Archive for April, 2010

I Love Horses!!


I found this article while reading the MSN Home page.  I had horses when I was a young gal.  We go to horse shows in my county, most of them sponsored by the 4-H group, Mounted Wanderer’s

I’ll never forget the feeling when I won my first blue ribbon, it was…GLORIOUS!  My dark bay mare, Wildfire, was a fast runner and she would do anything I’d ask of her.  We were entered in the gymkhana classes i.e.,.barrel racing, pole bending, flag race, trotting relay and a slew of other “fun” classes.  It was a wonderful day…I’ll never forget it or my horse Wildfire.

Wis. horse is world’s tallest at nearly 6-foot-11 – Boston.com


BARNSTEAD, N.H. – A diminutive horse born in New Hampshire could lay claim to the world record for lightweight foal.

The pinto stallion named Einstein weighed just 6 pounds and measured 14 inches tall when he was born Friday in Barnstead, N.H.

Those proportions fit a human baby just about right but are downright tiny for horse, even a miniature breed like Einstein.

Dr. Rachel Wagner, Einstein’s co-owner, says the Guinness Book of Records lists the smallest newborn horse as weighing in at 9 pounds.

Breeders say that unlike the current record holder, Thumbelina, Einstein shows no signs of dwarfism. He’s just a tiny horse.


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Hefner Donates $900,000 To Save Hollywood Icon…AWHhhhh thanks Heff, XOXO

by Karen Grigsby Bates

April 27, 2010

Hugh Hefner arrives at the premiere for 'Iron Man 2' on Monday in Hollywood, Calif.

Enlarge Krista Kennell/Sipa via AP Images

April 27, 2010

The iconic sign on the hill above Hollywood was at risk of being lost to development. A conservation group was trying to raise $12.5 million to save it but was $1 million short. Then another Hollywood icon stepped in.

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner donated $900,000, and the Trust for Public Land declared its fundraising campaign a success: The Hollywood sign had been rescued from urban sprawl.

It has long been a favorite tourist stop in Los Angeles. On a recent bus tour of the city, members of the Vaghtangadzeh family, New Yorkers originally from Georgia — the country, not the state — said it’s “one of the biggest things” to see.

“Everybody knows: When you think of Hollywood, you think of that sign,” daughter Salme said.

The driver on their tour had changed his spiel to reflect the sign’s uncertain future: “I don’t know if you realize it,” he said, “but the city of Los Angeles has been trying to raise $12.5 million to buy back a portion of the hill that has been owned by a group out of Chicago. Yeah, my boys out of Chicago wanted to do some building up there — isn’t that wonderful?”

A lot of people thought that would not be so wonderful.

The land known as Cahuenga Peak was once owned by industrialist Howard Hughes. He’d planned to build a home on it for his then-girlfriend Ginger Rogers. They broke up, and after he died, the Hughes estate sold the land to developers. It had been touted as a potential site for luxury homes or a posh new hotel. The developers offered to sell the 138 acres to the city, but the money had to be in hand this week.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announces land near the Hollywood sign will become a city park.

Damian Dovarganes/AP

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger joins Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge (right) and officials from the Trust for Public Land on Monday to announce the success of the “Save the Cahuenga Peak” campaign. A final $900,000 donation by Hugh Hefner completed the $12.5 million fundraising drive to protect the 138 acres behind the famous Hollywood sign.

Everybody moved quickly. The movie studios, and the people who work in them, like Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, opened their checkbooks. So did plenty of Angelenos, famous and not. But they were still $1 million short.

Hefner had intervened more than 30 years ago when the sign needed a complete overhaul.

“To say that it was in disrepair is an understatement, because it was falling apart,” Hefner said.

And in the final hours of the current fundraising drive, “Hef” provided the $900,000 that closed the gap — on top of what he’d already given.

As the hilltop fog floated away Monday, the 45-foot-high letters shone brightly behind Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He stepped to a podium with an announcement that brought sighs of relief: “Finally, the $12.5 million was raised to secure the land behind the Hollywood sign. We are very, very happy about that.”

So are preservationists and the people who depend on that land for hiking and dog walking and bird watching.

