Scotties Toy Box

July 1, 2020

We need to take care of each other. We need to focus on expanding the opportunities we give to our children

Filed under: Cartoons, Children, Economics, Education, Food, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:49
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Covid is a wake up call. We need to take care of each other. We need to focus on expanding the opportunities we give to our children.

June 20, 2020

Trump Blames Buffalo Protester For Assault By Police

OT.   Hurting so bad right now I can hardly breathe.   Every movement is pain.   Helped Ron relocate and install our ring door bell camera that never worked well on my office door to beside the kitchen door, angled to catch all the sheds the Ring floodlight camera in the carport is not really positioned well to see.  I made a large dough mixture for three loaves of bread, lots of milk, 4 eggs and 6 table spoons of butter, should come out really fluffy, it is rising for the last rise.  Ron took pity on me and cleaned everything up.   

I know I am behind on comments and as soon as I get done with the bread that will be my entire afternoon project answering them.   I love them so please keep them coming.   I have had a lot going on which has limited my time at the computer but I have tried to post news when I get a chance.    Heck I have not even had much time to read news.   But i have 30 minutes until the hot bread comes out to read and post.   I hope all is well with everyone, I value each of you.   Oh I guess to morrow Ron would like me ( us? ) to make a oatmeal white chocolate chip cookies.  Hugs

Trump Blames Buffalo Protester For Assault By Police

The Daily Beast reports:

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, President Trump essentially said the fact that Martin Gugino has a brain injury and can’t walk is his own fault. “These police, they meant business,” he said of the night in question.

More at the link above.    Hugs

June 18, 2020

Why American farmers are throwing out tons of milk

Filed under: Economics, Food, Health, History, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Videos — Scottie @ 20:02

June 10, 2020

The last few days of cooking

Filed under: Food, Love, My Life and Rants, People I like, Pictures, Ron — Scottie @ 10:38

The last few days have been busy for me.   On Monday I tried to make fluffy dinner rolls and they came out chalky, but I did make a great pizza, Ron helped.   I think I over mixed the dough with the hook.  The instructions said kneed it for 4 minutes, but the dough came together and looked good in one minute.    But I kept going.   I will trust my self more next time.  

Here is the pizza we made for lunch.

 

I browned ground beef, garlic, peppers, onions in one pan, then in the other pan I did the same with ground sausage and drained both.  Then I rolled out and baked the crust for about 8 minutes.  Then Ron and I added items such as sauce, the beef, sausage, cheese, then mushrooms, and last the pepperoni.   I like the pepperoni last because I don’t care for it and it is easy to pick off that way.   I give them to Ron, he loves them.    I was wiped out for the rest of the day.

Tuesday I got up about 3:40 AM.   Why do that I hear you ask.    Well I have my alarm set for 4 AM.   I used to not be able to sleep through the night but with my pain medications increased I can now sleep longer.   However I do prefer to get up and start my cartoon blogging and start any computer work around 4 AM.  I have two alarms, the one on my phone set for 4 AM which always goes off at 4 AM.   The other one is mobile, orange, furry, has four legs, a fluffy tail, and a wonderful cute face.  He also has a rather sharp get up now yowl.  He is not so careful with time as my phone.  Any time between 3:30 and 4 AM he will start to trying to get me up.  He sleeps on my pillow, so when he is ready to get me up he will walk down the length of me.   I push him off and try to ignore him.   He then sits on my bedside table and softly meows in my face.   If that doesn’t work he goes for the big guns.   He gets down on the floor and ramps up the volume and sharpness of the now demands to get up.  So to keep him quiet I get up.   

So that morning Ron was home and he was sort of fussing, so I made breakfast.   I fried up some potatoes mixed with shredded potato we bought, I baked some bacon in the oven, took some eggs and mixed them up with a dash of water and whipped them and made scrambled eggs, and  finished with home made toast with whipped butter.   I don’t have pictures of that.  

