Thursday, May 25, 2017

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN CALLED NOSY?

Before I answer that dicey question, let me give you some background.  Years ago, when I was much younger, my life revolved around a ton of activities that included 2 choirs, a band, a PT job, the YMCA, and a whole list of other things.  Being so busy caused me to frequently keep strange or erratic hours.

Even though the next door neighbor was my mom's age, she seemed to know everything about me, which seemed a little weird at the time.  If I came in at 2:30am in the morning, the next day at 9am as I was leaving to do something else, she'd mention that I got in pretty late. When I came home from work, she was often in the upstairs window with a cigarette waving at me.  Say what?  Does anyone remember Gladys from "Bewitched" from back in the day? I'm not kidding when I tell you that this neighbor always knew what I was doing with my day!

This went on for years until I joined the USAF, and ironically, I ended up picking up some of the same habits.  I'm not hanging out in windows stalking people, (lol),but I'm the person who asks a lot of questions.  This is mostly because I'm always really interested in hearing romantic or funny stories, and I love soaking up knowledge about really cool stuff.  Sometimes, I need to know why a person made a particular decision about something.

I think being a nosy person has its ups and downs.  If there's a crime in the neighborhood, the nosiness pays off, but if you're cheating on your wife or husband, you're definitely gonna get busted.  Now that I'm older, I can't say that it bothers me as much as it did when I was a kid.  It's a good way to stay in touch.

Anywho - what about you?  Do you know all the dirt on your neighbors, or do you pretty much keep to yourselves?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

DID YOU KNOW THIS... and MERMAID MARSHMALLOW PIE

WALKING
Do you like to walk?  Are you supposed to be doing lots more walking?  Could you care less about getting more steps in? 

According to www.walkscore.com, these are the top 10 places in the US that are considered "walkable".  These cities offer relatively easy access to most places you want to go, and things you like to see.  In addition,Internist Dr. Jampolis says that this exercise leads to the same hypertension reductions and diabetes risks as running.  Did your city make the list?


1.  New York
2.  San Francisco
3.  Boston
4.  Philadelphia
5.  Miami
6.  Chicago
7.  Washington D.C.
8.  Seattle
9.  Oakland
10. Long Beach

VITAMINS
Vitamin A, D, E & K  are vitamins that you normally get from fruits, nuts, fish, and veggies, so unless your doctor gives you the okay, don't add extra pills to your diet. Extremely high doses can be extremely harmful.

SUPER HERO
Most of us remember Wonder Woman when she was on television from 1975 to 1979, and played by Lynda Carter, but she was actually created over 70 years ago as a superhero in the 1941 edition of All Star Comics #8.

PRICE IS RIGHT
Everyone in the audience at The Price is Right, is not actually there to be a contestant, and gladly pay for their tickets!  Can you believe it? Some just want to watch one of the two tapings scheduled for that day.

SITCOM
Once Friends was done taping their final episode in 2004, each cast member received a special yearbook, and a piece of the sidewalk from outside the studio's Central Park coffee shop.

MOVIE NEWS
Yes, there will be a Guardians of the Galaxy 3!  Yay!


FREE COFFEE
If you need an extra jolt of caffeine throughout in the morning, live in New York and want to leave your wallet at home,  head over to Loosie's Cafe on 3 South 6th Street in Brooklyn from 7am -8am all summer long!  This FREE deal includes cappuccinos, frappuccinos, lattes and iced coffee. http://www.loosiescafe.com.

COUPON EXTRAVAGANZA
If your coupon matches exactly, it may be used at the Dollar Store where you can leave out of there just paying taxes on your merchandise.  Last week I scored 12 bottles of Gain for less than $1.00!



COOL PIE
This recipe comes from The Waitress Pie Book:Sugar, Butter Flour and looks absolutely yummy! Prep time is about 45 minutes, with a chilling time of 4 hours.  Don't you just adore the name of the recipe?

MERMAID MARSHMALLOW PIE

INGREDIENTS
Shortbread Cookie Pie Shell
1 3/4 Cups Shortbread Cookie Crumbs, from about  ounces of cookies
6 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, melted

Filling
1/2 Cup Heavy Cream, chilled
8 Oz. Cream Cheese, room temperature
1/2 Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Pinch of Salt
1 Cup Drained Pineapple, patted dry
1 Cup Drained Mandarin Oranges, patted dry
3/4 Cup Pecan Pieces
1 Cup Sweetened Flaked Coconut, + 1 tbsp for garnish
2 Cups Colored Mini Marshmallows

DIRECTIONS
1.  For the Pie Shell:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Toss together cookie crumbs, and melted butter in a medium bowl until crumbs are moistened.  Press mixture onto bottom and up the sides of a 1/2 inch deep dish pan.  Chill at least 15 minutes.  Bake in the center of the preheated oven just until fragrant and set, about 10 minutes.  Cool in a pan on a wire rack, about 20 minutes.

2.  For the Filling:  Beat cream in a chilled medium bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until firm peaks form.  Chill until ready to use.

3.  Beat cream cheese in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.  Add the condensed milk, vanilla and salt, then beat until smooth.  Fold in pineapple, oranges, pecans and 1 cup of the coconut until combined.  Gently fold in the chilled whipped cream.  Pour mixture into prepared pie crust, and smooth the top.  Chill until set, about 4 hours.

