Category Archives: Just for Fun…

On the Lighter, Brighter Side

facebook-closedIn case you haven’t heard yet, I was asked to share this. keep-goingHowever, even if you can’t access Facebook, you can still do this…advice-for-shopping-in-a-mallAnd, this is definitely great advice!  🙂 doctors-strikeHere’s one for all the doctors in your life! I love this!  🙂
(Do you know any who take time to picket? I do not!)kindnessIsn’t this the truth?! galatians-2-20May this one be true for each of us!

World’s Best (Only) Cheeseburger Meatloaf: And, You Can Eat It with One Hand Tied Behind Your Back!

kathi-and-alan-eating-cheeseburgers-in-paradise-lahaina-maui-hawaiiI love eating juicy cheeseburgers with all the trimmings, don’t you?  cheeseburger-in-paradise-lahaina-mauiHowever, sometimes they’re too big to eat, even with both hands.  tray-of-cheeseburgers-at-cheeseburger-in-paradise-lahaina-maui-hawaiiSometimes they’re even hard to carry, like this platter of specialty burgers…waiter-with-triple-cheeseburger-in-paradis-mauior this triple-decker monster they serve at Cheeseburger in Paradise on Maui. I’m certain I’d be sick if I ate their 1.5-pound glutton-stuffer, wouldn’t you?  huge-hamburger-africaOr, how about this amazing burger Alan and I ate (shared) in South Africa?

cheeseburger-in-paradise-bar-and-grill-lahaina-mauiAnyway, much as Alan and I love burgers, I’m always in pursuit of fewer calories per dining pleasure, and an extra 200+ calories for a big deli-style onion bun is something I’m willing to forego when we’re at home. Still, how do you eat a cheeseburger with all the good stuff and no bun? It was in that mindset that I developed my personalized recipe for one of the best meatloaves you’ll ever eat!

Your Favorite Cheeseburger Meatloaf:
(serves 4)

hamburger-and-egg1 pound ground burger
1 egg
1 cup bread crumbs (which you can leave out if you don’t mind the meatloaf crumbling a bit when you serve it; I leave them out, because I don’t mind). cheesburger-meatloaf-adding-veggiesNext, add everything you love to put on top of your burger (except lettuce)…like:
Pickles, onions, mushrooms, green peppers, tomato, pineapple…get creative, it’s your meatloaf!cheesburger-meatloaf-adding-condimentsAdd all your favorite condiments…no need to go easy, because they won’t be dripping down your arms! Relish, mustard, ketchup…?mayonnaise? etc?cheeseburger-meatloaf-adding-cheese-and-spicesMix thoroughly and then add a generous amount of salt, pepper, and your favorite seasonings. Top with your favorite cheese (or else whatever cheese you have around the house).cheeseburger-meatloaf-extra-ketchupMound into a pan and add more ketchup (if you like ketchup as much as we do),cheesburger-meatloaf-adding-cheese-on-topthen cap with an ample supply of cheese (if you like cheese as much as we do). cheesburger-meatloaf-after-bakingPop it in the oven for an hour at 350° (done when golden brown on top). Enjoy!

cheeseburger-meatloaf-1Actually, if you don’t have an hour to bake it as a meatloaf,
you can do the same thing in your frying pan cheeseburger-meatloaf-3and have it cooked in no longer than it would take
to grill the veggies and burgers.
You get all the flavor and save enough calories for dessert! (Did I say that??)

cheesburger-meatloaf-served-with-sidesFurthermore, you can eat it with just a fork and one hand tied behind your back. See?  What’d I tell you? No more embarrassing dates where you end up with ketchup on your nose and mustard juice running down your arm staining your new outfit! (Of course, you might still have an issue with the corn on the cob…)

I will praise the name of God with a song,
and will magnify him with thanksgiving
” (Psalm 69:30).

