HAPPY FRIDAY !

5 For Friday January 19

Happy Friday – Just a little more than midway through January!

We had a reprieve for a day from the frigid cold temps but — not so fast — coming back again today.  Big fat BOO on that news.

Great 5 for Friday episode today!

Beginning with:

STEPHANIE’S CHIC ON THE CHEAP

OMG!  I am so ordering the Perlier Pomegranate Body Tightening Cream product!  I’ve got a little crepey skin action going on my arms that I’m not friends with nor want to be friends with – as in – EVER!

I look at it in the mirror and talk out loud to it, “Where in the world did you come from?!”

I feel like it laughs at me – and whispers – “Age, Baby, Age.”

So I’m gonna combat this little crepey skin action with Steph’s personally tried-and-true advice on Perlier Pomegranate Body Tightening Cream.  I’m IN!

I also loved reading the reviews on how marvelous it is + smells fabulous.  Hello – winner, winner!

As I’ve heard people say along the way, “Aging is so inconvenient.”  Double high fives in the air about that!

Steph’s  share on the Rana Lasagna is right up my alley.  I know of the Rana products – not the lasagna, because I haven’t tried it yet – but other Rana take-and-bake that I’ve purchased from Costco and Market Street.  Really, really exceptional product line for sure.

I’m totally going to purchase this Rana Lasagna – because it’s so lasagna time of year – and if I can buy it – as opposed to taking an afternoon to assemble, assemble layer upon layer – Call me the President of the Fan Club!

Thanks, Steph!

QUICK QUESTION

What fictional character have I crushed on over the years?  While I’m not a grown adult woman who crushes – gotta admit if I did – would be Dave Robicheaux – straight out of the pages of James Lee Burke’s novels.

Interestingly enough, I don’t recall James Lee Burke ever describing what Dave Robicheaux is supposed to look like.  Robicheaux’s strength in character, kindness, solid walk and colorful dialogue would be a crush draw for me.  You?

THE OLD PARTY LINE

Is a story my grandma wrote in her book for our family titled, MY LIFE.  Grandma wrote this book at the age of 85 in 1995.  Harriette Ann Miller was her name.

Grandma was the hardest working woman I ever knew, sharp as a tack, knew names, dates and events like no one I know to date.  She was full of laughter and kindness and all who knew her loved being around her and continue to remember her with love and happy thoughts.

She planted gardens of beautiful flowers and planted seeds of joy with all whom she came in contact with – I am honored to call her MY grandma!

Carol had written in the Comments on Wednesday about their Party Line when she was growing up which prompted me to get Grandma’s book out and share this 1st story about the Old Party Line.

Monday, I’ll share the 2nd story Grandma wrote about regarding the Old Party Line which will blow you away.  Truly a miracle of a town coming together on an afternoon when my grandparents had a super scary event that rocked their world.  But because of the Old Party Line

Stay tuned.

CHICKEN MILANESE (aka Chicken Parmesan) RECIPE

Is fantastic!  5 stars does not do justice regarding how wonderfully delicious it is.

Worth every minute and step in making it.

Also — makes an unbelievable sandwich on artisan bread with a bit of mayo and arugula greens!

THANKS ALL FOR SLIDING BY TODAY

We are grateful for your time + thoughts + shares + comments.

STEPHANIE’S
CHIC ON THE CHEAP

Hello!

Last week I wrote about the Forever Bloom Biomimic foundation.

I wear eye cream under my concealer.  With the makeup I used to use I also applied a light all over face moisturizer.

I tried Forever Bloom foundation and it did not look as good as it did with no moisturizer applied underneath.  That’s probably because it IS a moisturizer AS WELL AS a makeup.

I noticed some interest in this product/makeup from my column last Friday via comments.

((Pro Tip))
If you purchase this product – use it by itself on clean, dried skin!

Today —

I’m going to share with you a body lotion that actually does reduce that crepey wrinkle surface our skin gets as we get a little older.

