Sunday, April 22, 2018

STUFF, STUFF AND MORE STUFF

I absolutely adore jelly beans, but my favorite has to be the Jelly Belly Jelly Beans because they have the the most unusual flavors like cantaloupe and root beer.  
If you're looking for a sweet treat, today is the day to celebrate all things jellybeans - yay! Happy National Jellybean Day.

SO COOL
The year that read the same upside down was in 1961, which was also the same year I was born.  I'm not sure who will be around, but the next time this will happen is in the year 6009!

GAMES
Have you ever played Candy Crush? Released on Facebook back in 2012, it didn't take long for everyone to become addicted to this fun game, myself included.  It became so popular that it raked in $850,000 per day until the app Tinder overtook it last year.

Do you eat Twinkies? James Dewar created twinkies in 1930 with that yummy banana cream, then they changed it up by switching to vanilla cream filling because of the banana shortage during WWII. In 2007 the banana cream was added again.  Every now and then they do these promotions where they treat you to new flavors like strawberry, chocolate peanut butter, peppermint and more.  Unfortunately, if you're into eating a little more healthy, one of the ingredients in this popular snack cake is high fructose corn syrup.

DESSERT LOVE
Speaking of baking and yummy goodness, have you ever heard of Crack Pie?  It got its name from those who ate Christina Tosi's pie for the first time, because they couldn't stop eating it!  If you don't know who this famous baker is, you've seen her as a judge on Masterchef, and she owns the very well known  Milk Bar located in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Toronto and Washington DC.  I just wanna know how in the world she stays so slim because she is literally eating sweet treats all the time! 

The ingredients to make this delicious treat are online, and it sure doesn't look like much, but if you want to get the actual pie, send $48.50 to https://www.goldbely.com/momofuku-milk-bar/pie-crack-crack-pie.   But act quickly because this pie sells out fast!

SAVE MONEY
Did you know that you can get cash back from Home Depot by visiting the Rebate Center at their site?  Save big on many appliances.


UNUSUAL HANGOUT SPOT
If you remember, one of the places on my Bucket List to visit is Switzerland. 


So when I found this really cool bar called the Museum HR Giger Bar that actually looks like you're inside an alien in the city of Gruyeres, I had to share,and add to the list.  

They even make this really neat cocktail called Alien Blood that might totally creep you out.(lol)





    MOVIES
    A while ago, a friend took me to the movies to, and he brought along a friend.  I knew how expensive it can be, so I declined all offers of popcorn and soda, preferring to go with a FREE ice cup, so I could get water from the fountain.  (Yes, I can be that frugal, and I just wanted to see the movie, right?-lol)

    I advised him not to do it (lol), but he and our other friend purchased popcorn, candy and drinks, then they purchased a bottle of water for me (which I did not ask for-lol)  That outing cost close to $60, and I cringed, because if you know me, I'm all about deals.

    If you want to get out of the house and see just released movies, save tons of money by purchasing the Movie Pass which is just $10 per month, (3 month sign-up) allowing you to see 4 movies a month.  This is perfect for date night or family adventures.  www.moviepass.com


    MONDAY IS NOT FUN
    We're certainly not fond of it, but despite that, Monday is actually the most productive day of the work week, according to a new survey from Redbooth.  Most of us love Friday in anticipation of the weekend, which is probably the reason we only complete 16% of work tasks, and sneak out early.  YIKES!

    LET'S CELEBRATE
    If you didn't already know, today is Earth Day, which was first celebrated in 1970 to protect the earth and its resources.  It's also my good buddy Elizabeth's bEarthday from alteredbooklover.blogspot.com.
    Stop by to say hello if you have a moment.

    RIP
    We say goodbye to Barbara Bush, who was laid to rest this weekend.  
    Being married for 73 years, she's a wonderful reminder that HEA does truly exist, just like all those romance novels we've read.  





    I'm also encouraged by how she consistently focused on literacy, which is so important.  So many people today are unable to read a novel,  a street sign, or a recipe.  



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    1. 73 years. Wow! Just wow! It's amazing what a full life she led. And to be married to someone for that long? Again, wow! I've seen Chef Christina on Master Chef. She sure can make some cutting remarks can the contestants. Not as bad as Ramsey, but pretty close.

      Elsie

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      1. It just sounds so romantic to me Elsie, right? I'm on the fence if that's the real Chef Christina on MasterChef. I've seen her in so many other places, and she has a pretty laid back demeanor. Still, I imagine owning all those shops lends itself to a Type A personality because she's responsible for so many recipes and staffing. Chef Ramsey is a hoot to me(lol) Hugs...RO

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    2. First of all, THANK YOU for helping to celebrate my bEARTHday and putting it on the map, too. So many people are still unaware of Earth Day, which is so disheartening.

