Happy New Year

Well, we finally did it. After 13 years in our new home town we bought a home. Thanks to everyone who’s supported us over the years.

In addition to the new home, 2019 was quite the year for us. Lucas received his Master’s Degree from Cal State Northridge. We’re so proud of him.

Steve also published his last book, Ten Good Reasons to Fix That Airplane, in December. After publishing, Fables for the Clarinet, in August. He plans to put out his third book in January/February.

Me? I’ve been working like a demon on Web Hosting and Maintenance, email and social media marketing, website design, and greeting card designs.

I hope to soon have some assistance from Lucas to free up some time to focus on designing more and contributing to this blog, Geekesse and Heycuz.

Best wishes for a happy 2020 for you all!

Ultimate Comfort Food on this Nerve Racking Election Day

Mom's Lasagna

Mom’s Lasagna

Latest polls all show that people are losing sleep over this election, so no matter how you vote here’s some lovin’ from mom’s cookbook: her famous, award-winning lasagna. May it bring you comfort while you watch today’s polls.

1 lb hamburger
Spaghetti Sauce (Prego)
1/2 lb cheddar cheese (grated)
1/2 lb Monterey jack cheese
8 oz. cottage cheese
Lasagna noodles (she said the ones in the Green Box)

Preheat oven to 350. Brown hamburger and drain. Add spaghetti sauce and 2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Stir until well blended. In 9 X 13 baking pan, put one large spoonful of the sauce on the bottom of the pan to cover bottom. Add one layer of lasagna noodles; Add 1/3 of remaining meat sauce, spoon cottage cheese over meat sauce, top with one layer of combined cheeses; repeat layers until all the sauce is used; Cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 1 hour, removing the foil, 15 minutes before finished.
Beth’s Note: I don’t recall her using Cheddar Cheese, just 1 pound of Monterey Jack.
Dad’s Note: I don’t recall her using Cheddar either, at least I didn’t buy any when I went to the store. Though I always had sliced cheddar cheese so maybe she used that.
My note: I took the recipe word for word from a letter to me. I have always used half of both cheeses.

Mom’s Chicken and Dumplings

My brother Shane asked me for this after I posted this pic of my bowl of Chicken and Dumplings:

Mom's Chicken and Dumplings

Mom’s Chicken and Dumplings

1 Stewed Chicken

1 1/2 cup self-rising flour

Pot with chicken broth (reserve1/2 cup hot broth)

Debone the chicken, put aside.
Bring broth to a boil. Take 1/2 cup broth and put in 1 1/2 cups of self-rising flour and mix with a spoon very quickly. Drop spoonfuls, one at a time, into the boiling broth; cook until done about 20 minutes, covered. Be careful not to boil over.

After the dumplings are done, add chicken, Mouth watering good.
MY NOTE: I just realized why my dumplings always came out too heavy and doughy. Its the flour! I was always using normal flour and she has here self-rising flour. I’m going to try again doing it her way. I also add veggies, like celery or carrots or whatever I’m in the mood for.

Beth’s Note: I was using Bisquick but it basically melts into the broth. Not good.

My Note: I remember mom using Bisquick also, I think she did that when she didn’t have a lot of time.

On a College Campus? Don’t Try to Tell a Joke

It really is becoming a little ridiculous, when the one place where alternative ideas should be free are being muffled. Carlos Mencia, Jerry Seinfeld, Larry the Cable Guy, Chris Rock…even Bill Maher will no longer speak on college campuses. So, when I read this, I couldn’t help but share.

If you hurt someone’s feelings, or might have potentially hurt their feelings, campus bias response teams are ready to pounce.

Source: On a College Campus? Don’t Try to Tell a Joke

WILLIS – SMOKESCREEN still sooooo sexy aww-a-aww

Years ago, Fiat released a Superbowl commercial with this song, and ever since then I was hooked. Still one of my most-played songs on iTunes. It’s not on Apple music yet, hmmm.

Van Morrison and Mick Hucknall, “Streets of Arklow” – 25 Best Songs of 2015 So Far | Rolling Stone

Essential tracks by cheese divas, thug romantics and punk scruffs

Source: Van Morrison and Mick Hucknall, “Streets of Arklow” – 25 Best Songs of 2015 So Far | Rolling Stone

I am so out of the loop as far as my music listening these days. There is some really exciting new performers and old favorites in the RS top picks.

▶ How Awesome is This???

