“Cold Weather TODAY: Requires HOME BAKE COOKIES”

On a  “COLD WINTER DAY”  – – – what makes for a warmer home – – than a pan of fresh  baked cookies and from scratch!”


                     “Grandma makes “Cookies”

Cookie making Day!   In the  last  week  I’ve read more recipes for cookies and  set several that I have never made before aside to try out   –  and Today –I made cookies! I have several packages of  Toll House  – Nestle semi-sweet chips  and with it being a dreary day outside – dark and raining  – thought  –  if I can’t  try something new – – –  may as well go with an old  “favorites”  maybe chocolate chip recipe  on the package?

When you are thinking of making cookies and want several  – for the taste buds to feel like something special is going on  – here’s what I did.

The recipe does not call for the flour to be sifted, so that is what I did and I did sift the flour three times. Also, I used  one (1) cup  cake flour  to see if I get a better taste? The recipes calls for two (2) eggs so I used  three (3) eggs, because  I was going to add almost a cup of flake coconut – did not really measure  – just eye ball  – like mother used to do!  Also, to give the cookie some  extra body  –  something good for the system  – almost a cup of quick oats  – since they are what every body needs   –  and I can really justify my eating an extra cookie  –  “big laugh – little joke”  – –  when I can say  “I’m having my  ‘oats’ today!” And I was more than generous when adding the nuts! It calls for a cup  chopped nuts and I put in almost two (2) cups.

Rather than chop the nuts, I put them in after the eggs were added with the the coconut and oats so the mixer could do the chopping. Ten minutes per tray  and (16) cookies per tray and I was baking up plenty! I have two containers full of cookies and really feel good.

Best part of baking cookies   – I sampled (1) one cookie from each tray full   –   and they were really  “Good!”   “WOW” – – if   say so myself!


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

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“Amazing living in the “Hummingbird” Fly ZONE”

It is good to have “Mr. Wonderful” as a brother, Tom McClarren – – that can find exquisite stories to share with me and the WORLD – – since so many of us…  do not have the time  to find these “GOLDEN NUGGETS” that are given to those of us – – who  would love to share  – – with fellow creatures  here on EARTH – – and these are all FREE GIFTS – – from our AMAZING CREATOR, himself.

Pass on to those that you also LOVE and will LOVE  to see more AMAZING gifts from  our one and only CREATOR! 



This is something I have  never even heard of or seen before.   This woman lives in a Hummingbird fly zone.  As they migrated, about 20 of them were in her yard.  She took the little red dish, filled it with sugar water and this is the result. 

The woman is Abagail  Alfano of Pine, Louisiana – she had been studying them daily and one morning put the cup from the feeder (with water in it) into her hand.  Since they had gotten used to her standing by the feeder they came over to her hand.   

She says in touching they are as light as a feather.  Abagail also said, ‘if she had known her husband was taking pictures she  would have put on makeup.’ 





“Thanks be to our ALMIGHTY CREATOR!”     D.V.

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“Did IT ever “SNOW a PILE of SNOW” yestrday


                   “IT SNOWED a PILE of SNOW!”

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When it  “SNOWS” –  – – – – what do you do???

Make sure the kids…and BIG KIDS – bundle up in the warmest of warm wear – – and let them go.  When they   have had enough – they will soon be in – and asking for some  “HOT CHOCOLATE” – and sit  down  by  the warm  FIRE PLACE – and will  tell all about the FUN…that  they were  doing in their “NEW”  SNOW-mobile – – – doing ‘DO-NUTS’ – – and if you were inside by the window looking out –  you could hear them  yelling  to the high heavens –  –  that they were having so much FUN!

Well… with the terrific   SNOW fall   last night – – all  of the kids that could…were at SUNSET PARK.  Parents were pulling some small kids up the hill on their sled – – and lots of other children were getting ready for a very fast  “fun full sled”  ride done…and yelling all the way  – – I think that the yelling louder… than anyone else…  means you are having so much  more FUN…than the rest of your friends!

Well… it is afternoon – – and the early birds  – all have… had their  full  share of the cold out-door FUN – and with their parents – got a warm ride home. There may still be some SNOW and ICE out there – – but  – – you have more FUN early in the day – – as the early bird – “up and did it”  – – NOW  are  on their  phones… to call their   good friends – the ones who missed out …on  “TODAY’s SNOW DAY”  off from school – but were able to make it to  “SUNSET PARK”  for FUN and GAMES.

Sorry    to  and for those who missed a good  FUN in the SNOW DAY – – but one never… knows – another – one –   may be just around the corner.  SEE you all soon  and having even more FUN  – then!