      Now for the jelly beans. I am not a big jelly bean fan until it comes to Jelly Belly and I can eat them all day long. Something about the cinnamon and chocolate ones that keep me coming back for more.

      I'm not on Facebook, so that is why I've never gotten addicted to Candy Crush, but it is truly famous. And when I think of Twinkies, I think of the Twinkie defense that some lawyer came up with to get his client out of going to the gas chamber or getting a lethal injection.

      I'll make my own crack pie, thank you. And like you, I don't buy anything at the movies because that is where they make even MORE money off you. Like you, I'm frugal as all get out.

      Barbara Bush was a wonderful woman. Her literacy program was only one of many programs she chaired, like her addiction program. She will be sorely missed and I am thrilled you showcased her today. You are a GEM, dear RO!

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      1. You're quite welcome, and I sure hope yesterday was fun! I agree that many don't know about Earth Day. I sure didn't as a kid for sure. I agree, something about the Jelly Belly Brand has me hooked but I need to control myself.(lol) Interesting about the Twinkies. At $48.50, it's safer for me to make my own too, Elizabeth.(lol) Barbara Bush, champion of readers, and she will be missed. Thanks for the kind words. You're always the best! HUGE Hugs...RO

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    3. The Dad actually met Barbara Bush once and said she was pretty special.

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      1. Wow! That's fantastic, and such a treat! I hope he was able to snag some pictures too. She was was truly amazing! Hugs...RO

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    4. According to your comment on my blog, you have been sick. So sorry. Maybe one of those nasty spring colds going around. Hope you are now all better. But keep resting, to let your body recoup, after all that work of fighting off the sickness! :-)

      Well, I guess I am really as frugal as one can be, concerning movies. We never go to the theater any more. Not for a long time.

      Mostly I see movies as avenues for dissemination of Liberal Views. So I'm not interested.

      But if there is one, in which I have some interest, I get it from my Library System. Nooooo personal direct my-money, going to the Hollywood Machine. Of course, my bountiful tax money, for the Library, pays. But I feel it is the most indirect route I can take. :-))))))))

      Our money, or lack of it, is always the best way to "Vote." ,-))))

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      1. Resting is always best when possible for sure. I'm a hardcore fan of the library and visit at least 3 times per week. They all know me by name, and can pull up my account without my library card.(lol) Huge Hugs and Happy Monday! RO

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    5. Another entertaining, informative post, Rockin Ro.
      Did you watch the Barbara Bush funeral? The stories that were told about her were so heart warming and funny.
      I trust you are enjoying your Sunday and that it is filled with sunshine and sparkle.
      Hugs

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      1. I watched a little of it, and was thrilled to see the laughter which showed who she was as a woman. I don't know how you are able to sit still to type Super Sandra after all the art news. I'm jumping around for you! (lol) Hugs...RO

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      2. I've had to 'sit on' the news so long, I've finally calmed down.
        Ha.

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    6. Lots of good information in today's post. I always admired Barbara Bush and her dedication to literacy.

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      1. It saddens me that another champion of reading has passed on, but her messages live on. Thanks a buncha and sure hope your Monday is fabulous! Hugs...RO

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    7. I love jelly beans too and that brand is the best. Ken was born in 1961 too!

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      1. I need to definitely eat jellybeans in moderation, but like you, I love them! Sending out a wave to Ken! Hugs...RO

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    8. Welcome back. I missed your posts and comments.
      If only we realised that EVERY day should be Earth Day.

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      1. Hey EC - thanks so much for your wonderfully kind words. I definitely appreciate you! I agree that our appreciation of the earth and resources is something to be paid attention to on a daily basis. Hugs...RO

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    9. Wonderful bits of information RO. Not a fan o jelly beans but then I never tried that brand. Twinkies are too sweet for me too, and that crack pie at that price is just crazy!
      I admired Barbara Bush, what a wonderful lady, may she rest in peace.

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      1. If you try Jelly Belly, they have so many neat flavors! maybe one will grow on you Sami! It definitely sounds like a pie to make at home to save money.(lol) Mrs. Bush was truly amazing for sure. Hope your day is wonderful! Hugs...RO

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    10. I always enjoy your posts, so much within them!
      Happy Earth Day.

      Enjoy the new week ahead.

      All the best Jan

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      1. Thanks so much for the kind words Jan. I try to make it like a mini newsletter, and sometimes my attention span sucks.(lol) Hope your day is fabulous! RO

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    11. Happy Earth Day RO, I'm not a fan of twinkies or jelly Beans and have never played Candy Crunch. Yes I'm an alien LOL
      Happy Sunday!!

