Tuesday, September 27, 2016

WHAT'S YOUR ALL TIME PET PEEVE & NATIONAL DRINK A BEER DAY

According to Merriam-Webster, a Pet Peeve is something that annoys or bothers a person very much. As a kid, not only was I a tomboy, but I was also very short on patience, causing me to get into all kinds of trouble and arguments.  It wasn't until joining the USAF that I realized the importance of tact and kindness when speaking with others.  So you already know that my pet peeve would have to be cruelty of any kind.  I hate to see animals abandoned on the street, women with black eyes, seeing human trafficking on the news, or hearing someone degraded in person or via social media because of their looks, sexual orientation, political affiliation, sex, or race.  The other thing that really bugs me is cheating. I don't want to read about it in a book  watch a movie that has it as the main theme, and pray for me, but if you're a friend and cheat on your husband or wife, I'll never look at you the same again, and the trust will be gone, gone, gone. Yes, that's pretty extreme I know, but I consider that yet another cruel way to mistreat someone.    Those who know they are going to cheat, probably shouldn't waste their own time or anyone else's by even getting married.

Almost everyone has something that someone does that really gets on their nerves.  What's your pet peeve? 

NATIONAL DRINK A BEER DAY
Get your frosted beer mugs out because according to www.Intoxicologist.net, September 28 is National Drink a Beer Day. This is not to be confused with National Beer Day which is actually in April! Apparently whoever came up with these two holidays really wanted the opportunity to have everyone join in the fun of drinking.


NATIONAL STRAWBERRY CREAM PIE DAY
But if you're not a beer drinker and would rather eat your treat instead, take advantage of those juicy strawberries you were wondering what to do with that everyone forgot about in the fridge. (lol)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

MALT BALL AND CHOCOLATE CHUNK RED VELVET COOKIES & SUPERPOWERS

Before we get started, let's give a super shout out to my girl Kim of http://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/, who lovingly does her weekly meme every Sunday about news, reviews, books and other great info.  Now onto our rockin' recipe which includes Whoppers!

I haven't tried these cookies, but when I noticed it on Pinterest, I knew I needed to make some very  soon!  This delightfully decadent treat comes courtesy of Jenny Flake from Picky-Palate.com.(Hi Jenny!) She also has a cookbook that's listed below!

Malt Ball & Chocolate Chunk Red Velvet Cookies


Ingredients

1 Stick Softened Unsalted Butter
1 Box Red Velvet Cake Mix
1 Large Egg
3 Tablespoons Vegetable or Canola Oil
1 Cup Chocolate Chunks
1 Cup Coarsely Chopped Malt Balls

Directions

1.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and line your baking sheet with a silpat liner or parchment paper.
2.  Place butter, cake mix and vegetable or canola oil into a large mixing bowl or standing mixer.  Combine all the ingredients until a dough forms.  Stir in the chocolate chunks and malt balls. bake for 10-12 minutes until baked through, then let cool placing on a serving tray.  Jenny says they are great at room temp, and even better when chilled!

STICKY FINGERS IN WALMART
The other day I had to pick up some ginger, which helps with nausea, and is a pretty tasty spice that's great in Indian recipes.  I stood in line with a cashier who's worked there for about 7 years.  You already know there was a hold-up in the line, which happens to me all the time, giving the perfect opportunity (as usual-lol) to chat.  The weather during that time of day was about 72 degrees, but the gentleman in front of me had on a coat.  The cashier and I talked while she waited for what I thought was a price check for this man for some green beans.  We were laughing, and she was still managing to engage with this customer, until the manager arrived.  He did something with the register, the man paid for his merchandise, and then left. However, the manager was right on his heels.  The cashier couldn't wait to tell me that she tried to think of everything she could to hold this guy's attention until the manager showed up.  That coat he had on was stolen, and she had seen him place several items in the pockets!!!!!  I paid for my item, and sure enough,right near the entrance, the manager had that man in a room, waiting for the cops to come.   I have to be honest and say that I felt sorry for the guy because he was going to jail, and he may have had a family at home waiting for him.  Perhaps he needed those things he took.  Still stealing is never right.  Now because of poor judgment, his friends and family would have to come up with money to get him out of jail.
I've met amazing people who are talented beyond belief.  They can fix anything, cook gourmet meals, create nail designs, draw fantastic portraits and lots more.  I don't have many talents, but one I can brag about is refurbishing whacked out Barbie Dolls. (lol)  Yep, those dolls that you throw out because someone went crazy drawing on their face with a marker, or have matted up hair that looks outrageous, I end up getting FREE or for next to nothing in most instances. Yay!  Then I put my superpowers to work fixing them back up with better hair and new clothes.  Well...sort of new.  Most of my doll outfits are from 1999 - 2003 and in the package, so maybe it's better to say vintage new. (lol) Some I sell, some I give away to hospitals, but more often than not they end up on display or placed in boxes. So what's your Superpower?





