Archive for June, 2007

Food & Fury

Quick food note. 
Last night I made:
Couple of tablespoons of EVOO into a pan with a thinly sliced shallot.  Med-High heat until brown & squishy, throw in Thinly sliced Summer Squash and Thinly sliced Zuchinni.  A dash of red pepper, a heaping schmaltz of coarse black pepper and stir.  Medium Heat, cover.  Every once in awhile stir or swish or however you choose to do it.  Cook until the vegies are the way you like them.  I like mine limp and squishy.  Then!  turn the heat back up to med-high and squeeze in a half a limes worth of juice.  Stir, swish, flip, whatever to coat and pull all the shallots off the bottom.  pop on a plate, throw on some Kosher salt. OH!  So Good!  It was the lime juice that was new for me. Sooo good! Really bounces off of the Salt & Pepper. If I liked spicey; instead of a miniscule amount of Red Pepper, I would slice up a fresh jalepeno into it.

Here is the Bread my sister made:
Hunza Diet Bread

Hunza Diet Bread is a delicious, dense, chewy bread that’s very nutritious and is almost impervious to spoilage. The following recipe makes a huge batch of approximately 60 (sixty) x 2 inch squares, high in protein, vitamins and minerals. Keeps weeks at room temperature, even longer in the fridge and indefinitely in the freezer.  The recipe for this wonderful bread is as follows:

Recipe One

4 cups of water
3.5 (three & one half) to 4 pounds of natural buckwheat or millet flour
1.5 (one & one half) cups of canola oil
1.5 (one & one half) cups of natural unrefined sugar
16 ounces of honey
16 ounces of molasses
4 ounces of powdered soya milk (half cup)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons baking powder (non aluminium)
Hunza Diet Bread has a taste that is very satisfying and chewy all on its own, but you may also add if required, apricots, raisins, chopped walnuts, almonds, sliced dates to the above ingredients. Mix ingredients. Grease and lightly flour cooking pan(s). Ideally use baking trays with about 1 inch high sides. Pour batter in pan(s) half an inch thick over the base. Bake at about 300 degrees farenheit (150 C.) for 1 hour. After cooking, dry the bread in the oven for two (2) hours at a very low heat – 90 degrees farenheit (50 C). After it is cooled tip out and cut into approx 2 inch x 2 inch squares. Store it wrapped in cloth in a container.

You may need to repeat the baking depending on the size of your baking pan, and oven, until all the mixture has been used. Hunza Diet Bread is made from natural buckwheat or millet flour. It is rich in phosphorous, potassium, iron, calcium, manganese and other minerals, as nothing has been destroyed in the preparation from the wheat. Thus it contains the essential nourishment of the grain. This is why you must ONLY use natural buckwheat or millet flour to make your own Hunza Diet Bread….. Good luck and good health .. bon appetite!

Jobo: [to the MO group members] Come on sisters. We’re getting nowhere.
Jobo: My name is Jobo, and I’m happy to be having the menopause.
[group members clap for her]
Jobo: I have hot flashes and cramps, and sometimes when I sneeze, I pee.
Beth De Woodi: [stands up] Beth De Woodi. The sands of time are trickling through my hour glass!
Patsy Stone: [raising her hand] Patsy Stone. I hope you’re wearing thick underpants!


“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light”

I would like to say I have been too busy to post, but no.  I’ve been lazy and lacking in typable thoughts.  Normally on those days I revert back to what my Xanga was originally for; a chronicle of my days.  But I really haven’t been doing much each day either!

Going to the car dealer each and every day to sign paperwork has been the most exciting thing of the week. 🙂 Okay, not really each and every day.  Yesterday and then again today.  There were some oopses on the papers so they had to be redone.  My kick-ass daughter is doing well driving her new stick shift car.  She was born to drive.

I tried some hunza bread  that my sister made.  My daughter and I both liked it.  We’ll be making a batch ourselves.  Perfect to grab instead of a cereal bar, which is what I usually do when I need food in my stomach and I’m in a hurry.  Speaking of Stomachs!  So, I went on prilosec a month ago, and I am AMAZED at how much better I’m feeling!  I’m switching to nexium for insurance purposes, and my doctor told me Nexium is stronger so hopefully my little bad spot will heal all up.  I still can’t let my stomach get empty or I will oh so be sick the next couple of days, but now when I do eat, I feel good.  Yay for good drugs that actually work!


