It’s National Popcorn Day! Written by Gabby


It’s another day to be celebrating…Yes again it’s about food! I do just simply love searching these out and totally  love to share! I just can’t help myself because I just love discussing food and want to share my thoughts. Also it’s really fun hearing from all of you kind readers and sure hope you will feel free to share your thoughts. Popcorn is just a wonderful healthy and low-calorie snack food and deserves to have its own special day, don’t you think so? I have another opinion…Did anyone seriously doubt it? I have to confess I usually have more than one I must and do admit to it all! 😉

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The popcorn has to be hulless and I do mean totally hull free. I am not wanting those stuck in my teeth or risk trashing a filling…Yes, it happened years ago. Sadly it also happened to Autumn, of course we Twinnies have to do it up alike! 🙂 Anyway, we sure learned and it’s not ever happening again because a trip to the dentist every six months is just enough in our opinion. Not that we have evil dentists, but come on kind readers who simply loves rolling into that dentist office? 😉 If so, would Autumn and I would dearly love to hear all about it! 🙂 My goodness but I am once again digressing…Back to popcorn and no more dentist talk. Not a pleasant subject and one I sincerely promise I won’t be doing a post on…No offense to you dentists! 😉

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Popcorn is wonderful when airpopped and very light on the sea salt, Autumn and I love it that way. Also, I must confess we do indulge in a bit of butter drizzled on it, too. There are so many ways to enjoy  this treat and I know you kind readers will hopefully have some thoughts and favorites to share. The Twinnies are pretty much purists and don’t much like toppings…We confess to being perhaps boring when it comes to popcorn. Well, those are my thoughts and please do chime in about your likes, dislikes and all about popcorn, it will be interesting to hear everybody’s opinions!  Happy National Popcorn Day! 🙂 🙂

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2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 230,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 4 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

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Get Well Fast Gabby!!!!


I wanted to post and let everyone know, Gabby had minor surgery this afternoon. She is of course, having some discomfort, but she will be fine.

Gabby will be back in a couple of days if all goes well.  Since I’m her Twinnie,  she and I  wanted you all to know what’s going on and not have to wonder,  “where is Gabby” .  She’s not off on vacation, that would be way more fun.

Gabby told me to tell all the kind readers Hello 🙂 She is so thoughtful of others!

love,

Autumn

Commenter Award


I was recently award Commenter Award by Lauren at http://lscotthoughts.com/ .   Thanks so much,  Lauren!  

The Commenter’s Award is a little different from the most awards. Instead of awarding others for their own blogs, you will be giving recognition to those who comment on your own blog regularly, take the time to really read your posts, and provide you with feedback via their comments. The nominations are the easiest part. You should nominate the six bloggers who comment most frequently on your blog. How do you know who does this most often? Good question!

You will find your Top Recent Commenters on your site stats page on the bottom, right corner. If you do not see this, click on the Screen Options in the top, right corner and be sure that “Comments” is checked. If you are good about responding to every comment, then you will be the first one in the list. It is the next six commenters on the list that you will nominate and pass this award to. But wait! You may nominate one more person. This person can either be a brand new commenter on your blog, the very last comment you have received (most recent), or the one who has posted your most favorite comments. This seventh nomination is your choice, but please do tell us why you have chosen them as your seventh.

Here are my top “commenters” and I am truly grateful for their continuing support!

http://somkritya.wordpress.com/

http://maureenlermer.wordpress.com/

http://roxiciopei.wordpress.com/

http://imexcited.wordpress.com/

http://diabeticredemption.com/

http://poeticjourney251.com/

http://lscotthoughts.com/

Thanks so much, Gabby 🙂

The Twinnies Take on the Principal~ by Gabby


This is a true story, no matter how obnoxious it sounds…I remember it all too well. When Autumn and I were 5 years old, 4 months shy of our 6th birthday we started first grade. It was a bit early, I know! Here in our area, back when we were this age they didn’t have kindergarten or pre-school. Being a bit advanced for our age, our parents decided to start us in school. It was good in a way, but little did everyone know…We started quite early bucking the system. By all rights, I should be embarrassed to tell this one. Well, I’m not and Autumn agreed with me it was too funny not to share.

OK, we twinnies were excited when we heard about going to school and were all for it. Our Mom and Dad had talked to us all about it, what fun it sounded. Our Mom took us to the first day of our first grade, all was not fine! The principal had talked our Mom into putting us in separate classes, as there was 2 first grade classes. Autumn and I did try and go with the flow, honestly we did. A few minutes after our Mom left we started separately sniffling and tears were flowing. The teachers were busy comforting other students, their mistake.

Neither of our teachers noticed this stunt right away, I am serious. Autumn, the bold twinnie that she is took it upon herself to right this major wrong! Without permission she trotted out of her classroom and into mine, grabbed my hand and off we went! Where you ask? Off to see the principal, of course…Where else! Did we stop and think about being scared for being so gutsy, of course not. We made our way to the principal’s office, not stopping for any teacher who noticed.

