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19 minutes ago, AngelKitty said:

I get email from Allrecipes too. I am a recipe junkie and can read them for hours. I also get from Food Network, Bon Appetit, Epicurius, Mr. Food, Casserole of the day, Pinterest, Slow Cooker Chronicle, and Yummly.

Do you ever watch the Scrumdiddlyumptous videos on You Tube? I am addicted to them.

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1 hour ago, Cupid Stunt said:

I find it fascinating that the pro-life industry isn't baying to strictly regulate IVF doctors/clinics/holding facilities. All those 'Snowflake Babies' left to the commercial mercies of godless science and nitrogen refrigeration technicians. 

It’s because they haven’t been implanted yet. Some politician guy (of course it’s a man) from Alabama (I think, but no surprise there) said as much. I’ll see if I can find the quote.

Yup, here it is: https://www.glamour.com/story/alabama-abortion-ban-roe-v-wade-womens-rights/amp

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Can somebody please 'splain WTH he was talking about?

I'm 'fused man, really cornfused....

Alabama seems hell bent on becoming the most repressive state in the Union. 

I'm a baby boomer and have been a political junkie since the Nixon election (thank you Mr. Greismeyer, our civics teacher).  Just watched Ball of Confusion on PBS (twice) about the 1968 election.  Really chilling reflection of what happened in 2016.

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57 minutes ago, peacheslatour said:

Do you ever watch the Scrumdiddlyumptous videos on You Tube? I am addicted to them.

Thanks, thanks a lot. I just had to force myself away from 7 uses for bread dough. 🤪

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1 hour ago, AngelKitty said:

Thanks, thanks a lot. I just had to force myself away from 7 uses for bread dough. 🤪

I think Stafford has found an 8th use for bread dough....2 loaves worth....

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4 hours ago, peacheslatour said:

Do you ever watch the Scrumdiddlyumptous videos on You Tube? I am addicted to them.

I haven't. But I do watch whatever cooking shows come through on Bell Fibe [service provider]. There are so few that are actually about cooking, though--they're mostly what's called "competitive" shows. And other than MasterChef Canada, which, sorry, is much better than US MasterChef [no Gordon Ramsey, or Joe Bastianich, among other things[, those don't do much for me.

OTOH, cooking magazines are my downfall. There's something about print magazines--an addiction since childhood.

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I'm all for a dessert hacks. I love to cook but find baking soul-sucking. Here's a yummy cake I've made a few times courtesy of Carla Hall. The complete online version is missing the method, since "The Chew" is gone but I have it printed out. I love this cake because it's easy and not too sweet.

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Preheat oven to 325º

She uses a spring form pan. I use a regular 9" round pan. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. She also uses parchment paper. It comes out fine without it.

Puree the strawberries in food processor until smooth. Measure out 3/4 of a cup and transfer to a large bowl, add lemon zest, lemon curd and whisk to combine. Whisk in eggs, cake mix and a pinch of salt. Transfer to prepared pan and bake until the cake starts to pull away from the sides, about 45-50 minutes.

For topping: Add sliced strawberries, lemon zest and 2 tablespoons of confectioners' sugar. (I also add leftover puree and some lemon juice- I like tart)

If you want to get fancy, dust the top with the remaining confectioners' sugar

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Anyone want a cockatiel? Free to a good home. 

I jest, I jest! I love my bird, just not at this moment, heh. 

*wonders if they make cockatiel-sized pacifiers and where she can get one*

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I love birds.  Off and on kept a couple of parakeets in the shop and at home.  I would love a big bird but hubby is not such a fan...and they are a lot of work.  Cockatiels are awesome and parrots.  My Great Aunt Effie (married to Uncle Clemmons...gotta love down home names) had a parrot she rescued from a pet shop who's previous owner was a sailor (I am not making this up).  We're talking late '50's--early '60's as I was a kid at the time.  He would cuss like a sailor and Aunt Effie would take her cane and rap the side of his cage....."Don't use that language in this house!"  He lived in the middle of the kitchen and ruled the house.

Wait for it......his name was Polly.

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25 minutes ago, jewel21 said:

Anyone want a cockatiel? Free to a good home. 

I jest, I jest! I love my bird, just not at this moment, heh. 

*wonders if they make cockatiel-sized pacifiers and where she can get one*

What did Stunning Steve do to elicit this response from our gentle jewel?

