Monday, February 12, 2018

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!  As I got older though, 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, so I wasn't mad about missing all those meals.



Yes, it's much much healthier,  but I'll never be a vegetarian because cheeseburgers call my name all the time. (Sorry all my veggie friends-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 vegetables?


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 Barbra Streisand. Nope - she got irritated enough to call straight to the top to have the way her name was pronounced changed.  Sure enough, during the next update, that correction was made. (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?!


2018 OLYMPIC FACT MAY SURPRISE YOU
A new record has been set that's not well known, and no medals will be awarded.  Slightly over 2900 athletes are participating in the Olympics this year, and over 110,000 condoms have been distributed. Wow!


YOU TUBE
While it seems as if YouTube has been around forever, it was actually created in 2005.  Learn how to tie a tie, find out about the latest news, watch a movie, or learn about some new makeup tactics.  The sky's the limit in what you want to find.  Youtube is so popular throughout the world, that it's worth a whopping $75 billion! 



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Sometimes I can't help sharing a recipe strictly based on a catchy name, and this is no exception.

Callie Blount
THE FERTILE BLONDE



INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Orange Wedges, divided
  • ½ cup lightly toasted shredded coconut
  • ½ cup Cubed Pineapple
  • 2 oz Fresh Orange Juice
  • ½ oz Coconut Syrup
  • 2 oz gin

Coconut Syrup

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 cups coconut sugar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Scatter most of coconut on to a plate. Rim a martini glass with 1 orange wedge; dip rim of glass in the coconut. Set aside.
  2. Muddle pineapple, juice and Coconut Syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add gin and ice; shake 10 seconds. Strain into prepared glass. Garnish with remaining orange wedge and shredded coconut.

COCONUT SYRUP DIRECTIONS

Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add coconut sugar. Reduce heat to low; simmer 6-8 minutes or until mixture reduces by one-third. Remove from heat; cool. Transfer mixture to a Mason Jar. Refrigerate up to 3 months.


Clean Cocktails by Beth Ritter Nydick and Tara Roscioli, excerpted in Parade.






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66 comments:

  1. I ate a lot of stuff as a kid because my mom wanted to make sure that we at least tried new to us foods. I didn't mind vegetables and still don't but back then I didn't like brussel sprouts and now I love them. But my mom wasn't a great cook and would just boil the hell out of them and serve them to us. I saute mine with onions and sometimes pieces of bacon and they are much better. I still don't like liver though.

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    1. That's pretty cool, and very interesting about the brussel sprouts. Yummy, yummy to the bacon addition! (lol)

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  2. Did you know that Siri is a guy's voice in French? I always find that hilarious!
    I think the only thing I really didn't like when I was little was olives, and I love those now :)
    I hope you're having a great week, Ro! *hugs*
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. No, I did not know that, which is very interesting! I don't even remember eating olives when I was a kid (lol), but like you, I love them now for sure! Hope your weekend is totally fab! Hugs...

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  3. My mother was seriously anti-processed food and anti-junk food so of course as soon as I was on my own I basically consisted on Little Debbie Cakes, microwave dinners and all the snack food I could think of. I've evened out a little now but I still love my junk food! On a healthier note I used to hate summer squash and now it's one of my favorite things. Lima beans haven't made the jump to positive though. I don't see myself liking htem anytime soon!

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    1. Kudos to mom for being on the healthy tip, right? We ate healthy on most occasions, but every once in a while, my mom would throw in a TV Dinner for good measure! (lol) Yay to microwaves and Little Debbie Cakes!!!!!No, no, no to squash in any form, but I will eat Lima Beans on occassion. BIG Hugs...

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  4. We didn't grow up eating a lot of vegetable as my step mother wasn't much into cooking... when she did it was just basic vegetables... now I eat lots of colorful peppers, zucchini and broccoli... the more veggies the better... I am at my best when eating them, I feel so much better, it's too bad they are so expensive xox

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    1. I know, right? It seems like all the things we're supposed to be eating and are healthy for us, are out of this world expensive! I often wonder if that's why people don't go back to processed food. Hugs...and Happy Weekend!

