Sunday, December 30, 2012

One More For The Road

The children insisted I add their 2 cents worth.

Click to biggify.

Ciao,
Aunty Pol

As The Holidays Wind Down



All in all it's been a lovely , quiet, colder than  beejeebers holiday here at the Casa. I've been off for a week or so and for once decided to give myself a break and not go bat shite over the imagined lists of things  I always plan for myself to do when I am home , trust me I needed the mental R and R .

I still have a few things to do when he goes to work tomorrow, so I am comfortable with the " didn't get done" bit because hisself has been working 90 to nothing and is dragging his butt too.

Middle ages does that y'all....it really does.

We had a lovely dinner last night for the anniversary which was actually on the 27'th but with  his hours, Saturday worked out just fine. We went over to a local place called Trulucks  recommended by a gal pal at the office and for all of the local folk, if you haven't been and it's an occasion , I cannot recommend it enough. The lobster was superb ( thanks again Kells ) and the service was just what we hoped it would be. We enjoyed it as much as we did Dicky Brennans in Nola and it was well worth the $$$ spent.

As for Christmas, again it was lovely. Sistah sent me a book that she made of photos including Sweet Pea and I cried buckets at the love it held, it will be treasured all of  my life, it really will. Southside came over and we had a great dinner , well as far as what he could actually east but the dental issues will be soon resolved so there is that.

Xena is holding her own but ..yeah...it is what it is.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday in what ever manner they celebrate it and I am closing with love and hugs to all my dear hearts..you know who you are,


Love to all.

Aunty Pol aka Jane, Gordon, Xena, Boshi, Loki and Gracie Marie.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

HAHAHAHAHAHA

Just another reason that I am a fan of his .

Oh My !

Ciao,
Aunty Pol

For My Father ~ Feliz Navidad ~ !

http://thefw.com/10-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-a-charlie-brown-christmas/
What a different year this has been.

I have been going over some of last Decembers posts..LMAO..yeah ..I never did get around to making the Krumkakke did I ?

As I sat on the deck last night ,  with the Charlie Brown Christmas tree on the top of the large bookcase that SU built, I realized again that this is our normal for Christmas. Now bear in mind that normal is not a word that I personally associate with the holiday because as custom would have it , at least in our house there is always a crisis of some sort on the horizon. Translation: That shit costs money y'all.  This Christmas, I have done things I haven't done in years...I sent out cards, put up the tree , and not only got shopping all done early, all of the things that needed to be mailed out were dons so NOT LATE ! YEAH ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Of course some might consider it cheating that I did some of the shopping on the Oregon coast this past September and I a did a lot on line but Whisky tango Foxtrot..it got done.

Some things changed for the better , some did not but it is what it is so there ya go..

I will be home after today until 2 Jan so let the weirdness begin.

Feliz Navidad to all and Happy Festivus for the rest of us.

Santa's favorite helper..
Aunty Pol

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

I've Been Singing This All Day.

Lets see, one week to go .

All of the packages that needed to go out of town and cards - check.

Cats barfing faux pine needles and various meals in the living room and dining room - check.

Saved gift cards via  SU who located them after they got left amid the Sunday paper land fill on the dining room table as I tried to wrap prezzies Sunday night and then chucked into the garbage can when I tidied up by throwing the paper out - check .

Minimum embarrassment as I had to swap one of the gals cards for the one she got by mistake even though she got an upgrade - check.

Office prezzies delivered..1/2 done, to be completed tomorrow .

Lost what little grey cells I have left - check.

Yes indeed Virginia, Aunty Pol is ready for Chrismouse.

Feliz Navidad,

Aunty Pol

Some Seriously Funny Shi*e












Anyone who knows me knows that I read a variety of books and when I like an author I tend to collect.
And Kindle is Crack.
And I have run out of room for new bookcases in the house .

Years ago I read Beatrice Small and Fern Michaels and Linda Lael Miller in addition to my Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Yep..me.

I read " Bodice Rippers."

Lady Lisa turned me on to another site..." Smart Women , Trashy Books" and whilst killing time, I ran across this.

I dare you to not laugh out loud, it's brilliant.

