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2013 in review

2013 in review.


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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thank you for your support in 2013.

I have BIG plans for  2014, including new blogs about the importance of citations of resources; the resolution of one of the “roadblocks” I encountered in 2013 and announcing the new members of the family line.  I will continue to post photographs, family recipes and little Vignettes of Life.


May you all have a Happy Healthy New Year. Keep warm and safe.

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Scrapple Mom’s Way

Today I listened to Mondays with Mryt. Part of the discussion was about traditions. “Cousin Russ” mentioned having Scrapple at the holidays. In honor of my Mom and “Cousin Russ,” no relation to me that I have found yet; I decided to make my mom’s Version of Scrapple.

In a Baker’s dozen household, nothing goes to waste; that goes for the bits and pieces of meats not used in other recipes. When you Google Scrapple recipes, you find almost all are traditionally made from pork and pork bits. In our household growing up scrapple was made from whatever was leftover, the Scraps.

The recipe I made today was adapted by my mother Shirley Beatrice Pease Stearns. She was a woman before her time, creating recipes that hid what no one wants to eat; hearts, gizzards, neck meats, etc. If they weren’t used to make the broth for future meals they were thrown into the grinder with the leftover meat or poultry combined with cornmeal and sweetened condensed milk and a touch of ground pepper. Bake in a loaf pan at 350 degrees for approximately 20-25 minutes. We would have it slightly warm dipped in homemade maple syrup or bees honey.


Turkey Scrapple

Turkey Scrapple



5 cups ground turkey                                        1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

1 cup cornmeal                         OR                   1 box mix of cornbread muffin mix

A pinch of ground black pepper


Combine all ingredients together. Pour into a loaf pan. Bake 25-30 minute in a 350 degree oven. A Wooden toothpick should come out clean when it is done.

 Serve warm with butter, maple syrup, honey or just a sprinkle of brown sugar.

Ground Turkey

Ground Turkey

Ground turkey, cornmeal, pepper and sweetened condensed milk mixture

Ground turkey, cornmeal, pepper and sweetened condensed milk mixture


Ready to bake

Ready to bake



Mom did make the traditional Scrapple recipe that looked like meatloaf instead of cornbread, but most of the children didn’t like it until she made it into a cornbread style. We would eat whatever was put in front of us even if we didn’t like it.


A Post Thanksgiving leftover post just for you; I also made homemade Turkey Pot Pie and Turkey Broth Ice Cubes. The ice cubes are used for future recipes calling for broth. Four ice cubes equals one cup of broth.


Turkey Pot Pie is made with diced or shredded turkey, whatever vegetables were leftover mixed with a 1 cup broth, 1/3 cup flour, pepper to taste into a paste form, pored over the turkey and vegetables; covered with a pie crust homemade or store purchased your choice; Baked at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.


The broth is made with the turkey bones, celery, onions,  ground pepper; simmered until the meat bits fall off the bone; strain the broth and chill in a 9×9 pan; Scrim off extra fat (the white on top). Heat the jelled broth, pour into ice cube trays and freeze for future use.

Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey Pot Pie


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