Forgot your password?
in Welcome Mat
Posted June 26, 2017
Been a long time just wanted to say hi
Posted April 27, 2010
Potato-Onion Nest with Creamed Spinach and Eggs
For the Potato-Onion Nest:
1 cup grated baked potato
2 tablespoons grated red onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
For the Creamed Spinach and Eggs:
2 tablesoons butter
3 tablespoons unbleached white flour
1-1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup grated Asiago cheese
1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
freshly ground nutmeg
1 pound fresh spinach, steamed, chopped, and squeezed dry
salt and freshly ground pepper
Preheat oven to 450°F. Oil a stoneware pie dish or gratin dish.
Mix together potato, onion, and salt, and press mixture into the sides and bottom of the pie plate, forming a 1/2-inch thick crust. Brush lightly with oil. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until lightly browned and crisp. Set aside.
While the potato crust in baking, melt butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour. When it begins to bubble, reduce heat to low, whisking constantly for about 3 minutes.
Gradually pour in milk, still whisking, and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add the cheese, and stir until melted. Stir in the mustard, nutmeg, spinach, and salt and pepper to taste. Remove pan from heat.
Preheat the broiler. Poach eggs in a little butter, leaving them slightly underdone. Spoon the eggs into the potato crust, and cover with warm creamed spinach. Place the pie under the broiler for 1 to 2 minutes, until lightly browned. Serve immediately.
in Joke Of The Day
Posted August 16, 2009
A Blonde was down on her luck. In order to raise some money, she decided to kidnap a kid and hold him for ransom. She went to the playground, grabbed a kid, took him behind a tree, and told him, "I've kidnapped you."
She then wrote a note saying, "I've kidnapped your kid. Tomorrow morning, put $10,000 in a paper bag and put it under the pecan tree next to the slide on the north side of the playground."
The Blonde then pinned the note to the kid's shirt and sent him home to show it to his parents. The next morning the blonde checked, and sure enough, a paper bag was sitting beneath the pecan tree. The Blonde opened the bag and found the $10,000 with a note that said, "How could you do this to a fellow Blonde?"
in Community News and Issues
Vanasco: Clinton says that DADT is the fault of the gays
By Jennifer Vanasco, editor in chief, 365gay.com
08.14.2009 12:54pm EDT
At the Netroots conference, activist and blogger Lane Hudson interrupted a speech by former President Bill Clinton to ask if he would call for a repeal, right then, of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act.
I hated what happened,” Clinton said about DADT. “This policy should be changed.” But he said that gays and lesbians didn’t deliver the Congressional support his administration needed to allow gays and lesbians to openly serve. The compromise as first proposed, he said, would have allowed gays and lesbians to attend Pride Parades and political events without consequence.
As for DOMA, Clinton said it was necessary to head off the possibility of Congress passing a Constitutional Amendment to ban gay marriage.
The video is at Good As You.
At HuffPo, Lane Hudson explains in his own words.
Here’s the transcript, via Pam’s House Blend (who got it from Rex Wockner):
Lane Hudson (screaming from the audience): Mr. President, will you call for a repeal of DOMA and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell right now? Please.
Bill Clinton: … You want to talk about Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, I’ll tell you exactly what happened. You couldn’t deliver me any support in the Congress and they voted by a veto-proof majority in both houses against my attempt to let gays serve in the military, and the media supported them. They raised all kinds of devilment. And all most of you did was to attack me instead of getting me some support in the Congress. Now that’s the truth.
Secondly — it’s true! You know, you may have noticed that presidents aren’t dictators. They voted — they were about to vote for the old policy by margins exceeding 80 percent in the House and exceeding 70 percent in the Senate. The gave test votes out there to send me a message that they were going to reverse any attempt I made by executive order to force them to accept gays in the military. And let me remind you that the public opinion now is more strongly in our favor than it was 16 years ago, and I have continued supporting it. That John Shalikashvili, who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under me, was against Don’t Ask — was against letting gays serve — is now in favor of it. This is a different world. That’s the point I’m trying to make.
