Saturday, January 10, 2009

Mean-spirited posting

Don't think I've not noticed all the recipes on blogs over the holidays that included the drug of sugar!  I have and I just think its pure meanness that compels one to share such horrible things with others. So in keeping with the spirit of things, here goes my contribution:

Princess' Potato Chip Cookies:

Cream together:

1 cup butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup of sugar

(if I remember to, I cut back to 3/4 cup of each sugar)

Add 2 eggs and mix well

Sift and add:

2 1/2 cups flour w/ 1 tsp. baking powder


2 tsp. vanilla

1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

1 (12 oz.) package butterscotch morsels

2 cups crushed potato chips (crush them in a ziploc bag and work out your frustrations)

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a baking sheet.  Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden.

Makes about 4 dozen.

Everything I attempted to bake over the holidays came out a mess. Finally, I decided to fall back on a trusted favorite and go with these cookies!  This recipe was first given to me by an online buddy from back in the day when I was a member of an online board for the book The Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood.  At the time my daughter, from the age of 10-12yo, ran a cookie business which was all her idea!  She did this alongside her cousin who is one year older and they employed me for free as I had the vehicle to deliver the goods and access to paying customers.  Anyways, she was reluctant to try this recipe but it turned into one of her most requested.  Their business was called Mo and Jo's Cookie Bakers...and just where are they today?????? 

Speaking of family, more about my beloved bro, UpfromSumDirt.  First, here is a podcast interview of him by Elijah Saint:   Real As It Gets  Its 30 mintues long and Elijah does most of the talking which translates to my bro being a "mush mouth" but since he's-family-I-still-dug-his-words-even-though-I-had-to-read-between-the-lines-and-because-I-know-him-I-knew-what-he-was-trying-to-say. 

And here is a down and dirty opinion of cell phones written by him: (but if you're offended by bastardization of the english language or profanity, stop here and come back another day)

cell phones: it can no longer be justified
Category: Goals, Plans, Hopes

and neither should it be condoned any further, but after several years of using one ive finally reached the conclusion that CELL PHONES IS EVIL! ...or cell phone COMPANIES actually. i firmly believe that the expense of maintaining them has SINGLE HANDEDLY RUINED THE ENTIRE ECONOMY! back in the day we all came up in households that had one (and if extremely privileged, then two!) phone lines - biggo yellow, tan or black boxes that clung to the walls of our mama anem's kitchens like ceramic fungus... one phone for the distribution of one family of maybe 4 individuals. one bill. it wasnt perfect but it was a damn good system. and now? nowadays, a single home averages 3 cell phones each one EQUATING TO A CAR PAYMENT PER MONTH! in some cases, folks ARE MAKING THE EQUIVALENT OF A MORTGAGE PAYMENT per month just to send 'i luv u baby' by way of text messaging... this shit is crazy. folks who have lost their homes still have cell phones. ... the system has conned us that we need to have our phones be the ultimate machines, but who continues paying indefinitely on a luxury good? want to play games? buy a playstation handheld - pay it off in a couple months. want to watch a movie? rent that shit/stick it into your dvd player/return that shit. wanna listen to music? go buy a walkman or an ipod, PAY THAT SHIT OFF and listen to your jams all day long... wanna make a phone call? go into the kitchen, dial 7 to 10 numbers say "hello" hang up and go on about your business. but we need to stop giving these cell phone companies carte blanch authority to run rampant thru our bank accounts... WHERE'S THE CELL PHONE WITH JUST THE GAHDAMN NUMBERS ON IT?!?! sprint: this is what i need my phone to do: make a call, receive a call. voice mail is a good option. but who needs to download beyonce's latest hit onto a phone when you can buy the damn cd and listen to it on the music player of your choice with no further financial obligation to your PHONE COMPANY or anyone else... this shit is illegal. they use humor to placate you! you've all seen the ads where some poor joe drops a phone book on the table and threatens to bury his family in the backyard for all the outrageous charges forced on them - it aint their fault! i cant even call it BAMBOOZLED... this is straight up piracy. they got us focusing on wall street and detroit - but one of the biggest drains on society today is being carried around in the pockets and purses of 75 percent of the american population. ...beyond 'gangsta' this shit is terrorism! and yeah, I'M CALLING SPRINT OUT! what are they gonna do? drop me? not until my contract is up you can believe that! consider this a call to arms!



  1. OhLaLa... yummy. These may have to be on this weekend's menu!
    I also have to agree about the cell phones. Yes, I have one...but average only about 30 minutes a month - no texting - and my monthly bill for two lines is very low. I loved the old phones. Remember when you would take the receiver around the corner of the room to have a bit more privacy - and you would wonder just how far that xtra-long cord would reach?! I also think that this is where my neurotic-ism about tangled phone cords come from. I am constantly de-tangling my phone at work (it still has a cord!)

  2. Don't have butterscotch chips here, but the recipe sounds interesting and yummy. I've baked Irish potato bread; it's one of my favorites as the potato alters both texture and flavor in a positive way!
    My stepdaughter wrote an undergrad (dissertation?) report on the impact of mobile phones on an African village (Kampi ya Samaki). Very interesting! People here can barely afford to feed their families of up to 30 children (by more than one wife!) but they've all got mobile phones now! Go figure!

  3. Dena, I will forward this tidbit of info to him...I'm sure he will get some poetic mileage from knowing this.

  4. We have a "legacy" plan that is no longer offered, 300 mins between two phones--and we don't even make it to 100 per month! Our bill is about $40/month for our phones, so I can deal with that. I don't want to pay for the extra stuff. I rarely keep my phone with me, unless I know I am going to be waiting for something/someone, then I use it to play games on. We actually went without cell phones for years, but bought them again after my parents started getting sick (I basically took care of them till their deaths).

  5. You had to fall in line with the sugar thing didn't you. That's so cool about the girl's little'll have to do a where-are-they-now post.
    As for cell phones...I'm so with your brother. Have 2 teenagers (yes 2..ugg!) and they think the world would end if the battery on their phone died and they couldn't text their friends. I've found out recently that the best way to reach them is not to phone but to text them....and I've gotten lazy.....sometimes I text from the 1st floor to the 3rd floor cause the son can't hear me because of the DARN BLARING iPOD!!! Yeh for technology.

  6. Upfromsumdirt hit THAT nail on the head! I had a cell phone for travel and emergencies and used it so seldom that when i did want to use it, it was often dead. I moved to another continent and so I had the chance to get a new phone service. i decided that NO, since I'm home all day, people can call me on my land line. The cell companies can't convince me that I need to pay their bills too.

  7. Upfromsumdirt hit THAT nail on the head! I had a cell phone for travel and emergencies and used it so seldom that when i did want to use it, it was often dead. I moved to another continent and so I had the chance to get a new phone service. i decided that NO, since I'm home all day, people can call me on my land line. The cell companies can't convince me that I need to pay their bills too.

  8. I refuse to have a cell phone. Flat out refuse. Also what kind of a world have I been living in that I didn't realize there was such a thing as potato chip cookies. Must rectify my state of ignorance.