Ghost Here

There’s a ghost here

I’m quite sure I smelled your perfume

We had a toast here

in this sealed up tomb of a room

There’s a ghost here

if you were here, you’d never believe but

there’s that sound again I almost perceive

like a whisper from the corner of my ear

and a shadow hits my eye then disappears

oh, God, how I feel all your fears

I’m spinning into your world now

and I can’t see how you made it so far

here’s a ghost here just down the empty hall and it feels like you

fill it all


Garlicky Baked Butternut Squash

This looks SO good! I can’t wait to try it !

Rantings of an Amateur Chef

A quick post for an even quicker side dish. Try this delicious Garlicky Baked Butternut Squash.

The recipe is so easy and delicious.

I used bags of pre-cut cubes of butternut squash. Just thaw.

Garlicky Baked Butternut Squash

Prep Time: 10 Min | Cook Time: 50 Min | Makes: 6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


In a large bowl, combine the parsley, oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Add squash and toss to coat.

Transfer to an ungreased shallow 2-qt. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees F for 50-55 minutes or until squash is just tender.


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What Celebrities Share your Birth Sign?

Virgos: Michael Jackson. ( meticulous, very independent, expert in your field?) Salma Hayek, Macaulay Culkin, Cameron Diez and Beyonce.

Libras: Kim Cardashian, Kate Winslet, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Hugh Jackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, and everybody else who is hot and charismatic, such as Will Smith. I thought I read he was a Scorpio, but maybe not.

Scorpios: Deep, charismatic eyes, prone to jealousy..? : Rachel McAdams, Katy Perry, Nich Lachey, Johnny Carson, Ann Hathaway. Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg.

Sagittarians: The Truth Seekers: Christina Aguilera, Tina Turner, Vanessa Hudgens, Brad Pitt, Jamie Foxx, Billy Idol, Jay-Z.

Capricorns: Driven, balanced, stubborn, achievers.  Richard M. Nixon, Howard Stern, Al Capone, Muhammad Ali, Isaac Asimov, Kirstie Alley.

Aquarians: Great lovers, artistic, above the fray, but always a part of the party:  Ashton Kutcher, Bob Marley, John Travolta, Virginia Wolf, Jennifer Aniston, and a crap- ton more.

Aries: Lady Gaga, Gloria Steinem, Leonard Nimoy, Quentin Tarantino, Hayden Christensen, Russell Crowe. J.S. Bach

Taureans  :Mark Zuckerburg, Al Pacino,  Penelope Cruz, Christina Hendricks, George Clooney, Robert Pattinson, Bono, Megan Fox.

Geminis: Albert Einstein, Angelina Jolie, Marilyn Monroe. That’s all you really need, isn’t it?

Cancers: Pearl S. Buck, Neil Simon, Robert Anson Heinlein, Irving Stone, David Henry Thoreau, Ernest Hemingway, Nathaniel Hawthorne, George Orwell, Sylvester Stallone, Pamela Anderson, Donald Sutherland, Vin Diesel.

Lions and Lionesses: Ben Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Loni Anderson, Paul Anka, Dustin Hoffman, Lucille Ball.

Pisces: Rihanna, Eva Longoria, Jon Bon Jovi, Jessica Biel, Drew Barrymore, Kellan Lutz, Justin Bieber… funny, Einstein is listed here, too, whereas above he was listed as a Gemini. Interesting.

All the above info was gathered from the headlines of Google listings, so are excerpts from various sources/pages.

Tuna Cakes- Experiment in Deliciousness!

Well, I wanted to make some good old fashioned comfort food for my lovely husband. Easy was also a priority. I created a tuna casserole, with it’s usual fatty goodness. One package of rotini pasta, maybe 12 ozs. 2 cans pure, white albacore, 1/2 pkg ( 4 oz) cream cheese, 2 eggs, (doing it over, would only use one), a 1/3 cup half -n-half, several ounces of Tillamook medium cheddar, and a generous portion of Jane’s Crazy Mixed -Up Salt, a household staple. Ok, cook pasta al dente, drain. Add to pre-mixed cheesy stew. Throw in 1/4 cup diced onion. Mix. Oven it up in a jaunty casserole dish for about a half hour. YUM. Oh, yeah- I almost forgot the 1/2 cup of ICBINB in this mix, but yeah- add that, too, or real butter. Go ALL out.

Anyway, low carb and casserole don’t mix, do they now? So, I also made salad, but was drooling over the tuna idea. It smelled heavenly. So, I oiled up a pan lightly and decided I would just pan fry it up and eat it atop my salad. AND OMG, was it GREAT! Melty cheese, browned tuna, egg holding it’s patty constitution together. All came together in a symphony of flavor and texture. I am definitely having tuna cakes again. Yes, I know the tuna melt is not a new concept, but this was much better than canned tuna with just cheese on top. Much better.

So, I thought I would share this idea with you, because you can make the same 2-part harmony at home, too. One meal for the carb- cutter, and one for the rest of the pack, who all think you’re mad anyway and who are, after this many months, telling you low-carb can’t last forever, and that you no longer have any tits because you’ve lost so much weight. News FLASH- I never had more than an A-cup anyway, the only B was only the result of an also very giant rear, which was not offset by enough breast to be acceptable.

I digress. Eat TUNA!

Lee Kirsten

TO my Father:

Low-Carb Lifestyles

I am 3, the crown of your achievements, the apple of your eye. I don’t know better

yet I am four

pining for my lost definition of

who I am and what I am to be about

and you are the apex of all my desires

and this is the beginning of the ending of most of them


you were not the King I thought you were,

not worthy of my worship and unconditional love

but when I gave that up

I realized

I wasn’t so special

not a princess at all

You’re not ever coming to pick me up


like the one hundred dimes

I used to call you

and I waited there

on my suitcase

by the door

but no more

The woman I am

cannot forget the child I was

so full of promise, belief, and love


waiting by the door

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