R.I.P. Aretha Franklin

Today is a sad day in music and the world.

R.I.P. Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul. This video gives me chills everytime I watch it. I had the chance to see her in person when I worked at The Palace of Auburn Hills a couple of times. Saw her sing at Joe Dumars last basketball game. I remember she walked on the court carrying her purse. I’m sure she had people to carry it for her, but she just walked and handled it herself.

And at the end of the song, where she takes off her mink and it drops to the ground… epic diva move!

What a shoe it must be in heaven today.

Born and Raised in Michigan

I haven’t lived in Michigan since 2001, but I was born.and raised there. So I will always have a little bit of my home State with me.

This describes Michiganders to a tee.

Make it a great day.

Really Need Tp Make This

I think I’m the Queen of saving recipes of things I will never make. Here is one of them.

This salad is from a store called Hudson. I remember shopping there. But I can’t ever remember eating this. But it looks good.

Maybe one of these days… someone will make it for me!

Maurice Salad

Serves: 6 (generously) / Preparation time: 40 minutes / Total time: 40 minutes


■ 2 teaspoons white vinegar

■ 1½ teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

■ 1½ teaspoons onion juice

■ 1½ teaspoons sugar

■ 1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard

■ ¼ teaspoon dry mustard

■ 1 cup mayonnaise, reduced-fat or regular

■ 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

■ 1 hard-cooked egg, diced

■ Salt and freshly ground black pepper

■ 1 pound ham, julienned

■ 1 pound cooked turkey breast, julienned

■ 1 pound Swiss cheese, julienned

■ ½ cup slivered sweet gherkin pickles

■ 1 head iceberg lettuce, shredded

■ 8-12 pimiento-stuffed green olives for garnish (optional)


To prepare the dressing, in a small bowl combine the vinegar, lemon juice, onion juice, sugar, Dijon and dry mustard; whisk well to dissolve the sugar.

Whisk in the mayonnaise, parsley and egg, then season with salt and pepper to taste.

In a large bowl, combine the ham, turkey, cheese and pickles and toss lightly. Pour the dressing over the salad and gently fold together.

Arrange a bed of lettuce on each plate. Top with the meat and cheese mixture and garnish each serving with 2 olives and serve.

From “The Marshall Field’s Cookbook” (Book Kitchen, $24.95). Tested by the Free Press Test Kitchen.

752 calories (60% from fat), 50 grams fat (24 grams sat. fat), 12 grams carbohydrates, 60 grams protein, 1,814 mg sodium, 214 mg cholesterol, 703 mg calcium, 1 gram fiber.

Random Saves

There was a reason I got a cell phone with a lot of memory or one that I could add lots of memory.

I’ll save a picture, post or saying if I think it is interesting.

So out of the thousands I have saved to my phone, here are a few random saves.

The Detroit Zoo

This is one of my all-time favorite commercials. It’s from the 80’s.

“Let me talk to your agent.”

Song of the Day

Thought I would start the week off with this song. I’ve been listening to is over and over and never get tired of it.

This was one of the very first songs I looked for when I got my very first iPod. I have always loved this song. It came out the year I was born, so a lot of things come out of the year!

Oh How Happy” (1966) by Shades of Blue

The Shades of Blue were an American blue-eyed soul vocal group from Livonia, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.

The band started in high school as The Domingos. Original group members included Nick Marinelli, Ernie Dernai, Linda Allen, and Bob Kerr. By 1965 The Domingos signed a recording contract for the Detroit-based Golden World label. John Rhys, a sound engineer, suggested a name change and The Shades of Blue was the result.[2]

Their biggest hit was the 1966 song “Oh How Happy“, written by Edwin Starr, which reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, number 16 on the US Billboard R&B chart,

From Wikipedia.com

In case you need to words to sing this song.


Oh, how happy
You have made me
Oh, how happy
You have made me

I have kissed your lips a thousand times
And more times than I can count
I have called you mine
You have stood by me in my darkest hour

Oh, how happy
You have made me
Oh, how happy
You have made me

Oh, how happy
You have made me
Oh, how happy
You have made me

In our years together
We have had stormy weather
But our love has been so strong
That somehow we’ve carried on

Oh, how happy
You have made me
Oh, how happy
You have made me

And all that was wrong
You have made it right
And I love, I love, I love you

Oh, how happy
You have made me
Oh, how happy
You have made me

(Oh, how happy)
Oh, how happy
(Oh, how happy)
Oh, how happy
(Oh, how happy)

(You have made me)
You have made me
(You have made me)
You have made me
(You have made me)
You have made me

Side Note:

Random Pictures

Here are some random pictures that I have recently taken.

My nephew, Brad with his lovely wife, Emily.

Willie Nelson in concert at The Majestic Theater in San Antonio.

My childhood house in Flint, Michigan.

A cookie jar that I have had since I was s little girl.

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