A Week of Travel Thru England

Dover Castle


Day 1, Thursday:  Arrived in London
Checked into Victoria Inn (Pimlico Sta)
Toured Dickens Museum
Shopped at Tezeni’s
Dinner at Morpeth Arms
Took photos from Vauxhall bridge


Day 2, Friday:
London Eye, Big Ben, Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Jewel Tower
Met a friend of a friend for lunch at Shepherds Market
Toured Ben Franklin’s house on Craven St
Dinner at White Swan


Day 3, Saturday:
Toured Imperial War museum; Friars Pub  lunch 
Saw London Bridge and Tower of London
Dinner at Marquis Pub


Day 4, Sunday:
Picked up rental auto in Lewisham
Shopped at Marks and Spencer
Drove to Dover and Dover Castle
Dinner at Blakes; stayed @ Loddington House


Day 5, Monday:
Shopped in Dover square
Drove to Hastings and castle
Shopped at Tesco in Havant
Explored Winchester; dinner at Dim T
Stayed @ Winchester Royal hotel

Day 6, Tuesday:
Toured Winchester Castle
Drove to Chawton and toured Jane Austen Museum
Lunch at Cassandra’s cup
Stayed @ Premier inn in Basingstoke
Dinner at Baker’s Arms


Day 7, Wednesday:
Toured Windsor Castle
Shopping and lunch at Madam Posh
Stayed @ Premier Inn Terminal 5, by Heathrow 

Twenty Pounds Tater Salad


20 lbs of  red potatoes, washed
20 green onions, washed and diced
20 celery sticks, washed and diced
20 oz frozen peas, thawed and drained
20 oz pimentos in a jar, well-drained
20 eggs, hardboiled, chopped
10 t sugar (1/2 cup) 

2 T salt
60 oz miracle whip (2 large jars)

Cook the potatoes.*  Peel, chop into chunks and place into large container.  Sprinkle salt on them. Add vegs, pimentos and eggs. Toss with your hand gently. 
Mix sugar with dressing in a jar.  Gently mix the dressing into salad by hand.

Garnish with pimento powder (paprika), eggs, olives, pickles, bacon, cheese, etc..  
Cover and refrigerate overnight. 

Serve with pride as you have done ALOT of work!  

* I cook the potatoes  (red ones)  in the microwave and/or in a crockpot — small ones cook in 3 hours on high, med ones cook in 4 hours on high.  

Creamy Potato Salad


tater salad

gold yukon potatoes, 5 lbs, cooked, peeled and chopped

salt — 2 t

celery – 3 cups
green onions, a sm bunch, diced (not the white bulbs)
peas – 2 cups 
pimentos – 4 oz jar
eggs – 5, hard boiled, chopped
Whip salad dressing,  16 oz
sugar, 3 t added to dressing

Bacon and ham, optional
Cut the potatoes in chunks and place in a large bowl.  Sprinkle with salt.
Add veggies & eggs and toss. Add sugar to dressing.  Combine all.  Cover and chill overnight for best flavor.

This version is identical to 20 pound salad except that it uses gold (instead of red) potatoes.


Gold Taters Salad

potatoe gold

4 lbs Yukon gold potatoes, microwaved, peeled and cut into chunks

2 t salt

1 c yellow and green bell peppers, each

½ c roasted red peppers from a jar, drained

1 c celery, diced

1 c  peas

½  c green onions, diced finely

4 hardboiled eggs

1 jar lite mayo or whip salad dressing, 3o oz

1 t  mustard

2 t sugar


In large bowl sprinkle salt onto potatoes.  Add vegetables and eggs.   Add sugar and mustard to mayo/dressing and toss into  salad. 

Cover and chill overnight.  Garnish with green onions, hardboiled egg and/or olives.

— This version differs in that it has mustard and bell peppers.

Potato Salad for Many

salad potato

Ten pounds of taters can feed alot of people  — maybe 30 or 40, depending on appetites. 


1 large (30 oz)  jar of lite mayo or Whip salad dressing

2 cups of peas

3 t salt

4 T of roasted red peppers (pimento in a jar)

5 T of sweet pickle relish

6 green onions, finely diced

7 sticks of celery

8 hardboiled eggs (or two more for garnishing)

9 pimento olives, halved

10 pounds of potatoes  (cooked and cut into chunks)


Cook the potatoes, chop and add salt.  Toss the rest of the ingredients with the  potatoes except dressing and olives.  Add dressing and then garnish with olives and/or extra hard-boiled eggs.

Cover and chill overnight for best flavor.

This dressing differs from the twenty pound salad in that it has sweet pickle relish in place of sugar.


Supplies for Dessert



Now that I am connecting with newly-discovered relatives whom I’m finding on ancestry, I am  hosting them with dessert and coffee wherever they are willing to meet me.  The next event will be held at my brother’s house.  And to keep the event simple for my sister in law, I am bringing everything required.  She need only make the coffee.  It amazes me  how much packing I will have to do.  But, here is my list for self to remember in future  occasions.


Tray for sugar and creamer bowl
Basket for dirty spoons
Tray for spoons
Spoons for coffee
Forks for dessert
Desserts, coffee, cream, sugar
Plates and napkins
Large  plates to serve the desserts
Spatulas and knives


Las Mañanitas, Alejandro Fernandez




¡Qué linda está la mañana
en que vengo a saludarte.
Venimos todos con gusto
y placer a felicitarte!
El día en que tú naciste
nacieron todas las flores.
Y en la pila del bautismo
cantaron los ruiseñores.
Ya viene amaneciendo
ya la luz del dia nos dió.
Levantate de mañana
mira que ya amaneció.
De las estrellas del cielo
tengo que bajarte dos.
Una para saludarte
y otra para decirte adiós.
Volaron cuatro palomas
por toditas las ciudades.
Hoy por ser día de tu santo
te deseamos felicidades.
Con jasmines y flores
hoy te vengo a saludar.
Hoy por ser día de tu santo
te venimos a cantar.
Estas son las mañanitas
que cantaba el rey David.
Hoy por ser día de tu santo
te las cantamos aquí.
Despierta, mi bien, despierta
Mira que ya amaneció.
Ya los pajarillos cantan
La luna ya se metió.