Ciao,
Aunty Pol

Friday, December 14, 2012

Bruce Of The Day



It's not a happy Friday and my brain is overloaded so..if you have a small child in your life, whether one of your own or a friends or a neighbors ...or know a teacher..hug them and say a prayer for those dear souls who died today at the hands of a mad man.

Jane

Chambord Cookies From Souffle Bombay

http://soufflebombay.blogspot.com/2012/12/chocolate-chambord-cookies.html

I have always had an open vice regarding chocolate....and raspberry's.....and Chambord.

Yeah..." My name is Aunty Pol and I'm a chocoholic."

I have my list of food blogs that I read every day and unless I am in the grip of a mad pinning frenzy ( when possible) , I check out Souffle Bombay daily.

And there it was , Miss Colleens post about these cookies.

DAYUM !

As luck would have it I had to stop at the local booze barn to pick up a couple of gifts and I must have had my trademarked look of puzzlement because the two owners came over to assist me..nice guys and small business owners do that more often than not and I prefer to support small businesses over chains.

Anyhoo..Given that while I love Chambord and the bottle is a work of art, $35.00 for a bottle to use in a recipe that calls for such a small amount hung me up.They recommended Framboise so I will let you know how that goes...

Go check out the original post and the blog....all sorts of seriously yummy looking and drool worthy recipes abound.

Have a great weekend ..

Ciao,

Aunty Pol

Why ?


I just don't understand this .

Why ?

Aunty Pol

Thursday, December 13, 2012

It's Okay Puddin , Sandy Paws Knows You Want To Help .

Too cute not to share .

Ciao,
Aunty Pol

Tartar has Begun To Grow On Me..LOL !

You cannot escape this kitteh on the internet, commonly called " Grumpy Cat." I don't know the gender , but the cats real name is Tartar..and If I had to choose between PSY and his video..or the cat....The cat wins every time.

Besides , I am a die hard Journey fan.

Enjoy .

Ciao,
Aunty Pol .

Chocolate, Orange Marmalade Bliss..Oh My !

https://www.hersheys.com/recipes/recipe-details.aspx?id=8724&name=Chocolate-Orange-Pastries

I was noodling around my list of daily blog reads looking for a recipe that I want to post here if I can with permission, and luckily for me I had seen it over at Pinterst so I went to the original blog and submitted the request. While waiting I popped over to Bake at 350 and read the post about Hersheys and baking . There was a cute as all get out contest so I had to enter ( LMAO...Lady Lisa will tell you that her contest from a while back REALLY is the ONLY internet/blogger contest that I have ever won ) ..anyhoo..there was a link to the Hersheys home page and so I popped over. As is my custom, when I check out a new website with recipes , I automatically check out quick breads and muffins in the recipe index. Don't ask me why..then I saw this one...and I have to lay my head down . I wonder, the recipe calls for premade pie crust ( which I am totally fine  with BTW  ) ..but I wonder would crescent rolls work too ?

I can hear Lady L plotting my demise now.

Ciao,
Aunty Pol

It's That Time Of The Year Y'All !

http://www.cajun-shop.com/cajun-twelve-days-of-christmas.htm


For what ever reason, I am just not finding as much of the holiday silliness to post as I did last year , so going forward, during December, I will be posting some of the annual stuff that I have before..personally I think you have to do it more than one time for any thing to qualify as being annual...or am I over thinking it again ?

Probably.

As usual I am behind on some stuff but not as bad as in previous years....lmao.
Considering that it has been 9 years since we put up the tree and have only had the Charlie Brown one ( genius ) for a couple of years , it's not too bad. Cards are out so there is that...I some of the packages have already been shipped ( Sistah..one went out from the office the day before yesterday for Sweetpea and it is going to your office..and some have shipped out so ...yatzee !) ....BUT...I screwed up and the sockies with the rattles and the plaque didn't come to the office, it came to the house so SU is going to have to brave the USPS Saturday am ...so ..the usual mea culpa sweetie.

Stuff for Colorado will go out Tuesday at the latest after the battery bandit replaces the triple A's..you know who you are .

And..I have to sort/bag what ev all of the ones for the office this weekend to deliver next week because I am out of the office from the 21'st through the end of the year..and manage a haircolor appt and I need to make a list.....

