From Helping People to Destroying People

Once upon a time unions had their place.  They have helped the lives of many and helped shaped better working environments for people.  Over the years this organization has turned into greedy, overpaid thugs who destroy everything.

Of course some people think unions are good to make things “fair” and consistently force pay raises for their members.  Businesses cannot operate that way.  They cannot pay everyone 70k a year with HUGE pensions and pay for everything to keep their business afloat.  Unions slow down profits, work productivity and progress.  They damage healthy communication between the employer and the employee.  They claim the employers are greedy (I’m not denying some are) when they are greedy themselves.  These union bosses make a shit load of money.  They make their money off the backs of the workers making them pay dues.  All the while speaking on behalf of the workers even against the workers will without a say in their own negotiations.

We are in a time where we no longer have sweat shops.  We have safety procedures, fire escapes, osha, child labor laws, work/lunch breaks, laws against discrimination, human resources departments, and on and on today.  There is NO NEED for unions.

So this whole thing with Hostess… damn shame.  The company is working in a shitty ass economy and in order to save jobs wanted to have workers take an 8% cut in pay.  They were not being greedy, they were trying to save their company and their employees jobs.  But of course the union goes crazy, has a strike and calls their bluff.  Hostess delivered by then announcing the shutdown of everything, filing for bankruptcy and liquidating everything.  18,000 people now out of work in the blink of an eye.  I would have gladly taken an 8% pay cut over being UNEMPLOYED IN THIS ECONOMY.  Guess who still has their jobs?  The union.  Nice work.

I saw this on Twitter, “Twinkies made it thought the Great Depression and World War II, but couldn’t withstand Obama.”  So true.  But then, I’m sure Michelle (tell us what to eat) Obama is very happy.

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Chicken Avacado Pasta Salad

Today I made a yummy chicken pasta salad made from leftover chicken.  I don’t really have exact measurements because I just eyeball everything, especially when just cooking for one all the time.  It was pretty tasty and healthy (except for mayo).

I cooked up cork screw pasta and used the veggie multi color kind.  I used a baked skinless chicken breast left over from my dinner last night and just cut up into bite sized pieces.  Chopped up onions, some grated carrots, 1 chopped up avocado, mayo, jalapeno flavored mustard (probably about a tbsp) and some salt and pepper and mixed.  I folded in the avocado last as it can get creamy and change your salad color to green and wanted to avoid that.

Filling and tasty.

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Happy New Year

Tonight I’m staying in and cooking and drinking and watching some good movies.  It’s my own little tradition as I don’t like to be out on the roads with others who have been drinking.  I may do some cleaning in the evening and getting some things organized, what better night to do that on.

I’ll be making some honey mustard chicken wings, black-eyed peas, cabbage and cornbread.  All foods are for luck and wealth if eaten on New Year’s day, except for the chicken wings – those can be bad luck so I’ll eat them well before midnight.  I’ll also make an orange sherbet champagne punch.

Speaking of luck and superstitions, here are some I found interesting for New Years.  I’m so glad I kissed my boyfriend at the stroke of midnight in his timezone in Afghanistan.  Even though it was still a cyber kiss on instant messenger!  I will probably email him another one when it’s midnight here in Arizona.

Kissing at midnight:   We kiss those dearest to us at midnight not only to share a moment of celebration with our favorite people, but also to ensure those affections and ties will continue throughout the next twelve months. To fail to smooch our significant others at the stroke of twelve would be to set the stage for a year of coldness.

Stocking Up:   The new year must not be seen in with bare cupboards, lest that be the way of things for the year. Larders must be topped up and plenty of money must be placed in every wallet in the home to guarantee prosperity.

Paying Off Bills:   The new year should not be begun with the household in debt, so checks should be written and mailed off prior to January 1st. Likewise, personal debts should be settled before the New Year arrives.

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Jalapeno Corn Dip

Since being on Pinterest I’m finding some recipes.  I know, we have the internet with tons of recipe sites that I do check out.  But pictures of things you normally wouldn’t look for pop up and catch my attention on Pinterest.

I tried this one out the other day and I loved it.  I think I loved the texture the most but this is definitely different for a dip.  I did size down the recipe a bit since it’s only me living here.  I also added some sliced up green onions to the mix as well.  Which makes me think you could really get creative and add more things like a bit of cilantro or onions, etc.

 Jalapeno Corn Dip

 Ingredients:

  • 4-5 cans white corn (I only used 2 cans)
  • 1 bag shredded 2% Mexican cheese (I only used 1/2 bag)
  • 4-5 jalapenos, diced (I just used canned and diced)
  • 1 cup fat free mayo (i used regular and just eyeballed the amount for my taste)
  • Chopped up green onions (this is my addition)

 Instructions:

Just throw all together, mix and serve with chips or crackers.  I used those little scoop bowl tortilla chips.  Yum.

Yummy Crock Pot Nacho Dip

I tried this recipe out today and it turned out pretty darn tasty!  So I thought I would share.  This is a very filling dip too so this would be the perfect dip if you were only serving finger foods. 

I did add a small amount of chopped onions (in place of onion powder) and jalapenos for a little extra kick.  Says it serves 15 but that depends on how much they chow down so I would say a bit less than that.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • Dash of salt, pepper and onion powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced, optional
  • 2 16-oz. jars salsa (hot or mild as you like)
  • 15-oz. can refried beans
  • 1 ½ cups sour cream
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Tortilla chips

Directions:

  1. Brown ground beef.  Drain.  Add salt, pepper onion powder, and minced garlic.
  2. Combine beef, salsa, beans, sour cream and 2 cups of cheese in slow cooker.
  3. Cover.  Heat on Low 2 hours.  Just before serving sprinkle with 1 cup cheese.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips.

I tell ya, this was tasty with chips and a Lime flavored Jones Soda!  Ahhh….

Thanksgiving Day Plans Update

Since my parents are in Vegas, one of my friends Lisa who just came back from Italy (the one I was cat sitting for) decided to scrap her plans to drive to California to be with her aunt and uncle and prepare a Thanksgiving for her and I.  I thought that was very sweet.  I told her over and over not to cancel her original plans but she insisted.  She said really wanted to do it.
 
So…. she ordered a turkey dinner from Boston Market for us to enjoy.  Not too glamorous but decent and affordable and includes turkey and the basic sides like stuffing, mashed potatoes, rolls and so on.  Plus she is making some extra things like pumpkin pie, lots of appetizers and shrimp and such.  I invited my other friend from work – I’ll call her Jersey Girl but she isn’t feeling up to it.  Lisa and I were bummed but I do get wanting to be alone sometimes.  I’ll try one more time to convince her to come before I leave.
 
I won’t be heading over there till around 5pm because she said everything won’t be ready till 5:30 pm.  I told her not to kill herself trying to make everything so perfect.  “I know you!”  She laughed and said, yeah you sure do.  I’m the same way so I know she’s trying to make the table look nice, making sure she has enough food, making sure the house is spotless, picking out mood music and cocktails.  lol  I do appreciate the effort though.  I’ll be bringing stuff to make a salad and a coffee table book as a gift.
 
She has a beautiful home, she’s a great hostess and single like me.  I’m actually looking forward to spending the time there with a nice dinner, cocktails and single girl talk in a cozy house.  It was incredibly nice of her to do this. 
 
Sometimes I feel really blessed.  I have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.  Good friends who really care about me.  My health.  My parents.  Being employed!!!  Having my home.  And being in love with a great guy.  I will be saying a special prayer this evening with giving thanks to all of those things.
 
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.