Carol Burnett: America’s Laughter Queen

Carol Burnett: America’s Laughter Queen The Laughter Queen In America’s Living Rooms America tuned in by the millions to the Carol Burnett Show on CBS television from 1967 to 1978. If you weren’t fortunate enough to own a TV, you managed to “accidentally” drop in on friends who did, on the night her show was televised. Laughter was rampant both at home and at the studio. The living rooms of America were...

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Grasshopper Pie for St. Patrick’s Day

 Grasshopper Pie for St. Patrick’s Day When you’re thinking of special foods for St. Patrick’s Day, don’t forget the dessert. This recipe for cool, creamy pie is perfect for your celebration table. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also green, in keeping with the festivities of the day. There are two versions of this dreamy, minty dessert to be found here; one made with Creme de Menthe and one made...

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Buy an Irish Dog Coat for your dog

St. Patrick’s Day Dog Coats Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all the way. Buy an Irish Dog Coat for your dog. Make your dog a lucky dog, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style with an Irish Dog Coat. Your pup will love you when the cold March winds blow and he stays warm. There are Irish Dog Coats for every size of dog…just make sure you get the right size. If it’s too small, it won’t keep them warm, and...

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George Burns

The Day I Met George Burns How Did I Manage to Meet George Burns? Read on….. In the 1980s I met Entertainer and Legend George Burns at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. He was signing his book, “Gracie: A Love Story,” and as the Assistant to the Entertainment Director of the Las Vegas SUN, I went to greet him and have a chat. My department did all the SUN newspaper advertising for Caesars, and we wanted to give the red...

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Up In The Air For Valentine’s Day

Up In The Air For Valentine’s Day Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? February 14th is here before many of us know it and you’ll be scrambling around, looking for a gift at the last minute. You’ll probably pick up some chocolates, or some flowers, or maybe even a piece of jewelry. Maybe you plan to propose on Valentine’s Day. Or maybe you just plain have no idea what to do for someone who makes your heart...

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Quick Vegetable Beef Soup

Quick Vegetable Beef Soup This hearty Vegetable Beef Soup can be varied with changing the ingredients used. If you like green chiles, spice it up with them. If you have leftover vegetables, put them in too. Make it with or without the beef chuck roast. Any way you make it, it will be a comfort in those cold days of winter, warming you inside and out.   Save Print Quick Vegetable Beef Soup Rating  5 from 1 reviews Ingredients 2...

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Meat Lover’s Minestrone

I’ve always loved the Italian soup, Minestrone. The word itself means “thick soup.” I like it as an appetizer when it’s the traditional vegetable soup. But if I want it for a full meal, I like to add little meat balls to it which makes it heartier. So I created Meat Lovers Minestrone. It’s made with ground chuck and all the vegetables contained in a traditional Minestrone. We don’t just wait for...

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Top Crochet Lovers Gift Ideas

Top Crochet Lovers Gift Ideas I began to crochet when my eldest daughter was just a baby, and she’s now in her 50s. After all those years of crochet experience, I feel it’s only right to put out a page of top crochet lovers gift ideas, for those who are stuck for what to buy for a crocheter.  I picked out several suggestions an avid crocheter would love and I hope you find that perfect gift you’re searching for right...

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Why is Maureen O’Hara Buried in Arlington?

Rest In Peace, Maureen O’Hara, 1920-2015 Maureen O’Hara, beautiful talented actress, passed away on October 24th, 2015. The news stated that her burial is to be in Arlington National Cemetery. Many people, including this author, wondered why she would be buried there, since she was not a veteran. First, let’s learn a bit about this lady and her acting career. ‘Tis Herself: An Autobiography About Maureen Maureen...

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Gorgeous Rita Hayworth

When I was a kid, one of the most popular movie actresses was the glamorous Rita Hayworth. She was the epitome of the beautiful stars coming out of Hollywood  plus she had red hair. The first time I ever saw her was in a black and white movie, so I had no idea she was red-headed. But when I later saw a  movie called “Down to Earth” there she was with her gorgeous red-gold locks. I didn’t know they weren’t...

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Harvest Time Cookie Recipe

Harvest Cookies Pumpkin is a good ingredient for so many things during the Autumn season. I like to use pumpkin in many things because of the  nutritional value (See the chart below.) But the main thing that I love about pumpkin is how moist and delicious it makes baked goods, like this cookie recipe for Harvest Cookies. These cookies are so easy to make and you may already have many of the ingredients in your pantry. If you use...

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Bessie Smith ~ Empress of the Blues

Bessie Smith ~ Empress of the Blues. Bessie Smith would have been the first one to laugh at the title “Empress of the Blues.” Not because she thought she didn’t deserve it, but because her childhood and upbringing had accustomed her not to expect much. Smith was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on a date that is still not clear. Census records say she was born on April 15, 1894, but others say she was born in July of...

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One Hit Wonders of the 60s and 70s

In the 1960s-70s, Some Performers Flashed Across The  World of Rock Like A Comet, Only to Quickly Burned Out September 25th is “One Hit Wonders Day,” spotlighting those musical artists who had only one hit to their credit. There were quite a few from the great era of rock and roll, the 1960s and 1970s. Whenever you hear the song that made them famous, you remember it even though you can’t recall their names.  A few...

