(pic) Getting Ready for Thanksgiving Dinner
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I am trying to pick up tips and tricks on baking turkey this year (11 days to go). Women’s magazines are great sources.

Good times. 

Update (2021) – I still have that magazine. I still look at it to refresh my memory before baking turkey.

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Kitchen Table (pic)
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Here’s a picture that’s long over-due. 

Pictures of my dining area 3 years ago and now.



October 2012. I cut flowers from the front yard.
The picture on the wall and the figurine are from ROSS (my other favorite store)

The previous homeowner left this dining table and chairs (Thank God).

** I am expecting a female company in a few hours. I bought 2 lobster tails yesterday at Costco. I am so nervous, I’m going to pass out. Wish me luck~!!

Green Onions
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Smart and Final had a special price on green onions. They were only $0.49 each (bunch). This is when I buy 4 bunches, chop them up, and freeze them. 

I am supposed to dry them before freezing.

I saved $1.20 – $1.60 this way. But, most of all, I will have quick & handy access to green onions for months to come.


Curbing Cravings for Soda – Iced Tea Glasses
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Almost all soda pop is bad for you. If you want to play safe, you should not drink any soda. Diet sodas are just as bad, they say (or even worse). I’m not an authority in this field. So don’t ask me why. 

I don’t drink soda every day. Soda is a luxury item to me (I am poor). I only drink diet cola on weekends or when I eat out. As you know, I never eat out during the weekdays.

To curb my craving for soda, I drink water in these iced tea glasses, usually with a slice of lemon. With these glasses, drinking water is more enjoyable. I don’t miss soda much this way. When I serve water to guests, water becomes a refreshing food item, rather than a utility item for hydration.

(vid) Cutting Pineapple
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I told my friend how tasty Costco Pineapple was. Then we talked about how we cut pineapple. I have never seen anyone else cutting pineapple before. I came up with my own way to cut pineapples. I figured that’s how everyone else is doing.

I use this method to cut watermelon, Mellon, cantaloupe, & etc…

Anyway, it was difficult to explain how I cut pineapple over the phone, so I told her “Ok, ok, I will shoot a video so you will see how I do”.

Here’s the video I sent her.

* Oh yeah, I was listening to Christmas music. They were playing it on my cable TV channel already.

Hot Sauce Lineup
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These are hot sauces I have now.

I put them in the order of preference from left to right.

  1. Blair’s After Death Sauce is my favorite. It’s really hot, but it’s got an exotic flavor. This was the most expensive one ($5-$6)
  2. Castillo’s Salsa Habanera is from Mexico. I bought 2 bottles when I went to Mexico. It quickly became my #2.
  3. Tapatio is my general-purpose hot sauce. This is the cheapest from the lineup ($.59)
  4. Ralphs’s (California Supermarket Chain) hot sauce is #4 but I still like it a lot.
  5. One on the right is the newest one. I don’t like this at all. I think I will trash this.

*I like Tabasco, but I don’t have it (too expensive for what it does). If I had Tabasco, it will be my #3. Tabasco is excellent on pizza.

Hot Sauce. Really Hot Sauce
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Finally, I found a hot sauce that meets and exceeds my expectation.

I like spicy food. When I go to a Thai restaurant, I say “Extra, extra hot, please” Then I say “Remember, I said extra twice”. Sometimes I say “Give me Thai spicy, Not American spicy”

Typical hao sauces such as Tabasco, Valentina, Tapatio, for the general population. I don’t find them remotely spicy. Spicy food lovers agree with me.

I accidentally found this, Blair’s After Death Sauce, at Cost Plus World Market. After Death is too hot for me, so I have to put a few drops of this in some other hot sauce such as Tapatio.

Blair’s After Death comes with a skull key chain. I am excited that I found this hot sauce.

 Blair's After Death Hot Sauce