Take My Hand

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I remember a time when you were happy.

 I remember when birds would sing, butterflies filling the sky as far as the eye could see.

I remember seeing you dance full of life in that green meadow filled with flowers, surrounded by mountains.

I see the tears that fall; I feel the pain that many bestowed on you.

Sometimes making you feel like a worn out welcome mat.

I hear your cries of wanting a new page.

As you look in the mirror, I see you worry that the fountain of youth has dried.

Though, the days have passed turning to months that turn to years

Know this!

You are more beautiful than the first day I saw you.

I gaze upon your inner strength that fills my soul more than you know.

Night has come, the gentle breeze of your hair as you lay your head down.

As I…

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Meet and Greet @ Dream Big: 5/28/16

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Fallacies Or Scams

Hello, everyone, the feature image is from my Cell phone I took yesterday, I don’t know if this was part of the 66 accidents from the day prior due to the heavy snow storm we had or if it was new from earlier in the morning when the roads were slick as snot. There was Car in Ditchalso a white 4 door sedan in the ditch too.



Junk carThe day prior to  the snowstorm,  Deb and I went to look at a Chevy, She had found a listing for this car that provided notes about the car which sounded good.


Faulse_wordsHere are the notes pertaining to the car from the entities Website.

The electronic components on this vehicle are in working order. No defects. The door dings on this auto are from normal wear and tear. There are no problems with the engine. The overall condition of this vehicles exterior is average. The previous owner did not keep this vehicle garaged. This vehicle was owned by a smoker. The interior of the vehicle is about average condition. The odometer reflects accurate mileage. Great, smooth shifting transmission. Vehicle has minor collision damage. You will enjoy this vehicle like the owners before you. Tire wear at 50%.

The Website says they are open til 7 PM, but the door says 5 PM. We start to walk away when one of the guys opens the door. So we inquire about the car, they knew nothing or did not want to say. OK, so, they tell us we can start the engine or take it for a test spin. I’ll let the English wordage slide. So, we get out there and Deb starts the car. Once the engine was started, I knew then it would be a no go. The engine was shaking like making a milkshake, then Deb tells me she sees the engine light on. Well, that’s not good! But, Deb had to get it out of her system due to the desperation of needing a reliable car that is safe for the winter. So, she puts in drive and it is a harsh sound like a person grinding their teeth while lunging forward, yet she proceeded to pull out and that’s when the engine wanted to die while the car was at idle in drive and brake on.

Most of us with intelligent brains have seen the Redbull commercials that were funny showing a horse or person grow wings, yet we knew it was just a funny advertisement knowing that wings will not magically grow, for it was an analogy a metaphor used to describe energy, yet they got sued and the plaintive did win and now the horse does not sprout wings and now surrounded by three female horses.



Easy Bread Pudding

Easy Bread Pudding

I learned this recipe years ago while at Nancy’s Airport Cafe during the early 90’s before my Dad took Ill and prior to me entering the world of higher education.

Me being me, I did alter the restaurant’s recipe, one, I always believe that the customer should not be cheated from the full texture and flavors of a dish and two, possibly with my possible OCD, it irritated me the way they made it. I understood about the bottom line concept staying in the Back and so forth, yet I could not see the advantage to cheat the patron.

Evaporated milkIngredients:
6-8 slices of bread
6 medium eggs
4 -5 coffee scoops of granulated sugar
About a Teaspoon ( or a pinch more if you like) of Cinnamon
1 12 OZ can of evaporated milk (not condensed) If you use condensed then you will need to add regular whole milk


At the restaurant, they used to add one can of water for each can of milk used which does make it stretch, but also takes the full flavor and texture away from this dish.  It also produces for a loose watery Marsh of deceit. That drove me crazy when I would see them do it. No pride, just seeing the dollar sign!

Grab a handful or two of Raisins and add to a Pyrex dish
Grab a handful or two of Raisins and add to a Pyrex dish


Take 6-8 slices of white or wheat bread and cut into thirds
Take 6-8 slices of white or wheat bread and cut into thirds

The Owner and Owner’s Brother would tear the bread with their bare hands, which did work but was not as pretty or uniform.

Then cut into thirds again to make even cubes
Then cut into thirds again to make even cubes
Once bread is cut into cubes place on top of the Raisins in dish.
Once bread is cut into cubes place on top of the Raisins in the dish.
Add 4-5 coffee scoops of sugar in a separate  bowl
Add 4-5 coffee scoops of sugar in a separate bowl
Once sugar is in bowl, then add the Cinnamon and mix until it turns light brown in color
Once sugar is in the bowl, then add the Cinnamon and mix until it turns light brown in color. Set aside.
First add 6 medium eggs and beat. Then add one can of evaporated milk and stir together. Next add the sugar and cinnamon mixture and mix well.
First add 6 medium eggs and beat. Then add one can of evaporated milk and stir together. Next add the sugar and cinnamon mixture and mix well.
Once the Milk, eggs and Cinnamon sugar mixture is thoroughly mixed well , pour on top of Bread and Raisins in dish.
Pour the Egg, milk, Cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the bread and raisins. if a raisin or two floats to the top, poke them back down. ensure all is covered.
Set oven to 350 (F)  set timer for thirty minutes and check. Normally takes 40 to 45 minutes but due to oven varices I took caution.
Preheat oven to 350 (F) set the timer for thirty minutes and check. Normally takes 40 to 45 minutes but due to oven variances I took caution. Place dish on oven rack

Once you think it is done, pull the oven rack out midway, grab a toothpick and insert into pudding, if the toothpick comes out dry or just a little speck of a crumble then it is done. If the toothpick comes out wet then set the timer for increments of five minutes.

