Recipe of the Day: Macadamia Nut Cream Pie


1 1/3 cups milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts
Dash salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
5 teaspoons cornstarch
2 egg whites
1 9 inch baking pie shell
1 cup heavy cream, whipped

In a saucepan, combine 1 cup of the milk, 1/4 cup of the sugar, 1/4 cup of the nuts, the salt and the vanilla; scald. Mix the remaining 1/3 cup milk with egg and cornstarch. Thoroughly stir some of hot mixture into egg mixture; return all to saucepan. Cook 5 more minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Cool 1 hour. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form; fold carefully into cooled mixture. Pour into pie shell; chill. Before serving, top with sweetened whipped cream and remaining 1/4 cup nuts. Makes 8 servings.

TMI: July 6, 2021: Making Waves

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1. Are you happy with the number of people you have slept with?

I never kept count. I slept with people because I wanted to sleep with them. Once I rebelled at being sexually assaulted and made conscious decisions to have sex, I never looked back. I just wished I had known more about how to enjoy it than what I did. And to better ignore the guilt of women having sex.

2. Tell us a random fact about yourself.

Hmmm. Random Fact. About Me. Could you narrow that down a bit? Oh, I know… I have a whole lot of interests.

3. Would you say you have an excessive need for stimulation, and are you prone to boredom?

Not only am I prone to boredom, but I also get anxious worrying about being bored. And I tend to multi-task like right now; I’m writing this, watching TV, and dabbling at my games.

4. Do you have a history of promiscuous sexual behavior or wish you had?

There are some words that I hate.. and “promiscuous” is one of them. The word “promiscuous” tends to describe women more than men. It’s a judgemental word that tends to come from religion. See some of the descriptions I found: “Promiscuity is the practice of engaging in sexual activity frequently with different partners or being indiscriminate in the choice of sexual partners. … The term can carry a moral judgment if the social ideal for sexual activity is monogamous relationships.” and “Women are generally more flexible than men when it comes to their partners sexual history, viewing 15.2 partners as “too promiscuous.” Men said they prefer partners with 14 or less.” and “How do you know if a girl is promiscuous?” and “What do you call a woman that sleeps around?”

As long as anyone is taking responsibility for their actions and practicing safe sex, it shouldn’t matter how many people they’ve slept with. “Promiscuous” is a word that needs to be no longer used regarding sexuality.

5. How do you cope with a sex drought?

a. masturbation

b. sex droughts don’t bother me

c. try not to think about sex

C… but it’s usually a losing battle.

Bonus: If you were a wave in the ocean would you be rough or calm?

Actually, for me, it would be a rolling wave.

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Recipe of the Day: Orange Julius Smoothie

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When I was a teenager, I sold Seafair Skipper Pins at the Seattle Center, home of the 1962 World’s Fair called Century 21. I usually ate lunch at the Food Circus and it was almost always KFC (a friend of mine worked there), a Yonny Yohnson’s green salad and an Orange Julius. I’d love to have that for lunch today.

Orange Julius Smoothies

3 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
5 -6 ice cubes

Combine all the ingredients in the blender until frothy and smooth.
Makes 2 to 3 servings.

Bonus Recipe

It wouldn’t be summer without Root Beer Floats…

Root Beer Floats*

1 pint vanilla ice cream
2 quarts root beer

Hang a large well packed sloop of vanilla ice cram on the edge of a fountain glass or other tall drinking glass. Fill 3/4 full with root beer. Catch any overflow on a small plate. Serve with straws and parfait spoons and don’t forget to knock the ice cream into the root beer and watch it fizz up as the ice cream floats. Yummy! This is the simplest and most favorite of fountain drinks.
Makes 4 servings

And have a party. Serve both with the following menu.

Ritz crackers and cream cheese and strawberry jam
Salted Mixed Nuts
Potato Chips with French Onion Dip
Cheetos Flavored Popcorn
Buffalo Wings

Hot Dogs with toppings

Macaroni salad

Strawberry Shortcake

Ice Cream Bars and Popsicles.

