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What Could Be Even More Disgusting Than a Grasshopper Infestation? 7.31.19

What Could Be Even More Disgusting Than a Grasshopper Infestation? Oh… you’d be surprised. Remember that gross grasshopper infestation in Las Vegas? St. George has an infestation that’s worse. So much worse that no one wants to get out of their car…

 

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Congratulations, Utah! We’re number three for dog bites in the country! That’s not what we want to be known for nationwide, right?

 

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So, you see the flashing red and blues behind you, pull over with sweaty palms and try to figure out what you did wrong, and… let’s say this is the worst public relations idea, ever.

Also… do you need Alien Abduction Insurance? Don’t laugh, even the venerated Lloyd’s of London is now offering the policies. Um… how do you prove you were abducted?

 

Plus! Another tasty Zucchini recipe! Today’s bonus squash disguise: Zucchini Sausage Boats.

BTW: here’s another tasty recipe: Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Spears, find it here.

 

What do you do when a flasher drops trou? You chase him DOWN. – 7.29.19

What do you do when a flasher drops trou? You chase him DOWN. So you’re running along, minding your own business when a creepy flasher jumps in front of you. What do you do? If you’re a former Israeli paratrooper and mom of two, you chase that creeper down.

I haven’t stopped laughing.

 

Las Vegas is covered in grasshoppers- to the point that they’re showing up on radar. The Strip’s so desperate they’re trying something they’ve never done before.

 

Welcome to the Week of Zucchini. Because we can’t get rid of ours fast enough. Today’s recipe? Parmesan-crusted zucchini spears. Delightfully tasty.

BTW: have you tried our outrageously yummy Hampton Roads Zucchini Muffins? Find the recipe here.

When Insurance Doesn’t Cover Alligators In Your Kitchen – 7.19.19

 

When Insurance Doesn’t Cover Alligators In Your Kitchen…

You get an alligator breaking into your kitchen. There’s a lot of freaking damage because… you know… it’s an ALLIGATOR. The insurance company says they “don’t cover alligators.” Really?

Ever wonder what else insurance doesn’t cover? You’d be surprised. Have a look here.

(Cover image credit: Clearwater Police)

Welcome to the Heat Dome!! (Does anyone else remember Stephen King’s scary tale called Under the Dome? If so, you’re totally freaked out right now like I am.) There’s a “heat dome” over the country- meaning a weird pressure zone is keeping most of the US in a record-breaking heatwave. Need some ways to keep cool? Try some tips from our “No A/C Challenge” here, or my favorite “Hot Weather Helpers” here.

While we’re in Florida, there’s a wonderful Tell Me Something Good where a little church managed to raise enough money to buy $7.5 million dollars worth of medical debt from a collection company and forgave the debt for thousands of desperate families.

Ever get so sick of porch pirates that catching one in the act and chasing them down for the police is a good idea? One Cottonwood Heights man has an epic tale.

 

Utah Signs of Summer – Halloween Stuff, Angry Bears & Poopy Swimming Pools – 7.18.19

Utah Signs of Summer – Halloween Stuff, Angry Bears & Poopy Swimming Pools.

Signs of summer along the Wasatch Front… First, Target is already hauling out their Halloween stuff. Our neighborhood pool is closed for a “fecal accident.” And there are pissed-off black bears charging at campers, and the Utah DWR says “They’re cranky because they’re hot.” Oh. Well, I feel much better about camping now. Just offer the bear gnawing on your leg a cool beverage!

 

Plus! Llama therapy and our most tasty salad yet- you’re going to love this salad with a deep, abiding passion. BTW: craving more summer salads? Try the glorious German Potato Salad here, and Watermelon Salad with Balsamic Vinegar here.

Asparagus and Corn Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 ears corn, shucked
  • 2 bunches asparagus, ends trimmed and cut in 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs (cilantro, basil, parsley, whatever you like)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey (can replace with sugar or agave)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions

Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil.

Add the shucked corn to the boiling water and boil for about five minutes. Remove the corn from the pot and set it aside to cool.

In the same water used for boiling the corn, add the cut asparagus for 2 minutes, just until they’re cooked – you want them to still be bright green and crisp. Remove from the pot and set aside to cool.

Once the corn is cool enough to touch, cut off the kernels and add them with the asparagus pieces to a large bowl.

In another bowl, whisk the herbs, olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the corn and asparagus. Mix together and chill until ready to serve. This salad holds up beautifully for up to two days without losing its crunch.

Church Ball: Starts With a Prayer, Ends With a Riot – 7.16.19

Church Ball: Starts With a Prayer, Ends With a Riot.

We all know that “Church Ball” at the ward can be brutal – what do they call it? “The only riot that starts with a prayer.” Someone just took a case to the US Supreme Court for “excessive injury” from an LDS ward game.

BTW: have you ever seen the movie Church Ball? Very entertaining. Find it here.

It sounds like a country song- police pulled over a drunk guy in a stolen truck with an open bottle of bourbon and a gun. But wait, there’s more. So much more.