Easy Bread Pudding
The finished product, Allow to cool on a rack for at least 15-20 minutes before cutting into.



Garnish with Whip Cream or CoolWhip. Or better yet make a simple Lemon Glaze. Take two real Lemons pitted and squeeze the juice or use the 100% Real Lemon Juice in place of real Lemons. Use a small sauce pot add a bit of the Lemon juice on medium to medium-low heat, then add a litter sugar and stir in until it becomes a glaze. This Lemon sauce can not be saved, if it sets in the pan/pot too long it will turn hard.

In place of the raisins, you can use canned pineapple, dried cranberries along with the raisins.

One time I even used Orange Liquor as an added flavor and if you don’t have Orange Liquor, you can use Orange Concentrated Juice, about a capful or two.

I hope you enjoy this one my friends!


Deb Safe


Deb made it home safe, Deb left this morning at 7AM took 14-minutes to drive 1.6 miles at had to park at the Resturant, then made her calls of help starting at 7:15 AM.  Once her Step-dad and Brother-in-law got there, then  deciding on which routes to drive that Rear-Wheel drive back safely, Deb finally got here at 9:15 AM shaken, frazzled and stirred.

Noon newsThe news predicted  no more than 2-4 inches for this area, they had no idea it was going to hit us like it did.

On the noon news, they stated that Hyway Patrol and Local Police responded to 66 weather related accidents. I am sure there will be throughout the remainder of the day.

Foot of SnowI took this at 11:19 AM this morning, no since measuring anymore since it was almost already at the max mark on the ruler. The time now is 1:00 PM now and it is still coming down. About 20 minutes ago one of the neighbors that pulled into the apartment lot almost side-swiped a parked car just by pulling in. The neighbor informed me that it is extremely bad out there as he was making his way through the snow, like wading through water past his shins and he stands almost 6-feet tall.

Deb wishes to thank those that wished her well and to get here safely. I thank you as well.

My next post will be BreadPudding.


Snow Alert Sioux Falls Sd

Yesterday Deb’s Step-Dad got me to be a second driver to pick up his Ford Crow Victoria Rear Wheel drive from the shop that had the problem with the Shift column. So, that is fixed.

Frying PanThis morning the snow started to come down, they were only predicting 2 inches, so Deb left early and only made it ten minutes down the road and had to pull into the Frying Pan parking lot for safety. She said there were two accidents near the interstate ramp and the rear wheel drive car was all over the place and almost plowed into other vehicles herself.  At least she is safe and not in the pile of cars that were reported in ditches by the local news channel.

Deb has been stuck at that restaurant since 7:30 Am and it’s 8:35 am now as I write this.

Empire mallDeb’s sister had a dentist appointment in Sioux City, they left Flandreau and once they got to the Flying J in Sioux Falls they saw several cars in the ditch along the way, so they went to Deb and Gina’s Parents house. Just a moment ago I got a text from Deb telling me that her Step-Dad and Brother-in-law are going to get her so that she is not stuck at the restaurant all day.

Jay Trobec
Jay Trobec

This was just uploaded to FaceBook by one of the Reporters.





It is a dangerous day out there today.


Your Privacy And Windows 10

The Big Brother Complex

They say you can tell something is rotten either by smell or seeing worms crawling out.

Harry Potter

For those that have not tried the latest OS Windows 10 and to those that either intentionally dipped their feet in the ice cold water or by the trickery of Windows Update, there is an unseen force not unlike dementors hunting its prey, sucking every drop of life you have.

How many of you actually read the complete EULA on any software you install on your PC?

What you need to know about the hidden ghost that lurks invading your privacy. Is it paranoia or company bias that is fueling this feud?

For the past few months, there have been reports that the new shiny OS known as Windows 10 has deleted files on users systems, According to one user Krzysztof Piotrowicz stated that his entire Document folder along with is Desktop files have been deleted.

Even the Subreddit within Reddit is cautioning people from using Windows 10, in fact, the title of this is, iTS bans users using Windows 10?

So what part of the EULA is fueling this legit claim or paranoia?

“We may automatically check your version of the software and download software updates or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices.”

That’s one part of it, According to an article by, Benjie Sambas titled, The Pirate Bay update: site tackled by Windows 10? there is a passage that might be of concern to some.

According to VCPost, it was reported that Microsoft is joining the copyrights movement by offering a more strict security system for Windows 10. Those who have already upgraded to the new platform will not have access to torrent sites, as Microsoft will reportedly actively block The Pirate Bay, Kickass Torrents and other file-sharing websites. The report also indicated that some fans have pointed out that their torrent files mysteriously disappeared after upgrading to Windows 10. Microsoft is silent on this issue.