4.  Top pie evenly with marshmallows, and sprinkle with 1 tbsp coconut.


SUMMER MOVIES
Need something to do with the kids this summer on the cheap?  Once again, Regal Cinema comes to the rescue with their almost free movie deals.  Fun family choices will be available Tuesday and Wednesdays for just $1.00 per person.   Trolls, Ice Age: Collision Course, Alvin & The Chipmunks and Kung Fu Panda 3 are just a few of the choices that will be available. The goodies we all cringe at while there however, will NOT be discounted. (lol) For more info visit :

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Summer Movie Express - Regal Cinemas




FOOD FESTIVALS
If you love to eat AND want to get your daily steps in, Food Festivals are available all over the place that may not be publicized.  Here's a few:

July 1, 2017
Northern Arizona Taco Fest
Flagstaff, Arizona
July 1, 2017
Red, White & Brews
Atlanta, Georgia
July 1, 2017  44th Annual International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship - Eau Claire, Michigan
July 1-2, 2017  25th Annual International Mango Festival
Coral Gables, Florida
July 1-3, 2017  14th Annual Pork & Brew State BBQ Championship
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
July 1-4, 2017 - Key Lime Festival - Key West, Florida
July 1-4, 2017 - Houlton Agricultural Fair - Houlton, Maine
July 1-8, 2017 - National Cherry Festival - Traverse City, Michigan
July 2, 2017 - Culver City Centennial Westside Food & Wine Festival
Culver City, California
July 2, 2017 - Red, White & Blue BBQ Bash - Lahaska, Pennsylvania
July 3, 2017 - Good Ol’ Summertime Ice Cream Social & Pie Baking Contest - Manitou Springs, Colorado
If you'd like to find out more about foodie fun in your neck of the woods, don't forget to check out:  www.foodreference.com
I've been a Star Trek fan since forever, and I've noticed throughout the years that one thing has remained consistent.  The Enterprise is a spaceship filled with hundreds of different races and cultures and everyone gets along.  Why can't the real world be like that?



"In union there is strength" Aesop



Monday, May 22, 2017

OH NO! MY FAVE SHOWS ARE GONE & A KIND COUPON GURU


I probably watch way more tv than I should, but sometimes, I just can't seem to help myself.  Certain programs are just addictive and fun.

Unfortunately, ratings always win when it comes to our fave programs, and before we know it, they're off the air, only to be seen in reruns on Netflix, Roku or Hulu.

May these shows now rest in peace:

1)  The Catch - one of the funniest con shows on tv sadly won't be back, and I'm crying right now.


2)  American Crime - how many times can you keep using the same actors in different roles on the same show?

3)  APB - already knew this was headed to the dungeon very quickly.


4)  Criminal Minds:  Beyond the Borders - never had a chance.

5)  2 Broke Girls - Enough said.

6)  Emerald City - Critics were never found of this updated version of the Wizard of Oz, but I loved it.

7)  The Great Indoors - I didn't get it.

8)  Blacklist: Redemption - NO!!!!!

9)  Conviction - Gone, but not forgotten.

10)  Doubt - Katherine Heigl keeps picking the wrong shows to be on, but I adore her!


11)  Dr. Ken - Tickled my funny bone

12) The Real O'Neals - this was one of the best sitcoms on tv, and was laugh out loud funny.

13)  Rosewood - Say what??


14)  Pitch - A girl can't play professional baseball even in a tv series?


15)  Pure Genius - was just that and will be missed.  Some of the storylines were unbelieveable!

Entertainment Weekly


COUPON FRIEND
Sometimes you meet a person on-line that has all this cool information.  Even better, when they share all that knowledge, they also make it possible for you to get in on the deals as well by GIVING YOU coupons!  When you make a request to join Couponing With Alison and Friends, you'll find lots of advice, valuable deals, and how to find the best steals.  What surprised me the most is that this lady has meet-ups where she gives away tons and tons of coupons.  If you ask for a coupon that you don't have after all that, she'll e-mail it or offer other ways for you to get it. Huh?  

With 935 members, this is a small group, but if people knew what they could get by being a member, I imagine her friend list would skyrocket!  Also known as Alison Melissa Davis, visit her page at:  
www.facebook.com/groups/CouponingwithAlison&Friends

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

THE RASPBERRY/BLUEBERRY "MOCKTAIL"

I posted this cool recipe as an example of a creative suggestion for a child's party back in 2016, and it worked out pretty well.

If you plan your own parties or get-togethers, the sky's the limit to what you can come up with.  A Movie Star Sleepover, an Indoor Beach Party, a Sleeping Beauty or Mad Hatter Tea Party are just a few ideas that come to mind.


Even better are some of the really entertaining recipes that kids will be sure to enjoy and talk about for days. Use a regular ice tray, or go wild with unusual shapes to make this drink even more unique.  You can also feel free to add strawberries instead of raspberries, and use plastic colorful cups or wine glasses to match your theme.

This particular "mocktail" is tasty, interesting and very simple to make.  Here are the details.

INGREDIENTS

4 Blueberries
4 Raspberries
4 Small Mint Leaves
1 2/3 Cups Sweetened Cranberry Juice, chilled
3/4 Cup of Lemon-Lime Soda like Sprite or 7-Up, chilled

DIRECTIONS
Half-fill 12 holes in an ice cube tray of your choice with water, and put a blueberry, raspberry or a mint leaf in each one.  Freeze for 3-4 hours until solid, then fill completely with water, and freeze overnight.

Mix the chilled juice and soda together in a large pitcher, and pour into glasses.  Drop in your festive ice cubes right before serving and you're all set!  Enjoy!
Of course, if you're an adult, you can always spike things up a little with vodka, gin champagne or wine, and guests will love it!

"In prosperity, it is easy to find a friend; in adversity, nothing is so difficult" Epictetus