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  5. That's fun about Siri. My mom had us try new foods a lot, but I tended to like everything so it was no biggie. I ate better as a kid, but I still do alright with fruits and veggies. :)

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    1. I need to take a page out of your book and continue eating lots more fruit. I can stomach those much more than a ton of veggies! Hugs...RO

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  6. Bwahaha mmmmm veggie cheese burgers. Noms! I might have to make that lunch today! lol Brussels Sprouts are on my list as well! I hated them as a kid. Thankfully my mom didn't make them. Just my at the time aunt-in-law. Now I'm enjoying them! I actually have some in the fridge right now. lol

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    1. After hanging out with you, I bravely tried a veggie burger, and actually enjoyed it. Good think Mom passed on a veggie you didn't like. I like them once in a while but they have to be heavily seasoned. Do we hear a recipe for Brussel Sprouts coming soon? *heh*

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  7. NO--and isn't that awful? I hated veggies as a kid and I still do today. I can't think of much of anything I eat now that I wouldn't have eaten as a kid. I think I eat like a 12-year-old!

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    1. Wow! That's pretty interesting about the no veggies rule. I bet life at your house is super fun! (lol) Hugs...

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  8. I now eat peppers. They're especially delicious when dipped in ranch dressing.

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    1. That's true for me too! I used to pick through peppers and onions when I was young. Uh...I think I have to pass on the ranch dressing, though(lol) Hugs...

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  9. I used to hate eating veggies - all kinds. Things sure are different now. I just totally fact checked Susan Bennett. lol.

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    1. Isn't that really amazing how many things we complained about as kids turns out to be our faves? Hope your weekend is going well! HUGE Hugs...

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  10. When I discovered that you could buy fresh vegetables and cook them in delicious ways (instead of serving them from a can or a frozen bag), I started loving brussel sprouts and asparagus. Yum!

    (Sorry, Mom!)

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    1. LOL! You're so right Dianne! I watch all these cooking shows like Top Chef, Chopped and Master Chef, and get truly amazed at all the delicious recipes for fresh veggies!

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  11. I am a vegetarian and when I became a vegetarian learned myself to eat red bell pepper and they are now one of my favorite veggies. I don't eat meat anymore and some things I didn't like as a kid I do like now and the other way around as well. Although there also things like mushrooms and Brussels sprouts that i still don't like.

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    1. No, to mushrooms for me too, Lola! I just started eating peppers within the past 3 years or so, but picked through them as a child. I wish I could be a vegetarian, but I truly love my cheeseburger way too much! (lol) Hugs...

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  12. Funny about Siri, i use android, so I don't know much about it. hmm, I didn't eat liver and onions then and I won't eat it now. LOL

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    1. I sure got stuck eating it as a kid, too, Kim! (lol) Occasionally, I may eat it, but not very often. Interesting bit of trivia, huh?

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    2. A meal of liver and bacon and sauteed onions, with salt and ketchup. Yummy!

      You never had them fixed properly. Fixed by my husband, they are deeeeeeeelicious. Really!

      But I know, it's an awfully hard sell! -grin-

      Oh well, makes more, for those of us, who love them. :-)))))

      I just couldn't resist this comment! -grin-

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    3. That sure sounds yummy, and kudos to you for having a hubby who's such a great chef! Hugs...

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  13. Ranch dip! I HATED it as a kid.. and now I can't get enough! <3 - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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    1. That's cool. I can't say I'm a true fan of Ranch dressing, but I'll use it on salad if there's nothing else. (lol) Hugs...RO

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  14. Yes, my diet generally is very different and better. Mother was not a good cook. Her Chicken Chow Mein wasn't bad, but my partner makes it better now. He serves my meals with style and the meals look stylish, something my mother never did.

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    1. I've said it before, if you're blessed with a partner who has some culinary expertise, that's pretty amazing. You guys are both welcome to visit anytime.(lol) Hugs...RO

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  15. As a child, I wouldn't eat anything that was "green." Now, veggies like broccoli and spinach are a delicious habit. Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. I had a rough time getting my son to enjoy veggies for a year, then for some reason, the following year, he ate them all the time. He's passed that on to his daughter too. Glad you like your veggies! Hugs...RO

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  16. LOL! The condom distribution is a good thing, but cracks me up how many.