But on the upside , you are warned, I get much more creative on posting  from the house than I do from here....mwahahahh...all in good taste naturally..there are FAR to many others out in the media who can be tacky all by them selves...for example...underwear is always good and personally I would pay good money to see Lohans personal effects end up on " Storage Wars.."..which also reminds me..Whiskey Tango Foxtrot firing Dave ( YEP ) Hester ? ..not that SU and I watch the show or anything ...LMAO .

OCD much ?

Nope .

Not Me.

Ciao,

Aunty Pol

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

A Year Has Passed...

It's been a year now baby boy since you left all of us.
We miss you every day.
The patio is just now the  same without you on patrol and I know that you would have loved the deck , once you had gotten used to it. Mama fixed it really pretty and wishes you were there to play .
Nieci and Munchkin are with you now and with Gumbo to run the fences and all of the other "brofurs and sisfurs " that you have met , I am sure that there are plenty of snuggles and bellies for all to share.
Your plumbago is doing really well and everyone knows that it is yours and we are all taking good care of it.
Daddy finally got rid of the art work in the back yard so you would be amused at the squirrels confusion because we took their hidey hole away.
We finally got the driveway replaced and I was sure to put your name in the corner so that everyone knew that our borders were still patrolled by the pants patrol.

I miss you Pooky, say a small prayer to Bast for Xeni . Diddums is not doing really well right now and I am worried. Maybe you can visit her when she is napping and tell her to be a good girl and eat her Rx food and that Mommy and Daddy aren't trying to upset her when we have to grab her for her meds....her tummy is really not so good right now and we are worried..so help the Mama out here, okay ?

The Mama and The Daddy Units
Xena, Boshi, Loki and Gracie Marie .


Friday, December 07, 2012

Happy Friday ~ Bruce Of The Day ~ !

Happy Friday everyone !
A twofer...Bruce and Stan Lee !

Well, the holiday insanity is coming along. Evidently, artificial trees DO NOT last forever. Granted, it is the first time that it has been up in 9 years, but I gotta tell ya , that mofo is shedding faster than the speed of a strippers clothes at an audition. We came home to only 2 ornaments on the carpet , and the usual gift which SU thinks is from one of the children eating one of the "needles." Good thing I won a gift card to Home Depot, the trees should be on sale after Christmas.

Great..daily hoovering.

Progress is made in the prezzies ordering, some stuff is in, some ion it's way. I guess I need to get organized this weekend..right..........

Army Navy game tomorrow.
Xeni Gabbini has an 11:30 appt at the vet.
Beautiful 80 degree weather and the deck.

Lalalalala...the usual chaos.

Have a great weekend !

Ciao,
Aunty POl

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Worlds Easiest Fudge Recipe



Miss Joan over at Chocolate Chocolate and more may have come up with the
worlds easiest fudge recipe. It can be made with whatever kind of chip you want and involves no candy thermometer , in case you don't have one.

I have taken to checking her blog every day lately and there is always something that makes me swoon.

Slap Mr.Linky and go check it out.

Ciao,
Aunty Pol

For Sistah

Love Ya !

Hugs,
Me.







Thus Far

Well..
I got some more of the ornaments on last night but I know that I can't ( read shouldn't ) attempt to do it all in one night so as a mercy to my back I am giving myself the entire week aka Friday to get that bit done.
I haven't broken all of the holiday crap...oops holiday decorations out for 9 years so I have to say...I am amazed at how much stuff we ( I ) have accumulated...sheesh. I guess that is true for the most of us and lets face it , every year, someone gives us a new ornament. I swear, the green bin will go up to the attic this year..lol.

The house is a mess, but once I get the tree done, I can manage to get a handle on a lot of this ...yep...

Tis The Season To Be Delusional ...

Oooh...a new fudge recipe..SHINEY !

Ciao,

Aunty Pol

You Know Who You Are .

Hee Hee.

Ciao,
Aunty Pol

Happy Birthday Dude !

Raise a beverage or two for the Dude's Birthday !

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DUDE !

Ciao,
Aunty Pol

Monday, December 03, 2012

I laughed My Ass Off ~ ALL DAY !

