Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Birth of the Israeli Air Force TERRIFIC

A moment in history…
The password is iaf

video: “Best of Times”

I connected my laptop to my bluetooth speaker, watched again, danced and blasted away:Rock Around the Clock
You Belong to Me
At the Hop
Til Then
Who’s Sorry Now
Little Darlin’
Let’s Stroll
Only You
Let’s Rock – Elvis
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Wanderer – Dion
Put Your Head on My Shoulder
I Get Around
I’m Sorry
Right Next Door to an Angel
Chances Are
Cryin’ – Roy Orbison
Hey Paula
Walk Like a Man
Unchained Melody
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

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One Pot Pasta Alfredo

One Pot Pasta Alfredo

One Pot Pasta Alfredo

Serves 2

1 cup water

2 cups milk

1 clove garlic, crushed

2 cups dry pasta, any variety you like

½ cup or 60 grams smoked ham, cut into thin shreds or small chunks

½ cup grated Mozzarella cheese

1/3 cup Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon Italian spice

Salt and black pepper to taste

In a saucepan, boil the water, milk and garlic. Add the pasta and the shredded smoked ham.  Simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until pasta is almost done.

When pasta is cooked al dente, no need to drain. Just add the remaining ingredients, mix well and cook a further 2 minutes.

Serve with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and/or fresh black pepper. Enjoy!

Take a Walk Down Memory Lane

My great grandfather, great grandmother, grandmother, great great aunt, great aunts and great uncle taken in early 1900 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

My great grandfather, great grandmother, grandmother, great great aunt who was my great grandmother’s sister, great aunts and great uncle taken in early 1900

Family History Month is long past but what better time to work on a special genealogy project during the winter months? There’s time to organize papers and display old photos, or work on your own research during the dark days of winter. Here are some ideas.

Scanning, Displaying & Using Old Photographs

We all have old or antique photos stashed away, whether from our own childhood or from previous generations. I recently obtained my mother’s old photos and I just scanned them all. I am going to make a photobook of them all. Here are some ideas:

  • Scan that collection of old photographs, and choose some to display in a digital photo frame.
  • Write captions and identifying information on labels to put on the back of old photos. Then read Protect and Preserve Old Photographs to find out how to care for them.
  • Make a photobook and give to your grandchildren.

Start Writing Your Personal History

Letters and journals from ancestors are a great find, but your children and grandchildren would like to know about you, too. I recently began my memoir journey by writing about my life, starting from childhood and on into the present. I jotted down all the experiences, memories, details and feelings about my life and hope to continue to produce my memoir in book form.

  • Write about your best friend in high school.
  • Write about the first date with your spouse.
  • Write about how you got interested in genealogy.
  • Write what you were doing when you heard about the shooting of President John F. Kennedy.
  • Write about another memorable event in your life.
  • Ask your parents or grandparents the same questions and write their responses.

Make Family History Related Gifts

  • Make copies of a favorite ancestor’s photo, put in small, light frames, and give as Christmas tree ornaments.
  • Create a montage of ancestors’ photos, or photos of current family members, and give as a gift.
  • Write the story of one ancestor’s family and give to family members. If possible, include a photo of them or something related to them. Recently my younger cousin asked me about my uncle, he dad, who passed away early in his life. He also wanted to know about our grandparents, whom he had never known. In addition to my brother’s memories, which are few, I can give him my story about our grandparents to make it real for him.
  • Create a digital scrapbook page of an ancestor’s story, plus photos and excerpts from documents, and print as a gift. While my father was in Britain during WW2, my mother and father who were engaged before he left, sent photos back and forth. They both wrote love letters on the backs of the photos. I am going to include those inscriptions in the photobook.

Plan a Family Reunion

  • The younger generation in our family does not know the rest of our family descendants from our great grandparents. We are planning a spring reunion to get together, share family stories, look at old photos and have fun.
  • Create a Family Group on Facebook and find lost relative, little know facts, and with everyone’s input, plan a reunion or just simply stay in touch.

I’m on a phase in my life where my family’s past is of great importance to me. Knowing details of family events and life 100 years ago is of great interest to me. Perhaps it’s the same for you!

Stuffed Eggplant Chinese Style

Stuffed Eggplant Chinese Style

Stuffed Eggplant Chinese Style

Serves 2 – 3

Stuffed Eggplant Chinese Style - some ingredients

Stuffed Eggplant Chinese Style – some ingredients

½ pound ground pork, chicken or turkey

1 stalk green onion, finely chopped, white and green parts

2 inch piece of fresh ginger, finely chopped, divided (amount can be adjusted to taste)

1 tablespoon Chinese cooking wine

1 long thin Chinese eggplant sliced into 1 inch rounds, soaked in cold water for 10 minutes and drained


½ cup all purpose flour

½ cup cornstarch

1-2 cups water

oil for deep frying

3 cloves fresh garlic, finely chopped


2 tablespoons Hoisin Sauce

5 tablespoons Thai sweet chili sauce

1 teaspoon Chinese black vinegar or balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons Chinese cooking wine

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons dark soy sauce

1 teaspoon sesame oil

½ cup chopped cilantro

In a small bowl, mix the ground meat with the green onion, half of the ginger and cooking wine.

