National Bundt Cake Day!

Posted in Today Is with tags , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2008 by Raven

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Did ya know that today is National Bundt Cake Day.  I think that’s reason enough to celebrate with some chocolate!bundtcake4

I used to own many different Bundt Cake pans, but somewhere along the way, I must have given them away or tossed them. Now, I’m missing them. BooWoo!

The Famous Bundt® Pan was introduced back in 1950 by Nordic Ware from Minneapolis, MN.   Ten years later, it was the number one selling cake pan.

One of my favorite recipes was for Rum Bundt Cake. While the cake was cooling, you would take a toothpick, poke holes in the cake, and then…pour rum into the cake. YUMMY!

One of my weakness is chocolate.   Love the stuff!   And warm tunnel fudge cake is to die for!

An all-time favorite is Tunnel of Fudge Cake.bundtcake12

Just in case you get a craving for a slice….here’s the recipe.

Ingredients:
Cake:
1 3/4 cups butter or margarine, softened
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
6 eggs
2 cups powered sugar
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa
2 cups chopped walnuts*

Glaze:
3/4 cup powered sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons milk

Preparation:
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 12 cup Bundt Pan. In large bowl beat margarine and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add powdered sugar; blend well. By hand, stir in remaining cake ingredients until well blended. Spoon batter into prepared pan; spread evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for 58-62 minutes**. Cool upright in pan on cooling rack 1 hour, invert onto serving plate. Cool completely.

In small bowl, combine glaze ingredients until well blended. Spoon over top of cake, allowing some to run down sides. Store tightly covered. 16 servings.

*Nuts are essential for the success of the recipe.

**Since this cake has a soft tunnel of fudge, ordinary doneness test cannot be used. Accurate oven temperature and baking time are critical.

High Altitude – Above 3500 feet; Increase flour to 2 1/4 cups plus 3 tablespoons.

For a helpful How to Bake a Perfect Bundt Cake, click here.

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ENJOY!

What’s your favorite bundt cake?

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Fetal Bites Cookie Cutter

Posted in Too Freakin' Weird! with tags , , , , , , on November 13, 2008 by Raven

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Can you imagine taking these cookies to your next Holiday Cookie Exchange?  NO WAY!   WTF?   I will not be buying these cookie cutters.   Kinda freaks me out.

How ’bout ya?

Veteran’s Day

Posted in Today Is with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2008 by Raven

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Today is Veteran’s Day

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An annual American holiday honoring military veterans.

The men and women who help make our country safe.

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PFC Brandie Leon from the 101st Airborne Division patrols Baghdad. March 2006. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Bart A. Bauer.

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First U.S. Army Nurses to cross the Rhine River with the 51st U.S. Army Field Hospital, now on the east bank of the Rhine. They made the crossing in the ambulance. March 14, 1945 (National Archives).

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Two female MPs search automobiles at a checkpoint.

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Lisa Marie Bickels USMC


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SPC Sutter on a mounted M249 saw (squad automatic weapon) atop her Humvee. Note the Arabic lettering on her MP sleeve insignia. She also has some medical training.


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Women brave enough to fly!

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Brave women warriors!

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Spc. Craig Morrison, 1st Cavalry Division receives his Shoulder Sleeve Insignia for War-Time Service from Sgt. 1st Class Zenalia Moses. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. L.B. Edgar)

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Young woman leaders!

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The Witmer sisters in Baghdad. Two of them served in the same unit. Spc. Michelle Witmer, age 20 was killed in action on April 9, 2004.


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Army SPC Michelle M. Witmer with Baghdad children.

American Anthem

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Singer Norah Jones


My hubby Dan served in the US Navy and I grew up as an Army Brat,  I give thanks to all those who serve our country in uniform.

How did you Thank a Veteran today?

Wear Your HELMET!

Posted in Ramblings with tags , , , , , , on November 10, 2008 by Raven

I grew up riding horses…without a helmet. Back in the old days, it was a large western hat to help keep the sun out of my eyes. As I grew older, that hat gave way to old baseball caps, they were great…cuz I could tuck my pony tail into the hole in the back of the cap.

