Checking out at the grocery store recently, the young cashier suggested I should bring my own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. I apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days." The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations." She was right about one thing -- our generation didn't have the green thing in “Our” day.
So what did we have back then…? After some reflection and soul-searching on "Our" day here's what I remembered we did have....
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles repeatedly. So they really were recycled.
But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.
We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right.
We didn't have the green thing back in our day.
Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right.
We didn't have the green thing back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.
But we didn't have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.
And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.
But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?
Friday, December 30, 2011
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Posted by Judith at 1:58 PM
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
When I first saw these, I thought.... cool! They can be grown in my area, are high in Vitamin C (good for me since I'm allergic to citrus, so I figured I could get my vitamins this way) And they are pretty also!
Then I read more about them.... and WOW, I'm totally impressed!!!!
Sea-buckthorn berries are edible and nutritious, though very acidic (astringent) and oily, unpleasant to eat raw, unless 'bletted' (frosted to reduce the astringency) and/or mixed as a juice with sweeter substances such as apple or grape juice.
When the berries are pressed, the resulting sea-buckthorn juice separates into three layers: on top is a thick, orange cream; in the middle, a layer containing sea-buckthorn's characteristic high content of saturated and polyunsaturated fats; and the bottom layer is sediment and juice. Containing fat sources applicable for cosmetic purposes, the upper two layers can be processed for skin creams and liniments, whereas the bottom layer can be used for edible products like syrup.
Nutrient and phytochemical constituents of sea-buckthorn berries may have potential effect in inflammatory disorders, cancer prevention or positive effect on bone marrow after chemotherapy or other diseases although no specific health benefits have yet been proven by clinical research in humans.
The fruit of the plant has a high vitamin C content – in a range of 114 to 1550 mg per 100 grams with an average content (695 mg per 100 grams) about 15 times greater than oranges (45 mg per 100 grams)
placing sea-buckthorn fruit among the most enriched plant sources of vitamin C. The fruit also contains dense contents of carotenoids, vitamin E, amino acids, dietary minerals, β-sitosterol and polyphenols. Flavonols were found to be the predominating polyphenols while phenolic acids and flavan-3-ols (catechins) represent minor components. Of the seven flavonols identified, isorhamnetin 3-O-glycosides were highest quantitatively.
Sea-buckthorn fruit can be used to make pies, jams, lotions and liquors. The juice or pulp has other potential applications in foods or beverages.
For example, in Finland, it is used as a nutritional ingredient in baby food. Fruit drinks were among the earliest sea-buckthorn products developed in China. Seabuckthorn-based juice is popular in Germany and Scandinavian countries. It provides a nutritious beverage, rich in vitamin C and carotenes. A specialty beer called Tyrnilambic Baie d'Argousier has been produced at the Cantillon Brewery in Brussels exclusively for the Finnish Market.
For its troops confronting extremely low temperatures, India's Defence Research Development Organization established a factory in Leh to manufacture a multi-vitamin herbal beverage based on sea-buckthorn juice.
The seed and pulp oils have nutritional properties that vary under different processing methods. Sea-buckthorn oils are used as a source for ingredients in several commercially available cosmetic products and nutritional supplements.
To overcome high acidity, juice made by adding five-parts water to one-part sea-buckthorn and sweetened to taste, put through a blender and strained, is said to taste like orange or peach juice. Sea-buckthorn leaves, dried and shredded, can be made into teas.
Different parts of sea-buckthorn have been used as traditional therapies for diseases. Grown widely throughout its native China and other mainland regions of Asia, sea-buckthorn is an herbal remedy reputedly used over centuries to relieve cough, aid digestion, invigorate blood circulation and alleviate pain.
Bark and leaves may be used for treating diarrhea and dermatological disorders.[Berry oil, taken either orally or applied topically, may be used as a skin softener.
For its hemostatic and anti-inﬂammatory effects, berry fruits are added to medications for pulmonary, gastrointestinal, cardiac, blood and metabolic disorders in Indian, Chinese and Tibetan medicines. Sea-buckthorn berry components have potential activity against cancer and dengue virus.
