Uncle Randy shared a recipe with me yesterday that all you Nutella fans might enjoy. After all, Nutella is way more fun now that we know
it isn’t good for us and to deep fry is the ultimate sin. I also have no clue
as to why a guy who prefers hotdogs over steak would be watching the food channel, but to each his own I guess. Here it is:
Randy’s Deep Fried Nutella
I saw this on Everyday Italian on the food channel. You get some Won Ton wrappers. You brush the edge with an egg wash and then you put a SMALL scoop of Nutella in the middle. Fold it into a triangle and
use a pizza cutter to trim the edges a little. Then deep fry them in 375 degree oil for 30 seconds. That’s it! Now Giada put powdered sugar on them and then a mint leaf dipped in sugar on top. I just sprinkled some sugar on them. YUMMY!!!!
The news just gets stranger and more frightening each day. People
are crazy! In one news story a guy bit the lips off one kitten and strangled another because he was depressed that his girlfriend left him. His name was Angel! What kind of person does that? Was he sniffing bath salts like the zombie man who ate the guys face off? The whole bath salt thing gives a new meaning to "Calgon take me away!"
Then there was the guy in New Jersey who was attempting suicide
and began to disembowel himself and threw pieces of his intestines and flesh at police officers. Eeewwwww! They think he might have some mental issues. Ya think?!
And then there’s the chef in Tokyo who cooked up his penis, testes and scrotum and served it to five people completely garnished with button mushrooms and Italian parsley. And to add to the horror the diners paid
$250 per plate to eat it! I wonder if Giada would have garnished with powdered sugar and a mint leaf on top?!
It just doesn’t get any weirder than that. It amazes me that no matter how desensitized we are people still find shit to do that freaks us out
and makes us spit coffee at our laptops each morning. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/30/angel-roman-bit-kitten-lips-off-florida_n_1556991.html?ir=Weird+News&ref=topbarhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/29/wayne-carter-threw-intestines-at-officers-stabbed-self-new-jersey_n_1554126.html?ir=Weird+News&ref=topbarhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/24/asexual-mao-sugiyama-cooks-serves-own-genitals_n_1543307.html
I received an e-mail from the Cedar Rapids Gazette requesting a
copy of my book for a review. I’ll let you know when the review is published and will provide a link if I can.
Now stop reading blog’s and get out there and do something constructive today!
Did you watch Mermaid: The Body Found on Animal Planet? I was
very into the show and totally freaked out by the ending. I could have done without the whole part about how humans evolved into mermaids which they called the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis, but the rest of it was quite real to me. I believed it all hook, line and sinker. My husband lost interest right after they claimed they lost all of the evidence when it was confiscated. He also commented that the interviews seemed too alike, too fake. He said he felt sorry for me because I seem to desperately want to believe in things such as mermaids.
I still believed in mermaids when I woke up in the morning but
then started reading online articles saying there was a disclaimer that said it was a speculative documentary and the disclaimer clearly stated that the show was fiction. That made me sad. I really believed these scientists found the body inside of the shark and that the Navy was causing whales to beach because of sonar waves. And the footage at the end sealed the deal for me; it was so believable and so real.
So now I feel silly for believing. It couldn’t have been real no matter how real it seemed. The website they mentioned believeinmermaids
shows that the site has been taken down by Homeland Security. That part does look a little tacky and some of the articles I read do make sense. But still (big sigh) I’m just not ready to give up on this. Mermaids, dragons, fairies, Big Foot, the Loch Ness Monster, Chupacabra….they give me hope. I find comfort in thinking that there are things out there that we don’t know about.
I’m the girl that went to the car-part store (years ago) when my husband and his buddy said they needed some headlight lubricant and I’m the girl that went snipe hunting on a camping trip. I really believed I won a thousand dollar gift card when I first got my smart phone and I
still fill out my Publishers Clearing House entry forms. I toss coins into
fountains and look for four-leaf clovers. When I see a rainbow I really do wonder what’s beneath it. I admit I’m gullible at times but that’s part of who I am. Sometimes my feelings get hurt because my expectations are so high but I just can’t stop believing.
I think Jeremy Wade from River Monsters should go on the hunt for
a mermaid. I bet Jeremy could catch one. FISH ON! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/24/mermaid-the-body-found-animal-planet_n_1544087.html?ref=topbar Have
a fantastic day!