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“Wonderful” and “Powerful Katrinka”


                    “Powerful Katrinka”

When you hear words and or names that sound funny to your ears – that is when you are a little kid – they have a way of getting stuck in your brain… somewhere. My Mother had the best command of the “English Language” and with her voice and diction – she could have been a stand-in for actress, “Betty Davis.” When my Mother wanted your attention – she had “the voice”  to let you know exactly what she wanted and there was no way for you escape – it came across so very clear!

As I grew – up – taller- and able to reach and do what she was not able to – my Mother would refer to me as her  “Powerful Katrinka!”   I always thought that I was the next  “Super Woman”  since I was  so able to do whatever Mom wanted me to do.  There was the time when my Father was not around and not available and with the cold weather coming and Mom needed the storm-windows hung and she was unable to do the hanging – and she was not able to carry then up from the basement.  (I was the only one around and available to be told how you get these windows up from the basement –  – –  without breaking – clean – and hang.)

We lived in North Saint Louis and you may have seen the windows  on some of the old houses – – so you need muscle and strength. The height was at least 6 foot and all one piece with the hanging hooks at the top. So…  the job for me was to bring each one up from the basement – without breaking – wash both sides and dry. The windows have all been washed on the outside of the house – so that when this storm-window was hung- we would have clean glass to see through. There were 6 storm-windows for me to hang – now just thinking about doing that job – I’m worn out and could not begin to do any of the work involved – NOW!

This was just one of those times when I was called “Powerful Katrinka!”

“If only we could stay… Powerful and Strong… all of our LIFE…LONG?”       D.V.

“Just something for the “KIDOS” to watch to give them an idea – – of what a  “Powerful Katrinka” can do!”





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“What a Difference a NAME will make in YOUR LIFE”




                           Remembering “Stella”

February 11th reminds me of the Conformation  Name  “Bernadette”   that I took after seeing the movie, ‘Song of Bernadette.’ In the mid 1940’s  and in the 3rd or 4th grade, my friend, Stella M. Santoyo, and class mate took the name, Bernadette, when we were confirmed.

When we were in the German St. Vincent’s Orphanage,  generally, to celebrate a holiday , a movie would be shown in the auditorium for all the Nuns and Children. On one occasion, the movie “Song of Bernadette” was shown. At that time my friend Stella, and I  having really found a real meaning in this particular  movie  and the life story of Bernadette – just had to take that name. Everyone to be confirmed were reading about the different names of the “Saints”  and trying to find out  as much as possible to see if the name and their story would be something to try focusing  our own lives on?

We also, Stella and I  were very good friends, still remember her birth date of June 6th, and her number was #90 and my number was #91.  We both dressed as  “Indian maidens” in a parade we were in,  and if any prizes were to be given out we would have been “Top Winners”.  We were both good friends of  Sister Seraphine and since she liked us so well, Stella and I got the first choice to pick from all the new hats for Easter .  Some wonderful benefactor who should surely receive lots of extra prayers of  “Thanks.”
I saw the movie, Song of Bernadette,  again,  not too long ago and I really think more people should see it. Every chance I see that this movie  will be  on one of the  “1940 era – golden oldie’s”   –   re runs …  there    “I  am”  –      remembering – – why Stella and I decided on this special name of all the names – – all of us  girls were thinking about – – and why would this NAME be better — than any other!

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               “HAPPY BIRTHDAY… DADDY”

This is a real favorite PHOTO of DADDY and ME – –  when your PARENTS are YOUNG – – and YOU are the first baby in the FAMILY… “WOW” – – what more can I say – –  everything is so NEW and Exciting – – the PARENTS are learning and the “BABY” that makes you THREE – – – and way back then in the late 1930’s – –  to me… everything was just terrific – – If I say so… myself!

There were no problems  – – LIFE was FUN and like the song… “the LIVING was Easy” – – could I ask for any thing…more?


Here is another old PHOTO of DADDY – – every couple of years his “face and looks” seem to change – –  – – but we never forgot him – –  – 

During and or just before WWII – – my DAD was working in uniform – – and as a little girl – – guess some things – – were never talked about – – when little ears were around to hear     and spill the beans – – talking about stuff – – they had no real knowledge  of  – – well like everyone has heard… “Loose Lips Sink Ships”  – so  therefore… “no ships sank… on my account!”

Talking about my DAD looking like “Clark Gable” with a cigarette – – this is one of the early ones – – but… as DAD got older – – seems like they both  – – looked like the other… when smoking. “Check out the old movie… “Any Number Can Play”  – – and you will see what I am talking about” That is one  movie I can watch and watch – – just looks and acts like my DAD!

“My DAD just loved this day for his  “BIRTHDAY” – – because everyone was also celebrating this day for the old… “GROUND HOG…himself”  and when my DAD was older – –  –   he really took part in  all of  that  CELEBRATING!”

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