Enough said, I'm going to buy 2 of these little suckers and try my luck with them!!! They grow in china, by the sea.... and believe it or not, but living down the shore here in N.J. is just the right climate for them!
Posted by Judith at 5:08 AM
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
I use a "random name generator" to pick the winner! It's a cute app, and works great!!!
And the winner is.............COPPERWOOD!!!!!
Send my your address to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll get it out to you next week! Thanks for all of you for entering!!!!
Posted by Judith at 10:15 AM
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Five Flavor Berry
Sweet, salty, sour, hot and bitter all combine for incredible flavor!
Vine is extremely vigorous, growing up to 3 feet a year to reach a height of 32 ft.. Tiny white flowers give way to red berries that can be used in teas or herbal remedies. Prefers part sun to full shade.
I wanted to try this one too, but it says in the catalog they had "crop failer" so it's not available
Posted by Judith at 9:31 AM
This is one of the new, and different plants I'm thinking of growing this summer.... very interesting!
You have to get 2, for cross pollination, but it might be worth it.
Small, tart berries appear in abundance on this 8to12-ft bush. winter-hardy shrub in late summer.
Citrus-flavored fruit matures in early fall and is wonderful in tea, jams, jellies and as a juice.
Very high in vitamin C, Sea Buckthorn has been used medicinally for centuries in Asia and Europe.
Silvery-green foliage makes this an ideal ornamental.
Plant male and female within 20 ft. of each other for pollination. One male will pollinate up to seven females. Does best in full sun. Potted plants. Zones 3-7.
Posted by Judith at 8:13 AM
Thursday, December 08, 2011
My new tablet has a camera built in!!!! I love the damn thing!!!!
I can now sit in front of the TV, in the living room, and go on line!!!! WHOOOOTTTTT!!!!
Here are some pics taken with it. Took me a while to figure it out, but now I can leave the camera at home when I go to Conventions.... and just bring my tablet!!!
BEST THING I'VE EVER BOUGHT... and cheap too!!!!!!
Posted by Judith at 8:36 AM
Yes, I'm an old hippy. I admit it. All my life I've read "Mother Earth", a magazine on alternative living. If you've never read it, go and buy one, you will LOVE IT!!
With the philosophy of ..... re-use, re-purpose, and conserve.
So, when I saw these cute little pumpkins before Halloween I had a hard time buying them.... why buy when you can grow??? But, bought them I did, because it was way to late in the season to consider getting the seeds.... you can't find seeds in late September or October.
Now, after Halloween, I brought them inside, and put them on the kitchen window.
The trick of getting good seeds is to make sure the fruit is ripe enough. Another 2 months sitting in the sun, inside, and the pumpkins started showing spots of rot.....PERFECT!!! The seeds would be mature, and most of them would produce.
So I cut them open, scooped them out. Placing them in a strainer, I rinsed them with COLD water..... don't be tempted to use warm or hot, because that could kill the seeds.
Then I put them on a nice towel, and I'll allow them to dry all day long.... when dry, I'll pick out the bits of pumpkin still sticking to them, and put them in a jar! Sealed for the winter in a nice dark spot.... like my spice cabinet.
I do this with most of my seeds, from Marigolds, to.... well.... pumpkins. And next year in the spring I'll find a nice place to plant them..... and there you go!!!!
I may have bought the initial ones, but for years to come, I'll never have to buy another, just keep growing, seeding, and having fun!!
Posted by Judith at 5:27 AM
Friday, December 02, 2011
No reason, except a friend bought me this.... thinking it was an ADULT XL.... and it turns out it was a CHILD'S XL!
I know I've lost lots of weight, but not that much! LOL
So, I'm giving it away..... if you have a kid you want it for, leave a comment.... that's all, no following, or posting, or any of the other stuff.... Just leave a comment.
I'll pick a winner... and you have it! LOL
Posted by Judith at 4:34 AM
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
It seems that almost everyone has a body part or function, that gives them fits all their lives.
My girlfriend Barb, it's her feet.... she has bone spurs, and constant problems with them
With me it's my EARS!!! 30 YEARS AGO.... yes, I said 30 years ago, I actually had surgery on my ears to insert tubes into them. The surgery was fine on one side, the other side... not so much, the tube came out within days of the surgery........ so It's my fucking PAIN IN THE ASS!!!
