Tuesday, November 27, 2007

A Homemade Gift Idea

A co-worker of mine came up with a brilliant, thoughtful gift idea for a friend and also a relative -- home cooked meals. She's going to make a selection of frozen family size meals with little cards that have super simple accompaniment recipes. What a great gift idea for someone who doesn't know how to cook or just never has time. Save them from yet another boring fast food meal! Or several! It's an awesome way to buck the corporate machine yet again.

Monday, November 26, 2007

I Hab a Code

The purely sucky part of the holidays -- getting together with sickly relatives and friends, and taking a bit of phlegm/goo/bug/spit home with you. Yeah, no bueno. I started the cold on Saturday and it's just progressed ever so nicely to today where now I'm just a jiggling pile of goo. I know that it will be over soon, and I really was due. Ivan had two colds this year that I was able to avoid, so yeah, it was time.

The Crippy Craft item shown above was done by my step-daughter. I thought it was clever and cute, and oh so fall-ish! Here's what you'll need -- 1 fake leaf, a wooden heart, an orange pipecleaner, a walnut (unshelled), a filbert (I think that's what it is), a triangle of orange felt, a throat wattle made of red felt and two beady eyes, hot glue. Assemble these to look like a turkey. Voila! Crippy Crafts at their best!
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Friday, November 23, 2007

Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up

I hosted Thanksgiving this year and, for the most part, everything turned out great! I borrowed the oven next door to get it all cooked, but aside from a few over cooked bottoms the dual oven trick worked out pretty well.
To recap the full menu:
  • 17 lb Turkey (I made an additional breast, too, 'cuz most everyone enjoys white meat 'round here.) Simple seasonings like onion and sage.
  • Stuffing -- made from dried out bread, onions, celery, broth and a boatload of poultry seasoning.
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Gravy -- Ivan made this -- he's a whiz at gravy!
  • Carrots
  • Spinach and Cheese Puff -- recipe here at Martha Stewart. The Gruyere cheese was a bit tricky to find and quite expensive. I think that substituting Swiss would work out quite well.
  • Corn Casserole -- Recipe Here at Foodnetwork.com. My first introduction to this was with my boss's creation at a work potluck several years ago. Soooo easy and sooo good!
  • Sweet Potatoes (someone brought these, so I didn't haffta cook 'em!
  • Cranberry Apple Jell-o Salad. Recipe here. at KraftFoods.com. I added about a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, too.
  • Pumpkin Pie -- followed the recipe on the Libby's can, but as my mum always did -- double all of the spices to get a better flavor. Yum!
  • French Silk Pie -- Never made this before, but it turned out to be a hit. I used this recipe, also from Martha Stewart. Very similar to the French Silk pie I loved as a kid. Now that I know what's actually in the pie, I passed on seconds!
  • Cranberries with Ginger -- I can't find the recipe I used. Basically, one bag of cranberries, a cup of sugar, a teaspoon of water, one tablespoon of grated fresh ginger.-- Very good. The fresh ginger is strong, but it's a good match for the cranberries.
  • Fresh Cranberry Sauce -- easy and it doesn't have the can-rings on it. Just follow the recipe on the back of the cranberries.
  • Candied Almonds - Can't find this recipe either. Basically -- egg whites, cinnamon, sugar, almonds, salt. Bake until crispy.
  • We also had a banana cream pie, and a pecan pie that were brought to the table by family and friends.
  • Finally, a selection of pickles and olives at each table. I didn't make those, either. :-)
Even after having 13 people over, we have LOTS of leftovers. If you're looking for a good meal, c'mon over!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

The Day After Thanksgiving is....

I'll admit, I'm awfully tempted to pick up an HDTV tomorrow, but NO, I will not. Not because adbusters.org says so, but because, seriously, nothing irritates me more than the day-after-Christmas advertising.
"Hurry in, don't be the loser who ends up paying .50 more for this piece of crap." or
"Get what Janie really wants -- this toaster oven! It will make her love you more than evaaaah."

