If you are a Blog Aficionado you perhaps know that there used to be a link-up called “Five Favorites.” I believe Hallie Lord started it, then passed it off to someone else, and then I lost track of it. I actually don’t know where it’s gone on the interwebs; it is probably dead. (When I can’t find things, I always presume they are dead, even if “they” are inanimate objects).
Well, I actually really liked reading about people’s”5 favorite,” things. Don’t get me wrong, for my leisure time I enjoy a myriad of interesting, and very, very, fine things. Those things go by the names TV…and internet…and food, and TV, internet and food at the same time. I know, I know, typical American over here. I do have other interests of course, but at this particular moment in time, any interest that requires added work is dead to me. (Apparently “dead” is my go-to label for just about anything.) So, that leaves me with my good ol’ American staples.
Sooooooo, since I really liked reading about people’s”5 favorites,” AND it is a easy blogging idea, AND since “5 favorites” doesn’t exist anymore, AND since the things I like aren’t really cool enough to be “favorites,” I present to you:
5 Mediocre Mentions!
(I know that was kind of a long lead in; but would you expect anything else from a Mediocre blog post? Also, a disclaimer: I am *pretty* sure anyone who reads this blog will have their definitive proof that I am unimpressive, after they find out how I spend my free time)
- Salted Caramel Biscotti. Yum. So I actually came I up with a pretty clever use for these: I dip them in my coffee. (I can’t take all the credit for what I think is a pretty ingenious idea, I think there is some subliminal images at work on the cover of the the box below.) Seriously though, if you are gonna try these (which I recommend) you are gonna have to dip them in something. (As everyone knows, “biscotti” is Italian for “stale cookies”…or so I’ve heard). If you are not a coffee drinker, you could dip them in cappuccino, hot chocolate, or even hot water…just kidding, please don’t dip them in water, that would be a terrible idea. Or if you are a healthy person, you probably just want to skip these sugary-carb sticks.
My children consistently ask me for coffee and they want to eat my biscotti. I tell them no, because I am not a fool.
2. The TV show “Last Man on Earth”. I like it because I think its funny AND because its NOT another spin-off of CSI. (Am I the only one who thinks we have a few too many murder shows on TV? My children give me enough nightmares as it is, I don’t need murder autopsies floating around in my subconscious while trying to sleep). And I like Will Forte. (As an actor of course. We’re not real-life friends or anything. However, if you are friends with him, and you think he would appreciate a semi-talented biscotti reviewer, please give him my contact info).
3. Fine wine…with Sprite!!! I know this makes all of the wine drinkers out there want to come and cork my ears right now. I am so sorry, really I am. But wine without pop (or soda-pop, or soda depending on where you live) just tastes so…wine-ish. I can fake being a wine drinker for a few sips. But then I start to question whether or not someone is playing a prank on the entire world: “Hey, let’s see if we can get people to drink this grape flavored botulism that I mixed with vinegar!”
A little ice and a LOT of Sprite and the rancid juice becomes drinkable! (Please don’t hate me for not being a wine drinker…I’m trying. I’m sure my palate will begin to refine in the coming years, until then, I beg that you tolerate me.)
4. This Sunday Night Stew, by The Pioneer Woman. One of my sister-in-laws (was it you Patty?) highly recommended this, and she was not wrong. Its a little more labor intensive than I like, since I am generally forced to cook AND CHOP using one hand, (I’m eye rolling in your direction Mary Claire!), but it is well worth it!!! My only complaint with the Pioneer Woman is that she provides WAY too many pictures of her recipes being made. Her page takes so long to load, I feel like I’m using dial-up internet again. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate visuals to help me be less of a doofus, but ONE picture of dicing a carrot is sufficient.
5. Lastly, this post by Mama Needs Coffee. Its called “Working the Konmari Method with Kids Underfoot”. I haven’t read the *actual* Konmari method book (probably because I’ve read so many reviews of the Konmari Method I feel like, well, it feels like I’ve practically read the entire Konmari Method.)
But I get it: Have less stuff. And its fantastic. Especially with the kids stuff. I used to have 8 bushel baskets full of baby toys, until I realized babies only like to dump the toys out and step on them. Their real joy comes in tearing paper, unrolling toilet paper, digging through Tupperware, and licking windows. (At least that’s how I’ve come to understand it from observing my own children, and from those clinical studies of children I’ve watched which are entiteled “Americas funniest Home Videos.”) At any rate, I got rid of all those baby toys, and now those 8 bushel baskets are filled with torn up paper, toilet paper and Tupperware, and broken window glass. See? No need to read the actual method. I don’t want to brag, but I am pretty sure Marie Kondo would be proud.