Monday, September 30, 2013

Top 10 Comparing Apples to Apples

Apples are not only for the teacher

There are

Adam's apple  every one has one. It is more prominent in men than women.

Caramel Apples vs Candied Apples

Apple Crip Every time I make this, and it is usually seasonal, it does not come out like the picture in the recipe (link, book, page, card, mouth water word of mouth) but I believe it tastes even better. I sometimes use my imagination.

Apple Jacks Do you remember the lure of the commercial when you were a kid?  There must be an old commercial on Youtube.  Yup and it is about bullies.  Interesting and I caution there is language, if you read the comments. It seems to attract bullies now or the Youtube link does. How did our generation deal with bullies?  Apple Jacks?

Red Apples or Green Apples

Apple Fritters

Apple Computers

Apple Pie

Apple Cake

and then there is the apple of your eye.

When you slice it down, comparing apples to apples is pretty tough to do. there are too many variables and choices. 
It is all a matter of taste.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Top 10 Volunteer Event Saturday National Lands Day

Saturday September 28th is National Lands Day

Grand Canyon

To get the word out on Twitter use #NPLD20 and get outdoors and enjoy.

Grand Canyon Trail

Check this link to find a  location near you that is participating.  You can check by state or zip code.

Statue of Liberty taken from Liberty State Park in New Jersey

Found at and also at The Friends of Glen Providence Park in Media, PA they will be planting 28 trees. 9AM - noon, raindate September 29th. RSVP for this event at FriendsoftheGlen [AT] and let them know the number of volunteers in your party. Lunch and drinks will be provided for registered volunteers – pizza generously donated by Pinocchio’s Pizza!

Glen Providence Park, Media, PA listed Valley Forge Park in PA. as one of the locations that National Parks Conservation Association will take part in by picking up liter, painting fences and planting trees and more with guided hiking opportunities. 9AM - 1 PM  RSVP to Katherine McKinney at or 202.454.3328. Listed at the the website mentions that there will be an award presented to the winner of the park’s “Name the New Trail Bridge” contest presented by The Friends of Valley Forge Park also contact information on how to participate in National Public Lands Day activities at Valley Forge NHP, contact Ernestine White at (610) 783-1029 or ernestine_white@nps.govA barbecue lunch will be provided with a suggested donation.

U.S. National Memorial Arch in Valley Forge National Park

From 3-6pm Nature Walk with Debbie Beer at Heinz Wildlife Refuge. Heinz Refuge encompasses one of the largest fresh water tidal marshes in Pennsylvania.

Egret fishing at dusk at the Heinz Wildlife Refuge
Check out 20 Unique Features on 20 Public Lands, examples, tallest lighthouse, largest known living single stem tree, highest point east of the Mississippi, earliest sunrise in the U. S. and largest reservoir, take a guess before you click on the list. Also a good list to tuck away for places to see.

Hoover Dam

Check this flicker list for photographs submitted to Summer in America's Great Outdoors, beautiful sights.

Fall foliage view from Hawk Mountain, PA.

No song has ever said it better then the one Woody Guthrie wrote "This Land is Your Land".  We have some very beautiful places in this country. Let's hope we continue to preserve and protect that.

Hawk watch at Hawk Mountain

Read:  How Would a Government Shutdown Effect National Parks? At, what can you do?

See a horseshoe crab struggling, flip it and save a life in Holgate, New Jersey on Long Beach Island. is a great resource to find places and activities available around the country. You can also make reservations through this site. Go to this website for America the Beautiful National Park and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.

Pikes Peak, Colorado

Locally Villanova students helped at Tyler Arboretum and Mount Moriah Cemetery and other locations around the area.

I watched a Live online chat with Secretary Jewell of the Department of the Interior and there were some interesting concerns from participants about National Public Land. Some of the questions asked were about wild horses, grey wolf, the climate action plan, plans to put more cell towers in, accessibility for people with disabilities, wild fires, drought and flooding, all three devastation's have hit Colorado this year.

One of the most important thing I heard her say is to take a child by the hand and introduce them to nature.  She spoke of how nature is a classroom and a feeder system to history, culture and child development.  It allows the imagination to soar and the curious to question.  We need to connect young people to the green world for healthy development.

Don't forget Sunday "Ride for History" and "History Celebration" at Rose Tree Park.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Weekend's History Celebration

Delaware County Council declared September History Month and to culminate the months activities a BIG Celebration is happening at Rose Tree Park.

The History Festival at Rose Tree Park will run from Noon to 5PM.
Sunday,  September 29th

1. There will be a Native American presentation.

2. An International Food Court

3. An Antique Bike Show

4. An Antique Car Show

5. Historical Re-enactors

6. Cultural Demonstrations

7. Dancers, Singers

8. A Latin Band

9. Theater and Ballet

10. The Biggest and Boldest American Flag in Delaware County and more.

 Many of Delaware County's Historical, History and Preservation Societies will be at the park with displays and the opportunity to learn about the special place we live in here in Delaware County and its history. We go way back.  These organizations are always looking for members and volunteers. Check it out and see if you are a fit. Maybe you have something sentimental to you but perhaps valuable that has a place in history.  Talk to the people who may know and be interested.

