Friday, April 24, 2015

Pancakes for the Weekend!

Make them extra special with this unusual twist, thanks to our buddette Betty Crocker:


(Betty calls them 'cake batter pancakes,' but that doesn't sound so good to me. They sure look tasty, though:

Enjoy them with a big glass of milk...and maybe a celebratory candle or two. 

CAKE (er, batter) PANCAKES



1 cup Original Bisquick™ mix
1 cup Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow cake mix
3 tablespoons candy sprinkles
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs

Glaze and Garnish

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Additional candy sprinkles


  • 1 Heat griddle or skillet over medium-high heat or electric griddle to 375°F; grease with cooking spray, vegetable oil or shortening. (Surface is ready when a few drops of water sprinkled on it dance and disappear.)
  • 2 In medium bowl, stir together pancake ingredients until blended. Pour by slightly less than 1/4 cupfuls onto hot griddle. Cook until edges are dry. Turn; cook until pancakes are golden brown. Stack on serving plates.
  • 3 In small bowl, beat powdered sugar, milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla with whisk until smooth.
  • 4 To serve, top each serving with glaze and additional candy sprinkles. 

Paducah Livin'

...which means I sit for 9 hours each day at the PAAQT appraisal booth, handing out brochures and talking about the importance of appraising your quilts. (Yes, it really IS important.)
    Wait -- step back.
    I would be sitting there 9 full hours, but for the wonderful colleagues who have stopped by to say hi, help out and sit in for some time, so I can use the bathroom and wander a bit.
    Thank you, Jayne, Donna, Candy, Jennifer, Karen, Gail, Diane, Linda, Joan, Lynne and Amy... you're sweethearts, every one of you.

It's certainly been interesting. I think the workmanship level has been higher than usual this year in all categories. Karen Kay Buckley's winning entry, Majestic Mosaic, is amazing. I was lucky enough to check the quilt out up-close, front AND back...and it's just as well-made from the back as the front, which is here:

Karen is now recovering from open-heart surgery...what a way to celebrate!

  More quilts here...

Several old and new friends have wandered by these past days, including a girl I met at a retreat in Cheyenne, and is now living down south. (Doing well, too.)  Another friend made during a redwork class stopped... and I met a bunch of new people, as well, including several studying to become appraisers. That's the nice thing about being here -- Paducah just draws quilters to it.

One more day of sitting in the booth...then it's on to the PAAQT appraisers conference.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Let's Get Clucking!

 One of the funniest chicken commercials I've ever seen... 

The only problem: They keep referring to "him" when it's pretty obviously a hen.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


This post arrived in my inbox, courtesy of Cousin Jack. I would attribute it, if I knew who wrote it originally. Bear with the occasional odd capitalization and grammatical twist...and consider what it's saying. Wow.

> >
> > At a time when our president and other politicians tend to apologize for
> > our country's prior actions, here's a refresher on how some of our former
> > patriots handled negative comments about our country.
> >
> > JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when
> > DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US
> > military out of France as soon as possible.
> >
> > Rusk responded,
> > "Does that include those who are buried here?"
> >
> > DeGaulle did not respond.
> >
> > You could have heard a pin drop.
> >
> >
> >
> > When in England ,
> > At a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the
> > Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of
> > 'empire building' by George Bush.
> >
> > He answered by saying, "Over the years, the United States has sent many
> > of Its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond
> > our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for In return is
> > enough to bury those that did not return."
> >
> > You could have heard a pin drop.
> > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> >
> >
> > There was a conference in France here a number of international engineers
> > Were taking part, including French and American. During a break, One of
> > the French engineers came back into the room saying, "Have you heard the
> > latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia
> > to help the tsunami victims. What does he Intend to do, bomb them?"
> >
> >
> > A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: "Our carriers have three
> > hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear
> > powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they
> > have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a
> > day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea
> > water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in
> > transporting victims and injured to and From their flight deck. We have eleven such
> > ships.
> > How many does France have?"
> >
> > You could have heard a pin drop.
> > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> >
> >
> > A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included
> > Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies At a
> > cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of officers
> > that included personnel from most of those countries.
> > Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a
> > French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many
> > languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, "Why is it that we always
> > have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?"
> >
> > Without hesitating, The American Admiral replied, "Maybe it's because the
> > Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have
> > to speak German."
> >
> > You could have heard a pin drop.
> >
> > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> >
> >
> > Robert Whiting, An elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At
> > French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport In his carry
> > on.
> >
> > "You have been to France before, Monsieur?" the customs officer asked
> > sarcastically.
> >
> > Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.
> >
> > "Then You should know enough to have your passport ready."
> >
> > The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."
> >
> > "Impossible.. Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in
> > France !"
> >
> > The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he
> > quietly explained, ''Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in
> > 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen To
> > show a passport to."  
             You could have heard a pin drop.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Fishing Stereotypes

Now you know...

I, for one, do NOT plan to be kissing any fish.

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: Paducah

Yes, this is Monday Stuff. Yes, I know it's Tuesday. It's been a long few behave yourself with the rude remarks, already.
    I left Sunday evening and drove 7 hours to Junction City, KS. Got there about 2 a.m., then started up again about 9. Went to Laura Ingalls Wilder's home in Mansfield, MO (Something I have ALWAYS wanted to do), then trudged on to my hotel in Paducah. Got here about 10:30 p.m. last night. 
    Slept in. Stopped to get my appraising assignments, then on to set up the booth on the AQS show floor in Paducah. (If you're here, as well, stop by and say hi! It's #3618, top floor near a corner.) Met appraiser buddies for supper, then spent the evening in the booth for "sneak preview." 
     And now it's past midnight...
    Tomorrow will be longer. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. in the booth. I'm sorry I was late posting -- but now you understand why.
   Beautiful spring-flowering trees, and actually quite pleasant here -- though we had a gullywasher of a rainstorm tonight, about suppertime. (I was just glad the restaurant patio we were eating at had a substantial awning.) I'll be here all week, working. 

Ten quickie cleaning hacks. Most have something to do with vinegar...

Eight people who should have gone down with the Titanic...but didn't.

The broke person's guide to decorating. Don't miss the reader comments -- they're great!  (From Apartment Therapy)

19 reasons to keep driving your old car. (From Cash Cow Couple)

Save enough to retire in your thirties? This couple did it.     Really, though:

Does retiring mean you HAVE to stop working? (From Mr. Money Mustache)

Investments of savvy celebrities.  Hmmm...anything we can learn from?

A grilled Elvis sandwich. Sounds weird...but the King loved it, and I'm betting you will, too. (From Who Needs A Cape)

A chicken report that's amusing and touching, at the same time. (From It's All Connected)

Lunch or supper -- in twenty minutes or less? Sure...with Betty Crocker. 

Test-drive your retirement. From yours truly, via Midlife Finance.

Have a great week. Stop by the AQS show if you're anywhere near... you'll love it!

No, this isn't Paducah...but it's lovely, anyways.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Up-Close and Feline

This piece is by one of my piano students, McKinley Dirks. It's of her cat, Tucker.

Done in chalk. Amazing, huh?

Even more amazing -- she just turned 15.  
Happy Birthday,McKinley!