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Seems that spring on the calendar doesn’t mean too much. The weather this morning indicates that there is a winter storm watch with 7-14 inches of snow expected on Friday for our area. I guess that Mother Nature didn’t like those batches of bare ground in the photo from outside my window. Her thought….. I’ll fix that.





Can you say candlelight dinner on Friday?

There is, after all, an upside to all of this. 🙂

Okay, so well it’s not exactly in the garden, but someday, someday they will be in the garden when the feet of snow we still have here melt. On that front, there is more ground showing, although driving up our hill is still akin to trekking to Siberia compared to other places like Rutland. I…think…that… they… actually… have… green…things…growing there.

Here’s  a view out our kitchen window the other day….

… and yes, for those of you wondering, that is in fact a small (but visible) patch of ground at the base of the maple tree. Seems like maybe, just maybe, the calendar and Mother Nature might be on the same track. You wouldn’t know it of course, because it was still like 14 degrees here this morning.




Yesterday was Tyler’s birthday. His request for his birthday was a seven layer cake, which turned into an Ocho Cake. I have to admit that I wasn’t sure exactly how this was going to go. But I have to admit that it turned out pretty good. It was a gigantic cake.

The cake was so tall that the lid doesn’t fit on the cake keeper. Just means that we’ll have to eat it quickly.

We spent the past couple days up in the Burlington area for Tim’s Odyssey of the Mind competition. Since the boys were off Friday we took advantage and headed up in the afternoon to hang out. The team, after months, weeks and long, long hours of work performed their project on Saturday afternoon. Even after being privy to the project in the works since we parents all had hands-on supervisory duties while the team was working, I am still amazed at how it all comes together for the real performance. Makeup, costumes, an incredible vehicle that wowed the judges, a great idea and well worded script – all combined to win the team its First Place award in their age division (high school) and the opportunity to participate in the World Final competition in May. Surprising to the team they were also awarded the overall creativity award for the design, engineering and construction of their vehicle, which was propelled entirely by 28 ordinary mousetraps. The vehicle traveled the distance of about 16 feet and did so with flare and ease. The trophy that they won is almost as tall as some of the team members.


Pillsbury Dough Boy

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Happy Birthday Pillsbury Dough Boy! Today marks the introduction of the Pillsbury Dough Boy which was introduced on this day in 1965. The pudgy little dough boy that giggled when he was poked in the tummy during commercials was the idea of Rudy Perez, who designed the icon after sitting at his kitchen table staring at the crescent roll product.

Originally he was determined to be a cartoon, but after seeing the introduction to the Dinah Shore show, Perez decided that he should be a three dimensional clay figurine which cost $16,000 to create — a lot of money back in 1965.

Did you have any idea who provided the original voice for the famous dough boy? Actor Paul Frees had the honors. Name ring any bells? He was the voice of Boris on the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. After Frees died in 1986, Jeff Bergman (the famous voice of another talking food – Charlie the Tuna) took over. Presently, the voice is JoBe Cerny.

The toy version of the Doughboy was so famous that it was named Toy of the Year in 1972.

“Lovin’ from the oven” ~~~ Happy Birthday Doughboy!

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St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a big holiday around our house. I don’t know exactly why, it was never a big holiday in my house growing up being a half and half child and my hubby has always been of the opinion that he’s a 100% so why does he need to make a big deal about it one day a year. In any event, no corned beef and cabbage around the T’s house today. In fact, we had sushi for dinner. The boys decided yesterday that in consideration of Japan, we should have sushi on St. Patrick’s Day.

Today marked my foray into the world of sushi making. Frustrated by the lack of good sushi around these parts and finally truly embracing why so many Vermonters make their own….whatever….I embarked on my own sushi experiment.

I made chicken teriyaki rolls and spicy tuna rolls. I must admit that for a first attempt, they came out pretty darn good. The boys gobbled them up and Tim was excited that he could try sushi for the first time, since most sushi already prepared have sesame seeds which he cannot have due to allergies. He, of course, being allergic to fish, had the chicken teriyaki version.

Here are the pictures and perhaps the next time around I can give a more detailed blow-by-blow. This time around I was too busy trying to figure out exactly what I was supposed to do and the sticky rice is pretty darn sticky, so the camera was definitely not a good idea during the process.