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Monday, September 19, 2016

WHAT DO YOU EAT NOW, THAT YOU HATED AS A KID?


When I was a kid, my parents made sure I ate just about every vegetable known to man, and it was the pits!  To their chagrin as I got older, Woolworth's (Cheeseburgers/Fries) or Kentucky Fried Chicken became my favorite restaurants of choice.  As a popular and perky social butterfly, I was very much involved in community activities and clubs, causing me to miss out on dinner in many instances. Of course I also invented all types of excuses to be late. Yay!



I'll never be a vegetarian because cheeseburgers call my name all the time. (Sorry Anna Cade!-lol) Still, these days I enjoy broccoli, collard greens, tomatoes and brussel sprouts to ensure I get those vitamins everyone says you're supposed to have.   I've even been known to eat a nice salad - but it must have some steak or chicken in it, please.  Oops, I almost forgot about my kimchi.  Yes, yes, I love that stuff!

What about you?  Is your diet entirely different now that you're an adult?  Do you crave certain foods?  Do your kids like veggies?


APPLE'S SIRI
The other day I read a really good article about a kid's fascination with Siri, and it was really funny.  As the story unfolded, the mother said, "it's not like Siri is real". Well... Susan Bennett, the very famous and probably very tired by now voice that you hear at Delta Airlines, or even for Coca-Cola ads, walks around the neighborhood just like you and I. And nope, she's not a computer. But she had no idea that her voice would be used as the North American Siri, the voice we all know and hear pretty regularly via the iPhone. In fact, Apple didn't pay her, other than for the initial US text to voice recording that was completed all the way back in 2005.  That's how Apple originally heard her voice.  But sometimes the enunciation of a word or name is not quite right.  Most of us probably live with it, but not Barbara Streisand. Nope - she got irritated enough to call straight to the top to have the way her name is pronounced changed.  Sure enough, during the next update on September 30, Siri will have made that correction. (lol) Despite that, Ms. Bennett does pretty well, but don't ask her to explain exactly how well! (lol)   Did you also know that there are Siri's all around the world? You'll find a different voice in Japan, Australia, China and more! Isn't that neat?!


MYTHS
Remember hearing about all types of myths when you were young, or even now while standing around the water cooler? Well, some of those tales just aren't true.  Here is one that I lived by:

Cramps and Swimming - My mom told me all the time not to eat then swim, but it turns out she didn't have a clue.(lol)  She really should have told me not to drink vodka or any other type of alcohol before jumping in the pool. She also should have passed on that if I was foolish enough to stuff myself, I would get seriously out of breath, rather than getting cramps.  Uh...BIG difference!

MY #1 GAME SHOW
What were you doing in 1972?  If you have been following this blog, you already know that I'm a fan of game shows.  Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Celebrity Name Game and Family Feud are shows that I watch all the time.  If you scrolled through your television today, you may have noticed that the Price is Right is back for it's 45th year, but it's 10 for Drew Carey.  Bob Barker hosted the new and updated version of the game in 1972, but it really started years before that with Bill Cullen.  So technically, the show has been around for 60 years, which is hard to imagine.  But it's still my favorite, and they have the brand new Emmy to prove it!  What's the favorite game on the show?
 PLINKO where you can win up to $50,000 with 5 chips.  After watching for as many years as I have, don't put the chip in the middle of that board dude!  You're almost always going to get a big fat zero!



