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Remembering King Syrup and Fried Bologna Sandwiches

King Syrup

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Do you remember King Syrup or was that before your time?  I’m telling my age, but I used to eat this stuff by the gallon when I was growing up.  We ate it on pancakes, waffles, biscuits and made syrup sandwiches.  They were the best.  Aunt Jemima may reign supreme now, but King Syrup roared back in the day.  It was so thick it took forever to pour it out the bottle.  We actually turned the bottle upside down once and went outside to play ball.
Our thinking was when the game was over, the syrup would be ready to pour.  We complained so much, daddy started buying the syrup in the can.  Dipping a spoon into the syrup eliminated that problem.  We loved it, and we loved daddy for the new purchase.  We sang Long live the King to him!  I think we could have gotten King Syrup out of him for the rest of our lives after that.  I miss you daddy!
As the years passed, King Syrup lost its popularity in our household.  I was visiting a friend, and we decided to go to iHop for breakfast.  As we were walking out the door, I noticed that he had a can of King Syrup in his hands.  I couldn’t believe that he was actually going to take his own syrup into a restaurant.  But I was truly in disbelieve that he had a can of King Syrup.  I hadn’t seen a can in years.  He told me that he had it shipped to him and he never ran out.  He stated the neighborhood iHop allowed him to bring his own syrup for years.  His wife verified his story, and I got to see it for myself.  He ordered his favorite pancakes and covered them with his favorite syrup.   Just when you think you’ve seen it all.   We had a great time reliving our childhood and reminiscing about all the foods that we ate as children.
Fried bologna sandwiches, known as the poor man’s meat, was another favorite.  Daddy would go to the deli and have Johnny, the butcher, slice it thin for us.  For those who didn’t indulge in fried bologna sandwiches, you don’t know what you missed.  Half the fun was in eating it and the other half was frying it.  If you didn’t put a slit around the edges of the bologna, it would curl up.   For some reason, we found that hilarious.
I loved my childhood for the most part.  It was carefree and the memories are great.  What are some of your favorite childhood foods?

Plus Size Barbie


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Plus-size... or obese? A mocked-up image of a plus-size Barbie beside a traditional Barbie by Worth100 has sparked a debate about the doll's impact on female body image
Would you buy a plus size Barbie doll for your daughter?  Apparently the idea is being looked at; however, the plus size Barbie shown is drawing controversy.  Facebook group, Plus Size Modeling, generated the question “Should toy companies start making plus-sized dolls?  They have gotten 36,000 likes and 1,600 shares on the idea. 

Personally, I think it’s a great idea.  Most women are not pencil thin.  Most have curves and are proud of them.  The plus-size Barbie shown was produced by artists at Worth1000.com, not Mattel.  Mattel has not stated, to my knowledge, that they are entertaining the idea of a plus-size Barbie.   


This plus size Barbie has come under fire by many.  Many believe the image created is not how plus size women should be portrayed.  In fact, many think the Barbie shown is obese not plus size.  There is a difference.  Not all plus-size women are obese.  Did you notice that the plus-size Barbie has a triple chin and is basically three times the size of the original Barbie.    

When I first saw the doll, my response was WTH.  I am a plus size.  Yep, size 12/14W and I am comfortable in the skin that I’m in.  My goal is to be healthy and if I can accomplish that at a size 12/14, than I’m happy. I don’t have 3 chins and I’m not three times the size of a pencil thin woman.   Most of the women in my family are plus size.  My daughter however is petite.  Imagine that.

I believe in diversity and want to expose my granddaughter to a variety of doll images.  I purchase Black, Hispanic and Caucasian dolls for her.  After all, the world is made up of many people from many backgrounds in a variety of hues.  I want her to see the world for what it is and know that it’s okay to not be pencil thin.  I want her to know that women of color are beautiful, intelligent and successful.  I want her to know that not everyone looks alike, has the same shape or is the same size.  That’s the beauty of the human race.  I don’t know what genetics have in store for her, so I want her to have this knowledge at an early age. 

