"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

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

But seriously...

My regular readers are well aware that I try to make this a fun place to visit and hopefully bring a smile to your face. The truth is that I know some of you are really struggling right now. When times are bad, we all need a distraction from our troubles and hopefully I've helped just a bit with that.

I'd like to ask those of you who are doing okay right now to think about those in your community and our nation who are having a tough time right now. The food banks in some cities and towns are not able to meet the demand as the numbers of the unemployed continue to rise. I'm asking you to make a donation to your local food bank or to Feeding America. I know that some of you make charitable donations every single month and I know whatever charities you are supporting are eternally grateful for regular donors such as yourself. Can you possibly do a little more? Even donating five dollars could help a hungry child, adult, or senior to have a hot meal today. I just made a donation, anybody else want to join me?

She's crafty...

Ah the joys of new readers from foreign lands! *waves*

One of my newest readers has requested that I blog about crafting here at my little corner of the world. I do some crafting but, I don't normally post pics as I don't want to bore anyone with my artistic delights. Since one of you has requested it though, I will share some of my favorites.

I call this first one the Kabob and Cut. You never know when a grilling emergency or a need for scissors will arise. You can kill two birds with one stone when sporting the Kabob and Cut. Just let loose your lovely locks and you can be the heroine at your next party, Kindergarten class or knife fight. Fun for all ages and lengths of hair*

*Kabob and Cut comes with a bottle of glue from a fine nation that doesn't believe in vowels. If your hair is not long enough to hold up the Kabob and Cut on its own, then apply the glue liberally and attach the Kabob and Cut to whichever side of your head you would not mind being permanently damaged.

Here is my personal favorite, Colander on a Lanyard. Ropes or chains are so 19th century and lanyards are so fun and perky! Notice here that the lanyard is in a sedate grey color suitable for the most conservative of offices.

You will also receive one bright green and one soft pink lanyard. The green one is zippy and fun and will attract the man of your dreams to your side when you wear it with your colander while drowning your sorrows at the local dive. The pink is for those more intimate moments when it's just you, your beloved, and your Colander on a Lanyard. Oh and just between us girls, he'll never notice those extra toes if you place your colander so that it reflects the light into his eyes just the right way. *wink wink*

Irish Oatmeal

I've wanted to try Irish Oatmeal for years. From the descriptions I've heard from others, I thought I would really like it. Well, I won some gift cards to Amazon.com recently, so I decided to pick up some Irish Oatmeal with the rest of my order.

This isn't a great picture but, here's what it looks like closeup.

Reminds me of birdseed!

I followed the directions on the box. I forgot to take pictures but, you bring some water to a rapid boil (the ratio is one part oats to four parts water), stir in your oats until it starts to thicken, then reduce the heat and simmer for thirty minutes stirring occasionally. I checked on it and it looked a little dry and still had about thirteen minutes left to cook so I added some milk. I usually do make my oatmeal with milk instead of water so this was normal for me. Then when the thirty minutes were up, I added a pat of butter, a little brown sugar and a dash of salt which is how I normally fix my oatmeal.

It had a very nice texture to it and I really liked it! I ate it with a slice of my homemade 100% whole wheat bread which I toasted and smeared some cream cheese on top. I also had a couple of breakfast sausages and a glass of OJ. Good stuff!