Saturday, October 31, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

Delicious Blondies Dessert (did Dagwood name this?)

Kristi made these recently.  We ate them ALL!


3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
3 eggs
1 egg yolk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 tablespoons peanut butter
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1/3 cup milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, cream together 3/4 cup of butter, brown sugar and white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and yolk one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and 6 tablespoons peanut butter. Blend in the sifted ingredients and stir in the chocolate chips. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.

3. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs. Cool completely before frosting.

4. To make the frosting, mix the remaining 1/2 cup of butter and 1 cup peanut butter together in a medium bowl. Mix in the confectioners sugar until smooth, then gradually stir in milk until a spreadable consistency is reached. Cut, serve and enjoy!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Happy Birthday to our Sweet-toothed AJ, named after German artist Durer!

Happy Birthday to our beloved, second-born son, Albrecht Josiah (AJ).  Always popular, likeable, and sweet.  We named AJ after the German artist Albrecht Durer (possibly because of Durer's  Reformation  sympathies). 

God Bless AJ!!

Scientific Literature: Flu Shot Ingredients; The truth about the flu shot and does it work?

Does the flu shot work?
Check this out for the answer The truth about the Flu shot 
It's a quick read, and gives basic info and research results.

Here's a humorous look at making your OWN flu shot ---

As Dr Eisenstein wrote:
Our lives and the lives of our children are too important to leave them in the hands of  government or the pharmaceutical industry.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Mr Art: Burial Service for a Soldier of Christ

On Tuesday, our beloved friend, Mr Art Modrzejewski, was buried.
 Farewell, Mr Art...till we meet again.  

This was sent to us this morning.
 Romy gave a copy to Patricia, wife of Art. 

Hi guys. I hope Mr. Art’s funeral went well. I’ll miss him a lot. I remember when he used to teach Sunday school. He always thought it was hilarious when he did “Blank Stories.” He would get five words into it and I would know the answer already. Whenever we led singing together something always seemed to go wrong. One of the last times we did it we were in the middle of a song and the air conditioner blew the hymnal pages. Poor Mr. Art had to sing a solo for about 15 seconds while I frantically tried to get back to the right hymn. Afterwards we both walked out of the sanctuary and just cracked up.  Email from Camille

Reception at White Eagle Restaurant; a League of Their Own Women's Baseball Team

Sam, looking good; Filbert's Cola

(L to R) Cindy, Me, Romy, Don Mullins, Betty Mullins, Dan Miller's friends,  & Dan Miller (blue shirt)

Mushroom and Barley Soup; Oil and Vinegar Coleslaw w/ Parsley

 Polish Sausage & Sauerkraut; Baked Chicken

 Pierogi, Sliced Beef with Gravy

Children's Table

Everyone was invited to eat lunch at the White Eagle Restaurant after Art's burial service.  This was the same restaurant that the Pascua Family had used for Manong Rey's Lunch Reception.  I enjoy  pictures of food as it triggers a taste memory. If the dish was good enough, it may provoke a search for a recipe for us to try it here at home. Having Don and Betty Mullins at our table was a hoot.  He officiated the funeral and burial services.  He's 83, yet still sharp and full of wit.  Betty, Don's wife,  was an original  member of the Girl's Baseball Team (All-American Girl's Professional Baseball League, or AAGPBL) that  inspired the movie A League of Their Own

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mr Art, Korean War Veteran: His Memorial & Funeral Service; and Reception

(that's me with the untamed hair)




So, this is how we spent part of our day Monday. Sad, but not without hope (through the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth). As I looked around, I realized once again that Art thrived in NOT drawing attention to himself.  He was so low-key, I'd forgotten what a great artist he was.  And what a great calligrapher (Camille has a permanent sample of his work through her college quilt).  Or that he fought long ago in far-away in Korea (He must have watched M*A*S*H often).  His grandkids were super-excited because of the great crowd of friends and relatives.  It put a smile in my face that they had needed their mother Janice's reassurance earlier that morning that the E kids were indeed going to be in attendance. The luncheon afterwards was great, so I heard. I needed to be in Evanston with the children so I didn't go;  but Romy said it was well-attended and the food was delish. 

