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Paul and I are hitting the road in a couple of weeks. Lately when we do that, we don’t have any idea of how long we will be away for. After all, we are retired with no kids at home. This will be a much shorter trip than the last one. Money is the reason why. Also, we will be closer to home. We are heading to Cincinnati, Ohio for our niece’s Bat Mitzvah. Then we will stop in North Canton, Ohio, to see our granddaughter who is a freshman at Walsh College there. I cannot wait to get to Canton. There is a wonderful cupcake bakery there. And I love that area of Ohio.

Last time we went I packed in a very weird way. It worked for me until we got home. So I’m not sure if I will repeat this method or not. Last time I pack one day’s worth of clothing for Paul and I in a jumbo storage bag and then placed that bag with a twist tie in a colored bag that we couldn’t see through. There was a bag for every day we were on the road and then 1 suitcase filled with the things we needed for a hotel stay. So instead of having two suitcases, we had a lightweight bag and 1 suitcase. The suitcase held cosmetics, personal hygiene products, bathing suits, night clothes, slippers, etc. Then we pack at least 2 six-packs of diet Pepsi for me, a couple big bottles of seltzer for Paul, a carton on of boost and 2 bags of food…mostly snacks. I have never been accused of packing lightly.

Since it is winter, I will take extra clothing and heavier clothing, so packing will be trickier. I may need to pack the old fashioned way because of this. I have big suitcases and will have room, I hope, in the car to pack them. Problem is shlepping them from place to place. Also, we have my walker and 3 canes to contend with, plus clothes that must be hung as we need fancy clothes as well as normal. Then there are boots to contend with and all kinds of shoes. I will pack at least 3 pairs of shoes plus slippers and pool shoes. Doesn’t everyone pack these things?



medical bag

Oh, don’t forget, meds…my hubby carries 2 large doctor bags (no, he was never a doctor, but was a sales rep at one time and that’s where he got them from). Last trip I forgot my insulin. It cost us $500 to get me insulin because the insurance company wouldn’t okay an emergency supply. I felt awful about that!!! I pray that doesn’t happen to us again.

Then who can live without their laptops? I will pack two laptops—his and mine—and a tablet—ours. The tablet was crucial to a good trip the last time, so I don’t want to leave home without it. And then I need my camera and lots of batteries. I always mess up somehow with my camera at important family events that involve my sister’s kids. I don’t know why. I love them dearly and try to plan for all contingencies. It just seems to happen. It especially bothered me at my niece’s wedding because my mom wasn’t there. At least this time she will be.

And who can go traveling without a good book and a notebook and pens and maps? Not I. So I have a tote to carry all of those in plus some magazines that I save to read on trips. Oops, mostly importantly, I take a first aid kit along. If I can convince Paul, I’ll take a blanket too, just in case. But by the time he packs the car, he won’t let me take it, I know him! At that point we’ll yell and scream at each other and I’ll go off mad. He’ll threaten to not go anywhere and I’ll steam. Never fails. But, hopefully, we will get to Cincinnati and the Bat Mitzvah and have a grand time and then go on to North Canton to let our granddaughter know how much she is loved. I’ll look back and smile when I get home and remember the great things we did and the memories of the people we got to see. At least I hope so!




One thing I did that was so fantastic the last trip is I made my own mix up to take as a snack for on-the-road and to munch on in the hotel. Basically I took a few handfuls of Craisins, mixed in a can of Cashews, a couple handfuls of Cheddar-flavored Gold Fish Crackers (Pepperidge Farm) and a few handfuls of M&Ms. Put all in a jumbo bag, sealed it and shook it up. Threw it into my snack tote and it was gone by the time we got home. Paul loved it! I did too!

Besides snacking, the other thing I like to do on trips is play games. I doubt Paul will play this trip as he will want to concentrate on the road more than usual. But, I thought that I would include some games that I found at Mrs. Field’s website, ,especially for those of you who have kids.

1. Who Are They? Choose another car on the road and imagine the story of the passengers inside. Who are they? What is their relationship? Are they a group of spies, headed to thwart an international villain? Get creative and share your stories.

2. Odd Colored Car. At the beginning of the trip, each passenger chooses an odd or rare-colored car (yellow, purple, orange, pink, etc.). During the drive, passengers get a point for spotting cars of their chosen color. Alternate idea: passengers can steal points from each other if they spot another passenger’s car color first!

3. License Plate Decoder. Pretend that every license plate is a personalized message and decode it. “HDR 732″ might stand for “Hairdresser Diva Rollerderby, 7 days a week, 32 hours a day.”

