Let’s just put EVERYTHING in our coffee now!

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So many creamers to try!

I see Dunkin Donuts, Heath Bar, Almond Joy, Cinnabon, Cold Stone Creamery, Abuelita, Nestlé (okay, so Nestlé already had Coffee Mate), Girl Scouts cookies, Hershey’s and BAILEYS for goodness sakes!

Let’s just put EVERYTHING in our coffee now!

I took one look at this part of the dairy section and exclaimed “What will they think of next?”

Hummus is an Arabic word, but it’s loved so much by Jews and Arabs alike.

“Hummus is an Arabic word (حمّص ḥummuṣ) meaning “chickpeas,” and the complete name of the prepared spread in Arabic is حمّص بطحينة ḥummuṣ bi ṭaḥīna, which means “chickpeas with tahini”.”

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hummus

It is an Arabic dish that became so loved by both Jews and Arabs alike in the Middle Eastern area that it became an Israeli national food staple. According to the article, Jews would go into the Arab quarters for a bite of authentic hummus.

So if you’re boycotting your Tribe, Sabra or other favorite hummus brands, you might want to keep this in mind: most likely, the brand you’re buying is certified kosher, has Jews, Muslims, or people of Middle Eastern nationalities on it’s staff. Then consider this: I have read that the dietary laws of Halal ALLOW for the consumption of Kosher food.

Finally, think about whom all these anti-Israel boycotts are really affecting. I believe that this would have little to no affect on their army or reserves. Israel has one of the finest armies in the world and the kids over there look forward to the draft.

Then there are the employees of these companies that you’re boycotting. There are both Israelis and Arabs making the products side by side; hummus, Ahava beauty products, and more; and it is the food from their mouths that you are taking because you don’t like what you are seeing in the media.

If you don’t like what you’re seeing on the news or reading about in the papers and online and you REALLY want to make a change, then go go to Israel and petition the government yourself. Don’t plaster the streets with your stickers and propaganda, because impressing your beliefs on the rest of us is the last thing that people want to see.

Nestlé owns about 51% of Osem, an Israeli company that owns Sabra. Maybe you’ll want to boycott them too?

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osem_(company)

I bought Sabra guacamole yesterday because I wanted guacamole, NOT because it is made by an Israeli company.

It’s That Time of Year Again!

Homemade Mulled Apple Cider

There’s a bite in the air.

The nights are chilled,

but the days can’t decide whether to become cold or stay warm.

The leaves are turning colors.

Jackets and boots are making their annual return.

Grills and outdoor stove tops are canvassed.

The children are in school…again.

Daily outdoor adventures slowly return to indoor family fun nights.

It’s that time of year again, everybody.

Oh, yes…

It’s Fall.

Now go make some delicious hot cider.

 

Homemade Mulled Apple Cider
Homemade Mulled Apple Cider

Get your recipe for Homemade Mulled Apple Cider here!

This idea has been submitted to LivingLocurto.com‘s Fall & Halloween Living Creative Thursday Link Party

Even More Food Art!

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I LOVE HIS WORK!

I have his book, “A World of Food: Discover Magical Lands Made of Things You Can Eat!,” which is geared for preschool through third grade and even developed my own preschool lesson plan as an assignment. I had to present the lesson in front of my classmates. Maybe someday I will write about it. :)
A World of Food: Discover Magical Lands Made of Things You Can Eat!

Product details are available on Amazon.  Click above.

Originally posted on The Journal:

Folks meet Mr Carl Warner and prepare to be blown away by his work. He (and a team) create amazing landscapes and art pieces with food which he calls ‘foodscapes.’ Behold I bring you talent! Don’t even hesitate to wander over and see more of his amazing work at Source below.

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iTunes paid for some 500 million iTunes Store users to have a free gift in their cloud this week. How to get it and remove it.

iTunes paid for some 500 million iTunes Store users to have a free gift in their cloud this week.
A disgruntled iPhone user takes her complaint to twitter.
A disgruntled iPhone user takes her complaint to twitter.

“I don’t even have an iPhone!”

When I first saw this photo on my Facebook feed, this was my first thought.  Of course, curiosity gets the best of us and we are only human, so I had to see for myself.

