In an attempt to stay warm on a snow day last week, and without the luxury of a crackling fireplace, I decided to make the first batch of Christmas cookies of the season. The famous and traditional recipe selection I chose was that of whipped shortbread.
1/2 lb margarine
1 c. icing sugar
3 1/2 c. flour
Combine all dry ingredients together. Then in a mixer on low, add the dry ingredients to the butter and margarine.
Spoon onto non-greased baking pan in one inch by one inch sized dollops. Top with cherry.
Bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees.
Eat the ones that fall apart.
Leave oven door open to heat up the kitchen and to fill with the scent of cookies.
Curl up onto the couch and vow to never eat cookie dough again...
Oh, and hide them in the freezer until Christmas.
Yield: about 145 cookies and one tummy ache.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
This station belonged to Corus Entertainment and in a prepared statement the vice-president of secondary Corus
, Mario Cecchini said that day; (1) “We put tremendous effort into trying to find the right format and content to grow our audience base and operate profitably, but after years of effort it is clear these AM stations are not viable.” Quebec
CJOB has been running since Monday March 11, 1946. (3) The 250-watt station at 1340 kHz was owned by John Oliver Blick. J.O. (Jack) Blick was a commercial writer at
's CJCA and when he was interrupted by the war, he spent four and a half years in the air-force. When Blick left the war he wanted to have his own radio station and chose Edmonton as the location. (6) The acronym for Blicks name became the call sign ‘JOB”. Winnipeg
The attributed success of CJOB’s programming can be associated with the fact the content comes from the local community. There is a national broadcast that comes from the CJOB studio as well. Adler On Line is an afternoon politically based talk show hosted by Charles Adler. (4)
The station also broadcasts local sports updates and commentary. Local sports teams such as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Manitoba Moose are featured. On Mondays at 6:00 pm the bomber head coach, Paul LaPolice does the bomber head coach show. Bomber defensive lineman Doug Brown has a show every second Thursday at 6:00 pm called the Doug Brown Power Hour. (4)
Other personalities previously associated with the station are Red Alix, George McCloy, Bob Washington, Irv "Doc" Stein, Wee Ray Isley, Hedi Lewis and more notable personalities like Peter Warren, Dick Vincent, and John Wells. (5)
In March 2006, CJOB had its 60th anniversary. A celebration was held at the Hotel Fort Garry. Host of the morning show Larry Updike and Brian Barkley were in attendance to help celebrate. The station then invited the loyal to the CJOB studios on March 10, 2006 for cake and coffee with veteran CJOB announcer Donn Kirton. (6)
CJOB is one tried, tested and true example of a news/talk radio station that was built with a vision and has been carried through the years.
With keeping the contents of its programming local, current and significant to the public, the loyalty from the listeners is sure to continue. The station has clearly evaluated the personalities of the program carefully to ensure a succinct and tight flow. Next March, 2011 will mark the 65 anniversary.
(1) sistersagesmusings.ca/canadas-oldest-radio-station-has-gone-off-the-air-is- new-technology-taking-over-commercial-radio-as-we-know-it
(3) "Mayor Garnet Coulter Opens
's New Radio Station". Winnipeg Tribune. March 11, 1946. pp. 12. Winnipeg
Saturday, November 27, 2010
With such unique and well formulated wine drinking opportunities, it was a tad disappointing to see their striking glassed-encased mirrored wine cooler only one-fifth full.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Here are some of my favorite winter beverages to warm you up and comfort your soul.
7 cups Apple cider OR apple juice
4 stick cinnamon
1 teaspoon Whole cloves
1 Lemon peel, cut into strips
1 1/2 cups Rum
Butter or margarine
orange wheel for garnish
Stir the drink and enjoy
Friday, November 19, 2010
Fifty-three-year-old Public Safety Officer and City of Winnipeg commuter, Sherry Brisnik, says she’s been anticipating this snowfall for quite some time. Brisnik says, “It does seem earlier this year. I remember some years back when it was almost Christmas and we hardly had any snow.”
Brisnik says she has endured 14 Winnipeg winters thus far. After remembering to dress her two children this morning, this year she forgot one thing. For Brisnik on the first day of snow, it was the all important snow brush. “I have three in my garage at home but forgot to put one in the car!”
Preparing for winter is something that 44-year-old Don Rebeck takes pride in. Rebeck says he is never caught off guard. “When you have lived here your whole life, you are ready for it. Listening to the forecast helps too.”
Friday, November 12, 2010
"Take two minutes, would you mind? It's a pittance of time, for the boys and the girls that went over..."
The still and somber silence that befell the West Kildonan Legion #30 was instantaneous at 11:00 a.m. With a turnout of over 300 people, the secretary for the legion, Donna Carriere says the service turnout grows every year. Carriere says, “This is the biggest crowd we’ve had for Remembrance Day so far.”
It is difficult to fathom that just moments before the clock struck 11:00 a.m. the room was filled with voices chattering about the first snowfall, old friends embracing and pipers quietly practicing their chords.