4. Fortunately, Unfortunately. One passenger shares a statement beginning with the word, “fortunately.” As in, “Fortunately, I remembered to buy snacks at the gas station.” Another passenger must follow up with a statement beginning with the word, “unfortunately.” As in, “Unfortunately, I left them on the counter when I paid.” You can also switch the game around by starting with unfortunate ideas first.

5. “No, it is not a _____.” A game of clues, rhymes, and stumping. One passenger is “it” and must think of a word (the more common and easy to rhyme, the better) and present a clue to the other passengers. If the word was “fly” as in a housefly, he or she might say, “I’m thinking of a word that rhymes with cry, but it isn’t pie.” The other passengers make guesses by giving clues to the “it” person, without revealing their guess word. “Is it something men wear around their neck?” The “it” person must figure out their clue and respond, “No, it is not a tie.” If a passenger guesses the right word, they win and become the next “it” person. Or, if a passenger stumps the “it” person with their clue, they also win and become the “it” person.

15. Would You Rather? Take turns offering various options to other passengers, either wonderful, horrible, painful, embarrassing, or otherwise. Find out who would rather jump in a flaming volcano or sit in a cage of snakes.

Do you have a favorite road trip game? Share your ideas in the comments section!

Here are a few more travel snack ideas:


Home Cookin Chapter: SNACKS

Easy No-Bake Granola Bars


PREP TIME: 10 mins

COOK TIME: 15 mins

TOTAL TIME: 25 mins

Simple granola bars with oats, almonds and coconut with a

delicious chocolate & Nutella drizzle on top.

Author: Jen Nikolaus

Recipe type: Snack


2 cups old fashioned oats

½ cup shredded coconut

½ cup sliced almonds

¼ cup brown sugar

½ cup agave

2 Tbsp. coconut oil

2 tsp. vanilla extract

½ tsp. salt

Dark chocolate chips


Make Low-Fat Scrambled Eggs w/ AllWhites®



Spray an 8×8″ dish with cooking spray.

Preheat oven to 325º F.

On a baking sheet, spread out oats, coconut and almonds. Place in

the oven and toast for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown (not


In the meantime, combine the brown sugar, agave, coconut oil,

vanilla and salt in a medium sized saucepan. Cook over medium heat

until the brown sugar has completely dissolved.

Pour toasted oat mixture into saucepan with brown sugar mixture

and stir together until every morsel is coated and combined. Pour

into prepared baking dish and press down so it’s even on top and

push down to make it stay together.

Let cool completely.

When cooled, cut into bars. Melt some dark chocolate chip in a

small bowl. Stir and then add in some Nutella (I eyeballed the

measurements). Lightly drizzle over granola bars and enjoy!

NUTRITION INFORMATION Serving size: 10 Calories: 270 Fat: 10 g

Saturated fat: 5 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 41 g Sugar: 18 g

Sodium: 120 mg Fiber: 5 g Protein: 7 g Cholesterol: 0 g



Servings: 10

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Home Cookin Chapter: MUFFINS AND DOUGHNUTS, ETC. 2014

Strawberry Muffins


Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 20 mins

Total time: 35 mins

Author: Michele @ Flavor Mosaic

Recipe type: Breakfast, Dessert, Muffins, Strawberries


1 egg

1 cup white sugar

? cup vegetable oil

? cup buttermilk

½ teaspoon vanilla

1½ cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped

2 tablespoons flour



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray muffin tins with baking spray or line with muffin liners.

In a large bowl, add the egg and sugar and stir. Add vegetable

oil, buttermilk, vanilla and stir. Add 1-1/2 cups flour, salt and

baking powder and stir until combined.

In a small bowl, toss strawberries with 2 tablespoons of flour to

coat. Fold in Strawberries into the batter. Fill muffin cups about

2/3rds full (I use an ice cream scoop to fill). Bake for 18 to 20

minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.

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Servings: 12

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Home Cookin Chapter: SNACKS & Cinnamon Snack Mix 5 (1) Rate It Now!


Cookie & Cinnamon Snack Mix recipe photo by: kraft

“Here’s a sweet take on the classic savory snack

Mix. This one includes ground cinnamon, vanilla wafer cookies and

yogurt-covered raisins.:

Prep: 10 min

Total: 20 min


Total: 6 cups or 24 servings, 1/4 cup each

What you need:

3 cups vanilla wafers

1 cup PLANTERS Pecan Halves

1 cup pretzel sticks

3 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted

2 Tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 cup yogurt-covered raisins


make it:

HEAT oven to 375ºF.

COMBINE first 3 ingredients in large bowl. Mix butter, sugar,

cinnamon and salt. Drizzle over wafer mixture; toss to coat.