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Bitter Tears by Johnny Cash

Bitter Tears by Johnny Cash. In the 1970s, Johnny Cash’s interest and compassion for the stories of the American Indian (as they were called in that era) grew, as the public became more aware of an activist group known as AIM ( American Indian Movement). Johnny recorded an album called “Bitter Tears Ballads of the American Indian,” for and about Native Americans. It was not one of his biggest sellers, but a few...

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Labor Day, Small Town Americana

Pioche, Nevada. Even in our hectic modern times, there are still small towns with an Americana flavor to celebrate Labor Day. Pioche, (pronounced Pee-oatch) Nevada is a unique experience. It’s a town nestled in the Southeastern mountains of Nevada. There’s no need for a vehicle once you reach town, because everything is within walking distance of any where you may be. There are fascinating discoveries to be made and fun...

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The Disappearance of Jean Spangler

Who was Jean Spangler? Millions of girls each year travel to Hollywood in hopes of becoming famous. This was especially so in the late nineteen forties and fifties, as the lure of fame and money drew women from all over the nation to the home of the movie industry.   Many tried, but few were chosen to become big-time movie stars. Starlets were the girls who played extras and bit parts in films where the focus was on the actual...

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Easy Recipes: Banana Muffins

Banana Muffins How to Make Banana Muffins – A breakfast treat that can’t be beat! Make these the night before and have them for breakfast along with some fruit, orange juice, or the Heavenly Hash above. Keep them covered tightly so they won’t dry out, and they’ll last several breakfasts. That is, unless you eat them for dinner or a snack the night before, which is easy to do. Save Print Easy Recipes: Banana...

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Dogs I Have Known and Loved

  Dogs I Have Known and Loved Author’s note:This story was originally written in 2012. Since that time I have lost my dear little pug, Sarah, which is the first story you will read. She was 15 when she died, she was blind, diabetic, and barely able to get around due to aches and pains. I guided her to bed at night, and I stayed close to her during the day, so she would not panic. The time came, however, when the...

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John Wesley Hardin: Bad or Misunderstood?

John Wesley Hardin: Bad or Misunderstood? John Wesley Hardin was born near Bonham, Texas on May 26, 1853 to parents James “Gip” Hardin and Mary Elizabeth Dixson. Hardin’s father was a Methodist preacher, and in those days, preachers often had huge territories to cover to save souls, so they were known as a “circuit rider.” He describes his mother as being “highly cultured.” In 1859 the family...

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Easy Recipes: Corn Casserole

Corn Casserole How To Make Three-corn Casserole – This is not your usual corn pudding casserole. The reason I say this is not your “usual” corn casserole, is because it contains green chiles. If you have a problem with spiciness, or don’t like hot chiles, mild ones are available, and they provide the flavor without the heat. The corn casserole will bake up nice and lightly browned, with a wonderful flavor to...

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Gifts for Lion Lovers

Gifts for Lion Lovers.   Born Under The Sign of the Lion, LEO   I have a friend, Jan, born under the sign of Leo on the Zodiac August 15th, who loves lion themed things. Recently she was really upset with the news reports of Cecil the Lion’s death. I wanted to cheer her up so I decided to see what I could find in the way of lion themed gifts and thought I would share them with you. If you have a friend like Jan, these...

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Lighthouse Bath Decor

Lighthouse Bath Decor Why Use A Lighthouse Theme? Lighthouse bath decor feels fresh and clean. If you’re thinking of redecorating your bathroom, and would like something cool, crisp and fresh, why not try a lighthouse theme? Decorating with lighthouse accessories is easy to do, and it feels like a whole new room with just a few additions. You can replace rugs, wall borders, mirrors, cabinet knobs, toilet seats, towels, and so...

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Easy Recipes: Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad How to Make Easy Waldorf Salad – A lovely summertime dish, chilled to perfection! A popular warm weather treat…chilled Waldorf Salad. It’s delicious as a side with grilled turkey or chicken. This was a favorite side dish for my sister’s family. She would use apples that were on sale at the time, keeping her cost down. Since the celery and walnuts were crunchy, it made no difference in the taste or...

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Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday: The Voice of a Genius On April 7th, 2016 Billie Holiday, if she was still with us, would be 101 years old. She died too young from her own excesses, but she had a golden voice that will live on well beyond her lifetime. You can find out more here. See a documentary about the life and times of Billie Holiday.       ABOUT THE AUTHOR   Nancy Hardin is a highly experienced writer and author. A retired...

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Easy Recipes: Heavenly Hash – A Cool Treat

Heavenly Hash – A Cool Treat Heavenly Hash is a versatile recipe. Use it as a side dish, or as a light dessert. Either way, it’s “heavenly.” I look for recipes in the summer that don’t take a lot of labor or heat to prepare. I also look for light foods, things that don’t sit too heavily in my stomach. Eating heavy things seems to make it harder to have a cool body temperature. In addition, my...

