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Random Friday Thoughts — May 18, 2018

It’s past the middle of May now and the unofficial start to the summer season is getting closer — Memorial Day!

Have a great weekend and thank you for taking the time to check out my random thoughts.

REPUBLICAN HATE & JOHN McCAIN

I voted against Senator John McCain when he ran for president in 2008 and there are many things that he says and does that I disagree with.

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However, I appreciate all that he did for the United States as a veteran and a former Prisoner of War.

It saddens me that he’s battling brain cancer.  What makes me equally sad (and mad) is the total lack of respect he’s getting from the Republican Party.

Recently, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch stated that he wants McCain to reconsider not wanting Donald Trump at his funeral.

With all of the mockery and the snide comments #45 made about McCain, I wouldn’t want him at my funeral either!  When that time comes, I hope that his family forbids Trump from attending.

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And, then late last week, White House aide Kelly Sadler said in meeting, “It doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway.”

Seriously, if there’s a time and place to use a derogatory term for a woman (Sadler), it’d be now!

And, recently on Fox News, retired Air Force General Tom McInerney called McCain “songbird John” for allegedly providing information to the North Vietnamese while he was a POW!

DECENCY HITS “ROCK BOTTOM”

Here’s what former Vice President Joe Biden had to say the day after Sadler’s comment.

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BANNING THE MEDIA

I’ve made it a point to mention #45 as little as possible over the past eighteen months.

I know it’s denial.  If I don’t talk about it, maybe I’ll wake up and realize it was all a bad dream.  Wait, that was on “Dallas”! 🙂

Last week, he tweeted (shock!) about taking away press credentials.

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He’s sounding more and more like #37, Richard Nixon.  We all know how that one ended!

In case you don’t — resignation from office in disgrace!

ENOUGH ABOUT THEM

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SOMETHING ABOUT THE ROYAL FAMILY!

There’s a big Royal wedding this weekend and I’m sure there’ll be cake.

This is what I wrote in December 2012, “Sir Paul McCartney orders a fruitcake from cake designer Fiona Cairns each Christmas and, in early 2011, Cairns was tapped to make the royal wedding cake for Prince William and his future bride, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.”

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THIS SHOULD MAKE YOUR SMILE

This video still rocks my world and makes me smile! 🙂

Why?  Because (1) “It’s Britney, Bitch” and (2) I still find actor Aaron Milo drop dead gorgeous!

I’ve featured “Eating Out:  Drama Camp” and “Eating Out:  The Open Weekend” actors Aaron Milo (from Rockford, Illinois) and Daniel Skelton’s fun video to Britney’s “Big Fat Bass” three times over the years of my blog.

So, why not a fourth time?

If you’ve never watched it, treat yourself now! 🙂

CREEPY CRUSHING

Okay, it’s a little creepy because, sadly, (1) he’s dead and (2) if he were still alive, he’d be turning 93-years-old this November.

So, it’s not a real crush.  But, look at how sexy Bobby Kennedy was in his 30s and, even at 42, when he was gunned down in June 1968.

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Kennedy was the father of eleven and his widow, Miss Ethel, just turned 90-years-old in April.

“BOBBY KENNEDY FOR PRESIDENT”

When I saw that Netflix debuted this documentary, I thought it’d be an hour or two.  But, it’s four one-hour episodes and it’s incredible!

It covers Bobby’s life campaigning for his brother, John F. Kennedy, the nation’s 35th president, and becoming his attorney general.

After JFK’s death, Bobby had to decide whether to become President Johnson’s vice president in Johnson’s 1964 presidential run or venture out on his own.

He chose the latter.

When the documentary gets to Bobby’s assassination inside the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles in June 1968 after winning the California Democratic Primary, it gave me chills and goosebumps.

We’ve all seen the Dallas footage of JFK’s assassination, but it’s in black and white and from a distance.

But, when Bobby raises his hand and his head is cradled, the blood and the blood red color of television is chilling!

