Monthly Archives: December 2011

More Christmas Carols


Elementary school was where I acquired my knowledge of Christmas Carols from the music teacher, Mrs. Shirley Wiggins, who was graceful, elegant and had a sixth sense for kids who needed her.  I was one of those kids and she allowed me to perform in her choir of which there were tryouts.  It took two or three tries for me and I know she helped me along.  In her wisdom, she didn’t just choose the popular, well dressed or smart kids.  She chose the under dogs.  I love her for that and remember her to this day.

Immense talent, vision and patience is an understatement to describe Mrs. Wiggins.   Somehow she could take a band of rag tag elementary kids, a piano, a cafegymatorium (that’s a cafeteria used as gym turned into a theatrical emporium) and shape it into a theatrical production with costumes, music and a musical score.  We had lines that would render a present day elementary schooler dumbfounded.  She demanded the best and we willingly gave it.   Choir we were not.  According to her, we were the Durkee Performing Chorus complete with initialed robes in green and white.  Perform we did, in shopping malls and nursing homes,  all across Houston.  That would never happen today, and I am so grateful it happened to me.  Today, Mrs. Wiggins would not tolerate the new tolerance that is slowly eradicating songs that give the true meaning of Christmas.  Wherever you are Mrs. Wiggins,  it is to your credit that these songs are engraved on my heart and brain and I sing them now.

Silent Night

Silent Night,  Holy Night

All is calm, all is bright

Round yon Virgin Mother and child

Holy infant so tender and mild

Sleep in heavenly peace

Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent Night, Holy Night

O Christmas Tree!

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

How richly God has decked thee!

O Christmas Tree!  O Christmas Tree!

How richly God has decked thee!

Thou bidst us true and faithful be,

And trust in God unchangingly.

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

How richly God has decked thee!

O Christmas Tree

My favorite and originally intended to be sung year round as an hymn, “O Come All Ye Faithful”, is the truest form of worship to be sung.

O Come All Ye Faithful

Joyful and triumphant

O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem

Come and Behold Him!

Born the King of Angels;

O Come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him,

Christ the Lord!

O Come All Ye Faithful

Faux Crab Cakes


Most days I cook at least two meals, if not three, to satisfy my hungry household.  Sometimes I forget to thaw something out overnight and find these croquettes or as I have termed them faux crab cakes to fit the bill.  Since we moved here my cooking has become very simple because I simply can’t find the ingredients at the local stores.  Plus, it saves money and time.  Life is easier without worrying about extra ingredients.    To that end, this is what we had for lunch:

Faux Crab Cakes, Tossed Greens and Broccoli

Faux Crab Cakes


1        Pound Canned Chicken Breast, Tuna or Salmon

1        Tablespoon Hellman’s Mayonnaise

2        Eggs

1         Tablespoon Baking Powder

1         Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

1 1/2 Teaspoons Old Bay or Slap Yo Mama or Tony Cachere’s Seasoning

2         Tablespoons Olive Oil or Canola Oil


Mix all ingredients together.  Heat oil in frying pan.  Form small patties, place in skillet, cook 3 to 4 minutes per side.  Place on paper towel lined plate before serving. Enhance your recipe by adding diced green onions and bell pepper.  If I have them I use them.  Of course, if you can find it,  real crab can be used.  Usually, I mix chicken with salmon or tuna.

Simple Dipping Sauce:

4     Tablespoons Hellman’s Mayonnaise

2      Teaspoons Prepared Horseradish

Mix together and serve.  Keep refrigerated.  The dipping sauce can be varied with a teaspoon of lemon juice or replace mayonnaise with ketchup.

Nat Notes:  This is a low carb version which would be good for diabetes.  However, if you want the full fat,  crush ten Ritz Crackers and leave out the baking powder.  Make sure your oil is hot so they won’t stick and you may need to add more as you cook if the oil is absorbed.  Small patties will hold together well in the skillet.