Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Our New Ice Cream Maker


You've heard me babbling on and on about our new obsession, so I figured it was time to show you our new ice cream maker, and some of the fruits of our labor. It is a Rival Electric Ice Cream Maker. Very easy to use (per MB who did the actual making part). Rival sells its own brand of pre-mixed powders, but I encourage you to make your own following some of the recipes included in the kit. The recipes are easy to follow and you will have ice cream ready to eat in less than an hour!

If you want to go all out, for rich, tasty ice cream, use whole milk and half and half. We made this Mint Chocolate Chip and it was some of the best we've ever had:



If you want to go low cal, here's some chocolate ice milk that we made with 2% milk. VC thoroughly enjoyed it and said that he preferred the less creamy taste.


If you decide to get your own ice cream maker, stock up on rock salt and have it at the ready for when you get a hankering for some homemade ice cream. I've had to put the brakes on the ice cream making around here because we were going overboard, but we will be making a new batch this weekend. BTW, we purchased a 6 Quart size maker, so it makes a boatload of ice cream. We store it in the freezer in a large Rubbermaid container.

The next thing we'll try: lactose free ice cream for visitors who can't digest milk. Not sure how that will work out!

Now Look Who's in the Dog House


photo credit brokersaunders

I knew it would come back to bite me. You probably recall how MB was in the doghouse for his recent "moving violation" - aka "roll stop."

Well, yesterday I was running late for an appointment. I took a road I do not normally take and yep, you guessed it, I got pulled over!!!!

This has not happened in over 20 years. I was taken by complete surprise. I literally started hyperventilating. That was something new. My hands and feet turned to complete pins and needles. (Yeah, I'm such a bada$. I get a ticket and I completely buckle!) Ever had this happen??

Do you feel like sometimes you just can't get a break? MB's court date was last week and now I have to do the same thing. I am so angry at myself, since I should have known better. It was a 4 lane divided road and the speed limit was a paltry 35!! I was ALLEGEDLY going 51. Yes, I'm an idiot. At the point the car in front of me pulled over and slowed down to a crawl, I should have taken the cue *idiot*

I made some calls and have decided** I will go downtown *scary* to meet with a District Attorney since I can't get a straight answer regarding the safe driving class, PJC and insurance points. MB having hired an attorney for his ticket, this would make over $500 spent on tickets in a month!!!! Hopefully I will not get mugged while there. I am seriously beginning to think that I am completely jinxed. So there I'll be, sitting with people who have committed REAL crimes waiting to get some advice. You know, I am such a Menace to Society.

I have no doubt this is a new revenue stream for the county. For us both to get pulled over within a month of each other: Far too coincidental.

One of these days I'm going to become a recluse just to preserve what's left of my sanity! Seriously, half the time when we go out, something happens (be it getting cut and bruised while diving out of the way of a speeding car, a rock in the windshield, accident, or ticket) that necessitates a lot of work to fix. I'll be staying IN.

**ignore this sentence; on further thought, I am going to take the easy way out and find the cheapest attorney I can hire

***The worst part of this ordeal, aside from the money loss, is MB reminding me what a great source of comfort he's been and that he would have wished the same for him when he got his ticket blah blah blah UGGGH. So maybe I'm not always the most nuturing, I swear he has been lying in wait for this precise thing to happen for a month now. Sometimes I wonder if we are in a relationship - or a competition. Sometimes it is hard to tell...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Cheeseball Tuesday

VC spent his Easter break visiting with my parents in the mountains of NC. I opened my email the first night and noticed they had picked up some Utz Cheese Balls at their local Sam's Club. They got creative with some photos:

























Pineapple UTZ-side Down Cake

Finally! an authentic Blue Ridge Mountain UTZ-tastic view!












cont-UTZ-plating the climb
























at the radio tower on top!

Niagr-UTZ-falls

Dave, inaugural winner of my first Cheeseball Giveaway (is that an oxymoron?- no, not Dave!!- inaugural/first) - sent me an email yesterday. He was watching the deleted scenes from last week's The Office, and he noticed at the end of the clip, the new girl is drinking from an Utz mug!!! I did some research on the Utz site and although I can't find one there, Utz has an "Utz Gear" section at their Outlet Store in New Hanover, PA. You just know what's gonna be on my Christmas list!

Good eyes, Dave! Watch it here:




Be like Dave! If you would like to participate in Cheeseball Tuesday, simply send me a photo of you and some UTZ at a distinct location near you. I'll feature your photos and link to your blog. If you can't find them at your local Sam's Club or BJ's, they are available for purchase online directly from UTZ or through Amazon.com

Monday, April 27, 2009

of Belly Dancing and Air Masks

I can't help but wonder if my post from April 22nd was prophetic in some way (gas mask). Today's Monday and you know what that means-- My new class!