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Favorite Books by Dean Koontz

Favorite Books by Dean Koontz Dean Koontz – Prolific Writer of tales of horror, mystery and suspense Dean Koontz has been called a “horror” writer, a “mystery” writer and a “suspense” writer. He is all these things and more. Reading a Dean Koontz novel is like stepping into a strange universe, where the ordinary laws of nature do not apply. Just when you think you’ve figured out where...

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Easy Recipes: Summertime Recipes

Quick and Easy Summertime Recipes Cool, Tasty and Satisfying Keep Cool With Quick And Easy Summertime Recipes Don’t turn on that oven, or that range top burner on hot days! Keep your house cool and feed your family quick and easy recipes, with no cooking. There are five main dish salads on this page that will keep your house cool in the summer. This is your opportunity to serve your family food that not only helps them defeat...

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The Trial by Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka: The Mystery of “The Trial” The Trial by Franz Kafka. In reviewing Franz Kafka”s “The Trial,” I was reminded that my Professor some years ago had suggested that the class should read this book. I had tucked that away in the back of my mind, and went on my way to the next class never thinking more of it. Looking through a review list recently, I found “The Trial,” among them, and...

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Summer Fruit Salad with Creamy Honey-Lime Dressing

Summer Fruit Salad with Creamy Honey-Lime Dressing Do you love fresh fruit, especially spring and summer fruits? Those luscious strawberries, melons, blueberries, cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums, all just call my name at the beginning of summer. As soon as the fresh crop hits my supermarket I’m making my Summer Fruit Salad with Creamy Honey-Lime Dressing, because it’s soooo delicious!   I make this Summer Fruit Salad...

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Cecil the Lion: What We Learned

Who Was Cecil? Cecil the lion was an icon, a black maned lion who earned respect the hard way, by surviving the hardship of being a lion in a place where his kind are killed by hunters every day. But Cecil was more than that, he was a subject of study for England’s University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English speaking world and the world’s second-oldest surviving university. Cecil’s life came to an end...

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Giraffes Are Gorgeous: Graceful, Beautiful Animals

Giraffes Are Gorgeous: Graceful, Beautiful Animals Giraffes Are Gorgeous ~ But They Need Help Come with me to learn about those tall, graceful, gorgeous animals known as giraffes. Their numbers in the wild are decreasing throughout the world each year. African Giraffes alone, are already listed as an endangered species because their habitat is being encroached upon by civilization cutting down trees to clear the land. Giraffes only...

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Hawaii’s Poet Laureate Don Blanding

Hawaii’s Poet Laureate Don Blanding. Don Blanding ~ American Poet 1894-1957. My daughter gave me a copy of Donald Blanding’s poetry called “In An Old Hawaiian Garden”, and it piqued my curosity, so I began doing research on the author. Blanding, who was sometimes called the “Poet Laureate of Hawaii,” was born on November 7, 1894 in the territory of Oklahoma, in the small town of Kingfisher. He moved...

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Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury: Supreme Storyteller. Ray Bradbury, author of numerous works of science-fiction,  was born on August 22nd 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois. As a fascinating piece of his history, he was descended from Mary Bradbury, who was tried, convicted and sentenced to hang in the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. His ancestor managed, through her own stories and with the help of her husband and friends, to evade the sentence long enough that...

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The Alamo with John Wayne

The Alamo with John Wayne. Yesterday, I woke with a song running through my head, which then led to thoughts of the movie from which it came, The Alamo, filmed in 1960, starring John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Laurence Harvey, and other stars of the day. Based on a true story, it is now considered not factually accurate of the Battle of the Alamo, which took place in an old mission in San Antonio, Texas. Nevertheless, the movie presented...

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My Dream Lover’s Marriage Broke My Heart

On May 1, 1964, millions of broken hearted women worldwide were inconsolable. On that date, our idol and fantasy lover, Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in a private ceremony in their suite at the Aladdin Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas. He burst our bubble, because now he was just another married man. And oh yes, this author was among those who were inconsolable. My dreams never pictured him married, but rather as a dashing,...

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The Death of Napoleon

What killed Napoleon? It’s May 5th, 1821 and the former mighty conqueror of vast areas of Europe, Commanding General and Emperor of France, Napoleon Bonaparte’ lay dying. He’d been held captive on the Island of St. Helena in the Atlantic Ocean for a period of 6 years and in the past few months his condition rapidly deteriorated. He was housed in a place known as Longwood House, a drafty, unrepaired home that could...

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Lighthouse Puzzles and Games

Lighthouse Puzzles and Games. Lighthouse-opoly Game Can you imagine a game of Monopoly with Lighthouses? If you love lighthouses, you can! What fun going around the board to the different lighthouses and buying them up! (Uh, can you tell I’m a serious monopoly player?) But the lighthouses are fun too. Can you imagine owning one? You could see for miles and miles from where the light is located. The next best thing to owning one...