Stuffed Eggplant Chinese Style - ground meat stuffing

Stuffed Eggplant Chinese Style – ground meat stuffing

Slice ¾ of the way through the centre of the rounds of eggplant to make a slit, but do not cut all the way through. Stuff the eggplants with a spoonful of meat mixture.

Stuffed Eggplant Chinese Style - eggplants sliced and stuffed

Stuffed Eggplant Chinese Style – eggplants sliced and stuffed

Make a batter of flour, cornstarch and water in another bowl, using a wire whisk to blend the batter.

Batter for Stuffed Eggplant Chinese Style

Batter for Stuffed Eggplant Chinese Style

Heat enough oil in the wok on medium high heat to deep-fry the stuffed eggplant rounds (approximately ½ cup of oil). The amount of oil depends on the size of the wok. Add the remaining ginger and the garlic. Dip each stuffed round into the batter and fry turning often until they are lightly browned and soft inside. Turn the heat down to medium to medium-low so that the pieces can cook without browning too much. It takes take two or three batches to cook all slices. Remove to a plate and set aside.

Stuffed Eggplant Chinese Style - deep-frying

Stuffed Eggplant Chinese Style – deep-frying

Stuffed Eggplant Chinese Style - deep-frying

Stuffed Eggplant Chinese Style – deep-frying

Remove the majority of the oil from the wok, leaving about 2-3 tablespoons plus the ginger and garlic in the wok and heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the sauce ingredients and bring to a boil, lowering the heat to simmer and let the sauce cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Stuffed Eggplant Chinese Style - Ingredients for the Sauce

Stuffed Eggplant Chinese Style – Ingredients for the Sauce

Add the cooked stuffed eggplants to the sauce mix, stirring constantly and cook for a further 3 minutes.

Stuffed Eggplant Chinese Style - Stuffed eggplants cooking in sauce

Stuffed Eggplant Chinese Style – Stuffed eggplants cooking in sauce

Add the cilantro for garnish and serve on a platter together with rice or other dishes.

Stuffed Eggplant Chinese Style

Stuffed Eggplant Chinese Style

12 Things You Should Be Able to Say About Yourself

12 Things You Should Be Able to Say About Yourself

You know you’re on the right track when you can repeat each of the following headlines to yourself, honestly. (And if you can’t, this list gives you something positive to work on.)

1. I am following my heart and intuition.

Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams. Live the life you want to live. Be the person you want to remember years from now. Make decisions and act on them. Make mistakes, fall and try again. Even if you fall a thousand times, at least you won’t have to wonder what could have been. At least you will know in your heart that you gave your dreams your best shot.

Each of us has a fire in our hearts burning for something. It’s our responsibility in life to find it and keep it lit. This is your life, and it’s a short one. Don’t let others extinguish your flame. Try what you want to try. Go where you want to go. Follow your own intuition. Dream with your eyes open until you know exactly what it looks like. Then do at least one thing every day to make it a reality.

And as you strive to achieve your goals, you can count on there being some fairly substantial disappointments along the way. Don’t get discouraged, the road to your dreams may not be an easy one. Think of these disappointments as challenges – tests of persistence and courage. At the end of the road, more often than not, we regret what we didn’t do far more than what we did. Read Quitterir?t=marandang-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0982986270.

2. I am proud of myself.

You are your own best friend and your own biggest critic. Regardless of the opinions of others, at the end of the day the only reflection staring back at you in the mirror is your own. Accept everything about yourself – EVERYTHING! You are you and that is the beginning and the end – no apologies, no regrets.

People who are proud of themselves tend to have passions in life, feel content and set good examples for others. It requires envisioning the person you would like to become and making your best efforts to grow.

Being proud isn’t bragging about how great you are; it’s more like quietly knowing that you’re worth a lot. It’s not about thinking you’re perfect – because nobody is – but knowing that you’re worthy of being loved and accepted. All you have to do is be yourself and live the story that no one else can live – the story of your own unique life. Be proud, be confident, you never know who has been looking at you wishing they were you.

3. I am making a difference.

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

Is it true that we all live to serve? That by helping others we fulfill our own destiny? The answer is a simple ‘yes.’ When you make a positive impact in someone else’s life, you also make a positive impact in your own life. Do something that’s greater than you – something that helps someone else to be happy or to suffer less.

You are only one, but you are one. You cannot do everything, but you can do something. Smile and enjoy the fact that you made a difference – one you’ll likely remember forever.

4. I am happy and grateful.

Happiness is within you, in your way of thinking. How you view yourself and your world are mindful choices and habits. The lens you choose to view everything through determines how you feel about yourself and everything that happens around you.

