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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Yet Another Birthday plus a Picnic Game Update

Some of you may think I went AWOL the last couple of days. Well, in a way I did, actually, Marion and I both did. Let me explain:

This past weekend, I decided it was time for me to try and drive. As you know, my toe has been on the mend, and quite frankly, it just doesn’t seem to be healing as well as the doctor expected. Anyway, driving is still uncomfortable and I don’t feel safe yet. You know how dangerous the roads can be these days:)

So, Marion and I decided “on the spot” to take a ride on our neighborhood bus just to get out of the house a bit. We drove the Pennsylvania countryside, which as you might think is beautiful this time of year, (sorry no pics) and found ourselves at Penn’s Caves. A bit of history from the website.

…Centuries ago, the Seneca Indians discovered this natural landmark in the Valley of Karoondinha (Penn's Valley). The famous legend of the Indian maiden, Nita-nee (from whom the famous Penn State Nittany Lion got its name) and her French trapper lover, Malachi Boyer, has been told around campfires for generations. Forbidden to marry because of an Indian custom, they ran away and were captured, and Malachi was thrown into Penn's Cave to die. Local history also tells of Indians and early explorers using the dry rooms for shelter. In 1885, Penn's Cave opened as a commercial show cavern, and the Penn's Cave Hotel was built. In 1976, Penn's Cave and the Penn's Cave House were placed on the National Register of Historic Places…

I would love to tell you about our excursion, but, that just can’t happen tonight. We had a wonderful time, came home exhausted, and will probably return again before Summer’s end. (Yes I will bring the camera:)

Today, we have another birthday to celebrate. That of Rose O’Neill’s. Who is Rose O’Neill? Why Rose O’Neill is the “mother” of those charming little cherubs, the Kewpies:)

Since I have already celebrated Rose O’Neill’s birthday with great fanfare on this blog before, (if you follow that link or those cute pics, they will take you there:) I thought I would share another illustrated Jell-O booklet featuring none other than “The Jell-O Girl.” This one from 1924! That’s right dear readers, this booklet has been sharing the “Joys of Jell-O” for 90 years!

This little booklet, illustrated by Lucille Patterson Marsh depicts a different “Jell-O Girl” for each month of the year. Let’s see what’s on the menu for the month of June.

And what about July? After all, July is National Picnic Month:)

Ahhh…The Picnic Game! It’s time for a letter update first.

U

It’s hard to believe that there are still some letters left for our baskets. A little unearthing too. As a matter of fact, one of the newcomers to the Picnic Game, I’ll introduce you to her at the picnic, was just asking me what would happen if all the letters weren’t “spoken for.” I haven’t answered her yet. You see, there has only been one time in the history of the Picnic Game that “fathom” letters were toted. (as opposed to virtual letters which are entirely different of course:) And, that was on the very first picnic. We missed the letters Y and Z

I can say, the picnic will go on! All of us have experienced that one late guest or no-show. It happens. I’m going to try my darnedest NOT to let it happen, if I have to tote those letters myself. (which is what I did the first year:) So, not to worry, rain or shine, complete or not, WE are having a picnic! When you see the list of all the fabulous meals we will be eating, you will absolutely understand why!

However, if for some reason you have been on the fence about making it to the picnic, or if the letter you chose has been taken, get creative with the name of your dish. Dig out a favorite post from the past, retitle it, jazz it up and repost it again for the Picnic Game! We’re really not that fussy you know:) It’s more about rejuvenating our camaraderie, while stuffing our faces!

Here’s a recipe you may just want to toy with it and perhaps tote to the picnic.


More Joys of Jell-O, 1993

Yes, I know it’s Orange Cream Timbales and begins with the letter o. Why not Jell-O Orange Cream Timbales? You see what I mean, lol…

Not up to cooking in this heat? I don’t blame you one bit. The letter U is still available. Granted, I’m a pretty messy eater. So share any nifty picnic Utensils you have hanging around! The letters V and Y aren’t as difficult as you might think. One year, are you ready for this, we had Venus-Is-Out-Tonight Radish, Black Olive, And Feta Salad toted by none other than Linda, hostess of Vittles and Committals. Another year, Tina whipped up a delicious Yellow Squash Casserole and saved the day! (Tina couldn’t join us this year:(

Some of you have taken more than one letter and that is also a possibility. That has happened many times through the years. Personally, I don’t know how you do it but I can tell you, we haven’t been disappointed yet!

There are so many amazing dishes this year everyone, so don't forget the round-up on July 1! Whether you're toting or just plopping on a blanket be sure and drop by. It never ceases to astonish me as to the variety of dishes we share from around the world. It is going to be another awesome picnic year and I for one can not wait!!! Remember, all letters should be emailed to me by the 28th. If, you choose one of the remaining letters, I will gladly give you more time. I’ll “see” you here on Friday for a quick recap and will be catching up on all your delicious blogs today!
Hugs & Roses, Louise:)

51 comments:

  1. The kewpie drawings are so adorable! I had a kewpie doll - I got it for my first Christmas, as there is a photo of me as a baby with it. I would love to participate in the Picnic Game - how do I go about it?