Then…my horse Wizard started being hard to handle and we had a few spills. I got scared and got a riding helmet. That was maybe seven years ago.

Now…I do NOT ride Huginn without my riding helmet! In fact I even wear my riding helmet during my mini’s driving lessons.

Sure…they are hot, itchy, big and your hair looks like crap when you take the helmet off, but WHO CARES!

Sure…there is no guarantee that wearing a riding helmet will save your head or your life for that matter.

BUT….WHY TAKE THE CHANCE?? WHY….ASSUME THE RISKS?
It seems that every few months I read or hear about a horse accident with a rider ending up with head injuries, that could have been prevented by wearing a riding helmet.

Helmets are a farily cheap way to insure that your noggin is somewhat protected. Wouldn’t you agree that $50.00 – $100.00 is cheap?

Troxel has a excellent tool on their website to help you figure out which one of their helmets is best for your needs.

Check out the Troxel Helmet Advisor to see which helmet is best for you. They even have a “cowboy hat” looking helmet!

Just in case you are still thinking that helmets are not for you. Then wear one for those you love.

Below is an email that hit my inbox this morning. I gotto tell you, it left me in tears. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the woman that died over the weekend.

Read it and make you own decision on if a helmet is “right for you“.

Posted with permission and rider’s name was removed upon request. Replaced with XXXX

Dear RAA Riders, fellow club members and friends,

I am writing this letter to each of you tonight after having witnessed a horrible accident this past weekend. It happened in New York – a weekend “get away” with family reunion and wedding we were attending, but the best thing was we were meeting with friends I’ve made over the years back where I was raised as a kid. I couldn’t wait. We all met at Mendon Ponds, a beautiful park I’m sure, to ride together. We never got to ride. A series of calamities happened that will forever change our lives and snuffed the life of one of our riders. She never got to go home to her son.

One of the horses had a bad time in one of the trailers, so a couple of the other horses were spooked. One of the riders, XXXX got on her horse to try to settle it down and ride it down a bit before we rode off. She was not wearing a helmet. Another horse, the same one who had problems in the trailer, bucked his rider off and in doing so the saddle slipped, sending the horse flying around the parked vehicles, close to a road and eventually, as the saddle was still hanging under its belly, the horse took off for parts unknown (later he was caught and has some lacerations, but otherwise survived). XXXX did not. Somehow, her head was smashed against a low limb on a tree, the next thing we knew, she was lying on the ground. What we thought was her breathing was actually her blood pumping out of her body as her brain was no longer functioning to tell the rest of the body to shut down. We didn’t know all that and of course did everything we could, thinking she was still alive. Part of her brain were on the front of her along with a lot of blood.

Why am I sending you this message? Because those of us who were her friends, who were there are still in mourning with this tragedy. Could it have been avoided – we don’t know. But what we do know is that a helmet would at least have protected her head and multiple head injury was listed as the cause of death. So, the next time you think that wearing a helmet is not cool or for sissies – try to stop being so selfish about your beauty and think about what an accident like this does to everyone else around you. Thank God she died, as there wasn’t much brain left on her left side. Does this sound gruesome? I hope so, because as I’m writing this, I’m crying so hard I can’t read what I’m writing. Please, wear a helmet when you ride. The image of XXXX lying on the ground with bits of her brain splattered around in a pool of blood is am image that will be with me for years. Please, put on your helmets – think of those who will find you, those you leave behind, your friends and relatives. They care – and maybe you are doing what you want to do, but there are those of us left who need to try to go on with our lives who will forever be left with a bloody, gruesome scene that will never go away.

PLEASE – WEAR A HELMET.

PS….also please use a breastcollar on your horse! Folks, there are all safety items that serve a very useful purpose!!

Bright Blessings and Reiki sent to all involved in this horrible accident. {{{HUGS}}}

All Hail the New President

Posted in Today Is with tags , , , , , on November 10, 2008 by Raven

obama1Congratulations to Barack Obama, our President-elect.

