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Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics...

Posted By: Mark1952

Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/01/10 06:59 PM

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The old "Vacation Thread" seems to have gone the way of the dodo and since so many are arriving here, I thought a new thread to take a break and discuss just about anything not related to marriage problems and infidelity might be in order.

Like any pot luck, what you find is entirely up to what people bring to the table. The only topics that are off the table are on topic discussions. Swap recipes, tell a story, complain about your boss (but never your spouse) and just hang out. Greet old friends, catch up on what's up or whine about the weather.

If you don't like the subject, change it to whatever you like and say what's on your mind. New stuff, old stuff, serious stuff or silly stuff, the choice is up to you what goes on this thread.


With luck, we'll drag a couple of folks who are dragging their feet into the daylight with the rest of us.

Share you lunch.
Share your life.
Share your friends.

Share your friend's lunch if you'd like.

Just be sure you share...

I'll be watching to see what you have to share.
[Linked Image]

Let's party...[Linked Image]
Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/01/10 07:44 PM

Woo hoo! Vacation time!

Is Chi-town abuzz over Manny or are they bored already?
Posted By: OurHouse

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/01/10 07:59 PM

I have some complaints about my boss, but I don't think I have any complaints about my boos. Or my hoos. They're all doing pretty well, thankyouverymuch.
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/01/10 09:48 PM

I have no boos. Not much in the way of hoos either. My only complaint is a vendor who is so s.l.o.w. that my contract is getting grey hairs.

Speaking of them, I am growing the golden blonde out and discovered I am silver underneath. Now that just aint fair!

I've been robbed!
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/01/10 10:07 PM

Originally Posted by Chrysalis
Woo hoo! Vacation time!

Is Chi-town abuzz over Manny or are they bored already?

Since Manny isn't actually speaking any language the reporters actually understand (he's refusing to speak English...In protest I guess over something or other) nobody's quoting him, that's for sure.

He still has about 10 minutes left...
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/01/10 10:09 PM

Who is Manny?
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/01/10 10:24 PM

Originally Posted by Mark1952
With luck, we'll drag a couple of folks who are dragging their feet into the daylight with the rest of us.


xxxxxxxxxx waves waves waves waves waves

I'll take a vacation starting with an outdoor cookout...
....who's minding the grill? wink
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/01/10 10:29 PM

ACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Welcome grin
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/01/10 10:34 PM

Originally Posted by lildoggie
ACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Welcome grin


Thanks, Lil....I'm still at work like Mark and LOL about his reason for his typo being that he has a job.

Originally Posted by Mark1952
Swap recipes, tell a story, complain about your boos (but never your spouse) and just hang out.


Originally Posted by Mark1952
Let's party...


Edited by Mark1952 (Wed Sep 01 2010 03:08 PM)
Edit Reason: OK. I fixed it...I do have a JOB, yanno


You may have changed it but I was simulposting and it was still on my clipboard when Lil asked "who's Manny?".....now ain'tcha glad ya dragged this footdragger into the daylight?

grin

Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/01/10 11:01 PM

Lil,

Manny is one of those over paid, under worked whining complainers who get paid massive amounts of money to play a game kids pay for the privilege of playing and then have to sell ten thousand candy bars to pay for the rest.

He's a baseball player, or so they tell me, and he was just let go by Chrys's favorite team (I think they have learned something from his stay with them) and picked up by one of the teams in Chicago, who have the most obnoxious fans on the planet and think he is going to push them over the edge so that they can win their division and the playoffs and become World Series champions.

So his first day with the new team he refused to speak English. He's done commercials, so it isn't that he can't (he got paid for those, too) I'm not so sure the bonding with his new teammates is going so well, but the fans think he's the second coming of Babe Ruth.

But that boy can sure hit the baseball a long way...

If he wasn't such a clown the rest of the time, we'd take him on the North side of town.

Here's a link to his post-game interview. Last Night's Winner

Mark
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/01/10 11:16 PM

Oh.

Sport.

Right-o
Posted By: Gladstone

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/01/10 11:16 PM

I can't really complain about my boss - I've had pretty good luck with the last couple of bosses, good people to work for.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/02/10 04:17 AM

I love my job...

I LOVE my job...

I love MY job...

I love my JOB...

Dang...

I must still be doin' it wrong.
[Linked Image]
Posted By: right here waiting

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/02/10 04:26 AM



Well, hi there, Acey. Was wondering where you were... waves
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/02/10 04:43 AM

Originally Posted by right here waiting
Well, hi there, Acey. Was wondering where you were... waves
Hi RHW, So glad you put spaces between your names....I thought you were Right THERE Waiting for the longest time on that other forum.

I'm getting ready to go on Vacation...for real, but thought I'd drive by to say "Hi" on my way. Maybe I'll have my lap-top on vacation. If so, I'll chat then.

Great seeing you, too. dancing

Acey
Posted By: right here waiting

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/02/10 04:54 AM

I put spaces in to avoid exactly that ongoing confusion. When I chose the name, I determined to be "Right HERE Waiting" after FWH left. Reference 1989 song by Richard Marx. That ditty chokes me up to this day.

Have a wonderful vacation!
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/02/10 05:26 AM

Since the Mariners aren't going anywhere this year (not a new thing) and the Twins (who are my #2 team) have a shot, I say, 'Keep on pouting, Manny.'

Maybe we can have cookout in the form of a tailgate this weekend, as college football kicks-off (Go Dawgs!) and the WNBA conference finals continue. (Go Storm!)

dancing I love that little dancing guy you got there, Ace. dancing
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/02/10 06:50 AM

Tailgate?

Your not talking about people who drive too close, are you?
Posted By: OurHouse

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/02/10 01:01 PM

Go DAWGS? No, no, no, no! Around here, we say Go 'Cats (since son is in college there) or better yet, Go Ducks! It's all Pac10 all the time though.
Posted By: Gladstone

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/02/10 04:38 PM

I like Pac 10, but I went to USC - so for me it's Go Trojans!
Posted By: OurHouse

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/02/10 04:56 PM

So many sanctions. So little time...
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/02/10 05:08 PM

Soon to be the Pac-11, OH.

While I also back the conference 9-times-out-of-ten, rooting for U of O football?... Yikes. Maybe during bowl season. And it'll take me a long time to cheer for Colorado.

I'm not, Lil. But we can make a game kind of like musical chairs where we all drive around the parking lot and when the music stops, see how close we are to each other. Closest without hitting, wins.

Tailgating before a big (usually sporting) event in the U.S. is where you park your vehicle in a lot, pull down the tailgate or open the trunk or the camper door, and eat like there's no tomorrow. For some, it's a ritual that lasts hours before a game or a race. There's the simple -- http://www.chuckmargiotta.com/gallery/uploads/images/Tailgating.jpg -- and then there's adapting it into your lifestyle -- http://news.draftmag.com/files/2008/12/new_ultimate_tailgating_machine_1.jpg. There's an entire website dedicated to it -- http://tailgating.com.

I'm trying to watch what I eat so I'll bring the chicken, veggie tray, and Michalob Ultra. I know these aren't "real" tailgating foods, but I figure I can pick at what the rest of y'all bring too.
Posted By: OurHouse

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/02/10 06:32 PM

Lil, tailgating is an American pasttime. For some, it's actually better than the game itself. I've seen full blown coach-sized busses w/ satellite dishes, AC, flat screen TVs, and elaborate looking grills. Companies set up huge tents for invites only...lots of food and drink. For college football (I'm not big on NFL), it's an all-day event! High school tailgates are a bit simpler.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/02/10 07:07 PM



BTW, some people never actually make it into the event itself and sit the whole thing out in the parking lot watching it on TV.

ACC rocks, BTW.

Tailgating food is:

Bratwurst...cooked over charcoal is preferred but propane is tolerable if you have a big rig motorhome or a big screen TV. The preferred condiments on a brat on a bun includes spicy mustard, maybe raw onions or the onions that were in the pot they were boiled in beer in before putting them on the grille. Ketchup will get you beat up in some circles and relish is for hot dogs, not brats.

Beer...Usually a local brand, snobs who drink micro brews only usually are fans of the other team anyway.

Hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, grilled vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, hot peppers, sweet corn, thick slices of onion etc are also usually to be found.

In much Louisiana and parts of Texas, a crawfish or shrimp boils is the food of choice with potatoes, sweetcorn, carrots, celery, as much garlic as you have room for and about 5 pounds of cayenne pepper or two gallons of Louisiana Hot Sauce. All this is washed down with a Turbo Dog, Abita Blue or Purple Haze beer.

Before a NASCAR Sprint Cup race event, the tailgating can be a pot luck with nearly 100 thousand people involved. It's like Christmas dinner with more to drink. For the first race of the season at Daytona the party literally lasts two weeks leading up to the race.

Companies even make gasoline powered blenders to make mixed drinks and coolers in team colors are almost mandatory.

For a playoff game for the NFL, officials have to make public announcements that no tailgating will be allowed until 48 hours before the start of the game because fans will show up a week early if you let them.

At U of Florida (CHOMP CHOMP) more people attend the tailgate parties than actually go to the football games and the stadium has been sold out for last 30 years and the next 20 as well. In places like Green Bay, parking places are now used by the grandchildren of those who first parked there to have a cookout before the game.

And just so you know...

Most people ignore the whole thing and have never been to a tailgate party anywhere at all.
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/02/10 09:41 PM

Originally Posted by OurHouse
Lil, tailgating is an American pasttime..


You have NO idea how funny that sentence is to me on so many levels......
Posted By: 2long

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/02/10 09:52 PM

Originally Posted by Mark1952

Beer...Usually a local brand, snobs who drink micro brews only usually are fans of the other team anyway.


I'm not a sports fan myself. I used 2 pride myself in how long I could manage 2 NOT KNOW who was playing in the Rose Bowl. I've been known 2 make it more than a week after the game, and it's only 4 miles from my house!

But beer? I don't drink much at all anymore - isn't good for me. But when I do, it's got 2 be a REAL microbrew (Like Stone), not Sam Adams or some such phony microbrew. And I never touch the fizzy yellow beers/horse piss!

-ol' 2long
Posted By: Medc

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/02/10 10:22 PM

Originally Posted by 2long
Originally Posted by Mark1952

Beer...Usually a local brand, snobs who drink micro brews only usually are fans of the other team anyway.


And I never touch the fizzy yellow beers/horse piss!

-ol' 2long


lol
Posted By: believer

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/03/10 01:29 AM

Miso Marinated Panko Fish


Ingredients:

1 - 2 lbs of white flaky fish
3 tablespoon white miso paste
2 table spoon soy sauce
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon sushi seasoning sauce or water/vinegar/sugar mix
2 tablespoons oil
panko

Mix miso paste, soy sauce, garlic, sugar, sushi seasoning and oil together forming a thin paste.
Take Fish and score each side. Take miso paste mix and rub all over fish incorporating it into the scoring and body cavity.
Take marinated fish and roll in panko until fish is fully covered with panko. May take several coatings. Fry in a pan with oil until brown and crispy on the outside. The marinade and panko will keep the fish moist on the inside.
Posted By: Lifechoice

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/03/10 03:12 AM

Quote
I'm getting ready to go on Vacation...for real, but thought I'd drive by to say "Hi" on my way. Maybe I'll have my lap-top on vacation. If so, I'll chat then.


Well, well, well, look who made it here. So glad to see you here, Ace! Hope you have a nice trip.

We are on a last minute vacation before DD14 goes back to school next week.

LC
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/03/10 03:43 AM

Originally Posted by Lifechoice
Well, well, well, look who made it here. So glad to see you here, Ace! Hope you have a nice trip.

We are on a last minute vacation before DD14 goes back to school next week.
LC


Hi LC,

It's good to see you here, too. Sounds like this site was good timing for you. Can't belive your youngest is now 14....you and Docp will have an empty next in no time.

Believer,

Thanks for the fish recipe....sounds yummy and I'm glad you're here, too. I've encouraged Mark to start a Fishing thread (or move the other one) here. I appreciated your stories over there.

Hope all have a great weekend.

Ace
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/03/10 01:13 PM

Originally Posted by Mark1952
The old "Vacation Thread" seems to have gone the way of the dodo and since so many are arriving here, I thought a new thread to take a break and discuss just about anything not related to marriage problems and infidelity might be in order.

If you don't like the subject, change it to whatever you like and say what's on your mind. New stuff, old stuff, serious stuff or silly stuff, the choice is up to you what goes on this thread.


This could be silly or serious but thanks for giving us a thread designed to be TJ'd, Mark. To keep from TJing the Welcome thread, I'm cutting/pasting parts of a discussion that started over there here...hope that's OK (if it's not, sorry) wink

Originally Posted by right here waiting
It's great to see so many other prolific posters showing up too. Gonna be some GOOD discussions.

Delighted that Mark is going to link his best stuff...I remember being blown away by his fishing thread a couple of years ago.
Hope others will link theirs too.

Originally Posted by Ace
I'm with RHW, Mark. I'd love to see you transfer/link the Fishing Thread you started there on MB over here to MA. I look forward to seeing your other masterpieces here, too.

I emphasized the above line because it confirmed what I knew was true. Mark's Fishing Thread has enough nuggats to be made into a mini booklet on marriage and relationships that I and many others would probably buy.

I even suggested a name...something like "Fishing for a Tight-Line Marriage"....when all relationship aspects (especially communication) lines are tight (as in Open, Honest and Intimate) a whopper of a Marriage is attracted and 'caught'.

ETA: When boundaries are loose and sloppy like a limp fishing line, nothing is caught and the big prizes (successful R and M) become elusive.

If Mark can't (or doesn't want to but will allow someone else to create a mini booklet of Fishing/Marriage analogies), does anyone know any professional writers/editors who might create such a gem?


Originally Posted by catperson
Hi Ace. I'm a writer. *waves*


Hi Catperson,

If this discussion topic is too serious for this thread and we get kicked off, I'll PM you to get your email addy, OK?

I'd love to hear about your professional writing career if you're so inclined to share either here or via PM/email.

Thanks,
Ace
Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/03/10 03:48 PM

Vacation! We are headed to the bay area today to attend the Highland Games in Pleasanton. We try to go every year, and have a few old friends there from our early married days. My sister is thinking about coming for a day, too. So I will not be reading/posting much.

Have a great holiday everyone!
Posted By: catperson

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/03/10 04:06 PM

Hi Ace. I got a Media Studies degree in 91, which trained me in all forms of communications (film, photography, video, writing, desktop publishing - such as it was in the Dark Ages), but I concentrated in writing. My favorite class was scriptwriting - I'd love to be a writer for films; I've written a few.

I've also turned someone's play into a novella, turned another story into a film script, things like that, as side jobs. As side work, I've also edited a whole slew of medical texts, movie reviews, editorials, stuff like that. My current assignment has me writing online short articles for various websites - 100 to 1000 words.

Professionally, I worked as a writer/editor at NASA for 11 years (my dream job and I wish every day I was back there), but I mainly just edited the technical documents they have to publish on all the research they do - a LOT! I also did the desktop publishing of them, formatting, and bringing in graphics, all the way through to printing them and mailing them out. Really cool job. I've done everything there from create kids' coloring books to help edit a medical textbook.

Left that job to work somewhere that paid real money and did marketing writing for Administaff in their 401k division, where I wrote a website, tons of marketing collateral like brochures, ads, flyers, emails. HATED that place, so I came to Baker Hughes, for the last 4 years or so. Started as marketing writer, where I'd write brochures, magazine articles, ads, flyers, press releases, stuff like that. After a huge reorg, I'm now in their technical publications group, back to my roots, where I edit technical papers.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/03/10 05:47 PM

Is it time to eat yet?

Good Afternoon Vacationers...


The brain is this marvelous thing that can do all these multiple processes simultaneously by using its ability to assign various subroutines to certain parts of the brain as if handing it off to a coprocessor and when the solution is found, it can be implemented directly by the part of the brain that controls that function required to accomplish the task at hand without involving the main cognitive functions of our reason and logic parts of the brain.

It's a wonderful system that computers now emulate with coprocessors for math functions and video generation and background overhead of the entire system. It can get a little dicey when a processor makes a decision that needs modification by the CPU and just executes the command without considering of the consequences.

So this morning as we got ready for work, we had a situation that is not typical of most days. Because I had an early meeting we were getting ready to go out the door at the same time instead of the usual hour between her departure and mine. I wandered through the bedroom and my oversize tee shirt I was wearing at the time caught on something as I passed her dresser and I felt it move, caught a glimpse of something shiny headed for the floor and my various parts of my brain sprang into action to compute a solution.

My amygdala responded first and after the visions of the horror that could result from breaking something she might place value on computed a solution and implemented it before my cognitive functions of the cortex had time to identify what was falling and I caught it and had it back on the dresser before I even knew what it was.

It was her curling iron.

It was HOT!

So now I have these blisters on the inside of my index and middle fingers, right at the first knuckle and another one of larger size on the pad of my thumb. These are the exact locations required to hold a pen or pencil, tie my shoes, fasten my belt, button my shirt, eat my lunch...

You get the idea.

And that nice hot shower I was so craving at the moment of my insanity when I let my amygdala write a check my cortex couldn't cash without identifying what I was paying first resulted in pain the likes of which I have not experienced in many moons...

OUCH!

Just goes to show the trouble we get into when we allow ourselves to react before thinking things through and making an informed decision and acting from logic and reason...

Carry on...
Posted By: Gladstone

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/03/10 05:51 PM

Yowza!

On the other hand, one must look out for over-analyzing and procrastinating on a decision, as I am prone to do. If it HAD been a breakable valuable, by the time you'd analyzed the situation, it would have been too late to affect it. smile
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/03/10 06:01 PM

We have this sign over the bench in our shop that says:

Always hold
soldering iron
by the blue end.


I would have been alright if I'd grabbed the black part instead of the shiny part... :cry:
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/03/10 06:12 PM

2L,

Have you ever tried any of these?

Goose Island Brewery

Their Bourbon County and Bourbon County Coffee are anything but pale yellow. They also have a black Belgian style ale with pepper corns called Pep Nero that is really different.

There Harvest Ale is pretty good, too.

Can you tell I'm not a tailgater?

At least not since I traded my Mustang for a pickup.

Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/03/10 06:55 PM

You lost me at "...coprocessor", Mark, but I caught back up at the "OUCH!" Hope that heals before you want to pick up a fishing pole. I have no idea when fishing season is out there. Or even here, for that matter. I figure when H says he's headed out to get his license, it must be near.

I hope you or Ace can find a way to get the fishing thread over here on MA. And your "Musings From Mark", too. That one is phenomenal and one I still refer to on occasion as I see something new with each read.

Catperson, I'm impressed with folks who can speak tech, and especially those who can write tech. I hope you're still pursuing your other writing passions.

Have fun at the games, Chrys. I enjoy Highland games myself. And with good friends, that sounds like a nice weekend.

It'll be 80-degrees here today, then rain showers and 63-degrees for the entire holiday weekend. We have a swim party tomorrow then folks coming over to BBQ for the Huskies v. BYU game at night. We might be moving things indoors.

I better get the lawn mowed before things get wet.

Be safe, East Coasters. Have a fantastic weekend everyone and... GO DAWGS!
Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/03/10 07:51 PM

Originally Posted by Mark
And that nice hot shower I was so craving at the moment of my insanity when I let my amygdala write a check my cortex couldn't cash without identifying what I was paying first resulted in pain the likes of which I have not experienced in many moons...

OUCH!


Sorry.... but [Linked Image]

When did you study biological psychology Mark?

Actually maybe I should restart my studies. Both kiddos at school as of yesterday.

L4, please pop over and do my lawn while it's still light there, I ran out of time today.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/03/10 08:08 PM

Originally Posted by ST
When did you study biological psychology Mark?

It's becoming a hobby of mine.
Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/03/10 08:22 PM

My favourite subject - I got a distinction ya know!
Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/03/10 09:39 PM

Didn't think I'd sleep having made 13 posts here, so I thought I'd add one more.

Night Night!
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/03/10 10:09 PM

Ah, so you're Triskaidekaphobic then...
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/05/10 03:16 PM

Originally Posted by Mark1952
Share you lunch.
Share your life.
Share your friends.

Share your friend's lunch if you'd like.

Just be sure you share...

I'll be watching to see what you have to share.


OK I'll share my lunch....actually it was more like "linner" or "dunch" since the smoked pig wasn't taken off the spit until around 4 PM. But boy was it good and the applewood smokiness was juuuuust right!

So is anyone else on vacation this Labor Day weekend beside Chrysalis and me?

Ace
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/05/10 03:31 PM

Originally Posted by catperson
Hi Ace. I got a Media Studies degree in 91, which trained me in all forms of communications (film, photography, video, writing, desktop publishing - such as it was in the Dark Ages), but I concentrated in writing. My favorite class was scriptwriting - I'd love to be a writer for films; I've written a few.

I've also turned someone's play into a novella, turned another story into a film script, things like that, as side jobs. As side work, I've also edited a whole slew of medical texts, movie reviews, editorials, stuff like that. My current assignment has me writing online short articles for various websites - 100 to 1000 words.

Professionally, I worked as a writer/editor at NASA for 11 years (my dream job and I wish every day I was back there), but I mainly just edited the technical documents they have to publish on all the research they do - a LOT! I also did the desktop publishing of them, formatting, and bringing in graphics, all the way through to printing them and mailing them out. Really cool job. I've done everything there from create kids' coloring books to help edit a medical textbook.

Left that job to work somewhere that paid real money and did marketing writing for Administaff in their 401k division, where I wrote a website, tons of marketing collateral like brochures, ads, flyers, emails. HATED that place, so I came to Baker Hughes, for the last 4 years or so. Started as marketing writer, where I'd write brochures, magazine articles, ads, flyers, press releases, stuff like that. After a huge reorg, I'm now in their technical publications group, back to my roots, where I edit technical papers.


Thanks for sharing your experiences and skills, CP. I will reply more later. In fact, you've inspired me to start my own blog and c/p my first attempt at a screen-play (of my life pre-A) for your critique.

Ace
Posted By: NewEveryDay

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/05/10 04:51 PM

Yes, Ace, I'm off for Labor Day, too smile We went to the pool yesterday, and bowling today. OH inspired me, I want to fit the beach in, too!
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/05/10 11:19 PM

Funny Mark smile

I just did a paper on instintive response and how little control we have over them. Like pulling your hand off a hot element well before realising that it is hot. Guess that 'avoid hot stuff' bit isnt quite working for you, OR your instinct to not have an upset wife is much stronger...

Oh yeah, I have stolen your 'I love my job chant'. Everytime the colostrum mob comes into the shed I chant "I love these cows". Now the others are doing it too.

Father day yesterday in NZ. Made Flick, oops DD14 MADE Flick french toast (with only minimal help from me. I cracked the eggs, added the milk and cut the bread. Flipped bread over when the the side was done and plated it, but DD14 made it really)

Rang my dad who was going out 4 wheel driving.Then took Flick out for dinner. All fathers I am responsible for have been sufficiently day'ed now.
Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/06/10 03:35 PM

I love my job ....but.... clearing out the PE store???

We want to do football tennis rugby and hockey this term, can you see what we have?

So me and 5x 10 year olds (the ones that didn't go on the residenetial trip this week)

8 tennis balls
9 tennis rackets

(me thinks they won't be doing class tennis)

33 hockey balls, no sticks...hmmmmm

12 rugby balls which we managed to get air into another 12 flat ones oh and the tags for tag rugby 8 blue, 7 red 4 yellow and 33 green - I think that will be an uneven contest.


and we put air in 22 footballs


Think we need some new kit!!!!

I am exhausted.
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/07/10 01:17 AM

I love my jobzzzzzzz

apart from the bit where they interfere with my sleep
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/08/10 04:24 AM

Hey, ST... Ever consider teaching the kids charades?

Mark, that moving eye in your first post freaks me out every time I click on this thread. It gives me the heebees.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/08/10 05:49 AM

It was **** favorite too, as I recall and I used it every chance I got...

Change the style sheet to dark and it's really cool and creepy...

Mark
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/08/10 06:59 AM

If you hear that New Zealand has had another earthquake - don't worry. It's just me off to Zumba.


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Posted By: LovingAnyway

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/08/10 08:17 AM

LOL, L4...

Happy Belated Father's Day, Flick!

ST...ever hear the expression, "Too many balls in the air"?

grin

Lil...lol...I can see your humor quaking the earth, not your dancing/workout.

LA
Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/08/10 12:47 PM

Originally Posted by Looking4
Hey, ST... Ever consider teaching the kids charades?


Now, there's an idea grin , I'll take it to the head of PE and get her to put it in the curriculum - that will solve many many issues.




Originally Posted by LovingAnyway


ST...ever hear the expression, "Too many balls in the air"?

grin



I can certainly picture the chaos!

I'm gonna get under the table lil, just in case! cool
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/08/10 10:05 PM

Flick came with me. He's such a honey. Really.

He stands at the back of the class doing his thing and closes his eyes when the predominately older, VERY bountiful women do moves like the shimmy, and the booty. All that undulating flesh is a bit much for his wee mind to take in grin
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/09/10 09:43 PM

Originally Posted by Mark1952
Change the style sheet to dark and it's really cool and creepy...

I had never seen this option before. It's weirding me out as the cursor doesn't track well when I move my mouse and I'm getting disoriented.

And the eye is even creepier. So... Done and done. <shivers> Back to the default.
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/10/10 02:10 AM

Tsk, just posted this on my blog and realised it was about food..

Its Friday afternoon in NZ, meaning the weekend is a-coming and neither Flick or I have work... woohoo!

Hoping he and DD14 will agree to a picnic tomorrow 'somewhere', anywhere that is not here.

Have a great weekend y'all!!!
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/10/10 01:43 PM

xxxxxHappy Friday Marriage Advocates!
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxdancing highfive thumbsup :claps: waves cool waves :claps: thumbsup highfive dancing
Posted By: Vittoria

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/10/10 01:47 PM

back at ya Acey!
It's so great to see you here btw.

Thought I better make an appearance here, still trying to get through all of the goodies around this place.

Good weekend to all.
Off to work! smile

I miss the big kissy icon.
Posted By: Gladstone

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/10/10 05:18 PM

I'm not being sarcastic at all when I say that I do like my job... but what a crazy morning. One of my blackberry servers wouldn't initialize properly, had to spend all morning with tech support to get it back up and running. We got it working, though, and without having to reinstall the whole thing like we thought!
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/10/10 10:24 PM

Originally Posted by V
I miss the big kissy icon.


Will this one work?

[Linked Image]
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/10/10 10:31 PM

Gladstone,

They have a solution for that now you know...

It's called Android...

And you don't need an iTunes account to use one either.

The Droid X ROCKS!

Now if they could just build them as fast as they sell them...

Posted By: Gladstone

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/11/10 01:08 AM

One of my users has the Droid. A few insist on iPhones. We use Lotus Notes, and I prefer Blackberries because they almost always work with no problems. (This was the first big problem in 2 years). But my Droid user loves his and has it fully customized exactly the way he wants it.

We're watching McLintock on television right now. The territorial governor in the movie, who John Wayne calls a "cull", is named Cuthbert. Funny...
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/11/10 08:06 AM

Had our picnic, after fording a river so high we thought we were going to float down stream....

Tried to do a 4x4 track as well but it was closed due to bad sping weather *sigh*

My 2 new calves arrived this morning and in typical Lil fashion I gave them grandiose names - Bacchus and Vino. The 2 new lambs come tomorrow, Flick named those - Ken and Baa-bie grin
Posted By: weaves

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/11/10 12:19 PM

Quote
Flick named those - Ken and Baa-bie
_________________________


Haha, great names!

You two seem like you have such a fun life. When ever I read your posts I get a little chuckle. Thanks for that.
Posted By: Chailover

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/11/10 01:44 PM

Acey!!! Good to see you. Didn't see you posting much on the other site so wasn't sure what happened to you. You didn't get kicked off too did you?

Gee, I don't really have much to contribute to a "vacation" thread since I really won't be getting a vacation anytime soon. I have to get a life first.

R-H-W - I also thought it was RTW. And yep, that Richard Marx song is a killer for me too. I've had the CD for years but can't listen to it anymore.

And Mark, I think I'm now convinced that you really aren't Dr. Harley. You had me fooled for a while there though.

Lil, thanks for being the town crier!! Many of us are here because you let us know about it. Glad you did!!

And to everyone else that I didn't know very well, but hope to get to know soon, - HI and have a great weekend!
Posted By: Gladstone

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/11/10 03:22 PM

Originally Posted by Chailover
And Mark, I think I'm now convinced that you really aren't Dr. Harley. You had me fooled for a while there though.


LOL!
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/11/10 03:27 PM

Originally Posted by Chailover
Acey!!! Good to see you. Didn't see you posting much on the other site so wasn't sure what happened to you. You didn't get kicked off too did you?

I'd tell ya but then I'd have to kill ya!!! wink

Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/11/10 11:00 PM

Originally Posted by Chailover

And Mark, I think I'm now convinced that you really aren't Dr. Harley. You had me fooled for a while there though.


Oh wow! I thouht I was the only one grin I think I believe it for the first year.

Quote
Lil, thanks for being the town crier!! Many of us are here because you let us know about it. Glad you did!!



I know others have invited as many if not more so can't take much credit. I wonder if certain people are surprised at how many offlist contacts MA members have tho...
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/11/10 11:02 PM

Originally Posted by weaves
Quote
Flick named those - Ken and Baa-bie
_________________________


Haha, great names!

You two seem like you have such a fun life. When ever I read your posts I get a little chuckle. Thanks for that.


Your welcome. To us life IS all about fun. Remember, growing OLD is mandatory, growing UP is optional. I shall be a not very grownup for the rest of my life grin
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/12/10 06:34 AM

Getting a new credit card. Apparently I was in Sears K-mart somewhere in America yesterday buying a few essential goodies.
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As has been pointed out to me, I was terribly rude and didnt stop in and visit with any of you, but it was a flying visit.

I wonder if I liked my goodies? I seemed to have forgotten what they where, AND have unfortunately misplaced them.
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Posted By: Vittoria

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/12/10 02:06 PM

Originally Posted by Mark1952
Originally Posted by V
I miss the big kissy icon.


Will this one work?

[Linked Image]

hahaha!
This works perfect, I love it!
Just got my chocolate fix for the day, my butt/thighs thanks you muchly. dancing


So, went to a birthday party the other night, we seem to be in the phase now of 25th Wedding Anniversaries and 50th b-parties,
and the dish of the evening was 6ft. subs.

They come on a 6ftx6in board.
The funniest is all of the comments made by the men at the party carrying them in. grin

Gee Lil, the credit card thing, odd that the charges were in another country.
We've had our cards lifted before but the charges were at least within our own province.

I like my job too, after working almost 20yrs. in one dept. where is was crazy most of the time, where I work now,
I sometimes feel that I should pay them. crazy
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/12/10 03:22 PM

Originally Posted by Mark1952
Originally Posted by V
I miss the big kissy icon.


Will this one work?

[Linked Image]


Now I get it....I can't c/p an imported emoticon but I can quote it and it will stick! Thanks, Mark & V.

Lil...sorry about your credit card sitch. Glad they caught it and it's a credit card and not a debit card that drained your account. (You eventually get it back but it could take 3 months on a debit card fraud.)

Chai, I posted something to you, thinking it was on this new Vacation thread but it was on the Reunion Thread. No time to link it but you can find it easy enough.

Ace
Posted By: OurHouse

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/12/10 04:57 PM

Vacations. What are they?

I did get away for a few days over Labor Day weekend..just up north to the beach for a bit.

Just booked my reservations to fly to Tucson next month. Haven't booked a return flight yet. I find I can grab better airfares if I just do them one leg at a time.