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    1. Kewpie dolls were all the rage for some time, Cakelaw. I think I had one too but...We would LOVE to have you join the Picnic Game. I'm off to email you right now!!!

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  2. Hi Louise, how you doing? I'm back after a short break. Love love your this posting. I really love all your classic pictures, recipes and write up. You're really good, 2 thumbs up for you. Really appreciate you effort for sharing with us. I like the jell-o recipes, great dessert for anytime of the day.

    Happy picnic and have a wonderful day ahead, Regards.
    Amelia

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    1. Welcome back Amelia! So glad you enjoyed this post. It was such fun sharing another Jell-O booklet:) You know Amelia, it isn't too late to join the Picnic Game! Just let me know:)

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  3. I still remember Bill Cosby peddling the jello cups, lol. Made me giggle. The timbale sounds intriguing.

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    1. I remember those too, Angela. I still think he was one of the best Jell-O spokespersons:)

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  4. I had some posts pre-scheduled and so, they are up but I am still awaiting a laptop, one that works, or I would be bringing an item to your picnic!! I don't think I will be on a proper computer until next Monday and I fear that will be too late to make the linkups :-(

    Love the sound of a ride in the PA countryside, please do take photos next time. I know it's lovely this time of year. There are many times I miss Pennsylvania. Hope you are doing well and take care of yourself - let your body heal!

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    1. HI Tina!
      If there is any chance at all that you could make the Picnic, just let me know. Theree are always work arounds especially for a die heart picnic game player like yourself!

      I will take the camera next time. Pa is so beautiful this time of year. You are alwasy welcome to come visit!

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    2. You can bet if I am ever in Pa., no matter what part of the state? I would come visit you! That would be fun.

      I'll be visiting the picnic game even via phone.

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  5. Too bad you're not healing as quickly as you liked! I'm sure you will be fine soon, though. And what a great idea to take an excursion! I so love all of your old cookbooks -- thanks so much for making them accessible to all of us!

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    1. It would probably go a ot faster in the long run if I would listen to those doctors John, lol...So glad you enjoyed this post!

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  6. It's certainly welcoming to see you back in action with all the interesting posts. I do hope I didn't bore you too much with my beauty reviews. Well, I've just published a food post, hope it'll entice you. Just learnt something new from your blog again. Rose O’Neill is my first time.......

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    1. I was more than enticed, Shirley. I wanted to hum through the monitor! Scallops, oh yea!!!

      I'm so glad to hear you were introduced to Rose O'Neill here Shirley. It made me smile:)

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  7. Dear Louise, I am so amazed at how you pull this all together, you truly are one in a million. I love this post and who knew besides you that Rose O’Neill’s birthday was also in the mix. Love those little Kewpies! Love all the old pages of the cookbook with Jello. You always tell a wonderful story...
    I wonder whom that person is that asked you that question? MMM! Wonderful info on catching up with the Picnic game. I am so thrilled that I will be at the picnic this year. Thanks again for sharing all of your words . You really know how to throw a picnic for sure! Blessings...Dottie :)

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed this post, Dottie. it was fun to do:) We are delighted you will be joining us for your first Picnic Game, Dottie. There a a couple of new guests like yourself. It's going to be such fun!

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  8. I've got to get cooking on my picnic dish1 It all is sounding so very tasty!

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  9. I remember the kewpie dolls when we used to go to the big fair here every summer...called the Canadian National Exhibition...in Toronto...
    Hope your toe gets better...I see Gloria is in your picnic...best of luck with that!
    Those roses are gorgeous!
    Have a great week...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. My toe is slowly on the mend, Linda. Soon:) Yes, Gloria has been "playing" the Picnic Game for a few years now. She always brings such goodness I can't wait to "taste" all her yummy dishes this year. I will definitely be blanketing up next to her. She's actually bringing two dishes this year. Just wait until you see the round-up!

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  10. We made so many Jello things in my day....from those molded salads to desserts. I still have my sisters recipe for 4th of July...three Jello colors cubed with some sort of lemon and whipped cream gelatin with a graham crust. A pain to make, but pretty darn good. Will have to consider that for next year because I don't think I've ever posted it.

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    1. I'm already planning Jell-O dishes for when the kids come in August Barbara. My daughter is not big on Jell-O so it's up to me! That dish of your sister's sounds intriguing. You must share it, soon:)

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    1. We enjoyed Penn's Caves Geraldine but we didn't actually go down into the caves this time. There's an animal santuary there too which is what we did. The garden was very pretty too. Next time we'll do the caves:)

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  12. Good evening Louise ,
    Love this post , and was glad to know Rosie O'Neill is in good birthday company :-D . The excursion was the very best for you to just enjoy . Don't rush the toe , it will get better in due time as we aged it just takes a little longer , be patience my dear , I for one know how hard that is for you ;- D . Love the roses peeking over the fence and this post was outstanding as usual . Kids love making jello and now when they see this post off to the store for jello . The makes the Neapolitan but calls it rainbow . Thanks again for sharing a wonderful post (((HUHS))) to you and Marion . :)

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    1. Thanks Nee. I'm learning I probably should learn tolisten and be patient:) Now, go buy those darlings some Jell-O!

