Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Yard Art and More on Sunday Drives

Hope you all don't mind.. I'm just goofing around a bit today and thought I'd add an "official" blog post..

Almost every Sunday, my brother, my mother and I get in the car and go for a drive.  We're not picky about where we go, we pick a direction and find some back roads and see what's out there.  We do lots of U-turns to go back and look at and take pictures of things we see..  We've found some restaurants that are out of the way and are well worth a trip back to sample more of the food.. All in all, we enjoy a day out being silly and seeing what we can see.. Here's just a sample of some of what we see:

We've found some really beautiful and creative pieces of what we call "Yard Art' sitting in people's front yards.

Yard art!

We've also found some old cars, trucks and other vehicles that are neat to look at as well as puzzle over.. There have been a couple that we still don't know what they were.. lol.. We still don't know what this one is.. Do you?

Mystery ? Couldn't get closer to it.
Back end of Mystery ?
We look at the crops growing alongside the roads and most we can identify, but we occasionally come across some that we have absolutely no clue what they are.
Mystery crop... Purple?
We'll stop to look at buildings "going back to nature" for one reason or another..

This poor house is slowly falling apart. Sad, isn't it? We loved the curved stairway in the "living room"..
Not really sure what this building used to be. A small barn, maybe?

Or we'll stop for wild flowers or other interesting plants and flowers..
The cattails are "Okay"!
I may do this again one of these days.. We'll see what kind of interesting things we see this coming Sunday...

Taco Pie

5 8" flour tortillas
1 lb. ground beef
1 16 oz. can refried beans
2 T. taco seasoning
1/4 C. water
1 jar salsa (I didn't really measure, just used big spoonful's)
2 C. shredded Colby jack cheese
2 green onions, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
In a skillet, brown the ground beef, breaking it up as it cooks.
Drain the grease, add in the taco seasoning and water.
Combine well and remove from heat. I used an 8" iron skillet for mine, but use whatever you have that might work...
Place a tortilla in the bottom of your pan, spread a couple big spoonful's of salsa over the tortilla, spread some of the refried beans over the salsa, then some of the meat and top with some cheese.
Repeat the layers ending with a flour tortilla on top (save some of the cheese for the top).
Cover the dish with tinfoil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven and top with the remaining cheese.
Return to the oven, uncovered for 6-7 minutes or until cheese is nice and melted and edges of the tortilla are crisp.
Remove and top with the green onions and tomatoes before serving. Slice it like you would a pie.
Courtesy of JanetsAppalachianKitchen...
I wanted to hang on to this recipe for a bit, so I'm putting it here on my blog.. lol.. Anyway, I'm still alive and I still follow trials and such, but I don't watch the streaming stuff any longer due to the restrictions of my internet provider.. I'm limited by the data they allow.. Videos or streaming stuff just eats up the data allowed so that I'm cut back until the next month rolls around.  The hazards of living in a rural area where there's few choices in internet providers..  For the last year or so, my main public contributions (uploads) to the internet have been photos from Sunday drives that my Mom, brother and I take almost every Sunday... Lots of photos have been uploaded to Facebook.. Perhaps I'll try doing a post or two on here with some of the more interesting or odd things we've found on those Sunday drives..  Hmm.. Need more coffee....

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Lemon Cream pie filling? Angel food cake? Together?

Ok.. I know.. I don't usually post about cooking and recipes and all that... But, I’ve been having fun with a recipe I found a while ago on Pinterest.. The original recipe called for a box of Angel Food cake mix and a 20 ounce can of crushed pineapple. It’s got to be one of the easiest recipes ever. Just mix the two together and it does something startling.. It foams up! lol.. Anyway, once it’s all mixed together, just pour the mix into an ungreased baking pan.. I used loaf pans so I could share with my daughter and her in-laws easier. Anyway, the cake(s) turned out delicious.. 
Here's a "before and after" shot that I put on Facebook the
day I baked the pineapple cake..

