Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Monday, April 07, 2014

A to Z Challenge.....



F could very well be for friendship...or the grade I would give some of my friendships lately.
I have lost a friend because of refusal to respect (on so many levels). That friend took four other friends with....one started disagreeing with my religion, another with my politics and two used our family as scapegoats in their own issues. Yeah, it's been a banner time.
F is for fracture.
F is feud.
F is for fuss.
F is for FEELINGS.
F is for fine....I will be fine and my life will move on and expand like the brightest Flower.


Saturday, April 05, 2014

Saturday 9.....



"50 years ago this week, The Beatles made history with this song (hear it here). They became the first and only act in history to hold all 5 of the top slots in the Billboard Hot 100."


1) In this song, Beatle Paul offers to buy his girl a diamond ring. Do you wear rings?
Not really...lately. Off and on, mainly on, my jewelry has been in storage since 2012. My class ring and another ring are missing....sigh. I wear my wedding ring and tonight I am wearing a "sapphire and diamond" costume ring that Husband bought me at Christmas because he knew I like real rings like that...it looks a lot like Princess Diana's engagement ring.

2) This song was written by boyhood friends John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who went on to become the most successful songwriters of the 20th century. Tell us about your best friend from "the old neighborhood." Do you know where he or she is today?
I did not have friends in our neighborhood. We lived in a bad neighborhood.

3) The Ed Sullivan Theater, where the Beatles first performed to a mass American audience, is now the home of The Late Show with David Letterman. Do you have a favorite late night talk show?
Jimmy Fallon is hilarious. My least favorite is Conan...I think he is cruel.

4) In 1964, when this song became #1, one of top TV shows was My Favorite Martian. Do you believe in life on other planets?
No, at least not in this solar system. I am excited because I just started taking a class taught by Mike Brown (the man who played a big part in Pluto being declared "not a planet").

5) In those days, homes had rotary dial phones, often affixed to the wall, with the receiver always tethered by a curly cord. Does your home still have a landline phone?
No but I am hoping we have one soon. For emergencies.

6) 1964 was the year GI Joe first appeared on toy shelves. Tell us about one of your favorite childhood toys.
Barbies because my aunt made nice clothes for them. I need to learn how to do this.

7) Ringo was the first Beatle to become a grandfather. His granddaughter, Tatia, is now a rock musician. If you were to follow your grandfather into his chosen profession, what would you be doing now?
Farming.
---One grandfather was a dairy farmer.
---The other grandfather farmed by asking others to use patches of their land. I don't know what he did besides that...maybe just being a soldier before that and then he passed away. This should be something I take up in my genealogy research. I am glad this meme inspired me to think of this!

8) Paul McCartney admits he enjoys watching MasterChef. What show do you go out of your way to catch?
None really. I just watch movies on Netflix. I recently liked "I am Not a Hipster" and "Life Happens."

9) The paparazzi has often caught Paul pedaling a bike around Martha's Vineyard. What's your favorite form of exercise?
Dancing with my children. It can get very aerobic...think Calvin Harris' "Bounce."

Friday, April 04, 2014

A to Z Challenge.....




I had to open with that because my Little Ones are going to be excited about it. :-)






"E" is for Elephant!









Movies added to my Netflix list:
One Lucky Elephant
"In this sensitive tale, filmmaker Lisa Leeman documents a circus producer's efforts to place his beloved 18-year-old elephant in a permanent home."
The Elephant in the Living Room
"Director Michael Webber takes viewers deep inside the controversial subculture of raising the most dangerous animals in the world as household pets."
The Elephant Princess (Series)
"Alexandra Wilson suddenly finds out that she's not an average suburban girl -- she's really the princess of a mystical kingdom!"



Carol the elephant who was shot in a drive-by is back to preforming. :-)




Thursday, April 03, 2014

Welcome Ultimate Blog Party-ers!!! :-)

Ultimate Blog Party 2014


Have a drink:
-----I am working on a post of all the daiquiris I find interesting. This includes a Strawberry Shortcake where the sauce is made with daiquiri mix. :-)


Have some dessert:
-----Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake
---Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake

Things that might be a part of my future parties:
-----Green Tea Cupcakes. A recipe that I found on the Stash Tea blog. The frosting looks pretty (it has green tea powder).
-----Bavarian Apple Cheesecake :-)

This post is a work-in-progress. My party for this event. :-)

A to Z Challenge.....



"D" is for Daiquiri!!!







-----A simple Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri. Perfect for kids, Valentine's, the 4th of July...yes, I think we will use it for all of these. :-)


-----Strawberry Daiquiri Shortcakes. There is Strawberry Daiquiri Mix in the sauce. :-)
-----Double R Daiquiri. Rhubarb and rosemary.
-----Watermelon Daiquiri. Only a bit of sugar.
-----Hemingway Daiquiri. Hemingway was a big fan of relaxing in bars.

-----Strawberry-Lime Daiquiri Poke Cake. A Betty Crocker recipe.
-----Lemon-Line Daiquiri Layered Dessert

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

A to Z Challenge.....





"C" is for Comfort Food!!!

-----Koshary. An Egyptian comfort food. It doesn't seem like it's for every palate...but we will likely try it this month.
-----We are sneaking some zucchini into the picky Preschooler's tummy this month via a Moist Chocolate and Zucchini Loaf.
-----I don't think we could find some of the ingredients, but I want to try Chocolate,Chestnut and Sherry Cake. :-)


April is National Grilled Cheese Month! :-)
This is the recipe for the Grilled Taleggio Sandwich With Apricots and Capers in the video. :-)



I want to go there. :-)
The Rusty Duck's Facebook page


Craving:
Fettuccine Alfredo
Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
Meatloaf.
Chocolate Cake (mmmmm)

Mmmmm....and Carrot Cake...definitely craving carrot cake! My Mother made the best Carrot Cake and it had baby food in the recipe.

A to Z Challenge.....



B is for.....

Ballistic Stretching
Yeah, I won't be doing that in my exercise goals...but I do remember it. Ballistic stretching is all that repetitive bouncing that people used to do in the middle of stretches. This pushes beyond endurance and is an easy way to get an injury. I am puzzled that some popular workouts, like P90x, still include this and wonder if they are referring to something else.
Won't be doing this either (below) :-)




Basil
-----Chicken Curry with Basil. A friend is undergoing extreme physical therapy. I hope he is home, walking and cooking lots of curries soon. Please keep my friend in your thoughts and prayers...thank you.
-----A recent interview with Toni Basil. :-)



BLIP.fm
This is my Blip channel I do not use it as much anymore but the playlist feature is really great for parties.


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B is for Breakfast:-)
I hope your April Fool's Day went well yesterday.
For us, a Breakfast-y lunch was April Drool's Day...yummy. :-)


Note that Husband arranged his like a flower. :-)

:-)



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