Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2018

Here is a humorous video that I ran across a couple of years ago and felt that we all could use a chuckle on this the Feast of St. Patrick.  Enjoy!


Fun Fact Friday, Number Six Seven!

March 16, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “quotations.”  Do you know who originally said “Anyone who hates children and dogs can’t be all bad?”

Contrary to popular belief, it was NOT W.C. Fields, but rather, the teacher, scholar and humorist, Leo Roston, who delivered this line at a tribute dinner to honor W.C. Fields.

Source: Sorry, Wrong Answer: Trivia Questions That Even Know-It-Alls Get Wrong, by Dr. Rod L. Evans.

Cheesecake of the Month – March 2018!

March 15, 2018

This month’s recipe is your basic or standard cheesecake recipe with a fun twist — the use of food coloring to create a multi-colored rainbow-esque dessert that is sure to please.

Rainbow Cheesecake

1-1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
2 Tablespoons of sugar
1./2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
6 Tablespoons of butter, melted
4 packages (8-ounce each) of cream cheese, softened
I cup of sugar
2 Tablespoons of flour
2 teaspoons of vanilla
1 cup of sour cream
4 eggs
1 each of liquid food colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple)

1.  Preheat oven 325°F. Before you get started with the crust, wrap a 9-inch springform pan in a few layers of foil to make sure the pan stays watertight during baking. Be careful not to rip the foil, or water will get into the pan and ruin your cheesecake.

2. Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, cinnamon and pinch of salt together in a bowl. Add butter and mix with clean fingers until pea-sized crumbs form. Press all of the graham cracker mixture into the prepared springform pan.

3. Bake the crust for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, and allow it to cool completely before adding the filling.

4. To make the filling, beat the cream cheese in a large mixing bowl smooth. Add the 1 cup of sugar, and continue to beat until smooth. Next, add the vanilla, flour, and sour cream and beat until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating briefly between each egg.

5. Measure about 1-3/4 cups of the batter into a separate bowl and tint with red food coloring. Measure 1-1/2 cups of the remaining batter into another separate bowl and tint with orange food coloring. Continue to divide remaining batter into 4 additional bowls, decreasing the measure of batter in each bowl by an additional 1/4 cup as you work your way down to the last bowl which should have only about 1/2 cup of batter. Tint each of the remaining plain batters with a different color food coloring (in order listed in ingredient list).

6. Pour the red batter over the center of the crust. Repeat with the remaining batters, one color at a time, starting with the batter with the most volume and working your way down to the batter with the least volume, and always pouring the batters over the batter in the center of the pan.

7. Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 5 min. or until the center is almost set.

8. Turn off oven and open the oven door slightly.  Let the cheesecake stand in the oven for 1 hour. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool completely before removing rim. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

Could I Get Some Help Here?!

March 14, 2018

Sometimes, pleading is required to encourage certain courses of action.  “The designated spokesperson provided quite the hortatory address to the City Council as an appeal to them to declare the neighborhood drug house a nuisance.”


\ hawr-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee \, adjective;

1.  urging to some course of conduct or action; exhorting; encouraging.

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich, and http://www.dictionary.com.


March 13, 2018

Happy Monday!  With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner (this coming Saturday), I thought it would be a great time to share a few interesting facts about the Emerald Isle that you might not have been aware of.  Enjoy!

50 Insane Irish Facts

Courtesy of: 50 Insane Irish Facts [Infographic] by the team at NeoMam


The Brackets are Set!

March 12, 2018

The ‘madness” has been ongoing all season, so we didn’t really have to wait for March, but now that March is here, the madness can officially begin!  I always look forward to this time of year and put together what I consider to be a quality bracket only to have it “busted” before the end of the first weekend.  I guess this is what makes the tournament so much fun (and aggravating if it is your team that falls early).  Here are the teams (and their seeds) in this year’s tournament.  My Spartans garnered a #3 seed in the Midwest  regional and will play Bucknell on Friday.  Good luck to all, and Go Green!