Being grateful will always make you happy. If you’re finding it hard to be grateful for anything, sit down close your eyes and take a long slow breath and be grateful for oxygen. Every breath you take is in sync with someone’s last.

5. I am growing in to the best version of me.

Judy Garland once said, “Always be a first rate version of yourself instead of a second rate version of somebody else.” Live by this statement. There is no such thing as living in someone else’s shoes. The only shoes you can occupy are your own. If you aren’t being yourself, you aren’t truly living – you’re merely existing.

Remember, trying to be anyone else is a waste of the person you are. Embrace that individual inside you that has ideas, strengths and beauty like no one else. Be the person you know yourself to be – the best version of you – on your terms. Improve continuously, take care of your body and health, and surround yourself with positivity. Become the best version of you.

6. I am making my time count.

Time is the most valuable constituent of life. Make the time for what does matter today. Really being in the moment, finding passion in your life, seeing the world and traveling, or just seeing the world that’s around you right now, being with great people, doing amazing things, eating amazing food and savoring life’s little pleasures.

Remember, your time is priceless, but it’s free. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can spend it, but you can’t keep it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back. You really do only have a short period to live. So let your dreams be bigger than your fears and your actions louder than your words. Make your time count!

7. I am honest with myself.

Be honest about what’s right, as well as what needs to be changed. Be honest about what you want to achieve and who you want to become. Be honest with every aspect of your life, always. Because you are the one person you can forever count on.

Search your soul, for the truth, so that you truly know who you are. Once you do, you’ll have a better understanding of where you are now and how you got here, and you’ll be better equipped to identify where you want to go and how to get there. Read The Four Agreementsir?t=marandang-20&l=as2&o=1&a=1878424319.

8. I am good to those I care about.

In human relationships distance is not measured in miles, but in affection. Two people can be right next to each other, yet miles apart. So don’t ignore someone you care about, because lack of concern hurts more than angry words. Stay in touch with those who matter to you. Not because it’s convenient, but because they’re worth the extra effort.

When was the last time you told your family and close personal friends that you loved them? Just spending a little time with someone shows that you care, shows that they are important enough that you’ve chosen — out of all the things to do on your busy schedule — to find the time for them. Talk to them. Listen to them. Understand them.

Many times it’s our actions, not just our words that really speak what our heart feels for another.

9. I know what unconditional love feels like.

Whether your love is towards a child, a lover, or another family member, know the feeling of giving love and not expecting anything in return – this is what lies at the heart of unconditional love. Life through unconditional love is a wondrous adventure that excites the very core of our being and lights our path with delight. This love is a dynamic and powerful energy that lifts us through the most difficult times.

Love is beautiful and unpredictable. It begins with ourselves, for without self-love, we cannot know what true love can be. In loving ourselves, we allow the feeling to generate within us and then we can share it to everyone and everything around us. When you love unconditionally, it isn’t because the person you love is perfect, it’s because you learn to see an imperfect person perfectly.

10. I have forgiven those who once hurt me.

We’ve all been hurt by another person at some point or another – we were treated badly, trust was broken, hearts were hurt. And while this pain is normal, sometimes that pain lingers for too long. We relive the pain over and over, letting them live rent-free in our head and we have a hard time letting go.

Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness, it causes us to miss out on the beauty of life as it happens. To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you.

11. I take full accountability for my life.

Own your choices and mistakes, and be willing to take the necessary steps to improve upon them. Either you take accountability for your life or someone else will. And when they do, you’ll become a slave to their ideas and dreams instead of a pioneer of your own.

You are the only one who can directly control the outcome of your life. And no, it won’t always be easy. Every person has a stack of obstacles in front of them. But you must take accountability for your situation and overcome these obstacles. Choosing not to is choosing a lifetime of mere existence. Read The Road Less Traveledir?t=marandang-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0743243153.

12. I have no regrets.

This one is simply a culmination of the previous eleven…

Follow your heart. Be true to yourself. Do what makes you happy. Be with who makes you smile. Laugh as much as you breathe. Love as long as you live. Say what you need to say. Offer a helping hand when you’re able. Appreciate all the things you do have. Smile. Celebrate your small victories. Learn from your mistakes. Realize that everything is a lesson in disguise. Forgive. And let go of the things you can’t control.

Like My Cookbook – It’s Easy!

Hi Everyone!

Recently I’ve done a lot of research on how I can increase visibility for my Chinese Comfort Food Cookbook. One thing I’ve read over and over is that the number of ‘Likes’ my book has on Amazon and on my Facebook page can greatly help in this endeavor.

Liking my book title and fan page is very easy. Please click on one or more of the links to like my books and/or my Facebook Page.

I would really appreciate it and if you’ve read my book, a review on Amazon would be great! Thanks for helping! Love, Roz x0x00x

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Using Electronics Before Bed May Hamper Sleep – US News and World Report

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