Yikes. Karma is REAL, folks.
Yikes. Karma is REAL, folks.
Posted by Lisa Yak at 9:29 PM
Wow. No matter where you stand in the current political climate, you have to acknowledge that is a powerful, though-provoking image. It illustrates the cover story, Inside Russia's Social Media War on America. Big props to the artist, Brobel Design, for creating what is sure to be an instant classic.
Posted by Lisa Yak at 7:27 PM
My love affair with cheese has been documented before on this blog, so if you've been a regular reader, you'll understand just how horrified I was to read about the Lone Star Tick.
According to this article on NJ.com, those unfortunate enough to be bitten by the Lone Star Tick suddenly find themselves allergic to meat products and dairy.
If anyone needs me, I'll be ensconced safely indoors, bathing myself in DEET and eating a wheel of parmesan.
Posted by Lisa Yak at 3:48 PM
Well, THIS was unexpected!
At this point, my friends and family have grown accustomed to my penchant for reviewing Limited Edition Oreo flavors as soon as they're available. I'm not even a big cookie eater, but I do love being adventurous and trying unusual foods (or food-like things).
I recently purchased Firework Oreos to review them [see that blog post HERE], and unlike most of the other flavors I've purchased, somehow my family managed to plow through the entire package in just a few days--which is a problem, because I promised my eldest daughter she could try some when she comes to visit on Mother's Day.
So, I took a quick trip to the grocery store to snag some more, and that's when I happened upon ANOTHER flavor that I had no idea was being released: Waffles & Syrup. What?!? WHY WAS I NOT INFORMED!?!
Seriously, whenever a new flavor is announced, I inevitably face an onslaught of tags on Facebook for at least a week. Does no one check my wall first before posting about a new flavor? Nope, I get at least 5 or 6 people tagging me every time a new one is released.
These intrigued me. I was not a big fan of the Lay's Potato Chips "Chicken & Waffles" flavor, but I was curious enough to give them a chance. These have to better, right?
Actually, I found these a little disappointing--definitely a missed opportunity. I'm not sure what part of this cookie is supposed to taste like a waffle, but I didn't detect any waffle taste at all, other than the slightest hint of artificial butter flavoring. On the plus side, the cookie itself did have a noticeable maple flavor that was quite pleasant.
Posted by Lisa Yak at 6:34 PM
Being a child of the '70s, when Pop Rocks popping candy was all the rage, I've been dying to try these Firework Oreos ever since the flavor was announced. For a Limited Edition Flavor, they're fairly simple and straightforward: a regular Oreo cookie with popping candy embedded in the creme filling.
Yay! They're finally here!
I'm not sure who it was over at Nabisco who thought of this one, but HERE, TAKE MY MONEY!
And, spoiler alert: These are pretty darn good!
I followed my usual "scientific" 3-cookie method for trying them: first I pop the entire cookie into my mouth all at once, to see how it tastes as a whole; next, I twist one open and eat just the creme filling, and then the cookie separately, to discern their individual merits; and finally, I take a few bites and eat the cookie more slowly, to reach a final verdict.
Posted by Lisa Yak at 10:24 PM
For years, my youngest daughter was a big fan of the reality show, Dance Moms. I'll admit, I had a tough time watching it with her, because 1) the dance instructor, Abby Lee Miller, was SO mean to the girls, and 2) their moms just stood there and allowed it. Nevertheless, my daughter loved following the drama surrounding dancers like Maddy and her sister Mackensie, Nia, Kendall, and the others, so on Tuesday nights, we'd sit together and watch the screaming matches unfold. She finally outgrew the show about two years ago, but not before we attended a book signing and met with Abby Lee Miller herself.
Posted by Lisa Yak at 9:52 PM
We're still in shock over the death of our beloved dog, Scooter, and our house is definitely not the same without him.
The strangest part has been the lack of things to do now that he's not here--my daily routine has changed so much, so quickly. No more letting him out last thing before I go to bed, standing outside hoping my neighbors have already turned in for the night so they don't catch me out there in pajama pants and an old Brooklyn t-shirt. No more filling his water dish and adding kibble to his food bowl before I've even gotten my own coffee in the morning. No more snuggles on the couch, romps in park, or frantic games of indoor fetch on a rainy day.
To keep myself occupied, I went around the house gathering up all of Scooter's old toys. I couldn't bear to see them just sitting there, knowing he wouldn't ever be playing with them again, so I started to collect them for disposal--but first, I took the time to count them.
The final tally: 81 plush toys, 14 rawhide chews in various states of destruction, 1/4 of what was once a smoked pig ear, 7 tennis balls, 3 frisbees, and 2 stolen catnip toys. Not too shabby.
Scooter's life may have been short, but it was well-lived.
