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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March 2016 Food Celebrations Calendar

March 2016 Food Calendar

I don’t know about you but I feel like these months are just flying by!!! Yes indeed it’s already March, we had an extra day in February, and I still feel like all I do is go to sleep at night, wake up in the morning, and before I know it it’s bedtime again! What’s up with this suspended animation of snoring?

I’m going to put the “blame” on the weather. Let’s face it, normally the Winter months just seem to drag. There hasn’t been anything “normal” about the last couple of months when it comes to the weather. Not in my neck of the woods anyway. I’m actually worried about how the garden is going to react. Maybe I should say curious rather than worried. I’m no scientist and Lord knows I don’t want to get into the political arena with the global warming discussions, however, if I’m feeling euphoric about the unseasonably mild weather this year, how are the birds and the bees and the flowers and the tree and the moon above going to respond?

I was outside almost all day today, (Monday:) I didn’t get very much done in the physical sense, but I did do a bit of clean up and a bit of landscaping on paper. What’s going where, who belongs here, that kind of stuff:) Anyway, I wanted to take a picture of the Orchid I bought for Marion for Valentine’s Day so I brought it outside for a few shots. As the garage door was opening, I spied this Dove on top of the shed and quickly snapped the picture. It’s a good thing too because when I actually had the time to have him pose for his picture, the first two were blurry and then he flew away:)

March Celebrations & Events

Here’s the picture of the Orchid too. Silly me, I was outside a good part of the day, you think I would have taken the picture earlier!

March Celebrations & Events

Don’t ask me what kind of Orchid it is. I know very little about Orchids. If it weren’t for the encouragement of Pam and her Garden Tuesdays, I would never have given this beauty a second look. I guess it’s because I’ve always been under the impression that Orchids don’t last long and that they are hard to grow. Marion’s seems to being doing just fine. (but then she has a magic touch anyway, although, I did give her the plant tag to save and she seems to have misplaced it:)

March Celebrations & Events

So, I forgot to ask, how do you all like the calendar? Unfortunately, I haven’t figured out how to include the ongoing monthly celebrations but since I’m here, I’ll list you a few of them. (the ones with links are to previous posts:)

1. Celery Month
2. Noodle Month
3. March is Time for Maple Syrup
4. Frozen Food Month (March 6th is Frozen Food Day)
5. National Nutrition Month
6. Peanut Month

Now, if you look at today’s date on the calendar, you will see the words Mystery Chef. When I first planned this calendar, I thought March 1st was on a Wednesday. (I know, you would think with the calendar right in front of me I would know better but, I fill in the dates rather haphazardly, more like easiest first, lol..and the dates just seemed to get away from me. My plan was to introduce you to the Mystery Chef on what use to be Cookbook Wednesday. (which by the way will be returning come April:)

Be An Artist at the Range

The first thing we learn from and about the mystery chef has everything to do with the above title Be an Artist at the Gas Range ©1936 and the motto which follows,
"Always be an artist at the stove, not just someone who cooks.”

But, it is in The Little Book of Excellent Recipes that the true identity of the Mystery Chef is revealed. He is a man and his name is John MacPherson. These days, a man in the kitchen is not an unusual occurrence. However, back in the 30s, it was almost unheard of. As a matter of fact, Mr. MacPherson’s mom was so embarrassed that she requested her son not to use his real name and hence, The Mystery Chef. I will be sharing more information about the Mystery Chef in a future post. Today, I’m just going to share what I think is a rather interesting recipe; Mystery Chef Cinnamon Buns. Notice the amount of baking powder in the following recipe. Yes, that’s 6 teaspoons! Most recipes I have seen for [modern day] traditional cinnamon buns are made with yeast, but our Davis Baking Powder Mystery Chef’s biscuit like Shortcut Cinnamon Buns (that recipe is at epicurious) replace the yeast with baking powder. As many of you know, I have a wild case of yeastaphobia. I will be trying these cinnamon buns before my next Mystery Chef post!

Mystery Chef Cinnamon Buns

I hope you enjoy the calendar. I’ll be back next week with an “oldie” for National Crabmeat Day.

