Archive for October, 2008

scaredy cat, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

The photo tells it all…have a safe and Happy Frightful Friday..watch out for all ghosts, ghouls, spooks, goblins, and other unsavory characters tonight in your neighborhoods! Booooooooooooo

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I recently came across this valuable information regarding cats and Halloween.  Please keep your animals safe during tomorrow’s evening of Tricks or Treats.
The American Humane Association offers tips for protecting your cat on Halloween.

Keep your cat safe from harm on Halloween.Cats and their owners can safely enjoy Halloween with some advance planning and some common sense, says the American Humane Association. As you get ready for the festivities, keep these tips in mind.

Keep your cat safe inside. Make sure your cat is kept away from the door so it doesn’t escape when you disperse candy to trick-or-treaters.

Make sure your black cat is safe from harm. Halloween in particular can lead strange people to do strange things to black cats, AHA says. Children may even react to seeing a black cat by yelling or scaring the cat. Bring your black cat inside for the night and away from sight of the front door.

Resist the urge to dress your cat. If your pet is not used to wearing a costume, don’t force the issue. Avoid tying something around a cat’s neck, such as a cape or tie, as such an item could choke your pet, according to the AHA.

Make sure you pet has identification. With so much activity happening near your front door, your cat may slip outside. A collar and tag, or a microchip or tattoo, will help ensure your cat returns to you if she becomes lost, the AHA says.

Keep lit candles out of reach. Make sure your cat can’t knock over a lit candle or singe her fur.

Don’t treat your pet to candy. Chocolate and other sweets can make your cat sick and can be lethal in some cases, the AHA says.

For more Halloween safety tips, visit the American Humane Association website.

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Pumpkins!, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Autumn always brings aromatic thoughts to mind, particularly when it comes to apples and pumpkins. This year is no exception. Even though I can no longer eat these sweets, I will have to adapt some other form of recipe to enjoy one of my favorite holiday treats. Pumpkin Cake Roll. For this recipe use the following ingredients.

* 3/4 cup cake flour
* 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
* 1 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
* 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
* 6 large eggs, separated
* 1/3 cup granulated sugar
* 1/3 cup golden brown sugar, packed
* 2/3 cup canned pumpkin, packed
* 1/8 teaspoon salt
* Powdered sugar


* 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
* 2 tablespoons dark rum
* 1 cup whipping cream, chilled
* 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
* 6 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup English toffee pieces for garnish
* Additional powdered sugar, for garnish
* 1 1/2 cups purchased caramel sauce, warmed, for garnish


For the cake: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Line a 15 by 10 by 1-inch baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray the parchment with nonstick cooking spray.

Sift the flour, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice into a small bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until very thick. Add the pumpkin to the egg mixture and combine at a low speed until incorporated. Add the dry ingredients and beat at a low speed until mixed. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites and salt until stiff but not dry. Fold into the cake batter, stirring with a spatula, until most of the white streaks are gone.

Spread the batter onto a baking sheet and smooth out. Transfer baking sheet to the oven and bake until a tester comes out clean, about 15 to 18 minutes. While the cake is hot, dust generously with powdered sugar. Loosen the edges and turn the cake out onto a kitchen towel. Fold the towel over the edge of the cake and roll up. Cool completely, edge down, for 1 hour in the refrigerator.

For the filling: Soften the gelatin in the rum. Stir over low heat until the gelatin dissolves. Cool. Beat the chilled whipping cream and powdered sugar in a large bowl until peaks form. Fold in the gelatin and 6 tablespoons English toffee pieces.

To assemble, unroll the cake and sprinkle with 4 tablespoons of English toffee pieces. Spread the filling over the toffee. Start at 1 long side of the cake roll and, using the towel as an aid, roll up the cake to encase the filling. Place the cake, seam side down, on a platter.

Trim the ends of the cake at a slight diagonal. Dust the cake with powdered sugar. Spoon some warm caramel sauce and the remaining toffee chips over the top of the cake. To serve, use a serrated knife to cut the cake crosswise into 1-inch thick slices. Drizzle more sauce on each slice and serve.

Enjoy! Yummmm

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Holy cow

holy cow, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Cows, the subject of the day! This bought a smile to my face this morning!

A Montana cowboy was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of a dust cloud towards him.

The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses and YSL tie, leans out the window and asks the cowboy, ‘If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?’

The cowboy looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at the peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, ‘Sure, Why not?’

The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite navigation system to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA Satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg , Germany. Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses a MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response. Finally, he prints out a full-color,150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP Laser-Jet printer and finally turns to the cowboy and says, ‘You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.’

‘That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,’ says the cowboy.