Posted by Lisa Yak at 12:25 PM
Today was an terribly sad day in our household: we said goodbye to our sweet dog, Scooter.
|Our last photo of Scooter, just before we had to say goodbye|
Posted by Lisa Yak at 7:30 PM
Thought for the day: I have come to the realization that, even if my life depended on it, I could not give up dairy. No one is asking me to, mind you, but if it ever did come to that, I would leave instructions to just lay me out in the casket clutching a gigantic wheel of cheese. Ditch sugar? Sure, no problem. Wine? Ugh, okay, I could do it. But know this: I am taking cheese with me when I go.
Posted by Lisa Yak at 9:09 PM
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Posted by Lisa Yak at 11:07 PM
File under "This is why we can't have nice things": the Live video feed of the giraffe in labor was removed from YouTube this morning because animal rights extremists allegedly reported it for "sexually explicit content and nudity" and demanded it be taken down. Do they even make those hideous hospital gowns in giraffe sizes?
Posted by Lisa Yak at 11:33 PM
Wow. To heck with current events and politics and the hateful things going on. This selfless woman restores my faith in all that is good and pure and kind in this world.
Posted by Lisa Yak at 11:28 AM
I always thought my children would be my greatest legacy, but these Jalapeño Popper Pillows I created for Cathy's Pre-Prom snacks are making me second guess myself.
Super easy to make: just combine a container of Philadelphia brand Jalapeño cream cheese with half a cup of shredded Kraft Four Cheese Mexican Cheese and 2 Tablespoons of Ortega Taco sauce. Put a small dollop (about the size of a nickel) in the center of a wonton wrapper. Wet all around the edges of the wrapper with water, then fold one corner over diagonally to form a triangle. Fold the points of the triangle in towards the center, brushing the tips with water to seal them down.
Spray with non-stick cooking spray and bake in at 350 degrees Farenheit until golden brown. Serve with extra taco sauce on the side.
Posted by Lisa Yak at 8:11 AM
Since everyone in my house was given a snow day--no school, no work, just a quiet day at home--I'm watching the "team coverage" on my local TV station. Right now, this intrepid reporter is scolding Sydney, a man shoveling snow, because he's wearing such a thin jacket while out in the bitter cold.
Sydney immediately stops what he's doing, and gives her a rundown of all the layers he has on, lifting his jacket and pulling down the waistband of his pants so that she can see his "t-shirts, leggings, extra underwear, you name it" for herself, while the wind-driven snow pelts them both. As he speaks, she picks up the shovel while juggling her microphone and starts helping him clear the sidewalk.
My god, I love New Yorkers.
Posted by Lisa Yak at 8:46 PM
That moment when you really DO need bread, milk and eggs...and there's a snowstorm coming.
Posted by Lisa Yak at 8:23 AM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to this lovely lady, my favorite mother-in-law, Mary. Kind, generous, and always looking out for her family's well-being.
In honor of this special occasion, allow me to share some of the wit and wisdom that we've been so blessed with over the years:
Posted by Lisa Yak at 2:30 PM
Earlier this evening, I wished a friend's 16-year-old son a Happy Birthday, and as I tried to hark back to myself at that stage, I suddenly realized that I am already more than three times his age.
I was feeling really old, until President Trump announced his nominee for the Supreme Court: Neil Gorsuch, who also happens to be 49. Now, everyone is saying how long-lasting his legacy on the bench could be if he's confirmed, because he's "so young."
And just like that, I'm back to buying green bananas again.
Posted by Lisa Yak at 8:51 PM
My youngest daughter has her Junior Prom coming up, and tonight, a friend surprised her with a "promposal", asking her to go as his date.
This is something new for us. Although I've certainly heard of "promposals"--creative, sometimes elaborate ways of asking someone to attend the prom, usually involving posterboard and a cheesy poem spelled out with candy wrappers--we'd never actually experienced one first-hand. My older two daughters went to a high school that was girls-only, so the negotiation process for prom dates was handled almost exclusively by the girls themselves, usually during lunch period in the cafeteria. ("Hey, you can take my brother if I can take your cousin. And my brother's friend is available but then he needs someone to go to his prom two weeks later. Sounds good. Done deal. Who wants ice cream?")
Not so for my youngest, who attends a co-ed public school. The boy who asked her is "just a friend," but seeing as he had a custom banner made for the occasion and threw in two dozen roses for good measure, I'd say at this point that he's elevated his status to a "good friend." We'll have to stay tuned on that one.
In the meantime, my daughter was very pleased by his thoughtfulness, and although there were other things going on in the world today that got far more airplay, this was certainly the highlight of OUR day.
Posted by Lisa Yak at 11:10 PM
It's 6:15am and two out of my 3 daughters are already up, dressed, and out of the house en route to their jobs, with the third about to get up for school any minute. I'm pretty sure I haven't seen all 3 of them awake and fully-conscious this early in the morning since sometime in 2001.
Posted by Lisa Yak at 6:15 AM
The folks over at the blog Blue Jersey shared some great info that merits passing along: if you'd like to get in touch with your local elected representatives, but you're not sure how to reach them, just text your zip code to 520-200-2223 and you will automatically receive the phone numbers for your U.S. Congressional representatives and State legislators texted right back.
Posted by Lisa Yak at 4:43 PM