Saturday, July 21, 2018

HAVE A SCOOP & GET IN THE LOOP

July is National Ice Cream Month and I'm just going to come clean.  When it comes to eating ice cream from a cone, I'm the world's worst.  It drips down my hands, ruins my shoes, and has even been known to show up in my hair.(lol)  So when it comes to any kind of ice cream, I need to have it in a cup please.

Even though vanilla is still the number one flavor that most people eat, there are tons of treats at ice cream shops all over the world that are creative and fun these days.

Sweet Action Ice Cream in Denver - Goat Cheese Beet Swirl is made with actual roasted beets. Maggie Sheehan, Jennifer Meyers

The Ice Cream Store in Rehoboth Beach - Catching Fire is made with mango, orange and strawberry swirls which sounds pretty neat, but I'm definitely not adventurous enough to eat that LIVE scorpion garnish that's on top!Maggie Sheehan, Jennifer Meyers











Mashti Malone in Los Angeles - Rosewater Sorbet. Huh?  This is made with lemon juice, sour cherry syrup and saffron ice cream that's topped off with rose water flavored sorbet directly from Iran,and  sprinkled throughout with actual rice noodles.  The Ice Cream Show


FRESH FRUIT ICE CREAM-Good Housekeeping
1 lbs Frozen Fruit (Mango, peaches, strawberries, raspberries or blueberries)
1/2 Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 Tbsp Honey
Kosher Salt

1.  In a food processor, pulse fruit, occasionally scraping side of the bowl until fluffy  and chopped. Add sweetened condensed milk, honey and 1/4 tsp salt; pulse, occasionally scraping the side of the bowl until smooth and whirring around the blade in a continuous motion.

Mango Ice Cream
2.  Transfer mixture to 5 x 9 inch loaf pan.  Freeze, uncovered, until set - about 4 hours.  Serve or cover tightly with plastic wrap, and freeze for up to 2 weeks.


Cookie Monster w/cookie dough, Oreos, Chocolate Chip cookies & Mint Chocolate Chips
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH
Do you like your ice cream without the actual ice cream?(lol)  If you go to a New York Mets game in Citi Field, or
Cookie Dough at the New York Mets Game
go directly to their store in NYC, DO serves cookie dough in all these neat flavors.  Word on the street, is that fans can stand in line at the store for hours waiting to get these unique desserts.



Citizens Bank Park, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies, also offers up edible cookie dough from Jane Dough.

MOMS UNITE
According to a recent study from Crispy Green, two-thirds of mothers admitted that they hide a goodie stash so other members can't get a hold of it. (lol)

INDIGESTION CURE FOR CHEAP
I've tried this many times and it always works.  Some people mix 1/4 tsp of baking soda in 1/4 cup of water, but I use a tiny spoonful and within minutes you'll be indigestion free.

AMAZON DOES THIS TOO!
Did you know that if you have kindle readers, video games, books that you no longer want, you can trade them in for a gift card?  Amazon has a special program that pays out immediately for eligible merchandise and provides free shipping..  Visit here for more information the Trade-In Store.

DEALS
Get deals, cashback and coupons to use at thousands of stores, and if you sign up, you'll get a $10 cash bonus.  Use www.befrugal.com in addition with other apps so you save the most money.  I like this because it can be used on your laptop or computer.


CREATIVE ARTWORK
Do you remember Etch a Sketch?  Were you ever able to draw anything more than a rectangular television like me?(lol)  This really cool toy has been around since 1960, and I still see small versions in stores.







George Vlosich started working with Etch a Sketch when he was 10 years old in 1989, is now pretty famous AND rich.  

It took about 80 hours each to create drawings of President Donald Trump, President Barack Obama, The Beetles, Tiger Woods and more using that same toy, and they are now worth thousands of dollars.

Crystal Gonzales

I just don't get it. With the outside temperature being a blistering 100 degrees in California, what would possess a woman to leave two children in the car while she shopped in Walmart?  One child was 1, and the other was 9 months. 

A woman saw the children in the  car and called the police, who then removed them safely from the vehicle.

Arrested and then released on a $100,000 bond, the 34 year old  said she left the kids in the car  because they were sleeping and didn't want to wake them up.

Did Ms. Gonzales consider that those kids may have never awakened again?









Thursday, July 5, 2018

HOW MANY BLOGS DO YOU VISIT, AND SOME OTHER STUFF

I'm a hugger, but these days, people are not as touchy feely.  But I'm not a kisser, so even though Friday, July 6 is International Kissing Day, I won't be snuggling up to any strangers.(lol)

Today is also National Fried Chicken Day, which I think I will take advantage of.  Though quite rare, if you have an actual fear of chickens, it's called Alektorophobia.

