“MAMA’S AMBROSIA” and Our Favorite”




  • Place orange sections, pineapple, kiwi, and coconut in a bowl. Toss to combine.

  • Whisk together the yogurt, honey, and vanilla. Fold into the fruit. Garnish with coconut and serve.

And Another Favorite of the FAMILY is the following…

      “Watergate Salad”

Sweet pineapple, soft marshmallows, crunchy walnuts, pistachio pudding, creamy whipped topping, and maraschino cherries combine to create this classic sweet salad.


  • 20 oz can crushed pineapple, in 100% juice, DO NOT DRAIN!
  • 3.4 oz package of pistachio flavored instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup halved maraschino cherries
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen whipped topping thawed


  • Combine the undrained crushed pineapple with the dry pudding mix. Mix in the mini marshmallows, chopped walnuts, and maraschino cherries.
  • Fold in the whipped topping.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight

You might just like to have either of the above SALADS any time of the day – they are so good  for you, that you and the family or even with your friends over for something really good,  will want to enjoy one of  these terrific  salads everyday… we do!

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“On the Thirteenth is Tom Aldrich’s Birthday”

       “Happy Birthday to TOM Aldrich”

“Just adding to the good memories,  that we all have of  “TOM Aldrich”  for his BIRTHDAY,  on the Thirteenth!”

    Tom Aldrich with “MAN’s” Best Friend!

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Thomas H. Aldrich in Korea with   “WAR-DOG SHANE!”

This picture of Tom and SHANE …  his “WAR-DOG”  reminds me of that  movie “Call of the WILD”  – the stars were  “Clark Gable and Loretta Young.”

You will like it,  if you  can take the time to find it.   What caught my attention was  –  I  was watching   “Clark Gable” with this very “WILD DOG – Duke.”  The  absolute control that he had  in getting  the dog  to obey him  and then  becoming his “BEST FRIEND!”  If anyone would even get near “DUKE”  – he would come after them and kill  them…  man or other beast!

That is what Tom had – that personality – that  – no matter what type of dog – TOM would be working with – the dog and Tom were able to become best of friends  – both knowing that Tom was the one and only  “MASTER”  – and the dog would know that he was protected by Tom and that the two of them would work as a “TEAM” –  with the both of them  – being able to read the other  – a move  – a whisper – a nod  – each  other would know exactly the very next action that would be  needed and precisely  performed  – only masterfully  taking  place.

When you can work with “DOGS”  as Tom did…  my feeling is that you have received a very special talent, I should say; an extra special “TALENT” that not too many receive  from the Almighty Yahweh, and  more of us  should try learning very early… what natural talents – they may have and work with them… to  the glory  and  with much  thankfulness  be to our “Creator!”   

Everyone should know that, those  extra special gifts that you receive,  you should use  to the very best of your ability and then,  you will receive  even more!

 “Try it out,  and see if you don’t receive  so much more   – “YES”  you will definitely know,  when you stop to take that special notice of the increase of your  “TALENTS” … just exactly  where that extra  “MORE” is coming from!”        D.V.

“Start singing “Happy Birthday” to dear ole Tom – as he is celebrating in that Cloud #9 … up  and beyond!”

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“Your Blessings are Right THERE – Start Counting”

“Every Morning expect to see a RAINBOW…”


“More   Blessings are  always headed … your way… in your direction … just  take a look up and start   giving THANKS to your CREATOR…”guidepost

“LOVE is in  everything…sharing your LOVE…  means that you will always and forever have so very much more to share…”

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“The Holidays are Coming – Enjoy with FUN”

Tommy…HOME…for the HOLIDAYS…”


“When you ring the DOORBELL…after MIDNIGHT…and you want .. for  ME… to  open the “DOOR”  – stand back!”

I will wring your NECK… just check  with TOM, see if I did a good job of ringing his NECK??

The above old PHOTO … sure does look like I am doing the best job of ringing TOM’s NECK… even looks like a drop or two of blood… even the eyes look… as if he is not receiving  enough blood to the BRAIN.