Ron was struggling with filing for Medicare which he has to do now that he is about to turn 65.   I have helped him with a lot of it, so I decided to make a tomato spaghetti sauce and some thin spaghetti.  I used the left over meat I browned for the pizza, that was the plan.   I added some more minced  garlic ( I love garlic ) peppers, onions, celery, oregano, basil, celery salt, regular salt, black pepper, and a couple dashes of crushed red peppers.   After it is well hot and simmering I added two bottles of small whole “button” mushrooms.    Some times I take some small meat balls, bake them 3/4 of the way cooked and then add them to the cooking sauce as this flavors them well.   But I was just too tired and worn out yesterday.

 

For supper that night Ron took over and made chicken supreme.   It is his mothers recipe and I love it.   Take a baking pan, line the bottom with dried beef, add the chicken breasts and as we tend to love the dish Ron cuts and packs in any extra chicken breasts he has left over.   Then in a large bowl mix a couple cans of cream of chicken soup, Ron prefers to work with Campbell’s brand, different cheeses, sour cream and pour the entire thing over the chicken.  Bake at 325 uncovered for 2 hours.    Ron cooked up elbow macaroni to go with it.  The gravy is wonderful over everything.   He also made broccoli and again the gravy is great on that also.   

 

This morning, Wednesday for those keeping track, I was awakened by Milo at 3:50 with him softly meowing into my face.   I decided to get up before he woke Ron.   I am in a lot of pain and struggling to walk.  So no cooking or other chores for me.   Besides we have a bunch of left overs.  Ron has gone for a nap and will need my help doing more of his filing for Social Security retirement.   But for me it will be a news day and hopefully a small record.   I was listening to Tucker Carlson complain about how the left is bullying the conservatives / country and wont let the right use their voices and taking away all their rights by claiming unfairly that there is racism in the US.  He attacked Sesame Street for corrupting our children by telling them that the people were protesting how some people were treated unfairly do to their skin color.   Wow what an alternate reality he lives in.    Hugs

June 9, 2020

A new dessert I want to try. Hugs

Filed under: Food, Things I like, You Tube — Scottie @ 05:03

June 6, 2020

I am wiped out, my afternoon project.

Filed under: Family, Food, Health, Love, News, People I like, Pictures — Scottie @ 17:13

Good news is Ron says they are wonderful.   I made Ron oatmeal raisin cookies today.   I wont eat them because I dislike raisins so I made a small batch.  He was like a kid when they cooled enough to eat but were still warm.   Here are the pictures.   I need a nap.   Hugs

May 28, 2020

I made Chocolate cookies with Splenda

Filed under: Family, Food, Health, Love, My Life and Rants, Reason, Talent, Things I like — Scottie @ 14:37

 

Yes they are not good for diabetics, but Ron asked and I agreed to do it.   However the next cookies I will make for him are going to be oatmeal which wont be so sweet for him, but will be cookies he loves to eat.   Hugs

May 27, 2020

The “Plundering of the USA by the Rich”!

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Food, Greed, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:57

Why is this happening in a country that just gave trillions of free money to wealthy companies?

Filed under: Cartoons, Children, Economics, Family, Fascism, Food, Greed, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Sad — Scottie @ 05:28

May 21, 2020

A Tale of Two Pandemics with Robert Reich

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May 19, 2020

For the future of the country let’s not tolerate inequality and bigotry

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Children, Economics, Family, Food, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:36

Signe Wilkinson Comic Strip for May 19, 2020

May 18, 2020

Well isn’t that the truth

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Food, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:26

Non Sequitur Comic Strip for May 18, 2020

May 15, 2020

This is how quickly coronavirus can spread

Filed under: Economics, Food, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science, Videos — Scottie @ 14:13

May 13, 2020

Some meals I have made over the last few days.