OMG..for Ukulele...

I'm dying here kids, I really am .

Ciao,
Aunty Pol

Just Another Manic Monday...

Sheesh , I had to come to work to slow down.

I know....

Whiskey
Tango
Foxtrot

Saturday was really more interesting than I thought it would be , watching the crew pour and smooth the driveway. I guess I just like to watch the process ( aka ..beats housework though I am paying  for it now ...lol ) ..We suspected that there was in fact NO rebar on the original pour in 1976 and we were right. Once they had gotten all of the debris out of the way it went pretty quickly. It looks great but as always there is a problem. Years ago SU put slate over the concrete in the from entry way and we love it , such a pretty upgrade. SU noticed before I did that when they put the rebar in the area just below the slate they chipped the bottoms of the tiles. I am not happy and fully expect that they will replace it all or at least fix the broken parts ( SU...this is for you ..talk to S or W about this ) . Since SU was gone for most of the day , after all was said and done , as we sat on the deck, we realized that it was damn near illegal if not immoral to have wet Cee -Ment and not at the very least put our initials or something on it . At the end of the driveway by the garage on the passenger side I carved in what I wanted ..." Andy Panda Pants " and the girls signed their initials and the year on the edge /border on their side.....Voila ! ART !

The tree is up but only has 2 ornaments on uit because we couldn't find the thrice damned ornament hooks....do you know how hard they are to find at this point ? Trust me, I could find my ovaries easier . SU finally found some at Tar Jay.

Ah...holiday shopping.

We made the circuit yesterday , and found some neat stuff for the house..yawn I know but Lowes every weekend is my life. We got him a sport coat because he had ..err..."outgrown" the ones that he had and he wants to go to the office holiday party at the Rice hotel and he has to have a sport coat ..

Now for me , I could give a rodents rear end over the party, I guess because I grew up with the whole cocktail party thing and they bore the hell out of me and blah blah,.....except  for a few like Betty Crocker and Nee Nee and Scooter and Mindy ...but life at the casa is chaos till its not..and that is fine...and a free meal is after all a free meal and I have been here since the Jurrasic era and I think it's expected...and of COURSE I bought a new top and sweater for me...mwahahahahahahah...bazinga !


And my brain is about to implode....the usual Holiday cheer...

Time to Boogie

Ciao,
Aunty Pol


Friday, November 30, 2012

Happy Friday~ Bruce Of The Day ~ !



Happy Friday y'all.
I am just about cross eyed from this week, but on the good side I did get the first dozen of the Christmas cards done..before the first of December even..I must be coming down with something .
The end of the year craziness has begun to rear it's ugly head at the office, same shit, different year. I suspect it is much the same  for most businesses at the end of the year . I am consoling myself with the prospect of taking a bit of time off in December ...............and floor tickets to Eric Clapton and the Wallflowers at the Toyota Center in March..it's all about perspective.

I'm gonna keep this short as the sinuses are kicking in so...

Have a great weekend,

Ciao,

Aunty Pol

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Candied Lemon Peel




In the previous post , I mentioned Tori Avey and her PBS food blog " The History Kitchen."
I neglected to mention her other blog " The Shiksa In the Kitchen "

Both are wonderful and she has the easiest recipe to follow for candying citrus rind that I have ever seen...and I love candied orange peel.

Check it out ...you know the drill.

Ciao,
Aunty Pol

Who Knew PBS Had Food Blogs ??



http://thehistorykitchen.com/2012/09/19/what-the-union-soldiers-ate-civil-war-beef-stew/

I am a self confessed food freak ( call me a foodie and I might take issue ) and a proud member of the Nation of Geek...big surprise .
Anyhoo..I was noodling around on FaceBook and saw a post about Cary Grant's BBQ chicken recipe and I have to admit , I was curious about the recipe so I hit Mr. Linky .

The History Kitchen has all sorts of really cool parts to it.

I never imagined that Benjamin Franklin was a food freak.

Slap Mr. Linky and check out Tori Avey's blogs :

The History Kitchen
A Shiksa In The Kitchen.

Yes..another food blog for me to follow...lalalalalala.

