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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

GEORGE in Mom's letters . . . and Stuffed Peppers

Oct. 24/73?
George was to the sale yesterday he bought dishes cabenit and a table he got it all for $5.00 it needs work but it can be nice when finished you be able to have them if you wish

Feb 21/77
George finished the plumbing here they are all fine they come every Sat going for bread to Shoal Lake so they stop here for a while a week a go they came all after Supper as Nestor was suppose to come but didn’t Nestor phoned told can’t make I didn’t ask why.  George was to Grandview the boys were playing hockey so after hockey on way home they stoped at Wes and Marions place Marion fed the boys so that they would not eat cake & Ice cream here last Sat that was the day they were there.  Larry is putting water works at his place so Wes & Marion had one of the twins to keep out the way the othere one was at the othere Granmas. 

March 28, 77
George is sick Aline trying to persuade him to go and see the Doctor I hope she can she has ways so she may and a table fell on his toe whe he was helping to clear away the tables after (a) wedding it was bleeding a lot but he says its not very sore.  George was down yesterday to pick up Lornie he said there was a fight at the wedding towards the end and a couple or so went to put corn flacks on bride & her husbands bed and had a big fight there P----- lad came back and George said that he had a spot bare on his head from some one pulling out the hair and a big bump on the head talk about fights in the country but city beats them all.

April 26/77
the men are working in Solsgirth.  George works nights so he takes meals with him today they are seeding wheat there.

August 31, 1989
George yesterday was hauling wheat to town.

Aug 15, 1990
George brought me cranberries on Monday so I canned yesterday 11 quarts and 5 pints.


 George was never interested in desserts, so I aimed for a main course recipe that would have pleased him.  I found Stuffed Peppers in a restaurant in Ukraine and made some from Savelia Stechishin's cookbook, but this is my own spicier version -- a family favourite. 


8 bell peppers: green, red, whatever
½ to 1 cup coarsely chopped Kalamata olives 
½ cup chopped onion
½ to 1 cup finely chopped celery
1 pound ground beef
28 ounce can tomatoes (796 ml)
1 cup water
1 ½ to 2 teaspoons salt
2 to 3 teaspoons chili powder  (not the hot cayenne stuff)
¼ tsp black pepper
½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 cup rice
About ½ cup grated Cheddar

·        Chop the onion and celery and set aside.
·        Chop the olives and set aside.
·        Chop the tomatoes in a food processor. 
·        Start oven preheating to 325. 
·        Brown the beef with the onion and celery in a Dutch oven.  Stir constantly.
·        Add tomatoes, water, seasonings, olives, and rice to the meat.  Bring to a boil. 

·        Cover and bake in oven for 45 minutes.  Test to see if rice is done.  Set aside.  Turn off oven.

·        Cut off tops of peppers and remove seeds.
·        Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
·        Put peppers into boiling water.  Cover.  Time 3 minutes as soon as they’re in the pot.
·        Drain peppers and refresh in cold water.  Drain again.
·        Fill peppers with the rice.  Put them in a 13x9 pan.  Sprinkle on the cheddar.
·        40 minutes before you want to serve, start preheating oven to 350.

·        Bake stuffed peppers for one-half hour.  Do not cover them.  


Monday, 10 April 2017

OLIVIA OTTER is scared . . . Page 6

Emily Eagle nudged Rhonda Raven. Then, the two birds looked straight at Olivia and sneered. 

They flew off along the beach path that led towards Olivia’s house. 

Story by Eleanor

Illustrated by Nestor

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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Happy Birthday, Maybelle . . . and Game of Thrones Pie

As they walked out on the streets of Laredo,

As they ran fast in Laredo one day,

They spied a poor dog peeking out of a backyard,

“Ha, ha on you trapped there!” fierce Maybelle did say.   


Maybelle IS fierce but she's sweet, too . . .

and she's just turned 6.


Maybelle is a picky eater, and she prefers human food to her own.

So, on her birthday, when I made this ABSOLUTELY AMAZING Game of Thrones MODERN PORK PIE with a layer of apples and cheese under the crust, 

 I was sure Maybelle would have loved it as much as we did.


If you have the cookbook,  A FEAST OF ICE & FIRE, the recipe is on pages 36-37.

If you don’t have the book, check out this site:
I served the pie with the Game of Thrones “Salad at Castle Black”
(p. 27)  and “Tomates grill├ęs au four” from Julia Child’s


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Holidays in TEXAS with a 4 year old

Day One:  Laredo to VICTORIA: 295 km = 3 hours 

Fairfield Inn and Suites:  Kepler enjoyed the indoor pool.

     HISTORY:  Victoria was founded in 1824 by 41 Spanish families.   
     ATTRACTIONS which we could have visited but we arrived too late:
          Texas Zoo:  animals indigenous to the area
          Nave Museum: displays Royston Nave’s Texas landscapes and portraits
         Children’s Museum
          Riverside Park

Day Two:  Victoria to HOUSTON:  200 km = 2 hours
          HOUSTON is “the nation’s fourth-largest city.”

