Alphabe-Thursday – G is for George

Happy Birthday USA!
Happy 4th of July!
I hope everyone has a safe and happy day!
I will be at work.

We also celebrate my mother’s 89th birthday today.

I’m s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g today, going with some quotes by George Washington. I share his birthday. Funny that my mother and I both have “patriotic” birthdays!

“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.”

“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”

“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”

“Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.”
Liberty Bell – Philadelphia, PA
Valley Forge Chapel – Stained glass depicting George Washington praying – Valley Forge, PA

Jenny Matlock

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Ruby Tuesday II – Red, White and Blue Birthday

Today we started celebrating my mother’s 89th birthday a few days early!
When you are about to be 89, you deserve a multi-day celebration.
My sister, brother-in-law, mother, myself and friends Bobbie and Denny had a nice lunch at Via Marconi Smokehouse Tavern. This is a relatively new restaurant at Station Square on Church Rd, Lansdale, right near the Pennbrook Train station.  
The bar/pub area is very open, with lots of windows and natural light. Many TVs give you the opportunity to keep up with your favorite sport, and if you so like, there is a dart board! One of these visits I’m going to throw some darts!
This is the second time I have been here, and once again the food did not disappoint. I had your basic cheeseburger today. It was very good on a great roll. It came with a pickle and chips. I considered upgrading to their awesome sweet potato fries today, but stuck to the basics! 
All were in agreement that their sandwiches are HUGE. Bobbie, Mom and Larry all brought 1/2 of their sandwiches home. 
As if the sandwiches were not enough, Bobbie baked and decorated a cake for Mom! Bobbie has made several cakes for family functions and she never fails to outdo herself! This great patriotic themed cake was just perfect for Mom. A delicious yellow butter cake with yummy icing

Looking good for nine days short of 89!

Ruby Tuesday 2

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Happy Birthday!

Today, America celebrates it’s 236th birthday, and my mother, celebrates her 88th birthday!

Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy Birthday America!

Wordless Wednesday

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Wordless Wednesday

My Mom – she’ll be 88 in just a few weeks, and she is amazing.

Memorial Day is hard for her, remembering the son she lost in the war.

 My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
George Washington



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We are Family

It is Day 13 of 30 Days About Me. Today’s prompt is “Someone or Something That Has Impacted Your Life”

30 Days About Me
Simple answer. My mother and my daughter.

My mother has always been all about her faith and her family.

Her faith has brought her through losing her father, son, mother, husband and both her siblings.
She has endured much physical pain in her life as well, and if she complains, you know it is nearing the point of unbearable.

She has always been there for me. Loved me no matter what.

We might not always see eye to eye but she has never turned her back on me.

At 87, she is currently recovering from knee replacement surgery. She has her good days and bad days. Along with the frustration of the pain, she is also frustrated that she is dependent on others (me) for so many things she wants to do herself.

Becoming a mom was a major impact on my life. There is no love so strong.

Being a single mom/only child team, we have a very strong bond.

The teen age years are proving to be a challenge.

We may fight every day, but when need be we are a team united.

It is difficult living in the middle of the two biggest influencers on my life. Especially since the generation gap between 14 and 87 is more of a canyon!

I love this poem – I do not know who wrote it.
We’re daughter and mother
Not so long ago.
We give and take
And take and give
Along times endless row.
Love is passed
And love received
To be passed on again:
A precious heirloom
Twice, twice blessed,
A spiritual cardigan.

I’ll put it on
And treasure it,
The me I have received,
And when the roles
Reverse again,
I’ll have what I most need.

So may our love
Go on and on,
A hundred thousand years;
Mothers and daughters,
Daughters and mothers,
Through joys and other tears.
– Anonymous

So, who or what influenced you the most?

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Happy Birthday Mom, and America too!


Today we celebrate the 87th birthday of my mother, Betty.  A quiet day for sure, as she does not like a big fuss.  I bought her red, white and blue flowers, and will make a dinner of ribs, sweet potatoes, deviled eggs, and salad. For dessert we will have angel food cake with strawberries and blueberries, red, white and blue, in the spirit of Independence Day.

My mom is pretty amazing for 87.  Despite the pain she is in every day from a failing knee, she is still as active as it will allow.  She’s having the knee replaced on in just 2 weeks.  We are hoping that once she recovers, she will be able to be more active once again with her two bionic knees!

Today we also celebrate America’s birthday.  Living near Philadelphia, there are many events on this day, but not being a huge fan of big crowds and crazy traffic, we will stay out her in the ‘burbs.  Maybe, later some fireworks.  It all depends on the teenager’s mood today.  Will she feel like spending time with me, or choose her friends!  I have learned not to make too many plans or set my expectations for any particular day too high!  Ah, the life as the parent of a teen!
Thanks A-Latte for stopping by! Martha

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Aliens Don’t Eat Quiche on their Birthday

(I went to a small blogging seminar hosted by our local paper the other evening, and it was mentioned that your post title is very important in SEO (search engine optimization).  I fail at catchy titles, so bear with me if mine are totally corny!  This one isn’t going to win me any prizes!)

Today was a TOTALLY lazy Saturday.  I had the day off, and we had no plans.  I love a day like this from time to time.  I love when I am not Tara’s source of entertainment (or of late, I’m more just the mode of transportation).

