Kitchen Aid Mixer

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This will be my last blog until June 9, as I am going on vacation tomorrow to visit my grandchildren. If you miss your daily blog with Sandy, you can go back and read some of the ‘old’ posts. There are over 600 to choose from.

My very most favorite kitchen appliance would have to be my Kitchen Aid mixer. (Actually it is a toss up between that and my new Cuisinart).

Here it is right before using. I haven’t even put the beater in yet. Peter snapped this photo this morning and my mixer looks sort of forlorn.

This one is Martha Stewart blue. That is a soft aqua. I have the matching bowl and spatula for a real designer look while I am baking. I also have the MS apron in the same shade with red trim.

These mixers don’t only look good, they work extremely well. They are very heavy and do not move around on the counter. The bowl does not turn, just the beaters. Most batters mix in a very short time.

I have added the beater that ‘scrapes the bowl’. This does not come with the machine but it is a $30 extra. Well worth it.

The machine comes with a good beater, a wire whisk for beating egg whites and cream and a dough hook.

You can also buy attachments that fit onto the shaft. I have the meat grinder, which I love. I always grind my own ‘hamburger’ from lean cuts of beef.

I have also made turkey burgers with scraps of uncooked turkey. No comparison to store bought. Fresh and you KNOW what is in it.

This mixer comes in the most gorgeous colors. My first one was white. Then I got a red one. My last one was royal blue. And now aqua.

It also comes in pumpkin, green, silver and pink. Williams and Sonoma comes out with new colors each season. Pumpkin for the fall, red and green for the Christmas Holidays etc.

You get the picture. There is even a company that sells Kitchen Aid decals so you can make your mixer very original.

The reason I have had so many is that I have moved a lot and this mixer weighs a ton. I have usually sold my ‘used’ mixer for almost as much as a new one and I have ‘traded up’ in size as well.

Yes, it is an expensive addition to your kitchen, but you will never regret buying one. Even Costco sells these and sometimes Macy’s has a good sale on ‘last year’s color’.

Actually all the colors are very pretty. I have a fantasy in my head, where I have a very large kitchen, with an island in the middle.

On one long counter are about six of these machines in various colors. Since you have to use the KA bowl, this means you could make mashed potatoes, whipped cream, chocolate cake, cookies and bread, all without having to wash the bowl.

Of course you would then have five or six bowls and beaters to wash all at once. Of course the rest of my fantasy is that I would have a maid who would be right there to do this.

Amazon Customer Service

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Amazon has the greatest customer service. I order from them all the time and usually things arrive efficiently and very quickly.

Every now and then there is an item I want that cannot be shipped to Hawaii. When this happens I usually don’t order it.

However, as I am going to California the day after tomorrow, I did order a couple of items and had them shipped to my daughters house. I will pick them up when I get there.

Amazon sends a survey to see when everything arrived. I said, I didn’t know if it had arrived as they do not ship to Hawaii and why not? Hawaii is closer to Hong Kong than California (or New York).

This is the reply I just received.

Dear Sandra Conrad ,
Thanks for your business

It’s our pleasure to service you
Via your feedback,you are not satisfied with our service
Hope you can kindly understand
what’s more, you are our valued customer, no matter what happends, we’d like to try our best to solve the problem
For this inconvenience, if you like, we can refund or resend another upon your preference
But which one do you prefer to?

We will very appreciate for your highly cooperation
Looking forward to your early reply
Best regards
Nancy

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Then I wrote the following answer:

I would prefer another set. If you could send to me at my address in Hawaii. Sandra Conrad, 1600 Ala Moana Blvd. 308, Honolulu, HI 96815  Thank you, if not, then please refund.

Now here is their reply to my reply.

Please rest assured that your enquiry will be answered promptly between 24hours
We are sincere to help you
So please wait patiently
hope your coorpation and comprehension
Please keep in mind we are closed weekends so its possible you send us
a message Friday
afternoon and will get a response the following Monday.
Best Regards
Warm Mart–Ship From Hong Kong

And now for the final letter: Ta Da.

Dear Sandra Conrad
Thank you for your business

OK, please don’t worry

We will resend for you within 1 working days

it will take about 8 working days

So please wait patiently

Thank God for e-mail. Imagine if this whole incident happened before the age of the computer. Of course I wouldn’t be ordering merchandise ‘online’. I might be ordering from a catalog, and customer service replies could take weeks.

No Cream Cheese, No Bake Cheesecake

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I have a favorite cookbook. It is called ‘From Generation to Generation’ and is a compilation of recipes from the Jewish women of Dallas, Texas.

Every single recipe in the book is somebody’s best thing. Really wonderful. Not really ‘Jewish’ food, but Jewish women are great cooks and these are the Best of the Best.

If you do want some actual Jewish food recipes, there is a section in the book for this. If you want to order this cookbook you can order it online from the Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-El, Dallas Texas. The listing is under the gift shop Judaic Treasures.

I think it was $15.95 and as the shop is run by volunteers, the money goes to women and children charities and hospitals in Dallas and around the world. This book makes a wonderful gift.

