Archive for January, 2014

Only Daughter – Birthday Girl Today!

Today is Only Daughter’s” Birthday! 

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My Daughter

In my mind, she is still a very young little girl with little blonde curls stuck to the sides of her little freckled face.

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I can close my eyes and I see her in pink ballerina outfits with opaque white dancing stockings on her pretty little legs.

And her blonde hair in a chignon bun on top of her head.

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Now that I think back, I remember she didn’t care too much for sitting still ….while I put her hair up in the tight little bun… but she always looked so cute! 

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We Mothers are like that….perhaps we are compensating for our childhoods which often lacked the social graces we were able to give our children. Things such as dancing, tap or piano lessons.

“Only Daughter” did not go on to become a great ballerina… but she could do “tap” very well.

And no, I would have never put her through the Beauty Pageant Circuit…even if there had been a choice way back then.  Although….. her whole dance class was on the local news channel for their 15 minutes of fame. Unfortunately, these little dancers were only seen by  a few local people which probably consisted of only parents and grandparents!  This television station was not very popular …even with the locals. 🙂

“Only Daughter” is an adult now, and is happily married and has two beautiful daughters …. my grand daughters!

“Only Daughter”  is a caring person.

“Only Daughter” is a moral person.

“Only Daughter” has a wonderful home she shares with not one, …but four Cocker Spaniels!  (See below)  Their names are Bonnie and Clyde and Bugsy and ___________ oops! I forgot the last one’s name.  (I do know that it is a “gangster” name from that era!)

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“Only Daughter” is going to say “Mom, How can you forget the dog’s name”? 

I would have to tell her…”Honey, sometimes I can’t remember my own name!  teehehe!

OK, I do remember my own name, but sometimes I do forget my phone number!  

I never call myself ….except for the times that I lose track of my cell phone and I have to call it to hear it ring. 🙂

Well, that is not exactly true either….it is usually the Captain who has to call my number so we both can hear it ring!

“Only Daughter” is special and I love her very much!

If you are reading this…I know you know I love you, my dear daughter, but I am telling you again on this day …your birthday! 

“Only Daughter” you are very much loved and I am so proud of the woman you have become!

Me (Mom)

The Year of the Horse!

The Year of the Horse, according to Chinese Tradition, begins tomorrow, the 31st of January. (It is hard to believe this month is almost over)!

I have included a pic of one of our previously celebrated Chinese New Year Holidays.  This was in Kansas City.

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I am sure many of you know about the Chinese Calendar!  

Who hasn’t been to a Chinese restaurant and not searched the paper place mat on the table in front of you? Perhaps you run your finger across the years to see what animal lines up with the year of your birth? (Now, why do I know that?)

I look each and every time I visit a Chinese Restaurant.  I should remember what I am, in terms of an animal 😉 because your year birth does not change! Well, some of us keep the same year of birth!  😉

…but with my memory, I forget and find myself thinking….am I a horse or am I a rabbit? (I am neither by the way.)   

Just to enlighten you who do not know,… this time of year is very important to many Chinese, Vietnamese and other Oriental cultures.  The 15-day festival, which starts on January 31 (this year), is based on a combination of lunar and solar movements. It starts with the first new moon of each calendar year and ends on the full moon.

Lisa, my manicurist…was telling me about the traditions she and her family observe.  Among them, each family must thoroughly clean the house and/or business, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. She showed me a very, very large glass urn filled with garlic heads which is also part of their culture. It sits in the salon and I have to confess…I never noticed it before.

I guess sometimes I am not very observant!  Well, I can be observant when I want to be…or so the Captain says! 🙂

Back to the Nail Salon.  The entry to the salon is filled with ornate Oriental Statues and one of the most beautiful fish aquariums I have ever seen…my eyes are always drawn to those magnificent fish of unusual colors.  (That is probably why I don’t notice the garlic!)

 Sorry…back to the year of the Horse.  Chinese astrology argues that one’s personality profile can be revealed from one’s birth time. However, the zodiac is based on the year rather than in the month as in the western system.

Lisa said she is one year older because of this yearly, rather than monthly acknowledgement of one’s birth. I don’t think I would like that part of their culture…see paragraph 4 above! 

In China everybody knows which animal sign he or she is born under. If you would like to look at your sign….please look up the year you were born in the chart I have included below. 