          ATTRACTIONS we went to:  

-          Children’s Museum: open Tues to Sun: the biggest and best we have ever been to:  Kepler's favorite areas:
a huge water section


ambulance:  Kepler is taking the patient's mouth temperature

police car

    Meanwhile, Bryan and Nicole went to the Museum of Fine Arts which also has a sculpture garden

We stayed at the Holiday Inn Kemah:  The Kemah Boardwalk is “one of the more amazing tourist attractions to pop up in Texas” . . . “a sprawling arrangement of restaurants, rides, landscaping with fountains and palms, and docks . . .”


Day Three:  Houston to GALVESTON:  drive about one hour

     Hampton Inn & Suites: 6431 Central City Blvd.

          Galveston is an island-city with mansions built in the mid 1800s. 

          ATTRACTIONS we visited:

-        Moody Gardens:  has a dinosaur exhibit


a Rainforest Pyramid houses “exotic plants, mammals, birds, butterflies, and fish”.  Also an “amazing bat exhibit” 

    32 miles of beaches:  Stewart Beach and R.A. Apffel Park are in the city area and have concessions.



          ATTRACTION we visited :
     Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark:  “a covered, climate-controlled area” with “multiple areas for small children”


Day Five:  Galveston to MATAGORDA:  157 km = 2 hours

          Stanley-Fisher House Bed & Breakfast:  built in 1832 by “one of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence”:  We stayed in "the Lodge" and Kepler enjoyed climbing the bunk beds.


-         Matagorda Bay Nature Park:  free admission: great kayak tours, birds, playing on the beach

-         Matagorda County Birding Nature Center:  nature trails, butterfly & hummingbird gardens, waterfalls, flower gardens, kayaking

-         The town “still has a vintage feel to it and has a few stores” and restaurants.


Day Six:  Matagorda to ROCKPORT

Rockport and its twin town, Fulton, “claim to be home to the state’s highest percentage of artists”.  Austin Street is “the main drag of the cute little downtown”.      

          ATTRACTIONS we saw:  

-         Aquarium at Rockport Harbor:  free admission but only Thurs to Mon

-         Rockport Center for the Arts: local arts scene but we missed a sculpture garden 


Day Seven:  Rockport to Port Aransas

          Beachgate Condo Suites

Port Aransas, on the northern tip of Mustang Island, “is in many ways the most pleasant beach town on the Texas coast” with “lots of activities and nightlife”. 

          ATTRACTIONS we saw:

-         Birding center: free admission: boardwalk over the marshes and a viewing tower

-         Nature preserve at the lagoon end of Port St.  Over 2 miles of trails. 


Day Eight:  Port Aransas to LAREDO:  279 km = 3 hours


·         Quotes come from 2 guidebooks:  (a) OFF THE BEATEN PATH TEXAS  (b) LONELY PLANET TEXAS

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Idyllic IRELAND . . . and Irish Ham and Cabbage


Brown's Dolmen


a B&B on the Irish Coast

Ireland is Incomparable!  Just ask . . .

Marilyn and Bill.   



            From BRITISH COOKERY:  a complete guide to culinary practice in the British Isles

4 lb picnic ham
1 bay leaf
6 peppercorns
Brown sugar
1 large cabbage  

·        Boil the ham with bay leaf and peppercorns for 1 hour 40 minutes.
·        Remove ham.  Boil cabbage in the ham stock until tender.
·        Mash cabbage thoroughly.
·        Preheat oven to 450.
·        Strip off bacon rind and coat top of ham with breadcrumbs and brown sugar.
·        Bake ham 15 minutes until crisp. 
·        Reheat cabbage in oven at same time and serve with ham.

*                                                                 *******

I had doubts about mashing cabbage, but decided to try mashing some of the cabbage.  I quartered the cabbage and cooked/simmered it for 30 minutes in the pot with a lid on it.  The smallest chunk did mash pretty well. 

Anastasia and I did a taste comparison on the mashed cabbage versus unmashed and decided that the mashed actually had more flavour!  

So I put the lid back on and cooked the cabbage another 15 minutes.  It did mash/smash up but maybe you could cook it even longer.  I’m just not sure how mashed it’s supposed to be.  But it was good.

THE HAM was SO good that Anastasia said it may even be better than her roasted ham so she's going to try boiling her next ham!  I didn’t put on any breadcrumbs; just a bit of brown sugar.   Also I did NOT strip off the rind.  The ham looked great when it came out of the oven after only 15 minutes.

I served the ham and cabbage with those fantastic Scene-Stealing Potatoes I blogged 5 years ago:

Green Donuts on St. Patrick's Day, 2017, in Rockport, Texas

                     and Green Beer in Port Aransas, Texas