Fake Spices? and Other Questions

Wow. I didn’t intend for this to be a two-post week, but here we are brushing up against the weekend already. That’s what happens when life gets busy, I suppose.

Fulfilling my newshound role, I’ve got a couple of links to share:

Are Your Spices Fake? [WiseBread] was an eye opener for me! It seem some spices might be made up of ingredients we’d rather not eat. A couple of those listed–chili powder and parika, to be specific–are ones I use frequently and now I find out they mightcouldpossibly be contaminated with Sudan dyes (carcinogen) and other icky things.

Could your pet stand to lose a few pounds? Overcoming Canine Obesity is a good, common-sense checklist for ensuring your dog is managing his/her weight well. Not surprisingly, it contains many of the same tips humans use (proper portions, exercise, etc.) and a few others as well. I’m having a girls’ weekend with Sally Doodle this weekend, and she’s not impressed with the article at all. :)

visitor info sign with question markIn case the weather has you stuck for something to do this weekend, here are a few deep questions to ponder and, I hope, share your answers:

-When trick-or-treating as a kid, was there any kind of candy that you didn’t like to get?
-When you were in grade school, what did you want to be when you grew up? Why?
-Name the most famous person you’ve had a face to face encounter with
-What is your favorite weird food combination?
-What’s your middle name? Significance?

Answer as many or as few as you like!

My answers:
– Disappointing Candy: Believe it or not, there are candies I don’t like: Necco wafers, Bit o’ Honey, and those peanut butter taffy things wrapped in black or orange paper. Ick!
– Grade school goal: I’m not sure why, but I wanted to be a pathologist. Once I learned what that was, I changed to teaching as a goal. Didn’t meet either one, unless you count corporate training classes. :)
– Brush with Fame: Who’s more famous, Danny Glover or John Grisham? I’ve met both of them briefly (corporate spelling bee and book signing, respectively.)
– Weird food combo: I don’t think it’s weird, but a friend tells me that my current favorite salad with pineapple and olives in it is weird.
– Middle name: Camille, and it has no significance other than my mother liked it. :)

That’s it for me for the week! I’ll be chilling with Sally and generally trying to catch up this weekend. What are you up to?



16 thoughts on “Fake Spices? and Other Questions

  1. One off-the-wall statement….yesterday was the first time I can remember when we got severe weather that did NOT come from you!! Highly unusual for East TN to get bad (and it WAS bad) storms while Memphis doesn’t. Reward this morning is a cool 60 degrees with little humidity.

    **Candy – Believe it or not, I’m pretty picky about my candy and there are several things I don’t like. Jelly Beans comes immediately to mind.

    **I wanted to be a missionary, but my motives were less than pure. At that point in my life, it was the only way I could figure out that I’d get to travel to foreign countries! LOL!

    **Will go a step further on this one, because we are very blessed to know and call Mary Costa (think Sleeping Beauty) a close and dear friend. She lives here, attends our church, was the spokesperson for the recent Steinway campaign at Bill’s school and is just a dear, dear person. On our recent trip to NYC, I nearly ran over Susan Sarandon who ran out a door over to drop something in a mailbox.

    **When I was little, my mom would make Cream of Chicken soup for lunch on Saturday’s and put Chow Mein Noodles in it. Bill still thinks that weird, but to me it is the absolute ultimate comfort food and still love the combination.

    **Middle name is Rose. It’s from the Bible. The Rose of Sharon…….

    Have a great weekend!

    • First, if your middle name is Camille (Cammy?) what is your first name?

      I’m only gonna answer one question (cause the rest I don’t have answers for, or the answers are boring.) I wanted to be a veterinarian from the time I was little almost all the way through high school–obvious reason–I LOVED animals. In high school I almost failed chemistry, and I had to bribe my lab partner to dissect the worm because I couldn’t stand cutting into even a dead animal. That caused a little crisis for me as I realized I would never make it as a vet! (don’t ask how I made it through nursing school 10 years later…)

      • A friend’s daughter had a lifelong dream of being a vet, but changed her mind in a hurry when she began college. Funny, she also went on to become a nurse. :)

        Oh, and my first name is Norma, after my father. (Could’ve been worse, since his first name is Fred. :)) My first name was almost Susan, which is hilarious if you read Lori’s comment. LOL

  2. I saw a sign the other day that said “if your dog is fat, you’re not getting enough exercise!” :-)

    Halloween candy: Those God awful circus peanuts. Ugh!! There was an old lady in our neighborhood that loved giving those things.

    I wanted to be a meteorologist.

    I’ll go back a ways for celeb encounter. I got bumped to first class when I was a teen and sat next to George Michael. This we just before his first solo album was released. We talked a bit and he walked me to my connecting flight where a throng of teen girls squealed behind us. I thank God it wasn’t like it is now with everyone having a video camera on them or paps. Man I miss those days. He was a real gentleman and super nice.

