Friday, January 18, 2019

Weather Report

Traffic is moving slowly, shall we say it's snow moving?
No, we shall not.
Snow more waiting, January is here.
Please make it stop.
And snow it goes, expect 5-7 inches.
Basta.
There's just snow visibility.
I hate you.

I took a detour from an Armageddon grocery run store when it started snowing

I met Becca and Kylie (hiding)

An accident on the way home. How do people forget how to drive in snow every year? 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Put Up Yer Mitts

I saw these bike mittens a few winters back while scrambling over a frozen snow bank to get some po' boys from the New Orleans Take-Out by Camp Randall (which Trip Advisor gives 4.5 owl eyes). It hasn't been that cold (yet) this winter and we've barely had snow.
However, the weather is being forecast with idioms like It's Time To Pay The Piper and it's making me nervous. I'm actually wearing shorts right now because I live in denial and lately, indoors.





I get cold and hungry every time I look at this photo. Notice the dedicated Onion newspaper box. We may live in the ice and snow but we can still laugh about it. Although it's hard when your lips are stuck to your teeth.

Monday, January 14, 2019

The Cheesy Tchotchke Tuesday Link Up

I don't condone stopping in late afternoon traffic to take photos but I had to snap this display I saw in Monona. It reminded me of my Grandma Clem's house and I adored her and all her cheesy tchotchkes.

I think she (I'm assuming) started out with the 4th and worked her way through the holidays

Then at some point, it got out of hand

And she (I'm assuming) went with it

And with that, it's time for the weekly Say Cheese! Link Up

Do you have a photo with attitude, cattitude, pupittude or pluck?
You heard me, pluck.
How about a recipe made with cheese, how hard can that be.
Link up with whatever you've got because it's time to
SAY CHEESE!
Spread the cheese, please and visit a few of your blogger buds below.

Friday, January 11, 2019

A Peachy Dory Ice Melt

This guy was having a peachy dory time last week despite the ice melting around him. You gotta love Wisconsin fishermen.
WARNING: I'll be using the term "peachy dory" as often as I can until it no longer amuses me.

Bet he's drinking a Pabst

Monday, January 7, 2019

And There's More Cheesy Link Up

When I rumbled down the highway for a quick pic of the annual holiday tribute to Christmas Vacation over there down by Lodi (my aunts pronounce it, "low dee") I failed to notice another movie tribute on the front steps.

It's Ralphie wearing Aunt Clara's Bunny Pajamas and the leg lamp on the porch next to him

I  remember (barely) wearing green footie pajamas pub hopping. I literally hopped from bar to bar like a frog. Yup

Well looky here, Ralphie was visible behind Cousin Eddie the whole time

An answer to the burning question posed in the last post

Of course it's a Hamm's (it had to be that or a Pabst)

and now...

It's the SAY CHEESE! Tuesday Link Up

Do you have a photo with attitude or a recipe with cheese? Then please link them here.
I'm looking for cheesy photos of humans and critters, especially shots of the waggish, the unwieldy and the unwilling.
And as always, I'd love to see any recipe made with cheese (gotta tie it in somehow).

This link up is open until midnight on Friday.


Friday, January 4, 2019

Cousin Eddie

I've been wanting to see this tribute to National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation over the holidays but couldn't get around to it.
But the gorgeous weather made me giddy with spring fever and this ray of black and white sunshine pointed the way.
In case you haven't seen the movie, Cousin Eddie is emptying the RV's toilet into the sewer.

People have called the police on this annual Christmas display. He had trouble putting his hands where they could see them

 Does anyone know what kind of beer he's drinking?


Monday, December 31, 2018

New Year Say Cheese! Linky

Happy New Year everyone.
Christmas was enough to take off but I'm back spreading the cheese for the New Year.

CHEESE!
This Christmas will be remembered for my mother giving us winning (three out of four)  scratchers. I won $90 bucks, the most I've ever won unless you count that time my dad rigged a used car drawing.

One of my favorite photos of me and the old man

Here's a picture of middle nephew Christopher with his Christmas scratchers (he won $50 bucks).

My nephew Chris is growing up (and going bald?)

Here's one of my favorite photos of him and his brothers. He didn't like Andy being born on B.J. Surhoff's birthday, a fact he reminded us of repeatedly.

"But it's B.J. Surhoff's birthday!"

