March 2007


What do you think of the younger guys pant fashion?  I am always amazed at how much effort is takes to wear their pants so low that it’s about a few inches above their knees.  They are always hiking up their pants, just to pull them back down.  I know that it is hard to walk around with your pants down so low, I tired it one time it was the weirdest feeling.
Now I noticed that they are doubling and tripling up on the boxers and underwear.  It gives it a layered look and they are even color and pattern coordinating those.  I would think that it gets a little hot under all those layers.
Every season the pants gets lower and one day it they may adopt the Steve Martin look in the movie the Jerk.
My question is why would they adopt this fashion, it is not comfortable, attractive or practical.

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I don’t know why this didn’t post before but…

In honor of Maya, Happy birthday… Ooooh A big 11 this year.

Banana Caramel Cake
2 1/2 cups of cake flour
2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
1 1/4 cups of granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla
1 cup very ripe bananas

Preheat oven 350 degrees
Lightly grease two nine-inch cake pans
Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together then sift again. In a mixing bowl beat butter until light (1 minute) add sugar continue to beat for two minutes. Add eggs one at a time beating thoroughly after each addition, add in vanilla. Reduce speed of mixer and add flour. Mix by thirds alternating with the buttermilk and bananas ending with the dry ingredients. Mix in just enough to blend batter after each addition. Divide batter evenly between two cake pans. Bake 25-30 minutes. Cool in cake pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes the remove cake from pans and cool completely before frosting.

Carmel Icing
3 cup of light brown sugar
1 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice
5 tablespoons of cold butter cut into pieces
In a saucepan with candy thermometer attached, stir in sugar heavy cream and lemon juice together. Cook mixture without stirring over medium heat to a soft ball stage 238 degrees. Remove from heat and cool 140 degrees. Place butter on top of cooled mixture. Remove thermometer and with the electric mixture mix on med-high speed until caramel thickens enough to hold shape, and lightens in color to a opaque (5 minutes) Apply icing immediately.

Or skip icing and just dust with powder sugar or chocolate sauce, or just butter a slice and eat…

 

Pineapples
When we visited Hawaii a few years ago one of the islanders advised us on how to get your pineapple sweet.
He said after you purchase a pineapple take it home and carefully break the top off the pineapple. Turn the pineapple upside down where the plume of leaves were and leave it for three to five days.  Then cut open your pineapple and it will be at its sweetest point. You know what? It works every time.

Yes I could make a difference as I mulled over how I could play a part of picking a cause I ‘m passionate about and making a difference, I saw this talk show about consumer spending. I can take up a silent peaceful protest by shopping. (One of my favorite things to do) I can take note of a favorite place to buy gas. What’s my favorite detergent or store that I shop at. I can research where these companies invest their money, how they contribute to environmental causes, or how much they pollute through manufacturing. Then I can select where to shop and show that I care.

Thank you for the great suggestions.

 

“If everyone cared”
Nickelback

While channel surfing I came across this music video. I had seen it before and the feelings the music video conjures up are feelings of guilt. I sit in my armchair watching what regular people do to try and make changes on world problems that they are passionate about. The music video shows a handful of ordinary people who made peaceful protests to various serious issues; there actions caused change in a positive way. There are so many issues to take a stand on and try to make a difference. Most of the times I get so caught up with getting through everyday life that the day just quickly passes away. I’ve got to start to care in some meaningful way.


On Valentine’s day Big Sis gave me a whole giant size bag of M&M’s with peanuts. Chocolate is something that I should just erase from my diet.

It takes me a good week to get off of chocolate.

But then another stupid holiday comes along and there it is again, chocolate calling to me in those sweet lullaby hypnotic chant.

Then the cycle begins again, must have chocolate every day or I hear this chant in my brain, chocolate- chocolate- chocolate. The only way it will quiet down is if I eat chocolate.

A few days after Valentine’s Day I was still walking around with the giant bag of M& Ms with peanuts, popping them in my mouth like they were candy… Hey, they are candy. I went over to PY’s house. I rang the doorbell, while munching on my M&M’s. He opened the door and I cried out to him you must save me from these things. He grabbed the bag and exclaimed what is wrong with you while sucking his teeth ( A Guyanese thing) and I never saw that bag of M&M’s with peanuts again. Oh lardie, I was saved…

Because I am not an expert on this link setting thing there is a site you can go to where you can test your chocolate expertise. You will have to copy and paste, I know this procedure is ancient but…

http://www.thinkingfountain.org/c/crosssection/namethatbar.html

Oh ain’t it the truth…
Prison or Work

Just in case you ever get these two environments mixed up, this should make things a little bit clearer.

IN PRISON……….you spend the majority of your time in a 10×10 cell.
AT WORK…………you spend the majority of your time in an 8×8 cubicle.

IN PRISON………you get three “free” meals a day.
AT WORK………..you get a break for one meal and you have to pay for it.

IN PRISON……….you get time off for good behavior.
AT WORK…………you get more work for good behavior.

IN PRISON……….the guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you.
AT WORK…………you must often carry a security card and open all the doors for yourself.

IN PRISON……….you can watch TV and play games.
AT WORK………..you could get fired for watching TV and playing games.

IN PRISON………you get your own toilet.
AT WORK……….you have to share the toilet with some people who pee on the seat.

IN PRISON……….they allow your family and friends to visit.
AT WORK…………you aren’t even supposed to speak to your family.

IN PRISON………all expenses are paid by the taxpayers with no work required.
AT WORK…………you get to pay all your expenses to go to work, and they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for prisoners.

IN PRISON……….you spend most of your life inside bars wanting to get out.
AT WORK ……….you spend most of your time wanting to get out and go inside bars.

IN PRISON ………you must deal with sadistic wardens.
AT WORK………..they are called managers.

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