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Amy's Place .. Poetry and Potpourri .. Feb. 11-12-13, 2005
2-11-05 | JustAmy, St.Louie1, MamaBear, Billie

Posted on 02/10/2005 8:30:58 PM PST by JustAmy




Welcome To....



'Amy's Place' welcomes all poets
and those who enjoy poetry.
'Amy's Place' is more than just about poetry.
Come in, relax, and share with fellow FReepers
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To: Conspiracy Guy
Hey, is it just me or is that a pencil-neck Geek?

101 posted on 02/12/2005 7:46:13 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: The Mayor

Thank you for the scripture posts. I hope you had a wonderful birthday yesterday. :-)


102 posted on 02/12/2005 7:49:51 AM PST by tuliptree76
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To: NicknamedBob

Good morning, Bob. :-)


103 posted on 02/12/2005 7:51:00 AM PST by tuliptree76
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To: tuliptree76; JustAmy; All

Mmmm...
Chocolate!!!


Here I sit, eating chocolate chips.
To quit eating chocolate, I need more than tips.
There are so many kinds of chocolate, it's hard to choose.
No matter which one you pick, you just can't lose.

There is milk chocolate, sweet chocolate, and semi-sweet.
I really like dark chocolate! It's such a treat!!!
There is also mint chocolate & white chocolate -- I'm not through!
There is cereal, cake, cookies, candy, pudding, pie & ice cream too.

Chocolate tastes so rich, and sweet, and sometimes smooth.
It can help make you feel better, or help your heartache sooth.
There are many chocolate drinks. Have some, just for fun --
cappuccino, chocolate milk, mocha & cocoa -- try more than one!

Is chocolate as good as a hug, or a pat on the back?
What if I'm out of chocolate, when I have my next attack??!!
I could just imagine that I'm eating chocolate, I suppose.
If I eat lots of chocolate all day long, would I overdose?

Where would I go... what would I ever do... without chocolate?
Nothing can compare. Not even one word rhymes with chocolate!
Do I take it for granted that I can always get more?
I could eat chocolate candies, by the score!

Is chocolate something to fear -- is it really a curse?
Is it something to be avoided, or is it much worse?
Or... is chocolate the eighth wonder? Is it a total delight?
Something you savor for so long? Or love with all your might?

104 posted on 02/12/2005 7:51:17 AM PST by OESY
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To: MeekOneGOP

Good morning, Meek. :-)


105 posted on 02/12/2005 7:51:42 AM PST by tuliptree76
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To: MeekOneGOP

It's just you.

All the rest of us are silent in stunned empathy for the powerful emotions just expressed.


... Harumpph ...


Had you going there, didn't I?


106 posted on 02/12/2005 7:52:41 AM PST by NicknamedBob (Too many folks never put anything into the collection plate, yet they still expect change.)
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To: Grzegorz 246

Yum! Thank you for all of the chocolate, Grzegorz!


107 posted on 02/12/2005 7:53:33 AM PST by tuliptree76
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To: NicknamedBob; tuliptree76
LOL! :^D

Hey, Tuliptree76. :^)


108 posted on 02/12/2005 7:54:54 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: OESY

LOL! Morning, OESY! It's too bad I hadn't planned on going anywhere today. I need to buy some chocolate.


109 posted on 02/12/2005 7:56:06 AM PST by tuliptree76
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To: tuliptree76

Yes, Thank you.

My wife and kids got me way to many presents.
The birthday wishes here were overwhelming, so many cards and greetings.
Great bunch of people here at FR..


110 posted on 02/12/2005 7:57:06 AM PST by The Mayor (<a href="http://www.RusThompson.com">http://www.RusThompson.com</a>)
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To: MeekOneGOP

You nailed it!


111 posted on 02/12/2005 7:59:18 AM PST by international american (Tagline now fireproof....purchased from "Conspiracy Guy Custom Taglines"LLC)
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To: The Mayor

"
My wife and kids got me way to many presents."