    • I saw that sign also! Can’t remember where.

      You know, it doesn’t surprise me that GM was such a nice guy. In interviews I’ve seen (not having had a seat next to him in first class :) ), he’s always seemed down-to-earth. Wish he could settle down and get the drugs under control. Lots of talent there,

  3. Congratulations on your 1000th post! I have a lot to say, too, and I think I blog because no one will listen to me in person :) Oh, you are SO right about those awful, chewy candies in the black and orange wrappers. ICK!

    We are going to a wedding tomorrow, and I think it will be the first time that the whole family is dressed up. I’m hoping to get some good pictures. My boys are even wearing ties! Plus, I’m going to get to visit with a lot of old friends at the wedding, and I’m really looking forward to it!

  4. I also did not like receiving ‘Bit of Honey’ at Halloween. Also, of all the miniature candy bars, I seemed to received twice as many Three Muskateers. I did not like them (past tense) and preferred, Snickers or Milky Way.

    In grade school, I wanted to be either a teacher or movie star. I didn’t follow either track, instead I studied Accounting for quite awhile, but then turned to Computer Science. My work now mostly consists of data and software testing.

    I haven’t met anyone famous. I did stay in the same hotel at the same time with then President George H. Bush. My sister and I were staying at the Anaheim Hilton (Disneyland trip) the same night as Bush Sr, and maybe other presidents (though not sure if it was Reagan or Ford, Nixon was staying at a different hotel). They were in town for the dedication of the Nixon Library (not in Anaheim). We saw him in the lobby, but never got close…too many people, secret service and police.

    My middle name is Ann, never asked why they came up with that. I’ve only been too concerned with the white trailer trash name I was given as a first name. My mom liked a song and now I am stuck with it. Thanks mom.

    That was an interesting article about the fake spices, thanks for sharing. I don’t eat too much of the ugly spices. I might have to look for a high quality cinnamon to see if there is much of a difference from the usual that I buy at the store.

    Have a great weekend.

    • I’ll trade you any Milky Ways that I come across for your 3 Musketeers, deal? :)

      I never liked my first name (Norma) until I found out it was Marilyn Monroe’s name, and then it became tolerable. LOL

  5. I like the name Camille. It’s so pretty.

    My brush with fame was Itzhak Perlman. He was soloing with the orchestra I was playing in and got to talk to him backstage.

    When I was little I wanted to be a paleontologist and study dinosaurs. I loved them!

    Middle name is Ann. I originally was going to be named Susan, but my mother asked the woman in the maternity ward what she was naming her daughter and she said Lori Ann. My mom liked that so much she took it for me.

    • This is crazy. I was almost a Susan too! My mother was a fan of Susan Hayward, so I was going to be Susan Camille. Which is not really any better than Norma Camille, now that I think about it. LOL

  6. I’m always wary of spices that were made in China :(

    And yes, like Debby asked, what’s your first name? AND…like Debby…I wanted to be a vet, too, then a biologist because it was the one science that made any sense to me.

    The most famous person I’ve met face to face is Oprah, but the one that got my heart beating fast was Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues. OMG, I was petrified!

    I hate all the candies you mentioned and the circus peanuts AND, especially, anything with coconut and black licorice. Ew.

    Middle name is Marie because it was both my grandmothers’ middle name. I have the most boring name on the planet.

  7. Bookmarked the spice site – UGH!

    I lived back east & we got the best candy ever – I can’t remember anything I did not like & that is why I was overweight! πŸ˜‰

    I wanted to be famous – stupid me! πŸ˜‰

    Famous people – hmmmm, I saw a lady on my soap but did not go up to here. Seem a couple plastic surgeons around here from the cable shows but did not go up to them….. I try not to approach people if I see them & looks like they are out for pleasure…

    I put mustard – TJs hot & sweet on everything from veggies to tuna to much more – it is not really weird…

    Rosalind – after Rosalind Russell – dad’s fav actress – I hated as a kid but love as an adult!

    Have a great weekend! I assumed you were work busy! :)

  8. one things I knew!!!
    or intuited.
    Ive always loved me those spices and yet knew (deep inside where it counts :-)) they were fake :/

  9. Okay, we don’t do Halloween so no trick or treating, but I never had a problem declining Licorice All Sorts (do you get those over there?). The licorice part was okay, but the sickly sweet layers grossed me out.

    I wanted to be so many things. Doctor, lawyer, you name it! Never an accountant though! Funny how life works out.

    I once gave directions to Simon le Bon from Duran Duran. And I had coffee with Olympic Gold medalist swimmer Ryk Neethling about a month ago. Well, he was at the next table. And I’ve worked out with most of the Australian Cricket Team at my previous gym.

    I don’t think I have any weird food combinations…

    And sadly I don’t have a middle name. I’ve always wanted to be a Julia though.

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