Centaur is Fantastic


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I confess, I abandoned this genre years ago finding it too formulaic to waste any more of my precious time. So, when I finished reading Centaur by HE Fairbanks, I simply had to write a review. This book is the best contemporary book I’ve read in years! Fairbanks has renewed my faith in the craft of storytelling with this brilliant, unexpected, novel. Admit it, haven’t you grown tired of the formula followed by the best selling suspense authors? Here’s the gist: 1. some event that introduces a mystery; 2. some enemy says it can’t or shouldn’t be solved; 3. some villan enters; 4. some lengthy investigation; 5. some meeting of the villan; 6. some conflict and climax. They all go exactly like that. Until the Centaur, that is. As a reader, you’ll find yourself so entranced by the well-developed character, Number 23, that you will barely notice that you’ve breezed through the first ten chapters, startled to find yourself muttering, “No spoons!” Fairbanks introduces us to a seemingly unbelievable character in the horrific underworld of a sex slave ring and, with nothing but sheer talent, makes it completely believable. Centaur takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster. It has it all–humor, suspense, action, cops, crime, FBI, betrayal, love, desire– wrapped up by Fairbanks’ wonderful ability to bring the characters to life. I’m thrilled to hear that we’ll be seeing much more from the characters as this is only part one in a series of thrillers. The second book is called Willow’s Baby and was just released this week. I guarantee that I’ll be reading it! I’ll be recommending this book to all my friends. Get it, read it! It’s fan-freaking-tastic!

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Introduction to Administering Your Website

This is a quick introduction on accessing the administration area of your website.


This is a short overview on the areas of your website’s Administration area. It includes information on the front control panel, the tool bar, the Administrator menu, and where to get help.

Click on the small arrow to start the video.


In this video you are given a quick look at the back-end or administration area of your website.

When you first login you will see the control panel. The Control Panel area includes the Quick Icons (article manager, user manager) to the areas that you use most. On the left side, you can see a list of currently logged in users and articles that have been recently added.

The top menu gives you access to all of the areas of your website. The menu items include:

Site: Areas which administer the overall settings for the website itself

Menus: If you want to add, remove or edit menu items

Content: This menu area brings up the article manager as well as the section and category areas.

Components: This menu accesses add-ons that are specific to your website. For example, if you have an eCommerce site you can access the store software. Or, if you have a Gallery feature on your site you will be able to access the images and other features here.

Extensions: Extensions are small modules that complement the components and appear as menu items or blocks. For instance if you have a weather module on your site you can adjust the settings in this area.

Tools: This area has some administration tools such as clearing the cache of a website; and messages sent to the administrator.

Help: Clicking on the help link will bring up information relevant to the area you are in at the time. For instance if you are in the Article Manager and click on help, you will see instructions about adding articles or editing them.

More tutorials are available for specific areas at Pastisenterprises.com. You can also contact us at any time for more assistance.

Happy Ada Lovelace Day

Ada LovelaceImage via WikipediaI have been fortunate enough to have had many wonderful women in my life who each left an impression on me in some way. But today, in honor of Ada Lovelace Day, I’m sharing a few of the women who inspired me.  Ada Lovelace was the worlds first computer programmer and on this day many people take the time to remember women of science. I want to honor the great women in my life.

Number 1 would be my mother. I was lucky enough to come from intelligent stock. I learned a lot from her including my love of books, of learning, of history, of technology, and on and on, but what I think I learned most from her was perseverance. My mother had a very tough life, but she was like a phoenix, rising from the ashes again and again. Finding something to laugh about, gave her the strength to continue the fight.

Number 2: Mrs. Crabb was my fifth and sixth grade teacher. She believed in me, which, allowed me to realize that I was OK with who I was and if there was something I wanted to do, I shouldn’t worry what anybody else thought but just do it. I had been publishing an underground newspaper called “The Toilet Stall Times,” and knew it wouldn’t be long before I got into trouble for it. Boys were breaking into the girls bathroom to get a copy. Mrs. Crabb came up with the idea of publishing a book and that was how I started my life long publishing dream.

Number 3: Jan Rawson, my journalism professor, was a stickler for everything. A stickler for facts; a stickler for grammar; a stickily for ethics…everything. Getting a paper back from her meant red ink and rearranged paragraphs with more pages of suggestions than pages in the original article. No paper was ever done. If it weren’t for deadlines, I don’t think anything would have ever gotten published. Exhausted from working all-nighters to get the newspaper out, I could barely keep my eyes open but she would still be at it up to the last minute because the idea of an error getting published was unacceptable to her. Jan gave me a drive for perfectionism, but also the value of a deadline. She also introduced me to my first “computer.” Little did I know then, that that paper-tape spewing monstrosity was the beginning of a beautiful love affair with technology that still exists today. Rather than fear the machine because it was foreign, she taught me that it was just another tool and if you used it right, you could inspire the world.

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