Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Today's Quote

"Perhaps the very best question that you can memorize and repeat, over and over, is, 'what is the most valuable use of my time right now?'"

— Brian Tracy: Author and speaker on personal and professional development

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Today's Quote

When you live in reaction, you give your power away. Then you get to experience what you gave your power to.

— N. Smith

Amy Krouse Rosenthal's Thought Bubble: Kindness

Marital Bliss

The newlyweds were only married two weeks, when the husband
said to the wife, 'Honey I'm going to Hank's
Tavern to have a beer, I'll be right back.


'Where are you going, Coochy Coo?' asked the wife.


'I'm going to the bar, Pretty Face,' he
answered. 'I'm going to have a beer.'


The wife said, 'You want a beer, my love?' She
opened the door to the refrigerator and showed him 25
different kinds of beer, brands from 12 different
countries: Germany , Holland , Japan , India , etc.


The husband didn't know what to do, and the only thing
that he could think of saying was, 'Yes, Lollipop... But
at the bar... You know...they have frozen glasses... '


He didn't get to finish the sentence, because the wife
interrupted him by saying, 'You want a frozen glass,
Puppy Face?' She took a huge beer mug out of the
freezer, so frozen that she was getting chills just holding
it.


The husband, looking a bit pale, said, 'Yes, Tootsie
Roll, but at the bar they have those hors d'oeuvres that
are really delicious... I won't be long. I'll be right back. I promise. OK?'


'You want hors d'oeuvres, Poochie Pooh?' She
opened the oven and took out 5 dishes of different hors
d'oeuvres: chicken wings, pigs in blankets, mushroom
caps, and little quiches.


'But my sweet honey... At the bar... You know
there's swearing, dirty words and all that...'


'You want dirty words, Cutie Pie? LISTEN UP, CHICKEN
SHIT! SIT YOUR ASS DOWN, SHUT THE HELL UP, DRINK YOUR BEER
IN YOUR FROZEN MUG AND EAT YOUR HORS D'OEUVRES BECAUSE
YOU'RE MARRIED AND YOUR ASS ISN'T GOING TO A DAMNED
BAR! THAT SHIT IS OVER, GOT IT, JACKASS?'


And..they lived happily ever after. Isn't that a sweet
story?


MARRIED LIFE............MAKES MY EYES TEAR UP

Monday, May 25, 2015

Today's Quote

"I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.'"

William Penn
1644-1718, Religious Leader and founder of Pennsylvania

Great Truths About Growing Old

1) Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you're down there.
4) You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
5) It's frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
6) Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.
7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.

Chocolate Chip Pecan Blondies


Makes 16 blondies
Hands-On Time: 10m
Total Time: 4hr 00m

Ingredients

* Nonstick vegetable oil spray
* 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
* 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
* 3/4 cup granulated sugar
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 2 large eggs
* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
* 3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
* 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips




Directions

1. Heat oven to 350° F. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with the nonstick spray. Line the pan with a piece of parchment, leaving an overhang on two sides; spray the parchment with the nonstick spray.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together the butter and sugars, then whisk in the eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour mixture, then the pecans and chocolate chips.

4. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.

5. Cool completely in the pan. Holding both sides of the paper overhang, lift the cake out of the pan, transfer to a cutting board, and cut into 16 squares. Note: Total Time includes cooling time.

Easy Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

1 lb of Chicken Breasts
3 Peppers (Green, Red, and Yellow), sliced
1 Onion, sliced
1 Package of Taco Seasoning
Flour or corn tortillas
Toppings – sour cream, cheese, guacamole, etc.
Instructions:

Slice peppers and onions then place them on the bottom of the crock pot
Put Chicken on top of peppers and onions
Sprinkle taco seasoning on the top
Cook on low for 6-8 hrs (or high for 3-4)
Shred everything up and mix together. Serve with tortillas and all the toppings – sour cream, guacamole, cheese, lettuce, etc.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Today's Quote

"I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.'"

Thomas Paine
1737-1809, Political Theorist and Writer

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Today's Quote

“Cherish the natural world because you're a part of it and you depend on it.”

- Sir David Attenborough

174,203 Things You Can Do Instead of Watching TV

Designed to help you navigate your television-less existence. This post is all about helping you through the first week without your beloved plug-in drug – and filling those hours with something meaningful.

An adorable ad shows a father looking after his daughter. Decades later, the roles change.

No-Bake Cheesecake

Ingredients
2 packages (20 sheets) graham crackers
11 tablespoons (1 3/8 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 14-ounce can (1 1/4 cups) sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
Put graham crackers in a large resealable plastic bag, and crush them with a rolling pin until very fine crumbs form.

Pour crumbs into a medium bowl; stir in sugar. Add butter, and stir until well combined.

Press the crumb mixture into a 9-inch springform pan, spreading it 1 1/2 to 2 inches up the side; press flat. Chill crust in freezer at least 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the filling: Using an electric mixer set at medium-high speed, beat the cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth. Beat in the condensed milk a little at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Beat in the lemon juice and vanilla.

Pour the filling into the crust; smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm, 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Unclasp sides of pan, and remove cheesecake.

Slow-Cooker Cheeseburger Sandwiches

Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1/2 teaspoon garlic pepper
1 package (8 ounces) pasteurized prepared cheese product loaf, diced (2 cups)
2 tablespoons milk
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
1 small onion, chopped (1/4 cup)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
 12 sandwich buns, split

Directions
1 Cook beef and garlic pepper in 12-inch skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain.

2 Spray 3- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Mix beef and remaining ingredients except buns in cooker.

3 Cover and cook on Low heat setting 6 to 7 hours. To serve, fill buns with beef mixture.

Be Safe on the Street

-Hold our keys in your hand as you approach your car. You're most vulnerable getting in and out of your car.

-Check the backseat before you get in the car, even if you left it locked.

-Don't sit in your car in any parking lot. A predator may be watching you, and this is the perfect time for him to make a move. Lock the door, turn on the ignition, and drive away.

-If you're wlking down the street and a person in a car asks you for directon, do not approach the car. Yell the instructions from a distance away or simply say you don't know.

-If someone attacks you, first go for their eyes, then scratch them with your nails to leave an identifying mark. If attacked from behind use your elbow. It is one of the most powerful points on your body.

-Never carry your house keys and an ID with your home address in the same bag. If a person grabs your purse, they'll have your keys and know where you live.

-If someone asks for your wallet or purse, toss it one way, run in the other direction, and make a lot of noise. Most thieves are more interested in your valuables than in you.

Here's the joke....

A frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. He can see from her nameplate that her name is Patricia Whack. "Miss Whack, I'd like to get a $30,000 loan to take a holiday."

Patty looks at the frog in disbelief and asks his name.

The frog says his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick Jagger, and that it's okay because he knows the bank manager.

Patty explains that he will need to secure the loan with some collateral.

The frog says, "Sure. I have this," and produces a tiny porcelain elephant, about an inch tall, bright pink, and perfectly formed.

Very confused, Patty explains that she'll have to consult with the bank manager, and disappears into a back office. She finds the manager and says, "There's a frog called Kermit Jagger out there who claims to know you and wants to borrow $30,000, and he wants to use this as collateral." She holds up the tiny pink elephant. "I mean, what in the world is this?"


(you're gonna love this)

The bank manager looks back at her and says ... "It's a knickknack, Patty Whack. Give the frog a loan. His old man's a Rolling Stone."


(You're singing it, aren't you? Yeah, I know you are ........)

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