

Thanksgiving was the first time in four years we had guests for the holiday. I haven't been this happy since I cooked for "The Pearl Girls" to fill my home with happy. Niece Dawn brought Watergate salad and a sweet potato casserole. Yum! Her brother, Wes, brought ham, a lot of it. I cooked a Butterball Cajun seasoned turkey breast and made her mom's cornbread stuffing with chunks of the turkey. The recipe's a keeper. Of course we had mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, pecan and pumpkin pie.

Later, Bryce, Braden and Kaylee wanted Rice Krispie bars. We found Kroeger's closed. I have never seen our Wal-mart parking lot completely full. We braved the crowd. One of the kids reached between snaking carts and grabbed a box. We self-checked out and were back to the car in ten minutes. I suspect others waited hours.

Rice Krispie bars need to set and dry. Not necessarily. If there's melted Hershey to dip them in, go for it. And "we" did. I was a kid, too.

Granddaughter Bertlee came Sat. to bake cookies. Thank goodness Pillsbury mixed the dough and sold it in tubes. We made peanut butter with a Hershey kiss on top, gingersnaps, plain sugar cookies and some with bits of red peppermint candy that reminded me of Grandma. We did the Pretzels with Rolo's and a colorful mini-MnM. She had cookies to take to her 1st grade class and to her family. I hope we can do this again.

I offered appreciation treats for a business. I thought they had about 30 staff. Nooooo, 104! Open mouth, insert foot. Bertlee!!!!!

Thorton Wilder, "We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasure." 

Peace on Earth and Goodwill To All


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She took some home. I'm giving lots away for early Christmas treats.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Museum awarded to Clarksdale, Mississippi

Not Detroit, Memphis or Nashville, TN, nor Jackson, MS. The National Blues Center and the National Gospel Hall of Fame are also included in the award.  The facility will be located within walking distance of downtown.

The award will breathe life into our community. We already have visitors from around the world. The numbers are sure to increase. Visitors have fallen in love with Clarksdale, stayed, and invested in businesses and restorations. We have eleven festivals a year, so far. Check us out at

Come spend an evening at Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero

Overnight at Accommodations are just as they were long ago.

Enjoy great coffee and pastries, lunch and dinner at

Check out the Hambone Art Gallery and Music at

Lunch at Abe's, one of MS's oldest restaurants

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Scandinavian Gift Shop

Daddy was a full-blooded Swede. The Scandinavian Gift Shop Christmas catalog arrived, and I thought of him chopping ice in the cattle tank so they could get water.

Christmas is one of my favorite times. I love the Swedish bright red candles and red heart dishes and accents. We used to have a rotary candle holder. The heat from the tealight gently spun the hanging stars, angels, or other objects and made a tiny tinkly sound - soft, like Christmas. A candle in every window, or a candelabra of electric lights welcomes visitors.

Mississippi winter nights are not nearly as long as Sweden's. "Glimmis Reflectors" are worn by Scandinavian pedestrians, hooked to leashes, backpacks and jacket zippers, The 3M technology improves the wearer's visibility. We need them here.

Oh, the food . . Marzipan, Lingonberries, Cloudberries, Gingerbread cookies notched to fit on a cup, and Gingerbread houses. Gingery Pepparkakor cookies, Almond cake, and a cookie that looks like a cell phone with buttons to decorate for apps. What next?

I found lutefisk tasteless and the Glogg drink I only sniff, but I make an old-time recipe of Gingerbread with fresh ginger that's to die for. Grandma Mae and I liked it. I love that nobody else does. It's moist and flavorful and now all mine, with or without real whipped cream. 

The catalog features reindeer antlers topped with a bottle opener, candle snuffer or bottle topper. Intricately patterned Merino wool socks, mittens and hats. The Dala horse is featured in wood, dishes, on greeting cards, towels and napkins and more. Icelandic made sterling silver Viking Runic Jewelry represents love and strength. And so many more interesting items and books for kids are shown. It's my kind of place to shop.  

My bucket list has just expanded to include time in Sweden at Christmas. Maybe I'll combine it with a trip to Norway when the Northern Lights are dancing and see the Lego place in Denmark. Have toothbrush will travel.

Scandinavian Gift Shop is located in Alexandria, Minnesota where we used to go fishing. Give it a look-see. Oof da!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Happy and the Sad

 Granddaughter Bertlee wanted to "do" my hair
at the truck races. 
It made her happy.
Me too.
 Mr. Cedar Root,
Master of Focus and Silence 
stood by
when our Maine Coone, Schatzie
was mauled by four, large stray dogs
early 9/12/14.
 We, including Buckshot,
 buried Schatzie
overlooking the MS River
Sweet Grand Nephew Bryce
gave Madchen a new do.

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