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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Beach Path, Kiawah Island

This would be an awesome scene to capture on a canvas or four. I can see this done in watercolor, acrylics, a thick impasto or encaustic, and oils.

N.C. Sterilization Victims To Receive $10 Million In Compensation

There is no amount of financial compensation that can make up for a person being violated. But at least these people know that their pain, suffering, and violations are regretted by the entity that inflicted it upon them. I am glad that the truth has been acknowledged about these incidents. I hope that this can help lead to the eradication of some of America’s mental illness of racism.

Don’t call it a comeback…

Back in the vintage years I was with Arsenio every night that he aired. I loved him almost as much as Keenan Ivory Wayans apparently did. Where else could you catch a Presidential hopeful playing the saxophone, the hottest comedians working, a great house band and all of the most important pop culture figures. Arsenio was the first late night talkshow host who reached out to my demographic in the broadcast of his show. Our cultural mores were displayed for the world to see and learn more about. He did the same for my demographic as Bill Cosby did for upper middle class Black families. I for one will be eagerly watching this new incarnation of the Arsenio Hall show with bated breath.

Young Miss. Father Saving Up For Son’s 3rd Birthday Disappears

Please spread the word about this missing young man.

On the midnight ride to war | Africa far and wide
I planned to reblog this post the day I read it. I vividly understood Francesco and his plight. But alas passwords, hacked accounts, and a 40 year old memory got the better of me. Then the functionality of my mobile app took a nose dive until I uninstalled then reinstalled the WordPress app on my phone. Of course with being the mother of a small tribe of tyrants rob me of a few opportunities to reblog. I tell you this not for sympathy but because the original deserved so much more urgency. But read and enjoy. Tell the blog author how you feel about her tale of Francesco. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did a month ago and again today.

A Cinnamon Chocolate Dreamer: Elyrian Brides V: Sancecrea’s Heart is LIVE!

One of my favorite authors has released her latest offering from her Elyrian Brides series. I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every book in the line. What would you do if you were being wooed and pursued by a man from the far reaches of the galaxy? That is the question being answered from several different women’s perspectives.
Also be on the lookout for the second installment of her Thief of Callandaria series. That one follows the adventures (misadventures) “gypsy” girl and Dinay. What’s or who is Dinay? Read the tale and find out.

Peach syrup

Peach syrup in a recycled jar.

image What it should look like when it is time to begin stirring and mashing.

image The finished product after chilling for 2 hours. It was still slightly warm.

Today, my daughters and I (later, my sons joined in too) went on a culinary adventure. The 13 year old has been wanting to make “plastic bag” ice cream all summer. We bought the rock salt and cream but we just never got around to doing it. Well today we did. We decided on an ice cream base using cream, milk and sweetened condensed milk. We found a technique for ice cream making without an ice cream maker/freezer. (I will update with links to the recipe and technique we used.) We modified the recipe to make chocolate for the kids. We also modified the technique to work with the size of our home freezer. I wanted to try the ice cream without additional flavorings mixed in, but wanted the option to add a topping. I had some peaches in the fridge that were getting soft. The light bulb came on…because I opened up the fridge of course. Anywho, I had three that needed to be used immediately.  That led to me coming up with a peach “syrup” based on the proportions of simple syrup, or at least what I think they are. I am not a real exact cook, which is good for my quick dessert recipes but not so much for quick dinners.
The recipe I used is as follows:
3 whole fresh peaches; pitted, finely chopped, but leave the skin on.
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of water
The juice of 1/2 lemon
A dash of salt (1/8 teaspoon or so.)
*Optional: cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or vanilla extract*
Put sugar and water in saucepan, set on stove aisle but do not turn it on.
Chop peaches and add to saucepan. Stir. Cut lemon in half and squeeze juice into pan. *squeeze over non-dominant hand to catch any seeds.*
Stir. Add dash of salt. Stir. Cook over medium heat without stirring until sugar dissolves and the mixture begins to bubble moderately.  (See the second picture)  Begin mashing the peaches while stirring. Cook and mash until the peaches are a fine pulp.  When you raise a metal spoon or rubber scraper out of the liquid, and there is a thin coating left on the utensil, remove from heat. (20 mins- 45 mins. The longer you cook it, the thicker the final product will be. ) *Add any optional spices or extract you chose now, and stir to fully mix in* Let cool in pan for about 10 mins. Then pour into a clean heat safe container. Let cool at least 2 1/2 hours before use. Store in the fridge.
This can be used anywhere you would use a syrup: ice cream, pancakes, biscuits, beverages, oatmeal, grits, etc. Mix it in a class of your favorite lemon lime soda, and you have an instant spritzer. Mix it with iced sweet tea for a southern themed quencher. For those that drink adult beverages, substitute it for simple syrup. As you can see the possibilities are endless. I would say that for beverages, it may be easier to use if you cook it for a shorter amount of time. You could also strain the pulp out but I couldn’t imagine why you would want to.


