“Kerry Or Irish Apple Cake”

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Kerry Apple Cake

Serves 10 – 12
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 50 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 10 minutes
Meal type Bread
Region Irish


  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4oz butter
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 or 4 Large Granny Smith apples
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (to sprinkle on top of cake)


Step 1 Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a 9-inch round baking pan by spraying with oil or coating with butter.
Step 2 Sift the cake flour, baking powder, salt, cloves and nutmeg into a large mixing bowl.
Step 3 Cut the butter into the flour and rub it in using your fingers or a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.
Step 4 Toss in the sugar and combine it with the flour mixture.
Step 5 Peel and slice the apples into similar 1″ to 2″ sized pieces.
Step 6 Add the apples into the flour mixture and mix them thoroughly.
Step 7 Beat the eggs and add a dash of milk. Add to the apples and flour and combine well with a large spoon. Add more milk as needed to fully moisten the flour. The result is a pretty sticky mixture.
Step 8 Transfer the dough into the prepared cake pan and flatten the top surface using the back of a large spoon.
Step 9 Sprinkle two tablespoons of sugar over the top of the cake.
Step 10 Bake the cake in the preheated 375 degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire wrack to finish cooling.

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“TODAY…will be THAT short day…”

The days just  are mot long enough to do everything – – are they that way for you… too?” – – – – “Seems … that as one gets older…  we  get slower – – and NOW… on top of that – – I will only have 23 hours…  to do  – – that which…  I could not do in 24 hours….yesterday !”

“How will I ever know for sure – – that giving up that ‘HOUR’ – – this  “SPRING”  weekend – – that…  I will receive it back in the … FALL?”

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Semi Retirement Joke


Grandma Retirement Jokes

“I could sure  use those old roller skates- – – in my old age – – to fly around town – – but forgot…  where we put… them?”


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You know you need glasses when... Now that's a mail slot!

Keep those senior citizens clean

“Now… If only …I can find that place  – – where the above sign is… I could be  done up  – – all… super duper…  for SUNDAY!”

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Life Rules: “For Living”

Life Rules: 10 Essential Rules For Living Your Best Life


“Life is the only game in which the object of the game is to learn the rules.”
– Ashleigh Brilliant

If I asked you to tell me what you’ve learned so far to have the best, happiest, most successful life, what advice would you give me?   What are the rules (or rules of thumb) you’ve learned in your 20,30,50, 80 years of life?

I’ve been getting a lot of emails on the subject lately, and I’ve struggled to answer the question myself.  What really matters in life? What really makes you happy?

So I went back to the basics.  I thought a lot about my own life and wrote down the principles I use to guide everything I do.  I then wondered – were there any studies on the subject? I was happy to find that there was.  So, these aren’t just my rules – these are rules that research also shows can improve your life.

And, perhaps unsurprisingly, it starts with love. Without further delay, here they are

7 Life Rules for Living Your Best Life

References at the bottom of article.

Life Rule #1: Love


Why not? In addition to the good experiences (as well as the ups and downs!) that come with love, research shows that individuals involved in loving relationships have additional benefits such as:

  • Fewer Doctor’s Visits
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Less Anxiety
  • Better Stress Management
  • Fewer Colds
  • Faster Healing
  • Longer & Happier Life

Life Rule #2: Live With Purpose


Don’t just exist – really live your life with purpose because research shows:

  • People are happier with they have meaning in their life: a belief in something bigger than themselves – from religion, spirituality or a philosophy of life.
  • Live working towards goals that are aligned with our needs, values and identity (self-concordant goals).  When pursuing self-concordant goals our sense of satisfaction (happiness) increases.
  • And while we’re on the subject, write down your goals

Not sure of your purpose? Searching for meaning?  You should pick up a copy, free, of personal development 101 it’s the first thing you’ll learn.  You could pay coaches hundreds of dollars for the same lessons.

Life Rule#3:  Be Grateful


  • According to Robert Emmons, Ph.D., psychology professor and researcher, University of California, Davis “Grateful people take better care of themselves and engage in more protective health behaviors like regular exercise, a healthy diet, regular physical examinations.”
  • Grateful people report higher levels of positive emotions, life satisfaction, vitality, optimism and lower levels of depression and stress.

Need a reminder?  Check out this start page: Be Grateful

Life Rule #4: Laugh


Not only is it enjoyable and a way to socially bond (which has its own benefits), research shows laughter has a number of direct health benefits:

  • Strengthening your immune system
  • It may reduce food cravings (who hasn’t eaten just because they’re bored?)
  • Can increase your threshold for pain.
  • Is linked to healthy function of blood vessels

Life Rule #5: Sing


If you’re like me, you enjoy singing just for the sake of singing. That’s not the only benefit though, you may also experience:

  • Increased happiness
  • Faster Healing
  • Improved immune function
  • Pain relief

Singing with a group is even more beneficial due to the social interaction it provides – and truth be told, some of my happiest memories are the days I spent playing music with the bands I was in.

Life Rule #6: Spend Time With Your Friends and Family


Well, for starters you’ll (hopefully) enjoy their company. Research also shows:

  • Friendship can ward off germs. Our brains control many of the mechanisms in our bodies which are responsible for disease.Just as stress can trigger ill health, it is thought that friendship and happiness can have a protective effect.
  • Friendship has a much bigger effect on average on happiness than income itself
  • Call your parents – research shows happiness for both children and parents is strongly linked to this relationship.

