I thought I would share some of my recent polka dot purchases in case you were feeling like you needed a little more polka in your life.
Bag on wheels, I'm thinking this could be one cute carry on! Found at Hallmark for only $15.00!
With new neighbors moving in and another neighbor expecting, I'm thinking it's time to test out a few more of the recipes in my cupcake book (see Amazon on the side bar to order), this time with style. Bought at BakeItPretty.com
The first thing I did was buy these fabulous books Cookies and Cupcakes from Barnes and Noble for the killer deal of $8.00 each! Let me just start buy saying it was neither the recipes or the deal that persuaded me to buy them but the beautiful photography. Mixing interiors and inspiration boards with delicious foods is in my mind brilliant!
(images: Holly Becker)
I never intended on actually baking anything from my beloved books, but my sisters pleaded. Anyone who knows me knows, I am a disaster in the kitchen. That is until I baked cupcakes from my best buy ever cupcake book! Let me just say these were the best cupcakes I have ever had in my entire life, and I have had some cupcakes! Now it did take me three trips to the grocery store, one in which I stared at the chocolate selection for a good five minutes trying to find bittersweet chocolate chips, but oh the results!
Rich Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
Go buy these books, you will thank me later (hopefully with cupcakes!)
Darrell "Shifty" Powers served as a U.S. Army paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division's 2nd battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, "Easy Company" during World War II. Known by his fellow soldiers as both a quiet man and an excellent sharpshooter, Shifty Powers was among those who parachuted into Normandy on D-Day. By the time he was discharged from the Army in 1945, he had been awarded an Expert Rifleman Badge, a Combat Infantry Badge, a Presidential Unit Citation, and two Bronze Stars. And he was one of the "Band of Brothers" portrayed in the Stephen Ambrose book and HBO miniseries of the same name. The word "hero" is consistently used to describe him.
I met Shifty in the Philadelphia airport several years ago. I didn't know who he was at the time. I just saw an elderly gentleman having trouble reading his ticket. I offered to help, assured him that he was at the right gate, and noticed the "Screaming Eagle", the symbol of the 101st Airborne, on his hat.
Making conversation, I asked him if he'd been in the 101st Airborne or if his son was serving. He said quietly that he had been in the 101st. I thanked him for his service, then asked him when he served, and how many jumps he made.
Quietly and humbly, he said "Well, I guess I signed up in 1941 or so, and was in until sometime in 1945 . . . " at which point my heart skipped.
At that point, he said "I made the 5 training jumps at Toccoa, and then jumped into Normandy . . . . do you know where Normandy is?"
I told him yes, I know exactly where Normandy was, and I know what D-Day was. At that point he said "I also made a second jump into Holland, into Arnhem."
I was standing with a genuine war hero . . . .
and then I realized that it was June, just after the anniversary of D-Day.
I asked Shifty if he was on his way back from France, and he said "Yes. And it's real sad because these days so few of the guys are left, and those that are, lots of them can't make the trip." My heart was in my throat and I didn't know what to say.
I helped Shifty get onto the plane and then realized he was back in Coach, while I was in First Class. I sent the flight attendant back to get him and said that I wanted to switch seats. When Shifty came forward, I got up out of the seat and told him I wanted him to have it, that I'd take his in coach.
He said "No, son, you enjoy that seat. Just knowing that there are still some who remember what we did and still care is enough to make an old man very happy." His eyes were filling up as he said it. And mine are brimming up now as I write this.
Shifty died on June 17 2009 after fighting cancer.
There was no parade.
No big event in Staples Center.
No wall to wall back to back 24x7 news coverage.
No weeping fans on television.
And that's not right.
"A nation without heroes is nothing." Roberto Clemente