Saturday, January 24, 2009

This is really bad….

But I have to admit, I just sat here giggling, then I showed it to LC, he was laughing, too, you just have to see this…

Thanks, Carlene, this was a hoot...

Friday, January 23, 2009

Wicks Sugar Cream Pie….

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It was on the news today that they are passing legislation to make sugar cream pie the official state pie of Indiana.

Hubby saw this and he was absolutely estatic, and immediately began calling the kids to tell them. 

We’ve eaten sugar cream pie, specifically a frozen one called Wicks Sugar Cream Pie, for as long as I can remember.  The entire family is wild for them, but nobody more so than LC.

If you’ve never had one, you are in for a treat if you like rich, decadent desserts.  The taste is hard to describe, it’s buttery and creamy and has a depth of flavor that only comes from using artery clogging ingredients.  They are sublime, warm from the oven, and equally as good cold from the fridge.

There are recipes for sugar cream pie online, but you just can’t beat the frozen one from Wicks.  This family run business, located in the town of Winchester, in Eastern Indiana, wrote the book when they started selling these pies.

If you can’t locate them in your grocer’s freezer, you can order online from Wicks.  Here’s the click.  They are an amazing thing, sugar cream pies….

It’s a tease….

It’s sunny and 52 degrees right now in Heavensville.  The birds are singing outside my sunroom window.  Spring is on the way, NOT!!!

It’s back into the deep freeze tonight. I hate January!

Marti sent me this, it’s a goodie…

To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine... and those who don't.

As Ben Franklin said: In wine there is wisdom,
                                   in beer there is freedom,
                                   in water there is bacteria.

In a number of carefully controlled trials, scientists have demonstrated that if we drink 1 litre of water each day, at the end of the year we would have ingested more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli, (E. coli) - bacteria  found in feces. In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop.

However, we do NOT run the same risk when drinking wine & beer (or tequila, rum, whiskey or other liquor) because alcohol has to go through a purification process of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.
                                  Remember:
                                 Water = Poop,
                                 Wine = Health.
Therefore, it's better to drink wine and talk stupid, than to drink water and be full of shit.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information: I'm doing it as a public service

If you browse with FireFox

 

Jean sent me a link to download this Valentines Day Theme.  Just click on the link, install it as a FireFox add-on and when it restarts FireFox it will be your theme.  It will ask you to change your default search engine to Yahoo, you have to do this, but it’s no biggie, you can switch it back to Google later.  Aftr you download it, it puts a Valentine’s Day Toolbar up at the top, I didn’t want that, but it was easy to get rid of – just go to your dropdown menu, choose VIEW, then TOOLBARS, then uncheck Valentine’s Day Toolbar, and poof, it’s gone. ;0)

Here’s the click if you want to use it – it’s pretty cute!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

How four pounds runs the show….

Here I sit, tucked in by the fire, Mollie asleep by my side, Maggie standing on the ottoman, throwing an absolutely hissy fit.  She’s ready to go to bed.  And she wants me to go with her.  She does, she’s relentless, she’s just making these little mewing noises and growling at me over and over.  This has been going on for the past fifteen minutes, despite my repeatedly telling her “NO!”  Nothing works, I’ve tried talking hubby into going to bed with her, but he’s interested in some Tivoed program in the den, so that didn’t work, and she won’t shut up.

I’ll cave, I know I will.  I’ll give up my nice fireside seat and go to bed just to shut her up.  I tried putting her in bed by herself, that worked for all of five minutes before she jumped down and came back in here, and started whining again.  I know I should be more forceful, but I just can’t.  Don’t want to put a damper on her spunkiness….

A sucker is born every minute…. This sucker is giving up, I’m going to give in just to shut her up!  This reminds me of what  I did with the boys when they were growing up, let them have their way - I was never much of a disciplinarian…  It’s easier just to go with the flow.  Know what I mean, Vern???

Any Knotts Landing fans out there?

This Today clip is wonderful.  Oh, that was a great soap, always my fave, but just look at them years later… 

 

Yorkies are the 2nd most popular breed in the United States, second only to the Labrador Retriever….

