Archive for May, 2012

Memorial Day Thoughts and One Easy Chicken Recipe


Geez, I’m not very good about this blogging thing lately! I can think of a million things to write about, but then I never make time to sit down and write it all out. Will try to do better. There are a lot of interesting things going on, and if I don’t write about them, I’ll forget them, memory being what it is. Mine particularly.

Before I got out of bed this morning, I was thinking of Memorial Day, and relatives who have died. I’m not a religious person, but it does give me some comfort to think that perhaps they are all together somewhere out there, happy to be with their loved ones again. I like to think of my mom reunited with all her siblings. Maybe they are together reminiscing about family picnics, birthday parties, marriages, and all that other stuff. Silly, I suppose, but there it is.

For those of us here on earth, it is a good idea to remember that these are our good old days. Cherish them.

Meanwhile, if you’ve had an incredibly busy week and you’re tired of cooking and cleaning and shopping, and now the house is chilly and you just want something easy and delicious for dinner, here ya go. It’s what I’m making for dinner tonight, too, since I’m now officially tired of hot dogs, hamburgers and bratwurst for a while. This could only get easier if someone came to your house and did it for you.

Oven Baked Chicken

Several Chicken Breasts (enough for your family, I suppose)

Mayonnaise (about 1 cup)

Italian bread crumbs (which you can make in the blender from stale bread and Italian seasonings.)

Rinse chicken and pat dry. Brush all sides with mayonnaise. Put bread crumbs in a large pan; roll chicken pieces in them. Lay pieces on a greased or sprayed baking sheet, and bake about 40 minutes at 425 degrees or until golden brown and tender.

Make a salad or some vegetables, and Bob’s your uncle. Or George, in my case, though he is now in that great beyond, maybe enjoying Grandma Swor’s fried chicken and saffron rice, which is even better than this recipe.

(Too bad she took it with her.)

Happy Memorial Day to us all!

Birthday Delights


When choosing friends, it’s a good idea to find those with whom you share values, ideas, passions and interests.

It’s also a good idea to choose friends who are really savvy shoppers, like Tracy and Jessica.

I am so fortunate to have A) good friends and B) good friends who give good gifts, but this present is practical AND funny. T&J have either been paying close attention, or else I don’t blather on much about any topic except my latest passion, which is live auctions. And so for my birthday, my friends presented me with these lovely presents.

Everything a fledgling auction attendee could want, including food for the road trip AND a big white hand, thereby saving my own big white hand. (There were more treats, including some made of chocolate, but those unfortunately became eaten.) I’m pretty sure the “Krabbie Patties” are purchased strictly for their nutritional value, and are not in any way related to either my name or occasional temperament.

What fun!

I’m attending another auction tomorrow and will write about it later. I’ll try to remember to USE my camera, now that I am in the habit of taking it along. There is one auctioneer I so badly want to photograph, but can’t think of a way to do it without embarrassing both of us.

I’ll figure it out, though.

Meanwhile, I’ll leave you with this Halloween and/or household hint: If you manage to sneeze while applying mascara, you can end up looking like that guy in “A Clockwork Orange.”

So that’s how they did it!