Oh, I should also add that day-after-Christmas shoppers irritate the hell out of me, too. The all too common "me-me-me" attitude of pushy customers trying to get the bargains. Is the .50 savings worth that sh*tty behavior? Then, after elbowing each other, we need to stand politely in exceedingly long lines at the checkout? WHY??

So, yeah, tomorrow, if you can avoid it at all, DO NOT GO SHOPPING. STOP ~BUYING~ THE BUY-THIS-NOW-OR-LOSE-OUT approach to gift giving.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Rambutan - Scary Fruit

When in doubt, buy the scary fruit, just to try it. It can't be poisonous, right? I mean, they wouldn't sell it if it was, right? Well, you know, aside from all of those recent food recalls, I mean. So, there, next to the mini pineapples (gotta love those! They're soooo cute!) was a bunch of furry "Rambutan" fruit. $5.99/lb. Kinda pricey as far as fruit goes, but hey, you only live once. Oh, and c'mon, they're SMMMMMAAAALL. I bought five of 'em and it probably only weighed 1/4 lb. A cheap food risk!

I get home, look up how to eat 'em online and am a wee bit scared of the white egg-like center. Quite freakish, really. If I were to imagine a fruit from another planet which would harbor little creatures, this would be it. (I must remember it for Halloween next year!) The texture of the "egg" inside was a bit like...hmmm...a hard boiled egg...or maybe an overly Jello'd Jell-o jiggler. The flavor wasn't intense at all. Very sweet, but no ZIIING. Let's say if I'm stranded on a Malaysian isle, I could eat these to survive. Otherwise, hmmm, I'll pass.
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Friday, November 16, 2007

I feel...

I feel as if this site: http://www.wefeelfine.org/ may come in handy when there's a huge national disaster (or a national election, but really, what's the difference?) that causes every one to pause and blog. Right now it's just pretty amazing. Hey, but that's just how I feel.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

He's a Cheater!

So, I'm scoping out today's mail offerings and what do I see? My new Bust Magazine. Awesome! Oh, look, it's got Beth Ditto on the cover. But wait...who is she holding?! That's right...it's Kipper, my dead (or so I thought!) cat. Caught red-pawed kissing another fat girl. You can see the expression in his eyes. He just KNEW I'd see this. There he is with his new claws -- implants don't you know?! That little cheat!

I've rarely seen any cats that have looked exactly like Kipper. There are lots of Russian Blue's around, but few seem to have that Mountain Dew eye color.

Well, at least the little guy has moved up in the world. Rock on, Kipper!
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Sea Monkeys or Artemia Salina

I remember looking to the back pages of the comic books to see the advertisement for Sea Monkeys. The ads basically promised you supremacy over the sea monkey kingdom, but not only would you be their keeper, but they would, in turn, be your friend. And, they'd don gorgeous jewels or bows upon their crowns and show you the beauty of life.

Unfortunately, when it arrived, the sea monkey kit never really fully captured my dream. There were no jeweled crowns or even bows atop each creature, and they never survived to live past their lice-like existance. Worst of all, they never tried to befriend me.

A wee bit disappointed, true, but that didn't really kill the dream. I still have it. I see the kits for sea monkeys and the dream lives. The hours of day dreaming about the little lives that were coming in the mail still keep a smile upon my face. If I had known then what this meant -- "Caricatures shown not intended to depict Artemia Salina" -- my dream bubble may have burst prior to the actual "monkeys" arriving.

Ah, good memories. The photo above shows the Sea Monkey dolls. No water added! Here's the ad that deceived me so:

Sunday, November 11, 2007

My Bug's Milestone


100,000 miles! 8 years and only 100K on my wee Beetle. Not too shabby. The little guy has had quite a break in use since I've been working from home the past few years. Maybe that's why it's been treating me so well?

