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When we went to St. Meinrad’s, Doris and Lori brought snacks. One of the snacks Doris brought was the most (appropriately) heavenly brownies! They were all fudgey and gooey like I like them. She said she made them with goose eggs. I was like, “Excuse me?” She said she has geese, and she bakes with their eggs. She said she doesn’t like them just scrambled or fried or boiled, because they’re different, somehow, but she bakes with them. Then she asked me if I wanted some.

Well, I used to be a lot pickier than I am now. Ever since I did that stint as Culinary Chronicles writer for World Wide Recipes, I’ve been a lot more adventurous. So I said, “Sure!” Yesterday, she brought seven to church for me. Betty, at church, said she heard goose eggs made good noodles, so I made noodles.


  • 3 chicken eggs or 1 goose egg and 1 chicken egg
  • 1 Tablespoon melted butter (I used canola oil)
  • 2 1/2 or so cups of flour

Beat eggs slightly. Stir in oil. Add flour, a little at a time, to make a stiff dough. Roll paper-thin, or as close to it as you can, and put sheets on cloth to dry. Before they’re too dry to handle, roll sheets up and cut into strips as thin or wide as you want your noodles. Unroll strips and spread on cloth to finish drying. When dry (or when you get tired of looking at them), put the noodles into jars or bags and refrigerate or freeze. To cook, drop into boiling liquid. After liquid returns to a boil, cook for 10 minutes or so.

So back to St. Meinrad. Here are the church and the chapter house. If you look over the top of the chapter house wall, you can see the roof of the round dining pavilion. We got to look at it through the glass doors inside the visitors’ wing, but it’s inside the cloister, so we didn’t get to go in. The brother who gave us the tour showed us all around the church and the various places of meditation and worship, but I didn’t snap pictures, like, “Cool reliquary! Can I open it and blog the bones?” Even I have more tact and taste than that. If you want to see more pics than I took, go to their web site. If they want to take snaps of holy places, that’s their lookout.

Here’s a picture of one of those towers at the front corner of the church. Pretty cool, huh?

The last part of the tour was the rock garden. I took lots of snappies of this, but they weren’t all good. Real life, contrary to popular belief, is way better than pictures, although I agree that it would be even better with a soundtrack.

Finally, here is the Coolest. Chess set. Ever. It’s in the reception area. As always, it sucks to be a zebra, but the set is so cool, I would play even worse than I already do, if I tried to use this.

So that was our tour, and I highly recommend it. A tour of the whole grounds is even better, but we didn’t have time for it, and some of our members wouldn’t have enjoyed the walking. Me, my shoes are literally coming apart. Shopping for walking shoes is on my schedule today.

Have a good ‘un, as Angie Humphries used to say.


writing prompt: What do you think would make a cool chess set?

The Southern Indiana Writers Group will be at Corydon, Indiana’s Halloween on the Square this Saturday (October 24th) from 1:00pm – 7:00pm at Magdalena’s Cafe on the Square. We’ll be selling our spooky books, like GHOSTS: ON THE SQUARE…AND ELSEWHERE…. and THERE’S SOMETHING UNDER THE BED-TIME STORIES. We may or may not be reading from the books at the First State Capitol building–still waiting to hear for sure about that. We will be wandering the square, handing out coupons for discounts at Magdalena’s.

Drop by and see us! We’ll be the ones inside behind the table of books, laughing and yakking and swilling coffee treats the way The Blue Brothers Band swills beer.


writing prompt: Write a ghost story.

One of the best parts about living in a small town (or a neighborhood in a city) is meeting people.

Short story long: I came home from the grocery and Charlie helped me unpack the bags. He held up two new red potatoes. “What the– Why do you buy TWO little potatoes? Don’t they laugh at you at the grocery store?” I said, “Yes, and they laugh at me at the farmers’ market, too, but I needed two potatoes and I bought two potatoes.” He said, “You’d get along great in Europe, going to those little markets and socializing with everybody.” I’m like, “That’s what I do now, only not in French.”

wcw1Anyway, the other day, Mom and I were wandering vaguely all about and went into The White Cloud Window stained glass place. We couldn’t believe we hadn’t been in before–it’s been there for about a year. The owner, Roni Cravens-Eby, is a friendly lady and a creative artist. Wow–you have to see her stuff to believe it!

