Thursday, April 24, 2014

Walter Andrew Magee

I just love these old pictures. Walter Andrew Magee (1884 - 1942) is the brother of my grandmother Mollie Ora Magee Wells.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

John Wesley Magee and Family

Here is a picture of John Wesley Magee (1886-1962) and Oklahoma Ellis Magee (1889-1970) with their children. John is my grandmother's brother.

Monday, April 21, 2014

A few more pictures of the Oliver Family

My great great grandparents on my mother's side.

Addie Ola Wells Willis

Another one of my grandfather's sisters Addie Ola Wells Willis (1887 - 1963)
According to the website where I found this picture she had one child, Baxter Henry Willis, Jr (1912-1938). When I clicked on the link this is the picture that came up. I don't know who the other children are but I love the picture and wanted to include it.

Dinner and a Play

On Friday a friend and I went to Radical Eats. I had a fried green tomato sandwich and sweet potato fries. My friend had a beet mushroom onion dish. I forgot to bring my camera (I'm still not used to this all food has to be photographed thing) but the waiter was nice enough to take these pictures and email them to me. After dinner we went to Rice and saw a student production of Little Shop of Horrors.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Susan Lena Wells White

Here are 2 pictures of my mother's aunt, Susan Lena Wells White (1882-1968). She is the sister of my mother's father James Daniel Wells. I guess this is where the name Lena comes from in my mother's name.

My Mother's Family

Today would have been my mother's 96th birthday. I have posted just about all of the pictures I have of her on this blog but was able to find pictures of her maternal grandmother Canzadie Oliver Magee (1862-1949) and maternal great grandparents Andrew Jackson Oliver (1832-1919) and Cynthia Ann Faver Oliver (1843-1920).

Thursday, April 10, 2014

My Maternal Grandparents and Aunt

I found this picture of my grandparents and aunt that one of my second cousins had posted on a website.

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Brilliant Mind

Congratulations to my brilliant daughter who received a University Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award at the University of North Texas in Denton last Friday.  She received her masters degree in math last year and is now working on a PhD.

Cranberry Quinoa


2 cups quinoa
4 cups water
½ teaspoon olive oil
¼ teaspoon salt
2 ribs celery, chopped
3-4 Tablespoons green onions, sliced thin
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup pecans, toasted and chopped
5 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons cilantro, minced
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
Dash pepper

•Place water and quinoa in a 2-quart pot. Add ¼ tsp. salt and ½ tsp. oil. Bring to a boil and then simmer at a very low heat. Do not stir. Cook covered for about 15 minutes until small peaks form on top of quinoa and liquid is evaporated. Remove from heat. Stand covered for 10 minutes before transferring to a bowl and cool to room temperature. (Can cool faster in refrigerator if preferred.)
•Gently mix dressing in small bowl or measuring cup with a fork.
•Add dressing to quinoa and mix in.
•Add in vegetables, nuts and cranberries and mix well.
•Serve at room temperature.
Serves: 4-6

I made this over the weekend and I have to say it's one of my favorite quinoa dishes. My roommate enjoyed it too and took this picture.

Sunday, March 30, 2014


November 7,1999 - March 28, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

I had forgotten how nice it is to work on a beautiful campus. The weather has been wonderful and I've been having my lunch outside everyday at the Brochstein Pavilion. Here is a picture of where I sit and a picture of one of the many beautiful sculptures on the Rice campus. This sculpture "Mirror" is by Jaume Plensa.

These are not my pictures.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Last night Cameron and I had dinner with an old friend of mine from the MFAH. He is also Cameron's teacher at Glassell, a nice coincidence. I hadn't seen him in probably 20 years and we had a good time catching up and reminiscing about all the fun we had working together so many years ago. After dinner at Baba Yega, Cameron and I went to The Chocolate Bar and had some wonderful ice cream.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Dinner and Photography

Last night Cameron and I went out to eat at Pasha where he took these pictures. Then we went to an photography exhibit "The Ground on Which I Stand : A Photographic Essay and Oral Histories from Tamina, A Freedman's Town" at the Rice Media Center, part of FotoFest Houston.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Here are some pictures of the delicious lunch I shared with Cameron's family at Nippon. After lunch we went to the ballet. It's so nice having weekends off.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Quinoa Mushroom Kale Recipe

Here is my latest quinoa dish. I made this one up so it doesn't have a name.