Let me also say something that never got sufficient publicity at the time: When General Colin Powell came up with this Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, it was defined while he was chairman much differently than it was implemented. He said: ‘If you will accept this, here’s what we’ll do. We will not pursue anyone. Any military members out of uniform will be free to march in gay rights parades, go to gay bars, go to political meetings. Whatever mailings they get, whatever they do in their private lives, none of this will be a basis for dismissal.’ It all turned out to be a fraud because of the enormous reaction against it among the middle-level officers and down after it was promulgated and Colin was gone. So nobody regrets how this was implemented any more than I do. But the Congress also put that into law by a veto-proof majority, and many of your friends voted for that, believing the explanation about how it would be eliminated. So, I hated what happened. I regret it. But I didn’t have, I didn’t think at the time, any choice if I wanted any progress to be made at all. Look, I think it’s ridiculous. Can you believe they spent — whatever they spent — $150,000 to get rid of a valued Arabic speaker recently?
And, you know, the thing that changed me forever on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was when I learned that 130 gay service people were allowed to serve and risk their lives in the first Gulf War, and all their commanders knew they were gay; they let them go out there and risk their lives because they needed them, and then as soon as the first Gulf War was over, they kicked them out. That’s all I needed to know, that’s all anybody needs to know, to know that this policy should be changed.
Now, while we’re at it, let me just say one thing about DOMA, since you — the reason I signed DOMA was — and I said when I signed it — that I thought the question of whether gays should marry should be left up to states and to religious organizations, and if any church or other religious body wanted to recognize gay marriage, they ought to. We were attempting at the time, in a very reactionary Congress, to head off an attempt to send a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage to the states. And if you look at the 11 referenda much later — in 2004, in the election — which the Republicans put on the ballot to try to get the base vote for President Bush up, I think it’s obvious that something had to be done to try to keep the Republican Congress from presenting that. The President doesn’t even get to veto that. The Congress can refer constitutional amendments to the states. I didn’t like signing DOMA and I certainly didn’t like the constraints that were put on benefits, and I’ve done everything I could — and I am proud to say that the State Department was the first federal department to restore benefits to gay partners in the Obama administration, and I think we are going forward in the right direction now for federal employees. …
But, actually, all these things illustrate the point I’m trying to make. America has rapidly moved to a different place on a lot of these issues, and so what we have to decide is what we are going to do about it. Right now, the Republicans are sitting around rooting for the president to fail, as nearly as I can see.
Marshmallow Chocolate Pizza
2 cups (12 ounce package) semisweet chocolate chips
1 pound white almond bark, divided, or 1 pound premium
white chocolate baking squares, divided
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 cup Rice Krispies cereal
1 cup peanuts
1 (6 ounce) jar red maraschino cherries, drained, cut in half (optional)
1/4 cup green maraschino cherries, drained, cut in half (optional)
1/3 cup coconut
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
In medium-size microwave-safe bowl, microwave chips and 14 ounces of the almond bark on HIGH for 2 minutes; stir. Continue microwaving 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth when stirred, stirring every 30 seconds. Stir in marshmallows, cereal and peanuts. Pour onto greased 12-inch pizza pan. Top with cherries, sprinkle with coconut.
Microwave remaining 2 ounces almond bark and oil in 1-cup glass measuring cup 1 minute; stir. Continue microwaving 30 seconds to 1 minute or until smooth when stirred, stirring every 15 seconds. Drizzle over coconut.
Corn Spaghetti Casserole
1 can cream corn
1 can whole corn, undrained
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup broken spaghetti, uncooked
1 stick margarine
Melt margarine and stir in rest of the ingredients. Put in a 9x13-inch greased baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees 30 minutes.
(Hamburger Recipe for Horseradish Burgers)
1 pound ground beef
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 tablespoon minced garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
4 (2-ounce) slices of provolone cheese
4 onion rolls, split in half
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
vegetable oil for the grill
Preheat the grill to medium-high.
Use a folded paper towel to coat the cooking grid with a little oil.
In a large stainless steel mixing bowl, combine the beef, horseradish, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and mix well. Divide the mixture into four equal balls and form into firm 3/4-inch patties.
Grill the burgers for 4 to 5 minutes on each side medium doneness.
When the burgers are in the last couple of minutes of cooking time, place a slice of cheese on each. Butter up the split rolls and lightly toast (about 30 seconds) on the edge of the grill.
When the cheese has melted, remove the burgers from the heat. Build the burger and top each burger with condiments according to taste.
