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Monday, June 27, 2016

Cabbage Slaw

Ok.  I don't know why I'm posting recipes all of a sudden.  It's probably because I've been spending too much time in the kitchen and its rubbing off a bit too much.

Anyway, here is a recipe for Cabbage Slaw.  It's a great salad for summer.  I don't think that we add chicken very often.  We usually just leave that part out.



Cabbage – either shred one head or purchase a couple of packages of Cole slaw         cabbage
Ramen noodles
2 T rice vinegar
¼ cup oil
Equal (substitute sugar)
Cooked chicken, chopped
Sunflower seeds
Green onions

Combine vinegar, oil and Equal and shake well.  This is the dressing.  Combine cabbage with chicken, sunflower seeds, and green onions.  Toss until well mixed.  Top with dressing and add salt and pepper to your taste.  Toss again and refrigerate.  When ready to serve, break up Ramen noodles and place over top.  Toss until well mixed.

-You may have to add a bit more oil, vinegar or Equal depending on your taste
-Equal is a sugar substitute and tends to mix well with the oil and vinegar.  You can use regular sugar, but it doesn’t mix as well.  Sweet ‘n Low would work also.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Alaska Girl's Favorite Cake

Alaska Girl isn't hard to please.  Her very favorite cake of all is a simple little one called Texas Sheet Cake.  It is seriously so easy to make.  She requests it for every birthday and we had several at her high school graduation.  The hardest part of this cake is making sure that you have some buttermilk on hand.  Or, you know how to make a form of buttermilk with milk and vinegar.

So, in honor of Alaska Girl's upcoming birthday, I thought that I would share this recipe.  Happy Birthday!


Special equipment needed:
Jelly roll pan
Hand mixer

2 sticks butter or margarine
4 T. cocoa
1 cup water
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 t. baking soda
¼ t. cinnamon
1 t. vanilla
½ cup buttermilk
2 eggs

Grease and flour the jelly roll pan.  Melt the butter, cocoa and water in a medium sized saucepan on the stove.  Bring to a boil.  Mix the rest of the ingredients together.  Add chocolate mixture.  Pour into jelly roll pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Cool.

1 stick margarine or butter
4 T cocoa
6 T milk
1 box powdered sugar

Heat the margarine or butter, cocoa and milk to boiling.  Add powdered sugar, a little at a time while beating.  Chopped nuts can also be added.  Frost cooled cake.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Spanx A Lot

Because I get up so early I try and at least have an idea of what I am going to wear each day.  I don't always follow through, but for the most part I manage to look decent.

This morning I chose to wear a dress that I haven't worn in a bit.  I also chose to wear Spanx under it. For those of you who are guys or who have simply been living under a rock for the past 20 years here is a little history lesson: Spanx are this day and age's version of a corset or girdle (Do not ask me to explain a girdle.  Geez).

Spanx come in different modes.  You can get a bottom half version, a top half version or a full length version.  You can get slips, leggings, tanks.  You name it.  They suck you in like a champ.  Voila. Gone are the jiggly parts.  Or at least the jiggly parts are less jiggly than without the Spanx.

I have two pair of these modern marvels.  One is a tank and one is a slip style that hits me mid thigh.  I don't ever use the tank, but I do use the slip.

Today I grabbed the slip to wear.  I had recently washed it and had not yet worn it again.  I slipped it on over my head.

Now, I have to digress here because Spanx are nearly impossible to put on over your head.  In fact, you are supposed to step into them and pull. Pull hard. I was trying to take a short cut.

As I said, I slipped the Spanx over my head and pulled down.  Oh lord. Something was very wrong. I must have shrunk my Spanx in the wash as it would only reach to the bottom of my hips.  Shit.  These suckers cost a lot of money.  Dammit.

I started pulling and it started stretching.  I got the slip to my upper thighs (breathing hard now).  This just wasn't right. What had I done?

I decided to start over and step into the slip like you are supposed to do. I was hoping that the width of my hips would help the Spanx stop in the proper place and then I could just stretch it up to my arms and all would be good.

The arm holes were down to my ribcage.  The neckline was down to my navel and I couldn't stand up straight.  This wasn't right.  What had I done to my very expensive Spanx slip?  How do I return it without the tag?  It's obviously defective because I followed the washing label.  Shit.  Shit.  Shit.

Have I mentioned that I'm not really a morning person?  I am forced into being one by having to adult.

I hereby solemnly swear that the next time I need to wear my Spanx slip I will take both the slip and the tank out of my drawer and compare them to each other.  I will then carefully walk the slip into the bathroom for further use. I will leave the tank in the drawer.  So help me God.