Thursday, November 29, 2007

Friday Flash 55..........

I love Fridays....
Not the restaurant, the Day!!
First of all, it kicks off the Week-End.
Secondly, it usually is quite busy at work..
Thirdly......My Border's Night!
I have a little change in my pocket.
And the best thing .... I can churn out an easy post,
And milk it for three whole days!!!!
The Lovely image above is Frigga.
And we DO know why I posted a pic of her right?

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Old Radio HNT......

Old Radio....Old Radio Dude...HHNT!!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Ask Mr. Knowitall........

If it's Wednesday, it must be time for "Ask Mr. Knowitall"...But be careful, he's still on a food roll!
A Mr. Billy Birdseye from Apopka Fla. asks.."Dear Mr. Knowitall, Who invented Frozen Orange Juice?"
Dear Billy...During WWII, the U.S. Govt. wanted an easy to carry powdered orange juice for soldiers in the field. They commissioned the Minute Maid Co. to develope it, the the effort only succeeded a few weeks before the war ended. The powder was never produced, but an interesting by-product of the research resulted! They discovered that the O.J. could be concentrated and frozen. When the war was finally over, they took advantage of the discovery, and marketed it.
A Mr. Burr Gerking of Cincinnati Ohio asks..."Dear Mr. Knowitall, Has religion ever played a part in what people eat at a fast food restaurant?"
Dear Burr...In the early 60's, the McDonalds in your home town lost sales every Friday because of the large population of Catholics that refused to eat meat on that day. The local franchise owner appealed to Chairman Ray Kroc to expand his menu. Krok eventually gave in and started research into a suitable non-meat addition to it's menu. Krok researchers decided to use Cod, but did not call it that for 2 reasons. 1) They COULD legally call it North Atlantic Whitefish, and 2) Krok's childhood memories of cod-liver oil were too unpleasant. After test marketing the fish sandwich, the first successful Non-Burger entree, was put on the menu permanately in 1963..
A Hooker by the name of "Action Jackson" from Columbus Ohio asks..."Hi Baby, (licks lips) are you MY lifesaver"?
Ms. Jackson...No I'm NOT!!! But in 1912, a Cleveland candymaker named Clarence Crane decided to make a mint to sell in the Summer. Until then, most mints were imported from Europe. Crane figured he could cut the price by making them in the U.S. He had the candy manufactured by a pill-maker. But the machinery would only work if it punched a hole in the middle of each candy. So Crane cleverly called the mints...LifeSavers!!
Mr. Knowitall grows weary!!!

Monday, November 26, 2007

TMI Tuesday.........

Every Monday at the KFC in Fenton Mi. where I work, They have those delicious Pot Pies for $2.49 apiece...On Tuesday, they have A complete 'Chicken Fried Steak' meal for $1.99. And on Wednesday, you get an 8 piece Original Deal Meal for $10 Bucks..My favorite though is 'Extra Crisp'...
When Colonel Sanders started selling chicken in the 50's he was 65 years old. He used his $105.oo SSI check to travel around the country with his recipe's of 11 herbs and spices that anyone can find on their kitchen shelf, and sold franchises around the country. His only goal, was to make $1000.00 a month. In 1964, he sold the rights to more than 600 restaurants for a cool Two Million Dollors!!! Plus he was retained as the spokesman.
He did this for several years, but after he sold the company, he was NOT particularly fond of the product that was being put out. He called the 'Extra-Crispy' chicken..."A damn fried doughball on a stick", and he said that the KFC gravy tasted like.."Pure wallpaper paste"!!
By then the Heublein Company owned the franchises, and they sued the Colonel(Unsuccsesfully) for libel!! And they were paying him $250,000. a year to make appearances!
In 1986, Heublein sold KFC to Pepsico for 840 Million Bucks!
Colonel Sanders lived to be 90 years old...This stuff must be good for you!!!

...On a side note, it was said that on his 'death-bed' Colonel Sanders whispered..." I have a confession to make..there were never 11 herbs and spices in the recipe', the secret ingredient was...was....was....chicken shit"!!!

I hope you enjoyed this foray into nonsense... Peace!

I Smell Bacon...........

Please don't think that My Monday Pig Theme has gone by the wayside....Oh Hell No!!!
There are so many possibilities that this could go on for ever..
This contribution was sent in by a fellow blogger. The blogger in question, really loves pigs a lot!
This blogger made the little piggie in ceramics class several years ago...I love the eyelashes!!!
As of yet, this portly little cutie has yet to be named.....any idea's??
As you can see, Blogging is NOT an exact science!!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Sunday Morning Coming Down......

