Thursday, March 22, 2012


My friends and I passed this quiz around about three years ago. I came across it recently and noticed I needed to update it, three of my NO's have now become YES's. I'm going to re-post it on my blog, along with the rules, so you can follow along and play with me. And NO, I'm not going to point out which three have been changed!!

YES or NO 
1. You can ONLY answer Yes or No. 
2. You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone messages or comments you and asks. Believe me, the temptation to explain some of these will be overwhelming! Nothing is exactly as it seems. 

Now, here's what you're supposed to do: Copy and paste this into your blog, delete my answers, type in your own answers, pass along to your friends.

1. Been arrested? --- Yes 

2. Kissed someone you didn't like? --- Yes 

3. Slept in until 5 PM? --- Yes 

4. Fallen asleep at work/school? --- Yes 

5. Held a snake? --- Yes 

6. Ran a red light? --- Yes 

7. Been suspended from school? --- Yes 

8. Experienced love at first sight? --- Yes 

9. Totalled your car in an accident? --- No 

10. Been fired from a job? --- No 

11. Fired Someone? --- No 

12. Sang karaoke? --- Yes 

13. Pointed a gun at someone? --- No 

14. Done something you told yourself you wouldn't? --- Yes 

15. Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? ---Yes 

16. Caught a snowflake on your tongue? --- Yes 

17. Kissed in the rain? ---Yes 

18. Had a close brush with death (your own)? --- Yes 

19. Seen someone die? --- No 

20. Played spin-the-bottle? --- Yes 

21. Sang in the shower? --- Yes 

22. Smoked a cigar? --- No 

23. Sat on a rooftop? --- Yes 

24. Smuggled something into another country? --- Yes 

25. Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes? --- Yes 

26. Broken a bone? --- Yes 

27. Skipped school? --- Yes 

28. Eaten a bug? --- Yes 

29. Sleepwalked? --- No 

30. Walked a moonlit beach? --- Yes 

31. Rode a motorcycle? --- Yes 

32. Dumped someone? --- Yes 

33. Forgotten your anniversary? --- No 

34. Lied to avoid a ticket? --- Yes 

35. Ridden on a helicopter? --- No 

36. Shaved your head? ---No 

37. Played a prank on someone? --- Yes! 

38. Hit a home run? --- Yes 

39. Felt like killing someone? --- Yes 

40. Cross-dressed? --- Yes 

41. fallen-down drunk? --- Yes 

42. Made your girlfriend/boyfriend cry? --- Yes 

43. Eaten snake? --- No 

44. Marched/Protested? --- Yes 

45. Had Mexican jumping beans for pets? --- Yes 

46. Puked on amusement ride? --- No 

47. Seriously & intentionally boycotted something? --- Yes 

48. Been in a band? --- No 

49. Knitted? --- Yes 

50. Been on TV? --- Yes

51. Shot a gun? --- Yes 

52. Skinny-dipped? --- Yes 

53. Caused someone to have stitches? --- Yes 

54. Eaten a whole habenero pepper? --- No 

55. Ridden a surfboard? --- Yes 

56. Had surgery? --- Yes 

57. Streaked? --- Yes 

58. Taken by ambulance to hospital? --- Yes 

59. Passed out when not drinking? --- Yes 

60. Peed on a bush? --- Yes 

61. Donated Blood? --- Yes 

62. Grabbed electric fence? --- No 

63. Eaten alligator meat? --- No 

64. Eaten cheesecake? --- Yes 

65. Eaten your kids' Halloween candy? --- Yes 

66. Killed an animal when not hunting? --- Yes 

67. Peed your pants in public? --- No 

68. Sneaked into a movie without paying? --- Yes 

69. Written graffiti? --- No 

70. Still love someone you shouldn't? --- No 

71. Think about the future? --- Yes 

72. Been in handcuffs? --- Yes 

73. Believe in love? --- Yes 

74. Sleep on a certain side of the bed? --- Yes

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Use your Mace!

A friend and I took a trip to a spice store awhile back, before making the trip I thought I should go through my two (yes two) spice cabinets and see what all I was running low on. I found a small container in my "sweet spices" labeled ground mace. It had been opened and I kind of remember buying it and using it for something, but couldn't remember what. I opened the jar and took a sniff. Oh my. I LOVE that smell!! How am I not eating this on everything??

I read the back of the jar and sure enough - you CAN eat it on everything! From chocolate and pound cakes, to fish and veggies. So I began to add it to more and more foods, sprinkled on my broccoli - good. Mixed in the doughnut batter - good. Sprinkled on chicken and in my coffee.... good!! How have I been missing this and why does it taste and smell so familiar?