Filed under: Family, Food, My Life and Rants, Pictures, Things I like — Scottie @ 18:52

So I have been off the computer a lot lately and one of the reasons why is I am trying to cook more.   I enjoy  cooking but a lot of time my pain levels get too high and I simply can not do stuff.   

Yesterday as I said I made a meal for Ron of breaded pork chops, deep fried french fries, and green beans.   I  used the two store bought mixed breading stuff and added my own seasonings which I felt might go good with this.  

 

Tonight I made tacos.    I will include in the pictures our seasoning rack and drawer.   This is not all of our seasonings, but the ones we use most often.   Yes when you have cats you learn to work around them on counters.   I like to brown my meat and season it to our tastes, then drain it, put the water in the pan and bring it to a boil, stir in the mix mixing it up really well.   Then add the meat back in.  Hugs

Then there was this

Filed under: Animals, Food, Funny Stuff, News, Videos — Scottie @ 15:35

200 Goats Escape and Roam the streets of East San Jose

May 11, 2020

How have I been spending my time.

Hello all you grand wonderful people.  Ron has been home for a longer period than normal, he has been off work about two weeks.   If you noticed I have not been posting as much since I got over the bug I had it is because while it took me 6 days to get over, some of them rather miserable, the rest  I just couldn’t stay awake, I slept and slept and slept.  Ron caught what I had and had one night of chills and a couple days of being really tired and wanting to sleep.  He told his bosses at work, he works in the ICU’s of a large hospital here.  They sidelined him for 10 days and he had to take a CV19 test.   The test came back negative but as the tests have such a high error rate they still had him stay away from work.

Ron and I have a wonderful relationship and one of the reasons why is we do not feel the need to hang on each other, allowing each other to do our own thing.   Ron and I do not share the same TV, YouTube, Netflix, or any other media source interests.   Ron created a whole office space for me so I could just do my own thing without bothering anyone especially him.     I am into news, electronics, my blog, others blogs, and humor as you know from what I post.   Ron loves wood working ( he has a really nice collections of tools I add to now and then, and that he suddenly seems to need for every home project no matter well how the other  tools worked for the same job just days before  ) he loves home project channels, tool channels, new car test channels, and anime,  and all these Oriental movies and shows that need subtitles to watch.    Those drive me nuts.   

One of the things we have a joint interest in is cooking, and cooking stuff.  We both have different things we like to cook or specialize in.  That is why we started the kitchen remodeling and tore the entire old kitchen  / dining room area of our house out ( finding massive wall damage that needed repairing and are rebuilding a kitchen that two people can cook and create in together without cursing each other out )   We are refining the kitchen plans as we work together.     Like we found out a microwave over the stove is not really a good idea despite what the appliance store people say.  

So as I said we both enjoy cooking and we have different interests.   That is true of cooking, we each have things we like to cook, that we are good at cooking, and we trade off according the meal as to who cooks and what.   Surprisingly what is hardest for me is being without my media, so for those who do not know I need a constant inflow of information to keep my mind focused.   If you want more on that then ask and I will explain.  But I have my Iphone, my earbuds, and the new super TV we bought last year for my office has Bluetooth which means I can get my stuff in the kitchen while Ron watches his stuff in the open concept living room kitchen we have and he is building.  

We both love home cooked bread and now I have given up using a bread making machine, and instead use our kitchen tools and do it from scratch.  I like it better doing it that way.  However I have never made pies, cookies, or other desserts.     Ron use to make them but has lost desire or interest over the years.  So we have been working together to make different things, showing each other what we know and tips to make things better.   For example I understand dough and can tell when it is done or needs to either have something added or needs more kneading.    So lets start a week or more ago and here I will insert pictures.

So I am experimenting with Different types of bread recipes, this one makes two loafs so I decided to make one a cinnamon loaf.   

 

As you can see on the cinnamon one I did not roll it thin enough and used too little of the cinnamon sugar.  But not bad for a first try.   Nan says I buy Ron all these kitchen toys is so I can use them.  

