Wednesday, February 6, 2019

February at the Wednesday Medley

It's February, and it's not pretty.
And why is it that February, usually only 28 days,
seems like the longest month?? 

(Not pretty, except for my wonderful, trusty old '95 Jeep)

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National Frozen Yogurt Day is observed annually on February 6th.
Frozen yogurt sales are increasing every year as people want a healthier alternative to ice cream. The explosion of flavors and topping choices add to the popularity of frozen yogurt.
Frozen yogurt was first developed 1970 in the United States as a soft-serve treat produced by H.P Hood called Frogurt. Humphreys and Dannon soon followed with their own versions of the treat. Its popularity grew in the 80s, mostly due to frozen yogurts “health food” status. Ice cream manufacturers soon caught on, offering low-fat options.
Frozen yogurt is again making a comeback as consumers have begun to prefer the tart taste of yogurt.
Give the following recipes a try:
Use #NationalFrozenYogurtDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Frozen Yogurt Day. 
Frozen Yogurt Day was the most fun of the choices for today's first question.  I have no idea why the creator chose a winter day to celebrate a frozen dessert, but here we are!!  Let's talk about food today (one of my favorite subjects)!
1.  Today, Wednesday, February 6th, is Frozen Yogurt Day!  A cold dessert on what must be a very cold day for most of you reading this today!  Do you enjoy frozen yogurt?  Does it matter what the weather is?  Share with us your favorite flavor and/or topping, please!!

I do LOVE frozen yogurt, and rarely eat it because of all the sugar involved, but even when driving past Culver's, which is actually frozen custard, I find myself checking out the marquee for 'Flavor of the Day.' I can't help myself. I don't know why almost all of them available in the wintertime involve chocolate and caramel, when I'd really like to see strawberry or Georgia peach, my favorites.
 Looking south from the porch
2.  What food do you know you shouldn't eat but can't help yourself?
Pasta or pizza. And usually I stay away from them, but once in a while I'll go for a chicken penne pasta or homemade pizza. No matter what I tell myself at the outset, I always eat more of it than I think I should, which is why I try to stay away from them.
 This one, or with kalamata olives and feta cheese. Either is delicious and gluten-free, which is probably why I tend to excuse myself for eating more than a couple squares. Yes, I cut it in squares, which always annoyed our youngest son. LOL
In case you're interested, I posted the recipe for my homemade pizza over eight years ago. You can find it HERE.  I was much younger then, but I still love it! :-)
 I had to show you this photo, taken of our outdoor thermometer on January 31, the day after the last Wednesday Medley posted. It was -35 degrees F. Fortunately, today is a balmy 3 degrees F. Much better!
3.  If your life was a meal, what kind of meal would it be?
 My life definitely feels like a salad these days. And I'm so ready to sink my teeth into a good beef steak, metaphorically speaking.
My favorite lunch, every noon:
Romaine, red cabbage, carrot, onion, peppers, green olives, broccoli slaw, avocado, tomatoes, snap peas, olive oil and fresh lime
4.  Do you like spicy food?  Why or why not?  What is the spiciest food you have ever eaten?
 Mr. C's fresh salsa. None better. It's probably the second-spiciest food I've eaten. The other was blackened chicken, which I did NOT like. But yes, I do like spicy food. I tend to add cayenne to a stirfry, soups, stews, etc.
5.  (Most of you know I have been sick with a cold.) What food do you eat or crave when you have a bad cold?

 I am sorry you've been under the weather, Terri! Mr. C. and I enjoyed about a month of cold/coughing that we thought would never go away. Hope you feel better soon!

If I have a sore throat, this smooth and delicious frozen custard is the best. And with all the sugar, it knocks me out, which might not be a bad thing at that point. But it has to be frozen solid, not anything like soft serve. Ew.
6.  Please tell us something random about your week (and maybe it will involve food).
 Tommy & Smokey, being their usual selves.
Actually, it doesn't involve food. But it does involve downsizing. I know, I know, I seem to bring that up all the time. I've tried to do the 'spark joy' thing, but it just doesn't work for me. All of my books spark joy, all of my England stuff sparks joy, and hardly a single item of clothing sparks joy. I can't go around in my packable down jacket, Levis, and Wolverine boots all day every day. So I'm trying something else: What feels good on me, feels like ME? I realize this might be pretty dangerous also, but we'll see how this tactic works. I'm going to try to get at it. I'll let you know if there's anything remaining in my closet when I've put everything to that test.
I read an interesting, satirical article by David Brooks in the New York Times. Here's an excerpt from the article entitled "The Morality of Selfism, The Gospel of Saint You."
"First, you want to feel indignant all the time. Back in the old days morality was about loving and serving others. But now it’s about displaying indignation about things that other people are doing wrong.

