Clients From Hell #6

Part #6 in my weekly series of Clients from Hell. Find more on the website here.

CLIENT: I like the way you linked the image in the on-line flyer to the web page for the product.  Can you do that for the new catalog?

ME: But the catalog is a print version.

CLIENT: Yeah, I want them to be able to move to the web page as easily as they can with the flyer images.

ME: But the catalog is a print version.

CLIENT:  So? What’s the issue?

Salvation Mountain

Somewhere on squatted land, in the middle of the desert, lies a magnificent creation that painstakingly took nearly 30 years to construct. Enter Salvation Mountain. This beautiful monstrosity was lovingly hand crafted and built by Mr. Leonard Knight whose passion for spreading the idea that “God is Love” was so all-consuming he built a mountain to share with the world. sm14While I am not a religious person, Salvation Mountain was on my list of places I had to see. Anyone who dedicates their life, their whole existence, to something is truly incredible.sm13And Leonard did just that. He would rise every day around 5:00 a.m. and head into town for a cup of joe. Upon his return, Leonard would paint (if he had paint) or work the adobe clay that he had soaked over night. There was always something to do and he’d work on whatever he felt like at the time. sm12Typically, in the summer months, he would retire to his trailer for an afternoon nap around 10 or 11 a.m. The naps were perfectly timed to get out of the high heat of the desert. sm11During the cooler months, Leonard would spend all day working and chatting with the hundreds of visitors who would flock to Salvation Mountain. sm8Leonard built the main mountain first and then kept right on going by building colorful Willy Wonka-esque offshoots composed of hay bales and tree branches covered in clay.sm5He would have kept building forever, but sadly Leonard passed away last February. You can still feel him at Salvation Mountain, however,  his presence is overpowering. It’s almost enough to make someone feel a tinge of religiousness. sm4Leonard’s memory will live on forever, hopefully, as some nearby volunteers have come to keep a watchful eye on the mountain and keep up on the repairs. sm6People still stop by to marvel, donate paint or leave an offering at the altar.sm9I stopped and quietly removed my necklace, made a wish and left a piece of myself there. If you go to Salvation Mountain, find me. sm8I  salute you, Mr. Knight. Every dream begins with a dreamer and you dreamt so much bigger than most of us could ever imagine. Rest in piece, kind soul, wherever you are.

Read more about Salvation Mountain here and here.

Sweet Potato Pie :: Make This for Thanksgiving

pie*This is a repost from last year. I just love this dish and I hope you will too.*

Okay, I have to admit I use to abhor sweet potatoes until a few years ago when I retried sweet potato pie. I was pleasantly surprised how much it tastes like pecan pie. You can serve this dish with a meal or as dessert, I prefer to do both. Nothing like cutting to the chase with dessert during dinner right? Make this for a special holiday meal or just because.

Here is my own personal recipe. The ingredients:spuds1spudsnuts1/2 stick of butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2 eggs; slightly beaten
6 1/2 oz sweetened condensed milk
3 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Mash all of the ingredients together and pour into a 2 quart casserole dish. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.
Then add the topping:
1/2 stick butter or margarine
1/2 cup of pecans
1 cup of cornflakes
1/2 cup of brown sugar
Mix the topping ingredients together and spread on top (I always make extra topping because it is so delicious). Then bake an additional 10 minutes. Cool, serve and enjoy!