Saturday, June 29, 2013

wedding day

Today is the day that my son, Benjamin, marries Lindsay Marie.
I look forward to sharing photos with you very soon.

wedding webpage

Sunday, June 23, 2013


Overheard during lunch . . . 
"Grandma Mary, how do you say farted in Kuh-mai?"

I guess the answer is "pomme"
{Two years old and traveling between two languages}

A comment from one of my friends . . . 
"There is a lot of beautiful mischief in those eyes!" (RD)

Also overheard . . .

@ 5:30am - Phnom Penh 99 / Brockport 56
While letting the cat in a sweet little two year old voice says:
“Ooooo Grandma Mary, America is so cold”

Cedar: “Can I try on your ring Grandma Mary?”
GM “It’s stuck I can’t get it off”
C: “Just suck it like this 
{putting his knuckle in his mouth}. 
That’s what Papa does.”

Cedar: {Looking at a pizza in the oven} “Grandma Mary what is that?”
GM: “What does it look like?”
Cedar” “It looks good”

Cedar {talking to Blaine's dog}: 
"Cooper do you want to race?
. . . . He says no"

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

groom and mother dance

My son asked my opinion on a song for our mother son dance at his wedding.

Here are some of my thoughts.
How about your thoughts?

Forever Young - Bob Dylan

My Wish for You – Rascle Flatts

She Loves Me Like A Rock - Paul Simon

In My Life – Beatles

I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack

Find Your Wings - Mark Harris

Ordinary Miracle - Sarah McLachlan

A Mother's Song - T Carter

A Song for My Son - Mikki Viereck

The Man You're Become - Molly Pasutti

She’s Got a Way – Billy Joel

Saturday, June 15, 2013

sloppy moussaka

Sloppy Moussaka

Browned lamb beef seasoned with Greek herbs and spices in a
tomato sauce makes for a new way to serve Sloppy Joes.
Adapted from a Rachael Ray Recipe
Serves 4

{photo from}

1 pound ground beef
salt and pepper
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
2 teaspoons tomato paste
14 ounces beef stock

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup milk
freshly grated nutmeg
small handful of grated Parmigianino cheese

4 ciabatta or other rolls, split and toasted

In a large skillet add the beef and cook, crumbling the meat, until well browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan and drain. Add the onion and garlic to the same pan and sauté until soft. Return beef to the pan. Season with salt, pepper, cinnamon, red pepper and marjoram. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste for a minute. Stir in the stock and simmer over low heat until thickened slightly, about 15 minutes.

In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minutes. Whisk in the milk and cook until thickened slightly; season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Remove the sauce from the heat and whisk in the cheese.

To serve, spoon the meat mixture onto the rolls. Top with the sauce.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

new smile

I shy away from having my picture taken for many reasons
but the biggest reason is that I have had a crooked tooth.

If I have control of the photo I immediately Photoshop that 
awful tooth so that it doesn't look quite so bad.

After a discussion with my dentist and 
some cosmetic bonding

I can now smile for the camera . . . 

Just in time for Benjamin and Lindsay's wedding!

Friday, June 7, 2013

fast-food toys

While my grandson is visiting he will get to 
play with a few toys that were his mother's.
Perhaps they may look familiar to some of you . . .

Monday, June 3, 2013

hip hip hooray

Today this little family arrives from Cambodia for a month long visit.

 I can't begin to tell you how excited we are.

  Phnom Penh International Airport.

Incheon International Airport (Seoul Korea)