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6 minutes ago, peacheslatour said:

What did Stunning Steve do to elicit this response from our gentle jewel?

He just won't stop screaming. From 7 AM until now. He screams when I'm in the room, out of the room. He's driving me nuts, lol. 

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On 7/8/2019 at 1:39 PM, lovemesomejoolery said:

Yikes!    I had no idea that Luke raped Laura!    I never watched that soap......just always heard about Luke and Laura all the time.  

Late to the party on this, but yeah  I didn't learn about that tidbit till I came over to TWoP either.  I heard a few years ago that one of their children heard what Like did and frigging went off. As he should have.

On 7/11/2019 at 1:07 PM, jewel21 said:

And I became an Aunt on the 9th of July. 

OMG, congrats! 🙂

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45 minutes ago, jewel21 said:

Anyone want a cockatiel? Free to a good home. 

I jest, I jest! I love my bird, just not at this moment, heh. 

*wonders if they make cockatiel-sized pacifiers and where she can get one*

lol, so what is steve whining about?  what can you bribe him with?

ETA:  i think he's just mad you went on vacay and is making you pay is all..kinda like how my cat is when we go away for a couple of days and then come home...she loves u, rubs up all against you then bites.

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2 minutes ago, Anna Yolei said:

Late to the party on this, but yeah  I didn't learn about that tidbit till I came over to TWoP either.  I heard a few years ago that one of their children heard what Like did and frigging went off. As he should have.

OMG, congrats! 🙂

Thank you! I haven't met baby Anthony yet but I've seen pics and he looks cute. He's also apparently a lot like my brother, he won't shut up and is always hungry, lol. 

P.S. I think Steve knows we're talking about him. He's been strangely quiet for  the past 6 minutes. 

2 minutes ago, valleycliffe said:

lol, so what is steve whining about?  what can you bribe him with?

Certainly not hugs and kisses. 

*mutters*

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4 hours ago, pearlite said:

I haven't. But I do watch whatever cooking shows come through on Bell Fibe [service provider]. There are so few that are actually about cooking, though--they're mostly what's called "competitive" shows. And other than MasterChef Canada, which, sorry, is much better than US MasterChef [no Gordon Ramsey, or Joe Bastianich, among other things[, those don't do much for me.

OTOH, cooking magazines are my downfall. There's something about print magazines--an addiction since childhood.

I’m so annoyed at CBC for cutting one of the challenges, when they air Great British Baking Show, to make room for commercials. I know why they have to do it, but it doesn’t make me any less annoyed! At least when PBS airs the episodes, they don’t have to cut anything. 

We haven’t had cable for a long time, but when we did, I used to love watching Chuck’s Day Off - I like all his food tattoos 😄

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Gary LeMel, Film Music Supervision Giant and Pop-Jazz Singer, Dies at 80

Gary LeMel, a longtime president of music at Warner Bros. Pictures whom the Los Angeles Times once called “the father of the compilation soundtrack album,” died July 6 after a battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 80.

Film agent Richard Kraft called him “a true giant in the film music industry.” Songwriters Hall of Fame member Steve Dorff described LeMel as “an amazing music man (and) a true friend who made an indelible contribution to my career.” Tom Sturges, a former top exec at Universal Music and other publishing companies, called him “one of the great music execs in the film business, ever. He treated me with the greatest respect at every meeting, took every call and listened to every song and artist I pitched him. Truly one of a kind.”

LeMel’s wife of almost 47 years, Maddy LeMel, a visual artist, told Variety she was staggered by the amount of testimonials coming in.

“It’s wild, because we’ve been married almost 47 years next month, and you think you know the person you’re living with and what they’ve done,” she said Friday, the day after a family-only funeral was held. “It was mind-boggling. I always knew he was loved, because at a checkout stand, people would hear the name LeMel and say, ‘Are you related? Oh my God, I love him.’ They would say he’s one of the only executives in the industry — both industries, film and music — that was really a nice guy, or, in their language, wasn’t a (jerk). So this is a beautiful statement. I really seriously had no idea how many people’s lives he touched until this happened.”

LeMel was a jazz recording artist in his own right over a period of decades, and he had not let illness keep him away from making music. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2010, LeMel went on to join the Fifth Dementia, a waggishly named jazz group made up of dementia patients.