Will my fellow classmates each be sporting one of these?


Those darn Swine ruin EVERYTHING!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Inside Outside Upstairs Downstairs


You've heard me babbling on and on about our new obsession, so I figured it was time to show you our new ice cream maker, and some of the fruits of our labor. It is a Rival Electric Ice Cream Maker. Very easy to use (per MB who did the actual making part). Rival sells its own brand of pre-mixed powders, but I encourage you to make your own following some of the recipes included in the kit. The recipes are easy to follow and you will have ice cream ready to eat in less than an hour!

If you want to go all out, for rich, tasty ice cream, use whole milk and half and half. We made this Mint Chocolate Chip and it was some of the best we've ever had:



If you want to go low cal, here's some chocolate ice milk that we made with 2% milk. VC thoroughly enjoyed it and said that he preferred the less creamy taste.


If you decide to get your own ice cream maker, stock up on rock salt and have it at the ready for when you get a hankering for some homemade ice cream. I've had to put the brakes on the ice cream making around here because we were going overboard, but we will be making a new batch this weekend. BTW, we purchased a 6 Quart size maker, so it makes a boatload of ice cream. We store it in the freezer in a large Rubbermaid container.

The next thing we'll try: lactose free ice cream for visitors who can't digest milk. Not sure how that will work out!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Fine. You Guessed It! (grumble grumble)

It's time for the Comment of the Week (C.O.W.) and to announce the winner of my Girlfriends T's giveaway!

First, the C.O.W. goes to my Twitter Stalker (I kid!) Crazy Raincloud for her comment on this post- about my new class, the class I was hoping I would not need to reveal- because you were all going to forget about it and stop guessing. Silly me. I forgot about the determined Crazy Raincloud!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading all your guesses, which included:

- water polo
- photography
- knitting
- sewing
- pole dancing :-)
- botany
- the study of Sanskrit
- Lambada dance
- piano
- Cake decorating
- Flower arranging
- stick dressing (you gotta clue me in on this one)
- origami
- card-making
- leaded glass
- calligraphy
- creative writing
- singing
- juggling kittens
- crochet
- furniture restoration?
- clowning

Some close guesses, but it took the investigative work and persistence of Crazy Raincloud to come up with the correct answer in her comment:

"OOH OOOHHH Ballroom dancing????? um Belly dancing? something that ends with the word dancing?????

You must end this wait and speculation Carma, i will twitter you to death if you dont!!"


What class have I been taking: Belly Dancing!!!

photo credit

The fun thing is that it is for women of ALL shapes and sizes; and ALL AGES, which is why I love this picture! The bigger question: Is it for people of ALL COORDINATION LEVELS and, even bigger question: Will it make me less like marrying a man???

Remember, I said it was something that you would find totally out of character for me. Now that I've revealed the answer, please expunge it from your memory and don't follow up further with me on how the class is going. Remember, I'm a "serial hobbyist." By the time you check, I'll probably be on to my next pursuit- which is exactly why I included the list of your guesses, so it will be convenient the next time I decide to explore a new hobby..

And now, the winner of my Girlfriends T's Giveaway:

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

7

Timestamp: 2009-04-24 11:14:01 UTC


Shel



Congrations Shel! I've already been in touch with her and she is thrilled to win them for her daughter and niece! Thanks to all who entered..

BTW, my new giveaway is really kinda cool if you haven't had a chance to check it out yet. The Light Poem (which is a light encased in meaningful words of your choice) and illuminated photo sculpture are my faves!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

It's My SITS Day!

...and I've chosen to party like its 1989 (since I prefer the eighties to the nineties). Warm welcome to all you SITStas! If you have a minute to check out the "cheesy goodness" and want to learn more about my site, here's my Carma Sez Primer.

I've added a NEW GIVEAWAY - for a giftcard from Shapeways on my review blog. They have some fantastic designs! Very unique...Perfect for Mother's Day or Graduation Gifts...

I truly appreciate that you've stopped by. For your convenience, here's a napkin to wipe off any cheesy residue!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Of Cheap Gas, Night Vision Goggles, Tattoos and Vasectomies- oh my!

I promised some deets on our recent trip to Florida. The occasion was a party in celebration of my MIL's milestone birthday.

So we rented a car (better gas mileage & no June Bugs permanently adhered to the Element) and headed to the Sunshine State. Gas prices were good:

Kidding! That sign must have been left up since the eighties! My heart did skip a beat, though when I saw it from a distance....