I had read that other types of canned fruit would work as well as the crushed pineapple, so the next experiment used peach pie filling. Again, a winner! My house smelled so good while these cakes were baking, it was sheer torture to wait until the cakes were cool! The two cakes I kept ended up looking a little bit mangled because I had to fight to get them out of the little loaf pans.. lol.. I took the "pretty" ones to my daughter and her mother-in-law.
Yeah, I know.. I didn't get a good before and after shot of the peach cakes.. lol..
I nearly forgot to take any pictures at all! 

Last week, my friend (and my daughter's mother-in-law!) brought over a bag containing 2 angel food cake mixes, a can of lemon cream pie filling and a can of apple pie filling. So, today I decided to do the lemon cream pie filling.  And, this time, I decided to "document" the whole thing.. Here we go.. First of all, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.. Then get a large mixing bowl down and mix together the cake mix and the pie filling...

This shot is after it sat a few minutes while I went and got my camera..
The batter has started foaming up..
Then, divide the mixture into whatever baking pans you've decided to use..9x13, regular size loaf pans or the individual loaf pans like I used.  Do not grease the pans!  The original recipe I read emphasized that, so I figured I'd add in the caution here too...
Batter in the pans and pans in the oven ready to go!
Bake the cake(s) for 25 to 35 minutes... (If you use different pans from what I used, use the instructions on the back of the cake mix box..)  They're done when they're a golden brown on top..  The other cakes (the pineapple and the peach) cracked a bit on top like normal angel food cakes do, but for some reason, the lemon didn't crack.
Fresh out of the oven.  The instructions on the box say to put loaf pans
on their sides to cool off, but I just turned them upside down..

When the cake pans were cool enough to handle, I turned them back over so I could get the cakes out of the pans..  One of them dropped out all by itself! I just ran a knife around the sides of the others and then used a small spatula to break them loose and put them on the cooling rack.
All done and ready to taste and to take across the street..
Next time, it'll be apple pie filling.  Then, maybe I'll go back to the pineapple one and add some shredded coconut to the mix..

1 Angel Food cake mix 
1 20 oz can of fruit or pie filling

How easy is that? lol

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Bad Words... Again!

A friend on Facebook messaged me and told me that she was reading the blog.. She asked why I had stopped posting and my answer was that life had sort of gotten in the way.  A poor excuse, I know, but that's all I've got right now.  I promised her that I would do some thinking and see what I could come up with to post about..

I'm still watching trials, but I'm trying not to get completely tied up with them, so at this point I'm only and observer of what is happening with a couple cases.  I'm not completely up to speed with the evidence for either one, so I don't feel qualified to post a lot about either case.. Or even some of the other ones I see in the newspapers around here. I'll keep the blog in my mind if I feel like ranting about any of the cases..

I'm not traveling as much nowadays, so there haven't been a lot of spiffy photos from places other than my own home.  But, my friend on Facebook told me to just post whatever about the area I live in. She's on the East coast and has never been to California, so she enjoys seeing the flora and fauna from here.  I might have to see what I can do about that.. Maybe I can enlist my 9 year old grandson in a photo project of some kind.. Or maybe I'll dig around in my photo files and see what kinds of things I've shot and think about what I could write about them..

Anyway, when I got on the blogger dashboard, I discovered a couple posts still in draft form. This one and another one that has the pictures missing. I'll have to do some snooping around on my computers to see if I can locate the missing pictures for the other one.  So, this one will get published.. Only 8 months after I started it...

Bad words and some groans?

I have a feeling the crane operator had a few bad words.. Or his boss did. I'm sure neither one of them said "oops!"..

Who do you think had the most bad words? The fellow we see talking on the phone?  Or maybe the person on the other side of that call...

Lets see... I think the guy in the cab of that pickup truck is praying that the trailer hitch holds until they get him back up on flat ground!  He'll have the bad words when he gets the repair bills..

Uhh.. Oops?  Wonder if his insurance went up.. lol

Ok, now... I don't know about you, but if I opened a bag of bread and saw this, I'd have a LOT to say.. Some of it might be "bad" if my grandson wasn't in the same room... I probably wouldn't be buying that brand of bread again!!  Ewwww!!!