Cutting and Onion Without Crying

I’m linking this post to Garden Tuesday:)

Garden Tuesday


80 comments:

  1. Those old recipes are really amusing sometimes. Like the instructions for where in the oven to place the baking pan -- any oven manufactured in the last 40 years is capable of totally even temperature control. You don't have to worry about where to put it any more. I wonder if that baking powder was really the same as the baking powder we have now, and if that huge quantity would result in a noticeable flavor in the rolls. Well, they definitely have a ton of sugar and cinnamon to cover it up. I'm looking forward to your report on how the recipe works!

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. They are amsuing, aren't they Mae:) I was thinking about double acting baking powder as opposed to single acting which, of course, was used in the eary days. I actually checked a few "modern" recipes and according to my math, which I stink at, it's quite possible that this recipe is on par with the newer versions. I'll find out more when I bake up some buns!!!

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  2. I love the calendar...especially for the recipe inspiration it brings!

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  3. I always blame the weather. It never talks back. Well, except when it storms! Anyway, great calendar. And fun facts about the Mystery Chef! Who knew? Thanks for a most enjoyable read.

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    1. Now there's a theory John. It doesn't talk back, although, it does sometimes get back at us, lol...

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  4. It is hard to believe it is March already even with an extra day in February. As far as I'm concerned the year is going by way to fast. Marion's orchid is absolutely beautiful…love the color.

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    1. Thanks Karen. Marion's orchid is still alive and doing well:)

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  5. Hi, Carole!
    Love the ideas in the March calendar!
    We were indoors all day on Monday. Here in Winnipeg we had -30º C - and it was even worse, thanks to the windchill. But that’s average weather for us.
    Beautiful orchid. Lucky you - the snow is gone!
    I’m interested in making the cinnamon buns, but I don’t have an iron skillet. Any suggestions?
    Happy Spring to you and Marion!

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    1. So glad you like the calendar Margaret. It's fun to create!!! I bet it's getting warmer by you now. It's a gorgeous day here in PA! As for that pan, I'm sure you could use any round cake pan. I'm going to try the iron skillet so we'll see:) Thanks for popping by, Margaret...

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    2. Hurrah!! The snow is finally melting here in Manitoba!
      Thanks for the hint, Louise. I will try the cinnamon buns with a round cake pan. Might need less or more baking time. No problem - love experimenting with my cooking :-)

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  6. "Mystery Chef"...ooh! Sounds exciting! Funny that male chefs here were taboo when they were the only real chefs in France. Maybe that's why everyone loves French food but never talks about American food? Hmmm, I'll have to ponder that one.And I'll have to celebrate Lemon Chiffon Cake day, because you-know-who loves everything lemon. There's a lot of celebrating to be done in March; great post, Louise! (And you know I"ll be on board with Cookbook Wednesday in April; get me motivated!)

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    1. You ponder that Marjie and let us know what you come up with, lol...James Beard was a very popular TV Chef too:) I had a feeling you would be happy to learn of Lemon Chiffon Cake Day, lol...although, a Daffodil Cake wouldn't be bad either and I know you make a "mean" Daffodil Cake, lol...I'm thrilled to hear you will be joining us for Cookbook Wednesday. So far there are a couple of bloggers who will be participating. I can't wait!

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  7. Hi Louise, I love your calendar!! I love potato chips, so it looks like the 14th will be my favorite food day of the month. Thank you for sharing the pictures of the Orchid, it is such a beautiful flower. Have a wonderful rest of the week!!

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    1. Hi Dawn,
      Potato Chip Day would be sun a fun day to celebrate Dawn. I'll be on the look out to see what you come up with, lol...

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  8. Can't imagine a real calendar like this hanging in my house. I probably would be snacking all the time. Hahaha! I got so excited the minute I saw your post in my mail, Louise. Hahaha! Btw, I've changed my subscription mgmt recently so would love to have you resubscribe to my blog if you haven't already done so. xoxo

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    1. I know what you mean Shirley, I'm sure I've gained weight each month just preparing them, lol...All subscribed!!!

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  9. The year is flying by. Your orchid is so pretty.

