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Food / No Bake Cookies
« on: March 01, 2016, 05:37:25 AM »
No Bake Cookies


2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons Hershey's cocoa
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup milk
2 1/2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla


Mix oats and peanut butter in bowl and set aside. Heat sugar, cocoa, margarine and milk in sauce pan until it boils. Boil for 1 1/2 minutes. Add oats, peanut butter and vanilla and stir. Drop by teaspoon on waxed paper. Let cool.

Food / Chimpanzee Cheesecake In the Microwave
« on: February 22, 2016, 01:50:01 AM »
Chimpanzee Cheesecake In the Microwave


4 tablespoons margarine
1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
16 ounces cream cheese
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 cup mashed bananas (3 medium)


Microwave margarine in a 10-inch glass pie plate at HIGH for 45 seconds, or until melted. Add crumbs and sugar, blending well. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and sides of pie plate. Microwave at HIGH for 2 minutes, rotating plate midway through cooking. Set aside.

Microwave unwrapped cream cheese in glass mixer bowl at MEDIUM (50%) for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes, or until softened. Beat well with electric mixer at high speed until fluffy. Add sugar, eating well. Add eggs and lemon juice; beat until smooth. Blend in bananas. Pour mixture into prepared crust. Microwave at MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) for 10 to 11 minutes, rotating plate every 2 minutes.

Let stand until cool. Refrigerate. Garnish each serving with sliced bananas, if you wish

Food / Breakfast Bread
« on: February 22, 2016, 01:46:12 AM »
Breakfast Bread


2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons fresh chopped thyme
2 tablespoons fresh chopped chives
1/3 cup chopped red peppers
9 eggs
1 cup soft butter
3 tablespoons mustard
1 1/2 cups chopped ham
2 cups Gruyere cheese
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper


Prep all your ingredients before hand, this will help to make sure things move quickly and to be sure you have all the ingredients. In a bowl combine the flour, thyme, chives, baking powder and red peppers.

Mix together, in a separate bowl combine the eggs, soft butter and mustard. Mix till well blended. Add in the freshly ground pepper and stir.

Pour the wet ingredients into a large bowl. Pour in half the flour mixture and mix just till blended. Add in the chopped ham and the cheese. Mix together.

Add in the rest of the flour mixture and stir just till mixed. Do not over mix. Pour into 2 greased medium 8x4 loaf pans.

Bake in a 375F oven for 30 - 35 minutes.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes then remove from pans.

UFO / Rambling around the Universe
« on: February 21, 2016, 07:29:31 AM »
The universe is an amazing place from what we observe. The distances are truely mind numbing to even attempt to grasp in some meaningful way. To give an idea of how mind numbing I offer you this YouTube clip.

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Near everything we observe is going away from us. That is lacking a few such as the Andromeda Galaxy.

Andromeda Galaxy ◄ clicky

Everything can be measured as how fast we are departing from each other through red shift. The typical rule of thumb is the farther away an object, the faster is it moving away. Anything going away from us has it's light red shifted. The furthest objects we have detected through the Einstien Ring has been red shifted into the infrared part of the spectrum. The Einstein ring is a quirk of gravity, predicted but until fairly recent modern times never observed.

Einstein ring ◄ clicky

Anything approaching us has it's light blue shifted. There are not many galaxies that are blue shifted we find. The Andromeda Galaxy is blue shifted because we are due for a collision with it in about 4 billion years. You might want to circle that year on your calender so as not to miss it.

We've gone through several ideas over time as to the nature of the Universe and what that might mean to us. During Medieval Ages the universe was thought to be filled with Aether. A material that filled all space so that light and gravity had something to transport it along.

At some point the idea of the Big Crunch came along. The Big Crunch was that if there was not enough energy to continually push the universe in expansion that one day it would run out of energy and reverse direction. All mass and objects headed back to a center point. Sort of like when you throw a ball in the air and it comes back to earth. Others felt that there might not be enough gravity to oppose expansion and it might continue on forever.

A term was created called The Omega Factor (Ω). The idea here was that if the Ω factor was 1 or greater, the expansion of the universe would never stop. If it was less than 1 then the Big Crunch was the ultimate fate of the universe. At the time dark energy and dark matter were not named but something was realized not accounted for. The Ω factor eventually came out to be slightly larger than 1, meaning there will be no Big Crunch. Instead the fate of the Universe will be continued expansion, at an ever increasingly faster rate. If humans are around there will come a time when no stars are visible in the Universe. That everything will be so far apart, reaching another star system won't be possible, given the science we know today. This will occur before the ultimate end of entropy. Entropy being the loss of all energy to where there is nothing left of moving molecules or enough energy to see light, nor heat. Again relativity will stretch that time a bit longer, due to the slow speed of light traveling. Probably for many millions of years afterwards possibly billions, that last beam of light will continue in space until it finds something that blocks its photons.

