Friday, February 12, 2016

Some of the beautiful women in my life

                                                My oldest granddaughter, Brittney Marie. 

Brianna Amy - my 2nd oldest granddaugher

Rebecca Sue - my daughter
My niece Linda Christine

Caitlyn (cousin Tommy's granddaughter)

Isabella my fourth granddaughter
My friend Rajalla
My best friend from childhood, Peggy Jean
Rosa - My niece 
My nieces - Linda and Rosa 

Well, these are just a few beautiful women I know and/or am related to. More to follow later.   



Aleta at 26
I colored my hair back then because of premature grey hair.
It would have been a dark blonde to medium brown to auburn to golden blonde
because I naturally have several various hair colors .

Monday, March 2, 2015

I have new contacts !!  I love them. They're nice and new and clean too !!  They now have contacts for astigmatism that are disposable every day so now I can have a fresh pair every morning.     
And - I picked up a new pair of polarized sunglasses that are so comfortable.

Now if that old man winter  would just be so kind as to go back up north, I can start wearing my new spring clothes. The snow is still white and beautiful up here in Northwestern Michigan, but I am really tired of the  snow and cold.  

Well, have a good day everyone.

And think spring.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Beef Barley Soup

Again, fall has arrived, and so I've been looking for inspiration to use the veggies I've grown all summer.  I've been watching a lot of cooking shows on The Cooking channel and The Food Network for new ideas to add to the old favorites. I made my family some Beef Barley soup last night for our supper, an old favorite.

 1 pound beef stew meat
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 stalks of celery, sliced
3 carrots, sliced 
beef stock
1/2 cup pearl barley
1 cup mushrooms
4 medium tomatoes

If you're an old fashioned style cook like me, you'll add things as it seems right - by instinct. But generally, you will first soak your barley in water for about an hour. Then you brown your beef and set aside. Saute the onions, celery, mushrooms and carrots in a big pot for about 10 minutes. Add beef. Then pour in the beef stock and add the pearl barley. Lastly I add a few peeled and seeded chopped tomatoes. Simmer for about 2 hours to bring out the oh so good flavor. Homemade bread goes really good with this, but if you didn't make any bread, crackers are always good. Add a big glass of milk and make your tummy happy. Yummy.