Drinking Juice…Tomato

Well hold onto your seats everyone…. I just read that tomato juice actually really tastes better when you are sitting in an aircraft flying to your destination. Now isn’t that something you always wanted to know…. Well, I did!!!

To be honest I am not an avid tomato juice drinker, but do on occasion drink it when flying or there is nothing else on offer. You see tomato juice in all stores whether it be a normal grocery or a health food store, but I have never seen anyone buy tomato juice. Maybe it is an item that you sort of secretly put in your shopping trolley, so that no one knows that you drink it. A plausible explanation …I guess ????

When you take a peek in other folks shopping trolleys you see the normal selection of juices: orange, grape, apple pineapple, and so on… But tomato juice…. NO!! Or maybe I didn’t have my “Tomato juice” look-out glasses on and overlooked seeing it in someone’s trolley ….OMG!! Is all I have to say.

After when I go grocery shopping I will hang around the tomato juice and see how many people buy it…. I wonder how long I’ll have to stand there???? Hopefully not too long, or else I may have to bring my folding chair with me next time, so I don’t have to stand around looking to obvious. Or do you think setting up my folding chair by the tomato juice would be over doing it a bit??? Maybe, but then again I could catch a glimpse of that lone tomato juice buyer.

It is a juice that has been around for years and is supposed to be a healthy drink. I know as a kid I drank it, because my mom thought it was good for me, but when I think back, I don’t know if any of my friends drank tomato juice, or they did it like we did… secretly taking a nip of juice when no one was around… It sounds all so exciting when I think about it now, the glass of tomato juice, with a bit of ground pepper in it…. An exotic drink in its time!!!

But really you can use tomato juice for lots of things… for making soup, tomato sauce, in a mixed drink , and I am sure there hundreds of other things you can make with it.
So, with that thought I will finish here, because I want to get to the grocery store before everyone else does, so that I can buy some tomato juice too.

See, you after at the grocery store, by the tomato juice.. Prost!

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Grocery Store Here I Come!

There is supposed to be a new shopping App on the way that will make my grocery shopping a really fun and a quick experience…….. No more fun wandering the aisle for me!!!

The little App is there to help me and make my life easier or so they say. Just scan your stuff at home that you need to buy and then you are on your way to the grocery store and once inside the GPS system shows you where to find those products….. Why do I have a brain???

I see a nightmare approaching … There I stand in my kitchen and think to myself (thank goodness I can still do that without an App) “High time to go to the grocery store”, now what??? Normally I make myself a list …. Like lots of people do; so I know what I want to buy. Well, I guess that is too old fashioned!

Now I need to take a picture of everything that I want to buy at that one and only grocery store…. Now firstly, I need a Smartphone that I can take pictures with and has App’s and the battery has to be fully charged or else my shopping picture list won’t exist…. This will take more time than me writing my shopping list on a piece of paper….. Where’s my pen????

But what really worries me is the fact that I have to constantly be taking pictures of the packages of things that I have bought and want to buy again. How much time do I have??? Let’s see: the pile of empty packaging that I saved; Smartphone ready to take pictures- laying out all the old packaging … OMG I threw some packaging out…. Now what???? My shopping trip is down the drain and it hasn’t even started yet….. NO bad hair day… But a bad grocery shopping day!!!

With sweat running down my brow I manage after 45 minutes to photograph all the stuff that I want to buy, and I still need to write a list for the stuff that I couldn’t take a picture of… now I am up to 60 minutes being wasted of my time. But saving time is of the essence!!!

There I enter the grocery store and my App automatically sends me a GPS signal so that I can find the stuff that I took a picture of at home quicker… Life can be so simple at times…. No brain required here!

Though I do have to watch were I am going. I don’t want to collide with anyone in my race to save time to get what I took pictures of. But can you image if you bought a product that was a special and the grocery store doesn’t have it anymore and my App doesn’t tell me this…. I feel that could just ruin my GPS shopping experience then and there!!

Now I have to turn to my paper list and there I stand in the middle of an aisle not knowing which way to turn because there is no GPS on my list and I have to depend on my brain power and wander the aisles aimlessly looking for that one product that I couldn’t take a picture of….. The perils of getting lost in the aisles of a grocery store!!!

But what is far worse is the thought that your battery on your Smartphone dies while in the grocery store because I forgot to charge it. Now there you go….. A nightmare that could only happen because I was trying to save time take loads of pictures and run the GPS all at the same time….. Good bye battery

Though with all those time saving Apps and stuff I must admit I will stick to the method that I like to use… the good’ol piece of paper with what I have written on it…. And to manage my way through the aisles of the grocery store… I will take my chances without GPS…. I like challenges and there is no better place than at the grocery store!