SPREAD onto bottom of foil-lined 15x10x1-inch pan.

BAKE 10 min. or until lightly toasted, stirring after 5 min. Cool.

Stir in raisins.

kraft kitchens tips:

HOW TO WRAP FOR GIFT-GIVING: Pack cooled snack mix in decorative

tins or canisters; wrap with holiday ribbons. Bring to a holiday

party as a hostess gift or give as a gift to that special teacher

or friend.

SUBSTITUTE: Substitute chocolate-covered raisins for the

yogurt-covered raisins.

HOW TO STORE: Store in airtight container at room temperature.



Servings: 0

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I thought I would revisit some of the games that I used to play and tell you what I think of them today. I think I told you I had begun to play World of Warcraft the other day. Day 3 finds me at level 16, back with my old guild, Bran’s Believers, which was the second guild I had formed and is now run by my friend, John, known in-game as Camber. I bought the complete game which comes with a character level 90 boost. More about that later. I am very rich for my level as Camber gave me a huge amount of gold. Thus I bought a better bow and was able to fully train my character up to the max for her level. I w,as able to chat with Oschelan and Annaleighh and Rosethorne. Great friends and guild-mates from years back. So far I am frustrated only that my character is so low that I have no mount and that I can’t find where the quests are, but that was true before. I also miss having fancier armor and looking more feminine than I currently do. I love the new quests I’ve encountered, especially The Balloon Quest in Stormwind, one of the game’s major cities. I play a human hunter and it seems to fit me better than the healer characters I tried hard to learn in this game. I also made a Pandorian, a new race since I left. She is also a hunter. I find her very cumbersome and find the quests much harder than the ones I face as a Human Hunter. I chose tailoring and sinning as my main professions, along with cooking, fishing and first aid as my secondary professions. Cooking is my favorite. Big surprise.


prodigy logo

The Next President from Prodigy was the very first online game I played. Talk about addiction. This game was addictive and very expensive. Those were the days you had to pay for your online time. The game came out when President Clinton was running for his first term. There were 6 candidates at the start of the game and as in the real election, candidates were weeded out until only 2 were left and finally it was time to vote. This was the best gaming experience I ever had. No drama at all and met some wonderful people. I dragged a couple from Prodigy’s Food Board which is where I usually had hung out before the game came into being. One of those people, Camber, the now leader of Bran’s Believers, I had met on the Food Board, got him involved in The Next President, and so the circle revolves. From the Next President, we tried our hands in a Star Trek type game on Prodigy. That game didn’t really intrigue me, although I am an avid Star Trek Fan.


kingcleowyn - The Shadow of Yserbius

This looks like my original Leah character!



Yserbius from The Imagination Network was the first. This is still my very favorite game. It was where my character was born and where MRA (Mystical Realm of Asgard), my guild was born. This is where I met Sethiel, my long-time questing partner and my best friend. Yes, I have two best friends. I am lucky. The Shadow of Yserbius was a puzzle-based MMORPG that really brought people together. Many of those friends I am still friends with. It took me a long time to go to the mountain, which is how people used to refer to The Shadow of Yserbius as. The man who is currently running Bran’s Believers, Camber, tried to get me to go and tried to teach me. No luck. Let me back up a bit. The Imagination Network was an online service (I think that is what you would call it.) that hosted many forums and games such as a version of Yahtzee, backgammon, a golf game and was the first that I know of that you could “chat” real time to people. Anyhow, one day, a couple of neighborhood boys did some work for me as a good deed. To repay them, I told them about INN (The Imagination Network) and told them they could play. They created Leah. They made a friend who helped them get Leah a few levels and told me his name was Aljo. The next day I decided to see if I could go to the mountain and meet this Aljo and see what the game was about. Aljo was great and he was a good teacher. So Leah was begun as was her saga. I will tell that some other time.




Next came a game called Empiriana. Empiriana was a good puzzle-based MMORPG, but it’s developers, for whatever reasons, never kept up with the game. Also, the game was really the first graphical game I know of.  It was a decent game with great players. Met so many good people here. But our time was short-lived.  The developers didn’t keep it up so we got bored.



Asheron's Call

Onward to Asheron’s Call. I have so many fond memories of Asheron’s Call. It is here that I met my best friend, known then as Annabelle. She and I had the most fun shopping for high fashions in that game. It is also the game where my in-game children, of whom Annabelle became one, would bring me incredible gifts. I really loved Asheron’s Call and in my heart it remains my second favorite MMORPG of all time. My guild, MRA (Mystical Realm of Asgard) flourished here. We should have s stayed there. I believe we’d all still be together if we had. The game is downloading as I am typing this. I am not finding the installation of this game easy. It’s probably me and the late hour and my impatience though. Why don’t they make things easier for us non-geeky gamers? Now this is strange. They allow you to download the game but then tell you that you need to purchase an account. So forget that.

