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Sunday, July 28, 2013

{pretty, happy, funny, real}

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~
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After Mass in the Mission, we had a lovely brunch in the {pretty} town of Monterey!
This place makes me {happy}, {happy}, {happy}!
Although this old metal siding building looks as though it might topple over with the next strong wind...that would not be {funny}.  It's been here forever and I love to leisurely browse through its many treasures.

A gift from our pastor after his visit to Poland...{real} Polish chocolate...REAL GOOD!
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  1. Is Monterey where they make cheese of the same name?

    We have a number of Polish shops in the UK. I'll look for those chocolates. In the last photo I saw the statue of Our Lady which we have in our house with candles besides.

    Your photos have made me hungry. Sardine sandwich I think.

    God bless you and yours.

    1. Queso del pais! There are different stories of how this country cheese, *Monterey Jack*, got its name (it's commonly called *Jack* cheese)...this is story I go by (this version by taken from Wikipedia):
      "Monterey Jack is an American semi-hard cheese, made using cow's milk. It is commonly sold by itself, or mixed with Colby to make a marbled cheese known as Colby-Jack (or Co-Jack).

      In its earliest form, Monterey Jack was made by the Mexican Franciscan friars of Monterey, California, during the 19th century. California businessman David Jack sold the cheese commercially. He produced a mild, white cheese, which came to be known as "Jack's Cheese", and eventually "Monterey Jack".

      A common misspelling is "Monterrey" Jack, presumably in confusion with the Mexican city of Monterrey."

      However, Monterey Jack cheese is no longer made in Monterey...but THANK YOU California Missions and Friars!

      I'm hungry now, too. Sardine sandwich with melted Jack
      cheese - lightly toasted. Finished off with a small nibble of dark Polish chocolate and a glass of California wine from one of our abundant wineries. Yum!!!

  2. Thank you so much Hand-Maid for, once again, taking the trouble to research and reply so fully to my questions. I much appreciate it. We don't have Monterey cheese here in the UK; at least I have not found it. It is sometimes an ingredient in the better qualities pizzas.

    I sometimes make my own sardine paste. A tin of sardines in a blender with tomato ketchup, Worcester sauce, pepper and a bit of anchovie to taste. Blend and voila. Goes down well with wine too; especially California wine which we do have here in the UK.

    Thanx for visiting my Blog. I have responded to your latest comment there.

    God bless.

    1. Thank you for sharing your sardine recipe...my husband is a fan of anchovies - usually on pizza. He believes that if he puts enough on the pizza is will deter us from eating the pizza...it never works.


  3. Thanks for joining! I love that kind of visit to a sweet town with old-fashioned things!

    1. That's Monterey...a very sweet town with lots of wonderful old-fashioned things. Thank you so much for hosting!


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