Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Oh Deer

Here is a picture of a White-tailed Deer. This gal was visiting the neighbor’s backyard for a nibble of grass. She didn't stay too long once we saw her. I'm sure there were others close by we just didn't see them. This is the first deer sighting, from our window, for us this fall/winter.

I know they're out there a lot more then we see them, even in the summer. It doesn't take a Davy Crockett to see the signs; droppings, hoof prints, chewed plants etc. However, with the leaves off the trees and food scarce they tend to venture closer to houses with the cold weather.

We should discourage them from visiting and run them off when we see them just so they don't do damage to our shrubs, trees and plants but we do enjoy watching them when they come out.

Thursday, January 04, 2007


Vasilopita - Greek New Year's Bread

The Vasilopita is a Greek New Year's Bread. It is made in honor of a beautiful act of charity by St. Basil to the poor and needy of his flock. In order to insure that the needy would have money for life's necessities, and knowing that the needy were also proud people, St. Basil had the ladies of his church bake sweet bread with coins baked into them. In this way he could give them money without demeaning them at all. It is therefore traditional to bake a coin into the Vasilopita (St. Basil's Bread). The one who receives the coin is considered to be especially blessed for the year.

Our family tradition is to gather on New Years Day, relax with family and have a nice dinner. After dinner the coffee is put on and the cutting of the Dime Cake begins. My mother always made the cake but with her passing JoAnne now makes it. My Uncle has been cutting the cake for as long as I can remember - since I was a little tyke, and still does it today. The first piece is cut for God, the second for the House and then from oldest to youngest. Although only one dime is baked in the cake my uncle keeps a pocket full of dimes handy and inserts them into the pieces of cake for the kids that are present. It is quite a site to see the kids face light up when they see they're piece has the dime! This is one family tradition that I hope to continue.

Click here for one iteration of the Vasilopita recipe

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

2006 Bill Chase Girls Hoilday Tournament

Horary! Yippee! Way-To-Go!!

My oldest daughter Stephanie's U14 ice hockey team won the 2006 Bill Chase Girls Holiday Tournament this past weekend.

They went 3-0-1 in the four games they played and took the championship with a commanding 4 - 0 trouncing of their opponent who they tied earlier in the tournament.

Stephanie's line scored all 4 goals, with Stephanie assisting of the first 2 in the championship game.


Good news everyone looks like I won't be suffering from Colic anytime soon since I've been taking Probiotics in my battle with Diverticulitis.

Initial reports indicate that Probiotic may cure Colic

Perhaps something good has come out of my consumption of prescription drugs these last 4 months...