Now this guy is probably holding his breath if he's watching that wheel fly away.. The bad words will come after he hits the ground, I'm sure...

Saturday, June 2, 2012

More Bad Words?

Happy Saturday! Here's a few more of the "bad word" pictures...  A couple of them, I'm sure were worth a lot of "bad words".. lol

 I see what looks like one lone person standing there looking at this ship that capsized with all the cargo still aboard... I'm sure this is one of those events that earned a lot of bad words... lol

Lets see... The driver of the pickup would have had a few bad words for the driver of the dump truck.. Whoever owns the pickup (if it wasn't the driver) might have had a few choice words.. Hmm.. What about the driver of the dump truck?  Think  he might have had a few once he realized what that "bump" was?

 Oops! Mechanical failure!  I'm pretty sure there were a few bad words floating about after this failure..

 Mama duck wouldn't be expressing any bad words, but I'm sure if she could talk, she'd voice a few...

 Another one of those pesky cargo container failures... Bad words all around here.. The crane operator that knocked things over, the owners of the cargo in the containers, the guys who are going to have to spend hours and hours trying to fix the mess... Yup. Bad words....

Someone forgot to put the wet cement signs out?  Oops..


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Bad Words...

I'm sure we've all used a few here and there.. Some more than others, I'll bet... Just reading the newspaper or watching the latest news on your favorite channel on TV can sometimes give you a reason to use a few bad words... Right?  A friend sent me an email with some pictures of some very good reasons to use a few bad words... I'll share a few today, just to let everyone know that I'm still alive and kicking.. I'm still paying attention to live trials and following current crimes but I just haven't felt compelled to blog about them.. Yet. I'm sure something will come along one of these days that I'll blog about.. But for now... Here's a few examples of times when "bad words" would be very much excusable..

Now, I'm not a drinker, but I'm sure there are a few folks out there that would think this "tragedy" is worthy of a few "bad words"...

I'm sure the owner of the boat had a few "bad words" once he sobered up or got out out of the hospital.  How'd he manage to hit that post dead on like that? LOL

Do you think the home owner had a few "bad words" to say?

The farmer probably had a few choice words... Either for the employee to sunk the tractor or for himself while he dug the thing out..

Lets see... Lots of possibilities here for "bad words" here.. The crew in the plane.  The guys in the trucks and tractor.  The boots on the ground... RUN!

I've got questions about this one.. Did a worker back the thing into the mud hole?  Or did it just sit there and sink when the water level came up?  Either way, I'm sure there were plenty of "bad words" spoken about this situation.

I have more of these and will probably post a few more in the next few days... Have a great day, all!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Sad Obituary

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm;
- Life isn't always fair;
- and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;

I Know My Rights
I Want It Now
Someone Else Is To Blame
I'm A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. 

The above was found in a message board devoted to true crime, namely in a forum dedicated to the Caylee Anthony case, but.. It fits so many other cases we hear about in the news... The poster said she'd recieved it in an email and the obituary was said to have been originally printed in the London Times.  I have no idea if it actually was.. Perhaps later today I'll do some googling and find out where it came from.  Someday it would be nice to see common sense make a come back... :-/

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Found on Facebook: 23 Adult Truths

  1. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
  2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize that you’re wrong.
  3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.
  4. There is a great need for a sarcasm font.
  5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
  6. Was learning cursive really necessary?
  7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5.  I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
  8. Obituaries would  be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
  9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind-of tired.
  10. Bad decisions make good stories.
  11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you konw that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
  12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray?  I don’t want to have to restart my collection… again.
  13. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.
  14. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
  15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
  16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Light than Kay.
  17. I wish Google Maps had an “Avoid Ghetto” routing option.
  18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.
  19. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you  just nod and smile because you didn’t hear a word they said?
  20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front.  Stay strong, brothers and sisters!
  21. Shirts get dirty.  Underwear get dirty.  Pants?  Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.
  22. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey ~ but I’d bet everyone can find the snooze button from 3 feet away in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.
  23. The first testicular guard, the “Cup”, was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974.  That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.

**Ladies… Quit laughing.