Friday’s Guilty Pleasure for 2/21/2014

Friday’s Guilty Pleasure is BACK! (Hopefully. I’m taking things day-by-day.)

We’re jumping back into the swing of things with a brand new guilty pleasure. Green Ginger Tea from Tazo Tea.

Mug of Tazo Green Ginger Tea

My new obsession, Tazo Green Ginger Tea

I have absolutely fallen in love with this tea. Now, I am not a big tea drinker, hot or iced. But I was introduced to chi lattes at a certain coffee chain (I don’t drink coffee either, I just go there for the tea…and for chocolate chip banana coffee cake, it goes great with the chi tea) and have slowly been developing a liking for it. Very slowly.

I decided I wanted to try ginger tea because I’ve been hearing so much about it being good for inflammation, with all the inflammation I’ve been having I figure it couldn’t hurt. I also heard that it was good for digestion and a bunch of other things. Okay, I heard a lot of this from Dr. Oz, one of my youngest daughter’s favorite TV shows. The idea that a little tea could double as an anti-inflammatory and help with a slew of Spoonie and Chronic Babe type issues seemed worth checking out.

While ginger tea was on the shopping list, I wasn’t necessarily looking for Tazo tea. I was looking for Tazo chi tea and when I got to the store there was a 2 for something like $7 special on Tazo, and since they had the ginger tea I thought why not. Tazo is definitely more expensive than some of the other brands, but in my limited tea experience, you get a little stronger and more flavorful tea for the price. Since I don’t drink a lot of tea it seemed like a worth while investment.

This tea has a really great flavor. I was worried that it was be…I don’t know sort of bitter or hot because of the ginger. But it’s got this great tiny touch of heat to it that warms you from the inside out. It’s green tea so it doesn’t have the strong tea taste that I don’t like and it doesn’t have a lot of caffeine. The description says that there’s pear flavor in it, but I don’t really taste it. I put honey in mine, but that has a lot to do with first making it when I was getting over a cold and the honey helping with the sore throat.

So check it Tazo Green Ginger tea if you like tea. If you don’t like tea you might want to check it out too. It’s really yummy.

Thanks for sticking around and checking out my Guilty Pleasures. If you have an idea for next week’s Guilty Pleasure – or if you would like to be the special Guest Blogger and write next week’s Guilty Pleasure post, drop me a line here! I would LOVE to hear your ideas. Especially all you Spoonies and Chronic Babes – what are the those little guilty pleasures that make the bad days a little better? Let’s share and help each other!

Friday’s Guilty Pleasure for 12/6/2013

For the first Guilty Pleasure of 2014, I’m sharing something I will admit to using over the holidays – prepared cookie dough in a tub.

Now, I know that a tub of cookie dough is not the kind of thing a person with chronic health issues should be eating. And it’s not something that we always have on hand. If you don’t have it, you can’t eat it. If it’s in the house I will make a fresh-baked warm cookie every day. Multiple times a day if I can. Not having it in the house is just better for everyone.

I love making chocolate chip cookies. I have my own variation on the traditional Toll House recipe. I used to bake just for the heck of it. My parents would run out for a couple of hours and when they got back I’d be up to my eyeballs in cookies. But let’s face it, I just don’t have the energy, the strength, or frankly the kitchen space at the moment, to bake. Tubs of cookie dough are the perfect solution.

Tub of Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

It may not be healthy or home-made, but it sure is yummy!

The tubs of cookie dough let you make as few or as many cookies as you want. I’ve made two cookies, I’ve made the whole tub. And since they’re just scoop and bake, they’re pretty Spoonie/Chronic Babe friendly (though I would get it out of the fridge and letting it warm up a little to make it easier to scoop).  Using something like a small ice cream scoop or a scoop made for cookies works really well and is easy on the hands.

You know I look at the cost of things too. Honestly, you’ll have to check this out yourself. The cost varies by brand, flavor, amount, and even time of year (I’ve noticed the cost goes up a little around holidays, but you can usually get it on sale). It is a convenience so you’ll pay a little more, you have to decide if having cookie dough at your finger tips is worth the impact to your budget.

Ok, stop looking at me like that, I admit it…yes, you can eat the cookie dough if you were so inclined. Of course I would not recommend it. It is not good for you. It is terribly addictive. And it’s a whole tub of the stuff in your fridge screaming out your name…*Reads leagal notice*…I mean you should not eat raw cookie dough. *Cough*

Sometimes when you’re chronically ill and just trying to survive the day-to-day little treats like warm cookies from the oven are extra special. Personally, I say if you need to take a short cut to get you there and keep yourself as well as possible, then do it!

If you have an idea for next week’s Guilty Pleasure – or if you would like to be the special Guest Blogger and write next week’s Guilty Pleasure post, drop me a line here! I would LOVE to hear your ideas. Especially all you Spoonies and Chronic Babes – what are the those little guilty pleasures that make the bad days a little better? Let’s share and help each other!

