Whimsical Wednesday with Carol…

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of Whimsical Wednesday…

Rubber Ducky Day – Rubber Ducky, you’re the one!

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According to a 1973 Sesame Street calendar, Rubber Duckie’s Birthday is in January. A friend of Ernie and Big Bird, Duckie made his debut in a February 1970 episode of Sesame Street.

The rubber ducky (also spelt duckie) has come a long way from his first concept as a chew toy for children. While the origin of the first rubber ducky is uncertain, many rubber moulded toys came about when rubber manufacturing developed in the late 1800s. They produced a variety of toys from dolls and various animal shapes, including the rubber duck.


Sales of the iconic yellow rubber ducky we’ve come to know today soared in Britain in 2001. Why? A British Tabloid, The Sun, reported Queen Elizabeth II had a rubber duck in her bathroom that wore an inflatable crown.

29th January 1959 – Walt Disney’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ was released. The Beauty, Princess Aurora, only appeared on screen for about 18 minutes as an ‘adult’, but she was actually a sixteen-year-old.


Time for a story…

This is a continuation of a short story started by author Steph Richmond with the offer to contribute …intrigued I took her up on this offer so as you will see I write the occasional chapter…Will this be finished who knows.?.. The girl as yet doesn’t have a name just an unknown past…Enjoy!

The Charade – Chapter 20

By Carol Taylor


The girl was angry, angrier than she had been for a long time… Carl’s eyes had given him away she had seen the real him. Instead of being scared though she was angry it seemed like everyone she knew was keeping things from her or trying to get something from her…Why?

Lost in her thoughts she realised she was standing in front of the door where she was staying and a kind-looking man was smiling at her.

“Did you have a nice walk? The weather is lovely, isn’t it? Come in, Come in you must be hungry.” She followed the man into the dining room where there was a lovely table set with a beautiful white cloth and some very pretty flowers. “Sit down my dear …I will ring Jenny to bring in breakfast…”

Within a few minutes, a smiling girl appeared carrying a beautiful silver platter which she placed on the table the food smelled delicious and the girl realised how hungry she was.

The girl and the man ate their breakfast in comfortable silence.

Hunger appeased the girl sat there sipping her tea and wondering who this man was. He seemed so calm and nice, his smile reached his eyes and she felt warm and safe.

Clearing his throat he started to talk. “You must be wondering why you are here and you most probably are also wondering who I am… Mr James is a dear friend of mine and I know he has been protecting you and trying to keep you safe. There is no party it was just a ruse to get you here but unfortunately that ruffian Carl has followed you but do not worry my dear I will have him dealt with. It is time that you were told who you really are but I have to warn you that with that comes great danger and also a great responsibility.”

The girl was sitting open-mouthed at last she would find out who she really was but at the man’s words, she also became very scared. Her thoughts raced she felt very small and afraid, the man was looking at her with a concerned look. “Please do not be afraid. I will do everything in my power to protect you. You will stay here now, Mr James will be arriving in a few days and then we will both sit you down and answer all your questions… In the meantime maybe you would make an old man very happy if you would allow me to show you around we can do some shopping… I am sure that you are like all young people and love to shop. Now if you would like to go to your room and get changed I will have the carriage bought around for about 11 is that alright?”

The girl nodded her consent and skipped up the stairs…

She felt happier than she had for a while, at last, she would find out who she was…

Entering her room she gasped …her clothes were strewn about the floor what is …A hand went over her mouth and cloth of some sweet-smelling fragrance was clamped over her nose and mouth she started to fall.

Carl looked at the unconscious girl and smiled… It still didn’t reach his eyes…


National Soup Month…

Yesterday I made a lovely mushroom soup …a new recipe and it needs tweaking my little taste tester Aston told me what I needed to do….lol

It pleases me though because it means that he tastes the food and knows when it needs something else so that is good for a child.

Mushroom Soup…

  • 2 lbs of mushrooms…mixed I used straw, button, crimini and some small ones which I can’t remember the name.
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 6 sprigs of thyme tied together
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 6 cups of chicken or vegetable stock
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cup of cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Let’s Cook!

Melt the butter and add the mushrooms and add a pinch of salt and cook until they give up their juices and reduce the heat. Cook stirring until the juice has evaporated and the mushrooms start to brown.

crimini straw button mushrooms

Pick out a few nice pieces and set to one side for the garnish.

Mix the onions into the mushrooms and cook until the onion softens about 5 minutes.

Add the thyme and garlic and pour in the stock and water simmer for 1 hour.

Remove the thyme before blending the soup, if the consistency is still too thick then add more stock/water…Return to a pan and add the cream…Taste and season with salt and black pepper…

Mushroom Soup

I hope this has given you a few ideas about what to have for lunch…What is your favourite soup

Today marks a historic day for the UK …

Brexit Day is to be set in stone when the European Parliament in Brussels casts a vote ratifying the terms of Britain’s divorce deal from the EU.

The historic legislative act — the last for the 72 remaining British MEPs who will leave afterwards — will allow Brexit to officially take effect on Friday at 2300 GMT, midnight for most of continental Europe and 11:00 pm in Britain.

I don’t think that will be it but I also think it will be exciting…

Time for some music…
Fleetwood Mac…
A British/ American rock band formed in London in 1967…They have sold more than 120 million
records worldwide making them one of the best selli
A British/American rock band formed in London in 1967. They have sold more than 120 million records worldwide making them one of the best selling bands.
Founded by Peter Green guitarist, drummer Mick Fleetwood, guitarist Jeremy Spencer and bassist John McVie the band has had many different line-ups over the years.
Gypsy is one of my favourite tracks…
That’s all for this week…

18 thoughts on “Whimsical Wednesday with Carol…

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  2. Jennie

    Sesame Street, Fleetwood Mac, and Sleeping Beauty…and a cliffhanger ending on the serial. I’ll pass on the nails. Awesome Wednesday, Carol. Thank you.

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  3. Victoria Zigler (@VictoriaZigler)

    Your mushroom soup sounds tasty. I love a good vegetable soup with some nice chunks of veggies in it. I also made a really nice one not too long ago that was a vegan “cheese” and broccoli soup (broccoli, oat milk, nutritional yeast, some vegan cheese, salt and pepper, and a few other herbs – I think I used parsley and sage – for seasoning… I put it all in the slow cooker, and left it there for the day, giving it a stir from time to time).

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      That sounds tasty soup is always nice slowly cooked. Are you fully vegan now you seem to be getting into the swing of it…I haven’t used nutritional yeast I have seen cost of it…


      1. Victoria Zigler (@VictoriaZigler)

        I’ve been fully vegan for a little over six months now. I haven’t eaten any non-vegan foods since the day before I announced I was going vegan last July.

        I use marmite and fortified plant milks to get what nutritional yeast contains most of the time, but always keep some nutritional yeast on hand, since I like to use it from time to time as it adds a nice flavouring to sauces (especially when you’re making a vegan cheese sauce).

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I have heard that she does have a wicked sense of humour as do all the Royal Family I mean Prince Charles is Goonie fan 🙂 Yes probaly laughing all the way to the bank as they probably own the rubber duckie company…lol

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