Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Gold Star Mother's

I remember seeing photos of  banners that were hung in windows of homes of families that had lost a loved one. It was small and had a gold star. Each star represented a loved one that died in the war.

The blue and gold star tradition began in WW 1  when white service flag bordered in red were displayed in homes, business, schools and churches to indicate, by the use of a blue star, each active service member in the US Military. A gold star would indicate those who gave their lives for the country.

Recently I started a book-A Star For Mrs. Blake. The book is about a group of gold star mothers who on the invitation of the US Government were offered a trip to France. 

I was amazed. The government actually having a heart? I had to look it up and see if this actually happened.

Here are a few links American Gold Star Mothers
                                This Week In Quartermaster History 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Paddi's Rum Raisin Bread

I met Paddi on the internet and I really can't remember how long we have been friends. Paddi and her husband live in Montana and a few years ago traveled to NYC where I met them and we did all the "tourist" stuff. 

 Paddi recently retired. She taught art and our home is graced with many beautiful things she has made for me.

She also is a fantastic cook and her jams and jellies are heavenly.

The recipe for the Rum Raisin Bread is too good not to share. She adapted the recipe and we hope you enjoy it.


2 tablespoons rum
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon rum extract
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons butter plus more for the dough prep
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons brown sugar plus more for the dough prep
1 tablespoon dry milk powder
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon


Soak raisins in 1/2 cup water and 1 shot = 2 tablespoons rum.  She used Captain Morgan's Rum
for at least 1/2 an hour then microwave for 30 seconds. Drain the fluid into a large bowl and set the raisins aside.
Add the warmed rum water to a large bowl and pour in the yeast, brown sugar and oil. Stir with a wooden spoon or if you are using a kitchen aid mixer stir with bread hook. Add the remaining ingredients except the raisins and knead until the desired texture is achieved. ( about 5 min). Fold in the raisins and knead until they are mixed throughout the dough. Let rise in a covered bowl about an hour or until doubled in size.
Punch down and roll out flat on a slightly floured surface. Add melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll up jelly roll fashion and cut into 2 parts. Fit into 2 small bread pans and add the remaining melted butter to the top. Cover and let rise. Bake 350 about 30 min

Monday, April 21, 2014

MM 92 Weeks

Wednesday April 16th Max finally did something that I thought would never, ever happen- he came next to me and actually put his head on my chest.

We haven't had a tight bond, I just wouldn't let him in. 

I guess this old dog can learn to love again 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Strawberry Wonton Cups

Wow, This is so good! I was going to bring a few to my neighbor but they never made it out of the house.

The recipe is slightly adapted from Imperial Sugar


 2 cups strawberries, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon or more to taste Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
24 2-inch round won ton wrappers
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
1/4 cup basil leaves, chiffonade


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 24 cup mini muffin pan with nonstick spray.

 Combine strawberries, balsamic vinegar and sugar in a large bowl and set aside.

 Place a wonton wrapper into each of the muffin cups and press carefully to make sure there is a opening in the center.

Place in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Fill each wonton with strawberry mixture. 

Sprinkle with goat cheese and garnish with basil.

 Serve immediately.

Amazing photos of Baby Hummingbirds

Another find from Reddit. The nest was outside of the posters front door.

 There is a really beautiful up close of the nest. Tiny strands of spider web wrapped around the lichen. Also in the nest: other birds feathers and their dogs' fur.

From what I've read the eggs take about 3 weeks to hatch , then the babies take about 3 weeks to grow up and move out.

I hope you take the time to look at the wonderful photos