Sunday, July 26, 2009
My Mom's Cookies

Millie opens a box of cookies and finds that the cookies inside the box don't look like the photo of the cookies on outside of the box.

Consumer product companies need to design packaging that fairly depicts what the consumer is getting, for both senior citizens and the general public.


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Saturday, July 18, 2009
A few weeks ago the Boston Globe ran a story asking some notable Bostonians to envision their ideal summer day - my son Steve was one of the "notables" that they interviewed.

This is my perfect day

That inspired me to write about my ideal day - not necessarily a summer day but any time of the year.

8:30 a.m. Wake up - At my age, that's always a plus! Check e-mail - visit some blogging friends, check Steve's blog, twitter and flickr accounts. Have breakfast with Regis and Kelly. Read the newspaper - make a few phone calls.

11:00 a.m Do a few household chores. ( and I do mean a few!)

12:30 p.m. Have lunch with Meredith Viera, hostess for "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" - Yell out to the contestants when they don't know the answer.

1:00 p.m. Mah Jong at the club house - When I'm in Florida it's Mah Jongg at the pool! Win or lose, I still enjoy the game.

4:30 p.m. Nap Time.

6:00 p.m. Usually a local restaurant for dinner. Stop at the market for a few things.

8:00 p.m. Read the current Book Club novel or look for a good "On Demand" movie.

10:00 p.m. Check e-mail. Lights out.

What is your perfect day?

Sunday, July 12, 2009
Years ago when I had company coming over for lunch or dinner I would make dishes that had lots of rich ingredients like butter, cream cheese or sour cream. I thought like Julia Childs did - the more butter the better.

Now-a-days people are more aware of the damage that can be caused by too much fat in the diet.

Healthy Eating Pyramid

I don't do the entertaining or cooking that I used to but once in a blue moon I'll make an appetizer that is good for me, tastes good and I can even have it as a light lunch.


1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 small can drained string beans
1 small can drained green peas
1 small diced onion
salt and pepper to taste

Saute onion - Place all ingredients in a food processor and mix until well blended.

The hardest part of this recipe is opening the cans!


Sunday, July 05, 2009
Those of us who are in the "old-old" category know the many changes that can happen at this time of life. We move slower, we tire more easily, we don't see as well. we don't hear as well, have trouble sleeping, can't remember names and misplace things.

I have seen people get very upset when they can't find their keys. That's one thing I pride myself on. I always place my keys in a certain place - I can always put my hands on them.

When I go to a mall I usually park in the same location every time so I don't have any trouble finding my car. I must admit there have been times when I can't find my car in the lot and think, "my car must have been stolen!"

When I want to use a certain item in my kitchen I can always find it - when I use it, I always put it back in it's place. The only trouble I have in the kitchen is when I come back from Florida - I have an adjustment period - takes a little time to find things.

This leads me to what prompted this post.

I've have a wonderful peeler for years then one day I could not find it!! I looked high and low - no peeler. I was forced to go out and buy a new one. Well, it did not work like my old one, far from it. I was not a happy camper.

SO I went shopping for another peeler. Finally I found a reasonably priced one and it worked beautifully!!!!

Light weight, red handle and there when I needed it. A few weeks went by, needed my peeler and what do you know, it wasn't in it's place!! It's still missing so I'll have to buy another peeler!!!

Is it trying to tell me something - like - stop cooking - buy prepared foods that don't need peeling?

I could start worrying, maybe I'm losing it? On the other hand - It's one thing to go to the refigerator and not remember what you went there for so long as you know what the refigerator is for!

Maybe after I buy a new peeler the old ones will come out of hiding.

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