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    1. It sure is, Gaye. I hope our Summer is just a bit slower:)

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  10. Happy month of March Louise. The orchid is so, so beautiful and I am so happy spring is on its way. I got a bit tired with winter! I loved the tip about the onion and I will sure do it next time I have to pill one! take cake my friend!

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    1. Let us know how it works Katerina. I keep forgetting, lol...

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  11. love your calendar, Louise. It's clear and fun to read. I'm for lemon chiffon cake day! Yum.

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    1. Thanks Barbara,
      Lemon Chiffon Cake Day is on my sites too Barbara...

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  12. Hi Louise, I was looking forward to your March calendar post. So very interesting and amusing about the old tips, and recipes! Interesting how in the old days they always sifted the flour for baking, and always used shortening in all the cakes, cookies, and buns. The 6 teaspoons of baking powder really caught my eye...whoa! a bit too much, lol! Also the tip how to chop an onion; oh sure! keep the piece of bread in your mouth, keeping it slightly open? ha, ha, I could just imagine my family taking a photo of me doing that and put it on facebook! Your orchid is so vibrant and beautiful! Have a wonder week ahead!

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    1. Hi Elisabeth,
      So glad you enjoyed this post. The 6 teaspoons does seem like a bit much but when I checked a few other recipes, it seems relative for the yield. I'm set on baking them and seeing what happens. I'll get back to you about them when I bake them:)

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  13. I too can't believe that it is already March! Those orchids are beautiful ♥

    summerdaisy.net

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  14. Hi Louise,
    Yea it's March ! Love the pictures of the lovely orchids and butterfly. So many special events for March calendar. Thanks for putting up the calendar. Have a wonderful weekend ^-^!

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  15. That orchid is gorgeous!!! I love the soft pink color! It'll bloom for a long time, but when the blooms do dry up, let me know and I'll tell you what to do next.

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    1. Thank YOU Pam. If it weren't for your encouragement Marion would not have such a beautiful flower. I'll be in touch for your help:)

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  16. I blinked and it was March. Love the Orchrid. Thanks for all of the hard work you do on the calendars.

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  17. I DO love your calendar! We could definitely celebrate Oreo and Strawberry Day around here :)

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  18. I think I'm most excited about peanut cluster day-- can't get enough peanuts with chocolate-- aside from the return of Cookbook Wednesday, of course! :-)

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    1. Lol, peanut cluster day is worth celebrating, Poppy but, Cookbook Wednesday, well, bring it on!!!

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  19. Hi Louise,

    I love your March calendar! Thank you so much for your info! I have marked my calendars on the 6th, 22nd, 25th and 31st! You have reminded me to eat more Oreo, drink more water, make more waffles and drink more citrus juice this month... LOL!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Zoe

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    1. So glad you like it, Zoe. Yes, so many days to celebrate. Good thing you narrowed it down a bit, lol...those pounds would certainly add up celebrating them all, lol...

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  20. That orchid is gorgeous - I was given one to wear to a school dance and have had a soft spot for them ever since. I love the story of the Mystery Chef and would love some of his cinnamon buns - hope they work out (and yes please send one my way)

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    1. I always associate orchids with corsages too, Johanna. I guess we all got them for school dances back in the day, lol...I baked the Cinnamon Buns and they turned out GREAT!

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  21. Dear Louise, Yes, I feel the same way this year is simply going by so fast! I thought that it was only me and that I am not keeping up as I should. I cannot believe that Easter is around the corner. And, yes, I wake up in the morning and I feel as if it is 5 p.m. before you know it! I always felt like I the day is over, the sun going down, before I have completed the days work.
    I saw a dove on my roof the other day too!
    I will be trying the cinnamon buns by Mystery Man, Tammy loves! cinnamon buns. Give Marion my love and have a beautiful weekend. xoxo Catherine

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    1. The days continue to fly on by, Catherine. My daughter loves cinnamon buns too. I baked these for Marion and they worked out wonderfully!