Time to Google. (Yes, I am one of those people. I cannot have a conversation with an unanswered question looming. I love my iPhone, I may not know what else that actor played in - but I will find out and tell you and I have to do it NOW. I know there must be a self-help or Anon group somewhere for me - I'll Google it. Later.)

No wonder I love Mace, it is from the nutmeg fruit. Nutmeg, another favorite flavor. The nutmeg is the center seed, mace is a lace-like membrane that covers the seed. It is quite beautiful.
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The outside fruit is edible, the red membrane becomes Mace and the seed is the Nutmeg pod. Mace is much milder in flavor than nutmeg, not as peppery, but still has that wonderful taste and smell. I just finished baking some banana bread and the house smells wonderful! I also found out that mace is one of the ingredients in hot-dogs. Can't get more versatile than that!

So, if you've been looking to mix it up a bit in the kitchen, start with a small jar of mace and sprinkle away - please let me know if you find something it DOESN'T work with. I'm having it on my popcorn today for a quick snack. Oh, and in case you are wondering - Mace is now a brand name for pepper spray and it's made out of the capsaicin found in chili peppers, nothing to do with ground mace or nutmeg.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Catching Up on Pancakes

I've fallen a bit behind lately and am now trying to catch up! My hubby right now is working nights though, so during the day I have to keep it down.... today was "Catch Up on Pancakes " day.

We love pancakes! I love having them ready so making breakfast in the morning takes less than 1 minute. There is a bit of prepping ahead of time, but once you have a freezer full of pancakes - the family is happy!

Use whatever recipe your family loves, they all freeze well. Here a couple of quick hints though -

  • If you are going to do it - do it big! I figure if I'm going to get out the griddle, mix them up and wait for them to cook and cool - I'm going to make the most of my time. I made 4 batches today, that's about 48 pancakes.
  • If you are going to be making a big bunch, buy some powdered milk. I needed three cups of milk for my four batches. I used one packet of instant non-fat milk (out of my box of three) and instead of mixing it with 3 3/4 cups of water like it called for, I mixed it with just 3 cups. Much richer and still non-fat.
  • Use this THING my BFF got it for me for Christmas a few years ago and I LOVE it!! I use it for cupcake batter and pancakes. 
  • Cool them completely! This part is important. I spread them out on cooling racks and let them cool completely before stacking them and double bagging them in freezer bags. If they aren't cool, steam will condense inside the bags and will create ice inside the bag, or cause them to stick together. Not good.
  • AJ usually eats two at a time. I spread them each with peanut butter, stack them on a plate, top with a bit of syrup and into the microwave they go for 30 seconds, the time it takes me to pour a glass of milk.

Don't forget to mix it up once in awhile to keep the kiddos from getting bored. We especially like berries, sliced apples with caramel, and sliced bananas. Try other flavors of nut butters, jam, or yogurt. Use as the base for a breakfast sandwich with a few slices of ham and a slice of cheese. Oh .... and occasionally surprise them with a few chocolate chips before heating, then top with whipped cream and sprinkles!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Guest Posting - Out of the Craft Closet

Hey everyone! I did my first guest post!! Please visit me at The Patchwork, Quilt and Crochet Corner Blog. I'm giving up another secret, you can read all about it HERE. Then feel free to stick around and explore while you are there!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Week 4 - Handcarved stamps DONE!

Yea! I'm done with my February challenge. I carved a shamrock today to use for my March postcards. So, here we go with the last week of the project....

February 22nd I tried to carve a little penguin - that was a major fail! I then attempted an infinity symbol - obviously I shouldn't be wielding any kind of sharp object today. Feb 23rd all I could think to do was a pie.  Feb 24th and I can't get a song about blackbirds baked in a pie out of my head... and the 25th he got a friend (I googled a blackbird pie recipe and found a turtle pie recipe that sounded sooo yummy!). I think the turtle is one of my favorites! The 26th I was trying to use up some large scraps and out came a bone and a funky looking leaf shape. I need a bee, how can I not have a bee yet?? The 27th is a cute little bee. The 28th I did a few patterns which can be stamped over and over to make designs - see below. And then finally, day 29 and my final stamp for this project is a funky shamrock. :0)
 The pattern stamps I made used multiple times :0) I like how they turned out and may try some larger ones in the future. I obviously need to be a little better about placement, but I like the look overall.

And at last, a recap of the February Hand Carved Stamp Project ....

Thanks for playing along!