Archive for November, 2008

“Three Sheets to the Wind”

Dear Readers,

Maybe you’ve heard of the expression “three sheets to the wind” used to describe someone who has imbibed too much alcohol.  Well, Mimi has a new twist on this phrase:  “three sheets in the wind”.  Yes, I’m talking green here!

What better way to save electricity than hanging “sheets in the wind” on a clothesline.  Seriously, just think how you could help Mother Earth by hanging just one load of sheets a week out to dry.  The sheets will smell wonderfully fresh and the process won’t take long.  Give it a try!

The word “clothesline” reminds me of my Mom hanging up wash every Monday.  She hung her laundry like a work of art:  all the socks lined up with the heels pointing the same way, blue jeans arranged together inside out (the denim doesn’t fade as quickly and it dries quicker this way), and all the same type of clothes placed on the line together.  Her whites were the whitest – she was a “Tide” woman!

Mom had an unusual way of determining if the laundry was hung outdoors or in the basement.  She would look up at the sky and tell us that “if there was enough blue to make Johnny a pair of pants”, there would be no rain that day!  It usually worked, too.  But my sisters and I always wondered just how large was Johnny???

Keep smilin’!

Read Full Post »

A Four Year Old with Issues

Dear Readers,

Mimi is short on advice today.  Maybe I’m too stuffed with turkey to think straight!  But I do have a cute little anecdote to tell you.

Called my niece to wish her a Happy Thanksgiving and she related this episode to me.  My four year old great-niece had just finished her check-up with the pediatrician.  Everything went well; she didn’t even cry after receiving her shots.  The doctor looked at her parents and asked “Do you have any questions or problems?”  My great-niece raised her hand and exclaimed “Well, I have issues . . . with whining!”  As you can imagine, the doctor and parents cracked up laughing.

It just goes to show you, we all have issues, even four year olds!

Keep smilin’!

Read Full Post »

Thank You God


Dear Readers,

Mimi found a nice little prayer for Thanksgiving on the internet and wanted to share it with you.  It was written by Ralph Waldo Emerson:


For each new morning with its light

For rest and shelter of the night

For health and food

For love and friends,

For everything Thy goodness sends.


For those of you who take a light-hearted approach to Thanksgiving, here are a couple of poems:


Heavenly Father, bless us

And keep us all alive;

There’s ten of us for dinner

And not enough for five!    -Anonymous-


When turkey’s on the table laid

And good things I may scan,

I’m thankful that I wasn’t made

A vegetarian.    -By Edgar Guest-


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and . . .


Keep smilin’!


Read Full Post »

Kiss Tip #2


Dear Readers,


Mimi has another Kiss (Keep It Simple, Stupid) tip for you that will come in handy during the holiday baking season.


Consolidate all your baking utensils and ingredients onto one shelf or area.  It makes your recipe preparations very convenient.  Here are the things to arrange together:  flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, vanilla, other liquid extracts, 2 sets of nesting measuring cups (1 for dry and 1 for wet ingredients), 2 sets of measuring spoons, glass or plastic measuring cups with pouring spout in 1, 2 and 4 cup sizes and mixing bowls.  If you have a very large area, store cupcake, loaf and cake pans along with cookie sheets together.


The point is to have everything you need at your fingertips.  So go ahead, throw on an apron and let the “Betty Crocker” in you come out!


Keep smilin’!

Read Full Post »

Three Toddlers and a Ball


Dear Readers,


Recently “Hubby” and I were at the airport terminal when a delightful scene played out in front of us.  A mother, trying to amuse her 16 month old son before the flight departure, started a game of pitch and catch.  This little boy was pretty good – a natural athlete.  Before long a little girl wanted to join in and under the watchful eye of her Mom, she did.  This Mom was explaining the concept of sharing the ball to her daughter.  Finally another eager little boy entered the game.


For about 15 minutes, there was such excitement and activity as the three toddlers chased after the ball.  We all enjoyed watching the game; even a skycap pushing a passenger in a wheelchair, retrieved an errant ball rolling across his patch and flashed a big smile.


Suddenly the game ended as the airline attendant announced the departure of the flight.  The Mom scooped up her son and the ball and the other two children ran to their parents, ready to board the flight.  These 3 toddlers may never see each other again; but for a while, they were happy participants in a spontaneous event!


Just goes to show you that quite often the best times of your life are the unplanned and unscheduled ones.  We just have to remember that when a ball is tossed into the air, we need to grab it and go for the gusto!!!


