Just for You... Reviews by Lissete



Monday, September 29, 2008

More Cake!

One more month and I am done with the Wilton courses. This is the final cake for course 3. I still love how they taste but it this one, in particular was a lot of work. I rolled out the fondant a bit too thin, since I really do not like the taste. So it didn't come out as smooth as it should have. But whatever. It's a practice cake. Danny took the bottom tier to work. There were only 8 guys/girl at the station. They polished it off in one day. Everyone at the station wants me to continue taking classes. Bunch of fatties. Bottom tier was rum & top tier was lemon with lemon cream cheese filling. I had a tiny piece of each. :)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

You ate what?

Got this from Linda's blog and since I'm such a picky eater, I figurd it would be easy enough.

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.

What? No option for I never heard of this??
The Very Great Taste Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros I don't like eggs.Period. Except in my baking.
4. Steak tartare Medim Well Please.
5. Crocodile Danny tried alligator though. Yuck!
6. Black pudding I'm not a vampire thank you very much.
7. Cheese fondue LOVE it! We love going to the Melting Pot.
8. Carp
9. Borscht - I hate beets.
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich - I don't like pb but I do like pb cookies.
14. Aloo gobi I don't like Indian food.
15. Hot dog from a street cart When in NYC...
16. Epoisses- I don't like stinky cheese, but who knows
17. Black truffle- I have had white truffles & w.t oil does that count?
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes we have local winery about 30 minutes away. They make wine from Mango, Passionfruit, Guava and some other fruits. The Passionfruit is not bad but I don't drink much.
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream I love pistachio ice cream & watergate salad made with pistachio pudding... but i don't eat pistachios.
21. Heirloom tomatoes- I have probably had them but I'm not sure.
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans Um, yeah, my family is Cuban.
25. Brawn, souse or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche I can take it or leave it
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda Take out the anchovies and I'm good to go
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl I don't like C.C. but Danny LOVES it!
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float- I don't care much for R.B.
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects Not whole, nor halved, nor quartered. Disgusting!
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more I had a sip of Johnny Walker Blue label just to see what all the fuss was about. Tasted just as crappy as the regular stuff to me. Obviously, I am not a drinker.
46. Fugu I had to Google this.
47. Chicken tikka masala But I love chicken marsala!
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut LOVE them!
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear_ I tried prickly pear candy though
52. Umeboshi Googled
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal - Although, I don't like salad on my burger... I take out the lettuce.
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine- I'm on the fence on this one. Almost tried it in Canada. Love cheese fries but...
60. Carob chips They're all right
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin- What is this?
64. Currywurst
65. Durian- I saw this on the Food Network once and it sounds yummy but if it stinks, I would probably pass.
66. Frogs’ legs Not in this lifetime!
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake All of them! Yum!
68. Haggis Googled again!
69. Fried plantain I have also had fried bananas with cinnamon & sugar.
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe-probably not
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill This is just gross!
77. Hostess Fruit Pie- probably have had this at one time
78. Snail- Again, D likes escargots. yuck
80. Bellini- if it's the cocktail, yes, I have tried it.
81. Tom - a turkey? if so, yes.
82. Eggs Benedict no eggs
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers not even the ones made out of frosting.
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate There's a shop nerby that sells cocolate made from the criollo plant. Honestly, I can't tell the difference.
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee- I'm not a coffee drinker
100. Snake

I learned that if have to Google it, I probably wont eat it!

I got paid to shop!

No, this is not one of my mystery shops. I made a killing at Walgreens today. I got everything in the picture for $31.81 including tax after all my coupons. That's not the great part. No, sireeee.T he absolutely fantastic part is that I am getting $34.08 back in rebates! So, I was paid $2.27 to take all this stuff home! Score!!!! Stuff like this makes the hoarder in me oh, so happy.
3x Garnier Frctis 40 oz @6.99 ea
1x L'oreal Revitalift @ 16.49
4x Paper-Mate mechanical Pencils @4 for $1 (not in picture because they were confiscated by my girls)
1x Revlon Nail Polish
1x Storage Bags
1x Per Plus 25.4 oz @ 4.99
1x St. Ives Body Wash @ 3.29

Friday, September 26, 2008

There may be hope...