Hi Everybody!!! I trust you all had a wonderful Holiday. Yesterday, I received an IM message from the beautiful and caring Mona, as always, she was concerned about my absence from blogging and commenting, and I simply expained that I have been very busy of late. That is indeed a true statement, and it started with the Michigan/Ohio State Football Game!
Of course there was not a whole lot for ME to say about that game, so I just stewed and sulked in private. Then there was Thanksgiving week, and I knew that I would be hosting the event, and if done right, always takes a lot of preparation and time. Plus to top it all off, we have been quite short-handed at work lately because of 'Deer Hunting'!!
In Michigan, November 15th is always 'opening day', and it lasts till November 30th. Let me explain something to you.....At the height of the Viet-Nam War, America had 425,000 armed troops in Nam. On opening day in Michigan, there are 750,000 armed hung-over people in the woods!!! 75% of the men seem to vanish into thin air!!
So anyway, we have been in need of extra help at work, so we all have been working 'doubles' to make sure the floor is covered. I apologize to all my faithful and loyal readers who keep visiting my putrid posts, and I don't seem to acknowledge you individually. That is not usually my style, and I am going to make a strong effort today to atone for my lack of presence.....
The above pictures were taken from my front porch exactly one week apart! The snowy pic is what it looked like on Thanksgiving morning..
I can hear rumblings in the house, and soon they will be screaming for FOOD!!! I think I'm going to use my left-over mashed potatoes, grate an onion, add some flour and eggs, and make some delicious Latke's (potato pancakes for the goy's and shiksa's). They are best served with a dollop of sour cream and/or applesauce!!!
Enjoy your Sunday everyone, thanks for visiting, and you will soon see me on your blog!!!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Left-Over Friday 55..........

Honey-Basted Roast Turkey
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Baked sweet potatoes.
Green Bean Casserole with French's Cheesy fried Onions
Home-Made Pierogie.
Fresh Hand-Chopped Cranberry Salad
Lime's Aunt Virginia's Pineapple Pudding.
Savory Sage Sausage Stuffing
Home-Made Fresh Kielbasa..Smoked Kielbasa
Pumpkin Pie
Pecan Pie
Fresh Whipped Cream
...Thanksgiving Dinner, At the G-Man's!!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving......

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Stuff Me.....Please?............

OK...I decided to forego the Oatmeal Cake recipe', for my world famous Sausage Stuffing Recipe'!.Regardless of what Alton Brown and the rest of those Food Channel twits say, Our family always enjoyed a stuffed turkey, and I can't recall any botulism killing off any family members. This is NOT an exact science people, It's COOKING, and it's FUN!!!!!

The night before Thanksgiving, cube or break-up 3 loaves of bread..Any bread will do, stale bread, wheat bread, raison bread, challah, Wonder Bread, marble rye, pumpernickel, you get the picture, just NOT moldy bread!!! When you are done, put it all in a large roaster, and put it in the oven overnight. The oven is SHUT-OFF of course.

The next day when you are ready to stuff your bird, assemble this........
6 stalks of celery
2 large onions
4 apples of any variety
2 pounds of Bob Evans Savory Sage Breakfast Sausage (any sausage will do).
Sage..(Thyme or Rosemary work also)

In a frying pan, scramble the sausage.
In a separate pan, add one can of Turkey or Chicken broth and add your finely chopped onion and celery, cook for about 5 minutes after it comes to a boil, then shut it off and set aside.
Scramble the sausage till it is done, and without draining the drippings, add 1/2 cup of water to it. At this point take your pan of bread cubes, and dump both the veggie pan and the sausage pan into the bread, along with the peeled, cored, and sliced raw apples. Add salt, pepper, and sage to taste...Stuff your bird, and VOILA!!!!

One more thing!!! I saw this yesterday on the Food Channel, (Rachel Ray no less) and I am actually going to do this. With your leftover uncooked stuffing, instead of just putting it into a separate dish and baking it for an hour or so. Take a couple of muffin pans, and with your hands, make some stuffing balls about the size of a snowball, then drop each one into a muffin spot. Rachel called it, "Stuffin Muffin's", they get all crispy all over, and they seem to be the perfect serving size. 'How good is that?...Yummo!!!'

