When humor goes, there goes civilization. ~Erma Bombeck




February 28, 2010

I Am Spreading The Word!!!!

Joycee over at Granny Mountain has big news......
She has been shown the correct way we should weigh ourselves!!!!!!

Thank you Joycee, Thank you!!!!!




February 26, 2010

Good Old St. George

For those of you who do not know St. George is a little town in Southwest Utah. An anomaly so to speak. (A deviation from a rule or from what is regarded normal.)

I will explain myself. Papa announced he needed to go visit a client ( he is a Financial Advisor) in St. George. He was going to drive down and back on Thursday. Well if you drive like a bat out of Hell and only take one pee pee stop you can get there in four hours. That is a lot of driving in one day. Plus the meeting with the client.

I of course suggested we go together and drive down on Wednesday, spend the night, then drive home on Thursday. He thought that was a great idea. YAY!!!!

Why was I so excited? Why is St. George an anomaly........ well look at the place.

While the rest of Utah looks like old man winter is never going to leave, here is St. George. We had to drive through a blizzard Wednesday night to get there! Then voila we hit St. George and it was raining a little bit. Thursday morning it was beautiful. I mean daffodils were blooming!!!!!

The only draw back with St. George is in the summer it is hot hot hot!!! But, you get used to it. I used to live there. The main draw back is too many people have realized what a wonderful place it is. Yes, they are all from California. And yes, I would love to join them. At least for part of the year. Can anyone say condominium? Yeah, saying it and doing it are two different things. Meanwhile I can dream.


February 23, 2010

I shutter to think.......

Papa talked me into seeing:

I for one did not appreciate it. It was CREEPY, intense, mind twisting..... It gave me a headache!

I felt like I had been in the theatre for at least 5 hrs. watching Leonardo run around the insane asylum. No Thanks I can stay home for that.....







































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Hmmm, do we ever really find out what happened to patient 67?



Who cares!!!!!!!!!!







Any body recognize Opal from All My Children






Well, if you are really into creepy, go see it. Personally I wish I had skipped the whole thing.










February 18, 2010

San Francisco Super Heroes

I would leave town if I were you!

February 16, 2010

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

This is what Papa requested for his Valentine Day dinner. As you can see it was a low calorie meal.
What is it?

Breaded pork loin chops with caramelized onions
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage
Cauliflower and green beans

Yes, I spent Sunday afternoon cooking but, it was totally worth it!

We love sweet and sour red cabbage. My grandma used to make it when I was a kid. (I hated it then) Papa's grandma always made it too. Both of our grandmothers were German and this is a big German dish.

He goes:
2 TBS. Butter
1/2 of an onion, chopped
1 medium head of red cabbage, shredded
1 small tart apple, thinly sliced
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 teas. salt
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

In large saucepan, melt butter. Add onion, saute until tender. Add remaining ingredients. Stir to combine. Cover, simmer 45 minutes Stirring occasionally.

Mmmm Mmmm Good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



February 9, 2010

Friends Don't Let Your Friends Drive Old

Above is my mom and her friend Maria. Below are my many encounters while driving lately. Am I the only one dodging old people driving 40 miles an hour on the freeway? America we have a huge problem!






















Yesterday while running errands I got stuck behind an old women going 40 mph. ON THE FREEWAY. We were in a constructions zone posted 55 MPH. I could not pass her and, of course her left signal light was on. She turned it off when we were out of the construction area and could finally change lanes if desired. I changed lanes just in time to notice her coming right for me. I should have known she was going to change her lane when she turned off her left signal lights.


Luckily she was still only going 40 MPH and there was no one in the lane next to me. Also luckily for me I was so occupied with trying not to crash I did not have time to flip her off. (old habits die hard) She would not have seen it anyway. With my luck my Bishop would have been in the car next to me and HE would have seen it.

Did I ever tell you about the time (many years ago) my MOM flipped off a women while we were driving on North Temple and 9th West. Anyone familiar with this area knows this was not a smart move. It was VERY evident that this young women was some sort of Gang Banger with a big mouth and an attitude, so naturally my mom would give her the finger.


I was driving the car at the time and got stuck at a red light right after the finger flipping. So what did gang bang girl do? She walked up to my car and twisted up my wind shield wipers. What did I do? I let her. (I had left my brass knuckles in my other purse) I also screamed "lock the doors you idiot!" and, " you are paying for this!" I also screamed some other stuff but, I shan't go into it.


I mean for heavens sake my mom knows the law of the jungle. Plus I lived just around the corner and..... I did not need this kind of attention. This is one of my little Rose Park antidotes or I should say Fair Park antidotes. Fair Park and Rose Park are actually two places that get melded into one place and the Rose Parkers get mad when you do that. "WEST SIDE" (Insert my big loud whooping voice. West siders will know what I am saying.)


However, I digress. We have got a serious problem with all of these old people still driving. I through personal experience know the DMV is no help. When my father went to get his drivers license for the last time I just chuckled to myself because I KNEW they would not give him his license. I was right. They wouldn't give it to him THAT day because he forgot his glasses. Get this..... the instructor at the DMV would not even get in the car with my dad. He knew my dad could see nothing. So naturally he told dad to drive home and get his glasses. HE TOLD A BLIND MAN TO DRIVE HOME AND GET HIS GLASSES!!!!!!!! A blind man with no reflexes left in his body.