TMI Tuesday: June 29, 2021 It’s All Good

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1. What’s the most stressful thing in your life right now

Right this very minute, it’s the heat. You may have heard that the Pacific Northwest is at the tail end of a heatwave. Heat doesn’t even describe it. We are known for being rainy, and right now, I crave that rain. My little town hit 100 degrees today. People bitch if it goes over 75. But a cooling marine layer is rolling in from the Pacific. The town of Forks went from 110 to 74 in just a few hours. Of course, our cooling down means the highs will still be in the 80’s and 90’s.

2. True or False. The best way to get over an ex is to get under someone new.

Well, it depends. I can be both or neither. It depends on the old and new relationship, how long I was in, whether it was me who ended it or not. Even if it doesn’t help you get over the ex, it still would be fun to do.

3. Is rebound sex empowering or does it leave you feeling lonelier?

Empowering, since it tends to be just for me. But I want that partner to know that the relationship is more friends with benefits than anything else.. or even a one-night stand.

4. Would you rather watch porn every night forever or never watch porn again?

I haven’t watched porn in 2 years… bad pain destroys good pain, so I guess I’d pick the latter.

5. Would you rather go to bed alone forever or share a bed with someone forever?

I’d rather go to bed alone. You can have sex anywhere… 

Bonus: You must pick one and explain. Would you rather your mom or your ex set up and run your dating apps?

Neither one of them are computer literate enough to get on a dating site, let alone run it. But the ex would be the most interesting.

Quora Question: Children’s Routines

A Quora Question and How I Answered It:

What tips do you have for the kids’ routine chart?

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I personally would not do a routine chart, kid’s lives are too structured as it is and most kids don’t get to enjoy the freedom like I had when I was a kid. Even my own children had less freedom.

To counter that, I provided many different options for my kids and my daycare kids to select based on their own interests. Choices ranged from shooting baskets to swinging on a swing set, playing make-believe, reading in a quiet corner, playing computer games, group games like tag or hide ’n seek, painting at an easel, doing crafts, playing with dolls, and more.

For your own children, determine what activities they need to do outside of the home such as team sports, youth groups, dance classes, etc. At home, provide as many options as you can. Make a poster that illustrates them all and let your kids decide what they want to do. Yes, some will want to do nothing but play video games or read books, but you can extend these ideas to getting programs that teach your gamer how to write their own computer programs and supplies that encourage your reader to write their own books.

Supply fun items like play dough, bubbles, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk… teach them how to play hopscotch.

Think back to the things you liked to do when you were a kid and provide those ideas for your own kids.

Childhood should be fun, not work.

The Heat Is On

I have lived my entire life in Western Washington, and there is a good reason I stay here… the moderate climate. It’s not too hot, and it’s not too cold, and we have a nice variety of weather… some sunshine, a little snow, hail, wind, fog, and less rain than they have in Chicago. Despite the reputation of Seattle being a rainy town, it’s not all that true. What we do have is a lot of gray cloudy days.

That’s all going to change tomorrow. A heatwave like we haven’t seen in years will start tomorrow afternoon and last well into next week. 

Seattle will possibly see temperature reaching 110 and just 100 miles north in my little town; we will see temps in the 90s. People here bitch when it gets 75; the natives are gonna go bonkers with this.

When I was a kid, it got really hot (probably in the 90s); the old folks said it was hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk. So we tried. It didn’t work.

But these temps seem like they will hotter than anything we saw when I was a kid. We need to find ways to stay cool and not get heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Years ago, I got heatstroke on a trip to Hawaii and had to go to the hospital. Not a fun way to be on vacation.

Fortunately, we don’t have to cope with this all summer, but I can’t help wonder what August will be like if we have temps like this already in June.

Temperatures are hot all over the country, and it seems like every summer, they get hotter and hotter all over the planet.

I have no doubt these are caused due to climate change, a phenomenon we started hearing about 50 years ago. The concern of global warming is what created the first Earth Day in 1970. So have had a lot of time to do something to prevent what is happening today, but we didn’t do it.

Climate change is a change in the pattern of weather, and related changes in oceans, land surfaces and ice sheets, occurring over time scales of decades or longer. Weather is the state of the atmosphere—its temperature, humidity, wind, rainfall and so on—over hours to weeks.”

The same people who are in denial of Covid 19 and vaccinations of all kinds and evolution are also in denial of climate change, also known as global warming. They haven’t believed it was ever going to happen, and now it is. They think that because it snows (and more than usual) in the wintertime, there is no such thing as global warming.. how can it be since it is so cold. But the snow is due to weather, not climate. The climate is changing, making the glaciers melt, which makes the ocean rise and changes the salt level in the water, affecting the weather patterns, making temperatures hotter and colder and more unstable weather like tornados and hurricanes. And it’s only going to get worse.

