Friday, October 22, 2010


Hi guys, I'm back.  Sorry to be gone for so long.  My daughter has been sick (nothing too serious thank God) and the doctor prescribed Albuterol liquid 3x per day.  The medicine has given her more energy than the Energizer bunny and she has been bouncing of the walls for days!  Needless to say, my husband and I have not gotten much sleep and are running on empty.  One bright spot during the last few days was the package I received from which contained coupons for delicious treats from Pilsbury. 

Pilsbury recently introduced yummy new desserts:  Sweet Moments Brownies in bite-size or single serving bowls.  The Bite-Size Brownies, which are layered with either rich caramel or fudge, and wrapped in a chocolaty coating, are just the right size to grab and go for a quick pick-me-up (and after chasing after my daughter for the past few days I definitely needed a pick me up!). They only have 60 calories per brownie, so you can indulge without the guilt.

The Sweet Moments Molten Lava Brownies, come in single-serve bowls and like the bite-size brownies, are available in rich caramel and fudge varieties. Each brownie is covered in chocolate or creamy caramel and topped with a chocolatey drizzle. Pop it in the microwave for only 15 seconds and the brownie bowl is warm and ready to enjoy.

I want to share this special treat with my readers.  I am giving away a coupon for a FREE Pillsbury  Sweet Moments dessert.  To win, just post a comment and let me know you would love to try these yummy brownies.  I will pick one lucky reader at random to receive the coupon. 

In addition, Pillsbury would like to help you deliver “Sweet Moments” to someone who you know could use an indulgent escape.  Just stop by and Pillsbury’s Facebook page to send a special e-card with a coupon for $1.50 off one package of Pillsbury Sweet Moments Brownies. You’ll also receive another coupon for yourself!

Happy Friday everyone!

Friday, October 8, 2010


There was an article in last Sunday's Relish magazine (which is an insert in the NY Daily News) titled "5 Restaurant Don'ts".  After reading the author's article, I would NEVER eat in one of his restaurants or buy one of his 15 cookbooks.  Obnoxious is the nicest word I can use to describe him.  Judge for yourself....

# 2 on his list of things not to do at a restaurant is asking the server "What's good here?".  He seems to take offense at this remark and says that he views it as a cynical greeting that makes him cringe.   If you look up the word cynical in the dictionary it means: distrusting or disparaging the motives of others (I will get back to this later).  I find nothing wrong with asking the server "what's good"?  Especially, if you never ate at the restaurant before and need a recommendation of what to try. 

# 4 on the list is asking for the condiment on the side.  In his opinion, ordering a sandwich without the condiment makes no sense.  Really??  Maybe in his warped mind it makes no sense but it makes perfect sense to those of us who are capable of making decisions without worrying about offending the chef.  He goes on to further state that if you don't trust the sandwich maker to "artfully" assemble your sandwich, you shouldn't be eating in that establishment!  Has this guy ever heard of food allergies?  My son loves the turkey pannini from a local restaurant but MUST ask them to remove the Garlic/Mayo condiment due to his allergy to eggs and dairy.  I wonder if this guy would throw my son out of the restaurant because he had the gall to ask the server to remove the condiment?

The author seems to view himself as the restaurant God.  How dare us mere mortals doubt anything he does!  If you ask me, he also seems a bit paranoid, as #'s 2 & 4 on his list both mention his feeling that people don't "trust" his superior culinary skills.

# 5 on the list is a bit different than the others, as it simply calls into questions the audacity of a custoomer that has lived near the restaurant for two years but just recently decided to try it out.  He says the "customer's lack of curiosity about his restaurant is astounding"!  The only thing "astounding" here is this fool's arrogant attitude!  Has he ever heard of the recession????  Instead of berating the customer for taking two years to try out the restaurant, he should be down on the ground kissing the customer's feet!  As eating out is a luxury for many these days, he should be honored that the customer chose his restaurant at all.

So, what's your opinion?  Obnoxious or not?

Monday, October 4, 2010

Still The King

OK, I started the gruelling task of trying to get my daughter potty trained.  I rented the "Once Upon a Potty For Girls" DVD from the library since the VHS "boy" version worked wonders with my son 9 years ago.  Because it worked so well with my son, I had no doubts that it would work with my daughter. WRONG!  Oh, she loves the video and sings the song and asks to watch it about a bazillion times per day but, there has been NO potty action! 

Next, we bought a book called "No More Diapers For Duckie".  Again, she loved it, even goes around repeating (CONSTANTLY) "No More Diapers Duckie!).  But, there still was no potty action.

Our most recent attempt was the purchase of a $25.00 Disney Princess Potty that makes "Magical" sounds when you push the blue diamond lever.  Now, since we are on a very tight and strict budget, $25.00 was a big purchase to us.  I rationalized it by saying that it is cheaper than buying expensive diapers every week (sounds logical right?).  Well, I may as well have taken that $25.00 and flushed it down the real toilet because once again....No potty action!

Well, there is one consolation.....

My cat Charlie turned in his title as "King of the Waterbowl" and now proudly reigns as......

King of The Potty!

I just don't think pink is his color!