Today I woke up early to read and do some writing in the “sun room”, only today it’s the “rain room”.
I love books that start with “It was a dark and stormy night”, although lately that’s not the type of book I’ve been reading. I have finished another Elin Hilderbrand book titled “A Summer Affair”. The inside page reads “It takes a brave and breathless journey into the heart of a modern woman”. Her books are a fast and easy read with great endings.
My daughter gave me a gift of two new books for Mothers Day. One is “The Woman in the Window” by A. J. Finn. It’s about a woman who lives alone, unable to venture out. The front cover calls it “The #1 bestseller that gripped the world”. That’s all I’m going to tell you, except to say that it’s a book I can’t put down!
We received a call from Faye Simmons about a bird her daughter Roxanne photographed in their yard. When they looked it up it was a Eurasian collared dove, and they wondered if it was rare. It turns out that the pair of doves staying around our place are also Eurasian collared doves, so Bay City has at least three of them!
I called the Fish Peddler (Pacific Oyster) in Bay City to find out when they will open to in-house dining. They said they are working on it, but the date is still to be decided. Stay tuned.
The Fish Peddler is the first choice of my visiting family and friends. Most of the time they have a long line of people waiting to be seated, but don’t let that hold you back. They have a wait because Trip Adviser rated the restaurant a 4.5 out of five. They are famous for their oysters, of course, but serve a variety of other seafood, as well as burgers. Being able to watch employees shucking and packing oysters while you eat is a plus. They also have a seafood market so you can take your oysters home. We have had many dinner meetings at our home, better known as grilled oyster parties. If you need a gift for someone, look no further; A gift card to the Fish Peddler is a one-size-fits-all kind of gift, especially for me….hint, hint.
I’m still cooking recipes from my Mother’s cookbook from 1943 called “Recipes for Today” written by General Foods Corporation at the request of the federal government. Food, gasoline, and other commodities were in short supply during WWII. The cookbook opens with a letter to Uncle Sam from “Your Loving Niece Victoriana”. She shares her five new food rules because she knows he has a big job keeping those life lines running out to all the hungry people. Niece Victoriana’s rule #1 was to eat food that was easy to raise. Rule #2 is my favorite: Buy only what you need; this is no time to hoard.
To handle the shortages of food and other commodities, the government distributed ration cards or stamps which neighbors shared or traded. If someone was out of food, the neighbors would pool their stamps to feed another hungry family. If nothing else, history teaches us that in times like these neighbors need one another. “Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind” (Henry James).
I’ll leave you today with a recipe from Victoriana for a casserole topping for one small casserole:
One cup of Toasties, Grapenut Flakes, or Post 40% Bran Flakes
One tbs melted butter
¼ cup of grated American cheese
Use cereal flakes whole or crushed slightly
Heat cereal in sauce pan, shaking pan back and forth over medium heat
Pour butter over hot flakes and toss lightly to distribute butter evenly
Put into bowl and add grated cheese
Mix lightly and sprinkle topping over any creamed dish or casserole
(You can also add minced onion sauteed in melted butter)
Deliver it to your neighbor while it’s hot.
Be kind and I’ll see you next week at the Fencepost.