Monthly Archives: November 2005

Space Walk Wednesday

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Well here it is Wednesday again and I have not been walking much lately I must admit!  I saw this name and it really called to me….Liz and Joe’s Log Cabin..now what could that be?

Could this be a blog about their life in their cabin? Could this be a story about their family? NOPE!!!  There are some beautiful pictures to look at there of their place..

YOU CAN RENT IT OUT!!! Yes, it was a space for advertising their cabin for rent in Vermont!  I checked out all the rooms and they are very nicely done. You could vacation there anytime summer or winter. WOW, I wouldn’t mind at all, the place looks great and the scenery is nice too… Check it out if you like, they did a great job of making it look like a really nice vacation retreat..  http://spaces.msn.com/members/VermontLogCabin/

 

5 minute FUDGE!!

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Anyone out there in space land ever tried
Rachael Ray’s recipe for 5 minute Fudge?
I could not believe how fast and how easy it was to make…I think I
might just try this out..let me know if you have tasted it before.

Five-minute fudge wreaths This super-simple recipe will be a hit at your holiday party! Try all three varieties: the Chunky Chocolate Fudge Wreath with Walnuts and Currants, the White Chocolate Wreath with Pistachio and Cranberry or the Goober and Raisinette Wreath!

INGREDIENTS
  • 12 ounce package semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk (save the can)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 8 ounce can walnuts, plus more for topping
  • 1/2 cup raisins or dried currants (a couple of handfuls)
  • candied red and green cherries to decorate top (like holly)
  • softened butter to grease an 8 inch round cake pan
  1. Grease an 8-inch round cake pan with softened butter. Pour the chocolate and butterscotch chips, condensed milk and vanilla into a medium saucepan. Put the pan on the stove and turn the heat to low.
  2. Cover the empty condensed milk can with plastic wrap and put it in the center of the round cake pan.
  3. Stir the chips and milk until they melt together, about 3 minutes. Stir in nuts and raisins. Scoop the fudge into the cake pan all around the plastic-covered can in the center to form a wreath or ring shape. Let it be all bumpy on top. Keep pushing the can back to the center if the fudge moves it away from there. Cut the red cherries in half with scissors and the green cherries into quarters. Use the green pieces to make leaves and the red to make holly berries. Decorate the fudge with several groups of holly berry sprigs made from the cherries and garnish with walnuts between the sprigs.
  4. Put the fudge in the fridge and chill until firm. Remove the can from the center, then loosen the sides and bottom of the fudge with a spatula. Cut the fudge into thin slices to serve.
To give the wreath as a gift-wrap in cellophane and secure with a bow or ornament.

Variations:
White Chocolate Wreath with Pistachio
and Cranberry

  • Substitute the chocolate chips with white chocolate chips, 1 1/2 ounce bag plus 1 cup.
  • Substitute 1 to 1 1/2 cups of shelled natural pistachio nuts for walnuts.
  • Substitute 1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries for currants.
Goober and Raisinette Wreath
  • Swap butterscotch for peanut butter chips
  • Swap large whole peanuts for walnuts used in original recipe (such as peeled Virginia Peanuts)
  • Swap 1/2 cup large raisins for currants in original recipe
Rachael Ray’s recipe came from www.oprah.com
 

CYBER MONDAY!!!

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You know it must be CYBER monday because you have signed on to the server three times and gotten knocked off!!! So you get a lilttle stressed out…you try, try again…

 

You finally get connected to your desired page and you can’t find what you are looking for exactly so you…keep looking…. you finally get it all filled out and ready to go and …….. WHAM…

the server goes out and you have to start all over again……  

Maybe I will just go to Costco or Sam’s Club and do it all and get it over with!!!

HAPPY CYBER MONDAY!!!!

 

CHRISTMAS CHEER

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Well that’s more like it!!!! I have changed some things around and got more in the mood after visiting with some of the spaces..namely Miss
Gentle breeze! My you have to get in the spirit after being there..give her a visit you wont be sorry!!!   http://spaces.msn.com/members/gentlebreezeunitedstates/
Here is one of my vintage cards I found from 1880 and Santa is dressed in green, if you can believe that!!  Wow I guess the traditional red came later on. Enjoy your weekend!!!
 photo by  www.corbis.com

OPRAH WHO???

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IN MY HUMBLE OPINION::::
 
In the beginning people said, "Oprah who?"  Now I wonder if she ever gets tired of all that hoopla over her celebrity. She has a daytime show that is seen by millions all over, so how could she not be? She has all the money she could ever want in this world, and she does good with it,  I think. She is very charitible and loves "making Dreams come true,".
In the end does money buy you happiness? It helps, but it doesn’t. Can you walk your dog or go pee in a public bathroom without people whispering and staring at you?  I watched her show the other day where she gave 50 families homes along with Habitat for Humanity in Lousiana..In a housing tract all 50 families will help to build their homes on "Angel Lane" She made it clear that SHE gave this money out of her "own pocket" and the angel network of everyday citizens gave 10 million of their monies for furnishings for the homes.
She gets great delight out of giving, as we all do, but I wonder
if that is written off her taxes and she really isn’t so much giving as she would be getting the tax break? People who have billions need that break. She is taking all 407 members of her staff and their families to Hawaii this summer for all their hard work on the 20 years that they have been working there. Well there is a lot of money involved in that. 
It is hard to tell I guess..I have learned much from her program in the past years I have watched. I have learned more about who she is by her actions I guess. The years go by and she seems to be getting even more generous offering cash rewards to get sex offenders off the street out of "my own money". 
You think to yourself I sure would like all her money..but would you really??? Along with it comes the responsibility of keeping it all going and making it all work. A long time ago they said..
Oprah who? These days now they just say " OPRAH" WOW!!
Go to fullsize image  photo courtesy yahoo images……

Survivor Update

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Well last night’s Survivor found 7 people left on
Day 27. Everyone is now trying to stay in the game any way they can. Gary and Lydia are the most vunerable to be voted off so Gary tried talking to her about her voting. Judd overheard it and reported to the others that they were conspiring. In the reward challenge there was a series of questions and answers and the breaking of each others pots of corn. Last one left was Cindy and she won and took Rafe with her to a warm waterfall spa area with massages and food included.
When the others returned to camp Stefanie was ticked off and let her feelings be known..she argued with Lydia who had broken Stefanie’s pots in the challenge. Lydia said she broke them because she wanted food she was hungry..Stefanie said that others had had the same amount of food that she had and she hated being singled out.
In the immunity challenge Jeff told them a story and they had to answer questions at 7 stations and be correct to get flags to finish the task. The race was furious and it was neck and neck between Rafe and Gary. RAFE ended up  winning by  a few seconds over Gary..it was his third immunity win!  In tribal council the word came up, "Lies", who had told the most etc.
Well there was  a swift argument and Gary, seeing his last opportunity, made it known to the other tribe members that Judd deliberately lied about the secret clues in the tiny idol that had been hidden in the jungle. Some of the tribe had no idea that Judd had done this.m Judd then had to admit that he had done it.  
The 46 year old Michigander Gary Hogeboom..former NFL  quarterback was voted off having succeeded mostly in hiding the fact that he was a football player-athlete in his past. A very BIG lie that when found out could have sent him packing in the first few days he was there.
There are 6 players remaining and 9 days left in Guatamala.
Gary can be seen in the back of the picture in the center with the yellow shirt on.
 
 photo courtesy of  www.cbs.com