Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Good Kick in the Nards

I'm happy to report that I'm no longer afraid to do food videos.  There's far too much work to be done with writing and producing than there is room for fear.

So I gave the big fat ugly Fear Monster a good kick in the nards, and sent him packing.

I could not be happier.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Muhahaha ...

Last Friday the goal was to get all my food writing in one area.  Hot dog, I did it.  What you see there is my brain.  Everything I've hand-written.  Now ... (rubs hands together) it's time to make them publish-ready.

Muhahaha ... 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Halloween Photo Shoot

What's the hardest part about doing a Halloween Oreo Cookie photo shoot?  If you guessed trying not to eat them during the actual shooting, then you win two dead turtles, a rotten banana and a couple of dehydrated spiders.

Enjoy your treats and remember, no matter what my husband says, I didn't eat the entire bag of cookies.  Okay, I ate mostly all of them, but not ALL of them.

Monday, September 15, 2014


Sunday, September 14, 2014


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Q: Bread, Bagels & Rolls (oh my)

Running a tad late today but that's okay, this office looks amazing (aside from one table).  Now, I'm about to toss together some dough.  It's between jalapeno cheese bread, onion bread, cinnamon bread or pepperoni bread. 

Did the pepperoni bread this week, so that's out.  But I did just buy killer fresh jalapenos.  Though cinnamon bread would be good for morning.  But as I sit here, jalapeno cheese bread sounds the best.  I'm going to juice the pepper and use the liquid in the dough, to test what kind of kick it produces.

Which brings me to my Friday Question. 

If you could eat any bread, bagel, or roll fresh from the oven.  Any bread-like item, for your next meal, what would it be?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Now We're Cooking with Gas

My writing desk is cleared and so is the coupon station.  However, don't look in the movie room because there you'll find a marathon of The Nanny, a folding table, and every single ding dong formula, I've ever written.

Meanwhile, a good bit of physical energy has come back, thanks to rest, couponing and this yummy nummy veg and bean soup with tomato base and a kick of cayenne.

Time for me to head back to the Lemon Tart Room.  My goal: Have all formula sheets in order by the close of tomorrow.  After that, it's one more table to tackle and our double office will be done, done, done.


PS:  It's 4:14.  I love that.  Not as much as 4:04 but I had to crop the food shot, so 4:14 it is.  Cheers and boogie boogie.

Me Yesterday

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Cupcakes & Coupons

This is what my coupon station looks like.  I'm home today clipping, sorting and prepping for my next trip.  The available ingredient and whole food coupons are getting less and less.  The emphasis being on industrial ding ding meals. 

Which bugs me.  But I'm in it for the win, so I'll just have to work smarter at the savings game.  Meanwhile, I'm enjoying a homemade pumpkin spiced latte, Cupcake Wars, and clipping coupons.

For tonight's supper, marylands baked with whole cloves of local organic garlic (beyond killer good), and a side of wholemeal pasta with basil, garlic and fresh Parmesan. 

Simple and delish.

Dessert, a small sampling of salted caramel popcorn.  Made too much last night and woke with a sugar hangover. 

That's about all from me.  What's for supper on your end? 

My Coupon Station - Click to Expand

Two Ways to Eat Pizza

Monday, September 08, 2014

Ding Dong, What a Monday!

Got my writing done by noon today.  I love that.  Then I was torn between chores and a trip to Tractor Supply (best store, ever).   So I took out the camera and recorded my face in video with voice, instead.  Holy crap, that was scary.  

Now I'm off to Tractor Supply.  Hope your Monday rocks!

PS:  Pizza rolls for Tim's lunch tomorrow.  When I put them together later, I'm going to practice record it.

PPS:  But I'm not gonna show you. 

PPPS:  Not yet.

New Halloween Mug, from Tim
(Best Hubby in the History of Ever)


Sunday, September 07, 2014

Are You Zombie-Ready?

I'm out back sitting at our cafe table.  Three military choppers just flew overhead, which is not normal.  Right away, I think zombie outbreak.  And I thought what would we do if zombies came from the woods and climbed up our back deck?

The girls would try and help but they'd probably get eaten or turned into zombie pups.  It's not like we have a flame thrower, and if we did would it even work?  I have a few good knives but they're not strong enough to remove a head. Maybe an ear or poke out an eyeball, but that's about it.

Nopers.  We are NOT zombie-ready.

Saturday, September 06, 2014


Night Vision & Pile of Poo

Guess where I'm writing this post from?  Outside.  It's Friday night here, and the peepers are going nutso.  Both pups are chillin' with me outside.  If I can get the night vision camera to work I'll show you what it looks like.

Meanwhile, Saturday morning Tim and I have plans to get the last of the extra table empty of crap.  When we got our new coupon station/zine workbench, all the stuff that I didn't know what to do with, went on a folding table.

Now it's one big pile of poo.  Must get sorted and put our double office back to tip top shape.

Before I go to bed tonight I'll make a batch of bagel dough to stick in the fridge.  In the morning I'll shape and bake for breakfast.  For lunch, chicken and waffle sticks.

Oh yeah, life is good.

Now I'm gonna go see if I can get this night vision camera to work.  You all have a killer Saturday and boogie boogie.