My ears get blocked.... ANYTHING can cause it... washing my hair, swimming, having a slight allergy attack, even sometimes just sleeping on that side will cause it..... so every month or so it's off to the doctors...... TADAAAA EAR INFECTION!!!
The doctor give me antibiotics.... but only for a few days.... I have yet to convince a doctor that I need MORE then just the regular dosage.... so after a few weeks....IT'S BAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!
I don't know if you've ever had a blocked ear.... BUT IT DRIVES YOU MAD! It feels like that whole side of your face is filled with super putty, you can't hear well, it feels disgusting, you can hear your heart beat in that ear, and that's freaky.... and if it pops, and drains.... yeeeeeewwwwwwwwwww that feel disgusting too!!!
The last time I went to a doctor that specializes in ears was 30 years ago.... since then I've just gone to doctors when it gets infected.... at least once a month.
WHY haven't I gone to a specialist????? I have no freaking clue.... no doctor, I've ever seen, has recommended it... so I just didn't.
But I HAVE HAD IT!!!! I'm going to a specialist as soon as I can call one in the morning!!!!!!!
Posted by Judith at 4:01 PM
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I was at the mall with my girlfriend yesterday.... and she seem "obsessed" with finding me a "good man". I don't know why??? She's in a great marriage, has no kids, and doing fine.... why must she try to do the same for me?
But, I digress, she was nudging and poking me, every time some cute man waked past. "Is that your type, do you like him, isn't he cute?" I'm NOT in high school anymore.... CUTE.... is not what I'm looking for.
In almost every case of guys she pointed out.... they were on the phone, texting, working on a laptop....... and so on......
So, I decided to make a list of what kind a man I would fall for.
1. TECHNOLOGY DOES NOT IMPRESS ME!!!!
2. I won't talk to a man on a cell phone, cheaters, players, use cells.... give me a land line phone #, and you have a chance.
3. Can you start a fire, without match's?
4. Can you hunt, and actually catch something? Do you know how to fish?
5. Do you know how to cook?
6. Are you neat and clean, but not obsessive?
7. In an emergency, would you panic?
8. Do you know how to survive without technology?
9. Are you clean, fragrance clear (hate aftershave smells)
10. Are you in good shape? (weight doesn't matter, if you chubby and can still run, dance, and do stuff...good enough)
11. Can you keep my interest? (guys who do things, or tell story's.. over and over, and over are disgusting!)
12. Are you interested in me, and what I am, or are they too busy staring at my boobs?
13. Do you think all women are soft and need protection? (YUCK!!!)
14. Do you value my opinion?
15. Do you take charge.... gently... not oppressively. (like pick something to do... then ask if I'd like to do it... not leave all decisions up to me!)
16. Do you have an imagination??? (that's important.... most men are so dull they have no clue what fun is!)
17. And the most important one... do you do the beach, and water? If you don't...
I guess on the pro and con list, I lean more towards the "Cave man", then "modern man"!
What about you???? What type do you go for???
Posted by Judith at 4:24 AM
Monday, November 28, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, yule
pine scented log, our winter fuel.
oranges, nuts, and mulling spice
holly and ivy, greenery twice.
fires and family snuggled tight,
together and loving this longest of nights.
frost and snow twinkle without,
faces of love contain little doubt.
holding these friends and family close
with love and care in equal dose.
so now upon this magical night,
warm within watching starlight.
spices rare, and incense burns,
celebrate, with joy, a world that turns!
Posted by Judith at 4:48 AM
Friday, November 25, 2011
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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Monday, November 21, 2011
This is my favorite soup for cold winter nights! It's hot, and spicy, and just plain yummmy!
Remember I'm Russian, so while it may seem strange to you.... you have GOT to try it!!!
1 large package of skinny ribs (don't use country ribs!!!! the skinny ones are the best)
1 or 2 large cans of sauerkraut (don't use the one in bags, the flavor isn't the same, go for the cans!) How many can you use depend on how much soup you want to make
1 large container of sour cream
salt and pepper to taste
Water to cover
Cut the ribs into pieces of 4 or 5 ribs at a time
place in large pot, with enough water to cover them, and bring to a boil
Let cook for 15 minutes..... then lower heat.
