Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cuddle on Up With the Hodgepodge

Since it is raining here and in the 60's (about 30 degrees cooler than yesterday) I decided it is the perfect day to join the Hodgepodge over at Joyce's.  So head on over and join us.

1. What's your favorite meal to serve on a chilly autumn evening?
My Dad's chili.  I know that chili is such a cop out chilly autumn evening dinner, but since my dad passed away it always makes me think of him and it really warms me up, body and soul.  Here is the recipe, and a post about it.

2. Are you a creature of habit? Explain.
Hmmmmm....I think I am a creature of habit as I like the routines in my life, having said that I really am a very flexible roll with the flow kind of girl when my routines are shaken up. 

3. What food product (no longer readily available) do you remember and miss from days gone by?
Wow...I see that this Hodgepodge isn't going to be one of those whip off kind, I'm gonna have to think. OK I think I got one. I miss Happy Joe's taco pizza.  I am not even sure that there is a Happy Joes still in my home town, but I LOVED their taco pizza. 

4. What's something you've lost that you've never been able to find? Any theories as to what happened?
My mind...yeah no theories yet.

5. Zoo~circus~ carnival...your favorite?
Oh my goodness.  I would have to say zoo.  I hate the circus for so many reasons.  I don't like to see animals doing stupid tricks, I don't like to see death defying acts, I  mean c'mon they are death defying because someone COULD die doing it, do you REALLY want to see that.  As I child I hated clowns and really as an adult that has a HUGE aversion to scary horror movies I still hate clowns.  So the circus has NOTHING to offer me.  And carnivals...don't get me started on the entire watch a crew of people set up a ride in about an hour and assure me it's safe, I think not.  Then there are all those steal your money games for which you win a cheesy prize that has to find a home in your already cramped house only to have to steal it away from behind your kids back to give to Good Will and feign stupidity when said kid asks where it went.

So zoo it is.

6. What song makes you feel instantly happy?
Wow this is another hard one...geez Joyce.  I am a music teacher so songs are such a big part of my life.  The first song that comes to mind is the song Gettin' Jiggy With It by Will Smith.  I love this song because my quiet little sister knew every word and turned into Will Smith everytime it came on.  So it reminds me of a very happy time in my life.  Also any Hewy Lewis and the News song brings me back to dating Rich in high school so those are always a good smile bringer.

I just know that when I visit other blogs I'm gonna say..."oh yeah, I forgot about THAT song"

7. To what extent are you an argumentative person?
I have to say that when I think I am right (think being the operative word) I will argue to the death.  I would have been a good lawyer execpt for the law school part.  I will, however, admit when I am wrong, but only when I realize I am wrong and not a minute before.  But usually I am never wrong...

Right honey??

8. In summary:
The best day ever would be Happy Joe's pizza for lunch with my sister Kate and she is chanelling Will Smith.  We then go eat Grandpa Mike's chili for dinner after a trip to the zoo.  Then miraculously we find my mind. That would be the perfect day...and you know I'm right.

More Later

A Ro


  1. Yes it is cold and raining today. Feels like our Winter weather! I said chili too. I miss so many things from Chicago especially the pizza. Love Will Smith. I should have said Summertime, it was a fun song.

  2. I totally agree with your thoughts on the carnival. I am sooooo never going on one of those rides. The only reedeming factor at a carnival is the food. And if they are attached to a fair with all of the exibits.

  3. Mmm - I checked out that chili recipe - it looks great!

  4. I love reading American recipes, they always seem so exotic to me! I checked out your chilli recipe and am intrigued to know what marinara sauce's a new one on me and I've never heard of it before. The whole dish looks really tasty and if I can assemble the right ingredients, or their nearest equivalents, I will have a go at it one day. Thank you for sharing your Dad's recipe with us!

  5. Ha-loved your recap today : ) Huey Lewis music makes me happy too...its partly the music and partly the memory which I guess is true of most songs I love.