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Blues In The Night Jazz Classic

Blues In The Night Jazz Classic. Ella Fitzgerald could and did sing about the blues, as no other! Her smooth voice in “Blues In The Night” particularly sticks in my mind. The music was written by Harold Arlen with Lyrics by Johnny Mercer. I first heard this song back in the 70s and was totally impressed with the sound. When Ella sings it, her voice becomes a musical instrument, melodious and mellow. When Louie sings it,...

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A Tattoo for Granny

A Tattoo for Granny I’d always wanted a tattoo, but when I was a young woman, you just didn’t do that! Tattoos were frowned upon at that time, and only rough men got them. They were unheard of for women. I always thought they were fascinating, and some of them were quite beautiful. Tattooing and its artwork has come a long way in the last few years. I didn’t want anything big, but I always thought I’d like to...

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Origins and Myths of the Easter Lily

Origins and Myths of the Easter Lily Beautiful trumpet shaped white flowers, Lilium Longiflorum, native to Japan, are commonly called Easter Lilies in North America and other parts of the world. They are seen in profusion in flower markets, stores, and florists during the Easter season. From ancient times, these lilies are mentioned in literature, poetry, history, and mythology. Connected to many historical persons including Jesus...

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“The Blob” Introducing Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen and The Blob. Actor Steve McQueen seemed to come out of nowhere into fame as a movie actor. But he really did have a rather difficult beginning; his first leading role in a movie was in a “space invader” plot that he believed would never make any money. What’s more, he was 27 years old and cast in the role of a teenager. He was so convinced the film was doomed to failure he took his pay upfront with no...

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Adult Alien Masks

The aliens are coming! Do you believe in aliens from another planet? What do you think they’ll look like? Maybe they’ll look just like us or maybe they’ll be all weird. I go with the “all weird” kind, ’cause they’re more fun for Halloween. Hey it’s a time we can dress up for Halloween and have fun and nobody thinks we’re weird, well, at least not EVERYBODY does. I’ve put...

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Where’s The Lawful Protection For Wild Horses?

Where’s The Lawful Protection For Wild Horses? Were We Smarter In 1971 or Just Less Greedy?   Congress enacted Public Law 92-195 in 1971 that stated unequivocally that wild, free-roaming horses and burros “are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the west; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the nation and enrich the lives of the American people; and that these horses and burros...

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Luscious Strawberry Crumble

Luscious Strawberry Crumble Use That Bumper Crop of Strawberries to Make This Luscious Strawberry Crumble. Strawberries are one of the most loved fruits in the world. This is quite possibly because there are so many ways you can use them. Some years strawberries really outdo themselves and we wind up with a bumper crop. There are a number of ways to use them, including baking them in a pie, crisp, crumble, buckle or scone. You can...

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Peanuts Plush Toy Gifts

Peanuts Plush Toy Gifts That Little Round Headed Kid Peanuts Kids – We Identify With Them I’ve loved the Peanuts characters since Charles Shultz first created the comic strip. I learned, along with America, that these little people were charmingly adorable and wise in their own way. People began quoting from the strip and soon Peanuts became a world wide icon. Now you can find Lucy, Linus, Charlie Brown, Pigpen, Snoopy and...

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Chocolate Cake For Lovers

Chocolate Cake For Lovers Just Enough For Two This Valentine’s Day make a Chocolate Cake for Lovers for your Valentine. Chocolate cake is a favorite of almost everybody, and this one is moist, delicious and just the right size; one layer. This cake is homemade, not a cake mix, but don’t panic. It’s so simple to make and following the directions it’s fail proof. The fun part comes once you’ve baked and...

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Ruby Gifts

It’s gift giving time and whether it’s for your anniversary, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, birthday or just “because,” think about what the woman in your life would love to receive. One of the things almost all women love is jewelry. Add to that the glowing color of red, and it becomes an irresistible gift for a woman to wear. Red is the color of passion and that feeling and color never goes out of style....

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White Bean And Spinach Salad

White Bean And Spinach Salad White Bean and Spinach Dinner Salad is a hearty vegetarian salad. The beans provide protein, antioxidants, and dietary fiber. Spinach provides Vitamin A, C, D, B6 and B12 as well as magnesium, iron and calcium. This is a dinner I prepare for my family occasionally. We aren’t vegetarians, but there are times when we want something healthy and refreshing. This dish does that just fine. I like to serve...

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Send A Card To A Friend Day

Send A Card To A Friend Day – February 7th February is a month of many kinds of celebrations: Black History Month, Great American Pie Month, Valentine’s Day, National Cherry Month, among others. But there’s one special day devoted to the love between friends, and that’s Send A Card To A Friend Day on February 7th. There are several ways to do this, depending on the situation. If the friend has access to a...

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Mizpah Jewelry For Couples

Mizpah Jewelry For Couples Mizpah Jewelry for Couples….the most loving symbol you can give to another. What better way to stay close to each other, even when you are apart? Mizpah is worn by a couple to show a loving bond between them when they are separated. The words for Mizpah originated in Genesis 31:49 of the Bible and are engraved on a broken gold or silver coin, on which the words are written, “The Lord watch...

