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Jul. 24th, 2009


Today is another trip to Winchester for more surgery for bahboo. I'm sure he will appreciate the prayers and candles.

Jan. 31st, 2009

Coffee Lover's Dreams -- drink recipes

Almond Mocha
1 cup dry coffee creamer
1 cup sugar, splenda, or equal OR 48 little packets
1/2 cup instant coffee granules or crystals
1/2 cup cocoa (NOT quik, but baking cocoa)
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract (or raspberry if you prefer)

Put in blender, set on 'liquify'.
Don't let it overheat engine.
Warning: Do NOT do this near an open flame. Creamer is like flash powder.

When it is all mixed, put it in a pretty can or jar.

Vienese Coffee
2/3 cup coffee granules or crylstals
1 cup sugar, spenda, or equal OR 48 little packets
3/4 cup to 1 cup dry coffee creamer
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger

Put in blender, set on 'liquify'.
Don't let it overheat engine.
Warning: Do NOT do this near an open flame. Creamer is like flash powder.

When it is all mixed, put it in a pretty can or jar.

For "white wedding cake" coffee, follow the Vienese recipe but instead of the spices, use 1/2 pack instant vanilla pudding mix and a 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Jan. 12th, 2008

Seven Minutes to Chocolate Heaven

Angel and I are sitting here eating the sweetest, poofiest, best textured coconut cake that you can imagine. One of those melt-in-the-mouth things that makes me wonder 'why didn't i think of this before' immediately followed by 'good thing, my ass would have been as big as my head' . Anyway, I'm not sharing this recipe for now BUT......have decided to bless eveyone here -- and yes, bless is the correct word -- with a recipe that will take only 7 minutes to get to choclate heaven.

If you like the syrup made by that-famous-company, you'll love this one. Not only is it just as good (almost indistinguishable), it is about half the price. Add to it that you probably already have the ingredients in the pantry, and this a made-in-heaven match. If you have kids, ever drink choclate milk, or like choclate sauce with ice cream or drizzled over cake or cheesecake, or over waffles or pancakes,  don't pass this one up. It is so easy that it's a good beginner's recipe too. Added bonus: I have a kahula recipe (if you want to try making your own) that uses this sauce as a base.

1 cup cocoa powder (for novices, that's NOT nestle's quik, its the cocoa found in the baking aisle in a small brown canister, no sugar added).
1 1/2 cups sugar
a pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Stir all the ingredients together in a pan.
Boil on the stove 2-7 minutes, stirring the whole time, until the sauce starts to thicken a bit. (for novices, boil means until the bubbles rise and pop to the surface rapidly.)
When it starts to thicken just a little, and looks a bit thinner than that-famous-choclate-sauce, take it off the heat and pour it into a container to put in the fridge.
Let it cool, and refrigerate anything you don't use right away.


Next week: how to make kahula using kitchen basics...........


Aug. 18th, 2006

"unnatural" foods........

let me say first that today, about an hour after i got off the phone with the good rev aynne, a migraine to end all migraines hit. like, a BAD one, knees shaking, being bothered by smells (dog), lights (any), sounds (any)....nausea, diahreahhea (sp) etc..i laid down for a couple of hours (couldn't sleep, which is what it takes to make these things go away), but it helped. knees still shaking, which brings me to the 'unnatural food'.

k, i like to make EVERYTHING, almost obsessively (even laundry detergent, sigh). I do keep a certain amount of potpies, pre-cooked pancakes (dirt cheap at wallyworld), etc for the kiddo's 3 am hunger attacks (MUCH quicker than cooking). so tonite,with knees still shaking but both of us needing to eat (and me not being able to gag down potpies), i did into the freezer. Thereinresides what I now know to be a supremely unnatural food.

Two weeks ago, at walmart, I spot a 20 pack of frozen scrambled eggs and a 20 pack of frozen (cooked) sausage patties and since we love breakfast sandwhiches, this seemed ideal for those 'mornings on the go'. You know the ones: she won't get up and go but by the time i pry her out of the house she is starved 1/2 mile down the road and I am shelling out $$$ for a mickey d's. So, instead, i by a bag of eggs, bag of sausage, and english muffins, and put them aside for emergencies (which tonite clearly is). 

