Posted in Dad, Family Tradition, Family Tree, Life, Uncategorized

Fathers Day Without Your Father. 

Being fatherless at any time can be tough. But it is interesting how a commercially driven calendar event can bring on feelings that can otherwise remain under the surface. 
This will be my 28th Father Less Fathers Day.  I was 25 when my dad died. 
Sadly I have a couple of friends who for them this will be the first since losing their own father. 
As with all aspects of grief everyone deals with things in their own way and at different times, but these calendar days are often impossible to get away from. 
After 28 years I still don’t find it easy hearing people tell me their Father’s Day plans to visit their dad or grandad. 
I always imagine everyone sitting round the family kitchen table sharing laughs,plans,stories. While I am like an adult Orphan since both my parents are gone. And I’m an only child. 

Lost Dad in 1988

Lost Mom in 2000
My orphaned self (yup, I said it) experiences of Father’s Less and Mother Less Holidays really suck.  
A few of them in particular stand out. 

I remember buying him a World’s Best Dad t-shirt .

World’s Best Dad certificate which we proudly framed and presented to him alongside a book of poems, stories and drawings I had created for him. Poems I wrote my self. 

Pass over the Pulitzer. LOL
As I got older I bought him a Christ Head Gokd necklchain which he loved
What I do remember is that every time I made these daft little gifts I really wanted to impress my dad. And he always raved about them. 
I was most certainly a daddy’s girl growing up. 
I was an only child so we did lots of things. I remembered dancing on his shoes, (I would stand upon his shoes) 

He loved sports and so did I so we’d go to basketball games baseball games. He’d haul my friends and I skating and pick us up. 

Sometimes I’d hate that as a kid.

Now I treasure those times. He fed people less fortunate and no I wasn’t allowed to sit home. 

I am glad he made me go. He and my mother taught me to be a kind giving person and to reach out to those in need. 

He also was a great example of what a good husband and father was. 

Thank you dad for that. 
Father’s Day can be a time to reflect on these memories.
If I let myself think about things for to long I feel guilty. I could have been a less mouthy teenager. More appreciative of the things my dad did. All the time. 
I hope he is celebrating Father’s Day with his father and grandfathers. 
This Father’s Day I plan to think about what I’d chat to my dad about if he was around. 

I still want to make him proud and I think that I have. 

But I can and will always remember giving him a hug as I left his hospital room when I saw him for the last time. My mother looked so sad,so scared she was loosing her best friend. 
He was getting ready for surgery.
Looking back I can tell that he knew that would be our last hug. He even wrote me a letter saying how proud he was of me, how much he loved me, and how he would always be with me. 
My dad was good and loving and kind and generous.

He loved his family and community. He was a past Grand Knight with Knights of Columbus 3930 

He fed the poor and homeless

The world was truly a better place with him in it. 
My hero my dad. 
Until we meet again. 
Song: Dance with my father by Celion Dion https://youtu.be/vqs7jvYkUR0

Posted in Ancestry, DNA, Family Tradition, Family Tree, Life, Uncategorized

Ancestry DNA

So because a have a couple of  mysteries in my family. And just the love of history I have , I  decided to do an Ancestry DNA 

I got the test in November 2016 and did nothing with it until February-March 2017

Well I finally took test and results are coming in.

Family Mysteries 

Who was my grandmothers birth parents

(She was adopted)

From what I was told 

The Cleveland Protestant Orphanage Asylum on St Clain Avenue in Cleveland Ohio between 

1901-1910

She was given an adopted name and a hint of her middle name. 

St Clair was a hint about the place she was adopted from. 

I also heard many years ago her name may have been Bessie.  (Unsure if true)

I was told she may have been from most likely German decent. (Also unsure)

She has always gone by the birthday of 

July 9 1902

I spoke to Orphanage in Cleveland which is now called BeechBrook and they can’t tell me anything unless I know her birth name
That really let the wind out of my sail because they have her info. 

So I have to find another way I guess. 

And I have a lot of info on her as I knew her. And I also have info 

Im related to the founders of Youngstown Ohio

Where I grew up. 