We knew we were nearing my in-laws' house when we came to this sign:
That's right. We had to make a left into their subdivision, located across from the Pure Pleasure sign, which was located next to the Tattoo Parlor:



Other memorable signs included this one:



We hadn't made this trek in over 2 years, yet as soon as we saw this sign with the guy with the googly eyes, we instantly remembered it. We thought- this guy is a marketing genius!!! Most people might avoid putting their faces up on a billboard. But, not this guy. He has the most memorable eyes ever and they definitely catch your attention!! He is clearly using them as a marketing tool. Now that I've discovered my eyes are two different sizes, I am ready for my own special billboard :-)

But, nothing could trump this dude:


He's performed over 19,000 w/o needle or scapel! On the way home we noted that on his other billboard, in the town of Waldo, he states that he has performed over 17,000 -- so he must have ramped things up in the years since that billboard was posted. The sad thing is that we decided to calculate (without calculator) how many a day he would need to do to reach this number. Some people play the "Alphabet Game" - we calculate vasectomies!

Get a load of his phone number: It's VAS TIME!!!

Some interesting tidbits: My eyes are still adjusting from sitting in a darkened house for hours on end. MB's parents house is very dimly lit. Apparently, the light bulb is not too popular in the mother land. I'm not knockin' it, since it conserves energy, but next time I visit I will bring a pair of these:

Night vision goggles to the rescue!!

Another thing that took some getting used to was the constant smoking. Sitting in a screened-in porch with up to 7 smokers at a time!! The next visit may necessitate one of these:


Needless to say, we are "the Flanders" of the family. While everyone was sleeping late after staying up smoking and drinking, we were up early and took a walk. "Okely Dokely!" Of course, part of this earliness was due to a poor night's sleep. Every time MB moved around on the air mattress, I would hit the floor.

And to think, we get to do this all again in 3 months, for his Dad's birthday!


I have an awesome giveaway going on at my review blog!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Cheeseball Tuesday

Before I get to more Michael Scott cheeseball hi jinx, here's a cheesy photo from our trip last weekend- to the Sunshine State, made even sunnier by the addition of the cheeseballs:





































a nutritious lunch...

And now, check out these hi-tech photos I took while watching this week's episode of The Office. It was a virtual Cheese-a-palooza!! Here's Ryan trying to see how many cheeseballs he can fit in his mouth:




















Notice in this photo that the UTZ label is actually showing, unlike in the previous episode where the canister label was turned away from the camera. A slip-up?




and, here's Pam getting in on the act:
















Keep those cheeseball photos rollin' in for your chance to be featured on my blog! What's that ya say? You haven't seen any photos rollin' in. Neither have I. That's Sad.

(cue violins ♪ ♫)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Are You Concerned About Your Child's Brain Development? (and, if not, what the heck is wrong with you, you sorry excuse for a parent?)

Have you seen the recent advertisements for Juicy Juice's new product- called "Juicy Juice Brain Development?" Now, I ask you, how could a parent pass on purchasing a product with a name like that, without suffering extreme parental guilt.

Who wants to be the only parent not concerned about their child's Brain Development!

I don't know about you, but I carry around enough guilt without juice making me feel guiltier!!

*I've just returned from a weekend jaunt that involved over 20 hours in the car, so I've got some catching up to do. I plan to post some pics from my trip, hopefully on Wednesday.

I did not want to neglect posting a Comment of the Week (C.O.W.) for last week, though. The C.O.W. goes to....

nikkicrumpet for her comment on this post. She said, "LOL sure...he was neeekid...you were taking neeekid pictures of your hubby...you two wild kids! Congrats to the hubby...nice job!"

I repeated the comment to MB, using proper enunciation of the word "neeekid" and he appreciated this bit of blog humor :D

I do want to reiterate, though, that he was, in fact, NOT neeekid under the blue and orange airbrushing- or was he?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Stepping Outside my Comfort Zone (and hopefully not into dog poop)

Today my blog is being featured on Tip Junkie! Thank You, Laurie and welcome Tip Junkie readers.

If you are interested in learning about my blog, here's a few of my more popular blog posts:

The (Disturbing) Evolution of Kelly Pickler
A Carma Sez Primer
Why I'm Like Marrying a Man

photo credit p_x_g

Last week, I had an epiphany. Well, actually, it's been brewing for some time: the feeling that life is passing me by while I work at my dead end job and go through the motions each day, mired in mediocrity and surrounded by the familiar.

Well, that's all about to change! As I said in a recent Tweet: "I'm at the point in life where I want to accumulate experiences rather than things." (Is that more than 140 characters? I hope not, since I typed it from memory)....

I have this drive inside of me to try something new and completely out of character. So, on Monday night I signed up and attended a new class. You may recall the whole "cow brain" debacle the last time I inquired about a class. Well, this new class does not involve cow brains or sheep's blood for that matter.

Are there many more useful classes I could take that might result in a new degree and prepare me for future employment making a better income? Without a doubt.

