Friday, June 30, 2017

The Thought For Today

"Cats' hearing apparatus is built to allow the human voice to easily go in one ear and out the other." - Stephen Baker

IT'S ASTEROID DAY!

QUICK! LOOK TO THE SKIES! Too late, we're all dead.


A global day of education to help protect Earth from asteroids.

"Rotting my mind on the Internet so that YOU don't have to."

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Thought For Today

Sucker: "Is this a game of chance?"
WC: "Not the way I play it, no." - W.C.Fields

Bacon Infused Vodka

Perfect with that cheese, onion and mushroom omelet in the morning. DELISH!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Thought For Today

At one Army base, the annual trip to the rifle range had been canceled for the second year in a row, but the semi-annual physical fitness test was still on as planned.One soldier mused, "Does it bother anyone else that the Army doesn't seem to care how well we can shoot, but they are extremely interested in how fast we can run?"

How To Turn Cheap Vodka Into the Good Stuff

This, and the next Post, go together like vodka and bacon.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Thought For Today

"Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal, a good cigar and a good woman ... or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle." - George Burns

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Thought For Today

"If it weren't for electricity we'd all be watching television by candlelight." - George Gobel

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And now for something so disgustingly cute, it'll make most guys feel very ill. BLEEEEEEH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Demotivational Posters Pictures

Funny stuff. Just perfect for any early morning.

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Thought For Today

"Sex at age ninety is like trying to shoot pool with a rope." - George Burns

Toys With Mental Illnesses

It;s Weird Friday and: "Oh, what gift to offer the bipolar six-year-old nephew his birthday... I know! These German toys with mental illnesses would please the little tyke. Would he like the depressive turtle Dub, Kroko the water-phobic crocodile, or the personality disorder-affected sheep Dolly? Of course, there's also Sly the snake, who happens to suffer from hallucinations..."
"Rotting my mind on the Internet so that YOU don't have to."

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Thought For Today

"As you journey through life take a minute every now and then to give a thought for the other fellow. He could be plotting something." - Hagar the Horrible

Happy Birthday Bruce! (22JUN)

Four labels from the Bruce Campbell's Soup Company.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Thought For Today

"First lady Michelle Obama just launched a campaign to combat childhood obesity called 'Let's Move.' And this evening, obese children started their own program called 'Let's Not.'" - Jimmy Fallon

FOOD!

A really GREAT animated Site on food and cooking is http://www.8legged.com/. You'll be entertained by Tako the octopus, your host. There are 8 full episodes plus 1 short. Each episode has a complete, REAL recipe. Even if you're not planning to cook anything more complicated than a TV dinner, they're great fun to watch. Especially if all you're having to eat is that TV dinner.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Rec: Spaghetti With Squid And Tomatoes

11 ounces spaghetti
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 scallions, cut in half, then sliced thickly lengthways
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 1/4 lbs tomatoes, roughly chopped
7 tablespoons white wine
12 ounces baby calamari, and squid tubes, sliced into rings
2 tablespoons chili oil
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped



Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the
spaghetti according to instructions. Heat the olive oil in a
frying pan, then add the scallions and cook over a
MEDIUM heat for 3 to 4 minutes until beginning to soften.
Add the garlic and tomatoes and continue to cook for 5
minutes until they're soft but keeping their shape. Pour in
the white wine, bring to the boil, then add the squid and
cook for 2 minutes. Drain the pasta, return to the pan and
stir the chili oil through it. Stir the squid, squid tubes and
scallion and tomato sauce into the drained spaghetti, along
with the chopped parsley. Serve immediately. Best Served
with green salad and lemon wedges to squeeze over.


