Monday, June 29, 2009
I love the deep color in this one, first of all. And of course, the shoes. Is this an ad for shoe sales? If so, they aren't very stylish.....or were they? This photo is dated 1942:
Thursday, June 25, 2009
They had some new, weird squash available. I wish I'd taken my camera; these were very colorful and pretty. Golden zucchini was one item- never heard of it. I stuck with my tried, true and loved yellow squash. Steamed with butter (fat free of course) and salt and pepper. I'm making myself hungery now. Guess I'll go cut up some "candylope" as my son calls it. He's a cantaloupe connoisseur and learned from his mamma how to pick out good ones.
Hey Bub, I'm thinkin' of ya! Love, Mom
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I’ve had quite a few cats in my life and considered myself a cat-person. My favorite cat of all was named Norman. When he died I was devastated, to be honest. That left us with one cat, Clarke who seemed very lonely.
I told my daughter about the dogs my cousin had, a breed called Shih Tzu’s. How these dogs were bred just for companionship, to be lap dogs, and tried to describe how they looked. “Here” I said, “let me show you what they look like” as I Googled “shih tzu image” on the computer. Well, this brought up pictures of adults……..and puppies. Oh no. After seeing several heart-melting ADORABLE images of pups, she agreed they were cute and left for her summer job. I sat there, surfing the web for 2 hours, unaware of the time, mesmerized. Then something came over me. I couldn’t, right? I couldn’t just sit down and order up a puppy without talking to my family, could I? Would I? I hesitantly emailed the breeder and inquired about the pups. They were located in Evening Shade, Arkansas. I mapped that- Lord it was quite a ways from Tulsa and no easy, direct way to get there, either. Then the breeder emailed me back. This little girl puppy was available- was I interested?
My heart was pounding and I took a deep breath and impulsively emailed back YES.
I had no idea how I was going to, you know – GET this puppy home, but I had several weeks to worry about it as they were only 3 weeks old and not ready to leave yet. My daughters face, the expression on her face, when I showed her the dog on the screen and then said, “I’m getting her!” was priceless. She was as overjoyed as I was! We did a little Happy Dance, and then she stopped and asked the dreaded question, “What about Dad?” Hubby had proclaimed his views on dogs very clearly and he had always stated, from the day I met him (well, almost) that growing up in the country, dogs were to stay outside. Period. End of story. So, I hit him in his Achilles heel- our daughter, whom he could never refuse anything. I told him that night at dinner. I told him I was getting a puppy, and as he rolled his eyes and began to protest, I said, “It’s for HER. SHE wants one!” at which time daughter smiled her sweet smile and nodded (just like we practiced).
It was amazing how his protest stopped mid-sentence and changed to questions like: how? when? where? which I joyfully answered. We had named her Gracie by the next day and I emailed the breeder and asked her to begin calling her that. She said she would and began sending us photos that made us fall in love even more with her.
Daughter and I went on a planned mission in early August. We drove to Nashville, visited my aunt, uncle and cousin and went to a Dave Matthews concert that I had tickets for. On the way back to Oklahoma we swung up to the north in Arkansas and picked up our new, adorable puppy. The ride home wasn’t so great. Poor little Gracie had a rough time of it. But we made it home and surprise surprise…… guess where I found our little puppy within an hour? Curled up on the bed with hub. Mr. No-Dogs-In-The-House-Ever was now smitten and has evolved into a huge dog lover. Ah, puppy love. It is magical!
p.s. Yes, I know she is wearing a Hello Kitty hat in the top photo, just don't tell her.
Monday, June 22, 2009
We had them tonight and were very impressed. I think the secret is out because there weren't very many bags left when they finally got them in at the store.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Here are the ingredients:
OK so I'm not the The Pioneer Woman - I forgot to show the hamburger! It's in here too with the other stuff:
I always clean my fresh fruits and veggies with this stuff- love it:
Now prepare the peppers- take out the core and the seeds:
Now they are ready to stuff with the meat mixture:
I'm embarrassed- I forgot to add the onion sour cream in the photo- sheesh!
So, mix these to together til nice and creamy:
Pour over the peppers that you have placed in your crockpot:
Voila! We love it with corn:
6 med. to lg. peppers
1 1/2 lb. ground chuck
1 med. onion
1 (16 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (16 oz.) can whole tomatoes
1 (8 oz.) container sour cream or sour cream onion dip
Minute rice (2 servings), make according to directions on box
Clean the inside of peppers and cut off tops. Mix ground chuck, onion, whole tomatoes drained squeezed into ground chuck, pepper, and seasonings of your choice and rice (made according to the directions on the box). Put ground chuck mixture into raw peppers; now place these peppers into your crock pot. Mix the can tomato sauce and your sour cream together; now pour this mixture over the stuffed peppers. Put crock pot on high and cook for about 5 to 6 hours or on slow 8 to 9 hours.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Yep, it’s my birthday! And that means WACKY CAKE!
