Saturday, November 29, 2008

Product Review: Wonka Tinglerz

Who remembers Pop Rocks? I love those things! Little explosions in your mouth, bursting between your teeth, and sizzling on your tongue... Only trouble is they get stuck in your teeth too, which isn't so fun, unless you like the explosions to still be going on 5 minutes later as the candy slowly dissolves...

But look what I have discovered:
Wonka Tinglerz
Wonka Tinglerz
How cool is that? Look at that awesome purple packaging! SHINY! ^-^

But let's open it up and try it... Wait... What?
Tear Quickly ... ???
Tear Quickly ... ???
What happens if I don't??? Anyway, I opened carefully, not *quickly* because if I "Tear Quickly" I'll scatter little Tinglerz all over the house... :P

Quite a bit of size variance...
Quite a bit of variance...
I hope their good!

These are awesome! They're like those Nestlé's Buncha Crunch with Pop Rocks added!

Oh the fun!

Chocolatey goodness, rice crispy crunchies, and the bursting when you bite them, and sizzling on your tongue...

Oh... but here comes the Nutrition Facts...

A 1 oz bag is 1 serving, with 130 calories, 7 grams of fat, and 19 grams of carbs. These are actually not too bad for me! The carbs are within the range for a snack, and the calories are *too* high. Not something I'd be noshing on everyday, but they're a nice little treat!

I give them...

Two Ears Up!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Photo Friday

This week's challenge is Black...


I could decide which was better; so you get two for the price of one!

Check out the others:

Thursday, November 27, 2008

TiLT: Things I Love Thursday

Today, here in the US, it is Thanksgiving. A day to celebrate all we are thankful for, and what better way than by listing a few of my favorite things... *starts singing* When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling sad, I simply remember - wait... sorry... where was I? *ahem* Ah! Yes, my favorite things... Things I Love!

I love that my girlfriend lets me sleep in on days like today. She gets up early, showers, then gets all the kids up and showered, before waking me...

I love coffee with chocolate in it. Our coffee maker broke and Ant can't fix it, but my girlfriend has figured out how to make coffee with it anyway, and still manages to make me a cup even if it takes her 45 minutes...

Copper. The copper wire I have is so pretty! I have made such pretty jewelry with it and that bracelet just blows me away! I can't wait to get more, so I can make more chainmaille jewelry!

Playing with clay. Yes I make stuff to sell, but it's fun and I wouldn't give it up even if I wanted to...

I love that my girlfriend loves me even when I am difficult and stubborn and contrary.

My kitty, Bunny, I am sure I've said that one before, but it's true. I love her so much and am so grateful she is still with me...

My friends... I can call them any time and I know they'll be there to help me anyway they can...

So what are the things you love?

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Meme

Do you cook all or part of the meal? Sometimes I make something, but not in a long time...

How much do you spend buying groceries for the meal? Nothing.

Do you eat at home or go to someone else’s? Make the rounds to all the families...

Describe your perfect bite? dark meat turkey with a little stuffing and gravy and cranberry jelly (canned!)

White meat or dark? Dark

Stuffing with giblets or without? Giblets go in the gravy or the cat's dish

Anything you won’t eat at the Thanksgiving meal? I'll try anything once...

Carve Mr. Gobble at the table or serve on a platter? Doesn't matter to me, probably more convenient to carve in the kitchen and serve on a platter

Favorite pie? Pecan

Formal table or Chinet? I formal is tradition, but buffet style is ok too

Your menu: Um... If I were cooking, there would be turkey of course, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, gravy, canned cranberry jelly, Jacqueline's homemade cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, chai tea, holiday spiced coffee, gingerbread with real whipped cream...

Favorite leftover? turkey breast meat, iceberg lettuce, canned cranberry jelly, mayo, salt & pepper, on white bread, cut diagonally... YUM!

Extended family, friends, both or just the immediate family for dinner? Anyone who wants to come!

Do you dress up a bit or just dress casual? Dress up a bit, but casual is ok

After dinner, do you go to the latest movie or watch football on TV or just a turkey induced snooze? I'd love to go see a movie, but I never have, usually someone's watching TV of some sort, or snoozing (or both), and I wander about having conversations til we have to depart for the next relative...

Do you watch the Macy’s Parade? Sometimes if it's on

Christmas decorations up before or after? I think I like a *few* up before, but mostly after

Black Friday shopping or sleep in? OMG why put myself through the stress! It's a day off, I'm not getting out of bed til I am ready.

Any special Thanksgiving tradition? At Jacqueline's parents' we go around the table and tell what we're thankful for... I love that!

Favorite thing about Thanksgiving? Good food and family!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Pillsbury Give-Away!

Oh yummers! Meghan is giving away good stuff on her blog!

