Hot Coals …. BBQing

Well it is that time of year again when everyone seems to be getting out their BBQ’s and getting them ready for the official BBQ season….. Whenever that is; I really don’t know but it seems to be in the air.

It seems like a ritual for so many guys to get the BBQ out and set it-up.. what there is to set-up really doesn’t take longer than 30 minutes but the ritual itself must be observed and so with the whole to do it will take guys a couple of hours before the whole process is finished.
This I mean firstly, by finding the BBQ… it could bite you because it is right in front of you in the garage, but it still has to be found. Then there is the bringing it outside to clean it up again, even though this was done in the fall before it was put away…. It’s dirty again for sure, because maybe at Christmas time when Santa stopped by he was hungry and lit-up the BBQ for a quick steak before he made his way to the next house….. One has to be careful.

Now the orders have to be given to the female members of the household who are in charge of the buying of the food and preparing the salads and what not that is together with this BBQ event. Really one does not just BBQ there is a science in it even if one doesn’t want to admit it.

Have you ever seen a group of gals standing alone around a BBQ and the guys just relaxing doing nothing and hoping that the gals will grill the steaks right???? I never have and believe me I have been BBQing for years and in many countries and nowhere have I ever seen gals in charge of the BBQ….

It is sort of like a guy thing I would say… Bringing guys back to the beginning of time when everything was cooked over an open fire and they all stood there and exchanged their stories of adventure knowing that here standing by the BBQ is where the roots of civilization began… Now you know!!!

The gals nowadays drive to the grocery store and forage the aisles for the food needed that will be placed on the grill.. Not exactly an easy task either and steer the shopping trolley through the maze to find the right ingredients and then aim for the beverage section in the hopes of finding the right beverages for that meal…. It all sounds so easy but in reality there are hours of work involved in the short time where the guy(s) stand beside the BBQ and cook the food and take credit for the whole logistics of the evening….

Without the back-office of the BBQ event there would be no BBQing. This section seems to be overlooked sometimes and should not be forgotten about and so I think a big thank you should be said to all those who have spent hours preparing for their BBQ and no one said “Wow, you prepared this all by yourself.” And when I think about the hours my mom spent preparing for those couple of hours of BBQing and especially in the 60’s & 70’s with some of those exotic recipes that were abound was unbelievable…

Here is a little taste of what was popular back then.. I have an old cookbook from my mom with those great favorites of the day:

Hawaiian salad, Old-Fashioned jellied Coleslaw, Good Potato salad ( I never knew there was a bad one), Cottage Cheese Jelly Salad ,and the all time favorite.. Macaroni Salad.

Those are just to name a few and every salad somehow had Jello in it or some other sweet ingredient that was indescribable and we ate it with joy because there was no use complaining anyway!! Mom’s word was the last word when it came to eating what was put in front of you on the picnic table… Dad was the guy in charge of the BBQ and those roles were very distinct and not only in our house it was like that wherever you went.

People say times are changing but one ritual seems to have stayed the same throughout the years and that is BBQing.

But before I end this little post I would like to share with all of you an interesting somewhat unusual recipe from back then from some magazine clipping that was in the cookbook.

Favorite Salad (the name is interesting – I wonder who’s favorite it was??)

1-#2 can applesauce
1-7oz bottle 7-up
1-3 oz. pkg. lime gelatin
½ pt. whipping cream
1-3 oz. pkg. cream cheese
¼ lb. miniature marshmallows

Heat applesauce. Dissolve gelatin in sauce. Cool. Add 7-up. Stir well. Put into mold. Chill until set. Put cheese and marshmallows into bowl. Pour cream over marshmallows and cream cheese. Let stand in refrigerator overnight. Next day, beat cream mixture until thick and creamy. Spread over first layer.

Now that is what I call a salad!!! If anyone does make it, please by all means let me know how it tastes!!

Enjoy BBQing no matter who is cooking the food and maybe try one of those great recipes from back then to bring a bit of change into your salads being served and impress your friends at the same time too…

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Gray Hair .. then Tuning may help!

It is said that there could be a cure for guys getting gray hair…. Tell me where I can find it, because my guy is starting to get a couple of those gray hairs.