Extra verses:

Despierta (nombre )
Pasó el tiempo de dormir
Ya los gallos muy contentos
cantaron kikiriki.
Ya viene amaneciendo
ya la luz del dia nos dió.
Levantate de mañana,
mira que ya amaneció.


Quisiera ser solecito
Para entrar por tu ventana
Y darte los buenos dias
Acostadita en cama.

Quisiera ser un San Juan
Quisiera ser un San Pedro
Para venirte a saludar
Con la musica del cielo.





Malibu Mojitos


2 oz of Malibu coconut rum-liquor
2  lime wedges, cut thin
3 mint leaves
3 oz of water
2 t of sugar

Muddle the mint in a mortar/pestle.
Add one of the lime wedges and muddle.
In a glass, mix water with sugar and then rum.
Add the lime-mint muddle.
Pour over ice.
Garnish with another lime wedge.


Manuel, a wedding caterer/bartender, taught me how to make mojitos this year.  

Eating During Power Outages


What to eat when the power goes out?

After the recent hurricanes  I want to plan better for surviving with limited access to comestibles and to remember which are the best non-perishable foods to keep in the pantry should cooking power go out again.

It doesn’t bode well for my family that I only took one year of girl scouts. All I learned was how to make  beef stew.   I don’t think I would be a good survivalist which is why I am wanting to learn and be better prepared next time.

To get ahead of the disaster (during Harvey),  I quickly prepared some of the frozen meats in crockpots and on the stove.  I knew if the power went out the meat would not last for long in the freezer.

I guess one could  always drag the grill under the porch while it’s raining and save what is perishing but that wouldn’t work with high winds.  A propane stove might work if the surrounding area was protected.

After the hurricane had passed, I heard  a man on tv saying he  went to the store, after being homebound for 3 days, wanting to buy meat because he was sick of eating sandwiches.  

I, personally, would never tire of mexican sandwiches, aka tacos.   I could build a fire where I could roast my corn tortilla and fill it with grilled spam, mashed beans, or some tolerable canned meat,  or eggs  (powdered might have to do) …and that would make for a happy tummy.    

I had purchased salmon in pouches but my salmon patties  recipe would’ve required eggs and where does one find   powdered eggs anyway?   One could just add mayo and onion to the salmon and make a salad but mayo must be purchased ahead in small individual packets.  

Tuna fish is def not to my liking.  If I was hungry enough , I think I could consume it.  Maybe with onion,  relish,  olives.  Again, the mayo.  I need to order those….

So, what else to survive on?  Maybe some hummus and chips would be an acceptable meal.  Some guacamole and salsa?  YES!   I don’t know how long  cooked beans would last without refrigeration?  I usually avoid anything out of a can but if survival requires it….

Beef jerky…ummm, nope… that would make my TMJ hurt.  Oh,  but it would be absolutely delicious if chopped finely and  stir- fried with eggs to make machacado.   Top with salsa and wow, what a meal! 

This topic brings back memories of my childhood diet when we survived on beans, tortillas, potatoes and corn flakes.  I think I can do that again, as long as there’s salsa to garnish the bean or potato tacos.  And they sell non-perishable milk in  cartons for the cereal.   Potatoes  can be wrapped in foil and thrown in the grill.   Butter lasts a long time without refrigeration.  A potato stuffed with lunchmeat and butter would be better than lunchmeat between two slices of bread.  

 Plenty of fresh and canned produce is a must to buy ahead.  But, what  dip for the hard buds of broccoli or cauliflower so we don’t choke on the dry pieces?  Ah yes,  back to the lil packets of mayo, which can be made flavorful by adding a dash of chili powder and cumin.   If we can find the mayo packets  might as well as get some relish packets, too…for the tuna and for hot dogs if they can be found.  Can Vienna sausage work as a hot dog?  .. a very tiny hot dog!

All this grilling will require much wood or coals.  What a task just hauling or cutting the fuel!   Wait, but can’t  we just  buy cans of  Ensure and skip  cooking?!  wrong!  🙂

One of my offspring endured 24 hours without electricity during Harvey and for her the suffocating heat was the most distressing.   Cooking was the last thing on their mind.  They found  it better to just eat peanut butter out of the jar.  Dipped with apples that just might hit the spot.   

I know we all learned  from the recent disasters and that we are  surely all better prepared for the next wrath of nature.  Do you have any tips to share with me?  




On Prepping For Hurricane Irma~ Getting Out Of Dodge! Get To Safety!

An ecellent preparation plan for emergencies



I been watching the news and the weather channel on Hurricane Irma and they were saying that there are three (3) storms brewing at the same time now and heading for the Florida area. Also there was a massive earth quake Thursday night off the coast of southern Mexico and there are Tsunami warnings for the Pacific coasts of several Central American countries. It seems like since this total solar eclipse there have been nothing but serious happenings. First there’s hurricane Harvey and how it has brought Houston to nothing and now this earthquake while hurricane Irma and the other two that are brewing and on the way to touch down in Florida. I tell you this is so frightening!

Anyway I have opened my doors to family members that live in the Florida area that must evacuate. So my husband and I have been getting the guest room…

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