Let the cooking begin!!

carrot cake (free clip art)
carrot cake (free clip art)

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  We’re all getting together at my mother’s house for dinner. Well we’re supposed to meet around 2:00 but I’m sure some won’t be there until around 3:30. My family has a habit of being late. It’s almost a family tradition!!

Yes we are even inviting my childrens new ‘adoptive grandfather’ Charlie too. He’s bringing the turkey. I’m making a carrot cake and everyone else has a dish they are too bring. I love carrot cake and have a recipe my great-grandmother gave me a long time ago. It’s the best carrot cake ever. In fact, here’s the recipe:

Carrot Cake

2 cups grated carrots
1 small can of crushed pineapple not drained
1 1/2 cups Wesson oil (doesn’t have to be Wesson oil)
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon (may use 2 if desired but I use 1)
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 eggs
1/2 cup chopped pecans.

Cream oil and sugar together.  Add Carrots, pineapple and nuts.  Add eggs one
at a time and beat well.  Add dry ingredients sifted together.

Bake in 3 layers at 350 degrees approximately 45 minutes or until done by
sticking a toothpick in the middle and it comes out clean.

Frosting for Carrot Cake

1 8 ounce package of creamed cheese
1 stick of margarine
1 box of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup of chopped pecans

Have cheese and margarine soft.  Set out of refrigerator a few hours.
Use electric mixer to mix in powdered sugar, vanilla and nuts.

Put in refrigerator after you frost it to make it set better after frosting.


Starting The Christmas Shopping

As much as I hate to do it, I’ve decided that I need to go ahead and start my Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving. Last year there were a few things that I wanted to get for gifts but ended up having to order them because the stores were out of stock, and the gifts did not arrive until late January! Mark told me that he wants to get his nephew an inexpensive electric guitar for Christmas, so I’m starting now to look online for electric guitars for sale cheap to try to get the best deal and have it arrive in time for Christmas. Wish me luck!


Baking Pies (free clip art)
Baking Pies (free clip art)

I love holidays and getting together with the family. I am cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year and cannot wait for the day to arrive. There are a few things I can get done and out of the way early, but the rest will begin on the morning of. I hope that everyone shows up, as I know that many of them have more than one place to stop at in their travels.

I prefer to stay at home anyway, so cooking doesn’t bother me at all. Plus, I have the added bonus of not having to really cook for days afterwards because there are so many left overs. There is nothing better than turkey sandwiches and such. I think I will start on a couple of the pies tomorrow. That will keep me busy anyway, what with all the cleaning I have to do. Time to get all of the laundry done today, so I won’t have to mess with it later. Have a great day!

How Do I Complain about a Solicitor vs a Barrister

The terms solicitor and barrister are sometimes used interchangeably by the public to mean the same thing. This is a mistake that can lead to problems later on in the legal process. Solicitors and barristers perform two different sets of legal services. Knowledge of who does what can protect the public from issues of solicitor professional negligence and complaints against members of the legal profession.

Barristers are primarily engaged to argue cases in court or before a tribunal. They have the skills and expertise necessary acquired through their training to conduct in depth research and carry out keen analytical, detailed analysis. This gives them the resources and confidence necessary to represent clients and to speak confidently and convincingly on their behalf. It is a very competitive field and so it is necessary to be very conscientious and motivated in order to be successful.

Barristers are usually self employed. There are a few who are contacted to firms, organisations, law firms and public service entities. Most Barristers work in sets. This is a group of of barristers who work together. In most cases, they share services and expenses such as practice managers and rental of premises. They are not employed by the set, they are considered as a tenant of the set. The set is maintained through contributions of the barristers in the group.

A solicitor on the other hand, provides legal services directly to their clients. They are able to represent a wide sphere of individuals, including businesses, individuals, private and public institutions. They are qualified to give advice on legal requirements of a case and all the information necessary for the case, from the inception of the matter until its conclusion. There are some circumstances under which a solicitor may instruct a barrister. This happens if the need should arise for advocacy or if and when a specialist opinion is required.

There are different organisations that are responsible for governing solicitors and barristers. In the UK the professional body that regulates the conduct of solicitors is the Solicitors Regulation authority. The Law Society of England and Wales oversees all matters pertaining to solicitors. The barristersĀ  professional body is the Bar Council. All matters of conduct and ethics are administered by the Bar Standards Board.

It is important for clients to understand the intricacies of the legal system and the difference between a solicitor and a barrister. In most cases barristers are able to represent their clients in courts and carry out any necessary advocacy work on their behalf. Solicitors often do theĀ  initial preparation and research.

In most instances, you will find that cases begin and end with a solicitor. This is because in cases that end up being settled out of court the solicitor does all the work before the case goes to court hands it over to the barrister and then completes the out of court settlement phase as well.

If you suspect you may have grounds for a solicitor review, visit SOS Claims today.

Veterans Day

I’m not that close to my family and am not sure how many people within my family have served in the military but today is the day to honor those that are veterans. There’s a local steak house that gives a free meal to all veterans that come in. It’s amazing to see the range of ages of these that served.

In this time of two wars, it’s easy to thank a veteran but there aren’t many left from WWII. I hope they know how much our country appreciated them. They fought one of the worst wars our country was ever in. They fought for people around the world that couldn’t fight for themselves, the Jews.

Let’s all make sure to thank a veteran today. If you don’t know one personally, it doesn’t matter, find one. Just look on their cars and you’ll see a Marine Corps sticker or maybe a ‘Retired Army’ sticker. Go up and tell them ‘Thank you for what you did for me and my family’ and shake their hand. They deserve to stand tall today and every day.

My children wanted me to put this picture on to honor the soldiers so this is from my children.