Monthly Archives: July 2011

Bizarre Foods – Weird Recipes from Back in the Day

Cate’s Garage

I read something last night that was rather disturbing. A friend introduced me to Cate’s Garage.


This site has some nostalgic and somewhat frightening finds that I guess Cate purchases at garage sales. Many of these are old cook books from back in the day that contain very interesting recipes such as Hot in a Bun – which, by the way, serves 48 people.

What “Hot” is, that you can put it in a bun, I don’t think I’ll ever know.

It sounds very sexy though, like, “Baby, I’ll put some ‘hot’ in your buns!” Then again, it appears to be some sort of sausage mixture so I guess that may just be true.

If “Hot” serves 48, that’s one awfully big orgy. Sounds like a party for the whole neighborhood.

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Learning to Take Responsibility and Control Your Emotions

All Things Depression
“When you blame others, you give up your power to change.”

I don’t understand why people seem to think that anyone else is to blame for their problems. Granted, I cannot say that I have never been guilty of saying, “You made me do it!”

I think that too many people confuse being provoked with being made to.

You can be provoked to anger. But you can’t be made angry unless you have granted a person that level of power over you. However, in the end that is still your choice.

It’s such a popular saying though, “You make me so (fill in the blank).” You CAN influence someone’s emotions, their happiness, etc. But only if that person allows you to.

In the same way, someone can influence your emotions, but only if you allow that person that level of power over you. In a loving relationship, it’s natural to want give and to give that power to someone.

But have you given too much?

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How Much Sugar Is REALLY In Your Food?

Frosted Mini Wheats, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Raisin Bran, Lucky Charms. Which of these has the most grams of sugar per serving? Which of these has the least? I wouldn’t recommend guessing unless you pay close attention to nutrition labels. The answer might surprise you.

The other day I was at Wal-Mart, kind of hungry and trying to pick up something to eat. Passing by the cereal aisle, my boyfriend suggested, “Why don’t you get some cereal?” I had been having a craving for cereal, so I thought “Why not?” and started browsing the aisle.

Wal-Mart seems to be the only physical store that offers Rice Krispies Treats Cereal these days, and I’d always loved it as a kid. I stared at it for a moment, and then forced myself to walk past it. I have a sweet tooth, but sometimes the extra sugar isn’t worth it, right?

I kept glancing up and down the aisle, eyeballing prices, cereals, brands… Truthfully, against my better judgment I would eat Rice Krispies Treats Cereal almost any day. There’s just something about it, and reminiscing about Rice Krispies Treats as a kid is something you can’t do with say, Raisin Bran. But I still kept trying to avoid it for the “sugary kids’ cereal” reason.

That’s when my boyfriend noticed something…

“There’s actually not a lot of sugar in here, you don’t have to feel bad about it,” he remarked.  

Not a lot of sugar?! Yeah, right. What’s your idea of “not a lot”? I kept thinking.

So just as I approached the “healthiest” cereals, I walked back to the purple Rice Krispies Treats Cereal box. Sure enough, a quick check of the label confirmed – there’s only 9g of sugar per serving (3/4 cup).

Surely, if a cereal that mimics the sugary treats it was named after has 9g of sugar per serving, other cereals must have a much lower amount of sugar per serving, right?

Nope. You’d be surprised.

If you don’t religiously pay attention to nutrition labels, you may be overlooking the same thing I did. You may wind up demonizing cereals that are actually healthier (in a sense) than the “healthy” cereals.

Keep in mind, this doesn’t take into account vitamin enrichment, whole grains, fiber, protein, natural food sources versus additives and preservatives, etc, etc, etc.

I’m not going to make some bogus claim that Rice Krispies Treats Cereal will lower your cholesterol the way Honey Nut Cheerios claims to do. Vitamin enrichment and carbs aside, Rice Krispies Treats Cereal still isn’t really anything nutritious. But when it comes to the sugar levels, it is definitely something to take note of.

Here’s how some “sugary” and “healthy” cereals stack up (sugar is listed in grams per serving):

That is just a small sampling of some popular cereals and how their sugar quantity compares to each other.

You’d expect the gap in sugar content to be pretty wide between the “healthy” cereals and the “sugary” cereals, yet in some cases it is surprisingly narrow. I really like Kashi GoLean and GoLean Crunch, but I could actually enjoy a bowl of marshmallow-flavored Rice Krispies Treats Cereal for a tad less sugar (taking into account the difference in serving size – it’d be about 9.75g for a 3/4 cup serving).

Honey Nut Cheerios is the same both in serving size and sugar content, yet Honey Nut Cheerios reminds you of lowering your cholesterol – Rice Krispies Treats Cereal makes you think of splurging on dessert.

It’s an interesting discovery that I’m sure goes unnoticed very frequently. It’s the same thing as salad dressing being loaded with sugar. You don’t notice it because it doesn’t taste sweet, but somewhere in there they’ve hidden high-fructose corn syrup.

Salty products have a similar dilemma. Especially with frozen meals, they may not taste the least bit salty, bland even, yet they are brimming with sodium. The sodium content is through the roof but since you can’t taste it, you’re sprinkling on just a little more.

So, from now on, I think I’ll sit back, relax, and enjoy my marshmallow-y childhood goodness in a bowl with some milk. I can get the fiber in next time.

Gymnast’s Optical Illusion

I can’t help it, I love optical illusions, especially when they are made via real life photos.

This one kinda took a minute because I kept thinking she was supposed to be in the pool, but I’m a bit sleepy too.

Anyway, there are more at that same link – click the photo or the link below it to view at full size.


How to Avoid Getting Fired or Arrested for Your Facebook Posts – Is Online Activity Ever "Private?" Part 3

This is the 3rd installment of “Is Online Activity Ever ‘Private’?” You can read the other parts here:


Part One Suspended, Fired, Arrested for Facebook and Twitter Posts
Part Two – Facebook Privacy Concerns: Safety for Parents and Children

You’ve probably heard many times about people that have been fired from their jobs, suspended from school, or even arrested and put in jail just because of what they’ve posted online.

Usually this refers to what they’ve posted on Facebook. Sometimes it refers to what they’ve posted on Twitter. Other times it’s something else entirely, be it a personal blog post or a YouTube video.

Maybe they don’t even get into trouble of that extreme, but they get some sort of reprimand, regardless. Many times, these people probably don’t give it a second thought until that happens.

The question is, how can you avoid it?

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