Add the large cans of sauerkraut (with the juice) and bring to a slow rolling boil for about 1/2 hour.
Add enough water to bring it almost to the top of the pan, usually 3 of the empty cans of sauerkraut
Add salt and pepper to taste (lots of pepper is best, but it's up to you)
then add the large container of sour cream, making sure to do it slowly, and stir, stir, stir.
Reduce heat to a low simmer, and let it cook for about an hour.
There you have it, tangy, creamy, and good. I always eat the soup, and save the ribs till the last.... the longer they are in the soup, the softer and better they are!
Posted by Judith at 3:22 AM
Sunday, November 20, 2011
My son was a very, very, happy boy when I told him that I'm making one or his favort foods for Thanksgiving..... Lasagna!
Now, on my blog, I have a HUGE confession!!!!
I'm Russian and Chinese.... we don't do sticking Lasagna!!!!
I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO SPELL IT!!!
But, newly married, and the hubby says he wants me to make it...... I figured I would give it a go.
And I did, and it was fantastic!!!
So good that I made it for the Green room at a Star Trek convention.....
and Scotty, from Star Trek, went out and told a packed auditorium....
"I'm from NY, but I just had the best Lasagna in my LIFE, in the green room!!"
I was so thrilled, and from then on my friends called me the "Cook of the stars".
But that's not my confession..... the recipe is.
To start out I bought Ricotta cheese..... Lasagna is made with it .... right?
WRONG!!! It had the most disgusting taste I've ever had. Not Italian, don't like it!!! BLAAAAA
So I did my usual thing.... AND WINGED IT!
The night before making it, I would put two huge containers of "Cottage Cheese" in a bowl..... yes, you heard me COTTAGE CHEESE. Then I would mix it with tons of spices, garlic salt, oregano, parsley, and onion salt. And let it sit over night.
Then I made Jar spaghetti sauce, (always add an extra 1/2 cup of water to it... you want it loose!) add some extra of the same spices, and a pound of ground beef, and let it cook.
Now, the lasagna package say to pre -cook the noodles.
WHAT!!! that's more fucking work, so I just ignored it.
uncooked noodles, cottage cheese, sauce, and so on and on.
At the end I did add sliced mozzarella cheese to the top, but that's it.
And I covered it with alunimun foil, and baked it.
I took off the cover when it was almost finished to let it brown a bit.
AND NO ONE BUT YOU GUYS KNOW THIS!!! I made it for party's, and family gatherings, and all kinds of things, and know one EVER guessed that I use Cottage Cheese instead of Ricotta!!!!!!!!!
So don't tell anyone! OK?
Friday, November 18, 2011
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Posted by Judith at 4:40 PM
Just to be clear...... I DO NOT KNOW ANYONE IN NIGERIA!!! And I will not help you with your money, or your blessing!!!!
And if your going to send me a letter about a urgent matter at my bank.....MAKE SURE IT'S ACTUALLY A BANK I USE!!!
And, NO, nothing is wrong with my AOL account (I don't have one) and NO, I did not buy a 5000 dollar TV on E-Bay.
And no matter what you think.... I DO NOT WANT TO SEE NUDE PHOTO'S OF YOU!!!
And a Post Office..."fail to deliver" why would the post office send me a E-MAIL??? They do NOT have my e-mail address..... just my street address....DUUUUHHHHH!!
I will not click on your link to join you on face book, dating sites, or another thing.... I don't click links!!! If you read my blog you can join me on face book..... but some stranger who wants ME to click to join THEM is outta luck!
And tape recorded "Suzy" I don't NOT want my carpets cleaned
And tape recorded "Mary" you can't have an important message about my credit card....CAUSE I DON'T HAVE ANY CREDIT CARDS!!!!
And, NO, the FBI will not contact you by E-Mail.... if they want to talk to you they will knock on your door, not send out random E-Mails!!!
And the same goes for UPS, Federal Express, and the post office..... no one in their right mind would give out a persons e-mail address instead of a phone number.... for non existing packages that a non existing person is sending you!!!!!