Makes 4 burgers
cancel your credit cards before you drop off
Be sure and cancel your credit cards before you die. This is so priceless, and so easy to see happening, customer service being what it is today.
A lady died this past January, and Citibank billed her for February and March for their annual service charges on her credit card, an d added late fees and interest on the monthly charge. The balance had been $0.00, now somewhere around $60.00. A family member placed a call to Citibank. Here is the exchange:
Family Member: "I am calling to tell you she died in
Citibank: "The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply."
Family Member: "Maybe, you should turn it over to collections. "
Citibank: "Since it is two months past due, it already has been."
Family Member: So, what will they do when they find out she is dead?"
Citibank: "Either report her account to frauds division or report her to the credit bureau, maybe both !"
Family Member: "Do you think God will be mad at her?" (I really liked this part!!!!)
Citibank: "Excuse me?"
Family Member: "Did you just get what I was telling you - the part about her being dead?"
Citibank: "Sir, you'll have to speak to my supervisor." (Duh!)
Supervisor gets on the phone:
Family Member: "I'm calling to tell you, she died in January."
Citibank : "The account was never closed and late fees and charges still apply." (This must be a phrase taught by the bank!)
Family Member: "You mean you want to collect from her estate?"
Citibank: (Stammer) "Are you her lawyer?"
Family Member: "No, I'm her great nephew." (Lawyer info given)
Citibank: "Could you fax us a certificate of death?"
< B>Family Member: "Sure." (Fax number is given )
After they get the fax:
Citibank: "Our system just isn't setup for death. I don't know what more I can do to help."
Family Member: "Well, if you figure it out, great! If not, you could just keep bi lling her. I don't think she will care."
Citibank: "Well, the late fees and charges do still apply."(What is wrong with these people?!?)
Family Member: "Would you like her new billing address?"
Citibank< /B>: "That might help."
Family Member: " Odessa Memorial Cemetery , Highway 129, Plot Number 69."
Citibank: "Sir, that's a cemetery!"
Family Member: "What do you do with dead people on your planet???
Posted June 27, 2009
A butcher is working, and really busy. He notices a dog in his shop and shoos him away. Later, he notices the dog is back again. He walks over to the dog, and notices the dog has a note in his mouth. The butcher takes the note, and it reads, "Can I have 12 sausages and a leg of lamb, please."
The butcher looks, and lo and behold, in the dog's mouth, there is a ten dollar bill. So the butcher takes the money, puts the sausages and lamb in a bag, and places it in the dog's mouth. The butcher is very impressed, and since it's closing time, he decides to close up shop and follow the dog.
So, off he goes. The dog is walking down the street and comes to a crossing. The dog puts down the bag, jumps up and presses the crossing button. Then he waits patiently, bag in mouth, for the lights to change. They do, and he walks across the road, with the butcher following.
The dog then comes to a bus stop, and starts looking at the timetable. The butcher is in awe at this stage. The dog checks out the times, and sits on one of the seats to wait for the bus.
Along comes a bus. The dog walks to the front of the bus, looks at the number, and goes back to his seat. Another bus comes. Again the dog goes and looks at the number, notices it's the right bus, and climbs on.
The butcher, by now open-mouthed, follows him onto the bus. The bus travels thru town and out to the suburbs. Eventually the dog gets up, moves to the front of the bus, and standing on his hind legs, pushes the button to stop the bus. The dog gets off, groceries still in his mouth, and the butcher still following.
They walk down the road, and the dog approaches a house. He walks up the path, and drops the groceries on the step. Then he walks back down the path, takes a big run, and throws himself -whap!- against the door. He goes back down the path, takes another run, and throws himself -whap!- against the door again!
There's no answer at the door, so the dog goes back down the path, jumps up on a narrow wall, and walks along the perimeter of the garden. He gets to a window, and bangs his head against it several times. He walks back, jumps off the wall, and waits at the door. The butcher watches as a big guy opens the door, and starts laying into the dog, really yelling at him.
The butcher runs up and stops the guy. "What the heck are you doing? This dog is a genius. He could be on TV, for God's sake!"
To which the guy responds, "Clever, my a$$. This is the second time this week he's forgotten his key!"
