Archive for the ‘Fun’ Category

When Men Bake Cookies

February 10, 2011

Got and email with this picture from a friend of my Honey.  The same one who gave me his Mother’s Buttermilk Pie recipe.  Just cracked me up…….

Have a great day!!!!!!


When Panic Sets In….

February 2, 2011

This is the remains of when a crazed woman, over 50, in her jammies, at 10 o’clock at night,with two very stinky dogs,  gets stuck in the mudroom/laundry room.  It was getting below zero…temp wise…so went out to let the dogs in.  I always shut the door into the house so I don’t have to coax them out.  After the normal hub bub and good night loves I turned around to go in the house.  OMG….the door knob didn’t work.  We had had trouble earlier in the day, but did I think about that….oh, no.  So I flicked the light on.  Ok…the screws for the door knob on on this side, so will just take the door knob off….there are a few tools under the bathroom sink that is out there.  Piece of cake….not so much.  When I unscrewed the knob and the part that turns the latch promptly fell out….on the otherside of the door.   Leaving me with the latch still firmly embedded on the door jam and the useless knob in my hand.  So……ok, I can get the latch to release by pushing in the right spot with the screw driver and just pulling the door open.  With a little pressure and I mean very little…snap the latch breaks.  At least now the mystery to why the door wasn’t working earlier in the day is solved.  After pushing this and that to no avail, I began to panic.  I could here the ending theme for Hawaii Five O…damn…missed the end and it was good.  2 1/2 hours at least till my Honey got home from work.  OK…think Toni think.  I know the front door is locked and so is the French door onto the back deck.  Well, the hinge pins are on this side too.  If I just get them out, maybe the door would just fall out.  It always does when you are painting.  Usually falls out on your head.  Damn…no hammer in the house, so out the back door to the shop I go.  (this is an important fact..please remember it)    With hammer and straight screwdriver in hand (right tools for the job, Toni) I remove the hinge pins.  The door stubbornly stands in place.  No amount of pushing pulling or prying will budge it.  Back to the latch side.  Push on every thing movable in the cheap thing…well after all it broke after 14 years…gotta be cheap.  Pry at the latch by the striker plate nothing, but to put pry marks in the door.  Well, now what??  Maybe if I take off the frame I can get in there and do some good.  More prying.  Off comes the side frame, along with the top frame which after a few coats of paint is not so conveniently stuck together.  Thats not going to way to get to the latch with out major demolition.  Back to the latch….maybe it need a smaller screwdriver to find some hidden  lever or button or whatever makes it work.  Push..push….push.  Suddenly something new moves.  Very carefully I pull on it and hooray, it opens.  Then just as suddenly the door falls on my head.  Oh, yes the hinge pins are still out.  I prop the door up, so the stinky dogs can’t come in and rush into the kitchen and grab my very warm beer  (it was only my second, so no remarks on that thank you very much) and begin to calm down.  Then I start to giggle and then move on to a full blown laugh.

There on the key rack by the back door, hang my car keys.  On my key ring is a key that would unlock any door on this house.  All I would have had to do is walk around and unlock the front door.

I hung the door back on its hinges and banged the trim back up so it wasn’t flapping and went to bed.  The next morning my Honey got up…after getting home at 3:30….glad I didn’t wait for him…and his first words…..”ya wanna tell me about the door”.  I started laughing and relayed the story.  “Glad you think its so funny…You destroyed the door”.   Well, wisely I kept my mouth shut thinking….put the trim back up, a new handle (needed one of those anyway) and paint the pry marks on the door (Lord knows you can’t break into the house that way) and it will be fine.  Then was not a good time to remind him that HIS dog had chewed some holes in the drywall out there when she was a puppy.

I think I feel some fixin up coming on this Spring.

Beer Here

January 17, 2011

Yesterday was a rainy, dark and dreary day.  My Honey and Rex were going to split wood, but that project just wasn’t in the cards.  Sooo……I cleared off my counters (which needed it) and turned the kitchen over to the men.

We buy brew kits from Wind River Brewing in Wisconsin.  The kits come with all the ingredients you need…except the water.  They also have all the basic equipment you need, along with ever accessory you think you may need.  And…knock on wood…..we haven’t had a batch go wrong.

So I now have not one, but two 5 gallon brewing buckets sitting on my counter.  The will get moved today to the back bathroom tub where they can merrily brew away for 2 weeks until they get moved to the carboys for another brew spell.  Beer sure does take awhile.  Glad I can buy it in the store.

I was sitting here in the dark this morning, enjoying the quiet and I kept hearing water…..not dripping, but definitely water.  My first thought was the cat…on the counter…sure death, but no…..the Gopher Pale Ale is busy burbling out its bubbler on top of the bucket.   Yeeeaaahhhhhhh.

Spring is in the Air

April 16, 2010

Oh yes it is!!!!  The Tribe is busy burning ditch weed.  Yee haw.  Cough….cough…gag…gag.  Well,  at least the water should move down the irrigation ditches and canals better.  And as promised…without further ado…….


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed bananas, about 4 really really ripe ones
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I used half milk and half semi)

Cream the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Mix in the mashed bananas. Add the flour mixture, and stir until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Drop by spoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets.  Bake at 400 12 to 15 min.

These are very moist cookies and they store in the cookie jar really well.  And a nice change from the normal over ripe banana uses.

I forgot to include this pic yesterday.


The whole time my Honey and I were doing the chicken thrash…..getting early fuzzy butts warm, watered and fed,  the gkids were in the sand box serenading us.  We did have to laugh when we were done.

Birdie Biscuits

January 13, 2010

I found a recipe in our local Sunday paper for making homemade birdseed biscuits.  I thought it might be a fun thing to do with the grandkids and it has been really cold out, so why not a little extra for our outside friends.


3/4 cup birdseed

1 tbsp flour

2 tbsp water

Mix together and pack into a sprayed cookie cutter that is sitting on a foil covered cookie sheet.  Insert half a straw into seed mixture to make hanging hole.  Bake at 170 for an hour until the biscuit is hard.  Let cool and then remove straw.  Thread ribbon through hole and hang outside in a sheltered spot.

This recipe makes 2 3-inch or 1 4-inch biscuit.  Ahahahaha.  Not a good idea around here.  I started out with 3 cups of seed and upped the flour and water accordingly.

This is the first batch that Bubba made.

This is a very messy project, but not too much so that we didn’t try it again when the girls got home from school.

But we were all MOST disappointed.  We ended up with 2 birdie biscuits.

And a cookie sheet that looked like this

I thought maybe the first bunch hadn’t been compacted very well, but on the second bunch we were extra careful to get the seed scrunched down.  Soooooo…….we are going to try adding a little lard and hope that helps stick things together.  I will let ya know.

First Cookout 2009

May 16, 2009

What an absolutely beautiful day we had.  I promised the kids if the weather was good, we would have a cookout.  Damn, either the wood is  hard as hell or I can’t chop wood any more.  But got enough of it done to get the fire going on the first try.  Don’t expect that again.


Of course the menu consists of hot dogs.


And it takes such concentration.  But then we get s’mores.


And everyone has their own way to cook marshmallows.


Bubba’s favorite.


Of course I lost track of how many marshmallows were consumed.  But we had a great time.  I did get to the Farmers Market this morning and I was surprisingly impressed.  Got heirloom tomatoes.  More on them later, but here is a pic.  I think they are really pretty plants and very healthy looking.


Last ten laps of the All Star Race.  Grabbin a beer.  It’s fixin to get serious.  A million bucks……DUH.