Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. What's surprised you most about your life, or about life in general?

Life doesn't really surprise me.

When I look at what life used to be, and how different it is now from anything I ever imagined while growing up there is plenty there to be surprised at, but it all happened at a rate that there was never really an element of surprise involved..

2. Among others, these ten words were added to the Oxford English Dictionary this year...awesomesauce, beer o'clock, brain fart, buttdial, cat cafe (apparently this is a real thing), fatberg (gross-read the definition here), fat shame, hangry, Mx (gender neutral), and skippable. 

Your thoughts? In looking over the list, which word do you find most ridiculous? Which word would you never in a million years say out loud? Which word would you be most likely to use in conversation?

Of all those dreadful choices I think skippable is probably the word that has the most chance getting used.

I can't see why any of them deserve to be added to the dictionary.

3. Do you like gravy? Is there a food you'd rather not eat unless it comes with gravy? Do you make your own or buy the canned or store-made variety? Turkey and gravy, sausage gravy, mashed potatoes and gravy, country ham and red eye gravy, biscuits and chocolate gravy, pot roast and gravy...which one on the list is your favorite?

I like gravy though there isn't any food that I think I have to have gravy in order to eat it, including mashed potatoes.

I make our own gravy. Most recently I made what we used to call "white gravy" when I was growing up. It's a cold gravy, one vegetarians could eat. We used to serve it every day during the summer. It was especially delicious over fried potatoes which is how we ate it last week. The children love it just as much as I used to.

Biscuits and gravy sound good right now, though not with chocolate gravy. I didn't even know something like that existed.

4. Do you have a plan? Do you need a plan? Have you ever had a plan fall into a trillion pieces? Explain.

I have all sorts of plans. At the moment I don't need any more plans, I just need to stick to the ones I already have. 

Sadly we have had some plans fall into pieces.

5. November 19 is National Play Monopoly Day. Do you own the original or some version of the game? Do you enjoy playing Monopoly? How likely is it you'll play a game of Monopoly on November 19th? Ever been to Atlantic City? Ever taken a ride on a railroad? Is parking in your town free? Last thing you took a chance on?

We have the original version of Monopoly. The last time I played it that I actually enjoyed it was almost twenty years ago when LV, my brother John, and I visited one of the neighboring church districts and the family we had lunch with after church brought out their Monopoly game to play.

I've played it since as well, but it was more or less a form of torture.

I will not be playing it on Nov. 19th. I've never been to Atlantic City. Never had a ride on a railroad.

Parking is free in our town, though I basically never visit the town we have as our address. There's another town, a much nicer one, closer, but in a different state. Parking is not free there.

The last thing I took a chance on was getting a small block of cheese in a new flavor combination called Mango Fire. It's interesting. A little too hot for my taste, but I love the mango undertones. A little too mango-y for LV's taste, but he loves the heat. If there was a way to separate the two we'd both be happy. I'm glad we tried it, but we probably won't be getting more.

6. A song you like that has the word (or some form of the word) thanks in the title, lyrics, or meaning?

Come Ye Thankful People, Come

7. In keeping with this month's theme of gratitude....what is something you're taking for granted that when you stop and think about it, you're grateful for?

I think there's a lot of things we tend to take for granted until we lose it.

Clean water.

The list could go on for quite a while.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Several weeks ago I had mentioned how all the mothers other than me, sit around doing crocheting, knitting, and other crafty stuff while the children have their Christmas pageant practice.

Last week I made this thing for my mother-in-law for Christmas. She has been wanting one in green for a while already so this seemed like the perfect time to work on it.

Tonight I'll be working on one in blues.


  1. I'm not sure I want to know how they got the cheese to taste like mango. ha ha!

    I was equally surprised by the chocolate gravy...didn't know that existed, though I've heard of chocolate sauce for chicken. I think it usually has a hint of chilli in it.