The Trust for Public Land collected the funds that will now donate Cahuenga Peak to Los Angeles’ park system.

“With the help of all these people and thousands of people from around the world who wrote checks and contributed over the Internet, we have today a true Hollywood ending,” said Will Rogers, president of the trust. “We saved the peak.”

Now they can all hike happily ever after.

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Sharing Recipes

Its a very overcast and gloomy day here today.  the weather guys are forecasting “rain”  for the next 2 days and its already been rainy for the last 2 days, geeze…. days like this make me want to bake comfort food.  I am craving a big latte from Starbucks and something sweet to go with it.  maybe some home baked cookies or a small cake?  I love to go to www.epicurious.com    you can find a ton of recipes for all skill levels.  They have a articles about foods, techniques, best utensils etc.   Its a wealth of food information.  

caramel Cake  from http://www.epicurious.com

Caramel Cake enlarge image

yield: Makes 9 servings

active time: 45 min

total time: 3 hr

While this little square cake may appear modest, its caramel flavor drew everyone in our test kitchens back for seconds and even thirds…. more


For cake

  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sifted cake flour (not self-rising; sift before measuring)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature 30 minutes
  • 1 cup well-shaken buttermilk

For caramel glaze

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Equipment: a candy thermometer

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Make cake:
Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Butter an 8-inch square cake pan and line with a square of parchment paper, then butter parchment.

Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until pale and fluffy, then beat in vanilla. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. At low speed, beat in buttermilk until just combined (mixture may look curdled). Add flour mixture in 3 batches, mixing until each addition is just incorporated.

Spread batter evenly in cake pan, then rap pan on counter several times to eliminate air bubbles. Bake until golden and a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack 10 minutes, then run a knife around edge of pan. Invert onto rack and discard parchment, then cool completely, about 1 hour.

Make glaze:
Bring cream, brown sugar, corn syrup, and a pinch of salt to a boil in a 1 1/2-quart heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Boil until glaze registers 210 to 212°F on thermometer, 12 to 14 minutes, then stir in vanilla.

Put rack with cake in a shallow baking pan and pour hot glaze over top of cake, allowing it to run down sides. Cool until glaze is set, about 30 minutes.

Cooks’ note: Cake (before glazing) can be made 1 day ahead and kept in an airtight container at room temperature.

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Testing 1-2-3….Wonderful!!  It worked, I am really loving this app on my computer that lets me “blog” from anywhere on my computer.  I have set up all 3 of my blogs and now I can be more attentive to all my blogs…no Favorites.

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WEIGHT ISSUES, I have struggled with my weight for years.  you know what really pisses me off, as a teenager and into my early 20’s I had a distorted body image.  I thought I was fat.  When I look back a photos of myself, I was not fat.  during puberty I “plumped up” a little but I was not fat.  My mother help feed those insecurities by making comments about my weight, about my clothing size and about how I eat too much.  Geeze lady…give a freak’n kid a break.  Mother was a skinny small woman, no hips, no ass and no tits.  I on the other hand weighed more then she did when i was in the 4th grade, I had to start wearing a bra by 5th grade and I was a head taller then her by the time I hit 13. So with Mothers assistance my weight issues were planted securely into my head..thanks a f**king lot Mother.  Now into my early 40’s years of yo-yo dieting, phen-phen, starving myself, and finally not really giving a crap I have become over weight.  I have , with the help of the inter-web and some healthy eating books and best of all Women’s Health magazine making a life style change for the better.  My DH is joining me, by his choice of course.  Its just the 2 of us living in a beautiful setting here in the country and he wants to shed a few pounds too, in a healthy manner.0392

So on this diet/life style change we will embark.  DH had back surgery 2 yrs ago. I guess it was a success.  The bulging disk are no longer bulging, but its left him severe back pain, a numb leg and foot, unable to stand for more then 30 minutes and …should I go on, it so depressing.  On that note I too had back surgery, two times and have gone through a series of nerve blocks. I don’t have the numbness but that pain is always just a “wrong” step, bend, sneeze or you name it, away. 

