Posts Tagged ‘fun facts’

color me pink

i have been
i’ll be the first to admit it… up until my rude awakening during today’s lunch break of watching an episode of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, i hadn’t really put much thought into it. IT being PINK SLIME.

i know, i know, what have i been living under a rock?! its been all the rage in the news these days.

but today’s the day, i’m not turning back and i’m taking a stand. no more PINK SLIME will make it past my lips… and even though its rocky terrain trying to brainwash others ;0) i’ll do my best to keep my family and friends from ingesting this gnarly stuff as well.

SOOO – the who’s and what’s:

in a nutshell – it’s processed scraps of beef trimmings and fat (ie the parts of the cow that don’t make it to the shelves) which are then treated with ammonia (NO JOKE! – that’s how they pass it off as ‘killing the bad stuff’)

and chances are YOU have had it too – if you have feasted on a burger at a restaurant or fast food joint, a friend’s bbq, bought lean ground beef at a food store, and the saddest yet, public school lunches!
insert gag reflex

it’s mixed with ground beef to stretch it out, manufacturers can produce more product for less money, and sometimes it’s not even mixed with real ground beef, you’re just eating straight up, cooked PINK SLIME!

what can you do?
KNOW WHAT is in the food you eat
KNOW WHERE the food you eat comes from

as of May 2012, these stores and chains DO NOT SELL beef products with pink slime additives or filler:
Whole Foods Market
Kroger (which includes King Soopers and City Market stores)
Stop N Shop

if you are not at one of these places and unsure of what you may be about to purchase to make your tasty meat balls for dinner, ask the butcher! they can point out the products that do not include additives and fillers.

don’t get SLIMED, get educated!

what e-books wont tell you

i may be a little biased in the e-book department – for obvious reasons to those who personally know me – but this article i read over at Smart Money brought to light some interesting concepts:

#1. “We’re not one-reader-fits-all.”
#2. “Sometimes you’re buying spam.”
#3. “Good luck grabbing our sales and freebies.”
#4. “Our prices are under investigation.”
#5. “Better watch your data bill.”
#6. “Borrowing isn’t as easy as we make it out to be.”
#7. “We don’t have much marketing clout.”
#8. “…But our presence is still killing bookstores.”
#9. “The extras will cost you.”
#10. “E-books are the new latte.”

are they really all they’re cracked up to be?
which do you prefer and why?

i will confess, i have purchased a few e-books on the Kindle app on my iPhone. they were only offered in hardcover at the time of purchase and lugging a HC book on a daily commute puts quite a strain on my already over-filled ‘survival pack’… could i have just waited for them to come to soft cover? of course! but they were sequels or parts of series i was already hooked on at the time and just couldn’t wait to find out what happened next!

being the good ol’ fashioned book lover that i am, i’ll admit that i found it kind of weird to not be able to dog ear pages to hold my mark, feel the paper on my fingertips and smell the book… yes, i smell my books :0)

in like a lion, out like a lamb

Happy March 1st!

is the weather LION-y or LAMB-y in your neck of the woods today? in the NE coast, i’d say it’s more on the Lion side than Lamb.

weather folklore can be so colorful and even pretty accurate. so, we can only hope that if March starts off cold and stormy, that it will end warm and sunny -> keyword = HOPE!

some other March related weather-lore:

A dry March and a wet May? Fill barns and bays with corn and hay.

As it rains in March so it rains in June.

March winds and April showers? Bring forth May flowers.

calling all coffee lovers

GOOD news for COFFEE lovers:
(after putting up the chocolate lovers post last week, i couldn’t leave this one out!)

it protects your heart
moderate coffee drinkers (1 to 3 cups/day) have lower rates of stroke than non-coffee drinkers, an effect linked to coffee’s antioxidants (having more antioxidants per serving than blueberries!)

it diverts diabetes
those antioxidants boost your cells’ sensitivity to insulin, helping to regulate blood sugar

it boosts brain power
moderate coffee drinkers (1 to 3 cups/day) can help to reduce their risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as Parkinson’s disease, studies suggest, as the antioxidants may ward off brain cell damage and help the neurotransmitters involved in cognitive function to work better

it helps your headaches
studies show that 200 milligrams of caffeine (about the amount in 16 ounces of brewed coffee) provides relief from headaches, including migraines


and while you’re at it, check out some of these goods for coffee lovers:

Grady’s Cold Brew
iced coffee in seconds, one bottle makes eight chicory-infused drinks – just add milk

Hairo V60 Ceramic Dripper
make your own coffee-maker-free drink with this handy dandy one-cup cone

Patron XO Coffee Liqueur
smooth, dry tequila meets toasty, roasted coffee – cocktails, addition to ice cream, milkshakes, and cake… the possibilities are endless

don’t drink too much though, you may end up like this guy–>

FAT Tuesday


besides the crazy partying shenanigans that take place in New Orleans to celebrate MARDI GRAS, i never really delved further into the why and what it’s all about though

until now:

it’s French for ‘Fat Tuesday’

the name comes from the ancient custom of parading a FAT ox through Paris on this day to remind people that they were not allowed to eat meat during Lent

it takes place anywhere between February 3rd and March 9th, depending on when Easter falls

the Mardi Gras colors are purple, green and gold

some customs from around the world:

Southern Italy = people dress up in costumes and put on an ancient play

Rio de Jeneiro = people dance in the streets

Nice, France = people wear GIANT masks in the Mardi Gras parade

Binche, Belgium = people dress in colorful clown costumes – called gilles – with bunches of ostrich feathers on their heads and dance in the streets, throwing oranges at the watching crowds

and the commonly known celebration in New Orleans = during the parade everyone dresses up in costumes, trinkets, especially beads and doubloons, are tossed to the crowds from the parade floats

calling all chocolate lovers

GOOD news for CHOCOLATE lovers:

the very dark variety of chocolate is said to improve endothelial function = flexible arteries that may prove resistant to cholesterol deposits

it keeps getting better –> lowfat chocolate milk is a great choice for a post-workout beverage, giving you the right amount of fluids, carbs and protein

and the clencher – a recently published study finds that (among mice at least) the active ingredient in chocolate results in ‘greater endurance capacity’


so, that box of chocolates your sweetie gave you for V-Day, you can now devour guilt free knowing you’re improving your health :0)

happy Punxsutawney Phil day!

february 2nd every year, americans and canadians tune into the latest news blast to see whether or not the ground hog has seen his shadow… will there be six more weeks of winter? or is spring just around the corner?!

ever wonder why we all do this and how it got started?!

well – i did…

Since 1887, members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club in western Pennsylvania have tried to note the first appearance of the rodent they call Punxsutawney Phil. If Phil comes out of his burrow into sunlight on February 2nd and spies his own shadow, he’s said to jump back down underground — dooming us all to six more weeks of winter. On the other hand, a cloudy Groundhog Day forecasts an early spring.

The groundhog’s reputation as a weather prophet came to the U.S. in the mid-18th century with German immigrants. But this is really a very old holiday — one that has its roots in astronomy. February 2nd is one of four cross-quarter days. It lies about halfway between a solstice and an equinox. Today’s cross-quarter day was celebrated as Candlemas in England, where it marked the beginning of spring.

and, what did the ground hog forecast for us today?

SIX more weeks of winter!!
bundle up – i smell a blizzard a’comin :0)