Friday, January 17, 2020

DO YOU LIKE IT HOT?

Before we get started I want to give mad props to my 8 year old granddaughter who has apparently picked up pranking gene.  Many of you know that way back in the day I put soap in the office bathrooms which turned everyone's hands black, or used vaseline on employee landlines so when they picked up the phone to talk, their ears would be nice and gooey.  The list goes on and on.

Little RO knows her mom loves Oreos, so she calmly grabbed a cookie, scraped off the yummy cream filling and replaced it with toothpaste instead. 
T said it tasted really minty and thought it was one of the new mystery flavors Oreos always does and had no clue what was up until her little jokester spilled the beans. Yes, I'm stealing
that and using it on a friend one day very soon.  And yes, I'm still laughing. (lol)


Ghost Pepper
So the other day in Food Lion they had a pumpkin spice sauce with ghost pepper on the markdown shelf.  If you've been around, you know that I definitely like it hot, and had it been paired with something else other than that dang yucky pumpkin spice, I would have grabbed it.  

Carolina Reaper
But just in case you're wondering, the ghost pepper that everyone raves about being super spicy is actually only 1,041,427 SHU(Scoville Heat Units).  Yep, that's pretty hot, but not nearly as heat-filled as the Carolina Reaper bred in SC, and considered the top pepper in the world with a SHU of 2,200.00!!


Trinidad Scorpion Pepper
Wanna taste it?  Grab the Steak Reaper Ranch Fries at Taco Bell or try the Hot Chicken with Carolina Reaper Chili Oil at Beasley's Chicken & Honey Restaurant in NC. If that's still not hot enough...
Dave's Hot Chicken in Los Angeles wants you to dig into their epic chicken tenders made with dried jalapeno, habanero peppers, Trinidad Scorpion pepper, Ghost Pepper AND the dreaded Carolina Reaper. But before partaking, you'll need to sign a waiver releasing them from liability for any emotional distress, bodily injury or death. 
Speaking of liking it hot, if you're thinking of going on a romantic getaway one day soon, handcuffs, vibrators(don't forget to remove the batteries
please-lol), buttplugs and dildoes can be tucked away easily in a carry-on bag. If  BDSM is part of your lifestyle and you need a whip, some  may consider that a weapon, so be sure to pack that in with the checked luggage.

Want to get away for just a day and stay in luxury hotel?
Check out www.hotelsbyday.com or www.dayuse.com which books hotels in the US and other countries

Is't this water so lovely and clear? I found this on the Travel and Leisure site, and it's located in Palawan, Philippines where you can find lots of fish and secret beaches.  It's so beautiful that it almost doesn't seem real.
13 Places to See the Bluest Water in the World
Peanut butter fans, January 24 is your day to celebrate.
If getting more exercise was part of your resolution for 2020, walking tours may be fun.
Sign up with www.globalgreeter.com,  www.freetoursbyfoot.com, www.backroads.com, neweuropetours.eu (tours in Europe & US).  While there are lots of FREE tours, experts say that it's still customary to tip your guide up to $25.


In 1990 international travel to the US was 39.4 million, but that number has increased significantly in 2018 to 79.6 million people.  The top international visitors to the US would be the Canadians who top out at 21,211,109. World Almanac 2020.



Did you watch Happy Days as a kid from 1974 to 1984?  Did you tune in to watch The Fonz? Henry Winkler was dyslexic and couldn't read his audition script, so he made up his own lines and gave producers his interpretation of the character. You may also be surprised to know that his cool ride was actually a stationary bike attached to a moving truck because he was afraid of motorcycles.


Speaking of height - if you're thinking of joining the United States Army, men have to be at least 5 feet, and no taller than 6'8.  Women can't be shorter than 4'10 or taller than 6'8.  


If you suffer from constant congestion, Canadian researchers suggest opening your windows for about 2 minutes (yes, I know it's cold-lol) to get rid of light allergens that may be running rampant in your home.  Opening windows for just that short period of time clears them out, making you feel so much better.



