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Penny Lane

Random Thoughts.... 
Jun. 25, 2013 3:16 pm 
Updated: Jul. 5, 2013 4:53 pm

When picking jalapenos wear gloves and don't scratch your eyes.  Picking, like seeding can be dangerous. 

Grasshoppers prefer basil to dandelions.  Why? 

Don't remodel your kitchen during summer break when all the kids are home and expect to eat.

Thoughtful eating and thinking about eating are not the same thing. 

You don't have to wait until Christmas to send a card to someone you love and miss.   Besides, by the time the holidays roll around you will be too busy to send cards. 

Don't be camera shy.  In 20 years you will look back and think, "Dang, we looked pretty good!"  

Be kind to your mother and father - in law, they raised the person you chose to marry.  Someday you will walk in their shoes. 

The first word spoken by a child is often NO.  Why is it then that as adults do we have trouble saying, "No."?   

It is OK to say No, sometimes.  

Keep an open mind, you never know when you might learn something new. 

The number of servings for a recipe is totally dependent on how many teenagers you have to feed.  

Michael Pollan said something about making making your own junk food   and you wouldn't eat as much. 


I should never have learned to fry chicken.......

Jun. 25, 2013 3:53 pm
How true to all of them! Now if I can only convince Debi to not be camera shy. I tell her it's for the grands. As for the jalapeno's - is it possible to become immune to them? I use them a lot and don't have a problem with the burn but maybe then, I don't scratch.
Jun. 25, 2013 3:54 pm
BTW - You still look the same!
Jun. 25, 2013 3:58 pm
The jalapeno story just reminds me of my nephew. My mother had a red chile ristra hanging in her front yard. My nephew was about 3 or 4, and got ahold of one or two of the chile pods, cracked it open and got the seeds, etc. all over his hands. It burned, he started crying, he wiped his eyes, he went to the bathroom and touched unmentionable parts of his body. It was a disaster. He learned his lesson - don't touch things that don't belong to you (and sometimes it's better if you don't touch things that DO belong to you, lol). Thanks for the laugh, and the memory.
Jun. 25, 2013 3:59 pm
Hi Brian. I hate pictures of myself, I think we are all over critical. I have so few pictures of my mother so I try to remember that the pictures of me are not for me! As for the jalapeno's - I don't know but I was picking some today it wasn't bothering my hands but managed to scratch my left eye and WOWZER! Not a good plan at all.
Jun. 25, 2013 4:06 pm
mommasangelbaby - that is one of those family stories that will live on and on. For future reference milk works on the eyes and sour cream on the 'other' parts. What a hard lesson to learn but one I am sure he will never forget! Thanks for stopping in.
Jun. 25, 2013 4:07 pm
Thank you Brian, I know I liked you for a reason! :)
Jun. 25, 2013 4:08 pm
Yes, B'Nana, my mom ducked the camera, too, and we have very few pictures of her. I have tried to overcome her teaching for that very reason. And of course, in the same vein as your blog, calories consumed while standing at the kitchen sink don't count, lol!
Jun. 25, 2013 4:17 pm
Hi Bibi! Thanks for stopping in! Isn't it sad when you think about someone you love and miss and you don't have but a handful of pictures of them. About those standing calories it reminds of the days when my kids were little - calories consumed finishing off their little plates didn't count either! Shoot, I didn't want to waste food and it was only a couple of bites! Times 3. Oh dear......
Jun. 25, 2013 4:30 pm
So that picture of you was taken last week right? I often ponder the same things. Like why if I put salt in my paths to keep them grass-free why do I have to keep putting it down? My child split my salt in my lawn and 2 years later there is still a bare spot. Thank heavens I still don't have fried chicken perfected. Working on it though ;)
Jun. 25, 2013 4:49 pm
Hi Cat! Cough Cough - sputter - that picture is at LEAST 25 if not 30 years old and I hated it at the time. Now, well - I wish! LOL. Somethings in the garden are just a mystery, aren't they? Don't work too hard getting that fried chicken just right, it is dangerous! Delicious and dangerous! I don't think Michael Pollan was talking to the foodies in the crowd!
Jun. 25, 2013 5:25 pm
Great picture B'nana. I would have know that it was you anywhere. I have family pictures everywhere. Even one of my hubby's family from the 1890's. All up and down the walls on the stairs and placed all around the house. The Grandkids who are all grown now just cringe when they see them, lots of them are from when they were little. They feel especially bad if their boyfriends are here and I make a point to show them the "baby" pictures. I love 'em.
Jun. 25, 2013 5:36 pm
Good random thoughts B'Nana. I think you are right. We should send cards just because and at any time. Nice pic too!
Jun. 25, 2013 7:25 pm