I believe I am a combination of all of them….some more than others! 😉 However, I will give you a hint! I should probably be in my Secret Garden spouting…”to be or not to be, that is the question”!

Can you guess which one I am?

By the way…the Captain is a Horse! 

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 Year of the Rat – 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032, 2044  

RatRat was the first animal in the Chinese zodiac cycle. It is usually considered aggressive, ambitious, suspicious, power-hungry, honest, generous, quick to anger and prone to spend freely. Those born under the sign of Rat are imaginative, charming, and truly generous to the one they love. However, they have a tendency to be hot-tempered and overly critical. They are usually suitable for sales work or work as a writer, critic, or publicist. Rats will get well along with Dragons and Monkeys, however should avoid Horses.

  Year of the Ox – 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033, 2045 

OxOx is a symbol of powerful individuals with unyielding and stubborn personalities. Those born under the sign are natural born leaders who typically succeed when given the chance and will also make outstanding parents. They are upright, inspiring, easy-going and conservative. The Ox would be successful as a skilled surgeon, general, or hairdresser. Ox gets along with Snakes and Roosters but not sheep.

   Year of the Tiger – 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034, 2046  

TigerAs the fighting animal, those born under tiger’s sign are sensitive, aggressive, unpredictable, charming, emotional, courageous and capable of great love. Often risking themselves, they have a carefree life. Tigers usually will be outstanding as a boss, explorer, racecar driver, or matador. A happy marriage can take place with a Horse or a Dog but never a Monkey.

 

  Year of the Rabbit – 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, 2036, 2047 

RabbitThose born under this sign are affectionate, talented, obliging, always pleasant, valuing security and tranquility. They have a tendency to get too sentimental and superficial and to avoid conflict and emotional involvement. Being cautious and conservative, they usually take no risk and are successful in business. They would also make a good lawyer, diplomat, or actor. Their best life partners are Sheep or Pigs instead of Roosters.

 Year of the Dragon – 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036, 2048 

DragonThose born under the sign are considered intelligent, gifted, bossy, loud, garish, and unfaithful, but also popular and successful, full of vitality and enthusiasm. They usually look stubborn on the outside, but softhearted inside. They are born to be an artist, priest, politician, or leader. A dragon will be compatible with a Snake or Rooster. However, a sheep will not be a good choice.

 

 Year of the Snake – 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037, 2049 

SnakeThose born under this sign are usually considered clever, passionate, determined, romantic, intense, rich in wisdom and charm, but vain. Women born under Snake are often beautiful. Snakes will be strongly guided by their intuition. They certainly will win a lot of money, but have to avoid procrastination and stingy attitude towards money. The Snake would be most content as a teacher, philosopher, writer, psychiatrist, or fortune teller. Marriage with a Rooster or Ox not a Pig will be best.

 Year of the Horse – 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954,1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026, 2038, 2050 

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They are hardworking, intelligent and friendly, cheerful and popular, but impatient. Usually they consider themselves superior to others. They have a strong streak of selfishness and sharp cunning and should guard against being egotistical. Adventurer, scientist, poet, or politician will be suitable occupations for them. Horses get well along with Tigers and Dogs instead of Rats.

 

 Year of the Sheep – 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039, 2051 

SheepThe sign suggests a person who is creative, artistic, passionate, elegant, warmhearted, honest, charming but pessimistic, timid, disorganized and vulnerable. Too dependent on material comforts, they are easy to complain and do not respond well to pressure, but will find their own natural solution to a problem when given space. Best occupation for a Sheep is an actor or a gardener. They are compatible with Rabbits or Pigs in marriage, but not Ox.

 Year of the Monkey – 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040, 2052 

MonkeyMonkeys are intelligent, inventive, clever, entertaining but also dangerous and easily discouraged. Because of their extraordinary nature and magnetic personality, they are always well liked and make close friends. However, they can’t be trusted. They should guard against being an opportunist and distrusting other people. The sign suggests success in any field they try. The best matches are Dragons or Rats while the worst are Tigers.

 Year of the Rooster – 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041, 2053

RoosterRoosters are courageous, hardworking, shrewd, arrogant, reckless, selfish and eccentric. They are thirsty for knowledge, devoted to work and definite involved in decision-making. They are skilled at what they do and attentive to details. However, they tend to seem boastful to others. Roosters will be happy as a restaurant owner, publicist, soldier or world traveler. The sign promises harmony with Snakes and Ox and trouble with Rabbits.