You can read about it in a book but there is nothing like the real thing. 
We have it here in Delaware County.  
Take the "Ride for History and then come out to celebrate at the Delaware County History Festival.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Top 10 Ride for History "the loop"

If your happen to see a lot of motorcycles buzzing around your neighborhood this Sunday,  they are making history happen.

The 2nd Anuual Delaware County Historic Ride for History Tour 2013 is a fundraising event promoting history and education.

It is a Motorcycle and Car Tour visiting some of Delaware County's most historical sites.

Sue Serio of Fox 29's weather anchor will serve as the Grand Marshall and lead the parade.

Historic sites from Chadds Ford through Media will open their doors.

The 2nd Annual Delaware County "Passport to History" benefit ride begins at Hannum's Harley Davidson's 1241 Chadds Ford, PA.

On site registration starts at 9AM on September 29th. $25 for driver and two guests, additional guest $8. Rain date October 6th. Keep an eye on Sue Serio at Fox, she calls the weather. So far, 0% chance of rain. You can also pre-register at this link. Rides start at 10AM and the last ride will leave Hannum's at noon.

Rides (various routes, see full list of all locations that will be available at the 

Proceeds Benefit Delaware County Historical Society’s Free “PASSPORT TO HISTORY” Education Program. The Passport program is available to all fourth an fifth grade students.

The "Ride" ends with the History Celebration at Rose Tree Park.

Check out Live in the Newsroom on Wednesday at 7PM at "Taking a fresh Look at the History of Delaware County".

Check this blog link for pictures of some of Delaware County's famous sites and a complete list of the places that will be options to visit on Sunday.

Check these website links for more information 

Always check the website for updated changes.

I am still in the process of locating these buildings and taking pictures of them.

Bethel Log House

Caleb Pusey House 15 Race Street Upland, PA built in 1683 is the only known building still standing that has documented association with the proprietor, William Penn and which he is known to have visited on several occasions. Pusey purchased 250 acres from Penn in 1681.

Cheshire House 1200 Main Street Upland, PA

Collen Collen Brook Farm home of George Smith one of the founders of the Delaware County Science Institute is located in Drexel Hill.

Colonial Plantation located in Ridley Creek State Park.

Ogden School - Chichester

Chris Sanderson Museum

Darby Library

DCHS Museum and Research Library

Federal school
Finley House

Glen Mills Train Station

Greenbank Farm

Linvilla Orchards

Minshall House

Morton Mortenson House

Newtown Square Tavern

Plank House is located on Market Street in Marcus Hook.


Thomas Leiper House located on Avondale Road in Nether Providence Township.

Thomas Massey House located on Lawrence Road in Marple

Lazaretto Quarantine Station was built in 1799 and was a stopping point for all ships headed into the city of Philadelphia for inspection of illness on board. The sick were detained here. It was established after the Yellow Fever Scare in Philadelphia in 1793 but was used as a preventative measure for that reason. It is located in Tinicum.

Gov. Printz Park

Corinthian Yacht Club

Swedish Cabin

Village Green School House

Barn at Hillwood Farm next door to #30

Cars /Vans Only

Hedgerow Theatre(cars/vans only)

Parastudy (cars/vans only)

Paper Mill House(cars/vans only)

Tyler Arboretum(cars /vans only)

Event ends at Rose Tree Park Celebration of Delaware County History Month

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Top 10 Rim Cafe is the Best

My cousin has been telling me for over a year, I have to take you to this place in South Philly. We finally went there September 14th.

1. Congratulations to Rene of the Rim Cafe.  He is a WINNER!

photo credit Maureen

2. You can read more about Rene Kobeitri owner and founder of the Rim Cafe at the website link. You have to come into his shop to get the full experience.

3. Best of TWO "Coffee House" and "Chocolate" on the phl17 HOTLIST!!

4. The Rim Cafe in South Philly is situated catty corner from Geno's Steaks a prime spot in the heart of the Italian Market.  It is an experience one can try to explain, but it really must take place in real time to feel the love.

5. Rene originally from France can easily make friends with any country.  What is his special ingredient?  Is it chocolate? You will come away with not only a mouth watering delicious experience but also a heart warming feeling that you have just been treated.

6. One of the patrons in the cafe said she had such a bad week she had to come here to feel better and she was all smiles when she left.

That is all chocolate baby, with special ingredients

7. What is the magic ingredient?  It is hard to pinpoint because the master just creates and makes it up as he goes along. I think I am on to his recipe.  He tastefully treats everyone as an individual and makes his drinks in the same way, special for you. The magic ingredient seems to be Rene himself.  He ignites your tastes buds and makes you believe you have never tasted something so delectable before in your life.  It is truly "magic"

Bad photo by me, good taste in cafe's, my dancing cousin Maureen.