I called the guy. I actually talked to the actual instructor. I gave him what for and let him in on what was going on around here with my dad and his driving. I told him he was my saving grace. I told him he COULD NOT give my dad his license. He assured me he would not. He told me to call him next time dad was going to come in.... Well, I went on vacation a couple of days later, dad went in and, yes, he got his license!!!! WHAT!?!?!


Lucky for us dad voluntarily gave it up on his own. Well America, ( i know all of America will read this) what are we going to do about this situation?








February 7, 2010

Fresh Strawberry Cake










Yes, I did. I decided to whip up some sugary goodness for the Super Bowl. As you can see Papa was so disappointed about the whole thing.


This cake is going to be one of our family favorites, that's for sure. Good old Paula pulled through again. I don't think I have ever tried a Paula Deen recipe I did not like!!!!!!!!!! That woman knows her way around a kitchen.

I have been wanting to make this cake since Christmas time but, there were no fresh strawberries around here. Well, there were but they cost a billion dollars so I decided to wait. Lo and Behold when I went to Costco the other day.... ta da..... strawberries.


Mmmmm I could have eaten the whole bowl of frosting myself.


Here we go:


1 cup butter

1 3/4 cups sugar

5 egg whites

2 teas. strawberry extract

2 cups pureed fresh strawberries
1/2 cup sour cream

3 cups cake flour

1 TBS. baking powder

1 teas. baking soda

1/4 teas. salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 3 (9 inch) cake pans.


In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in strawberry extract, pureed strawberries, and sour cream.


In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating until combined.Pour batter evenly into prepared pans and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool completely on wire rack. Spread Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish with fresh strawberries, if desired.


Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting:


1/4 cup butter, softened

1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup pureed fresh strawberries

1/2 teas. strawberry extract

6 1/2 ( I used 7 1/2 cups) cups powdered sugar

When using 7 1/2 cups powdered just add a little milk to make it creamy.


Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!


February 4, 2010

Grilled Swiss With Avocado and Tomato Sandwich

Since Papa was diagnosed with diabetes I have been trying to find healthier recipes for the both of us. This recipe is from Weight Watchers. I have tweaked it a little because well, I can't go cold turkey on everything that has fat or sugar in it. That's just me.

I mean I already gave up Pepsi!!!

Here we go:

2 TBLS. mayonnaise or low-fat mayo (if you want to ruin it)
8 slices multi grain bread (I used 4)
4 slices Swiss cheese or low-fat cheese (again if you want to ruin it)
1/2 small avocado, pitted, peeled and thinly sliced
2 carrots, shredded (I used one)
2 cups, alfalfa sprouts ( I used one cup, I was surprised Papa would even eat them.)
1 tomato, cut into 8 slices

1. Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons of the mayonnaise on each of the slices of bread, layer with Swiss cheese, avocado, carrots and alfalfa sprouts and 2 tomato slices.

2. Set a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Lightly spray pan with nonstick spray, I also added a tiny bit of butter. (Really just a tiny bit)
Place sandwich in pan. Cook, turning once until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted. Cut sandwich in half and serve at once.

This was delish, Papa even loved it!

February 3, 2010

Aspar..WHAT????????

As usual I am late at coming to the party. This past weekend I went with my son, daughter in law and our little Chloe to Montana. What for, you might ask. Well, to see a practitioner of Alternative Medicine.



Many of you know the many disabilities of Chloe. Some of you know I have health issues. All of you know that many times a medical Dr. cannot help you, so when that happens you try what ever you can find..... and that is what we did. The proof will be in the pudding as they say. I say we are already seeing differences in our family.



While visiting with this gentlemen he brought up many subjects. One of them was aspartame, or also known as phenylalanine. I had never heard of it. DUH.... I bet many of you have not either.



Look at the ingredients in all of your diet foods and drinks, and candy. YOU will find it.



The FDA says it is a fine product. Do you always trust the FDA? I have in the past. Of course in recent years I have come to question a lot of things concerning our food and the FDA.



Do you trust our politicians? Well if you do I have a bridge I want to sell you. In doing more research on the subject of Aspartame I have found that a lot of people (big shots in the government) made a lot of money when they agreed to pass aspartame being put in our food. So what, who cares, if you or I or many many other people get sick and die, yes die from using this product. As long as there is money to be made from the stuff, hey let it stay on our grocery store shelves.



If you want to know more about the subject go here or here or if you want to hear what I think is mostly a bunch of bull $#*%!!!!! Go here this is Aspartame's official site. When doing your research you will find many many sites on the subject.



Now go do your research but, first throw away that diet Coke you are drinking!!!!!!!!!


P.S. You all know how much I love Pepsi, well I have not had one in a month. I have gone down this path before. I hope I can stay on it.

I started drinking Fresca to replace it, only to find out Fresca is full of Aspartame. I guess I will keep looking, meanwhile water is doing the trick.

I realize there are a lot of things in our food that are not good for us. Mary left a very good comment on this topic. I am however, going to stay away from aspartame.