Monday, December 27, 2010

How to Make Peanut Butter Schmier

A friend of mine got a gift from another friend in the mail and posted a picture of it. I've never heard of "Schmier" other than in my own 'slang' type term ... so I did what all smart people do to find something out, I googled it! Check it out:

Peanut butter schmier is a sweet Amish dessert spread that is often sold in jars. It is different from traditional peanut butter because it has a much thinner consistency and a sweeter taste. Rather than being spread onto a sandwich
, peanut butter schmier is used more like a condiment or dessert topping. It consists of just three ingredients and requires no cooking, so you can make this regional treat even with limited culinary skills.

Step 1
Spray a large bowl with a thin, even layer of nonstick cooking spray. Add 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/4 cup marshmallow crème and 1 cup light corn syrup to the bowl.

Step 2
Coat a spoon with nonstick cooking spray to prevent the ingredients, especially the marshmallow crème, from sticking and building up on the spoon. Combine the ingredients until they are completely mixed together and the corn syrup is evenly distributed throughout the mixture.

Step 3
Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Transfer the peanut butter schmier into the refrigerator and keep in there for at least 30 minutes so the flavors can blend together.

Step 4

Remove the peanut butter schmier from the refrigerator prior to serving. Let it sit in a warm area until it warms up to room temperature and is soft and pliable.

Step 5
Serve the room-temperature schmier as a spread or dip for fruit, bread or graham crackers. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator and use within one week; after a week, the marshmallow crème in the mixture may become stiff and flavorless.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

What IS it!?

Now this is something to behold indeed~! Guess what the picture of the Mona Lisa is made from using? Take a good look ...

What makes me?

Well ... any guesses as to what the picture is made with? Here's a closer look:

C'mon and guess!

How about now ...

Think, think, think!

Last chance to figure it out ...

Amazing ...

Artist assistants stand next to 3,604 cups of coffee which have been made into a giant Mona Lisa in Sydney, Australia . The 3,604 cups of coffee were each filled with different amounts of milk to create the different shades!!

If it were made with Starbucks, it'd be PRICELESS~!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Home - Day 5

So this is day 5 of being home from visiting family in Colorado. I am still "sick". Right now, it's just after 10-am and I am still in my nightgown, robe 'n slippers. The dishwasher door is open and yet nothing is put away. My bed, still unmade, beckons me to come lay down. I took 2 VICKS DayQuil with Vitamin C and only feel half awake ... things I've planned on working on ... well, they're still just in my mind. I thought I'd share an email I got that I thought was pretty darned smart:

What to do when you are bored at work ..

1. Kill a few flies.

2. Put them in the sun to dry for one hour.

3. Once they are dry, pick a pencil and paper... Let your imagination flow.

Here are a few examples...

How's the weather up there?
Giddy'up! C'mon! Let's GO!
Steady now! Easy there, turn to the right!
Yeehaw! JUMP!
ahhh, this is the life!
ow, hurry, hurry up! I gotta GO!
... what line where? ...
Last one back to the office is on phone duty!

If you come up with something new, be sure to let me know ... have fun~!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Last Day Here

Today is my last day here in Colorado at my oldest son's home. Tho Tony had to leave to go to a class, being sent by the USAF for the job he's in, the week before I got here, he DID get to surprise me by coming home my first day here (Sat May 1st) in the morning until Sunday evening when he had to fly back to Texas.

The rest of the days were us pretty much hanging out here at 'home', one spent in Bennett at Susan's parents (her dad was out of town, too) and we went to King Soopers twice. We've talked and watched some TV ... lots of time playing with baby Ashley, winning Charlie in Monopoly (twice!) and once I even one a game of Sequence! I have SOOOOO enjoyed my time here! Megan gave me her room to use and even put a lil note card on the dresser calling it'Grandma's Suite' ... gosh, I'm going to MISS them! Such good kids and oh, how they help their Mother with the baby, cooking, dishes, laundry, cleaning ... wow. I think they should come home with me! ha!

I got online and checked my email and got a note with this link, titled Yike Bike. My friend also shared this would be a great way for us to save on gas! Check it out ... and hey, thanks for letting me share~!


Tuesday, May 4, 2010


... are due in that I never seem to come here anymore. It seems I've traded off this site for facebook. But ya know, I'm considering, very seriously mind you, to leave there and come back here.

Facebook draws me to how "instant" it is. I can instantly read all about everyone I care about by instantly going to their page with just a single click. AND, omgosh, there's the games. It allows me to be, as my one friend has said, pretty anal about them ... sad when I think about it ... all that TIME ... gone. And then, that whole newness thing? well, as I once read when I first started, "the honeymoon is over" ... so it is starting to wear off some what.

Sooooo ... me thinks I should do a Herb ... and soon ... {{huggz!}}

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Move Over Law

Important Law to Share:

Important to know, and not just in California, yet in California, the "Move-over" law was revised on January 1, 2010.

Various emails tell about a web site called and warns drivers about a new Move-Over Law that became effective on January 01, 2010. The email warns that failure to slow down or move over when encountering emergency response or law enforcement vehicles could result in heavy fines. One example says that this is a new law in the state of California and mentions a motorist who was fined $754, given three points were added to his driving record and was ordered to appear in court.