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    1. I giggled over that a little because I was thinking all these kids are there to win medals. When is there time for anything else?(lol) Hugs...

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  17. Veggies are good though! I don't know why a lot of people hate it, lol. I think it depends on how it's cooked, though.

    I never trust Siri, though it doesn't surprise me there are different voices for different countries.

    Bookwyrming Thoughts

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    1. They sure are healthy, and definitely help me to lose weight. I've been getting cookbooks to help me come up with better recipes though. That's funny that you don't trust Siri. (lol) I have a friend who talks to her all the time. Hugs and thanks for stopping by! RO

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  18. I try and have our kids eat veggies, not all fun sometimes. Lol.. The Fertile Blonde sounds yummy, I'd have to find a substitute for pineapple, I'm allergic to it. 😕

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    1. That's the pits that you're allergic to pineapple Jenea! I remember going through that with my son for about a year. He hated veggies. Then a year later, he started eating broccoli, green beans, etc., and we wondered if an alien had abducted our son. (lol) Hugs...RO

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  19. My mom couldn't cook very well so our vegetables were boiled to death and that's probably why I didn't like them. I like them now that I cook themlol

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    1. LOL! That's the pits Mary, but thank goodness you know how to cook veggies. Some of your recipes are perfectly yummy! Hugs...RO

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  20. I love meat, but I am so funny about ground beef. I won't touch it with my bear hands and it needs to be cremated. So I very rarely eat burgers since one sign of pink and I am done.

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    1. That's really interesting about burgers Kimberly, and I can imagine that every time I mention cheeseburgers you cringe. (lol) Hugs...RO

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  21. Can't you get a guy's voice for Siri if you want one or am I thinking of something else?
    That Fertile Blonde sounds delish, but the name puts me off:)
    Have a day filled with sunshine and sparkle, Rockin Ro. It's overcast here but the birds are out in droves or maybe I should say flocks:)
    Hugs

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    1. I've never seen any of my friends do it, but yes, Siri can be changed to a man's voice in the settings somehow. The name is what intrigued me, and makes me want to get to know the authors who came up with that title. (lol) Enjoy the sun and warmth today Super Sandra! Hugs...RO

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  22. Oh gosh, it's still tough for me to eat veggies. I WISH I liked more of them, but I just don't really enjoy the taste.

    Ooh love your planner; I like all the different types you can get now!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I'm with you, and really trying to do better with my veggies, Lauren. So cool to see the different types for sure. Hugs...RO

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  23. My diet is definitely different now. I grew up on meat and potatoes... now I am what is considered a pescatarian. I eat fish but not meat. You'd think that would mean that I love eating veggies, but that is not the case. I still dislike eating them and find that I need to hide them in my dinners. I actually had a good laugh with my mom about the one time I came home, made mac n cheese, and put pureed butternut squash in the cheese sauce. LoL My family was not overly on board with that.

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    1. Wow Kristin, that's really interesting, and you've taught me something new. You're right, I would have thought that if you're eating fish that veggies would go with it easily. Naughty you for the butternut squash trick, I would have been giggling like crazy at the table. (lol) Hugs...RO

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  24. I sincerely apologize for being so late visiting. I would have been by sooner, but I ate something at dinner last night that did not set well and I got very ill. I still haven’t recovered. I think it was the potatoes in the potato soup I made.

    My tastes have changed slightly since I was a child. I've always loved fruits and veggies, but I also liked Jello until I learned it was made from horse hoofs. Now you couldn't pay me to appreciate it, no matter how many carrots and pineapple you added to it.

    I used to like coconut, but can't stand the taste of it anymore. I've never liked grits and that is true to this day, and I hate boiled okra. Talk about slime. Of course, nothing tastes good tonight.

    I have to admit, I was quite surprised about the Olympic stats. I'm not a prude, but I guess I would not have expected the Olympic Committee to pass them out. Maybe it was the souvenir factor. Of course, it's good that they did this.

