Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Ukrainian Perogies - STORE CLOSED 2018

After 49 years, Ann's Perogey Palace closed its doors 
in April 2018. For your reading pleasures, only.

I was craving some Ukrainian perogies, and I knew that there were a couple of places here in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada that sell them. The Ukrainians have a strong presence in the northern part of the city, so I started calling around. The place that I was told to check out, "Alycia's", was unfortunately closed down.

The place I ended up going to was Ann's Perogey Palace, 204-586-7842.  I bought 9 dozen potato and cheddar cheese flavour (the most popular) and they were just made fresh that morning. Carol Anne, the store owner, told me that she took over the business from her Baba (Grandmother), Anne. She handed me a "convenience card" she called it. "It's not a business card, because I already have your business. It's a card with our number on it for your convenience. For those days that you want to call ahead so we can put your order aside."

She was telling me that in 1969, Nick, the sign painter, told her grandmother Anne, "Take out the 'e' from Anne, and put it into perogy, and they'll never call you Annie again." So that's what she did. Apparently Nick had a bit of a shake in his hands, and after a couple drinks, he had quite the steady hand.

Painting by Sharon Cory

The price list has "perogeys" aka perogies and cabbage rolls. There are a variety of fillings. Carol Anne told me I should try the meat perogies next time (she was all sold out at 1pm).

Ann's Perogey Palace Price List

She told me if I want to freeze the perogies, make sure that they are good and cold, in the fridge overnight, before they go into the freezer. She said it's a good idea to check in on them when they are freezing, to keep them separated. She says it may take 1.5 hours.

Painting by Sharon Cory

The prices are fair, and we had the perogies that night with homemade Italian sausage and green beans. The perogies were really good. Lightly spiced with a great cheesy taste, practically melted in our mouths. Pre-cooked, all I had to do was put in the microwave with some butter, heat until soft in the middle. If preferred, you can pan fry with onions and bacon. Carol Anne makes a pretty good perogy. Yum!

Perogies with sour cream, homemade Italian sausage
and steamed green beans.
Let Carol Anne know if you read this blog!

Check Trip Advisor for more details and reviews.

You can check out Sharon Cory's paintings on Facebook.

Have a great day!

~ Angela G. Gentile, MSW RSW


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Cooking with Pressure - Farberware Pressure Cooker Manual User's Guide

Farberware 6-Qt Digital 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker

I have purchased a new pressure cooker! It takes place of my broken Chef's Pot, Steamer and Slow Cooker. I am just learning how to use it. It is one of the healthiest ways to cook.

I have joined a Facebook group called, FARBERWARE 7-IN-1 PROGRAMMABLE PRESSURE COOKER USERS. It has been a great help, too.

It seems that the user's guide manual is very hard to find. I have uploaded the manual, as I see many people are having difficulty finding a copy of it.

Let me know if this is helpful to you or not. Thanks!

I got mine at Walmart. Here is the link to information and reviews.

Happy cooking!

Angela G. Gentile

Check out my website - www.AngelaGGentile.com

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Happy - Pharrell Williams (Music Video)

We watched the movie, Despicable Me 2 with the kids, and this song called, "Happy" (2013) by Pharrell Williams was featured.  It is so upbeat, and fun.  Hope you enjoy it!

Click on the arrow above, or go to the YouTube link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM

Get happy!

- Angela G. Gentile

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Elfred - The Elf on the Shelf

A New Family Holiday Tradition

This year, we had a new special visitor to our home.  He is an elf, and we adopted him.  We named him "Elfred".  He is a special scout elf sent from the North Pole.  He watches the kids during the daytime to see if they are being good, and magically returns back to the North Pole every evening to report back to Santa Claus.  He returns back to us every morning.  Sometimes he gets back early, and surprises us.  We can't touch him, or else the magic may not work.  

Here is Elfred with his little girlfriend.  ♥
He had been chumming with the Nutcracker and Mistletoad 
the previous days.  He looks very happy.

Last night, Elfred wanted to do something a little special for us. 
Today (Dec. 24th) was the last day he spent with us before returning to the North Pole.  
He won't be back until next year.  He has to report back to Santa one last time
 and help him get ready for his big trip tonight.  Here he is working on a special surprise.

 He must have worked hard early this morning.  
He put toilet paper streamers and ties all over the dining room lights
 and he even put it on some appliances and door knobs!