Smoky Joe's Big Spicy Burgers
1/2 can(s) BBQ sloppy joe sauce
1/2 can(s) jalapenos (drained)
2 lbs Ground beef
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Start the grill. Mix sloppy joe sauce, jalapenos, egg and worcestershire sauce in a bowl. Add the beef. Mix. Form into hamburgers. Grill on each side for 7-8 minutes. Toast the buns on the grill and top with the your favorite fixins!
Barbecue Roasted Onions and Potatoes
8 baking or sweet potatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon each salt and pepper
Cut oions into large wedges. Cut potatoes into chunks. Toss with oil, oregano, salt and pepper. Roast in 2 foil pans on heated side of barbecue, turning once, for 1 hour or until tender. Makes 8 servings.
Tip: Green and yellow zucchini, carrrots and sweet pepper can be added to this recipe.
Joe was not a very romantic person, and furthermore he was rather stupid. But he wanted to impress his wife, so he took her out for an anniversary dinner and watched the couples around them, following their leads.
He observed the couple next to him. The man lifted a sugar shaker towards his wife's cup and said, "Sugar, sugar?" Joe thought this was great and continued to listen around the dining room.
Another table over Joe observed the following. A man spooned out some honey out of a bowl for his wife and asked, "Honey, honey?"
Again Joe thought this was good stuff.
Finally, he cut off a piece of his meat, stared longingly into his young wife's eyes and said, "Ham, pig?"
Posted March 14, 2009
St. Pat's Green Chile Deviled Eggs
1 (4-ounce) can Diced Green Chiles
12 large eggs, hard boiled, chilled and peeled
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
Cut eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks. Place in small bowl. Mash egg yolks, mayonnaise and hot pepper sauce; stir in chiles.
Fill egg white halves with yolk mixture. Sprinkle lightly with paprika.
Makes 24 servings.
Posted March 3, 2009
Irish Egg Rolls
4 oz chopped corned beef
1 cup shredded steamed cabbage
1 cup diced cooked potatoes
1 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
salt and pepper to taste
8 (7 inch square) egg roll wrappers
1 1/2 quarts of oil for deep frying
Heat oil in a deep−fryer to 375°.
In a medium bowl, mix together first 6 ingredients.
Lay the egg roll wrappers out on a clean, dry surface a few at a time. Place about 1/2 cup of the mixture into the center of each wrap. Roll up into logs according to the directions on the package. Wet the edge with water to seal. Fry the rolls a few at a time, turning if necessary, for about 5 minutes or until golden. Remove from hot oil and drain on paper towels.
Some egg roll packages have baking instructions for a healthier option.
Beddin' Down Texas Scramble
1/2 cup new red potatoes, cooked & cubed
1 tablespoon butter
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 green onion, sliced
1/4 lb. sausage (pork, venison or Chorizo), browned & drained well
1/4 lb. Canadian Bacon or regular bacon
1/2 each red & green bell peppers, diced
3 eggs, beaten
Black pepper to taste
Dash of Spanish paprika
1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1/4 cup milk
In a non-stick skillet, place butter, garlic powder and cooked potatoes over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes. In a separate bowl, add black pepper, paprika and milk to beaten eggs and pour mixture over the potatoes. Scramble eggs, constantly lifting with fork to keep eggs fluffy and to ensure even cooking throughout. Top with sausage, ham, green onion slices, bell peper and cheese. Cover and cook about 1 to 2 minutes to allow cheese to melt. Serve over flour tortilla in warm plate and add salsa to side.
Posted March 1, 2009
Black Skillet Beef with Greens and Red Potato
1 pound Beef top round
1-1/2 tablespoons Hot 'N Spicy Seasoning
vegetable oil spray
8 red skinned potatoes halved
3 cups onion finely chopped
2 cups beef broth
2 to 3 cloves garlic minced
2 large carrots; peeled cut into
thin 2-1/2-inch strips
2 bunch greens (kale, collard mustard, etc) stems torn
Partially freeze beef. Thinly slice across the grain into long strips 1/8-inch thick. Thoroughly coat with Hot 'N Spicy Seasoning. Spray a large heavy skillet with vegetable oil spray. Preheat pan over high heat. Add meat; cook stirring for 5 minutes. Add potatoes, onion, broth and garlic. Cook over medium heat for 20 minutes. Stir in carrots. Lay greens over top and cook covered, until carrots are tender, about 15 minutes. Serve in large serving bowl with crusty bread for dunking.