Wishing you the very best and I’m holding you …to your promises.

Australia, an Epic Film

Posted in Films with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 10, 2008 by Raven
A film of epic proportions with horses, romance, Huge Jackman and Nicole Kidman.

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I LOVE going to the movie theater. And most of all…I LOVE epic films.

I’ve been hearing the “Australia” buzz for a few months now and for the last few weeks have been totally mesmerized by the film’s trailer. I find myself holding my breath while sitting at the edge of my seat. I can not wait for the release date…November 26th!

I must admit I am not really a Oprah fan, but I had to rush through my gym workout to get home in time to watch the last half hour of today’s show.

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Nicole Kidman and Huge Jackman were Oprah’s guests. Oprah treated her audience to the film, what lucky ducks!

The film is set in the Australian Outback, just before the WWII and the bombing of Darwin by the Japanese . The adventure starts when Lady Sarah inherits a huge cattle ranch located in the “Australian Outback“.

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Lady Sarah must rely on “Mr. Drover” (as in livestock drover) who is played by Huge Jackman (my heart….sighs) to help her drive her 2,000 cattle across the cruel Australian countryside. Along the way they encounter Bushmen.

Is this a beautiful photo or what?!

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12 yrs old Brandon Walter plays a cute Aboriginal Boy.

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This is Brandon’s first film, and from what I have seen in the trailers…he’s a natural at acting.

Did I mention that there are HORSES in this film!

Yea…baby!

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A picture is worth a thousand words!

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Saved the best one for last!

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Coming to a theater near you in only 16 days!    For Australia trailers … please click HERE.
TimTams.…anyone?

Cheerio Mate!

I VOTED!! How ’bout You?

Posted in WOW DAY! with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2008 by Raven


Got home from work with a HUGE migraine, but I was determined to get my vote out!

So, I tacked up my Icelandic Horse Huginn, and I rode him to KinnicKinnic Township Hall to cast my vote for Barack Obama.

My hubby Dan joined us on his bike.


We had a great ride to the township hall. It’s about a 5 mile round trip ride. The weather was almost perfect; it was warm, cloudy and windy. Perfect for Huginn!

Along the way, we bumped into a woman from Germany who was out for a walk. She’s one of our new neighbors that we hadn’t met yet. She got a giggle out of the fact that I was riding Huginn to the polls and Dan was biking with us. Only in America…she said.

Then we ran into a truck driver who was parked along side the field of corn, he was waiting for the farmer in the huge beautiful John Deere combine who was hard at work bringing in the corn harvest. The truck driver waved and gave us a “thumbs up”. The farmer was harvesting the corn field …. behind my hay field.

Click HERE to see a John Deer Combine harvesting corn video. Petty cool…huh?

Once at the township hall, we were greeted with smiles and giggles, as folks walked from their cars into the hall to cast their votes.

A few walked over to ask if I had ridden the pony to vote, few asked about his breed and a few took his photo.

As I walked in to vote, I was proud to be an American and take part of this privilege called voting.

After casting my vote, I walked out and was asked by one of the Vote Observers if the pony tied under the tree was mine. I was proud to say, yes he was.

He asked me why I decided to ride my pony down, I explained to him that I was conserving fuel and that I also wanted to ride my pony Huginn, on this historical day. I wanted Huginn to be part of my memories for this day.

On the way home, we passed lots of drivers heading to the polls, many of them ….smiled and waved.

About a mile from home, we passed a old rattling Ford truck driven by a gentleman and the front seat filled with …I presume his grandkids. As he slowed down, all the kids scooted forward and lean across the man to peek out the driver’s window at the cute pony on the road. That truck was filled with sunshine smiles and little kid’s giggles. They all waved at us….as they slowly passed us.

This day is indeed filled with memories. This day is indeed a day that history was made for our country.

I’m proud to be an American! And I am proud of my All American Ice Pony, Huginn!


What memories were made for you today?