Serves 2 to 4
Squid will become rubbery if reheated

Rec: Squid With Tomato And Green Peas

1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled & finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped flat leaf parsley
1 (15 5/8 ounce) can chopped tomatoes
31 3/4 ounces small squid, cleaned
salt and black pepper
12 1/3 ounces fresh peas or frozen peas



Put the olive oil and onion into a flameproof casserole. Saute
over a MEDIUM heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10
minutes until it begins to soften and turn golden. Add the
garlic and cook for 2 minutes, then add the tomatoes and
half of the chopped parsley. Cook at a gentle simmer for
10 to 15 minutes until the tomatoes begin to thicken.
Slice the cleaned squid into 1 inch rings. Divide the tentacle
clusters in half. Add to the casserole. Season with salt and
pepper. Stir well, cover and simmer gently for 20 to 30
minutes until the squid is tender. Stir in the peas, season
again and cook for a few more minutes until they are done.
Stir in the remaining chopped parsley and serve with plenty
of crusty bread to mop up the sauce.


Serves 4 to 6
Squid will become rubbery if reheated

Rec: Potato And Baby Squid Stew

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 green bell peppers, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large tomato, seeded and chopped
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 lb potato, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
1 1/2 cups fish stock or bottled clam juice
1 pinch saffron thread, crushed
1 lb baby calamari, cut into 1 inch rings
buttered noodles




Heat olive oil in large skillet over MEDIUM heat. Add onion,
peppers and garlic and saute 10 minutes. Add tomato and
bay leaf and saute 3 minutes more. Add wine and boil until
reduced by half, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add potatoes, fish
stock and saffron and cook until potatoes are tender, stirring
occasionally, about 20 minutes. Add squid and simmer until
cooked through, about 2 minutes. Season to taste. Serve over
buttered noodles.



Serves 2 to 4
Squid will become rubbery if reheated

Rec: Greek Stuffed Squid Hoods

120 g fresh sourdough breadcrumbs (2cups)
120 g goat feta cheese, crumbled
80 g chopped kalamata olives (1/2 cup)
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
1 fresh birds eye chile, finely chopped
salt & freshly ground black pepper
6 small cleaned squid, hoods
olive oil flavored cooking spray
baby romaine lettuce, leaves washed
lemon wedge, to serve
toasted bread, to serve



Combine the breadcrumbs, feta, olives, chilli and oregano in a
bowl and season with salt and pepper. Spoon the mixture into
the squid hoods and close the ends with toothpicks to secure.
Lightly spray with oil. Preheat a grill pan or frypan preferably
non stick and cook the squid heads for about 2 mins each side
till cooked but be careful not to overcook or they will be tough.
Divide the lettuce leaves among 4 serving plates. Cut the squid
into thick slices and arrange on the lettuce and serve with
lemon wedges and toast.



Serves 4
Squid will become rubbery if reheated

Rec: Squid Soup

28 ounces spaghetti sauce
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon oil
1 cup white wine
1 lb squid, cleaned and cut into rings


Saute garlic in oil. Add spaghetti sauce and wine. Simmer
15 minutes. Add Squid, cook 3 to 5 minutes. Serve with
crusty bread.


Serves 2 to 4
Squid can become rubbery when reheated

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017

AntLionDen.com - Antlions, Doodlebugs, Ant Lion Zen Dens & Science Projects - What is an AntLion?

AntLionDen.com - Antlions, Doodlebugs, Ant Lion Zen Dens & Science Projects - What is an AntLion?

Is this cool or what? I remember these from when I was a kid. We used to poke a bit of grass into their holes and pull them out when they grabbed it.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Thought For Today

"I don't give them hell, I just tell the truth and they think it is hell." - Harry S. Truman

Happy Captain Picard Day!

So, who knew?
"Rotting my mind on the Internet so that YOU don't have to."

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Thought For Today

"They say the dog is man's best friend. I don't believe that. How many of your friends have you neutered?" - Larry Reeb

Carnivorous Plants!

Cool stuff. Unfortunately none of them are relatives of Audrey and are big enough to solve the neighborhood stray cat/kid problem. But I keep hoping.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Thought For Today

"I love to go to the doctor. Where else would a man look at me and say, "Take off your clothes"?" - Phyllis Diller

Live Hermit Crab Kits

"Live Hermit Crab Kits - Pet Hermit Crabs for Sale - Watch your LIVE pet Hermit Crabs play on a sandy beach all day!" Just think of telling your friends with great glee: "I'VE GOT CRABS!" They're actually easy to keep and care for. And they won't wake you in the middle of the night to be taken for a walk.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Thought For Today

"The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you're off it." - Jackie Gleason

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

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Thought For Today

"If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free." - P.J. O'Rourke

The Smoking Jacket From Playboy

In case you missed the news and, yes, it IS safe for work.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017

I'm Learning To Share

Well researched and very interesting. Brought back memories.