They just love dad, that's all!


112 posted on 02/12/2005 8:01:35 AM PST by international american (Tagline now fireproof....purchased from "Conspiracy Guy Custom Taglines"LLC)
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To: international american; NicknamedBob

Vacuuming is now complete. Just taking a rest before I start cleaning the bathroom.


113 posted on 02/12/2005 8:33:32 AM PST by tuliptree76
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To: international american
:^)

114 posted on 02/12/2005 8:36:13 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: international american

I suppose your right..


115 posted on 02/12/2005 9:02:43 AM PST by The Mayor (<a href="http://www.RusThompson.com">http://www.RusThompson.com</a>)
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To: Mama_Bear

(Mama_Bear's son here)

My fishies are very happy, but it is only because I obsess over them. It's the dog that is depressed in our house because she only gets a fraction of the attention that the fishes and corals do.


116 posted on 02/12/2005 9:10:45 AM PST by CA Libertarian
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To: Mama_Bear

There is a yellow tang, kole eye tang, red firefish, orange spotted gobie, snowflake eel, and a maroon clown in there. This particular aquarium is for corals - the fish are chosen that perform well in a reef.

The other aqarium we have is for more agressive species - but right now it only has a Humu Humu Trigger and a Lunar Wrasse.


117 posted on 02/12/2005 9:15:25 AM PST by CA Libertarian
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To: tuliptree76

I have to do^&^%%$##@ laundry.....................


118 posted on 02/12/2005 10:19:28 AM PST by international american (Tagline now fireproof....purchased from "Conspiracy Guy Custom Taglines"LLC)
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To: international american

I will be doing that next week. Bathroom is cleaned.


119 posted on 02/12/2005 10:21:26 AM PST by tuliptree76
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To: CA Libertarian

That is a very pretty aquarium. I don't have the room for something that elaborate.


120 posted on 02/12/2005 10:23:05 AM PST by tuliptree76
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To: tuliptree76


Good morning, Tulip. Those look yummy!

Happy Chocolate Day!

121 posted on 02/12/2005 10:34:05 AM PST by JustAmy (Remember our President and our troops in your prayers. God Bless America.)
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To: tuliptree76

Good girl!


122 posted on 02/12/2005 11:09:03 AM PST by international american (Tagline now fireproof....purchased from "Conspiracy Guy Custom Taglines"LLC)
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To: international american

;-)


123 posted on 02/12/2005 11:12:34 AM PST by tuliptree76
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To: JustAmy

Hi Amy! That looks yummy too. I really wish I had chocolate in my apartment. LOL!


124 posted on 02/12/2005 11:13:29 AM PST by tuliptree76
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To: All; Jen; OESY; Grzegorz 246; tuliptree76; phoenix0468; edweena; shotokan; Hi Heels; ...

Bittersweet Chocolate - Buttermilk Cake



Ingredients:

2 cups cake flour
¼ cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 cup shortening
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup buttermilk

Adjust the baking rack to the middle of the oven and preheat to 350°F.

FIRST, grease and lightly flour two 9-inch round cake pans with 2-inch sides. Sift together the cake flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.

SECOND, melt the unsweetened chocolate in a small dish in the microwave or over medium heat in a small pan on the stove; stir until smooth, then cool to room temperature.

THIRD, combine the shortening in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle; cream together on high speed until light and fluffy, 6 to 8 minutes. Turn the mixer off and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, then add in the vanilla and the melted, cooled chocolate. Mix at medium speed until the chocolate is completely incorporated, then lower the mixer speed to medium-low. Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

FOURTH, turn the mixer speed down to low. Add in the sifted dry ingredients in 4 batches alternately with the buttermilk, beating slowly but thoroughly after each addition. When the ingredients are fully incorporated, increase the speed to medium and beat for 1 minute.

FIFTH, divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. The cakes are done when they begin to pull away from the edges of the pan and spring back when pressed gently in the center.