Friday’s Guilty Pleasure for 12/20/2013

Tis the season for more Holiday Guilty Pleasures! I’m going back in time for this week’s guilty pleasure to something I’m pretty sure most of you have never seen…three black-and-white stop motion videos from the 1950’s that are a tradition on my hometown TV station. People love them so much that they’ve posted them on-line so that the folks who moved away and can’t make it home over the holidays can still see the videos and share them with their families.

There’s just something special about these little songs. They’re so simple. So quant. A reminder of a simpler time when Christmas wasn’t about the latest electronic device and a lot more about your family and friends. They’re part of the Christmas Magic I’ve been look for. I don’t know that watching them helps me find it, but it brings back all kinds of memories and today I’ll take it.

Without any further adieu, here are the three videos that I can’t help but watch each Christmas.

Here are three friends of the Big Man in the Red Suit that you probably don’t know. This is probably my favorite video. It also spawned outbursts of, “And Joooooeee,” whenever someone listed names, and what’s not to love about that.

Frosty is the MAN! Well, the snowman. He looks a little different here than what a lot of us are use to, but he’s still his thumpity-thump-thump self.

Don’t forget Suzy Snowflake who is dressed in a snow-white gown and tapping on the window panes of North Main Street! Born from the classic 1951 song written by Sid Tepper and Roy Brodsky, and most notably performed by Rosemary Clooney, Suzy characterizes everything that is fun about the first snowfall of the year!

I find Hardrock, Coco, and yes, Joe, absolutely adorable. And if you are anything like the me, you’ll catch yourself humming Suzy Snowflake’s little theme song for days! Enjoy!

Merry Christmas One and All!

If you have an idea for next week’s Guilty Pleasure – or if you would like to be the special Guest Blogger and write next week’s Guilty Pleasure post, drop me a line here! I would LOVE to hear your ideas. Especially all you Spoonies and Chronic Babes – what are the those little guilty pleasures that make the bad days a little better? Let’s share and help each other!

Friday’s Guilty Pleasure for 12/13/2013

Tis the season for Holiday Guilty Pleasures! This week’s Guilty Pleasure is more of a genre – it’s the cheesy Christmas movie.

There are loads of them playing pretty much 24/7 between Lifetime Movie Network and ABC Family and UP and a few other cable channels there are at least three or four new movies every weekend. And these movies play all weekend.

They are the guiltiest of pleasures. The girl always gets the boy. The day is always saved by a Christmas Miracle. There is always hope and always a happy ending. Big bonus – they are family friendly! That’s right Ladies and Gents, you can watch them with the kids, not that kids would want to watch a  lot of them, but there are a few that they would enjoy.

The plots are predictable. The acting by the supporting cast (and occasionally the stars) is not going to be winning any awards. And sometimes the writing is awful. But occasionally there is a real gem.

Love at The Christmas Table starring Danica McKellar is one of my favorites because it goes a little against the grain from most of the movies. Tom Cavanagh made a great almost Santa Clause in Snow along side Ashley Williams and they were a great pair again in Snow 2: Brain Freeze (these are two great ones for watching with the kids). One of the best I’ve seen come out so far this year has been Let It Snow with Candance Cameron Bure, Jesse Hutch and Alan Thicke on the Hallmark Channel. But there are a ton…There was another where Ashley Williams played a librarian at a library was being closed by a handsome young Scrooge type that was cute…There was one with Drew Lachey last weekend on the new Up Network called Guess Who’s Coming to Christmas that wasn’t too bad. But there are a lot out there, so see what you like. (Side Note: Dean Cain is a king of Christmas movies – I believe he’s been in over 20! You don’t have to watch long to find one he’s in.)

So go on, pull up a couch, pour yourself some hot chocolate or a cup of tea and watch. As long as you have cable you can catch these movies. Sure, you’ll know how they’ll all end about 10 minutes in, but you’ll enjoy the trip all the same.

If you have an idea for next week’s Guilty Pleasure – or if you would like to be the special Guest Blogger and write next week’s Guilty Pleasure post, drop me a line here! I would LOVE to hear your ideas. Especially all you Spoonies and Chronic Babes – what are the those little guilty pleasures that make the bad days a little better? Let’s share and help each other!

Friday’s Guilty Pleasure for 12/6/2013

Back to Guilty Pleasures after last week’s writing madness. There will be a post discussing the results, but let’s just say I am a very happy, but very tired, person. Any way this week’s Guilty Pleasure is another app… Songza!

I read about it online a few months ago described as an even better version of Pandora, with a little bit of several other streaming music sites thrown in, so I thought I would give it a try. My friends, I fell in love!

