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Aunt Minnie's Meatballs

Aunt Minnie was a robust woman. I have memories of her with her house dress and an apron fiddling in the kitchen always baking  or making something.   Her and her sister Mary lived in a small house in Echo Park just outside of Los Angeles.   Descendants of immigrants who came through Ellis Island, they were first generation Italians inheriting all the customs and traditions from the old country. Rescued Recipes from Aunt Mary's kitchen... Family gatherings were always big.  Find a reason to gather,  then expect to be at Aunt Minnie's and Mary's place.  If it was a  holiday, birthday, baptism, a visit from a cousin, or a lonely Sunday, we could expect that we should be at Aunt Minnie and Aunt Mary's place. Birthdays were the biggest gatherings.  Several birthdays amount the relatives, friends, neighbors and cousins would fall in the same month.  It gave Aunt Minnie an excuse to cook.  It seemed like the plates that she would bring from the kitchen were endless

M.S. Oosterdam- A Pretty Mid-Sized Ship

A visit to Holland America's M.S. Oosterdam for a ship inspection began with morning trip on our local transit Ferry to the San Francisco Ferry Terminal. Blue Bottle Coffee The Ferry building is a tourist mecca in itself, offering dining, places to shop, Farmer's Market from our local agriculture.  There is always a long line for the Blue Bottle Coffee known for it's unique variety menu.  Well worth the wait for a smooth cup of coffee on walk to work, or start the day of visiting the city. Add caption   Officially christened in 2003 , Oosterdam   is the second in our series of Vista-class ships. As such she embraces the latest industry and environmental technologies such as her use of a diesel-electric power plant for optimal energy efficiency and an Azipod propulsion system that maximizes maneuverability. Symbolic of Holland America Line's more than 140-year history of circumnavigating the globe, the centerpiece is a magnificent Waterford crystal globe.