Watching this documentary, I was thinking of what a great president Bobby Kennedy would have been if not for his senseless murder.

And, could you imagine Richard Nixon going over the deep end if he had lost to two Kennedys in his bid to be president?

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I guess it would have kept him from resigning in shame in 1974 after the Watergate scandal!

GRADE:  A

ANOTHER CRUSH AND IT’S NOT JUST ME

Actor Josh Brolin who plays the villain Cable in the upcoming “Deadpool 2” movie out May 18th tells “Entertainment Weekly” of a crush he developed after seeing 2009’s “The Proposal” many times.

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Brolin says, “I told Ryan [Reynolds].  I was like, ‘I don’t know why this is, and I don’t know what this means psychologically, behaviorally, emotionally, but I have kind of a crush on you.'”

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Brolin, get in line!

“TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE”

I just finished reading my 17th book of 2018, Mitch Albom’s 1997 debut bestselling novel, “Tuesdays with Morrie”.

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It’s a beautiful, life-affirming, platonic love story between two men — an aging, dying college professor and one of his former students.

Sixteen years passed from college graduation to when sports writer Albom found out his sociology professor, 78-year-old Morrie Schwatrz, was dying from ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease).

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It’s a beautiful book that needs to be read.  It’ll give you a more positive look at life.

Here are a couple of my favorite words of wisdom from Morrie:

“Dying is only one thing to be sad over, Mitch.  Living unhappy is something else.”

“If you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them, too — even when you’re in the dark.  Even when you’re falling.”

Mitch learned the most valuable lesson of all from Morrie, “there is no such thing as ‘too late’ in life”!

Years ago, I read Albom’s second novel, 2003’s “The Five People You Meet in Heaven”.  I highly recommend both books!

“THE POST”

This Steven Spielberg-directed film starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks is based on the true story of the Washington Post’s fight with President Nixon in early-1970s over publishing the “Pentagon Papers”.

It got two Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress (Streep) and six Golden Globe Award nominations.

Streep plays Katharine Graham, the heiress of the Washington Post and the company’s television stations after the death of her father and her husband.  Hanks plays Post editor-in-chief Ben Bradlee.

It’s a great historical movie with superb acting!  However, I hated seeing Sarah Paulson in a throwaway role as Bradlee’s wife!

The last moments of the movie before the credits (two phone calls is all I’ll say so there are no spoilers) gave me goosebumps.  I was screaming, “Yes”!

If “The Post” was your typical “summer popcorn movie”, that final scene screamed “SEQUEL”.  But, if you know history, you know what happened next! 🙂   You could also say that the “sequel” came out in 1976! 🙂

GRADE:  B+

“PETER RABBIT”

This live action-computer-animated comedy starring James Corden (“Into The Woods”) and Rose Byrne (“Neighbors”) was very successful.

The $50 million movie brought in an incredible $320 million worldwide.

However, it did come with controversy.  The movie was accused of “allergy bullying”.

In one scene, a bad person (Domhnall Gleeson) is trying to kill Peter Rabbit and his family.  The rabbits learn that the person has an allergy and they use this allergen as a weapon in war.

I know allergies are serious, but if someone is trying to kill me, all is fair in love and war!

But, I know the movie is directed at kids and it may give them bad ideas!  Wait, does that mean no more movies, television, music, books, video games, or internet for them, too? 🙂

I loved the movie and highly recommend it.

GRADE:  B+

HAPPY 20TH BIRTHDAY!

This month, 20 years ago, Madonna entered the Billboard Hot 100 with her 37th Top 40 hit with the second single and title track from the “Ray of Light” album.

It also became her 21st chart topper on the Billboard Dance Club songs chart.  (She now leads all artists on that chart — a record-extending 46 #1 songs!)

“Ray of Light” won two Grammy Awards and five MTV Video Music Awards.

It was also voted one of the best songs of the 1990s!