I'm starting to get very excited about Thanksgiving. It is an American Holiday that knows NO religious boundrys, and the house smells soooo fricken great all day long. And tonight when I pick up Mandy from school and bring her home, My whole family will be together for a Holiday for the first time in over a year!!! Thats something to be truely Thankful for!!!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Cooking With G-Man..........

Hi Everybody, I hope you all had a better week-end than I did... Grrrrrrrrr
Being that this is Thanksgiving week, and I am hosting a little family get together Thursday, I thought that I would deviate a bit from the regular 'Themed' days. My daughter, as many of you know, spent last year in Prague studying. She made a request for one of her favorite dishes, since she missed last years feast. And that is Pierogies!..Ahhhh, those tasty little Polish treats that we usually get from the local Dom Polski, but I just found out that they only make them now on Christmas and Easter!! Whats a father to do?..Buy some Mrs. T's ? Well I could, I have done it before, and they aren't bad for store-bought, but please...It ain't Rocket Surgery!!!
Pierogies are a filled ravioli-like dumpling that is filled with numerous items.. They could have a Kraut filling...A cottage cheese-like filling..A Prune filling..But the favorite filling is Cheese and Potato!!! ...When you buy the frozen ones you boil a pot of water, then you boil them for about 5-10 minutes...Drain them..Then fry them quickly in a pan that has fried onions and melted butter in the pan...Toss them till each one is coated with Butter and Onions...and enjoy with a dollop of sour cream..
The Home-Made ones are served the same, but they are much much better!!!
Here's the recipe'..The filling...
Peel, boil, and mash, 5#'s of potatoes
While mashing, add one finely chopped bunch of green onions (scallions). Tops and all!
Add one package of cream cheese.
One stick of butter
8-10 ounces of shredded Cheddar Cheese
Add NO liquid and when finished mashing..let cool!!
The dough...
2 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Add gradually one beaten Lg Egg, and a 1/2 cup of sour cream.
When dough is "not so sticky" gradually knead in one cut- up stick of soft butter..
On a floured surface roll the dough until about 1/8 inch thick..
With a round 'cutter' or a 3 inch glass, cut out as many circles as you can..
In theory, you should get about 3-4 dozen, I used this method and got exactly 2 Dozen!!
I had lots of left-over filling, and it will keep until She comes home from College on Tuesday night. I will then have her help me really make about 4 Dozen for Turkey Day!!..
The Pictures above are the stages of preparation but the order seems to have come out backwards...hehehehe..Low-Tech, remember?
1) Put a spoon-full of filling on the center of the cut-out, fold over, then hand-crimp the edges tight..
2) Drop the Pierogies into a pot of boiling water till they start to float..
3) When they have been drained for a while, fry with Butter and Onions!!!
This week..If you would like to share a recipe' with us all, feel free to comment here, or direct us to your Blog.. I think I will post a recipe' for a yummy oatmeal cake tomorrow..We'll see!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Flash 55.........

Have you ever seen such a phenomena as texting?
Eight years ago it barely exhisted.
Today..? If you want one of of your kids to respond to you,
you had better learn how to text!
They will rarely answer your calls....
Because a parent is waaaaay boring.
But they will text you back...

No double 55 this week...
You know where I'll be tomorrow?
Ann Arbor Michigan
"The Big House"
Section 41
Row 26
Seat 13
Go Blue!!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Tim Horton HNT.......

A little bit of Heaven on Earth!!!...HHNT Y'All........Photo By Barman

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Ask Mr. Knowitall......

Hi Everybody, if it's Wednesday, it must be time for "Ask Mr. Knowitall".....

A Mr. Randall McNally of Atlas Michigan asks..Dear Mr. Knowitall...
'Please tell me some interesting geological facts about our planet.'

"I'd be glad to Rand, To start with, the earth is not round at all! It's flattened at both the top and bottom!
The longest mountain range in the world is the Andes, it is 4525 miles long!
The deepest lake in the world, is Russia's Lake Baikal. It is only 30 wide, but it 400 miles long, and in some places it is OVER 6000 feet deep!
About 20% of the Earth's surface is desert. However only about 15% of all deserts are sand. Most deserts are made of rock or gravel.
The Sahara Desert takes up almost 1/3 of Africa. It is almost as big as the continental US.
OK, this fact is NOT geological, but it's kinda cool. If you took all of the salt out of the ocean and spread it on land, You would have a 500 foot layer of salt covering the Earth's surface!!!'
One more thing about Lake Baikal...You could empty ALL 5 Great Lakes...AND Lake Champlain into it...