"When you are indignant, or woke, you are showing that you have a superior moral awareness. You don’t have to actually do anything. Your indignation is itself a sign of your own goodness, and if you can be indignant quicker than the people around you, that just shows how much more good you are!" 
Click HERE for the entire article. Yes, the NYT has a lot of ads, but ignore them and enjoy the article which is such an apt commentary on today's American society.


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A Joyful Chaos said...

Your second random thought actually holds way too much truth even though it was meant as satire.

Elizabeth "Libby" Day said...

We do not have Culvers down here, but I do enjoy it when up north. Your dilemma about downsizing can truly be a dilemma. It is really hard to get rid of things that bring you joy and great memories. In the closet, I don't have as much trouble, but I catch myself saying, "I may still wear that another time." But, in the end, if I haven't worn something in a year, it goes.

MadSnapper said...

I love Culvers frozen custard and bob and I were stuffing our selves with it by buying the pints, 4 for 9.99 and keeping the freezer stocked. 2 years ago I bought my last frozen anything. I gave up sugar. I really miss Culvers, but I still eat their burgers, twice a month. with fries. burgers are my favorite of all foods, bread of any kind is next, which includes pizza crust. I don't have trouble downsizeing, I have problems of needing things I got rid of.

Tammy Enjoy Life said... sure has been cold in your neck of the woods. We had some cold temps but nothing like it is supposed to be 67 and tomorrow 75 here. A little strange for February, but I will take it. So much truth in your second random thought.

Terri D said...

Frozen custard! Oh my!! Thanks for joining in today! Your salad sounds delicious!

Debby Ray said...

I can't even imagine it being that cold. Can you really tell the difference between -35 and 3 degrees? Just curious. Your pizza AND salad look really delicious, as does the custard. The article you shared absolutely nailed it...that is our world today, unfortunately. Enjoy your "springtime" weather!

Heide at ApronHistory said...

This past weekend we tried fresh basil on our homemade pizzas! So good! I don't know why we haven't gotten it before! We aren't always adventuresome with food, too many allergies.

To answer Debby Ray's question about the temperature; Yes! You can feel the difference between -35 and 3! Positively balmy after two days of sub zero! Lol! Now we are sweating at 35. But the single digits will be moving back in a few days....

Michelle said...

I have never tried Culvers. I rarely eat ice cream or frozen yogurt. Your salad is more my thing and I love spicy food.

Nonnie said...

We have a Culver's near here. I didn't know they had custard, just thought it was kind of a burger place or something. The coldest weather I have ever experienced was on the ski trips we have taken and at Breckinridge one year, it was 8 below. Miserable and I don't see how you stand it. So, I am going to print your pizza recipe. That is one of the foods I shouldn't eat, but it might be fun to try to make some myself. That last article you shared was truth!

Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

Oh, my goodness, we're at a balmy 78 degrees today. It's insane! We're dropping into the 40's on Friday and 30's on Sat. It's no wonder we're all hacking and coughing.

The cats are adorable all folded around each other.

I've eaten Culver's when we travel but we don't have them in our area.

Chatty Crone said...

I have a problem with downsizing too!
Gosh you are bad - all those food photos - do you know those photos are great and the recipes too. I made a copy of them all. One day do just a blog on your food. YUMMY.
To me the longest month is January!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I like GA peach too.
35 below zero is just too darn cold.
Wish we had a Culver's here.
Love, sandie

Wendy said...

Sparking joy doesn't work for me either lol.

Lori said...

That Culver's frozen custard looks so good! They have such good custard.
It looks like it is really cold still at your house. We were in the 60's this week in Missouri. It is getting ready to get cold again though. Loved your answers! Enjoy the rest of your week.

Vee said...

We are not in agreement about anything this week excepting not liking clothes much and definitely liking Smokey and Tommy. Enjoy that square pizza.

Stacy said...

Egads! 35 below. I feel colder just for having seen the picture. The coldest I've ever experienced was -25 one day a year or two ago and I hope to never, ever experience anything that cold again!

The article in that final random thought sounds like a good one.

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh my mercy Judy! That pizza looks soooooo good and it's 8:30 am! LOL!'s some kind of cold your way. Well, in Florida, we are in 70's one day, low 80's the next and then 28 the next thing you know. So much for seasons huh? Have a great day Judy. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Jean | said...

Judy, this--"The Morality of Selfism, The Gospel of Saint You"--is sooooo good! I'm emailing that quote to myself right now. Wow, it's cold everywhere! Stay warm, BUT don't throw out all your clothes that aren't puffy jackets and long underwear!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Get well soon! I don't think that method of decluttering works for everyone. Maybe when you downsize you have a library in your living room or dining space. xoxo Su

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

I'm suddenly very hungry for pizza and frozen yogurt - they do seem to go well together, I think! De-cluttering just clutters up my poor head. I just can't decide.....Love those little kitties - they have the right idea in that cold weather. Sounds like a good article for this day and age. Love your Jeep. x Karen

Jodi said...

Now I am craving Culvers!! Awww the pic of the curled up kitties!! Have a great week!


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