I tried Everquest just once and very briefly. I did not find that game user-friendly at all. Within five minutes I fell into water and couldn’t find my way out. Forget that!




So I thought that I would re-visit Dark Ages of Camelot. For some weird unknown reason I don’t qualify for an account. Too late to worry about it tonight, but I am a person of little patience, so I say, they lost out!


World of Warcraft 2


And now back to World of Warcraft. This is a good game and the powers that be keet making the game more exciting. There have been many changes since I last played, and from what I see, it’s for the better. I really like that they are throwing today’s social issues such as homelessness into the storyline. Cudos for that Blizzard!! The graphics are great as always, but the servers are crowded and thus lag is great. Lag is frustrating to all gamers, but most MMORPGS suffer from them. If someone ever solves this problem, I am willing to wager he/she will become a millionnaire. There are good people playing this game and I find that there is a more mature group playing it.

So, that was my journey into the addiction of gaming. Gaming is a good release. I wouldn’t say it is relaxing. Maybe just the opposite, but it does take you away from the problems of your own life. It stirs your emotions and fosters friendships and in some cases romance, or romantic entanglements. I know of at some marriages that we broken up due to gaming. One on-line friend had to quit gaming because he was so addicted. I am fortunate, Paul allows me this folly. First because he worked 12 hour days before he retired, and I was home alone and lonely. And now, he does his computer thing while I do mine, although we are joined at the hip.

Do I think gaming is good or bad? What a difficult question that is. I think it’s a good thing if done in moderation. I hate it when I see young kids sit and play for hours everyday and on the weekends when they should be out having the time of their lives. I know there are kids who are shy in real life, or don’t quite fit in. I think for them especially, trying to make real life friends is crucial and to interact and learn social skills is crucial. I think that for adults, it is a great way to unwind after a day’s work or if you have nothing to do on the weekend. But even then, go out and socialize. People in real life are important. I learned that lesson the hard way. I became reclusive and came up with excuses on how I needed to stay home. I only wanted to be with my on-line friends.

Now, on the positive side. Gaming teaches leadership, team work and does teach some social skills. Netiquette is essential in gaming. However, there is definitely a lack of it, in my humble opinion, when it comes to going after quest kills. Then people are greedy, pushy, etc. It’s like a sale at a bargain basement. Everyone for themselves. I hate that in the gaming world, but I guess, that’s part of gaming. Gaming is fun, entertaining, and fascinating. If you get into role-playing, it is a good way to be creative.

The thing I hate most about gaming is the PvP (Player vs. Player) aspect. I am a pacifist at heart and even for pretend I abhor the idea of killing others. I respect the human race too much to be comfortable killing other players. So I choose not to duel others and not to go on battleground raids. I stick to killing monsters and non-player characters (NPCs). I am limited my play time and am not getting consumed with leveling, which I never did anyhow. My time mostly went into running my guild. I never got a character over level 20 because of this. Maybe this time I will be able to play and learn the game. Who knows, perhaps now is my time to really get to the end game which I have never been able to do. Wish me luck!

While looking for graphics, I came across a great post about the psychology behind WoW at the Metropolist.  Here is the url for an interesting viewpoint about MMORPGs: 

Gamers, when they get hungry like a quick meal that is easy to eat at their computers.  Here is such a recipe.  Enjoy!




Home Cookin Chapter: POULTRY

Chicken, Zucchini, And Prosciutto
preparation: 15 minutes
cooking: 20 minutes

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/4 pound (about 8 slices) prosciutto
3 small zucchini, thinly sliced into half-moons
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
1 lemon

Heat oven to 400° F.

Season the chicken with ¼ teaspoon each of the salt and pepper.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large ovenproof skillet over
medium-high heat. Cook the chicken for 2 minutes per side.

Transfer the chicken to the oven and roast for 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a second skillet, over medium heat, heat the
remaining oil. Cook the prosciutto until crisp, 1 to 2 minutes per
side. Transfer to a plate.

Add the zucchini, garlic, and remaining salt and pepper to the
skillet and cook until tender, about 3 minutes.

Add the prosciutto and zucchini mixture to the skillet with the
chicken, squeeze the lemon over the top, and toss. Divide among
the plates.

source: Kate Merker
December 2006 via

Photo: Anna Williams


Servings: 4

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This post is dedicated to Sethiel, Blackie,  Ham and his boys, Annabelle, CamberSojo, Truefoe and all of the rest of my wonderful MRA family!