The Looky-Loos


Wednesday, February 4, 2009


So, yesterday I hung out at my mum and dad's house for a bit. My mum had gone to the boats to gamble ... so I hung out and watched CNN with my dad. I have to say I was pleased as punch to hear that the crook Tom Daschle bowed out of his nomination. Now if we could just get rid of Scary Reid, Shifty Paulson and that crazy Nancy Palosi. Well technically it would be nice to get rid of all the crooked politicians, but people keep voting these yahoos into office.

Enough politics. It just makes me angry. I'm blessed that I have a good job, and I thank the gods and goddesses every day for it!!!

So it's my day off. And I'm being a good little girl and going to my gramma's to put gasoline in her car. She's never pumped her own gas a day in her life. I tried to teach her how to do it once, but she was frustrated by the whole thing. Now ... I just run over there now and again and full up the tank for her.

Then I'll go to my mum's and hang out with her for a while. My parents had ordered me some teapots for christmas, and they never came. Their charge cards were never billed ... so I'm hoping they'll just give me the cash for it, as I'm a bit short. I'll re-order the teapots after I get paid the first half of this month. YAY. Here's what they look like

Per usual, I'm the last one to know that my entire family has decided to use Facebook. NICE!!! So I'm there now too. WOOT!

ஜ~§Quote of the Day§~ஜ

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
Albert Camus

ஜ~§The Question Of The Day§~ஜ

What is the strangest advice you've ever received from a fortune cookie?

ஜ~§The Word Of The Day§~ஜ


(noun: IN-tuhr-dikt, verb: in-tuhr-DIKT)

noun: A prohibition, especially a formal one, as by a court, church, etc.
verb tr.: To prohibit or stop.

From Latin interdictum (prohibition), from interdicere (to prohibit), from dicere (to speak). Ultimately from the Indo-European root deik- (to show, to pronounce solemnly) that is also the source of other words such as judge, verdict, vendetta, revenge, indicate, dictate, and paradigm.

"In China, near Shanghai, the inhabitants of two small districts have the privilege of raising eggs for the whole surrounding country, and that they may give up their whole time to this business, they are interdicted by law from producing silk."

ஜ~§What I'm Reading§~ஜ

I'll finish up Sacred Sins tonight. YAY

ஜ~§What I'm Watching§~ஜ

Tonight is: LOST ... WOOT! And Knight Rider.

ஜ~§Poem Of The Day§~ஜ


LIFE, believe, is not a dream,
So dark as sages say;
Oft a little morning rain
Foretells a pleasant day:
Sometimes there are clouds of gloom,
But these are transient all;
If the shower will make the roses bloom,
Oh, why lament its fall?
Rapidly, merrily,
Life's sunny hours flit by,
Gratefully, cheerily,
Enjoy them as they fly.

What though death at times steps in,
And calls our Best away?
What though Sorrow seems to win,
O'er hope a heavy sway?
Yet Hope again elastic springs,
Unconquered, though she fell,
Still buoyant are her golden wings,
Still strong to bear us well.
Manfuly, fearlessly,
The day of trial bear,
For gloriously, victoriously,
Can courage quell dispair!

Charlotte Brontë

ஜ~§Recipe of the Day§~ஜ

Baked Stuffed Clams (YUMMY)

10 large chowder or quahog clams, rinsed, sand and grit removed
3 Tbsp minced onion
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley (or 2 teaspoons dried)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 cup bread crumbs
1 Tbsp clam juice (or cooking liquid from steaming the clams)
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 Fill a large pot with 1 1/2 to 2 inches of water. Bring water to a boil. Add the clams to the boiling water. Reduce the heat to a simmer and let the clams steam for approximately 6-10 minutes, until the shells open. Remove clams from the pot and let cool enough to handle. Discard any clams that have not opened (if they haven't opened it means they were dead to begin with and should not be eaten).

2 Remove the clam meat from the clams (not the clam foot which is attached to the shell) and mince finely. Break apart the clam shells from their hinges. Rinse. Pick 10-12 of the cleanest, nicest looking clam shells and set aside.

3 Preheat oven to 350°F. In a sauté pan, melt the butter on medium heat and add the minced onion. Once the onions have softened (2-3 minutes), add the garlic. Cook the garlic for 1 minute, then add the parsley, bread crumbs, minced clams, lemon juice, and clam juice. Stir until the stuffing mixture is completely moistened. (If too dry, add a bit more butter or clam juice; if too wet, add a bit more bread crumbs.)

4 Lay clam shells on a baking dish. Scoop a little stuffing mixture onto each clam shell. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes, until Parmesan is lightly browned on top.

Makes 10-12 stuffed clams. Serves 3-6.

Brightest Blessings,

6 Things people say ...:

Lacey said...

Awww, that's so sweet of you to pump your grandma's gas! Too cute!

And the teapots are absolutely adorable. :D

Evanesco said...

Lucky grammy. :)
I confess. I am addicted to Facebook. It is the perfect way to reconnect with old friends without the hellish reunion.

Braja said...

I love your new look, Sweet Pea :)

Miss Grace said...

Lovely tea pots.


i LOVE facebook!
i LOVE it that you pump gas for your grandmother!
i LOVE the teapots!

Cool beans all the way around. :)

High Desert Diva said...

How did I miss so many posts? I'm all caught up now.

I'm with ya on the casual Friday polo shirt....gah!