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Caillou, Let’s Talk …

June 21, 2013

My little girl LOVES the PBS show, “Caillou.”


I, however, do NOT. I have quite a bone to pick with that fictional, bald 4-year-old. He teaches her terrible things!!


Source: Comic Vine

Let’s start with the most minute detail – he eats sweets. All. The. Time. In like every episode he’s stuffing his mouth with some kind of sweet, sugary substance!


Source: PBS / “Caillou”

When Lily sees Caillou nomming away on cookies … what do you think she, in turn, wants? A FREAKIN’ COOKIE!


OK, so this is cake, but you get my point. Caillou eats that, too. Little deviant.

But that’s the least of my concerns. Caillou also likes to THROW FITS. It’s even in the opening song for cryin’ out loud!

“Growing up is not so tough, except when I’ve had enough.”


Source: “Caillou”

And Caillou’s mom must be one of those new-age only positive reinforcement types of moms because he’ll be screaming and throwing fits and she’s just like, “now, Caillou.” Then the elderly narrator kicks in, “But Caillou didn’t want to share.” And he doesn’t!!! Lily plays “make believe” with her grandma and pretends to be Caillou. She won’t share with grandma, who she is pretending is Rosie! THAT’S THE GAME SHE MADE UP FROM THE SHOW. Ahhhh!


Source: How To Be a Dad

She also learns terribly annoying habits from the little monster. She learned “Are we there yet?” from one episode … and guess what she asked the ENTIRE way to the store? IT WAS NOT CUTE.

So, if you want your child to grow up to be a bratty bald child who doesn’t share and constantly eats oreos … be my guest. Oh, speaking of Oreos …


Source: Oreo

New watermelon flavor? Yes, please. We can ask Caillou how they taste. He’s probably had a box or two by now. Don’t ask his family, though, he wouldn’t share it with them.




Betty Crocker’s a Fake!

December 8, 2011

So the holidays are officially upon us. For me, that always means it’s time to whip out that old, huge, red Betty Crocker cookbook. It looks a little something like this:


Courtesy: PaperBack Swap

For some reason this year, a question popped into my head: Who was Betty Crocker? I wanted to find out about the woman behind the book.

Hey guess what. SHE’S NOT REAL! I know, right?!


Betty’s “image” has changed many times over the years. Courtesy: MPR

So, do you want to know how Crocker came to be? Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media has the scoop:

“The Washburn Crosby Company of Minneapolis, one of the six big milling companies that merged into General Mills in 1928, received thousands of requests each year in the late 1910s and early 1920s for answers to baking questions.”

So here’s the deal–She was made up to respond to people who wrote the company. “Betty” was considered a friendly, warm first name, and Crocker comes from a retired company exec.


But what about her signature? 


Image Courtesy: Book Marc’s

You see it on everything! Betty’s signature was made by a secretary at the company. Apparently, she entered a contest among other female employees… Can you imagine that? What would that flyer look like?

ENTER TODAY! Calling all female General Mills employees–we need your penmanship! Enter by writing the name of an imaginary character who will become the face of our company!”


Image Courtesy: Cosplay (Warning: This webpage contains vulgar language)


Didn’t she have a radio show?

Yes, she did! This fake Betty Crocker even had her own radio show that was on the air for nearly THIRTY years. That’s a long time for a fake lady! 


Image Courtesy: The History Chicks

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Betty Crocker, and will still buy her cookbooks for many moons to come. I just found it interesting how successful Betty Crocker products became–even without a real person!

Hey, want to know who is a real person?! Sara Lee!  

Happy holidays to all–here’s a proper ending. Watch this 1950s Betty Crocker commercial…it’s perfect for your bridge club! 😉

Signing off!



Image Courtesy: Old Recipe Book

Life…or something like it.

September 15, 2010

Hello all!

I am absolutely horrid about updating my blog unless it’s required for class. Since my Capstone ended this summer, I haven’t posted… yikes!

Where to start?

This j-kid, one-class away from being a Mizzou grad is having a kid of her own! Yup. Her name will be Lily Persephone. Here’s a pic…

Her fists are bunched up like a little boxer.  I, for one, think she will be most excellent at video games because she has learned this one-two-kick-punch combo. It’s punch-punch-kick! Almost simultaneously. My stomach looks like a little alien is trying to break out when it happens.