“Today, in Texas, people are being asked to curtail cooking to reduce the strain on their utility systems. In the southwest temps are near 120. The southeast and Texas (again) are facing tropical weather that will drop 10+” of rain on an already sodden region. Forest fires will ravage the West coast again.

Meanwhile, Republican politicians and evangelicals deny reality and pray. I actually do not think most Republicans pray but that is my opinion. Nevertheless, we are screwed and we are not dealing with it.”

Prayer hasn’t worked in the past 50 years; why would it suddenly help now?

“The bet was that denial would rule. And they were right. It happened gradually, which made it a lot easier to deny. Things would happen gradually. But right now, the gradual period is over.

See you later Miami. Sorry, forests of California. Farmers in the Midwest, good luck. And on and on. Btw, Billings, Montana was 115 degrees yesterday. Just saying.”

Let me know if you try to fry an egg on the sidewalk.

Strawberry Moon

Strawberry Moon… isn’t that the name of wine from the 60s and 70s?

No, I’m just a little confused.

“The first full moon of summer 2021, also known as the Strawberry Moon, rises tonight (June 24), marking the last supermoon of the year. 

June’s full moon arrives Thursday (June 24) at 2:40 p.m. EDT (1940 GMT). Technically, the moon will officially be full before it appears above the horizon, as the full moon rises in the eastern sky at 8:53 p.m. EDT (0053 Friday GMT). The moon will appear full for about three days, starting early Wednesday (June 23) morning through early Saturday (June 26) morning, according to a statement from NASA

Tonight’s full moon is also a supermoon, which occurs when the moon is at its closest point to Earth in its orbit, also known as perigee. In turn, the moon will look slightly bigger and brighter since it’s closer to the Earth than usual. June’s Strawberry Moon is the second and last supermoon of the year. “

“June’s full moon is often referred to as the Strawberry Moon because it falls during the strawberry harvesting season in the northeastern U.S. Similarly, June’s full moon has also been called the Rose Moon because it occurs around the time roses bloom.”

“June’s full Moon—typically the last full Moon of spring or the first of summer—is traditionally called the Strawberry Moon. This name has been used by Algonquin, Ojibwe, Dakota, and Lakota peoples, among others, to mark the ripening of “June-bearing” strawberries that are ready to be gathered.”

In most parts of the country, the Strawberry Moon has already made an appearance. On the West Coast, we are still waiting for it. It’s not quite dark yet, and it should soon be rising over the horizon.

Racism in a Small Conservative Town

I live in a small, conservative town, a place I’ve lived in for 20 years. It’s near the town that my great-great-great-grandfather founded in the late 1880s. I knew it was a conservative Christian town when I moved here with 42 churches and one tavern. My neighborhood had 350 families; now, we have 800. Most people here were staunch Republicans. Even the newspaper editor believed that only Christians lived here, and I had to show him that we also have Jews, Muslims, Pagans, and Atheists. As a Jew himself, he had no idea because only Christians paid to have articles and ads put in the paper.

In the 20 years, I’ve lived here, more and more people have moved to the area, and many of those are liberal Democrats who are non-Christians, which just forced the conservative Christian Republicans to dig in deeper.

So it was a pleasant surprise to see that the majority of residents voted for Joe Biden and not Donald Trump. And a thrill to see so many support Black Lives Matter.

Recently it came out that the new owner of a popular restaurant in town was both racist and sexist. And he and some of his employees and customers verbally attacked an immigrant family who owns another restaurant. I’ve eaten at both places, the first when it was owned by someone else. The former owner’s daughter is pretty upset that this new owner is dragging down her mother’s legacy.

An employee and customer came out and…

“He said the man called them “immigrants,” “telling us we’re in America now so we have to ‘follow his words,'” and “get out of his country and come back when we are citizens (which we are).”
He added the man made fun of his father’s accent, told him to speak English, and uttered more racial comments.”

“Former Blondie’s workers including former Chef Carlos Osorio and many community members sick of Armstrong’s unapologetically bigoted behavior, called for a boycott and protest in the spirit of Juneteenth and the ongoing struggle against racism and all forms of oppression.