8. My drink was make from chocolate potato chip, chocolate pistachio and Renee called the other, mystery chocolate because he could not remember exactly all the ingredients in the last shaving that went into my drink.  I can tell you it was superb.

For the record, I have never played bongos before in my life, as an band mate of Rene's I thought I was quite good.

9. Oh MY G, Renee cautions, is what people should say.  If you think about it, why not?  Oh my "G" says it plain and simple without offending anyone or breaking any rules.  You melt with the chocolate as you express your delight....Oh My G! Oh my goodness and the sentiment is real.

10. Ever wonder what it is like to have a delicious dessert in a cafe in France? Rene has the accent, the personality and the setting for the sensation to "Make it Happen".  He even has the sparkling Eiffel Tower. A taste of France in the heart of the Italian Market in South Philly, magnifique!

The best part is, you can drink all the chocolate you want and still drive home.

You can follow the Rim Cafe on Twitter

Drool over the drinks available on the Menu at
Watch Sugar High Food Network Interview Renee (1)
Watch Sugar High Food Network Interview Renee (2)
See his delicious creations on Pinterest

Or pay them a visit at  1172 S. 9th Street in Philadelphia, PA.  It is the BEST!!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Top 10 Weekend Wrapup - Where Did Everyone Go?

1. I started my weekend in Media everybody's hometown with what I now call a "holy" cannoli from Visco's Authentic Italian desserts. No disrespect intended but this cannoli was heavenly and a great way to start the day. I highly recommend the chocolate chip filled.

2. The Delaware County Institute of Science in Media celebrated their 180th Anniversary.  Along with their fabulous displays, there was a demonstration on making model airplanes.  This is a very cool place to explore all three floors of hidden treasures right in Delaware County. It's FREE! Check their website for hours of operation and upcoming events.  Great exploration for inquisitive minds and a Jr. Science Club.

3. Rose Tree Park was soaring with activity the Rose Tree Hawk Watch was in full flight and have been in the park since early September and will be there on a daily basis through November (weather permitting).  You can view their count on a updated board and maybe get an opportunity to spot a bird or two.  I saw a red-tailed hawk and an eagle.  Their mission is to report all data to various hawk and bird associations.  They are also tracking the migration of three species of dragon flies and the monarch butterfly. Apparently the Delaware Valley and Rose Tree Park in particular are part of the valley trail some hawks take on their migration south journey and this weekend in particular was special because of the storm, the birds were catching the tail wind.

4. The Kennel Club was also visible at Rose Tree Park.  There was a best of show going on.  I do not know the winner but I did find my new favorite pooch in the crowd, a hairless Chinese Crested dog.  Isn't she pretty? Wait a minute, there are two.  Now I can't decide. Also available at the park was a pet wardrobe for purchase. I believe the purpose was to dress your pet for success.

5. A volunteer from PASART (Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team was handing out "free" reusable shopping bags full of information sponsored by  PASART is a volunteer organization that helps to shelter pets during any disaster. is also offering "free" emergency and disaster Preparedness Seminars.  These seminars are available for adults that would like to be involved and prepared. Classes are open to the public. Check this link for more information

6. Singing, sleeping and shooting pirates were abound at the Marcus Hook Pirate Festival.  It was yo ho ho and a barrel of fun including live music with the band The Brigands, food and historical demonstrations (the Plank House was open). The Philadelphia Zoo was on board with live animals.  I saw a snake and a parrot, pirate pets.

7. One of the historians at the Pirate festival told the story of  the first submarine designed for the civil war "The Alligator" and he also told us about the statue that sits inside the courtyard area at the refinery . The "Sun Seaman" honors the lives of those who died serving their country on Sun Oil tankers during WWII.

8.  Further down the river in Chester, the River Ramble 2013 was taking place.  Later in the evening, Michael Jackson performed followed by Gospel singer Shirley Caesar and then the main event War. War's first song was Rain.  It was a very appropriate song for the evening.

9. Then on Sunday,  the colonials were cooking up fun at the Middletown Presbyterian Church with food, crafts, a raffle, a cemetery tour ( the oldest grave dates back to 1731) and various colonial era demonstrations.  I found the way dye was created rather interesting.  What ingredients did they use?  You just don't want to know.  I also must admit, that bunny smelled awfully tasty on the fire.

10. Linvilla Orchards Arts and Music Festival was also a big draw. Linvilla as always had it all going on art work, hand made specialty items, we purchased a broom and the band Mersey was rocking while I was strolling about.  Finding something good to eat is never a problem at Linvilla only when to stop.  The fascinating and new thing to watch was apple slinging and yes there were targets but no one got hurt. It was safe slinging, no mud was involved.