Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Mucho fun in the Wednesday Hodgepodge-Vol 47

Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge Hodgepodgers. Add your link at the bottom of my post and then go visit your friends and neighbors. Here are my answers-

1. What's your favorite meal to serve on a chilly autumn evening?

One of my favorites is homemade vegetable beef soup. I use Paula Deen's recipe but I omit the seasoning salt and I rarely have black eyed peas in the house. I throw in zucchini or regular peas or whatever other veg I have on hand in place of the black eyed peas. This is a hearty, flavorful soup...I always make mine with short ribs and the meat is so delicious and tender. When hubs hears this is on the dinner menu it makes his day.

2. Are you a creature of habit? Explain.

In a sense yes, and here's what I think that means. The way in which I'll react or behave when I feel angry-hurt-frustrated-happy-excited-anxious, is somewhat predictable...BUT... there's always a but, right?...I'm not inflexible. Does that make sense? While I may always go for door number one I can be taken out of my comfort zone and pull open door number two if necessary. And I can be happy while doing so.

Now, if by habit you mean, do I get up at the same time every day, eat the same breakfast, have meatloaf Monday and taco Tuesday, etc. then no.

Did I over think this question? Yes.
Is that a habit of mine? Maybe.

3. What food product (no longer available) do you remember and miss from days gone by?

The first thing that popped into my head was something called Whip n' Chill. It was a gelatin like dessert and we always had the lemon flavored although it may have come in other flavors too. It was like whipped jello I guess, very light and creamy and I'm sure it was chock full of all sorts of artificial chemically goodness. Along those same lines I also remember a product called Jello 1-2-3.

It was a layered jello dessert with each of the three layers just a little bit fluffier and lighter than the one before. Pretty sure it was more fun to make than it was to eat. I can't say I actually miss either of these products because eww, but they do make me think of my childhood.

4. What's something you've lost that you've never been able to find? Any theories as to what happened?

My favorite sunglasses, two pair actually, and neither were the cheap drug store variety. Sigh. One pair I'd only had for about a week when I left them on the seat of a booth in a restaurant. We'd only walked a short way down the street when I realized it but when I went back they were no where to be seen. Hubs bought me a second pair and I had them for a while but they disappeared just before we moved back to the states. Where they went is a complete mystery. I checked every nook and cranny in our cars before we sold them prior to leaving England and I emptied every coat pocket, purse, and tote bag in the house. Nada. So sad too because I loved them and also because hubs likes to bring this up every time I think about buying another pair of expensive sunglasses.

5. Zoo~circus~carnival...your favorite?

I'll say the zoo mostly because I haven't been to a circus in ages and I'm not a fan of carnival rides. Now, carnival food is another story.

6. What song makes you feel instantly happy?

Oh so do I pick just one? It's really hard to resist putting my top ten happy songs here but I will. I know I should say something inspirational but I'm going with this one...beach music always makes me happy.

7. To what extent are you an argumentative person?

Well, I guess that would depend on who you ask. Does that answer sound argumentative? Mostly I'm an easy going laid back person who has opinions about certain things. Holding and expressing an opinion that differs from someone else's is not necessarily being argumentative. I think the argumentative part comes into play in the way you express those opinions and feelings. Occasionally I like to have the last word. Hubs might say more than occasionally. I'm working on it.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Are you on facebook? What do you think of all the new changes? If you're confused I invite you to visit my friend Carolyn's blog (The Wonder of Tech). It's a great place to find easy to understand answers to all your tech questions...if you ask she'll answer. Hi Carolyn! Here's a link to her post outlining some of the recent facebook changes which I found really helpful.

I saw this posted on her fb page last week and I 'borrowed' it...a sign of the times, for sure!


  1. My husband always loses his sunglasses. I only let him buy ones for $5 or $10!! I will check out Carolyns blog!! Thanks.

  2. Good Morning!! Oh I remember that jello dessert....and like the predictability of door #1....
    Having horrible allergies this week can't think beyond my nose.
    Have a wonderful week!

