Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Carton Dance Party

You know, most some days you don't feel like doing anything. But then on other days, you just have an uncontrollable, indescribable, unexpected desire...for a Dance Party

Don't pretend like you don't know what I'm talking about it. I know you need it too sometimes.

So to help you quench that inexplicable foot-tapping, booty-shaking thirst, I'm bringing to you something spectacular: The Carlton Dance Party.

The Carlton Dance Party Gif

Dang, that brings back some Fresh Prince of Bel Air-style nostalgia, doesn't it? And doesn't Carlton know how to work that Michael Jackson 'Beat It' jacket?! A hee hee.

MJ Laugh Gif

But wait. There's more! I just happened to come across a video from last March of The Graham Norton Show. The video features Will Smith, his son, and none other than our man Carlton (aka Alfonso Rebeiro) doing The Carlton. It was pure Heaven, folks.

I know, I know. I'm easily amused. But if you were ever a fan of Alfonso, the Fresh Prince, or just The Carlton, you gotta see it for yourself.

Now wasn't that glorious?! Don'tcha just feel like dancing? But if not--if by some chance you're not a fan of The Carlton, or perhaps you'd rather just go back to what you were doing and pretend like you didn't see a thing...

Will Smith Flash

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WTF Wednesday - Cake Fail

So what happens when a little girl requests a birthday cake from a local grocery store bakery, one that she wants to look like a doll in a dress?

Fail Volcano Cake

WTF, man?! You had one job. Now see what you've done.

Make it Stop

On the plus side, at least it gave me something for your WTF Wednesday post. :)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

7 Questions for Ian Somerhalder

Given that my last post was in November, I may perhaps have lost all three of my loyal followers. What can I say? I've been out of blogging mode for awhile now...concentrating on my art and my family. But now that I'm facing a rather scary health crisis, and given that I'm just self-centered enough to want to read my own thoughts online, I figured I'd better start blogging again while I still can. And what better way to jump back into the blogosphere than with a post dedicated to my favorite man-crush, Ian Somerhalder?! 

Can I get a 'hells yeah,' people!

Ian Somerhalder Damon Salvatore

Now that I have your attention, let us get to the task at hand. Namely, my 7 Questions for Ian Somerhalder. You know, because 6 questions aren't enough, and and 8 would just be overkill. So here we go.

1.  How did your eyes get so damn blue?!

Ian Blue Eyes

I don't even care if that photo is enhanced, your baby blues are some of the bluest I've ever seen.  It's so freaking distracting--in the best haunt-your-dreams-and-make-me-feel-like-a-15-year-old-girl kind of way. A girl could get lost in there...lose all sense of space, time, and reality. 

72 Hours Later image

What was I saying? Oh right. The eyes. But moving on...

2.  Do you have a license for those guns?

Ian Somerhalder Biceps

There's something about your biceps. They're um, nice. Yes, 'nice', that's perfectly polite and ladylike. I am a lady, after all, and a happily married one at that. But a girl can look. I'm not blind. Am I right? And they're like, right...there. 

3.  How did you master that eye thing you do?

Ian Damon Eye Thing

 And really, could you teach my Hubs how to do that? 


4.  How is it that you make blood and fangs look sexy?

Damon Salvatore Vampire

Edward Cullen was hot, in a sparkly-and-overly-coiffed sort of way. But let's face it: you as Damon Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries--YOU make vampires S-E-X-Y.  

 And BTW...

By the Way

If you need to practice your biting technique, I'm totes available.

5. In which episode of TVD will you next appear shirtless?

Patience Damon Vampire Diaries

Because, well...
Damon Shower Gif
Is it hot in here or is it just me? Lord have mercy.

6.  Can I bite that lip for you?

Ian Somerhalder Damon Lipe Bite

What? It's a legit question, people.

7.  You're a defender of animals and a warrior for protecting the environment, you're an amazing actor, you're kind and compassionate, you're a devoted husband (and your wife is equally amazing, dammit), and you're all gorgeous and sexy to boot. There's only so much a fan girl can take. Are you trying to kill me?

Ian Damon I Know

The bottom line is this, Mr. Somerhalder:

Damon Hello Brother

Well, actually, you had me at LOST, as the sweetly sexy character of Boone. But it's your good-bad-boy behavior as the immortal Damon Salvatore on TVD that captured my full fan-girl attention. 6+ years of blood lust and Mystic Falls and Delena and those blue eyes and shirtless shower scenes and that eye thing you do. I mean really, what's a girl to do?!

Now that I've asked you these 7 Questions, Mr. Somerhalder, please feel free shoot me an email with your replies. Or you can tweet me @TinaGrimes.

I Can Wait

Monday, November 24, 2014

Obligatory Thankful Post - 2014 Edition

Well folks, since my Obligatory Thankful Post from last year was such a hit (one of my most viewed posts to date), I thought I'd make it annual tradition here on the blog. That way I can over share my heaps [dude, yes, HEAPS] of boundless gratitude about anything and everything from the past year that I am truly thankful for. Like it or not.

Now then, where to start...oh yes. Let's start with Outlander, shall we? 

I don't know how I managed it, but I had never heard of Outlander--neither the book series nor the TV series based on said books that debuted this year--until my online friend, Tracy posted about it on FB. She mentioned having read the series and was excited about the upcoming TV show. Once she gave me the basic plot, it sounded right up my alley so I did some investigating ( i.e. Googling ) on my own. And I'm just amazed that I somehow overlooked an incredibly popular book series that I really should have read long, long ago. Even my mom would have loved it, and had I known about it I'd have bought her the entire series!  I'm currently reading book 3 (Voyager) myself and I'm loving the books so far. And as for the TV series, Outlander?