~edit – normally I would answer a question on the askers Xanga, but it seems like it might be a good idea to do it here.  Hunza bread is a nutrient rich bread that was a diet fad a few years ago.  My sister ran across it the other day and so made a batch.  I can’t testify to it’s benefits as a diet food, but it’s very filling and I think will work really well as a nutritious snack or even a meal replacement on certain days. 

Also – 10 points to the house that knows where the quote is from.

Sorry – Lots of pictures, and one is big.

  Well, we accomplished all of our plans, though none of them were quite what we hoped for.

Arts festival we had to park elsewhere and take a shuttle bus to the gardens.  This was my first experience on a charter bus.  Those things are Huge! We found out that this particular charter service runs a bus from Toledo up to the Detroit casinos regularly.  Something to think about. 

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Arts festival had so many beautiful things, unfortunately it also had so many people!  I was trying to find some people to snag a picture of but sadly I didn’t see them, Sorry Mr. Ian.

There was no good vantage point to get a view of the crowds so you will just have to believe me.  It was a crush of people. 

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 I was entranced by this womans art. She did glass sculpture and there were layers and layers of detail imbedded into the glass.

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Everyone send me a thank you for forgetting my camera at the harness races.  It’s this wonderfully seedy place, filled with an amazing assortment of humanity.  One older gentleman was exactly what you would expect to see at a very seedy racetrack, with the added bonus of pants that rode about 6 inches below where they should have.  I saw much more of this man, than I would ever for any reason want to.  I would not have been able to resist a picture.

Sadly Crane Creek was also kind of a bust.  First picture is my favorite view from the wildlife reserve.  I find it ironic. 

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No sun, but in place of sun we had millions of MayFlies.  If you’ve never experienced mayflies, they are truly disgusting to walk through.  Once they land on you, they want to stay. ICK.  The car below parked directly under a tree they were hovering in.  Look closely at it, and the ground around it.

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Check out the traffic in the left lane of the bridge.  It’s a new bridge and this weekend was the grand opening, complete with Blimp.  I took blimp pictures, and realized without anything else in the frame, they are unimpressive and boring.

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I’m thinking of a word….It starts with B…..

Someone Seems to have tagged me!  They probably shouldn’t have done it tonight when I happen to have the screen open, while drinking!

7 Random things about me.

My hair is so fine that even though it’s now past shoulders, when I pull it into a ponytail the diameter is smaller than a pencil!

I don’t shave my legs above the knee, pretty much for the same reason as above.

I lock the bathroom door, even when no one else is home.

I have long conversations with myself; outloud.

I feel like I know you all.

I want a little tiny puppy

I think at least 50% of the songs that I hear by women singers are some sort of anthem for my life!

Going to you next MB!






A whole Streets Relief, in Sundays Roast Beef….

People who are dramatic drive me crazy.  Especially when it interferes with my ability to figure out if I have a real issue at work to deal with, or if it’s just someone being dramatic.  Give me facts first, and editorial later.  Or even better, when it’s work related, just give me facts. ~sigh.

My dogs were restless last night.  I don’t know what was going on but they just kept wandering around the house.  It would have been a good morning to sleep in, but sadly I had to be at work on time. 

I was in the restroom at work this morning washing my hands when my daughter came in.  I looked in the mirror and noticed a big glop of something on my shirt, and said “Damnit, I have shit on my shirt” my daughter laughed at my choice of venue for using that particular word.

I had a plan for my day tomorrow, unfortunately I forgot to mention it to my social director and he also made a plan for my day tomorrow.  So now our plans are, Saturday morning Tracy bullies her husband into going to an Art fest.  Saturday night, horse races.  Sunday Wildlife preserve & beach.  As a general rule if I type out my plans here, I end up doing none of them.  But if not, then I will have a very busy weekend.

I had a dream that my neighbor (clown man) cut down my tree.  I was so happy.

Ah, what an exciting blog I write! 🙂

Lelevator go Up!, Lelevator go Down….

Think we’ll stay dark for a couple of days.  Just seems appropriate.  Maybe I’ll work on a new layout for my pink lady.  If I like it, I’ll switch back. 
Wednesday met a realtor to view some new office space.  Saw two places that looked very promising! Yay! (kellie – Talmadge and Monroe area)  The realtor I was meeting has been around for decades in this area, heard his name for a long time, but never met him.  When he pulled into the parking lot where we were meeting I discovered that it wasn’t him.  Rather it was his good looking, SON! Spent 90 minutes being driven around by a good looking 25 year old who’s only job requirement is to be nice to me and make me happy.  There are certainly worse ways to spend a Wednesday morning.
Sadly, I really don’t have much to say.  I’m not feeling preachy about anything.  I’m tired of talking about my falling apart body.  (which is now shedding it’s skin – blech)  Work is plodding along as normal.  I haven’t read any good books, I haven’t bought anything wild and exciting. 