Sure looks as if … I am enjoying this painful situation… nothing like having lots of FUN… when your brothers receive their “LEAVE” so they can  have    that unexpected  hands-on  type  of FUN, when  arriving in the middle of the night,  HOME for the HOLIDAYS!

It is surprising that “HOLLYWOOD”  did not make a big STAR out of TOM… when he was in the “BUILDING”… since ELVIS… left the BUILDING … as TOM would keep your attention… for HOURS… and you would be dying… since you were laughing  so hard… and in stitches with the tears of laughter just running down your cheeks!

He just knew so many funny things to say about so much… never needed for someone to write any scripts for him… some people just have a natural tendency to seeing to it… that everyone is having a good time. and   a time that you won’t soon forget… and you will be back for  more FUN and ENJOYMENT…and everyone  also knows… LAUGHTER is GOOD  MEDICINE!

“Sure do hope that all of our young men and women… that serve  in AMERICA’s ARMED FORCES… have  “LEAVE”  to come HOME for the HOLIDAYS!”

P.S. – and do be sure to enjoy all the Fun and Happiness as we did in those  many years and years ago!     D.V.

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This Is The One Holiday Tradition I Look Forward To The Most

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Chilling Time 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 27 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies



  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp butter softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 Tbsp milk
  • 4-5 drops food coloring


Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix the shortening and sugar together on medium-high speed until soft and fluffy.
  2. With the mixer running, add the eggs one at a time.
  3. Add the sour cream and vanilla and mix until creamy.
  4. Reduce to low speed and add the dry mixture 1/3 at a time until evenly mixed.
  5. Chill the dough in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
  6. Divide the dough into two halves.
  7. Roll the first half out on a floured surface until it’s a little over 1/4″ thick.
  8. Cut out cookies with a floured cookie cutter, and use a spatula to transfer them to the baking sheet.
  9. Repeat with the other half of the dough, then bake the cookies at 350°F for 10-12 minutes, or until just beginning to brown around the edges.
  10. Move cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  11. Prepare the frosting, adding powdered sugar or a splash of milk as necessary to achieve thick, fluffy frosting.
  12. Spread the frosting generously over the cookies and top with sprinkles.

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“Do DREAMS Have a Meaning or NOT”

It was just about that time in the evening when we should be going  to bed, when I took a look out the window and saw a car pulling  up in front of our house. I did not see anyone getting out of the car and saw no one walking on the sidewalk?  Started thinking that maybe I had missed something,  so I started retracing my steps and was checking to see if I had missed someone or something happening outside.

This picture of ME, standing at the front outside corner of our old house that we lived in at least a hundred years ago, is the house that I am talking about

Some times when we are thinking about those times that we have forgotten about so long ago, and I know that everything is changed and not at all the same, no matter what, but… that there must at least be some old unfinished business to remember, but how, what  and where do we go to get that  totally unknown event or matter  updated and resolved today?

Over a period of time, and a long time at that, some miniscule thing may have had a long enough time to grow and or even  develop enough to where that NOW a message is starting to come  into a necessary message that, I must take a second look at… just to see and determine if it is  that time to forgive and forget, or if that something is more serious  and it is necessary to take a  more drastic  action  or what am I not seeing and understanding   to do at this time?

I went to the front door and opened it, and to my surprise, there my MOTHER was standing with a large box in her arms. I did not hear the doorbell ring and heard no knock, and she must have been standing there for a few minutes. I know that she does drive a car as she never did that I know of, and I could not believe that if was  her and ME  standing at the front door?

I must have rolled over in my bed, at that point…I am waking up as it is the first of December, and now I do not know what to do … should I try to get reconnected in my DREAM… to see where this is going… or what?

I am half asleep and just  not really ready to get up and out of bed, and at the same time thinking   and wondering what and why and what is next to happen  – I am at the door with my MOM  and holding this doll and the BRAIN does not want to cooperate in going back to sleep.

So NOW… it looks like I may have to think about this DREAM a little more today and maybe when I go to bed tonight… I will be  able to pick up where I left off… and see where and what is the full meaning of this  sweet DREAM?       D.V.

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