The Wacky Cake was introduced during WWII, a delicious example of the “make do” cakes that became popular during times of short supply. My father’s mother was a Rosie the Riveter (actually she was a supervisor over the Rosies!) and brought this recipe home from the airplane plant. It became our traditional birthday cake growing up. The icing is what sets it apart. It’s never a good idea to have me around when making the icing because I want to eat it ALL.
Into sifter measure:
1 ½ C flour
1 C sugar
1 tsp soda
¼ tsp salt
3 T (heaping) cocoa
Sift 3 times, 4th time sift into cake pan (dry). Make well in flour mixture.
6 T oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 T vinegar
1 C cool water
Mix all ingredients with fork til smooth. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
½ C (or 1 stick) butter
3 T milk or cream
2 C powdered sugar
4 tsp vanilla
3 T (heaping) cocoa
Set on low heat and melt butter. Add milk, vanilla and cocoa.
Stir til mixed. Slowly add in powdered sugar, stirring til lumps
are gone. When cake is done, remove from oven and punch holes
in it with a fork. Pour hot icing over, gently forcing into holes.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
So, I’ve been reading during that time and making quite a dent, I might add, in the stack o’ books that have been patiently waiting for me. I finally finished “Loving Frank”
It was OK, but not as compelling as I would have liked. It’s about the architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his mistress during the early 1900’s. Sounded like it would be right up my alley, but as I said, it kind of drug on for me. I had to work at finishing it. Others I know just loved it, so “to each his own” as my Mom would say.
Now I am reading a book I picked up at the Oklahoma Historical Society’s annual meeting last May. They had various history book vendors there (man, was that worth the drive to Bartlesville!) discounted, no less! I picked up 3 and put back 3 more. I wanted ‘em all. The book I’m reading now is called “Whose Names Are Unknown” written by Sanora Babb.
The back of the book cover sums it up better than I can:
“Sanora Babb’s long-hidden novel Whose Names Are Unknown tells of the High Plains farmers who fled drought and dust storms during the Great Depression. Babb wrote this in the 1930’s while working with refugee farmers in the camps of California. Originally from the Oklahoma panhandle area herself, she submitted the manuscript for the book to Random House for consideration in 1939. Editor Bennett Cerf planned to publish this “exceptionally fine” novel but when John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath swept the nation, Cerf explained that the market could not support two books on the same subject” and thus, the book was shelved until 2005, just before Ms. Babb died at age 98. I’m finding the book captivating, but then, we all know how much I love history, especially Oklahoma history. And I believe I will finish it before the new bulb arrives for the TV.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Here are some photos you may or may not have seen:
The sad truth revealed:
What we'd hoped it would look like inside:
Contents of a woman's purse left in the car included tranquilizers, gum, face powder, and combs among other things. It bothered me some that the gum was in such good shape.....
The time capsule- the saving grace:
Sunday, June 14, 2009
I notice the one girl seemingly running up to the others and the 2 guys in swimsuits and the other man is dressed in a suit. What do you suppose is trying to be conveyed, if anything, in this photo?
Friday, June 12, 2009
Salt or sugar (for rims)
3 C ice
2/3 C Tequila
2 C blueberries
1 6 oz. can frozen limeade concentrate
¼ C powdered sugar
¼ C orange liqueur (e.g. Blue Curacao, Triple Sec or Cointreau)
Rub rims of glasses with a lime wedge, and dip in salt or sugar to coat. Process the remaining ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serve immediately or place the container in the freezer for 30 minutes. Serve in prepared glasses.
Makes about 5 ½ cups.
Here is a slideshow of some of the house- it's 4 bedrooms but I only took pics of the master.
It's been awhile since I looked at houses for sale. Once upon a time I was a realtor but that was a long, long time ago. We probably looked at well over 20 houses in 3 days; they start to blend together so picture and note taking are required. That's why I took my camera (although I wasn't the only one with that brilliant idea). It was great to see my girl :o)
Since I love photographing birds, I'll throw in some that I caught over at the cemetery yesterday.
Why yes it is. A baby blue jay. Isn't he cute?I took this opportunity to take lots and lots of pictures, so bear with me.Of course, everyone knows that when there is a baby jay, there is a protective mom and dad bluejay nearby ready to dive-bomb you if you get too close. Thank goodness for zoom lens.I tried to catch them feeding the baby.Kind of a blurry action shots..Mom and Dad coaxed baby further away from the house
All the while keeping an eye on meOne of the parents kept squawking at my screen door; I figured the cat was looking out but I turned to look and, no......not the cat....It was Pete!