Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Episode 43 - Whimsy and Wisdom





Adventures for Beth at Chataqua Institution, whimsy and wisdom. Leslie's adventures in swimming.

A Little Sweet...

Black tri Australian Shepherd stitch markers

"I Like Big Balls"

AC/DC song


Inca Trail by Svenlana Gordon

A Little Tart...

A discussion of salesman samples inspired by Reynolds Homestead Tidbits of History. Many types, including book samples and caskets, that were available into the 1970s.

A Little Unexpected...

Grandma Flanagan's Taylor Cakes / Molasses Cookies

1 cup boiling water
2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup Crisco
1 cup molasses
5 cups sifted flour
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 pinch of cloves
2 beaten eggs

Dissolve baking soda in boiling water. Add brown sugar, Crisco, molasses, flour, cinnamon, salt and cloves to baking soda-water, and mix thoroughly. Add beaten eggs last and gently blend. Drop by spoonfuls (they do not spread) onto a greased cookie sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 425 degrees for 7 to 10 minutes. Yield: several dozen little cakes, depending on spoon size.

Frosting: Mix browned butter, a little cream and vanilla to flavor with enough confectioners sugar to spread well. Frost cooled cakes. Do not stack cakes, frosted or unfrosted.

This is a recipe from the 1800s, and makes soft, delicious molasses cookies. Mary Lois Barnes Flanagan was a 1910 graduate of the Lucy Webb Hayes Deaconess School in Washington, D. C.

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A Contest! A Contest! A Contest!

What's the most unusual meal anyone ever asked you to make for their birthday dinner? Send us an email, make a comment on our Facebook page or on this web site, or mail us a postcard (we love them) to the address in the right column of the web site, with a description of the most unusual meal or dessert that anyone ever asked your for as a birthday request. We'll put together an impartial panel and the best entry will win a prize of handmade, antique and scrumptious things from Meadows of Dan. It has to be a REAL request and we hope to have a lot of fun with this on the podcast. We WILL mention your names. Deadline August 31, 2018.

Music attributions

Reverie (small theme)
by _ghost
featuring Pitx


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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Episode 42 - The Electricity of God

Memorial Day and Amazon Echo's Alexa singing the National Anthem.

Meadows of Dan happenings: yard sales, new stores, nice customers.

Reynolds Homestead Book Sale and History Around Us talk on the Melungeons (June 6 at noon)

A Little Sweet...

Addi Flexi Flips at VanKlikStudios on etsy


Professor Meow Sweater by Claire Slade

A Little Tart...

The reason for relationships.
Types of relationships.

Quotes:

"Men are afraid that women will laugh at them; women are afraid that men will kill them." - Margaret Atwood

“When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him." - Albert Camus

“Stuart needs "space" and "time," as if this were physics and not a human relationship.”  - Kathryn Stockett

"You can be in love and you can be in a relationship but they're not always the same thing." From http://www.iwrotethisforyou.me/2009/06/rose-is-not-always-rose.html

“Relationships are like Rome -- difficult to start out, incredible during the prosperity of the 'golden age', and unbearable during the fall. Then, a new kingdom will come along and the whole process will repeat itself until you come across a kingdom like Egypt... that thrives, and continues to flourish. This kingdom will become your best friend, your soul mate, and your love.” - Helen Keller

“A man fishes for two reasons: he’s either sport fishing or fishing to eat, which means he’s either going to try to catch the biggest fish he can, take a picture of it, admire it with his buddies and toss it back to sea, or he’s going to take that fish on home, scale it, fillet it, toss it in some cornmeal, fry it up, and put it on his plate. This, I think, is a great analogy for how men seek out women.” - Steve Harvey

A Little Unexpected...



More Quotes:

“You have a very open relationship with your fans."
"Yes. We have an open relationship. Obviously they can see other authors if they want, and I can see other readers.”― Neil Gaiman

“When two people relate to each other authentically and humanly, God is the electricity that surges between them.” - Martin Buber


“But many of us seek community solely to escape the fear of being alone. Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.” - Bell Hooks


Music attributions

Reverie (small theme)
by _ghost
featuring Pitx

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Episode 41 - Catching Up in Meadows of Dan


Spring scenes (Cows by Beth and apple tree by Leslie)

Baton twirling, elder care, problems with the Veteran's Administration, a long hard winter

A Little Sweet....



Betty's Beauty by Kathleen McGrew

Baby bracelets

A Little Tart...

Signed copy of Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon
Taking a friend to a bluegrass show in Northern Virginia during the 1980s. Missing friends at Cowles Ford in Woodbridge, Virginia.

A Little Unexpected...



New in Meadows of Dan, Concord Corner Store in the former Toy Museum building.

Lovely lunches and new ciders at Chateau Morrisette.

Greenberry House will be opening in mid-May.

Music attributions

Reverie (small theme)
by _ghost
featuring Pitx




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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Episode 40 - Memories Are Made of This

Blue Ridge Story Space


Beth's beautiful photos from her "Emerging Artist" show at the Reynolds Homestead

A picture of mountain serenity by Beth

Dr. Kirk Treible

Kirk holding Beth with the pony

Family photo
The photo that provided the missing clue


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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Episode 39 - So What Are Bitcoins?

Special Guest Felix, Leslie and Beth
Our special guest, Felix, talks about life as an expatriate college student and explains bitcoins, so frequently in recent news. He and Beth also talk about new trends in dating!

Reverie (small theme)
by _ghost
featuring Pitx



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