It Is Never Too Late


Do you have a dream? Is there something you have wanted to do or try but never have?

Well today’s story shows you it is never too late to make a dream come true.

As a former teacher and especially as a reading teacher this headline caught my eye:

Man Who Learned to Read at 91

Writes a Book at 98

For 91 years life long Connecticut fisherman and widower James Henry never knew how to read. His wife wanted him to learn but he just never had time.

He felt ashamed that he could not even read the menu at a local restaurant.

Proving that it is never to late to learn or make a dream come true, and with the help of a literacy center in his home town James Henry learned to read.

Now at age 98, James Henry has written a book, a memoir of short stories about his experiences as a fisherman at sea.

Mr. Henry is an inspiration to us all.


I am not ashamed to admit that video makes me tear up a bit every time I see it.

Featured Recipe    Creamed Dried Beef

This may be one of life’s most perfect recipes. It is easy. It is delicious. You can eat it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It is filling. And last, but certainly not least, it is an inexpensive meal too.

You can save even more money by using 2 cups of milk rather than the 1 cup milk and 1 cup cream I use.  Probably less calories too.  You are welcome calorie counters.

You can serve it over toast, as I do here, or for a heartier and even more filling meal, serve it over a baked potato.

I have a Secret Ingredient* in my recipe. After today, it will not be a secret any more because I am sharing it with my best friend. 🙂

This is what you will need for 4 servings:

¼ pound dried beef

4 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons flour

1 cup hot milk

1 cup light cream

*Zested nutmeg 


Chopped hard boiled eggs (½ egg for each person served)

More Butter for the toast

Salt and pepper to taste**

**You really do not need any salt in this recipe as the dried beef is salty enough. Nevertheless, some people do use more. You may want some pepper in the sauce. I prefer the nutmeg. The nutmeg gives a very subtle yet sensuous taste to this humble meal.

Here is what you do:

If using the eggs, hard-boil them first and set aside to cool. In fact, you can make them the night before.

Basic way to make hard boiled eggs is to cover them with cold water. Heat over medium high heat until you see bubbles rising. Then cover the pan and remove from the heat. Let sit for 15 minutes. Then remove from the water and let cool.

For the Creamed Beef:

Heat the milk over low heat until it is hot.

While the milk is heating, slice the beef into strips. Set aside.

Using an egg slicer chop the hard-boiled eggs. Or if you do not have one, just chop the eggs. Set aside.

Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat.

When the butter begins to foam sprinkle the flour over it. Whisk the flour into the butter………..

…………until well blended and smooth.

Add the hot milk and cook over low heat stirring with a whisk until well incorporated. The mixture will be thick.

Now slowly add the cream, whisking constantly until the cream sauce thickens about 5-10 minutes.

Using a zester add some nutmeg to the sauce, just a smidgen. You do not need a whole lot. I don’t really measure either. I add till it looks about right.

Add the strips of beef and cook until heated through.

Toast the bread. If desired butter the toast lightly.

Spoon some of the creamed beef over the buttered toast.

Top with some of the chopped egg. Serve with some fresh or canned fruit or a salad.

Bon appétit!!!


¼ pound dried beef               $4.09

4 slices of bread                    $0.16

4 tablespoons butter              $0.36             

3 tablespoons flour                $0.09

1 cup hot milk                       $0.64

1 cup light cream                  $1.92

*Zested nutmeg                   $0.05

Basic Cost = $7.36
Cost per person = $1.84


Chopped hard boiled eggs    $0.54

More Butter for the toast   $0.18

Salt and pepper to taste**

Optional Costs = $0.72
Total Cost = $8.08
Cost per serving (4) = $2.02

Quote of the Day

Most of us don’t need a psychiatric therapist as much as a friend to be silly with. 

Robert Brault


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2 comments to It Is Never Too Late

  • Love this post Roberta 🙂 James is an inspiration and just sweet as could be. Thanks for sharing. And kudos to you for that beautiful plate – who knew SOS could look so good! Love, Butter