 Year of the Dog – 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042, 2054 

DogThose born under this sign are honest, quiet, intelligent, generous, stubborn, loyal and faithful to those they love. They are introverted listeners, dedicated but also cynical and prone to letting their external anxieties get the better of them. Constant worry, a sharp tongue, and a tendency to be a faultfinder will always plague them. However, they are born to be successful. Dogs will be excellent businessmen, activists, teachers, or secret agents. Tigers and Horses are deemed as best matches. Dragons need to be handled with care.

 Year of the Pig – 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2020, 2031, 2043 

PigPigs are honest, reliable, sincere, tolerant, shy, affectionate, kind, impulsive and short tempered. They are splendid companions, intellectuals with a very strong need to set difficult goals and carry them out. In addition they are extraordinarily naive. Their unquenchable thirst for knowledge will facilitate their success whereas their quest for material comfort will frustrate it. Pigs also will sacrifice their lives for good causes. The Pig will be successful in financial affairs, or as an entertainer, or possibly a lawyer. Pigs should be aware of other Pigs and compatible with Sheep and Rabbits.

Raining Violets!

“It isn’t raining rain, you know…it’s raining violets!” Lyrics from the song April Showers!

We woke up to rain today and I couldn’t help but think of the lyrics to one of my favorite songs! Reading a good book on a rainy day is always a pleasure for me…and although it is not April…the weather here reminds me of April.

I know many parts of the country are in deep freezes today… or close to it and I thought this song might let your thoughts drift to Spring and the beautiful flowers of Spring.

 Al Jolson and Bing Crosby sang the song … (you can click on this link) April Showers and it will take you to Bing Crosby you tube singing the song.

I think the lyrics just makes one happy…don’t ya think? 

*Life is not a highway strewn with flowers,
Still it holds a goodly share of bliss,
When the sun gives way to April showers,
Here’s a thought that we should never miss:
Though April showers
May come your way,
They bring the flowers
That bloom in May;
And if it’s raining,
Have no regrets;
Because, it isn’t raining rain, you know,
It’s raining violets.
And when you see clouds
Upon the hill,
You soon will see crowds
Of daffodils;
So keep on looking for the bluebird,
And listening for his song,
Whenever April showers come along.

Forgive me for pulling this post from one of my first posts….

Rain…some people like it and some people don’t. We know and understand the need for rain …so for farmers …unless it is a flood produced by too much rain, they really look forward to the moisture filled clouds.

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We lived in Seattle for a couple years and I really did not mind the rain….because it was a rare occasion that produced a hard rain.  Most of the time, the rain consisted of a mist.

The way I looked at it was like this….if I could take Jesse out for a walk and not need an umbrella….then it was a mist! If my hair does not drip…it is misting only. ;)!!  The Captain and I used to laugh at the weatherman on the television stations in Seattle,  because he counted the lightning strikes and it was always in the single digits.  Most other parts of the country have lightning strikes in the triple digits.  🙂 And Florida is no exception….but I digress.

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I love to read and a rainy day seems the perfect time to grab a good book, a light blanket and curl up by a window and get lost in the pages of a mystery novel. If you close your eyes, you can travel to distant places. I enjoy the “smell” of the pages of print. I like to touch the coarse or slick pages, depending on the book. Ahhhhh, it takes me back to my childhood, to another place in time. Reading can do that to you…you can visualize places far away and see, feel, hear and smell the sights and sounds as the letters jump off the page and into your reverie.  It is magical!

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One summer day, a very, very, long time ago, I sat by the window of our old farm house reading a Little House on the Prairie book. It was called The Long Winter and although the weather was a blazing hot Kansas day, I actually felt the cold chill as Laura related her story of the daily life of snowy blizzards on the prairies. In this story, it was so cold…. they were snowed in for months and were not able to have Christmas until the thaw in May.

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I still have all the Laura Ingalls Wilder book series. I took the above picture and couldn’t resist opening the well worn cover to touch the inside pages and to gaze longingly at the simply drawn pictures of Ma and Pa, Mary and Carrie. In case you are curious, I couldn’t help but put the book to my nose and breathe in another place and time.

