Category Archives: What The Heck?

I’d Love To Chat, But …

… we gotta get this fixed!

Poor Dear Husband was removing our carry-on bag from the overhead bin on our return trip from Hawaii and THIS happened … a detached Bicep tendon, OUCH !!!

His entire arm, from the tendon tear down, turned an unbelievable shade of black and blue!

OYE! 😥

We were very very  fortunate to be able to get in with a surgeon quickly enough to have this re-attached, in a cast and to begin Physical Therapy all within less than a month from the injury!

Lesson learned: DON’T DO THAT!  😡

SO, I’ll be with you all again, soon, we need to get DH on the mend …

I Have No More Aloha Brand Shoyu In The House?


This is the very last of my Aloha Brand Shoyu, or as some folks call it, Soy Sauce.  😮

What to do, what to do?

Now you may be asking yourself, yeah so what Auntie?  Why the big tears?


Aloha Shoyu is made in Pearl City Hawaii and I just plain can’t find it any old place here ‘In The Middle Of The Desert’ aka Cowboyville.   😦

It’s mainly found at Oriental Markets in the Big City.  In comes DH at this point, who offered to take us on a field trip … there’s other Hawaii Items that I need too, so we’ll head down South for an afternoon in town.


Never Have I Ever …

… Shoveled snow, in my entire life, ever, never … until now! 😀

We got dumped on, big time!

The snow started to come down Wednesday night and kept on coming until Friday night.  All said and done, the official number was TWENTY THREE inches. 😮


My husband and I took turns shoveling the drive and sidewalks, so that once the snow plows came through, we’d be able to get out.  Mind you now, we knew this was coming and stocked up on supplies so that we were prepared for at least a week of being snowed in.

Never have I ever …

… Made a snowman!

THAT was fun:!::!::!:

Never have I ever …

… seen a snow plow in action.


That was a lot of firsts for me.  I’d been in snow before, many times, just not this much ^^’

But we made it through and ate well along the way

Just A Petty Vent

I can’t remember now how long it’s been since my husband and I stopped using granulated Sugar in our beverages.  Coffee is always the first order of the day in My Kitchen In The Middle Of The Desert!  I like my cuppa joe with a wee bit of sweetener whereas my husband likes a lot.  I calculated once that we were going through a pound of Sugar every two weeks, give or take.  😳

I started looking at Sugar Substitutes and found Stevia.  Stevia is much sweeter than Sugar so we use WAY less of it.

We tried several different types of Stevia products and settled on Truvia.

We like using Truvia in packets only because I can keep some in my purse for those times that we’re out and about.   I buy the largest box I can find in the SuperMarket to save a coupla cents here and there.

Maybe it was this past Summer sometime that the packaging of Truvia changed.

The graphics on the front  is a bit different.

The back of the packets now have inspirational quotes.

So here’s where my petty vent comes in …  :/

Take a closer look at the packaging of the envelope to the left, the old version, and then the right, the newest Truvia packet.

Do you see the difference?  o_O

Previously, I got a box of 240 count packets for, oh we’ll say $14.  Each packet had a net weight of 3 grams.  For the same amount of packets and price, I now get only TWO GRAMS of Truvia FOR THE SAME PRICE!!!  😡  👿  😥


Cargill, what’s up with that?!

We get gypped out of 1 gram for each packet of sweetener.  In dollars and cents,  I was paying $0.01 per gram and now I’m paying $0.02, WHAT? 😮



I get so excited when it snows here In The Middle Of The Desert, mostly because we don’t get a whole lot of it.  But, this was a doozy!

I went out back with my trusty ruler from the 3rd grade that I still have and measured a tick more than 4 inches… AND IT WAS’NT DONE!