Now don’t misunderstand me here I am not the culprit who gave him those gray hairs.. OK I think he got them from just plain old getting up there in age, so too say “maturing”, because he doesn’t like to hear me say” he is getting old”… though then again I don’t like that sentence either and I bet there are some of you out there who think the same way I do too.

Sorry, got a bit off the tangent… Sounds so uppity using those words doesn’t it??

Gray hair or hairs – I can see it now and I have seen it too in some drug stores where guys are secretly scurrying down that aisle where those men’s hair products are sold that promise to bring back the guys hair color in only couple of days or weeks and of course would we gals notice that the guys hair was turning back to its original color before he started to go gray….NO WAY!! And if we did .. Now gals let’s be honest “Would you say anything to spoil the guys fun he is having dying his hair?” I bet not!

I’ve noticed my guy in the bathroom recently taking a closer look at his hair and at first I thought what is he doing there looking at his hair and then noticed that he was counting his gray hairs… The thought alone makes my hair gray, but thank goodness nature likes me, so I’m lucky soooooo far.

Do other guys look in the mirror to see if they are getting or have gray hairs??? Though this seems to be a hot topic because I see more and more commercials on TV for those products and the names alone sound like some motor oil for the car… a good one is: “Tuning for the hair”… How does that work??

Does the tuning take place at the garage which is really a guy’s hair salon, and when they say they are going to the garage they are indirectly saying they are going to have their hair “tuned”. This puts a whole new light on things and next time my guy says he is taking the car to the garage I should take a good look at him, so that when he returns back home I can see whether or not he has had his hair tuned.

Gals… take heed next time your guy says he is going to the garage for awhile… maybe take a picture of him before he goes there so you can compare it to how he looks when he comes back home to see if he has “tuned” his hair.

I guess guys see this as a real life threatening problem and can’t take it in stride like gals do. Gals either buy some product at the drug store or go to a salon and have someone dye their hair professionally; without making a fuss about things. I wonder when the day will come when my guy starts “tuning” his hair?

So for all those guys out there who are “tuning” their hair or are thinking about “tuning” their hair, remember one thing… everybody gets gray hair sooner or later whether we like it or not.

Not Looking …

Not looking is the newest trend among cell phone users and seems to be on the increase as more and more people are jumping on the bandwagon to copy everyone else. Not looking where you are going and on concentrating on that all important object the “cell phone”. Could be, as I see it the hit of 2013 if we aren’t careful.

What happened to walking down the street and looking around you and seeing who is walking by or what is in a store window or even take a moment to look at the scenery…. Those days are over – what a pity!!!

Isn’t this bad for your posture not walking straight or are we now all born with the “look at my cell phone” gene??? But for these folks I guess that when they reach a certain age they will be in the group with the” looking at my cell phone” syndrome or having texting fingers or forgotten how to communicate verbally to each other….. oh what a pity if you ask me, because there is soooo much to life besides the cell phone.

I can see it now in the future… conversation doesn’t exist anymore only texting messages to each other. It could be like this at our house:

My guy is sitting in the living watching TV or reading the newspaper and then decides that he would like a cup of coffee to drink and instead of getting up and coming into the kitchen where I am( By the way,my favorite room in the house) ;he will just send me a text message asking for a cup of coffee and because my eyes were on my cell phone… Thank goodness… Don’t want to think about it if they weren’t!!!! And then I can text him back saying I’ll bring him a cup or he could get up off his backside and GPS his way into the kitchen. Remember he has to look at the screen of his cell phone otherwise he may get lost looking at all the stuff we have around the house and trying to find his way from the living room to the kitchen…. Could give him the shock of this life and I wouldn’t want to do that too him!!!

Or even a worse thought could be that he is out in the garage with his buddies and I am not in the kitchen but somewhere else in the house for example taking a shower and he texts me a message and low and behold I can’t answer it right away… Now that could be devastating because I am not chained to my cell phone. Plus, the message probably would be important -> something like “ I’m in the garage with the guys having a beer.” As if that is world moving news for me???????

But then again I could text him a message saying that I’m going out for a while and will be back later. Who needs to give each other a kiss before you leave the house when a text message would be sufficient….. What’s the world coming too I ask?????

