Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Saturday, August 19, 2017
When you have a Labrador retriever, you never know WHAT kind of trouble he can get into.
I've never been in a strip club. Just saying. Many moons ago and before political correctness took over most workplaces, I worked at a place where there was one close by the facility. We were kind of out in the middle of no where and there wasn't much around in the way of decent dining establishments. The club was actually a high rent one, from the looks of the outside of the building and they had a full service restaurant inside. For the sake of discretion, I will call the place "Bouncing Betty's". Several of my colleagues would go there for lunch when they tired of eating microwaved leftovers from home in their "business casual" or at the greasy burger place. Never after work though, all them trotting off happily home. But they'd do lunch there. They were always back within the required lunch period, soda pop on their breath and smiling. I said "you go to a strip joint for lunch?" They said "the sandwiches are REALLY good! Uh, yeah.
You could always tell when someone went. You'd ask where they went to eat and they'd avert their eyes and say "uh. .mumble mumble diner". . but there would be glitter in their hair.
When he came in the next day, on his desk was a brown paper lunch bag on which was printed with a pen, the words "Bouncing Betty's To Go Lunch". Inside was a peanut butter sandwich, some glitter and, a G- string"
I have NO idea who put that there :-)
So, although I have no personal knowledge of what goes on in such places, there's not much my delicate (ahem) little ears haven't heard.
Which leads to my story, or rather, Barkley's story.
Barkley and I were hanging out with Midwest Chick when I set the purse down as I came into the house, a couple single dollar bills just slightly sticking out of the top, which I'd failed to close.
IN A FLASH, BARKLEY HAS SNAGGED A SINGLE BILL IN HIS TEETH AND RUNS OUT THE BACK DOOR.
Midwest Chick (excitedly) "He's got your DOLLAR! Where's he going ?"
Me (heavy sigh): "Oh Great - probably off to the strip club . . ."
When Midwest Chick and I quit laughing, the dollar and dog were rounded up, not too much the worse for wear, but then I had a sulking black lab..
But they told me I could get a private lab dance there!
Sunday, August 13, 2017
What is a day like in a hundred-year-old home with no television?
It's soft light through the windows as all is quiet.
It's books, so many books.
It's seeing your life reflected in those things that surround you.
It's the sound of music of generations ago.
It's board games played while bread bakes in the oven and the dog slumbers nearby.
It's antique lace, and things few know how to make any more.
It's things from the ground and the garden collected to be beauty or nourishment.
It's the sounds from a shop, things being repaired or built
to make the home stronger.
It's soft laughter and amber liquid, there in that quiet house
where you will soon lay your head.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Here's something I made one morning recently and saved for a time I was busy. It tasted just like banana bread, but with a soft, fluffy pancake texture. A hint of cinnamon and nutmeg, paired with vanilla infused syrup was the perfect topping. Partner ate a HUGE stack, and gave them two thumbs up between bites. The recipe serves 2-3, and would easily double
Indiana Jones: Marion, don't look at it. Shut your eyes, Marion.
Don't look at it, no matter what happens!
3/4 cup milk at room temperature (I nuked mine for 20 seconds)
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
In a larger bowl (big enough for the final batter) combine
1 cup flour
3 generous Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Penzey's Vietnamese Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt.
In a third (and final) small bowl.
Mash 1 and 1/2 large or 2 small very ripe bananas (skin turning black)
whisk in one extra large or jumbo egg until smooth and fluffy
Continue to whisk in:
1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 Tablespoons melted butter (add slowly in a stream while whisking).
Add to flour mixture and stir JUST until combined
Cook by 1/4 cup measures on oiled griddle.
The pancakes may not bubble up quite as much as you're used to, check the bottoms and the temp to avoid burning.
butter and 1/2 cup maple syrup warmed with 1 teaspoon vanilla added in