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Smoked Sausage and Chicken Gumbo recipe

Smoked Sausage and Chicken Gumbo recipe Even though February is the month to celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans, you don’t have to wait for it to enjoy southern foods. You can celebrate any day by indulging in New Orleans foods, like my recipe for Smoked Sausage and Chicken Gumbo. Served up with fluffy white rice, it’s a hearty meal that satisfies the most ravenous of appetites. Andouille or Smoked? Your Preference! This...

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Hot, fast chili soup recipe

Hot, fast chili soup recipe There’s nothing like a good hearty bowl of chili to take the chill out of your bones, but does it take hours to make? No, this tasty chili recipe can be done and on the table in just about 20 minutes. Serve with shredded cheddar and corn chips, or crackers if you prefer. This meal sticks to your ribs! Save Print Hot, fast chili soup recipe Rating  5 from 1 reviews Ingredients 1 & ½ pounds...

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French Apple Pie

This apple pie is a new twist on an old favorite. I ate dinner at a restaurant recently and had French Apple Pie for dessert. Thinking that was just a name to give it some style on the menu, I expected regular, yummy apple pie. Imagine my surprise when slicing off a bite, I discovered custard on the bottom. I thought, “oh this can’t be good…!” But I was so wrong, it was absolutely delicious! The smooth velvety...

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Alphabet Soup

Good Hot Soup, Vegetarian Style! Blustery weather calls for a bowl of hot nourishing Easy Alphabet Vegetable Soup. This recipe has been in my family for many years. I really can’t remember when I ate my first bowl of this soup, because it seems as if it’s always been there. Mom always said that canned soup, though convenient at times, doesn’t measure up in taste and quality of homemade. I’ve also found that I...

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Black Bean and Kielbasa Soup Recipe

Black Bean and Kielbasa Soup Recipe Kielbasa is a type of smoked sausage, a little spicy, but if you’re unable to find it, substitute regular smoked sausage. This black bean and kielbasa soup doesn’t make a big batch, so if you intend to feed a large crowd, please remember to double, triple or quadruple the recipe ingredients. Save Print Black Bean and Kielbasa Soup Recipe Rating  5 from 1 reviews Ingredients ½...

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Senate bean soup recipe

Politics Gets Into The Soup A recipe of long-standing for bean soup has been a daily mainstay in the United States Senate dining room for several generations. Because it is made in such large quantities, it isn’t feasible for home use. But my recipe will give you a similar, smaller batch version for those who wish to try it out without making gallons at a time. Bon Appetit!   Save Print Senate bean soup recipe Rating  5...

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Death on a Coin Toss

Death on a Coin Toss Do you believe in fate? Do you think things happen in a certain order for a reason? Do you believe, as some do, that the manner of our life’s end is already determined when we are born? The story you’re about to read may make a believer out of you. A series of events in the life of movie actress Carole Lombard caused her death on the side of a Nevada mountain as a result of the toss of a coin. Read...

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Split Pea and Smoked Sausage Soup Recipe

Split Pea and Smoked Sausage Soup Recipe This is a hearty, satisfying, tummy-filling soup. The mellowness of the peas are greatly enhanced by the smoky sausage flavor and it’s an easy recipe. It’s just right for a busy day, because you don’t have to “tend” it, it takes care of itself. Add crusty bread, cornbread or crackers for a great supper. Save Print Split Pea and Smoked Sausage Soup Recipe...

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My Love Affair with Elvis Presley

My Love Affair With Elvis In 1956 when I was not yet 17 years old, I visited a couple of newly wedded friends, and we watched The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show on TV. An odd looking, but handsome young man took the stage and began to perform a Bill Haley and the Comets song called “Shake, Rattle and Roll.” But he combined it with another song called “Flip, Flop and Fly.” The thing that caught my eye was that he...

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In the Garden of Beasts: Book Review

A True Story of the Lives of an American Family in Berlin Before World War II. “In The Garden Of Beasts” is a dramatic historical novel, beginning in the early 1930s and covering the era of World War II. Our United States Ambassador to Germany, William E. Dodd, in the years between 1933 and 1937, repeatedly warns both German and American authorities about the widespread brutality, hate and corruption throughout Germany....

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Haunted Alcatraz Prison

Alcatraz Island is located in the bay of San Francisco, California. Originally developed with lighthouse facilities, it became in succession, a military fortification, a Civil War military prison (1868) and a Federal prison from 1933 to 1963. Its storied past makes it one of the most haunted prisons in the United States. What many people do not know is that members of the Ohlone nation who had committed deeds unacceptable to the tribe...

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Christmas Without Mama

Christmas of 1944 is a memory that often comes back to me, especially around the holidays. My mother, like many women of that time, worked in a defense factory in another city and state. I was five years old and my sister was my caretaker most of the time, except in the rare times on weekends and holidays, when Mama came home. As Christmas approached, we expected her home for the holidays, but the weather turned bad and snow and ice...