Note: To make spice mix, combine 1/4 cup paprika, 2 tablespoons dried oregano, 2 teaspoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard. Store extra for future use.
Makes 6 servings
Social Worker in Virginia
A social worker from Boston recently was transferred to the Mountains of West Virginia and was on the first tour of her new territory when she came upon the tiniest cabin she had ever seen in her life.
Intrigued, she went up and knocked on the door. 'Anybody home?' she asked.
'Yep,' came a kid's voice through the door.
'Is your father there?' asked the social worker.
'Pa? Nope, he left afore Ma came in,' said the kid.
'Well, is your mother there?' persisted the social worker.
'Ma? Nope, she left just afore I got here,' said the kid.
Thinking she had her first violation to report, she persisted, ''But are you never together as a family?'
'Sure, but not here,' said the kid through the door. 'This is the outhouse!'
Posted December 25, 2007
:8_2_58: :8_2_80: :8_2_90:
Merry Christmas Jan! and to all
in Story Links
Zac and Kayden
by Ryan Keith
Chapter 4 – Fall Is the Season for Sowing
is now posted
Posted October 20, 2007
You know you are too old to Trick Or Treat when:
10. You get winded from knocking on the door.
9. You have to have another kid chew the candy for you
8. You ask for high fiber candy only.
7. When someone drops a candy bar in your bag, you lose your balance and fall over.
6. People say, "Great Boris Karloff Mask," and you're not wearing a mask.
5. When the door opens, you yell, "Trick Or..." and can't remember the rest
4. By the end of the night, you have a bag full of restraining orders.
3. You have to carefully choose a costume that won't dislodge your hairpiece.
2. You're the only Power Ranger in the neighborhood with a walker.
And the number one reason Seniors should not go Trick Or Treating....
1. You keep having to go home to pee.
EASY MEATBALL MEAL
1 1/2 to 2 lb. ground beef
3/4 c. bread crumbs
1/4 c. chopped onions
Few sprinkle of McCormicks broiled steak seasoning
3 cans condensed tomato soup
1/4 c. milk
Hot mashed potatoes
Mix ground beef with egg, milk, bread crumbs, onions, and seasonings. Shape into balls.
Brown meatballs in butter. Stir in tomato soup, cover and simmer about 15-20 minutes, stirring several times.
Put mashed potatoes on plate, make a well in the middle. Spoon the meatballs and sauce in the center of mashed potatoes.
Mexican Meatloaf Casserole
2 pounds of ground beef, seasoned
2 small cans (8 oz.) mild taco sauce
1 tomato paste
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 chicken & rice soup
1 small can of green chilies, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 bag of corn tortilla chips
Cheddar cheese, grated
Brown meat and onions. Add other ingredients except chips and cheese in 9 x 13 inch dish. Layer meat mixture, chips and cheese, ending with meat and cheese. Bake at 350ºF. until cheese is melted.
Posted June 9, 2007
Paris Hilton, Wifes, girlfriends. super glue and big iron skillit!!!
Name 4 reasons why Paris can't get male supports in the poll!
Posted May 29, 2007
A blonde is explaining to her girlfriend the bad day she'd had at work, and that her boss had suffered a heart attack and died.
"How horrible!" said the friend, "What did you do?"
The blonde replies, "Well there was nothing I could do. He kept yelling at me to call 9-1-1, but he wouldn't tell me the rest of the numbers.
Posted May 24, 2007
Two alligators were sitting in the swamp talking. The smaller one
turned to the bigger one and said, "I can't understand how you kin
be so much bigger'n me. We're the same age, we was the same size
as kids. I just don't get it."
"Well," said the big 'gator, What you been eatin' boy?"
"Politicians, same as you," replied the small 'gator.
"Hmm. Well, where do y'all catch 'em?"
"Down 'to other side of the swamp near the parkin' lot by the capitol."
"Same here. Hmm. How do you catch 'em?"
"Well, I crawls up under one of them Lexus and wait fer one to unlock
the car door. Then I jump out, grab 'em on the leg, shake the sh*t out of 'em, and eat 'em!"
"Ah!" says the big alligator, "I think I see your problem.
You ain't getting any real nourishment. See, by the time you get done
shakin' the sh*t out of a Politician, there ain't nothin' left but an a**hole
and a briefcase.