November 24, 2009

All I Want For...Black Friday Week Edition

For that hard-to-buy-has-everything person on your list, you can shop right from your living room couch, no need to join the mad rush. YJDKIY offers these suggestions of gifts....that under no circumstances are you allowed to give.*

  1. ZeroSmoke - bio-magnets which you wear on your upper ear
  2. The Snac Daddy - the innovative tray specially designed to hold chicken wings and hide the leftover bones
  3. MegaVent - stop snoring now
  4. Back Yard Brawling Babes - like you've never seen before

  1. Pancake Puffs - on sale now!
  2. Wizzit - attracts hair like a magnet
  3. Faucet Light - Have the coolest faucet in the neighborhood!
  4. Petbrella - installs in just minutes

  1. Supreme Moo Mixer - mix and drink in one place!
  2. Poop Freeze - Poop Happens and when it does there’s POOP FREEZE, the first freeze-spray aerosol made for animal waste pick-up.
  3. Potty Patch - Now your pet can go when he wants!
  4. Oribitor Electronic Listening Device - Parabolic sound collecting switch

  1. Mad Cow - This infectious, crazy cow is udderly nuts!
  2. Grater Plater - The natural flavors and juices stay right in the plate.
  3. Klassy Kovers -The 15-second patio makeover
  4. Roll-Up Electric Piano - small to fit in a pouch

  1. Corvette Dollar - the first non-circulating legal tender car coin with working headlights
  2. Drink Better - Drink Better Bowls design also decreases muzzle staining and keeps ears dry.
  3. Dino Fossil Preparation Kit - prepare your very own authentic fossils
  4. Fanny Bank - Drop some loot, and hear me toot

  1. Bionic Minnow - made of space-age dura-foam
  2. Burp Balls - extra ammo when you need it most
  3. Chameleon Candle - The Chameleon Candles´s gentle glow of color changing light will transport you to a calm and tranquil place.
  4. The Chillow - Pillows are like a desert: HOT! The Chillow is like an oasis for your face.

*There are a few exceptions, can you guess which? That said, I strongly suggest selecting from the Etsy list on the right (hint!).


Somehow Blogger ate this post. Leftover kale, sauted in olive oil, garlic, the tiniest bit of soy sauce and with sesame seeds, mashed up with mashed up sweet potato, creamed with a bit of cinnamon, agave and soy milk. Perfect sweet, tangy and salty combo!

And I couldn't have a post titled that without a reference to this:

November 18, 2009

Copy, we have a visual on that

YJDKIY teased you with the words, but now you have the pictures. Behold, kale chips:


{EXECUTE olive oil, garlic powder, kosher salt, 12-15 mins @ 350}


Ceci n'est pas une pipe

Way to have an original idea, CLEAR.

Cutie Patootie

Ingenious marketing and deliciousness all rolled into one! They even have their own website.

Just in case you're curious, a serving size is 2!

November 17, 2009

New Blog Feature

YJDKIY spent way too much time wasting time! As a result, the blog will feature regular* Etsy Covets over there on the top right! I love the shop local feature, but had to branch out. Please note anything featured gladly accepted as tokens of reader affection.

As more items are added the older ones drop off the gallery. To see all of my favorites, check HERE. Really, that is the most important link. So I made it bold. And put it in caps. You won't miss it. Right?

November 12, 2009

Quickest Beach Trip Ever

Yes that photo of Pringles (can you say a pringle?) is related to the title of this post. Even YJDKIY gives in to not at all healthy cravings once in a while. This time, the salty potato crunch was calling my name. As soon as I popped the top of the tube, the smell and taste sent me sailing to Emerald Isle, circa 1982?

See them? Right there on the top part of the plate. The ONLY time Pringles graced the lips of young YJDKIY was when my grandmother purchased such treats. They also lived in her pantry any time I visited their house, but I particularly remember eating them at lunch, on the porch of the beach house after a morning of hard beach play. YUM!