Look out Mortal Kombat world, Lily is gonna kick some behind. Xiayou style.


I am still working at KOMU, but as a web editor. I’m in charge of KOMU’s Twitter page, webpage and online alerts. I also answer the phone… which should be a job of its own somedays. I should also start writing down what some callers have to say…

Mid-Missourians can be crazy. That’s all I will say for now — and as a mid-Missourian myself, I think I can say that.

Well, until next update!


Toy Story 3 = Epic[ness].

June 23, 2010


I saw Toy Story 3 yesterday after hearing all the hype about how wonderful it was. I even heard there was a part in the movie that made grown-men cry (I have it from a very close source that her boyfriend even cried). I was skeptical I would cry, but excited to see the latest Pixar flick.

Barbie and Ken were my two favorite characters during this one, but it was sad that a few of our beloved friends from the first two movies could not make it into the third installment due to being sold at garage sales, etc… I won’t give away which characters, but one was particularly saddening to me.

Spoiler Ahead. Do not continue if you haven’t seen the movie.

I am about to show you the character who could not make it in to the movie. They did not specify whether the toy was broken or sold… but all I can say it: Poor Woody. 😦


Overall, I give Toy Story a 10, but here’s what other sites are saying:

1. SperoNews:

Movie Review: Toy Story 3 Is For Adults

Alright, well not like that… It is G-rated and rightly so (and may I say that there are not enough quality films this year with that rating?) That being the case, Toy Story 3 is one of the more superior movies of 2010 and definitely the best G-rated film so far.”

To read the rest of the review by Shenandoah Butterworth, click here.

2. Rotten Tomatoes:

“It hits every button from laughter to tears and lifts you up on waves of visual dazzlement. And you don’t need to take a kid along to appreciate it… Tag it as one of the year’s best.”

This was posted on Rotten Tomatoes, but written by Peter Travers of Rolling Stone.

The site even ranked it between 98-100% on its Tomatometer… not too shabby! Plus, I really wanted to use the word “tomatometer” in my blog…

Photo Courtesy:

Now, it took some serious hunting, but I managed to find a negative review for Toy Story 3. Here’s an excerpt from SlashFilm:

Toy Story 3 is so besotted with brand names and product-placement that it stops being about the innocent pleasures of imagination—the usefulness of toys—and strictly celebrates consumerism.  … But none of these digital-cartoon characters reflect human experience; it’s essentially a bored game that only the brainwashed will buy into.”

Read more, click here.

So I guess the 98% who have been giving the most positive movie reviews of all time are just braino-washed hippies who can’t see into the underlying cult advertising clearly laid out blatantly across the entirety film…yeah, right. Haters be haters.

I know it’s hard to denote sarcasm via text, but just for my readers’ info – the above sentence is dripping with my sarcastic ooze.


That’s all for now!



P.S. I though it’d be appropriate to end with Pickford on a horse… what with all this discussion about cowboys an’ such. Yee-haw!


What Lovely Weather…

June 8, 2010

Today I am working my web shift for my Capstone. The weather is … well, look for yourself.

I took this right outside KOMU. I’ve actually learned something about people and the weather today, though. Our website views were around 200…a streak of lightning followed by its booming thunder streaked across the sky. The number on our site rose to over 1,000. Whoa. People. Care. About. The. Weather.

Thanks to for this one.

In other news, I went to Chicago this weekend – woo-hoo! It was my good friend Emily’s 21, so Andrew and I drove the 9-hour trek to make sure she had fun! Here’s a picture of the windy city itself, taken at Navy Pier.

The Windy CityInterestingly enough, my Irish-bred and Chicago-raised friend told me it isn’t called “The Windy City” because of actual wind, but because of all the hot air the politicians blow out over the city.

An article from the Huffington Post agrees, but also says the claim is controversial. Read it, here.

So, of course, I found the USA Today article mentioned in the Huffington Post… it claims the reason it’s called The Windy City is unknown. It says the windiest city in the nation is actually in Kansas.

Speaking of older movies, let’s go back even further and talk about my obsession with Mary Pickford… I usually put a picture of her after every post, but I don’t think I’ve ever explained why.

Let’s do that, shall we?

I won’t start with the boring facts, let’s get right into the nitty-gritty of why she’s important to the film industry even today. You know those little things called ‘camera angles’? Well, she helped bring them to modern cinema.