Looks like spring might be coming to Vermont soon. The State has issued a notice that all ice shanties have to be removed by March 27th. Could it be that they anticipate things melting sometime after that?

Morte di Giulio Cesare ("Death of Julius ...

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Beware the Ides of March” ~~

There probably isn’t a one of us that doesn’t remember that foreboding line from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar along with that other famous line “Et tu Brute?” – signifying the dying ruler’s incredibility at the betrayal of his closest friend and ally.

Technically “Ides” describes the 15th of the months of March, May, July and October and the 13th day of the other months.

Consistent with Roman numerals which often use specific key numbers as the reference point for other numbers – X and IX, V and VII, the Roman calendar used three specific dates as the reference for other dates. “Ides”,”Kalends” for the first day of the month and “Nones” for the 7th day of March, May, July and October and the 5th day for other months.

Other days in the Roman calendar are named based upon these three – for example March 3rd would have been called V Nones, signifying five days before Nones (they counted inclusively for those of you that might think my math is off).

Since we do not use the Roman calendar and our days are marked with numbers and not Ides and Nones, the line imparts both infamy and foreboding today whenever it is heard thanks to the literary wonder of Shakespeare.

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holding hands

We often go for long periods of time not giving much consideration to the power that we hold, quite literally, in our hands. The power of touch, the simple act of reaching out and touching another human being, is commanding. The act of bodily contact with another human being is expressed throughout history and religion – it symbolizes power, Godliness, healing, love, sympathy, friendship, compassion.

In many religions the power of touch or as it is sometimes referred to “the laying on of hands” symbolizes the passing of power (as in the ordination of priests) or spirit (as in Confirmation). In many different phases of thought, the power of touch play a significant role in the power of healing. There are those faith healers that claim freedom from illness by the laying on of hands. There are theories that touch is instrumental to the wellbeing of individuals.

Yesterday as I lay in bed dying (okay so maybe I’m overexaggerating just a little but seriously considering it as an alternative to vomiting my brains out) I yearned for someone to come and rub my back or hold my hand.

I remember how when my grandmother was in the hospital dying, the simple act of touching her provided both of us with some kind of comfort.  Babies settle almost immediately when they are held, a crying child wrapped in his or her parent’s arms can be soothed. Touch is so instrumental to to the basic elements of our being – a kiss – an embrace – holding hands.

We should never underestimate the power that our touch has over another human being. Nor should we be stingy with how we distribute signs of affection, kindness, concern. We, as Americans, are generally not a touchy society. Yet there are times we should remember that the simple act of touch welds a great deal of power.

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It’s the last hurrah today. The last chance to fill your face with the sweets or other goodies that you are depriving yourself of during Lent. The last chance to do the things that you will refrain from doing during Lent. “Mardi Gras” or “Fat Tuesday” is also known around the world as Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day. It is the day when traditionally kitchens and cupboards are cleaned of their sugar, eggs and other “sweet” ingredients and people party in a last ditch effort to fill themselves to excess in order to prepare for the austere and reflective season of Lent.

The most famous of Mardi Gras celebrations take place in this country in New Orleans where a huge parade takes place and celebrating extends into the night and in Brazil in Buenos Aires where it is referred to as “Carnevale”, an equally elaborate celebration.

In some cultures, people eat pancakes on this date in order to use up the ingredients on hand which will not be used during the Lenten period of 40 days.

Enjoy your Mardi Gras however you may choose to celebrate it.


This was lunch. It was delicious. If I do say so myself. Tom tells me that the things that I whip together in about five minutes from what’s hanging around the fridge are probably some of the better things that I cook. Today, I would have to agree.

I took a chicken breast, a few thin slices of red onion, a handful of snow peas and some leftover rice. Sauteed it with a little vegetable oil, sesame oil, chili oil and soy sauce. I chopped a couple scallions, a small handful of cilantro and some lemon juice and topped it off with some black sesame seeds that are relegated to the rear of the pantry since my youngest son is allergic to sesame. So, anything that can incorporate sesame oil and sesame seeds in the same meal is a special, special treat in our house.

All I can say is yum. It was good.

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