East Regional
#1 Villanova
#16  Long Island University/Radford

#8 Virginia Tech
#9 Alabama

#5 West Virginia
#12 Murray State

#4 Wichita State
#13 Marshall

#6 Florida
#11 St. Bonaventure/UCLA

#3 Texas Tech
#14 Stephen F. Austin

#7 Arkansas
#10 Butler

#2 Purdue
#15 Cal State Fullerton

South Regional
#1 Virginia
#16 University of Maryland, Baltimore County

#8 Creighton
#9 Kansas State

#5 Kentucky
#12 Davidson

#4 Arizona
#13 Buffalo

#6 Miami
#11 Loyola-Chicago

#3 Tennessee
#14 Wright State

#7 Nevada
#10 Texas

#2 Cincinnati
#15 Georgia State

Midwest Regional
#1 Kansas
#16 Pennsylvania

#8 Seton Hall
#9 NC State

#5 Clemson
#12 New Mexico State

#4 Auburn

#6 TCU
#11 Arizona State/Syracuse

#3 Michigan State
#14 Bucknell

#7 Rhode Island
#10 Oklahoma

#2 Duke
#15 Iona

West Regional
#1 Xavier
#16 North Carolina Central/Texas Southern

#8 Missouri
#9 Florida State

#5 Ohio State
#12 South Dakota State

#4 Gonzaga
#13  UNC Greensboro

#6 Houston
#11 San Diego State

#3 Michigan
#14 Montana

#7 Texas A&M
#10 Providece

#2 North Carolina
#15 Lipscomb


A Path Less Taken!

March 11, 2018

Path Less TakenHere is the second glass mosaic that I’ve been able to acquire (with a few natural stones thrown in for good measure).  I acquired this piece at the annual “Art in the Square” at Utica Square in Tulsa last October.  Positively beautiful!  This one is entitled “A Path Less Taken,” by Cindy Swanson.  My first mosaic was acquired Labor Day weekend during a short visit to Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  Ah, so many talented artists, so little wall space (but I never use this as an excuse to keep me from purchasing those items that truly tug at my heart).

Color Makes a Difference!

March 10, 2018

. . . especially when you are trying to sell a house.  According to an article I recently read in AARP, The Magazine (the February/March 2018 issue), the long-standing advice that “off-white walls sell houses” may not be true.  Zillow (real estate website) analyzed  more than 30,000 photos of homes that sold throughout the US to see which colors correlated to higher-than-average versus lower-than-average sale prices.  Here is what they found:

Kitchen .  .  .
Use soft blue-gray (+$1,809), NOT straw yellow/marigold (-$820).

Bathroom .  .  .
Use powder blue/periwinkle (+$5,400), NOT off-white (-$4,035).

Bedroom .  .  .
Use cerulean/cadet blue (+1,856), NOT light pink/antique rose (-$208).

Dining room .  .  .
Use slate/pale blue-gray (+$1,926), NOT brick red/copper red (-$2,031).

Hmm, I’m seeing a theme here . . . a lot of shades of blue . . . at least up to this point.

Living room .  .  .
Use light beige/taupe (+$1,809), NOT pastel gray/light blue (-$820).

Exterior .  .  .
Use “greige” (+1,526), NOT medium brown/taupe (-$1,970).

Source: AARP, The Magazine, February/March issue, p. 13.

Fun Fact Friday, Number Sixty-Six!

March 9, 2018

Today’s real facts (courtesy of http://www.snapple.com) are all about bones.  Did you know that . . .

  • one fourth of the bones in your body are in your feet? (Real Fact #56)
  • a pigeon’s feathers are heavier than its bones? (Real Fact #126)
  • the first TV remote control (introduced in 1950) was called Lazy Bones? (Real Fact #253)
  • at birth a human has 250 bones, but only 206 bones when fully grown? (Real Fact #272)
  • your big toe only has two bones while the rest of your toes have three? (Real Fact #790)
  • your skull is made up of twenty-nine different bones? (Real Fact #827)
  • human thigh bones are stronger than concrete? (Real Fact #1388)

Source: http://www.snapple.com/real-facts

The Brain . . . !

March 8, 2018

. . . is definitely the most important organ in the body. It controls and coordinates everything.   But let’s take a look at some unconventional (and more humorous) definitions of the “brain,” shall we?

“Something that starts working the moment you’re born and doesn’t stop until you stand up to speak in public.”  (George Jessel)

“An apparatus with which we think we think.”  (Ambrose Bierce)

“An organ the starts working the moment you wake up, and doesn’t stop until you get to the office.”  (Robert Frost)

“An appendage of the genital glands.”  (Alexander King)

Source: The Cynics Dictionary, by Aubrey Dillon-Malone, p. 31-32.