Yesterday I made some peanut butter cookies. They came out rather tasteless and I decided to make them into crumbs and doctor them up for a pie crust. I added some pecans and a little sugar/cinnamon and whirled them in the food processor.

Then I pressed them into a spring form pan. I buttered the pan first but there was plenty of butter in the cookies, so I didn’t add any more.

Now for the filling. I didn’t have any cream cheese but I did have cottage cheese, so I started looking through my many cookbooks. I found this recipe for Elece’s Fruit Cheesecake. It is basically a cooked egg/sugar/gelatin with cottage cheese/crushed pineapple and maraschino cherries.

Then you fold in some whipping cream, but I didn’t have that, so I used Cool Whip.

I didn’t have any cherries, so I used cut up strawberries. The only thing I would do next time, is to run the cottage cheese through the food processor to smooth it, before adding it to the rest of the ingredients.

It is still good, even without this step.

New Haircut

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I have had the same basic haircut for about ten years. For the past five or six I have been going to Super Cuts every three or four weeks. Sometimes I take a few snips here and there myself

Super Cuts is super cheap. $17.95 with my Senior Discount. That and a $5 tip and I am out of there in twenty minutes tops for less than $25.

Sort of the Slam, Bam, Thank you Ma’am of beauty salons.

The other day I read an article in the local paper about a hairdresser here who trained under Vidal Sassoon. He has been cutting hair for thirty years and I decided that I needed a change and he would be perfect.

I called his salon and asked what he charged for a haircut. I gulped, but made an appointment anyway. You only live once.

He had an opening in one hour and as the J Salon is located about one mile from my house, I took it. When I walked in I felt like I was in New York or San Francisco.

All sleek black leather and glass. Long black counters, black sinks and reclining chairs. The receptionist handed me the complimentary drink menu. She seated me in the waiting lounge and then a beautiful girl in a glamorous black one shoulder dress came to take my drink order.

Then she took me to Joe’s station. Chair One, of course. (A very attractive man wearing jeans and a long sleeve shirt). He ran his hands through my hair, clucked and said,”Well I think we should get rid of the spikes. It is very 80’s.” OK. I wanted his advice.

Then he said,”How do you feel about the color?”.  I said I liked it. I do it myself and I get lots of compliments on the color.

He said, “You don’t have to do this, but I think I would change it to an eggplant shade and it will look much better.” I gulped again. I know once you start with salon coloring, it is an expensive addiction.

(I decided to come back next week and try salon coloring) What’s the worst that can happen? $65. Plus tip. Besides that, it will probably look a lot better than color in a box and I’ll get another glass of ‘free’ ice tea.

Then I was led to a changing room to put on a grey smock/coat. Then to the shampoo station where several other women in the same grey outfits were getting shampooed.

It was a great shampoo, complete with wonderful neck massage. Then back to Joe, where my passion fruit ice tea was waiting for me. This was served in a glass, with ice cubes and a sprig of mint. Very classy.

Now to begin. Joe whipped out his scissors (which I’m sure cost over $500) He proceeded to cut and snip and then finish all over with an electric razor/comb method to get every little odd hair. After nearly an hour he was satisfied and I was ‘done’. (He does not believe in the ten minute haircut).

Just a dab of hair cream, a two minute blow with the dryer and Voila. It was perfect. And no matter what, it just falls into place automatically.

Was it worth it? Definitely!

Me at 10AM

Me at 1 PM

And this one is the next day. After I had a makeup makeover from the National Makeup Artist at Lancome. And it doesn’t hurt that this photo was taken by Peter who is a professional photographer, rather than by me on my computer/camera.

I just hope it last six weeks. I think Super Cuts just lost a customer.

Ridiculous!

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I was trying to log into my Office Depot account and could not remember my password. Actually I’m not sure if I ever had one for this account.  So the site has asked for my Identity Verification.

All they wanted to know was all the information on any receipt from the past twelve months. As if I saved a receipt from Office Depot the last time I bought a ream of paper for $3.99. You must be kidding.

I phoned customer service and after asking me my account number, name, address, date of birth and email, the girl said she would change question two to ‘What is my email? ‘ (rather than the receipt question).  Question one was easy, ‘What is your last name?’

So in 24 hours I will get a letter from Office Depot telling me just how to enter all this information and ‘get my password’. I can’t wait.

I really think this login thing is getting absurd. Who would want to ‘hack’ into my Office Depot account? And these new passwords with at least eight letters and one has to be a capital. Really. OH, and there has to be at least one number also.

I remember when pin codes first came out for ATM machines. You could have 1-2-3-4 and nobody cared. Of course most people didn’t know how to actually use these machines, and now it is second nature.

There are even ‘piggy banks’ for children that look like ATM machines, and Monopoly has an electronic version that dispenses money from a machine. You just ‘swipe’ your credit card.

Maybe Candy Land will be next.

Peter has a great app. that has a list of all his passwords and what they go to. He keeps encouraging me to get this, but as far as I can see, that is one more thing to remember.

My favorite memory ‘trick’ is to write these things down on my desk blotter calendar. Of course each month when I rip off the top page and get a nice new clean one, all my little notes disappear.

For the longest time I used the same password for everything, but now that won’t work as some companies are getting very fussy about all the details.