Hop on over to Meghan's Mindless Muttering and check out the basket of goodies she's giving away! It's got a coupon for crescent rolls, a magnetic coupon holder, a mouse pad, pot holders, a cookie sheet, and a cute Pillsbury Doughboy figurine (we used to have one when I was growing up), and it all comes in a bread basket!

I hope I win!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sunday Sharing

I got this in an email the other day. Obviously someone had forgotten (thank you!) I am now diabetic and should not hold the secrets to cake in 3 minutes (omg yum!)... But now I do, and thus, so I don't take this to my grave with me (all the more closer now), I must share....

The Most Dangerous Cake Recipe In The World:
Chocolate Cake-In-A-Mug

Use a 10 oz., 11 oz. or 12 oz. coffee mug. Recipe is designed for a 1000 watt microwave oven. If your oven is less, say 700 watts, bake a few seconds longer. If your oven is more, say 1100 watts, bake a few seconds less.

4 Tbsp cake flour (plain, not self-rising, not cake mix)
4 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp cocoa
1 small or medium egg
3 Tbsp milk (any kind you like)
3 Tbsp oil
1 small splash of vanilla
3 Tbsp chocolate chips (optional)
  1. Add dry ingredients to mug, mix well with a table fork.

  2. Add egg, mix thoroughly with a teaspoon.

  3. Pour in milk, oil and vanilla, mix well.

  4. Add chips, if using. Mix in.

  5. Put the mug into the microwave oven and bake for 3 minutes on high.

  6. The cake may rise above the top of the mug. Don't be alarmed by this.

  7. Allow it to cool a little, then tip it onto a plate.

  8. Eat and enjoy! Makes one good serving or two smaller servings.
Toppings: You may eat it as is or put a little topping on it. Suggestions - a little bit of any of the following: chocolate syrup, whipped topping, whipped cream, ice cream, crushed pineapple taken by fork from either pineapple juice or sugar syrup, honey. Use your imagination.

  • You may have to experiment a little with this one.

  • Measure everything accurately. You may want to use less sugar. Add cake flour in the same amount as the sugar you don't use.

  • Mix thoroughly. Scrape the bottom and the round edge at the bottom of the cup with the spoon. The dry ingredients have a tendency to stick there.

  • The cake may not come out as a perfect cylinder.

And WHY is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world? Because, now we are all only five minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of day or night!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Esty Bloggers are having a sale!

I'll be participating by offering free shipping! Lots of great deals though, so be sure to check them out! ^-^ Happy holidays everyone!

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Peppermint ice cream
Robin Williams
Blue skies and sun on the snow
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Lists and schedules organized by color
The kids' drawings
Crows in the snow

Look what I made!

Inspired by this necklace by the talented chain maille artist Janine, of Athena's Armory, I decided to try my hand at making some chain maille jewelry. Couldn't start with something simple - no - I went straight to the Byzantine Chain, which actually is pretty easy & fun! And didn't take me forever like I thought it would!

Byzantine Chain
Byzantine Chain
Hook Closure
Hook Closure

No, it's not perfect. There are tool marks and not all the links are perfectly round, and it's pretty loose, not all tight like Janine's, but I don't have all the perfect tools and it's my first try! I love it! ^-^

Now, I just need to get some of those fancy peg board thingies for making this stuff... Oh and more fancy wire!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Winter has arrived at Faerie Gardens...

We had a dusting sometime in the past few weeks, but it melted so fast we didn't even get pics... (Although a few days later there was still a bit of snow in the crevice of our Adirondack chair which is pretty well shaded most of the day.) This time however, I think we'll have a while to get some pics, but just in case...

About 6:30 last night...

Note the size difference in those flakes coming down...

This AM
This AM
And it was still snowing!!!!

They should have *at least* had a delay for schools this morning, but no... I drove to work in a BLIZZARD!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

TiLT: Things I Love Thursday

It hardly feels like a week has gone by, since I last posted this...

♥ Back rubs
♥ Chocolate brownies
♥ Purring kitties
♥ Drawing
♥ Iridescent purple sparkles

Brought to you by Gala Darling...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Happy Picture?

From Gala Darling...

Take a photo of yourself looking really, really happy. Show me!

Mine - not recent, but it is pure joy in that one...

Click the link above for more from Gala! She rocks!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Thanksgiving Traditions

For me, Thanksgiving has *always* been about family. From my childhood, when all the cousins would crowd around my grandmother's table laughing & eating, through my teens and twenties, when I'd make the rounds from boyfriend's family to mom's and then dad's, nothing means more to me than spending the holiday with family.

Christmas Day 1955
Christmas 1955
Not technically Thanksgiving, and not one I was present for
(my dad's the young man just left of center in the back),
but definitely just like Thanksgiving when I was a child...

