Sunday, June 24, 2012

Amish Cinnamon Bread

Have you ever received one of those bags from a friend for making Amish Cinnamon Bread? It gives you a big long story about how there is a secret ingredient that only the Amish know about and add that makes this bread work. You don’t refrigerate it, you can't cook it in a metal pan, and you have to play with it and let the air out every day. Yes we received one of those from a family member and it was interesting to watch the kids squish the bags and let the air out every day. At this point I do have to say that when we got to the tenth day when you make the bread we were all rather surprised at how well it came out. Of course my youngest added to much of the vanilla pudding but if anything I think it made it better and more moist. It is one of those little things that will keep your kids busy, and give them something to look forward to. The bread is yummy a very sweet confection of goodness. I haven’t attempted to make up a starter on my own, but I will and update you with the recipe if it works. We of course gave out the four other bags that were created when we baked the bread. After all it is only fair that someone else gets to enjoy this wonderful treat. For a family activity this one worked out really well, and by the time we got to the second batch,”yes we did it again.” Everyone was pitching in, it turned out to be a simple project that everyone could help with and then enjoy. It can be hard to find things to do with our kids over the summer, people are watching their money more and more. Frankly it can be expensive to do things as a family today, so whether you have amish cinnamon bread (which you can find the recipe on Google )or just want to make some banana bread or a batch of cookies do it. That hour or so you spend talking and joking around will stay with them as they grow, it is worth seeing their smiles and laughter as you do something together.

Friday, June 22, 2012

If They Pulled The Plug......

If All Our Electronics Were Gone What Would You Do?
What would you do if tomorrow your internet, tv, and cellphones were gone, blocked from use? Internet and cellphone have become such a big part of our lives that we don’t think about the fact that our kids have never been without either unless they are over 20. Even then it is hard for many to remember the good old days when your pocket wasn’t ringing with a new txt or call. Our children can txt at what seems like light speed and laugh at our inability to keep up with them.

The same can be said for the internet and computers,growing up IBM was the big name in technology, there was no microsoft, and apple was an expensive computer even then. Today we do everything from filling out forms for a doctors before a visit, to checking our banking, paying bills, reading the news, taking courses for school, and checking the weather at a glance.  
These items have both become an integral part of our everyday existence that we can't seem to live without. We did for many many years, and we were actually fine. The world didn’t come to an end and we called our friends and talked on the phone or went out and rode our bikes to their houses.
With all the chaos that is out there in the world we live in I don’t believe it is a stretch to think that if things were to go to hell in a hat basket that one of the first things that could possibly happen would be jamming the signals we all take for granted now. I asked my kids what they would do it tomorrow the internet, laptops, tv, and cell phones no longer worked  my girls answered read. But my youngest seemed almost horrified as if it was a thought that was too horrific for him to even think about.
I don’t consider myself a parent who puts their kids in front of a tv yet even in my own house I can see the dependence on these things. Because lets face it they are convenient and as much as we complain we have all become accustomed to having these luxuries  that we take for granted. I say luxuries because we don't really need them to survive. They really aren’t a basic need.
We don’t have to have them to be happy as individuals, and it really wouldn’t be the end of the world. Would it be hard yes the lack of communication regarding what is going on in the world around us would change and how we received that information would also change, we would have to start talking to each other again as people. Is that possible you tell me, I can remember growing up in a time when neighbors knew each other, had block parties and people read the newspaper.
With so much going on today, it isn’t a bad idea to stop for a moment and just think what would you do if these things were no longer available in your life how would you cope? How would your family cope?

Sunday, June 10, 2012


Until about a week ago I hadn’t heard about the zombie attacks on people. First in Miami Fla and then in Maryland. There are zombie bullets, bath salts that seem to be the “cause” of this mess. What is interesting is people are actually excited about this. Why I am not sure, you know things must be bad when a naked man eating the face off  of another while growling like a dog  is the excitement for the day. Pretty sick behavior if you think about it.
How stupid does a person have to be to take a drug called bath salts which is similar to LSD. This drug seems to be the cause that is being blamed for this behavior, with that said. Why would anyone with half a brain take something they know could possibly cause that? Cannibalism isn’t unheard of, yet as a society we do know its wrong. Just think about how many reacted to Jeffrey Dahmer, he didn’t last too far past his trial. I don't think there is anyone who didn’t think he was nuttier than a bed bug. 

This craze or fascination with zombies probably does come from movies where incidentally the idea for zombie bullets came from. It was a gimmick for a bullet brought about by the companies owners love for zombie movies and is selling like hot cakes. Although truthfully it is just another bullet.
Are there zombies, well if you look in some cultures there are certain drugs that seem to have that effect especially in cultures that believe and deal in voodoo. There is a parasite that will take over a rat and make the rat get eaten by a cat because supposedly the only place it can reproduce is inside of a cat's intestines. Yes I really did read that.
On one hand many of us love zombie movies, and games which do seem to be all over the place today. Starting with “Dawn of the Dead” and “Night of the Living Dead” leading up to the series of “Resident Evil” movies (my favorite).
Could some schmuck in a lab do something stupid that could create a zombie or killing machine, I would have to say yes. Anything is possible today. Are we stupid enough to do such a thing, “UM YEAH” I think we have already proven that one to ourselves, a hundred times over. We are at a point where science has learned to isolate genes and create clones of animals, so truthfully you decide for yourself do we have to technology to make zombies?

