Monthly Archives: April 2011

Human Planet

I haven’t seen this before or if I have I don’t remember. I just watched the episode where the father in the Himalayas is taking his two children to school. No one should ever complain again about their morning commute! This man had to take his two children (tweenish ages) on a journey of about five days and forty miles! on the Chadar River. They walked and there were no hotels along the way. They slept in cave like holes in the cliffs.  My eyes were as big as saucers and I could hardly breath as they were climbing down a ledge on just little metal bars and sliding along under a rock on thin ice!!! It was heart stopping.

They made it safely to the school, where the father left them and then had to turn around and make the journey back home alone.

That show should be shown to every spoiled school kid who has a nice ride to school that only takes an hour or less.

My Rice Krispies Patty

Yes it looks like a giant hamburger because why mess another dish. Here is my recipe:
1. 1 stick of salted sweet cream butter, melted.
2. 1 bag of marshmallows melted and stirred a lot.
3. A cereal bowl full of Rice Krispies.
4. A smattering of some other kind of cereal. I used organic chocolate O’s.
5. Whatever nuts you have lying around.
6. More cereal.
7. 1 bag of shredded coconut.
8. 2 pouches of Quaker Maple and Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal.
9. Stir all together.
10. Remove from heat and add whatever chocolate chips are left in the bag from sitting around the house in front of your taste buds for the last few days.
11. Plop it out onto the non-stick aluminum foil and squash into shape with a piece of press n seal over your hand.
12. Sample as much as you can while cruising the internet.
13. Wrap it up nice and tight and hope the cat doesn’t want any.
Be very careful, the measurements are precise. Oh and have a glass of milk with it. Fat free milk. Then 🙂

I’m going to throw up now

I was just watching Jamie Oliver (cute as a button and sexy too) on The David Letterman Show and he said that vanilla ice cream is made with an ingredient called castoreum. Castoreum is made from beaver anal gland secretions!!!

From Wikipedia

Both beaver testicles and castoreum, a bitter-tasting secretion with a slightly fetid odor contained in the castor sacs of male or female beaver, have been articles of trade for use in traditional medicine. Yupik (Eskimo) medicine used dried beaver testicles like willow bark to relieve pain. Beaver testicles were exported from Levant (a region centered on Lebanon and Israel) from the tenth to nineteenth century.[30] Claudius Aelianus comically described beavers chewing off their testicles to preserve themselves from hunters, which is not possible because the beaver’s testicles are inside its body. European beavers (Castor fiber) were eventually hunted nearly to extinction in part for the production of castoreum, which was used as an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antipyretic. Castoreum was described in the 1911 British Pharmaceutical Codex for use in dysmenorrhea and hysterical conditions (i.e. pertaining to the womb), for raising blood pressure and increasing cardiac output. The activity of castoreum has been credited to the accumulation of salicin from willow trees in the beaver’s diet, which is transformed to salicylic acid and has an action very similar to aspirin.[31] Castoreum continues to be used in perfume production.

Much of the early exploration and trade of Canada was based on the quest for beaver. See Canadian canoe routes (early) and related articles. The most valuable part of the beaver is its inner fur whose many minute barbs make it excellent for felting, especially for hats. In Canada a ‘made beaver’ or castor gras that an Indian had worn or slept on was more valuable than a fresh skin since this tended to wear off the outer guard hairs.

Oh the poor little beaver.

Finally some respect for Fibromyalgia patients

This is my life.

What are we doing?

Beautiful Luna