It's FOOTBALL SEASON and my two fav football teams had a good night last night. Go Ducks and 'Cats!
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/12/10 09:11 PM

Originally Posted by OurHouse
Vacations. What are they?

I did get away for a few days over Labor Day weekend..just up north to the beach for a bit.

Just booked my reservations to fly to Tucson next month. Haven't booked a return flight yet. I find I can grab better airfares if I just do them one leg at a time.

It's FOOTBALL SEASON and my two fav football teams had a good night last night. Go Ducks and 'Cats!


Glad you got away over Labor Day, OH. We did too.

I've been lurking in the TD and saw your challenges with your H's attitude. LC posted to you after reading your "deconstructing an M" thread. I will read it, too because it sounds like your H is like my H was for the first 32 years of our M. That was Pre-A.

Since this is a Vacation thread (supposed to keep topics "vacated" from R/M thoughts) I'll read and post to your thread soon. I know your drill all too well.

dancing dancing dancing HAPPY SUNDAY Everyone! dancing dancing dancing

Ace
Posted By: Gladstone

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/12/10 09:25 PM

A lot of my extended family is in Tucson. My parents come from a small town in southeastern Arizona, and many of my aunts and uncles went to either UA or NAU. (My sister is also a Lumberjack - I told her I knew her school song...)
Posted By: Lor

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/12/10 09:30 PM

I road-tripped to Williston North Dakota Labor Day weekend.

It would be true that Williston is not a usual travel destination, but, I did attend probably THE happiest wedding I have ever been to. It was so sweet to see such joy.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/12/10 10:53 PM

Originally Posted by Lor
I road-tripped to Williston North Dakota Labor Day weekend.

It would be true that Williston is not a usual travel destination, but, I did attend probably THE happiest wedding I have ever been to. It was so sweet to see such joy.


Hi Lor,

I'm not sure if you remember me but I think I contacted you a couple years ago regarding fun thread justifications on MB. Maybe not but if not that, possibly it was to request permission to c/p your success story. At any rate, it's great to see you here.

Maybe there could be a ROMANCE forum here to share stories like the joyous wedding you attended. I'd like to hear details. Maybe we could start a Romance Blog or something like that.

Thanks for sharing,

Ace
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/13/10 09:36 PM

Went into the bank to surender my card yesterday...

Lil - "Hi Im here to surrender my credit card."
Bank Teller - (top of lungs) "why are you surrendering your credit card Mrs Doggie!"
Lil - (noting all the very interested faces) *squeaks* because the number got stolen in America?
Bank Teller - (top of lungs) "You'll have to see the manager about that"

(Lil scuttles off to managers office)
"Hi my number got stolen in America and I need a new card"
Manager - "ok"

Not the most embarrassing thing ever, but certainly up there. I did think of 'other' replies later on in the day for the teller''
-I stole it
- I spent all your money
- my H wont let me have it
- you gave it to me by mistake

Really what did he think I was going to admit to???
Posted By: Flick

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/14/10 07:44 AM

Originally Posted by lildoggie
Went into the bank to surender my card yesterday...

Lil - "Hi Im here to surrender my credit card."
Bank Teller - (top of lungs) "why are you surrendering your credit card Mrs Doggie!"
Lil - (noting all the very interested faces) *squeaks* because the number got stolen in America?
Bank Teller - (top of lungs) "You'll have to see the manager about that"

(Lil scuttles off to managers office)
"Hi my number got stolen in America and I need a new card"
Manager - "ok"


Do they have a solid glass panel between you and them??
NO! I didn't think so! So why didn't you smash the #@&* in the face?!

Also I hope you didn't have to deal with that useless little twerp that we had to deal with last time.
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/14/10 10:18 AM

If you're looking for something to watch Tuesday night (in the U.S.), game 2 of the WNBA finals (best of 5) will be on ESPN2 at 6pm ET.

GooooooOOOOOOOO STORM!
Posted By: Lor

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/15/10 12:35 AM

Hi Ace, I'm seeing familiar names, but having a hard time remembering MB people, but I think you are right that we posted briefly a couple years ago when I dropped back in for a bit.

As for the wedding, it's hard to pin down what was so sweet: the bride's dad performed the ceremony at the chuch camp she works at, the couple are both in their late 20s, first marriage for both, so happy to find each other. The bride's siblings & family performed all the music. Nobody crying (I know that is sometimes more nerves than sadness). Permission for the guests "since this is camp" to laugh & clap and cheer.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/15/10 02:04 PM

Originally Posted by Lor
Hi Ace, I'm seeing familiar names, but having a hard time remembering MB people, but I think you are right that we posted briefly a couple years ago when I dropped back in for a bit.

As for the wedding, it's hard to pin down what was so sweet: the bride's dad performed the ceremony at the chuch camp she works at, the couple are both in their late 20s, first marriage for both, so happy to find each other. The bride's siblings & family performed all the music. Nobody crying (I know that is sometimes more nerves than sadness). Permission for the guests "since this is camp" to laugh & clap and cheer.


Married at camp. I love it. I was married in a gym (and my H coached hoop for 30+ years). Thanks for sharing....and for coming back to MB for a spell and for posting here. I've often heard veteran posters talk about the early days of poster support on MB and it seems to be what is developing here. I'm slammed at work, though and will not be able to fully engage here for awhile.

Ace
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/15/10 02:05 PM

Originally Posted by Looking4
If you're looking for something to watch Tuesday night (in the U.S.), game 2 of the WNBA finals (best of 5) will be on ESPN2 at 6pm ET.

GooooooOOOOOOOO STORM!


Update, L4...did they win?
Posted By: OurHouse

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/15/10 02:08 PM

Originally Posted by Gladstone
A lot of my extended family is in Tucson. My parents come from a small town in southeastern Arizona, and many of my aunts and uncles went to either UA or NAU. (My sister is also a Lumberjack - I told her I knew her school song...)


Here's a site I have bookmarked on my computer (yes, it is totally G rated, mods! LOL)
UA Webcam

My son attends school there. Having it opened up on my browser each day allows me to feel a bit closer to him.
I'm headed to Tucson next month. Can't wait!
Posted By: OurHouse

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/15/10 02:11 PM

Originally Posted by Ace
Originally Posted by Lor
Hi Ace, I'm seeing familiar names, but having a hard time remembering MB people, but I think you are right that we posted briefly a couple years ago when I dropped back in for a bit.

As for the wedding, it's hard to pin down what was so sweet: the bride's dad performed the ceremony at the chuch camp she works at, the couple are both in their late 20s, first marriage for both, so happy to find each other. The bride's siblings & family performed all the music. Nobody crying (I know that is sometimes more nerves than sadness). Permission for the guests "since this is camp" to laugh & clap and cheer.


Married at camp. I love it. I was married in a gym (and my H coached hoop for 30+ years). Thanks for sharing....and for coming back to MB for a spell and for posting here. I've often heard veteran posters talk about the early days of poster support on MB and it seems to be what is developing here. I'm slammed at work, though and will not be able to fully engage here for awhile.

Ace


Ace, I just saw your post earlier on this thread and am looking forward to your reply on my thread. I'm at an impasse and we already had the affair part...

Anyway, I was married on a sailboat. We both like to sail.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/15/10 02:20 PM

Originally Posted by OurHouse


Ace, I just saw your post earlier on this thread and am looking forward to your reply on my thread. I'm at an impasse and we already had the affair part...

Anyway, I was married on a sailboat. We both like to sail.


I'm so sorry I've missed replying, OH. I will but I have to get to work now. I promise to check back tonight.

Ace
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/15/10 05:35 PM

Originally Posted by Ace
Update, L4...did they win?
Yeppers! 87 - 84 in a great game. (In the two games the total point differential has been 5 points.) They're up 2 games to 0, going back to Atlanta for game 3 on Thursday in the best-of-five series.

I know WNBA gets snubbed and joked about a lot, but the ladies who play the game kick butt and it's top notch talent playing in these finals. They're physical, fast, agile, they actually play defense, and they play as a team. And the crowds have been fantastic during the playoffs. I encourage anyone who likes basketball to give it a look-see.

Go Storm! Go Storm! Go Storm!
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/15/10 07:50 PM

Good morning Marriage advocates. Its a gorgeous sunny day - for now. I hear we're gonna get a storm the size of Australia land on us in a few hours.
One of my lambs has arrived, Kenneth. Still waiting on Baa-bie, she hasnt been doing well so not ready for people rearing yet.

Have a most excellent day!
Posted By: Chailover

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/16/10 02:38 AM

Hey Lil, you're just so darn cute......
Posted By: OurHouse

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/16/10 03:03 AM

Is Baa-bie from Bahstahn?
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/17/10 05:33 AM

We don't get many championships here in the PNW so it's big that my ladies did it. Seattle Storm are the WNBA champs! Yay!

(I know how closely everyone here was following this so I had to get right on here and share the happy news.)

Lil, I'm sending good thoughts for Baa-bie to arrive safely.

Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/17/10 06:03 AM

Originally Posted by Looking4
Lil, I'm sending good thoughts for Baaa-bie to arrive safely.


Maybe you can start our own version of Baaa-bie(cue) Farmville here on the MA vacation thread! I'll bet Chrysalis might want to play! wink

Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/17/10 06:15 AM

Originally Posted by Ace
Originally Posted by Looking4
Lil, I'm sending good thoughts for Baaa-bie to arrive safely.


Maybe you can start our own version of Baaa-bie(cue) Farmville here on the MA vacation thread! I'll bet Chrysalis might want to play! wink



OK, I am officially cracked up. Totally busted on Farmville, even though I can't find enough time to play to make any progress. Not on vacation this week.

but.....

loving the vibe at MA!
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/17/10 09:00 AM

Baa-bie isnt coming until Tuesday next BUT I am getting 2 black faced lambs as well! Woohoo!

Biggest bestest news... we are unconditional on the house, no body can back out, it is ours!

HAPPY WEEKEND!
Posted By: nikko

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/17/10 10:04 AM

WOO-HOO for lil and flick! congrats....such an exciting time!
Posted By: Vittoria

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/17/10 12:15 PM

This is the start of a fabuliously weekend ............

hockey season starts TONIGHT !!!!!!! :claps:

Not to mention that the hometown arena has the absolute best fries
and onion rings.I mean sprouts and salade. wink

Have a great weekend Pot Luck, Cookouts and Picnic people!


Lil, I love the lamb names, I had the B&K camper, it was awesome and very pink!
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/17/10 06:14 PM

So, Lil... Where are you keeping all of these animals? Or are they where you work? Or perhaps they're part of the petting zoo you're building for your new B&B? I'm getting confused with all of the kids and animals running around your multiple dwellings. crazy

I like hockey but don't follow it closely 'till the play-offs near. I like Vancouver and San Jose. Used to be a Northstars fan 'till they headed way south. We go to a few minor league games a year and they're much fun.

Don't forget the tofu with your salad, V, for your protein. I had the camper too. Many hours of fun until the fold-out tent got all bent.

I'm seeing Heart this weekend. I've seen them many times over the years and have had a blast at every show so I'm really looking forward to it. Those ladies can still rock.

And so can I. highfive

Have a great one!

Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/17/10 06:28 PM

Hello hello

I've been learning at school this week, in one of my classes is a new boy who just came back from living in Canada for 3 years. He bought in a commemorative Flames puck and helmet and things. I'd never heard of the Flames til he showed up.

congrats on the house lil and flick

Have fun with Heart L4

I'm of on a girly day tomorrow....my sis has vouchers for free lunch and we'll be charity shop shopping for a wedding out fit...it'll be a slow day we're taking 8month preggers friend
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/17/10 11:03 PM

A plethora of individuals with expertise in multiple culinary methods ruins a concoction created by steeping assorted comestibles.

Just sayin'...
Posted By: nikko

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/17/10 11:14 PM

i have a batch of home made cinnamon buns in the oven....a batch of chocoloate chip buns about to go in and a bowl of icing calling my name!!! son and friend are having a sleep over...life is good!
Posted By: Chailover

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/17/10 11:46 PM

Originally Posted by OurHouse

Anyway, I was married on a sailboat. We both like to sail.


Well, and I got married in a funeral home. Look where I am now.

I guess I should have seen it coming......
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/20/10 08:47 AM

Originally Posted by Looking4
So, Lil... Where are you keeping all of these animals? Or are they where you work? Or perhaps they're part of the petting zoo you're building for your new B&B? I'm getting confused with all of the kids and animals running around your multiple dwellings. crazy





the B&B comes with nearly 2 hectares of land and I am NOT going to be running over it with the lawn mower.

I prefer the lawn Moo-er.

<crickets>

Chai. A funeral home??
[Linked Image]
Posted By: Lifechoice

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/20/10 12:50 PM

Can this also be the thread where we get to pat ourselves on the back? grin

Yesterday I signed up to do a 10 mile walk to raise money for breast cancer patients. The walk is a great casual event. You can walk 10 feet or the full 10 miles. My personal goal was to walk the whole thing and I did it!

I've been going to physical therapy for a back/hip/leg issue I am having and was hoping muscle spasms wouldn't stop me from acheiving my personal goal. I had to stop and do a few stretches my physical therapist taught me after about the 7th mile.

Today my leg muscles hurt, but not any worse than I expected. I think after my soak in the hot tub I will be feeling pretty good.

Posted By: LovingAnyway

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/20/10 05:04 PM

Congratulations, LC...that's awesome. I hope you feel great about it for a very long time.

LA
Posted By: Gladstone

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/20/10 05:13 PM

10 mile walk is impressive, especially if you are having leg and hip issues! Congratulations!
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/20/10 11:58 PM

Originally Posted by Lifechoice
Can this also be the thread where we get to pat ourselves on the back? grin

Yesterday I signed up to do a 10 mile walk to raise money for breast cancer patients. The walk is a great casual event. You can walk 10 feet or the full 10 miles. My personal goal was to walk the whole thing and I did it!

I've been going to physical therapy for a back/hip/leg issue I am having and was hoping muscle spasms wouldn't stop me from acheiving my personal goal. I had to stop and do a few stretches my physical therapist taught me after about the 7th mile.

Today my leg muscles hurt, but not any worse than I expected. I think after my soak in the hot tub I will be feeling pretty good.



CONGRATULATIONS, LIFECHOICE!
:claps: :claps: :claps: :claps: :claps: :claps: :claps: :claps: :claps: :claps: :claps: :claps: :claps: :claps: :claps: :claps: :claps: :claps: :claps: :claps: :claps: :claps:

Hey Mark...can you bake a cyber cake to celebrate LC's walk triumph AND the fact that Marriage Advocates now has OVER 5000 posts! Thanks!

Whoo Hooooo! thumbsup dancing highfive
Posted By: Chailover

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/22/10 01:29 AM

Originally Posted by lildoggie



Chai. A funeral home??
[Linked Image]


Yeah. XWH's dad was a funeral director and they lived upstairs at the funeral home. XWH grew up there and as he says "watching his dad embalm bodies while eating PB&J sandwiches."

Anyway, we thought it would be fun (and different) to get married downstairs in the chapel.

Miss Mullet will never be able to top that one.....
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/22/10 01:46 AM

LC,

Good job an the walk. Any chance you're gonna do it again in about 4 months?

Could be a bit chilly then.

You betchya...
Posted By: Lifechoice

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/22/10 11:54 AM

Thanks Everyone.

Ace, You are too funny.

Mark, the only way I will be doing a 10 mile walk in 4 months is if I just happen to be on a tropical island at the time grin

Today I am back to work after having several weeks off. I really do love my job and am fortunate to have the hours I do. On average I work 3 days a month, can't get sick of a job like that. grin
Posted By: herfuturesbright

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/22/10 12:19 PM

Several questions:

lil - where did you get that jaw-dropping smiley?

Chai - when you got married in the funeral home did you dress like Abby from NCIS?

Lifechoice - no question, just impressed

Mark - Where's the cake? I came over hear because I heard someone type the word cake.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/22/10 01:53 PM

Here ya go...

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Posted By: herfuturesbright

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/22/10 02:11 PM

I love carrot cake......and somehow I knew you would find a really appetizing picture because finding images is your spiritual gift. Mine is mercy (not).
Posted By: Justuss v1.0

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/22/10 03:27 PM

Very few cakes I like but carrot cake is one of them! I don't care for the icing on most cakes.

Looks delicious!!
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/22/10 06:29 PM

Carrot Cake? Who brought it? I want some.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/22/10 07:50 PM

Princess Cinders!

'Bout time you showed up here.

I'm in the mood for pie today myself...

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Posted By: Vittoria

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/22/10 07:57 PM

Time to get off the computer, I feel my butt spreading like the pecan pie I'm staring at while typing,

but

I just had to give a shout out to Cinderella !!!!!!

You are finally here !!!!!!! YAY!
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/22/10 08:02 PM

Hello Princess!!

Herf, all my graemlins come from www.mysmiley.net/free-cool-smileys.php
There other sites with better ones, I just am used to this one
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/22/10 10:27 PM

Originally Posted by lildoggie


Herf, all my graemlins come from www.mysmiley.net/free-cool-smileys.php
There other sites with better ones, I just am used to this one
Most of mine come from www.bestsmileys.com and www.cool-smileys.com

Now you know my secrets...

Mark
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/23/10 06:02 AM

My favorite desserts would have to be Italian Cream Cake, Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie, Peach or Blueberry Cobbler

Carrot Cake, however, is yumyumyummy!
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/23/10 02:40 PM

Originally Posted by cinderella
My favorite desserts would have to be Italian Cream Cake, Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie, Peach or Blueberry Cobbler

Carrot Cake, however, is yumyumyummy!


Yeaaaaa! Cinders is here! Hello Princess! I'll be late to work now that I've logged on to say "Hey" but you're worth it, Cinders. So glad you're here!

Ace
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/23/10 02:57 PM

Acey, you are absolutely the best. I've been missing you.
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/23/10 05:59 PM

Apple Cake:

-1 can fried apples...but I use Musselman's canned apples instead (NOT apple pie filling)
-1 cup brown sugar
-1 spice cake mix
-1 cup chopped nuts
-2 sticks butter/margarine (I actually use 1.5-.75)

preheat oven to 350. grease 13x9" pan. Add apples and spread. Crumble in brown sugar. Sprinkle/spread cake mix. Scatter nuts. Slice butter and spread pats out. Bake 50-60 minutes. Best eaten while still warm. If you add vanilla ice cream on the side or top, you may swoon.
Posted By: Chailover

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/23/10 06:04 PM

Tiramisu is my fav.



Posted By: Chailover

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/23/10 06:09 PM

Originally Posted by heremainsfaithful

Chai - when you got married in the funeral home did you dress like Abby from NCIS?



lol....no, I wasn't into Goth back then. I'm not really now either, but I do love Adam Lambert!!!
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/24/10 05:49 PM

The chapel at one of the local funeral homes here used to be a fairly popular wedding site. It is named the Chapel of Roses. However, they no longer have weddings there.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/24/10 11:36 PM

Smiley attack!

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Posted By: Lifechoice

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/25/10 01:13 PM

Has anyone ever watched the show Mall Cops, Mall of America on TLC?

Well we got to see the real deal yesterday, minus the cameras of course LOL

We were at the mall getting a homecoming dress for DD and while there saw 2 separate incidents where people were being handcuffed for whatever it was they did wrong. Right in the open the cuffs were placed on them. I had never seen anyone in handcuffs in my life and here we saw 2 within a half-hour.

I guess they really don't mess around there when it comes to security.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/25/10 02:12 PM

Originally Posted by Lifechoice
I had never seen anyone in handcuffs in my life and here we saw 2 within a half-hour.


Kinda freaky, eh? It's even more bizzare when it happens outside your window at work. (community center)

We're off for the weekend.....DS and DH are invited to play in an alumni baseball game at the college (now university) we all attended.[Linked Image]


DH is quite the spectacle (in an admirable way) still pitching well while nearing the age of 60. He did a great job last year against the other alumni but it seems that that game is not scheduled, only the homerun derby, team BBQ and the game of alumni vs. varsity.

DS hit a home run his first at bat last year and the amazing part was that I caught it on film. If they only have one game instead of 2 this year, DH isn't sure he'll play...and that's OK with me (the thought of facing ironmen 20-something-year olds with metal bats and guns of steel only 60+ feet away is a bit intimidating at times for me).

I may check back in the evening from our hotel but in the meantime, HAPPY WEEKEND to all.

Ace

P.S. Anyone remember Lindysue from the other site? She didn't post very long but if you check out the early parts of the Vacation thread there, her stories are soooo funny. If you're lurking here, Lindy, I do hope you'll register and share an update.

Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/25/10 02:20 PM

Originally Posted by cinderella
Acey, you are absolutely the best. I've been missing you.


Missed this post yesterday and missed you for months, too! Again, glad you're here.

Cinders, do you realize that YOU were the first person to post on the original Vacation thread way back in early Aug. 2007....and then you disappeared for over a year until I challenged you on Iville. Do you remember....well...maybe it's best forgotten. LOL blush

Have a great weekend. Gotta pack and head on out.

Acey
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/25/10 08:03 PM

I have to go see my mom. Not looking forward to it....30 miles there. She has Alzheimers and is not having a good week. 30 miles back. Gonna be frustrating and wearying.

Did ya'll know that those boots they put on people who have ankle surgery are heavy and very hot.

I do remember that I was the first to post on the vacation thread. But I am a hit and miss poster so I forgot to return
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/26/10 03:06 PM

Sorry your mom is having difficulties, Cinders. Dementia in general (especially Alzheimers) is such a challenge for all involved. Praying for your strength and patience in helping her deal with this horrible disease.

We are challenged with a trivial thing compared to what you and others are enduring:

Rain.

Rain and baseball do not cohabit well and the rain usually wins.

We'll see how things develop....at least the family time together will be good.

Ace
Posted By: Lifechoice

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/26/10 03:45 PM

Hope the rain stops so the games can be played.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/26/10 04:15 PM

Originally Posted by Lifechoice
Hope the rain stops so the games can be played.


Homerun derby is first, then the team BBQ and the alumni/varsity game. Mom is taking us out to pizza instead of sticking around for the BBQ.

I'm more thrilled with the fact that she is making the long difficult drive of her own volition (we didn't have to kidnap her or 'guilt trip' her this time) and SHE said "I want to take MY FAMILY out for pizza" when she called me (at work) to confirm we were coming, too.

Rain or no rain, baseball or no baseball, this is a good thing.

Ace
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/29/10 03:11 PM

Originally Posted by Ace

Rain or no rain, baseball or no baseball, this is a good thing.

Ace


Yup....mom in her right mind....able to do what she wants...wanting to have an activity w/ you....THIS IS A GOOD THING!
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/01/10 12:53 PM

Originally Posted by cinderella
Yup....mom in her right mind....able to do what she wants...wanting to have an activity w/ you....THIS IS A GOOD THING!


Hey Cinders,

MIL developed Alzheimers and FIL literally wore himself out and died trying to hide her symptoms from us. In fact, I was helping MIL transition to a care facility when then-WH had his A. (Plus I was working 3 jobs since he had been fired from his 30+ year career and those distractions enabled the A.) I know the pain of dementia well as I also work in a related industry. You deserve additional jewels in your tiara for the effort you put in with your mother.

And, you're right....if my mom wants to have a pot luck, cook out, picnic or pizza party, I'll find a way to get there! Fortunately her mind is no longer manic like when they had her meds all messed up and her ensuing chemical imbalance nearly drove all of us nuts. Thank God it was only temporary.

Thanks,
Ace

P.S. Baseball/BBQ/rain update soon.
Posted By: Lifechoice

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/01/10 03:01 PM

I am having a heck of a time keeping up around here because I have been so busy lately.

I would like to go on the record and say I love my job! I love what I do, I love the fact I have such flexible hours and love I have the opportunity to do what I do.

With that said, What's everyone got going on this weekend?

We're busy. DH is in Vegas for a guys weekend with his dad and his dad's friends. He was looking forward to it and I'm sure they will all have a great time.

DD15 has her first homecoming. The parade is after school, the game is tonight and the dance is tomorrow. There is a large group of kids going together. I'm sure it will be fun.

Tomorrow morning DD20 and I are going to walk in a 3K walk to raise money for a local organization. This should be a piece of cake after the 10 mile one I did a few weeks ago.

LC
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/01/10 11:54 PM

Tonight, we're pulling out the Halloween decorations.

Saturday I'm "winterizing" the yard. Pruning back the trees and bushes, (hopefully) doing the last mow of the year, and pulling up the seasonal plants. After that, I have 4 new interior doors I intend to paint. Then a glass of wine as I watch the Huskies game at 5pm.

Sunday, it's church then DD7 and I are taking my sister to the final Seattle Mariners game of the season for Sis' birthday.

My grandmother had dementia and that was difficult to watch. As much as I remember her changes, I also remember how my mother and father handled it all with such respect and grace.

Ace, we BBQ in the rain at our house. We have to, otherwise we'd probably only get grilled food a few weeks out of the year.

LC, I'm glad you love your job. I like mine, but can't say I love it. I hope while everyone is out doing their thing (Vegas, homecoming), you can take some "me" time to do whatever tickles your fancy. And good luck with the walk.
Posted By: johnstwin

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/02/10 12:23 AM

Hi L4-

I like your idea of having a glass of wine after the "fall" chores. I need to prune, winterize and kill some moss (btw-we never had those weird "horse tail" weeds in Everett) and finish my kitchen shutters.

Hope things are going well for you. We are doing well up in the northern valley. Hopefully we can get together with Queenie sometime soon.

Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/02/10 12:57 AM

Originally Posted by johnstwin
Hopefully we can get together with Queenie sometime soon.
I hope so too, JT.

And howdy. waves
Posted By: herfuturesbright

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/02/10 01:00 AM

My DD14 made us stroganoff AND cleaned dishes tonight. I literally sat and watched Jeopardy and Wheel with DH and she cooked.

I am lucky.
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/02/10 05:31 AM

boss yelled at me again today...then, despite I really wanted to go home and take a pain pill because I hurt all over...he refused to let me leave. This was not the first time he's done it. AND he's sent me nasty toned emails before. AND I have told his supervisor I'm tired of it. But, I think boiling mud will freeze before they talk to him about it.

Then, he changed his mind but I wouldn't go....I had gone elsewhere and calmed down.

Excited about getting a massage Sunday. I hurt all over. Crutches will mess you up!
Posted By: herfuturesbright

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/02/10 01:40 PM

I'm sorry cinderella. I can relate to a boss whose an.....well, challenging. I hope the karma buses also apply to bosses. And I hope you get some pain relief.
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/02/10 08:25 PM

I told someone the other day that I am sure, considering how he treats me, that there might just be a nuclear powered hot tub waiting for him in hell.
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/03/10 09:47 PM

LOL Cinderella,
I'll have to remember that.

Was at my 2nd job on Friday night (pub) when one of the customers told me the guy I had swapped a haircut for a lamb with, had docked my lamb. Tail AND testicles. I expressed shock over not being asked and got a lecture about how I had got the lamb for free (no I jolly well did not), he had done every lamb in the village (he didnt ask me tho) I shouldn't want a ram anyway (umm...babies???) and its not like he charged me for the service (its MY FRICKEN LAMB!!!!!!)

Went to the kitchen and had a silent scream. Came back out and another customers said "Isnt it good A**** docked your lamb???
*more silent screams*
and then gave me exact same lecture when I indicated I would have preferred being asked about procedures that will impact my MY animals welfare in the future. Came home after work and checked A**** hadnt taken it upon himself to emasculate my bull calf while he was at it. Next day he turned up very apologetic and with a new ewe lamb - turned out everyone at the pub was giving him h3ll over my reaction.

Small town, New Zealand.[Linked Image]

In other news, we had to drive over to Dunedin airport to pick up DD14 from her week in Wellington. We knew it took just over 2 hours to get there so was a bit surprised when the navman said 6 hours. Figuring it was a glitch we ignored it.

Turn out that instead of programming in the quickest route, Flick had hit the SHORTEST route. We ended up going over the mountain on a dirt track. Scared the bejasus out of us, especially since we couldnt go too slow as the idea of leaving DD14 waiting at the airport for longer than a few minutes.... well I know Chrysalis is feeling my pain smile

Jolly good thing Flick is an AMAZING driver. We did the '6 hour' trip in 2.5 hours.

I needed a cup of tea and a lie down afterwards.

HAPPY MONDAY!!!!!
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/04/10 03:56 AM

LIL! The whole post was hysterical....glad you got a replacement lamb. Glad DD14 got home safely. Glad Flick is a good driver. Glad you recovered.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/04/10 08:05 PM

Lil,

This song reminds me of the road you describe: Black Bear Road

Posted By: herfuturesbright

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/04/10 08:20 PM

I love these stories. Who knew I would go to a marriage forum and get such good humor and smiles from reading about sheep testicles and such! Ha!

DH is getting more and more like his dad (who I do love) on trips. I like to drive fast, so I want the route with four lane roads and interstate. DH wants the "shortest" route....even though that means tiny roads that actually take a lot longer. Meanwhile I;m in the passenger side breathing deeply trying not to puke. If I DID puke....would that swing POJA in my favor??? hahahahahaha
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/04/10 10:55 PM

Mark,
that song was so close to the drive it was not funny. At one part of it, I said to Flick "at least there's not much worry about on coming traffic". Right the we came around a bend to find an oncoming ute with trailer on back, necessitating a quick detour into someone's drive. The road started out gravel and corrugated, and ended up a dirt track. Oh and despite it being marked as a 4x4 track only, we did it in my Mazda 6.

I found pictures. Why someone would want to record the hideousness I have no idea. I did note it wasnt the bit where there was a warning on the side of the road against vehicles long than 9 meters or articulated trying to get down.

This is the description of the road on a tourist site:
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Travel gravel roads with views of Lake Mahinerangi, climbing and descending rarely used forestry tracks, with views over the Taieri Plains. Including a fantastic 7km downhill decent that includes crossing country farmland, forestry track, native bush, wetlands and mud tracks before a final sprint to the finish line.


I nearly vommed during the 'fantastic 7km downhill descent'. Mind you, I nearly vommed from about 1/2 an hour into the journey, right up until we found a sealed road again.

pic of start of road.

when I saw this, there was snow on the ground

apparently you can dive in the lake

If you really interested, go to google maps and type in Mahinerangi Rd, Otago
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/04/10 10:56 PM

Originally Posted by heremainsfaithful
Meanwhile I;m in the passenger side breathing deeply trying not to puke. If I DID puke....would that swing POJA in my favor??? hahahahahaha


A road isnt bad until even the driver wants to puke.
Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/05/10 06:52 AM

Originally Posted by lildoggie
. well I know Chrysalis is feeling my pain smile



Do I ever feel your pain!

I so totally get why this was a disaster. If DS 16 faced a few hours stranded in an airport, well God help the populace.

And I remember a certain 6 hour drive down the road to meet Lil and Flick....


Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/08/10 02:00 AM

Originally Posted by Ace


P.S. Baseball/BBQ/rain update soon.


I keep forgetting to follow through on my promise to update.

We skipped the BBQ and went for a family pizza feed. It was fun....and the rain held off and broke into a sunny afternoon.

DH was amazing at the Alumni game even if he did not think he would get to play. The Alumni coach decided to pitch all 9 pitchers, starting with the oldest. DH is nearly 60 but befuddled the top of the order with his "junkballs" and pin-point location. He pitched a shutout inning and his team scored in the bottom so they were ahead after his inning.

The rest of the game? Uhhhhh...they had fun! DH was pleased and his inning and the fact that he is keeping in shape is paying off nicely. He didn't even feel that badly that his bat couldn't quite connect with the 90 MPH pitches that went by rapidly all afternoon.

