You peer into the Conference Room and see basically the same set up as last week with perhaps a few more chairs added to the Preferred Seating area, most of those with shiny new brass tags. A quick scan shows 3 row of 12 separated into groups of 4 by 2 aisles,36 seats in all. All of them appear filled apparently those with Preferred Seating were allowed in before you. Impish noticed you and goes from talking with several people up to the podium.
What? You expected something to change between last week and this week? I see some of you were smart enough to get your own coffee and pastry down stairs. Good I won’t have to compete with some many growling stomach as I did last week to be heard.
Lets get right to the brass tacks shall we. As on Monday Morning we had donations from 37 separate people. Given that Monday was a holiday and some folk had asked for the snail mail address towards the end which Impish had not yet seen mail from while our funding drive is closed we’ll be delaying final judgment on the situation a few more days. Impish will be away from home yesterday and today so it will be at least Thursday or Friday before he gets to go through all his mail. AS late as yesterday morning I responded to someone in the comments section looking for the snail mail address.
Let me just say at this point that 37 is not 45 and therefore not the 10% participation level and due to the unforeseen technicality of the holiday followed by Impish impromptu get away you people have a few more days grace to get donations in but the next count WILL be the LAST and FINAL count.
I also noticed we lost a single subscriber, between last week and this week. That’s ok by me and actually I applaud whomever’s principles and ethics. Rather than be a blog welfarian they chose to unsubscribe because they felt we were not even worth a single dollar an year. [Actually I figure they took my remarks personally and didn’t like being called on being a tight wad cheap azz.]
Personally, I’m of a mind to delay the decision 60 days to see how long the uptick in commenting and voting for issues participation lasts before making a decision. Impish and I will I’m sure be discussing the situation once he gets back and all the figures are in.
Moving right along as I’ve got a quarter section test to study for and take.
Of course those mini chocolate glazed Donut help too!
For 2 years, a man was having an affair with an Italian woman.
One night, she confided in him that she was pregnant. Not wanting to ruin
his reputation or his marriage, he paid her a large sum of money if she
would go to Italy to secretly have the child. If she stayed in Italy to
raise the child, he would also provide child support until the child turned
18. She agreed, but asked how he would know when the baby was born.
To keep it discrete, he told her to simply mail him a post card, and write
‘Spaghetti’ on the back. He would then arrange for the child support
payments to begin.
One day, about 9 months later, he came home to his confused wife.
‘Honey!,’ she said, ‘you received a very strange post card today .’ He said
‘Just give it to me and I’ll explain it later,’
She did, and watched as her husband read the card, turned white, and
fainted. On the card was written:
Spaghetti, Spaghetti, Spaghetti, Spaghetti, Spaghetti.
Three with meatballs, two without.
Send extra sauce!
I keep telling you everything is bigger in Texas… even Texas on the map! You umm did see the map in the picture didn’t you? Or were you staring at her ‘Texas A-cups’?
Cardboard Stories | Homeless in Orlando
“The modern definition of ‘racist’ is anyone who is winning an argument with a liberal”- Peter Brimlow
I’m not a racist- I hate Obama’s white half too. – Lethal Leprechaun
Impish Dragon as a wee nipper! He was such a cute little dorkling back then. Piety about the accident!
Here’s a candid picture of him now hard at work on the Air Force Reserve Base:
Fall is time to get that oven cranking as much for the free heat at night as it is for the good things that come out of it. Some of the best things go well with coffee for desert, snack time of even breakfast.
That pretty much covers all the recipes this issue so dig out those elastic waist bands, drool bibs and sit down before you fall down before proceeding.
Pumpkin Caramel Trifle
- No-Stick Cooking Spray
- 1 (14 oz.) package Pillsbury® Pumpkin Quick Bread & Muffin Mix
- 1 cup water
- 3 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
- 1 large egg
- 3 cups milk
- 2 (3.4 oz.) packages instant cheesecake pudding and pie filling
- 1 (8 oz.) container frozen extra creamy whipped topping, thawed
- 1/2 cup Caramel Flavored Topping
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 6 tablespoons chopped pecans
HEAT oven to 375°F. Coat 13×9-inch baking pan with no-stick spray.
PREPARE quick bread mix according to package directions using water, oil and egg. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.
CUT quick bread into 1-inch cubes. Whisk milk and pudding mix in medium bowl for 2 minutes. Stir caramel topping with cinnamon in small bowl.
LAYER 1/3 of cubes in a 2 1/2-quart trifle dish or large glass serving bowl. Top with 1/3 of pudding, 1 cup whipped topping, 2 tablespoons caramel topping and 2 tablespoons pecans. Repeat twice to make 3 layers.
SPREAD remaining whipped topping over top. Drizzle remaining caramel topping over top of trifle and sprinkle with pecans. Chill 30 minutes before serving.
If you really want to go all out with your Pumpkin Spice Insanity, Jell-O is offering a limited time Pumpkin Spice Pudding Mix. You could do one of those and one the the cheesecake.
Spiced Apple Walnut Bars
- No-Stick Cooking Spray
- 1/2 cup All-Vegetable Shortening
- OR 1/2 stick Baking Sticks All-Vegetable Shortening
- 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup crushed cornflakes
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 tablespoons All-Vegetable Shortening, melted
HEAT oven to 350ºF. Coat a 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking sheet with no-stick cooking spray.
MIX shortening and 1 cup sugar at medium high speed of electric mixer 5 minutes or until light. Add applesauce and vanilla.
COMBINE flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt in large bowl. Add to applesauce mixture; stir until combined. Stir in raisins. Spread in prepared baking sheet.
COMBINE crushed cornflakes, nuts, remaining 1/4 cup sugar and melted shortening; sprinkle evenly over batter.
BAKE 20 to 25 minutes or until done. Cool; cut in bars.
OK that officially makes this recipe a DOUBLE ALERT
Get a grip on something Ginny or better yet duck and cover to avoid getting knocked down by a low flying dragon desperate to get to these little beauties.. If you are planning on making these to take someplace I suggest locating some foil mini muffin papers as they make removing, transporting and serving very easy.
Chocolate-Orange Mini Cheesecakes
These mini cheesecakes are easy and fast to make plus so good you may want to eat them all yourself.
Total Time: 1 hr 45 min | Prep: 35 min | Inactive: 25 min | Cook: 45 min
Yield: 6 servings | Level: Intermediate
1/3 cup finely crushed chocolate wafers
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup ricotta cheese
2 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
1 orange, zested
Butter, for greasing
Special equipment: mini muffin tin
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine the crushed chocolate wafers and the melted butter. Place a tightly packed teaspoon of the wafer mixture into each mini-muffin cup and press down firmly.
In a food processor combine the ricotta cheese, cream cheese, 1/4 cup of the sugar, half of the orange zest, and the egg. Blend until smooth. Lightly grease the sides of the mini muffin tin with butter. Fill the cups with about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the cheesecake mixture. Place the mini muffin tin in a baking dish and pour enough hot water in the baking dish to come halfway up the sides of the mini muffin tin. Bake for 25 minutes. Transfer the mini muffin tin to a wire rack and let cool for 30 minutes. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Use a small knife to gently pop the cheesecakes out of the cups.
Just before serving, combine the remaining orange zest with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Top each individual cheesecake with about 1/4 teaspoon of the orange zest mixture and serve.
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