Speaking of driving, I took Tara and a group of friends to the movies last night.  They saw Transformers, while I chose to be in a different theater on the other side of the building, and watched Super 8.  It was a great, made me jump in my seat, movie.  This is a JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg movie at it’s finest in my opinion!

Tara is off for the night at a friends house, and it is so very quiet around here.  I should use the time and be productive, as I did very little today.

As for the rest of the weekend, no plans right now.  I’m guessing I should probably see if there are fireworks around on Monday, since I’d have to go alone tonight (but is that really a bad thing?)  I work Sunday evening. Monday, the 4th of July, is not only America’s birthday, but also my mother’s 87th birthday.  We usually keep the celebration of both low key these days.  I will find a nice meal to prepare and I’m thinking an angel food cake, with fresh berries will be the dessert.  A light and patriotic colored dessert!  My brother and his family sent Mom another beautiful arrangement of flowers – Teleflora’s Sunrise Sunset arrangement.  I think of all that she has received over the years this is my favorite.  I love the bright colors, and gerberas are my favorite.  It was arranged by Lansdale Florist.  It looks like the cube “vases” are the “in” thing right now!

I  caught up on some DVRd shows, and watched “The Birdcage” with Nathan Lane and Robin Williams OnDemand.  I love that movie!

I needed to find something to make for dinner. Looking in the “fridge”, I found a package of TransOcean Crab Classic.  Before you go calling it ‘fake crab’, surimi seafood is a blend of wild caught Pollock and King Crab Meat.  It is a great source of Omega-3.  It gets the thumbs up from the American Heart Association and the Marine Stewardship Council.  We have a great dip we make using it, however, that was not going to cut it for dinner.  When I went to the website, and clicked on the Lite and Healthy recipe link, this one quickly caught my eye, as we had some left over broccoli in the fridge!  There are quite a few others I would like to try. There’s even a printable $1 coupon!

This dish is so easy, I had only the pie plate, two measuring cups and a fork to clean up from the preparation.  From the time I looked up the recipe to the time it was on the table was about 45 minutes!

Crustless Crab Classic & Broccoli Quiche
4 oz. Crab Classic Flake Style
4 eggs
1 cup 2% milk
1 1/2 cups grated reduced fat cheese (Swiss or cheddar)
1/2 cup Heart Smart Bisquick
2 cups chopped broccoli (frozen, thawed)
1 small onion diced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Heat oven to 400°F. Sprinkle broccoli, 1 cup of the cheese, Crab Classic Flakes and onion into a greased 9″ pie plate.

In a bowl, combine Heart Smart Bisquick mix, milk, salt, pepper and eggs until blended. Pour this mixture over ingredients in pie plate.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 1 to 2 minutes longer or just until cheese is melted. Cool 5 minutes.

Makes 8 servings (We actually had what would be considered two servings for our meal, as I served it only with a side of Mandarin Oranges).

(per serving)


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Total Fat
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   Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
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Vitamin A
Vitamin C

Thanks A-Latte for stopping by! Martha

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Give Me Your Best Shot – Helping Hands

Give me your best shot is hosted each week by Lolli at Better in Bulk. Click on the button and visit the other “best shots of the week!”

Better in Bulk

I am recycling this photo today, from a photo of the day post on my photo blog. Those don’t always get too many visitors, and this is one I just LOVE!

My mother sewing Christmas stockings for troubled teens on her trusty (over 60 years old) Singer sewing machine. My mom is 85, and is still reaching out to help others. In addition, she is knitting 75 scarves to go with these stockings that will be filled with other “goodies” as well as part of an outreach program at her church! I chose not to photograph her face, as I wanted to emphasize her helping hands! This sewing machine was handed down from my Nana Buehler.

Have a great day!


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A Thousand Words Thursday – Disney Hollywood Studios

Cheaper Than Therapy

Every Thursday, Jen at Cheaper Than Therapy hosts A Thousand Words Thursday, a place for us to pull out those photos that have a special meaning to us! Click on the button above and see who else is playing along this week!

All week, I’ve been working with a theme of Disney Hollywood (previously known as MGM)Studios at Disney World on my photo blog, so I thought I would continue that theme for ATWT!

I love Singin’ in the Rain, so I was thrilled to find this prop! At one time you would get wet if you stood on the plate under the umbrella, but they might have stopped that due to water restrictions!

My mom in 2005 (81 yrs old)

Tara in 2006 (9 years old)

You can check out Mellow Yellow Monday, Ruby Tuesday, ABC & Watery Wednesday. I’ve got posts coming for Skywatch Friday and Camera Critters on Saturday.

Don’t forget my weekly recipe post over at The Krazy Kitchen – Smothered Chicken & Pierogies.

Have a great day!


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DSLR – Day 168 – Helping Hands

My mother, sewing on her very old (antique I bet) Singer! She is making Christmas stockings (10075) that will be filled for either a home for troubled teens or for a home for the mentally challenged adults. In addition to cutting out and sewing the stockings, she has been busy each evening knitting scarves that will be used in the stockings for the teens. (I will have to gather the scarves for a later photo, they are very beautiful!) This is a project sponsored by the Deacons of her church.

Even at 85, my mom still reaches out and helps those less fortunate!

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