Ciao,
Aunty Pol

It's Always About The Shoes !



Since I am sending my GodGrandbaby her first Christmas card, I asked Sistah about clothing sizes etc because all y'all KNOW I am going to send her outfits from her fairy GodGrandmother . then I thought about shoes...of course.

I can't stand it ....BABY UGGS Y'ALL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As soon as Sweetpea can keep shoes on her ootties ( my word for baby feet..deal with it )....BAM !

A girl is NEVER too young to appreciate fine footwear !

Back to shopping.......mwahahaha .

Ciao,
Aunty Pol

Did Someone Say Bacon ?


Originally found on the Land O'Lakes wesite:

I found this recipe for carmelized bacon and thought.." Oh Hell yeah..with SU's home made buttermilk pancakes...!

Yatzee !

Carmelized Bacon:

1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 lb. ( 8 slices) bacon

Heat oven to 450 degrees.
Line a broiler pan with aluminum foil and spray lightly with cooking spray ( Pam)
Mix brown sugan and cinnamon in a bowl and coat the bacon.
Place coated bacon on prepared pan and bake 12 to 15 minutes until well browned .


Thoughts:
First..8 slices..mwahahaha.
Cook the whole pound, just double up on the sugar and cinnamon , you know you're gonna want more.
Secondly: Well browned ?
Really ?

What is it with people and bacon ?
You don't cook a ham until it's a charcoal briquette , do you ?
You don't fry a ham steak until it resembles shoe leather, do you ?

What is it with people who have to cook bacon until it's damn near burned ?

Cook the bacon till it's where you usually go " It's done, hands off , that piece is mine ! "

Rant over.

Ciao,
Aunty Pol

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I am Iron Cat !

Yep..still obsessing over the box set.

Ciao,
Aunty Pol

Grilled Nutella Goodness In A Sammich !

As threatened..mwahahahahahahahah !

http://www.chocolatechocolateandmore.com/2012/04/grilled-nutella-and-cream-cheese.html#more

I saw this and went WHOA..then WTF ?
Then I read the post and looked at all of Miss Joan's photos and realized that there were bazillions of options for a grilled cheese sammich.

Now don't get me wrong, there are some days that there is nothing I want more than a grilled cheese sammich..made with Velveeta.

I will wait until you recover from your case of the vapors.

Now lets be honest , if you like me are over the age of 50, you had plenty of iffy food as a kid. Swanson TV dinners in front of the TV on Sundays when you were really little and Disney was on. Pop Tarts , Blue box Mac and Cheese..you get the idea. In all fairness to our moms especially if there was more than 1 rug rat...this was pre nuker, pre Food Network , pre concept of foodies, sustainable or what ever .

Yes, as we get older our tastes change..evolution being what it is .

There is a bazillion things that you can do to make a grilled cheese sammich, you don't even really have to have the cheese...

But dayum..this version sounds good to my inner 3 year old.

Ciao,
Aunty Pol

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

So What Are Your Plans For The Weekend ?

Yes..and so it begins.

Ciao,
Aunty Pol

And So It Begins....

Well SU called a few hours ago.
It will begin on Thursday...as in the day after tomorrow.

One part of me has been challenged ( aka "Bat Shit Crazy ") because I feel that no progress is being made other than the financial aspect ..it's been slow going and I am partly at fault, I mean really....6 weeks to pick out a paint color for the guest bath ?

To be honest, I want to wake up and have it ALL done. I also want to have the house cleaned to my standards and all of the interiors painted and decorated /fluffed up.

I also want  world peace, a pony and cupcakes with sprinkles.

I know better.

I just know that on top of everything else, Gracie Marie will be pissed off at being restricted.

What a world, what a world.

Ciao,
Aunty Pol...who will console her self with food recipes for the next month or so, you have been warned..LOL.

I'm Feeling The Urge ~ Mwahaha !

http://www.chocolatechocolateandmore.com/2012/11/pecan-pie-bars.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ChocolateChocolateAndMore+%28Chocolate%2C+Chocolate+and+more...%29

Okay, first off , Lady Lisa will be conducting the graveside service after she kills me...I'm sure she knows a good bail bondsman and or attorney......LMAO !

