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Mimi Is On Vacation

Dear Readers,

When you read this my husband and I will be in Spain enjoying all the sights and sounds.  It’s a country I’ve always wanted to experience but never got around to  visiting.  Hopefully we will be drinking lots of good Spanish wine and savoring all those delicious Spanish tapas.  My next post will probably be on Oct. 4.

Adios amigos!

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Dear Readers,

Mimi is going to Louisville, Ky. to visit family and will not be posting any blogs during the week of May 29.  Be sure to check in on Tuesday, June 7 for a new posting.  In the meantime, have a super Memorial Day weekend.  I know I will!

Keep smilin’!

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Dear Readers,

No blogging this week, Mimi is on her way to the beach; nothing but sun and sand.  Got to go – there’s still beach towels and suntan lotion to pack.  Have a good week and

Keep smilin’!

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Dear Readers,

If you’ve ever grown zucchini, you know it doesn’t take much effort to have a bumper crop.  Friends and neighbors are eager to share part of that prolific crop.  So the next time your neighbor arrives with an armload of zucchini, don’t despair with thoughts of how to use all that green stuff!  Here are 2 recipes that are family-friendly, easy to prepare and are guaranteed to use up a lot of that zucchini.

Linguine with Zucchini

Cook 8 ounces of linguine according to the package directions and drain well.

In a 12″ frying pan, heat 3 tablespoons of salad oil over high heat.  When hot, add 6 cups of shredded zucchini and 3 large cloves of garlic, pressed or minced.  Stir-fry zucchini until tender-crisp, 3 to 4 minutes.  Reduce heat to low.  Add 1/4 cup each chopped parsley and butter; and add 1/2 cup half-and-half.  Cook until butter melts.  Add linguine, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and 1-1/2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese.  Toss lightly; salt and pepper to taste.  Serves 4.

Zucchini Bread

3 eggs

1 cup oil

2 cups sugar

2 cups peeled, grated zucchini

3 teaspoons vanilla

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3 teaspoons cinnamon

Beat eggs; add oil, sugar, zucchini and mix.  Add flour sifted with dry ingredients.  Add vanilla.  Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour in 2 greased and floured 9x5x3″ loaf pans.

This cake freezes very well; and thanks to my dear neighbor, Bev, who shared this recipe with me about 30 years ago!

Keep smilin’!

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Henry’s Birthday

Dear Readers,

Today is my Dad’s birthday.  He was born March 20, 1910 and he died on March 6, 1996.  He was a wonderful father and not a day goes by without my thinking of him.  Had the privilege of giving a farewell address at his funeral mass.  I’m going to quote from that address because it gives you a small insight into the kind of man he was.

“I want to pay tribute to my Dad today but wasn’t sure what aspect of his character to highlight.  Should I tell of his deep faith and trust in God, his overwhelming optimism, his love of his family, his great sense of humor?  Well, a story from my teenage years could really show what kind of Dad I had.

In the spring of 1963, Mom and I went shopping for the ‘perfect’ prom dress.  ‘Let’s go to Greenup’s, Mom.  All the really fashionable dresses come from there.’  Needless to say, Greenup’s on 4th Street had the priciest gowns in Louisville.  Reluctantly Mom accompanied me there, knowing that most of the dresses would be too expensive for our budget.

Sure enough I found the perfect dress.  It was white with lots of lace, but came with a price tag of sixty dollars.  Now in 1963, sixty dollars was a lot of money – considering one year’s tuition at Ursuline Academy was ninety dollars.  I looked at Mom with pleading eyes.  I had to have this dress.  It would make my life complete!  She said it was out of the question, just too expensive and we should never have come to Greenup’s to begin with.  In my heart I knew she was right.

Later that evening at home, after the shopping trip, Dad came to me and said if I really wanted that prom dress, he should buy it for me, no matter what the price!

No, I didn’t buy the dress.  I couldn’t let my Dad pay that much money for a dress I would wear once.  But I knew then how much my Dad loved me – that he would make any sacrifice for my happiness.

That’s the kind of Dad he was!  I love you, Dad.”

And as always,

Keep smilin’!

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Flu Season Peaks

Dear Readers,

It seems as if flu season has affected Mimi’s computer.  So Mimi will be taking a little blogging break while her computer recovers.  Please check back later in the week.  Thanks for your patience and as always . . . 

Keep Smilin’!

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Mimi Is On Vacation

Dear Readers,

I’m on vacation visiting family for the Christmas holidays.  Will return after New Year’s Day. 

Keep smilin’!

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