TIPS FOR TRAVEL
Airlines occasionally make errors when posting fares that can save you hundreds of dollars.  Sign up for alerts from www.secretflying.com or www.theflightdeal to find more information.

Rental Car Deals - yes, you can get your rental car at a discounted rate if you check out autoslash.com.  They do all the work for you!


THAT'S A LOT OF SMELLING
Did you know that us humans have 5 million scent detecting cells, which sure sounds like a lot - but dogs actually have 200 million?!


WORDS YOU'VE HEARD
You may have heard the old phrase, "cat and mouse games" which means loosely the act of being constantly chased and nearly escaping eventual capture, and dates way back to 1675.  Some describe it as a game that keeps going on and on and never ends.


GET YOUR POTASSIUM ON
Whenever someone tells us to eat potassium, we automatically run out to buy a ton of bananas, which I like sometimes.  But we can also get potassium in parsnip, spinach, sweet potatoes, avocados, coconut water and tomato sauce.


SWEET MUSIC
In Memphis TN, there's a Gibson factory where you can watch guitars actually being built, painted and tuned.  A Gibson Guitar can easily range in prices of up to $5000!


HOW MANY BLOGS DO YOU VISIT A DAY?
Initially, I started reading a few romance review blogs years ago.  Then I started my own blog and didn't know what the heck I was doing.  Eventually I gathered the courage to visit more blogs every day and comment.  When I'm feeling super perky, I can easily visit about 50-60 blogs a day, but I've known people who visit a lot more than that.  On a bad day, I even pass on looking at my own blog(lol).

I really love interacting with other people and their blogs because I learn new things, and find lots of similarities.  Even better, it's just fun.  What about you?  How many blogs are you visiting on a daily basis?








Wednesday, June 27, 2018

TASTY TREATS AND SOME TRIVIA

Raise your hand if you know what "Whisker Biscuit" or "Mush Mitten" means".  If not, you're not alone.   I heard it on Claws, a dramedy about the over the top antics of women in a nail salon and their men on TNT every Sunday night. Something outrageous always happens on the show but I've been giggling since Sunday because those words are newfound names for a vagina.(lol)  Uh...some things you just can't unhear.

THERE'S ALWAYS ROOM FOR ICE CREAM
Seems like there is a Dairy Queen on every corner, but did you know that the first one opened up way back in 1940 in Illinois? 
There are over 5700 stores around the world calling on us to enjoy  cold scoops of goodness.

SELL IT FOR CASH
If you're thinking about having a yard sale to get rid of some clutter, studies show that that simply providing bags for your customers is a great way to make it easy for them to carry stuff and to purchase more.


LET'S GET GRILLIN'
This is the weekend where everyone will be grilling or heading to the beach.  If you're thinking of grilling corn, here are some great new toppings to try to up the flavor.

1)  Butter + Honey + Tabasco or Hot Sauce
2)  Mayo + Old Bay + Lemon Juice  (Get the low salt version of Old Bay if you're watching your salt intake
3)  Olive Oil + Oregano + Parmesan Cheese

SOUTHERN LOVE
Are you a fan of shrimp and grits and looking for a fun vacation in September?  Head to Jekyll Island, Georgia from September 14 - September 16.  It's FREE for the public, but if you want the VIP treatment, cost per day ranges from $80.25 to $160.00.  This includes all kinds of cool stuff like unlimited wine/beer and nonalcoholic drinks.  For more information visit https://www.jekyllisland.com

LOOKING FOR A HOME?
You may not have heard of 50 Poplar Hill Drive in Connecticut, but it's pretty famous.  At one time it was owned by Mike Tyson.  He actually forgot that he even still had this property that was robbed in 2017, but this mansion is owned by 50 Cent, the rapper.  At one time, this 50,000 square foot property was being sold for a little over $18 million, but Fredrik Eklund from Bravo's Million Dollar Listing slashed the price to just close to $5 Million. (About $22,000 a month mortgage payment!)

So if you're looking for a home with 6 kitchens, 25 bathrooms, a pool and a stripper pole, get this bargain quick!(lol)





WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU COULD DO REALLY WELL?
One thing I wish I could really do well is draw or paint.  I literally can only draw boxes and stick people.  My artistic talent is to use stickers and washi tape for everything in my planners. 




My Birthday is Coming on August 12- Yay!


In high school, I took an elective art class and thought it would be smooth sailing - uh...definitely not. (lol) We had to draw things like hands, bottles and fruit baskets.  Everyone in that class created these great pieces of art with pencils and shading, including Eva someone I'm still friends with today.

The teacher would walk past my desk, shake her head and tell me to just keep trying. (lol)