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Inspired by Television

August 2, 2010

I blame Guy Fieri.

I blame him and his Food Network show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

His smiling, friendly TV presence introduces viewers to various delicious, greasy, and just plain ridiculous foods every episode.

I really do enjoy his show.  My meat-and-potatoes husband often finds new foods to try by watching and I’m all for anything that makes him step outside the proverbial box when it comes to food.

Then came the “Dead Texan”. Guy Fieri featured the Kansas City restaurant Swagger and it’s monster of a burger.  My husband instantly approached me after the segment and requested that I make him one “someday”. I reluctantly agreed.

Apparently today is Someday.

That a 3/4 pound hamburger with cheddar cheese, bacon and a fried egg on top.  Besides its size, not too extraordinary.  It’s the fact that instead of a bun it has 2 bacon-grilled cheese sandwiches that makes it ridiculous.

There is no way I would even contemplate trying to put that much food it my mouth at once.  My husband however, considered it a challenge.

I thought he was going to have to dislocate jaw to eat it.  It’s huge!

His words upon finishing: “Pretty good.  You can make that for me anytime!”

My response: “That’s definitely not an everyday sorta meal.”

His response:  But Guy Fieri wouldn’t feature it unless everyone was supposed to eat it whenever they got a chance.”

Guy Fieri owes me big time now.


Birthday Bargains

July 29, 2010

My birthday is less than a week away and in preparation for the August 4th semi-holiday, I have begun to receive emails with all kinds of freebies and deals.  I figured I’d share a few with you.

All I did was sign up for a few birthday clubs and these wonderful emails arrive to make my birthday a little more special.

Here are the few I signed up for, but hundreds can be found if you Google “birthday freebies”.

Caribou Coffee – You get a free drink!

Chili‘s – free dessert

Coldstone Creamery – free ice cream with mix-ins

Culver’s – free sundae plus coupons

Famous Dave’s – it varies, I got a free appetizer

Fuddruckers – free 1/3 pound burger

Qdoba – free birthday burrito

Ruby Tuesday – free burger of choice

World Market – a voucher worth $10

I have not been excessively spammed by signing up for any of these and they are just a little something nice that certainly brightened my day when I received them.

Here is a site that has tons of them listed.  Take a browse and get yourself a birthday treat!

Birthday Freebies

Feeling Touristy Today

June 21, 2010

What a pretty day in Sioux Falls, South Dakota!

We’ve had a lot of rain here lately and it’s led to a bit of cabin fever on my part.  After weeks of complaining that “we never DO anything”, my darling husband requested that I take a half-day off work so we could indeed do something outside our normal routine.

We decided to visit the waterfalls that are our city’s namesake.

It looks more like rapids than falls at the moment.  The runoff has really increased the volume of water to higher than I’ve seen it.

We checked out the “Monarch of the Plains” statue and enjoyed arguing over whether the word bison or the word buffalo was the preferred term here in South Dakota.  It’s definitely a bison, but from as long as I remember everyone around here calls it a buffalo.  It’s even called a buffalo on the statue.

But that isn’t the only animal we saw at Falls Park.  Look at these cute little guys!

An American Summer

June 16, 2010

You know, I love holidays.

The first official day of summer is Monday but I wouldn’t normally consider that a holiday.  Holidays are accompanied by some sort of fanfare, good food, and friends.

The first day of Summer officially qualified today as a holiday in my book.  It met all the qualifications when this visitor arrived in my neighborhood.

I could hear the music from the ice cream truck while it was still blocks and blocks away.  I ran to my room to scrounge for a few dollars and rush outside in hopes that I might actually catch the ice cream man.

I waited patiently while hearing it get closer and closer.  It finally arrived  with that beautiful music quality that only an ice cream truck can have.  I watched as people, young and old, poured out of their homes with dollar bills in hand.  It was a regular neighborhood party in my driveway.  Bomb Pops, ice cream sandwiches, milk shake cups and many more choices.

I stood in my driveway, awash with nostalgia, eating my king-sized, ice cream snickers bar and thinking, “This is what summer in America is all about.”

Beauty Off the Deck

June 5, 2010

Life may be hectic, unpredictable, and one heck of a roller-coaster ride, but don’t forget to stop and enjoy a little “pretty” when you happen to spy some.

This was the view off my deck this evening as the sun was beginning to set.  Things like this really make me appreciate the world we live in.

What a Month!

May 16, 2010

Hi guys!  I’ve been ridiculously busy lately and have finally reached a balance in life.

After being unemployed for so long, I have a job and it’s really hard to get back into the swing of things after having had an open schedule for so long.  I am feeling like a bad wife.  I know, I know.  Gender roles have switched lately in society due to need and compromise, but I still feel like I should be cooking a “decent” meal for my husband.  I really do enjoy cooking but it’s been hard for me to get the energy up to cook a bid ol’ meal after working all day.  Thank goodness that the weather has been nice enough to use the grill for dinner.  That’s a blessing.

in other news:

My tulips all came up and bloomed and now my husband and I, (mostly my husband due to some nasty back aches on my part) have a ton of landscape edging, landscape fabric, river rock, and paving stones to install this weekend.

My eight-year-old niece is coming by today to help.  She volunteered to help with the landscape fabric and planting some annuals I picked up at the nursery yesterday.  Her payment is breakfast pizza, making some homemade ice cream, and lighting the new fire-bowl for marshmallow roasting for s’mores.

I’ll let you know how it goes.  I’m pretty excited about the homemade ice cream.  I haven’t done that in ages!

It’s Circus Time!

April 27, 2010

Every year, without fail, my niece makes one big request when her birthday rolls around.  ” I want to go to the circus!”

Heck, I want to go to the circus too!  So we did!

The Shrine Circus was in town and I can still enjoy it just as much as I did when my Grandpa brought me when I was just a little girl.

Three rings of amazement and fun!

High-wire and the trapeze.

My favorite part was when they would turn off all the lights between acts and all you could see were the thousands of light-up toys that the kids all had.

Acrobatic elephants!

Fabulous jugglers

The acrobats were so fun to watch!

There were even tigers jumping through flaming hoops!

Yep.  You are completely right.  I’m acting like a big ol’ child over a silly circus.  I love it!  I ate cotton candy, nachos and soda while tapping into my inner child and I enjoyed every minute of it.  It’s fun to relive favorite childhood memories and discover that they can be just as fun through the eyes of a thirty-year-old as they were when I was five.