When I read the article in the news about the teenager in Britain weighing 835 pounds, it started to remind me of someone I know. It was Lily from my book, A Complicated Life in a Small Town. Georgia Davis
was once honored as being the fattest teenager in Britain. That was when she was 16, today she is 19 and workers had to tear out a wall to get her out of her home. The procedure took 8 hours and will cost over
$100,000. Georgia was so big she was no longer able to stand.
The more I read the more interesting I found the articles to be.
Georgia was so big that clothes no longer fit and all she had to wear were bed sheets (rainbow?). Her mother did all of the grocery shopping and takes the blame for her daughters weight (Frannie?).
Last week I talked about a fat camp in North Carolina. Georgia went to this camp and lost a considerable amount of weight but refused to return when she discovered her step-father had lung cancer. After that she began to pack on the pounds once again, at times eating entire loaves of bread made into sandwiches or sugary snacks (M&M’s?) and fizzy drinks.
I looked very closely at the pictures and Georgia does appear to have some of the characteristics of people with Prader-Willi Syndrome. She has the facial features, small hands and squinty eyes. Her hair is dark but it could be dyed. It’s difficult to compare her to PW patients as her features are so distended from the weight. But there still is a chance. I hope doctors test Georgia for PW, maybe then they can get her on the right path.
What a weird coincidence, reading an article about a real-life person who is so much like Lily.
Small Town Parade
Yesterday TJ had to work so I took the kids to the parade here in Monticello. We had never been to the Memorial Day parade here
and were expecting it to be like the 4th of July parade with lots of floats, candy and bands. We were a bit surprised to see that our parade consisted of one police car, one ambulance, one fire truck, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, a group of soldiers and one high school band. The parade stopped just past the Pizza Ranch and they did a 21-gun salute right in the street and then continued on to the cemetery. The whole parade went past us in less than two minutes. It was the smallest parade I have ever seen.
But at the same time it was very homey and fitting for our quaint
little town and as they marched past I was proud of my Country and my town. We didn’t need floats or candy to remind us what the day was all about. The kids said the parade was, “boring but nice.” Sometimes boring is nice and that’s just the way I’d like this town to remain.
Have a fantastic day! http://www.examiner.com/article/officials-break-wall-to-remove-georgia-davis-835-pound-teen-from-home
I’m sorry you are not seeing blogs on a regular basis these days
but to be honest with you I have not been feeling well. My main symptom is that I’m extremely tired and have no energy. This has been going on for around 10 days. I went to the doctor Thursday and was told yesterday that my white blood cell count is low and that my body is probably fighting an infection. The doctor wants to do an MRI next week to further investigate. I just had an MRI a few months ago and it cost me $800 so I’m not going to do that again. I asked the nurse if I could have some antibiotics for a possible sinus infection and she
said the doctor was gone home for the day and that he wouldn’t be back in until Tuesday. She said, “I hope you make it through the weekend honey.” Gee thanks lady, me too. I feel like Bancini from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the one who kept saying, “I’m tired, I’m so tired.”
So I did what any red-blooded American with low white blood cells
would do; I Googled it and found out that Zinc and vitamin B-12 might help. So I went to the store and bought some and I bought some Korean Ginseng too for good measure. I know it won’t take the infection away but maybe it will help me get some of my energy back. So again I apologize for leaving you with blogless days. (And no, that is not a real word.)
Lately some of the articles in the newspaper have really been freaking me out. One was about a woman killing her 18-month old twins named
Adam and Eve, one was strangled and one drowned. And there was another about a mother who gouged out the eyes of her 5-year old son as part of a ritual. Then today there was news of a guy who was shot in Miami. He was naked and was chewing on another naked man’s face. Police had to kill him in order to get him to stop. The surviving man is now in a hospital and is totally unrecognizable; his entire face was eaten off. Zombie?
Part of my problem may be that my husband has been watching a series on Netflix called Super Natural. The show is about good battling evil and two brothers traveling around killing off demons and the episodes he’s watching now are all about Armageddon. Newspaper articles like the ones I mentioned appear to be things that these brothers would investigate.
