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Archive for August, 2019

Perhaps You Know This Carpet

Posted by terrepruitt on August 30, 2019

I should have posted this when I took it, but I didn’t.

A shot of my feet and a “famous” carpet for today’s Friday Photo.

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HELP! Which Emoji Do I Use?

Posted by terrepruitt on August 28, 2019

Do you use emojis? Frankly I am afraid to! I don’t know what half of them mean and sometimes the meaning that is assigned to them is just way off target, in my opinion. I don’t actually text that many people and so I really don’t have that many opportunities to use them – thank God! – but sometimes even then I use them wrong. My most used emoji is the kissing face with a heart*

Face Blowing a Kiss on Apple iOS 12.2 because I primarily only text with people I love; my husband, my niece, three or four of my friends.  I just recently noticed it was winking and promptly forgot that it was.

And, just a side note, what is up with that “FREQUENTLY USED”? I can use an emoji once OR . . . . or really not even USE it, just click on it to see what it is or click on it accidentally and not even send it and it still appears on my “FREQUENTLY USED”. That bugs me because then it takes the place of one I do use, but maybe not “”FREQUENTLY” and then I have to go searching for it again.

Ok, back to the emojis themselves. I recently read a post where there was

Hugging Face on Apple iOS 12.2

 

and

Kissing Face on Apple iOS 12.2

and someone wrote “why the hug and kiss emojis?” I was surprised, I really thought the first one was Jazz Hands and that is how I use it. And you might wonder how one uses Jazz Hands in a conversation . . . well, I can’t really explain that, but I do! So case in point as to why I am afraid to use emojis. I think a lot of them are not what I think they are.

Before I started typing this I did a search to see if the first one was a hug, I found 25 Secret Second Meanings of These Popular Emojis and it said

Open Hands on Apple iOS 12.2is a hug. Again, not sure I would have used X as a hug. But then again those are the SECRET SECOND MEANINGS. I just type HUG or HUGS (or hug or hugs) since I don’t know the correct emoji. I didn’t even read all of the explanations in that article because I don’t see myself needing to know the SECRET meanings.

Ah . . . .looking at the other results; here it is Emojipedia. Now I can use emoji safely. I knew there was a site that would steer me in the right directions I just haven’t looked it up before.

What about you? Do you use emojis?  What do you use the most? Are you going to use emojipedia to see if you are using them “correctly”?  Do you have your own meaning for any of them?

*which I just learned was blowing a kiss, I always use it as I love you and I am kissing you!

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Roasted Parsnips “Fries”

Posted by terrepruitt on August 26, 2019

It will not come as a surprise to many of you that I roasted parsnips. I mean, if you have read any of my recipes you know that I pretty much roast all my veggies. One way I do it is I cut them into strips and call them “fries”. I know, they are not fries as they are not fried, but they are so good and they kinda look like fries, I want to call them that. Sometimes a recipe is something you can use as an idea to make a dish of your own or it is just a guide because you have to figure things out a little bit with your particular oven or even with the specific produce you purchased. Not sure if you have ever thought of making parsnips “fries”, but let me tell you, they are sooooo good roasted. They are odd because they are slightly sweet yet they have a little (teeny-tiny) kick to them.

I have received them in the organic produce box where they were pretty small. And then also when they were larger. The key is to try to cut them to be the same size so they cook evenly. So as with all things they are different sizes so you will probably need to adjust the baking time to suit your desired crispness.

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3 parsnips
olive oil
Season salt

Cut the parsnips into “French fried sized” strips. Spread the “fries” out on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with olive oil and seasoned salt. Then turn the oven onto 450° F. Put the pan in the oven and bake for 12 minutes. Take the pan out of the oven, mix up the “fries” and sprinkle with more olive oil and season salt. Then put back in the oven for another 15 minutes.

Here is where you will need to decide if they are done or toss them on the pan and put them back in. Some of them may be done and some may not. Sometimes I remove the done ones (of whatever I am cooking) and put the rest back in the oven. You decide.

When they are done, just serve them with whatever dipping sauce you would like. We don’t dip them. We like them as they are.

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Do you like parsnips? How do you cook them?

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Pink Clouds

Posted by terrepruitt on August 23, 2019

Every once in a while the clouds and the sky get painted. When it happens I usually see a handful of friends post pictures of the clouds and sky. It is a reminder we are all looking up at the same sky.

Here is a shot I wanted to share for my Friday Photo.

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Keep Moving

Posted by terrepruitt on August 21, 2019

I wrote this post four years ago when I started watching Grace and Frankie. I found it and thought I would post it because it still holds true, except now they are four years older. I don’t even remember the episode in which she put her foot in the kitchen sink . . . they’ve done so much since then. And, yeah, it is crap, but it is funny crap.