Mom used to do stained glass work, so we had a blast looking at some of the glass. There’s this one kind, I forget what it’s called, somethings and streamers, that’s SO pretty! Streamers of one color and patches of other colors, like orange and green or pink and teal, in a field of clear textured glass. MAN, it made up into pretty stuff, too. Made me wish I weren’t such a klutz. It would be more than my life is worth to put me in a hands-on situation with cutting implements and glass with sharp edges, not to mention the heating elements to melt the copper or lead that goes between the glass pieces. I shudder to think….

wcw2She offers classes teaching stained glass work in two options: schedule class attendance on Tuesdays/Wednesdays for 6 2-hour sessions or walk in anytime Tuesday through Saturday between 11 am and 5 pm (business hours) and she’ll teach and guide you “when you want, as often as you want”. She said the prices of the two options are the same, but I forgot to ask what the cost is! Her phone at the shop is 812.596.0393, so call and ask.

wcw3This shop is right on the square in Corydon, at 115 East Beaver Street. She’s having a web site worked on, which will have great pictures of some of her work, once it gets up and running. Right now, it’s striking to look at, but not yet very informative, since most of the text is currently written in lorem ipsum. When it gets done, though, this will be The White Cloud Window’s web site.


writing prompt: Experience, ask about or read about an occupation/hobby. Look at examples or photographs. Imagine being immersed in that world.

Mom and her church group (one of her church groups), Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (better known as WELCA), and I went to our local Community Services organization. They provide crisis assistance, transient assistance, energy assistance, all kinds of information and economic counseling, a food pantry and a clothes closet. It’s a fantastic organization, staffed by fantastic people, and it’s a godsend for a whole lotta people.

We were given a tour and an education. It isn’t true–at least, in Harrison County–that dependence on social services is passed down through families. In fact, most people using social services or public assistance are only on it during a crisis and spend three years or fewer in those programs. Now, I don’t think that counts WIC or other healthy children programs, because healthy children are an ongoing need.

If you have a Community Services program in your area, and you have a need they can help you with, please stop by and see them–they treat people with dignity and compassion there. If you don’t have a need, thank God or you lucky stars or who/whatever you want to thank, and please consider volunteering or donating.


Had quiche for supper last night. Here’s a general recipe:


  • ready-made pie crust
  • stuff
  • eggs
  • milk
  • cheese

The stuff can be canned or fresh cooked vegetables and/or cooked meat in any combination you like. Spinach is a common quiche ingredient. We had mushrooms and asparagus, but we’ve used onion, ham, bacon, shrimp… whatever. Any kind of cheese is good, too. We used Swiss last night. The proportion of milk and eggs goes like this (cribbed from Julia Child): break 1 egg into a measuring cup, then fill with milk to 1/2 cup, then mix well. If that isn’t enough, do it again. If you want to, add seasoning, herbs (marjoram is nice) and/or a little Dijon mustard. Put the veggies/meat into the bottom of the pie crust. Top with cheese. Pour in the eggs and milk. Bake at 350F for about 45 minutes.


writing prompt: Next time you go to the grocery, buy a few things to take to a food pantry. While you’re there, talk to a staffer or a client. Yes, it is, TOO a writing prompt!

Today, I’m at the Howard Steamboat Museum’s Victorian Chautauqua with the rest of the Southern Indiana Writers Group. We have a table and hope to sell some books or, even better, meet some people and yak-yak-yak.

Here’s the information, and I hope you can stop by and see us today or tomorrow:

A Victorian Chautauqua
Saturday May 16th 10 AM – 6 PM
Sunday May 17th 10AM – 4 PM
Admission $3.00 (Children 12 & Under free with adult)
Howard Steamboat Museum, 1101 E. Market St., Jeffersonville, Indiana
I-65 – Exit 0
Contact: Yvonne B. Knight 812-283-3728, email:
Free Parking


writing prompt: What would you think a steamboat museum would be like, look like, have in it? What do you think a child would think?


Here is where I ramble on about whatever happens to fall through my mind. I also have a professional site, where I post about my books, stories, news and appearances. Every month, I post a “Hot Flash” there–a story or prose poem of about 50 words. I hope you enjoy your visit. –Marian Allen

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