Saturday, October 27, 2007

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Monster Cookies

Tonight I was reading Elise's Food Blog, Simply Recipes, one of my favorite sites, and she posted a recipe for Monster Cookies.

John has been making Monster Cookies ever since his Dayton days. He had a neighbor that was a caterer, and she was a big fan of these cookies and shared the recipe with him. If you've never had them, they are vunderbar, and would be great to make for Halloween.

Here's the link to the recipe - check them out. ~ jan

Who would you want to sit next to?

I saw on television this morning that a survey showed the person most people would want to sit next to on a plane on an International flight was Oprah Winfrey, followed by Bill Gates and Angelina Jolie.

I thought about this, and while it would be interesting sitting next to Oprah, she wouldn't be my number one choice.... So who would I like to sit next to? It would probably be the elusive Mo Jackson, queen of all things scrapbooking. And why? Because, I could talk incessantly for hours about all things vintage, my favorite doodads and what she's designing next. This scrapbooking obsession of mine continues to mesmerize me at this stage of my life and this lady who absolutely oozes talent and creativity would have to be totally fascinating.. And since she is famous in cyber scrapping circles for being anonymous, it would be amazing to see her up close and personal.

On a more personal note, I would love to have my sons captive for several hours, without distractions.

And finally, I would really enjoy sitting next to Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer. Wouldn't that be a fascinating trip, finding out all about my fur babies and what makes them do the doggie things they do.

What about you, who would you like to sit next to?

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

This guy is right on...

George Carlin, speaking on The View this morning about the California fires -

"People think nature is outside of them. They don't take into [themselves] the idea that nature is a part of them." Pointing to his chest, he said, "Nature is in here, and if you're in tune with it, like the Indians – the balance of life, the harmony of nature – if you understand that, you don't overbuild, you don't do all this moron stuff."

I so totally agree with this man. I've talked before about how people have "evolved" to the point that, living in their plastic societies they have no concepof nature and don't grasp how it governs our lives.

They, and I say they, not we, because I'm a country girl, I grew up with a mother that killed the chickens we ate, and we gleaned popcorn in the fields in the fall, instead of buying it in the store, and we gardened and we canned in order to survive, so I really do understand nature, I lived it, but THEY, meaning so many people today who shop in grocery stores, never associating the food that they eat with nature that produced it. They don't stop to think that the flour or the oats or rice in the cereal they buy their children, grew from seeds in the ground, or that the steaks and chicken they buy or eat in restaurants were once living, breathing animals. People have "evolved" to the point that they disassociate what goes into their bodies with the nature of the food chain.

We eat "processed food" totally oblivious to the chemicals and man made ingredients that is put into it, when we would be much better off eating our food in it's natural state. But there is no natural state, because in our greed to produce more faster, bigger and better, chemicals have been added to the soil and sprayed on the plants, and animals have been injected with growth hormones so that they mature more quickly. It's no wonder that cancer is rampant in our society.

I'm not well versed enough to talk about the huge problem of global warming, but food I understand, and it is so sad that we have "evolved" into a society that would have no idea of how to take care of themselves or their families, if a catastrophic disaster, man made or natural, were to occur...

~ jan

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Best coffee, EV-ER.....

Normally, I'm not a big fan of flavored coffee, but O-M-G, ladies, this stuff is the nectar of the gods!!! Lindsay brought it last weekend from Fresh Market in Lexington. She says they can't keep it in stock, she got the last package on the shelf.

I'm drinking it right now, just had to share, and to tell you that you can ORDER IT ONLINE!!!! Yep, hey a whole pound of this stuff, including shipping, isn't much more expensive than a trip to Starbucks, if you take hubby along, and it's TO-DIE-FOR!!!! I have some fat free Half and Half in it, my absolutely favorite milk product, and I'm thinking that I could squirt on a dollop of fat free Reddi Whip, and then grate a bit of nutmeg on top, and I would have a drink worthy of coffee shop status.... If you want a treat this fall, try this stuff - you can order it HERE!

BTW, Fresh Market is the most wonderful grocery store... Why can't Heavensville be civilized and have one??? Not fair!!


It's a dark, dreary morning in Heavensville, but Hooterville sent me a link to a video of Snowball, the Cockatoo, dancing to the Backstreet Boys. It's just the funniest thing, so if you need a giggle, give it a watch. Click HERE!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Hey, this necklace looks pretty good, I'm KEEPING it!!! And YES, I realize it's crooked, and all the stones are twisted too far to one side...

I want....

I want to, but *sigh I am old, and I can't......
  • Grow my hair long and wear it in a pony tail. Let it dry in the wind and scoop the curls up in a clip.
  • Wear outlandish, funky clothes, lots of kohl eyeliner, and skinny boots with 4 inch heels.
  • Rip my jeans to shreds, and put them on with those boots, a great belt slung low, with a black, beaded shirt and go out for a great night on the town.
  • Take a vacation to the Florida Keys, ride a horse bareback on the beach and turn golden brown in the sun in a sleek tankini.
  • Eat pepperjack cheeseburgers cooked medium well with crispy fries squirted with Plochmann's Mustard. Home made oatmeal raisin cookies with pecans in the chilly fall afternoons, eaten by the fireplace with a cold glass of milk and a great book, and no guilt about eating them.
  • For Munchie to not grow older and for Mags to stay young forever.
But I cannot do these things, because I am older now, and instead this is what I do.

  • Cut my hair choppy short because it is thin now, and coat it with every product known to man woman in an attempt to make it look thicker and not "styled" like an old woman.
  • Vow to not wear jeans with an elastic waistband for at least another ten years, shop for a black beaded shirt that looks age appropriate and forget totally about any kind of belt. And the boots? Let's not even go there.
  • Forgo most vacation plans because I enjoy my own bed at night and the comfort of home.
  • Eat Boca Burgers and Light potato chips smeared with Plochmann's Mustard. And make that lite chocolate chip cookie recipes I posted on Eating Right sometime ago, and just have two cookies, by the fire, with a glass of soy milk, on chilly days, with a great book, while wearing my reading glasses so that I can see the words.
  • Live each day in the moment with the M&M's, and resolve to take more pictures of them to comfort me when they are no longer here, or young...
That's what life is, ladies, a series of compromises. Not necessarily what you want, but sometimes all that you can have... Pretty much sux, doesn't it??

And remember, it's not the things we do in life that we regret, but the things that we don't do. Life is what happens while we are busy making other plans.... And then you're old and it's too late...

Hmmmmm, maybe I WILL eat a REAL pepperjack cheeseburger and some of those cookies...

Sunday, October 21, 2007

New Pages on Milly Scraps...


I've added three new pages for Veronica on the Girlfriends link, and six pages of the M&M's on the Fur Children's link today on Milly Scraps. You can access the site HERE... then go to the index page and click on the words Girlfriends or Fur Kids to check them out...

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