Saturday, March 30, 2013

Swimming Hole

Today I am making yet another batch of Tamale Pie.   Am in process of roasting a red, yellow and green Bell pepper and a small fat Jalapeno is going along for the ride.

Very smoky, turn the heat down,
take the fire alarm outside or put it in the freezer,
don’t forget to take it out later. !!!

Today’s topic is Yuke inner tube tires.

When Dad worked on the Hell’s Canyon Dam project in the late 50’s, we camped in various trailer parks spotted here and there along the route of the canyon.   We would see those gigantic trucks hauling loads of rock and dirt and we thought that Yuke inner tubes would make an ideal swimming pool for kids.  So we promptly asked Dad if he could get us an old used Yuke Inner tube for a swimming pool.  We asked constantly.

Well, the internet is a wonderful thing,  Waaaaay to much information.  For one thing it is not spelled Yuke, it is UK. (Dang! For years I have mentally spelled it Yuke) sigh…  Made in Britain or Canada.  

Realization#2: I’m not sure they even COME with Inner tubes. I can find all sorts of pictures of VERY LARGE TIRES priced all the way up to 47,000 dollars EACH but no inner tubes.

That may have been why Dad would always reply when we asked him if he found any Yuke inner tube tires, “Nope, no flats this week.” So, we sighed mightily and moped a bit and went back to playing in the wild places.

One weekend a few of the men living in the park got together and decided to fix up a swimming hole for the kids. They got some discarded lumbar, old doors and such and dammed off part of the creek that ran in back of the trailer park.  The sewage outlet went into the creek but the swimming hole was upstream of that.  We LOVED THAT SWIMMING HOLET! Mom even had some old Brownie 8 mm film of us jumping and diving into the water.  But you had to know where to dive because there was a very large submerged rock out there.  I’m sure the adults took advantage of the spot when the kids weren’t around. 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Found out that....

Belgian waffle

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A Belgian waffle with strawberries and confectioner's sugar
Husband and I had lunch/breakfast in Bandon, one
of the guests asked why it was called Belgian Waffles?
I popped off that it was because they were bigger than average waffles.   Not so, my friends....
The Belgian waffle is a type of waffle popular in North America identified by its larger size, lighter batter and higher grid pattern which forms deep pockets and has larger squares than the standard American waffle.
No single type of waffle is identified as a 'Belgian Waffle' within Belgium itself, where there are a number of different varieties, including the Brussels waffle, the Li├Ęge waffle and the stroopwafel. What is known in North America as the 'Belgian waffle' does not exist in Belgium. It is somewhat similar to the Brussels waffle, but Brussels waffles are hard and crispy on the outside. As opposed to a traditional North American waffle, the Belgian waffle traditionally uses yeast instead of baking powder,[1] although contemporary Belgian waffles are often made with baking powder. In North America, they are often eaten as a breakfast food; toppings vary from whipped cream, confectioners sugar, soft fruit, chocolate spread, to syrup and butter or margarine. Alternatively, they are served with vanilla ice cream and fresh fruit (such as strawberries) as a dessert.


The Belgian Village at the 1964 New York World's Fair, where the waffles were popularized.
Originally showcased in 1958[2] at Expo 58 in Brussels, Belgian waffles had their American debut at the Century 21 Exposition in Seattle, WA in 1962.[3] The waffles were further popularized in the United States during the 1964 New York World's Fair[1] at Flushing Meadows Park, USA. The waffle was introduced by Maurice Vermersch of Brussels, Belgium, and was named the Bel-Gem Waffle. Largely based on a simplified recipe for the Brussels waffles, Vermersch decided to change the name upon observing the poor geographical skills of Americans.[4] These waffles were served with whipped cream and strawberries, and retailed for a dollar.[2]

Friday, March 22, 2013

Very sad announcement

Rest in peace my Kindle Fire...
One year warranty has expire...
Oh wait online chat with Amazon rep
Says ship it back... replace it, yep!

Born 03-11
Died 03-13

Sniffle, sob.....

Surprisingly husband had squirrelled away the freakin' ORIGINAL Box it came in so I dug it out,
printed the authorized return/replacement label, drop it off at the UPS thing in the lobby of the court house and replacement is suppozedta get here March 26.  (shiver, gasp)

I have classic withdrawal symptoms for illicit drugs and ETOH. Headache, sweats, trembling, a bit of nausea.... Oh wait, I have my old Kindle, not the Fire but the one I mostly just read stuff.....wheew!
I can limp along for a few days.

There must be a support group out there for people like me... "Hi, my name is Royce...I am a Kindle junkie"   Hi, ROYCE!!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Interesting shoes

Fairy Shoes

Oh my, first must give credit where credit is due,  I totally jacked this from "Fairy Garden" page. 

I find these very pretty high heels very charming,
quite in the theme of what a nice lady Spring Fairy might choose to go with her outfit and the appropriate sprinkle of glitter on her wings. 

Now as for practicality,  I could not wear those unless I were once again aged 21 and had practiced enough to keep from falling down.

The nose bleed side effect would probably be in fact a very real threat. The altitude! The Altitude!

The web side also had a pair of extremely comfortable looking pair of men's slippers made of nicely aged brown leather with leaves on the back and a cute little curled twig on the front.  A fairy dog would be unable to resist the new chew toy. Put your shoes away when you take 'em off!

This site also has pictures of little fairy houses to go in the bottom of your garden.


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Breakfast and Fritatta

This morning I was busy chopping, hacking and slashing ingredients for Frittata so I left the celery out and joined it with peanut butter, and I watched the Statue of Liberty earthcam, lovely day in the Big Apple.
Ingredients: boiled fingerling potatoes, chopped onions,chopped bell pepper, chopped celery, chopped carrot.  I think that veg mix is called the Holy Trinity, I could be wrong. The other bowl contains 3 beaten eggs, a little milk, some grated cheese. Season with salt, pepper, red pepper flake and tsp of chopped garlic.  Cook in 350 onion for 25 minutes or until you think the cheese is browned enough.  Careful it is hot!!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Um Happy Saturday

We have a daffodil blooming amongst what looks like a fairly large bed....didn't plant 'em. They just growed mostly under cover of the very large bushes that used to be in front of the windows. Wonder what will come up next?

Husband was wanting potato salad so I purchased one of those cute little bags of fingerling potatoes that seemed to just grow and grow.   I threw them in boiling water for ten minutes, turned off burner, put in 8 eggs to cook in residual heat and they came out perfect. 

I added chopped onions, chopped green olives, chopped celery, condiments were mayo, mustard, garlic, salt,pepper and red pepper flakes.  Should meld well in the fridge. Oh and I had help from the clean up crew........

I think they LIKED it.