Thanks for the memories


This 2010 Christmas, my family and I went to see the play Rain.  A gift from my daughter-in-law and son. I also purchased 2 tickets for my parents, so all 6 of us went to see Rain.

What an event.  See I was, and still am, a beatlemaniac, and George is my favorite Beatle.  To watch them on stage, was to me, the next best thing to have seen the Beatles perform, I never got the privilege to see them.  Of course I saw them on Ed Sullivan Show.  Kissing the TV tube, screaming George’s name.

My parents, liked them also, see they were English and they loved the English, but my father was a quiet beatlemaniac, he would buy me and my sister their albums. We’d put the albums through the grinding machine (record player) over and over again. Non stop. Home from school and out with the vinyl records and when we got a Beatle album that was even better, more songs to hear on one record. Of course, we memorized every word, right down to the breathing if we heard it.

Rain was wonderful, if you are or were a beatlemaniac, this is the show for you.  During the whole performance people clapped, stood up, danced in their seats.  The four who performed sounded and sometimes looked like the fab four.  My favorite part was of George playing solo, I was so impressed.  What a copy.  My father cried during the whole performance.  Tears for a time gone by, for they were a time of being care free and young.  Even my stone faced husband could not help smiling.  No you could not come out without feeling like you have just inhaled about 30 years of your youth.
The best is that the Beatles were passed down to my children, who play their music all the time.  Now my grandchildren, at least my 4 year old, the 9 month old has to learn to talk, sings their songs.  She came over one day and started singing one of my favorite George songs, Listen do you want to know a secret.  I could not believe it, she loves him too.

T.V., Video


I really tried to watch the Oscars last night. Got in past 9pm after going to  a pre oscar dinner party and just a   crazy busy weekend. Love looking at all the beautiful dresses and jewelry. I thought Jennifer Hudson looked great, I almost didn’t recognize her. I’m a little embarresed to say that I ended up sleeping between awards…But the good news is I was awake when the wonderful children of PS 22 Staten Island performed. Magic, electrifying energy and oh so adorable, all of them, and so talented! Love Love Love Them…… Why Oh Why Indeed!

Food and Health, recipe

Grandma’s Potato soup

Love this potato soup.  It is not only tasty, but easy to make.  Enjoy!

  • Preparation time 35 minutes
  • Cooking time 30 minutes

Ingredients: 3 medium red potatoes, 2 cups water, 1 small onion, 3 tablespoon butter, 3 tablespoon all purpose flour, crushed red pepper, 3 cups milk, 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1 cup cheddar cheese, 1 cup cubed cook ham.

l) Peel potatoes and cut into 1-inch cubes

2) Bring water to a boil in large saucepan.  Add potatoes and cook until tender. Drain, reserving liquid.  Set aside potatoes.  Measure 1 cup cooking liquid, adding water, if necessary, set aside.

3) Peel and finely chop onion.  Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat.  Add onion to saucepan:cook, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent and tender, but not brown.

4) Add flour to saucepan: season with pepper flakes and black pepper to taste.  Cook 3-4 minutes

5) Gradually add potatoes, reserved 1 cup cooking liquid, milk and sugar to onion mixture in saucepan; stir well.  Add cheese and ham.  Simmer over low heat 30 minutes, stirring frequently.

Tips: I skipped the sugar, and kept 2 cups of the reserved water, which I added to the other liquids.               I used any brand of potatoes.  If you really want to get fancy, scoop out small round loaves of                 Italian bread, and slice off a small piece from the top.  Remove the inside of loaf a 1-1/2 inch                   shell, fill with soup.  If you have any left over veggies throw in.  Last time I had left                                   over corn and added to soup.  Hope you enjoy, let me know what you think.  Serves 12

Courtesy: Grandmas kitchen recipes