So does it seem that the world is going crazy or has the world always been crazy? I don’t know and I don’t know if I want to know. It’s
unsettling, unusual and ungodly. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/24/mom-gouged-sons-eyes-out-santa-muerte-nezahualcoyotl-mexico_n_1544235.html http://tucsoncitizen.com/usa-today-news/2012/05/25/mom-charged-with-killing-her-kids-adam-and-eve/ http://miami.cbslocal.com/2012/05/26/miami-police-confrontation-men-leaves-1-dead-1-hurt/
Have a spectacular day. Stay safe and be cautious, you never know
what evil is lurking out there.
TIME for Boob’s
I haven’t talked about it because I figured I’d ruffle some feathers but it’s still in the news and still on my mind. By now I’m sure most of you have seen it, the cover of TIME magazine with a picture of a 3-year old boy standing on a stool while his mother breast feeds him. The article
is about attachment parenting which I am not going to address at this time. My issue is with the picture.
I’m all for breast feeding and if you want to breast feed your three year old then go for it, just don’t do it in front of me or my kids and for Pete’s sake why put it on the cover of a magazine for little kids to see in the stores? People say but it’s a “natural” thing and that they shouldn’t have
to hide it. Sex is a natural thing too but people don’t do it in public.
I realize there are situations where the need arises to breast feed when people aren’t at home. That’s not a problem, do it on a bench at the mall for all I care, just don’t expose yourself. Use a blanket to block the view or go do it in your car. Hell, move to a foreign country and let them hang
out 24/7 but do not let it all hang out at Wal-Mart. It seems there are women today that feel they have the “right” to do whatever they want and they cry discrimination whenever someone challenges them.
This is my world too so keep your breasts to yourself. And shame on TIME magazine for putting that picture on the cover. I realize it’s all about the money but come on TIME, have some common sense.
A relative posted a picture of a beautiful cabin on Facebook. I explained to the kids that it’s the cabin we will be going to for vacation in July and I told them that my Aunt Kathy and Uncle Dick own the cabin.
Mac – Why did his Mom name him after a pee-part?
Will – His name is penis?
Me – No! His real name is Richard.
Mac – Then why did you call him a bad name?
Me – I didn’t call him a bad name, Dick is a name that is sometimes used for a person named Richard.
Mac – I know lots of people that are Dick’s that aren’t named Richard. Me – (Completely speechless but thinking that she is absolutely
correct!) You never call a person Dick unless you know for sure that it’s the name given to them at birth or a name they want to be called.
Mac – So if they are being a Dick I can’t call them Dick but if they have the name Dick then I can call them Dick?
Me – Yes and this conversation is officially over!
Mac – If they have the name Dick is it okay to smile when you say
Me – O-V-E-R, this conversation is OVER!
See TIME publishers, I have enough problems of my own; I don’t
need you to create conversations for my children.
Have a fantastic day passengers!
Only in Iowa
So a parrot and a zebra go to the Doghouse, a bar in Dubuque. It
sounds like the beginning of a bad joke but it really happened. A few days ago a man was arrested for drunk driving and he had a live parrot and zebra in the front seat of his truck. He claimed he sometimes takes the animals into the bar but the bar owner denies this. People were posting dash-cam pictures from the police department on Facebook and I really thought it was a joke, and in a sense it is.
It turns out the man raises zebra’s and even had one in the movie
Racing Stripes. That happens to be a great movie if you haven’t seen it. The zebra in the truck was 4-months old. The man claims he stepped out of the truck to let another person drive when the parrot began having a fit. That’s when he was arrested. He claims he will fight this tooth and nail but maybe beak and hoof would have been a more logical thing to say.
What kind of nut-job drives around with a zebra and parrot in Iowa? Now a pig and a chicken might be deemed acceptable here but a zebra and a parrot are way over the top. http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/Zebra-Parrot-Found-in-Truck-During-Police-Stop-152634465.html
In Ashville, North Carolina, there is a program to help obese kids lose weight and regain control of their lives. The camp costs $50,000 per
year and is so strict that television is not allowed and the kids are only
allowed two ten minute calls home per week. The camp founders claim they are teaching a healthy obsession.
