Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Six Word Story

I was watching the CBS Morning Show yesterday and caught a segment on a new book, Not Quite What I Was Planning. The origins of the book is as follows:

Legend has it that Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in only six words. His response?

“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

Last year, SMITH Magazine re-ignited the recountre by asking our readers for their own six-word memoirs. They sent in short life stories in droves, from the bittersweet (“Cursed with cancer, blessed with friends”) and poignant (“I still make coffee for two”) to the inspirational (“Business school? Bah! Pop music? Hurrah”) and hilarious (“I like big butts, can’t lie”).

I felt challenged to write my own six word story. Here it is:
"Adopted? No? Fought hard. I'm me."

What is your six word story?

Thursday, February 21, 2008

You Rock Andy Rooney!

Someone sent this to me recently. Although I had seen it before, it reminded me how strongly I aree with it. Here is what Andy Rooney said on '60 Minutes:
I don't think being a minority makes you a victim of anything except numbers.. The only things I can think of that are truly discriminatory are things like the United Negro College Fund, Jet Magazine, Black Entertainment Television, and Miss Black America. Try to have things like the United Caucasian College Fund, Cloud Magazine, White Entertainment Television, or Miss White America; and see what happens...Jesse Jackson will be knocking down your door.

Guns do not make you a killer. I think killing makes you a killer. You can kill someone with a baseball bat or a car, but no one is trying to ban you from driving to the ball game.

I believe they are called the Boy Scouts for a reason, which is why there are no girls allowed. Girls belong in the Girl Scouts! ARE YOU LISTENING MARTHA BURKE ?

I think that if you feel homosexuality is wrong, it is not a phobia, it is an opinion. I have the right 'NOT' to be tolerant of others because they are different, weird, or tick me off.

When 70% of the people who get arrested are black, in cities where 70% of the population is black, that is not racial profiling; it is the Law of Probability.

I believe that if you are selling me a milkshake, a pack of cigarettes, a newspaper or a hotel room, you must do it in English! As a matter of fact, if you want to be an American citizen, you should have to speak English! My father and grandfather didn't die in vain so you can leave the countries you were born in to come over and disrespect ours.

I think the police should have every right to shoot you if you threaten them after they tell you to stop. If you can't understand the word 'freeze' or 'stop' in English, see the above lines.

I don't think just because you were not born in this country, you are qualified for any special loan programs, government sponsored bank loans or tax breaks, etc., so you can open a hotel, coffee shop, trinket store, or any other business. We did not go to the aid of certain foreign countries and risk our lives in wars to defend their freedoms, so that decades later they could come over here and tell us our constitution is a living document; and open to their interpretations.

I don't hate the rich I don't pity the poor

I know pro wrestling is fake, but so are movies and television. That doesn't stop you from watching them.

I think Bill Gates has every right to keep every penny he made and continue to make more. If it ticks you off, go and invent the next operating system that's better, and put your name on the building.

It doesn't take a whole village to raise a child right, but it does take a parent to stand up to the kid; and smack their little behinds when necessary, and say 'NO!'

I think tattoos and piercing are fine if you want them, but please don't pretend they are a political statement. And, please, stay home until that new lip ring heals. I don't want to look at your ugly infected mouth as you serve me French fries!

I am sick of 'Political Correctness.' I know a lot of black people, and not a single one of them was born in Africa ; so how can they be 'African-Americans'? Besides, Africa is a continent. I don't go around saying I am a European-American because my great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather was from Europe .

I am proud to be from America and nowhere else And if you don't like my point of view, tough...


Friday, February 8, 2008

Water Bagel Recipe

I love to bake. Every year we have "bake day". We all come together and bake all day long and then split the goodies up for Christmas. Sometimes the guys join in but it is usually us gals and the grandkids. This picture is of three of my grandkids helping with the sugar cookies.
One of my favorite things to bake throughout the year are bagels. They are time consuming but relatively easy to do. The last time we made them the grandkids had great fun shaping them into "bagel" shapes and punching the hole in the middle with their fingers. What a blast we had! I have been promising to share the recipe, so here it is! Don't let it intimidate you... give it a try!


4 - 5 cups unsifted flour
3 Tbsps sugar
1 Tbsp salt
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups very warm tap water
1 egg white, beaten
1 tbsp cold water

In a large bowl, thoroughly mix 1 1/2 cups of the flour, sugar, salt and dry yeast together. Gradually add the warm water and beat for two minutes at medium speed with electric mixer, scraping the bowl occasionally. Stir in enough of the additional flour to make a soft dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured board; knead until smooth and elastic (8 to 10 minutes). Let it rest in a warm place for about 20 minutes. (It will not double in size).

Punch the dough down and divide into 12 pieces of dough. (Divide into half, then each half into half, then each quarter into half until you have 12 pieces). Pat each piece into a circle and punch a good size hole in the center with your finger. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes. (Dough will not double in size).

Boil about 1 3/4 inch water in a large shallow pan. Lower heat and add a few bagels at a time. Simmer about 7 minutes (cover part of this time). Remove from water and place on towel to cool for 5 minutes. Place each bagel on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Combine egg white and water. Remove cookie sheet from oven and brush with the egg white & water. Return to oven and bake 20 minutes or longer, til golden brown. ENJOY!