DWTS Week 2 – The Results

Well, I was half watching Dancing With the Stars — The Results show tonight and I was wrong on who was going to be voted off the show. I picked Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas. They were in the bottom two couples along with Kim Kardashian and Mark Ballas.

I was already for them to announce that Cloris and Corky danced their last dance. But no… they said Kim and Mark’s names. To say the least, I was a little shocked. I didn’t think Kim and Mark would go very far, but they were better than Cloris and Corky.

I know there must be people out there who say that seeing an 82 year old Cloris Leachman dancing is something to be cheered about. But I think she is more of a joke than anything else. Here are some of the other comments from the DWTS Live Blog:

robynmcgarryCloris….Ok, great talent…in many other areas! This is NOT Fan Club of the Stars, it’s DANCING with the Stars. Probably means you need to be able to, uh, let’s see..move? At least this week she wasn’t being the complete buffoon, but please don’t subject us to this. Is there any possibility that the future may hold negative voting??? Wayne Newton outlasted his ability because of “popular vote” but at least he treated the entire process with respect and good humor. This has been a traversity of a mockery of a sham…or is it a mockery of a traversity of a sham?

bjlayerThis is crazy. What are the voters thinking? Cloris was a great actress and comedian in her day, but she is not a DANCER! There is no room in this kind of program for a pity or nostalgia vote. Let’s vote for the best DANCERS!!

tammycryskampEnough Already. I can’t believe they have not gotten Cloris Leachman off. The woman can’t dance and she’s making a mockery of Dancing with the Stars. I’ve watched this program since the beginning and for the first time, I’m thinking of not watching the rest of this season. To get rid of two legitimate couples who could dance and keep her on the show is ridiculous.

I agree with most of them. If this continues, I might just watch Fringe on FOX and catch up with the results online. And if Jessica Simpson is on the show again, I will definitely be watching the results online.

DWTS — Week 2

Here is my latest take on the dance on this week’s show.

Toni Braxton and Alec Mazo – they did OK, they’ll make it to the next round. She may be the surprise star to make it to the finals.

Rocco DiSpirito and Karina Smirnoff – What happened to Rocco? They might be in the bottom in tomorrow’s show.

Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer – I don’t like their style of dancing. I understand them taking chances, but they should at least dance a more tradition style of the dance.

Kim Kardashian and Mark Ballas – Not sure about them… is she that shy?

Misty May-Treanor and Maksim Chmerkovskiy – They did pretty good. They are strong dancing couple.

Maurice Greene and Cheryl Burke – Did Maurice do any Rumba dance moves? He seemed to just be standing there when Cheryl was doing all of the dancing.

Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas – Kudos to her for being on the show at 82 years old, but it’s time to be voted off.

Comment from DWTS – Live Blog

cebrenAt least she was more interesting to watch than Kim (almost one fourth of Cloris’s age)

Susan Lucci and Tony Dovolani – WOW — Tony shirt is buttoned-up — wait, too late. I liked their dance tonight. I want them to go far in the competition.

Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson – Like I said before, Warren can move! They could make it to the end too.

Cody Linley and Julianne Hough – Cody did a pretty good job. They’ll make it to the next round.

This week’s show was hard to watch. They repeatedly said that they only had three or four days to learn the dance, but some of them where missing more then the dance steps – the chemistry and passion between them. There were a lot of couples that didn’t score very well and might get voted off. It’s going to depend on the voting by the public.

Here is my favorite pairs of the week: Brooke Burke and Derek Hough , Susan Lucci and Tony Dovolani and Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson

Here is my pick on who needs to be voted off the show: Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas

Don’t forget to visit the Dancing with the Stars — Live Blog, it is as much fun watching the show and following the Live Blog to see what other fans are saying.

San Antonio Silver Stars — One step closer

The San Antonio Silver Stars beat the Los Angeles Sparks 2-1 to win the WNBA Western Conference on Sunday. Th next step is the championship games against the Detroit Shock or New York Liberty. The best-of-five finals will start Wednesday in San Antonio.

Congratulations to Coach Dan Hughes, the assistant coaches and the team for winning the WNBA Western Conference.

In other sporting news…

The Detroit Lions did not lose this week!!!

OK, they had a “bye week“, but at least they didn’t lose!!

Another Icon Has Passed Away: RIP Paul Newman

When I checked my e-mails this morning, I saw that Paul Newman has died.

Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008)was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, humanitarian and auto racing enthusiast. He won numerous awards, including an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, and an Emmy award, along with many honorary awards. — from Wikipedia

I remember as a kid, I went to the drive-in theater with my uncle, aunt and sister to see “The Sting” (1973). I was only seven years old, I really don’t remember much about the movie. I do remember sitting in the backseat of the car and eating popcorn. I remember hearing “The Entertainer” in the background.

Going through the list of movies that he made, I realized that I haven’t seen a lot of them. The ones that I did see were:

I think I knew more about Newman through his racing, his salad dressing and charity.

Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, Newman’s Own and The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp (founded by Newman).

One thing on my Life To Do List is to see the classic movies. On this list will be some of his best movies like:

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), The Hustler (1961), Hud (1963), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and The Color of Money (1986)

It was hard trying to find a picture to put on this site. Young or old… he was a very good looking man. I would have to say that this is one of my favorite pictures of Paul Newman.

What I’ve been listening to on my iPod…

I have been on a 60’s & 70’s music phase these past couple of weeks. One of the song that I have been playing the a lot is: “I Saw Her Again” by The Mamas & the Papas from 1966.

This song was written by John Phillips, the leader of the Mamas And The Papas, about the affair between his wife, Michelle Phillips (a Mamas And Papas member), and Denny Doherty (also a Mamas And Papas member), which ultimately led to Michelle Phillips’ unceremonious dismissal from the band and John and Michelle’s divorce. Ironically enough, Doherty received a songwriting credit.

I have always liked The Mamas & The Papas. I have several of their songs on my iPod. Here are some of my other songs from them:

Here is what The Mama & The Papas contributions to music:

  • Arguably the most successful of the Sixties’ folk-rock bands
  • Helped put California on the musical map with their sunny pop arrangements while embodying the Sixties West Coast dream
  • John Phillips is considered one of the era’s great songwriters
  • The group’s peerless harmonies were the envy of many pop groups of the time
  • “Mama” Cass remains a crucial feminine icon of the era, and is considered one of pop’s great divas

There will never be another group like The Mama & The Papas. At least their music will be around for people to enjoy for generations.

Things I like: Red Lobster Tartar Sauce & Cheddar Biscuits

One thing that my Tia Anita and I do is go out for lunch/dinner at Red Lobster when we can. I have liked this place ever since I was young. I remember we would go there as a family in Flint on special occasions.

Two of my favorite things from Red Lobster was their Tartar Sauce & Cheddar Biscuits. If I could have their cheddar and tarter sauce as a meal, I would.

So when I found a “copycat” version of these recipes, I was thrilled.

“Copycat” Red Lobster Tartar Sauce

“This is the sweet, creamy version of tarter sauce the Red Lobster® chooses for their fish entrees. This is a highly requested recipe that will help you create a quick and tasty sauce that has the look and flavor of the real thing. Use the sauce to dress up your next home-cooked fish platter or as a spread on a variety of sandwiches.”

½ cup mayonnaise

1½ tablespoons finely minced onions

1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish

1½ teaspoons shredded & chopped carrot (bits the size of rice)

1½ teaspoons sugar

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

1. Mix thoroughly by hand or with an electric mixer until the sauce is smooth and consistent, and completely blended.

2. Transfer the sauce to any small, air tight container.

3. Close tightly and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

“Copycat” Cheddar Biscuits

Ingredients:

2 ½ cups Bisquick baking mix

¾ cup cold whole milk

4 tablespoons cold butter (1/2 stick)

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

1 heaping cup grated cheddar cheese

Bush on Top:

2 tablespoons butter, melted

¼ teaspoon dried parsley flakes

½ teaspoon garlic powder

pinch salt

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

2. Combine Bisquick with cold butter in a medium bowl using a pastry cutter or a large fork. You don’t want to mix too thoroughly. There should be small chunks of butter in there that are about the size of peas. Add cheddar cheese, milk, and ¼ teaspoon garlic. Mix by hand until combined, but don’t over mix.

3. Drop approximately ¼-cup portions of the dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet using an ice cream scoop.

4. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until the tops of the biscuits begin to turn light brown.

