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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  I hope this is the right pic. Some bite-sized greek salad (cucumber, olives, feta, greek dressing, and cherry tomatoes ), some olives, some Japanese Sweet Sweet Potatoes, a Tofu main meal, and some rice.
   3 hours ago .

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   Balogreene  The right order, from the top left is, sweet potatoes, kimchi, tofu, rice, olives, and bite-sized greek salad.
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   Balogreene posted on Coffee Klatch  Just wanted to post, I'm left, my mom is center, and my dearest Debi is right.This is at her mom's funeral about 8 months ago. We were just all three enjoying life (and her husband who took the pic ).
   4 hours ago .

   Balogreene posted on Coffee Klatch  In 1955, when I was three, my parent's bought their first house. One of those thousand square foot, three bedroom, post-war houses. Debi Meyer came over to say hi. She was six, my sister was five. Aunt Ruth Meyer made the best Boston Creme Pie you ever tasted. Uncle Bill Meyer, was a clown with the Shriners. David Meyer, several years older, loved Elvis. Deb taught me how to dance to American Bandstand. She has been in my life the last sixty years.

I learned Deb died this morning, not quite 66, of a massive heart-attack. I cannot stop crying. Last September Mom and I went to Aunt Ruth's funeral. I am so glad we did. Deb was so excited and glad to see us. I've had three heart attacks, how could Deb die on her first? I am still single, she has a very loving husband, three kids, countless grandchildren. I hurt so bad.

She is not the first person my age to die so young, but, the one I've known all my life. I don't remember my life without her. I don't know what it will be to not have her, though I must remember her husband, for always. It hurts almost as bad as losing daddy did.

Sorry to cry on your shoulders, but, how does one so young, with so many depending on her die? (I know, I Love God too, but, it can still hurt so bad ). Sunday Deb posted a loving note, how much she missed her mom. They are back together, Deb, Aunt Ruth, Uncle Bill (If they can drag him away from playing pinochle with my daddy ).

Oh, it hurts so bad.
   Yesterday at 22:36 EST .

   Bettijo  Balo, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray God's comforting presence will get you through.
16 hours ago .

   BirdsNest  It's like losing a family member, one that you really like. Yeah, the pain will lessen but for now it is just ragged and raw. You will get through, the tough ones like us always do. Try to "play" good memories of her through your mind, if you don't outwardly smile, you will smile inside and that's good enough for now.
16 hours ago .

   MeiDei  Balo I know only too well what you're going through & can't respond in a timely way as the wound just reopens. But I will share something I came across in the hope it helps:
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
Love leaves a memory no one can steal"
13 hours ago .

   HopeandGlory  (((Balo ) ) ) . . . I have no words that can comfort you at this time . . . just know that we are here for you and that we care. God be with you and yours at this very difficult time.
7 hours ago .

   Balogreene  When daddy died 17 years ago, a lady I worked with, who also lost her father, told me, you never got used to it. You just learned to live with it. It is true. I still sometimes see a gift for daddy, but remember he doesn't need it anymore..

A friend of mine, whose mom died several years ago, told me it just scars over, and the pain lessens. She too is right.

The whole point is, God gave us this love, He also gave us this pain. He knows we will always remember the loves in our lives, but He will make us able to cope. I just have to remember not to fight it.
3 hours ago .

   Balogreene posted on Recipes  I was going to share my Miso Soup recipe, but don't know it. I use vegetable stock, Miso, rice wine vinegar (to taste ), Mirin (to taste ), and Shallots (green onions ).
If you want to make it "authentic" here is a Japanese recipe:
Used in many Japanese recipes, this stock is made from kombu (dried kelp ), bonito flakes (shaved skipjack tuna ), sardine, or a combination of all or two of them which creates a unique umami flavor. YIELD: 3 1/2 CUPS PREP: 5 MIN COOK: 35 MIN

INGREDIENTS 0.7 oz (20 g ) kombu
3 cups (30 g ) loosely packed katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes ) - omit for vegetarian/vegan Kombu Dashi
4 cups (1000 ml ) water (or 8 cups - see Note )
Notes: 1. If you don’t need strong dashi flavor, you can replace 4 cups of water with 8 cups.
2. If you are not using dashi right away, save it in a bottle and keep in the refrigerator for 3-7 days or in the freezer for 3 weeks. STEPS
1. Gently clean the kombu with a damp cloth, without removing the white powdery “umami” substances. Make a couple of slits on the kombu.
2. Put the kombu and water in a saucepan and soak for 2-3 hours (at least 30 minutes ).
3. Slowly bring to a boil over medium low heat. Just before boiling, turn off the heat and remove the kombu. If you don’t remove the kombu, the dashi will become slimy and bitter.
4. For vegetarian Kombu Dashi, strain the dashi through a sieve lined with a paper towel set over a bowl.
5. For regular Dashi, let the dashi cool a bit. Add the katsuobushi and bring it to a boil again. Once the dashi is boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for 30 seconds. Turn off the heat and let the katsuobushi sink to the bottom, about 10 minutes.
6. Strain the dashi through a sieve lined with a paper towel set over a bowl. Gently twist and squeeze the paper towel to release the extra dashi into the bowl.