Only 5 weeks before we head to the World Series to regain our championship that was stolen (by a recruited team of retired MLB players) last year.

Ace
Posted By: catperson

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/08/10 08:54 PM

Originally Posted by lildoggie
Originally Posted by heremainsfaithful
Meanwhile I;m in the passenger side breathing deeply trying not to puke. If I DID puke....would that swing POJA in my favor??? hahahahahaha


A road isnt bad until even the driver wants to puke.
I saw an ad yesterday for a new tv show called "World's Scariest Roads."

I just said no way. Riding a one-lane dirt road up and down a mountain in Spain has forever scarred me.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/09/10 04:44 PM

Since it's already tomorrow where Lil lives, stop by the OT forum and wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY... Another Birthday?

Must be a pretty special birthday too, I think, since the date would be 10/10/10...

Make it a "ten" day, Lil!
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/11/10 02:56 PM

Originally Posted by Mark1952
Since it's already tomorrow where Lil lives, stop by the OT forum and wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY... Another Birthday?

Must be a pretty special birthday too, I think, since the date would be 10/10/10...

Make it a "ten" day, Lil!


Hope you had a happy birthday weekend, Lil.

And HAPPY MONDAY to everyone!
xxxxxxxx :claps: thumbsup dancing highfive dancing :claps: thumbsup highfive waves thumbsup
I know those words have a difficult time co-existing on the same page but there ya go!

Ace

P.S. If, for no other reason, it's nice to have a happy place to gather here on MA.
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/11/10 07:09 PM

I did have a nice 10/10/10 day thank you.

I did get a touch annoyed when I realised it was my 3rd birthday on a forum and yet again I couldnt post on the day. Last year MB went down and the year before that my computer died. This year I had no internet. *sigh*

Happy Tuesday!!!
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/12/10 04:01 AM

In honor of Mark:

I LOVE MY JOB :mad:

I LOVE MY JOB! :mad:

I LOVE MY JOB!! :mad:

NOPE! Not working for me, either.



(I think KNOW there will be a nuclear powered hot tub in hell for some of the management where I work.)
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/12/10 04:52 AM

What I do at work:
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Work is kind of like this:
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What happens when my phone rings:
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How I think management (if you can call it that) treats me:
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How management talks to me:
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What I think about the hell-hole that the office is:
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Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/12/10 05:01 AM

That being said, I have 20 years w/ the employer. I have good benefits. I make just enough that it would be hard to go elsewhere. Sort of a no-win situation.
Posted By: Lifechoice

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/13/10 03:33 AM

I have been so busy lately I am having a heck of a time keeping up around here. Tomorrow I am heading out of town for some "me time" Docp will be in charge of taking care of everything at home and I get to have fun smile


Cinders, so sorry you have a bad boss, but I'm glad you are able to focus on the positive (good benefits). It can't hurt to look elsewhere could it? You never know what might come along if you do smile
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/13/10 03:43 AM

well, I have so many years of service, that it would be very hard for them to reach me in a reduction in force. at this time, it is not prudent to give up that comfort. I think I'll start letting some other agencies know that I would be interested.

My supervisor and his supervisor have 2 people they like to pick on...and the other one is taking a job with another agency. This is not good. (I turned down the chance to interview for that position because I was having ankle surgery and didn't know how I would get to an interview.)
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/14/10 12:05 AM

Poor Cinders
{{{Cinders}}}

I have completed the great move. I have a million days of work coming up WITH Flicks express approval since we suddenly have a whack of bills, and I have 4 lambs. I also have a hundred assignments coming up for school, and we have 30 odd bookings for the B&B.

I need a rest just thinking about it.
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/15/10 03:16 AM

well, I'm expect that they will be given nuclear powered hot tubs in hell
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/15/10 07:03 AM

Can I have one? But like, now, not in hell? and maybe like, cold. 40 degrees C in the shed today. The cows and I were nearly passing out from heat exhaustion.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/15/10 01:14 PM

Sorry for your boss woes Cinders, and your heat wave issues, Lil.

How ironic that it's Bosses Day tomorrow. I hope that venting here helps you cope...


xxxx...And... HAPPY FRIDAY to ALL!
xxxxxx :claps: thumbsup dancing highfive dancing :claps: thumbsup highfive waves thumbsup
xxxxxXXXxxxx HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GREAT WEEKEND!

Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/17/10 02:34 PM

Originally Posted by Ace


xxxx...And... HAPPY SUNDAY to ALL!
xxxxxx :claps: thumbsup dancing highfive dancing :claps: thumbsup highfive waves thumbsup
xxxxxXXXxxxx HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING A GREAT WEEKEND!


Hey, LOOK...Mark!

I'm killin' your thread! The only two posts in the past 3 days are mine!

he he heeee

Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/20/10 05:05 AM

Acey, there was NO mention of boss's day at my office.


Fortunately, this week the majority of the people around whom I work have attended "Respectful Workplace" training. And, my boss has barely spoken to me. Being ignored is better than being yelled at.
Posted By: Saynomore

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/20/10 03:54 PM

Morning All,

What a terrific thread. I feel like I know most of you from "the other side" and am anxious to get to know everyone else.

Vacation is about my favorite thing in the world and Mark was one of my favorite posters so ....this is the thread for me. We are actually leaving tomorrow morning for the hills of West Virginia for a long photography/biking/hiking weekend. Hoping for more leaf color than we have here.

God's Blessings,

Say
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/20/10 04:35 PM

A little distraction...

Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/21/10 07:39 PM

What cute cats L4...

I think these ones have much better vocals though
Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/21/10 07:48 PM

ooohhhh and on vacation.....[Linked Image][Linked Image][Linked Image]

We're going on a little one this weekend - down to Devon - going to take the telescope DS had for his b'day and gaze out to sea and his new metal detector for beach combing and go to the amusement park and do the log flume...

weather forecast: high of 11 (52 where you lot are) and 70%chance of precipitation...

but that is fine cos we're expecting it and some of the best days at the beach are in the pouring rain [Linked Image]

and it's school hols... so no work for a week and then back to work but without the children for 2 days...Curriculum the subject for our 2 teacher development days..
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/21/10 10:14 PM

Originally Posted by staytogether


Would that fall under the heading of Meeting the Emotional Need of Conversation?
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/22/10 12:02 AM

This is adorable, ST. Thanks for sharing.

Originally Posted by Mark1952
Would that fall under the heading of Meeting the Emotional Need of Conversation?
Looks like it. And Affection as well.
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/22/10 09:17 PM

H and I are hosting a wine tasting party tomorrow night with 4 other couples coming. A sommelier with a business that sells wines in homes will be leading it. There's going to be fancy cheese and chocolate and all kinds of fru-fru stuff. It's going to require a good house-cleaning before so we can look the part.

Afterward we're going to get back to our roots and head to a bar to hear a friend's band play. I'm hoping we'll get some dancing in. [Linked Image]
Here's to a great weekend, everyone. Cheers! [Linked Image]
Posted By: star*fish

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/22/10 10:10 PM

L4,

I went to a party like that recently and it was fabulous. However, good luck going out dancing after! I was surprisingly wasted after all the tasting and was glad I lived on the next block!
Posted By: Lifechoice

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/23/10 12:15 AM

A wine party sounds like fun L4 and I can't wait to hear all about it.

Anyone else have to deal with crazies today? Holy cow I have to remember to NOT work on full moon days.
Posted By: Vittoria

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/23/10 01:07 PM

L4, your wine party sparked a memory ......
I have a best friend who is a wine rep, and since I'm such a duh when it comes to knowledge of wine, I'm able to reap the benefits of her expertise.
I tagged along to one of her wine test gatherings which included a beautiful meal. This was in support of buying local food and drink.
The 'hundred mile rule' thing.

There was the greeting wine waves ,

followed by the ordeuvre wine smile ,

then the salade wine :claps: ,

and the main course wine thumbsup .

We finished with ice wine with dessert. dancing (or so I thought)

We drove separately and met at this inn.
Needless to say, she drove me home. blush

I asked her how she doesn't get bombed at these functions. confused
She told me that she only has one sip of each wine, unlike myself who gobbled up the whole darn glass of each. crazy

Yes, I'm looking forward to how your party goes!


Originally Posted by Lifechoice
Anyone else have to deal with crazies today? Holy cow I have to remember to NOT work on full moon days.

Not sure where you work, but I've worked some crazy nights where there's been a full moon.
It's not coincidence, the weirdos really do emerge and chaos is a given. grin


Happy weekend to everyone! smile
Posted By: Ace

Re: FOOD FIGHT!!! @ Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 10/24/10 08:36 PM

Originally Posted by Vittoria
Happy weekend to everyone! smile


Happy Weekend to you, too!!!! How'd the wine tasting party go, L4?

Funny story, Vittoria. DH and I are boring...neither of us drink but we'll be the designated drivers for the next party.

I've never been to a party like that but there may be a bit of competition on who can taste/drink more and still stay standing. Sounds like Star might not win a contest like that.

Speaking of competition, DD just watched the movie Hook and after the food fight, we were talking about what the best foods were for winning a food fight. DH says that no one wins and no one loses (unless someone gets hurt) but here's the food they picked:

PUDDING, preferably chocolate!


Just for fun, has anyone ever been in a real food fight? If so, where? when? how did it start? who won? why did it finally stop?

Also, what other movie has a funny food fight?

Happy Weekend,
Ace
Posted By: star*fish

Re: FOOD FIGHT!!! @ Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 10/24/10 08:42 PM

I love the food fight in "Fried Green Tomatoes"
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: FOOD FIGHT!!! @ Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 10/24/10 08:42 PM

Posted By: star*fish

Re: FOOD FIGHT!!! @ Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 10/24/10 08:51 PM

Posted By: Not2fun

Re: FOOD FIGHT!!! @ Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 10/24/10 09:10 PM

Ya all haven't seen a food fight till you've worked in a High School cafeteria.

Our administration LOVES the peas I serve........the janitors do NOT.

We have a savere citrus allergy student, so I had to remove all oranges from the line and kitchen. I replaced those with red grapes.

The janitor are STILL not talking to me........ :cry:

Not
Posted By: Looking4

Re: FOOD FIGHT!!! @ Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 10/26/10 12:36 AM

In a food fight, I think mashed potatoes and milk shakes would make good ammunition.

The wine tasting was excellent. I highly recommend it as a special evening with friends. We had a professional come in (she is a wine seller), we sampled 6 wines (there were 8 of us) and no, we did not polish off all of the bottles. We went to a restaurant and watched our friend's band play afterward and we needed to be able to get there.

It is soooo true that what you eat with wine can make a huge difference in how it tastes. I bought specific cheeses, fruits, and chocolates that the hostess recommended and the taste of wine before eating certain foods verses after eating was remarkable.

And what kind of glass you drink from also makes a difference. I would not have believed this is I didn't experience it myself.

I learned a lot and we bought way too much for the holidays. Guess we got caught up in the moment.

[Linked Image]
Posted By: Ace

Re: FOOD FIGHT!!! @ Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 10/26/10 01:10 PM

Mark, funny song..thanks for posting it....never knew someone actually sang about how chocolate pudding can kill! eek

Originally Posted by Not2fun
Ya all haven't seen a food fight till you've worked in a High School cafeteria.

Our administration LOVES the peas I serve........the janitors do NOT.

We have a savere citrus allergy student, so I had to remove all oranges from the line and kitchen. I replaced those with red grapes.

The janitor are STILL not talking to me........ :cry:

Not


Condolences to you, Not for working with food while trying to lose weight (accoridng to your recent post on the Diet thread)....and for dealing with food allergies, angry janitors and potential food fights. Sounds like an intriguing day.

Star..thanks for posting that Animal House food fight...DH mentioned it in our discussion and I was going to google it but didn't have to when you posted it. I don't recall the food fight in Fried Green Tomatoes but I'll check it out.

Originally Posted by Looking4
In a food fight, I think mashed potatoes and milk shakes would make good ammunition.


Is your suggestion from experience or wishful thinking?

The only semi-food fight I've been in was when a team I was coaching started chucking grape finger-jello across my living room at each other during a get-acquainted/team bonding meeting. grin grin grin

It was funny until we discovered later that some errant throws had stained our new carpet. frown :cry: eek
(At least the team had bonded well!)


Ace

Posted By: Looking4

Re: FOOD FIGHT!!! @ Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 10/27/10 04:15 AM

Originally Posted by Ace
Is your suggestion from experience or wishful thinking?
Wishful thinking. While kids, my brother and sisters and I used to throw an occasional food item at each other to get on another's nerves.

Otherwise, the closest to an actual food-for-all was in 8th grade. There was a rumor run-amok that there was going to be a huge food fight during lunch. I was student body president and the principal called me into the office and said if anyone so much as throws a single piece of food, we'd lose a dance or movie or other school privilege. Ya. He was putting it all on me. I had to get on the school P.A. system and tell my fellow students to behave -- as if I was their mother.

I felt like a dork, but it either worked or it was strictly a rumor because nothing happened. And we got our movie.
Posted By: Looking4

Re: FOOD FIGHT!!! @ Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 10/27/10 04:25 AM

How'd you like to clean up after this food fight?

Posted By: cinderella

Re: FOOD FIGHT!!! @ Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 10/27/10 04:37 AM

I was never in a food fight. However, in junior high, I ate lunch with a group of girls. One day we tossed a pickle slice back and forth between our table and a table of boys a couple of years older than us. However, it was not a real food fight.
Posted By: cinderella

Re: FOOD FIGHT!!! @ Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 10/27/10 01:55 PM

BTW, I think I could use a chocofest. When shall we have it?
Posted By: Lil

Re: FOOD FIGHT!!! @ Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 10/28/10 10:01 PM

I've never actually been in a food fight. I am not sure I am upset by this.

Had my pappy and his new GF here for a few days. Lots of wine and gin. I need a Betty Ford. Also lots of food: venison pie, aged sirloin, pork ribs, gourmet pizzas... I need new clothes.

Get behind me chocolately treats of temptation, least you end up ON my behind.

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!
Posted By: cinderella

Re: FOOD FIGHT!!! @ Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 10/29/10 04:08 AM

Tomorrow, we are having appetizers and dessert at work. I am taking tortilla chips and a corn and black bean salsa.
Posted By: Ace

Re: FOOD FIGHT!!! @ Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 10/29/10 12:15 PM

Originally Posted by cinderella
Tomorrow, we are having appetizers and dessert at work. I am taking tortilla chips and a corn and black bean salsa.


Ewwwwwww....Cinders, black bean salsa...now that would add another flavorful colorful dimension (or dementia) to the tomato festival L4 posted above.


Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: FOOD FIGHT!!! @ Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 10/29/10 01:46 PM

Okay, I now have 6pt of pumpkin and chilli soup to join in with and another 6pt of plain old pumpkin on the hob....
Posted By: cinderella

Re: FOOD FIGHT!!! @ Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 10/29/10 03:42 PM

I made some pumpkin lasagna one year...was pretty good. Found the recipe on the internet.
Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: FOOD FIGHT!!! @ Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 10/29/10 04:11 PM

WE GOT TAKETHAT TICKETS!!!!!
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: FOOD FIGHT!!! @ Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 10/29/10 04:36 PM

So which one you get tickets to, ST?

I see that I can get tickets on line for around 200 USD each and of course with airfare and lodging I could attend the same vent for around 2 grand per person...

I'll gather up about 20 friends and we'll charter a jet and be right there...

Power went out at our house Tuesday morning at the beginning of our little storm. For those who just got here from another planet, the storm was caused by a low level low pressure center that at its peak was the lowest barometric pressure ever recorded over land. The storm was bigger and more intense that the one that sank the Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975. It spawned tornadoes from around Chicago to the Gulf coast and from Illinois to Pennsylvania. It was a bigger storm than the "Perfect Storm" in the Atlantic in 1991.

We had winds in excess of 35 MPH for over 48 hours and during the peak, we had 45 MPH sustained winds with gusts to just over 70 MPH that lasted over 8 hours.

If you haven't seen the storm, take a look at this link.

Wow!

So when the power came back on, I sat down to turn on my PC and got... <crickets>...

I think the power supply is toast, but until I have time to go get one, I have to suffer with a laptop that is too small for my fat fingers or try to get on line at work, which may or may not be doable depending on what happens as the day goes on.

Have a wonderful Friday and awesome weekend...

Enjoy the concert, ST!
Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: FOOD FIGHT!!! @ Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 10/29/10 09:04 PM

That would be great Mark - please come, you and all,can stay in the 20 yo caravan on our drive.

Our tickets were £60 each - our christmas presents...only 8 months to wait.

That storm looks fairly scary.

Yep, have a great w/e one and all
Posted By: Saynomore

Re: FOOD FIGHT!!! @ Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 10/29/10 09:20 PM

Oh Acey, I love corn and black bean salsa!!!! I love anything with blackbeans, even black bean burgers.

God's Blessings,

Say
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 10/30/10 04:59 PM

Originally Posted by Saynomore
Oh Acey, I love corn and black bean salsa!!!! I love anything with blackbeans, even black bean burgers.

God's Blessings,

Say


Glad you like black bean salsa and that Cinders mentioned it. Never heard of black bean burgers...sounds like an interesting vegetarian alternate. (Or did you mean burgers (beef) with black beans added ~~~ like one adds mushrooms to a hamburger and calls it a mushroom burger?)

Apology to Mark: I've returned your thread name back to its original but thanks for the fun food-fight week TJ! Looks like Say is taking us back to burgers, which could be from a pot luck, cookout or picnic...just sayin' wink

Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 10/31/10 01:05 AM

Black bean burgers at Cheeseburger Charley's are made w/ no meat....vegetarian....I love them.

The salsa I was talking about is made w/ 16-oz of salsa (preferably the fresh stuff from the produce section of the grocery store), 1 regular size can of whole kernel yellow corn (drained), and 1 regular size can of black beans (drained). Mix together and store overnight. Sometimes, I add jalapeno peppers.
Posted By: Saynomore

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/01/10 01:22 AM

I am definately going to try that, Cinders. DH makes some kickin salsa but it is often to hot for my aging stomach. I could whip that up myself.

My blackbean burgers are vegetarian too. We also like grilled portabellas with cheese masquerading as hamburgers and while we're on food.... DH smoked tilapia in his smoker today. First time he's ever done it. He made a smoked fish spread tonight that was to die for and tomorrow...smoked fish and blackened corn chowder. Yumm! Gonna be a gooood week at our house.

God's Blessings,

Say
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/01/10 03:39 AM

Those sound good....really good.
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/02/10 02:14 AM

Have a little "After Halloween Delight"



Ellen Degeneris sent one of her writers through a haunted house.
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/05/10 07:59 PM

It's Saturday!!!!

- sorry for you behind the times others waves

I'll take care of for you, it'll be only slightly used when it comes cool
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/05/10 08:00 PM

Well, it's about time someone showed up. I was just wondering what we would be having for an afternoon snack.
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/05/10 08:03 PM

Breakfast time here, I'm still in bed.
I'll be having the usual... 2 slices of homemade fruit loaf toasted, with butter and berry jam, and two pots of tea.
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/05/10 08:22 PM

got a cup of red tea. Wish I had something besides peppermints to go with it. EUREKA!!! I found some crackers and my jar of peanut butter.
Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/05/10 08:50 PM

Originally Posted By: lildoggie
Breakfast time here, I'm still in bed.
I'll be having the usual... 2 slices of homemade fruit loaf toasted, with butter and berry jam, and two pots of tea.


And what would homemade fruit loaf be? Recipe?
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/05/10 08:55 PM

1. buy a Breville breadmaker.

2. 450gm white flour
325gm boiling water
25gm cooking oil
1t salt
2t brown sugar
2T milk powder
1.5T gluten flour
1t cinnamon
1/2t ginger
1/2 ground cloves

3. turn on Breville, set to wholemeal and add ingredients. Start.

4. at the beeps add 1C sultanans, 1/2C diced apricots, 1/4C dried cranberries, and 2T dried orange peel.

Time= 3hrs 40 mins.

will keep for a week so just cut off 2 slices every morning and toast smile

Excellent with honey, berry jam or marmalade.

Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/06/10 03:51 AM

Well, that's not particularly helpful. But, we do now know what you are talking about. However, I don't know that I could make it because I don't have/want/need a bread machine. If I had one, there would be even more of me to love.
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/06/10 04:40 AM

Most days I just make my standard multigrain bread. Once a week I make a fruit loaf and every once in a while I make a french loaf. I have experimented with beer and cheese bread, but they didnt turn out so good.

When I first got it I was going to make so many varieties, now the novelty's worn off and I just make normal bread.
Posted By: Chailover

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/07/10 12:32 AM

OK Lil, I have a question about food since that seems to be the topic here.

A friend of mine bought a company that deals in Aussie products, and he needed help packing up some orders so I went over to help yesterday. Most of it looked really good - Cadbury candy bars, various crackers, cookies etc. But what in the h3ll is this stuff called Vegemite? Do you eat that stuff in NZ too?
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/07/10 02:48 AM

We're happy little Vegemites,
as bright as bright can be,
We all enjoy our Vegemite
for breakfast, lunch and tea,
Our mummies say we're growing stronger
every single week,
Because we love our Vegemite,
We all adore our Vegemite,
It puts a rose in every cheek.



I can answer that...

Yes...

They also have Marmite (as do the Brits), which is similar though the Kiwi version is not as strong as the British version.

Marmite and Vegemite are made from brewers yeast extract, a by product of making beer. Vegemite is currently a brand of Kraft Foods. It was invented in 1920 and first marketed in 1923 as a competitor to the Kiwi version of Marmite that was being sold in Oz. The original version includes extracts of celery, onions and salt as well as the extract (rich in vitamins, especially B-complex) made from the used yeast from the beer brewing industry.

You can buy it in the states, but I have no idea why you might want to...

The strongest flavor triggers the receptors for the predominant taste found in meet. There is no actual English word for this taste though the word "savory" has been used. Picture beef bullion cubes crushed and turned into a paste by adding water.

Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/07/10 05:49 AM

Hey, if he has bags of the little candy bars called VIOLET CRUMBLE, I want 3 bags.
Posted By: Chailover

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/08/10 12:32 AM

Originally Posted By: Mark1952

You can buy it in the states, but I have no idea why you might want to...

The strongest flavor triggers the receptors for the predominant taste found in meet. There is no actual English word for this taste though the word "savory" has been used. Picture beef bullion cubes crushed and turned into a paste by adding water.



I agree Mark. Not sure why you would want to. I tasted it and it was nothing like beef. More like month old stout in which someone had dumped the salt shaker. It looks like grease from your car and I had a heck of a time just getting past the smell. Evidently it is used on just about everything from toast to salad.

Cinder, yes he has Violet Crumbles.
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/08/10 06:46 AM

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
We're happy little Vegemites,
as bright as bright can be,
We all enjoy our Vegemite
for breakfast, lunch and tea,
Our mummies say we're growing stronger
every single week,
Because we love our Vegemite,
We all adore our Vegemite,
It puts a rose in every cheek.



I can answer that...

Yes...

They also have Marmite (as do the Brits), which is similar though the Kiwi version is not as strong as the British version.

Marmite and Vegemite are made from brewers yeast extract, a by product of making beer. Vegemite is currently a brand of Kraft Foods. It was invented in 1920 and first marketed in 1923 as a competitor to the Kiwi version of Marmite that was being sold in Oz. The original version includes extracts of celery, onions and salt as well as the extract (rich in vitamins, especially B-complex) made from the used yeast from the beer brewing industry.

You can buy it in the states, but I have no idea why you might want to...

The strongest flavor triggers the receptors for the predominant taste found in meet. There is no actual English word for this taste though the word "savory" has been used. Picture beef bullion cubes crushed and turned into a paste by adding water.



There is a clear vegemite/marmite division in our house. DD14 and I are vegemite all the way. Marmite smells to much like something gone bad, but Flick wont have anything else.

I gave vegemite spread on rusks to my babies. Lots of B vitamins.

In the winter, nothing better than thickly sliced toast, with lashings of butter (not marg) and just a scrape of vegemite over top. Too many people spread it on like its peanut butter, or honey. Way too much salt.

What is meet, in a food context?
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/08/10 06:49 AM

Originally Posted By: Chailover
Evidently it is used on just about everything from toast to salad.

.


Not heard of it for salad. I like it no toast as I said before. When I was a kid I used to have vegemite and lettuce sandwiches for school. I use it for gravy and casserole flavouring, and I give it to babies on rusks. I sometimes let the cats have a little but the salt content is high.

If you try it, just a scrape - really. I have heard of way too many stories of foreigners coming here and getting told to load it on like chocolate spread. No kiwi eats it like that.
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/08/10 04:05 PM

Originally Posted By: Chailover


Cinder, yes he has Violet Crumbles.


The bags of the 'fun size' bars or the big ones? I can eat a whole fun sized one but not the others....tooooooooo sugary

Does he have Mint Slices and Montes - - I think they are both Arnott products - cookies.

BTW, if he has Awesome Aussie seasoning called Sydney Seasoning, we love it on chicken, beef, fish, scrambled eggs, etc.
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/08/10 04:08 PM

Lil, the day after I broke my shattered the humerus in my right arm in a hot air balloon crash in Alice Springs, I was discharged from the hospital. After I got back to the hotel, my xh said, "Here, taste this." Then he shoved a half teaspoon of Vegemite into my mouth. You have never seen a wounded, pain pill filled woman move as fast in your life. I think I spluttered for a full minute trying to get that taste out of my mouth.

You are right. It is palatable (barely) spread thinly on buttered toast. It is not palatable otherwise in my American opinion.
Posted By: at peace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/08/10 05:00 PM

Vegemite I've heard of (tho it sounds kind'a nasty crazy) But, what the heck is a "rusk"? confused

Lori
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/08/10 09:08 PM

A rusk is a small dried bread stick you give to babies who are teething.

Cinders, the reason Americans dont like vegemite is because it contains no sugar grin seriously, the 2 times Ive been to your country, I've come back with diabetes issues LOL!
Posted By: at peace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/08/10 09:19 PM

Originally Posted By: lildoggie
A rusk is a small dried bread stick you give to babies who are teething.


Aaaaah, ok...teething biscuits.

One of my co-workers has a daughter who's dating a fella from Australia (over here going to college). He brought plenty of vegemite with him, or as my co-worker calls it "gunk in a tube." wink
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/08/10 09:26 PM

Well when y'all come to my B&B, I shall make a point of making you the perfect slice of vegemite on toast.
Posted By: at peace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/08/10 09:37 PM

I love that you say "y'all". I bet it sounds cute with an accent. grin

Congrats on opening your B&B, Lil! That's awesome! claps

Lori
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/08/10 09:40 PM

LOL, I dont have an accent. Y'all have an accent smile

Jayne taught me the way of y'all. She thought it was appropriate for a cowgirl.

Thank you for the congrats. So far its been ok. Most guests are really nice, and have only had one 'needy' guest to date. Long may it last.
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/08/10 10:01 PM

Peace, think zwieback. Kinda like giving a baby a big crouton.
Posted By: at peace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/08/10 10:14 PM

My kids both loved swieback toast! They'd gum on a piece til their little faces were soaked with slobber, lol. They were so sweet back then. *sigh*

Lil, I hope your luck holds out with the non-needy guests! I'd be a terrible hostess, I think, so I've always been appreciative of the innkeepers on the few rare occasions my husband and I have stayed at B&Bs. I love them...so much more interesting than a stuffy 'ol cookie-cutter hotel!

Lori
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/10/10 10:22 PM

Hope everyone is alive and well.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/12/10 07:25 PM

Originally Posted By: cinderella
Hope everyone is alive and well.


Well?
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/12/10 08:10 PM

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
Originally Posted By: cinderella
Hope everyone is alive and well.


Well?


Well, yes. Well.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/13/10 03:11 AM

Oh...

Well.

Oh, well.

Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/13/10 04:06 AM

Don't let your emotions well up.
Posted By: Saynomore

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/14/10 10:19 PM

Lil, DH and I looove B&Bs. We've stayed in dozens of them and have our eye on one in Oregon that is all treehouses. Do you have a website? Got any good B&B recipes? My Christmas brunch is almost all from B&Bs that we have visited. I hope yours is a rousing success!!!

God's Blessings,

Say
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/14/10 11:55 PM

I am alive, but not really as present as I could be.

The farm has me doing 4 days a week which would be ok BUT the pub has me doing housekeeping on the same 4 days.

Makes time management interesting.

Last lot of guests were a hoot and not at all needy. Have a honeymooning couple in tomorrow night and the a couple of blokes (separate beds, but same room. Hmm) a couple of days later. Then fours days on at the farm again.

On top of that I have 5 assignments to do before 30th Nov. I am going to try and get most if not all done this week.

I love deadlines. I love the wooshing noise they make as they fly past.

Yes the B&B has a web site, but since it also has my home address and phone number, I am NOT putting it up here smile I am casual about my IRL stuff getting out, but even I think thats TMI. One stalking a year is good enough for me thank you.

BTW: I dont have a well. I do have spring. Does that count?
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/15/10 05:14 AM

Is it emotional?
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/15/10 06:32 AM

er, Flick was pretty emotional when he discovered the drainage ditch he had dug was working correctly.

The only thing I'm getting emotional about tonight is my bed, and that only for sleeping.
Posted By: Lifechoice

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/15/10 03:06 PM

Originally Posted By: cinderella
Hope everyone is alive and well.


I'm alive and well and checking in. Had a nice weekend and we get to ease into the week since DD15 has a 2 hour delayed start to school today.

I attended an awesome conference on Sat and yesterday did a whole lot of nothing.

I use to journal a lot and yesterday spent some time reading through my journal. I'm pretty sure I have great material to write a very funny book using my journal entries, well that is IF I was a writer smile

Hope everyone else had a nice weekend.
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/15/10 06:34 PM

Hey, in my neck of the woods, there won't be many outdoor celebrations today. It's down to 45 which is MUCH colder than it has been during the day.

Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/18/10 06:36 AM

Back from a week in Mexico where it was 85 and sunny EVERY day. I parasailed. I swam with dolphins along with my laughing daughter. I had a massage. I drank cocktails on the beach at 5pm four of the evenings. (I came to l-o-v-e a Dirty Monkey.) I danced all night with 56 other family members and cousins, some of whom I hadn't seen in 5 years, all in celebration of my parents 50th wedding anniversary.

I'm home again.

Expected high tomorrow is 48 with a cold front coming through this weekend.

To put a twist on Mark's mantra...

I love the rain.

I love the rain.

I love the rain.

I love the rain...
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/18/10 12:54 PM

Glad you had a great time, L4 and good to have you back.

Ace
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/19/10 06:37 PM

I'm off to have the emissions checked on the car for my lunch hour. It's always a good time. (Taking a book.)

Tonight H and I are off to Vancouver for a weekend away without kids. Got a 4-star hotel for an unbelievable price downtown. (Priceline.com has yet to disappoint me.) Looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow. And staying in for a while too. blush

Have a fantab weekend, you crazy, fun-lovin' peeps.
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/19/10 07:13 PM

going to dinner & movie w/ woman I have known since the first day of first grade. Still can't decide what movie.....Fair Game, Red, or Morning Glory.
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/19/10 07:14 PM

p.s. I love movies w/ actresses that are no longer starlets.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/19/10 07:22 PM

Originally Posted By: L4
To put a twist on Mark's mantra...

I love the rain.

I love the rain.

I love the rain.

I love the rain...


How's that been workin' for ya?
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/19/10 10:41 PM

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
How's that been workin' for ya?
Fabulouso! Great for growing webbed feet and moss on the back. You get used to it.