So, happy milestone, dear bug. Thanks for not leaving me on a deserted road late at night the past 100,000 miles. I sincerely appreciate it.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Fat Woman Goes Around the World

This is just one example of a fellow fat chick taking the world on with a healthy dose of self-esteem: Where is Geri http://www.whereisgeri.com/ is a blog written by a woman I've known off and on at fat friendly events in Minneapolis. When I was at Kim's wedding last month, Geri told me of her plans to go on a grand adventure around the world. She found the timing, finances and ~everything~ had aligned to make it possible to follow this dream. I'm so overwhelmingly happy (and jealous, in a good way) that she's doing this. I should mention, too, that she's doing it alone. All around the world, alone. I believe she said she was going to catch up with a few familiars in various countries, but by and large, she'll be on her own. Just freakin' impressive!! Anyway, she's going to blog her journey at her site. I hope that you all stop in and read about her year-long adventure. Isn't it just awesome?!!? Go Geri!!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Your GIRTH does not equate to your self WORTH

I feel main purpose of the "size" or "fat" acceptance movement should be trying to assist fat people to see that their self-worth is completely independent of their girth. We can't change a fat person's family, friends, coworkers, or the general public through laws or mandates. Nor can we directly change how others may feel about our fat visage. We CAN, however, make them see that self-worth confidence is not shaken by the potential spewed negativity. In the end, that unshakeable confidence WILL change the way we are treated. No one messes with a force that will not be moved.

So, with that, I came up with this simple slogan. Girth ≠ Worth. (I tried Girth != Worth and Girth <> Worth, too, but I feared only programmers would understand.) Slapped it up in one of my shops at Cafepress. (http://www.cafepress.com/catay) I'm hoping that maybe, just maybe, one or two may end up on chests around the world as an aid to another soul who needs to see it.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Seriously...do you need this?

Maybe it's just me, but I'm thinkin' that if you need to have a machine this large (Black & Decker / Lids Off http://www.lidsoff.com/index.jsp ) on your counter top just to remove jar lids, it maybe time for you to switch to pop-top cans or plastic options. Stop the insanity of the one-purpose, money and time wasting appliances. You know that if you buy this, you'll use it two times and then store it in the cupboard, promptly forget about it, try to sell it at a garage sale, then donate it to Goodwill or the DI within 5 years. After it doesn't sell there, where will it end up? In a freakin' landfill. So, just say no.

For those of you who are in the physical condition where it's impossible to open jars, ok, go ahead, you can get one. The rest of you? When you want to open a difficultly sealed jar, invert it, and squarely pound the lid three times on the counter top. Works like a charm, everytime.
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Fat Positive Site - Adipositivity.com

A hearty recommendation for another fat girl photo site: The Adiposivity Project (http://www.adipositivity.com/). Beautiful photos with a healthy dose of sexy attitude. Be sure to check 'em out!
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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Horsing Around

  I took this picture the other day while at the step-son-in-law's mom's house. (I should have just said, "a friend's" house...let's keep it nice and generic, shall we? How lame does it look to have a double possession of thrice removal? So, yeah. It just seemed like a stark reminder that childhood does end, it gets overgrown and forgotten in a far away field. Then again, maybe it's a reminder that the wilds of childhood spirit lives! Eh, maybe it's just open to interpretation of mood.
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Monday, November 05, 2007

Humble Pie

While I can't find any assurance of the origins of this quote, it has been ascribed to Jonas Salk, "If all the insects on earth disappeared, within 50 years all life on earth would disappear. If all humans disappeared, within 50 years all species would flourish as never before."

There appears to be no purpose, as far as Earth's ecology goes, to our existance on the planet. Nothing else relies upon us to survive. Basically, we do nothing to aid in the Earth's survival. Whether or not you believe in the theory that global warming is exclusively man's doing, you cannot deny that we are doing more harm than good to the planet's natural existance. Maybe some would see this as a clear example of man's supremacy, but I think that probably originates from a false pride in superiority. In reality, we're all just blight.