Audiences of the silent films thought they weren’t getting their entire money’s worth if they didn’t see the actor from head to toe. Pickford helped changed that and often incorporated different angles in her films.

She also created United Artists with Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin. She was the highest paid actress of her time and also won an Academy Award the first year it was given for a talking film.

She was the first superstar, the first to feel the fall from movie fame and the woman who, as titled in a 1997 biography, made Hollywood.

To check out the book, click here. Pickford also wrote an auto-bio called Sunshine and Shadow, which I’ve had the delight to read. Click here for that one.

For more info on Pickford, check it out, here.

See you next week!




June 1, 2010

The title, #jenclass, is a Twitter hash tag I use when referencing my still new Capstone class. If you were on Twitter, it would go something like this:

Webbing away for #jenclass!

Twitter records all the “#jenclass'” hashes and you can see who else has referenced it by using this tool.

But, enough with the nerdy stuff. Let’s talk movies. More specifically, let’s talk Harry Potter. Oh, wait… that brings me back into nerd realm, doesn’t it?

Oh, well!

So, Daniel Radcliffe’s (Harry Potter) movie BFF, Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) is apparently embarrassed by his younger self in the Potter movies. He didn’t say it was his acting…but his…


I could see that. As adorable as I, personally, thought the squeaking was, I can see how he can look back now and be a little embarrassed by it. I thought it made the movie, but to each their own.

P.S. Info obtained from, here.

I think that’s all I have for you today.

But, wait! There’s more! I’ve also launched my new, professional website! Check it out, here! I’m still working on the vid resume/resume.

Since I’m not distracted, I was browsing the web and found a new cure for cancer that could be available in vaccine form soon! I’ve never tried to embed video in WordPress before, so let’s see how this works out! So far, it has worked on 100% of mice.

Have a great work week!


Capstone Craziness

May 20, 2010

Hello, World! I know it has been too long when I forgot my username. Who does that? This kid!

So now that I have that part of my life back on track , let me tell you about my Capstone Craziness…capitalization intended.

Ms. Jen Reeves is the instructor. Let me introduce you.

Jen. Audience. Audience, this is Jen. Doesn’t that picture make her look so professional? It’s amazing what you can find when you Google Image someone’s name these days. Thanks, Google!

Anyway, it’s back to the basics of B2 for this class…at least when it comes to blogging. Once a week. Yipee! So watch out, world! You have to listen to me randomly ramble once more.

So, for this capstone class, I am building a professional website. I am mostly finished, I just need to add my print/video resume. You should check it out, here!

While on-duty for class, I am also in charge of web content and its Twitter page! You can follow KOMU, here.

That’s a lot of info all at once, so lets take a break and take a gander at a funny picture, shall we?

Now, I’m not exactly sure where in the world this had to be posted…but apparently the ladies were just plum tired of guys whizzing on their seats, or leaving them up! I’ve met some women who would kill a man for leaving up a toilet seat…I just don’t think it’s that big of a deal. I guess I could be wrong?

Well, have a good night, folks! I am tuckered out from my web shift and other duties of the day. I now must attempt to stay awake…I am designated driver for the night. Woop!


Now, if only I were this awake.

Goddess Diet on a Dime – Results!

January 26, 2010

Christine’s Post: Long time no update, but with Mom training for a new job and with me starting school again, things are hectic! We have been successful so far on our diet – we hope you have, too! I cooked dinner with my friend Brady about a week ago and am very proud of myself. We made Spinach and Artichoke dip and Cheese ravioli. I got the recipes from Anybody Can Cook, a cookbook by Better Homes & Gardens. The dip was only 58 calories for every 2 tbs. – pair with Baked Scoops and you’re set!

Spinach and Artichoke Dip


3/4 cup finely chopped onion (I did not use this)

2 cloves garlic, minced (I also did not use this – I hate garlic)

1 tablespoon butter

2  8-oz. packaged reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

1 1/2 cups grated Parmesean cheese (I used shredded)

1/4 cup milk (I used skim)

1/4 cup light mayonnaise

1/4 cup light dairy sour cream

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

3 cups chopped fresh spinach leaves (I used Popeye canned spinach – not dry)

1 14 oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

Sea salt bagel chips, Baked! Scoops, No fat sour cream & onion pringles, just whatever you want to use to dip!


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a 10-inch skillet cook onion and garlic in hot butter over medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until tender, stirring occassionally. Set aside to cool. I skipped this step because I didn’t use any of these ingredients.