I found this recipe on Miss Joan's blog the other day and it caught my eye since SU had just made two pecan pies . the pecan pir process reminds me of the annual stops at Stuckeys that my family made during vacations..back in the Jurassic era much like the Griswolds when folks traveled by car/station wagon. SU's pies were great by the way , but to be honest , I prefer the tartlettes that Mom used to make. Do not ask me how many I could stuff in my face at one time as  a kid..( hint...more than 1 ) .

I've even seen " Pecan Pie In A Jar " which can't be too bad since King Arthur carries it on line and in the catalog..but still...the concept is iffy to me. What's the fun in that if you can't slop Karo syrup all over hells half acre in the kitchen.

And then I saw Miss Joan's post.

Now, she had me at the Eagle Brand milk.

Much like the old 7 layer bars ( oh come on..we all made those in college) , this recipe is simple to make, especially this time of year when more often than not , you need to make a goodie or three to take to the office or party of have ready when you are watching the holiday movie of your choice.

I haven't done any holiday baking in a number of years because my heart was not in it. The first few years after my fathers death in early January were pure anguish , and while it has gotten better, it has taken a very long time. I am not saying that I am going to go into full Betty Crocker mode....I have done that .

What the hell was I thinking ?

" Oh surely it will be less expensive to make homemade gifts. "

Oh lets see..home made Biscotti and Beef Jerky for the manly types..of course this was way the hell back when the price of beef was less than the cost of a car or hospital delivery of a child.The lessons learned there were as follows :

1. You need to double up on all of your baking ingredients because if you hit the " Oh let's do another double batch " zone and your spouse has the car..let's just say I was fortunate at the time that he had the ability to break away for a Kroger run.

2. Flour and dry ingredients = a very messy kitchen....mop the floor later.....if you can still move.


3. IT'S NEVER, EVER CHEAPER !  Have you priced decent , empty to be filled gift baskets ? I'm not talking Peterboro here, just your average Garden Ridge variety....


There are cute ways to do it, tins and such that can be filled. You just have to be realistic about it all or failing all of that , do as I am...remember the well intended disasters of previous years and figure out how to " NOT DO THAT STUFF AGAIN ! "

Now, I need to find that grilled cream cheese, Nutella and strawberry recipe sandwich ....

Have a great week.


Ciao,
Aunty Pol

Monday, November 26, 2012

Over The River And Through The Woods...

I'm ready to go to Grandma's for Chrissymouse..

This made me smile all day.

Enjoy !

Ciao,
Aunty Pol

I Knew I Wasn't The Only One....

I just saw the commercial this weekend for the new product from Jiff.
I had a real " WTF " moment.
Talk about reinventing the wheel..err....guys..it's called " Nutella."

LMAO ~ Morons !

Ciao,
Aunty Pol

Happy Cyber Monday !

Happy Cyber Monday..whatever the hell that is supposed to mean .
We managed to avoid the malls at all costs , I for one cannot begin to fathom the concept of the crush and the crowds for what little it seems one would save. Sadly , after the horrible accident on Thanksgiving morning on I - 10 headed east just oitside Beaumont, I was in no mood to get in a car at all. Thankfully, no one that we know was involved but some reports listed at least 140 vehicles ( both big rigs and passenger cars ) were involved, I cannot imagine the scope of it all.

We had a lovely , quiet Thanksgiving  which is more than I can say for some of the family...my SIL broke her arm in an odd, bizarre home accident so after surgery including a couple of screws and a plate, she is on the mend . Her son and daughter in law went over to put up the tree because it was a case of " Get over here and put it up if you want the tree up " and the nephew is one of those curmudgeons in training who has a hissy of things are not as they have always been...I ignore it as he is a grown man and while I do not like change personally, the older I get the more I am able to not completely freak over change ..or at least I am actually trying which is more than I can say for a lot of people ...you co-workers know who you are so nuff said on that bit.Of course that last bit is delusional at best for me since we are in the renovation mode. Seems to be a lot of that going around..lol.....baby steps Pol....baby steps.

I think that I am finally really going to put up the tree again this year...I need a bit of shiney in my life right now and I am trying to be a bit more organized this year. I have the Christmas cards here at the office with me today and so that is on the list of things that I have to get done here if I am going to take the last half of the month off...things to create for binders and logs for 2013.

