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Retro wifey, mommy to a princess, editor, PETA fanatic, and I Love Lucy!

Saturday, June 26, 2010


THE LEMON BANDIT MY HUSBAND!!! How do I convince him that it's stealing?? He seems to think if it's out in the open public, then it's just a free-for-all, willy-nilly! I cannot seem to make him understand the concept. I've tried going to the store and just buying him his own darn lemons. I've tried scaring him with the possibility of getting hurt or someone calling the police on him (he doesn't intimidate easily)...

With his work, he's on the road all day valleywide. When he gets to a customer's home, ohhhhh Lord don't let them have a LEMON TREE! He is not even remotely embarassed or ashamed to ask for their lemons. People naturally allow him to have as many as he can pick, no problem. BUT.....after he leaves the customer's home and has some "time to kill" in-between jobs, he will drive up and down the street looking for lemon trees in people's yards....BIG PROBLEM! He just starts picking lemons off people's trees!! That's stealing! Here's this big intimidating-lookin muther fella in your yard helping himself to YOUR lemons. He refuses to stop!
Now, in his defense, his homemade lemonade is to die for. I seriously think he could bottle this stuff....and I mean come on, it's just water, lemons and sugar! He's got mad lemonade skills!!
I am asking you all my friends and family, please don't shoot my husband or call the police if you see him sneaking under your lemon tree. He really is harmless. FYI, your grapefruits are safe...

What the what? That's what I said about a year ago when someone mentioned Facebook to me. Sounded boring, no thanks. My friend had a Facebook page and she said just look at my page and then decide, don't be such a naysayer. Yeah, yeah, yeah.
OMGootness!!! Once was all it took!! I signed on that day and haven't signed off since. The first person to find me was a friend from elementary school, Karen. I lit up like a Xmas tree. I thought, this is absolutely unbelievable. Then more friend requests, then more friend requests, now family is poppin up too....The "OH MY GOD I HAVEN'T SEEN YOU IN FOREVER" type reactions. Then, before I know it, I'm joining the mafia, became a fish trader, a Family Feud-a-holic, and someone is sending me a round of drinks and a big fat hug all in the same day....old friends just keep comin and comin, and family members just keep comin and comin, and then NEW friends of OLD friends start comin and comin, and so on and so on and so on. Six degrees of separation for realzzzzzz....
But, in all seriousness, every single person on my FB means something so special to me. Somehow you touched my life along the way or were meant to be part of my future, and THIS higher spirt of FB brought us together. FB makes you feel young again. Is that the right description? Do you get that feeling? It's a feeling of "pride" in a sense just to know that someone cared enough about you to want to continue to know how am I, how is my life, did your dreams come true, and YES, even the trials and tribulations, the unfortunates of heartache and sadness that we too endured along the way. Some of us see each other all the time, some of us we NEVER see. It doesn't even matter though. Thanks to FB and this virtual world, we get to "be there" for each other every single day and enjoy the rest of our lives together....I LOVE YOU FACEBOOK♥

I know everybody thinks their spaghetti sauce is the BEST. So I won't use that word, but it's rootin-tootin. Fair to say?

1 lb lean ground
1 can tomato sauce
1 can stewed tomato
1 can of tomato paste
1 clove (or 2) of garlic
1 large onion
a couple of basil leaves
dash of salt
fresh ground pepper
pinch of sugar
1/2 tsp garlic salt (more or less depending on your taste)
parmigiano-reggiano (optional)

Saute your onions and garlic in a smidge of olive oil, add ground beef, salt, pepper. Cook until meat done. Add in your can tomato products. The tomato paste will require addition of water to your sauce, thicken as you like, or less thick if you like. Remember your sauce will cook for about 2 hrs and will thicken along the way, so you want to go back and check the consistency of your sauce on a regular basis to add more water if needed. Add garlic salt, pinch of sugar. Take your own taste test. Spaghetti sauce can be deceiving...the longer it cooks the flavors completely change from when you first started your sauce. So, eyeball it. Turn on low as possible, cover and let simmer for 2 hours; again, a lot of taste testing along the way.

Boil spaghetti.

Add spaghetti to your sauce. Right before serving, take your basil leaves and slice them into ribbons. Add some of your basil ribbons and fresh grated cheese on top....DIG IN! Let me know what ya think, cuz sometimes I wonder if it's really just that 50+ year old well-seasoned cast iron skillet my mother handed down to me that gives it that extra flava...ENJOY!

The dessert was a quick cake recipe on the back of a Bisquick box when I was a kid. They don't print it on their boxes anymore...but, fortunately, it was so easy to remember since I watched mom make them a lot! Simple ingredients in your pantry for a delicious little dessert. And quick!

2 cups Bisquick
1/2 cup sugar (it's not meant to be a super sweet cake)
1 cup milk
1 egg

First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Get your round 9 x 1/2 inch pan ready by greasing and light flouring. Square pan is fine too!

In a bowl, mix all the above ingredients and spread in the pan. Pop it in the oven for about 25-30 minutes, the top and edges will brown, stick a toothpick in the center and check it out. A cornbread type texture is what you are looking for. It won't look perfect, it doesn't have to. It will have some cracks on the top, that's okay that chocolate sauce will fill those cracks...

A simple chocolate sauce:
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup hershey cocoa
1/3 cup butter
6 oz evaporated milk (half a can)
1 tsp vanilla
In a saucepan, mix sugar and cocoa...blend in milk, stirring constantly until boils (about medium heat). After boil, remove from stove and add butter and vanilla, stir.
Cut a piece of cake and add the "hot" chocolate sauce over the top. CHOCOLATE DELICIOSO! Leftover chocolate sauce goes great over vanilla ice cream too!!!!

We have the silliest cat. About a year ago, one of our cats decided she was slick and if a door is open, ANY DOOR, for any reason, she will dart right outside. If you try to chase her, fuhgitt aboudittt. My first thought was, "what if she can't find her way back home or something happens to her!" I was so worried. Well, about 20 minutes later we get a knock at the door. I go to the door, nobody is there. I know I swear I heard someone knocking on the screen door. Oh well, maybe not. Closed the door, headed back down the hallway. Bang, bang, bang. Ok, I know I heard that! Answered the door, NO ONE IS THERE! I am looking all around, I go outside, look around the house. DAMN KIDS I thought to myself. They are playing ding dong ditch em!
A few minutes later. Bang, bang, bang! Ok, I'm gonna catch me some kids! Ha Ha it was funny at first, but I got things to do now and it's becoming annoying. I fling open the door, NOBODY! I just stood there looking completely stooooopid! Then I hear a lil whisper of a mew, mew. I hear it but I dont see it. I finally look up on the roof and there is Mini Me, my cat. I thought to myself could she really possibly be knocking on the door and then jumping that high to play a game with me? She can't be that smart! Well, after a few more times of it happening, we discovered in fact she really can play DING DONG DITCH EM...and last night, she got me again! Answered the door, what a shock no one is there. I called out, "Miniiiii Meeeeee," and here comes this lil face, PEEK A BOO...

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