Tapioca pudding is a delicious and easy dessert option. My mom used to make it for me and my sister and brother when we were much younger. She would make a big double batch in a large bowl and keep it in the refrigerator. We all clamored for it and she allowed us to sample … Continue reading National Tapioca Pudding Day
My Exposed! Series tackles a vexing subject each month and scientifically dismantles it. We've done Chapstick tubes and Pez Candy Dispensers so far. This month we tackle the age old question of "How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?" You know the genesis of this … Continue reading EXPOSED! – Tootsie Roll Pops!
My broken ankle is coming along. The doctors believe the best course is to let it heal naturally and that will take a few more weeks. There is not much pain involved, simply lots of boredom and impatience on my part. See, I'm not permitted to place any weight on it at all and that … Continue reading FootNotes #5 – The Healing continues
Regular readers know I often post about Theatre (always preceded by Review - ), National Days and food, food and food. With my recent broken ankle I won't be going to much theatre any time soon and work in the kitchen is highly limited. Because of some complications, surgery is delayed for the moment so … Continue reading FootNotes #3 – Gettin’ Around
On a hot summer day there is nothing more refreshing than an Ice Cream Soda. Simple treat, just pour some soda (or pop or Coke or whatever your region of the US calls it) over a scoop or two of ice cream in a glass. The soda blends slightly with the ice cream and bubbles … Continue reading National Ice Cream Soda Day
I am always an optimistic sort and just figured out the great advantage I have with my broken ankle. I only wear one sock at a time. Thus less wear, less laundry, less carbon footprint, better results for climate change. It does make it more difficult to track pairs after laundry, but hey, I'll take … Continue reading FootNotes #2 – A terrific advantage with a broken ankle!
A very happy Father's Day to you. I hope you have a great day with your dad. My father passed in 1993, far too early and long ago. Below is a picture of the two of us in my backyard when I lived in Florida. Happy Father's Day to all. As always you can find … Continue reading Happy Father’s Day
Not very sporty but very useful and very necessary. See, I broke my ankle riding my motorbike this week and this little trolley gets me around while keeping the ankle cast elevated and stable. And a nice little basket for carrying the mail! I take it seriously. Warning label says right on it - Not … Continue reading FootNotes #1 – My latest ride, unplanned and hopefully for not long
Peanut Butter Blossom Cookie Today is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day, but I am fond of a slight variation - the Peanut Blossom. Hey, it has a chocolate center. I have your attention now. Start by heating the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place one 9 oz package of chocolate candy kisses (unwrapped) in the … Continue reading National Peanut Butter Cookie Day
Quick note. I recently went to a restaurant where I noted there was a perfectly behaved and quiet child at a nearby table. Then I spied why. He had his own private cartoon show screen on a smart phone for his entire dinner. He was enthralled and paid only half attention to his Cheerios. I … Continue reading His own private screen at dinner
I was thrilled that my cousin Kim and her husband Dennis traveled from Cincinnati to visit New York City last week. They were here for reasons beyond a tourist trip but they aced that part of it. They especially excelled in their show going expertise. They visited the box offices (strategically about 1-2 hours before … Continue reading My cousin’s trip to The Big Apple
While now you will hear me celebrating many meat dishes, not many people know that I was a vegetarian for 13 years starting in my senior year of high school. It was based on my belief that if we avoided feeding animals grain combinations we could direct them to humans and seriously reduce hunger in … Continue reading National Veggie Burger Day
Remember last month when I disassembled a Chapstick Tube to see how it worked? My cousin Gigi challenged me to do the same to a PEZ Candy Dispenser. So here we go. PEZ candies were first made in Vienna, Austria in 1927 and the names is a compression of PfeffErminZ (German for peppermint) which was the … Continue reading PEZ Dispenser EXPOSED (Or at least opened up)
Harry Burnett Reese was born in 1879 to a Pennsylvania farming family. He married in 1900 and eventually had sixteen children. He took many jobs to support his family and in 1917 secured a job on the dairy farm of Milton S. Hershey. Yep, that Hershey. He later moved on to work in the chocolate … Continue reading National “I Love Reese’s” Day
Today is National Lost Sock Memorial Day. Who knows what exactly is splitting up your beloved foot coverings? Laundry bag? Washing Machine? Dryer? Alien creature socknapping? Hard to know (because if you did, you wouldn't have lost your sock, now would you?). But whatever caused it, the sock is missing and you are left with … Continue reading National Lost Sock Memorial Day
If you have children between ages four and ten and will be visiting New York City (or live here already) you should pay a visit to Pip's Island. Located at 9th Avenue and 42nd Street on the island of Manhattan, it is very easy to find. An interactive group activity for child Explorers (and their … Continue reading Review – Pip’s Island – an entertaining place for children in NYC
Today is National Animal Cracker Day and before we go any further I have no idea why they are called that as they are really cookies. It must have something to do with the fact that the first batch was imported from England in the later 1800's and those Brits have weird names for things … Continue reading National Animal Cracker Day
Today is National Chili Day and most people assume that means sautéed meat, kidney beans and a rough tomato sauce. For me it means a delicious Mediterranean influenced smooth meat sauce spooned over spaghetti, topped by chopped raw onion, finely shredded Colby cheese and sprinkled with oyster crackers. For the uninitiated, this is Cincinnati Chili. … Continue reading National Chili Day – and my choice is Cincinnati Style!
I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love pie and cherry pie is my favorite. And today is the National Day for my favorite. Make some today and share a slice with me. Here's a neat recipe to try tough there are many more out there... https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/cherry-pie/ I have only one quibble … Continue reading National Cherry Pie Day
Quick bit of log rolling as I contort my arm to pat myself on the back. This is the 500th post of my blog. And I'm still having fun. Still a micro-min influencer but enjoying the process. I focus on several topics in this blog:* My theater going with reviews and my theater making as … Continue reading My 500th Post!
Brownies are good. Add a layer of cream cheese inside or on the top and they are even better. Last Thanksgiving I made a Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownie recipe that was well received. Here's a link to the recipe: https://www.jocooks.com/recipes/pumpkin-cheesecake-brownies/ The website where this can be found has a number of good recipes. It would be … Continue reading National Cream Cheese Brownie Day
Back in 2004 the American Heart Association named the First Friday in February National Wear Red Day to call attention to the fact that heart disease and stroke kill one in three women. You can find out more by going to http://www.goredforwomen.com or on Facebook GoRedGetFit. Use the hashtag #GoRedWearRed on your social media and … Continue reading National Wear Red Day
During the holidays I visited relatives in Cincinnati and having some downtime I visited an attraction there for the first time. The American Sign Museum is a pretty cool place if rather small and crowded. They have collected and restored old signage with lots of nostalgic appeal (even a set of Burma Shave signs). Lots … Continue reading American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio
Well children, did you get what you wanted for Christmas? I got two pretty cool gifts that I really liked. Of course they were food related! Two different attachments for my KitchenAid mixer. These workhorse machines have a port on the front that permits handy tools to use the power of the mixer. The first … Continue reading Review – two of my Christmas gifts!
Today is National Thank You Note Day. Yep, time to haul out that good old pen and paper to write a personal thank you note for all the nice presents you got this holiday season. Time to move away from emails and texts and all those modern impersonal methods we now depend on. Oh, while … Continue reading National Thank You Note Day