1 C. quinoa (2 cups cooked)
1 bunch lacinato kale
1 onion chopped
1 container of mushrooms sliced or chopped
several cloves of garlic, minced
Bragg Liquid Aminos (soy sauce alternative)
olive oil

Saute onion, mushrooms, and garlic in olive oil. When the onions are clear add the kale which has been torn into medium size pieces (stems removed) Continue sauteing until the kale cooks down but not too long.
Cook the quinoa in water with some Bragg Liquid Amino. I used 1/8 of a cup last night but you could use a little more or add some to the dish after cooking to taste. When the quinoa is ready just mix it all together for a super healthy meal. I made enough to have it for dinner all week.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Photographing Food

One thing I've learned from my roommate is that all food, especially meals eaten out, must be photographed. I did remember to bring my camera to Pasha, a Turkish restaurant in the Rice Village, but forgot to take the photo until we had already had a few bites. I went with a friend from work and the food was excellent. I had hummus with thick pieces of bread and my friend had the Pasha Meze Platter, a mixture of Turkish appetizers which included hummus, ezme, babaganush, tabuli, eggplant salad, dolma and lebni. They also serve an olive oil dipping sauce with sesame seeds that I could eat all day, everyday. We had tiny glasses of hot chai tea after the meal.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Another Breakfast at the Empire Cafe

Cameron and I had breakfast again at the Empire Cafe. I had the "Mickey Mouse" waffle with vegetarian sausage and Cameron had the egg dish with an entire bottle of hot sauce. It was a beautiful day and we were able to eat outdoors on the patio.

Food Porn Index

This is a pretty addictive site. It's interactive and best with a larger screen and the volume turned up.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

I really want this bumper sticker.

Fourdogmom's Fabulous Quinoa Recipe

This recipe doesn't have a name since I made it up. On Sundays I make a big pot and put it in little containers and I have my lunch for an entire week.


1 cup quinoa (2 cups cooked)
1 can Rotel type tomatoes (I use Muir Glen Organic Diced Tomatoes, Fire Roasted with Medium Green Chilies)
1 onion diced
1 red bell pepper (or any color) diced
2-3 cloves garlic minced
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Chile powder and salt to taste

Put the tomatoes in a medium saucepan with an additional cup of water, chile power and salt. When it is boiling add the cup of quinoa (be sure to rinse and drain first). Lower the heat and cook until all the liquid is absorbed (15-20 min.)
While that is cooking saute the onions, garlic, and pepper in the olive oil until tender.
When everything is done mix together.
Simple to make, delicious, and very healthy. I've been doing this for several months now and haven't gotten tired of it.. My roommate loves it too and took this picture.

Friday, February 7, 2014


Yesterday morning when I went to my car I saw tiny little snowballs like these on my windshield. They didn't look like snow or sleet. They looked like white nonpareils or polystyrene pellets. Thanks to David Paul on KHOU, I found out that they are called graupel. A new word for me.
Here is the definition from Wikipedia: "also called soft hail or snow pellets refers to precipitation that forms when supercooled droplets of water are collected and freeze on a falling snowflake, forming a 2–5 mm (0.079–0.197 in) ball of rime. Strictly speaking, graupel is not the same as hail or ice pellets."
This isn't my picture but one I found on the internet. I was much too cold to take a picture.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sunday Brunch

Here are some pictures from our brunch last Sunday at the restaurant where Cameron works. Cameron and I had the Vegetarian Eggs Benedict without the egg which is a roasted beet and mushroom patty, with vegan hollandaise and grilled vegetables. This is the same patty they use for their Vegetarian Burger which also has arugula, lettuce, feta cheese, sweet onion, basil pesto, and a Parmesan crisp. It's by far the best burger I've ever had. I also got to meet his aunt, uncle, cousins, and grandfather who, along with his brother and mother, are in the pictures.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Blueberry, Kale and Quinoa Salad with Fresh Blueberry Vinaigrette


For the Salad:
2 cups water
1 cup raw quinoa, rinsed and drained
1/2 bunch kale (6-8 large leaves), stems removed
1 Tbsp avocado or olive oil, preferably organic
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
1/4 cup chopped red onion
3/4 cup fresh blueberries

For the Dressing:
3/4 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup avocado or olive oil, preferably organic
juice of 1 lemon
1 large clove garlic, chopped


Make the salad: Bring the water to a boil in a medium pot; add the quinoa, cover, and lower heat to a simmer. Cook for 18 minute then remove from heat and turn the quinoa into a large bowl to cool to room temperature.
Meanwhile, wash and dry the kale. Chop into bite-sized pieces and place in a large salad bowl with the 1 Tbsp (15 ml) oil and salt. "Massage" with your (clean) hands by kneading and squeezing the kale between your thumb and fingers until it becomes shiny, softer and a shade darker. This will allow the kale to be digested more easily.
Add the tomatoes, red onion and blueberries to the bowl and toss.
Make the dressing: combine all dressing ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy. Pour over the salad and toss to coat. Add the cooled quinoa and toss again. Makes 4-6 servings.

I found this recipe on The original recipe called for only 1/2 cup of quinoa which wasn't enough so I ended up making an additional 1/2 cup which seemed just right. Cameron and I enjoyed it. I'll probably wait until blueberries are on sale before making it again as it is pretty expensive. This picture is from their website. Mine didn't look like this as I used lacinato kale.