2. In a large bowl, stir together cream cheese, Parmesean cheese, milk, mayo, sour cream and pepper. Stir in spinach, artichoke hearts and the onion mixture. Spread cheese mixture in the bottom of a 10-inch deep-dish plate.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until heated and top begins to brown. Serve with bagel chips, etc. Makes about 40 (2-tbs) servings!

It was absolutely delicious! I brought this over to my friend’s house once and her mom loved it so much I became known as “that girl who makes the really good spinach dip”. 🙂

Signing off,

~The Future Goddesses

Goddess Diet on a Dime-Yummy Soup Recipe

January 12, 2010

Lisa’s Post: Dang butt fairy! She is constantly lurking in the corner, waiting for me to put my guard down. I only lost half a pound this week. So, I vow to write down everything I eat, down to the last chip! Also, I must do more than just THINK about exercising.  I did walk Sheba in the snowy woods Sunday.  That was a work out!  Chrisitne uses her I-Phone to chart everything as she eats it on

We did make a homemade, inexpensive, vegetable soup recipe that was yummy and only 120 calories per bowl.  Once can add lean ground beef if they so choose and just add in the calories.  So, for the whole family:


Two large cans of Campbells Tomato Soup

small bag of frozen mixed vegetables

2 potatoes diced

marjoram to taste

1 bay leaf

salt and pepper to taste


Mix all ingredients and cook over medium heat until boiling.  Reduce heat to simmer and cover, stirring occasionally, for about 45 minutes or until potatoes are tender.  Remove bay leaf.  A half a sandwich goes great with it!

Great, FREE recipes!

Also, one of our loyal dieting companions, Cindy Collins, turned us on to a wonderful site to get great recipes.  We will try some and blog on them soon.  If you try some, please, let us know!  The link is:

Let’s stick to our New Year Resolution together.  We win again butt fairy!

Post your recipes or great weight loss websites here and we will check them out!

Signing off,

The Future Goddesses

Future Goddess’ on a Diet…on a dime!

January 6, 2010

Lisa’s Post: Hello!  My darling daughter pointed out to me that I have been quite the slacker when it comes to posting.  I did lose 5 lbs this week and Christine lost 3 lbs.  Yipee!  How have you been doing?  So far, sticking to 1500 calories per week, trying to eat foods high in dietary fiber, drinking lots of H2O, and thinking about exercise 🙂 has done wonders to chase the butt fairy away.  She kept blessing me weekly with more butt.

Actually, I do take the steps at work, chase 22 cats, 3 dogs, and stay pretty much in motion all day.  So, if I actually used my treadmill to work out instead of just to hang delicates, I may end up ahead of schedule on the road to Goddessdom.

Tonight, it was broiled boneless, skinless chicken breast for dinner which goes great with steamed frozen vegetables.  My favorite snack that actually makes me feel full (unlike carbs) are hard boiled eggs (80 calories each). 

Yesterday, I made Salmon patties (my own recipe) which I just must give a 10/10 score.  I am not bias!  I also have the most beautiful children and the cutest papillion in the universe. hehe. 

Natasha is 10 years and 20 lbs heavier herself!

Anyway, they are about 120 calories each.  For my top secret recipe (insert drum roll) just look below…


One can of salmon

2 slices bread

salt and pepper to desired taste

Sprinkle Old Bay Seasoning to taste (about 3 shakes)

Squeeze the juice of half a lemon and save the other half to squeeze over cooked patties

One egg

The ingredients are pretty meager, but it tastes oh so delicious!


Mix all ingredients, make into patties about half the size of a hamburger,  and fry in corn oil. Test the oil with a small pinch of  bread to make sure that the bread sizzles before putting patties in oil.

Turn the patties when the edges are brown and crusty and cook both sides until golden brown.

Flip the salmon when it is brown on the undersides...

Enjoy with a salad.  I like to crumble the Salmon patties over my salad and use Miracle Whip as my dressing but to each his own.

Thanks! Now Christine can’t say, “Mom, it is our blog and I am the only one blogging” She forgets that I was cooking and cleaning. I pretty much think that was above and beyond the call of duty but, alas, a woman’s work is never done.

See you next week when we are all 5 lbs thinner . We win again butt fairy!

The Future Goddesses,

-Lisa and Christine