GET A FUCKING LIFE!!!!
Posted by Judith at 2:21 PM
Monday, November 14, 2011
Posted by Judith at 4:55 AM
Substitute all-purpose gluten-free flour in place of all-purpose regular flour at a ratio of 1:1. Coconut flour is fantastic for this! Try Bob's Red Mill all-purpose gluten-free flour. If you are baking items such as cakes and/or breads, add 1 teaspoon xanthan gum.
Try omitting the flour altogether. If you are craving peanut butter cookies, for example, try this simple recipe: 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup sugar and 1 to 2 eggs (depending on how moist you want them to be). Blend ingredients and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Yield: six to eight cookies. (most health food stores also carry a Egg Substitute, that has absolutely NO eggs in it.... you'll have to experiment, but it works pretty good!)
In place of flour in a recipe try a combination of 3 parts white or brown rice flour, 2 parts potato starch and 1 part tapioca flour/starch. Add 1 teaspoon of xanthan gum for every 1 1/2 cups of the flour mixture. (since I'm allergic to all of the above ingredients.... I use COCONUT FLOUR! You have to lessen the amount of sugar, but it works great!)
Arrowroot powder is another ingredient that can be used in place of xanthan gum, if you are having a hard time finding the latter. As a general rule, use one-half teaspoon of arrowroot powder for each cup of wheat flour called for in any recipe.
Other ingredients in the recipe may need to be adjusted when trying new flours and flour combinations.
Posted by Judith at 4:45 AM
Thursday, November 10, 2011
My sister royally pissed me off yesterday...... but I pretended she didn't.... but BOY, SHE DID!!!
We were talking about Christmas.... and she said "JUST DON'T GET ME JUNK THIS YEAR!"
All I ever get from her is CRAP!!!!
Ugly, useless items..... even her taste in jewelry SUCKS!!!!
I say "ohhhhh, how pretty!!!! Thank you!!!"
THEN I FUCKING CHUCK IT OUT IN THE GARBAGE!!!
But I would never let her know that..... because I'm not that type of person.... a gift is a gift, even if you hate it, I would never let the other person know.......
The only times I've gotten something nice from her, was when we were shopping, and I actually picked something out myself, and she got it for me..... JUST 2 TIMES!!!
Once was a bracelet, and the other was an owl..... but she seems to think it was a million times.
I think over the years I've gotten every gift SHE was given, and she hated, so she gave to me!!!!
I've never used the ugly jewelry she's given me, or the purse's. Oh, and don't forget the disgusting "crab lights" and I could go on and on. I did like a spoon rest she got me, it was chipped big time, but I still used it.
This year I'm just going to get her a gift certificate..... I was going to get a BIG one for her, at her fav. shoe store...... but that's not going happen.... she's gonna get a small one, at a crap store. She hates wall-mart, so I should get her one there.
Well, probably not, cause I can't be a jerk even if I want to..... I'll still get her a nice one..... oh and ahhh over the crap she gives me.... and live with it!!!!
Oh I should mention, she once gave me a cute little wooden box, with Celtic symbols on it.... THAT WAS THE ONLY ITEM I'VE EVER LIKED FROM HER!!!!! And the only one I ever kept!! Besides the two things I picked out myself that is, they rocked!
Even when I was a kid, she always got me clothing to small, or too short for me! WTF I actually remember some of the HORROR outfits she got me, and how I was forced to wear them.... even though they were disgusting, and ill fitting.... I still wore them at least once!!
And don't for a minute think she has bad taste.... SHE DOESN'T! The stuff she gets herself is fantastic, and cute, and wonderful....... so, you can see what she thinks of me, right?????
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Posted by Judith at 4:35 PM
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
I've finally decided, after all these years, to get a lap top computer!!!
my desk top one is in my bedroom, and to use it, I go in, close the door (so the cat doesn't get in) and that it...... cut off from everything!!!! Can't hear or see the TV, can't hear the doorbell ring.... cut off!!!
Recently I was wishing I could sit on my patio and work with the computer, or just sit in front of the TV and play my games, take it to conventions, or blog....... ANYTHING but sit in my bedroom!!!