A Mr. William Telle of Lake Geneva Illinois asks...Dear Mr. Knowitall...
'How can I get to Switzerland real cheap?'

"Hey, you are not making overtures toward me are you? Bill, I think you oughtta consider heading on over to Sugarcreek Ohio. They have gas stations that look like ski chalets, the world's largest cuckoo clock, AND the worlds champion Steinstossen guy lives not in real Swiss-Land, but in Sugarcreek Ohio!..OK, Steinstossen in Swiss means Stone-tossing, and that is HUGE over there...So, thats all I have to say on that neutral subject!...(get it?)

A Miss Sherry of Genteel Virginia asks.....Dear Mr. Knowitall..
"How much colder in the mountains is it, than on flat land?"

'OK Sherry...For every 984 feet that you climb, it gets 3 1/2 degrees colder!'
Thanks for asking such an easy question...
Short and very sweet
Thats how I like my Questions
Thanks a lot Sherry!!!!!

Mr Knowitall grows weary...Peace!

TMI Tuesday.......

Hi Everybody, It's back to an easy meme day again..Although a certain amount of reflection is required here...Enjoy!

1) Did you graduate from college?

A. Yes. A BS (stop it) in Sociology!

2) Is your current occupation, what your field of expertise was?

A. Hahahaha...NO! But I used to work for the Dept. of Social Services. And I hated it!!

3) Are you happy with your career choice?

A. For the most part yes. Selling cars has afforded me a very nice lifestyle, and it's a lot of fun most of the time.

4) Has a life-changing event ever occured in your past?

A. Yes...In 1969 I applied to work at General Motors but was turned down because of my weight. That motivated me to go back to college and get my degree. And college was the best 7 years of my life!.....

5) The "Great Love of your Life"...?

a. I'm with now
b. I had once, but let him/her go
c. Still looking

A. ?????

6) Would you rather be living some-place else?

A. I LOVE Michigan!!!! I love Colorado. I love Virginia. Home is where the heart is!!

...OK, Thats only 6 lousy questions!! C'Mon...

Sunday, November 11, 2007


Hi Everybody, I hope you all had a better Week-End than ole G-Man..Anyway, Since there are no real rules or guidlines to blogging. I thought that I might try to come out with a few new "Theme Days"..If it is a big hit, maybe Signgurl can make a badge up for me?
OK...You got your "Musical Monday"...You got your "Mute Monday".....
Give me your opinion on this. "Porcine Monday"...How about "Swine Monday"? I think it may catch on. Tell me what you think... For my very first featured guest on this 'special' debut, ladies and gentlemen of Blogland, I present the smartest pig on TV-Land..Arnold Ziffle..!!!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

This week, I got sent to training for the all-new 2008 Malibu. "The Car You Can't Ignore"!
This car is truely...AN AMERICAN REVOLUTION !!!
Style. Quality. Performance. Safety. Malibu has it all at an affordable price-Now thats value!
Malibu is the mid-size sedan that is ready to take on the competition-Both domestic and Import!
Hey, I know what you are thinking, what a shameless plug for Detroit's greatest challenger to Toyota and Honda. But this car DOES have it all, and I am very proud to represent and sell this very fine machine. And I also know that you are thinking that this is another 55...well it IS!!!
hahahahahahahaha...See ya Monday... Peace!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Awesome HNT............

Happy HNT everybody, as a rule I don't usually have commentary with my weekly pic, but today is a little bit special. This is my friend Johnny Awesome! Johnny has a bar act that is THE best live and 'up close' concert that you would ever attend...
First, I'll give you a little background on him. Johnny grew up in Florida in the late 60's and had a 'garage band' for 4 years already by then. At age 17 he joined the US Air Force, and got stationed in Tunisia. While in North Africa, A British Officer of very high rank, accidently overheard Johnny strumming a guitar on his spare time. The officer was so impressed with Johnny, that he sponsored him to go to some music conservatory in London. At this school, Johnny's musical career turned around completely. He learned the fundamentals and 'science' of music.. A whole new world opened up to him! Instead of just being able to play a Fender Stratocaster only, he now could play...Bass, Keyboards, Drums, Harmonica, and Really kick-ass on the guitar!!! After the service, he settled back to Florida, where he made a very decent living for over 30 years......OK, so his act is that he is a One Man Band...He has the ability to record himself playing all of the instuments, and overdubbing them so it sounds like he has a back-up band, but it is ALL him !! He plays live guitar and sings live, but all of the music is him...
I'm telling you he does Clapton, Hendrix, R.E.M., Bob Segar, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and to throw you off, he has Many Many compositions that he wrote himself. Anyway...On the 1st Friday of every month, he plays at this little hole-in-the-wall dump called "Down the Hatch-West"....
My watering hole...No Cover, and 2.00 pitchers!!!! Everytime he gets done playing a tune, the place goes crazy, and someone always is heard muttering...That guy is AWESOME!!
And he is...He's Johnny Awesome!
HHNT...... Peace!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Ask Mr. Knowitall.........