Remember this? No, Danny has not yet learned how to replace the roll BUT my nephew does. He is just 10. That is the key. Get them early. He not only replacs the roll, but he also sprays when he's done. Plus, best of all, he puts the seat down too! Hurray!

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Handbag Planet is having a contest to win a free handbag! They will be giving away 24handbags in 24 hours starting at noon on October 15th. This is a big promotion to launch their new website. Go to the sign-up page here. Upon launch, their bags will be priced between $30-$80. So, try your chances with winning one of their fabulous looking bags! My girls and I love handbags and are always adding to our collection. Free bags double the fun!


Saturday, September 20, 2008

I know I mentioned National Chilhood Cancer Awareness a few posts down. And here I am with another request. No, this one doesn't involve donations. Although, if youo are so inclined, my walk page will be there through Sept. 30th.

I have mentioned that I have been following the story of this one little boy for a little over a year now. They will be headed back to the RMH in NYC in a couple of weeks for another MRI and his omaya reservoir placement (this is a port that will be placed in his head). Coleman's journey began Sept. 21, 2006. He and his twin brother were 2 and 1/2 years old. He was diagnosed with MEDULLOBLASTOMA. He is one of thousands diagnosed each year.

I am posting not only to raise awareness for Childhood Cancer but to ask for a favor. I would like to get a postcard sent to Coleman from all 50 states and even outside the US if possible.
If you would like to send a postcard to Coleman, email me and I will provide the address. I just ask that you address it to both boys, so his brother does not feel left out. They are only 4 after all. Here is a video that his mom posted a while back.

If you would like to help this cause please visit my Walk Pageat CureSearch.org. If you are unable to now, but wish to contribute in the future, you can go directly to CureSearch. Every little bit helps. They, and St.Jude's actually get the bulk of my annual donations.

If you have read this far, THANK YOU! And please let me know if you would like to send a postcard to Coleman.


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Virtual Tour of Homes

Tip Junkie is hosting Talk to Me Tuesday. I am supposed to post my Top 10 Favorite Things in my Home, and pictures mandatory. It's supposed to be about home decor but most of my favorite things have nothing to do with decor. As you will see, most of my house is very traditional in style right now. I am going in a totally different direction once we move into our beach house. What beach house? you ask. Well, the one that we will be buying soon when we win the lottery! So, in no particular oorder, here are my top 10 favorite things in my home.

Not in my home but my backyard is part of my home. I love to read either in the gazebo or on the hammock. This is normally enjoyed when it is not 100 degrees in the shade.

My craft room. Nice thing about this room is that my red couch folds out into a bed. So when D's snoring gets to be too much, he gets kicked out to this room. Eventually, he'll agree to a C-pap. I'm not going to be the one that leaves my comfy bed!

Which brings me to ...Our comfy bed. I LOVE my bed. Super comfy,no springs, adjustable (up & down). Split mattress, so he can jump around all he wants and not disturb me. The noise is a diffrent story though. Ignore the window behind the headboard. I haven't decided how I want to cover it. I did want to close it completly, concrete or drywall whatever, but stupid building codes and all won't allow it. If there was a category for what I HATE, that would probably be #1!

This is a two part picture. First is the TV in my room. I can watch my shows without anyone switching channels every two minutes. The remote is MINE! Plus I don't have to sit through football. The other thing is my DVR. I do not know what I ever did without it! Actcually there is a third part as well, McDreamy!

My mixer. Oh, how I love this heavy as heck time saver!
My curio with my egg collection. I have been collecting eggs for about 15 years now.
My upstairs curio with my little collections, which are not quite big enough... yet. Tiny boxes, decorative boxes, & perfume bottles. I also have one 19th c. Moser Chabochon dresser jar that I found at an estate sale for $40 and have seen similar ones go for over $400 SCORE!
My WiiFit. It calls me fat & body builder all in one day!