Groundhog Day Giddies

ground-hog-dayIn honor of Groundhog Day and the prospects of 6 more weeks of winter, getting-to-know-youI thought a few good jokes might brighten our scans! marajuanaEvery once in a while I get cartoons passed along that make me laugh, the-children-of-israel-with-cell-phonesand I just need to share them!  birds-need-potty-breaks-tooToday is one of those days. o-c-d Hope you enjoy!  biscuits-and-gravyHere’s lookin’ at you, Rick,tire-pressure-tool and here’s one for your sweet wife, Cheryl (or me). bearsHere’s one for my dear friend Sarah up in Alaska, whose husband actually saved a man’s life by shooting the bear who attacked him.  smart-car-and-a-smart-aleckAnd here’s one for my son Michael and all lovers of especially small cars.
(Some of these jokes are only funny if you don’t think about them too hard.) trying-to-pound-sense-into-someoneSome jokes are funny but make a serious point & could be used against any of us. greatest-accomplishmentAnd, some cartoons are pretty much right on for all of us! 🙂

“Even a fool, when he holds his peace, is counted wise:
and he that shuts his lips is esteemed a man of understanding”

(Proverbs 17:28).

The Happiest Billionaires

50-billion-dollar-note-zimbabweDid I tell you that Alan and I made a small investment while we were in Zimbabwe and are now worth fifty billion dollars in Zimbabwean currency? Here’s the note to prove it. What do you think of that?  🙂 fred-macmurray-in-the-happiest-millionaireIt made me think of the old 1967 Disney classic our kids loved so well,
The Happiest Millionairethe-happiest-millionairestarring an eccentric collection of totally lovable souls who lived in a mansion,
held the “Biddle Bible Class,” happiest-millionaire-alligatorskept alligators for pets, tommysteeleand had a happy-go-lucky Irish butler. 6116-happiest_2d00_4So, I’m wondering, should Alan and I invest our currency
in a mansion and some pet alligators?

10-million-dollar-note-from-zimbabweMaybe we should start giving away some of our currency? We also have a ten million dollar bill. What would you do if you had ten million dollars? Fun to think about for a minute, isn’t it?

Well, now I’d better fess up to a more complete disclosure. I invested two dollars of U.S. currency in exchange for those two bills, because the Bank of Zimbabwe is defunct, and their money is now worthless (except as souvenirs). They don’t print their own currency at this time and use U.S. dollars instead.

As the new year begins, I’ve been thinking about how awesome it sounds to be a billionaire, but how different the reality might be if a person is rich but fails to be a good steward of his wealth. Being rich in this world would be fun for a time, but when we die, we’ll discover that our “currency” has become defunct and is absolutely worthless in the economy of heaven. God calls us to be rich in good works and generous toward those in need.  Those who are truly rich are those who have learned to love and share. Let’s store up true riches!

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).

 

Ode to Icicles

icicles-and-snow-fallingOde to Iciclesicicles-seen-from-insideBars on my castle
Iced drops of rain
Jack Frost was crying
Out my window pane.  rings-and-ridges-in-iciclesSnowflakes dissolving
Wept frozen tears
Ringed like a tree trunk
In hours, not years.  icicles-in-the-sunshineTransparent carrots
Grown in the wind
Sunshine to water
But no one to tend. icicles-like-stalactitesCrystal stalactites
Not from a cave
Born in the open
Where birds must be brave. sparrows-sitting-on-rail-in-winter

icicles-growing-in-a-rowSwords of Damocles
Hung from the sky
Begging the question
Is something awry?
icicles-formingFair jewels from snow
Sharp as a knife
More precious than bread
The Water of Life.
long-icicles-12-15-16The longer they hang
The longer they grow
The longer I know
My life must need snow.
(—Kathryn W. Armstrong, December 15, 2016)row-of-icicles-hanging-off-roof “Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?” (Job 38:22).icicles-snow-and-sunshine

Homemade Chocolate Turtles: Even better than See’s!

