Friday, January 29, 2010

The Church White Lie Cake.......

This has been around before but when a friend sent it to me today, it was just as funny as the first time I read it.....True or not, it is hilarious......

> Have you ever told a white lie? You are going to love this, especially
> all of the ladies who bake for church events:
> Alice Grayson was to bake a cake for the Baptist Church Ladies'

> Group in Tuscaloosa , but forgot to do it until the last minute.

> She remembered it the morning of the bake sale and after

> rummaging through cabinets, found an angel food cake mix &

> quickly made it while drying her hair, dressing, and
> helping her son pack up for Scout camp.
> When she took the cake from the oven, the center had dropped
> flat and the cake was horribly disfigured and she exclaimed,

> "Oh dear, there is not time to bake another cake!" This cake

> was important to Alice because she did so want to fit in at her

> new church, and in her new community of friends. So, being

> inventive, she looked around the house for something to build

> up the center of The cake. She found it in the bathroom - a roll

> of toilet paper. She plunked it in and then covered it with icing.

> Not only did the finished product look beautiful, it looked perfect.

> And, before she left the house to drop the cake by the church

> and head for work, Alice woke her daughter and gave her some
> money and specific instructions to be at the bake sale the moment it
> opened at 9:30 and to buy the cake and bring it home.

> When the daughter arrived at the sale, she found the attractive,

> perfect cake had already been sold. Amanda grabbed her cell
> phone & called her mom.
> Alice was horrified-she was beside herself! Everyone would know!
> What would they think? She would be ostracized, talked about,

> ridiculed! All night, Alice lay awake in bed thinking about people
> pointing fingers at her and talking about her behind her back.
> The next day, Alice promised herself she would try not to think
> about the cake and would attend the fancy luncheon/bridal shower
> at the home of a fellow church member and try to have a good time.
> She did not really want to attend because the hostess was a snob
> who more than once had looked down her nose at the fact that Alice
> was a single parent and not from the founding families of Tuscaloosa ,
> but having already RSVP'd , she couldn't think of a believable excuse
> to stay home.
> The meal was elegant, the company was definitely upper crust old
> south and to Alice 's horror, the cake in question was presented for
> dessert! Alice felt the blood drain from her body when she saw the cake!
> She started out of her chair to tell the hostess all about it, but before
> she could get to her feet, the Mayor's wife said, "what a beautiful
> cake!"
> Alice, still stunned, sat back in her chair when she heard the
> hostess (who was a prominent church member) say,
> "Thank you, I baked it myself.."
> Alice smiled and thought to herself, "God is good."

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dining at Cafe- Un Deux -Trois.......

I digress....on Wednesday evening we had our evening meal at Cafe-Un- Deux Trois ...we were staying in Times Square and many of our planned activities were within walking distance...

The restaurant is a beautiful establishment and the waiters were very helpful and courteous. Gorgeous Christmas decor.....sparkling chandeliers....candlelight...

The above pictures from internet website......My pictures leave a lot to be desired. We were advised not to carry expensive cameras so I carried disposable ones plus an old digital....big mistake.....the ones I later made with my phone were so much better.

Delores, Mickie and Mary Jo....
Mary Jo, Jane and Wanda.....

I enjoyed Potager Du Jour, a delicious soup, Poulet Cordon Bleu, grilled vegetables, herbed rice, bread and for dessert, Raspberry Sorbet and coffee.Another evening we saw the play 'Mama Mia' at the Winter Garden Theatre.

Thursday, after The Today Show, we eagerly made our way to Macy's, etc.....more to come.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Dec. 3rd at THE TODAY SHOW....................

We were up bright and early to get to The Today Show...a sign had been custom printed 'Merry Christmas From Moultrie, Georgia'....although I don't live in this particular town I'm happy to be associated with those who do....our group starts with the smiling lady in the red sweater placing a clear plastic bag with a yellow toss game in the bag. I'm standing next to the sign... I have on a black leather jacket and red sweater and white hair. The gift I am placing in the bag is a yellow and blue box with a race car inside. Next to me is 'cousin Mary Jo'.... I was not aware that we would to to the Today Show until we were already in New York...Today Show provided some gifts...

We met Al Roker, whose wife, Debra Roberts, is from Perry, Georgia....Michael Jackson's brothers came around and shook hands, Matt Lauer did also. Unfortunately the pictures I made of Matt, Al and others didn't turn out very well.

Left to right: lst row: Wanda, Betty, Mary Jo, Jane
2nd row: Joyce, Suzy, Mickie, LaRue
3rd row: David (tour guide), Nancy and unknown fellow

A friendly NBC photographer lady made pictures and later we bought them at the NBC Store. Also, the NBC staff were were very cordial and helpful to make pictures for us.

After our Today 'debut' we had breakfast at Dean & Deluca's. The food was delicious as we sat in the window watching the goings on in Rockefeller Center.

The weather was pleasant but was warmer in New York than down home in the south...

Then on to a day of shopping and seeing more of the 'Big Apple' sights....

To be continued.......

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A Wednesday afternoon in New York City...continued

After lunch we boarded our bus again with Dexter and began sightseeing....this fence is where pictures, notes, etc. were hung after 9-11.

We boarded the Staten Island Ferry...

A humongous ferry....

Staten Island.....
The Lady......
Ellis Island.....

After the ferry ride we met our New York City Tour Guide, Kevin....Kevin is very good at what he does...besides a tour guide he is an actor...he's appeared on Law and Order and other programs that have slipped my mind.

Ground Zero....SACRED GROUND.....
Muse Hotel....Lobby...For some reason I can't download a picture of the hotel.....we spent two nights here. The staff was very cordial and helpful....the restrooms near the lobby were something to behold...they were unisex. I don't have pictures of the four but they were fancy-smancy....the hotel is located in the theatre district, Times Square. Everything was within walking distance for the most part.
Very, you aren't seeing double....I can't seem to delete the second picture.

The fire place in the lobby....
This isn't our room but very similar with the same colors....This was the view outside our 8th floor window...very comforting.

Next after freshening up we dined at Cafe be continued.......