Friday, June 27, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
I love my library. One of the reasons I love my library is because they periodically hold book sales in which they sell off old books from their collection or those which have been donated.
And just in time for our monthly potluck, I found these two gems:
I really don't know how people lived through the 70's. Good music and weed? Because the recipes in these books would have kept me fasting for years. For. Years.
The first book, "Casserole Cook Book" is not so bad. I mean there are reasonable casseroles in there like
That's not chips make from chicken or chicken chips as in cow chips, but chicken with potato chips. (note to self: send email to Herr chip folks suggesting new flavor.)
|photo credit: K. Frye|
Here's a Tex-Mex favorite:
Because to say Weine is classier than saying Chili con DAWG! Make sure you garnish with olives because that's what makes it authentic.
Alas, there was no photo for this, but the ingredient list caught my eye.
Whoever wrote this must have gone on to work for a political campaign. The recipe calls for a batch of "Potato Fluff Topper" What is that, you ask? If you read through the recipe, it's your basic mashed potatoes with two eggs thrown in for good measure. I love how simple, down to earth mashed potatoes have been re-worked to be "Potato Fluff Topper" Is it a duvet or a meal? It's both!
This cookbook also has helpful hints such as:
Cereal and sesame seeds together? Using canned meatballs? What level of hell is that from?
My absolute favorite is what constituted a "salad" from the 70's. Now a days, when I think of salad, I think of fresh greens and veggies with a nice vinigrette. Back then it was stacked:
Or, even better, in gelatin!!
Perfection was defined in the 70's as shredded cabbage and celery floating in unflavored gelatin.
And it's a "Favorite"
Think on that a while.
Friday, November 08, 2013
|How much longer do we have to wait?|
|What is your pleasure, my Queen?|
|Wait, what note is that?|
|"Excuse me, when do we get our t-shirts?"|
Friday, November 01, 2013
I think the morning after Halloween is the most anticipated morning second only Christmas.
This is what I woke up to this morning:
The kids spent close to an hour sorting and trading their candy. They will set the candy up on display so the siblings can see what there is available for trade (OCD much Tater?). This photo was from 7:30 AM and already Tater had cornered the market on Nestle Crunch bars. Of course, Mom has a big bin in which kids can trade in "undesirable candy" (i.e. Double Bubble, Butterfingers, Almond Joys) for whatever Mom has left over from last night's give away stash. Mom has also been known to pull rank and force a trade for Kit Kats or Milky Way Dark. I like to consider it a unit lesson on life in the former Soviet Union.
Observing the mayhem, Buttercup asked, "Are we actually going to eat breakfast this morning or just fondle the candy?"
Here's some fun stuff that was acquired last night.
This made me laugh. When I was a kid, these candies were packaged to look like cigarettes. I guess it was decided this was not a good idea since, oh I don't know, CIGARETTES CAUSE DEATH. So now they're called "Candy Sticks." Just what flavor is Hulk Candy Stick? I'll probably continue to call them candy cigarettes just like I continue to refer to my breakfast as Sugar Smacks and not Golden Crisp (you're fooling no-one Post!)
The most coveted Halloween prize is the "Full Size" candy bar. Apparently calling something Fun Size does not make it so. The winner in this year's "Full Size" haul is Gummi. It's that smile. I swear, one day I'm going to walk into a BMW dealership with that kid, have him smile and walk out with a new car.
Do the Tootsie roll people have a factory somewhere that churns these things out just for Halloween? Is there someone out there who thinks, "Boy howdy! I can't wait for Halloween so I can get some of those lime Tootsie rolls!" I mean orange? Lemon? Vanilla?!? Apparently some of these flavors are actually made with an excretion drawn from beavers. But "Beaver Butt" flavor is a lot to typeset on a tiny wrapper.
Our very sweet neighbor gave us these cupcakes. Given the noise she has to put up with living next to us, I'm surprised she didn't give us a half dozen tranquilizer darts. This is also the neighbor who introduced me to Stroopwafels. I will never move from this neighborhood as long as she's here. Never.
This is by far my favorite piece. Who needs marketing? Branding? Pshhh! Get right to the point! Why waste time on logos and typefaces?
Maybe GUM is an acronym for something?
Gob-Smacking Unimaginative Marketing?
Gross Unidentifiable Mucilage?
Definitely more fun than should be legal.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Betty just recently went on a trip to Las Vegas and since she was in the area, stopped by her favorite public works project and tattoo inspiration- the Hoover Dam. She sent these pictures showing the tattoo element and the design inspiration. Kudos to the artist, Mike Drexler, for some pretty fine work!
This is one of the two "Winged Figures of the Republic" designed by Oskar Hansen. They flank a memorial dedicated to the workers who died during the construction of the Dam.
This is another part of the Hansen memorial. The full quote is "They died to make the desert bloom."
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Most posts about having a large family
are about the joys of having a lot of kids, and while I agree that
having a large family can be great, I think we have to be honest and
admit the other side of the dream. I think large families are afraid
if we say something negative about large families, someone will jump
out of the closet and yell, "Aha! I knew it!"
|Daffy, I feel your pain.|
bonus fun: My son Tater took as sip of my coffee once and AFTER said, "I just don't know how you can drink without leaving backwash." I didn't much want my coffee anymore.
|Creme brulee, you complete me.|