    1. I love chocolate, but some things I think are better without.

  2. I have never heard of a cold gravy. My first reaction to it is to gag, but how bad can it be if all of your kids like it, and you enjoyed it so much as a kid? Interesting...
    Monopoly, especially with kids, is a form of torture. I rarely play it with my kids. Although, the junior version is marvelous. We just played it the other day, in fact.
    Nice work finding a craft to do during practice!

    1. If white gravy were anything like other types of gravy it would be gag worthy to think of eating it cold. It's nothing like any other gravy, and really can only be served cold. It's more like a dressing, really.

      Even though our children are older, and can actually play Monopoly, I still don't enjoy helping them play it. I wish I did, but Monopoly is not my thing. Thankfully there are other games we all enjoy.

  3. Somehow, chocolate gravy just doesn't sound very appealing. Lol

  4. I've never heard of cold gravy. Chocolate gravy has never sounded good to me, although I do love chocoloate. Your gift is lovely. Have a nice day!

    1. Cold gravy was a favorite of ours during the summer months. It is nothing like the meat related gravies. Chocolate gravy sounds a little disturbing to me.

  5. Chocolate gravy reminds me somewhat of chocolate pudding, but I really don't want chocolate on my biscuits. Cold gravy I will have to look up. I have never heard of that before. Monopoly was torture to me too. Fun at the beginning of the game with all that money, but usually lost.

    1. If it's like chocolate pudding, then I would not want it on biscuits unless of-course the biscuits were actually cookies.

  6. Your present for you m-i-l is so pretty. I'm sure she is going to love it. Can't wait to see the one in blue!

    1. Thanks! I'm looking forward to seeing the blue one completed as well. Blue is one of my favorite colors.

  7. Your craft reminds me so much of something my mother-in-law would love. She has a few pieces people made for her when she worked that makes me think she would really enjoy that.

    I would love the recipe for the cold white gravy you mentioned if you are ever inclined to share. Sounds like something I should add to my gravy recipe collection.

    1. I'll have to try to remember to measure the things I use to make white gravy. I always use several scoops of this, a dollop of that, and a splash of something else. :)

  8. What a nice Hodgepodge. I love the craft you made for your MIL. And I'll bet the blue one is going to be just as beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving!!

  9. I can't tell from the picture what the craft item actually is. Does it hang from a light fixture or a ceiling fan? I thought it might spin around if there were a breeze. There was a children's song that said, "I never knew just what it was and I guess I never will." :-)

  10. I like the craft that you made. It's beautiful and I'm sure it will be a well loved gift. I think all of those words are fairly idiotic myself. Biscuits and gravy sound good to me, although the chocolate gravy doesn't sound appealing at all. I'll take the regular sausage gravy with it thank you very much. Have a lovely day. Blessings, Betsy

  11. I agree - most of those words are indeed "skippable", although awesomesause is rather cute.

    I make my mac and cheese with two-thirds sharp cheddar and one third pepper jack. I found some of that Mango Fire at the local Aldi's and thought, "Oh, mango. How hot can that be?" Well. Actually, we liked it very much, and I've never seen it again.

    I loathe playing Monopoly. I think I'd rather go to the dentist, or even the "lady doctor" than sit through a game. If backed into a corner, I'll play to go bankrupt as quickly as possible and then put myself in charge of making the coffee.

  12. The gift is beautiful!

    White gravy sounds interesting--does it go with raw vegetables, or how is it served?

  13. If you like chocolate, consider chocolate gravy over biscuits!!!! I never heard of it til I moved to Arkansas. It is made of cocoa, flour, milk, butter, and a little vanilla, I think! :)

  14. If you like chocolate, consider chocolate gravy over biscuits!!!! I never heard of it til I moved to Arkansas. It is made of cocoa, flour, milk, butter, and a little vanilla, I think! :)

  15. Sounds like many of us are interested in this white gravy! Your craft is pretty!

  16. Sounds like many of us are interested in this white gravy! Your craft is pretty!


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