I have a small (1 week) stockpile of healthy food choices for us. Chicken, lean beef, pork, and a plethora of veggies on hand. We are going to be doing the following: 

6 Best Walking Workouts for Weight Loss

Use these dynamic new ways to challenge your body and never hit a plateau.

The best exercise motivation is seeing and feeling the results. Simply getting active will help the average person look and feel better, but in order to continue losing weight in the long haul you need to challenge your body with the most effective workouts. Some ways to avoid hitting a plateau in your walking program include picking up the pace, going a new distance, and integrating strength moves to build muscle, maximize your metabolism, and burn more fat. Here are the six crucial routines every walker needs to guarantee lasting weight loss.

1. Interval walks

This type of routine involves alternating fast and moderate to easy bouts of walking, so you might walk for 2 minutes at a very brisk pace and then recover at a slower pace for 1 minute. (If you graphed your speed, it would look like a series of peaks and valleys). This type of pattern helps rev fat loss—you’ll turn up your calorie burn by as much as 100 percent during your workout and afterward. It’s best to vary the length of these workouts as well as the intervals themselves to keep your body challenged.

Walk off more weight with this workout from fitness guru Chris Freytag.

2. Toning walks

Using an exercise band while walking will help firm your upper body and boost your calorie burn. Building muscle is the best way to stoke your metabolism long-term. When Prevention tested exercise bands in a head-to-head competition with dumbbells and other popular strengthening workouts, we found that the bands delivered faster firming. Our band-users slimmed down and toned common trouble spots such as the belly, thighs, and butt by 30 percent more than women who did other types of strength training. Try carrying a light to medium resistance band while you walk and stretching the band overhead and in front of your body for 45- to 60-second intervals.

3. Long walks

Endurance training (about an hour at a moderate intensity) has been shown to keep your calorie burn revved for up to 7½ hours post-exercise. Long walks will help maximize results because there is a dose response to exercise; that is, the more you do, the greater the benefits you’ll receive. These will likely be the slowest walks you do in the program.

Like scenic walks? Is your city one of the 25 best walking cities?

4. Recovery walks

Active recovery is important in any fitness program. During a recovery walk, you should walk as if you’re in a bit of a hurry, so that you’re slightly breathless, for about 20 minutes. While they don’t blast fat like intervals, these tried-and-true calorie-burners have an important place when you’re trying to walk off pounds. They’re the perfect workout in between vigorous interval days to keep up your calorie burn without risking an injury.

5. Speed walks

During these shorter workouts, you’ll maintain a high intensity for the entire session, striding as if you’re late for an important appointment, so you’re only able to speak in very brief phrases. This type of training has been shown to specifically attack belly fat better than longer, lower- intensity exercise.

Avoid sprains and injuries with these yoga stretches designed for walkers.

6. Strength training

Adding strength training to cardio workouts improves results: It boosts metabolism, increases weight loss, and can even help you eat less. In addition to the toning walks that target your upper body, you should aim to do lower body, core, and total body strength routines 2 to 3 days a week after your regular walks.

Provided by Prevention


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AGHHhhh My AcHIng TOOth

Oh man….I lost a filling at dinner this evening. I did’nt realize what had happened until my tooth began to ache, very slightly. I went into the bathroom to brush and investigate my minor discomfort. a little probing wiht the tooth-pick and I fell right into the culprit. Now with every breath of air I get a very big twinge and don’t even think about a cold drink sloshing around my mouth. i bent over to pick up my shoes and SHAZAm…that mother went into a throbbing fury.

Now I’m no dummie…I have a dental apt in the morning. but I bet Rowena(pictured) here never has any tooth problems, hell…If I had a styrofoam head I suppose I would’nt have any problems AT ALL. will the dentist pull this culprit tooth or will I come home with some Rx’s and a numb lip? Stay tuned to find out

Ohhhh….the pain….the pain….my poor tooth is so sore, I can’t take it…just shoot me! Not hardly….

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Its Friday





This past week the temperatures here in SOMD reached the 90’s. Now we don’t get a very long spring here in lower Maryland, but come on now Mother Nature…give us a break! Save that 90 degree+ temps for “real summer”
I did manage to weather the heat and take some nice pictures of the beautiful blooms that I am so lucky to have surrounding my home.

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