But I'm really hoping for snow. My attitude probably has to do with the fact that we cut down a huge tree this summer and have enough firewood to last 5 Midwest winters. I also work from home, amenities are about a half mile away, and we have a great hill for sledding within walking distance.

Come on snow!
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/19/10 11:30 PM

There's NO business

Like SNOW business...

According to my friend in Aspen, anyway.

And unless the tree was dead a couple of years when you cut it down, it will take 5 years to get the fire started...

BTDT

Posted By: Lifechoice

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/20/10 01:09 AM

As a family we do a lot of volunteering, but this is a first for us. I just signed us up to be Bell Ringers for the Salvation Army Red Kettle. It's only for a few hours and we get to stand inside at a local store. I'm sure it will be a great experience smile
Posted By: Lifechoice

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/20/10 01:22 AM

L4,

Glad you had a great trip.

ETA: Vancouver is a great city. My DH and I went there a few years ago and are thinking about going back next summer. I've never booked through priceline, so you can really get a good deal? Did you get to choose where you want to stay? I'm picky when it comes to hotels and typically choose certain brands.
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/22/10 05:59 PM

Priceline works where you can pick your specific hotel and dates, just like other travel websites. And from what I can tell, their prices are in line with what other sites offer -- hotels.com, orbitz.com, etc.

Where you get the deals is the "Best Deals" section where you "Name your own price". You do not get to pick your hotel, so if that is something you're highly particular about, then best that you don't do this. But you do get to pick the area where you want to stay (they provide a map with the areas defined so you can see) and you get to select if you want a 4-star hotel, 3.5-star hotel, 3-star, 2.5-star, 2, 1.5, or 1. Then you put in your own price and they let you know if there is something that matches your criteria in your desired area for that price. They do not tell you the name of the hotel until you commit to the reservation, so that can be a little unnerving if you do not like risks. And I will not be held responsible if it doesn't work out great for anyone else, but the three times we've done it, we've been pleased with the results.

If you've submitted too low of a bid, they tell you what the average rate for a room is in that area and you get another chance to name your price. We have always selected lower then the average and found something.

All three times we've done it we've put in for a 3 or 3.5 star or greater and we've ended up with a 4-star place. Last year, we got into the Marriott in Downtown Vancouver for $75/night and it was a fantastic room on the 23rd floor. This year, we got a room at the Delta Suites. It claimed it was a 4-star hotel but... Maybe the suites higher up were fancier and because we came through Priceline we didn't get the swank we were hoping for... But we were on the 9th floor, it was clean, the service was great, and it was a perfect location for all that we wanted to do. And we paid $85 less per night then regular rates.

Anyway, I'm sold on Priceline when you don't need a specific hotel but are looking only for a general area.

(They should pay me for my endorsement.)

What do you like to do when you visit?

And I love that you're going to be bell ringers. Thank you for doing that.
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/22/10 06:26 PM

taking a small poll here:

I will be home alone from mid-day Thursday until Sunday. My children will be at their dad's. No one will be inviting me over.

Shall I get myself a Cajun deep-fried turkey just because they are oh-so-tasty? I can eat on it a bit then freeze the rest for later use.
Posted By: LivingWell

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/22/10 06:36 PM

I will be home on Thursday also, cinderella.

Cajun deep-fried turkey? I can't imagine!! eek :turkey: grin

I will be making spaghetti (or mostaccioli, not sure) and meatballs......LOTS of it so there will be leftovers on Friday. thumbsup

My Thanksgiving will be late January or early February......when will yours be?
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/22/10 06:45 PM

I think anyone who is at home cooking for themselves should get whatever they jolly well like. If you choose to have a peanut butter sandwich, it's fine.
Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/22/10 06:56 PM

I'm with lil. The turkey sounds good Cinders....Can you have an extra specially large chocolatey truffle for me too...
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/22/10 08:44 PM

Originally Posted By: LivingWell

My Thanksgiving will be late January or early February......when will yours be?


Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, November 25. However, I am thankful every day. nod
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/23/10 09:42 AM

T/J but I didn't know where else to put this.

I just realized my signature was incorrect and had to change it to "Married 16 years" as H and I celebrated our anniversary earlier this month.

Who would have thunk it?

dancing
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/23/10 03:35 PM

Originally Posted By: Looking4
I just realized my signature was incorrect and had to change it to "Married 16 years" as H and I celebrated our anniversary earlier this month. dancing


thumbsup
Posted By: Lifechoice

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/24/10 02:52 AM

L4,

Thanks for the info about Priceline. I will have to look into it if we go to Vancouver again next summer. Last time we went we stayed at the Sheraton Wall Center. It was nice, but I'm certainly open to staying somewhere else. I am very picky when it comes to hotels so I have to have a little control over where we stay smile

Quote:
What do you like to do when you visit?


We tacked Vancouver onto a business trip my DH had in BC and didn't get to see everything we wanted to since we only had a few days.

We took one of the trolly tours, but had to rush a little so I would like to take it again and take our time. We would like to take a little trip to Grouse Mountain and also explore Stanley Park a little more than we had time to do.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/24/10 03:02 AM

Originally Posted By: Looking4
T/J but I didn't know where else to put this.

I just realized my signature was incorrect and had to change it to "Married 16 years" as H and I celebrated our anniversary earlier this month.

Who would have thunk it?

dancing


Hurray for L4, Mr. L4 and the little L4's!!!!!

May you have many many many more(s)! claps

Ace

P.S. You could just put this on the invisible (but soon-to-be-seen) L4 Blog! wink
I think "Married for 16 Years" would be a great blog title...and you could just ask one the mods to change it for you this time next year!
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/24/10 02:59 PM

So, are we cooking turkeys tomorrow?

Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/28/10 07:19 AM

Moved past the cooking....to the leftovers! :turkey:
Posted By: Vittoria

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/28/10 12:00 PM

Leftovers ...... I love leftovers, Cinders.

I made a chicken pasta dish last week that could be easily used with turkey.
Sauteed chicken strips, celery, mushrooms, broccoli, orange pepper,
zucchini, leeks, babe tomatoes, garlic and tuscan spices in sesame seed and olive oil.

Add to spaghetti pasta, along with marinated artichokes and capers.
Added some mariana sauce.

It was delicious! (and looked awesome to boot)
Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/28/10 04:11 PM

mmm, Vitty, I want to come to lunch at your house!
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 11/29/10 04:21 AM

At World Market, my daughter and I found this highly unusual looking pasta called 'mother in law's tongue'. On the box, there is a recipe that calls for zucchini, basil, and other divine sounding ingredients. YUMMMMMMM!!!!
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 12/03/10 10:04 PM

Cocktails all around and here's to a great weekend!



(My dad used to lip sync and act this scene out at family functions well before I saw it on YouTube.)
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 12/05/10 03:35 AM

I think I should find something to eat and then go to bed.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 12/06/10 02:50 PM

Originally Posted By: cinderella
I think I should find something to eat and then go to bed.


So what did you find to eat, Cinders? Hope it was good.

****

I have something to confess:

I have banned myself from posting on Jen's "thread-killing competition" thread. But I read it nearly every day and am highly impressed with the creative composite writing you've all displayed....competition or not.
Thanks for the laughs! laugh1

May your competitive spirits never die and may your creativity continue to provide unique distractions for all of MA, whether we admit to reading it or not!

Ace
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 12/07/10 05:15 PM

Acey, I don't remember what I found to eat but it probably wasn't wonderful. However, I have yet to starve to death.

As for the thread-killing thread, I am CERTAIN you could add to the story.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 12/10/10 02:23 PM

Originally Posted By: cinderella
As for the thread-killing thread, I am CERTAIN you could add to the story.


Thanks but it moves too fast for me since I can't post (or even lurk) during daytime hours.

I do have a Friday Fun Thread Question:

What's your favorite Christmas memory from your childhood?

I remember sledding on my Radio Flyer sled (or maybe that was our wagon...did RF make sleds, too?) blush

One Christmas, after opening our gifts, our dad (who seldom if ever came out to play with us in the snow) put on his work boots and actually went sledding with us. Then when we got home and out of our wet clothes, our mom had a full turkey dinner all set out on the table. It was such fun and I'll never forget the joy we felt when Dad went sledding with us. (I have no clue what gifts we got that year!)

What do you recall fondly about a childhood Christmas experience?

Ace

Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 12/10/10 10:34 PM

I remember being puzzled by a cigar butt left in an ashtray. I knew my dad smoked cigarettes and Santa smokes a pipe. I couldn't figure that out and mom and I decided it must be Santa's.

My children were impressed by the ash footprints on our hearth for a couple of years.

Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 12/17/10 07:46 PM

Pure joy.

Child conducts Beethoven

It's worth watching 'till the very end.

I hope y'all experience lots of joy this weekend. God bless!
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 12/19/10 03:19 PM

Originally Posted By: Looking4

It's worth watching 'till the very end.

I hope y'all experience lots of joy this weekend. God bless!


Thanks L4 for that much needed series of chuckles and laughs, especially at the end.

Hope everyone's weekend is going well.

Ace
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts & Picnics... - 12/19/10 07:59 PM

L4,

Awesome video. Good to see kids that into music, especially something not current Pop music.

I just returned from a potluck. We had lots of breakfast things and I cooked chorizo and eggs with a steaming stack of corn tortillas and a bottle of habanero hot sauce. (I think a couple of people hurt themselves by not understanding what the term HOT really meant.)

Before our potluck this morning we had almost two hours of various music specials as part of our Christmas celebration. We had a group of teenagers who put together a medley of Christmas themed worship songs and performed them. These gals and guys ranged from 12 to about 16 years old and they did an amazing job.

Another group of young guys did a Christmas carol medley with a serious jazz flavor. All in their early 20s or late teens, these guys were serious jazz musicians. The piano solo (ad-lib) at one point was something I could have listened to for the rest of the afternoon, if he'd kept it going.

Ability can be acquired. Technique can be taught. Sincere love for the music and the genre comes from within. Seeing kids with that sincere love of music is so cool to see and always fun to watch.

We also had a bunch of performances by adults and groups and such, some of them really very talented overall, but seeing the kids playing, singing, performing from the heart made the whole morning worth the effort it took to pull it off.

Thanks, for sharing that L4.
Posted By: soolee

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/20/10 01:13 PM

Oh...I thought this was a recipe-sharing thread.

Has anyone checked out www.allrecipes.com

It's a really great place with a rating system for recipes and room for comments from people who have tried each recipe.

I like it a lot.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/20/10 01:19 PM

Soolee,

This is a place for anything that might be unrelated to marriage problems. Beyond that, subject matter is up to those who post to it.

If you don't like the current subject, go ahead and change it.

Recipes are good.

Maybe we can get a recipe for lefse from someone in the great white north. (It is still white up there, isn't it, LC?)

Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/20/10 01:34 PM

Originally Posted By: soolee
Oh...I thought this was a recipe-sharing thread.

Has anyone checked out www.allrecipes.com

It's a really great place with a rating system for recipes and room for comments from people who have tried each recipe.

I like it a lot.


Soolee,

Welcome to what-we-used-to-call "the Vacation" thread on MB! It was on the Recovery forum from August 2007 until April 2010 when it was unceremoniously whisked over to the OT forum. I think Vittoria and I killed it several months ago.

Then MA started.

Then MArk started this thread.

Like MArk said, we can talk recipes or anything but if you're looking for it, here is Lil's Recipes Please thread.

We could talk recipes, but I'd also like to come up with words for
the "rk" part of MArk's name so we can say Marriage Advocates r----- k----!

Click to reveal..
How 'bout Marriage Advocates RocKs!!!!! cool
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/21/10 04:53 AM

Bears 40 - Vikes 14

Not as close as the score might indicate...

Da Bears!

NFC North Division champs!
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/22/10 03:42 PM

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
Bears 40 - Vikes 14

Not as close as the score might indicate...

Da Bears!

NFC North Division champs!


Major accomplishment. Congrats, Mark.

A larger accomplishment might be that the Bears (and the frozen concrete-like turf) may have done something that seemed inevitable years ago but may now become a reality after Monday night:

Click to reveal..
Maybe they convinced Favre to retire! eek


Do you think that will actually happen? If so, when? And if when, for how long?

Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/23/10 12:33 AM

Originally Posted By: Ace
Do you think that will actually happen?

(Oh, please let it be... Oh, please let it be... Oh, please let it be...)
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/28/10 06:11 PM

Anyone up for a game of Pattycake?

Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/28/10 06:22 PM

Hilarious, L4! Thanks for posting that!

Ace
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/29/10 10:57 PM

Lola wants to play with these kitties! She thinks they could start a kitty education program!
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/02/11 02:25 AM

Flick DD and I went camping for new years eve. In normal Doggie family fashion, it was all organised very last minute.

Got there with Flick knowing exactly 2 people, and DD and I knowing not a one. Had a most excellent time, with people urging all kinds of beverages and food on me. When they started a circle of black ouzo drinking I decided to NOT join in smile

Midnight came and there was many hugs by complete strangers. Bed at 2am and awake and wandering around at 6.15am with only the dogs and a few early morning kids for company.

When Flick finally dragged his Ouzo ridden butt up, we packed up, drove into the nearest large town, bought "morning after" food, and had it down by the most glorious lake.

Today DD and I walked down to the local race course to watch the trots. DD guess a winning horse for me. Pleased I didnt bet on it - it came 5th smile The mighty Flick has been there all day, and wont be home until 7pm because.... he is in charge of the bouncy castle grin I love it. Flick, the child hater has been made to watch over them ALL DAY!!! ROFL
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/08/11 02:32 AM

I hope Flick survived, Lil.

We had a most fantastic rib roast last night. H won a drawing at a butcher shop and we had friends over to help us savor every bite. I can't wait for the leftovers this evening.

We'll be taking the tree down tonight so the boy scouts can recycle it tomorrow. I've been dragging out taking things down because we got them all up so late this year. Check that... I got them up so late this year. And because it is pretty much only me who helps take them down (which I hate doing), I put it off. And off. And off.

Getting my hairs back to their "natural" color along with a cut in the morning, watch the Seahawks with friends in the afternoon, then dinner and a movie with my best girlfriend. Sunday it'll be piles of laundry while we watch more football, including the college BCS championship we're taping from Saturday night. (Don't tell me who wins!)

Have a gooder, y'all.

Cheers!
Posted By: johnstwin

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/08/11 04:20 AM

Quote:
We had a most fantastic rib roast last night. H won a drawing at a butcher shop and we had friends over to help us savor every bite.


I'm sorta wishing you still lived in the town just to the south.... grin
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/11/11 02:37 AM

If it meant I could see you more, JT, I sorta wish it too.

I hope you're well. waves
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/14/11 01:45 AM

So, Mark... Are you a betting man?

vs.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/14/11 04:21 AM

I guess both teams have had to deal with wondering which QB is going to play from week to week.

In our case they both had the same name...

Quote:
So, Mark... Are you a betting man?

I bet it's gonna be cold and snowy at game time. How's that work for ya?
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/14/11 04:57 PM

So you go with the favorite, I see.

I have to tape the game as I've got church before noon. (Why on Sunday is the Central Time game the early game and the East Coast game the latter?) I'm not expecting an upset, but I am sure hoping for one.

We're having unseasonably warm temps in the PNW. Highs in the low 50s and lots of rain. (It's usually temps in the upper 30s and low 40s, and lots of rain.) I hope those of you who are experiencing the winter storms are staying warm.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/14/11 10:40 PM

L4,

I'm just hoping that Da Bears have a better game plan than the usual hoping for somebody to kick it to Hester...

Though inevitably, somebody always does.

Key players I think for Da Bears will be Peppers, Briggs, Hester and Cutler.

If Cutler can avoid going for broke early and get into a rhythm with screens and short stuff under the secondary and behind the blitz from the LBs, he should be able to avoid the tendency to throw it into triple coverage in the end zone from the Bears 25... A couple of early first downs with some misdirection could force the Seahawks DBs and LBs to stay home and that would give Cutler time to look down field and actually see where he is throwing the ball.

If the Bears offense gets a two score lead, that is when the defense can be turned loose. Once they start having fun, Briggs and Urlacher can really tee off on Hasselbeck and if they forget about Julius Peppers and he starts to stunt inside, he is going to get a couple of sacks at least.

Since the Seahawks coach claims he will kick it to Devin Hester, field position is going to be the story. If they kick to Hester and he gets it before the tacklers get there, he will give the Bears good field position on almost every touch. If they kick it away from him and it goes out of bounds, the field position is still going to be pretty good. Even kicking it to Manning can end up being dangerous since he had the run-back for TD called back over a bone head call in week 6. Kick it to Hester and he scores about 1 in ten times he touches it. Kick it to Manning and your odds improve to about 1 in 25. Kick it to either and you get an average return of about 30 yards.

Look for the Bears defense to give up short passing yards but stiffen and only allow field goals. If Cutler stays out of the 7 step drop and gets rid of the ball underneath before the blitz can get to him early and Forte cranks off a couple of big runs, the Seahawks defense will have to stay home and I honestly don't see their secondary going man-to-man if Cutler gets time to choose a target.

Early game plan should be screen, run, screen, run, screen, run short pass, run, run, run for the Bears offense. The defense needs to get to the QB with the front 4 and if they do, the linebackers will be waiting for anybody that goes across the middle and actually catches the ball.


For the game in week 6 the Bears were missing Briggs, Peppers was gimpy and the offense was looking for a game plan that fit the personnel on the field. All that has been addressed and the defense has learned how to tackle instead of going for the big hit. If the Bears lead in the 4th, Forte will pound the ball and Taylor will spell him every 4 or 5 carries. Earl Bennett is now a real 3rd down threat and Cutler rushed for 1st downs on third and long as many times as almost anybody in the league.

Forte for over 100 yards.
Peppers with three sacks and a tip.
Briggs with a sack, a couple tackles for loss and Urlacher or Briggs with a pick.
1 pick for Tillman or Chris Harris.

Bears 24 - Seahawks 13

Bigger spread if Hester returns punts and kickoffs.

Hester - 33 punt returns, 17.1 yards per touch, 3 TD. 12 Kickoff returns, 427 yards, 35.6 yards per touch. He was number 2 in kickoff returns and yards on the Bears.

Bears returned 58 kickoffs vs 65 for Seahawks which means the the 'Hawks allowed 7 more scores than the Bears. Bears allowed 286 points vs Seahwaks 407.

Please kick it to Devin Hester.


That more committal in scope for ya?

If the same QB and offensive line show up for us that played in week 6, you have a good shot. That hasn't been the guys who have been playing since the break. One thing we know in Chicago is that they could show up again at any time.

I'll be looking for the game on the radio since my wife and I are kidnapping each other for the weekend and running away from home for a couple of days.
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/15/11 12:19 AM

Go Bears!
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/16/11 01:08 PM

Good Morning Picnickers...

My wife and I ran away from home yesterday.

Well, we had our son come to take care of the dogs and cat, got in the car with a change of clothes and started driving. We headed in the general direction of SIL's house and made a few stops along the way and after deciding to keep driving found ourselves in a great motel in Mt Vernon Illinois.

Might go check out Rend Lake this morning after breakfast and see what we can find on the way home. Don't know if we'll make it to SIL's or not.

Hope I can find the game on the radio...

Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/16/11 01:17 PM

Go Bears!
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/16/11 01:17 PM

Go Mr/Mrs Mark!
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/17/11 01:40 AM

We're back...

Headed South down I55 and cut across at Pontiac on IL 116 (East) to IL 47. Then went South through Gibson City and on to I74 East to I57 and headed South again.

Stopped in Amish country for a couple hours (near Arcola IL) and made a couple other side trips as well. Ended up spending the night at a new motel on Mt Vernon IL and this morning went to Rend Lake and hung around for a while before heading toward home. We got off the interstate and followed two lanes most of the way back.

We stopped on the way home and found a 26" LED/LCD TV for 268 bucks and bought it for the den. Makes an AWESOME monitor!

L4, I guess I missed the score, didn't I? grin
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/17/11 04:06 AM

I take it that you were happy with the outcome?

BTW, last weekend, 1 out of 4 of my choices won.

This weekend, it was 4 out of 4, I think.

So, I am cool with anyone other than the steelers winning the whole enchilada. So, right now, there is a 75% chance I will be happy w/ the outcome of the Super Bowl.
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/17/11 03:49 PM

Now, back to the food topic!


MAGIC MUFFINS


1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Malt-O-Meal hot wheat cereal, dry
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Stir together until all ingredients are moistened. Pour batter into greased or paper-lined muffin pans, filling cups 3/4 full. Bake 18-20 minutes or until center is firm to the touch.

Yield: 12 muffins.
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/18/11 02:29 AM

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
Forte for over 100 yards.
He had 80. Which is just over 6x more then the Hawks leading rusher who had only 13.

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
Bears 24 - Seahawks 13
You were right on the spread: 35 - 24.

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
Bigger spread if Hester returns punts and kickoffs.
Average returns (3 of them) 16 yards.

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
Please kick it to Devin Hester.
We did.

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
That more committal in scope for ya?
Yep.

When I got out of church it was already 21 - 0. Needless to say, I didn't hurry home. But when I did finally turn on the TV, I got to see a good game -- if I didn't pay attention to the score. The Hawks saved their best for the 4th. Too bad it's a 4 quarter game.

Glad I didn't see John Carlson get carted off. He's my favorite offensive Seahawk. I have a signed football sitting right next to me on my bookshelf. (Tatupu is my defensive guy.) I'm also glad I didn't see the momentarily lifeless Trufant. I love football yet it scares the crap out of me sometimes.

Green Bay is looking really good. The Bears defense is unbelievable and GB's Rogers is on fire so the conference title game will be a gooder.

I'm very happy that the Pats and Saints are out. And like Cinders wrote, I'll also be happy for any team but the Steelers to win. I've never been a fan of theirs. I doubt I ever will be. (They keep beating my teams in the big game -- Vikings and Seahawks. Well, actually the refs beat Seattle in '06.)

I'm proud of our guys. We weren't expected to do much this season (it was supposed to be the 49ers from the NFC West), it was Pete's first season, Hasslebeck is unpredictable, our offensive line has no superstars... They either won big or lost big. I give props to my boys in blue and green.

And I'm glad for the reasons you weren't watching the game, Mark. Sounds like you had a fab weekend.

Oh, what I was going to bet if the Seahawks lost was that I'd have to start a blog here on MA. Glad you're not a betting man. grin
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/18/11 02:48 AM

Originally Posted By: cinderella
MAGIC MUFFINS
I read this and quickly thought you were pretty nervy posting a recipe for a "magic" kind of pastry, as "magic" foods in college usually meant the item contained a specific, natural, altering substance.

I love muffins but I don't bake them. (Not sure why...) I'll have to give these a try.
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/18/11 04:27 PM

not too sweet. a smidgen crunchy when compared to many other muffins. a bit cornbready. a little malty. we all three think they are very good.

I mix all the ingredients in a bowl then dump the wet one in one at a time and stir them up. I use one spatula, the measuring utensils, one mixing bowl, and the muffin pan. That's all. Easy clean up. They bake in about 18-20 minutes.
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/25/11 10:22 AM

A chocoholic's dream:


Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/25/11 06:53 PM

LOL! Chewie left a job to go to medical school where he was notorious for his chocolate habits. His going away party buffet was all-chocolate. He was sick for 2 days after that! Ha!
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/02/11 10:00 AM

Where is everyone?
Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/02/11 08:21 PM

I just decided to have a look at that yummy choc cake at last.

I don't often call in here. It is very often about things I don't understand. cry and it makes me feel like a social outcast cry and I'd like to fit in cry but I just don't have the time to try to understand or follow cry what's even sadder is cry I don't know which sport you're talking about cry and I know Mark tried to explain to me on MB once cry but I think that was during a stressful time in my life cry and I can't remember any of it cry

But as it's turned to food, we're being a little but naughty and having a cheeky chinese takeaway this evening. So I have ordered my stir fried veg and battered chicken balls and kung po chicken and egg fried rice.
Posted By: soolee

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/02/11 08:33 PM

I made a nice salad last night that I just wanted to toss up here. It started with one of those Caesar Salad mixes (Betty Crocker) prepared according to the box. To that, you add 1 chopped tomato, 1 small can of sliced black olives (drained), 4 oz of feta cheese, several handfuls of baby romaine lettuce or baby spinach leaves. Toss all of that and add to it about 3 grilled, seasoned chicken breasts, chopped up. Toss until all is coated again, and sprinkle with croûtons. This is right up my alley, but I have to warn you all that after eating a big bowl of this stuff, I dreamed my husband brought me home a monkey last night. Yeppers....

Posted By: soolee

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/02/11 08:34 PM

No need for more dressing, btw. The dressing mix and oil that you use for the pasta mix is plenty.

Oh...forgot to say that I seasoned the chicken with olive oil and McCormick's Mediterranean seasonings for chicken.
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/02/11 09:11 PM

will someone come cook and clean for me?

I have another ear infection
Posted By: soolee

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/03/11 12:36 AM

Oh dear. That really stinks! Are you taking anything? Ear drops? Antibiotics?
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/15/11 03:14 PM

Originally Posted By: cinderella
will someone come cook and clean for me?

I have another ear infection


Hope you're doing better, Cinders.

Hey Soolee...I have a question and sent you a PM.

Hope all had a wonderful Valentine's Day.

Anyone have a cook-out, pot luck or picnic for V Day?

We went to a wonderful banquet that I may blog about later.

What did everyone else do/get? :cupid:

Ace
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/15/11 05:28 PM

Since I started this thread, I guess I should contribute at some level... grin

Valentine's Day: On Saturday my wife was out shopping with DD and DGD and while out bought me a shirt and pants. Seemed to be destiny to her that she should get them since she had no problem finding my sizes. I'm tall and wear a 38 inch waist with 36 inch inseam, so pants are often an issue unless I order from a specialty store at high prices or go for unfinished dress slacks. First pair she picked up was in my size...

Shirts are an issue for me as well since I have 16 1/2 inch neck and a 36 inch sleeve. Most dress shirts in 16 1/2 only come as a 34 to 35 inch sleeve length and after a single washing, most ride up my forearms so far I end up rolling them up. Most manufacturers seem to think that if you are over 6'4"" tall, you should weigh about 250 pounds. I weigh 205, and while not as skinny as I once was (about 40 pounds heavier than when we got married) I'm just not bigger in the middle than across my chest and have nothing that even resembles hips.

Sunday afternoon while she and DGD were out playing with the horses, I went to the store and got a few things for last night...

I gave he a bouquet of roses that are dark red at the base and fade gradually to an almost peach color by the tips of the petals. Never saw the color before and she loves them.

Then I fixed dinner that included a salad with spinach (her favorite) and several other "greens" topped with a dressing of EVOO, wine vinegar, a bit of sugar and some sun-dried tomato pesto. It was yummy...

Then came a 6 ounce fillet Mignon, baked potato topped with sour cream, butter and cheddar cheese with a side of steamed broccoli and chocolate cheese cake for dessert.

With it we had a bottle of decent Cabernet Sauvignon and a box of chocolates...

It was a good night, I think. Too bad it included a dressing change on this stupid infection I have going.
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/16/11 05:35 PM

Originally Posted By: Ace
What did everyone else do/get? :cupid:
For the first time since D-day, H gave me a Valentine's card. He also got me a dozen roses. And he saw to it that the kids had cards to give me. H doesn't care for Valentine's Day so the gestures were definitely noted.

And he signed the card with "Love, H". He hasn't signed a card like that since... I think Christmas '08???

We have so much chocolate in this house it's dangerous, for a woman who is trying to not gain 10 pounds. We bought a bunch of chocolate on our return over the weekend from Canada, as we often do. (Though it was tragic that at the Duty Free they were out of Aero bars, Coffee Crisp, and Smarties!) Then Gma and Gpa brought candy for V-day, and I had gotten the kids and H candy for V-day... My solution yesterday was to wolf down the remaining three pieces of Roger's Chocolates that were mine so they would no longer be tempting. Probably 4,000 calories ingested at the moment, but at least now they're no longer in the house. grin I've packed what remains for the kids and H in cupboards hoping out-of-sight will be out-of-mind.
Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/16/11 06:05 PM

I got roses, and gave godiva chocolates and cards. It was a nice day. No drama, no triggers, just nice.
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/18/11 09:40 PM

It's gorgeous today here in God's Country, aka the Pacific Northwest. I can't see a cloud in the sky. It's not supposed to last, but I thought I'd let you know.

Just in case you were wondering.

Didn't want you to worry about it.

Want to make sure you can sleep tonight.

You can rest easy now.

waves

Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/19/11 02:01 AM

L4, thanks for thinking of me! I have learned not to tell DD23 about the weather in SoCal when it is winter in NY and she is trying to get to work on the train in the snow and ice.

A big rainstorm is slowly rolling in and will be here all weekend. But the trees are starting to flower!
Posted By: johnstwin

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/19/11 02:16 AM

Hi L4-

I have a four day week-end, so I chose to enjoy the wonderful (and rare) sunny winter day here in the PNW in Bham, perusing used bookstores and walking near the bay. Hope your day was great!

PS-the cross on the hill has been shining on the valley for the past week. Just wanted you to know :-)
Posted By: Lifechoice

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/19/11 03:03 PM

Originally Posted By: Looking4
Where is everyone?


Digging this up from the beginning of the month. I have been absent around here and am trying to catch up, even just a little.

DD15 is a competitive cheerleader and on 2 teams (the Junior and Senior teams) this year so we are busy, busy, busy. It's a long season, practices start in April, competitions start in November and go until March

After traveling 4 weekends in a row, with 2 being 6 hour one way trips, we are on the home stretch.

We had 2 weekends off in a row and next weekend will be the junior teams last competition for the season. It's a national comp so there will be some pretty tough competition. They have held their own all year, but at the end of the season are struggling with injuries. At the end of the last practice a girl fell from a stunt, dislocated her elbow and is out for the season. Unfortunately, like any other sport injuries are a part of it. As parents we know this and unless we keep our kids in a bubble it's a part of life smile

They now have 2 practices to change things around to not make it look like a kid is missing.

The senior team will compete one more time after next weekend at another national competition.

More catching up to do.
Posted By: Lifechoice

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/19/11 03:05 PM

Originally Posted By: Ace
What did everyone else do/get? :cupid:

Ace


Glad everyone had nice V-days. We don't celebrate it, never have, never will and it's OK grin
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/22/11 01:18 PM

Good morning picnickers...

Looks like I'm up for parole from this party again today.

We'll see what the doctors have to say.

My wound vac "home edition" got delivered yesterday.They changed the dressing and showed me how the thing hooks up while here. The plan is for the PT folks to show up once I am about ready to go home and watch as I do the transfer to the portable unit.

Portable in this case is more along the lines of Army portable, which means it isn't attached to a structure with a permanent foundation or has what looks like a handle. It comes with a snazzy "purse" to carry it in made of ballistic nylon. There is also a belt loop on the back but since it weighs "a mere 6 pounds" (as the book describes it) I'm not sure I want it attached to what is holding up my pants. People with no hips can't hang much from their belts or we get that plumber from behind look when we least expect it.

I slept well last night...

Except for when the night shift came in to introduce themselves...

And woke me up for meds...

And turned on the light when they brought in a new pitcher of ice water...

And checked to see if I needed any pain meds in order to sleep...

And the lab showed up to draw some more blood...

And looked in on me since nobody had opened the door and turned on the lights in a couple of hours...

And cleaned the floors in the hallway (with a machine that looks like a Zamboni on steroids...)

Time to order breakfast...

Carry on... dancing
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/22/11 01:31 PM

laugh1 ROFL grin

Thanks for the illustrated update, Mark.

Still praying for you. pray

Sorry you had to spend your weekend behind (bed) bars but glad you'll be going home soon.

