Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Skinny Cheesecake Oatmeal

Memorial Day weekend sure didn't start off warm. Waking up to temps in the 40's isn't something I'm use to. I wanted something nice and hot and this recipe fit the bill.

Sharon and Marie, my friends in Florida told me it's very hot there. Wonder when that hot weather will hit the New York area. My beach chair is waiting .

Found the recipe on Amy's Healthy Baking.


1/3 c old-fashioned oats
2/3 c skim milk
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar-free, fat-free cheesecake instant pudding mix


 Add oats, milk, and pudding mix to a small pot and cook for 4-5 minutes over low heat, stirring frequently, on the stove.


Monday, May 25, 2015

MM 148 Weeks

Chi- Ling had to visit one last time and  give Max a few good rubs before we went back to NY. 

Sharon visited also - Max is well known in the neighborhood!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Remembering the Fallen

There is an American military cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands . On Memorial Day each year every last grave is "adopted" by a Dutch family that lays flowers over the site.

All the graves are adopted all year round by dutch families. They take care of them (outside of what the caretakers already do) and place flowers, etc. at them throughout the year.
See those Dutch and US flags at every grave in the picture? Every year the the local  Boy/Girl scout troops go around a few days before memorial day with a special device, poking two holes into the ground and sticking the flags in neatly. 8000 graves. 16000 flags.

 There is usually a waiting list to adopt a grave.

The gratitude still shown by the Netherlands for their hard won freedom is very touching.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Kumquat Salsa

I didn't know what a kumquat was until a few months ago. A neighbor in Florida trimmed her kumquat tree and left the branches on the side of the road for the garbage man to dispose of.

I picked a few off the branches and asked Marie what they were. Kumquat. Never heard of it and wanted to give it a try.

Pinterest to the rescue! Found this recipe


2 cups kumquats (chopped and seeded)
1⁄2 cup red onion (finely chopped)
1⁄3 cup cilantro (chopped)
3 T oil ( used olive oil)
1⁄2 cup yellow bell pepper (chopped)
1⁄4 t red pepper flakes ( used 2 small habanero peppers- seeded and chopped)
Fresh  lime juice to taste


Combine chopped produce items with oil and lime juice- stir. 

Add the habaneros and mix until you achieve a desired spice level

Let sit for 30 minutes or overnight to let the flavors blend.

Friday, May 22, 2015


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Flower on flour to empower the dour

Source of some of the patterns the flour companies used on their sacks.

I heard of people making clothing out of Flour Sacks but did not know that there was instructions on how to wash out the branding.   Their reasoning behind flowered cloth was so people would pick their flour over competitors that did not have flowered cloth.

 A lot of inexpensive "calico" fabric today--intended mostly for quilting--is inspired by the old flour sacks.

Here's a photo of a flour sack Apron

Feed sack  Baby Blankets

Meat use to come wrapped in white muslin. People collected the muslin, boiled it and wedding dresses were also made.