The universe will end with a whimper, not a bang.

Food / Crockpot Italian Chicken
« on: February 21, 2016, 01:38:59 AM »
Crockpot Italian Chicken


6 to 8 frozen boneless chicken breast halves
1 envelope French's Brand Italian Spaghetti Sauce - dry mix
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
1 small can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
Parmesan Cheese


Place the chicken in the crock. Sprinkle the dry mix spaghetti sauce over top. Add the can of tomatoes and the can of tomato sauce. Cook all day [7 to 9 hours] on LOW or 1/2 Day [3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours] on HIGH.

Serve with Penne pasta and top with Parmesan Cheese.

Food / Hello Dollies
« on: February 21, 2016, 01:37:28 AM »
Hello Dollies


1 cup crushed graham crackes
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup pecans,chopped
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries or raisins
1 can sweetened condensed milk


Mix graham crackers and melted butter together; press into a greased 8 inch square pan. Sprinkle with chips, then nuts, coconut and cherries. Pour condensed milk over all and spread lightly.

Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.

UFO / Intelligent Life Elsewhere In Our Galaxy
« on: February 20, 2016, 02:54:34 AM »
Intelligent Life Elsewhere In Our Galaxy

As we all know there are tons of stars in our galaxy. As many more we can't see due to the dust regions that block visible light so that we can't see what is on the other side. Out of that vast number of stars and systems the uncountable numbers would seem to say intelligent life exists elsewhere too.

I think in all this that many don't realize just how rare our position is here. We are the only place we know that intelligent life exists. Think of all the things that had to be or happen for us to be here. Any of which if it didn't happen would mean we would not exist.

Fermi once put up the question of 'Where are they'? His meaning that if there was one star fairing race, it should by now have populated the galaxy and we should know of them. Yet to date we have no official recognition such is.

Half the stellar systems are binary, having at least two suns. These you can pretty much wipe out for having an intelligence. The weather environment of such a system brings in extremes in weather making life present a near impossibility as we know life to be. Then there are the stars that have no planets, so no life there.

It is unlikely that intelligence exists in the core center of our galaxy. One because most galaxies have a large black hole at the center as does ours and when it takes in matter it emits xrays strongly and that means sterilization. The other that stars are closer together in the center. One goes nova and it will wipe out anything close to it in stellar neighbors. That leaves the middle on out to the fringes for possible places life could exist. 

By what we've seen of exoplanets, most of them have Jupiter sized planets near the star. This means that it pulls on the system to gather the left over masses of matter, such as asteroids and comets which will surely cross the orbits of other planets coming in. Picture Earth's early planet in the making with major bombardments of comets, which provided a dry earth with water. After that stage, the dinosaurs found out what that means. Life under those conditions is shakey at best. As with our system the Jovian planets need to be out in the outer reaches of the system to clean it up, without endangering a life bearing planet. From what we've seen so far, this is very rare as the place to be for a Jovian planet. Look at our moon to see why this is important. It has a record for all to see of being hit time and again by impact.

Our earth received a hit from an early protoplanet which hit in just the right way to produce a super moon but not in a way that shattered the planet apart. This moon has been responsible for the tides that are found on the earth and served as a giant stir stick to keep things mixed up and provide a way for minerals and materials to mix. Lack of that meant any life would have to go to the area where the mineral was, which always takes more energy. More energy needed means less chance of survival.

When our earth was formed, there was no oxygen. It was mainly hydrogen and carbon dioxide. Oxygen has been one of the powering elements to drive changes through corrosion as well as providing energy to our life forms. That took around a billion years to happen before vegetation could occur in the form of microscopic one celled bodies. It was those bodies that provided the oxygen to allow vegetation to grow when finally there was enough oxygen present. This is a rare thing, rather than a common one.

Our earth has large parts of radioactivity within the core. Enough to provide warmth to the planet. But radioactivity also drives mutations, giving that mix where survival of the fittest has a place to occur. Uncountable numbers of mutations have occurred in the last 4 billion years to produce what we know of as life. With out that radioactivity, none of what we now know of as life is possible.

