Thursday, July 11, 2024

Nancy Comic Strip Is Different

The comic strip character "Nancy" was first introduced in the comic strip "Fritz Ritz" in 1933, she was introduced as Fritz' 8 year old niece but she became so popular that the strip was changed in 1938 and became "Nancy".

I've always enjoyed Nancy.  It is a nice, uncomplicated little comic with her Aunt Fritz and Nancy's friend "Sluggo"

Well..last month for some unknown reason...Nancy's drawings changed.  As far as I am aware, the artist didn't change, but the strip is drawn differently.

Let me just say I AM NOT A FAN of the change.  Nancy and her little friend Sluggo were cute and looked like little comic strip kids.  I mean just look at how cute they are.

Now...they are just kind of basic line drawings that I can only guess are drawn on a computer, instead of being hand drawn.  In addition, they look like teens now instead of cute little 8 year olds.

I have not been able to find any explanation for this change.  The closest thing I found was this strip, which doesn't explain the reason for the change, but let's just say they started looking different after this.  By the way I went to the website listed there in the last panel but it didn't give any information.


Look how Aunt Fritz used to look.  A woman who dolled up and had this pretty head full of long curly dark hair.

Now look at her - boring and blah!!

Why, why, why did they change Nancy? 

If you are reading this and you can find out why, I'd appreciate a comment letting me know because I am not happy about it and want to know why they'd ruin this comic strip.

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Project LIfe - June 2024

Weather wise, the month started out pretty pleasant, warm but with a nice breeze and low humidity.  However, by the end of the month, whoa nelly it was hot!!

When I look back on the month, I'm amazed at so much that happened.  Some of it seems so long ago, not just a month ago and some of it seems like it happened yesterday.

My Tarzan, had to go for a follow up appointment to get his daily asthma inhaler, I started the implant process on tooth #19, I went to the 50th anniversary showing of the Muppet Movie  and I visited 7 different counties to take courthouse picture and found a covered bridge - and that was just the first week!!

I tried a (new to me) Chinese restaurant. visited the Chattahoochee Nature Reserve and saw an outdoor concert, took a church friend to have eye surgery, baby sat my miracle kitty niece, Bonnie Faye, saw the Golden Gals (a drag show spoof of Golden Girls), attended the Van Gogh experience (again but a different location), made homemade hummus for the first time (which turned out great), attended and decorated a church function, went to Stone Mountain Park twice, once taking photos of the covered bridge there an another time I saw lots of wild deer, both times having a picnic by the water. I tried donuts from a food truck and the highlight of the month....I saw DONNY OSMOND on tour with my friends!!

That was a pretty busy month, but a good month.  God is so good.

Speaking of little Bonnie Faye.  My sister was basically told by the vets office that Bonnie Faye's days were limited and she wasn't going to live.  I walked a prayer labyrinth for her & prayed for a miracle because I KNEW she needed a miracle and PRAISE GOD, that is what she got! The very next day after I had walked and prayed on the prayer labyrinth, the vet called and suggested to try sometime and since then, she has slowly but steadily improved.  The vet hadn't given up and after weeks, God sent her the solution.

Every time I look at her, I am looking at God's little miracle.

As always, you can click on the photos to enlarge.

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Project Life - May 2024

May 2024 Project Life

Highlights: Trip to see my friend Anita in Tennesse, Amy Ray Band and reunion of Billy Pilgrim!

Lowlights: Busted tire that costed me 2 towing charges, a new tire, & a delay of my Tennesse trip. Also, finding out my eye doctor retired.

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Saturday, June 15, 2024

Project Life - April 2024

I am keeping up to date with my Project Life pages but I haven't downloaded them and posted here on the blog so thought I would catch up with that.

Here are the pages for April 2024. A couple of highlights...ADAM ANT! He always gives a great show! Always and this was like a greatest hits tour.  SIX...a musical, it was so fun! REVIVAL...a benefit show at the Fox many great acts, headlined by Indigo Girls.

Sad news: My cousin's husband, who has been in our family since I was 10, passed away after a terrible battle with cancer.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Product Review - Gordon vs. Guy

Like most people, I'm a Food Network fan.  So I like several Celebrity Chefs. I admit, that I don't know a lot about Chef Gordon Ramsay, only because he's not on the Food Network, which is where I watch most of the cooking shows, along with some PBS shows.  Plus, when I have seen him a few times on Fox, he always seemed to be yelling at I don't really watch the show's he hosts.

Chef Guy Fieri, on the other could practically rename the Food Network to the Guy Fieri channel.  He's on there ALL THE TIME!!

