Thursday, October 26, 2017

Flu Shots, Bowling, Soup,

Went for our flu shots Wednesday. I had to have it in my bowling arm because I have a big bruise on my left arm (shades of my tumble). Somebody said to me that they never bothered with flu shots but last year she and hubby both got flu and were sick for 10 days so this year they will be getting the shot. I am usually sore for a day or so after. Matt, of course doesn't even know he's had it done. Amazing, we are both on blood thinners, he is on a major one and didn't bleed one bit, I, of course did bleed. Not much but... Of course the flu shot is free for us. Last time I was in North Carolina they were charging $20 for a shot. Medically I am so glad we live in Canada. We met a Canadian who lived in NC and said how much better it was because taxes were so low. I bet he pays a fortune, one way or another, for medical insurance and/or treatments. Every time we poked our noses inside the hospital it cost us $1,000 and that was some years ago.

We went and played a couple of games today too, I missed my exercise class but figured it was good for Matt to get out to bowl. Plus we enjoy it of course. Just two games, one each, I won the first one
he took the second. One of the owners was teasing me because I had a jacket on and he was wearing shorts still. I assured him he was nuts. Poor Matt wasn't too happy this afternoon as we were sharing a table with 4 women two of whom had very high pitched voices and not only that they take their time about bowling and spend a lot of it chatting. The four are not affiliated with the league playing today so they are always on the same lane where we usually play on a non league day . I get on with them fine but not Matt.

Supper on Wednesday I took some Pea and Lovage Soup out of the freezer. I posted the recipe in
May. I made a batch of it but I had forgotten how delicious it is. I got the Lovage from the dentist's receptionist - I had never tried it before, but it has a very good flavour. I hope she will have plenty more next year. I think I have at least one more serving for us.

I usually post something for Hallowe'en  and I thought these fitted the bill.

Cemetery Cupcakes

1 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 cup sugar
¾ cup cocoa
¾ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup milk

Vanilla Frosting
¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
2 ¼ cups icing sugar
2 Tbs 35% cream
1 tsp vanilla extract

Royal Icing
1 egg white
1 ½ cups icing sugar
1 tsp water

1 recipe Basic Chocolate Cupcakes
1 recipe Vanilla Frosting
Oreo cookie crumbs
Green licorice sticks, thinly sliced
12 pumpkin candies
12 chocolate-covered rectangular
A small amount of Royal Icing

1. Basic Chocolate Cupcakes

2. With the rack in middle position, preheat the oven to 180 °C (350 °F). Line a 12 cavity muffin tray with paper liners.

3. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

4. In another bowl, combine the sugar and cocoa. Add the oil, eggs, vanilla and beat with an electric mixer at high speed or until mixture is smooth. At low speed, add the dry ingredients alternately with the milk. Scoop the batter into the molds.

5. Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of a cake comes out clean. Cool and store in an airtight container.

6. Vanilla Frosting

7. In a bowl, beat the butter with the sugar, cream, and vanilla using an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy.

8. Royal Icing

9. In a bowl, combine the egg white and icing sugar with an electric mixer or whisk, until smooth. Add water, if needed.

10. Construction

11. Top the chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting. Sprinkle with Oreo cookie crumbs to imitate a dirt-covered ground. For the grass, add thinly slices green licorice sticks. Place a pumpkin candy in the scene.

12. To create tombstones, lightly press a chocolate-covered cookie into each cupcake. Use a pastry bag to write RIP on the “tombstones” with the Royal Icing. Let dry for about 30 minutes

Source: RICARDO Magazine

Have a great day


  1. My mother gets the flu shot every year. And every year, she gets the flu. Go figure.
    I have decent insurance. All preventative visits are free - physicals, dental cleanings, eye exams - which is a smart way to go.

    1. That's very odd Alex. We haven't had the flu in years I'm pleased to say. Fingers crossed of course. That does sound like a decent insurance. Company funded or personal?

  2. I always get a flu shot and have done so for years. Can't remember my last case of the flu, but the shots does not cover all strains, so it happens. I did have a reaction to the shot a few years ago and had to report it to the CDC. Here's hoping I am healthy this year. I am more likely to get bronchitis than the flu. Oh, and tell Matt to get some earplugs, LOL. You make him sound like a 'grumpy old man'.

    1. Us too Denise. Can't remember the last time we had flu either, long before we came to Canada even. I used to get bronchitis every year until I quit smoking about 20 years ago now. And guess what Denise, he is.

  3. Our healthcare took a nosedive with the recent health care changes. I am losing all faith in our politicians. Someone is getting rich in this country and I don't think it's 'we the people'.

  4. I need to get a flu shot but I haven't gotten it yet but I should. I can't afford to get sick and I certainly can't get Russell or my mom sick. At least they've had their shots! To make it not hurt, you're supposed to massage the injection site to move the vaccine around.

    1. Never heard of that JoJo, they sure don't suggest it. I didn't have any problems at all this year.

  5. This year the flu shot in Australia didn't cover the strain that eventually went around. Masses of people contracted the flu. I had some type of virus but I don't think it was the flu luckily.

    1. I hope it does cover everything here Pinky, but one can never be sure I guess. Glad you didn't actually get the flu.