Today, Tuesday, is the burial. 
Our chance for a final salute to a great man.

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress:  my God; in him will I trust... 
~ Psalm 91 (Soldier's Psalm)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Mr Art

August 9, 2009

Arthur Mojetski  passed away on Thursday, October 22, 2009 (leukemia complications).  He was a Godly man, never boastful; and strong and quiet in his ways.  He had a beautiful baritone voice, and was a talented artist (just as his name indicates).  He leaves behind his wife Patricia; and his grown children Steve, Kris, Cindy, and Stu. His beautiful grandchildren: Katie, Sam, Nate, Noah, and Annie, will miss him terribly. 
He made an impression on Romy, years ago when we first began attending our church, by telling him that we were an answer to his prayer for younger couples with children to attend PMBC. Every Sunday, for the past few years, he has almost always greeted at least one of our children.  Camille, away in college,  publicly burst into tears after learning of his sudden death.  Jared referred to him as one of his best friends. He and Pat were my role models.  Whenever I'd see them holding hands (which was often), I wanted what they had: a strong, affectionate, long-term marriage; and,the benefits that came with it -- children who loved the Lord, and the respect of one and all.
What a loss.  We are still in shock.  Our family will surely miss Mr Art.

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom
  ~ Psalm 90:12

Saturday, October 24, 2009

It might as well have been Jamaica; Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Friends"

We were invited to the Phillips' new home in Kingston last Saturday.  Homemade chili plus children & pets equals great times and memories. Nothing better than a cool, Fall evening and an outdoor firepit.  And take a look at their beautiful Siberian Husky, Rogue!
Who can bring together a White family with a Black/Hispanic family and an Asian family, in fellowship and in fun,  except the Lord Himself; and our common love and appreciation for Him and His work on Calvary on our behalf.
 Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Antique Pie Safe


I didn't find my friends; the good God gave them to me.
  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, October 23, 2009

Recital: Frederic Chopin's Nocturne & Johannes Brahms' Hungarian Dance

Wheaton College's Community School of the Arts (CSA) Recital last night.
Jared & Jillian playing a Piano duo of  Johannes Brahms' "Hungarian Dance"
Farrah played 2 Piano pieces; Jill also played Frederic Chopin's "Nocturne, Op. 72, No. 1"
Praise God for the opportunities.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Symptoms: Difference between a Cold and Flu

Flu update -- Know the Difference between a Cold and H1N1 Flu

Fever is rare with a cold.
Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases.
A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the flu.


A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.
A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the flu
(sometimes referred to as dry cough).


Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.
Severe aches and pains are common with the flu.


Stuffy Nose
Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously
within a week.
Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu.


Chills are uncommon with a cold.
60% of people who have the flu experience chills.


Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.
Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu.


Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.
Sneezing is not common with the flu.


Sudden Symptoms
Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.
The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours.
The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.


A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.
A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases.


Sore Throat
Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.
Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu.


Chest Discomfort
Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.
Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu.

One way to stop the spread of the epidemic is to spread the awareness.

Above, received as an email.

Facebook Project or Alfred Hitchcock Movie Plot

One of Jared's personal FB goal: Three hundred sixty five (a year's worth) of pictures.  Based on a co-worker's interesting set of self-portraits that have already been posted on FB.  I like it because he wants to post  original, interesting, and attention-worthy pictures; not same old, same old.  Nothing routine, oh no. So, unless he runs out of ideas, NO pictures of him doing schoolwork, practicing piano, cooking, cleaning,  mowing, shovelling, painting.

BTW, when you look at these pictures, do you think he has a future as an Actor? An award-winning Comedian? A professional Photographer? Or...horrors...does he portray himself as a certifiable nutcase?