Friday, December 05, 2003

Moron Found Guilty

Stories like this make women look stupid. She deserves jail time just for that! The judge should have ordered her Bitch Slapped! I'm shocked that she DIDN'T get found guilty of child-endangerment - the action she took was CLEARLY endangering her baby. Idiots should NOT breed!
Worlds Oldest Penis

Just go read the story. My favorite line, "In this case we clearly have a male," he said.
For The Love Of Mayo

Truly rediculous story here. All over getting mayonnaise on her cheeseburger! Stupid.

Thursday, December 04, 2003

Wow... I just got an e-mail from someone I used to work with. I was shocked to learn that someone we worked with has cancer that has spread to his brain. This guy was always a really nice person and it is just a shock for me to imagine him gravely ill - he was always so full of energy. A you may know him as well - Winston. He and I weren't best buddies or anything but we worked together for the whole time I was at Nortel.

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

you are deeppink

Your dominant hues are red and magenta. You love doing your own thing and going on your own adventures, but there are close friends you know you just can't leave behind. You can influence others on days when you're patient, but most times you just want to go out, have fun, and do your own thing.

Your saturation level is high - you get into life and have a strong personality. Everyone you meet will either love you or hate you - either way, your goal is to get them to change the world with you. You are very hard working and don't have much patience for people without your initiative.

Your outlook on life is very bright. You are sunny and optimistic about life and others find it very encouraging, but remember to tone it down if you sense irritation.
the html color quiz

I know another silly quiz.... kind of acurate though.
Panda Booty Call

Sheesh and I thought it was hard for me to arrange a booty call - at least I'm not poor Shuan Shuan - I sure hope Ling Ling bought her flowers or something to eat. Read all about this Long Distance Romance... or Going The Distance For Panda Booty *sigh* I bet she would have better luck with a dating service. ;o)
Better Moms

What the hell? Is this supposed to make me feel better? Ya know what? It does.
Holiday Cards

I'm going to make my own holiday cards this year. I'm trying to decide which would be better - an adorable picture of the little people or a humiliating picture of my cats dressed in holiday garb. What do you think? Cute kids or humiliated cats?

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Tired and Such

Sheesh... I'm tired today. I have so much to do and I'm freaking tired. I spent most of yesterday doing laundry - laundry I had let myself get behind on with Thanksgiving, now I'm regretting it. I only have two more loads to wash... But... I'm tired.

I need to start decorating for the holidays - I say holidays because we are celebrating Chanukkah and Christmas this year. I generally don't do the Chanukkah stuff as it's not a major holiday - it's on the same level as Purim (which is actually a lot more fun - hey you're supposed to drink a lot on Purim) and certainly not as important as Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur. So this year we will be lightening the candles for me and putting up the tree for the rest of the family. Actually the kids get the best of both - they will get to celebrate and get presents for both. It should be a LOT of fun. I'm hoping to have the opportunity to make a menorah with the kids - if not I still have a couple around her somewhere.

Anyway... I digress... I'm tired and I'm too busy to be tired. I have to decorate and work on holiday presents - I have a list of things I'm making for presents. I've made a decision that until my craft pile (which is about half of my walk in closet) is seriously depleted I won't be buying presents for anyone. This is also because we are broke dicks in this house. I'm looking forward to it though... hopefully I won't run out of good ideas and start crocheting those awful cookie magnets!

Monday, December 01, 2003

Out Of The Mouth Of Babes

Ok, enough about tit on to other words I've managed to introduce into my daughters vocabulary and now I regret it. Saturday night I was sewing her jacket and Super Girl was in my bedroom watching (bugging me). She says her tummy hurts and goes into the bathroom to sit on the toilet where she passes gas and says she feels better. I say that's good, she must have just had gas and sometimes having gas will make your tummy hurt. She looks at me like I'm crazy and says "I didn't drink gas. I pooted." I stifle my laugh and explain that having gas means she had to fart, then she asked what a fart was, so I had to explain that it was when you pooted. Then she asked about burping and I told her that was also gas, the kind in your stomach. Then she gives me a big smile and says "I have to go tell daddy!" she runs into the livingroom and yells "Daddy! I farted!" I'm laughing uncontrollably.
Puttin' A Contract Out On Somebody

Yesterday hubby informed of an incident with Super Girl. She was looking at her daddy and said "Is that your tit?" WHAT??? Tit???? After my initial reaction to laugh I was horrified that my 4 year old would be saying TIT. This is not something I want her saying or going around asking people. Hell this is not a word I use! My sancho doesn't even say it to me. Now what makes me want to cringe is that the only place her daddy took her yesterday where she might have heard the word was church or lunch - but I doubt lunch because he had no clue where she heard it from. It's bad enough that I contribute to my child's vulgar vocabulary, I really don't need anyone else contributing...
Manly Accomplishments...

Hubby was exceedingly impressed with himself last night because he programmed the remote for the DVD player to turn off the television. Rah, rah. Men...

Sunday, November 30, 2003

Cookin' Pumpkin

At the request of L (quite a bit ago) here is the recipe I used for the pumpkin soup

1/2 cup onion
3 tbsp. butter
2 cups mashed cooked pumpkin
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground pepper
3 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup half and half or fat free half and half.

Chop the onions and gently brown in the butter in a pan. Put mashed pumpkin into onions in pan with the salt, sugar, nutmeg and pepper. Slowly add chicken broth and heat thoroughly, but do not boil. To serve, pour into a tureen and add the cream. Makes 4 to 6 small servings.
I had chicken pieces in my broth so my soup was really nice and chunky - also I omited the sugar and nutmeg as I'm not a fan of sweetish soups. There are tons of recipes for pumpkin soup - this is just the one I tried (and liked a LOT). My soup came out really thick because I added more pumpkin than the recipe called for and it made a delightful pasta sauce the next day.


The prize winner for Thanksgiving
Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake

1 1/2 cups crushed gingersnap cookies
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup white sugar, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, mix together the crushed gingersnap cookies, pecans, and butter. Press into the bottom, and about 1 inch up the sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Bake crust 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Set aside to cool.
2 In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, and vanilla just until smooth. Mix in eggs one at a time, blending well after each. Set aside 1 cup of the mixture. Blend 1/4 cup sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg into the remaining mixture.
3 Spread the pumpkin flavored batter into the crust, and drop the plain batter by spoonfuls onto the top. Swirl with a knife to create a marbled effect.
4 Bake 55 minutes in the preheated oven, or until filling is set. Run a knife around the edge of the pan. Allow to cool before removing pan rim. Chill for at least 4 hours before serving.
Makes 12 servings
Things I did a little differently - I put a pan of boiling water in the oven with the cheese cake - something I had heard you are supposed to do. Also when the cake was done I turned off the oven and left the cake in there to cool.

Things I would do differently next time - I would not make the crust like the recipe - mine didn't turn out exactly like it was supposed to. I really didn't think the gingersnap crust added to the cheesecake either, so I'll use something else next time.

One more recipe -

Pumpkin Cookies
2 cups shortening
2 cups white sugar
2 cups canned pumpkin
2 eggs
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons butter
8 tablespoons milk
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup packed brown sugar

1 Cream shortening, white sugar and pumpkin. Add eggs and mix well. Sift together the baking soda, ground cinnamon, salt and flour. Add to pumpkin mixture and mix well.
2 Drop from spoon to cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
3 To Make Frosting: Cook butter, milk, and brown sugar until dissolved. Cool and add confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Spread over warm cookies.
These were soooo darn good. I didn't use the carmel frosting, I just made a simple glaze for them. I think I needed to add a bit more flour to thes and they had to cook a bit longer, but they were really really good.