Thursday, August 29, 2013

Malls and Stores in USA

Malls and

You have to check this out it is pretty awesome...

Candy Sleigh

Candy Sleighs: 

Hot glue gun, 

1 standard Kit Kat bar, 

2 candy canes, 

10 Hershey bars (stacked 4, 3, 2, 1), 

ribbon & a bow on top! 
First you glue a kitkat bar to two candy canes to create the base. We used hot glue and ran a strip of glue down each candy cane.
Next, attach 10 mini hershey bars on top, with just a drop of glue for each. You stack them in a pyramid, first 4, then 3, then 2, then 1, like this:

After all the glue is hard and secure, glue ribbon around your "packages" and a bow on the top. That's it! so cute and fun and your recipient can keep it as a decoration or take it apart and eat all the candy!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Retiring in Florida (in mid-calf shorts?)

A Few years ago, my wife and I moved into a retirement development on Florida's southeast coast.  We are living in the "Delray/Boca/Boynton Golf, Spa, Bath and Tennis Club on Lake Fake-a-Hachee". There are 3,000 lakes in Florida; only three are real.

Our biggest retirement concern was time management.  What were we going to do all day? Let me assure you, passing the time is not a problem. Our days are eaten up by simple, daily activities. Just getting out of our car takes 15 minutes. Trying to find where we parked takes 20 minutes. It takes a half-hour in the check-out line in Wal-Mart, and 1 hour to return the item the next day.

Let me take you through a typical day: We get up at 5:00am, have a quick breakfast and join the early morning Walk-and-Fart Club. There are about 30 of us, and rain or shine, we walk around the streets, all talking at once.  Every development has some late risers who stay in bed until 6:00am.  After a nimble walk, avoiding irate drivers out to make us road kill, we go back home, shower and change for the next activity.

My wife goes directly to the pool for her underwater Pilates class, followed by gasping for breath and CPR.  I put on my 'Ask me about my Grandchildren' T-shirt, my plaid mid-calf shorts, my black socks and sandals and go to the clubhouse lobby for a nice nap.

Before we know it, it's time for lunch. We go to Costco to partake of the many tasty samples dispensed by ladies in white hair nets. All free! After a filling lunch, if we don't have any doctor appointments, we might go to the flea market to see if any new white belts have come in or to buy a Rolex watch for $2.00.

We're usually back home by 2:00pm to get ready for dinner.  People start lining up for the early bird about 3:00pm, but we get there by 3:45 because we're late eaters. The dinners are very popular because of the large portions they serve. We can take home enough food for the next day's lunch and dinner, including extra bread, crackers, packets of mustard, relish, ketchup and Splenda, along with mints.

At 5:30pm we're home, ready to watch the 6  o'clock news. By 6:30pm we're fast asleep. Then we get up and make five or six trips to the bathroom during the night, and it's time to get up and start a new day all over again.

Doctor-related activities eat up most of our retirement time.  I enjoy reading old magazines in sub-zero temperatures in the waiting room, so I don't mind.  Calling for test results also helps the days fly by.  It takes at least a half-hour just getting through the doctor's phone menu. Then there's the hold time until we're connected to the right party.  Sometimes they forget we're holding, and the whole office goes off to lunch.

Should we find we still have time on our hands, volunteering provides a rewarding opportunity to help the less fortunate. Florida has the largest concentration of seniors under five feet and they need our help.  I myself am a volunteer for 'The Vertically Challenged Over 80.' I coach their basketball team, The Arthritic Avengers. The hoop is only 4-1/2 feet from the floor.  You should see the look of confidence on their faces when they make a slam dunk.

Food shopping is a problem for short seniors, or 'bottom feeders' as we call them, because they can't reach the items on the upper shelves. There are many foods they've never tasted. After shopping, most seniors can't remember where they parked their cars and wander the parking lot for hours while their food defrosts.

Lastly, it's important to choose a development with an impressive name. Italian names are very popular in Florida. They convey world travelers, uppity sophistication and wealth. Where would you rather live: Murray's Condos or the Lakes of Venice? There's no difference -- they're both owned by Murray, who happens to be a cheap bastard.

I hope this material has been of help to you future retirees.  If I can be of any further assistance, please look me up when you're in Florida. I live in the Leaning Condos of Pisa in Boynton Beach.

Monday, July 29, 2013


1 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1 c. milk

Amish Cinnamon Bread
DO NOT USE ANY TYPE OF METAL SPOON OR BOWL FOR MIXING. DO NOT REFRIGERATE. If air gets in the bag, let it out. It is normal for the batter to rise, bubble and ferment.
Day 1: Do nothing, Day you get your starter Day 2: Mush Bag
Day 3: Mush Bag
Day 4: Mush Bag Day 5: Mush Bag
Day 6: Add to Bag: 1/2 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of milk, mush bag Day 7: Mush Bag
Day 8: Mush Bag Day 9: Mush Bag
Day 10: Pour entire contents from bag into a NON metal bowl Add 1/2 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of milk, stir.
Remove 1 cup for your starter and place in 1 gallon sealable bag to keep for your starter. If you want to give someone a starter increase the feeding amount to 1 cup each flour, sugar and milk.
With the remaining batter in your bowl (approx 2 cups) use the following recipe to bake your bread.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Add the following ingredients to the batter in your bowl
½ Cup milk
2 Cups Flour
2/3 Cup oil
3/4 Cup Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla 3 eggs
1 ½ tsp. Baking Powder
½ tsp. Baking Soda
½ tsp. Salt 1 Large box instant vanilla pudding (I use small box) 2 tsp. Cinnamon
Grease 2 loaf pans.
Mix an additional 1 tsp. Cinnamon and 3 tablespoons sugar. Dust pans with this mixture.
Pour batter evenly into the pans and sprinkle with remaining sugar/cinnamon over top. Bake for 1 hour (check in 45 mins).
Cool until bread loosens from the pans evenly (about 10 minutes.)
Turn bread onto serving dish. Serve warm or cold.
If you keep a starter for yourself you will bake every 10 days.
The bread is very good and makes a great gift.

I keep my starter in a large jif peanut butter plastic jar. I have it on the counter WITHOUT a hole in the top of the jar. I just have it lightly screwed on so it can breathe. I pick up the jar and shake it in a circle to kind of stir the contents around every day.