If a plus size Barbie is to be marketed, plus size women should be on the team while she is being developed.  I wonder who was behind the development of this doll at Worth1000.com, but more importantly who approved the final plan.  They obviously need to return to the drawing the board and take some time to learn about healthy full figure women.         

How To Care For Your Children’s Teeth

 

children's teeth, children's dental care

 

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First, should children brush their teeth and floss? The answer is yes.  Oral hygiene should start early.  Most importantly, caring for your children’s teeth and gums should be a priority. Additionally, teaching your children to care for their teeth will eliminate tooth decay and gum disease down the road.

Furthermore, we have great tips on how you can help your child promote healthy teeth and gums.  So, follow these tips and you will be on your way:

  • Do not give your child any product that contains sugar when putting them to bed. The sugar causes tooth decay.
  • Encourage your baby to start drinking from a cup around 9 months or shortly thereafter.
  • Clean your child’s teeth with a gauze pad or soft cloth when they first surface. Once they break through, use a soft toothbrush with water only
  • Encourage your child to stop sucking their thumb or fingers. See your dentist if you’re unsuccessful.

dental care for toddlers

  • Around 1 – 2 years of age a dot of toothpaste may be used on the child’s toothbrush. (Check your stores for training tooth pastes).
  • Encourage your child not to swallow the toothpaste and rinse well with water.
  • By age 3 or 4, children should be able to brush their own teeth. You should check your children’s teeth to ensure proper brushing. Chewable Disclosing Tablets can used to determine if any plaque is on your child’s teeth. The Disclosing Tablet will leave a color on the teeth when plaque remains.
  • Have your child brush their teeth twice a day.
  • Gently floss between your child’s teeth until they learn the proper technique.
  • Schedule regular dental check-ups for your child as early as 2 years of age. (Make sure your dentist and hygienist work well with children).
  • Be an example, brush and floss regularly and maintain regular dental appointments.  Allow your child to watch you brush and floss.  My grandson loves to watch me use my electric toothbrush.

Last, if you follow these tips, you’re leading your child toward the goal of healthy teeth and gums.  Additionally, a toothbrush, Child Life Toothpaste Tablets, Plackers Kids 1st Flossers , and Tooth Brushing Sand Timer for Kids are the proper tools for the job.

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Don’t Slap My Child

A passenger accused of slapping a 2 year old toddler on a Delta Airlines flight to Atlanta is sentenced to eight months in prison.  According to the mother, Jessica Bennett, Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, former president of an aircraft parts manufacturer based in Idaho was seated next to her and her son on a flight to Atlanta.  Her son became frightened upon decent and started to cry.  Hundley yelled at her to shut the “ni**** baby up.  He than slapped the toddler.  The adorable baby suffered a scratch below his eye after the assault.  

Thankfully, other passengers witnessed the assault and came to her rescue.  Passengers 12 rows up heard the racial slur.  I wonder if people were raised under rocks at times.  Ms. Bennett stated that Mr. Hundley reeked of alcohol during the flight and his speech was slurred.  According to Ms. Bennett, Mr. Hundley had been complaining about her son prior to the incident.  Earlier he had asked the stewardess about the regulations for holding children on laps.  Ms. Bennett also stated that he told her the toddler was too big to be sitting on her lap.  She said she spent most of the flight in the rear with her son, so she could stay away from Mr. Hundley. 

According to Mr. Hundley’s attorney, he was on his way to Atlanta to remove his son from life support and he was distraught.  Although I understand his pain for having to make such a heart wrenching decision, nobody has the right to slap another person,  Especially a child.     

Mr.  Hundley apologized in court for his disgraceful behavior.  He admitted that he had an alcohol problem and was attending AA meetings and had enrolled in an anger management course.  He will be spending the next 8 months behind bars, so he will have plenty of time to reflect on the incident and how he will re-enter society.  Hopefully, he will be rehabilitated and will have made peace with the death of his son . 

Photo courtesy of Daily Mail.  

How To Attract Cardinals in Your Backyard

cardinals

The cardinal also known as “redbirds” is my state bird.  They were the mascot for our high school growing up, so I’ve always had an infinity toward them.  My backyard is full of them and as you can see they eat well.  The males are red with black back/tail feathers and are a standout anytime of the year, but breathtaking during the winter months against the snow.  During mating season, the brighter the better to the female cardinals.  Check out my other posts on attracting backyard birds before you leave.