This is in back of our house, looking to the road that leads in… you can’t see the road! 😀


This is our street, I think 😮

My husband looked out front and said, “Come on!  We gotta get out there and clear the snow from the driveway before it gets dark.  It’ll freeze solid and we won’t be able to get out!  I thought I’d never have to do this again, DANG!!” (DH is from the East Coast and said the reason that he moved to Hawaii was to get away from snow 😐 )

Here we thought that living in Arizona we’d never have to do this.  Now mind you, we don’t own a Snow Shovel!  So we used our large headed Broom and metal Bow Rake to break the forming ICE!!! :/

But we got it done!!  ^^’

Gee, I did wonder when I went to the market a few days earlier, why they had Snow Shovels on sale out front. o_O


Guess what I bought? 😉

I’ve never, ever in my entire life owned a Snow Shovel, EVER!! But we’re ready now… Sunday’s forecast is for SNOW!!!! 🙄

Let Me Catch You All Up

Well, as I mentioned in my last post, its been awhile, over four months to be more specific, that I’ve blogged, sorry.  I think maybe I should catch you all up on what we’ve been up to.

For my birthday this year, my Mother gave me a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker … I’ve wanted one of these for some time.

Who doesn’t like homemade Ice Cream?  I tried Meyer Lemon,my Mom’s favorite, and Toasted Coconut, my fave.

A friend of mine suggested that I try this new product, Fry Wall™.  GET IT!

I saw this on some Social Media Site, I can’t recall where… Chocolate Covered Strawberry BROWNIES, MAN!  And I DON’T even like Chocolate. 😮

When we were in Hawaii this last time, our friend introduced us to Lup Chong Fried Rice, AH-YUM!  So I brought home a package to give it a go here in the middle of the desert… meh, not the same.

From time to time I like to do different types of crafting.  I saw this project on Pinterest and thought it would make for a great Summer-time wreath for our front door. I couldn’t find any Cocktail Umbrellas here, but I did find them in Hawaii…Cute!

I bought a mini Watermelon, cut it open and found that it was YELLOW, and very delicious!  This made for a wonderful Salad with crumbled Feta Cheese and fresh Mint.

When Early Fall rolled around, I suggested that we take a day-trip to Winslow, what fun.  We had a great lunch at The Turquoise Room in the La Posada Hotel and then went over to the “Corner”.

CHEESECAKE!  One of these babies is far too much for us, so I sliced the entire cake up and wrapped individual pieces up for the deep freeze.  Smart girl.  We were eating Cheesecake into the New Year. 😀

Time for a Road Trip to Lake Tahoe.  Neither my Husband nor I had ever been, it was gorgeous!

For Halloween, I made sure to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project®.  This year I handed out WAY more candy than last year!  Even parents came dressed up for Halloween.

Verde Valley Railroad.  This is something we have been talking about for years.  We decided to make it an overnight trip.  THAT was breathtaking scenery!

I was watching an America’s Test Kitchen video and the girls made a better version of Oatmeal Cookies than Quaker Oats.  WOW!   Those are good!

S’Mores by our backyard Fire Pit, served with Bailey’s Irish Cream Spiked Hot Cocoa, Aahhh!

Thanksgiving for Two.

Christmas Cookies.  I had my own Garage Bake Sale where I sold about 250 cookies from our garage… not bad, huh?

Cookie Fail!  Wilton had the cutest packet of candies to create Snowman cookies… NOPE!  The candies melted into the Royal Icing  😡

Christmas Eve in our house means The Feast Of The Seven Fishes.  Well, you know already that I do it my way.   😉

… And folks, that brings to 2019 … you’re all caught up with what has been happening here in My Kitchen In The Middle Of The Desert.

Homemade Caramel Sauce, Kitchen Fail!

HA! 😀

Y’know, sometimes stuff  just happens in the Kitchen…

I saw on one of these new fangled social media thingys, Serious Eats Easy Caramel Sauce, Hmmm … I just got a carton of Tillamook Old Fashion Vanilla Ice Cream for the deep freeze (it is starting to get warm here in the middle of the desert 😉 ) and I do like Caramel Sauce.

It looked good

It smelled good

and it tasted GREAT!!

For dessert that night, I poured my homemade sauce over a nice parfait glass of creamy goodness and … the sauce froze up HARD AS ROCK!!!   😀

Oh well, the Ice Cream was good   😛

I gotta say, I do like Serious Eats, all of their recipes and videos, but this was my one and only fail from them.  I’m sure that I did something wrong along the way, sorry Kenji.