Also we have a molten iron core at the center of the earth, without which, life would be shortly sterilized on this planet. The molten core along with the spin of the planet generate a magnetic field that keeps the sun's radiation from killing all life on the surface. It is the Van Allen belts that provide that protection and one of the reasons why the ISS is in so low of an orbit.

Then there is the location of the planet within the system. Outside the Goldilocks zone, water doesn't exist as a liquid. Our bodies are 98% water in liquid form. So life as we know it requires the planet's location to be where it is for the earth.

Our sun is fairly stable. It doesn't do a lot of flaring or pumping the system with strong radiation at high levels. This knocks out nearly all the other star categories with the exception of dwarf stars. The other thing about stars is that they have to have a long life for life to have the time to develop. Supermassive stars don't stay stable long enough.

There are a ton of other facts that make us unique and the total combination of all these factors make it less than likely of any other system actually developing life as we know it.

Food / Mandarin Cake
« on: February 20, 2016, 12:34:22 AM »
Mandarin Cake


one 6-ounce can of orange juice
1 package gelatin
1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons flour

2 egg yolks

pinch salt

1 cup milk

2 egg whites, stiffly beaten

1 loaf angel food cake

1/4 pint whipping cream

one 11-ounce can mandarin orange sections
Thaw orange juice concentrate. Sprinkle gelatin on top and set aside. Combine sugar and flour. Mix thoroughly and set aside. Beat egg yolks until thick with pinch of salt and set aside. Heat milk to scalding in double boiler. Pour a small amount of milk into flour mixture, stirring vigorously. Return to double boiler. Cook 2 to 3 minutes stirring constantly. Pour some of this hot mixture into eggs, stirring constantly. Return to double boiler. Cook till thickened and mixture coats spoon. Combine with gelatin and orange juice while hot. Stir until gelatin dissolves. Cool.Beat egg whites and add to mixture. Slightly oil large loaf pan. Break up angel food cake in small pieces and add to custard. Place in pan and let refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Unmold and ice with whipped cream that has been chilled and sweetened to taste. Garnish with mandarin oranges and replace in refrigerator.

Food / Lemon Caper Mayonnaise
« on: February 20, 2016, 12:26:37 AM »
Lemon Caper Mayonnaise


1 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon tarragon
1 teaspoon capers
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper


Combine ingredients and spread on your favorite sandwich. Goes great with seafood!

Food / Cornish hens on bed of wild rice in the microwave
« on: February 19, 2016, 08:23:42 AM »
Cornish hens on bed of wild rice in the microwave

1 box of wild rice (regular rice can be substituted, if so use 1/2 pack of dry onion soup mix for seasoning pack.)
2 1/4 cups of water
2 stalks of celery, sliced thin
1 7 oz. can of mushroom stems and pieces
2 Cornish hens
1 tablespoon of butter for rice
1/2 cup of butter for basting sauce
1 tablespoon of paprika
1 tablespoon of poultry seasoning
salt and pepper to taste.

In 2 quart microsafe dish, add water, wild rice, seasoning pack from wild rice, celery, and butter. (1/2 pack of dry onion soup mix maybe substituted for seasoning pack with regular rice.) Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Stir and continue for another 2 minutes. Stir. Set time for 10 minutes at 1/2 power. Continue to cook rice.

In the meantime, wash and half cornish hens.

Remove rice from microwave, which will be partially done. Stir rice. In a microwave safe cup, melt 1/2 cup of butter. Add paprika, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Stir.

Lay Cornish hens in on top of rice. Orient so that wing tips and leg tips are to the center of dish. Baste hens with butter sauce. Stir rice also at each removal. Return to microwave. Cook at full power for 10 minutes and remove every 3-4 minutes to baste hens again. On second removal, add mushrooms. Continue till hens are done. They should be done about the same time as the liquid is gone from the rice.

All times in the microwave are subjective to the microwave you have and what wattage it is. Times may have to be played with for your particular microwave. This is a great recipe for when you just don't want to heat the kitchen in the summer.

Food / Corn Dip
« on: February 19, 2016, 04:21:21 AM »
Corn Dip


2 med or 4 sm cans Mexican corn, drained
4 green onions, including tops
8 oz grated sharp cheddar cheese
8 oz sour cream
1/4 c mayonnaise
1 (4 oz) can green chilies, mild
3/4 c picante


Mix together and chill.

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