Saturday, December 17, 2011

I'll be away for a while.

I'll be back in January.

Monday, December 12, 2011


"Chinese artisans from Zigong, China have carefully crafted each sculpture by hand. Made of sheer, painted fabrics, each towering sculpture is enhanced by glowing light, color, and an imaginative setting. The attraction  includes eleven themed areas with each display representing special Christmas scenes."
(copied from Christmas at the Galt House. )


That's IT ***

Friday, December 9, 2011

Gingerbread Houses and Victorian Houses

This will be a photo post. Not much text. I promised not to place any more than 10 photos to a post.

Click photos to enlarge.
This is a life size model gingerbread house made by chef and staff at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY. The bricks are gingerbread baked by the chef. Candy circles were also made by the chef.

Among a display of over 25 gingerbread houses, I took only a few pictures. I was intrigued by the creativity diplayed by the artists.

A house and a van

VICTORIAN HOUSES in a historic areas of Louisville, KY said to be the first suburb of the city.
12-12-2011 KaLightoscope

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


I may have written about Louisville, Kentucky in a previous post. This was my second time traveling to Kentucky with the Primetimers. Primetimers may give those of lesser years the idea that things are old and slow with this group.  On the contrary, the people are lively, fun, congenial and a group I enjoy traveling with. The itinerary is well planned with something of interest for everyone.

The next posts will be captioned pictures of my 3 day get away last week.

Jeffersonville, Indiana
"G.A. Schimpff’s Confectionery is one of the oldest, continuously operated, family-owned candy businesses in the United States. It was opened in its present location in 1891 by Gustav Schimpff Sr. and Jr.
This unique confectionery and lunch room in Jeffersonville's downtown historic district comes complete with a 50's soda fountain and original tin ceiling. The old-fashioned candy jars, cases, and turn-of-the century equipment transport you back to the good old days of home-made candy and a real fountain drink.
Its Candy Museum and Candy Demonstration Area offer a glimpse into the world of historic candy making, packaging and advertising." (copied from Schimpff's website)
Outside window of Schimpff's

The red marks outside the windows indicate floodline during a flood in the 1800's.

Vintage  candy tubs in museum
The world's largest gummi bear


An antique vending machine that still works.

Vintage candy vending machines


Schimpff's 1950's soda fountain still in operation

 The boilers are copper because of the even heating. The rings on the stove can be removed to accomodate various sized boilers.
The syrup is boiling over a stove specially made for fitting candy boilers

After boiling to a select temperature, the syrup is poured onto a metal table. Note that iron bars keep the syrup contained in one area.

The candy maker adds a distinct amount of cinnamon oil to the syrup and begins manipulating it so that the oil and syrup intermingle. 16 ounces of cinnamon oil is about $50 .

The syrup is beginning to solidify to form the hard candy.

This view is from a mirror atop the work station. He presses the warm candy lengthwise while it is still pliable. He will then cut it into 1 foot lengths and run it through a candy mold that will press it into individual pieces.

Notice the sheets of candy in the background. To break them apart he holds up a candy sheet and drops it onto the table where it breaks into the individual pieces you see in the foreground.

We were each given a sample of the product which was still warm. The business prides itself on making as many of it's candies by hand instead of machine.  They still use  many of the original tools their ancestors used. The candy store adjoins the museum and candy kitchen. There are many other candies available for purchase.

Friday, December 2, 2011


Potatoes left after using 5 for a pie
 I bought sweet potatoes, bell peppers and pears the last time I went to the Bessemer Flea Market.
The potatoes were a little small so I used about 5 to make a sweet potato pie, something I'd been craving for a while.
This is the recipe from recipezaar
Note: This recipe is very similar to the one I used when I made the bean pie

1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup sugar   (I also added 1/4 c. brown sugar)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 c. evaporated milk (I used almond milk)
2 c. mashed sweet potatoes
1 tsp. vanilla extract
                                                                                         1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
1 9" unbaked pie shell
1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.
2.Add eggs. Mix well.
3. Add milk, sweet potatoes, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Mix well.
4.Pour into pie shell
5.Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes
6. Reduce heat to 350 degrees; bake 35-40 minutes longer or until pie tests done.
7. Cool. Store in refrigerator.

I used this to boil the potatoes

After the potatoes were done, I placed them in a colander with ice to cool them quicker.

These are the ingredients and tools I used.

It was time for Family Feud so I took a one hour break.

The pie shell was thawed 15 minutes, pricked, and placed in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes

Sweet potato filling. The white flecks are margarine.

Rim of crust covered with foil to keep it from browning too fast.

The finished sweet potato pie fresh from the oven.

Compare this BEAN PIE and potato pie. They look a lot alike and have the same consistency.
It was delicious. Craving satisfied.
That's it***

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Scrolling, Scrolling, Scrolling

I know I'm preaching to the choir but I received this e-mail  and decided to use it as my post to day. How many times have you received an e-mail that's been forwarded so many times that your finger goes numb on the mouse as you scroll, and scroll and scroll.  Or, you know the e-mail is from someone who doesn't remove the previous sender(s) addresses so you automatically press  Ctrl-End. so that you can just get to the bottom of it.
Do you really know how to Forward ----------  e-mails?

1) You MUST click the "Forward" button first or you won't be able to edit the message at all.

2) After you click Forward , DELETE all of the
other addresses that appear in the body of the message (at the top). You can do this by highlighting the names along with the e-mail address and then pressing the DELETE button. Sometimes the addresses must be deleted individually or your BACKSPACE button has to be used.

3) Whenever you send an e-mail to more than one person, do NOT use the To: or Cc: fields for adding e-mail addresses.    Always use the BCC: (blind carbon copy) field for listing the e-mail addresses.

This way the people you send to will only see their own e-mail address.

To Rename the "Subject"
1) Remove any "FW:" in the subject line. You can re-name the subject if you wish or even fix spellings.

2) ALWAYS hit your Forward button from the actual e-mail you are reading.

 3) By forwarding from the actual page you wish someone to view; you stop them from having to open many e-mails just to see what you sent.

Petition E-mails

Have you ever gotten an e-mail that is a petition, asking you to add your name and address and to forward it to 10 or 15 people or your entire address book.  That e-mail can be forwarded on and on and can collect thousands of names and e-mail addresses.

FACT:   The completed petition is actually worth money to

a professional spammer because of the wealth of valid names and e-mail addresses

contained therein. If you want to support the petition, send it as your own

personal letter to the intended recipient, legislator or organization. Your

position is likely to carry more weight as a personal letter than a laundry list

of names and e-mail address on a petition Actually, if you think about it ...
who's supposed to send the completed petition to whatever cause it supports?

If you don't know, it's probably going to a spammer.

What About This One;
"Send this e-mail to 10 people and something great will happen"

IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!!!!! This is a trick to get you to supply a list of e-mail addresses to spammers.It's the same thing for the ones that ask you to "keep this prayer going" or "show your support for our troops"

BEFORE you forward an 'Amber Alert', or

a 'Virus Alert', or some of the other warnings, stories or news items

floating around nowadays, CHECK THEM OUT.

Just go to or
That's It***