SIXTH, allow the layers to cool in the pans for 10 minutes on wire racks; then carefully run a thin sharp knife around the inside edge of each pan to loosen. Turn the cake layers out onto a cooling rack.

Frosting:
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled
¼ cup light corn syrup
2 cups heavy cream
1½ cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

FIRST, chop the bittersweet chocolate and unsweetened chocolate into tiny pieces and slice the cold butter into 1-inch pats. Combine the butter and chocolate in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. (Note: It’s important that the butter be cold, so that the chocolate and butter will melt at the same rate and blend smoothly with the scalded cream.)

SECOND, combine the corn syrup, cream, sugar and vanilla in a large saucepan. Whisk constantly over medium-high heat until the sugar fully dissolves and the mixture comes to a boil. Continue cooking for 2 more minutes, stirring to keep the syrupy mixture from boiling over the edge of the pan; then remove from heat and swirl gently until the bubbling subsides.

THIRD, immediately pour the hot cream mixture over the chocolate and butter. Quickly secure the processor lid and blend until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and have blended thoroughly with the cream, about 1 minute. (Note: If you don’t have a food processor, place the chocolate and butter in a mixing bowl, pour in the scalded cream mixture and whisk vigorously for 3 to 4 minutes.)

FOURTH, pour the frosting into a glass dish and press a sheet of plastic wrap directly onto the surface. Let the frosting rest at room temperature for approximately 2 hours (do not refrigerate). The chocolate and butter will slowly bind with the cream to form a smooth, easy-to-spread, rich chocolate frosting that is thick enough to hold soft peaks.

Place 1 layer of the cake on a serving platter or cake stand. Use an icing spatula or table knife to spread about 1/3 of the frosting evenly on the cake. Place the second layer over the first and cover the top and sides with the remaining frosting.

Happy Chocolate Day!

125 posted on 02/12/2005 11:28:17 AM PST by JustAmy (Remember our President and our troops in your prayers. God Bless America.)
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To: tuliptree76; JustAmy; The Mayor; Alberta's Child; PreviouslyA-Lurker; Jen
Mmm mmm, I love chocolates.

Happy Chocolate Day, everybody.




Eydie Gorme and Los Panchos, “Sabor a mi” (taste of me) - click on it

126 posted on 02/12/2005 11:39:16 AM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: JustAmy

Yum! That looks good.


127 posted on 02/12/2005 11:40:58 AM PST by tuliptree76
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To: PreviouslyA-Lurker

You're welcome. My pleasure.


128 posted on 02/12/2005 11:44:59 AM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Victoria Delsoul

Thanks, Victoria!


129 posted on 02/12/2005 11:47:11 AM PST by tuliptree76
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To: Victoria Delsoul; tuliptree76

OMG ...... I've gained 10 lbs this morning. :)

Hope you are having a nice weekend.


130 posted on 02/12/2005 11:47:27 AM PST by JustAmy (Remember our President and our troops in your prayers. God Bless America.)
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To: JustAmy
Hi Amy. Thanks.

Have a great weekend as well.

131 posted on 02/12/2005 11:51:04 AM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: tuliptree76

You're welcome.


132 posted on 02/12/2005 11:51:20 AM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: international american

Are you still in that shower? :)


133 posted on 02/12/2005 12:10:33 PM PST by JustAmy (Remember our President and our troops in your prayers. God Bless America.)
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To: JustAmy

LOL!


134 posted on 02/12/2005 12:11:33 PM PST by tuliptree76
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To: The Mayor
"Study the Bible to be wise; believe it to be safe; practice it to be holy."

Good morning, Rus. Thank you for bringing us our daily scripture lesson.

Have a great Saturday.
135 posted on 02/12/2005 12:12:15 PM PST by JustAmy (Remember our President and our troops in your prayers. God Bless America.)
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To: NicknamedBob

No sun here ..... no rain, either. You're right ..... it is a big house.

