Thursday, July 2, 2015

Going Obsolete; Silent Movie & Rewinding

After a night of flooding in my basement and cleaning it up til the wee hours, I decided to delay my Tasty Thursday post in place of this experience in our home during a less stressed evening.

A Trip to the Moon is a silent movie my eldest college student daughter decided to share with us last Tuesday night. We only had to endure it for 16 minutes; plus the extra time we took to rewind (another obsolete term from cassette player days) and see the fashions in the movie.

To be more specific, we found ourselves enamored by the spoof-like gestures they made with their hands and arms. So-o-o dramatic. Drama queens of today should take notes! Also, the clothing the women wore Had to be risqué for the time. They appeared to be wearing sailor suit-type swimsuits. They digitized them in a pale blue. To see ankles in those days was "OH MY!"

The movie was from 1902 and had been lost, rediscovered and rescued. Rated number 84 of 100 best silent movies of all time. In the small town I'm from, (Green Ridge, Missouri, population 484 on Google) we revered our own Pearl White, starlet of silent movie days. Alas, she wasn't featured in this French film.

But our own comments made the movie experience memorable to say the least. Like, "So, if you're at a silent movie, did people talk constantly?"

"Do you think they told others to BE QUIET!? I can't hear the movie????

And after seeing the men in the movie escape aliens by hitting them with umbrellas and watching them explode in a puff of smoke, "Did the Power Rangers get their idea of Poofing the Putties from this movie?"

When will Power Rangers be Obsolete?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Tasty Thursday/ Fried Cabbage

Tasty Thursday Challenge is just some comfort food from our home to yours.
We had extra bacon in the refrigerator, a notable staple in a Rural Missouri home.
So What to Do??
Fried Cabbage!
Sweet to your palette and a pretty good side dish.
So I'm going to be generous and share the recipe.
But first a couple pictures and a note on pan size.
You need a deep, large skillet with a lid.
The cabbage will appear not to all fit, but it cooks down considerably.
This is a half full pan, another half of the cabbage to go.

After a few minutes, you'll notice some of the leaves turning translucent. It's time to finish adding cabbage at that point.
So my recipe:
  • Large skillet (as I said)
  • 1/2 pound of bacon. *we cook it all and save some for other salads later.
  • 1 head cabbage chopped and stem discarded
  • medium onion chopped
  • salt
  • pepper
  • a good sized handful of sugar
With a pair of cooking shears, take out half the bacon and cut it in 1 inch or so pieces and cook til done. Cutting with shears beforehand allows you to cook it and not worry with the crumbling later. Saves burned fingers too.
Drain all grease except a couple tablespoons. Add the chopped onion and then slowly add the cabbage, allowing it to cook down some before adding the whole amount. Add salt, pepper to your taste. The handful of sugar is to bring out the sweetness of the cabbage. It really does make the difference. Cover and stir occasionally. Cook until cabbage is done.
If you like a little punch, add some pepper flakes. Parmesan cheese topping is pretty awesome too.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Best Father Award Goes To......

To my Beloved.
I loved you yesterday
I love you still
I always have
I Always Will!
Happy Father's Day!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Tasty Thursday/ Cloudy With a Chance for Meatballs

Having a Birthday Party today! Normally this would be something I'd post on my Daycare blog, but it seems more appropriate for a Tasty Thursday post.
As in the title up there, we're celebrating with a little movie and 'meatball w/spaghetti' cupcake dessert.  Also going to do an experiment with some Efferdent tablets. 
Saving that for the daycare blog.
**Sidenote: Did you know Efferdent cleans old china without scrubbing? More on that for another blog post.

Close up view. I gotta admit this is just wrong. But the boys are going to love it!

A more appealing picture as Tropical Depression Bill leaves us with a spectacular Sunset.
Sis, this is for us :)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Italia in Nashville

One thing in life that is a constant is Food. No matter who you are, you gotta eat. So Linking up with this Tasty Thursday Challenge is pretty appealing.

Since this is not a Thursday, I'm going to show you what I ate prior to last Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee. We ate at a little 'hole in the wall' in East Nashville where they served gluten free pizza. My husband and daughter hooked up with a G-Free app on their phones and proceeded to find directions to Italia. They were extremely pleased with their pizza. We have tried many, many G-free pizzas to date and they both were in awe at how good this was. That makes Momma happy to see her brood content with dinner. :)

But I have to tell you about the Gyro dinner. OMG!!! I like to died and went to heaven!
Pictures don't do it justice. But here is one where I'm halfway through the meal.
Gyros like this don't come along everyday. This was authentic, delicious and left me sad all at the same time. Sad because I won't find Gyro meals like this where I'm from. It's usually very thin slices and not nearly such generous portions. And the Basmati rice had sautéed tomatoes, onions and peppers all mixed in. Very flavorful combination. Of course there was the traditional cucumber sauce and pita bread. Nothing was left to add to this plate but my fork and knife.

When the owner spoke to us, I told him he needed to move his place to Missouri. He said he used to live and work in St. Louis. But didn't own a restaurant there at that time.
I say it's time to start one there. Better yet, one in Sedalia. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

How Do You Do It?

Keeping an even keel while caring for 9 children is somewhat of a curiosity to some. So what do I do in my down time to remain sane?

Everyone who knows me personally knows I've recently been blessed with a house addition and am even more blessed with a room dedicated to my hobbies, crochet/sewing/quilting. What would I do without my time to be creative?

Another way to keep it real is to spend time gardening. Somehow, with my back yard still in mud pit mode, I managed (with my hubby's help) to put in a raised bed garden. Love my vegies and hoping for a good year since my neighbor so generously donated some of his fertile farm soil to our new garden spot. He's farmer 3 days a week and neighbor 4 days. He and his Mrs. have been living this arrangement for nearly 10 years. I'm getting off track here so on to the sanity savers.

Spending time with my family is also one of the best ways I keep the brain in lower altitudes. I have some of the greatest relatives on the planet. Just sayin. We have awesome get-togethers just bringing pot luck items and shooting the sh*t. We are probably pretty red-neck to most, but we don't judge and most always get along with anyone. Our White Elephant Family Christmas parties are awesome and the reunions ain't bad either. And my husband and daughters are top of the list in keeping me steady. Wouldn't know what to do without them.

My list could go on as I have a multitude of ways I enjoy my free time. Honestly, I have to say my job isn't really that stressful anyway. Who else gets paid to play all day and cuddle babies? They aren't critics of my banjo playin either :)

Oh wait, I guess I should mention that banjo is my ultimate weapon against insanity.
Hear it below:

Friday, June 5, 2015

My Invention

Ever thought about creating or inventing something? Well, after all the weeks and weeks of rain the Central US is getting, I wondered why on earth we don't divert that flood water to California? Wouldn't it be just as easy as building an oil pipe line to Alaska??? Don't they want Lake Mead in Nevada refilled? And if they had an earthquake that broke the water pipe line, it would hurt the environment How???!! What on earth could be any worse to spend our money on. I mean look at the government waste. Water at least would matter to agriculture, and human existence for cryin out loud.
The President can sign tons of Executive orders for all kinds of changes that need to be made. Is there a monopoly on water? It falls from the sky. Plain and simple, it's for everyone.
With all the techno geeks out there, surely someone can figure this out.
I only have the idea.