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I love to read and the books I enjoy the most are horror, as provided by wonderful authors like Stephen King and psychological murder books by wonderful authors like Patricia Cromwell and James Patterson.

Although I will read any good book, I gravitate towards books that scare the be jesus out of me. Love It! Other books I really enjoyed are all of Dan Browns works including the ever popular Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, Digital Fortress and Deception Point. I guess conspiracy is my thing too!

I try and read a book a week and usually manage to do it. Of course it all depends on how much time I have and how tired I am. I tend to do a lot of reading in bed before falling to sleep but on more than one occasion, I have fallen asleep with my glasses on and holding my book on my chest snoring away!

 

 

I love to cook and I have to say, I am good at it. I love watching the food channel's many cooking shows and my favorite cooking show of them all is Paula's Home Cooking.

She has that wonderful down south hospitality that makes you want to move to Alabama. I have bought two of her cookbooks and her recipes are outstanding. They take common, everyday ingredients that you would probably not put together to make the most delicious meals and treats. Imagine making delicious fudge using cheese! But it works.

I am French on my daddy's side and Polish on my mama's side. I never knew my dad's family and my dad knew nothing about French cooking (although he was a wonderful cook and much better at it than my mom). However, I spent a lot of time with my grandma, (my mothers' mother). She came through Ellis Island to America from Poland when she was 17 years old. She taught me a lot about Polish cooking and some of my favorite recipes are Polish in origin. Here are a couple of my Polish cooking recipes:

KAPUSTA (Cabbage Soup))

5 lbs. fresh polish kelbasi

5 lbs. combination pork bones and spare ribs

1 Large Onion

1 Large Head of Cabbage shredded

2 Large cans of Sauerkraut drained and thoroughly rinsed.

5 cans Tomato Soup

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white vinegar

2 Tbsp Caraway seeds

Place pork bones and spare ribs along with one whole peeled onion in large soup pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Strain broth through fine sieve and cool pork bones and ribs for later use. Add fresh kelbasi to pot and pour strained liquid in pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes. Remove Kelbasi.

To broth add cabbage and sauerkraut. Add vinegar and brown sugar and caraway seeds. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add tomato soup and salt and pepper to taste. Cook an additional 30 minutes.

Pick meat off pork bones and spare ribs, discarding any fat. Shred meat and add to soup. Add kelbasi back to soup and cook an additional 30 minutes.

Serve with dark rye bread.

MY Bacon and Onion Crescent rolls

1 lb. bacon

3 medium onions chopped

2 cans crescent rolls

Cut bacon in 1" pieces and fry in pan until crisp. Add onions when bacon is crisp and saute for 5 minutes. Remove to bowl and let cool to room temperature. Don't drain grease, leave in mixture.

Open cans of crescent rolls and separate. Cut each triangle in half. Place one tablespoon of bacon-onion mixture on roll and roll as you would for crescent roll. Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Serve warm.

 




 

 
My son the Realtor

My son Deric is both a challenge and a joy. Growing up he was a strong-willed and focused child who knew what he want and when he wanted it. He is now married to the lovely Vevelth and I am the proud grandmother of Deric Jr.

Deric graduated Stonehill college and chose the field of real estate as his career choice. He is very good at it and has both the talent and enthusiasm to succeed. He raises English bulldogs and has always had an interest in dog breeding and animals. He once brought home a baby racoon for a pet. Of course, our apartment was not the appropriate surroundings for a baby racoon so, after much discussion, he brought it back to its mother and siblings.

If you want to know more about Deric, visit his web site at www.dericlipski.com

My Daughter the mother

My daughter Aimee has always been the joy of my life. Not that my son Deric has not been a joy, but Aimee is sweet and loving and gentle (unless of course you get her mad then watch out brother).

Aimee is married to Karl and together they have three children, Jacob, age 8 and the twins, Kelsey and Devin age 3. They live in Taunton, Ma. where Aimee is a stay at home mom. My son-in-law Karl is a fireman for the Chelsea Ma Fire Department.

Aimee is a woman of many interests and talents. She has pursued careers in hair dressing (she is a licensed beautician), the army, security, cooking, auto parts and house cleaning. Some of her pursuits ended in her not liking the work or feeling unhappy in the work. Others she has continued to try and expand. But first, last and always, she is a mother. A good, caring, loving mother and a good wife and wonderful daughter.