Mystery 

Next mystery is on my fathers side

His father was illegitimate 

So I have no idea who his father was

They were from the former Yugoslavia 

Now Croatia

Zagreb-Velika Gorica area

He has his mothers last name. But not his fathers. No mention of the fathers name at all. 

I also have a couple other wild things from my fathers side 

Mystery 

Some one a female burned at stake hundreds of years ago …. I wonder why..
So stay tuned.  

If your great at research and family history I would love tips

Stay tuned…..


Posted in Eat Healthy, Family Tradition, Food, Life, Recipes, Uncategorized

Easy Fruit Tart

This rich  and creamy filling, with juicy ripe berries  and a crust that’s to die for and I’m telling you it’s easy to make , this is everything you want in a berry tart, right?

It’s actually much easier to make than it looks!
You will make this all the time, it’s so easy and delicious 

Enjoy!
IngredientsTart Crust

1 1/2 cup (200 g) all-purpose flour

1/2 cup (50 g) powdered sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp (10 Tbsp or 140 g) unsalted butter, very-cold, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

1 egg, lightly beaten with a fork

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Filling

1 cup (8 oz) mascarpone cheese

1/3 cup (75ml) cold heavy cream

1/3 cup (43 g) powdered sugar

1 teaspoon orange or lemon zest

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 oz (85 g) raspberries

8 oz (225 g) blueberries

10 oz (225 g) strawberries – stems removed and halved or quartered

4 Tbsp (60 ml) apricot jam or orange marmalade. I prefer apricot jam and warm it. 

2 Tbsp water

1 teaspoon red wine vinegar or lemon juice 

Posted in Blessed, Family Tradition, Life, Uncategorized

Palm Sunday-The Beginning of Holy Week 


Holy Week Begins
So what is Palm Sunday and what is the meaning behind it? “According to scripture Palm Sunday is identified as the Sunday before the Friday Passover on which Jesus was crucified,”

Jesus  goes from being a lauded figure on Palm Sunday to being crucified on Friday because his followers had grown to an enormous number and the religious leader had become envious of Jesus and with their powerful influences persuades the people to turn against Him,
But Palm Sunday is also a day of celebration because it marks the day Jesus came to Jerusalem as the Savior of people. This year, Palm Sunday falls on April 9, which is the first day of the Holy Week.
The name of the day, Palm Sunday, is derived from the tradition of using palm fronds in reenacting Jesus Christ’s arrival in the Holy City. According to the Mirror, palm branches are known for being a sign of peace and were thrown at Jesus’ feet when he entered Jerusalem.
In keeping with the tradition, palms are carried in a procession into church during Palm Sunday Mass. These palms are later burned and the ashes are used on Ash Wednesday.

Posted in Blessed, Eat Healthy, Family Tradition, Food, Hacks, Life, Recipes, Uncategorized, WegoHealth

EGG-celent Hacks

I love Easter but I miss my daughter and granddaughter being little. Seems like it’s just more fun.

Here are some fun ideas we used to do. 
Paper Towel Patterned Eggs:

Dye your hard-boiled eggs with a light base coat in the color of your choice. Wet a patterned or quilted paper towel with white vinegar. Wrap the wet paper towel around a hard-boiled egg and twist to enclose the egg snugly in the paper towel. Dab dots of different shades of food coloring in various spots on the paper towel. You can let it sit for 1 to 2 minutes, although it’s not necessary. Then, remove the paper towel to reveal the pattern! Repeat with the rest of the eggs.

Robins’ Eggs:

Place white, uncooked rice in a plastic container with a lid. Add about 6 drops of your desired shade of food coloring and shake up the rice until it’s uniformly colored. Add a hard-boiled egg and put the top on the container. Gently shake the egg around until a speckled pattern emerges. Repeat with additional eggs. You can do 1 color, or mix it up with different colors in different containers. Just toss the eggs consecutively in each container.

