Saturday, February 28, 2015
Fallen Angel (1945)


Linda Darnell really makes Fallen Angel come alive. But unfortunately it is at the expense of Alice Faye’s part.

Alice Faye plays June Mills who is all sunshine and lollipops. She is billed first but the story is her part kept getting shrunk and shooting went on in favor of Linda Darnell who is cynical, mean. and snappy with the comebacks. She plays games, tilts her head, bats her eyes. Basically brings it from Squaresville to Noir City with no stops.

Poor Dana Andrews as Eric Stanton. He keeps waffling between the blonde and the one in the toiben. He looks great in a Fedora which is requisite #1.

Worth a watch to see Linda and Dana’s repartee.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

I recieved some succulents from a friend. Here they are planted. succulents

Saturday, August 23, 2014

You’ll need
2 eggs
1 3/4 cup milk
1/4 vegetable oil
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt


1. Heat the skillet over med-high heat. Approximately 375 degrees F.


stir in milk and eggs.


then stir in oil




baking powder




Stir just until large lumps disappear.


2. Grease the heated skillet. I use butter.


Pour the batter onto the heated greased skillet.


Bubbles will burst on the top. Once they burst and don’t seal back over it is time to flip the pancake. I use a spatula. The second side will take much less time as the first. Cook until golden brown.


almost done


and serve immediately. many people top with syrup. you could substitute jam or powdered sugar if you wish.

Friday, November 01, 2013
Halloween 2013


Had a great Halloween. Tons of Trick or Treating even more visits to our house from our neighbors. Plenty of Grade B Horror. Black Sunday, Twins of Evil, Horror and Party Beach, Curse of the Living Corpse, Mad Monster Party and Munster’s episode Hot Rod Herman. It was a real enjoyable evening.

And now Dickens Fair workshops are tomorrow. Plus I heard a Christmas Carol on the radio. Where did this year go?

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From Holiday Cheer
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
You Can Find Me

if you don’t already know the only one who is ever here are content spammers


You can find me:

on facebook
on youtube
on flickr
on twitter
or miceland AT gmail DOttt com

i will not be here.

i’m fine, don’t worry.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Made a trip to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. A place I loathe and love both at once. It is a place fraught with contradiction for me.

But instead of discussing all of that I would like to mention that there is a stand along the Boardwalk that sells a right and proper dole whip. That’s right. I said it. I don’t have to wait to be in Disneyland to get a Dole whip. As far as i can tell. It is identical in taste and texture. So awesome. I do have a real weakness for the whips, and Santa Cruz is not that far from me. Just as long as the traffic on 17 is not bad (which it almost always is except fro very late at night and even then someone is invariably riding on my bumper because i’m not going 80 miles per hour down twists and turns that usually have my knuckles white.)

in other beach boardwalk news, the haunted castle has been much improved. there are various rooms or areas with different divertemente creepy themes. please don’t misconstrue my praise. it still is truly horrid. i still cant stand it. but i do love it and it is easily my favorite attraction at the boardwalk.

i don’t like ferris wheels now it seems. same for the sky tram. my kids love them. me? no. nope. no thank you.

i do like sitting on the beach and reading. that is just fine. i like it even if its overcast. no problem. love seeing my sisters, nieces and nephews, parents. very nice.

i like making lattes, drinks, and other bartending-like duties. this is what a husband should do for his wife or significant other.

hope you all are having a similarly enjoyable summer.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Banana Mamacow

I’ve been enjoying these little picture based instructions for recipes i’ve made and enjoy so I thought I’d do another. This is a tiki drink called the banana mamacow. i’m told its a combination of two drinks - banana mama and the banana cow. I believe the credit goes to Martin of the Forbidden Island and more recently of Smuggler’s Cove.

I’ve had the drink frequently at FI and have taken to making it at home. On a hot day like today its refreshing and delicious. Its also a great use for very ripe bananas if you don’t want to make banana bread.

banana mamacow

Start with a handful of ice in the old blender. I only use filtered water in my ice cubes but i am obsessive.

banana mamacow

Next one (or two) bananas in there.

banana mamacow

banana mamacow

2 oz of white rum. i didn’t have any white rum handy so i used a Cruzan Aged which is not a bad substitute. My only rule is no Bacardi in this house. Sorry.

banana mamacow

banana mamacow

next half an ounce of banana liqueur. I use 99 Bananas. It does the trick.

banana mamacow

now one ounce of coco lopez. i cheat and use coco real. It is more convient for me but once i get down to the bottom of the bottle i have to cut open the bottle to get at the remaining bit which is less convenient. so pick your method of hassle.

banana mamacow

blend. my blender has a frozen drinks button which is wayy too easy. blend till it is smooth.

banana mamacow

pour and serve. i apologize my presentation leaves much to be desired. but the drink doesn’t require a lot of presentation to be good. it just IS.

Thank you Martin Cate. You rule.

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