Keep smilin’!

Read Full Post »

Pumpkin with a Punch

Dear Readers,


Mimi has a great pumpkin pie recipe that makes its own crust.  Impossible, you say – not really!  General Mills printed this “Impossible Pumpkin Pie” recipe over 30 years ago and it’s a winner.


Impossible Pumpkin Pie


3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup Bisquick baking mix

2 tablespoons margarine or butter

1 can (13 ounces) evaporated milk

2 eggs

1 can (16 ounces) pumpkin  (not pumpkin pie mix)

2-1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

2 teaspoons vanilla


Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 9″ or 10” pie plate.  Beat all ingredients until smooth, 1 minute in blender on high or 2 minutes with hand beater.  Pour into plate.  Bake until knife inserted in center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes.  Garnish with whipped cream if desired.


Note:  You can lower the fat and calories by using evaporated skim milk and lite Bisquick.  Tastes just as good, too!


I guess you’re wondering where the punch is.  There is none – but it does make an intriguing title!!!


Keep smilin’!

Read Full Post »

Toddler Tip

Dear Readers,

My daughter-in-law was grating carrots for a recipe and discovered that this was an interesting way to get her daughter to eat raw carrots.  So Mimi thought maybe apples and cheese could also be grated and given to a toddler for a variety in texture.  Give it a try; your toddler might think it’s a winner!

And speaking of toddlers, we gave our granddaughter a wooden pull toy the other day.  It’s a dog that’s tail wags and its head bobs up and down, when you pull it along.  The puppy also displays a cute little weeble-wobble walk.


Granddaughter had “Pop Pop” pull the toy and she trailed after.  The funny thing is she started to walk in a weeble-wobble fashion just like the puppy.  Wish I had a video camera to capture the moment.  Then Mimi started thinking what if the pull toy was a grasshopper, would she start hopping???


Keep smilin’!


PS:  Just learned that granddaughter is able to pull the toy by herself.

Read Full Post »

Dear Readers,

Believe it or not, one of my granddaughter’s favorite new words is “applesauce”!  So this recipe is in her honor.

Chunky Applesauce:

About 2 hours before serving or early in the day, peel, core, and cut up 6 medium-sized cooking apples.  In 3 qt. saucepan over high heat, heat apples and ½ cup water to boiling.  Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender.  Stir in 1/3 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and a generous sprinkling of cinnamon. Let cool.  Cover and refrigerate.  Makes about 3 cups.  About 115 calories per ½ cup.

Mimi’s Tip:  I like to try different types of apples or even mix different varieties in the same batch.  You can also reduce sugar if apples are real sweet.  Buy an apple that will stand up to cooking and not get too mushy.  Macintosh apples aren’t good for this recipe.

 Remember:  An apple a day keeps the doctor away!!!

 Keep smilin’!




Read Full Post »

Pa and the Ketchup Smiley Face

Dear Readers,  

My daughter recently reminded me of a cute story about her grandfather, Pa.

When my kids were little, my parents used to visit us twice a year in April and September.  We always made a semi-annual shopping trip to the Reading, PA outlets and had lunch at the local Friendly Ice Cream Restaurant.  Pa’s favorite menu item was New England clam chowder.  To the great amusement of my 5 year old daughter and 2 year old son, he would draw a smiley face on his chowder with a squirt bottle ofketchup.  My kids thought it was so funny that it became a tradition.  Pa would order chowder and get to work on his masterpiece.


Any artist can use watercolor or oil, but how many can craft a work of art with a squirt bottle of ketchup?


Keep smilin’!






Read Full Post »

Dear Readers,

It has come to Mimi’s attention that she has some gentlemen readers.  So this blog is for you!

The following are my sports observations:

  1. Congrats to Wake Forest for beating Duke recently in college football
  2. Cheers to Big Brown for winning the Ky. Derby, even if he couldn’t secure the Triple Crown
  3. Here’s a shout out to Ryder Cup heroes – Anthony Kim and Kenny Perry
  4. A big hooray to the Phila. Phillies for winning the 2008 World Series.  It was especially exciting to see their pitcher hit a homerun.
  5. Steve Nash, a Phoenix Sun player, is still a hunk, even if “Hubby” thinks he’s slowing down
  6. Mimi has no interest in wrestling, ice hockey, boxing or downhill skiing . . . yet!!!


Keep smilin’.


Read Full Post »

Older Posts »