Crackle Eggs:

Hard-boil your eggs, then let them cool. Crack the eggs all over using a tabletop or the back of a spoon; don’t break the shells off, just crack the outer layer enough to create a crackle pattern. Place each egg inside a ziptop bag (1 egg per bag), then place a few drops of food coloring and 1 to 2 tablespoons of water in each bag. Twist the bags around the eggs and secure with a rubber band. Let sit for about 30 minutes, then take the eggs out of the bags and carefully peel the shells from them, revealing the crackle patterns.

Silk Tie-Dye Eggs: 

NOT FOR EAT DECORATION ONLY

Use an old tie that is 100 percent silk or buy one at a thrift store. Cut off pieces of the tie large enough to wrap completely around an egg. Then, cut similar-sized pieces of fabric from an old sheet or pillow case. Wrap each uncooked egg in a piece of the tie fabric with the pattern facing the egg and secure with rubber bands, then wrap in a piece of the fabric and secure again. Place the wrapped eggs in a glass or enamel pot filled with enough water to cover the eggs and add 3 tablespoons of white vinegar. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat and let simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the eggs from the water, let cool for 30 minutes and then unwrap to see the tie’s designs transferred onto the eggs!
Use these tie-dye eggs for decoration only; they are not intended for consumption. 

Posted in Family Tradition, Food, Life, Recipes, Uncategorized

Ricotta & Pineapple Pie

Ricotta & Pineapple Pie

Ingredients

* 1 Tbsp Unsalted Butter (soft)

* 1/4 cup fine graham cracker crumbs

* 1/2 cup sugar

* 2 Tbsp cornstarch

* One 15oz container ricotta

* 2 large eggs

* 1/2 cup heavy cream

* 1 Tsp grated lemon zest

* 1 tsp vanilla extract

* TOPPING:

* One 20oz can crushed pineapple in syrup

* 1/4 cup sugar

* 1 Tbsp cornstarch

* 2 Tsp fresh lemon juice

Directions/Steps
1. Preheat the oven to 350F

2. Spread the butter over the bottom and sides of a 9 inch pie pan or spring form pan. Slightly more on the sides and less on the bottom.

3. Add the crumbs – turn the pan to coat the bottom and sides evenly.

4. In a large bowl stir together the cornstarch and sugar.

5. Add the ricotta, eggs, cream, lemon zest and vanilla.

6. Beat until smooth.

7. Pour into the graham cracker prepared pan.

8. Bake for 50 minutes or until the pie is set around the edges but the center is still slightly soft.

9. Cool to room temp on a wire rack.

10. TOPPING:

11. Drain the pineapple well and reserve 1/2 cup of the syrup.

12. In a medium saucepan stir together the sugar and cornstarch.

13. Stir in the 1/2 cup pineapple syrup and the lemon juice.

14. Cook stirring until thickened – about 1 minute.

15. Add the pineapple and stir in.

16. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly

17. Spread the pineapple mixture on top of the pie.

18. Allow to chill in the fridge for at least one hour or more.

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Posted in Eat Healthy, Family Tradition, Food, Life, Recipes, Uncategorized

Easy 2 ingredient Brownies

INGREDIENTSBrownies


1 “Family Size” box (19.5 oz) brownie mix

1 (15 oz) can pumpkin

INSTRUCTIONS

Brownies

Preheat oven to 350°

Line a 9×9 pan with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.

In a bowl mix together brownie mix and pumpkin until smooth.

Spread batter into pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until set.

Let cool completely. Frost if desired.

Consuming one cup of cooked, canned pumpkin would provide well over 100 percent of our daily needs for vitamin A, 20 percent of the daily value for vitamin C, 10 percent or more for vitamin E, riboflavin, potassium, copper, and manganese, and at least 5 percent for thiamin, B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, niacin, iron.
 Known for its immune-boosting powers, beta-carotene is essential for eye health and has also been linked to preventing coronary heart disease . 

But there’s no need to choose fresh to get the benefits of pumpkin. One cup of canned pumpkin has seven grams of fiber and three grams of protein even more than the fresh stuff  and contains only 80 calories