Madi and Mom

Madi and Mom
Many faces of Madi

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tuesday Tale from Mom's Past: Driving Part I

Title:  Why I learned to drive a 5 speed

I learned to drive in 1963-64 in Driver's Ed during the summer.
Our driving portion was done in the early morning before it got too hot
no a/c's in the cars.  The cars also had 3 on the column. No matter how many times I was told to picture an "H", I never saw it but some how I managed to pass Driver's Ed...swearing never
to drive a manual shift A G A I N!!
Fast forward the summer of 1967, I was in summer school (taking algebra and Religion)
at Campbell Collage (a private Baptist college).  I lived on campus in a girl's only dorm 
w/o any parental units. We did have house mothers who watched us like hawks though.  One of my dorm mate's boyfriend was coming to see her for the weekend and bringing a friend.  I (foolishly) accepted a blind date with said friend.  We had to jump through hoops to get off campus and we had to be back home by midnight. (My curfew at home was 11 pm so I was F R E E).
The 'boys' arrived to pick us up in  a 1967 GTO 4 speed muscle car.
I don't remember the exact color but I think this is close enough.

Once in the car,  I found out we were driving from Buies Creek to 
Raleigh (~50 miles) and the destination was Player's Retreat (still in operation today)
or PR which was a major hang out for all college students.  Pool tables, probably the first place where today's 'sports bars' got their idea.  It had tvs over the bar and YES it was a BAR sold beer and food.
At 18 1/2 I had never set foot in a bar.  If my parents had known I was there, I would still be grounded.  Daddy knew lots of Raleigh policemen who did security for the PR.  I just knew one of them would see me.  Mama and Daddy were Raleigh natives.  They  always told me to behave because someone they knew would see me.  When it was time to leave, my dorm mate and I realized the 'boys' were drunk as skunks and smelled like them too.  OH my word I just knew I was going to have to call Daddy to come get us at the PR.....but Glory be my dorm mate was a farm girl.  She knew how to drive tractors and trucks and basically anything manual.  We got the 'boys' out to the I don't remember. Pushed them in the back seat and off we drove.  We arrived at our dorm with 15 minutes to spare.  The boys were asleep,we got out of the car, left them a note that they car keys were with our dorm mother (LOL).
I never saw those 'boys' again, nor did she.  She was Hot and so embarrassed.
never be caught in a situation like this again.


Monday, February 27, 2017

Christmas' Think Tank event!!

 Today we are pawticipating in Christmas' Blogville Think Tank event

Chris asked us to think of a brilliant idea to share....ironically my idea came to me
on the very day Chris told us about this event.
Two great minds for sure Chris

On Friday 2/3/17 one of the Fill in was The Super Bowl is.....
is what I wish someone use to serve my food

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Family Selfies

My nephew Frisco, niece Mia and Auntie Madi

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Self Pawtrait Challenge with Louis

for this fun Challenge.  Mom recently started playing around
with Lunapic.  This is her first attempt.

Click here to take the tram over to the office of Arts and Entertainment where 
you will see many pawtraits....

This is the original

I've been LunaPic'd!!! And I love it I think I'm addicted

Vegetarian Soup recipe clarification:

The term Vegetarian Beans confused many folks.
They are 'baked beans' without pork in them.
In the US,  most canned baked beans have bits of pork in them.
Heinz, Bush's and the Harris Teeter (our grocery store) all have
baked beans labelled Vegetarian Beans.
I just noticed last night in my soup directions I did not mention the cup of water
when you are making it.  I usually add water to the empty tomato cans to get residue then add to bean mix.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Shopping around the World: Vegetarian style

Today we join Angel Sammy, Baby Teddy and their Mom, Pam as they host

This is a tried and true recipe that I have used for 30+ years.
If my old gray mare memory serves me correctly I found it in a Woman's Day Magazine.
The first time I made if for the family there was not a drop left.
The original recipe was prepared on the stove top; however, while I was working everything
was converted to crock pot.  
In the early 1990's the grad students Chemistry department at NCSU decided they wanted to 
have a community lunch during December.  They asked everyone to bring
a dish from their home country/state to share. What a feast we had too, food from all over
and tons of it.  I took the this vegetarian Bean Soup.  It is so easy to prepare I took all the ingredients to work and my crockpot.  Prepared it that morning and it cooked til lunch.  The lovely
aroma made everyone hungry.  Each year afterwards I was asked to bring it to the lunch.

First here is a picture of me making sure mom has all the ingredients she needs:

First of all let me assure you mom does not cook in the bedroom; however, 
it appears I was not cooperative there were not treats with a kitchen shot 
so she brought the ingredients to the bed room.
This diva had no idea there was CHEESE involved. MOL

This is a very economical and tasty meal.
lima aka butter beans and kidney beans were were on sale for 33 cents each,
vegetarian "baked" beans (w/o pork bits) were $1.00, tomatoes were 62 cents each,
Cheese was on sale for $2.50 it will also be used for other recipes.
We always have brown sugar  and onions so not cost for them.
Mom normally makes corn bread to go with this.  Original recipe suggested
rye toast.  Either are delicious.

Vegetarian Bean Soup

1 small onion chopped
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 16 oz vegetarian "baked" beans (with out pork bits) in tomato sauce (I use Bush’s)  do not drain
1 16 oz can butter beans aka lima (or 10 oz frozen) I use canned (rinsed and drained)
1 16 oz red kidney (rinsed and drained)
1 cup of water
1 tablespoon brown light brown sugar
1 tablespoon thyme
Salt and pepper optional
Cheddar Cheese to put on top before serving

Directions for crock pot:
Add onion to crock pot first, then add tomatoes, beans, brown sugar and thyme.  Stir
Cook on high for about 4 hours.  Served topped with cheddar cheese.

Hints: I never substitute the vegetarian beans or butter beans.  I often substitute kidney with navy.  Sometimes I use kidney and navy if I want it thicker.

Makes 4 servings in the above size bowl