Monday, October 8, 2018

MORE STUFF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW

Usually my spammy comments on the blog invite me to reach out to spiritual advisors, voodoo doctors to cure my barrenness, guaranteed riches, or to cast a spell on a nonexistent cheating spouse.  When I say usually, it means I'm bombarded with pretty darn lengthy instructions that I have to delete fairly regularly once I've stopped laughing.


Recently things took a slight turn in topic when Cristina Trevor from Italy included me in a plea for boys and girls to join the Porn Industry by sharing a few naked pics at beatenblood2@gmail.com.  If you click on Cristina's name, you'll see what looks to be a fake picture on Google with close to 1200 views, and I was tempted to send an email  with a picture of a cat to see what would actually happen. (lol) Meanwhile,  even if I looked like  Beyonce, Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) or Sofia Vergara, that would be a hard NO THANKS, Cristina.(lol)

HALLOWEEN DECORATING
It's Season 8 of Halloween Wars on The Food Network, and once again I'm shocked and impressed at the amazing ways these artists come up with frightening ways to scare us and the judges.  Can you imagine actually digging around inside of a humongous pumpkin like this one? (lol)
Six teams each consist of a sculptor, sugar artist and cake decorator as they work on winning the grand prize of $50,000.  No calories here, I promise.(lol)  Are you good at carving pumpkins?

SOUTH DAKOTA
Mount Rushmore started being sculpted in 1927, and was finished in 1941. That sure is a long time, right? The cost to build this famous piece was a little over $1 million dollars, and every year is visited by 3 million people.



Walt Disney World opened for the first time on October 1, 1971, and they were slammed with a little over 400,000 visitors!  It's unbelievable, but admission back then for adults was just $3.50, and kids were only charged $1.  These days, if you don't score discounts or package deals, prices can be as high as $105 per adult. YIKES!

BEST KEPT SECRET
If you like to play quick mini games(nothing major or time consuming) AND win name brand prizes, one of a kind merch and cash, you're going to love this app that not many people know about.    With a 4.5 out of 5 rating, almost no one has anything bad to say about this Apple app.  Download Suprize, and win concert tickets, jackets, baby items, beauty products and lots more which "drop" all day, every day.  Be sure to come back to tell us what you won!

LOVING THE LIBRARY
Are you like me, and can't get enough of books?  You can save yourself lots of time, space and money by downloading  https://meet.libbyapp.com/. This app lets you borrow thousands of ebooks or audiobooks without the need for any extra equipment.  It even keeps track of your books, and allows you to sample a book first.   All you need is your library card, a comfy couch and a yummy cheeseburger to set the mood.


FARMERS RULE
Do you have a Farmer's Market where you live?  If so, wait until it rains to head out for a visit and to really save.  A Farmer's market probably doesn't have refrigerators to keep all that produce fresh, and their time is limited to sell it all.  So instead of letting it go to waste while waiting for dry weather, they can still make some income by selling it to customers at a discount.


KUDOS
My friend Elizabeth has once again shown off her artistic talent and creativity by sending me  all this adorable black and white washi tape that I simply adore. Most everyone knows I love Washi Tape, but great designs done in black are hard to find. I'm already working on using a black, white and silver theme for the month of January in my 2019 Planner! Can you see me doing the Happy Dance and thanking Elizabeth?
Hey There Elizabeth and thanks again!

Santa Clara Police Department
KINDNESS IS KEY
Sixteen year old Rhami Zeini of Santa Barbara California was definitely raised properly and understands the importance of doing the right thing.  




On September 16 while driving home from school, he spotted a purse lying in the middle of the road.  He got out of his vehicle, checked the bag for identification, and received the surprise of his life.  There was $10,000 cash inside, which was the largest amount of money he'd ever seen at one time.  He took it home to show his parents, then they all delivered the purse to the local police.  The police did find the rightful owner, who rewarded the 11th grader with $100. 
Rhemi said that if the roles were reversed, he would hope someone would do the same thing.  The owner believed that she had left her purse on the hood before driving off, and was very grateful.

If you need a quick snack with low calories, hold out until Wednesday, October 10, and celebrate National Angel Food Cake Day, all day long.  Of course, if you don't care about calories, add all kinds of chocolate sauce and other treats too! (lol)


Sunday, September 23, 2018

FALL FUN & NEWS


NESTLE TOLL HOUSE COOKIE PIE (Six Sisters Stuff-Copycat Cooking)

INGREDIENTS
1 Unbaked 9-in Pie Crust, homemade or store-bought
2 Large Eggs
1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup Butter, softened
1 Cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Chopped Pecans or Walnuts(optional)

DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F, then line the pie plate with the prepared crust and set aside.