{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{Mark & Mrs. Mark}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

Ace
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 03/05/11 01:33 AM

I dare you to watch this and not laugh.



I hope everyone is doing well. Have a great weekend.

Mwah!
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 03/05/11 04:54 PM

Good morning picnickers...

About ready to leave home to go join my wife and others from our NFP at the Illinois Horse Fair to get the word out and try to raise a few more bucks to help people keep their horses through hard times.

If anyone reading this is with the Springfield Illinois area, stop out to the Illinois fairgrounds and come see us in building 26 (north of Central Ave at the west end of the fair.)

For those looking for me, I'll check in when I get time.

See ya at the fair...
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 03/18/11 11:27 PM

I hope the horse fair brought about the exposure you were hoping for, Mark, and I hope you had fun too. I know those things (fairs, conventions, shows) can be a lot of work.

Weather here is crap. Definitely more of a potluck then a picnic or BBQ kind of day here in the PNW. But that doesn't matter because it's March Madness, Baby!

Apologies to ferners who may not know about U.S. college basketball and to those who don't give a rat's pahoony about it, but for those who are fans these next few weeks are fun.

I wasn't able to get into a pool this year. (One of the disadvantages of working from home -- not having groups of people at hand to do things with.) But I watch anyway. I'm an underdog cheerer so yesterday was great with the number of upsets. For the men, I'm rooting for my UW Huskies (tonight at 6:45!), Gonzaga, and the Pac 10 teams. Or I think it'd be neat if San Diego State or one of the smaller schools took it. For the women, anyone but UConn or Tennessee.

March and October are the best times of year for this sports fan with June looking good too. (I don't follow the NBA and thus its play-offs like I used to so June isn't as spiffy as it used to be for me.) But now it's March Madness, MLB spring training, my son has started little league, MLS has started, regular season NHL and NBA games take on new meaning, you've got NASCAR going, The Masters and start of the MLB season are right around the corner...

Woo-hoo! I feel like doing a bow & arrow into a herkie right now!

Here's hoping you have a great weekend!
Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 03/19/11 02:18 AM

L4,

We are so disappointed with the way the feuding/divorcing McCourts have drained down the Dodger's finances.....they even took an advance from the networks to meet expenses.

But we did get a mini plan again this year. They didn't offer us our usual seats, converted them to season ticket seats at 3x the price we paid last year. So we took a smaller plan and moved down a level, still between the bases but no longer 1st row, behind home plate. It was nice while it lasted! Hopefully over the years we can move to better and better seats.

Opening Day = March 31!

Not into basketball, but have fun!
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 03/30/11 11:54 AM

Originally Posted By: Chrysalis

Opening Day = March 31!


Amazing that another season starts tomorrow!

Love to see another "view from the Chrysalis family's ballpark seats" shot.

What're your favorite foods at Dodger Stadium?

Ace
Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 03/30/11 03:54 PM

Well, sadly, our view is changing this year. No more 1st row behind home plate seats. Those are going for triple what we paid last year, and only available if you buy the whole season instead of a mini plan. So 12 times the expense? No, thank you, Frank McCourt.

Instead, we are down a level (to infield reserve) and between 3d and home. Not in the first row. The consolation is that my back and hips will be spared 8-12 flights of steps (2 up to the top deck, 2 down to our seats, repeat as necessary) for each game we attend, and we will be closer to a bigger variety of food.

I usually go to the healthy choice cart and get a chicken curry salad. This year they are adding a couple of salads, so I will check them out, too. When I am being bad I go to the Camacho's stand and get nachos, or get a Super Dodger Dog. Most of the food I can't eat, I am really grateful for the healthy stand. If it is a day game and hot, I sometimes get a malt and call it good.

The game is at 5 tomorrow, so we don't have to keep DS17 out of school. He is finished at 2, so it will be perfect. We'll even have time to join the crowds in the gift shop.
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 03/30/11 05:12 PM

Sounds like it'll be a great day, Chrys. I hope the weather is spectacular for y'all.

I don't do hot dogs much any more -- like maybe two turkey dogs a year. But those Dodger Dogs, especially the grilled ones are t-a-s-t-y. Maybe I thought they were top dog because I ate them while watching ball in Chavez Ravine, but dang were they yummy with a cold beer.

The big item on the menu at Safeco Field is the garlic fries. I know they're big in San Francisco's AT&T Park too. You can smell them from everywhere in the park. There is a fun thing they do during an M's game called Rally Fries where the broadcast team picks someone, based on their creative sign, who gets fries delivered right to their seat, courtesy of the guys in the booth. Makes for a fun side show and the fans have gotten very inventive over the last couple of years.

You know, you and I might have sat very close to each other years ago if you had your season tickets back in 1999. In late September I went to a Dodger game and sat on the third base side just to the right (as looking toward the field) of the batting circle, just as the seats start to bend around behind the plate. We were 4 or 5 rows up and could see the whites of the players eyes. It was pretty neato. Do you remember a woman and her sister to your left, yappin' and hollarin' that one game?

My boys open at Oakland on Friday. I have no expectations of the season and am looking forward to it.
Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 03/30/11 06:25 PM

I think this is our 6th year for the plan. Maybe longer. We've been going to the games more than 20 years, though. When I was working, my firm had season tickets and I got to use those once in a while.

DD24 was an incredible charmer at age 2, and she had a gift for collecting lots of malts and peanuts and cracker jacks for herself and DS27 that her parents didn't pay for, but the folks sitting next to or behind us did. It was uncanny.

WE have a video somewhere of her singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" perfectly....until she got to "1, 2, 3, 4 strikes, you'r out!"

I am sure I vaguely remember you from that game. laugh1

Sadly, I too have no expectations for the season.
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 04/13/11 04:40 PM

DS9 became DS10 today. I am so very very blessed to have him in my life.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 04/13/11 05:43 PM

Tell him, "Happy birthday!"

And enjoy this time, L4. They grow up so quickly and before you know what happened he will be dating, going to the prom, traveling for sports and headed off to college...

Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 04/14/11 04:40 PM

He took his Webelos (boy scouts) oath and first test last night and got his first badge. (He just joined.) He was so proud and we were too. Then pizza at his restaurant of choice and his favorite mint ice cream dessert followed by watching American Idol with the family. Last night he said it was a great birthday.

I am enjoying this time but thanks for the reminder, Mark. Our kids mean the world to me and while they are children in every way, they are great kids. How'd I get so lucky?
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 04/21/11 01:29 PM

Originally Posted By: Looking4
He took his Webelos (boy scouts) oath and first test last night and got his first badge. (He just joined.) He was so proud and we were too. Then pizza at his restaurant of choice and his favorite mint ice cream dessert followed by watching American Idol with the family. Last night he said it was a great birthday.

What a great thing to hear, L4. I'm so happy for you. Thanks for sharing.

I am enjoying this time but thanks for the reminder, Mark. Our kids mean the world to me and while they are children in every way, they are great kids. How'd I get so lucky?

A little luck is possibly involved, but I think it has more to do with choices and follow through. In spite of our bad choices of the past, isn't it great to know that some of the related consequences can be shaped and reformed by subsequent good choices (and related follow-through)?


L4, congrats claps thumbsup dancing to you and your family for what you've accomplished in a few short 2.5 years. I can say short because it took us 30+ years to progress on the same path. But that's too serious for this "vacation" thread.

Originally Posted By: Chrysalis
Sadly, I too have no expectations for the season.


Condolences to you for your blues, Chrysalis. Not sure which "blue" team is in worse shape...L4's Mariners for losing so many games that they're in the American league basement (again) or your Dodgers for losing your owners by default? Maybe that's a good thing in the big picture but I'm sure it sucks for now.

hugL4 & Chrysalis hug
Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 04/21/11 04:37 PM

We were at the game last night. The relief was almost tangible. LA is very happy to say goodby to Frank McCourt.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 04/21/11 04:42 PM

Let me tell what baseball blue is all about.

There is blue...

And then there is Cubbie Blue!

To quote the great B B King, "How blue can you get?"

And Ron Santo should have been in the Hall of Fame long before he died!
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 04/21/11 05:04 PM

Thank you for the recognition, Ace. There's still much more to be done.

Regardless of which blue you are and how cellar your team is, there's still something about being out at a ballgame -- whether at your son's little league game, a college softball game, or an MLB game. I love sports and so many of them, but hanging at a baseball game has a vibe that is unique and very cool.

Just bought tickets to a Sounders MLS game. Now those games are a blast in another way.

Oh, and I agree about Santos, Mark. Not sure you've ever noted or even care, but the only Mariner in Cooperstown is Dave Niehaus, the play-by-play announcer who passed away last fall.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 04/22/11 04:57 AM

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
Let me tell what baseball blue is all about.

There is blue...

And then there is Cubbie Blue!

To quote the great B B King, "How blue can you get?"

And Ron Santo should have been in the Hall of Fame long before he died!

I thought of you and Cubbie blue, Mark but didn't want to bring it up first. Now that you've mentioned it, condolences to you, too.

Originally Posted By: Looking4
Thank you for the recognition, Ace. There's still much more to be done.


That's why it's called a process, not an event. Even when we think we've arrived, we'll usually discover there is still much more to do. If that doesn't happen, we might begin to feel bored and IMO that should be avoided at all cost.

Again, congratulations on your progress so far. May you continue to enjoy more pot lucks, cookouts and picnics along the recovery rollercoaster way.

Ace
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 04/22/11 05:04 AM

Originally Posted By: Chrysalis
We were at the game last night. The relief was almost tangible. LA is very happy to say goodby to Frank McCourt.


Interesting dynamic, Chrysalis. Do you think McCourt is ready to say good bye to the Dodgers?
Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 04/22/11 06:30 AM

Originally Posted By: Ace
Originally Posted By: Chrysalis
We were at the game last night. The relief was almost tangible. LA is very happy to say goodby to Frank McCourt.


Interesting dynamic, Chrysalis. Do you think McCourt is ready to say good bye to the Dodgers?


No, but I don't care. His ethical lapses were many and close between, and the whole city feels betrayed.
Posted By: Lifechoice

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 04/22/11 01:30 PM

I am seriiously behind on MA. Docp is working all weekend so I hope to do some reading and see what is going on.

It is great to see MA thriving claps
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 04/22/11 02:12 PM

Originally Posted By: Lifechoice
I am seriiously behind on MA. Docp is working all weekend so I hope to do some reading and see what is going on.

It is great to see MA thriving claps


Hey LC....I saw your name and thought it was great that you might have jumped into a baseball conversation.....and then I saw that not only were you being serious, but that you were SERIIOUSLY complimenting MA!

Missed you around here. Glad you're going to do some reading on MA. Wait til you see what's on the horizon. Wanna peek? wink

Ace
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 04/22/11 02:18 PM

Oh, good. LC's dug out from under all dat snow. Break out da mushroom soup.

We can have dat pot luck now...

I got the lutefisk. LC, you bring da lefse.

Who's gonna bring tater-tot hot dish?

Good to see ya, LC!
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 04/22/11 03:16 PM

I make a killer tater-tot hot dish. Put me down for that one.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 04/22/11 03:40 PM

Originally Posted By: Looking4
I make a killer tater-tot hot dish. Put me down for that one.
Now we need somebody to make Jello with little marshmallows in it...
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 04/23/11 03:15 PM

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
Originally Posted By: Looking4
I make a killer tater-tot hot dish. Put me down for that one.
Now we need somebody to make Jello with little marshmallows in it...


I'll make yellow jello jewels (cubed jello squares with a double dose of horses hooves....sans marshmellows).
After we've eaten all we want, we can have a post picnic jellow jewel fight! laugh1
Do they do that in the land of lutefisk and lefse? If not, we could start a new tradition.

Ace
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 04/26/11 05:27 PM

I'm up for starting something new, Ace. My daughter loves jello with marshmallows. It's one of the things she can "cook".

I realize not everyone can relate to these, but they are oh so true. Every one of them.

This is what Jeff Foxworthy has to say about livin' in Washington:

If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don't work there, you live in Washington.
If you've worn shorts, sandals and a parka at the same time, you live in Washington.
If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed the wrong number, you live in Washington.
If you measure distance in hours, you live in Washington.
If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you live in Washington.
If you have switched from 'heat' to 'A/C' and back again in the same day, you live in Washington.
If you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, you live in Central, Southern, or Eastern Washington.
If you design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over 2 layers of clothes or under a raincoat, you live in Washington.
If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow and ice, you live in Washington.
If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction, you live in Washington.
If you feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash, you live in Washington.
If you know more than 10 ways to order coffee, you live in Washington.
If you know more people who own boats than air conditioners, you live in Washington.
If you stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the "Walk" signal, you live in Washington.
If you consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, it is not a real mountain, you live in Washington.
If you can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle's Best, and Tullys, you live in Washington.
If you know the difference between Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon, you live in Washington.
If you know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Snoqualmie, Wenatchee, Spokane, Umpqua, Yakima, and Willamette, you live in Washington.
If you consider swimming an indoor sport, you live in Washington.
If you can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese and Thai food, you live in Washington.
If you never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho, you live in Washington.
If you have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain, you live in Washington.
If you think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists, you live in Washington.
If you buy new sunglasses every year because you cannot find the old ones after such a long time, you live in Washington.
If you actually understand these jokes and forward them to all your Washington friends, you live or have lived in Washington.
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/17/11 10:57 PM

Happy syttende mai!

Posted By: Amadahy

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/17/11 11:07 PM

is that english up there?
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/17/11 11:57 PM

Forget about dem Norse. Mark your calendars for June 29, 2011.

See you at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis, MN.

(Road trip to see LC and Docp!)

Svenskarnas Dag, Baby!

Youbetchya...



Du gamla, Du fria, Du fjällhöga nord
Du tysta, Du glädjerika sköna!
Jag hälsar Dig, vänaste land uppå jord,
Din sol, Din himmel, Dina ängder gröna.
Din sol, Din himmel, Dina ängder gröna.

Med Gud skall jag kämpa, för hem och för härd,
för Sverige, den kära fosterjorden.
Jag byter Dig ej, mot allt i en värld
Nej, jag vill leva jag vill dö i Norden!
Nej, jag vill leva jag vill dö i Norden!

Link

T'ought you was one o' dem Icelanders, L4...

OK. Extra point question:

Who is Prince Rogers Nelson?
a) The only REAL Prince of Norway
b) The American Family Insurance agent that set up his office in Mankato over by the Lutheran church last week.
c) His music is too loud sometimes, but dem kids seem to like him, yanno.

(He's on Face Book, too.)

Just so you all know, Scandinavian-ness is contagious.

Youbetchya...



Ole and Swen decided to make better use of their retirement and start a small business. They decided to become junk collectors and scrap stuff for extra cash down at the scrap yard.

So they negotiated a couple of contracts and fixed up Swen's old 47 Dodge Power Wagon with the grain sides and loaded up for their first trip to the yard.

As they drove along, stuff was blowing out of the back of the open truck and a State Trooper stopped them. "You can't be dumpin' stuff along the highway, fellas," he said. "If you don't do somethin' to keep the trash inside the truck, I'll have to write ya up for littering."

So Ole climbed on top of the pile and lay spread eagle over the whole thing to keep it under control.

About 20 miles down the road, as they neared Owatonna, two guys were walking across the overpass over I35W. One of them looked down and saw Ole on top of the pile of garbage...

"Look at dat, Walter," he said. "Somebody t'rew out a perfectly good Norwegian."



So tell me, L4. They having a parade up by yous guys, or what?


Another extra credit question:

What is snus?
a) Dat's something those silly Swedes do, not us civilized Norwegians.
b) Less expensive down at the Way-Stop south of town.
c) Good for ya, as long as ya don't spit in the house.


Youbetchya...

OK. Pot luck to help the Norwegians celebrate.



They have so little to celebrate dontchyaknow...

Posted By: Lifechoice

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/18/11 04:17 AM

So should I assume the potluck is going to be here? lol

I better start making my tater tot hot dish and freezing it so all I have to do is heat it up when everyone gets here.

Oh and for the record there are a lot of people up here who say Youbetchya and doncha know smile
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/18/11 05:16 AM

Many of you have no doubt experienced the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory or MMPI test. At my old job it was required every year in order to get certified to work in the nuke plants.

I now offer the Minnesota Multi-National Scandinavian-ness Inventory or MMNSI test.

1. Complete this sentence: "Yah,"
a. ...sure."
b. ...well..."
c. ...well, dat's hard to say."

2. Lutefisk is to food as ____is to fun.
a. A lecture on toxic waste
b. Solitary confinement
c. Pain and disfigurement

3. Syttende mai is the celebration of:
a. Liv Ulmann's birthday.
b. The day Norway paid off its mortgage to the First Danish National Bank.
c. The opening of the tourist season.

4. Ole Bull founded:
a. The St. Paul Stockyards
b. The first Bull market
c. Oleana Artificial Dairy Products, Inc.

5. "Svenskarnas Dag" translates as
a. No Norwegians need apply.
b. I thought you said the King was coming this year.
c. So that's what they call gymnastics in Sweden

6. A Scandinavian-American's highest honor is to have:
a. The King of Norway decorate you
b. The King of Sweden flirt with you
c. Ingmar Bergman make a movie about you

7. Old lefse is used for which industrial purpose?
a. Nontoxic tarps for long-haul grain trucks
b. Conveyor belts for munitions factories
c. Emergency tent shelters during blizzards

8. If the ELC became the ALC and the Missouri Synod became (in part) the AELC and the Haugians became the Wisconsin Synod, where did all those Germans come from?
a. The Augustana Synod
b. New Ulm
c. Beats me!

9. You have gotten into an argument with a customs official as you are about to board an airplane at the Oslo Airport and accidentally called him a Quisling. What do you do now?
a. Nothing. Die like a man
b. Try to remember quickly which countries still accept hijacked airplanes and decide if you would like to retire to Syria
c. Play the dumb American tourist and pray to God he didn't hear you

10. The key to fine entertaining is:
a. A matched set of six Rosemaled coffee cups
b. Orrefors crystal and Porsgrund china
c. Never store lutefisk in Tupperware because you'll never get that smell out

11. Fishing is even more fun than:
a. Weeding the garden
b. Painting the garage
c. Mowing the lawn

12. Tom Foss mows his lawn every Thursday after work except in August when the grass burns if it is too short. Old Mrs. Gjesdal mows hers every Tuesday morning before it gets too hot and uses the power trimmer on Wednesday and Saturday on the tall grass along the fence. Jim and Pat Skjong both have nice jobs downtown but their lawn is lucky to get mowed every couple of weeks all summer. Who has the nicest lawn?
a. Never mind who! What are we gonna do about the Skjongs?
b. Well, I suppose they're busy but there are a lot of kids in the neighborhood that would probably love to mow it for some pocket money.
c. Yes, wit two incomes and no children of their own, they sure could afford to pay one of the neighborhood kids to keep it neat.

13. Which sentence shows correct grammar and usage?
a. "Well, do you want to come along?"
b. "Well, do you want to come along wit?"
c. "Ska du kommer med?"

14. The main difference between a Swede and a Norwegian is:
a. Whether their name ends in "-sen" or "-son"
b. "Those other guys are just a bunch of snus-stained jerks!"
c. "Well, it goes back a long ways, but when the Germans invaded Norway, those Swedes didn't lift a finger to help and they can't deny that!"

15. Carl's great grandfather was from Uppland, so Carl won't talk to Waldemar, whose people are from Skane, because everybody knows how stupid those Skaner are. Gus, whose grandfather came from Varmland, can barely bring himself to talk to Adolf, because those Stockholmers are so stuck up, yanno. Who is going to tell them that a Finn just bought the Fredrickson place just west of town?
a. Nobody. Let the darned fools find out for themselves!
b. A Finn? Well, for that sort of news, they'll talk to each other.
c. Just tell Ethel down at the Sportsman's Cafe in town and soon everybody'll know.

16. (Men only)The most important thing my father ever taught me was:
a. How to drive on icy roads
b. How to manipulate the stock portfolio he set up for me
c. Never mess wit a tattooed lady

17. (Ladies Only)The most important thing my mother ever taught me was:
a. Never give Melmac as a wedding present
b. How to gauge instantly the LPIP (Life-time Projected Income Potential) of a man at a glance
c. That lutefisk may be served in Minnesota to consenting adults, but in many places is still considered a perversion

18. When considering a vacation spot, the most important thing is:
a. Great shopping
b. Serious theatre
c. Live bait

19. My fondest dream would be:
a. To elect a Scandinavian-American President of the United States
b. To see the whole world turn Lutheran
c. To see the Vikes win the Super Bowl

20. All roads in Minnesota are actually North-South roads. This is so that: (I90 is the exception but the Feds built it and they don't know squat about living in the North. Besides it was supposed to go through Iowa anyway but those cheese heads in LaCrosse wanted their own exit.)
a. You can get Upnorth easily when it gets hot in the summer in Winnebago and Rose Creek
b. So that you can get down south quickly when the mosquitoes hatch in Bemidji and Blackduck.
c. To slow the migration of business to South Dakota.
Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/18/11 05:18 AM

Seriously, Mark and LC? How cool! mark, I gotta tell you, LC and docP are wonderful. We had about a 3 hour "coffee" one night that could have gone on for days.

If you want something to do in August, you've got mail.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/18/11 05:20 AM

Hey, everybody. LC just invited us all over for a visit! Just gotta bring a dish to pass.

Of course I'll be bringing the lutefisk...
Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/18/11 05:22 AM

Super Dodger Dogs here. Or, if anyone wants, the new Doyer Dogs ( a cross between a hot dog and a nacho.)
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/18/11 05:39 AM

Later we're gonna crash L4's place for a baseball game...or whatever they play up there. (like a Cubs fan can talk)

Vit, When does ice fishing heat up near you? Maybe we could take a little swing into the great white north for Christmas or something. Being from SoCal, I know Chrys and Chewie would enjoy that.



Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/18/11 05:51 AM

Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/18/11 01:13 PM

Originally Posted By: Amadahy
is that english up there?


Hi Amadahy,

Glad you've posted on this "vacation from M talk" thread but sorry no one appears to have answered your question. Seems they're all caught up in talkin' 'bout foreign stuff which may or may not be in English.

One thing is for sure....you're welcome to join us in a virtual (or possible IRL) Scandinavian picnic in Minneysooootah.

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
Hey, everybody. LC just invited us all over for a visit! Just gotta bring a dish to pass.

Of course I'll be bringing the lutefisk...


L-4 says she's adventurous so I'll bring the finger jello for our post picnic food fight. What colours do y'all like?

Ace
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/18/11 01:15 PM

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
ROFL laugh1 grin

So who's bringin' the pizza? (What do they call that in Norway?) Gotta love the checkerboard tablecloth!
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/18/11 05:40 PM

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
Du gamla, Du fria, Du fjällhöga nord
Du tysta, Du glädjerika sköna!
Jag hälsar Dig, vänaste land uppå jord,
Din sol, Din himmel, Dina ängder gröna.
Din sol, Din himmel, Dina ängder gröna.
...
Link

Nice tune, but can't dance to it. I give it a 42.

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
T'ought you was one o' dem Icelanders, L4...

I'm 1/2 Norse, 1/4 Icelandic, and 1/4 of other northern European stuff like Scottish, English, and I guess a bit of German. Or as Grandmother used to say, "A touch of Pennsylvania Dutch."

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
Who is Prince Rogers Nelson?
a) The only REAL Prince of Norway
b) The American Family Insurance agent that set up his office in Mankato over by the Lutheran church last week.
c) His music is too loud sometimes, but dem kids seem to like him, yanno.

Saw him in concert, saw Purple Rain 4 times, I own the LP, DVD, and CD of the film, and have two of his cassettes. This one I knew.

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
So tell me, L4. They having a parade up by yous guys, or what?

I didn't go, but yep. Ballard is a Scandinavian community in Seattle, also known as "Snoose Junction". They do the Scandihoovian stuff pretty well.

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
What is snus?
a) Dat's something those silly Swedes do, not us civilized Norwegians.
b) Less expensive down at the Way-Stop south of town.
c) Good for ya, as long as ya don't spit in the house.

It's called Snoose Junction because of them tobacci packin' Swedes of yore, even though it's not spelled correctly. And the answer is A.

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
They have so little to celebrate dontchyaknow...

Watch it, Mister.
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/18/11 06:09 PM

LC, I'll bring pickled herring and Dorritos. Can't be a picnic without chips.

I took your test, Mark, and the only answer that truly matters is #19. I hope my dream of a Vikings win happens in my lifetime.

That Doyer Dog sounds dangerous, Chrys, and right up my alley. Please bring me one along with the Dodger Dog. Yum!

We can most certainly take in a game. They're fun regardless of the outcome, though of course, winning is preferable.

Went to an M's game just last night vs. (wouldntcha know) the Twins. They did a nice tribute for Mr. Killebrew before the game and another between innings. I wore M's garb while Sis represented with a Carew jersey. We split the two-game series.

I love the idea of heading to V's at Christmastime with sleigh rides in the snow and some wassail. We must go caroling too.

I didn't know about the pizza, Ace. (My family's Norwegian delicacies usually stick to lefse, salmon, danishes, krumkake, and pickled fish. According to Wikipedia, the famous frozen pizza in Norway that you may know of is called Grandiosa.

I am adventurous and I like purple.

Speaking of food and adventure, one of the worst things I have ever eaten was when we were in Iceland in '07. It's called Hákarl which means ‘shark' in Icelandic. A definition: "Hákarl is putrescent shark meat. It is part of the þorramatur, the traditional seasonal Icelandic foods. It is known for its pungent taste and smell of ammonia. As such, eating hákarl is associated with hardiness and strength. It is often accompanied by brennivín, a local schnapps." It's also known as rotten fish, and for good reason. This 3-minute video gives you better insight.

Take a look.

The 15 of us felt obligated to try it as part of our heritage on our last night in Reykjavík. And as horrible as brennivín is (the country's moonshine-tasting liquor), the shot of brennivín was the only thing that saved us. Good golly, what people do in the name of tradition!

(I hear Tevye and the fiddler on the roof now...)

Do we need to make reservations for this picnic?
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/20/11 04:46 PM

The sun is out! We might reach 70-degrees today! Quick! Everyone outside!
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/22/11 09:41 PM

Originally Posted By: Looking4
The sun is out! We might reach 70-degrees today! Quick! Everyone outside!


Ya gotta grill, L4? I just saw a commercial for a grill steam cleaning brush called "Grill Daddy Pro" and it was promoted by The Fridge #72 (William Perry). Does anyone have one and does it really work to clean gunk off BBQ racks using only water/steam?

Ace
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/27/11 04:34 PM

We have a grill but don't have a Grill Daddy Pro, Ace. If it works, it sounds like a useful thing to have.

H bought a rotating smoker thingy last summer that he's put to good use that slowly rotates and makes stuff super yummy. Had one of the best smoked salmon meals ever last week. (Yes, we 'Q even in the rain, otherwise BBQ season this year would be about 3 weeks.)

We were all amped to go camping this weekend. Got the tent and all the stuff ready. But forecast after forecast is calling for rain where we were going so we pulled the plug yesterday. We're all disappointed but I find few things are worse then tent camping in the rain when the tent is your only shelter. Not fun with a family of four + dog.

So, we'll spend the weekend looking for things to do.

I hope all us 'Mericans get to enjoy a safe, three-day holiday weekend and we take time to remember all the brave people who took up arms and gave their lives for our country.

God bless!
Posted By: johnstwin

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/28/11 01:28 AM

Hi L4! waves

Quote:
We were all amped to go camping this weekend. Got the tent and all the stuff ready. But forecast after forecast is calling for rain where we were going so we pulled the plug yesterday.


Just wanted to say that this was probably a good idea. Considering the downpours we had this afternoon, your tent might have been more like Noah's Ark!

Ski to Sea and Folklife are this week-end...just in case you are interested. smile
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/28/11 01:38 AM

Hi, JT! waves

I was checking out the lineup at Folklife in the paper today, just in case. We're talking about going to Point Defiance, actually. None of us have ever been there so that could be fun. We're also thinking about finding a Memorial Day service to help our kids understand what the holiday is really about.

Stay dry and have a great weekend! dancing

Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/28/11 04:06 AM

Some people just blow in here and think they can post a couple of sentences about the weather and stuff and then go away and never even tell us how their doin'...

Hi, JT...

It rained here so hard yesterday that I saw all the little animals pairing up and holding hands...
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/28/11 04:37 AM

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
Some people just blow in here and think they can post a couple of sentences about the weather and stuff and then go away and never even tell us how their doin'...


Thanks fer askin' Mark....we're doin' great in spite of the fact that it snowed today on the hillsides.

We are pot-luckin' and picnickin' and cookin' out.....in fact we are roastin' a pig in a smoker tomorrow.

Hopefully, it won't snow on our smoker.

Ace
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/31/11 12:52 AM

Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/31/11 03:53 AM

No snow here today though the end of last week made it seem likely.

Today...in the mid 90s with high humidity and lots of sun.

SIL and her husband came over late afternoon and we had a cookout, 1/2 pound burgers covered with a garlic and cayenne rub, two kind of potato salad, coleslaw and macaroni salad. Wash it all down with a couple of micro-brews and finished off with some scrumptious German chocolate brownies.

Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 06/01/11 06:28 PM

Good Afternoon Picnickers...

For anyone just joining us, read a few pages and count the number of topics. If it is less than 3 per page we must have had a few "off" days...

The only topics not allowed here are on topic discussions, at least as they have to do with relationship problems related to marriage. Membership in the group is limited to those who want to participate. All others are exempt from posting.

If you don't like the topic, change it!

Carry on...
Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 06/01/11 06:42 PM

Baseball game tonight......sad to say that McCourt was able to make payroll yesterday but just barely. That bought him 2 more weeks. Once MLB has to step in to pay the bills, they get to take over.....unless he files bankruptcy as a further stalling mechanism. If he does that, there are so many perplexing legal issues that things could be tied up for years.
Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 06/01/11 06:42 PM

....but at least it's a bobblehead night.
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 06/01/11 08:15 PM

My boys in blue (as opposed to yours, Chrys) are over .500 and currently 2nd in their division. It's only June (already?), I know. But I am knocking on wood as I type this because it's been a long since we've been over that elusive 50/50 line.

Have fun tonight!

And go Canucks!!!
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 06/02/11 02:07 PM

Originally Posted By: cinderella


Hey Cinders,

Wazzzzzup girl? I've noticed you haven't been posting much lately and I'm trying to figure out to what your 'confused' smiley might be referring. (I'm trying not to dangle my participle but that just don't sound right.)

Ah....baseball. My H gave up his golden guys game (and sacrificed his big bonus commission at work) to join me at my trigger conference last week. It was our wedding anniversary and we had a great BBQ Ribs dinner, rock 'n roll dancing and went to bed early!

TMI
Click to reveal..
The best part ~ in addition to going to bed early wink ~ was that he got his bonus commission anyway and the game he was willing to give up was rained out!


I call this my trigger conference for reasons I'll put on my recovery thread since this thread is supposed to be for fun. (My TMI was fun!)

Carry on......don't be so scarce, Cinders.

Acey
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 06/06/11 11:41 PM

It was about it snowing on the smoker in late May.

I don't know that I have much to say these days.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 06/10/11 01:55 PM

Originally Posted By: cinderella
It was about it snowing on the smoker in late May.

I don't know that I have much to say these days.


