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Pumpkin Cobbler. Easy and delicious.

Mix together:

1 16 oz. can pumpkin
4 eggs
1 can sweetened condensed milk
pumpkin pie spices to taste

Pour into a 9 X 13 baking dish.

Distribute evenly over top:

1 box yellow cake mix (dry, straight out of the box)
1 cup chopped nuts
2 sticks melted butter

Bake at 350F for about 45 minutes, until top is nicely browned. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

This might be my newest favorite dessert.

Posted by Arkansas Granny | Tue Oct 23, 2012, 02:14 PM (12 replies)

Thought for Today

I venture to suggest that patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.

Adlai E. Stevenson, American statesman (1900-1965).

This was printed in our local newpaper today.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Fri Sep 14, 2012, 01:12 PM (1 replies)

In which I receive another reminder as to why I don't discuss politics at work.

I work with some really great guys, but they are very conservative and agree with much of what the Tea Party stands for. The discussion around the break table this morning included speculation about Romney’s choice of running mate. Someone mentioned that Condi Rice had been considered, but she had turned it down. I pointed out that they were trying to get the black vote and the women’s vote all at the same time just like last cycle when they tried to get the women’s vote by running Sarah Palin for VP.

That’s when it got interesting. These guys are convinced that Sarah was chosen for her intellect and no other reason. I asked “Have you ever really listened to her speak? She just connects a lot of words, but she never really says anything.”

Why, of course, they’ve listened to her. Apparently I haven’t or I would know how smart she is. They are really disappointed that I don’t recognize just how smart she is. She’s a lot smarter than “your President”!


My reply: “Let’s see. It took Sarah 5 years to get a degree in sports journalism and “my President” was President of the Harvard Law Review.”


“So, are you going to get that four-wheeler you were looking at?”
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Thu Jul 19, 2012, 09:19 AM (31 replies)

Full Disclosure

The question of disclosure looms large this election cycle. First, there’s the appalling Citizens United decision, in which the Supreme Court opened the floodgates to anonymous corporate money. This is having a huge impact on this campaign season, as a tsunami of unregulated money from undisclosed sources threatens to drown the whole political landscape. Second, there’s Mitt Romney’s refusal so far to reveal the details of his prodigious wealth and his corresponding skill at tax avoidance.

In the interest of promoting an open democracy, at this time I voluntarily disclose that I contributed $50 last week to the Obama campaign. This was a big deal for me. Until the Rocky Mountain News folded, I was a newspaper journalist ethically forbidden from participating in campaigns, which included, as far as I was concerned, giving money to candidates. So, until a few days ago, I was a political donor virgin (full disclosure: except for a small donation last year to my good buddy, Colorado State Representative Max Tyler). I know that fifty bucks doesn’t sound like much in comparison to the $5 million casino magnate Sheldon Adelson just gave the GOP, but it’s still plenty for an unemployed cartoon magnate like myself.

Now that I’m a big-time campaign donor, having purchased access to the corridors of power (again in the interests of full disclosure), here’s what I will whisper in the president’s ear when I get the one-on-one face time I just bought. “Barack (I assume we big contributors get to be on a first-name basis with our contributees), stand up for the little guy. Stop trying to compromise with people who won’t compromise with you. All you’re doing is giving ground. Make the case for a progressive agenda that takes care of the poor, the displaced, the dispossessed, the powerless. That’s our primary job as members of a functioning democracy. Stand up for your health care reforms. Point out that the Republican governors who are refusing the Medicaid funds tend to preside over states with the worst health care records, and that refusing to extend coverage to their poorest citizens is not only stupid, it’s evil. Make the case, over and over again, that the Republican agenda of paying for tax cuts for the rich with benefit cuts for the poor impoverishes us all. Oh, and after the Barclays scandal, how can any candidate still say with a straight face that we need more deregulation of the financial sector? Remind the voters why we’re in this recession in the first place and make them understand that if we fall for the same old policies one more time, we may never recover.

“I ask nothing for myself, except this one small thing: do you think you might consider finding some funds for a program to help editorial cartoonists displaced by the implosion of the newspaper industry? You should come to our next convention (in Washington this September, so it won’t be hard to find us) You can recognize the ones who’ve recently been laid off. They’re the poor souls who will be wandering around aimlessly, our eyes vacant and haunted and our little fingers twitching to draw cartoons nobody will ever see. It wouldn’t cost a lot to help. There aren’t very many of us any more, but we’re suffering mightily. How about something like the old WPA during the New Deal. Maybe we could draw cartoons on the walls of post offices or something. Oh, right. Lots of post offices will probably be closing soon, too. Just our luck. Thanks anyway.”

Posted by Arkansas Granny | Wed Jul 18, 2012, 02:01 PM (0 replies)

How cool. I just noticed that the mockingbirds have built a nest in the shrub outside

my office window. There are two eggs in it today. They had a nest in the same place last summer and raised one successful brood of 3 chicks. I'll keep you posted.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Wed May 9, 2012, 02:46 PM (11 replies)

Bacon flavored lip balm.

I've always said that anything can be made better with bacon.

Posted by Arkansas Granny | Sun Mar 11, 2012, 02:03 PM (10 replies)

The etiquette gap: From Newt and Mitt to Facebook and texting

No one should do anything that can either annoy or offend the sensibilities of others.

.– Emily Post

For all her family's generations of well-mannered breeding, Lizzie Post is not immune to the awkward moment. She was out to dinner not long ago with friends, and as the hour grew late, the wine flowed, and so did the foul language coming from her group. A man from another table came over and asked that they tone things down because he had children with him.

"I was really embarrassed," winces Ms. Post, great-great-granddaughter of the legendary etiquette giant Emily Post.

But not so for one of her table mates. He said that it was the father who was out of line, that people curse, and that if the man wanted to take his children out in public, they'd better get used to it.


A long read, but pretty interesting.

Posted by Arkansas Granny | Tue Mar 6, 2012, 02:42 PM (1 replies)

Maureen Dowd - G.O.P. Greek Tragedy

Rick should scat.

Mitt Romney needs to be left alone to limp across the finish line, so he can devote his full time and attention to losing to President Obama.

With Sanctorum and Robo-Romney in a race to the bottom, the once ruthless Republican Party seems to have pretty much decided to cave on 2012 and start planning for a post-Obama world.

Not even because Obama is so strong; simply because their field is so ridiculously weak and wacky.

Posted by Arkansas Granny | Wed Feb 29, 2012, 06:52 AM (0 replies)
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