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Recipe: Yule log cake

The French call it Buche de Noel, we call it Yule Log Cake…whatever you call it, it’s a dessert your family will call FOR year after year. Bake it this year and beautify it with decorations, dust it with powdered sugar, frost it with chocolate, it doesn’t matter. It will always make an impressive appearance, and it’s easier to make than you think. But the best part is sitting down to enjoy the flavor of Yule...

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Chocolate Teddy Bears Recipe

Chocolate Teddy Bears Recipe Chocolate Teddy Bears Delight Everyone! These Chocolate Teddy Bear Cookies not only are fun to make and cute, but they’re yummy too. If you’re a chocoholic these cookies satisfy that “gotta have chocolate” urge. If you need something to get you in the mood for Christmas, try making these little guys with your kids. They will have so much fun putting these cookies together,...

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Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Pie

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Pie. A cool, delicious dessert for the hot summer months, the recipe below is made with Dulce de Leche ice cream. You could actually use any ice cream, this is just my favorite. What makes it stand out is the caramel flavor, enhanced by the deeper caramel of the sauce. The term Dulce de Leche means “candy of milk,” made by boiling down sweetened condensed milk until it achieves a caramel-like...

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Mom’s Chocolate Pie Recipe

Chocolate Pie Recipe. Mom’s Chocolate Pie, the old-fashioned kind. Mom’s Chocolate Pie is made with a flaky pastry pie crust, not the crushed cookie kind. The chocolate filling is homemade, not from a box of pudding mix. Mom’s Chocolate Pie is the old-fashioned homemade taste sensation I remember from my youth. Mom also topped hers with meringue, made from beaten egg whites, and browned in the broiler, but my family...

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Gifts For A Live-Alone Person

Someone On Your Gift List Who Lives Alone Is Hard To Buy For? I know just what you mean! I have a bachelor uncle and I always dreaded Christmas time or his birthday. He’s my only uncle and I love him dearly so I always search and search for something for him for those two special times. He has specific tastes and favorites, and every year I just ran myself ragged trying to figure out something he would enjoy. But not anymore, ...

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Mae Westisms

Westisms are what I call the things said by a bawdy, beloved performer named Mae West. She was born Mary Jane West on  August 17, 1893 to parents John Patrick West and Matilda (Tillie) Doelger in Brooklyn, New York. Her father was a prize fighter who became a “special policeman” and later had his own detective agency. Her mother modeled corsets and fashions. Mae was only five years old when she entertained a crowd at a...

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Pumpkin Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

These pinwheel cookies look so inviting and if included with other more plain cookies, they dress up the entire group. Make a festive cookie display very easily by placing a few of these on your cookie tray this year. We already know the ingredients are good for us; pumpkin itself has Vitamins and dietary fiber that can’t be beat. This dough is a rolled dough that is frozen for at least 3 hours or overnight before baking. The...

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Make Ahead Bacon Cheese Puffs

Make Ahead Bacon Cheese Puffs Fresh Out Of The Oven! Make These Bacon Cheese Puffs Ahead Of Time And Heat Them Later I’ve made these Bacon Cheese Puffs snacks as long as I can remember. I don’t know who the recipe came from, but my Mom made them and said she had them as a girl. So they’ve been a family favorite for what seems like forever! I do know they’re easy to make and delicious to eat! Make ‘Em...

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Indian Pudding for a Treat

Indian Pudding Recipe: Sometimes Known as Corn Pudding. Indian Pudding or Corn Pudding, whichever you prefer to call it, was one of the earliest dishes created using corn in the form of cornmeal. This recipe would be an appropriate one to celebrate National Indian Pudding Day on November 13th. When the pilgrims first came to what is now America, they learned how to plant, harvest and use corn (or maize) in creating new recipes from...

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Petition Against A Horse Kill Buyer

Horse Slaughter In The News Anyone who pays attention to the news knows what is happening to the wild horses across our country. The news of a kill buyer who recently shipped close to 1800 wild horses to slaughter in Mexico rankles our souls. He bought these horses at a Bureau of Land Management auction, signing a contract that he would not ship them to slaughter. The worst part of the news is that everyone knew he was lying, because...

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The Headless Horseman

Halloween! The very name sends shivers through us, because we know there are things around, on the ground, in the air; ghosts, goblins, spirits, and things that go bump in the night!! When I was a kid, one of the spookiest stories I ever heard was the tale of the headless horseman. There’s nothing spookier than the thought of being pursued by someone or SOMETHING! But even worse is having that something with NO HEAD, close on...

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My Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies Recipe

My Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies. Baking Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies When I was a kid, a special treat during the holidays were Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies. My mom was one of the best cooks and bakers around, and I just knew her molasses cookies were the best in the world. She only baked them during the winter holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Why, I don’t know, but I bake these cookies any time I feel the urge....

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Ghostly Halloween Yard Decorations

I love celebrating Halloween. It’s the first of our Autumn holidays, and the kickoff to Thanksgiving and Christmas. Of all the Halloween decorations available to us, I like the ghosts.  Every year I make it a point to use these little spirits to decorate my yard. The best ones are those that are lighted. When night falls they glow their ghostly presence to everyone, friendly enough to light the way for those little trick or...