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      1. You're the best alien ever Debbie!(lol) Hugs and Happy Monday! RO

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    12. What is Crack Pie & I need to try it! Also, every time I see jelly beans, I instantly think of Harry Potter.

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      1. OMG Braine!!!! I'm so thrilled to hear from you, and can't wait to see what you've been up to! Like you, I think of Harry Potter too when it comes to jelly beans. Some of those flavors are over the top! Hugs...and many more hugs! RO

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    13. 6009. Whew! They do have some crazy jelly bean flavors. lol Happy Monday!

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      1. Something about the unusual flavors is so cool to me. Happy Monday right back to you! Hugs...RO

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    14. $48.50 for a pie? I must say this is the very first time I am thankful I have Celiac Disease!!

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      1. That's a crazy amount for a pie, right? Even if it's so addictive! My goodness, I'm so sorry about the Celiac Disease Margaret. Hugs...RO

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    15. We got the AMC classic which is not a dollar theater but a budget one in the middle. They have an annual popcorn bucket we can refill for 4.

      Daisy cannot go to the movies without snacks, she'll whine like a little kid would. But going here costs us a little under 18 with everything included.

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      1. I remember seeing the movies for a whopping $1.50 when I was a kid, and I went all the time. Apparently, I need to head your way for what sounds like an awesome deal with the snacks included. That's a real date night. I just adore Daisy! Hugs...RO

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    16. I have never had a twinkie! I always wanted to taste one

      Crack pie sounds yummy

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      1. Everyone really raves about that pie for sure. Twinkies are super sweet, but good in moderation. Hugs...RO

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    17. Hmm if Monday is the most productive day of the week, I'm in big trouble. Heh.
      Hope your day is as awesome as you are, Rockin Ro.

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      1. LOL! I think we both are Super Sandra, because Monday is NOT my fave. Hope you're doing well. Hugs...RO

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    18. I enjoy the occasional sack of jelly beans. Wow, crack pie, huh?

      I like the banana cream in Twinkies, but not the regular vanilla.

      Barbara Bush was a class act and I'm glad about her literacy legacy because that is a project close to my heart at work and in the community.

      Enjoy the rest of your productive Monday, Radiant Ro! :)

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      1. Jelly Beans really rock, but I stay away from those Twinkies in any flavor.(lol) Barbara Bush was pretty amazing, and I loved her platform too. Sure hope your day will be wonderful! Hugs...RO

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    19. I will admit, I'm not a jellybean fan. They stick in your teeth and it drive me nuts. LoL Although, Twinkies I can get behind. I'm a baked dessert kinda gal. So I would probably devour that crack pie in seconds.

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      1. LOL! That's true Kool Kristin, they do tend to stick in your teeth, forcing more brushing for sure. Watching Christina create that pie that she came up with years ago was something. Her process was so simple, but the money she made from that was so phenomenal, and it put her on the map. The recipe is online in case you want to give it a try and tell us all about it.(lol) Twinkies are a little too sweet for me, so I stay away these days. As a kid, I used to eat them like crazy. Hugs...RO

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    20. Wow I knew Candy Crush was popular but that's... something! Crack pie lolol. And movies are EXPENSIVE!! I can't believe how much an outing costs!

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      1. Apparently that pie is that addictive, so people don't mind paying $48.50 for it. I'm still shocked over the cost and reminds me to just stay home with my Netflix from now on.(lol) Hugs...RO

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    21. Ro, it was good to hear from you on my blog... I've missed writing and keeping up with every one... I think I was burned out with my health declining. Lately though I just decided I want to get back and catch up with people. I will be taking it slowly as I do want to write more myself.

      I hope you're doing well.. I look forward to catching up with you xox❤

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      1. Launna, I know it's been rough going, and sometimes you just have to step back from things and focus on you, so I'm glad you did that. Continue to take it nice and easy, and I'm thrilled to hear from you! Hugs...RO

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      1. I'm always so happy to hear from you Joyous Joy! Hope all is well in your world. Hugs...RO

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    23. I am curious about getting MoviePass. A friend of mine signed up, so I'm waiting to see how her initial experience goes. Ooh National Jelly Bean Day? I do love jelly beans.

      -Lauren
      www.shootingstarsmag.net

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      1. I've heard it's pretty good, and even celebrities are using it(lol) I sure would love it if you do a review though once your friend tries it. Yay to jellybeans! Hugs...RO

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    24. Oh my goodness! How did I miss national jelly bean day? I just added it to my calendar for next year :)

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      1. I need to do the same, so I won't forget either. Thanks for the reminder! Hugs...RO

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      2. I tried to find your blog. Can you send me the link please? Hugs...RO

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    25. I've never had Twinkies. I always wonder if I'm missing something.