He got his start on Food Network when he won the 2nd season for "The Next Food Network Star" and his show "Guy's Big Bite" (seems to be primarily a grilling show) was born from that.  Well, he must have been a hit with people, because that developed into other shows, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (where he doesn't cook at all but goes around and tries food from other restaurants all over the country). He also host "Guy's Grocery Game", which is a competition show (again he doesn't cook on this one). He also has a cooking show called "Guy off the Hook". He also appears on other shows from time to time, such as "Dinner Impossible", "Paula's Party", "Ace of Cakes" and the "Best Thing I Ever Ate".  He doesn't cook a lot on Food Network, but he sure is featured a lot.  

They both own restaurants and have locations in Las Vegas. I haven't eaten at Gordon Ramsay's place, but I have eaten at Guy Fieri's and it was pretty good!

Well...onto the point....

Walmart is carrying some new lines of Frozen Dinners, by Celebrity Chef's and I decided to give a couple a try.  The retail at $5.99. 

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First up:  Gordon Ramsay's Lasagna with Bolognese Meat Sauce


 Straight out of the box:

After Microwaving

Nutrition Information

 Next up: Guy Fieri's Flavortown Cheesy Lasagna with Pepperoni & Marinara Sauce


Straight out of the box


After Microwaving

 Nutrition Facts

VERDICT: Gordon Ramsay for the win!
Nutritionally, (not that it matters when  you are eating a frozen celebrity chef dinner), Guy's is a little better, less calories and carbs, but more fat.  Also note, the product weighs a little bit less.  

Looks, I thought Gordon's looked more appetizing after cooking.  Plus, as on the picture on the box indicates, there are only 3 pepperoni in Guy's, which looked a little like Hamburger Helper after cooked.

Taste, Guy's was good and tasty and I enjoyed every bite, but Gordon's was REALLY good.  The cheesy filling was plentiful and tasted more like a good lasagna roll up.  It left me feeling more satisfied and I just liked the flavor of Gordon's better.

Note:  in case you are wondering, I tried these on 2 different nights, I couldn't eat 2 of those at the same time - Ha Ha!!  I think they are both good but if you only want to spend the money on one....go with Gordon's.  I've since bought his again, but didn't really have a desire to get Guy's again.  Not that I wouldn't but given the choice, I just would chose Gordon's.

Have you tried any celebrity chef frozen dinners?  What did you like or not like?

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Trisha Yearwood's Tamale Pie


I just love Trisha Yearwood.  Besides being a great singer, she just seems so down to earth and seems like someone I would like to be friends with.  Plus, she is a fabulous cook.

A friend gifted me a couple of her cookbooks and I use them quite regularly.  

One recipe that I have really been wanting to try is her Tamale Pie.  I love Tamale's so what could be better, right?

While this appears to have a few ingredients, it is really quite easy to make!

Trisha Yearwood's Tamale Pie

1 tablespoon corn oil
1 1/2 pounds ground beef (85 percent lean)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
Kosher salt
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/2 cups green or red enchilada sauce (I used red)
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro  (you can leave this out if you don't like it)
1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
3 cups self-rising cornmeal
2 1/2 to 3 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons corn oil
4 scallions, chopped (I didn't use these)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Heat the oil in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium / high heat. Add the beef, onions, garlic and 1 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring and breaking up any clumps with a wooden spoon, until the meat is brown and the onions are softened, about 6 minutes. 

Add the tomato paste, chili powder and cumin and cook, stirring, about 1 minute. Stir in the enchilada sauce, beans, corn and cilantro and season with salt. Bring to a simmer. 

Remove from the heat and sprinkle with the cheese.

Add the cornmeal to a mixing bowl. Mix in the buttermilk and oil. You want the mixture to
be thick but pourable. Stir in the scallions, if desired. Pour on top of the meat mixture in the skillet
and spread in an even layer. 

Bake until the meat is bubbling and the cornbread is golden
brown, 20 to 25 minutes.

VERDICT: Pretty easy to make and oh so good!!  

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Beefy Rice-A-Roni Casserole

In case you can't tell, I like quick recipes that don't have a ton of ingredients.  I came across this Beefy Rice-A-Ronie Casserole on Plain Chicken's website and decided to give it a try!

Beefy Rice-A-Roni Casserole

 1 lb lean ground beef

 1 (6.8-oz) box Beef Rice-A-Roni

 1 (10.5-oz) can Cream of Chicken Soup 

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 

1 (6-oz) container French fried onions 

Pre-heat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray.

Prepare Rice-A-Roni according to package directions.

While rice is cooking, cook ground beef in a skillet. Drain fat.


Once drained, return to skillet. Combine cooked beef, prepared rice, and soup. 

Spread into 9 x 13 Casserole Dish. Top rice mixture with cheese and French fried onions.

Bake for 20-25 minutes.


VERDICT:  Delicious - easy to make, not too expensive - it's a keeper!!