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.






Tuesday, September 4, 2018

ARE YOU JUDGED BY WHAT YOU READ?

Whatever happened to sitting on the couch to show off your photo albums?  As this guy was checking out in Walmart the other day, I noticed he was grinning from ear and doing his best to impress the girl in front of me who was next in line.  She had a 5 year old son, and his daughter was 4. He suggested that her son meet his daughter for a playdate, possibly setting the scene for marriage in the future. 
Then, despite the cashier trying to move things along, he pulled out his phone and scrolled through pictures of his daughter, paying no attention to the growing line of people who were loudly getting pretty fed up while he chatted(lol).  After all that - he left the store without her phone number. Yikes!



DO PEOPLE JUDGE YOU BY  THE BOOKS ON YOUR SHELVES?
Planner with cool stickers from my buddy and artistic blogger Elizabeth

Yep, sometimes this Planner hangs out in my bookcase

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If you would have walked into my home about 35 years ago, you may have been amazed at the massive amount of romance novels on my bookcases, mixed in with a little nonfiction.  Fast forward to 2018, and there's good mix of thrillers, erotic romance, nonfiction, and cookbooks on display. 
In addition, I carry books everywhere I go.  Despite what I read these days, people draw these crazy conclusions about my life.  I'm a hermit who never leaves the house, I'm a geek, I want to be a spy, I'm a sex fiend, I don't have time to watch television, I'm a gourmet chef, I must have studied to be a doctor, and goodness knows what else!(lol) To be honest, I just read stuff that I like and find interesting. Do people make assumptions about you based on what you read?


GRAB THIS NOW
Summer may be almost over, but the temperatures in some places is still pretty brutal, so that's why this hat is a must!
The smaller version of this Palapa Hat is about $350 from Nordstrom, but why not go all out and get the $6,500.00 version from the design team of Olmos & Flores, and stay extra shady?

FUN TRIVIA
Technically, Gilligan's Island aired its final episode in September 1967 without being rescued. They made it off the island in 1978, but were stranded again by the end of the show.  Then in 1979 on The Castaways of Gilligan's Island, made it off the island again, until they decided to return by choice at the end of that movie.  Can you believe that the Coast Guard was regularly contacted to rescue the 7 actors?
Mary Poppins is one those movies I can watch over and over again, but did you know it won 5 Oscars?  They include Best Actress, Best Editing, Best Original Score, Best Visual Effects, and Best Original Song(Chim Chim Cher-ee), and is the only Disney movie to have won this many awards.  By the way, the remake will be released in theaters on December 19, 2018 with Emily Blunt.

Who comes in second with 3 awards?  Who Framed Roger Rabbit.


YUMMY, YUMMY
Did you know that women have more tastebuds than men? According to a Yale study, 35% of women vs 15% men are considered supertasters because they can actually identify sweet, sour or salty flavors better than most other people.

SHOW OFF YOUR COOKING SKILLS
If you have a cool, tasty and unique recipe with Pillsbury biscuits, cookies, pizza dough or crescent rolls and uses 8 ingredients or less, you have until September 12 to enter https://www.pillsbury.com/bake-off-contest/entry  for the chance to win $65,000.  But even if you don't win the grand prize, there's still the chance to win some extra cash!

YELP FOR CASH
Sure, Yelp is still popular for providing restaurant reviews, but did you know that you can actually earn money for eating at literally thousands of food places that participate in the program?  It's easy to sign up by linking your credit or debit card, paying your bill, then getting 10% added right back to your card!  Sign up here - https://www.yelp.com/rewards/signup.



CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE - David Venable













INGREDIENTS
  • 1
    package chocolate fudge cake mix
  • 3/4
    cup water
  • 1/4
    cup vegetable oil
  • 3
    egg whites
  • 1
    (6-ounce) container strawberry yogurt
  • 2
    quarts fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1
    (16-ounces) container whipped cream or fresh whipped cream
  • 4
    ounces mini chocolate chips

    DIRECTIONS
    Heat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a rectangular baking pan

    Beat cake mix, water, oil, egg whites, and yogurt in a large bowl on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into the greased pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until cake springs back when touched lightly in the center. Cool completely. Turn cake out onto a cutting board. Cut in half horizontally, and place the bottom layer on a trivet. Frost the cake with whipped cream and then scatter sliced strawberries on top. Place second layer of cake on top and repeat layering with whipped cream and sliced strawberries.
    Garnish with a sprinkle of mini chocolate chips on top of the strawberries. Yum!

