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I’m a Little Bit ADD, I’m a Little Bit Rock and Roll (With Apologies to the Osmonds)…

Fasten your seatbelts, readers…it’s going to be a bumpy ride…I’ll be going through topics faster than my kids can make ice cream disappear.  You’ll laugh; you’ll groan; you’ll salivate; you’ll wish you were having dinner at my house!

1.  Best. Candy. Ever.  Utah didn’t just give us the Osmond family…they also have the Sweet Candy Company which makes the best candy ever: Raspberry Sticks, which are described on the package as “raspberry jelly centers dipped in luscious milk chocolate” (this is NOT a lie!).  I discovered these bits of deliciousness at our local Co-Op when they were marked down after Christmas last week…I bought three boxes…unfortunately, they were gone when I went back for more last night!

Sweet's Raspberry Sticks...

2. Did You Miss a Post?  It seems that my blog host may have been having issues last week…just wondering if everyone who subscribes got notice of my Friday post on the Bay of Fundy…it was a “rerun” from the early days.  I wasn’t the only one having problems: my friend Renée at Life in the Boomer Lane moved her blog to a different host, and her subscribers aren’t getting their notifications (if you’re a fan of Renée’s, the link in my “She Said” blogroll still works!).  Poor Todd at Todd Pack’s Messy Desk put up a post on Thursday that got far fewer comments than usual…he thought the post was bad, but I tried to access it twice, and got the message “Post Not Found” both times!  He ended up taking it down.

3. Cooking Up a Storm.  Jim cooked twice last week, making a turkey dinner with dressing, mashed pototoes, and vegetables last Sunday (and Grammie Clark’s cheesecake for dessert!), and a lovely seafood chowder on Wednesday (with homemade biscuits!).  This past Sunday, I used frozen tomatoes from our garden to make some more pizza sauce (took several hours to cook them down), and made a deep dish pizza (which I forgot to photograph before people dove into it!).  For dessert, we had sour cream chocolate cake.

Homemade Pizza Sauce...I wish you had "Smellovision"...yum!

Leftover Pizza...I cooked the dough a little too long, but it tasted good!

 

Sour Cream Chocolate Cake...sinfully delicious!

4. Mr. James to the Rescue (Again).  When I came downstairs Sunday morning, Dad informed me that Jake was “having trouble” again.  He’d obviously gotten into something he shouldn’t have, and was pooping everywhere (Jake, not my dad!).  Consequently, the fuzzy white hair on his rear end wasn’t so white any more (still Jake).  After giving the dog a bath, I called our resident hairdresser and dog groomer, Jim (aka “Mr. James”) downstairs to do a quick trim on our schoodle’s bum.  I love that man!  We decided it would be best to sterilize the scissors with a little bleach before putting them in the dishwasher…

5. Valentine’s Day.  I’m finally taking down the Christmas books display at the bookstore and replacing it with a Valentine’s Day-themed selection.  Books with the word “love” in the title will be 10% off for the next little while…

Lover's Secrets...10% off...any takers?

6. Crossing Guards With Magical Powers.  As Jim and I were watching our usual Wednesday night comedies on ABC, a commercial that featured a crossing guard caught my cynical eye: she stops the kids in the middle of traffic to take a decongestant (?!!).  Jim helpfully pointed out that she had also stopped the traffic: “She’s an omnipotent crossing guard!” he declared.  I thought The Omnipotent Crossing Guard would make a great blog title.

7. Off the Map.  Speaking of ABC, I’m loving the new drama by the creators of Grey’s Anatomy, Off The Map.  It’s got interesting plotlines and characterization, cool guest stars (Michael McKean and Cheech Marin, so far), and a leading man from New Zealand named Martin Henderson, whose pecs are as sexy as his accent (don’t worry, guys…there are beautiful women on it too)!

Martin Henderson as Dr. Ben Keeton...hot in the jungle...