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  22. I can't believe that it's March! And I really enjoyed this post and your calendar. Love the old recipes from the Mystery Chef, especially that onion cutting tip! ;-)

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    1. Isn't that onion tip a hoot, Marcelle. I'm yet to try it though. I keep forgetting, lol...thanks for popping by:)

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  23. Hi Louise,
    Great calendar and what a fun post. I love the idea of your Mystery Chef. Marion's orchard is so pretty..love that color. Yummy recipe! I too feel like the days are just going into each other...Sorry, I have not gotten to you sooner, but once again things here are a little too crazy. My mom finally came home from the Rehab and the next day I had to be admitted into the hospital. I am out now but still am at my parents helping them out...My son and his girlfriend Nikki came in to help me and my parents. I am trying to get back to blogging maybe next week with a "Soupy Tuesday" post. Love your idea on cutting that onion..have to try this one.Say hello to Marion and will look forward to your next post... Be well...
    Dottie <3

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    1. Oh dear Dottie, when it rains it poors. I do hope you are doing well and that your mom continues on the road to recovery. You are and yours are in our prayers:)

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  24. Hi Lousie ,
    Hope you doing good,its been long since I viisted your space...what a lovely month of celebration this is..I have been wanting to bake cinnamon buns since so long..now reading this post I'm going to bake it soon..
    Love reading your post as always..
    Take care,
    Love
    Gloria

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    1. Hi Gloria,
      Don't you worry, the door is always open on this blog and we welcome your visits. I do hope you will share your cinnamon buns with us:)

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  25. i'm still not extremely confident in my talents for yeast usage, but i'll always brave it for some cinnamon rolls!

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    1. One day I would love to try baking cinnamon rolls with yeast, Grace. For now, I think I'll stick with baking powder, lol...

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  26. Hi Louise, yes I love your calendar, you seem to be quite the whizz on your computer. (Thanks for the heads up the other day too) Very interesting story behind the mystery chef. I am a story behind the story type gal.

    I certainly agree with you about the time, I feel like there is always so much too do and not enough time to do them all in. Can't believe there is such a thing as pencil day, gotta love it. Take care and have a great week-end.

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    1. Hi Cheri,
      I'm so glad you like the calendar. It is such fun to make:) I'm really not too computer savvy. I sure wish I was, lol...I too enjoy digging to find the story behind the story, Cheri...Thank you so much for popping by...

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  27. You are right this winter has gone so quickly. We have not had very cold weather in the UK this year but it seems to be colder now!
    I cannot wait for spring now!!I love those cinnamon buns, I would have them for breakfast. Have a nice weekend Louise :-)

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    1. We've been lucky here in central Pennsylvania too, Alida. I have a feeling we're going to have a rainy Spring though, lol...

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  28. This winter has been so mild that it seemed to be over at Christmas time. Christmas eve it was 71 degrees in NJ. Crazy! Even so, I am looking so forward to Spring, and a new beginning!
    I love your calendar, and your very fun post! I copied your recipe for the cinnamon rolls. They sound quite good and easy! I'm always for easy!
    Thanks for sharing, Louise!

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    1. I would have to say these Cinnamon Buns were pretty easy to make, Kathy. I baked them the other day and they were quite a hit with Marion!!!

      We've been seeing unseasonably warm and dry weather also Kathy. I don't mind saying we needed it!

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  29. Spring came even earlier than usual for us, but I'm not complaining! On my way outside to enjoy it right now. Your pretty orchid makes me wish I had one of my own!

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    1. I'm not complaining either Lisa. It is a most welcome change!!!

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  30. Time does fly. The Bradford pears are busting out all over (as are the redbuds). I did see one confused little Junco today that didn't know whether to fly north or not....
    I, for one, am happy for the mild winter but I wonder what the summer has in store for us?

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    1. No redbuds around here yet Debra but I'm sure it won't be long. The Juncos have seemed to fly North. Marion was missing them until she saw her first red cardinal! I have a feeling it's going to be a mighty wet Spring!!! (and a buggy one too:)

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  31. You are so right Louise, time is flying by! And I forgot to try tapping the maple trees this year. Got out my seed order late. Almost forgot St Patrick's Day (how's that for a former Irish dancer!) Your orchid is beautiful--can't wait to see what else your garden has in store this summer!

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    1. Wow, Inger! Seems like you have a lot going on. I wouldn't worry about the maple tree. There's still time. As for the seeds, you may have gotten the orer out late but they are usually pretty good about sending them in time for planting. Don't forget to do a jig on St. Patrick's Day, lol...