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We got up early today to attend the early church service (8:30) and I have many things on my “ToDo List”…but I think I will take a break, grab my cup of hot tea and enjoy a visit to the Dakota Prairies with an old friend.

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*April Showers lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., EMI Music Publishing

Is There A Doctor in The House?

Is there a Doctor in the house? That is the question I wanted to ask this morning.:)

I believe every bone in my body aches from climbing ladders, bending over, kneeling down, reaching up and over and just basically doing tasks that I haven’t done in a while.

OK!  I haven’t done in a long, long, long time! 🙂

I can hardly move this morning, my Blogger buddies…

I got out of bed stumbling around.  I couldn’t make my legs work! 🙂

Have you ever been stiff and sore after doing tasks you haven’t done in a while?

The Captain and I have a rental property that needed repainting and a bit of refurbishing after the tenants moved out.  

We decided to paint the cabinets white….a cleaner, fresher look, we said.  Plus, we repainted every room.  It is not a very big house.  

Until one starts painting!

 

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Guess who got the job of “Perfection Painter”? Me of course!

The Captain said I am very good at using the putty to fill nail holes and smoothing it out! 

He said I should be called… “Persevering Putty Partner”!

The Captain painted all the large surfaces, but I was the only one of the two of us to be able to use the paint brush to “cut in” around baseboards, ceilings, windows and cabinets. The Captain said I was the “Tenacious Trimmer”

 

 

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Of course I was good at sanding and earned the title of…“Superior Sander”

 

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And planting plants…“Landscaping Director”

Come to think about it…the Captain gave me a lot of titles and the prestige that goes with…He is so thoughtful!

As I write this post…I beginning to see a picture!

You know what I am thinking?

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Do any of you remember the movie with Andy Griffith titled “No Time For Sergeants”!

If I remember correctly, the Sergeant in the Army gave the Private, (Andy Griffith) special titles.  For example, the Sergeant told Andy Griffith to clean all the Bathrooms on the Army Base!  In an effort to make this mundane task seem important to the Private (Andy), the Sergeant  gave Andy the title of “Private Latrine Orderly” !  Andy was so proud of this title and strutted around the Army Base bragging about his NEW position to all of his buddies in the Army.

Wait just a dog gone minute!  

Do you think the Captain is doing the same thing to me?  Hmmmmmm… ?

I think the Captain and I need to have a talk! 😉

Now where did he go off to?  He was here just a few minutes ago!

He was looking over my shoulder at my post.

More to come……….

Me

Sweet and Tangy Hot Wings

Since it is almost time for the Super Bowl, we all think of Hot Wings…

I came up with a recipe that is quick and easy., so you don’t miss any of the game. These can be prepared ahead and reheated!

Happy Eating!.

Sweet and Tangy Hot Wings
This wing recipe gets a headstart by starting on the stove and moving to the oven.
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Ingredients
  1. 8 wings
  2. 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  3. 1/2 teaspoon of oregano
  4. 1/2 teaspoon of rosemary
  5. 1/2 teaspoon of Italian Seasoning
  6. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  7. 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  9. 1 bottle of hot sauce ( I used Taco Bell Restaurant Hot Sauce)
  10. 1 Tablespoon of liquid smoke
  11. 3-4 dashes of Louisiana Hot Sauce
  12. 1 cup of pineapple preserves
  13. 1/2 chopped onion
Instructions
  1. Mix seasonings together in a small bowl
  2. Toss the wings in a larger bowl and coat with some of the seasonings
  3. Heat oil in heavy skillet
  4. Brown the wings, adding more seasoning as necessary
  5. Remove the wings to a platter and make the sauce
  6. Saute onion in drippings from the wings
  7. Add the pineapple preserves
  8. Add the Restaurant Hot Sauce
  9. Add the liquid smoke
  10. Add the dashes of Louisiana hot sauce to your taste
  11. Simmer for about 5 minutes
  12. Place wings back into skillet coating each with the sauce
  13. Place in 350 degree oven covered lightly with foil for about 30 minutes.
  14. Last 5 minutes, remove foil and finish the cooking.
Notes
  1. I use a cast iron skillet that will go from stove top to oven. You can remove to shallow oven safe pan if necessary.
  2. I did not chop off the wing tips, but I usually do. The wings brown nicely without the tips.
  3. You may also use the last 5 minutes of cooking time under the broiler, but be careful as the sauce can allow burning.
  4. Ingredients can be increased by 3 times if you are cooking more wings.
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Meat Loaf Duo

I have been making this meat loaf recipe for years and my family has always liked the fact that there are two Meat Loaves.  