8. Just Call Me ‘Ms. Technical’.  Yesterday, Dad’s monitor started flickering for no apparent reason.  I got on the phone with Jim (the computer tech), who advised me to try my monitor to see if if would work.  After unhooking Dad’s heavy old-style monitor and hauling it down off the desk out of the way, I carried my slim-line monitor over from my office across the hall, only to find that it didn’t have the right connector to plug into Dad’s computer.  I carried my monitor back, and hooked it back up again.  I only swore a little bit.  Then I went into the back room and pulled out the old (massive) monitor to try it.  I connected it to Dad’s computer (right connection, but no picture…hurrah!).  Still flickering though, from what I could see.  Unhooking it again, I was getting ready to put it away when Dad insisted on carrying it for me (have you ever been offered help when you didn’t really want it?…sigh).  After reconnecting the regular monitor, the problem persisted, and I did a Google search, which suggested that if it wasn’t the monitor, it was likely the video card.   I called Jim again, who said he would look at it in the morning.  After we got home, I floated my “video card theory” for Jim, and was shot down.  Fast forward to this morning:  I turned on Dad’s computer and the monitor was fine.  I forgot the standard advice offered every week by the technicians on The IT Crowd: “Have you tried turning it on and off?” 

9. I’m the Last One Picked for Wii Games Too.  The kids conned me into playing Wii with them the other night.  I totally suck at baseball and tennis…at least I started to get the hang of bowling halfway through!  Damn that hand-eye coordination…I wonder if they have word games for Wii?

10. Classic Albums Live: The Who

Where?  The Imperial Theatre. 

When?  Saturday night. 

What?  An amazing group of musicians recreating the “Who’s Next?” album. 

Why?  I bought Jim tickets for Christmas, and we desperately needed a Date Night!

How?  Very skillfully!  This was our second Classic Albums Live show (we saw the Supertramp: Crime of the Century show last year and it was equally great!).  The band did an excellent job recreating the album note-for-note, and this folkie girl was instantly transported back 35 years to her “headbanger period” (age 15-16).  All the musicians and singers were very talented, and the drummer was awesome! 

If you have a chance to see a Classic Albums Live show, I’d heartily recommend it!

This concludes your tour through my rather addled Tuesday brain…I hope that the transitions didn’t cause any whiplash!

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Tastes of the Past…

Two days ago, I made what is known in our family as “Aunt Jerry’s Green Salad.”  Apparently, a lot of other American families know about Aunt Jerry’s salad too…it’s a mix of Jello pistachio pudding, crushed pineapple, Cool Whip, and miniature marshmallows.  I like to put my Green Salad in the freezer…it increases the yumminess factor (some people use coloured marshmallows – I find they taste odd).

"Green Salad" (this one is made with pineapple chunks, which is slightly sacrilegious)...

Here are some other foods I remember from childhood:

1. Cherries.  These were red candies shaped like cherries (go figure!) which were similar to jelly beans.  Every week, I would take my 15-cent allowance to our local store, and watch as the proprietor doled out 45 cherries with his gasoline-soaked fingers into a small paper bag (I’m still alive to tell about it 40 years later!).  Cherries are tough to find now, although Allen’s makes a sour version (yuck!).

My allowance wasn't big enough to buy this many cherries!

2. My Grandad’s Swiss steak…he cooked all the meals at my Grandma’s house.  I really wish that recipe had gotten passed down before he died!  It melted in your mouth, and the sauce was divine!

Grandad's Swiss Steak looked something like this...

3. Chunky.  When I was eleven, my brother and I shared a paper route.  I stopped every day at a gas station and bought myself a Chunky bar as a reward for my hard work.

Chunky in its foil wrapper...

4. Chef Boyardee pizza.  That’s the only kind of pizza we had at home in the ’60’s!  When I think about it now, I don’t think we really realized how awful it was!

Pizza in a box...ewww!

5. Macaroni and cheese.  Not the stuff that comes in a box, but the real stuff…the kind that is creamy and gooey all at the same time!  I’m glad my mom showed me how to make proper cheese sauce.