Okay, let’s make a deal: I won’t judge you and your choice of TV shows, if you don’t judge me. Well, to be honest, I won’t judge you even if you do judge me, because I know I watch crap. In fact, I think all TV (except some documentaries) series are crap. I do believe TV is crap, however, sometimes there is some pretty funny crap on TV. Recently I came across Grace and Frankie. Funny crap. What made me even look at it was the picture that came up on Netflix. It is a Netflix original series and the ad for it was RIGHT there on our opening screen. I didn’t recognize Jane Fonda at first. The picture looked a little “too young” in my opinion. So I clicked on the whatever to take me to the summary and I couldn’t believe it and could not imagine that (the situation on which the series is built) happening so I decided to watch the first episode. Regardless of what you may think of Jane Fonda that woman is impressive.  Any the my main point to this post is you gotta keep moving.

I was sharing how amazed I was by the way Jane Fonda looked and someone said, “Yeah well, I am sure she has had a lot of work done.” I said I didn’t care I still thought she looked amazing. Then another friend piped in and said something to the effect that, yeah she is 77 so she has had to have work done, but it doesn’t LOOK like it. Sometimes you look at people and you want to know who their doctor is so you NEVER go to them. I agreed.

But what really amazed me was in one episode she had just some in from the beach and she wanted to rinse off her foot, in the kitchen sink. She just swung her leg up into the sink. Yup, 77 years old. I know a lot of 17 year olds that couldn’t do that. Then she swung it down. And she swung her OTHER leg up on the counter to dry it off — which is funny because she didn’t actually rinse that one — at least that we saw. But anyway, my point is, so amount of cosmetic surgery is going to help you swing your leg up into a kitchen sink.

You might not have the means or money or desire to keep your face looking young. You may not want to get nips and tucks to look svelte. But I hope you want to be able to walk with comfort and ease. And keeping your joints flexible doesn’t cost anything. Working to keep your mobility and strength up doesn’t require a cosmetic surgeon.

I know I will never look like Jane Fonda, but I do hope that when I am 77 I am still washing my feet in the sink and drying them on the counter.

Let me not close without saying that Lily Tomlin looks positively lovely in this show too. I am thinking she is in good looking shape, too, but her character wears long flowy things so we never really get to see. But again, who cares. She is in her 70s to and she is doing a TV series for Heaven’s sake. I am not in the industry of TV or movies, but I do understand that it is not easy. They might make it look easy but it is not. So any of these people past 70 doing TV and movies have to be in pretty decent shape. It is just the cherry on top if they look great doing it.

Move it or lose it!

Do you watch Grace and Frankie? Do you agree that a body needs to move in order to keep moving?

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Relationships That Affected Us All

Posted by terrepruitt on August 19, 2019

We got in the car on Sunday evening expecting to be home by 8:30 pm, 9:00 at the latest.  We got home at 11:30 pm.  Yeah, it took us two hours to go six miles.  I wasn’t driving, I don’t think I could have made it.  There was a semi-truck that caught fire and then caused a wild fire.  I don’t know any more details besides – thankfully – there were no injuries and it pretty much doubled the time it takes us to get home.  UGH.  But, as is our thing lately we listen to books on Audible.  On the way we listened to a hilarious science fiction called “The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent.”  It was performed by Adam Baldwin and was pretty funny.  I really hope Larry Correia writes more and gets Adam to perform again.  Since I figure not all of you are interested in science fiction that is all I will say about that one.  But the other one we listened to might have a broader appeal since it has to do with history.  Even though it is about history that affected us all it is not told in the same light as I am familiar with most history being told.  It is presented more in the framework of relationships.  So, it was more interesting to me than the stating of a person’s accomplishments.  This book gives you some ideas as to why certain things are now a part of our society and history.  The book is “Rivals!  Frenemies Who Changed the World.”  It is four short stories about real people.  And it is VERY interesting.

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Then I learn that I have been saying Adidas all wrong, it is actually AhdeDAAS (AH-dee-DAHS according to Wiki).  More German sounding . . . because it is German.  Two brothers started making shoes in 1924, and is often the case in families, they did not agree on things.  But as is not often the case in families each brother actually accused the other of being a Nazi.  As you can imagine they didn’t work well together and they split with one brother formed Puma.  These companies were responsible for an entire town being divided.  So divided that if you were in a shop that sided with Adidas and you were wearing Puma shoes you would be refused service.  It was crazy.  Then as the years went on the feuding did not stop and was passed onto sons.  All of this family feuding was the start of the corporate sponsoring in sports.  It is incredible the lengths they went to in order to have athletes wear their shoes.  I am still shaking my head.  And this was family!

