Tuesday, February 9, 2021

... MICHAEL DI GESU ... ... ... In Time ... ...: AS WINTER SURGES....AN IWSG POST.

... MICHAEL DI GESU ... ... ... In Time ... ...: AS WINTER SURGES....AN IWSG POST.:   Hi All, and welcome to another IWSG Post.  

There hasn't been much snow here on the Northeastern plains of Colorado recently, but it is bitterly cold. 

The old house that my son and I live in needs a lot of work, but we love the place.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Aunt Cie's Attic: This Old School Face Cleanser Is Tried and True


Between endocrine problems that tend to result in dry skin, a tendency to eczema flare-ups, and the dry weather in Colorado, I tend to be unhappy with my complexion. I don't have the budget to try expensive cleansers and creams, so I decided to see if an old favorite from my youth might still be around. Happily, it is.

Noxzema was first released in 1914 by the Noxzema Chemical Corporation. It is currently owned by Unilever. My mother used it and I started using it too. Back in the day, it was packaged in a beautiful blue glass jar.

I'm not being hyperbolic when I say that the first time I used Noxzema again my skin felt better right away. Instead of feeling bumpy and flaky, it's softer than it's been in years.

You can get six twelve-ounce jars of Noxzema for $29.34 from Amazon. This works out to $0.48 per ounce.


This is going to sound strange, but I find that using a bamboo paper towel instead of a terry washcloth is helpful too. Bamboo paper towels are thicker and softer than regular paper towels. They are reusable and machine washable. One roll of the kind I get from Amazon is $8.99, or you can save by subscribing for delivery.


If you have trouble with dry skin or eczema, Noxzema is an inexpensive product that may be helpful. There's a reason that it's still on the market after 107 years!

C'mon up to Aunt Cie's Attic!
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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Sunday Dinner at the Grover Hotel: Baking Brookies


Image copyright Betty Crocker

Brookies may seem intimidating, but they're really no harder than making chocolate chip cookie bars and brownies. The original recipe comes from Betty Crocker. I made a couple of changes which I will detail following the recipe.

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Cookie Layer

cup granulated sugar
cup packed brown sugar
cup butter, softened
teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
teaspoon baking soda
teaspoon salt
package (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)

Heat oven to 350°F. Line 13x9-inch baking pan with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray.

For Cookie Layer: In large bowl, mix sugars, softened butter, vanilla and egg. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt (dough will be stiff). Stir in chocolate chips. Press dough evenly in bottom of pan.

Brownie Layer

cup butter or margarine
oz unsweetened baking chocolate, cut into pieces
1 3/4
cups sugar
teaspoons vanilla
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour

For Brownie Layer: In 1-quart saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring constantly. Cool slightly. In medium bowl, beat sugar, vanilla and eggs with electric mixer on high speed 5 minutes. On low speed, beat in chocolate mixture. Beat in flour just until blended. Pour on top of dough in pan.

Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on cooling rack, about 2 hours. Remove from pan; pull away foil. Cut into 5 rows by 4 rows.

I used a box of Ghirardelli brownie mix to make the brownie layer, substituting 1/3 cup of melted butter for the 1/3 cup of oil called for on the package. I did not line the pan with foil. I melted the butter for the brownies in the pan and put the cookie layer directly into the pan.

Amazon Links

Ghirardelli brownie mix:

Best price per ounce (6 mixes)


Best variety 

6 mixes, two of each variety


Chocolate Chips

Best Value

Ghirardelli Semi=Sweet Chocolate Chips

6 12-ounce bags $16.68


13 x 9 nonstick baking pan

Wilton 2 pans for $17.36


These are the ones I use and I have been very pleased with them.

I use Watkins baking vanilla, which can be purchased from my consultant page.


You might also consider Monin Mexican Vanilla extract at $11.63 for 33 ounces. I have not tried this brand, but it has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon.


With a dessert this decadent, all a diabetic like me can say is, thank the deities of medicine for insulin!

Also, yum!

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

While Nero Tweets, the Elderly and Disabled Suffer


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I can definitely relate to the feeling of being a shadow of my former self. In fairness, my former self was a workaholic who didn't take care of herself at all. I'm kind of surprised that I didn't end up in an early grave.

I have been waiting on a disability determination for almost a year now. That people are punished for becoming disabled is unconscionable to me. However, seeing as my country is figuratively burning while Nero tweets (or he would tweet if he hadn't been booted off Twitter at least temporarily) nobody gives a rat's hindquarters about handicapped and elderly people, I can assure you.

Ornery Owl Has Spoken

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