Wednesday Medley for January 22nd.

Today is Blondie Day!

No, not that Blondie.

Blondie as in blonde brownies. Which predate chocolate brownies.

Let's go!

165g butter, cubed
225g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp fine salt
225g light brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
170g white chocolate chips (optional)
75g pecans, roughly chopped (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 200°. Grease a 20cm square baking pan.

Melt the butter in a saucepan at low temperature. Add sugar, beaten eggs, vanilla.

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. Fold in the butter and sugar mixture along with the pecans and chips. Place mixture in pan.

Bake for 20 minutes. Test for doneness. Cool. Cut into squares.


Do you go with the optional pecans and white chocolate chips? Or do you substitute m&ms or chocolate chips? Serve as a snack or a dessert? Blondies à la mode?


Ever bleached your hair? Is it true blondes have more fun?

Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Happy Birthday, Captain Kidd!

Captain Kidd was commissioned to fight pirates and sailed the Adventure Galley,

a combination sailing and galley ship equipped with oars for rowing when in close quarters during gun battles. But somewhere on the voyage, Captain Kidd resorted to murder and attacking merchant ships and became a pirate.

Have you changed professions during the course of your career?

Ever been on a sea voyage or a cruise? Yes, the duck tour of Osaka counts.

No, not that duck. The amphibious bus duck tour.

International Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week, January 18 — 26. Ride safe!

Ohayo, pretty girl!

So. Yamaha Sidewinder SRX LE? Or Arctic Cat Thundercat ZR 8000 RR 137 (with Yamaha 200hp turbo-charged 998cc fuel injected four stroke, three cylinder engine)?

We are reminded to dress appropriately. Military surplus Mickey Mouse bunny boots, N-3B snorkel parka and ski bibs? Or manufacturer's color-block snowmobile suit?

On this day in 1506, mercenaries began defending the Holy See making the Swiss Guard the world's oldest standing army.

Their ceremonial uniforms are the colors of the Medici family; weapons include the halberd and sword.

Steeped in tradition? Or tourist trap?

A bride rocking the wataboshi.

On my wedding day, a mandatory religious bridal accessory was a sheathed dagger. And we've all trained with bokuto in martial arts, the bow and arrow in kyudo or the pugil stick in gym.

When did you last use a traditional or practice weapon?

Please share something interesting about your week.

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