Hi Blogger Buddies, I hope you are all having a great day! Lets talk meat loaf.  A recipe that has been in almost everyone’s kitchen….except my manicurist, Lisa.  She has never made, nor has she tasted meat loaf. 

This recipe makes two loaves or one big loaf!  

A couple years ago, I invested in one of those loaf pans with an insert that keeps the meat loaf above the drippings, and allows for lifting it easily out of the pan.  I do know it is a healthier way to make meat loaf.  But sometimes…yep, sometimes…I just want to make the loaf the old fashioned way my Mother and Grandmother made meat loaf.

Sometimes one has to live on the edge, just once in a while! 🙂

I believe the reason the Captain likes two loaves is because there is a loaf left over for cold meat loaf sandwiches the next day. We like to slap a thick slice of meat loaf between two pieces of bread….add a little Miracle Whip (or mayo) and lettuce and you have a meal!

Don’t tell the Captain, but I am going to take the other loaf and give it to Lisa!  She needs to know what she has been missing, don’t ya think? 

The printable recipe follows below, but to give you an idea of how easy it is to make, … see the following pics.

meat loaf3Mix the meats, seasonings, eggs, chicken broth and breadcrumbs

 

meat loaf2Form into two loaves and roll into bread crumbs

 

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Just out of the oven and still bubbling!

 Serve!

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Meat Loaf Duo
A delicious meat loaf hot or cold.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound of ground beef
  2. 1/2 pound of ground pork
  3. 1/2 pound of ground veal
  4. 1/4 cup chopped onion
  5. 2 tablespoons finely chopped celery
  6. 2 teaspoons salt
  7. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  8. 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  9. 1/4 teaspoon sage
  10. 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  11. 1 cup of chicken broth
  12. 2 cups of bread crumbs (herb and garlic)
  13. 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  14. 2 beaten eggs
  15. 1/2 cup of dry bread crumbs (I use the same herb and garlic)
  16. 4 strips of bacon sliced into thirds
  17. 1/2 cup of chili sauce
Instructions
  1. Soak bread crumbs in chicken broth and set aside
  2. Beat the eggs and add the Worcestershire sauce
  3. Add to the bread crumb mixture and set aside
  4. Combine the meats in a large bowl, mixing gently. Do not over mix the meat. It makes loaf tough
  5. Add the onion, celery, bread crumb mixture and seasonings to the meat mixture
  6. In the bowl...using the side of your hand as a divider, divide the meat mixture into two loaves
  7. Roll each loaf in the remaining bread crumbs coating each loaf on all sides
  8. Place in a lightly greased 8 inch square pan.
  9. put strips of bacon over each loaf
  10. Bake uncovered in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and add the chili sauce, being careful not to disturb the bacon
  12. Return to oven and bake another 30 minutes
  13. .
Notes
  1. You can omit the bacon if you like and add 1/2 cup of boiling water around the loaves. Add the chili sauce before placing in the oven for 60 minutes. Baste with the water if desired.
  2. You can make your own bread crumbs by using sliced bread torn into chunks and soaked in the broth
  3. I personally like using the bacon for 30 minutes and the chili sauce combined at the end of baking.
  4. You will love this recipe. Enjoy!
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Snoopy where are you?

Snoopy where are you?

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The Captain and I were at the airport a couple days ago and lo and behold there was a Blimp tethered in a vacant field.

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We stopped the car and got out.  Upon closer examination…well, that is not quite accurate….  I mean, who can not see a Blimp in a vacant field without closer examination?  I could see that before my cataract surgery…However, I noticed that Snoopy was not visible with his red hat and his green scarf flying in the wind!

 After returning home, I did a little research and found out that The MetLife Blimp program began in 1987 with the “Snoopy 1” airship and, in 1994, expanded to include the “Snoopy 2” airship. 