The house already is wireless for my son's computer.... SO WHY NOT!
So, I think I'm going to get one, and that's that!!!!!
And they are so cheap now!!! For around $300 I can get one that's better then the computer I'm using now!!!
Posted by Judith at 8:24 AM
Sunday, November 06, 2011
Yes, I know I'm such a "nice person".... but there is someone I'm really disliking right about now!!!
A pushy BITCH, who thinks she can push me aside and do what she wants to! People, learn a lesson..... DON'T PUSH ME ASIDE!!! I get PISSED!!!!!
Posted by Judith at 3:25 AM
Thursday, November 03, 2011
This here is, "seeing into the future cat".....
ask him a question..... any question.....
and check back on comments for his answer! (of course I will translate them)
It may be a good answer, or a bad one, or just a gigantic hairball hock up.... but your will get an answer!!!!!
Posted by Judith at 6:35 AM
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Thanksgiving Side Dishes by your Sign
Thanksgiving is fast approaching — time to plan your feast! Fill your holiday table with gastronomic delights to please the stars... the celestial stars that is.
Check the birthdays of everyone on your guest list and then select enticing recipes to match their astrological tastes. The suggestions below take you through all 12 signs of the zodiac. You may find new favorites for yourself, too, and start a fresh tradition!
Aries (March 21 - April 19)Steamed Brocolini with Garlic Lemon Butter & Savory Pumpkin SoupAries individuals will be starving when they arrive at your door because their forceful, fiery nature burns through food at a rapid rate. These Rams are remarkably gregarious and will be delighted with whatever you choose to quench their hearty appetite. But they do love extravagant foods and pungent spices drive them wild. So serve them Steamed Brocolini with Garlic Lemon Butter and Savory Pumpkin Soup. Champagne will also be a big hit if you have it, but red wine will do nicely.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)Candied Yams & Cranberry Fruit SaladTaureans make courteous guests with their desire for simple, earthy foods... plus they are not picky eaters. In harmony with nature, determined and masterful, these Bulls have the ability to get along with everyone. Before dinner, you may find them showing off your garden to the guests, as they delight in the beauty nature provides. You can seduce them with voluptuous fruits, sensual delights and full-bodied wines. Include Candied Yams, Cranberry Fruit Salad and plenty of other courses because they like to leave the table satisfied.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)Wild Rice with Cranberries and Pecans & Orange-Pomegranate RelishGeminis love to be invited to dinner, sometimes more for the social occasion than the food. They are clever, quick-witted... and in their element when surrounded by family and friends. If there is a lull in conversation, don’t worry, with Geminis the banter never stops. The Twins have an intellectual response to food, but can be enticed with exotic ingredients, ethereal tastes and chilled white or sparkling wines. Wild Rice with Cranberries and Pecans, and Orange-Pomegranate Relish have what it takes to pique their curiosity.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)Biscuits & Mashed Yellow TurnipsWarm, nurturing, fun and outgoing, Crabs are an asset to any occasion. Make sure they know how yummy the food will be when you invite them, since the promise of a scrumptious meal will be more alluring than the graciousness of the host. They love foods that are comforting and almost any wine. Provide plenty – these guests have hearty appetites and will not want to miss a course. Tasty biscuits and Mashed Yellow Turnips are two comfort foods that will be greatly appreciated.
Leo (July 23 - August 22)Curried Creamed Onions & Spinach Salad with Oranges and WalnutsLeos enjoy being asked out to eat and are charismatic, fun-loving guests. Grand and luxurious evenings are most appealing. They want to be treated with the respect they feel they deserve, so the overall effect should be spectacular. These proud, self-confident Lions are generous, childish and loving and will be delighted with rich red wine – the best you can afford. For the dramatic tastes Leos will expect, serve Curried Creamed Onions, and Spinach Salad with Oranges and Walnuts.
Virgo (August 23 - September 22)Corn Bread Stuffing & Green Bean CasseroleVirgos love an opportunity to be social and they get along with all types of people. Concerned with health and cleanliness, they can be very fussy about their food. But they will also be the ones most likely to stay behind and help clean the kitchen – so be sure to invite them! Virgins are open to new food ideas but they are also down-to-earth and not particularly extravagant, so serve them Corn Bread Stuffing and Green Bean Casserole.