But, I've decided to focus less on money and productivity and more on something I've always had a hard time justifying, namely: F-U-N!!!

I am not ready to divulge my new "hobby" yet, because I have been a "serial hobbyist" for many, many years. MB remarked, "I hope this does not go the way of the Yoga Blocks (that he made for me) and yoga video tapes (that we sold at the garage sale) or painting supplies, pottery and woodburning tools that are stored in the basement. Therefore, I'm going to wait to see if I commit before spilling the beans to ensure my stick-to-it-iveness.

You are welcome to place some guesses, though. Remember, it is something that you would find completely out of character for me.

And, it AIN'T:

Cow Tipping

photo credit Tracy N Brandon

Competitive Eating
although some days I would be a formidable contender.

-or-

Frisbee Golf


There is a good chance this new pursuit will not pan out, in which case I intend to move on to an equally unusual endeavor that will take me further out of my Comfort Zone...I plan to start living my life, not the other way around. There has always been a fiery personality inside me and it is just itching to come out!

Anyone else in the same predicament? What are some crazy new pursuits that you are exploring or hope to explore?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

E-Z Rol Garlic Peeler

If you are accustomed to using garlic in most of your recipes, this remarkable kitchen tool will come in handy: the E-Z Rol Garlic Peeler. We've been using the E-Z Rol for years, as you can tell from the well-worn storage tube!


MB plants a HUGE crop of garlic every year. Take a look at this picture to get an idea of the volume that he harvested last year:



We frequently make pesto, roasted garlic and plenty of other Italian dishes, including Alio Oglio, which is basically oil and garlic served over pasta.
We've discovered the E-Z Rol makes peeling of garlic incredibly easy. Insert cloves in the tube. All it takes is a couple rolls of the tube on the countertop, applying light pressure and the skin peels right off. Cut off the ends, and you're good to go. As an added benefit, odor is eliminated!

Cleanup is even easier. The E-Z Rol is dishwasher safe- or just give it a quick rinse.

This product is a true time saver. We consider it an indispensable kitchen tool, as opposed to a gadget.

And with this year's crop ready to be harvested in May, the E-Z Rol will be working overtime!

Hardboiled to Perfection!


Now that Easter is over, and we still have plenty of lovely dyed hardboiled eggs in the fridge, we've been thinking of some possible uses:


egg goggles


egg-ccessories












or perhaps pretending to be an Ovoraptor stealing eggs:




























And, of course, I let's not forget- the juggling of hardboiled eggs:





















Unfortunately, I am not as creative with my cooking as I am with my photography. Here's how the eggs ended up:

in plain 'ole egg salad sandwiches, several of them. I have to say, though, that they were some of the best hardboiled eggs I've ever cooked. Just the right amount of time- perfect yellow color and they peeled effortlessly. Here's the method I used:

Cover eggs with 1" of water and bring to a boil.
Shut off heat and cover pot (if using electric stove, remove from burner then put back on burner when it cools a bit-no heat). Let sit in hot water for 12-13 mins. depending on size of eggs. Cool in ice water for 5 mins.


for more egg-cellent ideas, check out:

http://www.incredibleegg.org and http://blog.parentbloggers.com

Fully Deflated

It's Over!! And MB has emerged victorious. He lost over 60 lbs. in the Biggest Loser Contest at his workplace:

Here he is BEFORE:




and AFTER:



After 16 years, he is finally back to the weight he was when we got married:




And to think that he is left with a mere $100 in contest winnings after deducting for the cost of his recent rolling violation....Ok, so did didn't have to bring that up...I did say we were married 16 years, didn't I?....


ADDENDUM: I've received an inquiry regarding the hand-drawn clothes. The reason I've drawn some clothes on the photos is so that you are not blinded by the sight of his hairy chest and saggy boxer shorts. Just thinkin' of you, dear readers....

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Cheeseball Tuesday

Exciting Cheeseball news this week!

As I was watching The Office on Thursday night, I couldn't believe my eyes when Michael Scott, founder of the Michael Scott Paper Company, squeezed out of his convertible holding a canister of UTZ Cheeseballs!! And, it gets even better, because I found a video of him in a deleted scene, holding the UTZ next to the Michael Scott Paper Company sign in the lobby. Here's a still photo:



And here's the deleted scenes video, check it out! (if the video does not come up, please, click here or double-click on the video.



Am I easily amused? Perhaps. But nothing comes between me and a good Cheeseball scene....

[Remember, you can participate in Cheeseball Tuesday by sending me a photo of you and some UTZ at a distinct location near you. I'll feature your photos and link to your blog. If you can't find them at your local Sam's Club or BJ's, they are available for purchase online directly from UTZ or through Amazon.com]
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