I love the photo of you! Look at the counter behind you. You have the same things except only now spread over a much longer counter! So cute! And everything you said is true. I need to think again about the inlaws. Thanks for a chuckle.
Jun. 25, 2013 7:28 pm
Thank you Pelicangal - you are too kind. Don't you just love all the old family pictures? The 'kids' don't appreciate them now, but they will. Secretly I am sure they love them now!
Jun. 25, 2013 8:19 pm
Hi there Volleyballmom - with the internet, texting & Facebook etc the art of sending cards and actually WRITING has fallen by the wayside. Personally, I love a handwritten card in my mailbox. I know of a couple who puts all the Christmas cards they received in a box, once a week they pull out a couple, read them and send out a nice card with a handwritten note. How nice is that?
Jun. 25, 2013 8:29 pm
campergramma - thanks for stopping in. It is nice to come to a place that it is OK just to be who we are, isn't it? Those pictures will mean a great deal to your family! Although I have to say, these days I prefer posed pictures over some of the candid ones.
Jun. 25, 2013 8:36 pm
Hi Marianne - I do have many of the same things - I tend to hang onto the things that mean something to me. The red ladle is still around - it was a gift from my stepmother Dottie. The Kitchen Aid mixer has been replaced but that one lives at my youngest daughters home. Most of the Pfaltzgraff is gone, with the exception of a couple of pieces. The crock that holds the utensils is still here and has a 'friend' - a gift from Mauigirl. As for the inlaws - well, I could have been kinder and more understanding of Lois. Bless her heart.....
Jun. 25, 2013 9:08 pm
I was blessed with wonderful in laws so no effort was required there. Thankfully, fried chicken isn't my vice. During the entire course of my life I have never had a picture taken that I like. Candid shots seem to be better for me. I love the idea of sending a note or card just because. That is an idea worth stealing.
Jun. 25, 2013 9:27 pm
Thanks for stopping in BSM. You are fortunate indeed to have had wonderful in laws. I don't eat sweets - so I am not tempted to make my own Twinkies or Zingers but gosh darned that fried chicken ... well, let's just say I should not have learned to make this! If you were to look through my pictures you would be convinced that I go through life with my eyes closed! Don't you just love getting a card with a handwritten note in the mail - it sure beats getting a bunch of junk and bills.
Jun. 25, 2013 10:03 pm
Another thought......statistics say that One in every four Americans has a mental illness. So look at your three best friends.....if they look ok then ???????? Bwahahaha!
Jun. 26, 2013 2:16 am
Baking Nana, your picture is very lovely, bet you haven't changed much. Very interesting read. Thanks for sharing.
Jun. 26, 2013 5:45 am
Thank you manella. Funny how in my minds eye, I look just like that photo but there is a stranger that greets me in the mirror every morning. My son turns 37 today, how the heck did THAT happen!
Jun. 26, 2013 6:00 am
Good morning Mauigirl. Ah oh, one of us is in trouble! LOL.
Jun. 26, 2013 6:36 am
Uh oh. Now I am noticing how many random thoughts I have during the day :) The writing of notes may become a lost art. I know my child fumed when I made him write thank you notes but I've always thought they show a certain appreciation for the person they are being sent to!
Jun. 26, 2013 7:39 am
After reading your blog, I started thinking my kids do not have a lot of photos of me. I am the one with the camera in my hand. Then when you mentioned your son is turning 37, I started thinking where does the time go? My mom used to say she was 29, until I turned 29. After that she just upped her age by 5 or 10 years. Here is wishing a Happy Birthday to your son. Maybe he will get some tasty fried chicken for his birthday. I know that is what I would ask for.
Jun. 26, 2013 7:56 am
Baking Nana, I enjoy when I'm in the quiet of the garden and can have random thoughts, can do some of my best thinking them. I can agree on all of your thoughts, but the one I would like to comment on is the photos, I have gain a lot of weight so I really do not want my photo taken, but I remind myself when you are dead and gone all your loved ones will have of you are their memories and these pictures, which will be priceless to them no matter how bad we think we look.
Jun. 26, 2013 7:59 am
I just picked my first Jalapenos and Cayennes this morning and I actually remembered to wear vinyl gloves!... I made fried chicken several years ago that was fantastic! However, it was a recipe that I tweaked and I didn't record- or remember- what I did. All I have is the memory that I did it right, once. ... I do have an open mind. My problem is, everything that is supposed to be there falls out the opening!
Jun. 26, 2013 8:09 am
So very Pretty Penny:) Love the fact you feel so comfortable as to just tell us little things on you mind, fried chicken comment made me giggle. Thanks BN
Jun. 26, 2013 9:22 am