And for your reading enjoyment, remember when I mentioned this problem? Apparently that has always been the case. Photographic evidence:

Also from a beach trip, fresh corn on the cob...I may be trying to eat the whole thing, couldn't really say.

Vanilla ice cream, in what looks like a season too cold to be eating frozen goodies

And the crowning moment in YJDKIY food history, shoveling in mac & cheese and broccoli (which I'm henceforth calling mac & trees, and yes, I do still kinda eat like that). However, my favorite part of this photo is the fact that even at 2 there is ketchup!

November 10, 2009

So the poor little doggie had none

We've reached DEFCON 4, people. Saved only by the edamame in the freezer and some still crunchy spinach, cracked dry carrots, and slightly rubbery red pepper.

Despite this, the weather is too disgusting to remedy the situation. If conditions prevail, however, tomorrow will surely result in escalation of said impending disaster.

PS That photo is pretty embarrassing. Don't say YJDKIY isn't painfully honest.


YJDKIY may or may not be the anonymous reader listed in this post on FitSugar.

November 9, 2009

November 8, 2009

Tofu Twice-Baked and a Movie

Easy peasy dinner last night (hence the photos!).

Baked Potatoes
Crumbled Tofu & Extra Sharp Cheddar, with diced Vidalia Onions
Bake at 400 for 30 minutes
Enjoy with broccoli!
But YJDKIY doesn't recommend watching Food, Inc. over dinner. I do recommend watching it though. Everyone.

It pretty much makes you not want to eat again.

I knew the awfulness of the meat industry, I knew the vast awfulness of how corn has conquered the world, and I know I've written about added ingredients, shelf life and trucking. In fact, I do try to avoid these. But what I didn't know was...the soybeans and the statistics. I do know it looks like I will be in the market for new soy milk, as Silk (I only hope what their website says about sourcing is true), produced by White Wave Foods, which does have a pretty good philosophy on GMOs and corporate responsibility is owned by Dean Foods, which doesn't quite have the same record. Unless it says organic, the soybeans in Silk are probably part of the percentage mentioned in the movie.

If you're curious about my Silk abandonment, go take your bottle of RoundUp to a hazardous waste facility and check out this movie tonight.

I'll get you started with a great top ten from

Stop drinking sodas and other sweetened beverages.You can lose 25 lbs in a year by replacing one 20 oz soda a day with a no calorie beverage (preferably water).
Eat at home instead of eating out. Children consume almost twice (1.8 times) as many calories when eating food prepared outside the home.
Support the passage of laws requiring chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus and menu boards.Half of the leading chain restaurants provide no nutritional information to their customers.
Tell schools to stop selling sodas, junk food, and sports drinks.Over the last two decades, rates of obesity have tripled in children and adolescents aged 6 to 19 years.
Meatless Mondays—Go without meat one day a week.An estimated 70% of all antibiotics used in the United States are given to farm animals.
(YJDKIY is doing meatless weekend..or longer!)
Buy organic or sustainable food with little or no pesticides.According to the EPA, over 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used each year in the U.S.
Protect family farms; visit your local farmer's market.Farmer's markets allow farmers to keep 80 to 90 cents of each dollar spent by the consumer.
Make a point to know where your food comes from—READ LABELS.The average meal travels 1500 miles from the farm to your dinner plate.
Tell Congress that food safety is important to you.Each year, contaminated food causes millions of illnesses and thousands of deaths in the U.S.
Demand job protections for farm workers and food processors, ensuring fair wages and other protections.

In case you are lazy and don't want to read up on this on your own, maybe some of these facts will motivate you:

-- 70 percent of processed foods have some genetically modified ingredient.
-- In 1972 the Food and Drug Administration conducted 50,000 food safety inspections; by 2006 that number was down to 9,164.
-- One in three Americans born after 2000 will contract early-onset diabetes; among minorities the rate will be one in two
--According to USDA, 26 federally-inspected packing plants process 500,000 cattle or more per year. Together, these 26 plants process 76 percent of the cattle harvest.


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