Lefty & Fifty-six

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Monday, March 29, 2010


The Sudanese Elections are close at hand and you can still be a part of this campaign to

SAVE DARFUR. Here is the link

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Sensational Strawberry

I have vivid memories of getting on a school bus
Saturday mornings and heading
to the strawberry fields in Portland Oregon,
as a young girl I picked these berries.
I made $1.25 for my days work.

One of the perks were; you could eat
all the strawberries you wanted.

When my family moved to Huntington Beach Calif., it was not uncommon to to see fields and fields of strawberry plants. By then, the pickers were immigrants from Mexico.

Today, living in Utah, I must say, that this state
gets the very best berries available on the market.
I don't know the reason, but it is a fact.

We love this fruit and look forward to
it's appearance every March -May.

Here is a great way to bring unique flavor and taste to this fruit in a different way.

(sorry the image is so small, this what it says);
1.Melted red white chocolate
2. Sour cream & brown sugar
3. Melted chocolate and mixed nuts
4. White and dark chocolate
5. Yogurt, granola
6. Lemon curd with grated lemon peel.
7. Honey with cracked pepper
8. Honey, lime juice, snipped fresh mint leaves.
9. Melted caramel
10. Vanilla frosting and toasted coconut.

Celebrate with your own Strawberry Festival

Monday, March 22, 2010

Literary Giving

I was shopping at the only really great grocery store in Utah Valley
..as I was entering in the front doors,
this caught my eye.

What a great concept.
I will now be a contributor
I will have to let my book group friends know about this
charitable organizations.
So the next time
your at a Harmon's in Utah ...

Bring your books!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Cougar Sweep

Sad week end for the USC Trojans
(disappointing times for the swede) as the
BYU Cougars
gave them their best shots in
this weekends volleyball game.

Friday nights game was not even close for the "Crimson"...BYU killed them by 3-1.
Saturday nights game was another crowd pleasing sweep win 3-0

The Cougars remain at home next week as they host UC Santa Barbara
for a two-match series on Friday and Saturday.
Both matches are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. MT and will be
televised live on BYU-TV.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Mystery Solved

In 1957 these two people had to make
a decision about what to name their
new baby that would be born in 1958.

The story goes that they came up with two names;

These were girl names, I have never heard what the boy name would have been,
but back in those days you could not predict what sex your unborn child would be.

They choose Melanie because of this woman

Melanie de Proft

She was the director of CAI,(Culinary Arts Institute) replacing Ruth Berolzheimer,
She was a renowned cook book writer click here to see the many cook books she published.

My mom had told me over the years that she got my name from a French cook named Melanie.
My research came up with Melanie deProft who was very popular
with American homemakers in the early
1950's-late 1960's.

I have not been unable to find a picture of her...
maybe a photo of her lurks within her cookbooks.

I will have to continue the search for this Melanie....

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Luck of the Irish

Go raibh tú daibhir i mí-áidh
Agus saibhir i mbeannachtaí
Go mall ag déanamh namhaid, go luath a déanamh carad,
Ach saibhir nó daibhir, go mall nó go luath,
Nach raibh ach áthas agat
Ón lá seo amach.

May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
Slow to make enemies,
quick to make friends,
But rich or poor, quick or slow,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Marking the Calendar

Summer is at the back door
Living here in Utah I have to take
advantage of the magnificent beauty that surrounds me.

Plans to get in touch with nature.... Zion's
and Bryce National Parks for a week
(not tent camping..staying in nice cabins).
2 family reunions here in Utah.

Long weekend in So Cal on the beach..
Newport, Huntington, Salt Creek,
watching the Swede surf at Tressels and Blackies.

I think the highlight of my summer will be..............

Carol King & James Taylor
Troubadour Reunion
Energy Solution's Arena right here in Salt Lake City ,Utah!!
These two people have been and will always be a great influence on me
their kind of music I appreciate listening too.

This is only the first half of my summer
so stay tuned for the second half adventures!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Eye of the Beholder..

The Swede is a creative thinker and a nature loving guy.
This morning after a good spring snow fall, he saw this:

he was excited to show me how beautiful the snow fell, on
the outline, of this ornamental bike we have in our front yard.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Spring Inspiration

These quilters were inspired with the "budding" of Spring
(these quilts were displayed at the Springville Quilt show 2009)

Monday, March 8, 2010

Pan Tostado Francés

Français Toast, Français Toast, Franska Toast, Ffrangeg Toast, Französisch Toast
You will have to try this delicious recipe if you love
French Toast
This is what you need:
1 loaf of chunky cinnamon bread cut in 8 slices
8 eggs
3 c. milk
1 T. brown sugar
1/3 tsp. salt
1 T. vanilla
2 T. butter cut in 8 chunks
Butter a 9x13 glass baking dish generously. Place bread flat in dish. Mix all the remain ingredients except the butter and pour over the bread. place your 8 chunks of butter on each slice. Refrigerate overnight or at least 6 hrs. Bake for 50 mins. at 350.
Caramel Syrup
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. heavy cream or whipping cream
1 c. light Karo syrup
Blend together and heat on stove top until sugar dissolves and the
mixture is smooth. Serve warm.
My family and friends have made this..
it's their favorite breakfast indulgence!
Bon Appetit!

Friday, March 5, 2010


That is what I say about tonights V-ball game with the Wave!

What a fun shout the Cougars had tonight playing the
#1 ranked
Pepperdine "Wave"


Here is the winning match score

There were over 4,000 fans there at tonights game.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

New work

Check this really creative short film

Click on this link:New work

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Provo, Utah, United States
I am a Lefty. I was born in the Fifties. I am a multi-faceted non-reproductive woman. Mother of four daughters. Married to the "swede" Three handsome/beautiful grandchildren! Love: Family, Christianity, Friends, Home, Garden, Cooking, Pets, Pop up Books, Humanitarian Service,the Great Outdoors,Life and a whole lot more. Yikes I turned Fifty-four this year..... 1958-2012.. Do the math!

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