memories

Thanks Big Brother!

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I have to give a shout out to my brother who is seven years older than me. When we were kids, one Christmas I received a little, metal toy kitchen that had a tank to fill with water and when the tap in the sink was opened water would run out. Okay by me, but the best gift, in my opinion then, went to my older brother. He received an erector set! For those among you who don’t know this “toy”. It was a set of flat perforated metal bars of various lengths, and nuts and bolts that fit into the holes. One could assemble things by bolting the flat pieces together. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Hyacinth

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Hyacinth

Things have not always been easy for Mr. M and I. When we were raising our three children, often money was very tight. During an especially hard time my mother gave me a piece of advice. She said that I should always find enough money for a white hyacinth. What she meant was I should always try to find a little pleasure for myself. Something that would help ease my burdens.  Read the rest of this entry »

Browned Butter Frosting

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Browned Butter Frosting
Browned Butter Frosting

Every now and then I actually bake a cake for Mr. M and I. My latest cake was to use up some really ripe bananas. After I made the cake I remembered my seventh grade home economics class. That was waaayyy back when only girls could enroll in home economics, and boys had to take “shop”. Never could one take the other. Anyway that was then and I did learn a few recipes from that class. One was treacle cake, or gingerbread with lemon sauce, and another was browned butter frosting, a mouthwatering, caramel flavored delight. This frosting tastes like caramel and like it was so difficult to make!

Actually it is one of the easiest ever! Read the rest of this entry »

A Lasting Reminder of the Oldest Profession

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Brothel-distance
One of the best remnants of Roman ruins in Ephesus is this Brothel

I recently posted about the unique Roman toilets here. The toilets are part of a massive complex called the State Agora in Ephesus, Turkey. One of the main streets is Marble Street, which is covered with guess what? That’s right: Marble slabs, as far as the eye can see! One of the marble slabs looks like this: Read the rest of this entry »