Good morning, NnB. Hope you are having a nice weekend.


136 posted on 02/12/2005 12:13:46 PM PST by JustAmy (Remember our President and our troops in your prayers. God Bless America.)
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To: MeekOneGOP

Happy Saturday to you, Meekie.

Happy Chocolate Day!!


137 posted on 02/12/2005 12:14:38 PM PST by JustAmy (Remember our President and our troops in your prayers. God Bless America.)
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To: Grzegorz 246

Mmmmm ..... chocolate. Thank you.

Hope you are having a great weekend.

Happy Chocolate Day to you, Grzegorz.


138 posted on 02/12/2005 12:16:08 PM PST by JustAmy (Remember our President and our troops in your prayers. God Bless America.)
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To: OESY

Thank you for the wonderful Chocolate Poem. I love your graphic.

Good Afternoon, OESY. Hope your weekend is relaxing.

Happy Chocolate Day!!


139 posted on 02/12/2005 12:19:43 PM PST by JustAmy (Remember our President and our troops in your prayers. God Bless America.)
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To: CA Libertarian

Hi MamaBear's Son. Guess we can't call you BabyBear. :)

Your aquarium is beautiful. It must be a lot of work to keep it looking that way.

I need to clean a fish bowl today; I've been ignoring it for 3 days.

Give the pooch a hug from me. :)

Hope you are having a great weekend.


140 posted on 02/12/2005 12:22:59 PM PST by JustAmy (Remember our President and our troops in your prayers. God Bless America.)
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To: Victoria Delsoul

Thanks for the nice music.

Just now did the click thing. :)


141 posted on 02/12/2005 12:25:26 PM PST by JustAmy (Remember our President and our troops in your prayers. God Bless America.)
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To: JustAmy
Glad you liked it. I'm having a sore throat today, yikes. I hope I feel better by Monday.

Lots stuff to read at FR.... our political adversaries aren't very happy lately.

142 posted on 02/12/2005 12:31:50 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: CA Libertarian; JustAmy; tuliptree76
Here is the "depressed" dog who takes a backseat to the fish. "Penny the Obese, Snaggle-toothed Pug".

She may be depressed, but she is apparently still eating well. LOL!

Thanks for coming by and telling us about the fish in your tanks, CA. Please pay more attention to your dog. ;-)

143 posted on 02/12/2005 1:00:24 PM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear

Awwww. Cute dog.


144 posted on 02/12/2005 1:14:12 PM PST by tuliptree76
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To: tuliptree76

She really is the sweetest little thing. We will get to "dog-sit" her for a week in March while my son is away on vacation. I will spoil her rotten and make up for the "neglect" the poor little thing receives at home. ;-) LOL


145 posted on 02/12/2005 1:21:56 PM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: JustAmy

Thanks!

"Hi. My name is MeekOneGOP, and I'm a choco-holic."

:^)


146 posted on 02/12/2005 2:17:57 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: MeekOneGOP

LOL


147 posted on 02/12/2005 2:26:47 PM PST by JustAmy (Remember our President and our troops in your prayers. God Bless America.)
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To: Mama_Bear; CA Libertarian

Ohhh .... she is the cutest thing.

I'll babysit!


148 posted on 02/12/2005 2:27:43 PM PST by JustAmy (Remember our President and our troops in your prayers. God Bless America.)
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To: Victoria Delsoul

I haven't spent a lot of time reading today.

I've been working on a pre-school project. :)

Color, cut and paste. I'm not sure why this home work was given to parents instead of students. *grin*


149 posted on 02/12/2005 2:29:53 PM PST by JustAmy (Remember our President and our troops in your prayers. God Bless America.)
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To: PGalt


Happy 6th FR Anniversary, PGalt.
We are glad that your are part of our FReeRepublic family.

Hope you are having a relaxing weekend.

150 posted on 02/12/2005 2:48:10 PM PST by JustAmy (Remember our President and our troops in your prayers. God Bless America.)
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