Friday, January 20, 2012

Quick Blog - Can You Say Yum???

So, I know everybody who blogs seems to have a blog about something specific. You know - cooking blogs.  Writing blogs. Crafting blogs. Home improvement blogs.  This list could go on and on.  And then there's - my blog.  The blog that's about. . .well. . . nothing really except for whatever weird crap falls out of my brain when I write a post.  But oh well.  Instead, I'll call it a well rounded blog.  It's got a little bit of everything.

Today my blog is a cooking blog.  Remember that last month, I had a "crafting blog".  I have to use that term loosely.  Because let's face it, it was a kind of sad craft attempt.  But still it's the effort and thought that counts, right?

So this cooking post is on about the same caliber as my craft post.  However, I still find it worth putting out there because it's so yummy.  Are you ready?

This is my new most favorite breakfast in the world.  Seriously.


Uh-huh.  It's like a candy bar in my breakfast mug.

Here's the easy peasy ingredients and directions (because almost nothing I cook is difficult.  Just sayin'.)


1/2 cup quick cook oats
1 cup water
Dash of salt
1 HEAPING teaspoon dark chocolate (sometimes called dutch processed) cocoa powder
1 rounded tablespoon of sweetened shredded coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons sugar

(And if you wanted to make an "Almond Joy Oatmeal", you could either add some almond extract (to keep calorie count the same) or you could add some sliced almonds.)

The directions couldn't be more simple. Take your first three ingredients and cook it in the microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds.  Then add all other ingredients once it's cooked.  Like this:

Stir it all up.  It will look like this:

And then, of course, you eat!  And enjoy!  And lick the bowl as long as no one is looking!  Or, if you are like me, maybe give them the finger, and then lick the bowl.  :)

Happy Day, folks!

Friday, January 6, 2012

I Have No Idea What To Title This As. Just Read It. Then Make Suggestions. Thx.

This is a short, but rather necessary post.

I discovered, a while back, a lovely little feature on my blog site that I can look to see how people came to find my blog.  So for instance, if you were doing a search on "family blogs", you might see mine pop up along with 80 million other blogs.  If you click on my blog, it will take you to my blog, and then your key word search will also show up in my blog.  Make sense?  Maybe not, but I'm not going to try to explain it further because I'm just lazy that way getting ready to go get my kid off the school bus in just a little while.

I've had an increase in traffic (Yay!  And thank you!), and so I was curious about how people were finding me.  And I noticed a couple of, um. . .unusual searches people were doing to get to my blog.

There were two for "ransom notes".  Right.  So I know how people came to my blog site.  It was about the time that someone had stolen my mojo.  Remember that?  Right.  OK, but that is not the important question.  The question that begs to be asked (and answered) is:  why are people searching out "ransom notes"?  Are they wanting to draft one for some evil purpose?  Good grief, I surely hope not.  So if you were one of the ones researching ransom notes - SHAME ON YOU.  Unless it was for a gag.  Then - WAY TO GO!!!!

Then I also noticed one for "ransom note letters".  I am guessing that one of the two people looking for "ransom notes" didn't feel satisfied enough and had to go back and search for that.  And obviously, they are not all that intelligent, because they forgot they'd already clicked on my blog once, right?  (And if you are that person, and your ransom note is for evil purposes, I'm REALLY sorry I just said that.  Really.)

And then I can do nothing else but assume that yet another person who is related to the person who was doing the searches for "ransom notes" and "ransom note letters" did the next search.  It was:



BAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!!  Happy Day folks!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Year's Resolutions from 2011 - This Is Precisely Why I'm Not Doing 2012 Resolutions

Yep.  So I made a big list of resolutions for 2011.  I also kept track of the dates of when I broke the resolutions so I could see how many I kept.  I think the record speaks for itself when I say that I should never try to do any New Year's Resolutions.  Ever.

New Year's Resolutions (I Am SOOO Good At Keeping These)

I, Carolyn, will now make my resolutions for the year 2011. . .

I resolve -

to go to the doctor when I'm sick. Broken 1/18/11

to be nice to Quincy and not call him a vile filthy mongrel anymore, even though he is. Broken 1/1/11

to always remember to write thank you notes as well as to always respond promptly to party invitations. Broken 5/2/11

to completely organize my entire house. I will have a place for everything. I will always remember to put things back exactly where they are. To further that effort, I resolve

to get one of those little label maker thingies. (I've always secretly wanted one, but I really just look at it as a toy.) Broken 12/31/11 (Never did get one even though I had a whole year?  SAD.)
to cut carbs completely out of my diet. Broken 1/1/11

to go to the gym five days a week. Broken 1/7/11

to pay attention to all the latest fashion trends and start buying stylish clothes. I will stop wearing my Doc Martins because they are out of style. I will also stop wearing birth control outfits. You know what I'm talking about? I have one on today. But no more! Broken 1/3/11

to purchase a lovely designer handbag. (grrrrrrrr) KEPT IT!

to write a best selling book and have it published within the year. Broken 12/31/11 :(
to always prepare and serve my family a nutritious meal made with a loving and gentle heart. And to stop serving them breakfast for dinner once a week because it's cheap and easy. Broken 1/7/11

to always share my chocolate, my ice cream, and any other treat I get with my son and stop hoarding all the good stuff. Broken 1/2/11

to always admit to him when his MiMi and PaPa sent him that chocolate, or that cake, or that cookie and not pretend that they gave it to me. Broken 1/19/11 Don't. Judge. Me.
to not get the stomach flu even though I have a four year old who will almost certainly bring it home with him from preschool. MIRACULOUSLY KEPT IT. (Might have to keep this one after all.  Maybe that was what kept me from getting it???)
to never second guess my husband and not try to tell him how to handle our son. Broken 1/2/11

to get up every morning as soon as my son calls out and always let my husband sleep in instead of pretending I can't hear said son calling out. Broken 1/1/11 (but in my defense I was trying to wake up with a dose of Nyquil in me)

to always let my husband have the pick of what we watch on TV. Broken 1/2/11 (We started to watch Polar Express with Jman who was scared of it, and I wanted to finish watching it. Then I made him watch the end of Enchanted. HA HA HA HA!!)

to wear my tiara everywhere and only be addressed as Her Royal Highness, Princess Carolyn. If you do not address me as such, I will not answer. (Sigh. I wish I could make that one be true.) Broken 1/1/11. Sigh.

to remember not to look like an idiot when running races this year. I will have long hair, pulled back in a chic pony tail, and I will smile serenely at any Brightroom photographer I pass this year. Broken 11/12/11 See here for proof.
to learn how to decorate my home so that it no longer looks like we live in a nursing home. Broken 12/31/11  It's as bad as my BC outfits. . .
to dust the house at least twice this year. Broken 12/31/11 In my defense, dusting is BORING.
to stop looking at the vacuum cleaner as though I think it must be some kind of home improvement tool and make my husband use it because I don't understand how it works. Broken 1/2/11

to not have my son sit in front of the TV all day for a whole week so that mommy can work on the computer when I am really writing my book. (oopsie.) Broken 4/11/11

to keep up with the laundry in almost an OCD fashion instead of letting it pile up so high that we have to have a jammie day in the middle of the week. Because I now know it is embarrassing for my husband and son to show up at work and school that way. Broken 1/15/11

So let's see.  I had a total of 23 resolutions.  Aaaaaaannnnnnd, I kept - 2.  OK then. 

Happy Day, folks!