There was a recent uproar of inconceivable when rumors suggested a possible remake of the classic movie The Princess Bride released in 1987. 


Meanwhile, there's lots of remakes coming this year and include Doolittle, Fantasy Island, Invisible Man, Mulan, Death on the Nile, The Secret Garden, Witches, The Six Million Dollar Man, Dune and West Side Story
What about you?  Are you okay with remakes?

By the way, I may love my food to be hot, hot, hot, but not the weather.


This is what the weather has been like in December/January in NC

This is what I would love, love, love!
Pints of Ben & Jerry's Netflix & Chilll'd Ice Cream and Non-Dairy in front of pretzels and browniesAre you a binger, and get caught up watching movies or series on Netflix?   Ben & Jerry have just come out with a brand new flavor just for you (and me too-lol) called Netflix and Chill'd.  This yummy creation of peanut butter ice cream, pretzel swirl and tasty tiny brownie bits will also come in a non-dairy version. But don't run to the store yet to get it.  Sign up here, and they'll send you the scoop on when it will be in your store.  https://www.benjerry.com/flavors/scoopon-netflix-and-chillld



Have you hugged someone today?



Friday, December 20, 2019

SOME STUFF TO PONDER & A MINI RANT

Let's be honest because we're all among friends here, right?  Have you ever given a fruitcake to anyone as a gift either before or after Christmas?  I've seen the same fruitcake given as a gift to three different people one year when I was a kid, but I never told either of my friends.  But you can imagine how much I laughed every time it showed up. (lol)

4-1/2 lb FruitcakeI've never given one, but in my lifetime, I've received 2 3. The first was years and years ago, and not very tasty, and the second was was from a place called Southern Supreme in NC https://www.southernsupreme.com/Fruitcake/products/1001/ and I loved it. The third one is pictured below that I just received a few days ago, and at 2 lbs. I can use that dang thing as a weight. (lol) Did you know a fruitcake that's stored at the right temp can last for an entire month, and even longer(up to 6 months) in your freezer?
This is a fruit cake from Carlie C's that I just received as a gift.(lol)


More and more people have stopped eating meat for various reasons, and sometimes you just need a quick snack versus an entire meal.  So several restaurant or fast food chains are offering up meatless burgers and include  Sheetz, Burger King, Cheesecake Factory, TGI Fridays, Red Robin(one of my fave burger joints), White Castle and  Hardee's.  But is that burger really all veggie?  


Vegetarians have the right to expect  meatless meals as advertised, which includes not having their food cooked on the same grill as the beef is, and that's why Burger King is being sued. Is it truly vegetarian when food is cooked in the same beefy grease or oil? Stay tuned.

Teacup Labrador Puppy Statue Hi-Line Gift Ltd.Do you have a favorite dog?  Every year the American Kennel Club shares their list of the most popular breeds based on the annual registration stats. Here are their picks for 2018.  You may be surprised to know that the Labrador Retriever is at the top of the list, and has been since 1991.  Here's where everyone else stands.

1.  Labrador Retriever
2.  German Shepherd
3.  Golden Retriever
4.  French Bulldog
5.  Bulldog

Lynn's Sick Brownie Bites( Friend of Valerie Bertinelli from the Food Network 2012)
Ingredients
  • Cooking spray, for coating the baking pan
  • 1 2/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • Big pinch kosher salt
  • Confectioners' sugar, for rolling

Directions
Heat oven to 375 degrees, then coat 8" square baking pan with cooking spray.  In a medium bowl, stir together the crumbs, coconut, walnuts, condensed milk, chocolate chips and salt.  With a spatula, press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan.  Bake until the chocolate melts, and the top is golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.

With a spoon, stir the hot mixture in the pan until all the chocolate is incorporated, the press the mixture back out to the edges.  Set aside on rack until it's cool enough to handle.

Spread confectioner's sugar on a late, then scoop out the brownie mixture by the tablespoonful, and with your hands, shape into balls.  While still warm, gently roll each ball in sugar to coat.  These can be stored in a covered container for up to 2 days.