BREAKING NEWS:  It seems that a new Madonna single is coming soon and her 14th studio album is finished!!!!!!!

THAT’S IT

With all the craziness in the world, make it the best in your little part of it!

Anthony

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I Have Something In Common With The Future King

This year, I made two cheesecakes.  The first one was lemon.  While it tasted great, the texture was too chewy (the recipe called for too much pudding mix and not enough cream cheese).  My second cheesecake, sweet potato pecan, was much better.  However, I didn’t like the crust.  I hope my third cheesecake (maybe red velvet) will be perfect.

Now that Christmas is near, I started thinking about baking and fruitcake came to mind.  I think I’m one of the very few people who actually loves fruitcake.

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I guess that’s not true, because if no one liked it, why would stores have so many to sell at the holidays?

Obviously, I may have good taste.  Sir Paul McCartney orders a fruitcake from cake designer Fiona Cairns each Christmas and, in early 2011, Cairns was tapped to make the royal wedding cake for Prince William and his future bride, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.

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I’ve made fruitcake a few times over the years.  This past Wednesday, I decided I would make it this year since I read the article about the royal wedding cake.

However, this time,  instead of just following a recipe from a cookbook or online, I devised my own recipe.

Once I developed my recipe, I decided to make four separate fruitcakes.

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For my recipe, I used the pre-packaged fruitcake mix and then I added a combination of pecan, walnuts, and almonds.

 

At that point, I soaked each fruitcake mix and nut mixtures with one-quarter cup of four different liquors.  I used Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey (most people use American bourbon), Amaretto, Apricot Brandy, and Sint Maarten Guavaberry Rum (a Christmas party gift a few years ago from Cindy, Bruce, and Barbara!)

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After letting the mixture marinate in the liquor for more than an hour, I mixed each individual bowl with flour, sugar, eggs, butter, canola oil, cinnamon applesauce, raisins, and vanilla.

I decorated each cake with colored candied pineapple and candied green cherries before baking them.

 

After the fruitcakes came out of the oven, I let them cool before I wrapped them individually.

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Several people have suggested that I write a cookbook.  Maybe one day I will attempt to do that.  For now, I’ll post my fruitcake recipe.

ANTHONY’S FRUITCAKE

8 ounces fruitcake mix

1 cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, and almond mixture)

1/2 cup raisins

1 1/2 eggs

1/2 stick melted butter

1/2 cup all-purpose flour  (most recipes call for self-rising flour, but I wanted my cakes more compact and not fluffy.)

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup cinnamon applesauce

1/4 cup canola oil

1/4 cup liquor

Mix fruitcake mix and nuts together and pour in liquor.  Marinate for at least an hour.  Mix together the remaining ingredients with the marinated fruitcake mix/nut/liquor mixture.

Pour into a greased 9″ pie pan.  Bake at 275° for 75 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the fruitcake).

Let cool before you remove the fruitcake from the pan.  (Running a butter knife along the outside of the pan loosens the cake from the pan to prevent it from breaking apart).

BEST.FRUITCAKE.EVER.

Original Deluxe Petites -- Collin Street Bakery

Okay, these may not be the best fruitcake ever, but they are the best that I’ve ever eaten.

Several years ago, my late, dear friend, D’nell (Mom) from Arizona, sent me a box of DeLux Petites, twelve bite-sized fruitcakes from Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana, Texas.  While pricey, $22.40 for a dozen, they were simply mouth-watering.  I know it has something to do with being “smothered with our secret sweet glaze”, as they describe them on the website.

I’ll glaze my fruitcakes with honey before eating them to see if that is the “secret sweet glaze” and if that isn’t it, I’ll have to order from Collin Street Bakery the next time.

THE EASIEST FRUITCAKE RECIPE EVER

If my recipe seems to be too much work, you have two other options if you want fruitcake.  Buy it at the store or online.  Or, follow this humorous recipe that I found online.

Very Easy Fruitcake Recipe

Bon appetit!

Anthony