I love the picture--and the random thoughts! I am definitely not photogenic, so I tend to avoid the camera like the plague. Guess I should get over that, but it's not easy when it's ingrained. This year for Mother's Day and Father's Day, I sent letters instead of cards to my Dad and to my Mom and Grandmas (both grandmas are still living--one is almost 96 and still lives alone!). They were very surprised and loved them. It's so nice to get a card of letter in the mail especially in this electronic age. Fried chicken I can do pretty well, but I never make it. It's so messy, and I just hate to clean the stove, LOL! I always do oven-fried chicken coated in my own personal coating blend. My husband doesn't really care much for chicken, but he loves that dish. Unfortunately, I did not have the best of relationships with my mother-in-law. That's a long story, but suffice it to say the circumstances were very difficult, and she had no interest in a relationship. My father-in-law died before I even met my husband, but we would have gotten along great from what I've been told about him. And those peppers...I can pick them with no problems, but I sure have to wear gloves when I start preparing them! Very enjoyable blog!
Jun. 26, 2013 3:27 pm
Hi. Nice blog, good thoughts. Just wanted to give my 2 cents worth about frying chicken, especially since wisweetp mentioned the cleaning of the stove. I agree! I now use my electric skillet on the counter, on the other side of the kitchen. It leaves my burners free for other things and doesn't mess up my stove. Just a thought.
Jun. 26, 2013 3:43 pm
Lela - I am also guilty of being behind the camera. It my role! Why did I ever think that my kids would be little forever? I turned around and they are grown with families of their own. Geez, I am not sure what happened to my 30's and 40's. I called to wish my son a happy birthday - he won't be coming for fried chicken, he is in Hawaii. :)
Jun. 26, 2013 3:45 pm
Thanks for stopping in bett - Don't worry about how YOU think you look - just smile and know that your kids and grandkids love you just the way you are!
Jun. 26, 2013 3:48 pm
Hi Mike. I think I ran into trouble with the jalapeno's when pinching off the stem, gloves next time for sure! It is probably a good thing that your delicious fried chicken slipped through that open mind of yours. As good as it tastes it isn't so good for us. I know I had something else to add, but I forgot what it was.....
Jun. 26, 2013 3:49 pm
Welcome Patty Cakes - there are many little things that run through my mind - now if I could just remember the important things.....
Jun. 26, 2013 3:55 pm
wisweetp - I mentioned this on someone else's blog last week but it bares repeating. I was about 40 and in the midst of raising 3 teenagers - I came to terms with my own father and him a letter. Thanking him for keeping for being consistent and keeping us on the straight and narrow . After his death I found copies of that letter, underlined and highlighted, next to his chair, next to his bed and in the kitchen. I am glad I wrote that letter - it was just out of the blue, no occasion. Sometimes we never know how these little gestures touch another person's life.
Jun. 26, 2013 3:59 pm
Hi Indiana Peggy - I love my cast iron pan for fried chicken and will use the side burner of the BBQ - the grill itself can be set to warm to keep the chicken warm, while I fry the next batch. Like I said, it might have been better if I didn't know this..... makes it way too easy, even in the heat of summer. Right now I need to skip the fried chicken and go straight for the veggies!
Jun. 26, 2013 4:08 pm
Hey Cat - does your mind tend to wander while in the garden. It is my thinking place. Amazing the tidbits that flow through.
Jun. 27, 2013 8:53 am
I ABSOLUTELY love your random thoughts blogs BN! Mainly because its refreshing to know someone else's mind is at breakneck speed like mine is. I race from one thought to another rarely even completing the former on my way to the latter. One of these days I want to record a day's random thoughts and then read them all back to myself. Or maybe not. I might just find out I'm the 1 in 4 Julie was talking about above. LOL!
Jun. 27, 2013 8:56 am
Oh,..... Love the photo of you in your "peasant" blouse. I wore those too. I love them and wish they'd come back in style. At my age, that blousey look would do wonders for my old age belly!
Jun. 27, 2013 8:59 am
AND, one more thing..... Love the random thought about card sending. It's a lost art (almost), but I do love to send cards to people.
Jun. 27, 2013 11:53 am
Were you writing this during a plane delay ? B-) Just wrote a letter to my daughter at camp. So much more personal & meaningful than an email I think. And I still can't fry chicken...
Jun. 27, 2013 12:33 pm
FOOD FOR THOUGHT(in lieu of random thought) for b.d. weld. :D Be cautious with the jalaps! I thought I was immune as I've seeded them several times without a problem - then one day - WOWZERS - no scratching involved - just MAJOR burning on the fingers and hands!! If it weren't for the help I received on The Buzz, I would've probably went to the hospital - that's how BAD it burned. I loved reading your random thoughts and many of them gave me a good chuckle, Baking Nana!!
