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Label Game 2 - Bluebell Ice Cream

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At the recommendation of my coworkers, I decided to try Blue Bell ice cream. It was okay. One particular ingredient seems very odd to me though. See if you can guess which one.

According to the column on the left, Bluebell ice cream uses only the freshest and finest ingredients money can buy. They also "mix in a little love." The result? Partially hydrogenated soybean oil and high fructose corn syrup, just the way Grandma used to make it.
I can forgive the long list of colorings and artificial flavors, but...an ingredient breakdown for almonds? Almonds are just almonds! Aren't they?

I don't think I'll be buying Blue Bell ice cream again in the future.

Made with loving care indeed.


For Label Game 1, please click here.

Digital Scrapbook Page of the Week

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If anyone wants to know more about Captain Howie, (Sexy Nerd and I do not recommend him!) click the "Who Are These People?" button.

He Built a Bed...Then Destroyed the Bedroom

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A few years ago, Sexy Nerd and I spent 3 weeks apart while my mom and I visited family in the Seychelles. Although he made it seem like he didn't want me to leave, Sexy Nerd was secretly looking forward to it. He had a surprise planned. For years, I had wanted to buy a pretty new bed, just like this one:


Unfortunately, being a full-time student and working as a Pizza Hut manager didn't leave me with any money to actually buy a bed. Sexy Nerd was also a poor college student. What to do, right?

Build a bed, of course!

It took up the entire bedroom in our rental house!
Of course, we have since moved into our own house and our tastes have changed. Want to guess where I am heading with this?


Fear not, my bloggy friends. Although the photo above looks like a hopeless mess, our bedroom remodel is actually close to finished (with more photos coming soon!) One of the last steps is to sand down this ginormous bed and restain it a dark brown. *Ugh!*
We're quite tempted to move this be…

Because White Doors Are No Fun

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When we remodeled our kitchen, we painted the door to the laundry room with chalkboard paint. Let me tell you, if you don't have a chalkboard in your house, you are missing out! It is so much fun to write wacky messages together!

The paint was a little tricky to obtain. They keep it locked up at Lowes, where I suppose it will be safe from all those elementary school teachers with bad intentions. We can only hope, right?



Biscuit mostly speaks Spanish.
It's a long story.
Christmas in August? Sure, why not!

Cartoon Sexy Nerd never leaves home without his trusty Pocket Protector
Neither of us speaks Spanish, (other than a few phrases we remember from college) but the phrases are supposed to say something about our dog Biscuit hiding under the safety of the table and searching for her turtle. If our online translator can be believed, it does.

Note that Pica is shedding profusely, like usual. She does not speak Spanish and is just mocking poor Biscuit, who I must say looks quite charming…

FULL OF &%*#%^@* RAGE!!!

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My message to the Albuquerque division of police misconduct:


This morning, I was the victim of police misconduct. I was pulled over for the first time in my life, shortly after leaving my home. As I approached the flashing school zone lights of John Baker Elementary on Comanche, officer J. Hunt stepped into the crosswalk. At first, I thought he was assisting the children who were ready to cross the street. He held his hand out for me to stop, which seemed strange because I was very far from the crosswalk, then he motioned for me to drive forward. I was baffled! I moved closer, then stopped to let the children cross, but he motioned me forward again. I approached, confused by what he was doing, as he seemed to be motioning for me to continue through the crosswalk but did not move out of my way. It was creating a very dangerous situation for the crowd of children that had gathered to cross! I rolled down my window and was told to pull over for speeding - quite a shock as he had been moti…

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Copycat Recipe

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Since Sexy Nerd had to work yesterday, while I got to lounge around the house, I thought it would be nice if he came home to some tasty doughnuts. I found the recipe here.

Oooh, ingredients!


The first step was to "scald" 1 cup of milk. I'm not sure that this actually made any difference whatsoever.


Next, the butter.
Yummy.


Melt, darn you!

Once the milk was thoroughly scalded, (pfft!) it was time to cool it down.

Thank goodness for YouTube when waiting for your originally cold milk to cool back down. Go Britney!

Beat some eggs.

 Sift some flour.

Ooh, that falling flour is beautiful! It's a pity that the sifter is covered in water spots.

Get everything mixed nicely.

The original Recipezaar recipe resulted in dough that was much too sticky to work with. Adding additional flour fixed the problem. But how was I going to get these doughnuts to look doughnuty? Sexy Nerd & I don't have any cookie cutters. Seriously!

Clever? Oh yes!

Actually, the drinking glass and the shot glass …

Come to the Albuquerque Zoo with me!

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It's a bright, sunny day in Albuquerque. Did you remember to put on sunscreen? You grabbed your hat and water bottle?

Great! We're off to the Albuquerque Zoo, which is waaay better (and less crowded) than the San Diego Zoo. Don't believe me? See for yourself:
Once he had our attention, there was no stopping him from screaming HELLO! and swinging and doing flips along the top of his cage..
Mmmmm, furry bacon!
This mountain lion has been pacing back and forth, scouring the crowd for weak children to pick from the pack, every time we've ever been to the zoo, except for this visit. Perhaps he finally caught one. He does look content.
Sexy Nerd insists this bird was watching me. But is his eye missing?
Someone's cute and knows it.
Wow. A zebra.
Yeah, he's pretty special.
What do you do when you're a polar bear in the desert?
You "chill" out! (I hear you laughing!)
This concludes our fabulous Albuquerque excursion. Don't forget to tip your tour guide. In c…

What Killed Our Cherry Tree?

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Sexy Nerd and I seem doomed to lose a tree in our backyard every summer. Here is our yard two summers ago:
See that big, beautiful ash tree? The focal point of our yard? Don't get too attached to it.
Here is our yard last summer:

No ash tree. Just the neighbors ridiculously close house, perhaps placed at an angle so it could be as close as possible. Lush green (fake) lawn though!
Once we'd realized the tree was infested with ash borers, it was too late. It was a sad loss, but we moved on, planting sticks in its place that will one day (Sexy Nerd insists) grow tall enough to block the neighbor's windows. This summer was going to be better! Just look at all the cherries we got from our 2 cherry trees: So much cherry goodness!
My mom is going to be so mad when she sees I posted photos online with my house a mess!
Do you know where I'm going with this? If you have a cherry tree, you may not want to finish reading this post. It gets pretty scary! Here is 1 of our cherry trees …