 

female Cardinals

 

The females have some red, but are mostly tan and gray.  They sing outside my bedroom window in the morning.  They are known to have up to 12 different songs.  While watching them, I’ve found them to be quite sociable.  They wait their turn at the feeder and interact well with other species.  Cardinals love mixed birdseed as well as the black oil sunflower seeds.  They also eat fruit, insects and sap from the trees.  I have yet to see them eat from the suet feeder.  The male is a gentleman.  The majority of the time he will perch on a branch while the female eats and than he takes his turn.

 

male Cardinals
Cardinals usually mate for life and they don’t migrate.  You can enjoy their brilliant color year round.  The male is responsible for feeding the female when she is incubating her eggs.  He guards the nest and ensure predators stay at bay.  Breeding season can last from March – September.  The female usually builds their nest in a dense bush that I have at the other end of my house.  I watch them from afar, the female will leave the nest and build elsewhere if she senses danger.  The male in the picture above is indulging on black oil sunflower seeds.  They usually arrive at the feeder with their mate, but I have seen both feed alone.
attracting Cardinals
If you’re a beginner bird watcher, the cardinal is one of the easiest backyard birds to attract.  They like the platform and tube feeders, so you can use one or the other.  They’re not picky eaters, so regular bird seed or black oil sunflower seeds will meet their needs.  Happy bird watching!

Remembering Gone With The Wind

                 
                                                                   Alicia Rhett played India Wilkes in "Gone With the Wind." (Everett Collection)

Gone With the Wind (GWTW) is my all time favorite movie.  I used to sit for hours watching it from beginning to end on my VHS tape.  I did step up, and purchase the DVD finally.  I’ve often wondered how Hollywood chooses the actors and actresses for roles.  At times, it seems impossible to have found a better actor or actress for their role they are in.  They couldn’t have picked a better actress than Vivian Leigh to play the starring role of Scarlett O’Hara.  She was a beautiful and talented actress. 

Today, I’m remembering India Wilkes one of Scarlett O’Hara’s enemies.  India Wilkes was played by Alicia Rhett, shown above.  Alicia Rhett passed away yesterday at age 98.  She actually auditioned for the role of Melanie Wilkes, but the role went to Olivia de Havillan. Alicia was offered and accepted the role as India Wilkes instead. In the movie Melanie Wilkes, played by Olivia de Havillan, comes from an inbreeding family. She marries her cousin and India’s brother, Ashley Wilkes, who Scarlett was in love with.  From there, they were intertwined. 

My fondest memory of India was when Scarlett called her an old maid during an argument.  It seems that her role of being an unmarried woman continued after filming.  Off screen, Alicia Rhett never married or had children. She returned to Charleston, SC after (GWTW) and continued to paint and do stage acting.  Much of her art is on display in her home town of Savannah, GA.    

There are 3 cast members who are still living, Olivia de Havilland, 97, who resides in Paris.  Mary Anderson, 93, who played Maybelle Merriweather; and Mickey Kuhn, 81, who played Beau Wilkes, Ashley and Melanie’s son.  
Gone With the Wind earned an Oscar and an Academy Award.  The period dresses and scenes were amazing.  It was a fascinating movie by all accounts.  Alicia Rhett, rest in peace and thanks for helping to make Gone With the Wind one of the best movies in American History.                               

How To Trace Your Ancestry


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how to trace your ancestry

Do you know who you are?  I’ve spent the last few months tracing my ancestry on Ancestry.com, and I must say that it has been quite an endeavor.  One that I’ve enjoyed so much I’ve decided to do a scrapbook.  I’ve traced my mother’s and father’s ancestry back three generations.  I know amazing, right.  I think it’s important to know who we are.  Once we know who we are, we will understand our greatness and our mission in life.  I also think it’s important to share our heritage with our children so they too can understand how great they are.  


