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Mom’s Parker House Rolls Recipe

The following is my mother’s recipe for her famous parker house rolls. This is how she printed the recipe. May have to edit.

Sue’s Rolls,  dissove 1/4 cup margarine, 1/4 cup sugar, 3 tsp. salt in a cup of hot water.

Scald 2 cups of milk..(Scalded milk is milk that has been heated to 82 °C (180 °F). 

Throw (mix) in with hot water mixture, then add 2 beaten eggs and yeast mixture to lukewarm mixture 7 to 8 cups flour.

Mix 3 cups at a time with large spoon.. knead until satiny. Place in a greased bowl, let rise until double in bulk ,then take out knead on slightly floured board return to rise about 1/2 hr. then knead down. Make into small rolls, place in a greased pan then let rise until double in bulk.  Bake in moderate oven around 25 minutes or until done. As written by Sue.

For yeast mixture in a small bowl add lukewarm water (1/2 c ) 1 tsp. sugar with 1 pkg. or 1 tbsp. of yeast let stand about 10 min.

Still trying to edit. Those who bake may be able to interpret.

Bumped Into

In our travels, we meet many people and we are most surprised when we bump into another Newfoundlander. Most of our encounters are pleasant and courteous, however; there are a few that leave a sour taste in our mouth.

Where did you bump into another Newfoundlander?  The following bumped into locations have been submitted by admin and by readers. Send your bumped into with a brief note in the comment section or to stevewish@gmail.com with heading bumped into.

At a Tim Horton’s in Almonte…in the lineup…started a conversation. This person was from Newfoundland

At a yard sale near Almonte, ON.  Person who was having the yard sale was from Newfoundland

At a bank in Renfrew.. The teller  noted I was from Newfoundland and mentioned that she was  married to a Newfoundlander.

At a garage in Carleton Place…met a man whose best friend was from Newfoundland

At a Promise Keeper rally in Ottawa…Bumped into my friend’s brother-in-law

At The Civic Hospital in Ottawa…met a nurse from Newfoundland

At a church in a town in Ontario…The person was not very friendly. This was at a church dinner, the gentleman was much older and was trying to find his seat. He may not have heard our conversation and  possibly was more interested in his Jiggs Dinner.


Bulk Oil Carrier


Bulk oil carrier off Kelly’s Island, Conception Bay, NL. There were three carriers in the bay when this picture was taken.

Note: Links in Green for further info.

Aerial view of Kelly’s Island link. Visit site

The back-ground is The Bell Rock on Bell Island. There is good cod fishing between the two islands, especially on Tony’s rock. I’ve had many trips to both islands, fished for cod and hunted sea birds in the waters around the islands.

Link to photos of Con Bay South, Kelly’s Island, Little Bell Island,


Con Bay 002

Con Bay 004



Blue Fin Tuna


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I was walking down the old CBS Highway,  after walking my girl friend home and was picked up by Derek Stafford. It was June 1966. Derek asked me if I would like to work on the tuna boat Ashtar for the summer. He was the captain and needed a first mate. The Ashtar was owned by The Harvey group of companies.

The only tuna that I had seen was on what we called the tuna wharf in Long Pond. All I knew it was a big fish and someone had cut some of the meat of the tuna. I was seventeen and a greenhorn but it sounded like it would be adventurous and a great way to spend the summer and get paid.

Tuna fishing was different then fishing for trout with a rod. Keeping your rod tip straight, with the line, was the major similarity. The reel was massive and the line was, I believe, a 130lb test. I was to man the chair, let out the line, set the hook and the drag. When we brought the tuna to the side of the boat, I had to gaff it when the captain gave the ok. The one fear I had was breaking a rod.

We would steam around Conception Bay in search of a school of tuna. When we found a school, the captain would bait the hook with a mackerel, I believe we called it a mackerel teaser. He would position the boat a distance in front of the school and troll the bait in front of them. You were in anticipation as you waited for the hit.

You knew when you hooked one of those big fish. The line screamed off the reel and you had to ensure that you had the right drag set or you might break the line or pull the hook. The fight was on!

One of my vivid memories is the day we hooked and landed three tuna off the Harbour Grace Islands.  It was a foggy drizzly day and we had three prominent guests on board. I noticed that they had brought aboard a lot of liquor and I was surprised how much they were drinking.

The first two tuna we landed were without incident but the third was challenging. The gentleman, in the chair, was over-weight, out of shape and drunk.  He was unable to fight the tuna so I had to  control the chair and land the tuna.  It was a struggle.

When we arrived at the tuna wharf and had the tuna off loaded, the guests had to climb a ladder to the wharf. It was about 10 feet from the deck to the wharf. The first two guests were on the dock and the over-weight gentleman started to climb the ladder.  I noticed he was having a problem so I decided to stand behind  him in case he slipped. He did! I don’t think anybody noticed but I was able to stop him from falling backwards onto the deck of the boat. No words were spoken. Eventually, he was able to get up to the dock and pictures were taken of their success. I can imagine the stories they told about their fishing trip. I was only 17 years old,  young and naive


More tuna stories to be added. See tuna photos etc. here

Please feel free to comment on this post or forward articles or pictures that could be added to this blog post.

I believe we hooked 42 tuna that summer.

note: I believe they were called horse mackerel.

I recall one day that Lee Wulff was fishing on one of the boats.  I believe it was The Newfoundland Government’s boat. In 1967 he caught a 597lb tuna on a 50lb test line.  At the time, this was a world record.