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Yarn Winders

Yarn Winders Use a Yarn Winder to keep your yarn easier to manage and tangle free. Yarn winders come in manual or electric models, and I’ve placed several of the best and cheapest models on this page. If you crochet or knit you know how impossible yarn skeins can be, once you have leftover yarn from a project. Stowing it away from several projects can result in a real tangled mess, so that the yarn becomes unusable. I’ve...

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Lighthouse Jewelry

Lighthouse Jewelry   There are people, including this author, who find the history and legends around lighthouses fascinating.  Because of this we like wearing lighthouse jewelry.  The popularity of this style of jewelry is growing with both women and men. The gifts on this page appeal to those who love lighthouses, but the pieces are so beautiful and romantic they appeal to anyone. There are pendants, earrings, bracelets, cufflinks,...

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Charming Tails Figurine Collectibles

Charming Tails Figurine Collectibles Charming Tails Figurines ~ fun to collect. Charming Tails Figurines, a collectible based on the work of artist Dean Griff, are adorable little creatures in “people” situations. They look like the real thing but in such cute poses that they give you a smile and laugh. Griff does many different woodland animals; bunnies, mice, birds, penguins. My favorites are the mice, they’re just...

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Daher Designed Tins

Daher Designed Tins What are Daher Designed Tins? Daher designed tins are lithographed boxes, bowls, trays or platters that were designed and made in England or Holland. They were manufactured from the 1940s through the 1970s. They’re very colorful and beautifully decorated in a variety of themes, ranging from oriental, to floral and fruits, to whimsical pieces. The beauty is in the detailed lithographed artwork. When I first...

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Cupcakes! Glorious Mini Treats

Cupcakes! Glorious Mini Treats Cupcakes! Gorgeous Mini Cakes We Love! Cupcakes, those little mini cakes, that tempt and charm us, are one of the best ways to serve a crowd. Easier than having someone (probably you!) stand and cut cake for a group, these are served up on a tray or plate, and each person can choose what they want. Convenience and portability in one little cake. Cupcakes are easier to transport, if you’re taking...

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Learn To Play The Zither – Quickly and Easily

The Great Musician In my school years, the only musical instrument I ever wanted to play was the piano. But my school did not have one and neither did I, so that was the end of that. But I yearned to be part of music because I loved it so. In my school we were required to learn to play SOME instrument, and the music teacher handed me a violin and said, “Here, you can learn to play this.” Dutifully, I took lessons in music...

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Oatmeal Raspberry Bars

Oatmeal Raspberry Bars. What a wonderful holiday to celebrate! National Homemade Cookies Day is October 1st. As the Autumn leaves and temperatures are falling, it’s the perfect time to have the oven going to bake your favorite kinds of cookies. We all have certain ones we always make: Chocolate Chip a universal favorite immediately comes to mind. But there are so many others that deliciously signify the season and give us...

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Stephen King: On Writing

Stephen King: On Writing. Author Stephen King built his writing career around science-fiction, horror and suspense stories. But in my opinion, one of his best books is Stephen King “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft,” a non-fiction guideline for aspiring writers. The craft of writing is one that has to be learned. You can yearn to be a writer, and you may have the talent, but even then, there are things you don’t...

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Flannel Shirt Gifts For Women

  Here’s the perfect gift for a woman in the Autumn or Winter. When the temperature begins to chill, I sometimes need something on my arms, even while inside. Sweaters and jackets are too warm, and a long sleeve blouse just isn’t enough. That’s when I reach for one of my beloved, soft and well-worn flannel shirts. They’re comfortable and provide just the right amount of warmth. What do you grab when you...

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What is a Pseudointellectual?

   “Superior people are only those who let it be discovered by others; the need to make it evident forfeits the very virtue they aspire to.”   ~ Sydney Harris, Excerpt from “Pieces of Eight” 1982.   The Dictionary Says:. A pseudo-intellectual is (a.) “someone who affects having proficiency in scholarly or artistic pursuits while lacking real knowledge or understanding of such topics,” or...

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Hans Christian Andersen

Children’s Stories That Transcend Time and Age. One of my favorite authors, Hans Christian Andersen, was born on April 2, 1805 in Odense, Denmark. He was noted particularly for his stories for children and that’s how I first came to know of his work. As a child I loved to read his stories such as: “The Little Mermaid,” “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Snow Queen,” “Thumbelina,”...

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Pumpkin Cut-Out Cookies Recipe

When Autumn approaches, one of the symbolic sights of the season are pumpkins, lots and lots of pumpkins. Their bright orange color gives us that special feel of the season. But not only that, the nutrition benefits contribute to our health. 1 cup of Pumpkin contains 394 mg. of Potassium along with oodles of vitamins, protein and dietary fiber. Even if that doesn’t impress you, think of this; that wonderful, golden spicy flavor...

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Keep Dried Herbs and Spices Potent

The herbs and spices that I use most in my winter holiday cooking include sage, thyme, rosemary, pumpkin spice, cloves, ginger, and cinnamon. Around October, or at least before those intense cooking months of November and December, I’ve found it’s the perfect time for replenishing my dried spices and herbs, so that I’m stocked up well before Thanksgiving. Doing this each year at the same time helps to keep those I...

