Monday, April 30, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
However, you can go to this page at Cookerati.com and find links to over fifty deviled egg recipes. There are Cajun Deviled Eggs that feature cayenne pepper. And I'd try the Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs. There is even a recipe for No Yolk Deviled Eggs. Yep, you read that right. I clicked on the link to see what the devil was if not egg yolk. It's mashed potato.
If you're a deviled egg lover, check out the list and see what appeals to you. If you try any of the recipes, please be sure and share your experience with us! I'm still thinking about those Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs. Might just have to give those a whirl.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Don't you love the Mickey and Minnie cake to the right? That would be an adorable option for boy/girl twins' first birthday party.
Here are some other twin cake ideas:
Max and Ruby
Thing 1 and Thing 2 for Dr. Seuss fans
Happy birthday, Lianna and Nicholas!
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
My brother and I were teenagers, eating lunch at a restaurant with our mom. Johnie was munching on a fried chicken sandwich, when Mom noticed that under the breading was some less than opaque poultry. The breading had been cooked, but the meat was still raw.
Seeing that Johnie had eaten a few bites, Mom began to worry about food poisoning. She called the doctor, who instructed her to administer Ipecac. The Ipecac caused the chicken, and anything else my brother had eaten that day to violenty eject from his system.
Not long after that, my whole family was eating at a fast food restaurant. Johnie got some fried chicken tenders. Yes, he was still brave enough to order chicken.
As he dug in, Johnie got a huge surprise. Feathers, were fried in under the breading! This was so shocking that most of the restaurant's employees came over to see the breaded, fried, feathered chicken! The feather incident was gross, but at least did not requre Ipecac.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
Of course, you aren't limited to Jason on Friday the 13th. You could go all out, and make a cake like this one:
On the other hand, you might rather watch Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid instead of Friday the 13th. After all, Butch Cassidy was born on Friday, April 13. I don't know about you, but I'd rather watch young Paul Newman and Robert Redford than Jason any day. :)
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
My kids and I are getting ready to travel up to Cleveland, Ohio to visit my brother's family. As always, I am anticipating the meals I will be eating on this trip. On top of my list, this cute little place that is within walking distance of my brother's house. Cannot wait to try it!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
"Young Ipecac followed his father and the other men on this, his first hunt. He was proud of the handsome stone ax his grandfather had helped him make, and of the fine throwing stick his mother, Ipecacuana, had fashioned from the rib bone of an aurochs."
But that isn't what ipecac is. Us older folks know that all parents used to be advised to keep a bottle of ipecac on hand to induce vomiting, in case one (or, I suppose, more) of our children ingested poison.
But that was back in the day. Parents are no longer advised by physicians to automatically induce vomiting in case of poison. We are instead advised to call the Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 and consult with them.
It turns out that ipecac, while it did, indeed, induce vomiting, had no effect on the results of the poisoning and often causes problems of its own. You can read the details at the Poison Center Website.
But now let's suppose we have a character with a weak heart. We slip poison into his food or drink and promise to give him ipecac (he doesn't know it's being discouraged) if he'll confess in writing to something or other. He does it, we hand over the bottle, having carefully wiped it first, of course. He drinks it, vomits violently and repeatedly, has a heart attack, and dies.
Messy, but effective. The cops believe he tried to kill himself, then had second thoughts, but died of the results of ipecac.
Naturally, we're caught, because the cop or amateur sleuth is just too darned clever for us. Curses! Foiled!
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes
Friday, April 6, 2012
Or, maybe, it's that I don't get too old for the excitement of filling and giving Easter baskets. I love it. Just the other day, I bought cute Easter bags shaped like baskets to fill with my children's goodies. Granted, my children are teenagers now, but they still love their baskets. And my husband is usually happy with his little basket too.
Every Easter, my grandmother used to give my brother a solid milk chocolate bunny. I can't remember what she got me, but he loved his chocolate bunnies so much that the gift never varied. If I'm not mistaken, she'd get him one even after he was married. Each year when I stroll the supermarket aisles and see the solid milk chocolate bunnies, I think of Grandmother and Daryl. I think I'll surprise him with a milk chocolate bunny this year, just for old time's sake. Grandmother would be pleased.
Who can you surprise with an Easter basket?
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
I now return you to Marian Allen and WHY POLAR BEARS ARE GREEN. (Cooper gets a little green after Tim mows the lawn, so I'm off to read about the "other" polar bears!)
Well, I'm here to tell you that it's cyanobacteria. The bacteria are called "cyano" because that means blue-green, and that's the color of it. Cyanobacteria grows in polar bear hair, where it's beneficial. (That's not what makes sloth hair green; that's algae, that is.)
Mr. Cyanobacteria is generally a friendly fella, producing oxygen for us to breathe. Get too many in one place, though, and, like sports fans after a big game, you can have trouble.
Sometimes cyanobacteria gets out of hand, reproduces waytoofast and forms a toxic bloom that can kill fish, animals and humans. This bloom might be visible, looking like foam, scum, a mat or a discoloration of the water, red (if a lot of them are dead), or might be invisible. There could be a bad smell, if a lot of them are dead. Cyanotoxicity can cause respiratory failure.
And you know what? When Mom and #4 daughter and I went to the Bahamas and visited the beach that the hotel provided, far from the hotel, actually, the beach was deserted, though the water was beautiful. It smelled bad. My eyes swelled shut and we had to leave.
And I have since had bouts of anaphylaxis, especially the respiratory and swollen tissue bits. Now I'm wondering if my reaction on that beach was an early warning sign brought on by cyanotoxins and we just didn't know it.
And oh, what a sneaky way to debilitate or eliminate a character: gather some bloom and introduce it into his or her favorite swimming spot, then make sure to expose him or her to a toxic amount. Investigators would find the same toxin that killed him or her in the swimming spot and declare natural causes.
Won't you be my neighbor?
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes
Sunday, April 1, 2012
I did something for my health today. It was tough, I know, but I want to be my very best.
I had a piece of chocolate. Who knew! Chocolate reduces fat. Specifically a small amount of chocolate - the darker the better - leads to leaner people. Wow!
According to the researchers, frequent chocolate eaters actually weigh less – not more – than people who seldom eat it.
Unfortunately, according to the report, you can't scarf down a whole bar at one sitting. One to two ounces several times a week seems to be it.
I can do that.
The draw for an ARC of A Winter Kill continues until Sunday night (April 1). If you'd like to be entered, please leave a comment here, or e-mail me at vicki at vickidelany dot com.
And after you've done that, be sure and enter Gayle's contest too.