Ahhhaaaa, the boys are afraid it's out with the old and in with the new. And now it's time to see your photos or recipes, old or new. Yes, it's time for the Say Cheese! link up.

P.S. Looking at the beach photo on My Corner Of The World's link up inspired me to post a few photos I took this morning with my purse camera. This is the first real snow of the season.



Do you have a lovely photo with well-mannered subjects you're anxious to share? Don't link it here because this is the place for the waggish, unwieldy and unwilling. And as always, for recipes made with cheese. Shouldn't every recipe be made with cheese?
My apologies to the lactose intolerant, all are welcome. It's a bit of a free for all really.

This link-up is open until midnight Friday.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Christmas Cheer

We lost some incredible people over the last few years and most of them left us around the holidays.

May the seven in heaven keep the pasta hot, the finocchi cool and the wine room temperature

 I know most of them would like to be remembered with mirth and song and a tip of the glass.


I say most because I remember old school Italians wringing their hands while wearing black and saying the rosary until it's been long enough (a year or to a real Italian OG, "There is no such thing"). 


Aunt Ginny and Andy, always up for a song, a dance and a seltzer down your pants followed by a shot of Jameson

But I've also seen these people spear spiedini with one hand while rolling a cigarette and drinking wine with the other.


My dad, Clarence Francis, holding his Fantasy Football prize, crackers and a hunk of Irish Cheddar

That may explain some skills I developed in my twenties.


Merry Christmas to all and to all, Cheers, Sláinte, Salute 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

I Used To Hate AC/DC

We had a wrap party last night, no not that kind of wrap party or this kind either. It was in preparation for a raucous game we tried at the Dempsey Christmas party last year. You use big balls (ha) of plastic-wrapped treats which someone unwraps while the person to their right rolls dice until they get doubles.

Go Susie go

The Irish Aunts oversee the proceedings with a wee bit of cheesecake

Danny had a wee bit of cheesecake too

We had more than just batteries and booze. There were five party balls for three different age groups. The elders (us) got two. What happened to party balls anyway? "No Party Balls" was actually written into my lease in the 90s.

Tis herself, Aunt Sara

Ta da. Cousin Nanci, our host

Cousin Rusty, our other host, on the hunt for fallen scraps of pizza

The best camera is the one you have and all I had was my little PNS

Stories were told, delicious food was consumed and balls were wrapped. That's me in the reflection, full of Starbursts and Tootsie Rolls

Finally, a good photo of our big balls by Nanci along with the insane hoop hats which I broke while trying to put together. Notice the tape. (That last Big Balls link is a cover sung by chipmunks.)



NOTE: The administrator apologizes for any Bears logos spotted during the reading of this blog. Because despite recent events, the Bears, as always, still suck.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Say Cheese! Tuesday Linky

Let's try this again, this time using Linky Tools. The theme is still cheesy because this is Wisconsin. Notice the Lake Effect t-shirt he's wearing at Irish Fest in Milwaukee. So link up anything fun, funny or corny, especially candid photos of people or pets. Bonus points if they don't want their photo taken. And of course, cheesy recipes are always a delight. In reality, you can link up pretty much anything, but the cheesier the better.

Hey, don't—shite, I have a full beer why am I talking?

Here's a quick cream CHEESE frosting recipe from Betty Crocker since a lot of people are in full cookie mode now. I usually just cream butter and powdered sugar with and without cocoa powder together and call it frosting. Although I often cheat with the small store-bought frosting for more detailed work because I don't feel like digging out my pastry bag and the million little scattered tips, but this simple recipe is a nice addition to my seasonal cookie crop.

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
1/2 cup softened butter (the recipe says unsalted I always use salted)
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
-Beat the butter and cream cheese with mixer 2 to 3 minutes until smooth
-Stir in vanilla and powdered sugar until frosting is thick and spreadable
-A drop or two of food coloring or extract if desired
-Frost after cookies have cooled
-Use colored sugars or your favorite baking decorations

My favorite cookie decorations are colored sugars, pull apart licorice strands, heath pieces, coconut flakes, milk chocolate chips and chocolate Jimmies. Dots work well cut in two for large cookies but I'm afraid to use Red Hots anymore because some of us don't have the unbreakable choppers we used to.


Although the Say Cheese! link up is about candid photos and yummy recipes, all are welcome.