The Tootsie Pop Elf Revealed…And Other Shiny Objects

My slightly creepy, slightly freaky feeling regarding the joyous gift of Caramel Tootsie Pops was all alleviated by a phone call I received yesterday morning.  Turns out the Elf was my friend Bettysue from Florida.

Remember her from the day of the flood?  She’s so sweet!  Well, actually, I think she got tired of hearing me whine about not being able to find them.  She took action and went to Ebay to find them!  The name on the package was the person who was shipping them out.  Bettysue called me after reading yesterday’s post to confess.  Now you can understand why I’ve kept her around all these years! 

I had put a bag of black-eyed peas in to soak Monday night so I all I had to do Tuesday morning was put them in the magic crock pot!  I’d never used black-eyed peas before, but that’s all I had in the way of dried beans so I went for it.

Cooked to bean perfection!  I took a cup out and marinated them.  Forgot a photo but the mix was 2 Tbsp each of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, 1 Tbsp of cranberry honey, ground black pepper and dried parsley.  Now…I forgot…again…that the parsley container does NOT have a shaker top.  This resulted, of course in WAY too much parsley going in.  I was able to get some of it out that hadn’t gotten wet so all was well.  I love to marinate beans that way.  Then the beans become the dressing for your salad! 😉

I was excited because at the produce stand today, I found these lovelies…

Figgies!!  Fresh or dried, they are the Best!  A little pricey, but worth it.

Is a nectarine too juicy if you have to eat it over the sink??  Just askin’…

Overnight oats with strawberries, blueberries and blackberries.  Love some berries.  I don’t think there’s ever been a summer when I’ve had more enjoyment from fresh fruits and vegetables.  That’s probably because I’m consciously thinking about it.  I think that comes under the heading of mindfulness…hmmmm…I need to start meditating again…


A zucchini and my long skinny eggplant, cut up and sautéed up with just olive oil cooking spray and sea salt.  Snagged a piece before it went into the salad and it passed the Yum Test!!

Chopped up a Jersey plum tomato fresh from the produce stand yesterday as well as a green bell pepper.  Yes, you can tell when it’s a Jersey tomato…no doubt about it!

The finished product in my Big Purple Bowl!  I had never tried the idea of grilling the veggies and then putting them in the salad but I like it.  🙂  I think the other zucchini and eggplant will have the same honor.  Tossed all together with my black-eyed peas…Ralph kept asking me which one was Fergie…**sigh** I’ve gotta keep him, his sisters won’t take him back!! 

Chiropractor appointment today.  Hope we can get my insurance issue straightened out!!  My back has been feeling so good, I want to keep going.  I’m sure we will.

Not sure what else will be happening today.  I heard something about Harry Potter…hmmm…The Human Randomizer…signing off…

Happy Wednesday!


4 responses to “The Tootsie Pop Elf Revealed…And Other Shiny Objects

  1. Hi Fran! I loved your story yesterday, and I hope you’re still writing BCDC when you and Ralph celebrate your 50th! I have a question about figs – l love them in newtons (tee hee!), but how do you eat them fresh? Do you peel them? How do you know if they are ripe and ready to eat? Here in Miami, they are SUPER expensive (5-6 bucks for a bitty container) but I’m willing to give them a try if they have your seal of approval! 🙂

    • Hi Mylenne! I love the dried figs and use them in baking (or just popping them in my mouth 😉 ) Fresh ones, I just usually slice and eat, no need to peel them. I’m planning on puttng these in a salad or with yogurt. The container in my photo was $3.25, still pretty pricey for me, but I hadn’t had any for a long time. They’re really great if you can get them fresh off the tree. In Miami, it’s usually warm year round so someone should have a tree somewhere! If you know any Italian families, you might find a fig tree or they may no where to find one. I’m Italian, so I can say that!! Seriously, the old Italian gentleman in NJ are know to put tarps over their trees in the winter to keep them alive.

      Glad you liked my story! If I make it to the 50th, I’ll need an assistant. Maybe by then, Ralph will have figured out computers!! 😉

  2. I love the idea of figs and yogurt. I will definitely be trying that out! Unfortunately, Italians are sparse here in SoFla, but we do have plenty of Cubans! They are not great when it comes to figs, but you can get a ton of free mangoes and avocados in the summer if you know the right people. 😉 I do have family in Ft. Lee, so I’ll have to see if they can give me the NJ hook-up.

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