Delaware Steamed Clams…

My sister and her husband dug up a bunch of large clams from the beach down by their summer home in Delaware and brought them up here to N. E. PA for my dad and I. So I made sure to steam a dozen for my son yesterday and another dozen for my father today. The remaining 2 dozen I will steam and make New England Clam Chowder tomorrow. I froze the clams as they instructed and I will steam them directly from the freezer tomorrow. The recipe for this chowder is very similar to my own Kielbasa Corn Chowder recipe. I found A New England Clam Chowder recipe on the internet of course. Tomorrow I will use my own recipe and replace the kielbasa with clams and omit the bacon they call for in this recipe.


1 Ring Kielbasa. (I used Hatfield)

1 to 1 and1/2 Cup diced Onion

1 to 1 and 1/2 Cup thin sliced Celery

3-4 Cups Corn Fresh off the cob is best

3-4 Cups Yukon Gold Potatoes cut in 1/2 ” dice (They cook up firmer, hold their shape)

3-4 Cups Chicken Broth (I use water and Better Than Bullion Chicken)

2 Cups Whipping Cream

2 cloves Garlic minced

2 TB Butter

3 TB Flour

1 Tsp Salt

1/2  tsp Pepper

1 tsp Seasoned Salt

Quarter the kielbasa lengthwise and cut in thin slices, brown in a skillet, and add to the broth in the pot or crock pot.

Saute onion and celery until softened, then add that, also the corn and diced potatoes and season to your likeness. Cook until potatoes are tender.

Add the whipping cream and heat up before making the butter rue and stirring it in to thicken the broth.  


This recipe is so good that the soup was one of the few to sell out at the soup sale! I made the soup 2 days before selling it, so the flavors could ripen.


Crock Pot Bean Soup

Yesterday morning I was all set to make a pot of Mixed Bean Soup. I put the old thawed out ham bones in the pot and all the water and spices when I realized I had forgotten to soak the beans overnight. So I ended up shoving the whole crock pot liner into the fridge after I added the bag of dried beans to soak overnight. Now this morning I placed the ice cold crock into the crock pot cooker and it’s taking forever to simmer! I added carrots, and a whole TB of Chili Powder instead of the 1 tsp recommended on the bag. Oh well. It says to add tomatoes to it, but I was going to add V 8 tomato juice instead, but I had added too much water- (My standard 3 quarts for most soup recipes instead of 2). I have NO celery to add to the soup! I must have a bunch on hand for soups now that I’m making them again.

Trade Paperbacks…

I love to buy my second hand books at library book sales, yard sales and flea markets. I prefer TRADE PAPERBACKS because the type is usually larger for one thing and the books actually stay open on my plastic book chair for another. By the way my Book Chair broke the other day. It didn’t survive the trip home from my daughter’s house! Now I am back to using my metal book holder again. Do I even bother to read the question and answer section in the back? NO WAY! I’m not in some book-club or high school literature class where  the book gets analyzed. I won’t be joining any book clubs anytime soon.

Here’s my Book Reader’s  Blog:

Bagel Sandwich…

The past two days I have eaten small, toasted, plain bagels slathered with whipped cream cheese layered with rather bland, overcooked, deli roast beef in the middle. I must say the crisp chewy bagel and the creamy cheese livens up what could have been a boring sandwich on white bread, and hey they were out of white bread anyway. My son-in-law bought the roast beef and neither he or my daughter would eat it because it wasn’t ‘pink’ in the middle! How ridiculous is that? If I didn’t eat it it would have gotten thrown away! Perfectly good protein would have gone in the trash! I wasn’t raised to waste food like that! My daughter wasn’t either but she changed after she moved out of the house at age 18. She’s been married for 6 years now to a wonderful man, but they don’t practice frugal ways in the kitchen. They would never make chicken soup from a rotisserie chicken carcass like I would. I’ve lived on a very, very small food budget the last 10 years, I know how to save money in the grocery store and at home. Sure they buy food on sale but then they waste it at home… sheesh! I buy my whole grocery order at Walmart and I make it stretch out!

The Real You…

When the real you shows up at my door, I may not recognize you. Please do not be upset if I don’t open it to the stranger you have become. I only know the face of the fake person you presented to the world before. You may have to reintroduce yourself. The question is… Will I even like you now? Is the fake you kinder then the real you?

Moldy Watercolor Paint

I have an old set of YARKA Semi-Moist Watercolors I bought about 20 years ago. I have hardly used the set and it sat in a bottom dresser drawer with some other art supplies. After looking through the paper supplies earlier I noticed tiny dots of mold on my pre-cut mat boards and some drawing paper. I quickly threw away the moldy paper products and figured it must be coming from my house which was flooded twice back in 2011 and once 5 years before that in 2006. There doesn’t seem to be any mold in the dresser itself. Was the mold really coming from the old YARKA semi-moist watercolor paints? Is that where it was spreading from? So here I am today washing the mold off of the individual pans of paint. I just don’t know if I should even keep them anymore. Sometimes the mild is inside the walls of the plastic pans of paint, not just on top. I’m now soaking the pan itself after removing the pans. I’ll scrub the white plastic hinged pan clean all the mold from the pint, but I wonder is the paint impregnated in the paint? Will more grow later? Will mold grow in the paper of anything I paint with it? is is just a big Mold hotel?