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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: September 2016: An Interview with Laurie McGill

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: September 2016: An Interview with Laurie McGill: Laurie is a member of the Dallas Doll Club, which received its charter in the United Federation of Doll Clubs, Inc. in 1959. She is a f...

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Erzebet on the Blog "Heroines of History" With Puzzles, Mazes, Quizzes, and Graphics

Here is the entry on Erzebet from an interesting blog on women's history.  It is the same story, of course, focusing on the 19th century accounts of Erzebet, and including the blood bathing stories, and calling her a serial killer.  Here is the link:  http://heroinesofhistory.wikispaces.com/Elizabeth+Bathory.


You will find the graphics interesting, and the blog is attractive and over all well done.  There are entries for many other women, including Boudicca, Madame Mao, Amelia Earhart and many more.


More, soon.  It is a hard life, these days, and I often found myself metaphorically trapped in my own tower.



Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Re purposed Dolls

Part of recycling and living green is learning to conserve and to repair what we have.  Collecting dolls, especially Antiques, embraces collecting and recycling.  Therefore, I will be doing various posts on this topic, stressing the repair and reuse of materials already available.  we will continue with the original 49 tips, too.

I look forward to hearing from readers who want to share tips, especially gardening.  I have a glorious volunteer Cinderella pumpkin thriving just in time for Fall, and a volunteer impatiens taking root.  These are wonderful.

So, more soon, and I hope your Fall is cool, sunny, and early.  Catch me also on the R. John Wright Design Blog and on Ruby Lane's Blogs.








Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: National Teddy Bear Day and More!

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: National Teddy Bear Day and More!: Dolls are everywhere!   In the aftermath of an apartment house fire today on the news, a girl who survived was rejoicing that she found ...

Italian Chicken

From my Friend, Kim G.:

This is an amazing casserole for the crock pot, or else, bake it in the oven.  Adjust times and temperatures as you would for other casseroles involving similar ingredients, or for dishes like chicken and dumplings.

2 large chicken breasts

1 envelope Good Seasons or any brand dry Italian dressing mix [if you're stuck; try using Italian seasoning mix like Aldi sells.  Put the same amount as in the envelope, or try the spaghetti sauce seasoning in Kraft's Italian spaghetti dinner, an old family favorite for us.

I can chicken broth, 8 oz

1 can cream of mushroom soup, any brand

1 can cream  of chicken soup, any brand

I oz container whipped cream cheese

Crock Pot:

{Or the way my memory is work, I should say, Crack Pot!)

Combine chicken, Italian dressing mix and chicken broth.  Make sure there is enough liquid to cover the chicken.  Cook 2 hours.

(On the stove, combine ingredients in a Dutch oven, and cook till chicken is browned and cooked through.  Add liquid as needed . Then, combine and stir other ingredients, and bake for about 4-45 mins or so, watching constantly to see if there is enough liquid.  Again, follow directions for baking Tuna casserole)


In  Crock Pot, add all the other ingredients and stir.  Cook another 3 hours, but watch.

Serve over white rice or noodles.  I would add canned or Fresh Mushrooms for flavor, but it its heavenly even without them!

This is real comfort food!!


Italian Chicken

From my Friend, Kim G.:

This is an amazing casserole for the crock pot, or else, bake it in the oven.  Adjust times and temperatures as you would for other casseroles involving similar ingredients, or for dishes like chicken and dumplings.

2 large chicken breasts

1 envelope Good Seasons or any brand dry Italian dressing mix [if you're stuck; try using Italian seasoning mix like Aldi sells.  Put the same amount as in the envelope, or try the spaghetti sauce seasoning in Kraft's Italian spaghetti dinner, an old family favorite for us.

I can chicken broth, 8 oz

1 can cream of mushroom soup, any brand

1 can cream  of chicken soup, any brand

I oz container whipped cream cheese

Crock Pot:

{Or the way my memory is work, I should say, Crack Pot!)

Combine chicken, Italian dressing mix and chicken broth.  Make sure there is enough liquid to cover the chicken.  Cook 2 hours.

(On the stove, combine ingredients in a Dutch oven, and cook till chicken is browned and cooked through.  Add liquid as needed . Then, combine and stir other ingredients, and bake for about 4-45 mins or so, watching constantly to see if there is enough liquid.  Again, follow directions for baking Tuna casserole)


In  Crock Pot, add all the other ingredients and stir.  Cook another 3 hours, but watch.

Serve over white rice or noodles.  I would add canned or Fresh Mushrooms for flavor, but it its heavenly even without them!

This is real comfort food!!


