Haven’t been over in a while

The Mississippi’s flooded! 🙂

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A Cool Cat on a Crazy Cold Evening

this is who you’ll see at WMWM:

Coolest skull jacket ever! He rocks it hard.

and

The Evil Dr. Thunder

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Ham for Chanukah

Ham it up for the holidays.

So not kosher, dudes.

This in from @jamiepinkham at http://yfrog.com/juiaghj

This at Walmart in Richmond, VA?

Oh, The South. shame, shame.

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Tower o’ Popcorn

You thought the Tower of Babel was cool, well check this out-

the holiday tower of popcorn buckets at WMWM, with a lit up star on top. Note the puppy themed pails of popped maize. *Insert loud rendition of “Carmina Burana” (Carl Orff) here.

If I had a ton of loot, I’d buy them all and make “the world’s largest popcorn ball”, like this one:

It’s easy to find Christmas stuff at WMWM, but Chanukah stuff, not so much.

This holiday season, remember kids, popcorn is a universal language of the love of butter sauce, and sometimes cheddar cheese powder.

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Footies for Grown-Ups

If this doesn’t motivate you to never leave the house, and stay in and stay depressed instead, I don’t know what will.

Here I thought Arkansans were these tough, woodsy, sportsmen and women, then I find these on today’s trip over the bridge.

I’d like to see who trades in their camo hunting gear for this at night. Or maybe there haven’t been any takers because not too many are “Happy to be Blue” since this is a red and red region.

I swear these are the pre-cursors to the Snuggie. You all know what a Snuggie is, unless you’ve been living under a rock.

These footed pj’s are also referred to as the “blanket sleeper”.

I dare you to take a pic of yourself in something like this- grandma would be pleased.

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Bonus: NYT Paula Deen Podcast

Enjoy-

http://nytimes.whsites.net/timestalks/podcast/1207

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Pineapple Capri Pants

This is one of the non-food posts I told ya I’d do for ya.

Call me crazy or call me very fashion forward.

Ok, so city folk have been trying to copy country folk style forever.

Silverlake hipsters had their trucker hat phase, cut off t-shirt phase, what have you. Hipster girls did the 1940’s secretary, school marm thing for a while.

Well, I give you super granny style. I love it that you can’t find these pants online- I tried. I tried google-ing them- nada, except this one ebay ad for similar ones in tan.

If you ask me, these pants are way beyond cool. They came from the 3 dollar rack at the WMWM of stuff from the summer no one wanted.  I am pretty psyched that no one in Los Angeles will have these pants except me.

From having been a child in the South, I remember pineapple imagery everywhere. Not til now did I look up what it meant.

Here’s what I found by Beverly L. Pack:

“During early Colonial days in the United States, families would set a fresh pineapple in the center of the table as a colorful centerpiece of the festive meal, especially when visitors joined them in celebration. This symbolized the utmost in welcome and hospitality to the visitor, and the fruit would be served as a special desert after the meal. Often when the visitor spent the night, he was given the bedroom which had the pineapples carved on the bedposts or headboard–even if the bedroom belonged to the head of the household.

A small, peaceful hamlet in rural Alabama boasts symbols of the pineapple everywhere your eyes may look. Pine Apple, settled by “Easterners” from the Carolinas, Georgia, and Virginia around 1820 was originally named “Friendship”. But there was already another Friendship, Alabama, so the settlers named their town in honor of the pine and the apple trees that gave the land its beauty and the town its wealth. These days the town’s name is as often written “Pineapple” and it is Pine Apple. Signs of this universal symbol of hospitality are seen painted on the front doors of homes and the town’s welcome sign, carved in fanciful finials and Christmas decorations, atop gate-posts and roof-tops, carved into bedposts and head-boards, and found in a variety of table centerpieces. Other carved items found around southern homes include serving trays and wooden bowls.

Not only have wood-carvers etched this immortal symbol, but the delicate hands of needle-workers have preserved this symbol in family heirlooms over the centuries. Items such as pineapple samplers, table cloths, and crochet doilies are but a few of the items found in homes of unbounding welcome. Modern decorative items include pot holders, towels, small framed accents, drink coasters, decorative flags, brass door knockers, curtain finials, stair-rail and mailbox posts, and welcome mats.

The pineapple has been a universal symbol of hospitality and welcome for many centuries all over the world.”

Ok, I can actually tie this into a bit of food history for you from The Kitchen Project. Yes, looking at these pants makes me hungry for Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

Southern Living Magazine has a few recipes for this deliciousness. You should make one for your family for the holidays.

Worthy of a Special Occasion

Yield: Makes 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4  cup  butter
  • 2/3  cup  firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1  (20-ounce) can pineapple slices, undrained
  • 9  maraschino cherries
  • 2  large eggs, separated
  • 3/4  cup  granulated sugar
  • 3/4  cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1/8  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking powder
  • Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (optional)

Preparation

Melt butter in a 9-inch cast-iron skillet. Spread brown sugar evenly over bottom of skillet. Drain pineapple, reserving 1/4 cup juice; set juice aside. Arrange pineapple slices in a single layer over brown sugar mixture, and place a cherry in center of each pineapple ring; set skillet aside.

Beat egg yolks at medium speed with an electric mixer until thick and lemon-colored; gradually add granulated sugar, beating well.

Heat reserved pineapple juice in a small saucepan over low heat. Gradually add juice mixture to the yolk mixture, beating until blended.

Combine all-purpose flour, salt, and baking powder; add dry ingredients to the yolk mixture, beating at low speed with electric mixer until blended.

Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold egg whites into batter. Spoon batter evenly over pineapple slices.

Bake at 325° for 45 to 50 minutes. Cool cake in skillet 30 minutes; invert cake onto a serving plate. Serve warm or cold with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.

Express Pineapple Upside-Down Cake: Follow original recipe directions for first 4 ingredients. Substitute 1 (9-ounce) package golden yellow cake mix for next 5 ingredients. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, substituting 1/2 cup pineapple juice for 1/2 cup water. Spoon batter over prepared pineapple slices as directed. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Jiffy Golden Yellow Cake Mix.

Southern Living, MARCH 2003

 

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