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  13. Hello Louise! I'd love to join your pic-nic game! Sounds fun! You always have great ideas :-)
    How about if I made and omelette? I thought it would be good on a pic-nic as I enjoy them cold too.
    Hope your toe will be feeling better soon! Sorry to hear your are still in pain with that. It probably needs a little longer to heal.
    Great post Louise and oh.. I love that photo with the cherubs.. so sweet!
    Take care X

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    1. We are dleighted to have you "play" the Picnic Game, Alida. Your Italian Omelette looks and sounds awesome! I can't wait to share:)

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  14. Love this post and all the remembers lol
    Really Louise if I hasnt 2 letters I could pick other one but I think to bake or cook my other letter tomorrow:)
    Anyway tell me how are these remaining letters:)

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    1. Now don't you worry Gloria. The letters will be fine. You enjoy your visit with your daughter and get ready for the Picnic Game Round-up!

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  15. What lovely roses! I'm glad you had an adventure, and of course the picnic will be awesome and complete... in any form.

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  16. What great roses, Louise. As stated, I spaced on the picnic game and alas don't have the time to commit to it. July 1 is soooooooo near. Hopefully, I can have better time management skills next round.

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    1. Thanks Debra. The roses this year are the best they have ever been. (just like me , lol:) Not to worry about the Picnic Game, there's always the Round-Up which is going to be fantastic! I do hope you will join us. There's plenty of food and blankets to go around!!!

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  17. Rose O'Neill might have disappeared into obscurity if it was not up to you keeping us up to date. I love that I learn something new each time I visit here. I am glad you did drive and soon you will be going everywhere.

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed this post, Chaya.

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  18. Hi Louise, thank you for your kind comment on my blog, and thanks for the fun invitation to the picnic that you are graciously hosting. Sounds like a lot of fun, and actually...since the letter J is still available, I just happen to quickly think of a nice summer side dish for the letter J!
    If I'm not too late, please let me know. You can also e-mail me to explain details! Looking forward to the fun picnic.
    It would be even more fun if it could be arranged in 'person' but everyone lives so far!

    elisaprega@aol.com

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    1. Hi Elisabeth and Welcome to our humble abode:) I'm so glad you are going to "playing" the Picnic Game this year. It's is a blast!!! "See" you there:)

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  19. Dear Louise, There is always room for Jell-0!!
    My mother made jell-o all the time; with a mold or fruit or just bananas. It was a staple for dessert or a snack. I always love all of the retro recipes and pictures. I think it makes me feel comfortable and good memories.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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    1. There certainly is always room for Jell-O, Catherine. Marion made some orange Jell-O yesterday after seeing this post. She is something that lady!!! I'm so glad you enjoyed this post Catherine. Retro brings back fond memories for me too;) Have a wonderful weekend, Catherine and thank you so much for visiting...

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  20. Picnic month! Thank you, Louise, for so faithfully reminding us of all foodie holidays. I checked out the lavender cupcakes and the eccles cakes and can't wait to see all the other offerings. You are the best hostess!

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    1. Awe gee, Lynn, it's what I do and I love it! Aren't those cupcakes and that Eccles Cake enticing? Just wait until you see the rest of the delights!

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  21. Sounds like you had a lovely ride. I love taking road trips. Sounds like the picnic is going to be wonderful.

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  22. hi louise! wow, seems like everyone is already getting ready for the picnich game! is the letter " V" still available?

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    1. Hi Lena!!!
      Welcome back! Yes, the Picnic Game is in full swing. I'm pretty sure I left a note on your blog that it had begun. So sorry desr Lena, the letter V is not available. I must update this post:) Someone is deciding on the letter U. Do you want me to let you know if it is still available? I do hope you will be making it for the round-up, Lena. it's going to be Dee...Li...cious!

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  23. Hope your toe gets a little better each day! What a fun look at the jello booklets. And, Rose's cherubs are amazing!

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    1. Thanks Lisa. It's getting better ever so slowly:)

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  24. hi louise, it' s okay. no worries. I'll come by for the roundup for sure. All the best !

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  25. Well I think you are certainly turning lemons into lemonade doing a spontaneous bus excursion that turned out to be great fun! I am really getting into the mood for a picnic--we will all have to bring you samples if your toe is bothering you a lot on picnic day!

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  26. I tell you Louise, I always learn something new from you every time I come here. Thank you!! Clarice

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  27. I hope your toe gets well soon, Louise and it's good to know that your daughter is doing well too. I've been missing some of your posts as I've been kind of busy with work of late. Letter 'U' is rather difficult to find a recipe begins with that.. well, more challenges makes it more exiciting..!

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise

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