Beat eggs in large mixer bowl on high speed until foamy, then beat in flour, granulated sugar and brown sugar.  Add in the butter, then stir in the morsels and nuts.  Spoon it all into the pie shell.

Bake 50-55 minutes or until a knife inserted between the edge and center come out clean.  Cool on a wire rack or serve slightly warm with ice cream or whipped cream.  For those who dare to be more decadent, drizzle some chocolate or caramel syrup on top. Enjoy the yumminess!

Studio 7L - 7 Rue de Lille, 75007 Paris, France
BOOKS, BOOKS AND MORE BOOKS
Karl Lagerfeld is a guru well known for his fashion, furniture and handbags.  But did you know that he's seriously into books? 
In fact, he founded a bookstore in Paris called 7L that boasts about 80,000 books. But his own personal library at home includes about 250,000 books and magazines!  He prefers to read to get information, and rarely uses the Internet.

MAKE CASH FROM CASH
Have you ever paid attention to the serial numbers on your cash?  If not, you may be holding on to a gold mine right in your wallet or purse.  The people at www.coolserialnumbers.com are collectors that look for special or unusual serial numbers, and if they like what you have, you can earn some cash.  They mostly look for dollar bills, but a few include any denomination. Here are a few examples from their website.

79999999 - 7 in a Row
67676767 - Super Repeater
00090000 - 7 of a Kind
11110000 - Double Quads 

PIZZA LOVE AND SOME CASH
Instagram PhotoI promise I'm not pulling your leg, and this is a real job offer.  If you like eating or preparing pizza, you can get paid anywhere from $300 to $1000 a day, depending on your experience by visiting this site: https://ooni.com/blogs/news/ooni-pizza-taste-tester-job.  This is the perfect work from home job no matter where you live in the world.

The roles include some product testing and recipe development, and it's up to you to sell yourself into this pizza perfect job by presenting a video of your skills up to 1 minute, along with your resume, to Ooni no later than October 14, 2018.

But wait - you won't even have to cook the pizza in your own oven.  If you're selected, they'll send you the ingredients AND their specialized compact oven so you can taste existing recipes, or to come up with your own for their company.

PEANUTS AND MORE
Do you like Charlie Brown and the Peanuts, and still watch them on television?  Did you know that you can experience a scenic train ride the on the Great Pumpkin Patch Express in Colorado?  It's a 30 minute train ride there, and once you arrive, there's lots to do.  Visit Lucy's Psychiatric Help Booth, Trick or Treat with the kids, Wine and Beer Taste if you like, win prizes for Halloween costumes, enjoy pumpkin carving and so much more.  Visit www.durango.com, or call 1-888-872-4607.



WHAT'S OLD IS NEW AGAIN
Do you remember Bewitched, the magical comedy program that was on from 1964 to 1972 with Elizabeth Montgomery and Dick York? The original pilot of the show was sadly filmed the same day JFK was assassinated, and because Ms. Montgomery and he were friends, made it rough for her to complete. She also wasn't the producer's first choice for the role. Tammy Grimes was. Then it was redone as a movie in 2005 with Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman. 

Well, it looks like this classic is being redone on ABC and I can't wait.  I can't tell you how many times I used to twitch my nose and pretend something fun was about to happen.(lol)


SOMETHING TO MAKE YOU SMILE
In Long Grove Iowa, Bob Williams is all about chocolate and paying it forward.  First, he gets Hershey chocolate bars from Dollar General, hands 2 to the cashiers in the store, and then whoever is behind him in line gets one.  People that he sees while running around town get a bar too.  Wherever he goes, candy bars will travel.

For the past 10 years, this 94 year old World War II vet has given out almost 6,000 bars of joy, and Hershey's will be spotlighting him and his random acts of kindness in one of their new marketing campaigns.  Well done, Mr. Williams and very cool!

















Thursday, September 13, 2018

IS YOUR HEART SHOWING?

If Moe's Southwest Grill is in your neck of the woods, be sure to grab your FREE 6 Ounce Queso Cheese Dip and Chips on September 20. They're giving it away all day long!

