Friday Foodie Fragments…

What a week! My husband and I have both been hit pretty hard with bronchitis. I think (hope and pray) we are on the road to recovery, finally.

Last Friday I didn’t post because I was at the hospital with my granddaughter Allyson. She’s an Education/Special Ed major student at a University close to where I live. A mass was found under her ribcage. Hopefully its nothing but it does have to come out. It was decided it can wait until her semester is over because all the markers point to it being benign.


I am enjoying putting together a six-week seminar series for my church, based on Matthew Kelly’s book, Resisting Happiness. When I was asked to work on this, I had no idea how much I needed to read that book and to work on this project. I really do resist happiness but I am on the road to recovery! The series is going to be fun.

The county I live in, Delaware County Pennsylvania we have a small chain of stores called Swiss Farms. The stores are unique because they are a drive-thru convenience store. There is one in my town and it is so convenient to run out for milk, bread and snacks and not have to dress up or worry about running into anyone. On Wednesday the new CEO, Scott Simon and his staff spoke at our Press Club meeting. They have plans for modernizing the stores and are adding some fresh foods. It was interesting to hear how they are investing in employees and their safety and in providing fresh comfort foods.

Speaking of comfort foods I made the most amazing country style spare ribs yesterday. This recipe is for a small batch (feeding 4); you can easily increase the quantities of the ingredients for a larger batch.


1small pkg. country style ribs

1 can of Campbell’s French Onion Soup

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp black pepper

1tbs of orange zest

1 tsp Trader Joe’s seasoning salt

½ cup of red/green peppers combined

1 large bottle of Open Pit Barbecue Sauce /original recipe)

I put all ingredients except the barbecue sauce in the slow cooker, added two soup cans of water and cooked on low for six-hours. After six-hours I removed two cups of liquid and added the barbecue sauce. I continued cooking on low for two more hours.

I served the ribs with corn, cut green beans and mashed red potatoes. Delicious!

Not much writing has happened this week. I need a book on resisting writing!

We are headed down the shore this weekend with of our grandkids, Julia, Morgan and Jimmy. It is supposed to be un-seasonally warm and I need to breathe some ocean air. A visit to Manco’s Pizza is what’s for dinner while we are there. I’m positive a lot more writing will happen next week. There is magic in that ocean air!

Showtime’s “Billions” returns Sunday night for its second season. John and I enjoyed the first season. Emmy and Golden Globe winners, Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis (who was killed off on Homeland) star in this the drama about power politics colliding with high finance. U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) and the brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis) are on an explosive collision course. The show is fast moving and definitely timely. It also stars Maggie Siff (Sons of Anarchy) and Malin Akerman.

What did you do all week? What are you watching and most importantly what are you eating?

Have a blessed weekend,


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One Response to “Friday Foodie Fragments…”

  • Mrs4444:

    Your granddaughter is the third young woman I’ve heard of in the past two weeks with a mass in her abdomen. My niece had a SHOEBOX-sized (benign) cyst removed from her ovary, and one of Kendall’s friend had a TWENTY pound (benign) mass removed from her abdomen. Yikes!

    I’m going on a week of feeling cruddy, too. On that note, better hit the hay! I hope you feel better soon!

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