The school nurse tried to get us back to our classrooms, too. She had no luck whatsoever! A few of the foolish enough teachers to ask where we were going…Autumn spoke up to them with no fear. That twinnie merely answered, “We are going to see the principal and you can’t stop us!” I know it sounds rude, we weren’t trying to be because we were raised quite well and taught respect. You have to understand, the twinnies were not being separated and that was final. Another answer to a poor teacher from Autumn…”Somebody made a mistake, the principal needs us to talk to him.” Nobody stopped us either, what were they thinking? Maybe that we were harmless and wanted to see the show?

We twinnies reached the principal’s office and got quickly ushered in. Our parents knew this man, our Mom had pointed his office out to us, poor Mom she really wasn’t expecting this to occur, obviously. Mr H. tried to get in the first word…But on we twinnies went with our speech. Telling him how we needed to be in the same classroom. He needed to fix the mistake and we didn’t want to quit first grade but we would if he wasn’t going to listen. Mr. H. called our Mom after calming us down and Yay, we got our way and Mr. H.. had seen our side of the story.

The downside of all this, it was talked about for years to come by the principal, the teachers and the school nurse. Even as adults, they still reminded us…Oh well, it was a small price to pay. Never again did the school try to separate the twinnies! You see, TF <3=Twins Forever had started quite young for us and will remain! 😉 🙂

Answer 10 BURNING Questions


I’ve been tagged by my friend Russell at http://ecstaticeclectica.com/ to answer ten questions.

1) Describe yourself in seven words.

A Twin, Kind, Compassionate, Cute, Loyal, Sensitive

2) What keeps you up at Night?

Thinking way too much!

3) Who would I like to be?

I only want to be me!

4) What am I wearing right now?

Tunic and Leggings

5)What scares me?

Mean people who have no heart!

6) The best and worst of blogging.

The best: Meeting so many wonderful people and making good friends. The worst: Worrying if my post will be well received.

7) The last website I visited

Amazon

8) What is the one thing I would change about myself.

Nothing, I am quite happy being me.

9) Slankets yes or no?

Yes!! I own one and have given them as gifts. Slankets are the best. Nothing beats those blankets with sleeves for staying warm!

10) Tell us something about the person who tagged you!

10.Russell Smith tagged me. He is honestly one of the best photographers ever, his talent is amazing! A very kind and caring guy…Check out his blog please, Right Now!! 🙂

Now I get to pick some others to answer these questions:

http://poeticjourney251.wordpress.com/ ~ PJ

http://lscotthoughts.com/ ~Lauren

http://nightshade130.wordpress.com/ ~Sherline

http://loriannfranks.wordpress.com/ ~Lori

http://somkritya.wordpress.com/ ~ Soma

Pasta Comes in All Shapes and Sizes, What’s Your Fave? by Gabby Angel


I know, what a weird question for me to be pondering on. These are the random thoughts that go through my mind. I never seem to run out of those thoughts it seems. Does anyone else get these thoughts? Would anyone care to leave their opinion, thoughts and all? Come on, let’s talk pasta! As usual inquiring twinnies are wanting to know your favorite pasta shape.

There are so many different shapes of pasta…The possibilities are endless. What got me pondering and wondering was making dinner earlier. My dinner was angel hair pasta with a tomato sauce laced with lots of mushrooms. Angel hair pasta’s real Italian name is capellini and does mean literally angel hair, isn’t that interesting? Angel hair is one of my favorite shapes of pasta, being half Italian Autumn and I were raised on pasta. 🙂 Not that this makes either of us experts, but our favorite shapes are pretty much the same. It may be a “twin thing”, but we both adore angel hair pasta.

So many choices, and no we don’t make our own pasta from scratch anymore by the way. I know, shame on us 😉 Other favorite shapes of pasta, let me just name a few. Lasagna, that’s always fun (and we both make a regular version and also a vegetarian version), spagetti (naturally since that is an original), farfalle (which in Italian means butterfly) the bow tie shaped pasta.

One of our Dad‘s favorite recipe he created was made with farfalle. Sorry to say, it’s a family secret so I won’t be sharing. 😉 Just a few of some of our family’s favorites are also tortellini, cavatelli, fiori (which is a flower-shaped pasta and means flowers), manicotti either stuffed with a ricotta cheese mixture or stuffed with meat. I am always intrigued with what the Italian meaning of some of the pastas are.
One of the more interesting pasta is gemelli, it’s a single S-shaped pasta. Guess what it means in Italian? Twins, that is just the coolest thing and just one of those things I just had to toss into this blog. Because of course as everyone knows (or hopefully does know by now) Autumn and I are twins! 🙂

Oh my goodness, so many pasta shapes…There really are just a multitude of them! Twinnie and I both also favor the spinach flavored pasta once in awhile, it’s very good but of course not for everyone. I could never get my husband Dave to like it, believe me I did try. His favorite was my very own lasagna.
So many years have gone by since helping our Mom make homemade ravioli, it really is fun to make. Mom always makes the homemade version. Again shame on the twinnies, we get ours out of the freezer section. Our Italian Grandma would never have dreamed of strolling to the freezer section! The homemade version was “just the only way” for her. Being a good sport, she never scolded Autumn, me or any other sisters for racing to the freezer section. 🙂 So, as I’ve been rambling on here about different pastas, and I know many, many shapes I never mentioned.
Is this making anyone hungry at all? 😉 Anyone wanting to or care to share your thoughts on favorite pasta shapes? Please do, the twinnies would love to know! 🙂 🙂