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Grape Drupe Gastropod and Brighteyed Damselfish


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Ham and Cheese Crepes

It is our tradition to have crepes for Christmas morning. We fill them with fruit, or powdered sugar, or syrup or jam….or all of the above!  This year, Christmas fell on a Sunday…..no time to make crepes before church.  I thought of making a New Year’s Day feast….but same problem: it’s a Sunday.. So, I created this savory crepe recipe for our New Year’s Day dinner: Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups chopped ham 1 cup shredded Continue reading


This is our traditional Christmas morning breakfast (along with sausage and bacon!). For fillings we use powdered sugar, syrup, jam, canned fruit….a combination of all the above….and DH usually adds in his sausage or bacon! 1 cup flour 1 cup milk 2 eggs, beaten 2 tbsp melted butter Beat the eggs, add the milk and flour and melted butter. Refrigerate for at least an hour prior to cooking. Grease a frying pan and heat over Continue reading

Baked in Pumpkin Sausage Stew


Ingredients: 1 pumpkin ~4lbs 2 pkg Mild Italian Sausage Links (I used Johnsonville) 16-18 ounces stout beer (I used Guinness) 1 large red onion, coarsely chopped 1 cup sliced carrots 1 can corn 1 cup chopped celery 2tsp minced garlic 1 green, red, yellow or orange bell pepper, chopped (I used 1 mini pepper of each color) 2-3 medium potatoes, cut into bite-sizzed pieces. 1 cup cooked rice 1 can chicken broth (14.5oz)   Instructions: Continue reading

I’m mad as hell (part 3)


DH lusted for a Corvette Stingray.  From the time we met (in 1974), he would ask at every birthday, Christmas, anniversary, Valentine’s Day….”Did you get me my Vette?”  When Autie died and left him a sizeable legacy, he made his dream come true, and bought the 2015 orange Vette in the featured pic. There is NO Chevy service department on Big Island, but he was assured that the local Toyota dealership was contracted to do Continue reading

I’m mad as hell (part 2)


I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the American Medical Association. Yet, from the time I graduated from medical school in 1993, I have received a current copy of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association). I have never submitted an address change, yet the newest edition of the magazine duly appears in my mailbox whereever I go. As does the dues notice. At least yearly, and more recently, MONTHLY, Continue reading