The Truth:
A move over law requires motorists to slow down, approach with caution or pull over when encountering an emergency or law enforcement vehicle with flashing lights on the road. There are such laws governing in most states throughout the United States. is a real web site that educates drivers on the need to slow down and move over in order to protect law enforcement and emergency responders.

Fines for violations varies from state to state. Visitors to the Move over America web site can check their local laws and fines simply by clicking their home state. Some states may fine violators as low as $40, others have fines as high as $500 and include jail time.

The move over law is not new in the state of California but it was amended on New Years Day, 2010. The fine for failure to approach with caution and not pass on an adjacent lane of an emergency or law enforcement vehicle with flashing lights in the Golden State is $50 according to California State Bill 240 which amended Section 21809 of the California State Vehicle Code . Click for California State Bill 240.

Currently, there are no move-over laws in Hawaii, New York, Maryland and Washington DC.

Some municipalities may add an assessment fee to state fines which could increase fines considerably.

A forwarded email version gives the example of the sender's son returning from a Wal-mart on Pleasant Hill who failed to change lanes while passing a police car from Duluth, Minnesota on the side of the road performing a routine traffic stop. The email said the son was given a $745 fine, three points on his driving record and mandated to court. The fine in Minnesota is $25 fine for this violation.

There is also a petition box on the Move Over America web site for visitors to sign to alert state legislators.

Truth or Fiction: Move Over Laws
updated 01/26/10

For a letter dated 12/10/03:
Snopes: Move Over

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Noni said something ....

I'll admit it. I'm a big fan of facebook. I like that I can go to my page most any time, day or night, and find something that will make me laugh or smile and just plain 'ol allow me to feel good. There is sometimes sadness or pondering questions of "why?" over one thing or another. The trivia is endless! The see-sawing back and forth of commenting with family and friends, the posted links, videos and pictures ... and then there are the games. Oh, how I love my farms! Then there's days like today.

Today I found this on my friend Noni's page:

"If you need a machine (or a house) and don't buy it, then you will ultimately find you have paid for it and don't have it." Henry Ford
"If you need a Savior (and you do) and you don't accept Him, then you will ultimately find that He paid the price for eternity for you - and you won't have it." N. Pratt

Things like this that get posted, give me pause to think. I think where I am in my life now and where would I be had I not accepted to walk with the Lord? I could take off on this and run a mile of words, citing instance after instance of where God has touched me, blessing me, with all that I have and who I am. My home, my family, my wonderful friends ... time and time again, I remind people that all things happen for a reason, it's not just happenstance. I choose to live my life, chasing after Jesus ... to touch Him, to glimpse His face, to feel His love ... yes.

Yes, I choose to live my life chasing after Jesus to find myself one day living with Him, in eternity. I'll know I've lived a good life chasing after Him, where I've been trusted, loved, befriended, and was a good person over-all ... and I get to live forever, in peace. In joy. Loved. And all because I chose to chase Him.

If He's not there at the end ... well, if there's no heaven, there's no hell either. So I will cease to exist. But if there IS heaven, then there IS hell ... and I'd rather chase after Jesus then not ... and end up in hell, for eternity.

Thank you Noni for your profound words and letting me reflect. Jesus loves you and so do I~!


Friday, January 8, 2010

Three Rednecks

Three rednecks were working up on a cell phone tower: Cooter, Lonnie and Donnie. As they start their descent, Cooter slips, falls off the tower and is killed instantly. As the ambulance takes the body away, Lonnie says, 'Well, dang't, someone should oughta go 'n and tell his wife.'

Donnie says, 'OK, I'm purty good at that sensitive stuff, I'll goin do it.' Two hours later, he comes back carrying a case of Budweiser.

Lonnie says, 'Where did you get that beer, Donnie?'
'Cooter's wife gave it to me,' Lonnie replies.

'That's unbelievable, you tell da lady her husbund were dead and she give you beer?'

'Well, not exactly', Donnie says. 'When she answered the door, I said to her, "you must be Cooter's widow."

She said, 'You must be mistaken. I'm not a widow.'

Then I said, 'I'll bet yous a case 'o Budweiser you is.'

Rednecks are good at sensitive stuff.

**oh how these 'redneck' jokes make me laugh!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

2010 Census to Begin

WARNING: 2010 Census Cautions from the Better Business Bureau Be Cautious About Giving Info to Census Workers

With the U.S. Census process beginning, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft. The first phase of the 2010 U.S. Census is under way as workers have begun verifying the addresses of households across the country. Eventually, more than 140,000 U.S. Census workers will count every person in the United States and will gather information about every person living at each address including name, age, gender, race, and other relevant data.

The big question is - how do you tell the difference between a U.S. Census worker and a con artist? BBB offers the following advice:

** If a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a hand held device, a Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions. However, you should never invite anyone you don't know into your home.

** Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information.

Do not give your Social Security number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the U.S. . Census.


While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range,

The Census Bureau will not ask for Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers, nor will employees solicit donations. Any one asking for that information is NOT with the Census Bureau.

THE CENSUS BUREAU HAS DECIDED NOT TO WORK WITH ACORN ON GATHERING THIS INFORMATION. No Acorn worker should approach you saying he/she is with the Census Bureau.

Eventually, Census workers may contact you by telephone, mail or in person at home. However, the Census Bureau will not contact you by Email, so be on the lookout for Email scams impersonating the Census.

Never click on a link or open any attachments in an Email that are supposedly from the U.S. Census Bureau.