That’s a lot of dough to fork out considering they feed the kids
a minimal amount of food and don’t have to pay for cable. But it appears that the camp is doing a good business and the kids interviewed have shown some great improvement. But I would like to see how well these kids do after camp. In the real world we have televisions and vending machines and Hostess Cupcakes and Nutella. Taking the food out of the environment might help while they are at
camp but what happens when they get home? http://gma.yahoo.com/video/health-26594251/obese-children-sent-away-to-lose-weight-29374883.html#crsl=%252Fvideo%252Fhealth-26594251%252Fobese-children-sent-away-to-lose-weight-29374883.html
Sometimes people just don’t think. A relative of mine recently
underwent brain surgery. He posted a picture of what the back of his head looks like on Facebook. Someone commented that his head looks like a Wooly Mammoth vagina. Shame on the person that posted that. Have a little compassion, and just be nice for crying out loud.
1st day of summer vacation let the games begin!
He Circled Yes
Today is the last day of school. (Big sigh) It’s bittersweet at best. I’m elated that I won’t have to rush around trying to get everyone ready
in the mornings but at the same time I’ll miss the peace and quiet. Today they brought home the first batch of their belongings. Tattered notebooks with only a few pages written on, tiny stubs of crayons, dried out markers and empty glue bottles. And piles and piles of completed assignments and art work.
Today Will brought home the piece of paper posted above. His first proposal and he eagerly circled yes. I asked why he had the piece of
paper and not the girl. “She doesn’t want me to forget that I said yes so she told me to keep the paper as a reminder.” I should frame it. It’s very cute and just happens to be from the sweet little girl next door.
Today I was on Pintrest (only for a minute) and I saw some really
cute, sparkly toenails so I began reading some of the comments. The majority of the people said how cute the nails were but one person was obviously having a bad day. She wrote:
Oh no! The horror of a non-cute toe! What will our children
think? They might grow up to expect that some people look differently than them and that it’s okay for that to happen!?!?!? THE
I’m not sure who pissed in her Wheaties but man was that really
necessary and what is it supposed to mean? Why can’t her kids have cute toe nails when they grow up? I stalked her “pins” to see what things she liked (cause that’s just the kind of person I am) and she had a lot of skeleton things, tattoo’s, a picture of a dead body in a blood filled bathtub and a picture of Pee Wee Herman with a pirate hat on. Sparkly nails definitely are not for her. People like her were put on this earth for one reason: to become book characters. Even the best writers can’t make up good crazy people like her.
Get out there and enjoy this beautiful day!
A 33 year old man from Knoxville, Tennessee hit the news this week as he asked for a break in child support, the man has 30 children with 11
different women. The man works a minimum wage job and half of what he earns goes to child support. The poor guy is having problems making ends meet, what a shame. I don’t understand why he’s working at all. Wouldn’t it be easier to just go on welfare? Now we all know what a dirt-bag this guy is so that doesn’t need explaining. But what does need explaining is the women he fathered the children with.
It takes two to tango and most women understand that if you don’t
use birth control you run the risk of getting pregnant. This leads me to believe that these women wanted to get pregnant even though they knew he was a dirt bag. What an awful shame for the children involved. Sure the mother’s get child support (very little in this situation) and probably welfare too but who’s to say they spend the money wisely or spend it on the children at all?
All parties involved should be punished in my opinion unless they
can come up with a good explanation of why they felt it necessary to further populate this world with kids that they couldn’t take care of. No laws were broken but still, was a shame that they can play with lives this way. The mothers faces should be posted online too so that the rest of the men in the world can see them and know to stay far away from them, unless of course they want to be a baby daddy.
This guy make Octomom look like a Saint. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/18/desmond-hatchett-30-kids_n_1528850.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmaing7%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D162381
Today we went fishing again to our “secret spot” and again had a
wonderful time and caught a boat load of fish. The scary man with the cooler showed up and watched us for a while. He saw a fish head floating in the water and pointed and began yelling, “why, why, why?!” Mac tripped over a stick and skinned up her hand and both knee’s. That’s when the fishing trip was over. We came home, patched up the wounds and had steaks for lunch. Now I’m watching the NASCAR race waiting for Danica Patrick to spin out. Oh what a wonderful world.
Have an amazing day!