Hi Everybody, If it's Wednesday, it must be time for Ask Mr. Knowitall...!

A Mr. Jerry Mathers of Van Nuys California asks, Dear Mr. Knowitall... What in the world is a 'Whistlepig'?




Jerry...? How's your buddy Larry Mondello doing? The 'Whistlepig' is also known as the Land Beaver, or the Woodchuck! But we know it as the Groundhog (Marmota Monax). This large rodent belongs to a family called Sciuridae, and a sub-group of large ground squirrels known as Marmots. Most Marmots, such as the yellow-bellied and hoary Marmots, live in rocky or mountainous areas, but the Woodchuck is a lowland creature. It is widely distributed in North America, and common in northeastern and central United States. Groundhogs are well adapted for digging, with short powerful limbs, and curved thick claws.. They usually live in burrows, but can climb trees with ease, and can often be seen resting in branches. When alarmed, they use a high-pitched whistle to warn the rest of the colony...

The etymology of the name Woodchuck is unrelated to wood. It stems from the Algonquin name for the animal...Wuchak!......I bet you didn't know that did you?




A Mr. Fred Engles of Gdansk Poland asks...'Dear Mr. Knowitall , what is cultural pluralism'?


Fred, Cultural Pluralism is the dynamic in which minority groups participate fully in the dominant society, yet maintain their cultural differences. A pluralistic society is one where certain groups can interact, while showing a degree of tolerance for one another where different cultures can co-exist without any major conflicts. And where minority cultures are encouraged to up hold their customs...




A Ms. Helen Bedd of Butte Montana asks...'Dear Mr. Knowitall ....Who was America's most famous female philosopher'?


Dear Helen...Hahahaha...That's an easy one! In fact, I won't even say her name, and I know that you will be able to identify her....Here goes;

"When women go wrong, men go right after them"

"She's the kind of girl that climbed the ladder of success, wrong by wrong"

"Too much of a good thing, can be wonderful"

"Brains is an asset, if you hide them"

"I've been in more laps than a napkin"

"When I'm good I'm very good, but when I'm bad I'm better"

"Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?"

"Give a man a free hand, and he'll run it all over you"

"Between two evils...I'll pick the one I haven't tried yet"

"I generally avoid temptation-unless I can't resist it"

"It's NOT the men in my life that counts-It's the life in my men"

"He's the kind of man a woman would have to marry to get rid of"

"I only like 2 kinds of men-Domestic and foreign!"

....This is MY personal Favorite...."I used to be Snow White, but I drifted!"




Mr. Knowital grows weary....Shalom!!

Monday, November 5, 2007

We Interupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming

This is SignGurl signed on here. Galen doesn't know that I still have the keys to his blog. I wanted to alert you of G-Man's one year blog anniversary on November 8th. Can you believe he's graced us with his presence and knowledge for so long? He's becoming a real whiz at posting.

I can honestly say that Galen is the most sincere and kind person in blog land. He always has the nicest comments to everyone. He really knows how to work the women, doesn't he girls?

Anywho, I've created an homage for our dear friend.

Happy Blog Anniversary!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Flash 55...Flash 55..........

All Super-heroes have a saying or oath, when they morph...Superman said "Up and Away"
The Green Lantern said, "In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil
shall escape my sight,let those who worship
evils might, beware my power..Green Lanterns Light"
And Mighty Mouse said.."Here I come to save the day."

Hi everybody, as you can see I am having fun with my new found knowledge of posting a pic, but I just can't get the hang of centering..Grrrrrrrrr..
Anyway, the thought was there. Please bear with The G-Man, as he struggles with technology.
I hope someone (anyone please) comes to a techno-idiots aid....

Oops, I did it again....hahahahahaha....a double 55 !!!!!