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.