About 2 years ago my mom lost 30 pounds because of some health issues.

She was 78 at the time and the combination of the weight loss and her age caused the skin on her arms to be very crepey.

So, for the past 2 years she has tried several different lotions and creams claiming to reduce the look of crepey skin.

My mom finally found one that works.  I couldn’t believe it when she showed me her arms.  This product is called Perlier Pomegranate Body Tightening Cream.

I use it mostly on my arms and thighs + instead of my neck firming gel.  I am on my 2nd tube of this wonder cream!

PIC 1

Shows the price if you go directly to Perlier on-line.  The price of this cream is $42 ordering through the manufacturer.    ((www.perlier.com ))

PIC 2

Is the same product purchased on hsn.com for $17.95 – which is where my mom gets hers.  ((www.hsn.com))

PIC 3

Comments from other users of this product on Perlier website.

PIC 4

Has nothing to do with skin care — LOL.  I purchased this Rana brand lasagna at Sam’s Club last week.  It has beef and sausage in it and, man, is it good!  Check it out if you shop at Sam’s.

Stay warm and have a great weekend!

~ Stephanie’s Chic on the Cheap is exclusive
to Daymaker Readable Art
Question?  Post a comment in today’s episode

QUICK QUESTION

WHAT FICTIONAL CHARACTER HAVE YOU HAD A CRUSH ON OVER THE YEARS?

THE OLD “PARTY LINE”
BY HARRIETTE MILLER

The old Party Telephone Line was the invention that changed rural living forever.

Telephones came into use in the year 1891.  When my parents married in 1907, there were only three telephones near them.

In the next two years, the telephone poles were strung with the wire for sending and receiving for four miles.

The party line had many rural people on it by 1910.  Nearly all farmers were now getting the benefit of telephones.  Yes, the world was ready for a new way of life.

Farmers worked out their telephone bill by repairing lines.  My father would say, “I need to work out my pole tax.”  I didn’t understand what that meant at my young age.

The word neighbor meant someone cared and would be there for you if you needed help – and I mean any kind of help.  Work, sickness in the family or times of sorrow.  The way the need was made by the Old Party Line.

We knew everyone’s ring on the ten party line.  Our own number was 57F13.  We called one long ring for central to connect us with another line that didn’t have the number 57F before it.  Our neighbors called us by cranking the wall telephone and ringing one long ring and three short rings and one long ring.

Another was three short rings and one long ring.

Another person’s was one long and four short rings.  Another was one long ring and two shorts and so on.

I wonder if I could memorize all the “numbers” now.

Eavesdropping became the way of entertainment.  It was very common to be talking with a friend on the Old Party Line and someone eavesdropping who may have missed a word or two put in and say, ” Who did you say had an accident?”  or “How is the sick at your house today?”  “Do you need us?”  “Are you needing groceries as we go to the store today?”  “We see a stray cow by our gate, do you know where she belongs?”

Many times we were just told news.

I remember when a neighbor on the Party Line told us that our that the teacher had told her, not us, our son needed glasses.  I got an appointment with an eye doctor immediately.  The examination revealed that our oldest son was nearly blind.  I thanked my neighbor for telling us — even on the Party Line.

One day when another Party Line user and I were talking “put in” and said, “Our neighbor, Frances Murphy and Jim Rooney are getting married.”

And there was another time I was very ill with tonsilltis when our very close neighbor on the Party Line arrived at our house with a great long pencil that had cotton on one end and said, “I have come to paint your tonsils with Iodine, you need to get rid of that infection.”

I hadn’t even told her I needed help but she had been eavesdropping and took action.

She really knew how to paint my tonsils as I nearly choked to death.  I also got well quickly.

Can you imagine owning a large business and having it on a Party Line?  Well, we did.  We raised and sold several thousand turkeys and marketed tons upon tons of feed.