IMG_5007_crAm I surprised by this?  Actually I am.  Also very pleased that the  breed is surging in popularity.  And why not, they’re adorable, non-shedding, portable, don’t need exercise, and can be trained to a piddle pad if you don’t want to venture outdoors.  Let’s face it, they don’t come much cuter than this.  Yeah, I know I’m prejudiced, but my two are pretty darned special! Veronica gave me the heads-up on this info earlier today. 

Top dogs of 2008
The Labrador retriever is the most popular purebred dog in the United States for the 18th consecutive year, according to the American Kennel Club.

The Yorkshire terrier came in second place, followed by the German shepherd, the golden retriever, the beagle, the boxer and the dachshund.

 General

With its silky-haired good looks, larger-than-life personality and energetic nature, the Yorkshire Terrier is a perennial favorite among dog lovers worldwide. A member of the Toy group, the Yorkie - as it is affectionately known - is small and frail in size and physicality, yet brave and energetic.. According to the most recent American Kennel Club registration statistics it is the second most popular breed in the United States after the Labrador Retriever.

History

The Yorkshire Terrier was first bred in the north of England county  which gave it its name. During the 19th century the original Yorkies were used as ratcatchers at textile mills. For this reason, they were originally a working man's dog, favorites with the weavers and factory workers. By the end of the 19th century, however, the little dogs had gone up in the world and had become popular companions for members of the European aristocracy. 

Physical Characteristics
Yorkies tend to have long, luxurious dark, steely blue and tan coats. They are, on average, seven inches (17cms) or so tall and weigh between four and seven pounds (1.7kgs to 2.5kgs).

Health & Medical

Yorkshire Terriers are prone to a number of health issues, many of them relating to their skin and coats. They can, for instance, suffer from alopecia and a range of allergic skin reactions. They can also suffer localised hair loss as a result of injections. Other conditions known to afflict Yorkshire Terriers include bronchitis, lymphangiectasia, Portosystemic shunt, cataracts and keratitis sicca. They are also prone go congenital heart problems.
Yorkies are regarded as having a relatively weak digestive system and can suffer vomiting and diarrhea as a result of over-eating or being given unusual foods.
Despite this, the average Yorkie's lifespan is 12.8 years.

Suitability as a Pet
Yorkshire Terriers make excellent household pets. They have great personalities and are regarded as highly adaptable dogs. They also travel well. As small dogs, they require a limited amount of exercise although they do need to interact with humans on a daily basis. Their long coats require regular grooming. 

Popularity as a Pet
The Yorkshire Terrier is the second most popular dog breed in the United States according to the most recent American Kennel Club registration statistics.

Its popularity has shown a marked increase in the past six years during which time it has overtaken breeds such as the German Shepherd, Golden Retriever and Beagle as a family favorite in the US, According to the Kennel Club registration statistics.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

George Bush said yesterday about his wife…

"She filled the White House with warmth and my life with joy," Bush said. "History will show that she was a fabulous first lady."

This waivering democrat couldn’t agree more.  I so admired her, she is a wonderful woman and was a great first lady.  What a class act Laura Bush is…

~ jan

Why you should not…..

Take three Excedrin, followed by a large coffee, followed by a large Mountain Dew, followed by an Advil Cold and Sinus in a desperate attempt to rid yourself of a horrid sinus headache.  Because, if you do all of the above, you will not only be nauseated beyond belief, but you will also feel like you are jumping out of your skin!!!!  And that was my day….

This is so sweet..

The Bush daughters wrote the Obama daughters a letter about life in the White House. If you haven’t read it, it’s really charming, well worth taking a few minutes of your day to look at their life through the eyes of a child. 

I’m so charmed by these little girls, they remind me of little colts, prancing around their parents with sparkling eyes and beaming smiles.  What an adventure they are in for.

Here’s the click, enjoy….

Talk about a fashion faux pas…

http://cdn.necn.com/files/2009/01/20/vlcsnap-4330.jpgAretha Franklin is an imposing figure, with a magnificent voice, but what was up with that hat at the inauguration?  Lordy, Lordy….

