Thursday, November 19, 2009

Friday Fragments

Mrs. 4444, from Half-Past Kissing Time, hosts Friday Fragments each week. It's a great excuse to get all those little snippets that gather in the brain and don't seem enough for one post but together they can make one fun blog post! I've been scribbling ideas for FF all week.  I've probably got 5 or 6 post-its sitting here with funny, interesting or even witty things that have happened this past week.  I had so many that I couldn't possibly post them all!  I hope some of the witty or funny posts made it on here today :)  I love to have you smile when you come over to visit. Please visit Mrs. 4444's Fragmented post so you can find even more severely fragmented posters like me.


I'm going to start off my Friday Fragment post with one of my favorite subjects - Free Printables!

I found this incredible site that has lovely printables for Thanksgiving & Christmas and many many other holidays. The website is called The Toy Maker. If you are looking for some fun items for your Thanksgiving table, there are printable place cards, a pilgrim family, the Mayflower, napkin rings or even turkeys to print and color.  Thank you Toy Maker!


Have you heard the Overstock dot com commercials where the woman is singing about all the things you can purchase from their website?  I'm having trouble with the chorus... "O O O the big big O, Overstock dot com."

I hear that song and laugh every time.  I can't be the only person that thinks the "big big O" as being something sexual.  I just can't think of it any other way!I get a little flushed every time it comes on TV!


I stumbled upon Magic Boxes the other day. What a fun idea for a homemade gift - especially if you have those gorgeous scrapbooking papers in your stash. You can even fill your Magic Boxes with little treats or other small items.


"We hope you've received good news today. Thank you."

I heard this phrase when I was standing in line at the Post Office. The USPS employee said this as she was handing a package to a customer. I thought that was just a one time statement until she said the same thing to me as she handed me the certified envelope that I had to pick up...from the IRS. :)


San Francisco plays CandyLand

In August, Lombard Street, a famous attraction in San Fracisco, was transformed into Candyland!  It was Candyland's 60th birthday and a great time was had by all.  If you'd like to see more photos, shoot on over HERE.  They have a ton of fun shots of the day.


under the Learned Something New category...Unsalted butter.

I found myself reading about this cake, here, and even though I wasn't interested in the cake at the moment (which is truly amazing that I just said that!) I found myself compelled to go to the comment section and start reading.   I ended up learning something that I didn't know.  Now that I read it, it makes perfect sense, but I'd never thought of it before.

Karin's Mom says:

Why do you use unsalted butter in most recipes? Is using unsalted butter a health choice or does unsalted butter have a cooking purpose?

Tim says:

Hey Karin’s Mom: Recipes call for unsalted butter as a way of controlling salt content. Since salted butters all contain different amounts of salt it would be impossible to predict final results. Recipes would not be as accurately duplicated. By using unsalted butter and adding salt yourself you are more likely to replicate what the recipe’s creator had in mind. You can still use salted butter for a recipe like this, you would just reduce the additional salt you are adding to the recipe. In this recipe I would probably just add a pinch of salt. Hope that helps!


I saved money!!! For the past two months my garbage disposal has been making very weird noises, getting stuck so tight a few times that I had to get out the "fix-it wrench" and even had to press the reset button a few times. I asked my husband several times if he would help me figure out what was wrong, but he pretty much refused or forgot. After spending so much time with a plumber this week (see my post 10 hours) I decided to try to figure this out all on my own before I called my new plumber guy over to fix this problem. So I turned off the power to the disposal :) grabbed a flashlight and was prepared to dive into the disposal to figure this out. As soon as the light from the flashlight hit the inside of the disposal I heard, Ahhhh!!!!! One of my washcloths had gotten in there. It was so tight against the side of the disposal that it was no wonder I couldn't see it! I really did look in the disposal several times, honest! I don't know how I missed it. But anyway, I found it, I removed it, it didn't cost me a service call or a new garbage disposal!!! Yay!!!


I hope you have a fantastic week and have a wonderful Holiday next week if you are celebrating :)  Thanks again to Mrs. Fours for putting together our Fragmented Fridays!



