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~ Dreamy abstraction in Four Square House on the Pairie

Month: November 2005 (page 1 of 16)

Funny Web Site


Dumb Signs

University of Saskatchewan, in Saskatoon
Pedestrian Tunnel. No admittance (Pedestrian tunnels planned to link all the buildings of the school, but the project ran out of funding before they could be completed)

McDonald’s in Johnson City, NY
Parking for drive-thru service only

Lime Kiln Park, Grafton, WI
Soccer not allowed. Soccer may only be played in archery range.

Freeway near San Diego, CA
Cruise ships use airport exit

Ranting About The Bank and more

I got a banking account at the local bank (small town only one)when I first moved in the area, because well, it was a local bank. You know excellent customer service and all that stuff. No lines, no hassle and so on. They were bought out from another bank and now their hours are what is called Bankers Hours. The hours are from 9 am to 3 pm and they are no longer opened on Saturday. That leaves no time before work or after work for me to go into the bank.

They have online banking service but for some reason, maybe because of the sercurity, my password has gotten messed up. I called them the other day (at work time because you have to call the bank during regular hours) to reset my password. They wanted my first 12 number user ID and password that they gave to start your account months ago when setting up the account. Like I can remember that. I, of course, had gone in to the web site after getting the account to change the 12 numbers to a user name I could remember and put in my own password. Luckily I had written down the old user name and passwork in my day planner book because, guess what, I would have to go in person to change the password it I did not know it and getting out of work during that time is nearly impossible right now because we do not have a substitute to come in during the day.

Then I came home to a notice in the mail that they are charging for services and charging more for some.

I just think I will be looking for a new bank this weekend that has convenient hours and is on the way to work.

Sometimes I am a little fustrated by the lack of growth inhtis town. The old pepole seem to want to keep it as it is but then fuss because their children move to the large cities to get JOBS. The town is making some progress with a new housing area. The area with the dirt is the new housing area.

Alfajores- South America (Chile)


This is a almond-flavored shortbread sandwich cookie with a rich caramel filling in the middle. I have not tried it yet it will be a new cookie recipe I will try this year, The recipe looks good but a little time consuming. It is said to be popular in South American countries.

Makes about 24

For the cookies:
1-1/2 cups unsalted butter
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup ground almonds (can be ground in a food processor)
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

For the filling:
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup half & half or light cream or evaporated milk
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

To make the cookies:
Cream the butter with the powdered sugar until fluffy. Stir in salt, extracts, ground almonds and flour. Wrap and chill 30 minutes. (If you chill longer, you have to let the dough warm up a bit before it can be rolled. Or, do what professional pastry chefs do: whack it with a rolling pin until it becomes more malleable).

Meanwhile, make the filling:
In a medium saucepan, heat brown sugar with cream over medium heat. As it cooks, brush inner sides of pan with a pastry brush dipped in cold water. This wipes away grainy sugar crystals. Heat until mixture reaches soft ball stage (238-240 F). Remove from heat – let cool to about 110 F. Stir in the butter and beat until mixture is thickened. Add vanilla. (Heat to loosen or add additional cream). If mixture is too thin, add in confectioners’ sugar.

To bake the cookies:
Roll out dough 1/4 inch thick. Cut in 2-1/2-inch circles. Bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet at 350 F for 12-14 minutes. Cool baking sheets
between batches. Cool cookies on wire racks.

To assemble Alfajores:
Spread some caramel filling on a cookie. Top
with another cookie and press together nicely. Be careful, these are fragile. Dust tops with confectioner’s sugar.

Grilled Ground Meat (Kabab Kubideh) Persian – Iran


1 pound ground beef or lamb
1 med onion, grated
1/4 cup breadcrumbs or white flour
1 egg slightly beatened, optional
1 teaspoon tumeric
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice


Mix all ingredients well in a bowl put into a fridge overnight or at least a few hours.

Divide the meat into 10-12 portions. Press each potion around skewers and shape evenly.

Place skewers a few inches away fro the grill coals. Turn constantly for a couple of minutes. You can also use the oven at 350 degrees F and cook until done or a electric grill(George Foreman).

Serve with rice.

Slow, Slow

Today it is very slow. I put up picture this moring of the tornado damage at our place. I was having a hard time connecting to the internet yesterday and finaly got thorough around 0100. I do not think we will be able to put the roof back on the shed and will like have to rebuild the roof again it again. I am not sure the pole loafing barn can be put back up even a smaller size. When I have time I will go out to figure it out. It will be a spring project if I rebuild it anyways. I might rebuild it in another spot so it is closer to the well. If I can salavage some of the cedar I might be able to make poles for it.

Nietzsche Quotes

“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”

“There are no facts, only interpretations.”

“Love is a state in which a man sees things most decidedly as they are not.”

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
(1844-1900) German Philosopher, Poet

Cedar Grove Tornato Damage

Aftet the Tornato hit the shet and barn it hit the cedar grove and took out part of it. We will need to go in their this weekend to see what we can savage for fencing poles.

Tornato Damaged Shed

This used to be the chicken coop last year but we made it into a garden shed. It is a good thing there were no animals in it.

Tornato Damage

When we checked out our property on Monday we found out a loafing barn was distroyed

Winter Car Supplies

Woe is me! I am not ready for winter driving yet. Well the car is all up to date with oil change and all the usual stuff but I usually have supplies in my car for driving in winter weather. I suppose when I stop to get supplies for the goats bandaging I should get some supplies. I already have the cables, tow rope, first aid kit, wool blanket( I had cleaned it last month) and scraper I keep them all winter. I carry a flashlight in my purse. I usually keep a pair of boot in my car at all times during the winter. I have tow pairs and I usually keep my hiking boots int there in case I get stuck and need to walk becasue my shoes I wear to work will not work trying to walk in snow. I am also thinking of getting another small down blanket to put in the back seat. I have one on my chair and it is so nice to warp around you during the cold evenings. I have one of those fold up military type shovels that will work if you have to use it but the handle is very short making it hard to work with. I had to use it last year a couple of times. I suggest some ice melt too just in case you get to an area with too much ice.

Keep emergency supplies kit in vehicle, especially during winter.
Flashlight, extra batteries
Blanket or sleeping bag
First aid kit
Extra warm clothing
Sack of sand or kitty litter (for traction if stuck in snow)
Windshield scraper and brush
Extra washer fluid
Tow rope
Booster cables

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