Photos of the ice cream base. One is being mixed with cocoa powder and chocolate syrup while sitting in an ice bath. The other stayed vanilla flavored.

I went here and found the nesting bowl technique, ,unfortunately all of my mixing bowls are too big to fit the narrow freezer of my side by side refrigerator. So we started in mixing bowls in the first step, then transferred the base to a rectangular storage container and the ice/salt combo to disposable roasting pans. I doubled the roasting pans for strength. The ice cream base came from the same website. It is their sweetened condensed base; found here, Just omit the Meyer lemon juice. Add 2 teaspoons of vanilla for a basic base.
My kids decided that they wanted chocolate, so when we took it out of the freezer for the second mixing they added 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder and two heaping spoonfuls of Kroger brand chocolate syrup topping for ice cream.

Ted Nugent calls Stevie Wonder ‘brain-dead’ for boycotting Florida

Fvck Ted Nugent and his prayers. Unless he has spoken to Stevie Wonder about his feelings on gun violence and the boycott, he is doing exactly what he has accused a large segment of Americans of doing; basing his opinions on media reports. He is a hypocrite and possibly a bigot. Stevie Wonder has spoken out against black on black violence in addition to his civil rights activism. Whether Stevie Wonder is right or wrong, he is acting upon his own longstanding convictions. Ted Nugent has never spoken out against Black on Black violence until it became a talking point for conservative pundits. And while they are all using it as an example, I have yet to here any one of them pledge to get involved in solving any of the issues that causes it. They are all like the kid who gets in trouble who points out what someone else did in hopes that you’ll overlook their wrongdoing.

Callsign: Hatred

A Matter of Scale

Found a wonderful collection of hate-filled racist tweets from Saturday ranging from cheering Zimmerman and the awesomeness of the American Justice system to being glad someone was standing up for White people and putting niggers back in their place. (Bear with me. If you know my work, I never use that word lightly.) Part of this is the internet promoting anonymous ass-hattery, most of these were fake accounts created for inciting and promoting anger and frustration. I know this because I have used Twitter long enough to know how to recognize fake accounts when I see them.

But the sentiments they voice are still quite real. The hands on those keys in anonymous places are connected to real honest-to-God (I know) racists, bigots and culturally-deprived idiots. More than half, probably have never left their state, and a good percentage of them, the county in which they were born. Most have…

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John Henry Spooner To Stand Trial For Killing Black Teen He Accused Of Stealing Shotguns

A black male is a suspect from the cradle to the grave, in spite of his actions. As a mother of 4 males and 3 females, I spend my life in fear, even in my happy moments, that someone may decide that my children don’t deserve life. And it seems as if more people are deciding that black folk deserve the death penalty for non existent or minor infractions. How can I reconcile that with America being the home of the free and the land of the brave? I can’t, so I continue to live a duality of American but Alien.

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