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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Finding A Childhood Friend

High School Graduation- Kelly came to visit

Kelly, Pam and Pat

When my sister Pam and I were in elementary school, a new neighbor moved in from Oklahoma. All of the other kids on our street were either younger or older then us, and most of them boys. At last, a girl our age, we were so excited. Kelly Jo Bridgwater was her name, she was high spirited and adventurous, and we instantly became friends. Her father Don, was appointed Director of The New Minnesota Zoo, in Apple Valley. I remember seeing a model of the zoo set up in their garage, as it was under construction. Her mother, Gloria, was a beautiful women, and her younger brother was named Johnson. The three of us were inseparable, we rode our bikes, fish and swam in the lake, and slid down the big hill behind her house in the winter. We even had a club we called "The Tigers", and converted an old dog house into our fort. I almost forgot, we made musical instruments and had our own band.  In 1978, the zoo opened and Kelly's family moved to Apple Valley. We tried to keep in touch, but back in the day there was no internet or email. We visited back and forth in high school, and Kelly came to our house the day of our graduation and we took a picture of us together. Then during Kelly's junior year, her father accepted another position, and she moved to Yukon, Oklahoma. Again, we tried to write when we could, but time passed on. Kelly joined the army, married and had two sons. My sister Pam married, and had two daughters. Pam named her first daughter Kelly, in memory of "Kelly." I got married as well, and we lost track of each other. I remember getting a letter from Kelly and a picture holding her baby son, Keith. She came to Minnesota in 1987 for a visit with Pam, but I was not able to see her, they went to Camp Snoopy with the kids. Over the years Pam and I talked about Kelly, always wondering where she was, and what was she doing. Then one night almost a year ago, Pam went into the internet and found her, and she was on Twitter. Kelly remained in the Army all these years, and holds rank of Sgt. 1st Class. She is a photo journalist and works in Public Affairs in Fort Eustis, VA. We finally reconnected after 23 years. No wonder why we lost touch. She lived in Germany for four years, had done tours in Europe, Egypt, Africa, and recently Haiti, and I don't think I have listed them all. Our goal, someday soon is to reunite and get back together once again. Kelly- Happy Thanksgiving!  

Pat and Kelly

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Handmade Crocheted Washcloths


I have been making crocheted blankets for many years. Recently, a friend showed me a crocheted washcloth. I said; "I have never heard of them before." She replied; "Oh Patty, where have you been, they have been around for years." Of course I had to try it, so off the the craft store I went in search of "cotton" yarn. The colorful selections were outstanding. I had a sample to work from which made it easy. I thought, what a great Christmas gift idea, but I better make one and try it first. I would hate to give a gift that was a flop. Oh my gosh, I love them...they are absorbent, clean so well, and do not smell. Best of all, inexpensive, and can be used forever.  I use a "J" size crochet needle. Single crochet 25 stitches, add one to replace first stitch of the first row. Then a second row on single stitch. Third row through tenth row, use double crochet chain 3. Last row, single stitch to finish it off. I was able to make two dishcloths per skein. For my family members, guess what you are getting this year for Christmas. A special thanks to my friend for sharing this new, fun and easy idea.
25 single stitch, add on one to replace first stitch on new row
add second row single stitch, always hook under top two loops
double crochet chain 3 for 10 rows, then add single row at the top to finish off
what a great idea for a Grannie square blanket

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fudge Sauce- Phil Savage's Recipe

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 My God Mother, Phyllis Carol Bridget Galvin - Savage is one amazing women. At 84 years old, she has been battling Lymphoma cancer for 8 years. There is not anything that can keep this determined women down, as she just whipped up a batch of her home made fudge sauce last week with her daughter Pat.
Phil's family secret to her fudge sauce is: "Stir with an old wooden spoon, and take your time."  What a creative idea with a recipe card to enjoy and share lasting memories.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Apple Crisp Recipe Made Easy

I recieved this recipe from my sister Sandy, and just love it. It is so quick and easy to make. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
8 Granny Smith green apples, peel and slice into half moon pieces
1/2 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter (stick)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. , bake for 45 minutes. In a 9x12 baking dish, coat with butter and fill with apples, sprinkle white sugar and cinnamon through out the layers. Place flour, brown sugar, and oatmeal in a bowl, cut the remaining butter into the flour, do not stir. Sprinkle the entire mixture over the top of the apples. Note: fill apples higher then dish as they will shrink.
Serve with vanilla ice cream or cool whip. Nummy.