Nodding the Head…

Nodding the head does not row the boat.

Irish proverb


Happiness is…

Happiness is the child of sweat.

Lugbara proverb


Unity is…

Unity is at minimum two.

Buckminster Fuller



“Aerodynamically, the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that, so it goes on flying anyway.”

Mary Kay Ash


Tomato Pudding

Tomato pudding is a recipe from my grandmother, Florence Gilbert. Her mother came from Sweden and her father came from Denmark. Somehow, none of there family recipes that came from her are run-of-the mill, ordinary things. Macaroni and Egg, Tomato Pudding, Corn Pudding, tomato aspic, fruit salad, chili sauce… all of these things are a little strange, a little unusual. They are an acquired taste. Most are gardener’s food, a good way to take advantage of what you grew in the back yard. This recipe was always baked in the same white enameled pan, with painted red, yellow, and black flowers and some sort of text in Swedish.

My grandmother's handwritten recipe for tomato pudding.

My grandmother’s handwritten recipe for tomato pudding.

Here is the recipe as my grandmother wrote it out for my mom:

1 no. 2 can tomato puree (or [1qt.]canned tomatoes)
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. butter
1/4 t. salt
3 c. bread cubes

Bring sugar, butter, salt, tomatoes to boil. Mix with bread. Bake at 375F for 30 min. Cover. Keep covered until ready to serve.

She always used a 1 quart canning jar of stewed tomatoes, which was how she and my grandpa put up the tomatoes from their garden. I use two cans of diced tomatoes, or unseasoned tomato sauce… basically whatever I have in the cupboard. I have also used unsweetened applesauce, which changes it completely (and is slightly less bizarre for those unused to thinking of tomatoes in conjunction with sugar).

I Am Here…

“I am here to live out loud!”

Emile Zola


It’s Extraordinary…

“It’s extraordinary how extraordinary the ordinary person is.”

George Will


Love One Another…

“Love one another and you will be happy.  It is a simple and as difficult as that.”

Michael Leunig


If You Don’t Like Something…

“If you don’t like something, change it.  If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it!”


If you know who said this, please tell me so!


Children Desperately Need To Know…

“Children desperately need to know–and to hear in ways they understand and remember–that they’re loved and valued by mom and dad.”

Paul Smally


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