According to Sebastian Anthony in hie article, Windows 10 doesn’t offer much privacy by default: Here’s how to fix it at the very bottom of this article after showing all the needed steps to try and protect your privacy, you would read this,” Finally, it’s worth pointing out that these are just the visible config flags; without some packet-level analysis, it’s hard to say exactly what data is being sent back to Microsoft, and by which service. As one commenter pointed out, even after they disabled Cortana and turned off a bunch of privacy-related settings, the search box still seemed to be sending keystroke data back to Microsoft.”

Also to point out within the same article, it seems as though Windows 10 has indeed become a file transfer protocol behind the seens no unlike the old BBS days sharing files between each PC. Here is the passage “Another feature that you might want to disable is Windows 10’s BitTorrent-like update sharing: by default, your Windows 10 PC will upload Windows update files to other PCs on the Internet, peer-to-peer style. Open the Settings app and navigate to Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced Options > Choose how updates are delivered. From here, you can disable this feature fully, or restrict it to just other PCs on the LAN.”

And a video for your viewing delight, 7-minutes, and 12-seconds in lenght going over the EULA.



Week 1 Weigh-In

Danny reblog this earlier but this is inspirational about losing weight and allowing yourself to enjoy a meal with friends and family once in a while and not to be guilty about it. Keep up the good work, as Billy Crystal would say, ” You look Marvelous!”

Being Mindful of Others

Danny most of us should know who he is, reblogged this and I am doing the same. This was a very honest look into herself from a recent experience

A Journey With You

I am carrying my problems. You are carrying your problems. Everyone we meet has bills to worry about, a flat tire, a sick kid, a dying loved one, a sore back, hurting feet, a fight with their partner, or countless other things. I forget sometimes. I forget.

Yesterday after getting our car fixed, my husband and I stopped at a Mexican restaurant to get lunch. We don’t usually eat at chain restaurants, but this is one where we enjoy a few of the menu items.

I ordered a chopped salad (no meat), extra avocado and dressing on the side. My husband ordered a rice and bean bowl. When our meals came to our table, I let out a sigh of disappointment and said, “This is just lettuce.” The woman who was serving it said, “Is there something wrong?”

“Usually this comes with cheese, and chips and salsa fresca.” I said.

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Eating at Restaurants VS Eating at Home

Why I prefer to cook and eat food at home. One because I enjoy it and I like to recreate the food from the past. But also because it is safer. As I have posted before, I used to be in the restaurant industry for twelve to fifteen years, I forget which these days. But, I always paid attention to the health code violations because I did not like the BOSS ripping me a new one; back when I was still green. Later on I got to know the inspectors, asked them questions while gaining their respect.

I had some time today and decided to look at the scores of some of the places I have ate at. I was disappointed to see some of the scores in the high eighties or worse! Let me give some examples. I will not mention the name of the restaurant but I will provide the link. Now this one place is a recent eatery with in the last year, I read the report and wanted to vomit.

Inspection Date: 5/11/2015
Total Score:83
Critical Violations
Kitchen employee was observed touching body parts and continuing to work without washing hands. (blew nose in kitchen then back to work without washing hands)
Cheese and rice noted found on hot holding unit in front service area at 130 degrees fahrenheit must be maintained at 140 degrees fahrenheit or above.
The hand washing lavoratory noted with no hot water provided. Disconinue storing equipment in front of sink musrt be easily accessible for dish washers. Disposable towels needed in dispenser. Handsink must be utilzed in dishwashing room must wash hands between handling dirty and clean.

Another place got docked five point for cross contamination of food. “Raw meat noted being stored above food not to be further cooked”  Inspection Date: 6/3/2015  Total Score:88. Here is the kicker, this is one of the upskill pricey establishments located in the heart of what we call downtown.

I find it hard to understand, it is not that hard to wash your hands, it is not hard to separate food items with labels housing the date on it.

Now here is one for a Sushi establishment.

nspection Date: 6/25/2015
Total Score:61
Critical Violations
Prep cook was observed switching between working with beef seafood and other raw products and working with ready-to-eat foods without washing hands. The HACCP plan submitted by Sushi Masa is not being followed as written. Review your approved plan and follow it.
Raw fish and seafood noted being stored above food not to be further cooked. Store avocados and cucumbers above potentially hazardous food items in basement cooler.
Eggs noted not being held at 41 degrees fahrenheit or below.
Coolers in the facility being used for cold holding temp of 41 degrees F was not functioning adequately.
An inadequate amount of chlorine sanitizer was noted in the final rinse of the dish machine.
Insects noted infesting the food service basement storage and processing areas.

That one is a “Here’s your sign” award.

Another bone I have, is when people use the facilities and don’t bother to wash their hands. Like the employee above that blew their nose and proceeded to handle food without washing his/her hands. Now image a prep cook, waiter or waitress not washing their hands after using the facilities and brings you your food while you notice their thumb is touching one of the items on the plate.

Here is the link: http://webapps.siouxfalls.org/inspections/restaurants.aspx

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