Posts Tagged ‘birthday’

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What am I up to?

October 3, 2018

Or, to what am I up?

Today is my birthday – many of my friends also have birthdays this week.  To help us all celebrate, I baked up, with the help of my lovely assistant, HMS Defiant, The Best Cookies in the World – or, Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, cherry, oatmeal cookies.  And they really are TBCITW

Here is the recipe:
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon soda
3 cups regular, long-cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup chocolate chunks – chopped up Easter bunnies or candy bars work well
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup dried cherries

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cream the shortening and sugars. When well blended, add the egg. Mix in the egg, then add the water and vanilla. Add the salt, soda and flour all together and mix. Add one cup of oats – mix. Add the chocolate chunks – mix. Add the second cup of oats – mix. Add the white chocolate chips – mix. Add the third cup of oats – mix. Add the dried cherries and mix them in.

I bake them on heavy baking pans lined with parchment paper.

I roll the cookies into big balls with my hands. The unbaked cookies are probably bigger than a golf ball, but smaller than a tennis ball.

Place them a couple of inches apart on the baking pan and bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Cool on the pan for a few minutes then place on a cooling rack.

I don’t have a problem giving out the recipe. It is based on the original Quaker Oats recipe that they have now changed.

 

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Whose birthday am I noting?

May 10, 2018

Fred Astaire, born Frederick Austerlitz, on May 10, 1899 in Omaha, Nebraska, is an icon in the world of American dance.

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Whose birthday am I noting today?

April 3, 2018

Happy Birthday, Sally Rand

Sally Rand is an American icon, best known for her famous “fan dance.”   But, as with so many other celebrities, Miss Rand had a multifaceted career and personality that deserves (*ahem*) further exposure.

“Sally Rand” was born as Harriet Helen Gould Beck in the Ozark Mountain town of Elkton, Missouri on Easter Sunday, the 3rd of April, 1904.  She was the daughter of Nettie Grove, a Pennsylvania Dutch Quaker, and Corporal William Beck, a veteran of the Spanish-American War.  Teddy Roosevelt was President of the United States and there would come a time when little Helen would fall asleep in the great man’s lap.

Sally was interested in dance from an early age and, literally, ran away with a carnival as a teenager.  She later pursued such career opportunities as night club cigarette girl, artist’s model, and cafe dancer.

Read more here

It is tattoo Tuesday . . .

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Whose birthday will I be celebrating?

March 22, 2018

Don’t let them promote you. Don’t let them transfer you. Don’t let them do anything that takes you off the bridge of that ship, because while you’re there, you can make a difference.

James Tiberius (“Jim”) Kirk was a descendant of pioneers of the American frontier during the late 19th century.  He was born on March 22nd, 2233, in Iowa, USA, Earth. He was the son of George and Winona Kirk. ( His parents named him after his maternal grandfather, James, and his paternal grandfather, Tiberius. He went on to become arguably the most decorated officer in Star Fleet history.

A plaque marks his future birthplace in Riverside, Iowa.

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Whose birthday am I celebrating?

March 8, 2018

 

Related imageThe namesake of my nom de blog, Anne Bonney, the Lady Pirate, born in Cork, Ireland on March 8, 1697.

“It is hard to separate the legend from the facts of Anne Bonny. The only thing we can be sure of is that Anne Bonny was a strong, independent woman, who was way ahead of her time. The 18th century was still a time when man made all important decisions, a time when women did not have many rights. In this men’s world, it was hard for Anne Bonny to become an equal crewmember and a respected pirate” – more here

She was a liberated woman, colleague of Mary Read, the former wife of Calico Jack Rackham, and a pirate in her own right – Happy Birthday, Anne!

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Whose birthday am I noting?

February 22, 2018

 

Pebbles Flintstone – born on this day in 10,000 BC

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Whose birthday am I celebrating?

September 20, 2017

Malcolm ‘Mal’ Reynolds was the captain of the Firefly-class transport ship Serenity. During the Unification War, Mal fought for the Independents and was the highest ranking Browncoat to participate in and survive the Battle of Serenity Valley.

Mal was born on September 20, 2468 and was brought up on a ranch on the planet Shadow. Raised by his mother and “about 40 hands,” Mal apparently received a fairly decent education growing up. Though Mal usually seems more practical than intellectual, he occasionally surprised his friends by displaying familiarity in a wide range of literature varying from the works of Shan Yu, a psychotic dictator, to poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. He does, however, have no idea “who” Mona Lisa was.

Quote: I’ll take the shuttle in closer. Zoe, ship is yours. Remember, if anything happens to me, or you don’t hear from me within the hour… you take this ship and you come and you rescue me.

Ref: Firefly Wiki