  3. I'm feeling your pain about the sunglasses. I just lost a pair that I had purchased from Kohl's for $5, and I'm kicking myself. I've looked everywhere and keep hoping they'll turn up.


  4. Love the song----and the group. Charlie and I saw the group in Virginia Beach a couple of years ago-(few years as a matter of fact). Then last Apri, the group (not all the originial Tams) came to Marion.

  5. Love the song and group. Charlie and I saw the Tams a few years ago at Virginia Beach.
    Homemade veg.soup sounds yummy.

  6. You're not the only one who tends to overthink! ;-)

    I love vegetable soup, and I think I'm going to have to check out Paula Deen's recipe.

  7. I'd forgotten about Jello 1-2-3! A real blast from the past!
    I like to have the last does my oldest son. It made for some heated arguments back during his teen years. So glad those days are in the past!
    Thanks for the fun questions! I've been missing your posts, and my "Joyce fix" the past couple of days. LOL

  8. Good morning, Joyce!
    Anything by Paula Deen has got to be a that woman! I'll for sure have to give her veggie soup a try!

  9. Hi Joyce!

    Thanks for hosting another week of HodgePodge!
    I have not heard of that Jello product, but it sure looks good.

    Thanks for the link to `Wonder of Tech`

  10. OOh, sunglasses yep that is another. So easy to lose them for some reason.
    I never heard that song before-thanks for sharing and another great week of Hodgepodge :)

  11. I don't buy expensive sunglasses cuz I'm worried about losing them. Now I can see that it is a justified fear. Thanks for hosting this again! I so enjoy it!

  12. Great answer to #2. I don't remember that jello at all. I'm not on Facebook often enough to have it bother me but I am going to check out your friends sight to see what all the fuss is about! Enjoy the rest of your week.

  13. I always make my grandmother's vegetable beef soup. I still can't make it as good as she did--but that's par for the course when trying to reproduce her recipes! I remember Jell-O 123! I have never lost my glasses or sunglasses. Of course, now that I've said that, I will. LOL

  14. Hi Joyce, Thanks very much for the kind words about my blog! I have a review today of the new iPhone 4S if anyone is interested or curious about it.

    Chili is my fall comfort food. I remember the Jello 1-2-3 dessert, but mine never turned out like theirs, lol.

    I miss my grandmother's home made tapioca pudding that was another comfort food for me.

    This weekend I lost an earring. I set it on the nightstand in the evening and in the morning it was gone. No sigh of it. Gremlins, I'm pretty sure. ;-)

  15. Thanks for stopping by with the warm welcome. I've seen this meme floatin' around for some time and just now got a chance to do it...very fun.

  16. Hi Joyce,
    I'm with you on the changes at Facebook. It's all so confusing. It's change and I don't like change. Have a great day!

    Food for Thought

  17. I have lost every expensive pair of sunglasses I've owned. Plenty of cheapie Oriole bird ones hang around forEVer! Love your overthink answer!

  18. I remember Whip n' Chill! I think we always had strawberry ....

    I love your sign about exiting before tweeting! Definitely a sign of the time.

  19. I can never hold on to expensive sunglasses. The cheap ones last forever, but the spendy ones are gone in no time.

  20. Just loved Jello-1-2-3! Still miss it!

  21. Veggie beef soup is one of my favorites as well. I remember the Jello 123, totally forgot about it. Thanks for doing this EVERY week. It must be a lot of work.

  22. Happy Wednesday.. I do not like losing things.. Oh that Jello.. That is so funny to see it again.. I think I had it once when I was really little.. Have a great weekend..

  23. I left a pair of $50 sunglasses on a table at Taco Bell. Went about a mile down the road before realizing it, but they were gone by the time I got back. Now I buy sunglasses at the dollar store!

  24. loosing your favorite sunglasses is no bueno. i've been lucky to have had mine for about 3 yrs now. if one can get past the big crack running through the middle. ;) [great brand, found at marshals]

  25. I tried to comment earlier this week and my computer died because it is so rude like that. I think the circus is strange. And that FB photo was funny :)

  26. So fun to know more about you :) That Tweeting sign - very funny#