World record tuna..1496lbs, the big kahuna, caught off Nova Scotia. World Record Tuna

Land and Sea Tuna episode here

Old video tuna fishing newfoundland

Tuna schooling Newfoundland.

2006 Chev Impala door stuck


I have a 2006 Chev Impala and I have been having problems with the rear door on the driver’s side. In July 2014, the door would not open and my friend told me he was having the same problem with his impala.  I put off getting it fixed.

One day in august I tried the latch and the door opened. It was ok for a couple of months and then it happened again. I’ve spayed the mechanism with WD40 which I had done in July but had no luck. It’s now April 13th, 2015 and I decided to take the door panel off and see if it could be fixed.

The panel is very difficult to remove with the door closed. I tried from the inside but had no success. The only solution I found was to do it from the outside…with the window down very carefully left the top of the panel off with a screwdriver. I used pry bars that I slipped down both sides of the panel to remove the clips. It was trial and error but it worked. Should have removed the seat.

I have the panel removed and have tried to open with the latch mechanism. No luck. I have tried tapping the latch lock. No luck. I  have tried the power locks. No luck.

I have sprayed the mechanism and inside through where the pull lock is joined to the mechanism. Waiting patiently and hoping the spray will do something. I have to get the door open to replace the door latch if necessary.

It’s been an hour since I sprayed the mechanism…Hope reigns supreme.

It’s been 3 hours since I sprayed the mechanism. Still not working. What to do next?? I believe in prayer!

My next step is to take a picture of or video the mechanism and see if I can see any issues. This is what the inside looks like. The yellow is where the door handle rod is attached to the actuator mechanism.

Note: I have checked 145 Google listings for a solution to open the door. I must be missing something!

Car Door 009

I have requested answers from chev experts at Just Answers. It cost me $35.00 but well spent if they can help fix my problem.

Note: The tech from Just answer was able to help me with a solution to get the door open.

Maybe I was lucky or was it an answer to prayer..I’ll give prayer credit for leading me to Just Answer because I had not heard of this site before and I have been online for over 12 years. The  $35.00 was well spent.

I have everything back together and the door is working fine. The tech suggested that I remove the actuator and soak it in a lite oil but I didn’t do that step. Maybe I should have but I decided not to spend the time and effort to do this step. Time will tell!

Leave a comment if any of this info has been helpful.

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My Newfoundland


Newfoundland is my home. I was born here and have visited most areas of the island and I have been to Labrador a couple of times. After spending many years as a travel counselor where I had the privilege  to visit many countries and popular tourist spots, I see Newfoundland differently. As well, we spent seven years in the Ottawa area of Ontario. We enjoyed Ontario and we go back a couple of times a year as we have family living there.toolsII-468x60

About Me

My name is Steve and I was born in Creston one year before confederation.  I should say Creston South as were separated from the north side by the tickle. We always called it the tickle but it is shown as Creston Inlet on Google Earth.

I went to a two room school in Creston South and when I was 9 years old,  we re-located to Manuels in 1958.  That trip was over a period of 30 hours with over 20 flat tires. The car was fairly new but the roads were horrible and the tires were not as good as they are today. There were tubes in the tires so the tire had to be broken down from the rim, the tube repaired with patching and  then replaced and pumped up and put back on the car.  It was an adventure.

The first pavement I saw was in  Holyrood. I had heard about paved roads but could not imagine a road without dust or gravel.

When we finally arrived at our destination…yes! we had a flat..


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Fillet a fish


How to fillet a fish

I’ve caught many fish over the years and I’ve done some filleting of my catch.  My filleting skills are limited as usually someone else volunteers to do the cleaning. I thought that a good filleter could fillet the fish and not leave any bones in the fillet. I stand to be corrected but I understand that the bones have to be cut out after the fillet has been removed.There have been bones in some of the fillets that I have purchased at fish stores and that have been given to me by friends.
The worst filleting that I have seen was by a guest on a tuna boat where I was the mate. We were fishing for blue fin and had bought some cod, from fishermen, who were hauling their nets. We were going to cook fish and potatoes. Well, this man pipes up and says “I’ll clean the fish”. He seemed to know what he was talking about.  Well, what a mangled job of filleting a fish. There were bones and it looked as if he used a butter knife to fillet instead of the filleting knife he was given.  In his defense, he may not have had a sharp knife.
 The following are video links showing how to fillet a fish.   
Notes: 1 Use a sharp knife. Filleting knife preferred. I have two knives that I use.
2. Use a glove to hold on to the fish..
3. It may be easier to remove the skin, from the fillet, by keeping it attached to the fish. 
 Note: Please feel free to e mail suggestions, photos or videos…. e mail address below.

Are There Trees In Newfoundland Labrador


I recall a conversation with a postmaster in Arnprior, Ontario. He asked if there were any trees in Newfoundland Labrador. I was surprised at his question so I  asked him why he felt that way. He t  said there are no trees in the advertisements.  After telling him about the forests, the once booming pulp and paper industry and the logging operations I decided to check the ads. He was right, there are no forests being shown.

In my youth I helped load and haul wood with horse and slides and helped limb out trees that had been left to dry over the summer. The name I believe was spring var. I marveled at the birch in central Newfoundland and reading books about the pulp wood  camps and hearing people tell stories about life in the logging  camps.

Yes there are trees in Newfoundland Labrador.