Monday, January 19, 2009

The M&M’s first You Tube Video……

mol Hooterville, aka Digital Gurl, has been here for the weekend, and she took amazing pictures of the girls.  I made a slideshow and uploaded it to YouTube for all of you.  It’s my first attempt, I’ll get better with this after I do more, but it’s easy to do these when you have such cute little fur kids pictures to work with.  Hope you enjoy our little presentation. 

Rather than imbedding the video, as I normally do, I’m going to give you a URL to link to, because if you do it this way, when you link to the video, underneath the viewing area you will see an option to watch in high quality – click that option and the video will be a much better quality.

~ jan

Here’s the click…

Juzar sent me this, it’s a must read…

This is NY Times top emailed articles - "The 11 Best Foods You Are Not Eating" .


Nutritionist and author Jonny Bowden has created several lists of healthful foods people should be eating but aren’t. But some of his favorites, like purslane, guava and goji berries, aren’t always available at regular grocery stores. I asked Dr. Bowden, author of “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth,” to update his list with some favorite foods that are easy to find but don’t always find their way into our shopping carts. Here’s his advice.

Beets: Think of beets as red spinach, Dr. Bowden said, because they are a rich source of folate as well as natural red pigments that may be cancer fighters.
How to eat: Fresh, raw and grated to make a salad. Heating decreases the antioxidant power.
Cabbage: Loaded with nutrients like sulforaphane, a chemical said to boost cancer-fighting enzymes.
How to eat: Asian-style slaw or as a crunchy topping on burgers and sandwiches.
Swiss chard: A leafy green vegetable packed with carotenoids that protect aging eyes.
How to eat it: Chop and saute in olive oil.
Cinnamon: May help control blood sugar and cholesterol.
How to eat it: Sprinkle on coffee or oatmeal.
Pomegranate juice: Appears to lower blood pressure and loaded with antioxidants.
How to eat: Just drink it.
Dried plums: Okay, so they are really prunes, but they are packed with antioxidants.
How to eat: Wrapped in prosciutto and baked.
Pumpkin seeds: The most nutritious part of the pumpkin and packed with magnesium; high levels of the mineral are associated with lower risk for early death.
How to eat: Roasted as a snack, or sprinkled on salad.
Sardines: Dr. Bowden calls them “health food in a can.” They are high in omega-3’s, contain virtually no mercury and are loaded with calcium. They also contain iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese as well as a full complement of B vitamins.
How to eat: Choose sardines packed in olive or sardine oil. Eat plain, mixed with salad, on toast, or mashed with dijon mustard and onions as a spread.
Turmeric: The “superstar of spices,” it may have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
How to eat: Mix with scrambled eggs or in any vegetable dish.
Frozen blueberries: Even though freezing can degrade some of the nutrients in fruits and vegetables, frozen blueberries are available year-round and don’t spoil; associated with better memory in animal studies.
How to eat: Blended with yogurt or chocolate soy milk and sprinkled with crushed almonds.
Canned pumpkin: A low-calorie vegetable that is high in fiber and immune-stimulating vitamin A; fills you up on very few calories.
How to eat: Mix with a little butter, cinnamon and nutmeg.

You can find more details and recipes on the Men’s Health Web site, which published the original version of the list last year.
In my own house, I only have two of these items — pumpkin seeds, which I often roast and put on salads, and frozen blueberries, which I mix with milk, yogurt and other fruits for morning smoothies. How about you? Have any of these foods found their way into your shopping cart?

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Hooterville knows all the good stuff….

http://mackemsteve.typepad.com/eat_carrots/images/2008/03/12/cooliris_2.jpgJean and I worked with my computers today and she told me about a great add-on for FireFox called CoolIris.  Don’t confuse this with Cool Iris Preview, this is entirely different.  After you download this as an add-on to Firefox and restart Firefox, you may need to right click on your toolbar at the top of Firefox browser and drag up the Cool Iris icon, it looks like a shadow box of two squares, then you just click on it and the fun begins.  I like to click on the Discovery tab – you will see all kinds of fun things to play with, full television episodes to watch, movies and trailers to watch, games, travel, it’s really awesome.

Here’s the click to download it, remember you have to be browsing in Firefox for this – give it a try, and thanks Jean, who always knows the best stuff online….

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