When I first got married in my late 20s, our first Thanksgiving almost didn't happen; my husband was hospitalized less than 2 weeks earlier with severe pancreatitis and very nearly died. Another year, he took me over the road (he was a trucker), and we spent Thanksgiving at a cheap diner somewhere near Normal - Illinois that is... LOL! Others were spent either at his parents' tiny apartment, which was packed full to overflowing with aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and even great grandchildren, or at my mom's with family and close friends.

The Family at Mom's
Thanksgiving 2003 at my mother's

In recent years, the face of my family has changed, and now I spend my Thanksgiving with gaggle of giggling gift-children and my beautiful girlfriend, as we have an early feast at her mom and dad's with her brother and sister and their families, and then a second meal at my mom's with aunts and uncles, new friends and people who have been in our lives for decades.

Thanksgiving 2004
Thanksgiving 2004 at Jacqueline's mom's

Over the years, the faces around me may have changed, the places may have been minutes or hours away, and the food on the table may have been turkey with all the trimmings or a poorly made BBQ pork sandwich and fries, but the one tradition that has remained constant has been that I have surrounded myself with the people that I call my family, whether by blood or marriage, time or emotion.

Etsy Blogger of the Month

This month, the Etsy Blogger of the Month is someone already on my favorites! ^-^

The StoryBeader, also known as Deborah Baroff, creates beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces, made of the prettiest assortment of gemstones and more, and what's even better is that each piece comes with its own haiku!

This is my favorite:
He got down on his
Right knee and presented the
Princess with a ring.

~Deborah Baroff, storybeader

And if you visit her blog, Stroll Through Storyland, you get to see what she's working on, like this necklace to showcase a very pretty lampwork bead. I can't wait to see the finally product!

New Features!

Thanksgiving is coming up here in the US... That means fall feasts and treats galore!

Any of these would make the perfect accessory to your Autumnal activities! Check them out!

Monday Bunday

OMG teh kyoot! ^-^

I wish I could claim this as mine, but it's not...

Friday, November 07, 2008


"Life is not a war, it's a dance. The word 'uni-verse' means 'one song'. All we have to do is to sing and dance along."

Thursday, November 06, 2008

TiLT: Things I Love Thursday

Brought to you by Gala Darling...

I've no idea how I found this woman's blog, but she is the ultimate cool chick. I want to have just one iota of her daring, her style, her joie-de-vivre... It would be wonderful! So because I am feeling a bit weepy today, and want to lift my spirits, here is my TiLT list:

♥ My girlfriend's hair, it falls in the softest prettiest coppery curls
♥ Lia's hugs
♥ My candy box (with or without the candy)
♥ Painting & playing with clay
♥ Road trips in a nice vehicle
♥ Reading a good book
♥ Curling on the sofa under a blanket with a kitty on my lap
♥ The sound of the kids laughing & singing & playing

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

New Items over on the Etsy

Better late than never! Time got away from me before Halloween and some of my holiday-themed stuff didn't make it up til today. Definitely still worth buying in my opinion though... Some of them would look great all year 'round!

Please take a look and pass the link on! Thanks!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Decide to Decide.

A weekly quick tip from Simplify 101... My comments in purple!

How much of the clutter in your home is the result of indecision? Not sure? Here’s an example.

A flyer comes home in the mail announcing an upcoming event. You hold onto it because you may want to go…but you don’t really decide if you will go or not. So the indecision known as the flyer sits on your counter for a few days until it is buried by the next few rounds of indecision. Should I go on this field trip? Should I use this coupon? Should I donate to this cause? It’s a good organization…I probably should…but I don’t know. I’ll decide later.

And on and on it goes.

I know this is especially true for me. I think I have a box from 1999 under my desk right now, that represents my indecision from back then. I packed it up when we moved, on more than one occasion, and although I *do* unpack some of it, most of it goes back in the box to deal with later. Mostly craft projects to do at a later date, but I have some of those from when I was in ELEMENTARY school!

A key strategy to cutting through this clutter is deciding to decide. Certainly not every decision can be made the minute it lands in your mailbox or on your kitchen counter…but which ones can? I bet it’s a lot of them.

Decide to decide on everything that you can decide on NOW and you’ll dramatically reduce your clutter. Part of the reason our clutter feels stressful is that it represents lingering indecision. When you decide to decide, you free yourself from both clutter and the stress that goes along with it.

Do you know how hard that is for me? But I shall try! ^-^

Hey, speaking of decisions, did ya vote?

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Daily Guru

This is actually from a while ago, but I saved it because it's really important for me to remember...

Recognize your memories as fragmentary mental images. Do not limit yourself by believing these pictures can capture the Essence of who and what you really are.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Daily Guru

Suffering arises
when we long for
our experience to be
something other than
what it is.

Satisfaction arises
when we savour
the richness of
our experience
as it is.

Full acceptance
of whatever is arising
in this moment
is pure and absolute

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