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Bonnie CarrollLetter from the Publisher
May 2009

Dear Life Bites Readers,

Our May issue contains an abundance of health, beauty and dining news. The Montage Beverly Hills Hotel is open and is dazzling visitors. The United States Navy Seals proved how capable we can be by demonstrating their swift and sure excellence in bringing a conclusion to the attempted pirating of the Alabama.

Pope Benedict XVI  dedicated Easter Mass in Rome for the souls lost and the survivors of the earthquake in Aquilar. The whole world joins Italy in mourning their terrible loss, and anyone wishing to help can contact www.cri.it (Italian Red Cross) or www.Italiantourism.com (Italian Goverment Tourism office) for donation information.

May is a month of new beginnings, and a time to celebrate all the wonderful women in our lives, beginning with our own mother, aunts who were like mothers, and our own daughters with children, who by now may have made us proud grandmothers.

My daughters and my son have my thanks for all the happiness they have given me through the years, and the grandchildren they have given me are a constant source of joy. My children have been my inspiration and driving force throughout my life, and I thank God for them.

Kudos to some great women of our time including Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Jenny Churchill, Elizabeth Blackwell, Amelia Earhart, Margaret Thatcher, HRH Queen Elizabeth, Mother Theresa, Indira Ghandi, Jackie Kennedy, Lady Diane, Hillary Clinton, Joan of Arc, Carrie Prejean, Dolores Stein and the countless great women who have been an inspiration to us all. These women faced adversity, and all of them stood by what they knew was right. We hope your Mother's Day is filled with peace, joy and happiness. Try one of our recipes at home or make a reservations at one of our recommended spas or hotels. Just make this day one that is very happy for you . . . you deserve it!

Cordially,

Bonnie Carroll, Publisher/Editor

 

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A Mother's Day Poem

by John J. Walsh   Voices of Erin 1918

 

WRITE A LETTER TO YOUR MOTHER

 

At the cottage door she stands alone;

  She looks so old and grey,

But the sweet smile on her loving lips

  Will never fade away.

 

She is waiting for the mailman,

  Ah, he has come at last!

And as he nears the cottage door

  Her heart is beating fast.

 

He'll surely have a letter from

  Her love one far away

For is it not, since last he wrote

  Full three long months today?

 

Oh, who are you who thus neglects

  A mournful aged mother?

A dearer friend who loves you more,

  Save God, there is no other.

 

Do you remember how she prayed

  The last sad hour of parting?

Do you remember how the tears

  Were in her dear eyes starting?

 

She pressed you to her loving heart,

  She kissed you and caressed you.

You still can hear the loving words

  She whispered as she blessed you.

 

She told you in her lonely heart

  That she'd be always waiting

And watching, daily watching for

  The letter you'd be writing.

 

Then do not let her vainly wait

  Nor wrong her patient love,

For oh, it is a sacred thing--

  A mother's holy love.

 

She's getting old and feeble now

  And may not long be waiting;

There'll be no mother than to read

  The letter you'll be writing.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 MOTHER'S DAY RECIPE 2009
Strawberry-Stuffed French Toast Recipe

1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 T. vanilla extract
1/2 t. cinnamon
8 slices bread, white or whole wheat
3 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
3 eggs, beaten
2 T. milk
4 T. butter, optional
2 T. powdered sugar, sifted

In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon; mix until smooth. Spread one side of each slice of bread evenly with the cream cheese mixture. On the cream cheese side of four slices of bread, layer with some sliced strawberries evenly over the surface of each slice. Top each slice with a remaining slice of bread, pressing the cream cheese side down onto the strawberries. Press together gently to seal berries inside sandwich.

In a shallow bowl, combine the eggs and milk; mix well and set aside.

Preheat oven to 200F. Spray a large baking sheet lightly with cooking spray and place in oven. Spray a large non-stick skillet with cooking spray or melt 1 tablespoon butter in skillet over medium-high heat.

Dip strawberry sandwiches into the egg mixture, turning to soak each side. Place soaked sandwich in the hot skillet and cook on each side until browned. Remove sandwich from skillet and place on baking sheet in warm oven and repeat until all sandwiches are cooked.

Just before serving, cut each sandwich diagonally; top with remaining strawberries and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar. Serve with Warm Strawberry Syrup (see recipe below) or maple syrup. Serves four.

Warm Strawberry Syrup
1/2 C. maple syrup
2 T. orange juice or Grand Marnier
3/4 C. pureed strawberries

In a small saucepan, combine the maple syrup, orange juice and pureed strawberries. Heat mixture over medium heat for 5 minutes or until thickened slightly, stirring frequently. Serve while warm.

Makes 1 1/2 cups.

WHO WE ARE:
Bonnie Carroll, Publisher/Editor
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Cody Chandler Hilton, "Kids K" Column - Teen Contributor
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Rose Frances, Lifestyle Journalist
Isabella D'Angelo, Rome Correspondent
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