I am sure you all remember the “hype” a couple of months ago. Everyone was taking the ALS Bucket Challenge. I did it myself . . . sans bucket.
Sadly, and as always, people had negative things to say about it – mostly because not everyone was donating cash for the cause. But the naysayers were quickly silenced because one of the biggest goals of the challenge was to raise awareness.
And that we did. I took the challenge myself for Team Audry, a high school friend. I am proud to share her Facebook update with you, in case you also donated to her Team:
Hi everyone!!! Just wanted to give a shout out to Team Audry!!! With all of your generous donations Team Audry raised over $10,500 for The Ocean City Walk To Defeat ALS!!! I love you all So proud to know each and every one of you! Great job!
Whether or not you took the challenge, donated to Team Audry (it’ not too late) or ALS, or simply shared my blog post, I want to Thank You. We are making a difference!
Team Audry, Ocean City Walk to Defeat ALS
We love you too, Audry!!!
This is my list of favorite things to do when going home. My list is personal, but you may want to check some of it out when you go – or if you are in the area of Philadelphia, Chadds Ford, Chester County, etc.
- Visit family and friends
- Drive the country roads of West Chester
- Cook at home for the family
- Eat at diners
- Eat at fancy restaurants!!!
- Taste a large variety of beers
- Drink wine with Mom, Billy, and whomever will join me!
- Visit the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford
- Walk around the neighborhoods of Philadelphia
- Discover new things like the East Brandywine trail
- Did I mention beer, wine and food???
America, America . . .
I agree! Pet Food in a Fridge. West Goshen, PA
Nice to see you Bernie!
Oh yeah baby!
Delancey St. at night
Great dinner with Mike
Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
St.Mark’s Church, Philadelphia, PA
Zavino for lunch with Melody – great time
Black cat – and not too far from Halloween
Breakfast sky over East Falls, Philadelphia
Trolley Cafe, East Falls, Philadelphia
Trestle Bridge, Downingtown, PA
Covered Bridge at Harmony Hill
Me & Harry
Face Painting at Pat’s Party!
Harry & Skylar
Our budding artist
Me & Shae
Sunset over West Chester
I found Easter in the freezer
Everhart Park, West Chester
Shae, Joey & Emma Eileen
Stephen with his new Turkish toy
Freddie & Emma
Billy & I had a good beer at the Square Bar
I finally met Solomon!!
Girls’ Night Out – Me, Mom & Sandra at the Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford
Me & Mom
Me & the baby brother
Mmmmmm . . . Billy and I loved this bottle. Thanks John!
Cooked lunch for the family!
Christine with Shane
Chez Reese, Marshalton, PA
When the frost is on the pumpkin. . .
Joey got his!
Shot from a moving car – Lucky Hill Rd., Marshalton
Duck pate!!! Yum! Wrapped in bacon!!!
My favorite diner in West Chester
Amy and our fabulous waiter at City Tavern, Philadelphia
Pork chop and sauerkraut
Seafood Pie at City Tavern, Philadelphia
Beer flight with Amy at City Tavern, Philadelphia. Had one with Tom too at Kildare’s in WC
I’ve been staring at this all of my life and I still don’t have an answer.
Pumpkin Beer at Pietro’s Prime, West Chester
Music at the Brandywine River Museum – The pianist actually played with the Bilkent Symphony in Ankara!
One of my favorites at the Brandywine River Museum
Barracoon, Andrew Wyeth, Brandywine River Museum
Snow Hill, Andrew Wyeth, Brandywine River Museum
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I bet that title caught your eye! (Smile.)
On almost a daily basis, I hear Turkish women complain about their husbands. He doesn’t want to go anywhere. He doesn’t do anything. He would never consider cooking for me. Well, I’m here to tell you, it is mostly your fault!
Turkish women, in general, treat their sons like they are “God’s gracious gifts to the world.” Yep, I said it. But I don’t dare go any farther here . . .
My advice to these grouchy girls is to teach your sons something else and they may possibly make a “wonderful husband” to a deserving young girl someday. And for goodness sakes, stop coming home to make your teenage (and older) sons lunch every day!
Here’s an example: I am not sure why my Turkish in-laws were/are so awesome, but yesterday, after picking me up from the airport, my husband finished preparing a dinner for me that he had started the night before. The menu?
- Mixed salad with pomegranate and balsamic
- White rice – naturally started with a browned orzo pasta
- Steamed Turkish-style green beans with onions, tomatoes, and herbs he picked himself!
- And the kicker?! – Islim Kebab (Patlican dilim kofte)! That’s a Turkish meatball, wrapped in thin slices of eggplant. He skewered them with a toothpick topping them with a slice of tomato, a leaf of home-grown basil, and a home-grown cherry tomato!
Yes, I am bragging now.
In a nutshell, my message is “Teach Your Children Well!”
Now, what to do about American mothers and their sons . . . ???
PS – I failed to take photos, so below are a few from the internet. If you are interested in a recipe, check out this one from our friend at Ozlem’s Turkish Table.
Photo Courtesy of Hariye’s Turkish Food & Recipes
Photo Courtesy of Ozlem’s Turkish Table
Photo courtesy of Ozlem’s Turkish Table
Photo Courtesy of birtutamtuz.com