Jun. 27, 2013 1:50 pm
Hi Candice, It is amazing what passes through my mind, unfortunately many of these thoughts are indeed fleeting....they go as quickly as they came. There was a time I would write a letter a day to someone. That was before texts, email and cell phones. Oh and long distance calls were expensive and reserved for emergencies.
Jun. 27, 2013 2:09 pm
Hi, Mi Being Mi - thanks for the warning about the peppers. A friend of mine got shot in the eye with pepper juice. Holy Cow! so painful! As a kid my mother always had a glass eye bath in the medicine cabinet and her answer to anything in the eye was to rinse with milk. It worked! Probably not very sanitary, as we all used the same one. Heck we survived.
Jun. 27, 2013 2:16 pm
Thanks for stopping in Doug. No airports involved (unfortunately) just a few hours in the garden. Letter writing is an art. My uncle complained when I started typing my letters to him. He said that handwriting conveyed the feelings better. When my children were small my sister in law and I would write to each other almost daily. We should have kept those letters. They were hilarious and really told the story of raising a family. I still have a couple of letters that my father wrote me while in boarding school. Just seeing his handwriting brings him to life. Don't worry about the chicken.....it takes too many calories to master.
Jun. 27, 2013 4:25 pm
when I was a kid we ate dandelions for a salad with Italian dressing.
Jun. 27, 2013 6:56 pm
Just a note on the jalapeno topic, if you can smell it on your hands there is enough oil to burn sensitive skin. Sadly soap does nothing to remove it. However if you rinse with vinegar and then wash (repeat as needed until you can't smell it anymore, usually just once) it magically disappears! Works for me every time
Jun. 27, 2013 8:42 pm
King Sparta, I know dandelions are edible - will you please come tell the grasshoppers that? They prefer the basil....
Jun. 27, 2013 8:45 pm
Hi Sherry, good to know! I imagine that Dawn (to cut the oils) and vinegar would be a perfect combo. Vinegar is amazing, isn't it?
Jun. 29, 2013 7:24 am
You DO look just the same :). I love random thoughts. . . I suffer from random questions. The last "Is human intelligence increasing?" (according to a google search, it is! :) I got "burned" once by jalapeno's, never again. I keep vinyl gloves for that now. I have been eating my "thinnings" . . .radish leaves are delightfully peppery. I have replaced catsup with vinegar, love the stuff. Malted vinegar is excellent as a condiment.
Jun. 29, 2013 4:36 pm
Hi LadySparkle. Random questions abound as well. Google is good for some of those and then again often it creates yet another question..... It is so stinking hot here today - good thing tomatoes like heat, although I do not. Not much time the garden today. Love Malt vinegar - yum!
Jul. 1, 2013 10:10 pm
Not sure I want to know how *you* know about the sour cream and the other parts! Love to you, my friend!
Jul. 1, 2013 10:12 pm
[We LOVE malt vinegar on french fries!] [I am randomly reading (=]
Jul. 1, 2013 10:23 pm
I remember thinking I was heavy in high school? What I wouldn't give to be that "heavy" now!!!!! Isn't perspective interesting!
Jul. 2, 2013 5:49 pm
Hi Barb. - You don't really want to know how I know about sour cream working to kill the burn at least not in a public forum. ;) Isn't it true - you look back and think, "What the heck was I worried about?"
Jul. 5, 2013 4:53 pm
I think I will ponder this over a bucket of fried chicken...
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Every morning my granddaughter calls and says, "Good morning Nana. Whatcha doing? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my name, Baking Nana. I love to bake bread and never get tired of it. Yeast is additive! Visit me at BakingNana.com If you would like to contact me directly please use the 'Contact Me' on my site. http://bakingnana.com/contact-me/
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I go through phases, Asian for a while then Italian then on to something else. I love experimenting with new flavors and different spices. Some times my husband will ask if we will ever have "ordinary" food again. Once in a while I have to toss him a burger just to keep quite! Actually, he is a good sport and my favorite taste tester.
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In our family if it is your birthday you get to choose the menu. We have had some really interesting meals. In March we have 5 birthdays so we do one big party - what a crazy menu that is! Christmas dinner is very traditional. Sausage rolls, Prime Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, gravy, Green beans with bacon, Mashed Potatoes (the really fattening kind) and trifle for dessert. If I were to dare to omit any of those items I would be lynched.
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Mastering really great bread is probably my biggest triumph. I am always so pleased when I create a perfect Asian dish.
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