You can find a copy of Songs of Innocence in your "Purchases" today.
You can find a copy of Songs of Innocence in your “Purchases” today.

I checked my iTunes Store from my computer and there it was in my purchases. I am not complaining; I downloaded it and I intend on listening to it. However, I noticed that other people are, so I posted the above statement and photo (to my own, personal feed, then thought it would make a better article) AFTER I Googled the band, U2 and found an article with information explaining Apple’s response to the complaints.

iTunes paid for some 500 million iTunes Store users to have a free gift in their cloud this week.
iTunes paid for some 500 million iTunes Store users to have a free gift in their cloud this week.

To get the album for free:

  1. Get the album at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/songs-of-innocence/id915794155.
  2. If you already have iTunes, click the button that says “I Have iTunes.”
  3. An “External Protocol Request” will pop up. Click “Launch Application” to start your iTunes program.
  4. Select where it says to download the album for free.

To access it from your purchases:

  1. Go to your Store’s “Home” screen.
  2. Select “Purchases” from the list on the right.
  3. You will find “Songs of Innocence under the list of albums that are not already on your device.
  4. Click the little cloud and arrow button to download it to your device.

If you would like to remove it, you can go to itunes.com/soi-remove.

Once it is removed, it will no longer be available for you to re-download as a previous purchase.  You will have to buy it.  This was Apple’s quick response to the complaints.

Personally, I’m not a fan, but I was curious since people were saying that it was an iPhone thing. Since I don’t have an iPhone, I decided to check it out on my PC’s Store. I think it’s cool that Apple decided to buy over 500 million people in 119 countries a gift.  They are doing this to promote their newest models of phones; the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. 4.7 and 5.5 inches, some new features and a new device called iWatch.  (Which, by the way, resembles Android Wear.  I’m sure there are many key differences, but don’t be surprised to see an updated model release from Android and Google Play soon.)

Have you listened to the album yet?  Do you like U2?  What are your thoughts and opinions on Apple sending us gifts like this?

Sources:
Apple releases U2 album removal tool

Apple launches website to help users delete U2 album from their iTunes

The iPhone(s) 6 and more: EW live-blogs Apple’s big event

Snacktime Babble, Episode 4: Define Your Brunch Food

I’m having a party.  A celebration.  A graduation party, and a birthday party, if you will, but also a party to celebrate the multitude of September birthdays in my family.  We are fall and back-to-school people, after all.  Or we were, until us children flew the nest.  Now we go back to visit the folks every fall for the Jewish Holidays and to celebrate some September birthdays.  This year it’s going to be a little different.  Lot’s of new things are happening in my family, including the fact that this party will be held at the folks’ new house.

In the meantime, I’d like to weigh in on some opinions for some party fare.

Are jello shots a brunch food, or should we stick to mimosas? What do you think?

What are some of your favorite food and drink to have at a brunch?

fall jello shots from that's so michelle (1)

 

Jello Shot Recipes, clockwise from top left:
Pumpkin Pie Jell-O Shots
http://www.thatssomichelle.com/2011/11/truth-about-pumpkin-pie-jello-shots.html
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pudding Shots
http://www.thatssomichelle.com/2014/09/caramel-apple-cheesecake-pudding-shots.html
Apple Cider and Buttered Rum Jello Shots
http://www.thatssomichelle.com/2012/12/apple-cider-and-buttered-rum-jello-shots.html
Pumpkin Spice Latte Jello Shots
http://www.thatssomichelle.com/2013/09/pumpkin-spice-latte-jello-shots-and.html
More Jello Shot ideas at That’s So Michelle http://www.thatssomichelle.com/p/jello-shots.html

A Really Bad Conspiracy Theory Part 2: Hoax video with ‘artist’s’ signature!

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UPDATE ALERT for A Really Bad Conspiracy Theory!

Thanks to notyoutoo, for sharing the link to the following video.

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If you look close enough, you will see that the ‘artist’ left his signature.

It was created and uploaded by oondyla on his YouTube channel.  Apparently Oondyla was a viral marketing company.  I say “was,” because a Google search reveals no official website, though there used to be one at oondyla.com.