The program provides aerial coverage to over 80 major sporting events every year and is currently the official aerial coverage provider of the PGA Tour.  “Snoopy 1” and “Snoopy 2” also provide overhead television coverage for the NFLCBS College Football, the LPGA, the NBA Finals, the Preakness Stakes, and the Kentucky Derby. 

MetLife has successfully secured exclusive rights to use Snoopy and other PEANUTS characters for promotions in the financial services category on a global basis. These rights are derived from two contracts, one for  North America and one for international markets.  Both agreements will terminate at the same time, in 2014.

According to the Wiki article….the agreements have not terminated…. yet! 

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And the Blimp was dirty looking!  It looked like it needed a bath!

 

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That brings to mind a question?  How does one clean a Blimp?  I have watched airplanes be cleaned and wiped down, but I have never seen anyone rolling around on top of a Blimp!  Oh well, never mind! 

It was definitely the METLIFE Blimp… but I didn’t see Snoopy!

I was sad! “Where is Snoopy?” I lamented to  the Captain.

 

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And then the Captain pointed out the nose of the airship and there he was!  On second thought, maybe I do need to go have my eyes checked again 🙁

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Snoopy was not as colorful as say the Snoopy 1 Blimp…but he was there on the nose and guiding the Blimp to its destination, which happened to be Southwest Florida. 

“We can go home now” I announced and we got back into the car. “Snoopy is alive and well and that makes me happy!”

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Fly on Snoopy!  Fly on.

Me

Dinner Rolls

These Dinner Rolls are exceptional and the steps are easy!  Try them and let me know how they turn out!

Dinner Rolls
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons milk
  2. 7 tablespoons unsalted butter
  3. 3 tablespoons sugar
  4. 1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast
  5. 5 cups flour
  6. 1 tablespoon salt
  7. vegetable oil as needed
Instructions
  1. In small saucepan, combine the milk, sugar and 3 tablespoons of butter
  2. Place over medium high heat and heat stirring until the butter melts
  3. Remove from heat and cool to 110 degrees
  4. Scatter the yeast over the surface of the liquid and set aside until foamy (about 10 minutes)
  5. In large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt and set aside
  6. Pour the milk and yeast mixture into the bowl of flour and mix until a soft, ragged mixture is formed
  7. Transfer the flour mixture to a well floured work surface and knead by hand until dough is soft and elastic (about 10 minutes)
  8. Transfer dough to a well greased bowl and cover with a kitchen towel.
  9. Place bowl in a warm spot until doubled in size (about 2 hours)
  10. Transfer dough to lightly floured work surface and using you hands gently flatten dough into a disc.
  11. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions
  12. Roll each piece into a ball
  13. Butter a 9X13 pan
  14. Place the balls of dough, seam side down in 3 rows of 4 balls each.
  15. Cover with towel and place in warm spot until they have risen to the top of the pan (about 2 to 2 1/2 hours)
  16. Melt remaining butter and liberally brush the rolls
  17. Bake at 400 degrees on center rack of oven until golden brown (about 25 minutes)
  18. Remove rolls from oven and let cool slightly before removing to a cooling rack
Notes
  1. The aroma of baking bread is irresistible. Enjoy!
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Almond Cake with Caramelized Oranges

I think you will like this recipe for Almond Cake.  

It is not as light as say an Almond Wedding Cake, but it is good none-the-less. It is a small cake in that it is baked in one 8 inch cake pan.

The caramelized oranges combined with the almond cake make a delightful dessert or snack.  These days I like anything with citrus in it. Very fresh tasting and the almond and the orange combination are like a marriage made in Heaven.

By the way…my spell check says caramelized is not spelled right, but does not give a suggestion. I have always pronounced it Care-a-mil-ized…not sure that is correct because I have heard it pronounced Kar-mil-ized.  How do you pronounce it? Just askin’! 🙂

Can I make a confession  to you?  OK, you are my friends and I can tell you anything.  

I am not fond of Florida oranges….Yep! I said it.  They are small and do not have that bright, thick orange peel as do California oranges…. Nor is the flavor there.  Many times, if the weather is not cool enough….they don’t have that juicy sweetness of California oranges.  In fact many times in the grocery store…they are simply called Florida Citrus!  