Even if you don't feel like you have much to say, Cinders, I'm interested to hear whatever it is. hug

BTW, I heard that it snowed in Hawaii in June. Maybe Orhid or S & C can confirm. Wuz that true? eek

clapsHAPPY FRIDAY VACATIONERS! thumbsup

ETA: Any thread killers reading here? Ms "I-don't-know-that-I-have-much-to-say" Cinders posted on the Thread-Killer thread on May 30. Today is June 10. Might that be a record?
Posted By: cinderella

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 06/23/11 03:32 AM

Well, no one has been around to say anything in 12 days. Hmmm. Pot luck must be pretty lean.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 06/29/11 02:01 PM

I stole this from 2L's post in the TD..THANKS 2:



It's getting to be time for a cookout! What's your favorite thing to grill?

Happy Wednesday Vacationers! What's cooking for the holidays?

Ace
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 06/29/11 04:55 PM

I don't grill but H does. And marinated flank steak is among my absolute favorites along with grilled garlic fresh mushrooms on the side. Oh be still my heart.

DS10 made the little league all-star team for 9/10-year-olds so every night (6-nights-a-week) we're at baseball practice, getting ready for the tournament that starts this Saturday. Two losses an you're out. We could be done Sunday or play on through the championship July 13. Life is pretty much at the whim of Little League until we know. So our holiday plans are... I dunno yet.

In the meantime, DD7 is taking swimming lessons and we have the kids in different day-camps so they a.) don't drive us crazy and b.) are somewhere while H and I work. The school year is always busy but summers for us are quite cookoo because every week it's a different schedule with different camps and different events.

Then there's work... I won't even go there.

Did you watch team USA in yesterday's women's world cup soccer match? Very exciting if you're looking for something to follow over the next few weeks.

Hopefully the weather here will improve (will it ever?) and we can have a summer. Though rain or shine, we BBQ.

I might have to go buy some flank steak for this weekend. My tummy likes that idea. smile
Posted By: believer

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 06/29/11 05:03 PM

I didn't even know you could grill flank steak. What do you use for a marinade?

In California, we grill a lot of carne asada.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 06/29/11 07:44 PM

I grille flank steak too and season or use marinade in various ways depending on company or tastes at the time.

One of our favorites is Cajun style. I marinate, two hours or longer up to overnight in red wine vinegar (only a couple of tablespoons per pound), fresh garlic (lots of it), Louisiana Hot Sauce, a bit of thyme, Worcestershire sauce, additional salt if needed, a stalk of finely chopped celery or celery seed and green onion or finely diced yellow onion.

Once grilled, thinly slice across the grain and serve with dirty rice or Jambalaya or just about anything you'd eat with a steak.

Another option for seasoning is to season with salt, pepper, garlic, black pepper, paprika, and a shot of lime juice and use the thin slices to make tacos or serve with grilled onions and a mix of peppers as fajitas just like with carne asada.

One of our favorite things on the grille these days is large whole portabella mushroom caps. Season with anything from a little S&P to Italian or Cajun or any other seasoning that strikes your fancy. Grille gill side up until liquid starts to accumulate and then turn them one time to finish them off. Served with a smaller piece of meat of any kind including thick chops or small beef fillets it can be like having extra meat.

Or begin with them gill side down and after turning fill with browned chorizo, diced peppers (poblano peppers or jalapenos work well) and cover with shredded easily melting cheese such as Chihuahua or Asadero and let them finish covered to melt the cheese. Top with fresh cilantro and you've got something that in smaller sizes makes a great Hors d'uvre before a main meal.

We grille a lot of veggies in the summer and into the fall and early winter including zucchini (cut into quarters lengthwise), yellow squash, acorn squash, mushrooms of various types, thick slices of sweet onions, corn, asparagus, green onions and all sorts of sweet to hot peppers.

Another side dish I make sometimes is to take a large tomato and cut top and bottom to stand up easily and cut in half. Season with a little EVOO and some S&P and oregano. Grille large side down for a few minutes until they start to soften. Then turn over and add a little crushed or finely chopped garlic, a handful of shredded mozzarella and a fresh basil leaf or chopped fresh basil. When you move them to the serving plate, add a bit of shaved Parmesan and a sprig of parsley.

For meat lovers: Marinate thin (pound them between two pieces of waxed paper or cut them in half lengthwise so they are pretty thin) chicken breasts or thin cut boneless pork chops in a mix of paprika, store bought chile powder, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and salt with a shot of cumin (I premix mine as a rub to have on hand) with a little vinegar or water and lime juice (not both vinegar and citrus but try orange juice for a different sweeter flavor) and a little liquid smoke if you use gas to grille over. Grille them, limiting turning to preserve moisture and top with shredded cheddar or Asadero, finely diced jalapenos, pico de gallo and serve with a wedge of lime, hot tortillas (use the grille to heat these too) and beans and rice and grilled corn on the cob seasoned with butter, S&P and cilantro.

I could do this all day... grin
Posted By: flowmom

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 06/29/11 07:47 PM

you just volunteered to make me lunch!
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 06/29/11 07:51 PM

Sorry, I just finished lunch...

Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 06/29/11 08:25 PM

For a Scandahoovian, you sure have a taste for the caliente, Mark.

I'm not as fancy with the marinade. We douse it in Mr. Yoshidas Marinade (original gourmet flavor) and let it soak overnight when possible. Cut thin slices against the grain as Mark said. On the side, mushroom brushed with Garlic Expressions Classic Vinegrette salad dressing, baked potato and a glass of wine.

Maybe I go with the portabellas next time.
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 07/06/11 10:47 PM

The weather here has turned fabulous. Our son's baseball team won last night and remains in the tournament. We're going to my BFF's house tonight for a BBQ with some high school friends I haven't seen in 20 - 25 years. I got a new pair of rockin' shoes and my toenails look marvelous.

It's a good day.
Posted By: johnstwin

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 07/06/11 11:48 PM

It is fabulous isn't it? It's like a gift from God for the wet, cold, grey May that we had to endure.

Hope you have a great time! grin
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 07/07/11 12:09 AM

I will. I hope you're able to enjoy it all, JT. smile Have a great evening.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 07/13/11 04:14 AM

Originally Posted By: Looking4
The weather here has turned fabulous. Our son's baseball team won last night and remains in the tournament. We're going to my BFF's house tonight for a BBQ with some high school friends I haven't seen in 20 - 25 years. I got a new pair of rockin' shoes and my toenails look marvelous.

It's a good day.


Glad you had such a great day, L4.

How's the weather now?

Did the baseball team win again?

One last question: Does anyone hear from RIF? He used to be the night watchman by bumping the Vacation Thread on MB since he was posting from one war or another on the other side of the earth.

I just posted to Marie and noticed that I'm now at 999 total posts so this will be my 1000th. RIF used to tease me, along with Chrys, LC, Mark and many others because I USED to have an OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) for posting in increments of 5. Amazingly, now that I'm on MA, I seldom notice how many posts I have and I don't need to bump a thread that ends in a 4 or 9 or quit posting when my total count ends in a 5 or 0.

Now that's a major accomplishment for me, wouldn't you agree?

How's everyone doing with the grillin' recipes?

Ace

P.S. Ooops...there were 3 more questions, not just one. Sorry....guess I needed a total of 5 to feel complete. eek
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 07/15/11 07:47 PM

The boys lost last weekend so they're out. It was crazy running around and trying to get stains out of white pants just about every day, but overall it was a lot of fun.

The weather here... I said to H this morning that I'm going to plan on the weather being 68-degrees with a chance of rain the rest of the summer. Not hot, not cold, not real rainy, not real sunny. It is what it is.

I don't know RIF but remember the posts on MB. Hope he's well.

As for your 1,000th post, I do agree that's a major accomplishment. Congratulations!



And tonight we're grillin' sliders. H has come up with a great recipe and we're having a friend and his kids over tonight to sample. We got a fence up on our deck that gives us privacy and it's like we've added a new room to the house. It faces west and the evenings and sunsets out there (with a sweater on) have been really nice.

Going to my first MLS game of the season tomorrow with DS10 then we'll watch on TV the U.S. ladies take The Cup on Sunday. I wish I was in Germany for it. What a blast that would be.

GO U.S.A.!!!
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 07/15/11 10:46 PM

Posted By: for to fade

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 07/16/11 02:38 AM

1,000 posts....

But, just thinking of all the characters in each post, if you could somehow do a check on that......

Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 07/20/11 04:46 AM

Thanks for the kind wishes, L4, Mark & Tink....

Originally Posted By: Tinkerbell
1,000 posts....

But, just thinking of all the characters in each post, if you could somehow do a check on that......


....uhhhhh..."characters in each post" scratch

How do you do a check on that, Tink?

Oh well...now I'm over 1000 posts by 14 so it doesn't really matter, does it?

Hey GloveOil....love to hear your baseball stories here. (Or any light ~ or non-M ~ stories for that matter).

Ace
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 08/22/11 02:51 PM

I just posted twice and see that I now have 11012 posts. I must have stopped at 1099 and didn't even notice. eek It's almost like missing a D-day antiversary compared to how obsessed I was on MB with 9's and 4's needing to be 5's and 0's!

Happy Monday! cool Anyone have a pot luck, cook out or picnic over the weekend?

Ace
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 08/22/11 03:45 PM

Maybe we could race to see who can make the 400th post to this thread. (This will be 389) laugh
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 08/23/11 03:52 AM

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
Maybe we could race to see who can make the 400th post to this thread. (This will be 389) laugh


Whooah....this could take awhile if it's been over 12 hours since your challenge and I'm only the 390th post. But I'll take it!

Ace cool
Posted By: Ace

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 08/25/11 03:03 AM

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
Maybe we could race to see who can make the 400th post to this thread. (This will be 389) laugh


If we're gonna make it to 400 posts on this thread, we'd better get in gear. Hey, TMTS....this is Mark's version of the MA "Vacation" thread like we had on MB.

I have a couple questions for you and I thought I'd bump this thread with them. What does TMTS stand for? Also, why did Mark call you Laundry Boy on the Reunion thread?

Thanks,
Ace

P.S. I'll change your title back, Mark...I promise. wink
Posted By: Vittoria

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 08/25/11 12:53 PM

400, huh.

okay.

I bought a new BBQ yesterday. It's awesome, it's got a gauge to show how much propane is in the tank. Yes, that was my thrill of the day to see that feature! Simple me. lol
Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 08/25/11 02:46 PM

BBQ? Propane? What's wrong with charcoal? wink Propane takes the fun out of BBQs grin

We've had our Weber getting on for 10 years. This year J has got it!!!! He is no longer scared of the BBQ

(I've lost count already)
Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 08/25/11 02:46 PM

Oh....we don't need to count do we? It tells us!!
Posted By: Ace

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 08/25/11 03:02 PM

A new BBQ eh? So what's for dinner, V? I'm with you, Stay...I'd rather ingest coal than gas eek

I'm heading to a Broadway musical this afternoon but I'd love to have BBQ ribs afterwards!

Ace cool
Posted By: Vittoria

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 08/26/11 12:44 PM

ST ....That's what I got ..... a Weber. End of season sale so all the better. dancing
While I love the smell of charcoal (and pipes btw) propane is just too easy when I'm multi-tasking dinner. Run out, run in, run out, run in .... and repeat. crazy

Ace, I can't do ribs. H says I don't cook them right, they're tough. cry And I have to agree with him. laugh
Right now I have a whole lot of ribs in the freezer (we get 1/2 beef at once) and those poor things have nothing to do but stay froze.

If you walk me through how to cook em' up right, I'll share them with ya'.
btw, I've looked up recipes read (and I'm not one to cook with recipes, not exactly anyway, maybe that's the prob, lol) and I still can't get it right. confused

Posted By: herfuturesbright

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 08/26/11 01:22 PM

Posted By: right here waiting

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 08/26/11 07:44 PM

Originally Posted By: Vittoria
Ace, I can't do ribs. H says I don't cook them right, they're tough.


Vitt--Ace may have another idea, but I've not found a better way to cook ribs than in a slow cooker. Put some thick-sliced onions on the bottom, add seasoned ribs and a bit of liquid. (I use beer, but I only do pork ribs.) Falling off the bone tender!
Posted By: Ace

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 08/27/11 12:12 AM

Originally Posted By: right here waiting
Originally Posted By: Vittoria
Ace, I can't do ribs. H says I don't cook them right, they're tough.



Vitt--Ace may have another idea, but I've not found a better way to cook ribs than in a slow cooker. Put some thick-sliced onions on the bottom, add seasoned ribs and a bit of liquid. (I use beer, but I only do pork ribs.) Falling off the bone tender!



Great idea, RHW, but I use boneless ribs
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so they just fall off the fat (which makes it easier to dispose of the blubbery part when I pre-boil them).

And I, too, use a slow cooker (aka "crock pot") for a Sweet 'n Sour ribs recipe that was a family favorite (page 48 of the Better Crocker Cooking for 2 cookbook) for years.

Your recipe sounds intriguing, R. Not sure about the beer part, though, as I've never liked the smell of it (which made it easier to stay so innocent and pure during my teen years blushing LOL). I'm sure the alcohol part all cooks out in the process...right? Sounds intriguing.

I've never tried to grill these kinds of ribs on the barbie but it could make for an adventurous endeavor. I'll try it sometime and let you know how it goes.

Anyone seen TMTS lurking lately? Hope he checks back in sometime so I can change Mark's title back. (Of course, he can do it anytime he wants to so I guess I don't have to worry about it.)

Happy Friday...hope the Eastcoasters stay safe in the storm.

Ace
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 08/27/11 01:56 AM

This would be 400...
Posted By: Ace

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 08/27/11 06:38 AM

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
This would be 400...


claps thumbsup waves dancing cool

(And a new page, too!)
Posted By: Vittoria

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 08/27/11 05:55 PM

Thank you ladies!!!

Have taken some ribs out the freezer, should be unthawed by this evening.
Falling off the bone tender would be awesome, have only ever had them like that in a restaurant.

2 packs of braised ribs (beef) and one pack S-ribs (no idea if beef or pork).
Crock pot is out on counter.
I like the idea of using beer but I don't think we have any. Funny how that happens, you buy a case and no one drinks it (or admits to it) yet there's no beer around. Strange.

Will find some liquid, I've got onions and sauce.

RHW, when you say 'add seasoned ribs' ..... what do you mean? Should I be marinating them tonight? Have planned these ribs for dinner tomorrow night, so lots of time to get it right. Hopefully.

Add to the crock pot in the AM? Low or high? Roughly how many hours in the pot?
Add sauce at the beginning or near the end?

Propane .... if I never hear 'I sell propane and propane accessories' for years to come it will still be way tooooo soon. lol

and whoohoo @ 400th post!



Posted By: right here waiting

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 08/30/11 12:18 AM

Sorry, Vitt, I was offline yesterday (had DS, DIL and baby grandson here all day--and yesterday the site was loading so slowly for me that I gave up in exasperation), so I imagine you've already cooked those ribs.

No marinating necessary! All I meant by "seasoned ribs" was to put them in on top of the onions and shake whatever you want on them (I use onion and garlic powder, salt and pepper) and let the slow cooker do its work).

As to how long to cook them--I go by how easy it is to poke a fork through them. That can be anywhere from 5-7 hours, at least in my small crockpot.

All moot now, though. How did yours turn out?
Posted By: Vittoria

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 08/30/11 10:38 PM

We went to a community function on Sat. night .... we won a cooler ..... full of beer!!!! So then I had beer to add to the pot. What fabulous timing, the stars must have been aligned or something.

Cooked them on 'high' for 6hrs. then 'low for 6hrs. ..... see what happens when you leave me, RHW.
And.they.were.superb.
Fall of the bone and more, great flavour.
Added BBQ sauce the last couple of hours of low cooking.

Thank you for the tips!!!

And Ace .... couldn't taste the beer flavour at all. I drained out all of the liquid before I added the BBQ sauce.

Posted By: right here waiting

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 08/30/11 11:18 PM

Exactly right, Vitt! Bravo! Yes, dump the liquid before adding the bbq sauce--no beer taste at all--the alcohol boils off. (I add beer when making beef stew, too. Yummy.)

I'll bet after 12 hours those ribs were so tender, you could have fed them to a toothless baby. laugh
Posted By: Vittoria

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 08/30/11 11:53 PM

lol @ the toothless babe .....
Oh yeah, you could 'gum' those nuggets easily.

Not so crazy about braising ribs though, had both in the pot and I prefer the pork. The pack that said 'S' ribs were pork, didn't know that at the time.
Posted By: right here waiting

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 08/31/11 12:02 AM

Oh, yes, pork! Never heard 'em called "S-ribs" before though. I've never tried beef ribs, but I've done chicken in the crockpot, but not with beer. Somehow beer doesn't seem compatible with chicken, so I use broth, drain it off toward the end and add bbq sauce.

Anyone tried slow cooking chicken in the crockpot with beer? Or something besides broth?
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 09/02/11 01:04 AM

Now that I'm craving ribs and beer...

I have to share this.

Pillow Tie

I'm sure it would look snazzy on women too, if paired with the right suit.
Posted By: Lil

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 09/02/11 01:20 AM

oh, is this the new distractions thread?
Posted By: Lil

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 09/02/11 02:09 AM

Yanno, reading back thru old posts on this thread is making me hungry.

Spring has sprung in kiwland and I pulled the BBQ out. Chicken sausages and steak, yummers!

My boss - bless him - has been banging on about the rugby world cup for several months. Now we are a week out and he is being VERY quiet about it.

I am currently sitting on my bed in the sun, looking a a ewe out the window and wondering if the reason she is getting up and down is because she is in labour. The ram that was emasculated without owner permission and supposedly 'sterile', had been playing piggy back with the ewe for a few months. When it was time for him to go to the big white freezer, Flick found two very healthy testicles. I know its considered not good for a yearling heifer to be pregnant, I have no idea about yearling lambs.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/02/11 02:44 AM

Since I started the thread and since it appears that the rock chuckin' ice sweeepin' Laundry Boy ain't showin' up anytime soon, I'm changin' the title back to the original.

So if the curler ever shows up, somebody tell him how to find the place, eh?
Posted By: Vittoria

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/02/11 12:01 PM

RHW!!!!!! I came across an amazing dish for chicken, it uses spiced rum as the liquid rather than beer ..... !!!!!!!!! Sounds delice!!!!!!
Thinking that we need a cooking with booze thread, hahaha.

The pillow tie looks intriguing, L4. But can you put it in the crock pot .....
Finding testicles is always a good thing, lil. LOL

Foggy as all get out today ..... must be time for the kids to go back to school. My kids used to miss more days of school due to fog than to storms.

Off to work .....

Have a great one people!
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/02/11 02:04 PM

Originally Posted By: lildoggie - Thu Sep 01 2011 06:20 PM


oh, is this the new distractions thread?


Hey Lil,

Nope, neither.

Originally Posted By: Mark1952 - Wed Sep 1, 2010 11:59 AM


The old "Vacation Thread" seems to have gone the way of the dodo and since so many are arriving here, I thought a new thread to take a break and discuss just about anything not related to marriage problems and infidelity might be in order.

Like any pot luck, what you find is entirely up to what people bring to the table. The only topics that are off the table are on topic discussions. Swap recipes, tell a story, complain about your boss (but never your spouse) and just hang out. Greet old friends, catch up on what's up or whine about the weather.

If you don't like the subject, change it to whatever you like and say what's on your mind. New stuff, old stuff, serious stuff or silly stuff, the choice is up to you what goes on this thread.


With luck, we'll drag a couple of folks who are dragging their feet into the daylight with the rest of us.

Share you lunch.
Share your life.
Share your friends.

Share your friend's lunch if you'd like.

Just be sure you share...

I'll be watching to see what you have to share.


Let's party...


As you can see, this thread is not a new distraction nor a new thread. In fact, it turned one year old yesterday so I think we're due for one of L4's luscious cakes.

HAPPY 3 DAY WEEKEND VACATIONERS! thumbsup waves claps dancing cool laugh ROFL

Anyone got any fun plans?

Ace
Posted By: right here waiting

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/02/11 04:19 PM

Oh, Vitt, that sounds devine. Never would have thought of spiced rum. Thanks!
Posted By: right here waiting

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/02/11 04:22 PM

Thanks for changing the title back, Mark, after that detour. Makes sense. You always do. grin

As for the weekend, Ace, we're celebrating DS's 35th birthday today. Keeping grandbaby so he and his lovely wife can go out tonight. (I welcome any and all excuses to keep the little guy.) DH's birthday is tomorrow--he wants to spend the day at the beach, clean up, and go out to dinner. Works fer me.

What's everyone else doing?

Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/02/11 04:38 PM

Originally Posted By: Vittoria
Finding testicles is always a good thing, lil. LOL

What the heck???

Why, Ace... Why, oh why did you have to put that creepy eye on this page? It freaks me out, looking at me all ominous and stalkerish... Yikes!

We are leaving tonight for a small resort town on the water -- one we go to every summer. The tide goes out very far revealing acres of mudflats for clamming and mucking around. (We don't really have sandy beaches up here.)

The weather is supposed to be the best we've had all summer with sunshine and highs in the 80s. There's a pool, lazy roads for biking and walking, water slides not far away, and go karts. I'm really looking forward to it.
Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/02/11 05:05 PM

We have our annual visit to the Highland Games in Pleasanton. Looking forward to it! We will return with a wonderful prize, DD24, who is on a little vacation and will spend a week with us.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/03/11 02:36 PM

Originally Posted By: Looking4
Why, Ace... Why, oh why did you have to put that creepy eye on this page? It freaks me out, looking at me all ominous and stalkerish... Yikes!


Oh L4, so sorry to freak you out. I merely quoted the first post on this thread as an example to Lil that it wasn't new and the evil eye Mark posted came along for the ride. If it wasn't past edit time, I would edit it out ....wait....Hey Mark, could you please delete the "eye-guy" from my quote of your post.... please? It freaks out L4 and she may not bake us a cyber-cake for our 1st birthday of this thread if that creepy eye-guy stares her down out every time this page loads.

Thanks,
Ace
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/03/11 08:32 PM

Quote:
Hey Mark, could you please delete the "eye-guy" from my quote of your post.... please?



Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/05/11 03:47 PM

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
Quote:
Hey Mark, could you please delete the "eye-guy" from my quote of your post.... please?









Do I detect a slight 'tude, dude?

I said "puh-leeese" didn't I?
Posted By: IamTMTS

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 09/05/11 03:54 PM

Hi Acey,

TMTS stands for Too Much Too Soon. And other than the obvious that I was trying to do too much too quickly, it really could have been GAPM... for Get A Plan Man. I was just shooting from the hip and trying anything that came to mind, but with no plan whatsoever.

As for Laundry Boy....ROFL!!!
That was Not's doing. I made the mistake of mentioning that part of my plan A was to do Laundry.....then saying that I liked doing it.... and that was it...Laundry Boy was born. (And guess what I'm doing today...yep you got it...Laundry...that and getting ready for curling pre-season (Yes we have a pre-season) which starts tomorrow).
Posted By: IamTMTS

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 09/05/11 04:02 PM

Only Mark would find a curling emoticon.... ROFL!!!!
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 09/06/11 05:00 PM

Something a little different. Take one and pass it around...



Happy 1-year, everyone!
Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 09/06/11 08:52 PM

ooooh, yum, thank you
Posted By: Lil

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 09/08/11 03:15 AM

Not cooking, fashion. A run-down of the last 100 years of London fashions, covering everything from buttoned up pre- war styles to the weird and wonderful colours of the 60s and 70s. It's fun and definitely worth 100 seconds of your time. smile

Posted By: kimmie lee

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 09/08/11 06:51 AM

That was cute!

So.......just how much longer do you think those silly leggings are going to be around....?
Posted By: Lil

Re: Hey ---> Psst...TMTS....over here! - 09/08/11 08:04 AM

I love leggings. It means I can wear mini skirts well part the time that most women give them up.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/08/11 02:09 PM

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
Since I started the thread and since it appears that the rock chuckin' ice sweeepin' Laundry Boy ain't showin' up anytime soon, I'm changin' the title back to the original.

So if the curler ever shows up, somebody tell him how to find the place, eh?


He came back.....and found the place....and HE changed the title back to include TMTS again!

And, it seems that he challenged you (Mark) to find a curling emoticon. That will fit well amidst L4's cupcake tree, lil's fashion show, kimmie's leggings and your cowboy shoot-em-up emoticon in defining this thread as the king of distracting TJs.

Happy almost-weekend to all Vacationers! cool

Ace
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/08/11 05:43 PM



You mean like the one I posted on the reunion thread?
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/08/11 05:44 PM

That's great, Mark. Thanks for the fashion show, Lil.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/08/11 05:55 PM

Well I came up with a bit of extra money last week.

My duck won!

I bought tickets in a fundraiser for the local Rotary Club. They dump a truck-load of yellow rubber ducks into the river each with a number on it and first to cross the finish line wins.

Mine won...

The day I attended their meeting, the guest speaker cancelled at the last minute. So I got 5 minutes. I brought up the church, our not for profit working with horse owners, our Dynamic Marriage class and Marriage Advocates.

I also bought a Motorola Xoom...

Using it now while sitting outside the bait shop.

Kewl!

Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/08/11 08:17 PM

All very kewl, Mark.

I inherited some oil leases that pay a bit of money every month, and I have been using it for things that I want, but seem unfair to charge to the family finances. On vacation, I treated myself to some spendy art supplies when we happened upon a large art store.Before that, I bought an ipad. Now I am saving for a powerbook.....or maybe some more art supplies, or ???

It's not a ton of money and Chewie wouldn't mind if I paid for that stuff out of the family accounts. This just seems more.....mine.

It looks like I may be taking a trip to Germany soon. My sister has asked me to accompany her for some medical tourism as her advocate (she needs some back surgery and wants it done by the folks who developed the technique.) A few months ago, I would have balked, not wanting to leave home. But I told her yes, and I meant it, and everyone here will be just fine. Maybe I need to save my oil money for some shopping there!
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/09/11 07:04 AM

Sweedish mooses are awfully silly, Mark...

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/09/08/drunk-swedish-moose-found-stuck-in-tree/?test=faces
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/10/11 06:37 PM

Congratulations on your ducky win, Mark ...but for the life of me I can't find where you referenced Sweedish Mooses.

L4, what a pathetic pic...poooor moose but I don't get it...did Mark mention them with his duck story and then delete it? (Then, again, this is the King of TJ threads so your moose pic is an excellent insertion. Maybe we should have a "Most Outrageous off-topic TJ contest" sometime...that'd be fun, wouldn't it?)

Chrys, sounds like a cool trip with your sis. Maybe you can find some unique German art supplies while your sis does her medical stuff.

TMTS, thanks for the explanation of your screen name. Now that you're into curling season we'll be looking for updates on how it's going. (Mark re-posted the curling emoticon on this thread, too.) How long is the season? Seems like it's starting early.

Ace
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/11/11 11:42 PM

It was just for fun, Ace. A little poke at dem Svedes.
Posted By: for to fade

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/17/11 01:35 AM

I made up a recipe for a quick bread, banana with dried tart cherries. It came out pretty good and there are no eggs in it.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/17/11 03:32 AM

Originally Posted By: tinkerbell
I made up a recipe for a quick bread, banana with dried tart cherries. It came out pretty good and there are no eggs in it.


I'll bite, Tink! wink

What's your recipe?
Posted By: for to fade

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/19/11 02:37 AM

Here it is, now I made it because I had no eggs, you could easily do a banana bread and throw in the ingredients

you know dried apricots would be good softened a bit first

disclaimer, this is a made up recipe....well found online and tweeked....

2 bananas you know, ripe and smashed
1/2 cup tart dried cherries
1/2 cup slice almonds
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey (out of desperation of running out of sugar, brown sugar would be good instead of the honey too)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

Houston we have a problem...as you can see there is no butter, as I was making it I forgot to write this down OMG

ok just look for a banana bread recipe and calculate butter

The general idea is a banana bread with other things, now I usually use eggs but thanks to livingwell talking to me so much about banana bread, well I had to make some

I did bake is at 325 for 60 min

I need to find the butter measurement....scream lol

I can't find it, I believe it was 1/2 cup butter

You know this would be good with eggs...thinking about eggs so much thinking of going to ihop for a rooty tooty
Posted By: herfuturesbright

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/19/11 02:50 AM

YUM - I need to write down some of the recipes!
Posted By: for to fade

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/21/11 12:29 AM

I love making this thing where I do oatmeal cookies only leave out some, I eyeball it, and add walnuts and toll house chips........amazingly fantastic

or do a toll house and add oatmeal and walnuts

either way amazingly fantastic
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/29/11 01:02 AM

Arch West, the man credited with creating Doritos has died.

One of the greatest chips ever to grace this planet, Doritos are among my greatest weaknesses and probably responsible for about 50 of my pounds over the years. And oh my... How tasty, crunchy, salty, cheesy, and orange those pounds were.

I might have to go out and buy a bag in his honor. Add a Mountain Dew and it'll be just like it was, stopping in at 7-11 after high school dances.

May you rest in peace, Mr. West.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/29/11 02:39 PM

Condolences on your loss L4. cry
I've never used that emoticon and decided to use it here.

It's great that Mr. West nearly made it to a 100 and was inspired to create such a significant contribution to our snacking habits almost 60 years ago.

Click to reveal..
For me, I prefer salt-free kettle chips...I know, boring. wink


Thanks for the update. Got any recipes to go with Fritos or Doritos?
Ace
Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 09/29/11 09:41 PM

I'm with Ace - although I quite like SandV ones had some tonight.

Doritos have to be my least fave
Posted By: soolee

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/03/11 04:28 PM

MAPLE NUT STICKY BUNS

Note: You're going to need two 13 x 9 pans (one to bake in and one to invert the buns to.) If all your ingredients are handy, I'd say this takes approximately 2 hours to make, including waiting times for dough to rise. It's a 'weekend' treat for us.

Ingredients:

1 cup chopped walnuts (I use an entire 1-3/4-cup bag)

1/2 cup + maple syrup (Just get a small bottle. I end up using at least a cup.)

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 package rapid rising dry yeast

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup warm water (120-130F)

6 tablespoons softened butter, divided (2T/4T)

1 egg (preferably room temperature)

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

This generally makes about 12 rolls. Good for a night-time treat and for breakfast the next morning when zapped in the microwave.

You can, of course, switch these out to make cinnamon rolls: Just omit the syrup and nuts and make a glaze of 1-1/2 cups confectioner's sugar, 2-3 Tablespoons milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Step 1)

Spray a 13 x 9 baking pan and spread the nuts on the bottom and then the syrup. I am always generous with both because we like them this way.I do not measure the syrup. I just turn the bottle upside down and squeeze it all over the nuts until it looks the way I want it to. nod

Step 2)

Combine 2 cups flour, granulated sugar, yeast, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in the warm water, 2 T softened butter, and beaten egg. Beat this until fairly smooth. Then gradually stir in the remaining flour until a soft dough forms. Cover this with plastic wrap and let it sit for 30 minutes. It should get bigger. (I heat my water in a Pyrex glass measuring cup. Then after I pour my water into the mixture, I break the egg into this cup and beat it quick so it doesn't cook but brings it up to room temperature. I always forget to take my egg out of the fridge ahead of time. I have no idea how important the room-temperature egg is to this recipe.)

Step 3)

On a lightly floured surface, roll your dough to about a 15 x 12 rectangle. Then spread the remaining softened butter by hand over the dough. Much quicker and easier to just do it with clean hands.

Step 4)

In a smaller bowl, mix your brown sugar and cinnamon. Then spread this by hand as well, over the butter. I try to take both butter and sugar mixture all the way to the very edges of the dough.

Step 5)

Roll your dough up a little at a time and seal it if you can by pinching the edges together. Then slice at least 12 pieces and place them into your 9 x 13 pan. Cover with plastic or aluminum foil.

