Friday, November 27, 2009


So damn good....

Take a good rustic bread, it needs to be a bit crusty like french bread.
Slice off a couple of pieces and load them with turkey, cranberry, mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing.
Smash together.
Wrap in foil and cook in the over for 15-20 min at 350.

I just had one after I spotted the idea over on Balloon Juice.

Tonight I'll mix the taters, stuffing, corn and turkey.
Shape into patties and fry in oil.
Cranberry stuff on the top and green bean casserole on the side.
I love leftovers.

I'm Thankful For...

Turkey was great, dishes are done and I am beat, but I thought it I'd take a bit of time to go though the things that I am thankful for right now.

I am thankful that my husband is still with me, that my son (for all his teenage faults) is in my life and that my parents are healthy and financially secure.

That it's President Obama and not President McCain.

I'm thankful for my online friends (Kim, Jen, Lisa and Tina), my "phone" friend I have never met (Angie) and my dear friends here in Arkansas (Kim and Tracey).


Paula Dean and her awesome, oh, so bad for you recipies.

The scroll-down fug.

That the Obamas provide political eye candy.

Fang, Rosie, Bell, Nico, Alley Cat and Cheif. They annoy me, but what is a life lived without creatures who give you unconditional love and loyalty.

That Glen Beck and the teabaggers are doing their best making extremism look, well nuts.

That LOST will soon be back (I watched The Constant the other day).

Welbutrin, Ambien and my new thyroid medication.

YouTube...yes, YouTube because it allows me to find so many videos of artists like Elvis Costello, Queen and Dusty Sprinfield. and watch Doctor Who a day after it airs in the UK.

You 64 minions.

And all of my wonderful customers who allow me to work at home and away from the public.
That's a good thing.

There are many more, but that's all that is coming to me right now.
What are you thankful for this year?

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving, LOLs and Creepy

Happy Thanksgiving y'all!

I've been out of pocket for a bit, but I'm back.

This has been the week from hell.
My parents came to town.
No really, I love my parents, it is just that we live with 3 dogs and 3 cats and, well...I'm not the most motivated homemaker so the place needed to be CLEANED.
Really, really cleaned.
And the dogs were the worst.
They had wore me out....there is a reason we do not do that often.

So I did all house cleaning and then I set to shampooing my carpets.
Which is one of those "I bet this is one of the many demonic Basement Cat punishments in Hell" chores I avoid.
Got them done, went to bed and woke up to some heinous dog diarrhea all over the fucking place.


Since I have the need to do the picture perfect holiday (yes me of all people) I also made the batshit crazy decision to DECORATE FOR CHRISTMAS.
I know, nuts.

But all is now pretty.
I've got NOEL poodles (post about them later this week) on my 60's Danish Modern buffet along with the creepy Santa head (that at the moment The Teen has hidden away because he says the eyes follow you) and my most awesome tree is up.
The great aqua Santa tablecloth (paid way less then that) is on the kitchen table with a little silver tree and I baked 2 pies till 2 AM this morning.

Apple and this Paula Dean pumpkin pie.
Almost time to put the turkey breasts in, I've used this Sandra Lee recipe for a couple of years for both Baked chickens and turkey and it always comes out great.

There will also be rolls, mashed taters, dressing, green bean casserole (double the Durkee onions), corn and raspberry cranberry jello stuff.
Official name is Festive Cranberry-Pineapple Salad, but I normally leave out the nuts.

Yes, that is one freakycreepy "boy riding turkey picture" up there.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Dammit, Where did that kid hide my Taser?

True Story.
Mom can't get kid to take a shower.
Mom calls local sheriff Dept.
Local Barney Fife comes out and takes a Taser to the little miscreant....with mom's permission of course.

Jesus tapdancing Christ, Welcome to Arkansas.

Screw Tasers y'all, it is time for this state to make it legal for teachers and parents to carry a nice long cattle prod with them, that way the little smart asses can't get too far away before you can reach out and give the little shit what for.
Man, raising a kid will be so much easier now that we can tell our misbehaving kids "straighten up or I'll get Dep. Fife to Tase you Jimmy pick up that plate".

Can one still Taser their younins' after 18 if they are in college or is 18 the cut off date and then it is considered assault?
Just checking since mine is getting pretty close to 18.

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Dead

I'm sure everyone has a favorite movie.
Mine is The Dead which was John Huston's last film.
It is just a lovely, beautiful movie based on James Joyce's novella of the same name.
I read Dubliners years ago and The Dead has always stayed with me.
Joyce is normally hard to read, but that collection is very accessible and well, here, just read this lovely last paragraph:

"A few light taps upon the pane made him turn to the window. It had begun to snow again. He watched sleepily the flakes, silver and dark, falling obliquely against the lamplight. The time had come for him to set out on his journey westward. Yes, the newspapers were right: snow was general all over Ireland. It was falling on every part of the dark central plain, on the treeless hills, falling softly upon the Bog of Allen and, farther westward, softly falling into the dark mutinous Shannon waves. It was falling, too, upon every part of the lonely churchyard on the hill where Michael Furey lay buried. It lay thickly drifted on the crooked crosses and headstones, on the spears of the little gate, on the barren thorns. His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead."

How can you not fall in love with that?

So we went to see the movie when it came out and I try to catch it whenever on TV.
Last night I downloaded it from Amazon and I am so happy I did.
Just as lovely as I remember.

As a bonus here is Ewen McGregor (no Frank Patterson, God rest his soul, but still lovely) and Susan Lynch singing The Lass of Aughrim over the closing credits of Nora...another movie I quite like.

Vintage Rhythm Step Shoes

I just listed a great pair of vintage Rhythm Step shoes.
While I was doing a bit of research on the shoes I found this and this and this ad in Life magazine.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

You Belong To Me

One of my favorite songs (no not the damn Taylor Swift song)......

I had no idea* who Jason Wade was, but I loved his version on the Shrek soundtrack.

*I do now.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Happy Veterans Day

Happy Veteran's Day y'all.....

Why dogs are better then cats.

(I love my cats, but really if you come home from being away for months and months all they would do is hide under a bed and the pee on your shoes.)

Got the vid via Balloon Juice who posted it from a Mentalfloss
post that has more dog/soldier homecomings

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Vintage Street

The picture above was taken by a woman named Vivian Maier who's street photography was purchased by John Maloof at a Chicago auction. He is slowly posting her photographs at Vivian Maier-Her Discovered Work.

I love vintage photographs that are candids of real people just going about their daily business. There is something honest and striking about her photgraphs.
Via No Pattern Required.