PS: I'm back but without night vision photos.

PPS: Please enjoy a homemade bagel, instead.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Friday Question: Chicken & Waffles

Who likes chicken and waffles?  We love 'em.  The crispy chicken served on a fresh waffle. Real maple syrup.  Absolute treat.

Yum, yum, yum.

How about you?  Have you tried chicken and waffles?  If so, what did you think?  If not, would you give it a go?

PS: The answer to last week's Friday Question was, organic black chia seeds.  I took the picture with my camera and loved how it looked.  Thanks to everyone for playing.

Cheers and boogie boogie.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

I Shot My First Food Video

Yesterday I shot my first food video, all by myself.  Then when I was done, do you know what I did?  If you guessed shot another one, then you get an A on your paper and a star on your forehead.  Maybe even a slice of apple pie.

I'm a long way from publishing videos, but I'm closer than I was and I'm pretty rootin' tootin' happy about that.  Before I was scared to record my voice, now I don't care.  The fun outweighs the fear.

As for doing videos that include my face, I am not ready.  But I'll get there no doubt.  Fear or not, I'm moving forward.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Baker's Report: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

I'm up early, in my prep clothes and by the time Tim wakes, the house will smell of apples and cinnamon.  Which is good because yesterday, I didn't do a ding dong thing.

Nope nope.  Instead I stayed in my jams and played with my new Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, with Logitech bluetooth keyboard and case.   This is what Tim got me for Halloween, along with a Halloween Snoopy and Woodstock mug.

None of which I have pictures to show you yet.  But dig this, when I write a formula, I can talk into the Galaxy and it will type it for me.  Or use my S pen for hand-written notes and with one click, convert them to text.

Or, if I'm reading articles about food, but I only want to save one paragraph, all I have to do is circle it with my S pen and save just that bit, for later.

But that's not all.  I can also use the device to snap quick photos of the steps, and insert them into the notes.

Or, or, or ... I can watch my favorite cookery shows and play along at my kitchen table, because the Logitech keyboard turns the tablet into a laptop.

Best Halloween gift, ever.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Halloween Gifts Came Early

Here's how I feel about the Halloween gifts that Tim got me over the weekend.  More about them later.  Right now, I'm still doing a boogie, and then I'm making him an apple pie.

Life is good.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Happy Eating

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Science Teachers

Saturday, August 30, 2014

10 Years Ago

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Question: WHAT ARE WE?

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lost in Space

The Corn Man

You know what?  I changed my mind.  I'm taking the day off from food writing and all the lab work.  Instead, I'm gonna blast the music and clean the house.

Maybe finally clean Ethel.  Poor girl needs a proper scrub.

But first I'm headed out the door to meet the Corn Man.  He's at the corner (we live in a rural area), and has the best corn. 

Last weekend when we hit his stand he was sold out.  He invited us to his farm and oh my gosh, what fun to pick fresh corn and get eggs from his chickens.  Country living rocks.

Speaking of country living, dig my outdoor office.  The lab (our kitchen), is attached to the back deck. 

Okay, Bubblebutts and Boogerheads, the Corn Man has string beans waiting for me, and I'm exciting to cook those babies up Hungarian-style.  I also love to eat the beans raw or juice them.  So flippin' good.

After that I'll hit Tim Horton's and possibly run into Aldi to see what's on clearance.  The other day I scored organic baby kale and organic grass feed beef for killer prices.

Must dash.  Smell ya'later gators.

What I see from my cafe table, where I write.
What I see when I look straight up.
Miss Wiggy under my writing table and stool.
Corn we picked right from the Corn Man's farm.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Baker's Report: Both Ass & Arse

Today kicked BOTH ass and arse.  Yeppers.  That's how good my work day went.

Got my food writing and experiments done, including but not limited to, apple pie.  Kitchen is cleaned and closed for the day, and whilst I'm still in my prep cook clothes - aside from writing more notes about today's lab work - I'm done.

PS: Dig these mini pie bakeware dishes from Portugal.  Got them on clearance at Wegmans for $1.72 each.

PPS: These little dishes hold more apples than I hoped for.  One pie serves four good slices or six smaller portions.

PPPS: Now I can experiment with various pie crusts on a smaller scale.  I LOVE IT!

PPPPS: And it's really 4:44 in the afternoon.  This day rocks.


Make an apple pie.
Eat an apple pie.
Make another apple pie.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Monday, August 25, 2014

Minion Monday

Last week started out killer, but soon took a crappy turn down Get Nothing Done Alley, including the fridge.  But today, things are looking good, and with any luck I'll have Ethel spic 'n span clean.   

But first, I gotta make dough.  Then, take over the world.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014


Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Question: What Would You Bring?

You're on Gilligan's Island and you get to take one TV show or movie with you but that's all you'll get to watch for three years.  But, you get the entire series.

So if it's Alien, you get all the Alien movies.  If it's Doctor Who, you get all of them as well.

Tim asked me this last night, and the first thing I answered was The Great British Bake Off.  Though when I think about it more, I also want to bring Julia Child and Jack Pépin.  But Tim said I can't.

He's so mean, sometimes.

What one movie or series would you bring?