 Nope.  I  got nothing!  Off I go.


Yes it is Monday
I’d rather be at a bar
Afternoon Arrives

My face still hurts me
Wonder if it hurts others
Ibuprofen Rocks

Do not speak rashly
Think about what you say first
Others will judge you

If I shut my door
What message does it send you?
Will you stay away?

Return what you take
Is a good philosophy
For everything

“For Everything”
Is tricky in a haiku

Entymology lesson for today.

As I just typed this word on someones xanga it dawned on me for the first time what it must mean.  So I went and looked.

enjoy Look up enjoy at

c.1380, from O.Fr. enjoir “to give joy, rejoice,” from en- “make” + joir “enjoy,” from L. gaudere “rejoice.”
Sense of “have the use or benefit of” first recorded c.1430. Replaced O.E. brucan.


It just took me seven minutes to eat one stolen Totinos pizza roll.

Three days worth of entry in one…Beware..

A brief Recap.

Went to Cedar Point on Wednesday.  It was 90 degrees, without even a tiny little cloud in the sky.  Absolutely beautiful, but oh so hot!  Yes, I did burn the heck out of my shoulders, and yes I am too stupid to think of sunblock.  It’s been years since I have gotten sunburnt so I didn’t even think of it.

We had much fun.  Rode some rides, nothing to scary.  Didn’t want to make my husband cry.  I took a hundred pictures, but whittled it down to 25. And not going to upload any of them to Xanga! 🙂  Only because I uploaded them to my other site, and now I’m at work so not easily transferrable.  And I would paste the link in right here, except I posted it the other day, well, I don’t want to! (did I mention I’m a little cranky?)
The drive was pretty quick, but also very boring.  The turnpike in Ohio is not the most scenic drive.  We stopped at a rest stop and it made me laugh.  I guess I haven’t been to a turnpike rest stop in a long time.  They look like little Airport terminals!  All those restaurants. 

Cedar Point was also different, for the same reason. Suddenly there are restaurants.  We ate lunch at a Johnny Rockets.  Just don’t plan on buying a Pepsi!  $3.85 anywhere in the park for Pepsi, or Bottled water.  And there were only two visible water-fountains if you didn’t want bottled.  We went on the Space Needle, and the Giant Ferris wheel first to get a good look at the park.  Strangely the Giant Ferris wheel was no longer in the same place.  I bet that was exciting to move.  I have  a picture in my head of them rolling it off of it’s base and over to it’s new home.  Sort of like putting the giant metal pods into their bases in Atlasphere on American Gladiator! 

BRB – gotta reboot!  Back!  While I was gone I heated up some Campbells broccoli and cheese soup.  It’s not too bad.  I added some Mrs. Dash table blend.  I wonder how long before they come out with Mr. Dash.

Every time I’ve gone to Cedar Point in the past I’ve noticed a couple of people dressed completely inappropriately.  Usually it’s women.  And by inappropriately I don’t mean scantily.  There is a waterpark at cedar point so you quickly realize that half the people are wearing parts of bikinis. What I”m talking about are the women, normally in their 30’s (late) wearing sparkly clothing, poofed & heavily sprayed hair, drag queen makeup and high heeled shoes.  So this was my first trip to CP with a camera in tow, I stalked.  I just wanted to find those high heeled shoes.  I did not find any real high heels, and believe me I tried.  However, after a long 6 hours or so, I finally managed to spot a pair of Pink Platform Sandals!  They were amazing!  Easily four inches.  I am pleasantly spruced that in general women seem to have smartened up.

I also noticed that as the styles and norms have changed, you can no longer always tell a 20 something woman from a 50 something woman by walking behind them!  You use to be able to.  Not neccessarily by body, but by walk and by clothing.  There are such huge fashion choices now that you really can’t judge a woman by her clothing.  This was also a pleasant suprise.

I almost forgot!  I took my pedometer to Cedar Point.  19,758 steps. Which with my stride comes out to approximately 8.5 miles. No guilt for skipping the treadmill that day.

My new bike that I thought might be cursed and trying to kill me, has been redeemed.  I forgot to check the tires.  Instead of 50 pounds of pressure, I had under 20 in both.  And in case you don’t know, very hard to ride a bike with only 20 pounds of pressure in the tires!


Edit~ The shoes!  And I prefer to think they are on the feet of a tourist.  Luckily most of the cars in the parking lot are not from Ohio!

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