About PS MacMurray

Paschal'Simon MacMurray, the scribe, specializes in providing a no nonsense Facebook and Blog presence for small business owners who want quality without breaking the bank. PS MacMurray, the artisan, creates art on a whim using fabric, paper, beads, twine and wire.

Peculiar Pearls & Other Oddities – 100mph Star Sapphire

Originally posted on Ornament Studio:

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The Star Sapphire was a large automobile produced by Armstrong Siddeley Motors Limited of Coventry, England. It was one in a line of five luxury cars produced between 1952 and 1960. The Star Sapphire itself was produced between 1958 and 1960.

All Sapphire cars featured a Sphinx ornament at the end of the hood. The classy looking car impressed and won the 1958 Earls Court Motor Show ahead of a Jaguar Mark IX. Price tag: £2,646. That’s around 5,300 US dollars today.

In a word, it was a gem. Indeed, it is said that it was in a league of its own, offering a surprisingly smooth 100mph performance. Driving it was pure pleasure. It was a classy jewel of a car and it got noticed.


A friend stopped in to see Silvio recently and bring a gift: a star sapphire. The gem, of course, which to Silvio is just as…

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Portraits Of Foodies – Dashing Superhero In Your Kitchen? Say Aye!

Originally posted on 158 Main & JPD Blog:

We began this segment with Ethan Philips, AKA Neelix on Star Trek Voyager. Not everyone is a Trekky, so we thought we’d turn to a more traditional super-hero this time. Ladies and gentlemen, meet James Bond, Chef style.

158 - 0506 - CraigNot only is he charming and exquisitely handsome, but he can cook too, and not just for an everyday family dinner. In other words, he’s got everything going for him.

Daniel Craig was born in England and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in London. His father was the landlord of two pubs, the “Boot Inn” and the “Ring o’ Bells”. Upon returning from one of his earliest tours as a theater actor, Craig is said to have supplemented his income by working as a waiter.

It is in an interview with Hello magazine, a United Kingdom publication specializing in celebrity news, and during subsequent interviews with other…

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Baguette Snacks & Sandwiches ~ Cheddar Apple Crostini

Originally posted on 158 Main & JPD Blog:

Apple pie and Cheddar is a given. However, let’s not forget how enjoyable and truly satisfying a simple, good fruit can be. Sometimes, you don’t need a slice of pie; a bite of the apple will do. Add melted Cheddar on a slightly crusty bread and you’ve got yourself a taste and texture experience that is sure to soothe any snack attack. It also makes a great side dish.

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Baguette, cut in 24 slices
2 apples, chopped, unpeeled (we recommend a tart apple)
3/4 cup shredded Cheddar
1/4 cup grated Romano
1/3 cup mayonnaise
Sunflower seed to taste (or chopped nuts of choice)
Pepper to taste


1- Mix all ingredients (except baguette), keeping sunflower seeds and pepper for last and adding both to taste.

2- Warm baguette slices for 4 minutes at 350°. Turn and warm an additional 4 minutes.

3- Spread each slice with the cheese mixture…

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