Tuesday, July 31, 2018

History, Repeat Yourself

I was without internet for about 5 hours last week. Seems we needed a new modum. Actually we didn't, it was the router, but dealing with cable companies can be exasperating. So two frantic trips to stores, four phone calls, one unnecessarily replaced modum and a new Panoramic Wifi modum/router later, we were back in business.

While I worked Mission Control and Hubs frantically drove all over town beating store closing times, here I sat internetless. Not the end of the world. At least not when it came to the luxuries of internet access. I mean, I can live without checking social media or knowing what's in my email folder. In fact, I enjoy offline time. But that's when I have options. What got to me was the realization of just how much I'm dependent on Google. I really had no idea how many times in a one hour period my answer to any question started with Googling it.

And yes, in an "emergency" I could jump on my phone and use data to do what I needed. Even despite the fact that the boys use up our data allowance the first day of the month . . . no matter how many times we up our plan.

But, left to my own devices (meaning getting lost in my own thoughts) I, as many of us often do, wondered what I did before internet. And then, in the spirit of stream of consciousness, began to imagine what history might have been like had online options have been available at some strategic times . . .

Paul Revere could have reached the masses:
The British are coming the British are coming! Want to know how? Follow me on Instagram.

Since pictures posted on Snapchat delete after being seen, it would be the perfect place to post this clandestine Save the Date:

Boston Tea Party Save the Date. History, Repeat Yourself: What some of the more famous moments in our history would have been like with today’s technology.  | Graphic property of www.BakingInATornado.com | #humor #funny

Ponce de Leon would surely have taken advantage of Go Fund Me:
Accepting contributions to fund an upcoming transformative expedition. 
A bath. A drink. A lifetime of youth. Perpetual juvenescence is just a donation away.

Imagine how much easier finding help would have been if there'd been LinkdIn:
Help Wanted: Robbers and Plunderers. Will train. Cannot suffer from sea sickness. 
For full job description and requirements, visit my LinkdIn page: LinkdIn(dot)com/Blackbeard

You know that Marie Antoinette would have been on twitter:
Company coming and need to be a good hostess? Don't lose your head, check out my blog for today's recipe: Coffee and Cinnamon Cake Squares #LetThemEatCake

Coffee and Cinnamon Cake Squares have bold coffee flavor with a hint of cinnamon. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #cake #coffee
Coffee and Cinnamon Cake Squares

Christopher Columbus's ship log:
Finally left Spain on my assigned quest to sail to the Indies. Must be lost, found this big honkin' land mass instead. Cell service spotty here, will continue attempts to access Mapquest.

Betsy Ross could have had some assistance in her design dilemma with a simple FB poll:

Betsy Ross of FB. History, Repeat Yourself: What some of the more famous moments in our history would have been like with today’s technology.  | Graphic property of www.BakingInATornado.com | #humor #funny

George Washington, such a busy man, would have loved checking out Pinterest for DIY time savers. I'm sure he would have found this one:
Writing the Constitution and don't have time to go to the dentist? Visit our most popular pinned post: Make Your Own Wooden Teeth.

Thomas Edison could have made a fortune in the app store:
Run out of whale oil before your chores are done? Buy this amazing light bulb app ad never trip over the spitoon again.

Of course there's the downside of technology. Imagine the Puritans scratching their head while reading their email:
"Hmmm, what is this cheap Viagra so many of my fellow citizens are kind enough to offer. I must google this . . ."

Baking In A Tornado signature | www.BakingInATornado.com | #MyGraphics

Coffee and Cinnamon Cake Squares

NOTE: If you can, set aside half of this cake to make my Cinnamon Mocha Cake Balls!

1 stick butter, softened
1/2 stick margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 eggs, room temperature
3/4 cup brewed coffee, room temperature
1/4 cup Rum Chata (can substitute 1/4 cup milk and 1/4 tsp cinnamon)
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup cinnamon baking chips

1 stick butter, softened
1/4 cup brewed coffee, room temperature
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 - 2 TBSP Rum Chata (can substitute milk)

*Grease and flour a 9 X 13 baking pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*Beat 1 stick of the butter, margarine and sugars until smooth. Beat in the eggs, 3/4 cup of coffee and 1/4 cup of Rum Chata.
*Mix in the flour, salt and baking powder just until incorporated, then beat for 2 minutes.
*Mix in the cinnamon baking chips and pour evenly into prepared pan.
*Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until the center springs back to the touch. Cool completely.
*Cream the last stick of butter. Beat in the remaining coffee. Mix in the powdered sugar then beat in the Rum Chata, 1 TBSP at a time, until the frosting is of spreading consistency. Spread over the cooled cake.


  1. Yes, I could see the rebels posting the Boston Tea Party on Facebook Live after setting up a page and seeing how many people clicked “interested “. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

  2. Bwa ha ha - good one, Karen!
    And that cake looks wonderful. I think I'd have to make two of them if I wanted enough to make cake balls.

  3. That's a hysterical post. It's funny imagining all those people using social media and then there are some in the present who shouldn't.

  4. I like being off line except when it is forced on me, if it is a choice it is good when it's not it isn't.

    1. I'm surprised to hear that since I know you enjoy writing your blog.

  5. It’s funny you know I love all kinds of technology, but if I had my choice I’d live in the Little House on the prairie era...anything to see Pa take his shirt off!


Warning: Comment at your own risk. I have Comment Moderation, meaning I approve all comments before they show up here. So go ahead, I'm not scared!