Gawd that sounds weird..2013.

I am saddened by the death of Larry Hagman because among other things I do remember the 2 years that he was on " The Edge Of Night ", ...my late mother was expect in the art of daytime soap operas..I kid you not..

And I am really pissed off that the Beeb cancelled season 5 of " Merlin." Good job there gentlemen, first " Robin Hood", and now " Merlin."

Am I pissed off ?

Did you read the "Caprica " rant ?

Le Sigh.

Have  a great week.....I'm off to get a bit of cyber shopping done before the day jumps into high gear.

Ciao,
Aunty Pol

Friday, November 16, 2012

Happy Friday ~ Bruce Of The Day ~ !

It's been an odd little week, not bad, merely odd.
For the most part , it's probably me.

Usually at this p;point of the year, the tee slant vee is making me batshit crazy with all of the holiday commercials...I mean seriously batshit.
This year, not so much. It is true that I spend a lot more time on the deck with the kindle than I do in front of the tee slant vee than before, Gaia bless the Lords of the DVR..but even so..not so much..and that alone freaks me out.
I have the gift list made and more than half of the gifts are taken care of.
Christmas cards have been bought and I will work on them next week when it slows down because every mothers son wants to get the hell out of Dodge for the holiday and this includes the staff...yes..that really is my standard salute as you skate your ass out of here and I am here till 6 pm..thanks for the reminder..go play in traffic .
The turkey is in the freezer, only a few groceries need to be gotten...it's only the usual three of us..me, SU and Southside Johnny since the girls will be out of town with their families. There will be Pecan Pie !` Since Southside is looking at more oral surgery and it's not a pretty scenario, the food will be soft and easy..thankfully he and I are fluffy potato and gravy FREAKS !

I guess the reality is that when you are in renovation mode, any moments that you can get ahead of the game or at least manage to keep your head above water are to be savored, sanity is after all highly over rated.

I say this now, we shall see how it will be between now and the end of the year...and that phrase alone makes me go " Wait..stop...wtf ? ..really ?"

Have a great weekend.

Ciao,
Aunty Pol

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I Wonder..Hmmmmm..

I can never for the life of me figure out what to bring for the firms coma fest known as the Thanksgiving pot luck..and I do mean coma fest. The firm supplies the turkey , ham, stuffing and gravy and then the staff brings in a bunch of sides. This is great but not without problems.
One..we only have 3 microwaves..no oven.
Two..we only have one fridge in the main kitchen .
Therefore, space is at a premium.

Now, I am sorry here gang, but I am not going to schlep our big slow cooker up here for the hootenanny, it's too heavy for me to manage....so..

I bet if I asked nicely, the SU would zip over to Kroger to get all of the ingredients to make this and the Kings Hawaiian bread ( bowl style ) to serve it in, especially if I BUY ENOUGH TO MAKE A BATCH FOR US...

Please honey ?

I have all the ingredients listed and I will take care of feeding of the chillins.

Finally...I know that we have a recipe like this for the stuffed chicken thingy that you do with the spinach , but I wonder..

Would this work in a split chicken breast like that thingy you've made before ?

Yep...I'm starvin Marvin..when the hell is lunch ?

Oh and woo hoo..the new chair will be delivered tomorrow !
I guess I have to be home too sign for it.
Wheeee.

Ciao,
Aunty Pol

Monday, November 12, 2012

Happy Veterans Day !

Happy Veterans Day Sweetie !

The Wife Unit .

Friday, November 09, 2012

Happy Friday ~ Bruce Of The Day ~ !

Happy Friday !
The weather here is so pretty right now....weird but pretty. It's in the mid 80's and sunny until this coming Sunday , then it is supposed to drop down and be rainy...yeah ! It is so nice to be able to sit on the deck under the new cover and just watch the rain and the storm and keep fry..IT ROCKS ! I want to get out into the yard tomorrow so I am going to be a good girl and leave the kindle inside or nothing will get done..lol. The hardest part of this time of year is the fact with the time change that when we get home it is dark, and since the planters are all still in the yard and will remain so until the deck is stained, I will water tomorrow. I draw the damn line at trying to water via flashlight in the dark..nope..not happening. I am that much a klutz.

