Trick-or-Treats!

Stephanie (Princess) and David (Frankenstein).  What a pair!

Stephanie (Princess) and David (Frankenstein). What a pair!

When I was a girl growing up in south Alabama, Trick-or-Treating was a very big deal. Mom would bring two brown grocery bags from the store and cut a diamond-shape at the top of each one for handles. Then David and I would color them with our crayons. We would use these as our treat bags.

While it was still light outside, Mom would drive us to the houses because we lived out in the country. She would park the car, and we would run as fast as we could and yell,

“Trick-or-Treat!!”

We visited our nearby neighbors’ and relatives’ houses. We would always get popcorn balls at Mrs. Maud and Mr. Lee’s house. We got cookies from Aunt Maybelle and Uncle Grady’s.

We wore those plastic masks that were made in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The night would wear on. We would be out of breath from running. It just got harder and harder to breath out of the little mouth slits in the masks. Condensation would built up, and the masks became itchy and uncomfortable. But we didn’t let that slow us down.

One time we were running like rip, up Grandmother and Papa’s driveway, with bulging bags of candy. By this time, the bags were tearing. Suddenly, David took a tumble on the gravel drive. Candy went everywhere. I helped him pick it up, and we were off again, barely missing a beat.

I’m posting a photo of David and me in the front of our house. Do any of you out there remember those plastic costumes?

I’m also posting pictures that I got from eBay. These are the type of masks that we wore when we were kids.

Thanks so much to the following eBay sellers for being so kind and giving me permission to post their masks:

Booksports for Strawberry Shortcake -> http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=380739542854&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:US:1123

Yellowildflowers for Wonder Woman -> http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=400596191791&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:US:1123

Tlk-nsa for Daffy Duck-> http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=171160596639&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:US:1123

3rdflrretro for witch mask -> http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=261316752334&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:US:1123

nevermorepenguins for Woody Woodpecker -> http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=261192158915&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:US:1123

I remember having a green witch mask one year.

I remember having a green witch mask one year.

We used to buy whole costumes in a little box like this.

We used to buy whole costumes in a little box like this.

View of entire Strawberry Shortcake costume.

View of entire Strawberry Shortcake costume.

Rear view of Strawberry Shortcake mask.

Rear view of Strawberry Shortcake mask.

No mouth slit for this one.  The child had to use the nose holes!

The child had to use the nose holes to breathe!

Here is the whole plastic option!

Here is the whole plastic option!

Check out Daffy Duck!

Check out Daffy Duck!

Woody Woodpecker.  This must be pink for a girl costume?

Woody Woodpecker. This must be pink for a girl costume?

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Halloween and Fall Colors

I was walking through the old Twickenham District in Huntsville, last week, and here are the pictures that I took of the beautiful old houses, all decked out for Halloween. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

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Beautiful fall leaves.

Beautiful fall leaves.

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Spider Web.

Spider Web.

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Bama Versus Tennessee Volunteers

The newspaper headlines on the Sunday after the game.

The newspaper headlines on the Sunday after the game.


Tomorrow, the Alabama Crimson Tide clashes with the Tennessee Volunteers. The battles between these two teams are epic.

I’m posting some pictures of our 1990 band road trip to Knoxville. We weren’t supposed to win that year, but Bama somehow pulled it out. We were ecstatic.

I always liked going to Tennessee because it is so beautiful in the fall. The Volunteer marching band was always so nice to us, the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band.

They fed us with free sack lunches before the game. Then, while they were doing their pre-game show on the field, they always turned to us (the visiting band) and played our fight song to us. We loved their rendition of the musical score. It was so interesting how they interpreted the music, played it in their own unique key, and had different instruments taking on the different music parts.

Here are some of the pictures from my scrapbook.

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Neyland Stadium's façade is at bottom, left.

Neyland Stadium’s façade is at bottom, left.

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Why Robertsons Love Sweet Tea

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Si Robertson isn’t the only Robertson who loves sweet tea. Lefty and I, like many southerners, are partial to the drink.

When I was a child growing up in rural south Alabama, my family drank it like it was going out of style. (Not that it would.) Mom would get these big glass containers from the school cafeteria where she taught Kindergarten for 500 years. I think that the containers probably had been used to hold those dill pickles that you used to be able to buy at school. Anyhow, Mom would mix sweet tea in those containers, and that’s what we drank at dinner time.

So after watching “Duck Dynasty” last night, I decided that Si Robertson wasn’t going to be the only one to enjoy the beverage. I decided to make some.

Maybe you are scratching your head and wondering why we southerners drink sweet tea so much.

For one thing, sugar just doesn’t mix well when the tea is cold. (My point is mute if you are putting sugar into hot tea. I drink my hot tea without sugar.)

To prove my point, I contacted Dr. Bob, a bio-chemistry professor at a Texas university, and asked him to put it into scientific terms.

Here is what he said:
“As you heat the water, they [the hydrogen molecules] get excited.

The excited little hydrogen molecules are jumping around like jumping beans.

The excited little hydrogen molecules are jumping around like jumping beans.

“The hydrogen bonds undergo breakage and reformation, but the main thing is, (if you add the sugar to the hot water) the sugar dissolves more readily because the sugar molecules form dipole-dipole interactions with the water molecules that are excited with from heat. And they form new hydrogen bonds together.

In go my little hydrophilic sugar granules.

In go my little hydrophilic sugar granules.

“And that’s what makes the sugar go into solution better in hot water than cold water. Water is a universal solvent. It dissolves ions like table salt–sodium chloride. That’s an ion dipole interaction, and it dissolves hydrophilic molecules like sugar through dipole-dipole interactions.”

And that, my friends, is why southerners drink sweet tea. By the time you add ice, it’s too late. You just have a bunch of itty-bitty sugar granules floating around in your glass. I don’t know about you, but they get in my throat and make me cough.

Therefore, here is thewritesteph’s first recipe posting. It’s how I made my sweet, sweet tea today. I hope you enjoy!

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Try these two together.

Try these two together.

Stephanie’s Sweet Tea
Ingredients:
Water
4 tea bags (We like Luzianne; Sometimes I add a little bag of Celestial Seasonings Honey Vanilla Chai Tea, because it smells sooooooo good.)
Sugar (to taste)
lemon wedges, mint, cinnamon, paprika, etc. (optional)
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Directions:

  1. Boil water in your tea kettle and wait for it to whistle.
  2. Watch “House Hunters International,” visit Pinterest, or read a good book while you wait.
  3. Place tea bags into the kettle and let it steep for about 12 minutes (more or less, depending on how strong you want your sweet tea).
  4. Remove the tea bags from the kettle. Place them on the sink to let them dry out. You can recycle them by tossing them in your flower garden. It’s supposed to be good for the soil. And also… yay, you get about 4 tablespoons of free dirt!
  5. Pour sugar into an empty tea pitcher. How much? Well, that depends on how sweet you want your tea.
  6. Pour hot tea over the sugar and stir, stir, stir.
    Stir, stir, stir.

    Stir, stir, stir.

  7. Re-fill the kettle with cold water and pour it in the tea pitcher until it’s filled to the top.
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  9. Fill a cup with ice (unless you want hot tea), and pour the tea into the cup. Add lemon wedges and mint. I like to add spices such as cinnamon and paprika to give it a kick.

    Enjoy!

    By the way, the cute little tea cup is for display. Here is how we usually drink it:

    It may not be glamorous, but we like our Steak Out cups!

    It may not be glamorous, but we like our Steak Out cups!

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