Archive for July, 2009

blueberriesHealth Benefits of Blueberries: Nutrition and more Nutrition

Blueberries are rich in Vitamins A, C, E and beta-carotene as well as rich in the minerals potassium, manganese, magnesium. They are very high in fiber and low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. But this is just the tip of the nutritional iceberg, for recent studies tell us that of all fresh fruits and vegetables, blueberries provide the most health-protecting antioxidants, those valuable elements which prevent cancer-causing cell damage and may limit the changes wrought by age related diseases. (more…)


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I’m doing this post per request…

Gr'ma Mary King I have been blessed to inherit a special kitchen ‘appliance’ from my mother – who inherited it from my dad’s mother.  This is a picture of her holding my firstborn – daughter, Deb ~ a month before grandma went to heaven.

This appliance is called a “Brown Bobby Machine.”  It has a cloth-covered cord…that should give you a clue to how old it is.

My grandparents purchased this little machine about 1910.  My grandmother made the ‘greaseless donuts’ and my dad and his siblings sold them door to door, in little cartons, similar to our egg carton today.

bb machineThis is a picture of the machine ~ it’s similar to a waffle iron and makes 6 donuts at a time.

I wasn’t able to get a clear picture of the metal plate on the bottom front of the base, but this is what it reads…


Greaseless Doughnut Machine

Equipped with hold-heet elements

Food Display Machine Corp.

6 Amps  Chicago, USA  105-120 volts

They’re really not greaseless ~ they’re just not fried in oil like a ‘normal’ doughnut ~ they’re baked! (more…)

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Oh what fun we had making memories at an “All-American Girls” tea party I recently hosted for 2 of my granddaughters and 4 of their friends.  Just wanted to share a few pictures with you…around the table at the tea party

We enjoyed star shaped sandwiches and bubble gum and raspberry teas..dessert stack tea party 0709

We said the Pledge of Allegiance and the girls enjoyed this ‘teamwork’ project by pushing dixie cups through our chain link fence – we’re leaving it there for as long as it lasts.fence flag 0709

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credit: chaps1

credit: chaps1

Summer is such a busy time of year.  I’ve always been one who tries ( notice, I said TRIES) to keep a tidy home.  But as grandkids, and the computer, have come into my life, I’m leaning more and more on the thought that expresses…

My home is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy.

I believe I’ve become wiser as I mature, and keeping a clean home all the time, isn’t nearly as important to me as it once was.  This poem has been on my mind, and I wanted to share with you. (more…)

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I was recently thinking about my favorite meal….

Roast beef, cooked with taters, onions, carrots and cabbage – and how I love eating it with ranch dressing poured over everything.  I use ranch dressing in my kitchen often and thought maybe I could inspire you to try it in a new dish or two.

I have purchased a 16-oz. plastic container of dry dressing mix, because I do like using more than the recipes call for….

My friend Sandy has these ready-to-serve in her kitchen all the time.

2# mini pretzels
1 (12 oz) bottle Orville Redenbacher butter-flavored oil
1 pkt. (1 oz) ranch dressing mix, dry

Place pretzels in large 2 gal. ziploc bag (or I use a 13 gallon garbage bag – unused of course) and pour oil over. Shake bag to cover pretzels evenly with oil – sprinkle dressing mix over and shake again until mixed well. Let set overnight – keep in a sealed container. These are very tasty. Even folks who don’t like pretzels have asked for the recipe. I’ve given these as gifts many times also. (more…)

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credit: rezlab

I have always enjoyed sharing tips to make life easier in your home.

Hope these help make an improved difference in your life…

My favorite tip has always been…. place a cup of water – along with about 2 T. lemon juice – in a glass cup and microwave for atleast 5 minutes.  Keep the door shut – the steam will moisten the splatters, and you should be able to easily wipe  it clean.   Your microwave will smell lemony fresh.

When using your hand mixer – place your bowl in the sink to mix.  The splatters in the sink are much easier to clean than to have them all over
your cupboard and counter. (more…)

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