Tuesday, February 16, 2010

We Have TWO Winnesr!

I think that everyone was a winner with their wonderful tips on how to make ends meet. I hope to be able to put them all together and maybe have a book to share with all of you soon.

Miss Mary is our lovely first prize winner, picked by the random number generator! Mey-Hem and Lillians Stitches are her blogs. I hope that you will enjoy this book, as I have for many years.

I had neglected to add the second prize winner ( please forgive me as I am an old lady! ) It is Babara at
I have a very nice surprise gift for your vintage pleasure. I do hope that you enjoy it!

Thank you all so much for visiting me. Everyone has been so nice!

Monday, February 1, 2010

The Mushroom Girl

Helen's take on mushrooms:

"I don't exactly remember where I got this little figurine. I know that I liked it because it reminded me of my sister, and it had a little rabbit. She also had a mushroom and I like to cook with mushrooms. A lot of people don't realize that mushrooms are very good for you."

Here is some information about mushrooms:
This came from an article my daughter found for me on CNN health page.

"Why they're good for you: They may be 90 percent water and have only 18 calories per cup, but mushrooms are getting serious scientific attention. Laboratory reports and animal studies show that compounds in mushrooms may do everything from bolster immune function to suppress breast and prostate cancers to decrease tumor size. And now, Penn State researchers find that mushrooms, from the humble button to the giant portobello, harbor large amounts of an antioxidant called L-ergothioneine. The scientific buzz is that fungi, for the moment, are the only foods that contain this compound."

While scientists work to figure out how these findings will translate to dietary advice, there are plenty of reasons to enjoy mushrooms. Clare Hasler, Ph.D., a well-known expert in functional foods and executive director of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science at the University of California, Davis, points out that mushrooms offer a healthy helping of the blood pressure-- lowering mineral potassium. "Most people might be surprised to learn that while orange juice is touted as one of the highest potassium foods, one medium portobello mushroom actually has more potassium," she says. "And five white button mushrooms have more potassium than an orange."

Helen continues to tell us about mushrooms in her mother's kitchen:
"This cookbook is another one that I have always enjoyed cooking from. When I was a little girl, one of the soups that my mother used to make was mushroom soup. It was a tradition in our family during holidays and special occasions. My mother used chicken broth, which was easier to make than beef, since we had all the chickens. She would saute the mushrooms in butter and add shallots, onions, garlic ( lots of garlic) and salt and pepper. I liked when she added carrots and celery, but my favorite ingredient was parsnips or leeks."

I want to thank everyone for coming to visit my blog. Everyone has been so nice and helpful with all of their hints.
If everyone keeps posting more hints I will have to add a second prize. Maybe it will be this little mushroom girl....or the book...or both......we shall see.