Recycled Art Opportunity

Soon, I'll have more photos and information about the doll club exhibition I visited which consists of art dolls and dolls made from recycled materials, but I found a napkin from Moe's Southwest grill with a chance to make re purposed art.  The slogan on it is " YOU CAN MAKE ART OF OUT ANYTHING."  It invites the holder of the napkin to share one of a kind napkin creations on Twitter at #Welcome to Moes.




Friday, September 9, 2016

When the Going gets Tough, the Tough Blog

Fall is finally in the air; summer simply won't let go.  It envelops us in a mist of heat and humidity, sort of a pall.  I see leaves turning, and the cattails are in their glory.  Slings and arrows of fortune continue to jap at me.  Do I break them into little pieces after catching them, or dodge them?  I have one glorious pumpkin growing, and many blooms on an amazing vine.  I started putting put fall and Halloween decorations, just here and there.  And I think all the time, here is one more autumn.  We used to hit the road on Sundays, my parents and I, and haunt country roads for pumpkin stands and carmel apples.  We were always looking for antiques shops, and for dolls.  My mom could scout them out anywhere, in out of the way places with names like St. David, Altona, Los Altos, Macoupin, Milan, Silvis, Carterville, Christopher, Fairview, London Mills, etc. I've been lost in more places and dusty barns and sheds than other people have had summer vacations at camp.  I loved it all.


This is an elegiac post, and I'm sorry.  My stress levels are astounding; to say I deal with fools constantly is not to tell the half of it.  I am grateful, very grateful, it is not worse.  But dealing with other people in your home, even when they are there to help, is too much for me.  They feel the need to interfere, to "tidy up" and lose things that matter, to comment, to deposit their own crap everywhere, to take over the fridge.  We also realize quickly that no everyone is that bright.  Well, the shenanigans of this election year should have shown us that.


How does anyone cope when she is sandwiched between to coasts, and too families?  When she has become chief cook and bottle washer and her own life is too complicated and full of work and minutiae that only matters to other's schedules?


Having said all this, I will try to have more posts on Green subjects.  The Green party candidate made headway and is about to be arrested for ecoterrorism and protests on the new pipeline.  Global warming is in the news again because of the record muggy temps we've had, and the floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes abounding.  I call it climate instability, or the rollicking roller coaster of weather.


Still, my family remembers when it was cold in September, and very rainy, and we needed sweaters and jackets. I remember my mother buying me a special out fit, rust colored slacks, a cream sweater with rusty read flowers with yellow centers across the front.  It was in a crochet pattern, with a shall collar, and a little rusty/maroon silk scarf fit at the neck.  I still have the scarf, though I've long outgrown the outfit.  I wore it Sept. 12th to a pep rally at school, then we ate out, then we went to the fall Antique Show.  I bought terracotta Frozen Charlottes, and a few paper dolls from old comics, and I saw a tiny, cabinet size light brown bisque Jumeau, priced $500!  She didn't come home that way, but the dealer took an interest in me, and explained a lot about the doll and Jumeau.  That's how I learned so much about them, I guess. Not many 15 year olds were into that kind of doll.  Mom bought a gold lavaliere; she wore all the time, and it looked so nice.


Now, it is my turn to be cumbered with much serving, and it is hard to be under so much stress and stay gracious, let alone responsible.  But, I do it.


On this blog, look for more recipes, Italian chicken, some other casseroles and ideas, and tips for letting volunteer plants grow. 


Also, look for more adventures of the Feloni Family Chronicles.  Be well.  The Solstice will be here before we know it.  The grasshoppers and squirrels are out everywhere, and the frost will soon be on the pumpkin.










Sunday, September 4, 2016

Miss Charlotte Bronte meets Miss Barbara Pym: What happens when Chemotherapy Ends

Miss Charlotte Bronte meets Miss Barbara Pym: What happens when Chemotherapy Ends: From our friend, talented writer, artist and excellent woman, Stephanie Hammonds: http://www.curetoday.com/community/stephanie-hammonds/20...

Thursday, September 1, 2016

An Apologia for Countess Erzebet Bathory: Halloween Dolls; Think Cool!

An Apologia for Countess Erzebet Bathory: Halloween Dolls; Think Cool!: The grave's a fine and quiet place, but none do there I think embrace. John Donne I belong to a Facebook Group titled “For the Lov...

An Apologia for Countess Erzebet Bathory: Library Wars

An Apologia for Countess Erzebet Bathory: Library Wars: From Atlas Obscura:  http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-fierce-forgotten-library-wars-of-the-ancient-world?utm_source=Boomtrain&ut...