Libra (September 23 - October 22)Black Eyed Peas with Sausage & Waldorf SaladLibras like to keep all their options open so they can go whichever way the wind blows, but if you can get a commitment to your invitation, it will be a very rewarding experience. People and surroundings are important to these charming, romantic and refined natives. The Scales have a burning desire for harmony, are concerned with fair play, and utilize their diplomatic skills to ensure the evening is full of laughter and stimulating conversation. Delight them with interesting dishes like Black Eyed Peas with Sausage and Waldorf Salad.
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)Pecan Stuffing & Fig-Walnut SaladWhen you invite passionate Scorpios to dinner, be prepared to serve an excellent meal. They strive for perfection and will expect the same from you. Serve them plenty of rich red wine... and then be prepared, because they will tell you exactly what they think. When they say they loved your meal, you will know it is the truth. Serve them Pecan Stuffing and Fig-Walnut Salad to appeal to their mysterious side.
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)Macaroni and Cheese with Parmesan Cheese Topping & Sage GravySagittarians can arrive at your door dripping from a rainstorm and still be enthusiastic and jovial – they have the ability to make the absolute best from any situation. These jokesters of the zodiac will be quite happy to provide the entertainment, as they love to be surrounded by people. They are extravagant and overindulgent, so have plenty of good wine on hand. Macaroni and Cheese with Parmesan Cheese Topping, and Sage Gravy will appeal to their zesty personalities.
Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)Collard Greens with Maple Cured Bacon & Roasted Root VegetablesWorkaholic Capricorns can be a challenge to get to your table... so tempt them with mention of the fine foods you will be serving. These guests possess a black sense of humor that can add just the twist your party needs. Caviar and champagne are two Capricorn favorites – but they love all kinds of foods, as long as they are high quality. The mixed, caramelized flavors of Collard Greens with Sweet Onion and Maple Cured Bacon, and Roasted Root Vegetables will satisfy their tastes.
Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)Garlic Mashed Potatoes; Baked Acorn SquashYou will want to have at least one Aquarian at any gathering. These unique, futuristic creatures are one of the friendliest, most social signs. Water Bearers are open-minded, unprejudiced and mix well with all kinds of people. Be sure you maintain the discerning eye of the well-organized host, as Aquarians can become so caught up in the social side of the affair, they forget to eat all together. Serving Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Baked Acorn Squash will bring them back to earth. See
Pisces (February 19 - March 20)Sweet Potato Biscuits; Southern Oyster Dressing Pisces love convivial gatherings, so – although the last of the 12 signs – they will most likely be one of the first to accept your invitation. They are natural comedians with just the right mix of mystical, sensitive, inspirational and impractical humor. The Fish will love whatever you provide and can quite easily convince themselves and others that a simple meal is a feast. But you can be sure that Sweet Potato Biscuits and Southern Oyster Dressing will be their special favorites.
Posted by Judith at 11:25 AM
Monday, October 31, 2011
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Sunday, October 30, 2011
Posted by Judith at 6:10 AM
First time in the last 2 years.....THE NOR'EASTER MISSED US!!!! WOW!!!!
Everyone else in New Jersey got socked with a major, record breaking, snow storm.
But the Jersey shore was SPARED!!!!
I mean, we have been getting slammed with Nor'easter's the last few years.... it's so nice to say that this time it LEFT US ALONE!!!
We did get a slight dusting for about an hour, before turning back to rain... but that's it!!!!!!
Of course, this is probably the 1st and ONLY time we will be spared, but it was nice!!
Posted by Judith at 4:01 AM
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Dressing up at a convention, in a non-specific costume is cool.... no matter what you look like!
But, if your going to dress as a specific caricature...... BE REAL! GIGGLE
You can't say... "I'm Picard" if you look like the above guy!! LOL but you CAN say your just a star fleet officer....
cause I don't care how they show it on the shows, some guys just aren't perfect!!! (or women!)
Posted by Judith at 6:39 AM
Friday, October 28, 2011
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