    YouTube is another of those Google owned subsidies. That's one of the reasons I don't watch YouTube videos and do internet searches using Google. I prefer my privacy, thank you.

    Your planner puts my calendar to shame. This is the first year I've seen so many people using planners. Reminds me of when washi tape first hit stores. I do like yours and like there are Planners with men in mind. I still want to know what a planner is used for, though.

    Great post, even though I had to get up and go twice while typing this.

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    1. Don't worry Elizabeth. I know you're super busy! I did mail you something and was wondering if you received it yet? I'm so sorry that you were feeling under the weather, and hope you're on the mend. LOL! OMG - I had no idea about the horse hoofs and jello, and thank goodness I haven't eaten any in awhile. I agree, no amount of adding other things would allow me to get that now either! I'm no fan of okra either, and only use coconut if it calls for small amounts in recipes. I wouldn't eat an entire coconut cake. I laughed at those stats because I thought all those kids are thinking about winning medals and wouldn't have time for anything else, but apparently I'm off base. (lol) I use a Planner to keep track of my appointments, surveys and other tasks. I also document a lot of things like cooking, blog titles, etc. But decorating it actually relaxes me for some strange reason. I sure hope you feel much better today! Hugs...RO

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  25. I started my previous comment on the 13th and see it is now the 14th in your world. SO, happy Valentine's Day, dear RO!

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    1. Hope your day was amazing! Hugs...RO

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  26. One thing- yoghurt. I wouldn't touch it when I was a kid yet its one of my favorites now.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

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    1. I don't eat a lot of yogurt by itself, but I do use it in cooking quite a bit because of the flavor. Hugs...RO

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  27. I figured her voice as "real" as it didn't sound entirely robotic but I'm sure some words are like that. Same thing with Alexa

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    1. I have a friend who asks questions and "talks" to Siri and Alexa all the time.(lol) Crazy! You're right, they don't sound entirely robotic, but I still type things into a computer to ask questions if I need them. Definitely old school. Hugs...RO

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  28. I love almost all food now but I remember as a kid (& even as an adult for a few years) I wouldn't eat seafood, a lot of different veggies like broccoli, brussels, sour cream, yogurt...lol

    I ended up moving to an area that had a large farming community and excellent supermarket that showed how to cook the food and it changed everything for me.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. I'm like you and willing to try anything once or twice, but I still have my faves. That's great that you moved into a farming community, and it changed your view. Maybe that's what I need to do to get more into vegetables.(lol) Happy Friday! RO

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  29. I hated ladyfingers and brinjals and all kinds of meat except chicken .
    but with the time as we get older our stomach get more delicate and can't bear the fastfood and spicy dishes anymore
    i eat all kinds of vegetables now but still hate meat ,only chicken for me.

    thank you for sharing interesting knowledge about Siri ,i think she should be paid until apple is using her voice .

    thank you for the recipe ,sounds appealing!

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    1. I have a friend who can no longer stomach spicy food either, so I know what you mean. Good for you that you stick with healthy vegetables. I definitely need to be doing the same. I thought that was interesting info about Siri too. Happy Friday Baili! Hugs...RO

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  30. Have you checked your e-mail, RO? If not, please do.

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    1. Thanks for that lovely email Elizabeth. You're the bestest! Hugs...RO

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  31. I enjoy my vegetables. I try to have some kind of veg in all of the meals I prepare for my husband and I.

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    1. Based on the pictures I've seen, you've come up with some fabnulous recipe ideas for veggies. Hugs...RO

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  32. Growing up I was a lot pickier than I am now. I didn't like peanut butter at all and now I love it. I liked most vegetables growing up- except peas. I don't love peas as a side vegetable- but I don't mind them in dishes- so I consider that progress. :)

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    1. I think I liked peanut butter as a kid, but I definitely am not a fan now, unless it's in a Reese's Cup.(lol) I tend to mix peas in with other things too to perk up a recipe, but eat them alone very rarely. Hope your Sunday is amazing! Hugs...RO

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