How macaroni and cheese should look...

6. Beechnut gum.  It came in thin sticks…my favourite flavour was orange.  I also liked Wrigley’s Doublemint gum.  Remember the TV ads with the twins?

An ad for my favourite chewing gum...

7. Popsicles.  Our local store sold them for 7 cents in the early ’70s.  I went back and forth between root beer and chocolate flavours.  We also used to save the sticks, and make our own popsicles with Kool-Aid (another childhood memory).  My brother and I used to set up a Kool-Aid stand out by the road whenever we were strapped for cash (which was most of the time!).

Popsicle logo...no other brands would do...

We never got to buy the kind with sugar already in it...

8. Half Moons.  I think I bought a chocolate milk and a chocolate Half Moon for lunch in the cafeteria every day of Grade Eleven…I could eat anything I wanted when I was sixteen!

This is the vanilla version...a lot of my friends called them "Lune Moons" not realizing that the label was bilingual...

9. Root beer floats.  We always made these at my Grandma’s.  Hires Root Beer is the best kind to use…it’s not as sweet as other brands. 

My kind of float...lots of ice cream!

10. Powdered milk.  Mom used to mix real milk in with it, but it was still gross!  I won’t ever drink that again.

We used to buy the BIG box of powder...

11. Chocolate chip cookies.  My mom could make them without a recipe…just eyeballed the ingredients.  They never lasted long…we felt the need to eat them three at a time!  She used to lay them out on paper towels on the kitchen table to cool, then store them in empty bread bags.

These look like Mom's...

12. Bologna.  Another food I refuse to eat now, unless it’s fried!  Bologna sandwiches were my school lunch for many years.

There was no such thing as a resealable package then...

13. Sugar pies.  My mother would take leftover pastry dough, put it in small foil pans (from pot pies), and sprinkle it with sugar and cinnamon.  My brother and I would have our own personal little pies.

14. Cracker Jack.  I loved it, but the prizes sucked!

Cracker Jack used to come in a box...

15. Milk Duds.  I used to suck all the chocolate off them before chewing the caramel…it’s the only candy I’ve ever liked that sticks in my teeth!  I picked up a big box on my last visit to the States, and my kids found it…gone!  Talk about upset!

Milk Duds...

16. Pillsbury Crescent Rolls.  Mom used to wrap them around hot dogs to make “Pigs in a Blanket.” That was one of our favourite suppers.

Pigs in a blanket...

17. Tapioca pudding.  That was dessert a lot of nights…not a popular choice for me!

Tapioca...not a fan...

18. Yellow Dog.  My dad made breakfast every morning when I was a kid.  “Yellow Dog” is rice cooked with raisins.  It is served with milk, butter (making it yellow), and brown sugar.

19. Bazooka bubblegum.  I went through a brief phase when I was about ten that involved chewing a lot of bubblegum…I soon grew out of it!  I did enjoy the process of blowing bubbles, but ended up with gum in my hair on more than one occasion!

You can see the comic through the wrapper...

20. Tomato patties.  This was something my mom used to make for supper.  It was a can of tomatoes mixed with egg and some cracker crumbs, mashed together into patties, and fried.  Yummy!

Mom's tomato patties were flatter than these...

21. Cheese balls.  These were at every family reunion we ever attended.  I like cheese, but they were never something I made a beeline for!

Cheese Ball...

22. Hershey bars.  The candy drawer my Grandad had always had mini Hershey bars in it.

Hershey bar...

23. Habitant pea soup.  We ate that for supper, a lot!  I liked it, but the colour and consistency were really not that appetizing.

See what colour it is?

24. Orange/lemon slices.  The candy dish at Grandma’s house (which I have now – the dish, not the house) always had orange/lemon slice gumdrops in it.  I still fill it with those at Christmas time.

Gummy Oranges/Lemons...

25. Candy corn.  It was one of my mom’s favourite candies.

Mom ate this all year round...

What foods remind you of childhood?

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