In the days leading up to the June 19 protest and speakout, Armstrong and some of his employees tried to go on the offensive to claim that the triggering incident was “just a conflict over a parking space” and that a video they had of the parking lot incident would prove that the Liberation News story was incorrect. Calls were made to the editor of Liberation News but when challenged to produce the video, the employee refused.

Later, a video was sent to former Blondie’s chef Osorio; this video only showed part of the incident and failed to disprove the victimized family’s narrative which had been verified by eyewitnesses. Osorio has since obtained an additional version of the video that shows the harassers expressing racist, anti-immigrant views and bystanders calling them out.
In any event, as Osorio said at the rally, the incident in the parking lot was only the latest outrage committed by Armstrong and was the “straw that broke the camel’s back.” All over social media, people began sharing screen shots and posting proof of Armstrong’s gross behavior. From racist comments about Asians to extremely sexist ones, these posts enraged and inspired this community to speak up and say out loud that they have had enough.”

“… several former Blondie’s workers who bravely shared their testimony about the racist and sexist working conditions at the restaurant after Armstrong took over the ownership. One of the speakers was the daughter of the former owner of Blondie’s who gave an emotional talk with tears in her eyes about how the restaurant, once a place she and others were proud to work in and the community loved, was reduced to a place where she would be sexually harassed and not be protected by her employers. After telling manager Claire Tulevech about the unwanted advances and inappropriate behavior, she was called a sexist slur for complaining and like a previous employee that quit due to unwanted sexual advances, she too would be a “p—y” for quitting.

It doesn’t help that the town’s mayor is a QAnon supporter who saw nothing wrong with wearing a teeshirt with this message:

“This is the USA. We Eat Meat. We Drink Beer. We Own Guns. We Speak English. We Love Freedom. If You Do Not Like That Get The Fuck Out.”

I guess Armacost believed that only gun-toting, beer-guzzling Christian Republicans are Americans. And he is wrong with all of it.

I suspect his version of “freedom” is much different than mine. I don’t own a gun. I don’t drink beer. While I do speak English, I am also learning French and Japanese, and I only eat meat occasionally. And this is my home too… I shouldn’t have to “get the fuck out” simply because you disagree with my views.

Editorials in the local newspaper state that he has the right to his opinion, and as a private citizen, that would be true. But he is also an elected official that is supposed to support the entire town, not just those who agree with his politics. Instead, he followed the lead of Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell.

The mayor didn’t support the rights of people to have a protest rally against the racist owner of the one restaurant. Sequim Protests Against Racism, Etc., (SPARE) organized a protest called the Juneteenth Protest Against Racism and Hate. One hundred fifty people of African American, Latino, Native American, Asian American, and white racial diversity gathered at the main intersection in Sequim.

“It was a completely peaceful, non-violent event greeted by hundreds of motorists honking their car horns, waving, and giving thumbs up salutes. A couple of gas-guzzling pickups with American flags stopped at the traffic light. The grim-faced drivers revved their engines. The crowd answered with a chant: “Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter!””

Their attempt at intimidation didn’t work.

“There was concern that the right wing might provoke violence. Organizers contacted the Sequim Police. Chief Sheri Crain and another officer arrived, and Crain spoke at length with vigil organizer Courtney Thomas. As expected, the police presence discouraged the racist provocateurs, who stayed in their pickups.”

“Noteworthy was the number of progressive candidates present, including Rachel Andersen, a member of the Sequim City Council, who is running for re-election in the November 2 election. Other candidates for the Sequim City Council also attended: Vicki Lowe, a descendant of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe on one side of her family, and pioneer settlers on the other side. Lowe is the Executive Director of the American Indian Health Commission for Washington State. She was recently named by Gov. Jay Inslee to the State Women’s Commission.

The other candidate is Lowell Rathbun, another progressive Democrat running to reverse the QAnon domination of the Sequim City government. Also present were Sequim School Board member Jim Stoffer, and Bruce Cowan, leader of the 24th Legislative District Democrats, who drove over from his home in Port Townsend.”

This might work to divide the town further, still illustrates that at least we now have a liberal faction at all. Twenty years ago, everyone assumed that all residents were conservative Republicans and Christians, and they are not at all pleased that there are now citizens who challenge that attitude.

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