I received a 30 day free trial with Ancestry.com.  The site was easy to use.  It asks for basic information like:  first and last names, places where you relatives may have lived, mother and father’s name if know, birthday etc.  You enter as much information that you have on the person and the systems returns information that you can browse and add to your family tree.  What’s cool about the site, is they do some of the tracing for you when you’re off-line.  For example, they return birth, marriage and death records that they think are connected to your family.  When you log back in, it will give you an indicator on the person that they may have information on.  I also liked that other members may be searching the same heritage line and may have pictures or other documentation that you can copy.  You can make your information public for others to view or you can make it private.       

I was able to trace my history back to slavery on my father’s side.  I was able to find the cemetery where my great, great, great grandfather is buried.  On my mother’s side of the family, my ancestors found the first African American community, Johnsontown, in West Virginia.  I’m excited to be able to pass this information on to my children and grandchildren with the hope that they will pass it on to their children. So many times we loose our heritage, and as a result we miss so many opportunities to be proud of who we are and what our ancestors accomplished.            



I was able to find an ancestry scrapbook, below, on Amazon for a good price.  I snatched it up quickly, the company, KCompany, is no longer making the book.   I really like the brown and turquoise colors and the slot on the album where I can add the family name.  For some reason brown and turquoise seem appropriate for ancestry photos. 
                                             
 
Some may see Ancestry.com as somewhat pricey, pricing may vary month to month, but it was worth the time and energy that it took to trace my roots.  I would advise you to try the free 30 day offer, so if you’re diligent you may be able to accomplish tracing a great deal of your heritage during that period.  If you’re interested in digging a little deeper into who you are, check out the site and make some memories for your family. 

Happy New Year

It’s 2014 and I want to wish each of my followers A Happy, Safe and Blessed New Year.  I appreciate each of your visits to Mother 2 Mother, and I hope to make my blog more engaging by posting helpful and interesting content in the new year.  Any suggestions that you have on how I can achieve this goal would be appreciated.  Please leave a comment and a means to contact you so we can discuss your ideas further.   



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I wish each of you everything that your heart desires in the new year.  Blessings to each of you. 


Using Suet Feeders for Backyard Birds

suet feeders

I’m trying to attract different birds to my backyard, so I decided to put up a suet feeder.  What is a suet you ask?  Simply put, it’s fat mixed with corn, fruit, peppers peanuts or  dehydrated insects.  It comes in a brick or log form.  The bricks fit into a small cage.  I purchased mine from Tractor Supply for $2.00 and $.99 for the suet.  Check out my other posts on attracting backyard birds before you leave.
Also, you can use the suet year round.  If you’re going to use the suet feeder in warmer months, I recommend using the No Melt suet.  Check the package to ensure you have the correct package.  Using the suet feeder is cheaper than bird seed.  So, if you don’t want to invest a lot of money in helping nature feed our feathered friends a suet feeder is the way to go.

Furthermore, I’ve discovered that some birds prefer suet rather than seed.  Suet is important to birds, especially during the colder months.  It helps to keep them warm.  Mostly insect lovers like Mockingbirds, Orioles, Nuthatches, Woodpeckers and Chickadees flock to suet feeders.  I have been able to get my Woodpeckers and Chickadees to eat from my platform feeder too.  They love black oil sunflower seeds.As a matter of fact, I really wanted to attract Orioles.  I tried using oranges this spring, but no luck.  I did manage to attract a Mockingbird.  He likes like suet too.  Unfortunately, I’ve heard his mating call in the wee hours of the morning in my neighbor’s yard.  Hopefully,  he will find a mate soon.   I need to get my sleep.

 

attracting backyard birds
suet feeders
how to feed backyard birds

 

I did have a visitor at the suet feeder today, a Carolina Wren along with a Cardinal.  Also, I have also seen Tufted Titmouse (bottom  picture) eating from the suet feeder too.  The Titmouse seems to prefer the seeds though.  But the wren is going for the suet.  Isn’t the cardinal, my state bird, beautiful.  So, I’m hoping as the weather gets colder, more of the birds will eat the suet.  It’s cheaper, and the suet cakes last longer.

What backyard birds visit you?  Do you feed them?  If so, what method do you?