Friday, June 08, 2012


If you raise the question of car accidents there are not many people who haven’t had one at some point in their lives. Today was one of those days in our house, and I thank god my daughter is alright. As parents of teens and young adults it isn’t until something serious happens that it brings home how fiercely we love them. We say it, and know it, but that moment of gut wrenching fear as a mother is my undoing.


What is probably the most frustrating aspect of it is that even though our children know we love them the truly don't understand just how deep that love goes. The will laugh and make fun of us, for being sentimental, or mushy. Telling us we are smothering them at times, or worrying about nothing.
My youngest is going to be 19 in a few short weeks, and as I stood in the grocery store on my lunch break, and listened to her telling me what had happened I felt my stomach drop to my feet and the world close in, in a heartbeat.
Despite my  daughters assurance that she would be fine I could hear the heartache in her voice and knew I needed to get home asap both for her and for me. There is no terror quite like knowing how close to harm a loved one has come. Nor is there any relief from the terror that seizes your heart until you can see for yourself that yes they are in one piece and ok. There is nothing on this earth I wouldn’t do to protect my children from harm and I am sure that is a sentiment many parents feel.
As I walked through my front door there she was. My youngest, just opening my arms and knowing I was there to hug her and hold her so she could cry made this decision the right one. Seeing for myself that she was shaken and had, had a bad scare told me I was where I belonged.
The truck is totaled, yet I am thankful she was in the truck rather then her car or it could have been a very different phone call today. Accidents happen every day, so remember to hug your kids as often as you can. Even though they may complain just laugh and tell them to suck it up anyway. Tomorrow could very easily have been taken from us and I cannot think of the empty place  my world would be without her in it.


Monday, June 04, 2012


Sure you could say I am a gloom and doomer, that is of course if you're living under a rock somewhere. Last week while reading several articles it is starting to come to light within the media that yes unemployment is actually on the rise. 14.8%  a quoted unemployment rates is not exactly low. Many feel that the number is closer to 22% but that is speculation since there are no  real statistics to back it up at this point. What is interesting in all of this is on the same day the stock market dropped a record of over 277 points in one day.
I think it is safe to say we are not really out of the woods yet. Especially when companies like Verizon are offering employees a buy out verses laying off almost a hundred thousand tech’s and customer service reps. Do you still have your rose colored glasses on?
Reality isn’t always pleasant, and as Americans we have grown used to feeling like everything is ok. After all we are Americans we are unstoppable. What many of us are failing to see is that as Americans what makes us special is our resilience and ability to overcome adversity. To be blunt here when the poo hits the fan we always work it out. So why would anyone not want to face the reality that we are all living right now. When everything from food, gas, utilities to education have skyrocketed in price still many of us are insisting that oh yes things are getting better.
The preppers are branded as nuts. Which I personally don’t agree with and the people who are foolishly spending and still overextending themselves are viewed as  optimistically investing in their economy. So when the poo does eventually hit the fan where will you be? In debt up to your eyeballs or debt free and saving for your tomorrow?
Its tight out there and getting even tighter by the moment, before the great depression wall street  execs came out and insisted that no the economy was fine and it was all just a dip. Go back and look for yourself. History does repeat itself, with a president and political system that believes to continue throwing good money after bad it isn’t hard to imagine that someone could very well be knocking on the White House with a
foreclose notice. After all if you overspend and overspend not taking care of your bills  or mortgage what happens?

Saturday, June 02, 2012


Have you ever crossed paths with an ex years later at a function and said to yourself. “Thank God I had the brains to get out of that.” It isn’t hard to imagine it happening if it hasn’t happened to you yet. There are so many things in my life that I am thankful for on a daily basis. Getting out of bad relationships that were both demeaning and toxic is something I am truly thankful for.
There is of course a certain irony when we see firsthand that what we thought that person would become actually does happen. It lets us know that we were right to get out, and save ourselves from possibly years of misery and disappointment.
For many men and women toxic people can slowly suck the joy and life right out of you, they affect your self esteem and self worth making you doubt yourself and your judgement. Hopefully if you're reading this and in a toxic relationship you will see that there is time and you can find your way.

What I mean by toxic can be anyone one who belittles you, emotionally abuses you, abuses drugs or alcohol, or is just a plain old jerk off kind of person.
You don’t need them to be ok. Guess what, you are strong enough to survive and have a real life either on your own or with someone who will respect and love you. It isn’t easy and lord knows there are far too many people out there like I have described. The thing you have to remember is to never give up hope, never stop trying. You're never going to be able to change them or make them better. Their problems are theirs and they need to fix them not you. They may plead beg or even bully you to get you to stay with them but believe me it isn’t worth it.
Yes they will blame you for their problems, its a way for them to not look in the mirror. Here’s the thing, even if it seems impossible, and hard you are strong enough to survive. You would be amazed at the inner strength you find once you take that first step. Before you know it you will be living your own life finding yourself and become far more happy with life then you are in  your current situation.


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