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Ok, so i have been a bit absent from posting here but I have been working on going through my mom’s two recipe boxes and working on a cookbook.  Well, a bit more than just a cookbook, I am also updating the recipes, adding photos and incorporating family stories and memories.  A major project, but we will chip away at it bit by bit.

Just for kicks, here is a copy of one of mom’s recipes in her handwriting:

Mom's Chili

Mom’s Chili

Here is one that is in her mother’s handwriting:

Grandma's Spanish Bean Soup

Grandma’s Spanish Bean Soup

Hope everyone has a Fabulous one!


It’s Columbus Day!

Originally posted on from the Bartolini kitchens:

Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus , Sebastiano del Piombo, 1519. ( Source: Wikipedia )

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Here in the States, today is a holiday set aside to commemorate the “discovery” of America by that navigator from Genoa, Christopher Columbus, or as we call him, Cristoforo Colombo.

Two years ago, to celebrate, I shared a musical number with you, while last year we cooked octopus. Today I’ve chosen to highlight how the Italian language is passed from generation to generation … kinda-sorta. Watch how Great Grandma teaches her Little One the intricacies of the Italian language. The only problem is that the video is far too short. I could watch these two “talk” for hours.

Have a great Columbus Day and to our good friends and neighbors to the North, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Originally posted on Every Little Thought--Random or Not:

Lucille Ball is one of my favorite comedic actresses. 60+ years later she & her show still elicit laughs. There’s a timeless humor about it. Even when she was being outlandish & getting herself into all sorts of predicaments, there were still aspects that we found relatable. One of my favorites is with her & Ethel (Vivian Vance) at the candy factory. The assembly line was going faster than they could keep up with & they had to eat & pocket some of it. I can identify with this. It’s not always possible, but, I prefer to do things at my own pace & on my own terms. I could do several posts just about her & her & Desi Arnaz’ show. There were several sources for the following. I read this one on, Huffington Post. All of these resonated with me.


1. Never give up on your dreams

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Aging Is Unconditional

Originally posted on Garfieldhug's Blog:

Aging comes to different people in different forms.

A baby ages as the baby begins to crawl and then pick self up to walk those first steps and enters toddler hood.

I like making up new terms to suit the occasion :-) but darn it, parents get all gooey eyed and grand parents gleam as if they are seeing a miraculous feat! Gawd, it is just a darn four feet starting to walk two feet ha ha! Parenthood, I can never understand other than, it is a burden for life or an investment, take your pick ;-)

As a toddler grows up to be a kid, their lungs become even bigger capacities for air to make a lot of noise or I want this or I want that…parents had better have deep pockets as kids compare bags, shoes, IT gadgetry and communication devices! Unending field trips overseas, not across a…

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Originally posted on Light and Spirit:

“When God Created Mothers”

When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of “overtime” when the angel appeared and said. “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And God said, “Have you read the specs on this order?” She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 moveable parts…all replaceable. Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair. And six pairs of hands.”

The angel shook her head slowly and said. “Six pairs of hands…. no way.”

It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,” God remarked, “it’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have.”

That’s on the standard model?” asked the angel. God nodded.

One pair that sees through closed doors when she…

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Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday mom.

I miss you more than words can express.  I know heaven has provided you all of your favorite coconut cake you wanted.



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