"Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives. I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey and reminds us to cherish every moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we've lived."
-Jean Luc Picard

Monday, July 27, 2009

Notice/Retro Music: THM-SRTE

Just a reminder that I am going to be gone for a couple of weeks. Today is the first day of The Hairball Multi-State Road Trip Extravaganza.

Since I missed Flashback Friday, here's a few songs before I go:

Low Rider by War

Convoy by C.W. McCall

Rockin' Down The Highway by The Doobie Brothers

Ventura Highway by America

On The Road Again by Willie Nelson

Goodbye!! *dabs at eyes and waves*

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Food: Fruit Cobbler

I was looking through my copy of the Household Searchlight Recipe Book from 1938, and I found some recipes written in the back of the book. In going through the handwritten recipes, I found one for a simple fruit cobbler that I decided to try.

My great-aunt's handwriting is a little hard to read, so I'll transcribe it for you. The parts in italics are the additions I made for clarity.

Fruit Cobbler

Light oven. Set at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a baking dish, I used an 8x8 pyrex dish put 1/4 pound one stick butter or margarine, and melt in oven. Sift into mixing bowl:

1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
3 tsps baking powder

Pour one cup milk over flour mixture and beat hard. Pour this into the pan with the melted butter, and place 2 cups chopped fruit over the batter. Pour 1 cup sugar you may need to reduce this or even eliminate it completely depending on how sweet your fruit is over fruit, bake one hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

I ended up making a plum cobbler. I plan to use this recipe again with other fruits.

You can tell that I didn't peel the plums. I normally don't peel fruits or vegetables if the peel is edible. Why throw away fiber?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I Really Hate The Weather Channel Right Now

The heat is really getting to me. I'm seriously considering wrapping myself up in a bed sheet and telling everyone it's a toga. I completely flipped out earlier and yelled a variety of obscenities at the Weather Channel. You know, I understand that some parts of the USA are experiencing cooler than average summer weather and those folks are thrilled about their lower power bills and such, but could you talking heads please turn down the glee a notch?

To the blonde gal in the Hamptons who keeps blathering on about how fabulous the weather is right now in the Hamptons: It's gonna be another scorcher where I am, while other people are really struggling to pay their bills, so your infomercial on the "Joys of The Hamptons" is highly annoying.

Can somebody hand me a guitar?

For those of you on dial-up, it's the scene from Animal House where John Belushi comes downstairs in his toga, hears the love song, and smashes the singer's guitar.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Retro Music: Cruisin' in the Olds...

My friend Joe of the blog 70s-Child, did a post about 8-Track tapes last Friday. While reading the comments, I remembered the free 8-Track tape that came with the Oldsmobile my parents bought. This is the only song I remembered from that tape, and it's been playing in my head since last Friday. Mr. Hairball is getting very tired of me singing this song. *grins*

For those of you on dial-up who can't do YouTube, here's the lyrics.

Hues Corporation - Rock the Boat

Would you believe that someone is selling what appears to be the same tape on Ebay?

Friday, July 10, 2009

Aunt Barbara

If I lived in the NYC area, I would love to attend one of Aunt Barbara's Tupperware parties!

Flashback Friday- Potluck Edition

Just a heads up that my posting is going to continue to be sporadic for the rest of the summer. I had planned to do more posts this week, but I hurt my arm earlier this week and yesterday was the first day I felt like trying to type.

I've also got The Hairball World Tour coming up in a couple of weeks. Okay, "World Tour" is not quite right, lets say The Hairball Multi-State Road Trip Extravaganza. According to Mapquest, it looks like it will be about 1800 miles (2,896.82 kilometers) round trip. Reserve your tickets now! *grins*

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell- Ain't no Mountain High Enough

The 5th Dimension - Wedding Bell Blues

Gladys Knight & The Pips- Midnight Train To Georgia

Golden Earring - Radar Love

Loverboy- Working For The Weekend

Rick Springfield- Jessie's Girl

Have a good weekend everyone!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

And You Thought Your Family Was Eight Kinds Of Crazy...

Dear Marney,

I will be unable to attend your lovely holiday dinner. I would rather eat slobbery Cheetos with a rabid dog than have dinner with you.

Please reassign my dishes to another sucker guest.

Hairball T. Hairball