SAVE ON TRAVEL
Cheapair.com did a study where they looked at millions of rates/flights and determined that to save 10% or more on domestic airline tickets, they would need to be purchased at least 70 days in advance.  Farecompare.com states that buying your tickets on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturdays are the most economical.  Don't forget to sign up with apps like Hipmunk or Hopper to get email alerts on cheaper rates too.

CARTOON TRIVIA
J. Wellington Wimpy, aka Wimpy from the Popeye comic strip/cartoon was something of a con artist, and he loved hamburgers. (If you've been visiting this blog, you know I have to have my cheeseburgers!)  

In 1931 he would visit a diner,  ask the chef to cook him up a hamburger, and he would pay for it on Thursday.  In 1932, the phrase was changed up a little to say that "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today."  Of course, Wimpy never bothered to show up on Tuesday to pay his debt, thoroughly stressing out the owner of the diner. That phrase became  so popular, that it showed up in other comedy programs like Seinfeld, The Drew Carey Show and the Office.  I wonder if I can go into Red Robin and try that?!(lol)


ATTIC TREASURES
Have you ever watched The Antiques Roadshow?  Do you have some things you found in the attic that you're sure can earn you lots of extra cash?  If so, take really good pictures of the merchandise, provide as much info as possible, then send it to wiiw@countryliving.com, where a collecting team may take a look and give you an idea of its worth.  
Do you like Taylor Swift, and live in St. Louis?  They're looking for lots of workers for her upcoming concert, and the pay is $22.50 an hour! They need help with rigging, electrical work, camera operators, teleprompters and more, and the job will be on September 17 and September 18.  For more info, visit www.stlworks.com or call 314-589-8000.


BLOOD ORANGE SANGRIA

INGREDIENTS:

6 blood oranges
2 (750ML) bottles of pinot grigio
1 cup club soda
1/2 cup brandy
12 ounces of strawberries, sliced
1 pint of raspberries
1 apple, chopped
1/2 cup sugar, for glass rimming

DIRECTIONS

Zest one of the blood oranges and combine it with the sugar in a small bowl. Rub the sugar and zest together with your fingers until fragrant. Juice four of the blood oranges (I simply did this by hand), discarding any seeds or pith. Chop the remaining blood oranges into pieces.

In a large pitcher, combine the wine, brandy, blood orange juice, club soda, apples, strawberries, raspberries and blood oranges. Stir well to combine. Place the orange sugar on a plate, then run a lemon, lime or orange slice around the rim of each glass. Dunk each glass in the sugar, coating well. Fill each glass with a few ice cubes, then add some of the fruit
from the sangria. Pour the sangria into each glass and serve!
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SAVE YOUR CASH
This time of year, we're starting to order more stuff online, but there a lot of clever scam artists waiting to get our hard earned moola.  If you've been making purchases from eBay or Amazon, and a buyer asks you to pay differently than you've been doing - stop!  Fake sellers may tell you to pay with a money order, gift cards, or to click on a special link.  Paying this way can't be tracked by Amazon and eBay, and in the event of a scam, there's no way to  to get your money back.



Really, it's 2 things(lol)

I DON'T GET IT
Back on February 14, I posted about Gaslighting.  If you're someone who's ever been treated in this manner, you won't ever forget those feeling of ineptness, insecurity, loneliness, fear or frustration.Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but when I recently looked at the reactions to the post, it surprised me to see  that someone considered it funny. Then I tried to think of any scenario or an instance of domestic violence that would be laughable,and I couldn't.  This is not funny or cute, and it makes me nervous that whoever this person  is may be abusing or mistreating another human being, or someone who knows my stand on domestic violence is lurking around a corner waiting to curse me out or worse.  If you are an abuser or mean-spirited person and don't understand what domestic violence means, I feel sorry for you, and wish you well.

JUST NOT RIGHT
Most of you know that I reside in North Carolina, and a hurricane is coming our way.  It's great to prepare if you can, but there's no reason for a business to start charging exorbitant prices for gas, food or water in order to line their pockets.  There's also no need for consumers to start fighting over products in the local Walmart, Kroger or Dollar General.  Reaching into someone else's cart, or pushing someone out of the way is exceptionally rude and uncalled for. Also, why in the world would someone purchase the last cases of water in the store at regular prices, then go out into the parking lot to sell each case for $18???!!!!! Acts like this make me wonder how these same people would feel if someone hurt their wives, brothers, husbands, grandparents or children for a case of water, a bottle of soda or a bag of chips.  I also can't help but think about what would happen during an actual apocalypse.  Kindness is FREE all the time, every  time.