Our No AC Challenge continues – with cheating accusations – and why we don’t think the “Urban Deer” are so cute anymore. BTW: if you have some genius ideas on how to survive the searing hell of summer here in Utah without AC, we’d love to hear them! We’re giving away a $50.00 Amazon.com gift card on August first for one of your recommendations. Please leave a comment below.

(Cover screencap image courtesy of Halestorm Entertainment)

Why Storming Area 51 Is A Super Bad Idea – 7.15.19

Why Storming Area 51 Is A Super Bad Idea. There’s a social media push to gather all the Area 51 fans together and sort of “gang-storm” the base. Their motto: “They can’t stop all of us!” Why this is a bad idea explained on the show today.

 

Starbuck’s new Tie-Dye Frappuccino is this summer’s sold-out Unicorn Frappuccino – which we never tasted. Zoe and I found the Last Tie-Dye Frappuccino in the state. Taste test!

 

Our “No AC” Challenge continues and you’ve all given us such great suggestions! Have some to add? We’re giving away a $50 Amazon.com gift card for one of your clever ideas on August first. If we live that long – head here to leave a comment.

 

With New Orleans flooding AGAIN (those poor people!) the Cajun Navy is gearing up as another tropical storm is about to hit the coast. This amazing group made up of “Guys with Boats” is so inspiring… Also today- chess-master cheaters, Tell Me Something Good and subversive vegetables.

 

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In Japan, They’re Using Rental Cars Cars For Everything BUT Driving – 7.12.19

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In Japan, They’re Using Rental Cars Cars For Everything BUT Driving. Car rental companies in Japan were getting confused because consumers were renting the cars and returning them without any miles on them. You’ll never believe what they were doing instead of… you know… driving.

 

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Prince Charles just opened up his summer castle- the Castle of Mey in Scotland as a bed and breakfast! You know you want to stay there.  The reason? I mean, it’s not like he needs the money. But the region did- and he wanted to bring it to life again. Here’s the website.

Two mysteries answered…

Why you can’t drink a Polygamy Porter beer in North Carolina, and why Canadians are so courteous they’re actually lethal.

 

Plus! Creamy cucumber salad today. The recipe is so easy! BTW: have you tried our rather glorious Warm German Potato Salad yet? I think it’s the best of our Summer Salad Series. Find the recipe here.

Is This A Boy Scout Badge? Build A Canoe. Immediately Sink It. – 7.11.19

Is This A Boy Scout Badge? Build A Canoe. Immediately Sink It.  Who thinks this is a good idea? Two Utah Scout groups who made their own canoes from PVC pipe and tarp – you heard me – launched them on the Green River for a rapids river trip. The first one sank 100 feet from the launch site. It just gets better… or worse, depending on your point of view.

 

Today’s summer salad? Warm German Potato Salad with stone ground mustard and bacon. Freaking amazing. Have you missed any of our other tasty summer salads? Like watermelon and balsamic vinegar? How about corn and cotija cheese? Strawberry and spinach?

 

Think Salt Lake City is hot now? There’s a scary new global study out that says we’ll be hotter than Las Vegas by 2050. The last time I was there, it was 115 in May. This is bad news.

Charging $125 At The Door For Your Wedding Reception – 7/10/19

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Charging $125 At The Door For Your Wedding Reception. Say you RSVP’d “yes” to attend a friend’s wedding, and when you got to the door, they charged you and your date $250.00 to get in. Would you turn around and leave or grit your teeth and hand over your credit card? Here’s the creepy new wedding trend this summer…

Today’s Summer Salad recipe is for the rather epic Watermelon salad with balsamic vinegar and feta cheese. BTW: looking for more lovely, lovely salads? Try our tasty Mexican Corn Salad. So few ingredients and a small tutorial on the joys of Cotija cheese – the recipe is here. Plus, have a look at our Strawberry-Spinach salad here.

Ewwww… did you see the viral video of that ridiculous girl peeling off the top of the ice cream container and licking it? Now, there are copycats. Poor ice cream, this is a tragedy!

 

When you see a big pile of illegal contraband all laid out with triumphant officers standing around it, you’re thinking some kind of a big bust, right? This one involved… trout.

(Cover screencap: Bridezillas)

Yet More Reasons To Kiss A Lot… Like You Needed An Excuse – 7.9.19

Yet More Reasons To Kiss A Lot… Like You Needed An Excuse.

Up next in our “Daily Stream Summer Salad Series,” (catchy, eh?) we’re making Mexican Corn Salad today. It’s ridiculously easy, but it was so tasty!! BTW: If you’ve missed any of our lovely, lovely salads the Spinach-Strawberry Salad is here.

 

If you’ve dreamt of telecommuting for work here in Utah, the state is about to be your new employer.

 

Also! The health benefits of kissing (like you needed an excuse.) Plus, WHY is it that women do three times more chores than men? Even in the more “progressive” countries where women make nearly equal pay and equal responsibility in the workplace, they’re still doing at least twice the chores at home as men are! The reasons why though, will surprise you.