Outlander Jaime Knee Porn

Yeah, I kinda sort really totally love it! Scottish actor Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser is just the sort of red-haired eye candy that I love. If I could travel to Scotland and Craigh na Dun, with even the slightest chance of touching mystical stones and traveling back in time to 18th century Scotland and meeting that guy, I'd surely want do it. But hey, I'm married, and I am 'no a hoor' [<-- inside Outlander joke right there]. But yeah, totally thankful for finding out about Outlander. Thanks, Tracy! If you haven't read the books or watched the series, I can highly recommend them both. 

I'm also thankful for a year with my Keurig coffee machine. Holla! Because everyone deserves a fresh cup of coffee, every single time. I'd love it more if the K-Cups were recyclable. I mean, come on, Keurig, it's almost 2015. Get it together. But since I recycle everything else that I can, and since I always use cloth bags at the grocery store, I think I'm entitled to a wee bit of latitude on the plastic K-Cups usage. Coffee, with a side of guilt anyone?!

Thor Likes Coffee

I'm very thankful to have a car with Remote Start again. This may seem like something trivial if you live in a warmer climate. But here in Ohio, it gets mighty cold in the winter. And having to run out and start a car when it's 10 below is not exactly my idea of fun. The older I get it's even less fun. Remote start means I no longer have to become a human Popsicle in order to start my car, and that, as Martha would say, is a very good thing.

Anna Frozen Dress Gif

And hey, I'm also thankful for The Monkees. Because really, I don't think The Monkees get enough thanks.

The Monkees

Finally, since I want to keep this short...it is a holiday week after all...I'll just take this moment to say that I'm very thankful for my Memories. I've had some wonderful Thanksgivings over the years. I spend a lot of them missing my family since we all live far apart from each other. But I do think fondly of the wonderful Turkey Days I did get to spend with them. And this one in particular comes to mind...and the meal we had was just one of the best of my childhood. It was circa 1976 (or 77).

My mom made this incredible spread all by herself. She went all out and worked so hard to make an amazing meal for the family. She even used the good China! The meal had all our usuals, plus a few extras.
  1. Turkey and Dressing (Mom seldom stuffed the bird itself; she liked it separate, as do I).
  2. Mashed Potatoes (lump-free) and a gravy so good you could have drank it from the bowl.
  3. Yams, of course. You gotta have Yams.
  4. Fried Chicken??? Dang. How'd that get there?!
  5. Apple Salad. An old family recipe that I still love at holiday time. Notice the classic Tupperware it's being served in here. I wish I had that bowl. I would totally put my Apple Salad in it.
  6. Braided homemade bread. That was a thing of beauty! And there wasn't much left when we were done with dinner. 
  7.  A Veggie Tray. Seems silly to have that when everything else fills you up. But it's always good.
  8. And for dessert? Pie and English Trifle. Mom's Trifle was the best. I still like to make it at Christmas time. Sometimes for Turkey Day too, if the mood strikes.
Memories mean everything. Especially as the memories of my family grow to be all I have left. I am thankful for them though, and will cherish them always.

On that note, I hope you enjoyed my Obligatory Thankful Post for 2014. And I also hope that you and your family have a truly wonderful day of family, feast, and fun that you'll not soon forget. 

And don't forget to pack some Tums, just in case you eat a bit too much.

Gobble, gobble.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Perfect Pork Roast 30 Years in the Making

Pork Roast.

I have tried for years to make a good Pork Roast.

Literally, three decades, people.


Yes, really.

And somehow, after years of struggle, torment, and failure after pork roasted failure, I finally managed to achieve a perfect Pork Roast. You just don't even know how I felt in that moment. I was like...

Hallelujah gif

So after achieving this level of personal culinary greatness, I felt it only appropriate that I share the recipe with you, so that you, too, can grab the spice-rubbed and pork roasted gold, should you feel so inclined. And I know you want to see it, right? So here it is. Prepare yourself to bask in the shadow of greatness.

Spice Rubbed Pork Roast Recipe

The best part is, it was super easy to make. I like easy. Easy is good. I know you can relate. So lets get to the ingredients you'll need.

1 Three pound Pork Shoulder Roast
2 TBSP Kosher Salt
2 TBSP Granulated Garlic
1 TBSP Pepper
1 TBSP Onion Powder
1 TBSP Dried Oregano

  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Combine all your spices in a bowl.
  • Rub the spices all over every piggy inch of your pork roast.
  • Place roast on a rack in your desired baking dish. I used a square ceramic dish. 
  • Bake uncovered for 3 hours or until done.
  • Let rest for at least 15 minutes before slicing.
Now all oven temps seem to vary, so your roast might take a little more or less time. But three hours worked for me.

And how do I know just how amazingly good this pork roast was? 

Because the Hubs. 

He usually wants ketchup on my pork roast--because it's never been the greatest. And you know how men are about ketchup, right?

Fancy Sauce

But not this time. No-sir-eeeee. This time it was so tender and juicy and flavorful, he had no need for the red stuff that disguises all other flavors, aka ketchup. And that, my friends, is called a win.

So I hope you'll try this recipe and I hope you'll love it as much as the Hubs and I did. 

Go ahead. Get your pig on.