So, should you be thinking about going to the grocery store; remember your shopping list and make sure your battery in your Smartphone is fully charged or else…

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…

Groceries & Divorce

Well, I never thought the day would come when I could make a quick trip to the grocery store and buy my groceries and plan for my divorce at the same time.  Modern society at its finest!!!

These days anything thing is possible and when your strapped for cash or just want to save a couple of bucks then I guess grocery store divorce is the upcoming thing. How it works seems a bit vague and I am not sure if I want to buy some veggies and other items and make a quick stop at the isle offering divorces in cereal boxes (just a joke). But I am glad that my guy still likes me and that as far as I know hasn’t popped out behind my back and bought one of those boxes. Maybe I should check out his tool box in the garage to be on the safe side of things and if I find a box then I can rush out after and pick-up a box at my local grocery store. I am getting nervous here at that thought ….help!!!

Normally, all marriages go through a turbulent period sooner or later- later ….. But then I guess if you picked out the wrong guy or gal then just get your box out and go for the divorce. Though I do wonder what strings are attached to a cereal box divorce and it could be you cannot use it unless you can prove that you met your partner in a grocery store.  And that could be tricky because maybe the grocery store has shut down and then what ??? Sorry no divorce you just have to stick it out with each other until death do us part.  That could be a nerve racking experience for both parties then.

But like always there are grocery stores offering you all sorts of deals and maybe divorces are one of them. For instance- buy one divorce box and get the second free or save 20 box tops and send them in for a free divorce kit.

But then again it could be clip out the coupon and get $5.00 refund on your next divorce kit purchase.  The possibilities are endless here….. I better start saving the right coupons just in case!

And another question lingering in my brain is where do you send the papers too and is it legally binding? Those are good questions – or not?

I wouldn’t want to have bought the wrong divorce box only to find out – sorry you bought the wrong brand of divorce!! We only accept brand names and not generic copies….. There goes your divorce down the drain, and many tears and nerves are not saved.

Anyways, enough of the divorce issue. I like my guy and plan to stick it out with him for a couple of more years and I hope he feels the same way too. And maybe you are lucky enough to have found the right person and won’t need to buy the divorce box either!

What month is it?

 

What month is it is a good question? It’s only the beginning of September and there are already Christmas cookies and the lot in grocery stores.  Some retailers have lost track of time again and are trying to push us into the Christmas season whether we like it or not.

What happened to Halloween or Thanksgiving? Or have the just been erased from the calendar and we jump right to Christmas regardless of what calendar month it is?

I am a person who likes Christmas cookies and candy when the Christmas season is really there. And what about toddlers or small kids who may still believe in Santa Claus and then they go to the grocery store with their parents and see Christmas cookies and the lot.  I would think the poor kids get confused and then their parents have to think of something to say to calm the child down and convince them that they have to wait a couple of months before the jolly old man in the red suit comes down the chimney.

Though I guess in this fast paced world things have to go faster, seasons fly by in a blink of the eye and the year goes by in 2 weeks……  There seems to be a lack of enjoying each season as it comes and so everything is going faster and faster. When is this acceleration of seasons going to stop? Life now-a-days is so fast paced that you have no time to really enjoy the seasons and the celebrations like in the past.

I can see it now in September:

  1. Buy my turkey – will be served on the 30th of September – hope all my family and friends have time or else I will scream!
  2. Set up my artificial Christmas tree and decorate it on the coming weekend – Don’t want to get left behind now and maybe buy a bit of artificial snow to give the whole thing the right touch.
  3. Decorate my house – inside & out – then I’ll be the first on my block and am ready for what’s to come… I love Christmas in September!!
  4. Get those Christmas CD’S out – I need the right music now to because it’s a tad too warm outside at the moment.
  5. I am ready for Christmas and it can come now ….. I am relieved that I could manage all this and now I am not stressed!!

So, then by the time the real Christmas comes I can then put all that stuff away in the attic and get out my Easter bunny decorations , and so this way I am always on the ball , and am keeping abreast of the latest seasonal retail items that I’ll find in the grocery store or someplace else.  Wow, I think this will be a turning point in my life this year, because now I know what to do.

We need to take time to enjoy each season as it comes and not get carried away on the retail bandwagon of trying to convince us that we need Christmas food and such now.