 

oondyla former website
“We believe in viral marketing. No, no virus this time. Viral marketing consists to create funny, incredible, shocking videos that run on the net showing the name oondyla worldwide! ” – OONDYLA

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O-M-G, I just love how they try to sell themselves by saying they believe that viral marketing consists of running videos bearing THEIR NAME worldwide and that is how the companies that they hope to market for are going to reach a lot of people!

I also say it “was” a company with a website because according to its Whois information, expired on January 20, 2014 and has not been renewed.

Clearly this business was a bust!

(Don’t forget to check out that pancake recipe someone posted in response to the video on Facebook!)

A Really Bad Conspiracy Theory. It Is Just Hilarious!

This bandicam.com thing must be embedded into this video.

Facebook, and the rest of the internet, has done it again!

One little twist of a photograph or video, and the rest of the world knows about it.  Behold the Power of Facebook!

A July 29th Facebook post claims that a video, containing footage of a UFO, is the real deal and encourages its supporters to share it before “they” remove it from the internet.  The poster of the video claims that Facebook has already been asked to remove the video.

I thought this was too funny for several reasons.

First of all, they posted this with too many capital letters, grammatical errors and spelling mistakes.  Whether you’re a conspiracy theorist, radio website, or not, if you want what you’re writing to look legit, at least try to make it look legit.

The Facebook Page in question posted the following:

“This is the video that they are ERASING off the internet. Facebook has been Asked to DELETE.  SHARE IT before it gets Deleted. Make this go Viral Now.  PEOPLE MIGHT SAY ITS FAKE BUT BELIVE IN THEM AS MUCH AS YOU BELIEVE IN YOUR GOVERNMENT HIDING IT FROM YOU.”

Secondly, if they claimed that Facebook had been “asked to delete it,” well, weren’t they the ones posting it?  Wouldn’t they be the ones asked to delete it?  Why post it at all if they knew that Facebook was already deleting it?

Third of all, it’s September and this video is still all over the internet.

So of course I wanted to see if I could find the source.  I don’t know if I did, but I found something interesting on an identical YouTube video.

I found this:

Is this real, or a hoax?  What do you think?

Let’s take a closer look:

This bandicam.com thing must be embedded into the video.
This bandicam.com thing must be embedded into the video.

So what is bandicam.com?  Well, my dear readers, according to its website, “Bandicam is the most advanced Desktop Screen Recorder and Video / Game Recording Software on the planet.”

And there you have it.

My own belief is that somebody was recording their video gameplay of an alien invasion simulation of some sort.  They probably uploaded the file onto YouTube or some other video uploading program to either store it or share it with friends and from there, it went viral.

Now, many of us know what happens when people post questionable content of the ridiculous kind.  The comments that follow are usually just as entertaining.  Amidst all the quirky responses, the believers, the disbelievers, and the Michael Jackson eating popcorn memes, I found this one to be the best:

Someone had posted this pancake recipe in response to a video of a UFO sighting on Facebook!
Someone had posted this pancake recipe in response to a video of a UFO sighting on Facebook!

I could not help but laugh.

I think I should start making pancakes now.

A Cappella at Rutgers University – At Rutgers, they are ‘The Voice of the Knight’. Hear them sing:

Does this march look like a big, giant "R"?
This photo was taken at my brother's graduation commencement ceremony from Rutgers University!

So, my youngest brother recently graduated from Rutgers University.  I just felt like sharing something from the Jewish a cappella group he joined while he was away for the last four years.  I will definitely miss being in the audience, watching this talented group of young adults perform.

His group is called Kol Halayla, which, in Hebrew, translates as ‘voice of the night’.  At Rutgers University, they are ‘The Voice of the Knight’.  The Rutgers team mascot is the Scarlet Knight.

Joongle is a song by the popular Israeli singer, Eyal Golan. It is featured on Kol Halayla’s CD, “The Scarlet Knight Rises” (2013).

Joongle
Solo: Daniel Moritz
Arrangement: Daniel Moritz and Scott Siegel
Vocal Percussion: Jake Stein

Does this march look like a big, giant "R"? This photo was taken at  Rutgers University, 2014.
Does this march look like a big, giant “R”?
This photo was taken at my brother’s graduation commencement ceremony from Rutgers University!