All of our neighbors were pulling for us as they knew it would be impossible to conduct business without the telephone.

We had a lot of fun at times about some of the conversations.  My husband wasn’t one to listen in or eavesdrop — but this particular day he needed to make a call about the business so he took down the receiver several times and heard two women on the Party Line telling the best way to wash their corsets.

He waited as long as he thought they needed to talk and said in a polite way, “If you ladies have finished washing your corsets, could I please use the line for business?”

No one was ever rude or get mad if you needed to use the line.

Leon, my husband, often teased those two neighbors in the years to come about learning the way to wash his corset.

They would pretend to be embarrassed, but I don’t think there was any embarrassment on the old Party Line.

We knew we had people listening to our conversations who really cared.

CHICKEN MILANESE
ON A BED OF PASTA

This recipe is superb.  Chicken Milanese is just a fancy name for Chicken Parmesan.                                                     Serves 4

We made it and served it as part of our rotation of grab-n-go dinners at Hippie Cowboy.  Customers raved about it and looked forward to its rotation in the monthly scheduled offerings.

It’s not hard – just takes a tiny bit of time – as most stellar food does. 

Serve on top of a handful of boiled and oiled (per package instructions)  thin spaghetti pasta with a warm/hot side of a favorite marinara sauce + fresh bread ( think baguette) + small butter lettuce salad ( fresh butter lettuce leaves + thinly sliced red onions + small chunks of ripe Roma tomatoes drizzled with a favorite vinaigrette dressing).

HERE’S  HOW WE MAKE IT
INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts – sliced diagonally in half – making them cutlets
  • 1 1/2 cups seasoned, dried bread crumbs (either homemade or store bought – my go-to for store bought is Progresso)
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 TBSP minced, fresh Italian (flat leaf) parsley
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 TBSP freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • Olive oil for frying
  • 1 small box of thin spaghetti cooked to package instructions, drained and tossed/coated with olive oil
  • Favorite jarred marinara sauce or homemade, heated until pretty hot in a small saucepan
  • Fresh, sliced lemon wedges
  • Additional freshly grated Parmesan cheese

GET THE ASSEMBLY LINE GOING

WITH A MEAT MALLET OR A ROLLING PIN, POUND CHICKEN CUTLETS BETWEEN 2 SHEETS OF PLASTIC WRAP TO ABOUT 1/8″ – as in thin

SEASON CUTLETS WITH SALT AND PEPPER AND PRESS THE SALT AND PEPPER IN WITH YOUR FINGERS AND PLACE ON A BAKING SHEET

IN A SMALL BOWL

COMBINE SEASONED BREAD CRUMBS, FRESHLY GRATED PARMESAN, PARSLEY, SALT AND PEPPER

SPREAD THIS DRY MIXTURE ON A DINNER PLATE OR IN A PIE TIN

SPREAD THE 1/2 CUP OF FLOUR (a little more if needed) ON A SEPARATE DINNER PLATE OR PIE TIN

BREAK EGGS IN A SHALLOW BOWL AND BEAT LIGHTLY

NOW

DIP CUTLETS IN THE FLOUR, COATING BOTH SIDES AND SHAKING OFF EXCESS

THEN

DIP IN THE BEATEN EGGS, LETTING ANY EXCESS DRIP BACK IN THE BOWL

FINALLY

PLACE CUTLETS, ONE BY ONE, IN THE SEASONED BREAD CRUMB MIXTURE – PRESSING THE CRUMB MIXTURE FIRMLY IN PLACE WITH YOUR HAND(S)

EITHER COVER THE CUTLETS AND REFRIGERATE UNTIL READY TO FRY OR GET READY TO FRY

HERE’S HOW WE FRY THE CUTLETS COATED IN MAGIC SEASONED CRUMBS

HEAT A LARGE SKILLET (think cast iron if you have one) UNTIL VERY HOT.  CAREFULLY ADD ENOUGH OLIVE OIL TO SKILLET TO A DEPTH OF ABOUT 1/4″

