Originally Posted 3-11-2011 on wordpress
I get so many solicitation calls anymore that it borders on harassment.
I usually know that it is a solicitor before I answer, ie no caller id, long distance, private caller, but you can never be sure. The dead giveaway is when I answer they say "I need to speak to the owner". So, I have found a way to amuse myself. I say "sure, you put your owner on and I will put mine own". Which for some reason gets mixed reviews and I have never got to speak to an owner, hm. I just got a no caller id come up and a " I need to speak to the owner". When I said the "sure put your owner on and I will put mine on". I got an "excuse me", thinking he clearly did not hear me, I repeated myself. He rebutted, "you are rude". Well I chuckled which got him mad and told me again how rude I was and hung up. He hung up before I could at least utter, "pot, meet kettle".
I do, however, find it very amusing that they call, not knowing if I am a company of 2 or 2000 and expect to speak to a owner. Usually they ask for Danny because he is listed as the president, and of course they did not call Danny's phone, chances are they are also a solicitor but they could be an adjuster or client. My usual response is no but this is Diane how may I help you and I get "I will call back and talk to him when he is in" and click before I can say, hello I answer the phone, this is MY phone and if you want to talk to him, you have to talk to me first. If your profession is a telemarketer or a phone solicitor, I will not even apologize for my next comment. Get a new job! Or at the very least be polite, I know you make a commission or you are on a quota but you did call ME. And when I ask you to take me off of your calling list (which I already belong to a do not call list) DO IT. Stop calling me. When you are hateful, rude and disrespectful, why in the world would I pass your name along to the "owner" or why would I even want to do business with you? Stepping off soap box.
Thank you and have a nice day....
But before you go:
Abi and I leave for 9 days soon on our first mission trip. Please keep us in your prayers. I will surely blog when we get back and give you the scoop along with (fingers crossed) some wonderful new recipes.
I will leave you with a family favorite, not just a family favorite but a favorite among all who visit. This is one of those, you keep the ingredients on hand and make when company stops by.
MONKEY BREAD (called monkey bread because you pulled it apart and pick at it with your hands)
Someone enjoying Monkey Bread (btw, I am pretty sure he was in a MB coma for the rest of the afternoon):
Now for the recipe:
4 cans refrigerated biscuits
(pillsbury sells a 4 pack)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter (3/4 cup)
1/2 cup white sugar
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
3/4 cup either pecan or walnuts chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9-10 inch tube pan.
In sauce pan melt butter and brown sugar on medium, continue to cook, stirring until mixture gets a thin almost caramel consistency. Keep pan on low so it does not thicken more.
in bottom of bundt pan put 1/4th of the butter/brown sugar mixture, sprinkle 1/4 cup nuts
In gallon sized zip bag put sugar and cinnamon. Break each biscuit into 3 or 4, put 4 or 5 biscuits in the zip bag at a time and shake. sift with hand to get excess sugar off and place in pan on top of caramel/nut mixture. Continue until you use 2 cans of biscuits. Then spoon evenly half of remaining caramel mixture and 1/4 cup nuts.
Continue with remaining 2 containers of biscuits, remainder on caramel sauce and remaining nuts.
Bake for 35 minutes, immediately invert onto serving dish. Pull apart with your hand or use tongs, it will be hot!!!
Diane's Monkey Bread Recipe: Diane's Monkey Bread Recipe