Then I could make my way to my friend’s house via GPS because if I looked around I would get lost. Then text a message saying I’m on the way and instead of ring the door bell just a quick text message saying I’m at the front door and once inside we can text each other… Is that what we really want from life????? Not me….

Maybe it’s about time that people stand up straight and take a look at the world around them instead of always staring at the screen of their cell phones.

Multi Tasking Catastrophe

My day is now ruined by the multi tasking news report that men are better at it than us gals….. I’m sunk!! Whoever would have dreamed that guys would overtake us gals at our favorite thing – multi tasking?

Well, I surely never dreamed that the day would come when it would be announced that guys are better than us gals at multitasking. I have been multitasking for years with the household and at work and wherever else I need too. Have guys been secretly taking notes so that they can copy the way we manage our time by doing a couple of things at once????

I bet I know how it started… at least in my house. My guy is hiding behind the newspaper pretending that he is reading it and saying to me when I ask him “can you help me?” , but what do/did I hear “sorry, honey I’m busy reading the newspaper.” Right, now I know he was there taking notes studying the way I multitasked around the house and now after a couple of years has collected enough information to be able to multitask better than me.

Ok, this does not hold true around our place and I would guess he will be multitasking out in the garage- fiddling around with the car drinking a beer and chatting with one of his buddies…. Multitasking at its finest – Right guys???? Whereas, I am cleaning the house loading the washing machine and then the dishwasher… as my guy would say you are better at multitasking in the house then I am!!!

Now the work issue of multitasking could be that my guy coworkers have been taking notes too to try to figure out just how do we gals multitask at work… though multitasking at work isn’t always a good idea, if you ask me because you may not always accomplish what you want to and it may be be counterproductive too. Then again what is multitasking at work?? Talking on the phone and drinking a coffee or is it being in a boring meeting and listening to the chair speaking and you are playing with your cell phone??? Multitasking at work takes on many forms when I look around my office and so I think I better keep on my toes so that you guys don’t win the multitasking award of 2012 at our office.

I think I will look into this guy thing that guys can multitask better than us gals this weekend because I as a gal do not want to lose the reputation of not being able to multitask …. I could cry at the thought… though my guy could take over my multitasking at home and I could then spend some more time multitasking with my friends over a coffee and a good chat.

Enjoy your multitasking !!!

Can I Drive my Car?

With the price of gas/petrol or whatever you like to call it there seems to be a constant increase in its price. Sooner or later I won’t be able to drive my car anymore because I just plain cannot afford it.

You read daily that prices are increasing and that supplies are dwindling and so forth, but no one has come up with a real alternative that could help us.

I was looking at the cost of gas on the internet in various countries and was somewhat surprised at the prices.(note prices are not today’s and have changed since I wrote this.)

UK: £ 5.00 a gallon / Canada: $ 5.15 a gallon / Germany: € 6.36 a gallon

My gosh, I need to be a millionaire to fill the tank up of my car. I need to ride my bicycle more. This is good for the environment and I get exercise at the same time. And there are more positive things to riding a bike, like it helps you lose weight or you get out of the house and see the world from a different angle, and you can do your shopping too.

My advice: plan ahead with grocery shopping, because you have to carry everything and balance it all too! Or else your eggs could break.

The bicycle is a great thing, though many have just forgotten about it and I think now it will be making its comeback in the times when gas prices are rising.

And my car? Well, I will put it in the garage all nice and shiny and on the wall in front of my car hang a screen and there you go. I have my own drive-in movie theater right at my doorstep.

When I feel like going out to the movies in my car all I have to do is make some popcorn load up the DVD player with the movie I/we want to see and sit in my car and enjoy a full screen movie. You can do this too and if your car is large enough you can invite some friends over for a drive-in movie in your garage.

Though, I would recommend the garage drive-in only in the summer months because you can’t have the cars motor running in the garage. Firstly, because it’s dangerous for your health and secondly it would be bad for the environment and expensive for your wallet.

I am getting a bit reminiscent about gas prices here. When I think back all those years to my very first car that my parents gave me for graduating from high school. Now that was a car!!!