chocate-turtlesI was roaming the airport in Atlanta restlessly, waiting to catch a flight to GR…cramped legs, bleary-eyed, and brain dead. We’d just survived a sixteen-hour, 40-minute flight from Johannesburg, which Alan and I figured must be in the running for the world’s longest commercial flight, and the thought of enduring two more hours in the airport was…discouraging to say the least. Just when I was thinking that eating breakfast might help,what to my wondering eyes should appear but a See’s candy shop! See’s Candies just happen to produce our favorite chocolates, but they’re based in San Fransisco and have precious few factories anywhere east of Spokane, Washington (yes…just a few miles from our son Jonathan’s home!). See’s used to be available in most major U.S. airports, but in recent years they’ve all but disappeared from airport retails. My eyes lit up, and I thought how pleased Alan would be at my discovery. I sidled up to the counter and asked how much it would cost for a box of turtles (Alan’s favorite).  I’m pretty sure the lady said thirty dollars. I smiled sweetly and left. I have too much Scottish blood to pay out that kind of ransom for anything less than the lifeblood of a loved one. However, I decided that no matter what else I did or didn’t make for Christmas this year, I was going to make chocolate turtles…more for less! If you love chocolate turtles as much as our family does, then you might enjoy trying our recipe, which is easy and pound for pound (this recipe makes about 3 pounds) costs about one-sixteenth what you might pay at a candy shop (at least an airport candy shop…)   caramelsUnwrap 1 pound of caramels. (I like Kraft, but I’ll bet there are lots of good ones out there. However, the quality of the caramel and chocolate make a big difference in the final taste, so make sure you choose flavors you really like.)  melted-caramels-and-pecansAdd 1/4 c. half’n’half and 2 T. butter. Microwave for 1.5 minutes. Stir until completely melted and smooth. While this is heating in the microwave, take time to line two large cookie sheets with waxed paper or butter them heavily.

Add to the caramels 1 pound of roasted, salted pecans (halved, although chopped also works). Stir thoroughly.  turtle-mix-ready-to-spoon-out                            Cool until the mix is starting to form soft balls. caramel-turtle-candiesWorking quickly, drop the mix in rounded teaspoons onto the waxed paper. Chill until very cold. (Overnight in the refrigerator isn’t too long.)  chocolate-chips-and-coconut-oilCombine 1 pound of chocolate chips (milk chocolate, semi sweet, or dark, depending on your taste) with 2 T. coconut oil in a narrow, deep bowl and microwave for 1 minutes. melted-chocolate-chips-and-oil                      Stir until completely melted and uniformly smooth.  fabulous-chocolate-turtle-candiesDip the turtles into the chocolate using two spoons, and place each candy back on the waxed paper. Chill until the chocolate is firm. Store carefully to retain the sheen. (If you’ve got room in the refrigerator, garage, or cold storage area, that’s ideal.) chocolate-covered-nutsP.S—If you have any leftover chocolate, try stirring in a few of your favorite roasted, salted nuts, such as almonds, cashews, peanuts, or macadamia nuts. Spoon into small cups and let them harden. Enjoy!

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.” (Psalm 119:9-11)

Condorman

condorman-video-coverDo you ever want a feel-good movie that makes you laugh but doesn’t make you cry and has some suspense thrown in for good measure? barbara-carrerea-as-natalia-rambova-in-condormanRecently, Alan, Joel, and I decided to kick back and relax with an old family favorite, Disney’s Condorman. michael-crawfored-as-condorman“Condorman” is just a cartoon character, but the creator, “Woody Wilkins” (played by Michael Crawford, who later became famous as the Phantom of the Opera), decides he wants his superhero to be believable. condorman-jumping-off-eiffel-towerSo, Woody dons a Condorman costume and launches himself off the Eiffel Tower…straight into the Seine River in Paris, where he’s been visiting his friend…who happens to work for C.I.A. condorman-in-disguise-in-monte-carloThings only get zanier from there, as Woody becomes embroiled in a high-profile espionage defection with all the bravado of a James Bond and none of his skill. woody-wilkins-and-natalia-in-condormanHowever, Woody’s indomitable good nature, cow-eyed affection for the heroine, and happy-go-lucky ingenuity save the day…or not! explosions-abound-in-condorman                                It’s not a sure thing until the very last scene,escaping-their-fate-in-condorman but there is so much fun along the way that it’s one of those “cult classics” in our family, and we all know all the lines by heart!condorman-oliver-reedWould someone like Woody really be able to win against tough KGB spies? I don’t think so; at least, not without divine intervention. But, I love the underlying theory: the good guys win because they’re good, and the bad guys lose because they’re mean and nasty. And, I think there’s definitely biblical precedent for that!

condormanBe not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).