5. When you take the biscuits out of the oven, melt 2 tablespoons butter is a small bowl in your microwave. Stir in ½ teaspoon garlic powder and the dried parsley flakes. Use a brush to spread this garlic butter over the tops of all the biscuits. Use up all of the butter. Makes one dozen biscuits.

Now all I have to do is to get all the ingredients and make this or wait till I go out to eat with my Tia Anita again!

Happy Birthday to Rose and Kristelle

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Perfect Birthday

On your birthday I wish you much pleasure and joy;
I hope all of your wishes come true.
May each hour and minute be filled with delight,
And your birthday be perfect for you!

By Joanna Fuchs

To Rose and Kristelle, who share the same birthday — September 25th.

Rose is my cousin who I have known all my life. I have a picture of us when I was two and she was a year old. We have lived near each other, our families have lived together in the same house and even went to the same school once. And we have shared some good memories throughout the years. We both live in Texas now, so hopefully we will get together soon.

Kristelle is a friend I met when I was going to Mott Community College in 1987-88. We were fans of Knots Landing and I would go over to her house to watch it. Her husband Tony would even make us popcorn or “popcorn soup” on one occasion. They had two sons then and during the years they added two daughters to the family. We even went to Las Vegas last December 2007 together. We have shared Christmas parties and graduation parties. She is one of my dearest friends.

I hope you both have a great birthday and I miss you both!

Love, Sylvia

DWTS — Week 1 (Part 3)

Well, one more night of Dancing with the Stars this week and I am already shocked by the voting!! My pick of who should be voted off this week was Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas. But I was shocked when they were they third couple safe! The comments on the Live Blog were hilarious. Here are some of the comments that were made:

This is almost enough to quit watching as long as she is still on the show!!! typete01

Cloris is the “Sanjaya” of Dancing with the Stars. It’s a shame that a real dancer will get sent home because of her. I am not liking this season already!!!! — butterfly5946

Take her off before she breaks a hip! — missfarrah

I don’t think they should keep Cloris and Corky on the show just becasue she is funny. That means that another couple who are really trying is going to be voted off.

Side Note:

Hopefully this will be the only time that the Jonas Brothers are on the show. I had to change the channel!

New Hope for the Detroit Lions??

When I was checking my mail and the daily sites I visit, I saw the following:Lions fire Matt Millen. And I thought, maybe there might be a chance for the Lions this season?? OK, one can dream, can’t they??

ALTTEXT

So many mistakes, it’s hard to dissect exactly what went wrong during the Matt Millen era in Detroit. But this list is a pretty good place to start. I don’t feel bad for MIllen because, Millen could leave with $50 million.

Now if Bill Ford Jr. and William Clay Ford can step up and make the Lions a better team, then they might have a chance to have a winning season. This is from the Detroit Free Press: Ford: Lions fans ‘deserve a winner’

“I believe that this decision is in the best interest of this organization. I appreciate Matt’s efforts. Matt worked tirelessly during his tenure to win, and he would be the first one to tell you that you have to win in this league. It just didn’t work out.” said William Clay Ford in a statement.

Hopefully he means this and we will see a change for the better with the team.

DWTS — Week 1 (Part 2)

Night #2 for Dancing with the Stars and the first couple got voted off. My pick on who I thought was going to be voted off was right — Jeffrey Ross and Edyta Śliwińska.

The way I watched the tonight’s show was:

  1. On TV
  2. Following the Live Blog
  3. And following the updates on Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 7) from Wikipedia

Something that is new on the Wikipedia DWTS page is that they are listing the songs that the couples are dancing to.

Here is my favorite pairs from tonight’s show:


Derek Hough and Brooke Burke

Rocco DiSpirito and Karina Smirnoff

Rocco DiSpirito and Karina Smirnoff

Here is my pick on who needs to be voted off the show:

Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas

Notes:

Rocco DiSpirito & Karina Smirnoff — I like Rocco and hope he goes far in the competion.

Warren Sapp & Kym Johnson — I like watching Warren dance, for being a big guy, he can moves.

Lance Bass & Lacey Schwimmer — I just don’t like their style of dancing.

Brooke Burke & Derek Hough — Could this be the season when a model wins?

Misty May-Treanor & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Not too impressed with my early pick to win it all. Good thing I can change my mind if I want to! :)

And what was that dance that Kim Kardashian & Mark Ballas do? And why does Mark wear those shirts??

Till tomorrow night’s show.

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