Gene Notes

Some random and some not-so-random thoughts on family history.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

March Madness, continued, German World War I Casualty Lists

 Every so often, Ancestry leaves me scratching my head. The Casualty lists below confuse me, because they sure look like they are in German to me. Sorry in advance for anyone who is trying to vie on their phone!



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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Madness - Not Basketball

Oh my gosh February zipped through. My wonderful hubby and I had the chance to take a weekend trip down to Huntsville, Alabama. What a charming place. We attended an RV show the first night and the second day we explored the Space and Rocket center. We loved it and will go back. It was so nice to have a nice warm weekend away.

We also had a nice visit from our Knoxville cousins. That day the weather was spectacular and we had lunch outside at one of our favorite west side restaurants. In February! 

It certainly was a strange February. The weather for the most part was warm and sunny with some scattered cold days and rain. Actually, I can see buds on the neighbors tree.

I had some interesting correspondence with Percival descendants recently via Ancestry. And a Zimmeth/Shwarz descendant via Wikitree. While I really love the correspondence, it distracts me from and adds to that pile of paper I keep trying to work through.

The storms continue to roll through this week. I woke this morning to tornado sirens. Not my favorite way to wake up for sure. I really hope these storms roll through eventually.

Now it's time to back up my data. Have a good one.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

I'm Not Cornish, But ...

Saturday, DH and I were watching Rick Steves' Europe, a travel show that we've enjoyed for many years. We caught a 2016 episode of his trip to Cornwall. In a portion of the show they highlighted the tin mines and Cornish pasties. That is pasty with a short a.

Now, neither DH nor I are Cornish. But we are from Michigan. And many years ago, we tasted this wondrous thing called a pasty. You might know them as meat pies. There was even a placed within a couple miles of our house that made these. How I miss that here in Tennessee. When I saw that episode, I immediately cranked up my tablet and found a recipe for a Cornish Pasty. DH and I braved the cold wet, snowy weather and went in search of the few items I didn't have, the beef, any carrots and I was sadly lacking in baking powder. Well, I had it, but it was really old.

I will literally use any excuse to use my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. It really does the part I hate, mixing up the dough. I rolled it out and made 4 nicely sized pasties and invited the daughters to partake of this delicacy. I served with gravy, because the original pasty is somewhat dry due to miners having to eat them with their hands. I'm sure they weren't too warm either by the time they got around to eating them. All I can say, is that they were delicious. Since I had extra filling, I made some and froze them.

Disclaimer: Now, the pasty is indigenous to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and the ones I recall having either had turnips or rutabaga in them. I'll have to search for those in the local stores here. DH and I lived in the Lower Peninsula.

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