A convertible with a couple of holes in the roof for extra ventilation on rainy days and a bit of Irish lace too; that added a special note to the car. Making it one of a kind and ooh, I forgot to add if it rained and the distributor cap got damp then it wouldn’t start at all and then needed a blow dryer to get the moisture out of the distributor cap. A must for all car drivers today…..

That car was great even when it cause my father many a head ache. It was simply cheap to run. I could fill it up for $1.00 and drive all week. I forgot to mention it was some small European thing whereas all my friends had larger models and couldn’t afford the gas. So when they were strapped for cash everyone wanted to have the luxury of my car. Even back then a small car paid off, but you won’t find gas that cheap anymore.

I rode my bicycle everywhere too back then because it was somehow more fun than always riding around in my car.

Try riding your bicycle and see how much fun it can be and get to see the world from a different perspective and save some gas too.

Help I need a facial cream

We all know this problem that you need to keep your skin moist and soft( so they say) and so with the signs of aging – I hate this sentence, because it makes me feel like I am an aging sponge shriveling up and drying out over time!

But that is the message behind those ads for facial creams to make us unsure so that we will buy their product. Sorry boys not with me. Though I will admit I got caught up in this whole mess once.

Anyways, it was like this; I adventurously entered a store full of facial creams that promise me the world and I feel better already except then I am approached by a sale women who must have visited a garage and she said to me: “They definitely have a cream here for my problem skin.” I never knew that my skin had a problem before, because I never asked it.

But this women knows !!

She suggests we do an analysis of my facial skin so then I know exactly what cream is best for my skin. I think to myself “ How has my skin survived all these years not knowing this information?” I find this whole thing a bit unsettling but I say “OK” anyways.

She does this and that and then she informs me that I will need a couple of creams because my skin isn’t the same all over my face. Though I think my skin looks ok to me and is the same color but not according to her.
And the thought that people could point to me and think “We know your facial skin isn’t the same.” This is horrifying. But imagine walking down the street and people saying to you when they walk by “ I know the left side of your face is dry and the other side is oily.” This makes me cringe!!

So, I ask the sales women what she would suggest. A wrong question indeed.

Well, she says to me considering the condition of your skin and your age( I never told her how old I was)I would recommend that you use a different cream for each problem zone, and this here is exactly what you need.

I have mentally noted that she is well versed in skin problems and maybe even an expert, but I doubt that very much she is just well trained by the company.

Now the sales women stands before me with all these promising creams that will make me look younger. I need this!!! I want to be younger looking and now she shows me a couple of more promising products that just seem to be exactly what I need (according to the sales women).

All the time she has been telling me the wonders of these products and that I must use them twice a day otherwise my skin will look like an old sponge (I feel really ugly now that she has said that). But she did let me in on a secret, and that was that she went to the garage for an overhaul and if she didn’t she would look worse than I do. After hearing that, I was relieved to think that I don’t look too bad then (Thank-you).

So the moment came when I had to decide which cream to buy and I knew there and then it could be pricey!!!! I chose the one that promised soft and younger looking skin in 3 weeks. I hope my partner will still recognize me then. Not that he thinks there’s some strange chick trying to pick him up (I’d better be careful).

The sales women said I made an excellent choice and suggested some cosmetics too. I politely said “No thank-you, the cream is enough.” She looked at me as if to say: If you don’t buy a foundation, mascara and all the other stuff you will be beyond help. I will take the chance because I like to live risky!!

Then I asked the “question”: How much? She answered me by saying “ Only $50.00 plus tax.” I almost fell over, but thought hey I’m worth it. What’s fifty bucks when I’ll look younger? So I paid and got another free sample of something for aging skin. I hate this word” aging” it’s like a plague everywhere you turn you hear it.

I invested many hours in my new beauty regime with my new cream but no one seemed to notice that I looked younger. I could clearly see in the mirror day by day that the effects of aging were disappearing by using this cream, but why hadn’t anyone else noticed it?

I felt heartbroken (and maybe you have too) and have gone back to using my old faithful product that I have been using for years and everyone now says:”your skin looks good.” What’s with everyone?

Always take care of your skin and it will always take care of you protecting you from the elements whatever they may be.