UNFRIED ICE CREAM
Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small pot, heat 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup water and 1/8 tsp salt over medium heat for about 2 minutes, or until the sugar is dissolved.
Pour over 2 Cups old-fashioned rolled oats in a large bowl and stir with a rubber spatula to coat well. Transfer to a prepared baking sheet and spread in a single layer. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, until browned and dry. Let it cool completely, then transfer to a medium bowl, breaking up any clumps.
Roll scoops of ice cream in the oats until completely covered. Serve drizzled with chocolate syrup and top with whipped topping and sprinkles.
TOY CRAZE THIS SEASON
If you've been reading this blog, you already know that I used to collect toys quite a bit, and include
Hot Wheels, Happy Meal kits, Barbies, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Batman and more.
But kids are excited about different things these days, and some are super expensive. Here are just a few that are popular this season.
American Girl Truly Me - $200 from americangirl.com (customize a doll to look just like your child!)
Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Batbot Extreme - $100 from Walmart (30 inches tall)!
Spin Master's Luva Bella - $100 from ToysRUs
Leapfrog's Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart -40 from Target
Lego Duplo Batcave Challenge - $50 from shop.lego.com
Tickle Me Elmo!!!! - $30 from hasbrotoyshop.com
Mattel DC Superhero Girls Wonder Woman Action Figure w/Lasso of Truth $24.99 - Toysrus, but this is popular, so different figures are priced up to $159.99.
Speaking of Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot has quite an impressive resume. In 2004 she represented her country as Ms. Israel in the Miss Universe Pageant. She's the 3rd actress and 1st non-American to play the role, and was a combat instructor for 2 years in the Israel Defense Forces.
CANDY, CANDY AND MORE CANDY
Are you getting geared up for lots of chocolate to kick off the season? Well put on your walking shoes to attend chocolate tours in Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston, Beverly Hills and more. These aren't just any tours because they last for 2 hours, and give tons of history on chocolate as well as the neighborhood, AND they cost $50 per person. But if you're a serious chocoholic, you'll get your fill of lots and lots of decadent desserts. Even better, if you're visiting for the first time, it's possible to get a 20-30% discount online. Leave those tight jeans at home, though. (lol)
If you don't mind the pressure and have the cooking chops, get your entry into the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest between now and November 10. Not only will you score bragging rights, but you can win $50,000, a kitchen makeover worth $25,000, a paid trip to New York for the winner and 1 guest, hotel with meals, and a guest appearance on The Kitchen. The total prize package is worth $92,000!
Accepting unwanted advances back in the day happened quite frequently, particularly in the military. But as time went on and laws became stronger regarding sexual harassment and assault, most of us thought there had been some significant progress.
It took tremendous courage for actors/actresses and models to come forth with their stories, and I commend them. Yet, once again, it takes something happening to a celebrity to bring these actions to light of what is still going on. What saddens me more than anything is that the people who are being subjected to this heinous behavior desperately need an income to buy food, take care of children or to pay rent/mortgage.
They suffer silently in fear of losing their incomes or reputations, hoping to find another source of income so they can leave the nonsense behind. These are the people who work in grocery stores, telephone companies, hospitals, fast food restaurants, publishing houses, and even the government. They're not famous or well known, and no one will notice if they tweet on Twitter or post on Facebook about how they're being mistreated.