needles & a cup of coffee

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Another reunion!

My friend, Sheila Reilly, left, was visiting from Orlando. 
Because of Facebook, we made plans to visit another school friend, Diane Altman, center, who now lives in New Bedford, MA.   We all went to North Attleboro High School, (MA) and graduated in 1964.
Lucky for us, Diane has lived in New Bedford for years and actually is a volunteer who explains a lot of the origins of the historic buildings in New Bedford, and is well-versed in the history of the whaling city.
She was able to show us around the historic district and we had a great tour, ending with a visit to the NB Whaling Museum, which was fascinating!  Everything from skeletons from huge whales, to displays of scrimshaw and lots of history of ship-building, wonderful paintings and antiques on display.
We had a nice lunch at an old building, now a pub-style restaurant, which was a bank years ago.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

ACCIDENTAL Reunion of classmates

So, my friend from high school visits every year or so, coming back to MA from Orlando.  We decided to visit the Canova Italian Restaurant in Attleboro, MA for some authentic Italian food.  We've been there a few times in the past when she visited.
As we walked in, we passed a table occupied by two women who were looking at their menus.  We both realized that we recognized one of them from our North Attleboro High School days. (the 1960s!)
With Facebook, we have seen many updates and photos concerning our former school mates, so that made it easier.
They asked us to sit with them, which we did, and caught up on happenings in their lives, other classmates' stories, and their occupations and lives over the years.
Left to right: Jeanne (Gracie) Doucette, North Attleboro, MA; Sheila (Reilly) MacDonald, Orlando, FL, me, Taunton, MA and then Marilyn Kinney Levesque of West Palm Beach, FL.

UPDATE: Sadly, Marilyn on the right, passed on less than 8 months after this accidental reunion.  While we were having lunch, she told us of her health problems and that she was awaiting a kidney transplant.  RIP Marilyn.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

A warm Christmas?

I know this may sound outrageous to other New Englanders, especially after our never-ending snowstorms of 2014.....but I think it's too warm here for Christmas.

It just doesn't seem right.

Yes, I had had enough of snow last year, and yes, I like to keep my heating bill low, and yes, I like wearing regular shoes, rather than snow boots.

But here in Massachusetts we've been having temps in the mid 60s and no sign of snow in sight.
What's wrong with this picture?

I've been in Florida in reminds me of that.   Something is wrong here.
Santa can't deliver all of those presents in his sleigh with this kind of weather.  It's ridiculous to think that he would actually use a helicopter or some other form of transportation!

So....go ahead, have Christmas dinner with a kitchen window open.  Go for a walk with the family to prevent the extra pounds.

I'll be right here, gazing out my window -- and waiting.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Decorating for Christmas

This is the First Baptist Church of Dighton, and we were getting out all of the Christmas decorations last night and putting candles in the windows, etc... so I took a picture while we were working.

Out of the past....1970 to be exact

 I dug out these two pictures this past week; because my maid of honor's son, age 31, was up on my house roof, working on a chimney repair.  I hadn't seen him since he was 3 years old, and just re-met him because of needing work to be done.  I showed him the picture of his mother when she was young.

Saturday, November 28, 2015



Cut plastic wrap off turkey in kitchen sink, as it will be drippy.
Legs will sometimes be held together with a flap of skin or a metal clip.  Work one leg out of the clip.
Reach into one cavity and remove the dreaded neck.
Reach into the other cavity and remove the disgusting little bag of “giblets”.

Pour salt into each cavity and then rinse out under cool water.
Shake salt all over the outside of the bird and rub lightly with your hands, then rinse.
This is where you might see a couple of random feathers.  Pluck them out, and be happy you weren’t brought up in the old country where you would have to grab a chicken out in the yard and break its neck. 

If you are NOT stuffing the bird, simply hook the leg back in to the clip or skin flap and place the turkey in a roasting pan, breast side up. You can rub olive oil over it, or put your hand in a sandwich baggie and rub all over with margarine or softened butter.

Use a roasting pan OR use two foil pans together for support. (And, if you’re like me, you might poke a hole in a single foil pan and have a leak.)
Most people suggest using a “tent” of foil over the bird, to protect it from drying out.  I usually wrap a part of the tent onto the ends of the pan, to secure it.

Place in pre-heated 325 degree oven and plan on about 15 min. for each pound. 
325 degrees is so low, that I usually roast a large turkey (18-20 lbs.) for 5.5 to 6 hours.
Now the FUN part!  If you like, every hour you can use a turkey baster to gather up the juices in the bottom of the pan and squirt them over the top of the bird.
You can remove the foil tent for the last hour or so of roasting to get a golden brown color.
If you use a “roasting bag” just remember that the cooking takes about half the time.

Oven Roasted Turkey | Sara Snow
If stuffing the turkey:
After the salt and rinsing for cleaning the bird, put the turkey into the roasting pan at 400 degrees for about 10 to 15 min. to kill bacteria on the inside of the cavity.  Then remove it from the oven, and put the temp. back down to 325 while you are working on the stuffing.  You will see that if you take the bird (use pot holders as it’s HOT) and tilt it, bloody fluid will run out of the cavity. Most people don’t do this, but it runs into the stuffing during cooking. (gag)  Vampires can skip this part.

Then, make your stuffing according to package directions. Stuff both cavities of the turkey, firmly, but don’t pack it it too tightly.   If you have leftover stuffing, you can always pop that in the oven during the latter part of the cooking process in an oven safe dish or even in foil.
Gravy? Why would I try to make that? It comes in jars at the grocery store!