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1/2 cup cooking or olive oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 cup honey–slightly melted in micro–low
dash pepper

Mix Marinade and pour over meat.  Pierce the meat with a fork
and refrigerate for at least an hour for best flavor.

Pork Chops or Pork Steaks are great for grilling and basting
with this marinade.  Also good fro chicken.  Do NOT save left
left-over marinade if utensils used have touched the meat
and then the marinade.



With the season of fresh vegetables and outdoor grilling, great easy recipes are a must. I have compiled a few of my favorites to share.


The amount of this dressing depends on the size of the salad. For a 2-3 quart bowl this is the amount that we make.

1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup of lemon juice (we find the “Real Lemon” brand is the best)
1/2 tsp. of garlic salt

Shake ingredients and pour over salad and toss well. (above ingredients can be altered, depending on your taste). We actually do not measure. We have had more compliments on this simple, refreshing salad dressing than prepared dressings.



1/4 cup of water
slightly less than 1/4 cup of Soy sauce
2  Tbls olive oil or vegetable oil
Mix and our over salmon that has been placed in a container. Marinate for about 2-3 hrs before grilling. Sprinkle “McCormick’s Montreal Chicken” spice over marinated salmon before grilling or broiling. DELICIOUS!



Any garden vegetables can be used in this delicious marinade. Some favorites are zuccinni or yellow summer squash, cucumbers, green beans, cauliflower and red, yellow or green bell peppers. Cut or slice vegetables into bite size pieces. Mushrooms (halved or quartered are especially good with the vegetables). I try to have the vegetables colorful so I add different shades of vegetables. Vegetables such as green beans or Cauliflower should be blanched (placed in boiling water  for 2 minutes) for better marinade absorption.

1 1/2 cups water
1 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup cooking oil or olive oil
1 clove garlic–minced
2 tsps. Salt
1 tsp. peppercorns (unground pepper)
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
Fresh cilantro may be added. Experiment with whatever vegetables are available or that you like.  A GREAT PARTY RECIPE!
Combine all ingredients and pour over prepared vegetables. Put in airtight container or marinator that can be turned easily or stir often for marinade to coat all vegetables. IT is GREAT!



After years of gardening and making dozens of loaves of zucchini bread, I decided to get creative.  Everyone loved the “NEW” zucchini breads.  TRY them!      

Basic Zucchini Bread

3 Eggs
1 cup oil
1 ¾ cups sugar
2 ½ cups grated zucchini
(not necessary to peel fresh zucchini as long as it is washed)
1 tsp. Vanilla

3 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. Salt
2 tsps. Cinnamon (optional)
1 tsp. Baking soda
¼ tsp. Baking powder

Combine wet and dry ingredients separately. Mix the two together thoroughly and pour into 2 greased and floured bread pans.  Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes.  Test for doneness by inserting a wooden toothpick in center of bread.  It should come out clean.  Cool bread for about 20 minutes and removes from pans.

CREATIVE VARIATIONS:  Cut back on the amount of zucchini by the amount that you are adding of one of the following: ½ to1 cup of blended peaches, pears, bananas or fruit cocktail. The fruits need to be blended in a blender prior to adding to the wet ingredieants.  You can also add nuts or raisins.



¾ cup catsup
¾ cup water or beer
1 tsp. Paprika
1 tsp. Chili powder
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
2 TBLS Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbl. dried minced onion
* Note: If using sauce for spare ribs, use 2 large sliced onions.

BBQ Sauce may be used on your favorite meats or with pulled pork for sandwiches.


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Cruising is the most economical and fun way to travel.  Your travel, wonderful food, top entertainment and activities are included.  You are free to enjoy the pool, eat all day, just relax or become involved in various activities offered.  You can choose to go ashore and be on your own, stay on the ship or take one of the many Excursions that are offered at the different ports.  No stress in wondering where you will eat or what you will do. The biggest thing is you are going to all different locations and Never have to move your luggage!

We have taken about 11 cruises on a few different lines.  We have recently stayed pretty much with Princess as you become a valued Cruiser if you stay with one Cruise line.  You get perks such as Free minutes on the Internet, getting embarkation and disembarkation preference.  If you are new at Cruising you might wish to try different Cruise lines or find where you want to go and pick the Cruiseline with the best itinerary and price.

We just completed a repositioning Cruise which means the Ship is moving to a new location for that particular season.  In our case, it was leaving Ft. Lauderdale and traveling to N. Europe. We will get into the particulars of this Cruise, but just want you all to know that this is probably the cheapest, most enjoyable way to travel.  The DOWN side is you only get to stay in a location for a day, sometimes two and land packages are offered.  The Up side of that is that if you do not care for the port you in, you will only be there a day.  If you do like it, you may wish to go back and stay spend your vacation or Holiday there for a longer time.  It is like getting a live preview of many places.



This was first published in 2011, but I felt it was worth republishing for those who may be suffering from scoliosis.  In addition to the other helpful blogs that I have done on scoliosis, I am planning to include our daughter’s 1980 scoliosis experience.

This series starts with the Diagnosis of Scoliosis, then to my personal story from 1958.  There will be many links to click on regarding “scoliosis” information, videos and resources.  

We would greatly appreciate your input and personal experience and hope that you find this and the links and video helpful in learning more about scoliosis.


This is the first of a Series of Blogs on Scoliosis.

“What is Scoliosis?”  Scoliosis is a medical condition in which the spine is curved to one side. The thoracic (chest) or lumbar ( lower back) regions are the most commonly affected.  Viewed on an X-Ray it may be a curvature which appears as an “S” curve or a “C” curve.  Scoliosis is typically classified as congenital (abnormality at birth) or idiopathic (unknown cause).  Scoliosis can be diagnosed by a physical exam of the spine, hips and legs along with X-Rays of the spine. It is very often diagnosed at about age 10-15 and the progressive type seems to be more prevalent in females.  There are also Neuromuscular and Degenerative types.  There is more information on these different types of scoliosis on  WebMed.

Scoliosis is often discovered through school screenings at 5th or 6th grade or through a routine Pediatric Appointment, which then  will often require X-Rays of the spine. One indicator is one shoulder lower than another with opposite hip slightly raised.   If the curvature is minor it may just need to be watched and may not requre any agressive treatment.

Sometimes excercise, Pilates or other Therapies will help keep the curvature from increasing and may help with actually treating the curvature and/or pain involved.

Another great reference is MayoClinic

You may wish to read my personal story of having severe scoliosis at age 13 and what was then called “a complete spinal fusion” in 1958 and the protocol used at that time.  Methods have dramatically changed.