Step 6)

Take a dutch oven and fill it about half way with hot water. Heat it up until it's steaming, then TURN IT OFF. Straddle your 9 x 13 right over the open pan. Cover it with a clean cloth and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Preheat your oven at 375.

***BE VERY CAREFUL YOUR BURNERS ARE OFF BEFORE YOU GET ANY WHERE NEAR YOUR STOVE WITH A TOWEL. EITHER THAT, OR REMOVE THE DUTCH OVEN ENTIRELY FROM THE STOVE.***

Step 7)

Remove towel and plastic/foil and bake at 375 for about 25 minutes. Remove from oven, line up second 9 x 13 pan over the first, and wearing mitts or towels, carefully flip it over. Let it sit for a minute on top like that for the syrup and nuts to drip down, and remove your hot pan.

Enjoy. grin I've made these many times, and my family loves, loves, loves them. Hope yours does too.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/07/11 01:05 PM

Sounds scrumptious, Soolee.

My family makes what we call "Pull-Aparts" using a recipe with very similar ingredients (but we cheat by using tubes of ready-to-bake biscuit dough). blush

Thanks for sharing.

Ace

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Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/08/11 04:07 PM

YIKES! My OCD for numbers ending in zero has come back. I just submitted the 140th post on the Moderation 101 thread in the TD and it's also the 1020th view.

Had to tell someone. Dang. crazy
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/18/11 08:26 PM

For our horse-loving fans.



I prefer Western.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/18/11 09:49 PM

I prefer western too...
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/28/11 04:52 PM

Okay folks... Whachya doin' for Halloween?

Most people around here are celebrating tomorrow, the 29th. I kid you not, we have been invited to 6 different things tomorrow alone.

We have DS10's soccer game in the morning, I'm handing out candy at our church for three hours for the neighborhood event, take kids to school carnival, H goes to Husky game, kids to party at 6, I go to my friend's party, pick-up kids, maybe see a friend's band play... Of course all of this will be done in my 60's hippie chick ensemble.

I love Halloween.

On the actual day, I'm helping with a school fund-raiser. Our kids are wondering if they can go trick-or-treating Saturday night (it's on the agenda at their party) and again on Monday. I told them they can get as much candy as they want because anything over 50 pieces each is going to Children's Hospital. (I figure 100 pieces of candy among the four of us is plenty!)

I think I remember Halloween not being such a big deal in Kiwiland. Can't remember if y'all celebrate it in the UK. What is every doing? Are you dressing up? If you have kids, will you be celebrating only Monday or another day too? Heck, even if you don't have kids, will you be doing anything for it?
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 10/28/11 06:22 PM

We're not much into Halloween here. Local hours for trick or treating are Monday for the most part with our village using 4-7 pm.

Our church is hosting what we call a "Harvest Celebration" on Sunday afternoon beginning at 3pm. There will be a bonfire, games, pony rides, lots of food and an appearance by Those Funny Little People.

In case you missed it this summer:



We handed out a thousand bags to collect packages (toiletries, snacks, etc) for the troops in Afghanistan. We hope to get between 2 and 3 percent of those back with the drop off being during our Harvest Festival on Sunday. We promoted on local radio and in local papers as well as via FB and word of mouth by taking the bags door to door in the surrounding communities. Not bad for a church that last Sunday had 110 people in attendance.

Hope we have room to park all the cars or the local constabulary will be a tad unhappy.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 11/25/11 02:31 PM

Woe is me.....I was looking for this thread but it's been so long I couldn't remember the name of it. I was actually looking for "The Vacation Thread" before realizing that it's the wrong forum. blush

I decided to look for Mark's name in purple and finally found it on page 2.

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
We handed out a thousand bags to collect packages (toiletries, snacks, etc) for the troops in Afghanistan. We hope to get between 2 and 3 percent of those back with the drop off being during our Harvest Festival on Sunday. We promoted on local radio and in local papers as well as via FB and word of mouth by taking the bags door to door in the surrounding communities. Not bad for a church that last Sunday had 110 people in attendance.

Hope we have room to park all the cars or the local constabulary will be a tad unhappy.


Sounds like a great project, Mark. Did you get the 2-3 % bags back like you had hoped?

Soooo.....did anyone have a pot-luck, cook-out, picnic or BBQ for Thanksgiving? Hmmmmm.....BBQ turkey. Wonder if they make a spit big enough for that.

Anyone else have good intentions but give in to the "I'll start eating smart tomorrow" temptation like me?

Happy Black Friday!

Ace
Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 11/25/11 02:58 PM

I had a quick look for it yesterday too ace, didn't go as far as page 2.

I have a question:

Is a cup a standard measurement, or does it not matter as long as you use the same one for that recipe?

We've been doing year3 measuring at school; it just crossed my mind as we were discussing why me measure in centimeters, rather than pencils.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 11/25/11 04:45 PM

Originally Posted By: staytogether

I have a question:

Is a cup a standard measurement, or does it not matter as long as you use the same one for that recipe?

We've been doing year3 measuring at school; it just crossed my mind as we were discussing why me measure in centimeters, rather than pencils.


Maybe this link will help you figure it out:

Volume Measurements
Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 11/25/11 05:20 PM

We took two turkeys to the town free feast, by 10:00 am there were hundreds of people lined up for food, It gets bigger every year, and is very festive.
That was the easy part of the day--- then I made a huge dinner for our little group of four and exhausted myself doing it! And H and I watched Jane Eyre on DVD last night. Today we are going sailing, lesson 3.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 11/26/11 06:28 AM

Originally Posted By: Chrysalis
Today we are going sailing, lesson 3.


How was the sailing lesson, Chrys? Sounds like fun!

I fell running down the stairs today and my ankle cracked so loudly I thought it was broken. First time in my life I've ever sprained anything and while it's a hassle to deal it, I'm glad it's only a sprain. I iced it all afternoon and then it froze when my H wrapped his baseball Icey Arm around it.
Maybe I should get an Ace bandage wrap laugh1
Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 11/26/11 05:27 PM

Originally Posted By: Ace
Originally Posted By: Chrysalis
Today we are going sailing, lesson 3.


How was the sailing lesson, Chrys? Sounds like fun!

I fell running down the stairs today and my ankle cracked so loudly I thought it was broken. First time in my life I've ever sprained anything and while it's a hassle to deal it, I'm glad it's only a sprain. I iced it all afternoon and then it froze when my H wrapped his baseball Icey Arm around it.
Maybe I should get an Ace bandage wrap laugh1



So sorry about the sprain! Ye-ouch!

Sailing was really fun, we were on a smaller trainer boat that gave us a really good feel for what was happening, and we each practiced some solo maneuvers. We may get to go again tomorrow.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/12/11 02:11 AM

Originally Posted By: Chrysalis

Sailing was really fun, we were on a smaller trainer boat that gave us a really good feel for what was happening, and we each practiced some solo maneuvers. We may get to go again tomorrow.


Uhhh....it's been a couple weeks but did you get to go sailing again the next day like you thought you might?

The only time I've been sailing was over 30 years ago at Malibu in Canada on a 2-person sail boat that scared me to death.....I was wearing contacts and didn't want to tell the HS guy who took me out. Found out later that he was wearing contacts, too! It was a fun memory after we finally docked.

When will you finish your lessons?
Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/12/11 02:40 AM

Originally Posted By: Ace
Originally Posted By: Chrysalis

Sailing was really fun, we were on a smaller trainer boat that gave us a really good feel for what was happening, and we each practiced some solo maneuvers. We may get to go again tomorrow.


Uhhh....it's been a couple weeks but did you get to go sailing again the next day like you thought you might?

The only time I've been sailing was over 30 years ago at Malibu in Canada on a 2-person sail boat that scared me to death.....I was wearing contacts and didn't want to tell the HS guy who took me out. Found out later that he was wearing contacts, too! It was a fun memory after we finally docked.

When will you finish your lessons?


Hey! I've been to Malibu, too!

WE have had 4 of 8 boat-based lessons, and our navigation/piloting class, which was working with charts and compasses. We are having a really good time. Lesson 5 is next week, and then we will be eligible to take our first certification test. We didn't get to go twice that one weekend.
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/13/11 05:55 PM

Happy Lucia Day, Mark.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/13/11 06:07 PM

Tack s mycket!
Posted By: johnstwin

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/14/11 02:16 AM

grin
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/14/11 02:39 PM

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
Tack s mycket!
I have no idea what that means but might it possibly rhyme with "Acey Bucket?" ROFL
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/14/11 10:31 PM

Originally Posted By: Ace
Originally Posted By: Mark1952
Tack s mycket!
I have no idea what that means but might it possibly rhyme with "Acey Bucket?" ROFL

It might be pretty close.

It means "Thank you much" BTW.
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/15/11 12:49 AM

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
Tack s mycket!

Bare hyggelig. grin
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/21/11 04:20 PM

Originally Posted By: Looking4
Originally Posted By: Mark1952
Tack s mycket!

Bare hyggelig. grin



Bare hugging with a tacky bucket could create a challenge or two. crazy



So, is anyone else happy that today is the shortest day of the year?

Not sure if I have SAD but I'm GLAD that beginning tomorrow days will have increasing longer spans of daylight for the next 6 months! cool





Posted By: soolee

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/22/11 12:25 AM

Hi. I just wanted to share a cheese ball/log recipe that I've been using for 30 years. I actually made it first in home-ec class.

One 8-oz phili cream cheese block
One 8- to 10-oz block of grated EXTRA sharp cheese
1/4 cup of sour cream (not diet)
1 TB Worcestershire sauce
1 TB finely chopped onion

Chopped nuts for coating.

Mix top 5 ingredients thoroughly with hands. Then roll in chopped nuts.

This will keep nicely in your fridge for at least a week to 10 days, maybe longer.

Doubles easily for extended snacking/gift giving. grin

I'll bet I posted this last Christmas - probably on this same thread. Oh well. Write it off to old age. This will serve as a 'bump' I guess.
Posted By: soolee

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/22/11 12:26 AM

Double post. (Sigh)
Posted By: Orchid2

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/22/11 06:09 PM

I am looking for a good 'chocolate rum ball' recipe.... I know it is best if it ages for 3 or 4 weeks or months? It never made it that long when my mom made it. eek Has crushed vanilla wafers, choco, nuts, powdered sugar.....rum or was it whisky? Sigh.... it was good..... grin It was like 30 years ago........

Posted By: for to fade

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/22/11 07:29 PM

candy bar, any kind, buy it

bottle of rum, coconut one nice

ok go home, open candy bar take bite then take a swig of the rum

do not leave house until un tipsied laugh1 :candycane:

eat an occasional vanilla wafer

this recipe was brought to you by the brat patrol, looking for a good easy recipe ask the brat patrol this holiday season

I did find this


or this



I am not sure of his old brownie thing ick, but put the nilla wafers on outside



You must experiment with all of these orchid
Posted By: for to fade

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/22/11 07:36 PM

Orchid my baby says make brownies, she said "can she make brownies?" :frosty:

said omg have her make brownies heat up and put rum on top :frosty:

or omg
:santa:
put a brownie in a shot glass and heat up chocolate and then put in rum so it doens't loose it's kick and pour over :wreath:

orchid...no driving while tipsy :wreath:
Posted By: for to fade

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/22/11 07:45 PM

Originally Posted By: Ace
Originally Posted By: Mark1952
Tack s mycket!
I have no idea what that means but might it possibly rhyme with "Acey Bucket?" ROFL


It is cybor language, he is an alien, it is from area 51

How did you escape?

Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/22/11 07:46 PM

Don't know about rum balls (thanks for the chuckles, Tink) but I have a recipe for Buckeye Ball cookies. Any Ohio State fans around these parts?
Posted By: for to fade

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/22/11 07:47 PM

I want the buckeye ball cookie recipe...can you post it?
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/22/11 08:35 PM

Originally Posted By: tinkerbell
I want the buckeye ball cookie recipe...can you post it?


Sure!

Buckeye Cookie Balls (Makes about 2-3 dozen, depending on size of cookie balls.)

1 stick softened butter
2 cups peanut butter
2 cups powdered sugar
2 cups Rice Krispies or similar cereal
12 oz. chocolate chips or chocolate almond bark

1. Mix together butter, peanut butter and powdered sugar in large mixing bowl.

2. Add Rice cereal gradually, mixing with fingers if needed.

3. Form mixture into ball in bottom of mixing bowl, cover with wax paper and chill for at least one hour.

4. Using a round metal tablespoon, melon baller or small scoop, drop 1 inch circles of chilled dough (reshaping by hand if needed) onto a cookie sheet covered with wax paper.

5. Chill at least a half hour.

6. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or microwave according to package directions. (If it hardens, soften with tiny amounts of Crisco shortening.)

7. Using 2 forks, carefully dip chilled balls into chocolate mixture, coat and return balls to wax papered cookie sheet.

8. Chill for at least 30 minutes to harden chocolate.

9. Run a half marathon to work off the calories of 2 Buckeye cookie balls! ROFL


Enjoy! cool

Posted By: for to fade

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/22/11 10:47 PM

I like that recipe...very cool

You know you could make some bigger ones and have a buckeye cookie ball snowball fight, only might be too much of a smacker since heavier than a snowball, and way more expensive...no not the balls don't throw those balls...

I am going to make some it is a no oven can do...

thanks!!!
:frosty:
Posted By: Orchid2

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/23/11 03:04 AM

I remember now... it is 'bourbon' balls. Bourbon, Choco, vanilla wafers, powder sugar, walnuts, etc.....

Now I need to find the recipe with the measurements. smile
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/23/11 02:39 PM

Originally Posted By: Orchid2
I remember now... it is 'bourbon' balls. Bourbon, Choco, vanilla wafers, powder sugar, walnuts, etc.....

Now I need to find the recipe with the measurements. smile


Might this work?

Rum or Bourbon Balls
By Elaine L. Smith
Original Recipe Yield 4 dozen

Ingredients

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons corn syrup
1/2 cup rum
2 1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar

Directions

1. Place chocolate chips into a microwave-safe medium bowl. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute, stir and then continue to heat at 20 second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth.

2. Stir in sugar and corn syrup.

3. Blend in rum or bourbon.

4. Add crushed vanilla wafers and chopped nuts. Mix until evenly distributed. Cover and refrigerate until firm.

5. Roll the chilled chocolate mixture into bite-size balls.

6. Roll balls in a mixture of ground nuts and confectioner's sugar, or just plain confectioner's sugar.

7. Store in a covered container for a week to blend the flavors before serving.


Yikes! eek shocked scratch

Instead of a half marathon for Buckeye balls, it looks like you'd have to run a full marathon to burn off the calories of 2 Bourbon balls.

Merry Christmas, Orchid! Thanks for all you do around here! :st.nick:

Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/23/11 02:50 PM

Hey Tink,

Did you make the Buckeye cookie balls? Check out #1 on the directions on the Bourbon ball recipe for how to melt chocolate chips in the microwave.

I use a double boiler to melt Almond bark instead but it sounds like that will work for melting chocolate chips for dipping the Buckeye balls. The key is to work quickly while the chocolate is thin.
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/14/12 01:13 AM

Thanks for the recipes, folks. I haven't stopped in here in a bit and just copied some of these to my recipe file. They sound great.

We're planning on going tubing tomorrow night. It's finally cold here and we may get snow in the lowlands (please!) but there's certainly snow in the hills so we're going to give it a go. Might need some rum from the above recipes when I get home to warm up!

I hope everyone's doing swell. smile

Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/15/12 07:07 PM

480/35080

Hey, Lifechoice, waves

Remember this weekend, 5 years ago? We both registered and started posting on MB within 48 hours of each other without knowing who the other was.

I don't think we posted to each other for a few weeks but you did post on Mark's Fishing Thread and then I posted on one of your few threads asking about whether or not to go NC with your BFF who was also somehow related to your FOM's family (or something like that).

thumbsupWe've come a long way, baby!!! claps

Even if we're here and no longer there ~ Happy Anniversary to US!

Ace

P.S. Yep, the numbers above mean that old habits die hard. (A long time ago on another forum I used to be addicted to having numbers of posts/views, etc end in multiples of 5. blush )
Posted By: Lifechoice

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/01/12 03:09 PM

Ace,

Sorry I didn't reply sooner, didn't see this until today. This time of year is so busy and I haven't taken much time to read around here, but really need to.

I am starting to think I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. I am seeing a pattern this year that I saw in myself this time of year for the last 2 years. I have very little motivation to do anything at all. Of course it could be my age, lolol. Thankfully we have had a very mild winter, but it's still winter.

I tend to forget the month we started posting on MB, but I always remember the first time I actually talked to you on the phone. I had just driven through a blizzard to get to South Dakota for a cheerleading competition and you called me at my hotel. We were at that comp staying at the same hotel that we stayed at 5 years ago a few weekends ago and I thought about that day. I even thought about giving you a call, but never did because I was chatting with the other moms.

Helping my friend, Stressedout, through everything she is going through is good for me and I find it amazing how far I have come from the person I was pre-A to now. Last week when we were chatting she asked me if I had any regrets...Oh boy, that list sure is long and I admit it made me feel sad to think about what was lost in so many areas. Besides the obvious of what I did to Docp, I still ebb and flow through the lost friendships and how the dynamics of many of my friendships changed because of the A.
Anyway, it's not stuff I think about often, but every once in a while I admit I do trigger to feeling REALLY stupid for doing what I did. I guess the good thing is I don't let it cycle back to beating myself up about it. It was sooooooo long ago and it does bug me that there are times things pop in my head about the fallout and the toll it took on everyone. It would be nice if it nothing about that time frame ever popped in my head, lol


Guess I better stop here I sure don't want to be scolded for talking about this stuff on this thread. (ha ha that's a joke because you scolded me years ago from talking about a serious issue on your Pot Luck thread on MB) smile
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/01/12 03:22 PM

Originally Posted By: Lifechoice

Guess I better stop here I sure don't want to be scolded for talking about this stuff on this thread. (ha ha that's a joke because you scolded me years ago from talking about a serious issue on your Pot Luck thread on MB) smile


Hi LC....no worries. I should've posted it on my blog or your blog...oh wait, do you HAVE a thread let alone a blog?

Anyhoooo....it's not my thread but you're right, we did vaccilate back and forth from my Vacation thread (silly stuff) and my Smiles & Trials 3 thread (serious stuff). BTW, I was asked about my Smiles 3 thread recently and I tried to find it but it's been poofed. cry

This is Mark's thread to post about food consumption functions related to non-marriage topics or whatever (heavy on the whatever]:
(cook outs, pot lucks, picnics, barbecues, tailgating etc.) laugh1

Actually, Mark can kick us both off his thread if he wants to (figuratively AND PHYSICALLY!).

Glad to hear from you LC. I figured you were pretty busy.

Acey

ETA: Sorry to hear you may have SAD. Maybe it's because your winter seems to be light compared to before. Or it could be cuz you're nearing that half century mark! <I'm off to work now>

Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/01/12 03:30 PM

36690
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/01/12 03:30 PM

views
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/01/12 03:30 PM

Originally Posted By: OT log
Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics...
( 1 2 3 ...8 9 10 )
by Mark1952

485 (post) 36690 (views)

Wed Feb 01 2012 07:30 AM by Ace


Now I'm late to work but my OCD for multiples of 5 is satisfied! laugh1
Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/01/12 03:33 PM

Geek!!! wink

I apologise,,,that is name calling. Please don't PB me.
Posted By: Lifechoice

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/01/12 04:52 PM

Originally Posted By: Ace
Originally Posted By: OT log
Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics...
( 1 2 3 ...8 9 10 )
by Mark1952

485 (post) 36690 (views)

Wed Feb 01 2012 07:30 AM by Ace


Now I'm late to work but my OCD for multiples of 5 is satisfied! laugh1


Haha, you crack me up.

Quote:
Hi LC....no worries. I should've posted it on my blog or your blog...oh wait, do you HAVE a thread let alone a blog?


No I don't have a blog or a thread. It would be nice if we could tag people like on fb, just to alert them if we talk to them. smile I actually forgot all about this thread and while looking for something else ran across it again today. I tend to just focus on a thread or 2 otherwise I find myself online way too much smile

Quote:
Anyhoooo....it's not my thread but you're right, we did vaccilate back and forth from my Vacation thread (silly stuff) and my Smiles & Trials 3 thread (serious stuff). BTW, I was asked about my Smiles 3 thread recently and I tried to find it but it's been poofed.


So much to say, so not worth the effort, lololol

Quote:
Actually, Mark can kick us both off his thread if he wants to (figuratively AND PHYSICALLY!).


Well you are certainly right about that! It's ok I can take it, lol

Edited to add a lot smile
Posted By: Lifechoice

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/01/12 05:21 PM

Originally Posted By: staytogether
Geek!!! wink

I apologise,,,that is name calling. Please don't PB me.


Where some may see it as name calling others may see it as a compliment, lol
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/02/12 02:08 PM

Hey....Cinders is in the house! Were your ears burning? smile

How the heck have you been and what inspired you to resurrect the Lola "threadkiller" thread?

Glad to see you posting. Looking forward to an update!

Ace

ETA: I got so excited to see Cinders I forgot to tell ST that I take my "geek" labeling incident as a compliment like LC states. Thankyaverymuch. cool
Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/02/12 05:20 PM

I have never known anyone to take a geek label as a compliment! IS that true? .......some of you 'mericans are happy with a geek label?
Posted By: CajunRose

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/02/12 05:24 PM

I am a proud Nerd smile
Posted By: Lifechoice

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/03/12 02:17 PM

I have heard this saying "Be nice to the nerds because some day they will be your boss" smile
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/03/12 02:26 PM

Originally Posted By: CajunRose
I am a proud Nerd smile


Good for you, CR. I'm envious. nod

I guess I see being called a "geek" as a compliment because it is the opposite of what I really am (and I have to PAY tons to hire a real geek/nerd to help me).

Now that I think about it, being called a "geek" for having an OCD for multiples of 5 may not be a relevant label.

OR, maybe you were referring to my extraordinary ability to quote triple posts quickly to get to the next multiple of 5 and that's why you saw me as a "geek".......hmmmmm. scratch

Either way, it's a great way to TJ this thread....which is why it's here anyway. cool

Ace
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/03/12 02:27 PM

Originally Posted By: Lifechoice
I have heard this saying "Be nice to the nerds because some day they will be your boss" smile
laugh1

Hi LC waves

Has it snowed yet in your neck of the woods?

Posted By: LovingAnyway

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/03/12 07:04 PM

I'm with Cajun...

I am Grandma Geek. grin

LA
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/08/12 02:57 PM

Grandma Geekiness aside, I'm threadjacking this Vacation thread in honor RIF, the keeper of the now infamous Vacation Thread and Idiotville nightmare on MB.

Hey RIF.....can you hear me now?

Acey
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/20/12 08:53 PM

Time to TJ again (with my 1615th post) LOL

Two little neighbor boys are out throwing around a baseball in the rain, reminding me that MLB Spring Training has started and the opening game for major leagues is around the corner.

Anybody ready for baseball? Little league? American Legion? Babe Ruth? Adult recreation leagues? Golden guys aged 45 to 80?

Today, I'm making our condo reservations for the World Series (Golden guys) in November. Opening pitch is just a few weeks away!

Ace
Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: Baseball Tailgating BBQs & Picnics... - 02/20/12 09:22 PM

OK, I'll try to join in with a bit of baseball.

I have been to 2 baseball games, one in Baltimore and one in Toronto.......in fact I think there was some sort of link between the 2 games......I know Toronto were playing the Orioles and there was something going on for Cal Ripken Jnr - he retired a couple of weeks later in October and later than intended cos of 9/11...it was around about 9/18 we watched the game and of course he would have been playing when I saw them in Baltimore approx 10 yrs previous to that....I think I still have my Cal Ripken, nodding head doll.


Anyway, I got distracted (but this is a distraction thread). I play baseball on the Wii,,,does it happen in games normally that scoring is hard to do? We get scores like 4-2??
Posted By: Ace

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/21/12 07:40 AM

Hey Stay,

My H's team won one of their world championship baseball games 4-2 (and the other 20-2) so it depends on lots of factors.

I have a semi-baseball story that is part of the book that the movie The Vow is based upon. It sounds like they changed this part of the book when they wrote the script for the movie so I'll share it here.

The original husband named Kim was a college baseball coach when he called to order baseball jackets and the clerk at the sports store sounded cheerfully chirpy so he was intrigued when he discovered her name was Krickett.

Long story short, they flirt and talk, eventually meet and fall in love. After the subject of marriage comes up in their relationship, she tells him that he needs to speak to her father first if he wants to marry her.

Kim can't wait til the parents get home from vacation so he calls them while they are at the baseball College World Series in Omaha Nebraska and asks for permission to marry Krickett. He's nervous even though he and Krickett's father hit it off quickly when they met because her dad had also been a baseball coach.

After her father grants his permission, the wedding is held in a Phoenix area church and after they recite their vows, the minister asks for the ring.

The best man pulls out a freshly polished black baseball glove, gives it to Kim who puts it on his hand and then looks over to his soon-to-be father-in-law.

The father-of-the-bride throws a baseball to Kim, who catches it, gives the glove back to the best man and peels the tape off the wedding rings adhered to the ball.

Apparently, the husband in the movie, The Vow is not a baseball coach so that scene will obviously NOT be in the movie, but I am still looking forward to seeing it.

Ace
Posted By: Ace

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/21/12 02:27 PM

Originally Posted By: Mark1952 - Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... 8:27 AM CST Feb. 21, 2012


499 posts / 40464 views


OH MY...this thread is calling my name.

Here goes post 500!

Happy Day-After-President's-Day to all. (I nearly said "Happy Monday")

Acey

ETA: It's a new page, too!
Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/21/12 03:17 PM

At the risk of flattering you again.....

Click to reveal..
GEEK


present for you

Click to reveal..
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Posted By: Ace

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/22/12 03:46 AM

Originally Posted By: staytogether


[img:left]http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQdaahmJP91tF-irBSHAuIejmdHXg9hfWfEVf146fmMRlvcl8_HSg[/img]


confused confused confused confused impatient

I guess I'm not enough of a GEEK to understand what your present was.

Sorry.... blush but thanks for your thoughtfulness!
Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 02/22/12 07:41 AM

Oh no it din't work....and I can't get it to....it works if i paste it into my browser
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/20/12 06:16 AM

Really? 112805 views? Who's been reading this?

Posted By: Ace

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/20/12 06:42 AM

Originally Posted By: Ace
- Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... 8:27 AM CST Feb. 21, 2012]

499 posts / 40464 views


Originally Posted By: Mark1952 Wed. Dec. 19, 2012
Really? 112805 views? Who's been reading this?


Too tired to do the math, plus trying to multitask by doing Christmas cards while simultaneously sleeping (and posting when they're printing). I think......
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/20/12 09:43 AM

I'm reading this. Though, probably not 112,805 times.

Merry Christmas, fellow potluckin', bbq-in' and picnic-in Peeps.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/20/12 04:07 PM

L4 is in da house.

Now we GOTTA have a party...

Posted By: Ace

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/20/12 07:54 PM

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
L4 is in da house.

Now we GOTTA have a party...



waves waves waves (((((L4)))))) claps thumbsup hug
Posted By: Ace

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/20/12 07:58 PM

Originally Posted By: Ace


Too tired to do the math, plus trying to multitask by doing Christmas cards while simultaneously sleeping (and posting when they're printing). I think......


That was supposed to read like this:

...trying to multitask by doing Christmas cards while posting when they're printing (and sleeping simultaneously).

Guess I was really tired but I'm still doing Cmas cards.
Posted By: Lil

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/20/12 08:00 PM

I should join in, we've had BBQ for dinner almost every night this week since its too hot to cook inside. Y'all prolly disagree its a 'real' BBQ since its gas fired. Last night I made portegeuse chicken with grilled auberguine, capsicum and tomato slices, honeyed carrots and rice, with home made guacamole on the side. Mmmmmm.

Because its summer for me, we will be having a cold Christmas lunch - smoked chicken, ham, green salad, pickled salad, bread rolls and rominoff; folowed by cherries, strawberries, fruit pudding and cream.

All washed down with gin and tonics for the grown ups, and sparkling fruit juice for the small people.

And then, just because it is the season of gluttony and overeating there will be snacks.....
Posted By: Miranda

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/20/12 08:05 PM

Originally Posted By: Lil
I should join in, we've had BBQ for dinner almost every night this week since its too hot to cook inside. Y'all prolly disagree its a 'real' BBQ since its gas fired. Last night I made portegeuse chicken with grilled auberguine, capsicum and tomato slices, honeyed carrots and rice, with home made guacamole on the side. Mmmmmm.

Because its summer for me, we will be having a cold Christmas lunch - smoked chicken, ham, green salad, pickled salad, bread rolls and rominoff; folowed by cherries, strawberries, fruit pudding and cream.

All washed down with gin and tonics for the grown ups, and sparkling fruit juice for the small people.

And then, just because it is the season of gluttony and overeating there will be snacks.....


YUM! You are KILLIN me Lil. We'll probably have frozen pizza. Or else tacos.

What you had last night has me drooling like mad.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/20/12 08:07 PM

Originally Posted By: Lil
Last night I made portegeuse chicken with grilled auberguine, capsicum and tomato slices, honeyed carrots and rice, with home made guacamole on the side. Mmmmmm.

Because its summer for me, we will be having a cold Christmas lunch - smoked chicken, ham, green salad, pickled salad, bread rolls and rominoff; folowed by cherries, strawberries, fruit pudding and cream.


YUM! Had to google some of your menu items but it still sounds good!

Originally Posted By: =Mark1952
L4 is in da house.

Now we GOTTA have a party...


So, Mark, are you inviting us to a party at your house?
Click to reveal..

IRL????
claps waves thumbsup
Posted By: Lil

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/20/12 08:07 PM

what was hard to understand?
Posted By: Ace

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/20/12 08:09 PM

Originally Posted By: Lil
what was hard to understand?


auberguine, capsicum and rominoff...

(I'm not a foodie, obviously)
Posted By: Lil

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/20/12 08:10 PM

eggplant, red bell peppers and potato bake sort of thing.

I had to learn American in order to follow this thread grin
Posted By: Ace

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/20/12 08:13 PM

Originally Posted By: Lil
eggplant, red bell peppers and potato bake sort of thing.

I had to learn American in order to follow this thread grin


So if you come to America for Mark's party (LOL...he offered I accepted and he and hasn't said no yet!) will you show me how to fix eggplant?
Posted By: Rich57

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/20/12 08:15 PM

Originally Posted By: Ace
will you show me how to fix eggplant?

You cant FIX it but maybe you can COOK it. smile smile
Posted By: Lil

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/20/12 08:25 PM

Last night I cut it into slices about 1cm thick - give or take a bit - and basted it in the oil/juices from the marinate runoff of the chicken as it cooked, and just turned it over a few times. took about 10 mins. The capsican took longer.

The one i got last night was a bit smaller than usual and the skin wasnt thick so i didnt slice it off, it was edible. Aubergine is really good with guacamole, or salsa.

I have heard people make a kind of lasgane with Aubergine replacing the pasta, but i havent tried it.

I BBQ lots of vegetables - courgette, peppers, onions, garlic, potatoes, tomato, carrots, parsnips.... trial and error will help with cooking times. Just keep an eye on the colour, and some need basting.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/20/12 08:34 PM

Originally Posted By: Rich57
Originally Posted By: Ace
will you show me how to fix eggplant?

You cant FIX it but maybe you can COOK it. smile smile


FIX could = cook or bake or broil or BBQ or fry or boil or even fricassee-- (not sure about the last one but it's a fun word to say!)
Posted By: Ace

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/20/12 08:37 PM

Hey...lookie there. It could be a way to fix eggplant!

