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How to de-seed a Pomegranate November 24, 2012

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So, I like pomegranates, especially around the holiday season.  But they can be sooo messy!  And stain your hands!  So I’ve tried out a couple of methods for you.

1.  Cut it in half and try not to get everything around you dirty.  Yeah, didn’t think you’d like it.  On to the next…

2.  The bowl of water method.

You’ll need a bowl.  I prefer clear glass so I can see clearly but a white bowl might work too.  Fill the bowl with cold-to-lukewarm water (remember you’ll be putting your hands in it so cold water isn’t great!).  Cut the pomegranate in half, and submerge one half.

Little hands wanted to help de-seed the pomegranate.  She liked washing her hands first and then dipping them into the ‘red beads’ of water.

You gently peel the seeds from their skin.  The seeds float to the bottom and the inside of the pom float to the top.  I used a strainer spoon to skim the top of the water first.  Then I strained the water off the pom seeds and put them in a bowl.

3.  The grater / smash method

I tried out the pomegranate ‘strainer’.  You cut the pom in half, and then score one side 4-5 times.  You put one half on top of the strainer (put a plate under the strainer).  Find a large spoon or flat implement and smash the pom down.  The seeds fall down onto the plate.

It was really quick!  And you get a little pom ‘star’ to play with…

So, which would I recommend? Method #1.  Why?  I’m a messy person to start, so smashing the seeds was not a good match for me…pom juice all over.  Plus, I would not want to do that with my little one around.  And she really enjoyed helping Mommy with the seeds in the water.


So end it already… November 7, 2012

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Just a little fun for y’all November 1, 2012

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Don’t be meme June 2, 2012

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So I’ve been cracking up with some memes going around – the one with the guy from Goyte and Condescending Wonka of course. Anyway, I made a couple of my own…Happy weekend!


Patriotic Cake Trials May 30, 2012

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Let’s just start with no, I am not a chef by any standard. I mean, I get dinner on the table but just barely.  So I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I’m even less of a baker. But, I figure I might as well start getting some practice in for all the Bake Sales I’ll have in my future. (Ok we’re a  few years out, but…)

So, I wanted to try making a pretty multilayered cake.  And an easy one at that, I mean, who has all day for this stuff?  I really like all the ombre stuff we see floating around, and I liked this rather patriotic one that looked easy to frost.

I didn’t have a fancy bundt pan so I kinda did my own thing, which can either result in culinary genius or just some extra leftovers for the dog.  This one worked out ok though. Simple tutorial:

1. I used a box vanilla cake mix.  Divided it into 3 bowls and added food coloring.  I only had 2 x9″ pans so I baked 2 first and then let the pan cool down and did the 3rd cake.  I didn’t think the 3rd would take as long to bake as having 2 pans in the oven, but what do I know.

2. The irony is that I forgot to spray Pam on my 1st 2 cakes and they came out ok, but I sprayed it on my Blue cake and it fell to pieces…go figure.  So I had to stick the blue layer in the middle.  I cooled the cakes and then stuck them in the freezer for a bit, because, ya know, that’s what you’re supposed to do.  I guess it makes frosting easier?  Anyway, in the UK they often make a white cake with strawberry jam in between the layers and so I thought that might be tasty.

3. I thought I divided the frosting into thirds (1/3 per color) but either I didn’t or it wasn’t enough.  So I would suggest at least 1/2 is white, as you don’t need as much of the other two colors that you ‘fling on’.  I was a little heavy-handed with the blue but got my act together with the red frosting.  Put some strawberries around the side to hide the fact that my white frosting was running out.


4. Et Voila! Some dessert for dinner which took no time at all. Got a lot of nice comments and it was yummy and not burnt!


Dear Men, please leave Pinterest to us girls. Thanks.

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Dear Male Facebook Friends,*
You’re following me on Pinterest?  Really?  I mean, umm, ok….but actually,uh, no!  Pinterest is a girls’ playland, full of wedding dresses and cute puppies and pictures of babies in tutus.  Is this really where you belong?  I know,  I know,  Pinterest is the latest Social Media Phenomenon and you had to see what it’s all about.  But now that you’ve requested – and waited for – the invite, don’t you see what I mean?  Really, us gals don’t want to see pics of Joe Namath in the 80s or Land Rovers or Men’s shoes.  Most of you guys don’t even have multiple pinboards!  Hrrrrmph.  Let us get back to looking at pictures of crafts we’ll never have time to make, recipes that don’t work and signs that say “I never finish anyth

*Except Gay Male Friends. Some of you have interesting pins and are actually funny! Except for my friend M who is taking a pic of all of his coffees…erm, not so much.


Remembering the ’80s April 14, 2012

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My Retro Phone post reminded me of an article I read about “Things your kids will never know”.

Here’s a link to one from last year,  Things Babies Born in 2011 will never know

My favorite:

Movie rental stores: You actually got in your car and drove someplace just to rent a movie?

Wowsers…Yes, I did. In fact, that was the big thing to do on the Saturday morning when I was younger. There really wasn’t much else going on in Border Town, TX.*  And when they installed a computer inventory system…oh man! I could whiz around that green screen like nobody’s business.
*Well, that – and Miami Vice on a Friday. Long live Sonny Crockett!