It seems odd though that the offices annual Thanksgiving hootenany is next Thursday..already ? Thanksgiving is 2 weeks away ? 

HOLY CRAP !

When the hell did this happen ?

This year has truly gone by in a blur.

I have made great headway in the Christmas shopping, some of which was started on the Oregon Coast, and I have the rest of the list in order. Remember the green tub I bought last year at target to put all of the Christmas stuff in ..well , it's still on the side of the hearth in the living room which is okay at this point since I think that I am finally going to put the tree up this year. I haven't had the tree up since my father passed away in early January 2004, I was too heartbroken for a very long time to even consider it. It just feels right now to do so.....yeah honey..I can see your face as you are reading this..just get the boxes down from the attic and I will give you beer money..lol.

Have a great weekend.

Ciao,
Aunty Pol


Monday, November 05, 2012

Giggle for The Day !



LMAO !

Ciao,
Aunty Pol

Is It Over ?

Ok.
I don't care how anyone votes .
I just care that they do.
In 48 hours it will be over.
I can ignore the talking heads feeling the need to splain it all to me because evidently, I am only smart enough to commit the actual physical action of voting...and not much else as far as they re concerned.
I have not asked friends, much less my husband who he voted for.
I have not posted anything on facebook for any party or candidate.
I have tried to keep this blog free of political rhetoric.

Just vote people.

Wednesday TV goes all back to normal and Bravo will debut the LOL program at 10 pm central US time.

Let's all just try to be nice to each other..we after all are in this together .

Ciao,
Aunty Pol

Kitten with a Whisk: Florentine Crusted Pork Chops

Kitten with a Whisk: Florentine Crusted Pork Chops: It’s starting to get dark earlier now. This means taking pictures indoors because it is impossible for me to have dinner ready before 7pm....


Every once and a while, I will find a recipe that intrigues me..that does NOT involve chocolate, cake, cupcakes, frosting or candy corn.

Who knew ?

SU made the Tex Mex meatloaf from Homesick Texans cookbook last night, because we are in one of those " bored with the usual modes.." and the gals are busy with football yada yada yada fishcakes so more often than not for the near future or Superbowl, it will be just the  2 of us for Sunday dinner. this will work out well since I have moved my nail appt also to Sundays ( I know ..who gives a rodents real end ?) and so with everything else bordering on chaos of worse in renovation land..we are questing again .

I don't know how SU will take to this recipe, since neither one of us is really fond of cooked spinach..except for the Artichoke dip thingy from Knorrs ..lmao..but I know that he reads this ..so..

Honey....??

Spank Mr. Linky for the recipe .


And of course I am an uber happy happy girl because I finally broke down and got a new set of pots and pans.

Yes...........pots and pans.

About 20 years ago, we were able to buy a nice set of Circulon..woo hoo.!
Matching even !
But like most things , there was a drawback or 2.
One...not dishwasher safe.
That shite got old really fast but they were paid for.
Two..now I don't know if they are still made like this but out non stick set had tiny, really tiny circular grooves on all of it , I assumed to enhance the non stickiness of it all......or some engineer in R/D thought that it looked cool.

Major, honking , friggan pain in the ass.

I never ever really felt like I was getting the pans clean enough ...scrub..scrub ...scrub.

Oh it all looked clean, I am OCD enough to let that shite bug me so finally I sand to the SU a whole back :

" I am OVER hand washing pans. I want stainless steel that I can throw in the dishwasher ! "

Voila !

Kohls has a set to triple ply stainless steel Food Network brand on sale  for $159.00.

Damn near the same set Cuisinart had and Bed Bath and Beyond on sale for nearly the same price but on sale no longer..and yes dear, Emerils set was nice with the copper sammiched in between the stainless but not for $300.00.

All of the old pans are still in good shape so they will be offered to the ladies at his job and the left over pieces will be donated to charity.

Mama's days of hand cleaning pots and pans are over..new pans/new dishwasher.

Life is good.

Have a great week !

Ciao,
Aunty Pol



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