Life Rule #7: Forget About The Money (Well, Sort of )

Money certainly matters – but it does not increase happiness after a certain point. Consider the following:

  • Catherine Sanderson, a psychology professor at Amherst College notes that we’re never satisfied. “We always think if we just had a little bit more money, we’d be happier, but when we get there, we’re not.”
  • “Once you get basic human needs met, a lot more money doesn’t make a lot more happiness,” notes Dan Gilbert, a psychology professor at Harvard University

Life Rule #8: Dance


  • A study at Laban college indicated dance had a positive effect on physical fitness and psychological wellbeing
  • Dance is a very good exercise for heart patients compared to other aerobic exercises like cycling. They also noted patients enjoyed it much more
  • A study in New York in 2003 has shown that cognitive activities like crosswords help ward off dementia but, but physical exercise didn’t – except for ballroom dancing.

And of course, there are social benefits associated with meeting people dancing =)

(Source: Wikipedia, Benefits of Dance)

Life Rule #9:  Give


  • When we do something fun, our happiness is fleeting, but when give, and help another person, that happiness lasts.

I discussed this at length in an article: about altruism as a key to happiness

Life Rule#10: Eat Your (Green) Vegetables


  • Calorie for calorie, green vegetables are about as good as it gets.
  • They are high in fiber, high in a number of nutrients
  • Consumption of green vegetables has been linked to everything from improved immune systems to helping ward off heart disease to longer life.
  • The best ones?  Kale, Spinach and Broccoli.


Final Thoughts

It looks like Mark Twain may have got it right when he said:

“Dance like nobody’s watching;
Love like you’ve never been hurt.
Sing like nobody’s listening;
Live like it’s heaven on earth.”

To review, the 10 essential life rules I’ve found are:

  1. Love
  2. Live With Purpose
  3. Be Grateful
  4. Laugh
  5. Sing
  6. Spend Time With Your Friends and Family
  7. Forget About The Money (Well, Sort of )
  8. Dance
  9. Give
  10. Eat Your (Green) Vegetables

So go forward: Dance. Love. Sing. Live.

And listen to your mom: eat your vegetables.

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“What Do YOU… Think?”

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“Happy Birthday… Violet Lessor…. and many MORE…”


Violet is the lady on the left  – and a good friend of the Aldrich Family, Lee, Al, Jill, Alyssa and Jaime – and you know who is in the middle, ME!

This picture was taken as we  were leaving Church  – –  as there is a bulletin board on the wall in the foyer or entrance area – and just so you  and or visitors can get to know what some of the people look like and their names  – you will find photos  as well as the above photo  “ours” on display  – that makes it easier for you to have the name of the person or family that you would want to  meet and talk to   – makes for an easy introduction  – – while all the members meet and usually enjoy a breakfast or lurch – depending on the times and what is going on.

This was a very friendly Church  – with members taking part in a lot of the different programs and or teachings which were  made available in the evening hours.  Always lots of activities to keep you active in the Church – and I knew that this was not Violet’s regular Church – but I thought that she would enjoy going with our family and  – if there was ever a time that she would like for us to pick her up – and bring her – that was something that we enjoyed doing.

When  you are going to Church on a regular time frame – I just feel that it is a good idea to check with “Neighbors”  – just to see if there is someone in or around the neighborhood that would also like to attend. So many of our friends and neighbors are senior citizens and no longer drive – and sometimes have no way to attend a Church  – but so very much would like to be included – –  – but are embarrassed to ask for the opportunity to go with you –  – but  would say   “yes”  – if ever someone would just ask them??

When you are talking with friends – – include in the conversation  – some things that you are doing – activity and or Church attending – when and where and how you feel about what you are doing  – then ask the person  that you are talking to – “Would you like to go, sometime??  Then follow up with – “I’d like to take you along with us and if you need – we will pick you up on the way and bring you home?”  Tell them to just think about the Church or  whatever they are interested in – and add. – “If you are not ready right now,  just think about it, here is my phone number – just call me anytime  – the offer  still stands  – for as long as  you want to think about it?”  “OKAY?”  “OKAY!”

March 10th, 2017  – Violet M. Lessor – a very good friend that I knew way back in the 1980s – and one of the things I remember…  surprising her with  – was – having requested … that  the  “WHITE HOUSE”   send to  her an “80th Birthday”  greeting  from the President of the United States! She was so surprised – – –  that I would take the time to write to the “WHITE HOUSE” – –  – – and when she had called me – – just to let me know – – when this letter came to her – – and from the “PRESIDENT” – –  – it is just a better memory to me… just for having taken the time – she could hardly believe that I  or that  anyone …  WOULD TAKE THE TIME!   How often do we know of someone … making it to their “80’s” – – and that someone would still remember their BIRTHDAY? – – – – (Little acts of random kindness – really make the day for the recipient!)

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Banana Pudding Bread Pudding

This Banana Pudding Bread Pudding is perfect for breakfast or dessert.

Makes about 10 servings
  • 1 (12-ounce) loaf French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 large bananas, sliced
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup chopped toasted pecans
  • Maple syrup
  1. Spray a 13×9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Arrange bread and bananas in prepared pan.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together milk, sugar, melted butter, vanilla, salt, and eggs. Pour onto bread mixture, lightly pressing with a spoon. Cover and refrigerate for 1½ hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°.
  5. Bake, uncovered, until puffed and golden brown, about 45 minutes. Sprinkle with pecans, and serve warm with maple syrup.

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