He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on amused as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

Then the cowboy says to the young man, ‘Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?’ The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, ‘Okay, why not?’

You’re a U.S. Congressman’, says the cowboy.

‘Wow! That’s correct,’ says the yuppie, ‘but how did you guess that?’

‘No guessing required.’ answered the cowboy. ‘You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You tried to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don’t know a thing about cows . . . this is a herd of sheep. Now give me back my dog.

Have a wonderful day! hehehee

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I’m Back

harvest, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

I’m back from Kentucky..the flights were fine, and I survived my first day back at work without too many issues. Tomorrow is our 3rd annual Chili Throwdown and Bobby Flay would be proud of us here in Maine. We welcome him to our challenge anytime. More later…  🙂

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two toned, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Well after a few days at home in Kentucky, it is easy to say I’d like to be a kept woman and not ever go back to my stressful ways at work. I’ve been very domestic this week, staying home and simmering pots of soups and sauces, spending time with my family, reading, and going shopping in Lexington and Louisville.

Yesterday I even made my first solo trip in to Louisville, shopping and picking up Christina and Liam. The drive was uneventful and with help of Scanducci, our GPS unit, all proved to be a great day. I scored some bargains at Brighton’s, Goody’s and Joseph Beth Booksellers this week. Even food-wise this week has been out, I’ve only gotten sick twice, not bad for me! As a matter of fact my DH, got me a week’s pass at his gym to continue my exercise routine while here. I stepped on the scales to find myself at -79 pounds….. I feel half human once again! Blogging from Kentucky…good night!

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A Perfect Day at Home.

a perfect day, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Well, I’m back home in Kentucky for 10 days. The weather is great, I’m home simmering a pot of beef barley soup for my husband. I like days like this, no work, no problems I can get used to this! I’ve been out grocery shopping for my new lifestyle, clothing shopping. Purchased two new sweaters for a steal, went to the local gym for my workout. What more could I have done today? Hmmmm, it seems I am content the way things are! Later we are headed out to the Smokies in Tennessee for the weekend. Take care y’all!

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Furla in Firenze, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

National Boss’s Day is usually celebrated by presenting one’s boss with a small gift or greeting card. It is also customary to treat one’s boss with extreme kindness.  In Light of National Boss’ day tomorrow, I have chosen to pass this on. I am a boss, although I never wanted to be. I do not rule with an iron hand….or at least I hope so. I tend to practice a very laissez-fare form of leadership.

Phase 1

You are listening to jazz — Your first day at work is great. Your coworkers are wonderful, your cubicle is cute, and your boss is the best!

Phase 2

You are listening to pop music — After a while you are so busy that you are not sure if you’re coming or going anymore.

Phase 3

You are listening to heavy metal — This is what you feel like at month end.

Phase 4

You are listening to hip hop — You become bloated due to stress, feel sluggish and suffer from constipation. Your coworkers are too cheerful for your liking and the walls of your cubicle are closing in. You have started thinking ‘WHATEVER’ about your boss.

Phase 5

You are listening to GANGSTA RAP — After more time passes, your eyes start to twitch, you forget what a ‘good hair day’ feels like as you just fall out of bed and load up on caffeine.

Phase 6

You are listening to the voices in your head — You have build a makeshift door on your cubicle to keep people out, You have a dartboard with your bosses picture on it in your cube, You wonder why you are even here in the first place.

Seeing that I probably won’t receive anything from my employees, I think I’m gonna treat myself to a new purse during my visit to Kentucky! What do you think y’all? 🙂

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The weather is changing.

Cool days, and colder nights. Frost on the pumpkin. The scents of pumpkins and apples fill the air. Autumn is sure here now. The leaves are dropping, crunching sounds underfoot in the forest. Gardens harvested, wood piled for the winter. That’s right, but I’m headed to Kentucky on Thursday so maybe I can harvest a few more days of summer.

The word autumn comes from the Old French word autompne (automne in modern French), and was later normalized to the original Latin word autumnus. There are rare examples of its use as early as the 14th century, but it became common by the 16th century.

Before the 16th century, harvest was the term usually used to refer to the season. However as more people gradually moved from working the land to living in towns (especially those who could read and write, the only people whose use of language we now know), the word harvest lost its reference to the time of year and came to refer only to the actual activity of reaping, and fall, as well as autumn, began to replace it as a reference to the season. Wikipedia.com

Watch out in the woods, you never know who you may run into….the photo above is not me, but a lovable family member ready for Halloween!

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A happy Friday to all.

autumm flowers, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Today, end of work week. I’m headed out to go to the gym in a bit. I’ve lost a total of 72 pounds in 14 weeks. I’m happy even though I still have very bad eating days. Have a great loooooong weekend everyone!

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