I actually got these from an antique store. I LOVE these Jacobean pieces. They weigh a ton. Ilove the carvings and the detail. Roomba! Let her go when we go to bed, wake up to clean floors!
OK, this is 11. But I can't live without this when everyone in the house is freezing and I'm still HOT!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Photo Meme

I saw this a while ago on Heather's blog. Ok, it was almost a year ago. I saved it and planned to do it eventually. Well, eventually is today!

Here’s how it works. Type the answer to each question into a Google image search, and then pick an image from the first page of results. Easy Peasy.

Age at next birthday

Holy cow! I'm freakin' old!

Place I’d Like To Travel

Santorini Island, Greece

Favorite Place


Favorite Objects

All my craft crap

Favorite Food

Since I firmly believe that

Favorite Color



The one nickname that I have always gone by is

I had a choice between this picture and one of a 6 legged calf in Germany named Lissy.

Um, no.

I have also been called

And many moons ago, I was also called this for a while

No, I was never blue!

Place You Were Born

Coral Gables, FL

This is Venetian Pool. The coldest pool EVER!

Let me know if you play along!

Cute Kid Tuesday!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Let the gouging begin!

They might as well go at my eyes with an icepick! I drove by the gas station last night but I was too tired to stop. Regular was at 3.73 which is ridiculous as it is. Today, it was 3.99. They probably had a little man wating to climb up and change it, the minute that Ike hit! Oh, I just found this. Go ahead. read it. I will wait.

So tell me, is this happening just in Florida?

Friday, September 12, 2008

National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day

Today is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day. Actually, September is N.C.C.A. month. In my opinion, every day should be awareness day. Every single day children go through the unthinkable. Procedures that we as grown ups may not be able to handle.

Please support me in fighting Childhood Cancer

During the month of September I will be participating in the CureSearch Virtual Walk for 12,500 to Conquer Childhood Cancer!
By joining my team, you will be helping to find a cure for childhood cancer - Follow this link to donate now -Lissete's Page

The Virtual Walk for 12,500 is an online effort to unite people in the fight to reach the day when every child with cancer can be guaranteed a cure. During the month of September our goal is to bring together 12,500 people in honor and support of the 12,500 children diagnosed with cancer each year.

This cause is so important to me because although I have been blessed with two healthy daughters, I am not blind to what is going on around me. I want this disease to be conquered to give children a long, healthy life and possibly ensure the same for future generations. Childhood cancer research is the key to finding a cure for so many children that are diagnosed with cancer.
Participating in the Virtual Walk for 12,500 is a way for me to make a difference in a child's life. I am writing today to ask you to sponsor my virtual walk. It's very easy to help. You can donate securely online right now by clicking the link below.
Every $10 donation counts and, I truly appreciate your support!
All proceeds will go to CureSearch to support lifesaving research conducted by the Children's Oncology Group, the world's largest pediatric cancer research organization.
Thank you for your support!

Another day...

and another cake. Here is my latest cake from my newest endeavor. Rum cake with a almond & rum mix icing and wrapped in Playdoh fondant. Sounds weird but it tastes delicious. All that work then someone just has to butcher it! :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Somewhat Wordless Wednesday

I know it's supposed to be Wordless Wednesday and I am presenting you with stuff to read instead of a picture. But I am not saying any of it. Does that count?

Read this. And this (Hit cancel on install box). I guess it's not so uncommon huh?

Sunday, September 07, 2008

So far so good...

The last couple of days have been amzingly beautiful. It's supposed to change soon but thankfully, it looks like we may be in the clear. Our shutters are up and all our patio furniture is inside. Just.in.case.

I've been watching the advisories very closely and I was ready to bolt faster than you could say Ike if we were getting it directly. The mandatory OT notice was sent out to Danny and I started trying to figure out where to escape to. Fortunately, it looks like I can just stay put. Unless, it erratcally changes, then I'll probably be stuck here anyway since it would be too late to leave.
Of course we are prepared. We have all our supplies, our water, our cars are fueld up, we have fuel for the generator, etc. Practically everything that we need to make do after a storm. I jut don't want to be here during it. Period. I'm a wimp and I admit it.

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