Showing posts from October, 2014

Celebrate Loved Ones...

There are two 'holiday celebrations' that are often misunderstood. Halloween and Day of the Dead. I grew up with Halloween and a night of Trick 'r' Treating. It was a fun tradition without the evil-doing that has evolved in so  many people's minds recently. This is a sad thing. But still there is history here! Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced "sah-win"). The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient ones to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter. The festival would frequently involve bonfires. Masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or appease them. And...Part of the history of Halloween is Halloween costumes. The practice of dressing up in costumes and begging door to door for treats on holidays goes back to the Middle Ages, and includes Christmas wassailing which is in

S'More [aka: Witch Way To Corpus Christi]...

What's Halloween without treats? 1] I signed up long ago for an emailing from Better Homes and Gardens. Sometimes they have nifty craft ideas, other times holiday themed emails, while other days I get recipes. This past week, I received a notice that S'Mores is all grown up. There were several different ways to make tasty treats within the realm of the oldie but goodie..."S'mores". This one in particular caught my eye...blackberry. YUM!! White Chocolate & Blackberry S'mores Ingredients 1/4 of a 4 ounce white chocolate bar 2 chocolate graham crackers or regular graham crackers 2 large marshmallows, toasted* 2 tablespoons blackberry jam Directions Place 4 crackers on foil-lined baking sheet. Layer 1 ounce of white chocolate and 2 to 3 large marshmallows on each. Broil 4 inches from heat 30 to 60 seconds. Remove; top with 2 to 3 tablespoons jam. Top with cracker. From the Test Kitchen * To toast, place marshmallows on end of long skewe

Down Memory Lane...on Monday

For a few weeks, a new meme has made its way on the 'net. On my blog, it's linked from my sidebar.   I try to refrain from being online so much these days, and sitting too many hours without getting enough exercise... so I'm gonna do this meme with a little twist. I'll do five weeks of our hostess' prompts in one post. Hope that is okay. So, on with living memories and sharing in a condensed version if I may... Prompt in bold text: week ONE - first memory My very first memory of course would have to be my childhood. And it's a vivid memory! Not so much family orientated, but my health. You see, I was always getting pneumonia each and every blessed winter!! So bad, I'd have to be hospitalized for days/weeks at a time until my lungs cleared. I remember being under a plastic tent with air blowing and me breathing this air. The first time I was admitted, the nurses had to wake me and ask me to 'roll over' for a shot.  By the 2nd year, when I

Come. Take a Walk With Me...

...around Indian Point Park and Sunset Lakes!! This is on the outskirts of Corpus Christi North Bay and Portland Texas.  It's a birding area, an historical area [which I posted about HERE ], a jogging/walking/biking area, and for those who like the sport, fishing...a popular place to try out a new pole!!  On the Corpus Christi side of this nature area, there is a huge fishing pier with a tackle shop on pylons.  Just a bit away there is a boardwalk that juts into the marshy area from the bay with a good observation deck for the surrounding tidal pools.  The off ramp from the freeway takes you on a twisted narrow paved road where if driving slowly you can spot a lot of water fowl.  Just last weekend Bud and I spotted a couple of Belted Kingfishers on the power lines...they quickly disappeared tho because a large osprey was a 'threat' to them I'm sure...even if osprey are fish eaters.  The size of a large osprey hunting in the kingfisher territory would scare me too if I

Willy Nilly Ribbits plus one...

1]  Y'all know that I really like NCIS. Well, this season, a new spin-off from NCIS is NCIS New Orleans. I like this program also; so far. In fact the last time we watched it online, the episode "The Recruits", while Agent Pride [Bakula] was sitting with his daughter in the outdoor courtyard with his grandmother's piano ---that looked so very familiar! The fountain in the background. In fact a couple of screen shots from the exterior of their headquarters in New Orleans looks, again, familiar! The outside of the hotel. I can't find out for sure anywhere I've researched - for "on the set filming locations"...but, I would almost guarantee you it's filmed at the very hotel we always stay at when we go to New Orleans...near the French Quarter on Rampart Street!! I've sat way too many times in the courtyard to not see the familiarity in these set locations. The hotel used to be a girl's school and converted to a hotel. It's an hi