Tuesday, August 28, 2007

"The Family Jewels" ~ The Last Word

Uncle Richie
My Father Mike
Aunt Bertha
Aunt Betty
Uncle George
My Grandmother Anna
The Groom, Uncle Bob - by Marriage
The Bride, Aunt Eleanor
Aunt Anne - Sister Antoinette
Aunt Mary
Aunt Peg
Aunt Suzanne

There were 13 Children in all.
He who lives the longest has the "Last Word"

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Basil Beans ~ for canning

* 4 pounds green beans, trimmed (about 16 cups)
* 5 cups white vinegar
* 5 cups water
* 1/4 cup pickling salt
* 48 black peppercorns
* 16 cloves garlic
* 32 fresh basil leaves

Wash the green beans and cut into 4-inch pieces.
In a medium size saucepan, combine the vinegar, water and salt.
Bring to a boil.
Meanwhile, into each clean, hot pint jar, put 6 peppercorns, 2 garlic cloves and 4 fresh basil leaves.
Pack tightly with the beans. Cover with boiling hot brine, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Seal.
Process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath or stem canner.
Store the jars for at least 6 weeks before opening.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

On Film ~ Hairspray (2007)

Director: Adam Shankman

John Travolta
Michelle Pfeiffer
Christopher Walken
Queen Latifah
Jerry Stiller

Put on your Dancin' Shoes ...
You are about to become a Checkerboard Chick !
Wonderful ~ Great Fun !!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Dragon Fruit !

Originally thought to be a native of South America. The French are believed to have brought the dragon fruit to Vietnam over a hundred years ago. Now, the fruit flourishes in American states such as Texas, and is also grown in Mexico and other South American countries such as Argentina and Peru.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Film Classic ~

What a Way to Go! (1964)
Director ~ J. Lee Thompson

Shirley MacLaine
Paul Newman
Dean Martin
Gene Kelly
Robert Cummings
Dick Van Dyke

Monday, August 6, 2007

"The Family Jewels" ~ My Grandparents

Winnie & Cecil
Fancy Dress Ball
Torquay England

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Facts of Life ~ Teeth

* In 200 AD, the Romans used a mixture of bones, eggshells, oyster shells and honey to clean their teeth.

* A mosquito has 47 teeth.

* In 1400 A.D. toothbrushes were invented in China using wild boar neck-hairs as bristles.

* Paul Revere was a practicing dentist.

* Certain cheeses, including aged cheddar, Swiss and Monterey Jack, have been found to protect teeth from decay.

* In 1780, William Addis of England made the first modern toothbrush with cow hairs and a bone handle.

* Queen Elizabeth I's teeth were noticeably discoloured. A German traveler, Paul Henter, speculated that the discoloration was due to the Queen's excessive consumption of sugar, making the first recorded association between sugar and tooth decay.

* In the 1920's, toothbrush handles made of a plastic called celluloid replaced bones.

* The ancient Egyptians believed the application of a freshly killed mouse to an aching tooth would cure it.

* In 1938, the first nylon bristles provided an alternative to using animal hair.

* A time honoured custom in England which carried through to colonial Australia, was the belief that mice had magical powers. When a child lost their first baby tooth it was dropped into a mouse hole to ensure the little person's freedom from toothache.