Huh?! What?

So…ya know how every few miles you see salons? Those walk-in salons where you don’t need an appointment? Aren’t they just so much fun?

Why I keep going back to this particular salon is a mystery to me. I guess maybe because I don’t need an appointment.

Well, my hair was getting long and driving me crazy. I wanted to let it grow long just like my great-grandma had. (She had beautiful white hair that ran all the way down her back. Very rarely did we see her wear her hair down.) Anyway, I was at the point, just to forget about growing my hair out.

It was a Sunday afternoon and my husband was outdoors cutting grass. I sent him a message saying I wanted a haircut today. He came in and said let’s go. We drove up the street to this salon. We walk in and the lady behind the counter asked me if I wanted a haircut. I said yes. She turns to my husband who is bald and asks him if HE wanted a haircut. Seriously?? Couldn’t this woman see he has no hair? Don’t you need to have hair first to get a haircut???

My turn came up and I followed the woman to the chair where I was to sit. (While I was waiting my turn, I looked through a hairstyle book to see if I could find a hairstyle that I liked.) I found a style and took the book with me to show the lady how I wanted my hair cut. What a joke.

I showed her the picture and she closed the book and laid it on the dresser. She puts a cape on me. Someone walked in and she muttered something and walked away from me. She did this at three or four times! Was there a problem? What in the world was she doing?? She came back to me, took a few cuts off my hair, and was distracted again! She finally came back and apologized. She kept telling me how hungry she was, too. (Just because you’re hungry and need to eat doesn’t mean that gives you the right to mess up on a patron’s haircut!!) She took a few more snips off my hair, hands me a mirror so I can see the back of my head. I told her the back looks great.

She asked if I liked the rest of my hair. I asked her if she could give my sides a more layered look. She took a step back and looked at me like I spoke in some foreign language and suddenly had three heads. She cut a bit more off ONE side of my head. I looked at myself in the mirror. I hated what I saw! My hair on the right side looked like I just got up out of bed. It was laying all haphazardly. The left side of my head was sticking out like I had just been scared. She took the cape off and walked away from me. I glanced at my husband like what just happened?

I walked up to the counter and my husband paid. He kept looking at me really strange. He asked me questions about my haircut. At this point, I just wanted to scream at him to please just be quiet! He paid and I practically ran out of the salon. I wanted to cry.

We went home. I was upset. I went to the salon’s website and sent a message to the corporate office telling them of my experience with this salon. I received a message back telling me that someone from this salon would give me a call. Blah! Blah! Blah!

A week later someone did call me. I was told to come back in and the owner of the salon would fix my hair for me. I thought good luck. It’s pretty much messed up. I went back and the owner of the salon apologized profusely almost the entire time I was there. She took one look at my hair and told me that she was going to try to fix it.

The woman who had cut my hair the week before was there. She kinda looked at me strange. I sent her a message with my eyes that said you messed up my hair! I want a real stylist with experience to cut my hair. It was pretty obvious she wasn’t experienced at all.

My hair still doesn’t lay the way I want it to but it does look some better. Alex made the comment that the next time (if there is a next time) that he’s going to tell the ladies he wants the full works…shampoo, style, haircut. They’d probably look at him like he has three heads.

Have a wonderful day!

Laurie Jackson

 

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From Grandma’s Country Kitchen — Peanut Butter Coffee Cake Wreath

PEANUT BUTTER COFFEE CAKE WREATH

! cup dairy sour cream

1 package Fleischmann’s active dry yeast

1/4 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)

3 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons margarine or butter, softened

1 egg

3 to 3 1/2 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour*

Peanut Butter Filling (below)

Cocoa Glaze (below)

Heat sour cream over low heat until lukewarm. Dissolve yeast in warm water in large bowl. Beat in sour cream, sugar, salt, margarine, egg and1 1/2 cups flour until smooth. Stir in remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto well-floured surface; knead until smooth, 10 minutes. Place in greased bowl; turn greased side up. Cover and let rise in warm place until double, 1 hour. Prepare filling. Punch down dough. Roll into rectangle. 25×6″. Make 1 1/2″ cuts on 25″ sides at 1/2″ intervals. Spread filling down center. Criss-cross strips over filling. Shape into ring on greased cookie sheet. Pinch ends together. cover and let rise until almost double, 1 hour. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool slightly; top with cocoa glaze.

Makes 1 coffeecake.

*If using self-rising flour, omit salt.

Note: Unbleached flour can be used in this recipe.

PEANUR BUTTER FILLING: Mix 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, 3/4 cup Skippy creamy or super chunk peanut butter and 2 tablespoons margarine or butter, softened, in small bowl.

COCOA GLAZE:

Mix 1 cup powdered sugar and 1/4 cup Hershey’s cocoa. Stir in 2 tablespoons milk until smooth. If necessary, stir in additional milk, 1/2 teaspoon at a time.

Have a blessed day!

Laurie Jackson

From Grandma’s Country Kitchen — Milk

Make your own sweetened condensed milk.

Add 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons instant nonfat dry milk to 1/2 cup warm water.

Stir in 3/4 cup sugar.

Stir until sugar is dissolved.

This is equal to one can of sweetened condensed milk.

 

QUICK FROSTING

Add 1 -15 ounce can of crushed pineapple juice and all to a 3 3/4 ounce of instant vanilla pudding. Stir until well mixed.

Enjoy!