I open them up. open muffins on microwave suitable plate.....put a sausage on 1/2 of each sandwich...open the eggs.....oh MY. This is not the quality 'square, real scrambled and folded back' imitation eggs we get at mickey d's or burger king, no sirree. These are perfectly ROUND scrabmled egg patties with fake grill marks.


so, the taste is passable, a tiny bit sweet....hidden between the sausage and cheese i can live with it, IN AN EMERGENCY. 

but overall, this "unnatural food" gets a two thumbs down........the sausage was spectacular.

Aug. 16th, 2006

Proof of the existance of God, from my LA buddies

Taken from the ULL mid-term senior chemistry exam:

Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic
(absorbs heat)?

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle'sLaw (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.

Boudreaux, however, wrote the following:

"First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave.  Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different Religions that exist in the world today. Most of these religions  state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell.

Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell.

With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially.  Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to
expand proportionately as souls are added.
This gives two possibilities:
1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.

2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

So which is it?
If we accept the postulate given to me by Clothile during my Freshman year that, 'it will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you, cher', and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number 2  must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already
frozen over.

The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over,it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct...leaving only Heaven thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Clothile kept shouting 'Oh my God.'"

Boudreaux received the only "A" awarded in senior chemistry that term.

Aug. 13th, 2006

my delightful dinner

Spinach and Shrimp Recipe #rz.50912

A delightful salad or main dish, depending on your lifestyle. For an incredible dressing, stir a tiny bit of horseradish into non-fat ranch....viola, restaurant quality!
1 lb shrimp, cleaned shelled and deveined
1 teaspoon garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup fresh parmesan cheese
6 ounces baby spinach
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)

2 servings

6 minutes 3 mins prep

  1. Boil shrimp till pink; drain and set aside.
  2. Saute garlic in butter till barely brown.
  3. Add shrimp back into pan, along with Parmesan.
  4. Turn off heat but leave pan on burner (electric); for gas turn lowest.
  5. Add spinach and stir, till barely barely limp.
  6. If desired, add lemon juice.
  7. Serve with dressing (see description).

Aug. 11th, 2006


The madam opened the brothel door to see a rather dignified, well-dressed good looking man in his late 40s or early 50s.

"May I help you?" she asked.

"I want to see Valerie," the man replied.

"Sir, Valerie is one of our most expensive ladies.
Perhaps you would prefer someone else," said the madam.

"No. I must see Valerie," was the man's reply.

Just then, Valerie appeared and announced to the man that she charged $1,000 a visit. Without hesitation, the man pulled out ten one-hundred dollar bills, gave them to Valerie, and they went upstairs.

After an hour, the man calmly left .

The next night, the same man appeared again, demanding to see Valerie.

Valerie explained that no one had ever come back two nights in a row--too expensive--and there were no discounts. The price was still $1,000. Again, the man pulled out the money, gave it to Valerie and they went upstairs. After an hour, he left.

The following night the man was there again. Everyone was astounded that he had come for the third consecutive night, but he paid Valerie and they went upstairs.

After their session, Valerie questioned the man. "No
one has ever been with me three nights in a row. Where are you from?" she asked.

The man replied, "
South Carolina

"Really" she said. "I have family in
South Carolina."

"I know," the man said. "Your father died, and I am your sister's attorney. She asked me to give you your $3,000 inheritance."

The moral of the story is that there are three things
in life that are certain:

1. Death

2. Taxes

3. Being screwed by a lawyer

Aug. 3rd, 2006

Somebody help?

So, gotta question guys. I understand Mercury Retrograde and the awful effects we've been feeling, cause basically the world has gone to hell for everyone I know.....the question is, for those of you who understand these things:

what phase is next, and does the prognosis look ANY better?

Jul. 21st, 2006

after the surgery.......

all went well......and the 'case of the missing tooth' is solved.............they acccidentally knocked it out during the intubation process....

she's drifing in and out of sleep today.

Jul. 20th, 2006

Angel's Surgery

WVU Hospital just called. Her oral surgery will be tomorrow morning at 6AM. I will wait till the last POSSIBLE moment tonite to tell her. You guys will be able to hear her crying from here. All offerings to the Gods greatfully accepted and appreciated, as well as hugs, well wishes and prayers.

A bit of history......she had adnoid/ear surgery several years ago and came through the surgery with flying colors, only to have a complication a few days later and end up admitted with kidneys that were shutting down. Couple this with the asthma, and I am one scared woman. Of course.....she does not know this.

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