Buttermilk Syrup

A recipe passed to me from my Mother. Seems like an awful huge amount of sugar but it might be really good. I do like buttermilk!


1 cup buttermilk

1 cup sugar

1 stick butter (1/2 cup)

1 Tablespoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon baking soda


Combine the sugar, buttermilk, and butter in a saucepan.

Heat and melt the ingredients together over medium heat, stirring regularly. If you do NOT stir then the buttermilk may curdle.

When the mixture starts to bubble and boil around the edges pull it off of the heat and add the vanilla and the baking soda. Stir them together quickly and watch the mixture bubble up and grow.

Pour liberally over your food and ENJOY!

via Buttermilk Syrup.

Over Watching

soccerThis is quoted from a friend online. Of course, he has the typical US anti-soccer/ pro-baseball attitude. I lived in the US and did watch baseball. If there is any sport I would call dull (or close to as dull as watching golf) it would be baseball. The players don’t even look like atheletes, most are chubby. I don’t have a thing against chubby or heavier men, they just don’t seem like athletes (other than the armchair type). Anyway, beyond the soccer, golf, or baseball cultural bias…

Watching any sport is like watching a game play itself. Unless you are actually involved it is all kind of just watching. No wonder people eat when they watch TV, it is kind of unsatisfying and then there are all the commercials for food of course.

Do you watch any particular sport on TV and find yourself going for a snack more often than you would if you were watching a mystery, or game show or just about anything else which does not show people involved in exercise?

This is Simon’s Cat

simoncatCats are funny. Whether we laugh at their misguided dignity, their stealth, or their casual use of human “owners”, cats can make us laugh.

Simon’s Cat began as an animated video on YouTube (2008, I think) and grew from there. Now you can find an online shop, print books and a lot more YouTube videos.

If you don’t know about Simon’s Cat yet, take a look. Start at the YouTube source. You’ll be awhile… from the first video (Cat Man Do) a few years ago Simon’s Cat has grown into a web empire and there are now four real cats living with the real Simon Tofield.

You can do so much to tease a cat. I like setting out a paper bag and watch them hide in it. Just getting inside the bag is funny to watch. Of course, you don’t make it too easy, crumple it up at the open end first. Cats will chase small things like a laser pointer, but tuck something under a rug and you can drive your cat crazy. They will sneak up and pounce on it and stalk it, my cat would reach a paw under the rug to try to grab whatever I had moving under there.

It’s a shame for cats to be indoors and become fat. They can be so active and sleek looking if they get exercise and aren’t over fed. It’s a bit of a myth that cats sleep more than they are awake. We just aren’t up to their schedule. Anyway, relaxing in a sunny window isn’t the same as sleeping the day away.

To have all Military Cross-shaped headstones removed

Just think if they make them remove all religion from headstones will they turn it retroactive and have all the  crosses removed from all the graves. What will they replace them with? A “thanks for your death” medal?

Below comes from an email forwarded to me:

The first  to the last picture are taken at the beach in  Santa Barbara right next to the  Pier.   There is a veterans group that  started putting a cross and candle for every  death in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The amazing  thing is that they only do it on the  weekends.

They  put up this graveyard and take it down every  weekend. Guys sleep in the sand next to it and  keep watch over it at night so nobody messes  with it.   Every cross has the name,  rank and D.O.B. and D.O.D. on it.Very moving,  very powerful.   So many young  volunteers.   So many 30 to 40 year  olds as well.


The ACLU  (American Civil Liberties Union) has filed a  suit to have all Military Cross-shaped  headstones removed.


And that they filed  another suit to end prayer from the military  completely.   They’re making great  progress.

The Navy Chaplains can no  longer mention Jesus’s name in prayer thanks to  the ACLU and our new administration.


Keep forwarding  this e-mail to others.   I’m not  breaking this one.   I’m asking that  you don’t break it either.