At approximately 5400 feet deep, Lake Baikal in Russia is considered the deepest freshwater lake and also the oldest in the world. 

The pure and clear water make this beautiful lake safe enough to swim in, and if you're a fisherman/woman, you'll love it because there are lots of fish there that can't be found anywhere else in the world. Even though it's located in the southern portion of Siberia, which is slightly warmer, bring your mittens, thermals and earmuffs because the average temperature is about -6 degrees F!

Times sure have changed. In 1960, there were 4.3 million births and 1.7 million deaths.  Fast forward to 2018 where there 3.8 million births and 2.8 million deaths!Almanac 2020

The top three states in the US with the highest percentage of divorce and annulments as of 2017 are 

1. Nevada - 4.5%
2. Oklahoma - 4.1%
3 Wyoming - 4%

So now you might be wondering which place has the lowest rate, and that would be Illinois and Louisiana who tie at 1.9%. 

Ironically, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Nevada are also at the top of the list for male on female violent crimes.



Have you ever watched Let's Make A Deal?  The first show came on in 1963 with Monty Hall, and the final show aired in 1976.  The fun started again when Wayne Brady took over in 2009, with the added bonus of winning extra cash by following the show on Twitter.  It's so fun to see the different costumes and prize wins. By the way, just in case you didn't know, Brady is the most recent winner of one of my favorite shows - The Masked Singer.  
Wayne Brady disguised as The Fox


It was cool to win this award from my good buddy Lissa of https://thememoryofrain.blogspot.com/ , and it's true that occasionally I forget to blog because I start working on other projects. (lol)  She's one of the sweetest people I know. Thanks Lissa!

Thanks and plenty of hugs to Sophia from http://delightedreader.com/review-blitzed-by-alexa-martin/ ,Elizabeth from http://alteredbooklover.blogspot.com/ , Adria from https://adriasromancereviews.blogspot.com/ , Angela from https://simplyangelarenee.blogspot.com/ and Sandra from http://sandracox.blogspot.com/   These ladies are proof that blogging brings about real life beautiful friendships and fun, and I thank them so much for their gifts, laughter and support over the years. 


Thanks Adria - knows I love my planners!

Thanks Elizabeth - knows I love handmade cards and McDonald's! Isn't her tree great?!

Thanks Angela -knows I love chocolate, handmade cards and books!

Thanks Elizabeth - knows I love Martha Stewart!

Thanks Sophia - knows I can never have enough Washi Tape

Thanks Elizabeth - yay to more Martha Stewart!

Thanks Sandra - a personally signed western love story is so awesome!


Wanna earn some extra cash, and start a new life?  Grab your stuff and head to Topeka Kansas, where they're offering up $10,000 to renters and $15,000 for home buyers who move there. 
Act fast, because the Choose Topeka Program is only offering this deal to 40-60 people as they try to boost economic development in that city.  

You can also save money on that person who has everything by buying gift cards at a discount.  Use www.cardpool.com, cardcash.com, giftcards.com, raise.com, www.plasticjungle.com and giftcardgranny.com.

If you're like me and have been eating a few too many goodies this season, British researchers say we can burn calories by relaxing for an hour in a warm bath, burning as many calories as we would on a fast paced walk. Why does this work? Apparently, sitting in that tub raises our body temp with passive heating. The optimum heat should be consistently at least 104 degrees while bathing, but you'll still see some results with lower water temperatures.

 Also, according researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, adding just 30 grams of fiber to your diet and changing nothing else, can cause you to lose weight.Well that's a BIG yes for me
!




Technology is great and we continue to grow which I can appreciate, but I can't help but wish we still had old school options.  There are still plenty of people around in the world who don't feel comfortable using computers, and would prefer to fill out an application the old-fashioned way - you know, on paper with a pen.  Some prefer to use cash instead of a debit or credit card.  Without computer skills, many people are frustrated because they miss out on benefits, jobs and deals, and no one has the patience to help them. Does everything have to be computerized?  Can we still have the old fashioned stuff available for those who don't want to use technology?  Have we gone too far to turn back just a little? Here's to you, Cher.