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A Visit To Death Valley

A visit to Death Valley is unlike any other place on earth. Death Valley is a composite of oddities and anomalies that covers an area of about 3,000 square miles of otherworldly views and scenery that may make you feel as though you’ve left Mother Earth and landed on another planet. I first discovered this strange, but beautiful place a few years back when a friend asked me to go there with her. “Death Valley?” I...

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Squash and Pepper Skillet

Squash and Pepper Skillet Mmmm, Summer Squash and Peppers Squash and Pepper Skillet – an easy vegetarian side dish For an easy vegetarian side dish that will go with any entree, here’s a recipe for Squash and Pepper Skillet, containing yellow summer squash, green zucchini, onions, and red or green sweet bellpeppers. If you’d like to spice it up a bit, you could also add a few chile peppers as well. This is a dish...

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Mom’s Chess Pie Recipe

My mother baked a simple pie called a Chess pie, made from ingredients usually on hand in the pantry. Our family has memories that will keep her in our hearts forever, including this recipe. One of my daughters has framed several of her handwritten recipes enlarged and framed for the wall of her summer home kitchen. It seems Mom is always with us one way or the other. Below I share with you Mom’s Chess Pie recipe and I hope you...

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Savory Soy Chicken

Savory Soy Chicken Crispy Skin, Tender Chicken.Savory Soy Chicken – Just Right For Dinner. Anytime Savory Soy Chicken has been standard fare in our house for decades. It’s one of the meals everyone in the family enjoys and if we go too long without making it, someone is bound to ask, “When are we going to have’ ‘that’ chicken, you know the one you make with lemon and soy sauce?” Even though...

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Easy Recipes: Bean Salad With Homemade Dressing

How To Make Bean Salad With Homemade Dressing This is a delicious summer time treat that goes with everything. No mayonnaise needed here…the cooked dressing is made with sugar, vinegar, water and beaten egg. Light and tasty and perfect for a summer time side dish. It only takes a few moments to make this dressing, and the bean salad goes together quickly once you’ve chopped the veggies. Save Print Easy Recipes: Bean Salad...

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Bonnie and Clyde: Criminal Superstars

On a beautiful morning, May 23, 1934 the careers of a notorious criminal duo, the scourge of stores and banks across the country, came to an abrupt end. Six lawmen took them down in an ambush that’s still talked about today, marking the end of Bonnie and Clyde, criminal superstars. They were the best of the worst in their time, robbing any and everyone where they found an opportunity, and responsible for at least 13 deaths...

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Tess Gerritsen’s “The Surgeon” Book Review

Who Is “The Surgeon?” In the deepest part of night, “The Surgeon” slips into a woman’s bedroom as she is sleeping. Before she realizes it, she is chloroformed, duct-taped over the mouth, and then tightly to the bed, and the intruder begins his work…with a scalpel. Thus does the madman proceed to cut and carve to his heart’s content on the still alive woman. When he is through, the woman will...

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The Cake Doctor: Cookbook Review

The cake in this photo is not homemade, but it sure tastes like it. It’s made with only four ingredients with the help of a cookbook called The Cake Doctor by Anne Byrn. This is only one of 175 fast and easy to make amazing cakes and desserts you can make with the help of this cookbook. If you stick around, I’ll give you the recipe further in this page. Believe me, If You Bake Cakes, You Need This Book There are two...

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My Hot Weekend With Frank Sinatra

I Was Breathless With Anticipation It was the Spring of 1994 and I was seated in the back of a long, black limousine that was taking me to the Las Vegas Strip. I was on my way to the MGM Grand to meet Frank Sinatra. My heart was running away with itself, and I had a hard time breathing. I was headed there to spend an intimate weekend with him. I was so excited I could hardly contain myself, conjuring up all sorts of scenarios and...

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The Transplants

The Transplants: Book review. How well do you know your neighbors and the people you interact with each day? What if I told you there’s a possibility you have had contact with aliens and never knew it? What if the nice couple you met at church just happen to be space aliens who managed to reach earth after a cataclysmic destruction of their planet? What if these visitors from outer space don’t have four eyes and purple...

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Lemon Chicken Rice Soup

 Lemon Chicken Rice Soup When the days are cool and you’re looking for a satisfying, yet not heavy meal, you can’t go wrong with this recipe for Lemon Chicken Rice Soup.   Make it with your own cooked chicken or use a pre-cooked chicken from the deli as a labor and time saver, either way the touch of lemon makes it deliciously tangy. Accompany a bowl of it with crusty bread followed by fruit for dessert and...

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Mama’s Spice Cake Recipe

Spice cake – a treasured family recipe. Nancy wants us to know: What a wonderful way to honor your Mom! Make one of her recipes, that you grew up with and that bring back the memories of your childhood. There are so many foods I remember from my childhood I could write a book! This recipe for Mama’s Spice Cake is one of my favorites and it may become one of yours too. Maybe we all think that our own mothers were the very...

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