Monthly Archives: January 2015

Things I Discovered in 2014

Wow. I haven’t written a blog since early summer. I’m not sure I remember how. No…wait a second…I remember! What have I been doing these last six months you ask? I’ve been discovering things that have slowly taken over my life. Not all of them are food, either.

Xfinity On Demand

I probably shouldn’t admit a love for cable television. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with my TV for decades which now seems to be hovering closer to love. I enjoy being able to watch TV when I feel like it. Janet and I caught up with Game of Thrones these last few months and I look forward to April’s new season. Although, GOT does leave me a little jittery and nauseated. Good stuff! Our new binge watching show? The Good Wife. It just wouldn’t be normal for us if we didn’t totally ignore a show for the first several seasons and then try and catch up over the summer for the new fall season. Love On Demand!

Zatarain’s Dirty Rice with Cheese

When my daughter Jesse (now thirteen) was really little, I enjoyed telling people she only liked to eat five things. One of those things was ketchup. She was so picky I worried about her ability to grow. Thankfully, she has broadened her palette for food. I never thought I’d see the day she wouldn’t want McDonald’s nuggets for dinner. Not only was she picky but she never wanted any of her food mixed. No casseroles, soups (she’d only eat tomato soup) or heaven forbid a burrito came into view. Now she can’t get enough burritos and has discovered a love of potato soups. She still won’t eat a salad but, hey, neither will I.

I bought a box of Zatarain’s Dirty Rice with Cheese and Jesse and I instantly fell in love. I’m not sure why we like it so much but I’m thinking it’s probably the same reason why I love Jack in the Box’s weird tacos. I’m not sure what it’s made from but, darn, that’s good stuff! We’ve had this once a week for a few months now. I panicked when I couldn’t find it at Bartells, our local drug store, and ordered a case from Amazon. That’s probably why Amazon sends me a Christmas card every year.

Cadbury Crunchies

This is a candy bar which originated in the United Kingdom. All I can say is: Bless you, UK! Bless you! This delicious milk chocolate wrapped honeycomb delight is hard to find here in the states. A specialty candy store in Portland sells them occasionally but Janet determined it was cheaper and easier to have them shipped directly from the UK through Amazon. Yes, I am that serious about what I put into my mouth. I blame my mom for my new candy addiction. She brought me home a Crunchie when she visited London last year. Rotten woman. Brought me home an addiction to another candy, where’s my t-shirt for godsake!

Athens Pizza and Pasta

One of our many resolutions last year was to eat and shop locally. We did a pretty good job in 2014 and will try and keep it up in 2015. One local restaurant we now love in Des Moines, Washington (yes we have a Des Moines too) is a Greek restaurant named Athens Pizza and Pasta. Their meatball grinder (we called them hoagies or subs growing up; some people just call them sandwiches) is delicious! We loved the roll so much we determined all of their grinders must be wonderful. Our favorite item, however, is their to-die-for BBQ chicken pizza. It was my very first BBQ pizza and I’m so glad it came from Athens. The crust was crispy, the chicken lean white meat and the BBQ sauce had just the right amount of tang. Having spent some time in Texas, Janet and I have had our share of great BBQ. We will continue to eat at Athens when our calorie counts allow (it’s a new year so of course we’re trying to lose weight yet again).

Stack the States

Janet sent me a link to free apps from Amazon (I’m all about that: free and Amazon and together is even better). I picked out one game because it said it was fun and educational. It’s called Stack the States. When I first showed Jesse the app, she gave me a disdainful look and said, “I’m trying to read here, Mom.” Rotten kids aside, the states game is a blast. It starts with a platform at the bottom of the screen and a line a few inches above (the line moves higher the more you play). You’re asked a geography question about various states and if you answer correctly you get to drop that state down on the platform. You keep answering questions, and keep dropping the states on one another, until your stack of states reaches the finish line. It’s a lot more fun than it sounds. The higher the level you drop the states from the harder it is to keep them on the platform. The states are also proportional to their relative size. Alaska and Texas are huge and sometimes cross the lines all by themselves. Other, smaller states such as, um <throat clearing>, the New England states are rather tiny and not very helpful when trying to stack them. You know who you are Rhode Island! It’s so much fun I now can’t pry my Kindle out of Jesse’s cold, long fingers.

I hope everyone had a great 2014…I know I did! I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for us.

Happy New Year,


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