Then there is the story of Queen Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots.  While I may not be divulging any spoilers by saying Mary Queen of Scots ended up being beheaded, I will let you listen to the details of that beheading as it did not go smoothly.  The story reminds us that royalty and politicians have behaved badly throughout history.

The last story just cements that idea as we hear about Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. The book mentions this might be “the most famous rivalry of all time”. It is an interesting story and somewhat funny (but not really) to hear that politicians have been doing the same things to each other and the public since there was such a thing. The story briefly explains how Hamilton “hindered Burr’s career and insulted his character for 15 years”. It also gives a history of duels which I was unaware of as I am only familiar with the “old west” type of duels.

I don’t really remember any of the history we were exposed to in school and I am not really interested in it so I don’t seek it out. So a lot of this was new and interesting to me. And the way it was told, read, and performed was very entertaining. If you are slightly interested in history I think you will enjoy this. I know I did. It also helped get us through the two hours of sitting and barely moving on the freeway.

Do you like to learn about history? Do you like to listen to books? Did you know any of this?

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Plate Prettiness

Posted by terrepruitt on August 16, 2019

Oh, I love blue and I love calla lilies, so you can look at this and know that I love it! This is another lovely thing in the Airbnb yard in Capitola, near Santa Cruz. It was a gorgeous day and there were so many things to observe . . . there’ll be more pictures.

A pretty plate for my Friday Photo.

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Enchilada Chicken

Posted by terrepruitt on August 12, 2019

If you have read my blog or seen any of my tweets within the last month or so you know that I made Taco Pie again. Oh my I love it, and this last time with the flour tortillas, I really loved it. When I make it I cannot find the size of enchilada sauce I need so I end up with a lot of leftover sauce. The time before last, the unused sauce sat in my refrigerator until it went bad because I didn’t know what to do with it. This time I was determined to use it and thought I could use it with chicken like I do with other sauces.

This is just chicken baked in the left over enchilada sauce. It was very good. I can see this dish following Taco Pie every time now.  I will be using up that extra enchilada sauce. YUM.

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Enchilada Chicken

~Four boneless skinless chicken breast
~Taco Seasoning (click for homemade recipe)
~20 ounces (or so) of Enchilada sauce
~about 2-3 cups shredded cheese (I used the 4 Cheese Mexican mix)
~Cilantro

~Rice (optional)

Place the chicken in a baking dish. Sprinkle half of the Taco Seasoning over the chicken. Let it set for an hour or two (in the refrigerator). Then flip over each piece and sprinkle the rest of seasoning over the chicken. Let it set for an hour or two (in the refrigerator).

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Pour the enchilada sauce over the chicken, sprinkle in some chopped cilantro, then top it with the shredded cheese. Bake. I baked this about 50 minutes . . . depending on the size of the chicken breasts . . . bake the chicken until thoroughly cooked.

Then serve over rice . . . or in tortillas, or on its own . . . topping it with chopped cilantro.

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Easy. Yummy. A great way for me to use the left over enchilada sauce.  I know this is just a different take on both Italian Chicken and Chicken Salsa.  Pouring sauces over chicken and baking, it is so easy and so many different types of sauces gives us such a variety of flavors!

What do you think? Don’t you love easy recipes?

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More Colorful Bottles

Posted by terrepruitt on August 9, 2019

Here is another way to display the pretty bottles you have.  This is in the same yard as the Colorful Bottle Tree.

There was so much to look at in this yard.  I was enjoying looking at it and taking pictures.  So there will be more Friday Photos of this fun yard in Santa Cruz/Capitola!  I really loved these bottles because they are blue!

 

This is bamboo, right?

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Taco Seasoning

Posted by terrepruitt on August 7, 2019

My husband and I aren’t big taco fans. I mean, we like them, but we don’t make them at home and we don’t order them when we go out. This past February we were in Anaheim staying at a hotel across the street from Disneyland and right outside our motel was a Jimboy’s Tacos – and I did fall in love with that greasy mess. And then once home finding out we didn’t have one close, I did try a few different tacos while I’ve been out, but nothing compares. But regardless of not making tacos, I do find myself wanting taco seasoning.

We eat “taco seasoned” meat with our taco salad. We usually buy the packaged kind, but sometimes we like to try out own. This is what we use when making it ourselves.

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Taco Seasoning

–2 tbsp cumin
–2 tbsp garlic salt
–1 tbsp paprika
–1 tbsp garlic powder
–1 tbsp minced onions
–1 tsp oregano
–sprinkle of pepper

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You may know that I don’t like anything spicy hot so I only use a sprinkle of pepper if any at all.  I don’t put in any chili powder or cayenne pepper.  It is a nice mild mix of spices.

Do you like tacos?  Do you have an occasion to use taco seasoning?

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