If I get it a 1000  times, I’ll forward it a 1000 times!    Prayer for all allied soldiers… please don’t  break it!   Please send this on after  a short prayer.

Please, let us  pray:  GOD BLESS  YOU FOR PASSING IT ON!

Vintage Glass Teacups

glass teacupsAren’t they pretty?

I like glass cups, teacups or coffee mugs especially. I like watching through the glass when you add the cream to your coffee. I love the way it swirls. I like to watch how the coffee cream/ milk gradually merges with the darker coffee. Sometimes I just let it sit on top so I can see the two colours, one settled on top of the other.

They make different swirling patterns if you pour the milk or cream in before you add the coffee. Have you ever done that with a glass coffee mug?

These are the little things I like, one of them.

I noticed this vintage glass teacup set on Etsy this morning. The shade of peach glass is pretty in the photo. But, I don’t think I’d like it once the tea was added. The colour would be duller then. Spoiled.

But, they would be pretty for holding white wine, or sparkling white wine with little bubbles flying up to pop on the surface. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Don’t get so wrapped up in the big things that you stop enjoying the little things.

From the Tiny Revolution: Now Small is Powerful

I used to think that small was beautiful. Rather like a delicate rosebud in a cut-crystal vase. Or a butterfly wing.

Now I know differently. Now I know,

Small is Powerful.

I think we should join together — we the small folk. Because the things we hold dear are life changing.

We value stories, whether they are heard by one, or by many.
We value passion, rippling out from it’s small circles into every widening arcs.
We value the small start, the first try, the handmade, and the good effort.
We value subtle leaders who influence without smoke and mirrors, braggadocio, or hustle.
We value each unique soul, allowing her to bring healing, justice, and beauty to world at her own right-fit pace.

We believe small is powerful — because it has been evidenced in our own lives. Because it changes the lives of others.

Won’t you join this tiny revolution?


small-is-beautiful-buttonHere is part of the old small is beautiful tiny revolution. I had it on my site for awhile. Noticed the image was a broken link but kept a watch for it to come back. Today I checked on it and found she has changed her philosophy (and the image file).

A2We believe stories are valuable, no matter how many people read them.
We believe following your passion is more important that watching your site meter.
We believe in the handmade, the first try, the small start, and the good effort.
We believe that small is beautiful.

IRT: It’s Not the Same Without Lisa

Did you get watching Ice Road Truckers the past few seasons? I did. I put the show on one night while channel flipping. I thought it would be ok, better than anything else I flipped past. (I don’t want crime shows).

I became a fan of Ice Road Truckers for three people on the show that season: Alex Debogorski,  Ray Veilleux, the main one was Lisa Kelly. There she was, a girl pretty enough to be on TV – not the kind of girl you would expect to be driving a truck, a big, real truck. I liked her just for that. As I began watching the show regularly I would be glued to the screen when Lisa was on. Most of the time I could listen in the background. But, when Lisa was on, I had to watch. How would she handle that flapping. loose strap? How would she deal with the big tippy load? How was she working with all those guys and coming out on top, respected by most of them?

I was proud of a woman I’ve never met. I watched the spin-off shows, Deadliest Roads because Lisa was there. I even sent her a note on Twitter one night when I was particularly proud of how well she handled those dark, deep tunnels – in spite of having the load she was carrying wind up headless at the very end. (Not even from the tunnels but a bridge they had to go over to get into town).

Anyway, Lisa isn’t on the latest season of Ice Road Truckers. Disappointing. I won’t say I won’t watch the show, but… it just won’t be all that interesting without Lisa to cheer on her adventures.

Colorado Terrorist

Remorse, condolences and regrets… Nice sentiments. But sentiments and regrets won’t change a thing. Stop attending violent movies, stop watching violence on TV. Violence is NOT entertainment. It’s just violence. If you would not want to watch it when it’s real (on the news or in life) why would you watch it when it’s performed and acted out?

Do they still call them terrorists when they were born and raised in the US? They should.