He even coloured the milk a lovely shade of purple!

When we woke up, we found the kitchen decorated so nicely 
with toilet paper streamers and ties! What a delight! 
You can see Elfred in the top left hand corner.  
That's the empty toilet paper roll beside him.  
His clothes are hung up to dry on a line in the top right corner.

 Here are the decorations from Elfred's point of view.

We have to say good-bye to Elfred, he leaves us tonight.  
Until next year!

Have a very merry Christmas and all the best for the new year!!

- Angela G. Gentile

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Reflecting Back on the Beginning

Photo credit:  Angela Gentile
I have been writing "On the Bright Side" for over 3 and a half years.  I started out writing daily. It was a very good way to get me thinking about something positive, every day.  Now, 522 posts later, I find that it is time for me to move on to new things.  As I reflect back, I want to share with you my very first post, unedited.  It makes me remember why I started this blog in the first place.  I believe "Mission has been accomplished".

Here is my very first post that I wrote on March 25, 2010:


Why write a blog about the bright side?

I believe there is too much negativity out there in the world. The news is full of disaster, death and grave suffering. I want to provide a place where we can go to discuss and explore the bright side of life. I myself am a born optimist. No matter how bad life can get, I always look for the positive side of things. Call me Pollyanna LOL! There is a great song, called "Always look at the bright side of life" and it was in a popular Monty Python movie called, "Life of Brian". It has a catchy tune, and the chorus persuades us to, "always look on the bright side of life...always look on the light side of life", by Eric Idle. Imagine not being affected by all the negativity in life. Wouldn't it be great to live in a world free of violence and suffering? Don't get me wrong, I know that this world if full of grief and misery, it's just that I choose to avoid it and focus on the positive. I believe that what you focus on expands, therefore, I choose to focus on happiness and joy. Health Canada reports that about 11% of men and 16% of women in Canada will experience major depression in the course of their lives. Mental health is just as important as physical health, and we have to work on keeping ourselves healthy in both body and mind. Combating negativity can only be done by focusing on the positive and my blogs are going to help us do that. I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you and look forward to hearing from you as well.


Angela Gentile


To all my beloved readers and friends,

I wish you well in all you do, and as I move on to new adventures, I leave here all my posts for you and others to enjoy.  I will still be responding and managing as required.  I may post the odd thing here or there, but it won't be on a regular basis that's for sure.

I am turning my interests towards "Aging Well for Women".  You can follow me there, on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/AgingWellforWomen.

Always look on the bright side of life!


Angela G. Gentile

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Age Jokes

Q: Where can men over the age of 60 find younger, sexy women who are interested in them?
A: Try a bookstore under fiction. 

Q: What can a man do while his wife is going through menopause?
A: Keep busy. If you're handy with tools, you can finish the basement. When you're done you'll have a place to live. 

Q: Someone has told me that menopause is mentioned in the bible. Is that true?   Where can it be found?
A: Yes. Matthew 14:92: "And Mary rode Joseph's ass all the way to Egypt...." 

Q: How can you increase the heart rate of your 60-plus year old husband?
A: Tell him you're pregnant. 

Q: How can you avoid that terrible curse of the elderly wrinkles?
A: Take off your glasses. 

Q: Seriously! What can I do for these Crow's feet and all those wrinkles on my face?
A: Go braless. It will usually pull them out. 

Q: Why should 60-plus year old people use valet parking?
A: Valets don't forget where they park your car. 

Q: Is it common for 60-plus year olds to have problems with short-term memory storage?
A: Storing memory is not a problem....Retrieving it is the problem. 

Q: As people age, do they sleep more soundly?
A: Yes, but usually in the afternoon. 

Q: Where should 60-plus year olds look for eye glasses?
A: On their foreheads. 

Q: What is the most common remark made by 60-plus year olds when they enter antique stores?
A: "Gosh, I remember these!" 

SMILE, You've still got your sense of humor, RIGHT? 

(Thanks to my husband for emailing these jokes!)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Charles Schulz Philosophy

You don't have to actually answer the  questions. Just read straight through, and you'll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners. 

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America Pageant.  

 4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.  

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winner for best actor and actress.  

6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.  

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.  

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.  

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.  

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.


The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.

"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia." (Charles Schulz)

Psst:  It's not really Charles Schulz's philosophy: http://www.snopes.com/glurge/schulz.asp