Friday, June 09, 2017

The Thought For Today

"Never give a sucker an even break." - W.C. Fields

Genpets.com - Bioengineered Buddies!

Genpets.com - Bioengineered Buddies!

Welcome to another Weird Friday and THE perfect pets. Bioengineered to be a perfect companion for you and your child.
"Rotting my mind on the Internet so that YOU don't have to."

Thursday, June 08, 2017

The Thought for Today

"I like half of you half as well as I should, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve." - Bilbo Baggins in The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien

YouTube - Festo Air_ray

YouTube - Festo Air_ray At times the Gods walk among men and create these beings. This goes with the jellyfish too. Thank you David.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

The Thought For Today

"Never raise your hands to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected." - Red Buttons

AirJelly by Festo, A Radio Controlled Airborne Jellyfish

This is just so beautiful, I just want to keep watching the video again and again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_citFkSNtk&feature=related

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

The Thought For Today

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.” ― Charles M. Schulz

Rec: Chicken Thighs With Crispy Prosciutto And Foie Gras Pate

5 ounces foie gras pate
8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
5 ounces thinly sliced Italian prosciutto
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons corn oil



Cut pate into 12 rectangles, and place onto a plate lined
with plastic wrap. Place into the freezer. Combine chicken
thighs and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl. Seal with
plastic wrap, and place in refrigerator to marinate for
1 hour. Gently fry the prosciutto in a large, nonstick
skillet over medium heat until crispy. Drain, cool and
crumble into a bowl. Season with garlic powder to taste
and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175
degrees C). Remove chicken thighs from the marinade
and pat dry with paper towels. Discard marinade. Lay
the chicken thighs out flat on a clean work surface.
Season with salt and pepper, then sprinkle crumbled
prosciutto in the center. Place a cube of pate on top of
the prosciutto, then wrap the thigh around the filling
and secure with toothpicks. Heat corn oil in a large
skillet over high heat. Place thighs into oil, and cook
until browned all over, about 5 minutes. When browned,
place thighs seam side down into a glass baking dish.
Bake in preheated oven until the chicken is no longer
pink, and the juices run clear, 25 to 30 minutes,
depending on size.



Serves 4
Will not reheat well

Rec: Chicken Breasts in A Creamy Foie Gras Pate Sauce

2 boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup cream
4 ozs foie gras
1/4 lb capellini



Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter in a sauté pan and cook
the chicken breasts until they are tender, but not brown.
Lightly salt the chicken, remove from the heat and keep
warm. Add the cream to the same pan and bring it to a
simmer. Rub a tablespoon of foie gras pate together with
a tablespoon of the warm cream, add into the sauce.
Meanwhile cook the capellini in boiling, salted water.
Drain the capellini and toss with 1 tablespoon of butter.
Add some small cubes of foie gras pate to the pasta.
Make a bed of the pasta on a hot platter and arrange
the chicken on top. Pour the sauce over all and serve.



Serves 2
Will not reheat well

Rec: Microwave Mushroom Gizzards

2 lbs chicken gizzards
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon paprika
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 10.75 oz can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 10.75 oz can water


Clean and rinse gizzards trimming off any green material.
Placed cleaned gizzards in a large bowl. Mix flour, paprika,
salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Pour mixture onto
gizzards and toss well to coat. Heat oil in a large skillet
over MEDIUM HIGH heat. Brown coated gizzards in oil, drain
and place in microwave container. Mix together soup and
water in a medium bowl. Pour over gizzards, cover and
microwave on HIGH for 15 minutes. Stir, replace cover and
cook on HIGH for another 10 minutes. Check for tenderness.
If still too firm, recover and cook on HIGH for another 5
minutes. Let rest and set for 5 minutes after cooking before
serving.