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      1. They are super sweet, so if you need an instant energy rush, that's the snack to try.(lol) Hugs...RO

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    26. I LOVE jelly beans - but I've had to give them up because they have so many calories in them! Candy Crush is one of my favorite games - it's such a great stress reliever for me. My mom was addicted to Twinkies when she was pregnant with me. Every once in a while I get a craving for one, but then I get one and realize how terrible they are! Hope you have a great week!

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      1. I can't eat them the way I used to either Lana, but I sneak one or two in when I can.(lol) That's pretty cool that your mom was hooked on them when pregnant,and that every once in a while you crave them. Stuff like that always fascinates me. They are super sweet for sure. Hugs...RO

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    27. Jelly beans and crack pie, yummy! But I HATE candy crush, if I just see or hear someone playing it I get allergies! I was sorry to hear about Barbara Bush, she was a great lady. Have a wonderful week, hugs, Valerie

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      1. LOL! I have a close friend who hates Candy Crush too. Whenever he saw me playing it, I got this really intense eye roll of disgust. Yay jelly beans! Hope your week is fab! Hugs...RO

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    28. Enjoyed reading your blog. You have lot of information's in your blog. I am crazy of jelly:)

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      1. Thanks so much for stopping by, and sure hope your Thursday is amazing! Hugs...RO

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    29. I have had Crack Pie! When I visited NYC several years ago there was a food truck festival and Momofuko was there with all their cookies/pies. The pie was a bit too sweet for me but I love her compost cookies.

      Karen @ For What It's Worth

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      1. Yay! That's so cool to hear Karen! I'm glad I get to hear about some of her products and glad you enjoyed the cookies. Hugs...RO

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    30. The black jelly beans and white ones are my favorites but its been years since I have had any. Every once in a while they have limited edition banana filled Twinkies. I tried one and it wasn't bad.

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      1. I definitely need to have my fix of jellybeans, but I definitely don't eat them the way I used to for sure. Twinkies are so sweet, but as a kid I ate so many of those dang things. (lol) Glad you enjoyed the one you tried. Hugs...RO

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    31. I was so sad to hear of Barbara Bush's passing. Politics aside she was an intelligent, interesting, and very funny woman. I've never had Twinkies (weird I know my husband is routinely horrified by that but not enough to actually get me some Twinkies!) but I do love jelly beans - particularly Jelly Belly brand. I don't eat them very much because I have no self control and tend to make myself sick but I love them. I have a recipe for the Crack Pie and am dying to make it!

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      1. I agree that she had a great sense of humor, and her love of literacy was inspiring and important. I ate Twinkies so much as a kid, but not many these days at all. Your hubby is so funny! (lol) Yay! We both love the same brand! There are so many unique flavors that it's super easy to binge, so like you I really need to exercise some restraint. I can't wait to hear about your Crack Pie when you make it! That sounds like a great adventure! Hugs...

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    32. Hi Ro! Hope everything is well! I think that is so cool about the "year" being flipped upside down and looking the same! I think I have had maybe 2 twinkies in my life! LOL! Crack Pie? Sounds interesting! LOL! That bar does look really cool! I would like to visit there! Big Hugs!

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      1. Isn't it neat to find out details like that? I'm always in awe. Twinkies are so sweet that I don't eat them the way I did as a kid. I need to find a way to get that Crack Pie - either by making it or coming up with the $50! (lol) Isn't that bar phenomenal? Hope you're doing well, and that you enjoyed your Earth Day too! Hugs...

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    33. I hope you had a Happy Earth Day!

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    34. Jelly Belly's might as well be my crack pie. I love them! I do want to know what's in crack pie though. And I do watch her on Masterchef. I also had no idea about Movie Pass-that's pretty awesome. Thanks for all the good info!

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      1. Aren't Jelly Belly Jelly Beans addictive? Like you I adore them so much! The ingredients are super simple, but apparently it's worth dang near $50 if we don't make it ourselves. (lol) I love her on Masterchef, and she's so good with the kids too. Thrilled that you stopped by to say hello! Hugs...RO

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    35. I have had jelly beans a few times, but am not a big fan of them. That's crazy to hear how much candy crush made per day. I have played it for a while, but eventually stopped playing. I never realized it made that much money.

      They don't sell Twinkies here, so I never tried one and have no idea how they taste. I would like to try one someday, although not sure if I would like it. That alien bar sounds a bit creepy and cool at the same time.

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      1. I don't eat them as much as I used to Lola, but those jellybeans sure are yummy! Isn't that interesting about candycrush? I felt it was creepy, too, but then as I kept looking at it, it became so beautiful and creative. Sure hope you're doing well! Hugs...RO

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