Why don’t they just have a little place on the computer screen to place your thumb print? Wouldn’t that be a lot easier?

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Mayo Clinic on Aspirin/Heart Attacks

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I had a heart attack last October. A friend sent me this article in an e-mail and I am passing it on to my readers.

A woman’s heart attack is quite different from a man’s. I did not fall down, but I couldn’t walk one more step and I was drenched with sweat. Especially my head.

Subject: Mayo Clinic on Aspirin – PASS IT ON

Mayo Clinic Aspirin
Dr. Virend Somers, is a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic,
who is lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of
the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally
between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night, when
the heart should be most at rest, means
that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues
have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is
to blame.

1. If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day,
take it at night.
The reason: Aspirin has a 24-hour “half-life”;
therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the
wee hours of the morning, the
Aspirin would be strongest in your system.

2. FYI,

Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest
for years, (when it gets old, it smells like vinegar).

Please read on.

Something that we can do to help ourselves – nice to know.
Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue.
They work much faster than the tablets.

Why keep Aspirin by your bedside? It’s about Heart Attacks –

There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides the
pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense
pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating;
however, these symptoms may also occur less frequently.

Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack.

The majority of people (about 60%) who had
a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up.
However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from
your deep sleep.

If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth
and swallow them with a bit of water.

Afterwards:
– Call 911.
– Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by.
– Say “heart attack!”
– Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins.
– Take a seat on a chair or sofa
near the front door, and wait for their arrival and

…DO NOT LIE DOWN!

A Cardiologist has stated that if each person after
receiving this e-mail, sends it to 10 people, probably one
life could be saved!

I have already shared this information. What about you?

Do forward this message. It may save lives!

Here is my first ‘reply”. HI – this is good.  We also carry a bottle of asprin in our car and in my purse…for us or ???

p.s. I wonder what you do if you are one of the people who are allergic to aspirin? I know a couple of my family members are.
D. & B.

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Elder Banking

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Whenever I call Bank of America to get my ‘automatic’ balance information, I have to jump through hoops. First I have to key in my account number, then my zip code, then comes my balance. Then there are many choices with various numbers to press for this and that.

To get to speak to an actual person requires more numbers and lots of wait time. When finally connecting to a real live person, that person again asks for my account number. However he or she also wants the last four digits of my social security number and the month, day and year of my birth.

So when I read this letter, it really hit home. Hope you enjoy it.

Shown below, is an actual letter that was sent to a bank by an 86 year old woman.

It was published in the New York Times.

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Dear Sir:

I am writing to thank you for bouncing my check with which I endeavoured to pay my plumber last month.

By my calculations, three nanoseconds must have elapsed between his presenting the check and the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honor it.

I refer, of course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my entire pension, an arrangement which, I admit, has been in place for only eight years.

You are to be commended for seizing that brief window of opportunity, and also for debiting my account $30 by way of penalty for the inconvenience caused to your bank.

My thankfulness springs from the manner in which this incident has caused me to rethink my errant financial ways. I noticed that whereas I personally answer your telephone calls and letters, — when I try to contact you, I am confronted by the impersonal, overcharging, pre-recorded, faceless entity which your bank has become.

From now on, I, like you, choose only to deal with a flesh-and-blood person.

My mortgage and loan repayments will therefore and hereafter no longer be automatic, but will arrive at your bank, by check, addressed personally and confidentially to an employee at your bank whom you must nominate.

Be aware that it is an OFFENSE under the Postal Act for any other person to open such an envelope.

Please find attached an Application Contact which I require your chosen employee to complete.

I am sorry it runs to eight pages, but in order that I know as much about him or her as your bank knows about me, there is no alternative.

Please note that all copies of his or her medical history must be countersigned by a Notary Public, and the mandatory details of his/her financial situation (income, debts, assets and liabilities) must be accompanied by documented proof.

In due course, at MY convenience, I will issue your employee with a PIN number which he/she must quote in dealings with me.

I regret that it cannot be shorter than 28 digits but, again, I have modeled it on the number of button presses required of me to access my account balance on your phone bank service.

As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Let me level the playing field even further.

When you call me, press buttons as follows:

IMMEDIATELY AFTER DIALING, PRESS THE STAR (*) BUTTON FOR ENGLISH

#1. To make an appointment to see me

#2. To query a missing payment.

#3. To transfer the call to my living room in case I am there.

#4 To transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am sleeping.

#5. To transfer the call to my toilet in case I am attending to nature.

#6. To transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at home.

#7. To leave a message on my computer, a password to access my computer is required.

Password will be communicated to you at a later date to that Authorized Contact mentioned earlier.

#8. To return to the main menu and to listen to options 1 through 7.

#9. To make a general complaint or inquiry.

The contact will then be put on hold, pending the attention of my automated answering service.

#10. This is a second reminder to press* for English.

While this may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait, uplifting music will play for the duration of the call.

Regrettably, but again following your example, I must also levy an establishment fee to cover the setting up of this new arrangement.

May I wish you a happy, if ever so slightly less prosperous New Year?

Your Humble Client

And remember:

Don’t make old people mad.

We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to piss us off.

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