Yesterday we had chili dogs for supper, or at least some of us did. The kids had finished eating and my husband was on his way home from work so I was getting his supper ready. I left the kitchen for a few seconds and returned to find the hotdogs gone. I asked the children if they ate them but they said no. I then thought that maybe it was the cats as they do not like their diet too well. But no, they wern't fast enough. And then it hit me, it was our dog Charlie. Usually he’s very well behaved and we rarely have issues like that with him but from the look on his face it definitely was him. I scolded him good and told him to leave my kitchen that I didn’t want to see his face.
The kids were not happy and told me I was mean. They went in the
other room and lay on the floor by him and told him that everything would be okay. I then scolded them for comforting him when he was in a time out. They said I was being way too rough on him. In the car on the way to ball practice they made up a song about me: There was a mommy had a dog and mean was her name-o, m-e-a-n, m-e-a-n, m-e-a-n and mean was her name-o. I can’t win.
Dog’s at the Park
While we are on the subject of dogs, I noticed in the paper this morning that people in Dubuque are trying to get the city to allow dogs in the
city parks. This is a no-brainer for me, absolutely not. I realize that are many people that take wonderful care of their pets and they go through great lengths to train them properly and they always clean up after them. However once again, there are rule-breakers that ruin this type of thing for everyone. SOME people won’t clean up after their dogs and they won’t keep them on leashes and they will allow them to run and bark and cause all kinds of issues.
I don’t know about you but I think the Dubuque police department
has their hands full as it is and I would hate for them to have to respond to calls at parks on dog issues. There is no pooch-patrol to monitor the activity of dog owners and left unchecked I believe this policy would be a disaster.
Other than that I am not a fan of having Pit Bull’s in public situations. I realize this breed has gotten a bad rap and that there are many nice, loving Pit Bull dogs out there but still….when you read in the paper about a dog attacking and killing others, especially children, it’s Pit Bull’s. Once again it’s the owners who have done this with breeding them for dog fighting and it’s not the dog’s fault.
My solution to this issue would be this: People who take their dogs to obedience classes and can prove their dog is licensed and is safe in an
environment with other people and dogs should be given a permit. The permit would have a number on it and when the dog is taken to a public park the number should be visible. That way if the owner is not cleaning up after the pet or the pet is running loose others could write down the number and turn them in. You’re welcome Dubuque, now put this policy in place.
Have a spectacular day!
There’s a guy in the news, Bill Wisth, and he frequents a restaurant called Chuck’s place. Last Friday he attended an all-you-can-eat
fish fry at the restaurant but was denied more fish after eating 12 pieces.
After hearing his complaints restaurant workers finally gave in and gave him 8 more pieces to go but that wasn’t good enough. Mr. Wisth claims its false advertising and has begun picketing the establishment. His goal is to get the restaurant to give him all he can eat. Mr. Wisth stands 6’ 6” and weighs 350 pounds.
So what’s your take on this? I think Mr.Wisth is correct, it is false advertising but at the same time he should be ashamed of himself.
Unfortunately I believe we are going to live to see the day where
all-you-can-eat restaurants are a thing of the past and we will be able to thank Mr. Wisth and all the other people out there who think the world owes them more than their fair share. It’s gluttony at its finest.
Why don’t people know when to say when? Bartenders are allowed to
stop serving people when they’ve had too much to drink, why can’t restaurants do the same with food? I realize there are some people in the world with medical conditions such as Prader-Willi Syndrome but this isn’t about people with medical conditions, it’s about average American people who are too big for their britches so to speak. It’s an embarrassment and I feel sorry for the restaurants in these situations.
People bitch about wanting equality for obese people, how is that even remotely possible? Why should people who eat an average amount of food pay exuberant prices at all-you-can-eat establishments so that the larger than normal crowd can eat a shit-ton of food? It’s not fair and it’s not right. But because some people have no values anymore, they continue to travel down this slippery slope yelling discrimination every chance they get. And the people that speak out against this behavior get condemned for not being understanding or for being discriminatory.
Its bullshit in my opinion and that’s just a little food for thought. (With a cherry on top.)
Special thanks to Uncle Randy for proving the topic for today.
Have a wonderful day passengers. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/15/bill-wisth-protests-all-you-can-eat-fish-fry-wisconsin_n_1517908.html