Archive for October, 2013

Happy 2013 Halloween — Picture Post One/Parade!

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So I started off Halloween 2013 at my grandsons’ Costume Parade at Savannah Country Day School.  Daniel and Gabriel both dressed as Iron Man (Men?), so I’ll begin with them.

Daniel:

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And D in the parade:

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Gabriel:

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Just look at some of these kids’ costumes!

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Wait, Duck Dynasty?

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Such Fun!

Twice as Much Fun on Halloween

Grandtwins Madison and Matthew with poodle Tyler.

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I Love … Part Two: Fritters

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Since so many of you (three) seemed to be in agreement with me about the importance of vegetables, I’ve decided to share with you a quick and easy fresh corn recipe … from my kitchen to yours!

Good and Gooey Corn Fritters 

Take your pretty colored corn niblets and toss them rather recklessly into a small saucepan.  Do not add water or vodka.  Just like this:

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Over low heat, allow kernels to get gooey.  (Did you know corn does that?!)  If you have a gas stove, the dramatic effect is so much hipper.

When the kernels begin to resemble the Kardashians’ brains, remove from heat.  If, with boorish gluttony, you stuck your finger in the steaming mess while it was boiling hot (been there), pour some vanilla flavoring on that finger and then hold a large ice cube on the finger while you do the best you can to continue with my easy instructions.

Let corn cool for a few minutes till it’s about the temperature of a puppy’s belly, while you go and listen to an oldie, something like “I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane.”

When your tears have dried, from the song and the burning pain, which only gets worse when you let go of the ice cube, find a plastic spatula.  NOT METAL!  And begin to jab around the edges of the pan, in a predominantly unsuccessful attempt to loosen the fritter.  (The reason I told you not to use a metal spatula is simple and kindly helpful:  If you try to unlock the fritter with metal and then put the metal kitchen utensil in your mouth for a quick pre-taste–like you did with your finger earlier–boy! are you in for more pain.  Like fifty shades of pain.)

Anyway, if you succeed in getting the fritter out of the pain, then GREAT!  You’ve got a tasty vegetable treat to share with family and friends.  Or to eat by yourself in the closet.

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Next time:

Real Corny Cornbread

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Shiny Corn Pudding

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Remember … eat your vegetables!

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I Love …

I LOVE vegetables!

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I think it’s really important to eat lots of vegetables.  I buy my vegetables in big ole bags.

Sunday Morning Quote — 10/27/13

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“One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach.  One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.”

— Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Does Anybody?

Does anybody have a bigger hat I can borrow? I’ve decided to become a cowboy.

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Five Friday Happy Bringers (10/25/13)

Can you believe it’s the Last Friday in October?!   Wasn’t it the 4th of July just a couple weeks ago?

Joy finds us in so many ways.  Here are five.

1.  The Joy of Grandchildren.  (At such an INCREDIBLY young grandfather age.)

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(Grandsons Gabriel and Daniel swinging with Grandtwins Matthew and Madison)

2.  This heartwarming, sad but Uplifting Video from a children’s hospital in New Hampshire.

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May children everywhere find ways to ROAR.

(Watch the video a second time–you’ll “see” the various kids clearer.)

3.  Believing this Beautifully Truthful Affirmation:

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4.  Roses

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5.  Kale

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(Did I make too much?)

ROAR this weekend!  It’s your last chance to do so in a 2013 October weekend.  (Eat some kale–it’ll help you roar more ferociously.)