A discussion around the table

November 11th, 2016 by Peg Ivy

All great discussion happen around your kitchen table, dining room table or even a conference table, as great leaders and companies solve their problems around the conference table. We discuss our day, our plans for the future, engagement announcements, wedding plans, birth announcements, graduation, vacations and as my granddaughter Sara would say “Ground-dation” …is that even a word?  But you get the jest of how I would like you to view this blog.   A discussion around the table.  So get yourself a cup of tea, pull up a chair and let’s talk. As I have a story to tell. 

I will be sharing some medical information about myself, anecdotal family information, inspirations, as well some good healthy recipes and ideas.

But as with all stories I think we need to start at the beginning.

My mother was in her late forties when I was born.  I was born a preemie, weighting 3 pounds and only 6 pounds when I was a year old.  I was so small that I slept in a shoe box to confine me so I did not break any bones.  The doctors gave up on me four different times, but my loving mother NEVER gave up on me.  Having a Native American heritage and known in the area as the great medicine woman and herbalist she did her magic and saved me.  I became known as the miracle baby….soon to become known as the medical miracle lady.

Since I was so small and puny naturally I was picked on and bullied at school. 

Yes…they even had bullying when I was in school… it is not something new!  When I got into the fifth grade I shot up to 5’7” and put on a few pounds.  Now, I was able to defend myself.  I will never forget one day after school, hiding in the bushes and jumping out and beating the bullies up.  From that day on I took control of my life! 

They say that the path you walk, the decisions you make determines you future.

I am living proof of that statement.

Until next time……

Recipe for Thanksgiving

When we have a crowd for Thanksgiving I always try to “welcome” them with a nice punch. I have a table attractively set up with a punch bowl and glasses so they can serve themselves as often as they like.

Gertrude Plaza gave this punch recipe to me in 1968.  I have continued to serve it over the years.  I also came up with a punch recipe for the children that was non-alcoholic so everyone was happy

The giant pumpkin from our neighborhood girls – biggest in the contest

The giant pumpkin from our neighborhood girls – biggest in the contest

Thanksgiving Rum Punch

Makes 15 servings

  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup strong tea
  • 1 bottle (fifth) Puerto Rican rum
  • 12 cloves

Mix all ingredients in a bunch bowl.  Add ice and lemon slices.

Pumpkin Pie Punch

Makes 24 cups

  • 1 – 15 oz. can pumpkin
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ gallon apple cider
  • 2 – liters ginger ale, cold

In a medium bowl, whisk together the pumpkin and the next 5 ingredients. 

Add the apple cider and whisk until smooth and the sugar is dissolved.  Chill until ready to serve.

In a large punch bowl, gently stir cider-pumpkin mixture with the ginger ale.  Serve with ice.

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