Saturday, February 28, 2015

Need to Know Some Knots?

It's always handy to have a visual reference for common knots such as these. This page is thanks to the Coral Gable Boy Scouts. Thanks, guys!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Thought For Today

"You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea." - Pearl S. Buck

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Thought For Today

"Any time four New Yorkers get into a cab together without arguing, a bank robbery has just taken place." - Johnny Carson

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Rec: Big Soft Ginger Cookies

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup margarine, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
1/4 cup molasses
2 tablespoons white sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the water and molasses. Gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture. Shape dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten slightly. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Makes 24 cookies

Rec: Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk
40 miniature chocolate covered peanut butter cups, unwrapped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda; set aside. Cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla and milk. Add the flour mixture; mix well. Shape into 40 balls and place each into an ungreased mini muffin pan. Bake at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball. Cool and carefully remove from pan.

Makes 40 cookies

Rec: Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a large bowl, cream together the butter, butter flavored shortening, brown sugar, white sugar, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt; stir into the sugar mixture. Stir in oats and raisins. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until light and golden. Do not overbake. Let them cool for 2 minutes before removing from cookie sheets to cool completely. Store in airtight container.

Makes about 36 cookies

Rec: Simple Swedish Nut Bars

6 eggs
1 1/2 cups white sugar
3 1/2 cups finely ground almonds
3 teaspoons almond extract

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Prepare a 9 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan by lining with either waxed paper or parchment paper. Grease the paper. Separate the eggs and reserve the whites. Beat egg yolks until thick and tripled in volume. Add sugar slowly, beating until very thick. Slowly fold in nuts and extract. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold them into the yolk mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for one hour or until done. Cool in pan for 10 minutes then turn out and remove paper. Cool completely. Cut as needed.

Makes about 30 cookies

Rec: Fancy Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 cups minus 2 tablespoons cake flour
1 2/3 cups bread flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
1 1/4 pounds bittersweet chocolate disks or fèves, at least 60 percent cacao content

Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside. Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Drop chocolate pieces in and incorporate them without breaking them. Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside. Scoop 6 3 1/2-ounce mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls) onto baking sheet, making sure to turn horizontally any chocolate pieces that are poking up; it will make for a more attractive cookie. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more. Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day. Eat warm, with a big napkin.

Makes 18 cookies

Sunday, February 22, 2015

More Stupid Cat Videos

Now I know some of you want only cat videos that call for recipes, such as Cat-On-A-Barbie. I have to disappoint you this time, because these are merely cat swimming videos. Not all cats hate the water, just most of them. First there is the kitten-in-a-tub video. I'll bet the videographer didn't find that kitten too cute when he leaped out of the tub all soaking wet. Next is the cat-in-a-pool video, wherein I don't think the cat was a willing participant. (This last video has a commercial for some TV series or whatever tacked onto it but it's at the end so you can just click off the video at that point).

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Yes, Another Stupid Cat Video

Only this one is a stupid kitten video, and what could be cuter than that? This one is all about how to break up a cat, er, kitten fight. When you just don't know what to do about your rowdy friends, try this one. They do it on the big screen all the time.

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Thought For Today

"A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them." - P.J. O'Rourke

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Thought For Today

"I am a strong believer in luck and I find the harder I work the more I have of it." - Benjamin Franklin

Become a Laird, Lord, or Lady... Lochaber Highland Estates.

Become a Laird, Lord, or Lady... Lochaber Highland Estates.

Not cheap but think of the business cards that you can have printed.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Thought For Today

"When you work seven days a week, fourteen hours a day, you get lucky." - Armand Hammer

Islands for Sale, Private Islands, Luxury Real Estate

Islands for Sale, Private Islands, Luxury Real Estate

So, you've just won big in your local lottery. What do you plan to do with those millions? Buy a mansion to store all those toys that you've bought? Orrrrrr - you can buy your own private island to live on. They're available all over the world in all shapes, sizes and prices. So tour this Site and dream a little.

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Thought For Today

"When my mother makes out her income tax return every year, under 'Occupation' she writes in, 'Eroding my daughter's self- esteem.' " - Robin Roberts

Sunday, February 15, 2015

More Romance for the Discerning

Romance cover contributions from grateful Longmire readers.

These are just as good as the first batch; in some cases better since there are a very few that are impressively smutty.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Romance for the Discerning

Romance Cover Parodies

Okay, not really. These are parodies of romance novel covers, a lot of them pretty funny, at The Wonderful World of Longmire website. Some, if you look carefully, are beyond risque.

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Thought For Today

"Of course I don't believe in it. But I understand that it brings you luck whether you believe in it or not." - Niels Bohr

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Thought For Today

"Lots of people talk to animals.... Not very many listen, though.... That's the problem." - Benjamin Hoff

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Thought For Today

"I found out why cats drink out of the toilet. My mother told me it's because the water is cold in there. And I'm like: How did my mother know that?" - Wendy Liebman

Monday, February 09, 2015

The Thought For Today

"Sex without love is a meaningless experience, but as far as meaningless experiences go, it's pretty damn good." - Woody Allen

Saturday, February 07, 2015

When 3-year-olds Attack

Let's be clear about this: it's butt, not ass, okay? Now scram and go play.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

The Thought For Today

"Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place." - Mark Twain

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The Thought For Today

"Ah, yes, divorce...from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man's genitals through his wallet." - Robin Williams

Monday, February 02, 2015

The Thought For Today

"Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die." - Mel Brooks