Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.


My Cup Runneth

A friend gave me a gift that makes me grin everytime I look at it.

Can you read the caption? It says, “DRAW FREELY UPON YOUR IMAGINATION.” And under the quote, it says, “Albert Einstein.”

I love the cup! I drink coffee out of it every chance I get. 🙂 But even more, I love the idea that Albert was so cool. I mean, he’s the guy who came up with the theory of relativity. E=MC2 right?

Who knew a guy who could use his brain like that could also design such cool cups? After drinking out of that cup for several years, I thought I’d see what else Al had to say. Turns out, he was quoted quite a lot.

  •  “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

Oooh, I love that, because I have way more imagination than I have knowledge. (Okay, we won’t go there.) I’m glad to know at least Albert thought it was a good thing.

Love it, Al!

I kept looking, then landed on this one.

  • “I want to know God’s thoughts; the rest are details.”

Albert Einstein knew God? I’m so gold to know that.

  • “God is subtle but he is not malicious.”

He did know about Him!

  • “God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically.”  All righty, then. 😉

I wondered what else he said about God.

  • Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.”
  • “God always takes the simplest way.”
  • “God does not play dice.”
  • “God may be subtle, but he isn’t plain mean.”

The way Al worshiped God might not be the same as I do, but he knew Him. Here’s another of my favorite quotes of his–

  • “The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.”

Maybe we should combine this quote with “imagination is more important than knowledge,” and we could have some fun with our CPA. Or, wait. Did Al Capone already tried that?  😉

Amen to that, brother!

Maybe I should introduce him to Terminally Curious.

I think they’d really like each other. 🙂

Of course, Terminally Curious wanted to know more about him. He was born in Germany in 1879, later moved to Switzerland, where he became a citizen, moved back to Germany in 1914 where he became a citizen, but renounced his citizenship in 1933 for political reasons.

That’s when he came to America.

He was married twice, divorced once, and had three children–two boys and a girl. And that makes me wonder, Did he bring his children to America with him or did they live out WWII in Germany? How sad would that be?

Did his children have his brilliance and imagination?


Gotta Try This!

Smothered Snake.

Okay, it’s not really snake. It’s round steak.

Not to be confused with Switzerland Steak. (That’s what Brother J called Swiss Steak.)   

One of my kids didn’t just like Smothered Steak, he loved it. If I said, “What do you want for sup–” he’d interrupt, “Smothered Steak!”

He usually requested it at least once a week. Naturally, I had to tease him a little, so I called it “Smothered Snake”. LOL. 

Here’s what you need:

Heavy oven-proof skillet (cast iron)
2-3 T oil (I like Canola)
round steak
2-3 cans Mushroom Soup

This is one of those recipes you can easily adjust for more or fewer people.

Heat oil in pan. Salt and pepper steak on each side. (To taste.) Brown the steak the hot oil. Two or three minutes. Or four or five. Whatever it takes to make it, well, browned. 😉

Turn off the fire but leave the skillet on the burner.

(Here’s the part that makes it yummy good.) Take the steak out of the pan. Pour the soup in the pan and stir until you get all the yummy-stuck-to-the-bottom-of-the-pan goodies incorporated in the soup. (It usually turns from that light soup color to a richer color.)

Return the steak to the pan with the soup and make sure it’s covered on all sides. (In other words, smothered.)

Put in the oven at 375 degrees for an hour and serve.

The soup turns into a gravy-ish substance that’s delicious on rice or potatoes or bread or just scooped up with your spoon and enjoyed.

 If you’ve ever put cold steak in a pan and poured mushroom soup on top, then baked, try it this way just once.  And let me know if you can tell the difference.

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