And while I am confessing…..When the Captain and I eat breakfast out….he always asks for grapefruit juice and you know what? Many restaurants do not have grapefruit juice….and the Captain says…”Why is that?  We live in Florida for goodness sake!”   Just sayin’. 🙂

Me

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Oranges are always a good addition to any dessert!

Check out the printable recipe below!

Almond Cake with Caramelized Oranges
A delicious Almond Cake with warm Orange Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  2. 2 cups Sugar
  3. 1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
  4. 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  5. 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  6. 3 large eggs at room temperature
  7. 1 teaspoon almond extract
  8. 1 orange (grated zest)
  9. 4 navel oranges
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Butter and flour an 8 inch round cake pan.
  3. In a large bowl, beat butter and 1 1/2 cups of the sugar until fluffy
  4. Add flour alternating with cream, in two additions.
  5. Add Salt
  6. Beat in the eggs one at a time
  7. Add almond extract and the grated orange zest
  8. Bake for 45 minutes to one hour or until a toothpick comes out clean
Caramelized Oranges
  1. Peel 3 oranges removing all the white pith
  2. Cut crosswise into 1/2 inch rounds
  3. Cut the largest rounds from the middle... in half
  4. Squeeze juice from the fourth orange into a heavy bottomed saucepan.
  5. Add remaining 1/2 cup of sugar
  6. Cook over medium heat until caramel forms (about 5 minutes)
  7. Add orange rounds and cook until glazed ...for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  8. Serve hot over warm or cooled cake.
Notes
  1. Room temperature eggs are important when baking. It makes the incorporation go smoothly. I like to serve both the cake and the glaze warm. You can omit the glaze but why would you want to? It is sooooo good. 😉 Enjoy!
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Let’s Dance in March

Let’s Dance in March will become a familiar saying as the prelude to March Madness is winding up! 

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Not that kind of dancing….although I really like Dancing with the Stars!

 College Basketball is getting into Divisional Play!  And the Captain and I are big fans of College Basketball!  

ku5Our Team is the Kansas Jayhawks! 

 

ku2If nothing else I am a loyal fan…a very loyal fan!

 

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Allen Fieldhouse is always packed to capacity

We take sports seriously in Kansas! 🙂

 

ku3This is Coach Bill Self and the KU Jayhawk Mascot!

 

ku1These are two of my favorite players …(what am I saying? they are all my favorites)…but these two in 2008 were especially great!  Mario Chalmers who now plays professionally for the Miami Heat and Brandon Rush who plays professionally for the Utah Jazz. The Jayhawks are really good at teamwork, Coach Self sees to that!

 

ku6The above pic is of our Jayhawk mascot with Number 1 on his Jersey and a smaller Jayhawk Mascot (Jay)

 

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Jay the little Jayhawk Mascot

 At one of the Jayhawk games, the Captain and I rode the elevator with the Jayhawk Mascot and believe me when I tell you that he is TALL!! (Could have been his big head :))He towered over both of us. However, the 1/2 little mascot was just my size!

Sort of…well, maybe a little taller than me….I am 5 ft 4 inches. OK, I have shrunk to 5 ft 3 1/2 inches, but I am going to start doing stretching exercises.  

Perhaps as soon as tomorrow! 🙂

 

ku8This pic was from the game last Saturday where Wayne Seldon (white Jersey Number 1) went after a basketball headed for the fan section. Seldon landed in the middle of the fans….but he saved the basketball and center, Joel Embiid made two points off the save.

 

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‘Pay Heed, all Who Enter! Beware of the Phog

Allen Fieldhouse is named in honor of Dr. Forrest C. “Phog” Allen, a former coach of the Jayhawks whose tenure lasted 39 years. The actual basketball court has been named the James Naismith Court, in honor of basketball’s inventor, who established the Kansas’ basketball program and served as the Jayhawks’ first coach from 1898 to 1907.

 

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This statue of Dr. James Naismith stands in front of the Allen Fieldhouse on the Lawrence, Kansas Campus.

As you can see, Kansas University Sports are steeped in tradition and holds a special place in my heart.

I’ve got my dancing shoes on…ok, it is a Kansas basketball jersey….

And I am ready to play basketball….

ok, I won’t be playing basketball…

but I will certainly be watching each and every game and with great enthusiasm and listening for that haunting “Rock Chalk Jayhawk Chant” that comes at the end of each win ! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Me

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