One of LeMel’s last and most prestigious public appearances came in 2017 when he was honored with the Guild of Music Supervisors’ Legacy Award at their annual gathering at the Theatre at Ace Hotel (an event at which he is pictured, above).

At Warner Bros., LeMel became known as “the godfather of the modern soundtrack” with successes including the “Batman,” “Matrix,” “Harry Potter” and “Ocean’s Eleven” films among his credits, not to mention one of the most successful soundtrack albums of all time, “The Bodyguard.”

Before joining Warner Bros., LeMel was a VP at Jerry Weintraub’s management company. He was working at First Artists Music when he was asked to be the music supervisor on Barbra Streisand’s “A Star Is Born” project, resulting in one of the biggest soundtrack albums of the 1970s. A stint at Neil Bogart’s Boardwalk followed before LeMel moved on to Columbia Pictures, where he worked on the soundtracks for “Ghostbusters,” “The Big Chill” and “Against All Odds.” In his long career at WB, starting in 1986 and lasting for 23 years, he worked on music-heavy films like “Space Jam” and “Singles” as well as “The Bodyguard.”

“He made the soundtrack so i important to the film, as a tool,” says Maddy LeMel. It was largely during his tenure that studios realized that “if they released the soundtrack earlier as they usually did, it made people want to go see the film, so it was a positive influence on ticket sales. ‘The Big Chill’ was a monumental-selling soundtrack that was a great example of that…. According to what they said when he got the Guild of Music Supervisors’ (Legacy) award, he worked on over 500 films. I about fell off my chair when they said that — and I think he did too, but someone had tracked it.”

As a recording artist, though, LeMel’s career stretches much further back. His first album came out on the VeeJay label in 1964, around the same time the Beatles had a release on the imprint. “Their record killed my album,” he told the Los Angeles Times in 1995, while admitting that his old-school pop style didn’t stand much of a chance against the British rock invasion. “I was working Playboy clubs, sometimes doing five shows a night and barely making 300 bucks a week.”

LeMel’s return to making music in the ’90s included a Blue Note album, “Romancing the Screen,” heralded by a club gig at the Cinegrill in Hollywood that brought out such heavyweight friends as Frank Sinatra and Warren Beatty. “When I heard that Frank was there, I was so scared that I almost couldn’t do it,” LeMel told the Times. In 1999 he released a Bobby Darin tribute, “Moonlighting,” followed by “Lost in Your Arms” in 2001.

In 2004 Variety reviewed his appearance at the Vic in Santa Monica. Reviewer Richard S. Ginell wrote: “It’s nice to know that in entertainment congloms there’s someone in charge somewhere who really loves music. Gary LeMel, who makes his living as president of worldwide music at Warner Bros. Films, is one who does — and once in a great while, he dusts off his vocal cords and puts himself into the arena, armed with an accumulation of mostly vintage standards. … LeMel’s best quality is a terrific sense of taste, in material and musicians.”

Says Maddy LeMel, “His first and most important love was performing and singing, because he was a 5-year-old child that jumped up on the piano and started playing classical music. He sang and played bass very early on in Tucson, and music was the most important thing to him. Unfortunately right when his first album came out and was doing well, the Beatles arrived and changed the whole face of ,usic. He just said, ‘I’m not a rocker and not gonna try to be.’ He was more of a balladeer at that time, so he had to let that career go, and it was very difficult for him. But through the years I encouraged him to go in and play clubs, and that made all the difference. All the success he had as an executive didn’t compare to being a singer and musician.”

The support went both ways. “He was always, always behind me 100 percent, encouraging me,” says Maddy. “I know a lot of women who have husbands who were resentful they had to pay for their studio rentals. Gary was so much behind me, like a great promoter. He was an incredibly kind and loving man. I’ve always said no one could have given me the unconditional love he did all these years. Even if I was being a jerk, he was just so accepting of everything. But the statements I’m seeing from everyone (on social media) are unreal. I’m even in shock, and I should know all that.”

A public memorial is being planned for mid-August by Doug Frank, who worked with LeMel at Warner Bros.; he and the family are in search of a suitably sized venue to hold it.