Serves 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

Rec: Chicken Naranja

Naranja is Spanish for orange, so this is simply Chicken with Oranges. But Chicken Naranja sounds better because the recipe calls for orange juice, and somehow Chicken with Orange Juice just doesn't sound as tasty. This is quick to prepare and is tasty. I found it in a magazine twenty years ago, credited to Laura Alvarez of San Francisco. This recipe serves two, but can easily be doubled. Any sort of rice makes a nice side dish for this, and looks especially good placed on a bed of white rice. Add a green salad for a complete dinner.

Any preferred pieces of chicken may be used to make this. I prefer the lower calorie option of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Any type of orange juice may be used, but I like it best with freshly squeezed orange juice. Some ingredients can be substituted if you don't have the called for ones on hand, such as crystallized ginger for fresh ginger, frozen orange juice instead of fresh, celery seed instead of fresh celery, and of course the garnish can be dropped. Also, you can add
a couple of drops each of red and yellow food coloring to get a more orangey color.



Chicken Naranja



Two chicken breasts
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/6 cup packed brown sugar
10 slices fresh ginger root
1 cup sliced celery
1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup water
Orange slices and fresh parsley for garnish


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange the chicken in a baking dish, skin side up if using chicken with skin. Mix the orange juice, soy sauce and brown sugar and pour over the chicken. Sprinkle the ginger root and celery on and around the chicken. Bake for about 15 minutes. Remove the chicken from the baking dish and stir in the cornstarch mixture. Replace the chicken breasts and bake about 10 minutes longer until the chicken is tender and the sauce has thickened. Garnish with the orange slices and parsley to serve.


Rec: Golden Chicken Breasts with Coleslaw

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (7 oz. each)
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 whole beaten egg
1 cup Panko (fine bread/cracker crumbs)
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 teaspoons parsley, finely chopped
4 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese

Coleslaw

2 cups shredded cabbage
1/4 cup thinly sliced onion
1/4 cup shredded carrots
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Garnish

1 teaspoon parsley, chopped
1/4 cup parsley cut into 1 inch lengths




Salt and pepper chicken breasts and coat with flour. Dip
them in the egg and then the Panko or fine breadcrumbs.
Place parchment paper or wax paper (coated side up) on
a microwave-safe plate (12 inches in diameter). Place the
chicken breasts on it and sprinkle with mozzarella and
Parmesan cheese. Place a microwave bacon rack in the
microwave oven. Cover the chicken plate with a vented
microwave lid and center it on the bacon rack. (Turning
over the chicken is unnecessary, because placing bacon
rack allows the microwaves to cook from the bottom.)
Cook on HIGH (1200W) for 8 minutes or until chicken
breasts are tender. Take the chicken breasts out and
place them on a baking sheet. Cook them in a toaster
oven until the surface turns golden brown. To make the
Coleslaw, combine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper in
a bowl. Stir until the salt dissolves. Add the coleslaw
vegetables and mix well. Sprinkle finely chopped
parsley on the chicken and garnish with parsleys
sprigs. Add coleslaw on the side and serve.


Serves 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

Monday, June 05, 2017

The Thought For Today

"According to a survey by Playboy magazine, three percent of women can't remember their natural hair color. You know what you call these women? Blondes." - Jay Leno

NUKEMAP!

Nukemap allows you to drop famous nuclear bombs all over Google Maps. Now you can nuke both your friends and foes - go for it, it's fun! And may even help you plan ahead.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Friday, June 02, 2017

The Thought For Today

"Women should be obscene and not heard." - Groucho Marx

The Church Of Google

The Church Of Google

Another great one for a Weird Friday. The only thing that worries me is, how serious are these people? Some of the folks I know really DO swear by Google. Be sure to check out the PROOF! section.
"Rotting my mind on the Internet so that YOU don't have to."

Thursday, June 01, 2017

The Thought For Today

"A company in Pennsylvania made an armband that monitors your physical activity, counts how many calories you've burned, and then sends that information to your iPhone.That's gotta be a little depressing. 'Oh, I got a call. No, I'm just fat.'" - Jimmy Fallon

Jihad Watch

Jihad Watch Required reading.