    If you want to cheat, or don't have the time, purchase a chocolate pound cake and cut it into layers instead.


Smiling at someone is always FREE, and laughing for 15 minutes per day can actually burn anywhere from 10-40 calories.


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Sunday, August 12, 2018

CALIFORNIA VEGGIE SLIDER & OTHER STUFF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW

If you've been reading this blog, you know I'm no fan of veggies, but I've been trying to incorporate more into my diet.  Two things make this absolutely delicious - the cream cheese, and it's small.  You can find this recipe and more on the Food Network.

CALIFORNIA VEGGIE SLIDER

Hollow out the bottom  of 12 mini multigrain rolls, drizzle with olive oil, then spread with cream cheese. 
Fill with shredded carrots, sliced bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocados, shredded lettuce and alfalfa sprouts, then drizzle with a little lemon juice.  If you're still hesitant, feel free to add to some bacon or a meatball to spice it up. (lol) But I've tried this without meat, and I still can't believe how it tasted!


LET'S DANCE!
Okay, who remembers the Macarena, and were you dancing along with everyone else?  For 14 weeks in 1996 it topped the Hot 100 charts as we sang along to this catchy tune,and I was one of them.(lol)  Did you know that 50,000 people got their groove on in Yankee Stadium doing the Macarena at one time?  Can you imagine the fun?!


SWEETS AND MORE SWEETS
Are you up for 40 minutes of pure decadence and imagination?  If so, let's take a trip to Fairfield California to experience all things Jelly Belly at their headquarters.
These tasty gourmet treats that I adore take about  a week to create, but during the actual tour you can taste old school and exciting new flavors.  Get deals on these at Big Lots, Harris Teeter and Walmart to name a few, but if you visit the gift store, they offer irregular beans for 1/2 price.  What are some of the cool flavors offered?  Birthday Cake, Stink Bug, Dr. Pepper, Strawberry Daiquiri and lots more.


SHOPPING DEALS
Most people know I love a good deal and use coupons all the time, but I also find lots of bargains and unique items in second hand stores. Just in case you didn't know, National Thrift Shop Day is August 17.  Not only will you be able to find your usual deals, but owners may offer other specials too.


Thanks Kels, and yes I do really say that a lot!(lol)
Speaking of coupons, my friend Kelly knows me so well, and believe it or not we actually met via Facebook.  She sent me a bag for my birthday that shouts out what I actually say to people all the time.  Isn't it glam? 

Hey There Kelly M!

WIZARD OF OZ
How many times have you seen The Wizard of Oz?  This delightful movie starring Judy Garland has been around since 1939, but did you know the hit song Somewhere Over the Rainbow was almost axed?  Apparently MGM felt that at 2 hours, the movie was already too long, but a producer worked hard to keep it in, and the song we all love is considered to be one of the greatest songs of the 20th century.



WATCHING PORN CAN KILL YOU
In Arkansas, 69 year old Patricia Hill really reached her boiling point over her husband' porn addiction when she discovered that her husband had ordered a pornographic network from Dish Network. They argued and she told him never to do it again or he would need to move out. 

A few days later, she received the bill, and saw that he had in fact re-ordered the naughty channel, sending her over the edge. She went to the utility shed, aka The Man Cave in their yard, and told him to leave the house, which he refused to do.  Livid by this point, she went back into the house, grabbed a .22 pistol and shot him in the leg and head, then called 911 to tell the operator what she did. She waited in the yard until the police arrived and arrested her.  Prior to this, there had never been any violent acts between them. 

Well, I made it to another year, which I'm grateful for, and I'm so appreciative of the friends I've met through blogging, friends who never cease to encourage and help me, and my son and his family.  I can't believe the kindness of so many people I've met over the years.

It will be raining today, so the plan is to watch movies, finish a book I've been reading and eating a cheeseburger. (lol)
Yep, this is a birthday card from Kelly who knows I'm heavily addicted to cheeseburgers.(lol)


Thanks for the yumminess Peggy!
I need to give a huge shout and thanks to Peggy for my birthday gift from 
http://straightupnochaser.blogspot.com/, who knows I adore my spicy goodness.  This is some homemade pepper jelly that was absolutely fantastic as a roast glaze, and I also used it with coleslaw for a nice kick and some sweetness.  If you want to hear some really funny stories, check out her blog.
Waving at Peggy!

By the way, today is World Elephant Day!





Outside my house last night