Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Uh! (But No) Oh!

Well, for one reason or another when little man figured out that when you drop something you need to say uh-oh... he didn't exactly get the whole phrase... he would simply say "Uh!"... there was no "Oh"... he said it that way for quite a few weeks...but now he finally found the "Oh"... and it is quite his favorite thing to say without a doubt.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Halloween Scrap!

Well, after about a couple of months of no time to scrap, and about a month without PSE, even though I was inspired to scrap, I FINALLY made a new page!!! WOO HOO!!!

Yeah, I lost my old PSE 5 when our computer almost crashed last month. And go figure, the CD happened to be one that Iain managed to destroy. GAH!

So, I got my Christmas present a little early, the new PSE 7! I am so excited to have my program back, and there are some pretty cool new features that I am going to have to figure out...Can't wait to really dig into this program.

For what it is worth... here is my L/O for Halloween. I should have made the pic a bit bigger, but oh well... I am finished with it either way!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Hello Socialism.

I went to the dentist this morning to have some cavities filled. Go figure that as soon as he sticks the drill in my mouth, he starts talking politics. I personally didn't mind especially considering we are very alike in our thinking regarding the direction our political system is taking. My only problem was that I so badly wanted to say something, but dared not move with a drill bit only millimeters from my tongue!

Either way, what he said, really struck a chord, and should really get people thinking about where we are headed. Dr. P. said that he had been reading about Argentina and the direction their government is taking regarding it's expanding role in the private sector. It seems that the Argentine government has decided to nationalize their country's pension system... they have now made the decision that they are going to seize all private retirement accounts, and redistribute them so as to make a government retirement fund that will provide a "fair" payout to ALL Argentinians as they retire!

Well, why should this worry me?

Read the following quote from the article regarding this whole debacle:

"That the state could seize retirement savings no doubt seems outrageous to Americans. But it is a predictable development in a country where government intervention in the financial system is the norm. With Washington now expanding its role as guarantor in American banking, that's something to think about."

What have we been doing of late... bailing out our banks in the private sector, subsidizing the likes of AIG, effectively making the company government owned... our government sticking their hand in the private pot. This my friend is the beginnings of a socialist government... and our friend, Pres-elect Obama only has greater plans in store for us with his "Share the Wealth" plans. I truly understand the ideas behind wanting to take care of our fellow man, but at some point in time we have to take responsibility for ourselves, finding ways to put back for our own future... why do we have this idea in our collective consciousness that our government should take care of us? Do we not have to be fiscally responsible anymore... The last time I checked, the Bible tells us that we should be good stewards of our money, and to do our best to take care of and create more out of what has been given to us. Why should we be excused, when we spend every last penny we have, and yet feel that we have the right to ask our government to take care of us when we haven't. The simple truth is, we do not have that right!

I have already been hearing students at school saying that their parents have stopped paying their bills because "President Obama is going to take care of us now"'. What on earth are they thinking?

If you think that this extreme example of what is happening in Argentina can't happen here, think again, because the seeds are already being sown, and unfortunately I think that the caretaker is on his way in to see this to some sort of fruition.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Dishwasher Lasagna?

Ok... so when I saw this I had to laugh (and cringe) a bit... but the whole thought of cooking food in my dishwasher piqued my curiosity for sure. I mean, isn't this where we deposit our stuck-on food covered plates that usually will end up sitting there at least overnight, if not for a couple of days waiting for a full load to save water. Yeah, food sitting on those plates getting all rancid, and eeewwwy, yucky, before they FINALLY get cleaned and sanitized... and what do you find in the bottom of the dishwasher? All of the larger bits that were just too big to go down through the filter.

So, to start this interesting process, (which I am sure would be handy for hosting that dinner party where you really want to impress and make everyone ooh- and ahh over your dishwasher cooking prowess!... I guess it could also come in handy when that darned oven goes out too, but it is much more fun for previously mentioned dinner party!) I would most definitely do everything I can to clean that filter / tray in the bottom of the dishwasher out REALLY good before going ahead with the unthinkable.

According to the recipe on the site, it really is no different than any other lasagna recipe other than replacing fresh onions with onion flakes to make sure and reduce any extra water that might accumulate in your pasta dish, so use your favorite lasagna recipe and follow the directions below for an amazing dinner via DISHWASHER!!

*** I just think I will bypass on the whole clean while you cook thing though! LOL!***

clipped from www.partselect.com

  • Securely wrap lasagna in the aluminum foil by taking the two longest sides of the foil and bringing them to meet in the middle, above the lasagna.
  • Begin carefully folding the two edges together creating a 'paper bag' effect until the two sides are folded down just above the lasagna.
  • Flatten the foil down so it is flat above the lasagna and begin to fold the sides in like a present, first folding the corners inside and then folding the remainder in towards the lasagna.
  • Once the lasagna is wrapped, place it flat in the dishwasher on the bottom rack. Tip: You can also add dirty dishes and detergent to the dishwasher but only if you are confident the lasagna is tightly wrapped, otherwise you'll end up with a very soapy lasagna.

  • Set dishwasher on normal cycle and select 'heated dry' and 'sanitize' for extra heat. This cycle should take about two hours.
  • Once the cycle is completed, let the lasagna stand for a few minutes before serving.

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