The white crisp gloves of the veterans distribute programs and poppies. The patch of the legion is proudly worn on their beret. Their duty today is ensuring the attendees are equipped with the necessities of such a service.
Emily is accustomed to attending Remembrance Day services and says, “I’m here to remember the people who died in the war.”
When Nazi Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, it was the beginning of the Second World War. On September 10th, 1939, the Parliament of Canada declared war on Germany. Solinger enlisted in the army on September 15th, 1939 and was a part of the Allies that fought against, and later defeated, the Axis, that of Nazi Germany.
Solinger completed his basic training in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in September1939. He was then sent to England where he was a member of the Princess Louise Dragoon Guards regiment. His regiment was later sent to fight in Sicily, Italy in 1943 for the Allied invasion of Sicily where the Allies (United Kingdom, United States, Canada and France) took Sicily from the Axis (Italy and Germany). This was also known as Operation Husky. “I remember driving with my Major in armored cars.” He recalls, “Germany kept dropping bombs from aircrafts above. We were definitely in the middle of a lot of action.”
Hoping for a letter through falling bombs became something Solinger looked forward to. “They came through mail but not very often, maybe one letter every one to two months.”
The letters were written for four years. “I didn’t get back to England from Italy in 1946. That’s a long time to not see each other.” Ilene remained a housewife in England while anxiously awaiting her husband’s return. Solinger was re-stationed and the time came to travel. “She was quite happy to travel with me.”
As Solinger conveys his recollection of his time in the war, at the West Kildonan Legion #30, his granddaughter hands him a plate of cheese, pickles, meat and rye bread. As much as this day is spent to remember the fallen, one can’t help but admit to the outcome of Solinger enlisting on that day in September, 1939. It enabled him to meet his wife, spend 63 years of marriage together, and grow a family who sits by his side on this November 11 to remember with him.
Monday, November 8, 2010
EMERGENCY CAR KIT- It is recommended that every vehicle should be equipped with an emergency kit in case the unforeseen happens while travelling on Manitoba roads. Pack a flash light, blanket, extra clothes, gloves, hat, candle, jumper cables, shovel, spare tire, first aid kit, and tire changing equipment.
TIRE CHANGE/TIRE PRESSURE- The Winnipeg roads will soon be covered in snow and ice. It is important to consider the purchase of winter tires. They will usually last 5 years and the upside is your summer or all seasons will last you that much longer. Also make sure to check the pressure in your tires is kept at the manufacturer's recommended levels. This is usually found on the door jamb, on the glove compartment door or in the owner's manual.
WINSHEILD WASHER FLUID- Remember to change your washer fluid before the first major deep freeze. It’s good to use the severe weather up to minus 40 degrees, to ensure your window will be clear. It is also important to flush out old fluid to avoid compromising the concentration of your winter fluid.
GET YOUR BATTERY CHECKED- No one wants to be stranded because their battery died, or rather relive the experience if it’s already happened. Check your battery with a volt meter or get a certified tech to check the voltage for you.
In the past, he has made wine from cherries and pumpkins. This year he is taking a more traditional approach by using actual grapes. There is one problem when it comes to my Gigi's winemaking capabilities. The problem is that when they used to live back on the farm, it wasn't wine they made, rather the infamous "home brew" or "hooch". This was made out of potatoes and by a homemade distillery. Thus the strength of the product was quite potent. Subsequently, the result of his experience making homemade whiskey or brew has transferred over to the process of wine-making. He proudly stated to me last week when I asked about the process, "The more sugar you put, the more it ferments. So it gets stronger."
Anyone who is interested in wine-making should give it a try. However, the result and alcohol content will not be guaranteed and mastering the process will only come with attempting batch after batch.
Here are some sources to expand your knowledge of homemade wine:
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
David Means is an American writer that lives in Nyack, New York. His short stories have appeared in publications, including Esquire, The New Yorker, McSweeny's and Harper's. They are frequently set in the Midwest or the Rust Belt, or along the Hudson River in New York. He includes among his influences artist Edward Hopper who is also from Nyack, New York. (wikipedia)
At the end of the second paragraph, I enjoy the way the author chooses to describe the feeling that Lee has in regards to that of being able to "turn back into a normal person" once he retired. You get a feeling for exactly the sacrifice he had to make to be successful in his career of being an FBI agent. In addition, an agent who often went on stakeouts. The author also suggests Lee maintained a strong psychological balance to endure his career. The author implies that Lee spent most of his career thinking the way others might think. You get a genuine sense for how an agent would envision his life.
The sense of imagery presented throughout the story enabled the reader to imagine exactly the setting of the stakeout. The examples given in the story are solid. The images presented, such as them lying in the grass, peeking behind trees, taking frequent breaks and being utterly impatient waiting for something that may never come, really show the reader the story.
I did not enjoy the way the author itemized the thoughts of the breaks Lee had. They did not seem to have a relevant order or chronological thought, which, when itemizing points in a story usually have a more emphatic relevance.