Songza has amazing channels and suggestions for other music you may want to listen to. I think I’ve only found one song that I don’t like, and that was on an acoustic guitar channel I was listening to at bedtime that just didn’t work for me. They have amazing channels that really are what they claim to be…when they say it’s 1980’s high energy it really is. There’s everything from all male folk music singers from the 60’s and 70’s to chamber music to the current Holiday music play lists from Maria Cary. At Halloween they had scary music soundtracks. I also like the fact that you can get sounds…ocean waves, birds, things like that without background music which can be hard to find.

You can search for music by what you’re doing, by how you’re feeling, by type of music, by song title, by singer, and their “concierge” comes up with great suggestions. The descriptions of the channels are pretty accurate too – if it’s “Hypnotic breaks and pensive soundscapes” that’s really what it is.

Yes, you still have to deal with a commercial when you first tune in to a channel, and there’s a banner ad, but they don’t break in with commercials. Other than that it’s free.

It’s simple to use. User friendly. It has a simple interface and a simple sleep timer. The only thing it doesn’t have is an alarm. I highly recommend it. Check it out!

If you have an idea for next week’s Guilty Pleasure – or if you would like to be the special Guest Blogger and write next week’s Guilty Pleasure post, drop me a line here! I would LOVE to hear your ideas. Especially all you Spoonies and Chronic Babes – what are the those little guilty pleasures that make the bad days a little better? Let’s share and help each other!

Friday’s Guilty Pleasure for 11/22/2013

This week’s Guilt Pleasure post is co-written by my 15 year-old daughter Kay. I’m letting you read it just as she wrote (ok, I corrected some spelling). Enjoy…

The Mark 2 fibreglass (Tom Yardley-Jones) Tard...

Doctor Who is one of my guilty pleasures. It’s a British sci-fi show about an alien (Time Lord) named the Doctor and his travels through time and space with his companions. The show turns 50 on Saturday the 23rd of November, making it the oldest sci-fi show ever. Over the years, the Doctor has regenerated (a clever trick by the writers so they can replace the actor) eleven times, meaning eleven actors have played the part, and now, in the Anniversary special three of them and Queen Elizabeth.

The show is very confusing, and you never know what to expect, like how the Doctor was at a picnic next to a lake with his wife, while his best friend was pregnant with his wife, when his wife in a space suit came out of the lake and killed him (spoilers), or how one of the companions named their daughter after their daughter after she grew up with her daughter… but the surprises are definitely worthy of your time. The more you watch it, the more addicted to it you become. When you do fall in love with it, you join a world-wide community that is open and happy to meet others in their fandom. We’re called Whovians.

Now, I’ve been suggested to say the cost. The only costs are the money to get BBC in what ever country you live in, or Netflix, which has every season of the show. The other cost is your time, which will often get devoted to Doctor Who. Then, if you do get addicted to show, you will most likely went to buy the shirts, mugs, posters, toys, and DVDs. Trust me. I’ve either bought or received two Doctor Who shirts, one mug, one poster, two sonic screwdrivers (the Doctor’s tool that can do anything ((except wood), two TARDIS (his spaceship that looks like a British Police Box that is bigger on the inside) blue nail polish, and the diary of one of the characters.

Thanks Kay! Great job!! I’d just like to add that this weekend is filled with all kinds of Doctor Who specials, shows and on-line activities. Check out things like the page visually depicting the social media around the special and offering a few (very short) sneak peaks. The BBC YouTube channel where they’ll be updating things with videos from the events going on in the UK. And don’t miss the world-wide simulcast of the anniversary special staring at 7:50 PM in the UK and 2:50 PM on the East Coast of the US. Enjoy!

By the way, if a strange man with a box that’s bluer than blue, ancient and new, and much bigger on the inside asks where you want to go in all of time and space, go! Don’t walk, RUN!

If you have an idea for next week’s Guilty Pleasure – or if you would like to be the special Guest Blogger and write next week’s Guilty Pleasure post, drop me a line here! I would LOVE to hear your ideas. Especially all you Spoonies and Chronic Babes – what are the those little guilty pleasures that make the bad days a little better? Let’s share and help each other!

 

We Interupt this Guilty Pleaseure

This has been a really rough week. I’ve had horrible migraines for a week, an unplanned trip to the zoo, an unexpected job interview, and the week is ending with some sort of stomach issue that I think came from something I ate since the only 3 people who have are the 3 people who ate a particular piece of fancy cake. What I’m getting at is, I’m beat.

One of the big things about having a chronic illness is knowing when to say “Uncle” and not push any further. This my friends is one of those times. I need to get some rest. I also need to take care of the kiddos who are also down for the count. Thank goodness my Mother-in-Law is staying over for a few days to help out.

I promise I’ll be back to the regularly scheduled programming next week.

Have a great weekend all. Be kind to one another, most importantly, be kind to yourselves!