Frazzled Marc, half way through my 40s!

Frazzled Marc, half way through my 40s!
Frazzled Marc, half way through my 40s!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Summer Shrimp Macaroni Salad

Colorful Ingredients!
This is a great summer pasta salad which my Mom made throughout a good couple of decades of Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day festivities as well as the occasional family BBQ. It is a favorite recipe of my sister Sheryl's, too. It is a "Haynes go-to recipe". Can't decide what to make or bring? Make the shrimp salad recipe! LOL. You really can't go wrong with it.

I like it because it is not too heavy and pretty refreshing. For my salad below, I doubled the recipe for a summer cocktail party I had hosted and ended up using a little bit more French dressing than called for but it still came out great. Instead of pimentos, I substituted chopped roasted red peppers. I also substituted an olive oil mayonnaise instead of Miracle Whip. If you want to use the medium canned shrimp or fresh frozen shrimp, you could do that as well. The canned shrimp is used for ease in preparation and it still tastes so good. Lastly, I used chopped up orange peppers instead of green as I like the sweeter flavor better.


I always love when my sister makes this summer salad. It brings back great memories of BBQ chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers and fun family events. I have been known though to just to eat a big bowl of it and forgo the other foods. I remember one year my Mom yelled at my brother Adam and I to stop hogging the shrimp salad so others could have some!


Shrimp Macaroni Salad by Abby Deeds


Shrimp Macaroni Salad
Serves 6
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp paprika
1 cup Miracle Whip or other mayonnaise
1/4 cup French dressing
1 1/2 cup cooked macaroni
1 cup chopped celery
1 medium onion chopped
1/4 cup green pepper chopped
1/4 cup pimentos
1 - 7oz canned tiny shrimp
2 hard boiled eggs chopped into big pieces

1. Stir pasta, salt, paprika, Miracle Whip, and French dressing.
2. Combine remaining ingredients.
3. Chill well before serving.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

10 Sec Memory: My Sis and I in NYC

My sis and I do a lot together. Besides my brother Adam, she is my best friend. Back about 4 years ago, Sheryl and I found ourselves in NYC overnight. I was supposed to see friends and then share a hotel room with Sheryl. My plans fell through and I was so upset. My weekend was ruined.

Being my big sis, Sheryl made sure the rest of the trip went great. We decided to bring our friend Elsa to a piano bar called the Duplex in the Village to listen to some music. We got there and it was sooo crowded. As luck would have it, two small tables opened up right next to the piano and we snatched them.

We had such a great time that night with the singer on the piano turning out songs from the 70's, 80's, and 90's, keeping us entertained with jokes in between. What an incredible evening it was. The singer belted out Chicago's "Saturday in the Park".  I looked at Sheryl and Elsa and we all were singing along to it at the top of our lungs! I remember looking at my sister and we smiled at each other.  I thought how much I loved that gal and that I was having such an awesome evening.  :)





Friday, June 5, 2015

In 1979, It was NEAT to BE ME!

Happy 45th Birthday to myself!! It has been a rough week for various reasons. I wanted to put up a post for my birthday that was whimsical and fun. While going through a box from the attic, I found this paper out that I filled when I was 9 years old waay back in 1979 in ACE class (a creative class run by one of my favorite teachers, Mrs. Elaine Arbo) at Wenonah Elementary School. It was actually titled, "It's Neat to Be Me." You can't make that stuff up!

I reference war and world peace a lot which I figured out was due to the Cold War deterioration in the 70's. I still want to be a billionaire but I don't think I'd give all my money away to the poor. I never became a surgeon, sorry Mom (looking up towards Heaven). LOL

Some answers are so typically 70's such as the velour shirts that I liked, the TV show "Dallas", and liking disco. Actually I liked disco A LOT but was embarrassed to put it down so I said I liked rock ... and a little disco. LOL. Another embarrassing item was that I thought I was brilliant ... twice. I'm sorry. So embarrassing. I'm laughing as I write this.

Lastly, some things have not changed. I still like the color blue, I still like steak, And I still like mint chocolate chip ice cream! You can't go wrong with that! And for the record, velour shirts were really in style back then.

Some of it is typical of a kid, some of it rather quite philosophical. I like how it shows the positivity and idyllic nature of youth. But oh how I've changed...

IT'S NEAT TO BE ME   by Marc Haynes

I like myself best when:   something goes right for me.
Something I'm really good at:   being brilliant.
I am unhappy when:   my parents are mad at me.
I enjoy reading about:   stories with happy endings.
I wish:   I could fly and also change my size.
If I had a choice, I would:   become a billionaire and give money to the poor.
Someday I hope:   there would be no more wars.
The one thing I most want to accomplish:   is world peace.
When I grow up, I would like to be a:   surgeon.
The thing I am most concerned about:  is us getting into another war.
A person I really admire is:   my mom and dad because they teach me things.
Some adjectives that describe me are:   handsome, brilliant.
My favorite color is:  blue.
My favorite ice cream is:  mint chocolate chip.
My favorite food is:  steak.
My favorite sport is:  soccer and swimming.
My piece of clothing is:  my velour shirts.
My favorite animal is:  a duck.
My favorite subject is:  social studies.
My favorite season is:  summer.
My favorite number is:  5.
My favorite day is:  Saturday.
My favorite holiday is:  Hanukkah.
My favorite hobby is:  collecting stamps.
My favorite games are:  Maniac, Clue, and the Mad Magazine Game.
My favorite TV show is:  Real People and Dallas.
My favorite music is:  rock .... and a little disco.