Thursday, February 3, 2011


Well, so much for weathermen. It was supposed to get really cold here. It did actually get down to 65 degrees in the daytime and I think it's supposed to be about that today. Certainly not that cold and it is supposed to get back up to 79 by Sunday. Of course I am happy that the cold front didn't affect us much.

Mumsy's blog suggested we tell our experience in meeting or knowing a celebrity. I did meet a lot of them when I was in the Symphony because we had some pretty neat guest conductors (My favorite was Henry Mancini conducting his music. He came each year for our Mancini concert) and guest artists. But, I remembered a special encounter I had with Frank Sinatra that some of you may find interesting. When I was quite a bit younger, in the late 1960's my kids never knew what it was to have me home for holidays, because I worked at the Palm Springs Florist. Our best friends, the Halls, owned it and I always helped out with making arrangements, answering phones and whatever. We used to have a lot of celebrities come in and Frank Sinatra was almost always there at Christmas. He liked to order his own special arrangements for his close friends. While there, one Christmas, he decided he wanted to send a bottle of Jack Daniels to one of his friends along with the arrangement. There was a liquor store right down on the corner from our shop so Earl send Brent, his son to pick it up. Frank gave Brent a large bill, maybe $50.00 and off Brent went. He was back quickly and he started to give Frank his change, which was likely more than the booze itself cost, and Frank looked Brent straight in the eye and said, "Don't you know that nobody EVER gives my change. " Poor Brent turned red and got the strangest look in his eyes. Frank just gave him a pat on the shoulder and walked out. Brent just stood there looking at all this money in his hand wondering what the heck he was supposed to do with it. Quite a nice tip that was!!

Well to end this post, here is the recipe for the baked beans. It really isn't hard, it just takes quite a while to bake.

"Norma's Baked Beans"

1/2 pound diced bacon
l large onion, chopped
l can (20 oz) crushed pianeapple, juice and all
l large can (55 0z) Bush's baked beans
1/2 cup chili sauce
l teaspoon powdered mustard.

Brown bacon and onion, pour off all but l tablespoon of fat. Add pianeapple, beans, chili sauce and powdered mustard to frying pan and simmer for 10 minutes. Put in baking dish and bake two hours @ 275 degrees.


  1. I'm going to make them. It's been a long time!
    (And now, I'm off to get my hair cut.)


  2. Thanks for the recipe..hubby will be happy! I loved the story about "ol' blue eyes"!! I've never met anyone really if Tom Selleck would come by, that would be cool!

  3. That's a good recipe and even better story!! Thanks for a heart warmer and hmmm...something else warmer if I make my hubby beans!!! ha!

  4. Oooooh, those sound so good! I've met only 2 famous people: Mike Soscia when he was a catcher for the Dodgers (I sold his wife my horse) and Robert Redford. My family was staying at the Aspen Grove Family Camp in Provo Canyon. He was living in Provo Canyon at the time. My friend and I got bored and we took a walk down the road. We saw an open gate near where we knew his place was so we "wandered" in. And suddenly there he was, standing on the deck of an A-frame cabin talking to a friend. He asked us if we were lost and I'm sure he knew exactly what we were up to, but we were just kids - about 14. He directed us to the way out, and he couldn't have been nicer. Later, when I was at BYU we'd see him skiing with his family all the time at Sundance.

  5. Wow, it would have been nice to meet Frank. I enjoyed your story very much and thank you for sharing it.

    Love the recipe and I am going to give it a try. Hubby loves baked beans and I love trying new recipes.

    You are a famous person too and I am so pleased to have met you. What a sweet lady you are Darlene. Hugs

  6. Thank you for the recipe Darlene. I love trying the tried and true ones, as I know this one is. :)

  7. I love the story of meeting Frank Sinatra. My brush with fame was Paul Mitchel. The shampoo guy. He had incredibly gorgeous (and long) hair and was nice as anything, but he doesn't compare at all to Ole Blue Eyes. How dreamy. *Sigh* Love that story. And no one can say he wasn't a great tipper!

  8. Wow what a great story. Glad I came by tonight to check on you.
    Hope your having a great weekend.
    Wanted to come by and tell you that I am having a giveaway so if you get a chance come by and enter.

  9. Thank you honey for entering my giveaway. So sorry that your first comment did not take. I think that happens a lot out here in the world of blogging.
    You sure have been on my mind. I always wonder sometimes how and why that happens to us.
    Anyway enjoy your week. Keep posting!