Quote:

fricassee

n
1. stewed meat, esp chicken or veal, and vegetables, served in a thick white sauce

Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/20/12 09:26 PM

Originally Posted By: Ace
Hey...lookie there. It could be a way to fix eggplant!



No way. Eggplant is way past fixing.

Wait, maybe that was the economy...

Or was it the lawnmower?

Posted By: Ace

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/20/12 09:31 PM

Doncha ever say:

What're'ya fixin' fer dinner supper? cool
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/20/12 09:34 PM

I do most of the cookin' and some days there's just no way to fix supper...
Posted By: Lil

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/20/12 11:48 PM

I pretty much love all vegetables. Except celery and parsley. That stuff is evil.
Posted By: Looking4

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/21/12 01:37 AM

Did someone say party?

Thanks for asking about auberguine, capsicum and rominoff, Ace. I was at a loss. And Lil speaks real good 'merican.

I've had auberguine/eggplant lasagna. It was pretty darn tasty.

I'm craving BBQ now. To bad it's 37-degrees and pouring rain outside. Not that that prevents us from stoking up the Q, but I'm thinking tonight it'll be mac 'n cheese.

Mark, if you're up for fixin' lawnmowers, I'll bring mine by when I come to the party and leave it with you. It wasn't quite right the last couple of times out.

I know we've mentioned it before, Lil, and it's still hard to wrap my brain around Christmas being in the summertime. Vacationing at Christmas time in a sunny place is one thing, but to have that be the norm is so out of context for me.

I'm am really looking forward to the 4-day weekend. My sister and her kids flew in this afternoon. We'll head up to our parents tomorrow night then up to Canada to see relatives Saturday. (Hi, V!) We'll do church Sunday, have an early Christmas with my family Sunday afternoon, then settle in for the big 'Hawks/Niners game that evening. (GO SEAHAWKS!!!) Monday we'll do Christmas Eve afternoon with H's family, evening service with my parents, then Christmas day... I dunno what's scheduled but I hope it'll be a quiet, low-key day. I have to be home that evening as I get to work Wed - Fri.

Last weekend we fessed up to our kids about Santa. It broke DD's heart and mine too. frown

What are your holiday plans?

Posted By: Ace

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/21/12 02:49 PM

Originally Posted By: Looking4
Did someone say party?


What are your holiday plans?




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Posted By: Lifechoice

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/22/12 06:00 PM

Originally Posted By: Looking4
Did someone say party?

What are your holiday plans?



Yay, a party...I love parties grin

We are having a nice quiet Christmas at home, as usual. DH is not working Christmas Eve or Christmas Day for the first time in years. Our oldest DD and her fiance are coming home this year. This is the first time she has been home on Christmas in years. I will be nice to have everyone together for a low key day.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/23/12 03:10 PM

DS27 got married in November. We've been invited to Christmas dinner at their apartment, which might actually be as big as our house.

Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/23/12 06:27 PM

We've been having a little pre-Christmas vacation, first at Yosemite (awesome! I want to go back when the weather is warm!). And then with family. Home today, madly finish shopping and wrapping, and then a quiet Chrstmas Day. H was thoughtful enough to make Christmas Day reservations at a local luxury establishment, so I won't be cooking.
Posted By: Lil

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/23/12 07:25 PM

We thought we were having DD20's ex partner coming, but now its just going to be Flick, Hopper, beetle, DD20 and me.

We're having way too much food and drink. Might walk down to the river for a swim if it gets really stinky hot. Generally chill out and 'lax at home.
Posted By: Jayne241

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/23/12 07:38 PM

DK isn't coming??? DK is an "ex"??? That's a good thing, right? I must've missed some important stuff!
Posted By: Lil

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/23/12 07:42 PM

DD20 apprently told him his most recent theft was the last time and booted him out. However she is paying his rent at his new house, and is making plans around him. Flick and i suspect if he waits it out she'll take him back like she always does.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 12/24/12 12:37 AM

Originally Posted By: Mark1952
L4 is in da house.

Now we GOTTA have a party...



Originally Posted By: Mark1952 (on spACE's Cadet Gazette blog)
I think I feel a potluck coming on. Where's LC wit da lefse?


Originally Posted By: Lifechoice
Yay, a party...I love parties grin


Originally Posted By: Ace

So, Mark, are you inviting us to a party at your house?
Click to reveal..

IRL????
claps waves thumbsup


Hi LC! waves

Glad to see you .... did you see the message Mark posted on my blog asking for some of your world infamous lefse at our party?


Posted By: Ace

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/03/13 03:27 PM

Originally Posted By: Ace

Hi LC! waves

Glad to see you .... did you see the message Mark posted on my blog asking for some of your world infamous lefse at our party?





Uhhh.....did I miss the party? blush
Posted By: Ace

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/03/13 03:28 PM

Dang, I posted 2200 times and didn't event notice when I passed the 00 threshold.

Not only did I miss the party, I missed my multiple of 5!

Happy New Year!
Posted By: Ace

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 06/01/13 06:37 AM

Hey!

It's Miranda's birthday. I'd be great if we celebrated with a pot-Luck or picnic or cookout.

Happy Birthday, Miranda. You're a real blessing here at MA.

Ace
Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 06/01/13 07:01 AM

Happy birthday, Miranda!
Posted By: Miranda

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 06/01/13 03:10 PM

Awww thanks guys. I would be happy with margaritas by the pool
Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 06/01/13 03:46 PM

Originally Posted By: Ace
Hey!



Hey you! Come back here!
Posted By: Ace

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 06/01/13 04:14 PM

Originally Posted By: Chrysalis
Originally Posted By: Ace
Hey!



Hey you! Come back here!


I would but I gotta go work out....gained 10 pounds last month. Ugh!

I'll bring the salad to our pot luck!
Posted By: Rich57

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 06/01/13 04:29 PM

Miranda's missing the party in the TD in her honor. smile smile smile
Posted By: believer

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 07/01/13 01:18 AM

We had the party of all parties today, a pool party for almost DIL's seven year old girl.

There were over 50 people, and they all finally left. For a 7 hour party with 25 kids and adults 18 to 80, it was a huge success.

On the menu, carne asada, grilled chicken, tortillas, vegetable and fruit plates, rice, potatoes, beans, chips and salsa.

The top hit recipes-

Baked Rice
By Lorac on February 14, 2002

12 Reviews
Prep Time: 15 minsTotal Time: 45 minsServings: 4
About This Recipe
"I needed a side dish that would serve 30 people without any last minute fuss. My friend,Pat, gave me this, one of her favorite party recipes. The recipe serves 4 but is easily adjusted. Don't wait for a party to serve this dish"
Ingredients
1/2 cup diced onion
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup Uncle Ben's converted brand rice
2 chicken bouillon cubes or 2 beef bouillon cubes
2 cups boiling water
1 (7 ounce) cans mushroom pieces, drained
salt and pepper
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Saute onions in butter until golden.
Dissolve bouillon cubes in boiling water.
Combine onions (undrained), bouillon, rice, mushroom pieces, salt and pepper in a 1 1/2 qt baking dish.
Bake uncovered 1 hour.

http://www.food.com/recipeprint.do?rid=19700

and

Potluck Potato Casserole
By meltedcountry on January 19, 2006


Photo by Bayhill

7 Reviews
Prep Time: 20 minsTotal Time: 1 hrs Servings: 8-10
About This Recipe
"A dear friend brought this dish to a gathering one day, and we were all begging for the recipe! This has become my "go to" recipe when I need a crowd pleaser. It is always the first to go!"
Ingredients
5 large potatoes, peeled, diced and boiled
1 small onion, diced
2 slices fresh bread, broken into pieces, and crumbled with fingers
1/2 lb Velveeta cheese, diced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup butter or 1 cup margarine
3/4 cup milk
1 cup corn flakes, crushed
Directions
Combine first 6 ingredients in an ungreased 9x13 inch casserole dish.
Heat butter and milk together and pour over mixture in pan.
Sprinkle top with cornflakes crumbs.
Bake uncovered at 375 for 40-45 mins, or until lightly browned and bubbly.
ENJOY!

http://www.food.com/recipeprint.do?rid=152424

I doubled the potato recipe and quadrupled the rice one. I love both recipes because they feed a whole lot of people, are very easy to make, and everyone raved about them.
Posted By: TimeHeals

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 07/07/13 02:10 PM

OK, I have made a lot of Guacamole in my life, and I did not know this about how to pick Avocados:



http://www.recipebyphoto.com/how-to-pick-out-perfect-avocados/
Posted By: believer

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 07/07/13 03:37 PM

That's interesting, TH.

I always have trouble knowing when fruit is ripe enough. I usually buy cantaloupes and watermelons and wait 2 days to cut them up. I did that for our last party for 50 people and it turned out sweet and perfectly ripe.

Yesterday I cut up another cantaloupe that I'd had for 2 days and it was so mushy that I threw it into smoothies.
Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 07/07/13 05:34 PM

Cantaloupe are ready when you can smell the fruit slightly from the stem end and too ripe if too soft. Great tip on avocados.
Posted By: Jayne241

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 07/07/13 08:33 PM

TH, I want to nominate that post as a memorable post! Is there an Other Topics (as in, not marriage-related) Memorable Posts list? I think the public needs to be educated!

Also, I'm pretty sure everyone here knows how to "open" an avocado, but I once saw someone "peeling" one. Please don't do that. Cut it in half like the photo shows. Scoop out the "meat with a spoon. If you want thin slices like for a sandwich, simply scoop out thin layers. If you want cubes, take a knife and cut it while still in the skin, then when you scoop it out it will be pre-cut. For the side with the nut still in it, hit the nut with your knife so the knife sticks into it, then give the knife a bit of a twist to lift the nut out.

Sorry if you already knew that.

Also, I was told that for cantaloupe and watermelon, tap it with your fingertips or knuckles. Tapping an unripe melon sounds similar to tapping your head; an over-ripe melon sounds like your belly; a just-right melon sounds like your chest.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... my OCD strikes again :-D - 05/31/14 06:51 PM

Welcome Aboard, New Members!
by Gladstone

Sat May 31 2014 11:34 AM

POSTS: 950

VIEWS: 671300


My OCD for multiples of 5's returned when I welcomed 2 newbies this morning an saw that both "reply" and "views" numbers ended in zero, a multiple of 5.

Had to put that somewhere and this thread hadn't been bumped since Jayne wanted to nominate TH for his Avacodo post award nearly a year ago!

Ace

P.S. Glad this is more than a food and recipe thread for potlucks, cookouts, picnics and BBQ. Howz everyone doing this fine summer weekend?
Posted By: Rich57

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... my OCD strikes again :-D - 05/31/14 06:58 PM

And here I thought you were inviting us to a BBQ.

laugh1
Posted By: Ace

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... my OCD strikes again :-D - 05/31/14 07:04 PM

Originally Posted By: Rich57
And here I thought you were inviting us to a BBQ.

laugh1
Originally Posted By: Mark1952
L4 is in da house.

Now we GOTTA have a party...



It's been over a year since Mark suggested a party and I still think we should BBQ at his place IRL. cool
Posted By: Orchid2

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/31/14 07:34 PM

Originally Posted By: Jayne241
....Also, I was told that for cantaloupe and watermelon, tap it with your fingertips or knuckles. Tapping an unripe melon sounds similar to tapping your head; an over-ripe melon sounds like your belly; a just-right melon sounds like your chest.


Ok, so if I see a man in a store tapping his chest. head & stomach in front of the watermelon display, should I wonder??!?!?! smile

Posted By: Jayne241

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/31/14 08:26 PM

Lol Orchid!

Thanks for bumping this thread, Acey. I had totally forgotten TH's memorable post. I have several avocados in danger of getting too ripe right now. eek
Posted By: Orchid2

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/31/14 10:18 PM

Originally Posted By: Jayne241
.....I have several avocados in danger of getting too ripe right now. eek


Guca....Guca....Gucamole!!!!




Hey, be glad you've got avocados......they just went up from $8.00 to over $10.00 for a bag of 5 small ones at Costco. eek
Posted By: Ace

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... my OCD strikes again :-D - 06/01/14 02:58 PM

Originally Posted By: Ace
Originally Posted By: Rich57
And here I thought you were inviting us to a BBQ.

laugh1
Originally Posted By: Mark1952
L4 is in da house.

Now we GOTTA have a party...



It's been over a year since Mark suggested a party and I still think we should BBQ at his place IRL. cool



Only 55 more posts and I'll be at 3000 in 4 years. I had nearly 3700 after my first year at MB. blush
Click to reveal..
That's when I discovered I was being accused of being a sockpuppet troll. dunno

FTR, I don't do avocado....haven't since that was the color of the first refrigerator we bought in the mid 70's. laugh
Posted By: Orchid2

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... my OCD strikes again :-D - 06/01/14 07:34 PM

Originally Posted By: Ace
Only 55 more posts and I'll be at 3000 in 4 years. I had nearly 3700 after my first year at MB. blush


Orchid: You are slowing down a bit Ace. smile That's a good sign. wink
You realize that those accusations from da' other place carry no merit here, right?

Originally Posted By: Ace
FTR, I don't do avocado....haven't since that was the color of the first refrigerator we bought in the mid 70's. laugh


Orchid: Ok, we'll grant you a pass on that (no guacamole 4 U). R U into salsa or what other interesting fun food recipe?

Right now this 'virtual bbq' is sounding quite dull, we have dancing fruits but no dip. eek
Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... my OCD strikes again :-D - 08/01/14 02:48 PM

Tonight it is BBQ night. We have had 2 and a half months of solid sunshine and tongiht, with the sky threatening rain and a cool breeze in the air, we are having a BBQ.

Posh dogs

chilli cheese dogs

burgers

ribs

vege burger

Monster Salad (as prepped by dd and friend)

Morrocan Cous cous

Potato salad


and DD has made icecream...I've never made icecream before, but she decided to have a go....it was s'posed to be raspberry ripple but we were swimming when the ripple was s'posed to go in, so we'll have raspberry sauce instead.


Earlier in the week she made Leek and potato soup, tomato soup, gluten free cheese and chive bread, peach and blackberry pastries.

I love it when she is bored!!!
Posted By: Miranda

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... my OCD strikes again :-D - 08/01/14 02:53 PM

That all sounds incredibly delicious!!
Posted By: holdingontoit

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... my OCD strikes again :-D - 08/06/14 01:01 PM

Tonight is pizza night at our house with the neighbors. Mrs. Hold is with her Dad at the hospital (he got a kidney transplant last weekend - yay, hopefully no more dialysis). So I am in charge. Set the table last night and tasked kids with chores to get the house ready.

I made gazpacho to go with the pizza. Seemed like a good accompaniment, healthy and fits with August weather. Should be interesting to see if any of the neighbors are brave enough to try my gazpacho.
Posted By: Miranda

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... my OCD strikes again :-D - 08/06/14 01:18 PM

I LOVE gazpacho, Hold!! I haven't had any in years, because all my recipes make enormous amounts and I am the only one in the house who will eat it.

Wish I lived closer, I would DEFINITELY be begging you to share some with me!!
Posted By: holdingontoit

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... my OCD strikes again :-D - 08/06/14 04:11 PM

Yeah, the recipe said it made 10 servings and we are 10 people. One green pepper, one onion, one cucumber, etc. If you tried to cut the recipe in half, you owuld have half of each vegetable left over. Which I guess means you have salad for lunch, and by dinner time the gazpacho is chilled and ready to eat. Not a bad idea, since only about half the recipe fit into the food processor anyway.
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... my OCD strikes again :-D - 02/01/15 01:33 AM

Bumping in honor of LC's visit...

The "rules" for this thread from the first post....
Originally Posted By: Mark1952


The old "Vacation Thread" seems to have gone the way of the dodo and since so many are arriving here, I thought a new thread to take a break and discuss just about anything not related to marriage problems and infidelity might be in order.

Like any pot luck, what you find is entirely up to what people bring to the table. The only topics that are off the table are on topic discussions. Swap recipes, tell a story, complain about your boss (but never your spouse) and just hang out. Greet old friends, catch up on what's up or whine about the weather.

If you don't like the subject, change it to whatever you like and say what's on your mind. New stuff, old stuff, serious stuff or silly stuff, the choice is up to you what goes on this thread.



Share your lunch.
Share your life.
Share your friends.

Share your friend's lunch if you'd like.

Just be sure you share...

I'll be watching to see what you have to share.
Posted By: ohmy_marie

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... my OCD strikes again :-D - 02/04/15 04:13 PM

Quote:
Share your lunch.


I had one handful of cheez-its for lunch yesterday. the box is now empty so i'm down to canned beans and sardines.

who wants to share? lol.
Posted By: Orchid2

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... my OCD strikes again :-D - 02/04/15 05:15 PM

Originally Posted By: ohmy_marie
I had one handful of cheez-its for lunch yesterday. the box is now empty so i'm down to canned beans and sardines.

who wants to share? lol.


Ok, I gotta tell ya' that when I read your post, it reminded me just for a moment of the 1st line from the Phil Collin's song In the Air Tonight:

"In The Air Tonight"

I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord...........

smile

Orchid
Posted By: Miranda

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... my OCD strikes again :-D - 02/04/15 06:21 PM

I just had half an order of southwestern egg rolls leftover from yesterday's lunch.
Posted By: ohmy_marie

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... my OCD strikes again :-D - 02/04/15 06:58 PM

orchid ... lol. and no worries, I'm not eating the beans or the sardines. I skipped lunch. wink
Posted By: ohmy_marie

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... my OCD strikes again :-D - 02/04/15 07:00 PM

egg rolls sound good. yes, please!
Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... my OCD strikes again :-D - 02/04/15 07:33 PM

toasted crumpets with marmite, but I forgot to take the jar of marmite to work to put on them (and I couldn't get the toaster to work properly).......

crumpets!
Posted By: Chrysalis

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... my OCD strikes again :-D - 02/04/15 07:52 PM

Chicken egg flower soup.
Posted By: EarningIt

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... my OCD strikes again :-D - 02/04/15 09:41 PM

Originally Posted By: Squeaky Tree
toasted crumpets with marmite,


Dear Lord! Really? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marmite
Posted By: Lifechoice

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... my OCD strikes again :-D - 04/12/15 02:56 PM

Originally Posted By: Ace


It's been over a year since Mark suggested a party and I still think we should BBQ at his place IRL. cool



Good idea Ace!
Posted By: Orchid2

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... my OCD strikes again :-D - 04/13/15 12:37 AM

Howz about a themed virtual BBQ? smile

Maybe we share recipes, others try it and share their experiences. nod

Posted By: Ace

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... my OCD strikes again :-D - 06/17/16 02:47 PM

HI waves

Someone was reading this buried thread so I thought I'd bump it to say Happy Friday!

Originally Posted By: Orchid2
Howz about a themed virtual BBQ? smile
nod

It is BBQ weather. Happy Father's Day Weekend to all!

Acey
Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... my OCD strikes again :-D - 06/17/16 03:08 PM

It ain't bbq weather here. But very excited to be opening a bottle of prosecco soon with an old school friend and then on to the pub to celebrate the Ofsted inspection we had at school this week.

My BBQ is going to be liquid smile It has been many weeks since my last tipple smile

And I need to try a Pimm's Royale, anyone had one of those yet this summer?

Happy weekend to you too Ace xx
Posted By: Orchid2

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... my OCD strikes again :-D - 06/17/16 08:46 PM

I'd love to BBQ but got no time Worse yet it's been pouring here so while I can BBQ on the lanai, my traeger grill is showing signs of stress in the barrel part and they want me to scrub off the rust part and paint it. That doesn't make me feel good since the barrel part is where all the heat emanates.

So while we should be able to have a nice BBQ, we won't. Slaving in the kitchen will be my task this weekend. Maybe I need to hear a bit more about that Pimm's Royale, it's a gin mixed with.......? wink

jmo,
Orchid
Posted By: Squeaky Tree

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... my OCD strikes again :-D - 06/18/16 07:11 AM

Champagne or prosecco smile
Posted By: Ace

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics.. :-D - 06/18/16 03:22 PM

Originally Posted By: Squeaky Tree
Champagne or prosecco smile


As a teetotaler, I have no clue. But I do want to remove the reference to my OCD from the title.

We need six more registered members to hit 1750. Of course, we've surpassed that number by far if you count all the sock-puppets and trolls who've been intercepted.


Again, Happy Father's Day!

Ace

PS Yeah,yeah, I know, I still have my OCD for multiples of 5. blush
Posted By: Orchid2

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics.. :-D - 06/18/16 08:07 PM

Ok, a question to all you grilling' folks....... I'm thinking of replacing my Traeger Grill. It's a pellet style grill, any suggestions? I don't want to spend more than $800.00. I bought my grill from Costco for about $600 a while back but out here in the middle of the big blue, stuff rusts and well......it did. Now I keep it on my lanai and clean it regularly. The inside of it looks fine but the outside is showing signs of metal stress in 3 separate areas. I don't think sanding and painting is a good enough solution.

I like the pellet (hopper/auger) style grillers, it's clean and easy to use. Just need one with a more durable barrel.

Any suggestions?

Mahalo,
A sad Orchid frown
Posted By: Ace

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics.. :-D - 07/18/16 05:20 AM

Originally Posted By: Orchid2
Ok, a question to all you grilling' folks....... I'm thinking of replacing my Traeger Grill. It's a pellet style grill, any suggestions?
Mahalo,
A sad Orchid frown


Hi Ochid,

We don't grill much. Hopefully someone will answer if I bump this a month later while the grilling season is still upon us.

Oh yeah,.....I forgot, it's always grilling season where you live cool

Ace
Posted By: AntigoneRisen

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics.. :-D - 07/18/16 02:18 PM

I'm not knowledgeable about grills. We have a Charbroil, and it works well. It's small, as we got it when we lived in the townhouse. When we replace it, I'd like to have a stone surround put in and drop in one of these.

Posted By: Miranda

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics.. :-D - 07/18/16 02:35 PM

EI is our resident outdoor cooking guru I think. I wish he'd poke his head in down here!

I just use a regular old gas weber. Nothing to talk about there. And I really rarely bother with it lately.

Running in and out of the house to grill, all while I'm trying to make sides and deal with whatever else I've got going on just isn't doing me any favors.

I don't know how I wound up in charge of grilling on top of everything else, in my youth outdoor cooking was always the husband's ONE cooking chore. But my husband never rose to the occasion. For whatever reason. So I grill, in addition to EVERYTHING else, in spite of having absolutely no background with it. facepalm
Posted By: SmilingWife

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics.. :-D - 07/19/16 01:28 PM

My husband is in charge of ours. We needed a new one, and were gifted a nearly new one., just a regular gas grill. Dh hooked it op to our natural gas so we never have to go get propane for it.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Potlucks, Cookouts and Picnics... :-D - 01/21/17 03:55 AM

Originally Posted By: Ace in June 2016
HI waves

Someone was reading this buried thread so I thought I'd bump it to say Happy Friday!

Acey


It's Friday again and someone was reading this buried thread... again.

Thought I'd bump it...again...in honor of one of our founding members revisiting MA after being distracted for a few....uh....weeks, months ...years.

Welcome back LA. clapping

Acey
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 07/03/20 06:24 AM

It's been 2 and a half years since this thread saw the light of day.

Anybody up for a pot luck, cookout, or picnic?

Ace blush
Posted By: Blair

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 07/03/20 08:49 PM

Yes, please! smile
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 07/03/20 09:24 PM

Originally Posted by Mark1952
5-2

The old "Vacation Thread" seems to have gone the way of the dodo and since so many are arriving here, I thought a new thread to take a break and discuss just about anything not related to marriage problems and infidelity might be in order.

Like any pot luck, what you find is entirely up to what people bring to the table. The only topics that are off the table are on topic discussions. Swap recipes, tell a story, complain about your boss (but never your spouse) and just hang out. Greet old friends, catch up on what's up or whine about the weather.

If you don't like the subject, change it to whatever you like and say what's on your mind. New stuff, old stuff, serious stuff or silly stuff, the choice is up to you what goes on this thread.


With luck, we'll drag a couple of folks who are dragging their feet into the daylight with the rest of us.

Share you lunch.
Share your life.
Share your friends.

Share your friend's lunch if you'd like.

Just be sure you share...

I'll be watching to see what you have to share.
[Linked Image]

Let's party...[Linked Image]


Hi Blair,

It may just be you and me for a bit but glad you're here. I had to quote Mark's original thread in order to remember exactly why this thread was started.

Do you remember the Vacation thread from MB? I vaguely recall it was one that I started but it really doesn't matter.

Do you want a pot-luck, picnic, and/or cookout......or all 3?

Whatdayawanna bring/cook/grill/bake?

Again, thanks for being here, highfive

Ace
Posted By: NewEveryDay

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 07/07/20 03:36 AM

Ace, Blair, so good to see you both back! How have y’all been?
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 07/07/20 03:50 PM

Hey NEDDIE!

So great to see you poppin' in. My update is on one of these threads.....somewhere...but in a nutshell, I am and WE ARE doing really really well.

How 'bout you?

Ace
Posted By: NewEveryDay

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 07/08/20 12:36 AM

Doing well thanks, I had to come back from Arizona where I was living with my older daughter because my younger one had to come back from school this spring. I had rented 2 rooms out at my house because I thought I had moved away. It all worked out. It was just tense when I first moved back because you need to live with people you really trust during a pandemic and it took us time to create that trust.

I’m grateful to be able to work from home for now, but I find I’m really not at productive as in the office. Everything in time. I’m enjoying meeting with friends on zoom for now too.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 07/09/20 01:09 AM

Originally Posted by NewEveryDay

I’m enjoying meeting with friends on zoom for now too.


Great idea, NED....maybe we could do a Zoom Pot Luck, Cookout, or Picnic this summer! light


Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 07/13/20 01:50 PM

Hi there...

When I started this , back in the day, I had purposes for doing it.

The stated reason was to give a place for folks to chat about ANYTHING other than marital troubles. I still remember those early days when everything I read or talked about had something to do with infidelity, gaslighting, lying, secrets and helplessness.

The other reason, and the point of the name, was to tweak a few folks at the other place...

I have a couple alternatives to Zoom that I have been using.

Free Conference is one I have tried a couple of times. It supports both video and audio conferences for free.

The other I have used the audio part for years and it is similar in name: Free Conference Call. They began allowing free video conferencing recently.

Why an alternate? Not too sure about mega servers in some parts of the world...The ones I have been using work very similar to Go To Meeting, which I have several friends still using.

For family chat we use Duo because we all had if already.

We even did our small group via G2M for a couple of months but we're back to face to face now.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 07/13/20 02:40 PM

Originally Posted by Mark1952
The other reason, and the point of the name, was to tweak a few folks at the other place...


Hi Mark,

Thanks for the update and reminders.....and the trigger!

No kidding, it took me awhile to figure out what that statement might have meant. Then when it hit me, I laughed out loud and had I been drinking coffee (which I don't drink) it would have been splattered all over my keyboard and screen.

I totally forgot----which is a good thing. And the fact that it's funny now is even better.

We'll chat about the alternatives to social connections you mentioned. I'm really intrigued.

Good to see you around here. Glad you posted on this vintage thread.

Again, thanks,
Ace
Posted By: NewEveryDay

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 07/14/20 12:11 PM

Yes Mark thanks for mentioning the alternatives. I’d be happy to get together on any platform.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/11/21 04:13 AM

Originally Posted by Mark1952
Hi there...

When I started this , back in the day, I had purposes for doing it.

The stated reason was to give a place for folks to chat about ANYTHING other than marital troubles. I still remember those early days when everything I read or talked about had something to do with infidelity, gaslighting, lying, secrets and helplessness.



It's been 10 days and someone was reading this thread tonight so I thought I'd reply to Mark's post from eons ago.

I'm glad you started this thread, Mark, but I wish more were still around to enjoy it.

May the next 10 days of 2021 be more peaceful than the first 10.

HAPPY reNEW YEAR! popcorn

Ace
Posted By: Blair

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/12/21 01:12 AM

I wish we could have potlucks. I miss real people! frown
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/16/21 03:01 PM

Originally Posted by Blair
I wish we could have potlucks. I miss real people! frown


Yeah, me, too.

I thought about saying something outlandishly controversial to possibly attract any kind of a response from a person.

Unfortunately, the PC police might possibly descend upon our obscure little web site----after only 10 years----and hasten our demise. As it is, I'm often wondering if the next time I try to log on will produce that dastardly screen "Page Not Found."

Does anyone know how long is the current duration of MA provided by our web registration fees?


Now there is one discombobulated sentence if I ever wrote one. confused sleep blush

That's almost as bad as "Is it further to London or by bus?"
Posted By: Blair

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/17/21 03:16 AM

I would like to know the answer to your question as well.
Posted By: NewEveryDay

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/17/21 03:21 PM

Oh man I remember when Orchid would bring up well thought up comparisons between what was going on in the world and interpersonal patterns we were learning to recognize and detach from. But the group of folks who are willing to brave coming here after the warnings is so small it’s not worth offending any of the treasured few we have left. Even though I thought we were speaking with respect and care.
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 01/18/21 07:09 PM

Hey Lifechoice,

Are you out there? I know I could text you but maybe you'll still get a notice that I posted a greeting to you here.

It was the MLK Jr. weekend of January 13-15, 2007---14 years ago---when you and I both posted on MB for the first time.

I'm not sure I could even log into that site.....I may have been banned but I left before they could officially cut off my account.

My last post was a note of gratitude to Dr. and Mrs. Harley for helping to get us on the road to recovery in our then-33-year marriage.

For some reason I still am not aware of, my post got deleted by the MB mods.

Oh well....MA was just starting up and it's been a great life-line for us as we gradually progressed to "recoverED" after all this time.

Thanks so much MA. We appreciate you.

Ace
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/20/21 07:27 AM

I miss this thread. It was a neat place to hang out and talk junk
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/24/21 01:43 PM

The whole point of it was to talk about junk instead of the usual junk we always seemed to be talking about.

Off topic posts only. lol
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/25/21 01:48 AM

Random question....

What is an icebox cake, and how do you make it?
Posted By: Mark1952

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/25/21 03:22 AM

Ice Box Cake
Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/25/21 04:23 AM

Ah. We have something like that. We make it out of chocolatechip biscuits, orange juice and whipped cream.


Thanx
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/25/21 05:08 AM

Originally Posted by Lil
Random question....

What is an icebox cake, and how do you make it?


Thanks for posting that link, Mark. I found the same site and was going to post it....

....but I forgot how and then my sister texted me to join her for ice cream.

When I got back, you had already done it.

Again, thanks.

Ace
Posted By: Ace

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/25/21 05:11 AM

Originally Posted by Lil
Ah. We have something like that. We make it out of chocolatechip biscuits, orange juice and whipped cream.


Thanx


Sounds intriguing, Lil. Orange juice? What else is in the recipe besides that and chocolate chip biscuits and whipped cream?

Posted By: Lil

Re: Pot Lucks, Cookouts and Picnics... - 05/25/21 08:37 AM

No literally that.

Smear a line of whipped cream on a plate for something for the biscuits to stick to.Take your store bought packet of chocolate chip biscuits (you guys would call them cookies) Dip into orange juice and spread whipped cream on it. Repeat, start sticking the biscuits together in a log fashion. One you run out of biscuits, cover the whole log in whipped cream and let sit in the fridge for a few hours until the biscuits soften up, then eat. Its a summer dessert. I have heard of the 'grown up' version where you dip the biscuits in sherry, but never bothered myself. And there are all the variations, sprinkle with coffee, of grated chocolate, or.... Im lazy and I like it like this just fie

Kiwi style recipe here
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