BoufMom9 said...

Oh, I'm the worst! I just read your whole post and now can't remember much except the candy land pics! Very cool!

oh! And the unsalted butter, which i cook with all the time! (we actually make our own butter just churning cream. YUM!)

Happy Friday!

michelle said...

Love that pict of Lombard St. Very cool.

My husband and I always butt heads about butter. He's a chef, and believes there's absolutely no place on the planet for salted butter. I, on the other hand, only like salted butter. Even when baking sweet stuff. And since I do the grocery shopping, I win!

Have a great weekend.

Martha in PA said...

Happy Friday!
The Candyland pics are cute. I always lose at that game!

Never thought much about butter......


Cat said...

Hooray Mrs Fix-it!

I think Overstock does that on purpose. I mean, they have to, right?

Jen said...

I have to agree, the Candy Land street was awesome. But I need to thank you for the link to the coloring pages. My kids LOVE to print stuff out and color them so this is most helpful. Thank you.

won said...

Hope you received good news today, while picking up an envelope from the IRS??

Oh my....sounds like a funeral director telling a family to have a nice day.

Just wrong...oh vey!

brainella said...

Good job, plumber girl!

I'm a salted butter girl myself. Gives it a bit more zip. Especially on warm homemade bread...

Anonymous said...

Great links! I can't wait to work on the magic boxes!!! It's the perfect wrapping for a gift for one of my aunts. The gifts are small and I couldn't figure out how I was going to make it an interesting presentation... this is how!!!

April said...

When my daughter was at work with me, my friend Nancy found some printables for her, and my daughter ended up copying them to take to school with her. All the kids loved them, and her teacher gave her a special gift. Online (free) printables are definitely worthy of your love.

Confessions Of A Working Mom said...

Love your picture of Lombard St.! DH & I are going to San Fran for our 5th anniversary in the spring, and that is one of our top must-see sights. I wonder if it'll still be decked out in six months?


Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Thanks so much for the links! I'm going to keep Princess Nagger very busy with coloring...I had a few links to similar things, but can't find them, so this is a huge help! :)

Lombard Street as Candyland! How cool is that?!

I always cook with unsalted butter, too - I figured it was the best way to be in control of the overall salt content - not because of health concerns, but I prefer what I'm making not to come out too salty! ;)

Heh, you're not alone with the mind being in the gutter for the Overstock commercial... ;)

Way to go Ms. Fix-It! :) Glad you were able to fish the dishrag out of the disposal without having to pay an arm and a leg to an actual plumber! :)

Happy FF! :)

Eternal Lizdom said...

To go from a sexually charged Overstock ad and then talking about magic boxes... a very adult rated post!!

shopannies said...

love the candyland pics

denise said...

love how random these are...i have a few hours left to do one myself...always mean to and am inspired by yours...i just found a wash cloth wrapped around my disposal about a week ago...good for you for finding it! loved the candyland...miss living close enough to drive to san francisco for a behind on your posts so more reading for me later tonight...

mub said...

You have great fragments this week! Thanks so much for linking the Magic Box, I hadn't come across that one before. Now I want to make a hundred of them *L*

The Candyland think is awesome too! I want them to do something funny like that here now.

I'm glad you fixed your disposal. I had that happen a couple times at my parents place. I don't have a disposal and I WANT one... they're nowhere to be found. People here look at you like you have 12 heads and horns poking out of your face if you even suggest such a thing!

Mrs4444 said...

You are very welcome, of course. Thanks for playing along :)

Bravo on the disposal fix! (Sometimes, it pays to be too stubborn or cheap to have someone else fix it, haha.) I'm impressed.

Thanks for the unsalted butter info-I had used it before but wasn't sure why it was called for in the recipe.

Yeah, the Overstock commercial is designed to be suggestive, I'm sure. If they check out your post, they'll be thrilled :)

Have a great weekend!

Unknown Mami said...

I was working on the Candyland day and couldn't go check it out.

So did you receive good news?