Laurie Jackson

From Grandma’s Country Kitchen —Peanut Butter Fingers

PEANUT BUTTER FINGERS

1 package Fleischman’s active dry yeast

2 tablespoons warm water (105 to 115 degrees)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup Skippy creamy or super chunk peanut butter

1/4 cup margarine or butter, softened

1/4 cup shortening

1 1/2 cups Gold Medal all-purpose or whole wheat flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

Cocoa glaze (below)

Dissolve yeast in warm water in large bowl. Mix in sugars, egg, peanut butter, margarine and shortening until smooth. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 375 degrees

Shape dough by teaspoonfuls into 2 1/2″ fingers on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until light brown, about 8 minutes. Cool. Dip one end of each cookie into cocoa glaze.

About 6 dozen.

COCOA GLAZE:

Mix 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar and 1/4 cup Hershey’s cocoa in medium bowl. Stir in 3 tablespoons milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla until smooth. Stir in additional milk, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until of desired consistency.

*If using self-rising flour, omit baking soda and salt.

Note: Unbleached flour can be used in this recipe.

I’m wondering if Skippy peanut butter is even made anymore? That’s the only brand Grandma Helen bought. I’m also thinking I should make these for me. These sound really delicious. Peanut butter is one of the many food items that I should stay away from because  it causes me to have migraines. We shall see…

Have a blessed day!

Laurie Jackson

Whisper To Me

Whisper

To me

Just how much

You love me.

Whisper

In my ear

How you

feel about me.

Gently and

Ever so softly.

Wrap me

In your arms.

Whisper

Sweet nothings

To me.

Gently kiss

My lips.

Let me

Feel your strength

Through your tenderness.

Whisper

I love you.

 

Have a blessed day!

Laurie Jackson

 

Fake Or Real

I hate fake, especially fake friendships. If you are going to be nice to my face one minute but stab me in the back the next, you can just go on your merry way. I have no use for you. I do not have the time, energy or patience to waste on people like that.

I can’t stand drama. Someone close to me seems to get a thrill causing drama. It seems like this person isn’t happy unless there is drama. Talk about stupid! When I see this going on, I just walk away. I do not need that negativity dragging me down. I have enough stuff going on with my own life. I don’t need or want that crap around me.

I am an extremely honest person. I am not afraid to speak my mind. (It took me many years to get this way. No more walking on eggshells around people, especially in my own home.) If what I say hurts your feelings, deal with it. If you can’t handle the truth, don’t lie to me. I usually have a way of finding out when someone lies to me. My gut instinct stand to attention. I can, also, usually tell if you’re lying to me. If you have shifty eyes while talking with me, just stop talking.

I am an honest person and I am a positive person. Don’t drag me down with your sob stories and negativity.

If you want to be my friend, be yourself and be honest! Please!

Have a blessed day!

Laurie Jackson

 

 

 

Disappointed

I am disappointed in myself today. Let me explain…

I was in a bad mood for…most of the day. (I was going to say ALL day but I remembered something…)

I suffer with chronic depression but that was not the problem today. It was my medicine. I didn’t have the full amount. What I’m trying to say but having a dickens of a time saying it is I only half of the correct amount I usually take. Sooooo, with only half my medicine, I became very crabby. Everyone and everything ticked me off.

That is until we arrived back home.

Ava Rose, my beautiful two month old granddaughter made me smile. She is absolutely perfect. Having her on my lap always makes me feel so much better.

Anyway, after spending time with Ava, my crabbiness faded away rather quickly.

Have a wonderful day!

Laurie Jackson

From Grandma’s Country Kitchen — Pecans

Pecans should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer. They will keep without deterioration for two years when frozen.

SUGARED PECANS

1/2 pound pecans

1 egg white

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with Pam. Beat the egg white with 1 tablespoon water in a large bowl. Add pecans and stir until coated with this mixture. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake for an hour, or until dry and toasted, stirring every 15 minutes. Let cool and store in refrigerator.

ROASTED SALTED PECANS

Spread pecans in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Dot with butter or drizzle with oil. Roast in a preheated 375 degrees oven for 5 minutes, watching and stirring the nuts–they can burn suddenly. Sprinkle with salt and store in an airtight jar.

CHOCOLATE PECAN PIE

Unbaked 9″ pie shell

1 cup chocolate chips

2/3 cup evaporated milk

2 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup sugar

2 tablespoon flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup chopped pecans

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Prick pie shell well and bake for 5 minutes. COOL THOROUGHLY. Combine chocolate, evaporated milk and butter. Cook over low heat until mixture is creamy and smooth. Cool and beat in eggs and vanilla. Sift together flour, sugar and salt and beat in. Pour into pie shell and sprinkle with pecans.

Bake at 375 degrees about 40 minutes, or until firm. Cool pie completely before serving.

Enjoy!

Laurie Jackson

What In The World?!

I must be dreaming because the sun just rose. I rolled over in my nice, warm bed trying to get away from that annoying noise. Didn’t work. In fact, there seemed to be increased noises!

Beep, beep beep! A high shrill pitchy sound. Some dump truck is backing up somewhere nearby. Air is being released from brakes and a tailgate slams shut.

Seriously!? It’s barely 7 am, for my sake! Are you nuts?! I haven’t been out of bed yet. Nor had I had any coffee.

I walk to the kitchen and ask my husband what is happening right now? He tells me to look out the window. Up on the hillside is a dozer tearing down the trees.

All day long, it was pretty noisy around here. I realize the job needed to get done but…warn me please?

Thank you!

Have a wonderful day!

Laurie Jackson