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My aunt, grandmother and mother on the beach in Florida

Just wanted to write this up before I forget to tell my sister about it.

I helped my aunt buy a computer today, and I mentioned that I had been scanning slides. She’s been helping me identify people in the pictures because I don’t always know (they are from the 50s and 60s).

I was trying to figure out where a neat picture of gnomes from 1958 was taken, and we figured out it was either in Circus World in Florida or Knott’s Berry Farm in California. She mentioned that she spent her 12th birthday in Florida. As we were talking about it, she told me the following story.

My mom was just graduating from college and didn’t really want to do the touristy stuff my grandparents and her sister were doing, so she’d stay back at the beach, tanning. My mom loved working on her tan, and maintained a nice one. I got the feeling that my aunt was a little disappointed at the time that my mom wouldn’t go with them (there is quite an age difference between them).

What my mom was actually doing is this – as soon as the rest of the family would leave, she’d dive for sand dollars. She got enough sand dollars so that on my Aunt Sue’s birthday, she spelled “Happy birthday, Susan” on the beach in sand dollars.

It reminds me so much of my mom and of my sister, it choked me up.

O no, Waterford!

So many things that I associate with my mom have gone by the wayside recently. It chokes me up because it makes me think of how much I miss her.

Waterford Crystal is being shut down in Ireland. There’s a note at the end that says some private US firms are considering buying parts of it; but I can’t imagine the quality will remain.

I wish I had the money to complete mom’s set before they are no more – if anyone has some short colleen they don’t want….

Mom’s Salmon patties

Can of Salmon, drained
2 eggs
1 small onion or some green onions, diced
Unflavored breadcrumbs (or panko breadcrumbs)
Salt and pepper (a dash of each)
2 tablespoons of vegetable or olive oil

Mush together the salmon, onions, 2 eggs, and breadcrumbs. Add salt and pepper. Make patties out of the mixture.

Heat oil in frying pan; fry to golden brown.

Great with rice and green beans. Or french fries and carrot sticks.

I also have a super yummy (but much, much more expensive) fresh version of this, if you ever want it. It involves potatoes and carrots too.

For Gretchen who asked (Green Pepper Recipe)

Stuffed Green Peppers (Mom’s version)

3-4 large green peppers
1 cup rice
1 medium onion
2-3 cloves of garlic (Mom used garlic powder sometimes)
1 package fresh mushrooms
Hamburger (I have no clue how much, I omit it)
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme

Cook 1 cup of rice.
Mix with tomato sauce.
Saute onions, garlic, mushrooms, and hamburger (or leave the meat out).
Add saute to rice mixture (or add rice to saute).
Add oregano, thyme and basil.

Cut peppers in half, clean out seeds and the white part of ribs.

Stuff peppers with filling. Put about an inch of water into glass cooking pan. Cook at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes (check to see when peppers are cooked the way you like it, Mom didn’t tell me how long so I always guess and check them).

Cover with cheddar cheese, cook until melted.