WHEN THE OIL IS ALMOST SMOKING, ADD AS MANY CUTLETS AS THE SKILLET WILL HOLD COMFORTABLY; DO NOT CROWD THE SKILLET.  WATCH THE TEMP OF THE OIL + CUTLETS SO NEITHER GET TOO HOT.  ADJUST TEMP TO MEDIUM HIGH IF NEEDED

COOK UNTIL THE CUTLETS ARE GOLDEN ON THE BOTTOM – ABOUT 2 MINUTES

CAREFULLY TURN CUTLETS OVER WITH TONGS AND COOK ON 2ND SIDE ABOUT 30 SECONDS

REMOVE CUTLETS WITH TONGS AS THEY ARE DONE, ALLOWING ANY EXCESS OIL TO DRAIN BACK INTO THE SKILLET, AND TRANSFER TO A BAKING SHEET LINED WITH SEVERAL LAYERS OF PAPER TOWELS (draining purpose)

REPEAT WITH ANY REMAINING CUTLETS

READY TO SERVE

ON 4 DINNER PLATES GRAB A HANDFUL OF BOILED AND OILED THIN SPAGHETTI PASTA AND PLACE THE NOODLES IN A LITTLE “NEST” ON EACH PLATE

PLACE 2 THIN CUTLETS ON TOP OF PASTA

SPRINKLE ADDITIONAL FRESHLY GRATED PARMESAN ON TOP

SPOON HOT MARINARA ON SIDE OF EACH PLATE JUST BESIDE THE PASTA/CHICKEN PARMESAN IN A PRETTY LITTLE CIRCLE + LEMON WEDGE(S) TO SQUEEZE A LITTLE OVER ALL

GET THE BREAD AND SALAD READY – ON SEPARATE SALAD PLATES

SERVE.

ENJOY!

~ Hippie Cowboy recipe box

ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT YOU’RE UNIQUE.  JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!
CATCH YA MONDAY
SAME TIME
SAME PLACE

11 replies
  1. Marty says:

    Daymaker’s comment on “Grandmas’s old party line” was delightful. A great piece of technology history. Yes, my mother told me about her blind Aunt Fronie that survived her lonely days and years by eavesdropping on the old party line . Amazing, isn’t it?

  2. Marty says:

    Daymaker’s every Friday contributor Stephanie is becoming a friend to us all. I’m heading to Sam’s today to take her advice as to the purchase of Rona’s brand lasagna. I’m going to bake it and freeze left overs in individual servings. All I have to do for future meals is make a nice salad and dinner prep is over. Yippee.

  3. Carol says:

    Love Steph’s tips – as usual! As you say, none of us wants to be friends with crepey skin! Got my order of Forever Bloom yesterday and tried it for the first time this morning. It really is amazing. Can you see my smile?

    Oh, the party line. Love your grandmother’s story. People helping people. What a grand time in our history and what a great writer your Grandmother is – runs in the family 😉

    Stay warm!

    • Cheryl Clarson says:

      HI Carol –

      Cool affirmation on Steph’s tip regarding Forever Bloom. Indeed, she does have great insider info on great products!

      Glad you enjoyed Grandma’s story and super glad that your comment earlier this week sparked the idea(s) of sharing her Party Line stories.

      Thanks for reading + commenting + sharing your thoughts with us! Ditto for the compliment.

      HAPPY DAY

  4. Trent Garrison says:

    I grew up on a party line in a small, rural Texas town. We knew our ring and we also eavesdropped…. Your Grandmother’s story brings back some great memories! Thanks for sharing, and can’t wait for Part 2 on Monday! Love you, girl!

    • Cheryl Clarson says:

      Hi Trent –

      Great memory. Delighted that the story brought it back to you for a visit!

      Thanks for reading and taking a moment to share your thoughts + comment + spreading some love!

      JOY

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