So next it was on to the next try.  An apple pie.  

It tastes great and I just finished the last piece for lunch.   However both Ron and I both were frustrated over the store bought crust and as we had far more apples than could be forced into one pie despite Ron trying had to do so.  So we put the leftover apples into the fridge to make a second pie the next time with homemade crust.  

But first there was a second try at the cinnamon bread yesterday.  I used a different recipe.   It came out much  better and with a lot less fussing.  It was so much better and softer.  I think I found the recipe I like for bread.   

 

Sunday after the Sunday news shows I made Ron a bunch of pancakes for lunch.

Then  today.   We did not like the way the store bought crust worked so Ron told me he had a recipe for pie crust made from scratch.    Oh man did that turn out to be a morning ordeal. There are no pictures of this.    Ron had a recipe from his grand mother he wanted us to try.  However he forgot how to do it.   So for a couple hours this morning we fought and cursed the crust.   Then after we got the pie ready to cook, Ron remembered all the steps he forgot that would have made it workable.   

But here is today’s pie with less apples and home made crust.   

What new cooking experiences will be tomorrow?  Here I must add that in the US I am lucky.   Ron and I are not among the many that are food insecure.  That is not bragging, I wish no one was.  We are barely in to the lower ranking of middle class.   We are not wealthy and we are definitely working poor, but Ron has a job that pays him less than it should but enough to live on and we combine that with my disability from years of working until my body just gave out.  As hard as it is for us trying to fix our home and keep things going we realize it is a lot harder for others.   In our park we often made a point to invite those we knew were cash strapped to meals or events, our treat, doing so in ways that did not make anyone feel uncomfortable or that they were less than.  I still fix anyone’s computer or help them out with no charge, because if they can not call on me, they have no ability to get any help.      Our country has a huge gap in living conditions and we are all so close to being with out, being the ones living on the streets.   The thing is it doesn’t have to be this way.   There are alternatives, 33 other countries in the world we claim to be more wealthy than, do those alternatives.   Hugs

May 5, 2020

Why we’re seeing mass layoffs in the US but not the UK

Filed under: Economics, Education, Food, Health, History, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Videos — Scottie @ 12:02

May 2, 2020

Just an update on my absence

Filed under: Food, Health, My Life and Rants, News, Ron — Scottie @ 06:00

Hello all you wonderful grand viewers.  My apologizes for not posting and not answering / monitoring comments.   For those who don’t know I have not been feeling well.  Thought I was better yesterday but then this happened.  

Ron had made a wonderful dinner of coated pork roast, thin sliced coated baked potatoes, pork gravy, green beans.    We started to eat at around 4 PM.   Around 4:30 PM I woke up realizing I had been sleeping at my desk with only part of my dinner eaten.    So wonderful Ron sent me off to bed and he picked everything up and took care of the house.   

I went to bed at 4:45 PM, I went right to sleep.   I never heard Ron come to bed, never heard him get up, I woke up at 5 AM.   Yes I slept for 12 hours.   I really did not want to get out of bed but Milo wanted me up and was working hard to make it happened.  I have no energy.   Ron seen I was up and made the morning coffee.  It is nearly an hour later and I am just getting around to stuff.   My head feels like it is all fuzzy and filled with cotton candy.   My nose is running.   No fever that we can tell.   Very tired.  It could be allergies because I am only getting my shots once a month and it is not enough.   When I am not taking my shots it is like having a cold.  Ron thinks my bloods sugar could be playing a part and as soon as I ate it made me really tired, which could account for some other symptoms.   But this struck a couple weeks ago, went away, and now is back again.  

So I missed the cartoon / meme roundup yesterday.   I am going to try to do one today.   It will be long so I will try to separate it into two posts.   Then I will spend as much time as I can getting to the comments starting from the oldest to the newest.   Then I am going to turn on the email machines.    Hugs

April 25, 2020

Not socialism — some really go information please read

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