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  32. Marion's orchid is gorgeous but I wouldn't have a clue what sort it is. I love the calendar!

    Some days fly by but lately for me they last a lifetime. I guess it's all about what's going on in your life. I'm going to try the onion trick. :)

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    1. Well put Maureen:) Let us know how the onion trick goes. I keep forgetting, lol...

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  33. The calendar is packed this month! My days fly by so quickly too... it's hard because my kids are growing up much too fast! UGH. I love the orchid you got Marion. I have finally discovered the trick to keeping my orchids re-blooming and around for years. The garden window in my kitchen. They love the hot moist water from the kitchen sink and the warm sunshine from the windows. In answer to your questions on my blog, I have never made homemade yogurt. I think it's time I try!

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    1. Thanks for those tips, Pam. Marion's orchid is still blooming. Amazing!

      Kids have a way of growing to fast, Pam...Enjoy every single moment with them:)

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  34. OMG...time sure flies....your March calendar is awesome...packed with delicious items...I love it...this calendar gives me excuse to eat things that otherwise I would not...
    Beautiful orchids...thanks for the pictures...
    Have a great week ahead Louise :)

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    1. Lol, Juliana...yes, "excuse" is the perfect word, lol...I'm glad you like it!

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  35. Your orchids are lovely. We have had some warmer temperatures here lately. We have put in a small garden, and I hope we are done with freezing temps.

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    1. It's amazing Tina, they are still blooming!!! Good Luck with your garden. I haven't decided whether I'm planting vegetables yet. I know, better decide quick!!!

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  36. I love that calendar! Ravioli day is something I need to celebrate! Even though that onion tip seems silly, I might as well try it! Usually I use my sunglasses when chopping onions (I'm so sensitive to them!) so I'm up for anything!

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    1. Thanks Pamela...I try to post a new one each month:) I'm yet to try the onion trick. For some reason I keep forgetting, lol...I can see how sunglasses would owrk. Now it's you who has shared a trick! let us know if you try the bread trick:) Thanks for popping by...

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  37. Love this post and the calendar Louise ! Is amazing!! what fun can look ideas at the calendar, I saw the strawberries day, still we have strawberries.
    A lot of hugs and love my friend , xoxox

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    1. Hi Gloria!!!
      You lucky girl, you still have strawberries!!! It won't be strawberry season for a while yet here. Although, I did see a few wild strawberry plants coming up in the garden. Yippee!!!

      I'm glad you like the calendar. It's fun to make:) Thank you so much for dropping by Gloria...

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  38. Your calendar is GORgeous, Louise. Love it. And that's too funny about the Mystery Chef's mom being embarrassed by her son liking to cook. Glad those days are long gone. Now I must go read about crabmeat day. CRABMEAT DAY!!!

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    1. Thanks Lynn..It's fun to make:) I thought it odd that his mother was embarrassed. As someone mentioned, in Europe it was all about the men chefs in those days. Glad we're past that! Thanks for visiting, Lynn...

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  39. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog Louise. The Cedar Waxwing returned again today to my delight.
    I agree with you that the time seems to fly away so fast these days.
    I was wondering the same thing s one of your followers about the amount of baking powder in the recipe for cinnamon rolls.
    I love that orchid you bought Marion. She sounds like quite the lady. I read that tip about placing a piece of bread between your teethes and no tears while cutting onions. I think it's because the juice absorbed in the bread.
    Take care and have a great week.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. I don't think I've ever seen a waxwing before Julia except for the visitor you had. They sure are "purty." If you watch for my next post, you'll see the Cinnamon Buns did just fine with that amount of baking powder. I was gleefully delighted when I baked them!

      Marion is quite a lady. As a matter of fact on the 20th, she will be 96 years young! I'm yet to try that bread trick. I will one day, maybe when I make onion soup, lol...Thanks for stopping by Julia...

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  40. You are the queen of calendars Louise! I really love the way you do them and it makes me want to look forward to the food! :-)
    Love the orchid, they are one of the best flowers on earth! I recently bought one to keep on my kitchen, they just brighten your days!
    Nice photo of the lady on the stove. Have a good weekend!

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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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