Wednesday, August 31, 2016

HOW LONG CAN YOU SURVIVE WITHOUT YOUR CELL PHONE?

I may be the only person in the world who feels like this, but carrying around a cell phone just isn't all that important to me.  I'm also the person who still keeps most important contacts in a Spongebob Address Book. Not worrying about a cell phone may come from severe burnout from once being in the Call Center industry for about a zillion years.  I was On Call 24/7, having to answer phones at any given time of the day or night for customer emergencies or staffing issues, in addition to being on the phone in the office.  I even had a frantic call once while having a GYN exam because my boss lost his calendar and had forgotten where I was! This was also the same boss who only had time for passengers to get just one leg and cheek in the car, before dashing off with a

vengeance. We learned to literally do full body dives inside his car to avoid driving off without our doors being closed. He was an intense and funny guy who happened to always be in a rush. (LOL)


Most people who are calling want me to do something, so I'm probably avoiding them anyway. (lol) Meanwhile, they'll leave detailed voicemails, (do people still use those?)which may not even get noticed until 2-3 days later because I can never remember where I left the dang phone! So the best way to reach out to me is usually through messages via Social Media, or by email.  Those I can never lose.
Rest in Peace, my funny friend

Everyone used to have house phones, but very few people have those these days.  There are giant phones, tablets and small phones that people use so they are easily reached almost every second of the day.  People are chatting in line at the grocery store, having conversations in the doctor's office, or going on hikes with phones.  They're in our purse, on our hips, in our hands or on stands beside us.

But what about you?  Can you live without your cell phone? Have you ever misplaced it? Would it cause a major disaster if you lost it?




 According to www.themeparkinsider.com, there are some things you should know before heading out to your fave amusement park this weekend.


For all the young people(or people my age-lol) who think they can proudly make out in those dark rides, think again.  Smile - you're on not one, but many cameras for safety and security reasons.  If you really want to get crazy in love, choose that moment to get into a fight, or make fun of the person in front of you, the employee who catches you on screen will grab popcorn, then ask the rest of the team to come check out all the action too (lol)

For some reason lots and lots of cats love to hang out in Disneyland once you've gone home exhausted and the park is closed.  Even better, the cats are treated like kings and queens, and it's a win-win situation.  They are fed and vaccinated, and the park gets rid of any pesky rodents who dare to visit.

The best way to save some of your money so you can spend more on treats, is to NOT purchase your tickets at the park.  You can get deals from AARP, by being a veteran, some companies offer them, and on-line at the park you want to visit.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

CHOCOLATE DECADENCE

Have you been craving chocolate, and can't find that perfect treat?  We guarantee that once you try this outrageously delectable recipe from Out of the Box Desserts by Hayley Parker, your tummy AND your friends will be feeling the love. Make this an ice cream treat or a shake depending on the amount of milk you use. WARNING: 530 calories or more for 1 delicious serving. 
(lol)

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE DONUT SHAKES
Ingredients

5 Chocolate- Frosted Chocolate Cake Donuts
2 Cups Chocolate Ice Cream
1- to 1 1/2 Cups Chocolate Milk
Chocolate Syrup
Whipped Cream


Directions
Break 3 Donuts into rough pieces and place into a blender, along with the ice cream and milk.  Cover, then blend on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until combined and smooth, adding more milk if needed.  Chop up the other 2 donuts into bite-size pieces.



Drizzle the inside of your glass or mug with chocolate syrup(yummy), then fill with your milkshake mixture.  Top with whipped cream and chopped donut pieces.


Play around with how you want to serve if you're showing off for guests, and there's no need to spend a lot of money.  Get decorative or simple designs right from Dollar Tree or Wal-Mart.






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TINY, TINY HOMES
The trend to live in tiny homes started in 2003, but everyone is jumping on the bandwagon these days by doing some serious downsizing.  These homes average 300 - 450 square feet, which sounds super small, but when you look at the finished product, it just seems totally amazing that it works.  The builders can fit all sorts of things in those houses.  The cost to build one can start at just $10,000 and go up to much more, depending on your tastes. You can find out more by watching FYI or HGTV. If you had the choice, (and the funds) would you live in a tiny house, a regular home or a mansion?