Most Japanese meals are served with a bowl of miso soup and steamed rice. The secret to delicious miso soup is good dashi. Experiment and try adding seasonal ingredients to miso soup! SERVES: 3-4 PREP: 5 MIN COOK: 5 MIN
3 cups dashi
3 Tbsp. miso*
6 oz silken tofu or soft tofu, drained, cut into 1/2” (1 cm ) cubes
2 tsp. dried ready-to-use wakame (seaweed ), rehydrated
1 green onion/scallion, finely sliced
1. For vegetarian miso soup, use kombu dashi.
2. For quick dashi, put 1 1/4 tsp. dashi powder (or 1 dashi packet ) in 3 cups water.
3. Each brand or kind of miso has different level of saltiness; therefore, add miso 1 Tbsp. at a time and taste the soup before you add more miso. *Use gluten-free miso to make this recipe gluten-free.
1. In a medium saucepan, bring dashi to a
May 17 at 16:56 EST .

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   Balogreene  boil and turn off the heat.
2. Put 1 Tbsp. of miso in a ladle and scoop some dashi from the saucepan. Blend it until it is thoroughly mixed and pour back to the saucepan. Continue this process until miso is all used. Usually for each cup of dashi, you will need about 1 Tbsp. of miso.
3. Add tofu to the soup and stir gently without breaking the tofu. Return to a slight simmer until heated through. Be careful not to boil the miso soup because miso will lose flavor.
4. Place the wakame and green onion in each bowl. Pour miso soup into the bowls.

Chen, Namiko (2014-03-13 ). Just One Cookbook - Essential Japanese Recipes (Kindle Locations 115-117 ). Kindle Edition.
May 18 at 14:09 EST .

   Balogreene posted on Jokes  My grandfather worked in a blacksmith shop when he was a boy,
and he used to tell me, when I was a little boy myself,
how he had toughened himself up so he could stand the rigors of blacksmithing.
One story was how he had developed his arm and shoulder muscles.
He said he would stand outside behind the house and,
with a 5 pound potato sack in each hand, extend his arms straight out
from his sides and hold them there as long as he could.
After awhile he tried 10 pound potato sacks, then 50 pound potato sacks
and finally he got to where he could lift a 100 pound potato sack
in each hand and hold his arms straight out for more than a full minute!
Next, he started putting potatoes in the sacks.
May 16 at 19:57 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Jokes  Going to Grandma's
My 3-year-old son was as excited as he could be to visit his grandma in Florida,
especially since it meant taking his first trip on an airplane.
We'd just boarded and got buckled in when he looked around the plane and cried.
"What is it?" I asked, wondering if he was nervous.
More like confused, I realized -- when he asked with surprise,
"If ALL these people are going to Grandma's house, will there be any cookies left for me?"
May 16 at 19:56 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Jokes  CONFLICTING PROVERBS
Actions speak louder than words.
The pen is mightier than the sword.

Look before you leap.
He who hesitates is lost.

Many hands make light work.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.

A silent man is a wise one.
A man without words is a man without thoughts.

Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.
Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

Clothes make the man.
Don't judge a book by its cover.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Better safe than sorry.

The bigger, the better.
The best things come in small packages.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Out of sight, out of mind.

What will be, will be.
Life is what you make it.

Cross your bridges when you come to them.
Forewarned is forearmed.

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
One man's meat is another man's poison.

The more, the merrier.
Two's company; three's a crowd

It's no wonder we're all confused.
May 16 at 19:39 EST .

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   Safetydude  One man's trash is another man's treasure.
May 16 at 22:40 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Coffee Klatch  As I said below, I joined the Red Hat Society. I forget whether I have to be 50, 55, or 60 to wear red, but I am almost 63, so I am safe. The thing I've found with the society, many things are for people who do not work. I will go to the Book Club meeting on Memorial Day, because I will be off work. We'll see about other events.
   May 15 at 19:43 EST .

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   Gram77  My neighbor recently told me that once you are a widow you cannot belong to Red Hat. True?
May 16 at 09:43 EST .

   Balogreene  No, you just have to be a woman of a certain age who likes to have fun. They started out as over 60, have now gone down in age. The difference is the youngsters have to wear purple.

Remember that old poem, When I am old I shall wear purple?

My group plays Bunco (? ), has a book club, has movie nights, probably has stuff 10 days every month!
May 16 at 19:54 EST .

   Balogreene posted on Suggested Reading  What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. It is the book being read by my "Red Hat Society" book club. I decided to join them. I cannot tell you why I loved this book. A few days after reading it, I knew it was not my normal book (history ), but I really enjoyed it.

Alice loses her memory, and wakes up thinking she is newly-married, and pregnant for the first time. She learns she has three children, and her husband has left her. Her story is a journey, who she is, what she was, what she wants to be. Will she ever remember enough to survive?

I loved all of the characters, and was conflicted about their relationships with each other. Sometimes I yelled at Alice, sometimes her husband, sometimes her mother. I really did enjoy the book.
May 14 at 18:56 EST .

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   StormCnter  I liked that book a lot, too, Balogreene. Liane Moriarty has written several excellent novels.
May 16 at 07:43 EST .

   Balogreene  Thank you Storm. I just downloaded "The Husband's Secret" and "Big Little Lies" on Audible.
May 17 at 17:04 EST .

   Balogreene posted on Recipes  Okay, here is the fried bologna sandwich at Toby Keith's. Texas Toast, fried bologna, tomato, lettuce, and barbecue sauce. We had the Tumbleweeds mentioned below, and Fried Okra. To die for!
   May 10 at 02:32 EST .

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