Being a member of the Fifth Dementia was “the highlight of his life in his last few years, after everything else he wasn’t able to do because of the Parkinson’s. He loved it because he got to sing. We decided that in the memorial invitation we’re going to ask people if they’ll make a donation to Music Mends Minds, because they gave him so much joy at the end.”

Besides Maddy, LeMel is survived by three daughters, Tal, Tasha and Amber, and a grandson, Elijah.

-- Chris Willman

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Forget Shark Week … Think of the deadly combination of Sharks and Giant Jellyfish and Meth 'Gators and Geese!

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Rape Culture and Patriarchy Updates:

Inch by inch ...

Peter Green, singer/songwriter for early Fleetwood Mac and as a solo artist

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I find it fascinating that the pro-life industry isn't baying to strictly regulate IVF doctors/clinics/holding facilities. All those 'Snowflake Babies' left to the commercial mercies of godless science and nitrogen refrigeration technicians.  

22 hours ago, Capricasix said:

It’s because they haven’t been implanted yet. Some politician guy (of course it’s a man) from Alabama (I think, but no surprise there) said as much. I’ll see if I can find the quote.

Yup, here it is: https://www.glamour.com/story/alabama-abortion-ban-roe-v-wade-womens-rights/amp

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I had to look up 'Snowflake Babies' again.

As you can read, organizations like Nightlight Christian Adoptions consider IVF-stored embryos as romanticized, full-blown 'babies'/persons waiting for a womb, an incubator, if you will. Apparently, along with every sperm being sacred,

(pardon the comic relief, but any day you can insert Monty Python into a discussion, is a very good day) so-called 'snowflake babies' are merely people standing in line to be born, waiting for their over-whelming Christian parents to chose them to be implanted by the humane donation of a frozen embryo conceived through in vitro fertilization. When George W. Bush banned embryonic stem cell research in 2001, he appeared publicly with snowflake children and their parents.

But is the possibility of embryo "adoption" really an argument against stem cell research? Not at all. There are approximately 400,000+ frozen embryos in the United States, but less than 2,000 children have been born through embryo donation. As Liza Mundy reported in a 2006 Mother Jones article, couples often agonize for years over what to do with embryos left-over from IVF treatments. But a study by Northwestern University psychologist Susan Klock found that almost every couple who believed they would donate an embryo to another, infertile couple ended up backing out. Why? It was just too strange for those parents to think of another family raising children that would have been, biologically, the full siblings of their own kids. Far more parents were comfortable with donating the embryos to scientific research, or simply allowing them to languish in a laboratory.

Given the tiny interest in embryo donation and adoption, there is no reason why embryonic stem cell research cannot coexist with 'snowflake' programs. Some experts, though, go even further, calling embryonic adoption unsafe. Arthur Kaplan, director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, has said such programs are a "sham" perpetrated by anti-abortion activists intent on portraying all fertilized eggs as full-fledged human beings. Kaplan writes, "If you are infertile and are trying to have a baby, your best bet is not to use a frozen embryo made by a couple who had themselves been going through infertility treatment and whose embryos were not used because they did not look healthy enough."

Here's another article from Pacific Standard on the complications of embryo adoption in the U.S.

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7 hours ago, peacheslatour said:

Jewel has Steve chilled yet? 

Eh, when I came home from work he was freaking out a bit but once I went downstairs he was quiet. He didn't seem to want to go to bed but he finally went into his cage. He's sleeping now. 

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Good Morning Enablers!

Grrr ….

  • The dating algorithm that gives you just one match -- The Marriage Pact is designed to help college students find their perfect “backup plan.” -- Thing1 tried this at school, and the fellow she was matched with could only stare at her breasts and stammer. She declined another meeting on the same continent.

Taj Mahal, singer/songwriter

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Cupid, you follow newsfeeds-=have you seen The Loudest Voice yet, about Roger Ailes? Russell Crowe does a brilliant job, and the camera work is excellent.

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my hubby has been watching the series.  he says it's really good.

i have only seen the trailers for it tho...

is he wearing a fat suit or did he really gain all that weight?

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42 minutes ago, valleycliffe said:

my hubby has been watching the series.  he says it's really good.

i have only seen the trailers for it tho...

is he wearing a fat suit or did he really gain all that weight?

According to the Vanity Fair article, and to the NYT, he had a massive number of prosthetics and two full body suits.

But Russell is no dainty little flower to begin with.

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