Ten Fashions of No Return

Why, yes, at some point in my 46 years, I have worn every single one of these fashion mistakes, and hope that they never come back into fashion! If you’ve lived through the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, I’m sure you’ve endured these fashions as well.

horse cake

Pictured above is me, on my eighth birthday in 1977, with a version of the Dorothy Hamill haircut. I was a horse crazy girl, and my mom cut that horse for me out from a sheet of chocolate. I loved that cake!

The bowl haircut definitely is on my list of fashion faux pas, along with:

Jeans
1. Bell bottoms (Boot cut, yes; bell bottoms, NO!)
2. Super skinny jeans with zippers at the ankle, worn with high heels and lacy bobby socks
3. Acid washed denim

College

Hairstyles are always fun to look at. My fine, blond hair needed a perm to be big, and even then it was hard to plump! I’m a freshman in college up above in 1987, and that was about as big as I could make my hair.

Hair styles
4. Farrah Fawcett feathered hair
5. Dorothy Hamill bowl cut (although her updated version is pretty cute!)
6. Working Girl big hair plastered with AquaNet

melanie griffith
Melanie Griffith had big hair!

Shirts
7. Long, pointy collars
8. Tight halter tops with itchy elastic from chest to waist
9. Skinny ribbons tied with bows at the neck

Eyewear
10. Freakishly large bug-eye glasses (see my college picture up above!)

Yes, we survived all these bad fashion statements. I wonder what our kids will think is fashionable in the next 20 years? You can be sure there will be plenty of pictures of their fashion faux pas! What fashions do you hope will never come back?

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The Spin Cycle is back!

Today just might be your favorite day of the year, since everyone loves watermelon. It’s National Watermelon Day! I, however, will not be celebrating. Unlike the whole world, I can’t stand the taste of watermelon. Even though my kids love it, I dread buying watermelon, because then I have to cut it up and I can’t stand the smell of watermelon. I don’t even like the texture of a piece of watermelon. I have tried, darn it. I eat a small piece every summer. But it never works!

This week on the Spin Cycle, it’s Love it/Hate it week! Do you love something everyone else seems to hate? Or hate something everyone seems to love?

Spin it your way and write about your loves/hates! Read this post of mine for an example: Love/Hate.

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Simply Put, I Trust Our U.S. Farmers

Apparently Chipotle has had a carnitas shortage, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune business section today. Even though carnitas, otherwise known as pork, is my burrito filling of choice, I haven’t noticed. I haven’t been too fond of Chipotle’s marketing strategies lately and haven’t eaten there for a while. Chipotle is now using a British pork supplier to provide their customers with carnitas. According to the article, Chipotle founder and co-CEO Steve Ellis states that it’s been Chipotle’s preference to source meats domestically, but the quality of pork that meets their standards is not available right now.

Hogwash!

When Chipotle used domestic suppliers of pork, they insisted that their pork be raised antibiotic and hormone free. Just to clarify, all pork sold must be from pigs who have not had antibiotics in their systems for a number of weeks, so our meat does not have antibiotics in it. Many conventional farmers, such as the pork producers I visited last year, only use antibiotics to treat sick pigs. And hormones? They are not used in pork production AT ALL. A pig goes to market in just six short months, and using hormones isn’t practical or worthwhile.

Plenty of pork suppliers in the U.S. would be able to meet Chipotle’s demands, but instead they have chosen a pork producer in the U.K., which also allows antibiotic use for the health of pigs. This choice seems hypocritical to me!

two piglets

As I’ve stated before, we’re fortunate that we have so many choices when it comes to buying our food. Having visited a pork producer right here in Illinois, I’m confident in the quality of U.S. pork. Here is one of my favorite pork recipes!

Slow Cooker Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork

2 onions, quartered
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (4 to 6 pound) boneless pork butt or shoulder roast
3/4 cup cider vinegar
4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
Hamburger buns

Place onions in slow cooker. Combine brown sugar, paprika, salt and pepper; rub over roast. Place roast on top of onions.

Combine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper flakes, sugar, mustard, garlic powder and cayenne; stir to mix well. Drizzle about one third vinegar mixture over roast; cover and refrigerate remaining vinegar mixture.

Cover slow cooker and cook on LOW 8 to 10 hours (HIGH 4 to 6 hours.) Drizzle about one third reserved vinegar mixture over roast during last half hour of cooking. Remove meat and onions. Drain if desired. Chop or shred meat and chop onions. Serve meat and onions on buns. Use remaining vinegar mixture to drizzle over sandwiches. Delicious!

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Read discussions about Chipotle’s pork decisions for yourself.

Dear Chipotle, What Do You Have Against U.S. Pig Farmers?
Chipotle caught in pork hypocrisy
American Pig Farmers Call Out Chipotle and Its British Pork Supplier
Chipotle goes across the pond for pork; allows antibiotics use
Why Buy Pork From Across the Pond, Chipotle?

Junk Food Jamboree #TuesdayTen

Junk food: so bad for you and yet so tempting! Today just happens to be National Junk Food Day, and here are 10 foods I could live off of if calories and nutrition didn’t matter. (I actually think if I ate just these foods for one day, I’d be craving a big, green leafy salad!)

It seems like my favorite junk food comes from two food groups: Vegetable and Dairy. The “-itos food group,” of course, come from corn:

Cheetos vs carrots
The potato food group, I believe, also falls under the vegetable category:

  • French Fries
  • Jays Potato Chips
  • Tater Tots

The ice cream food group is not just for dessert! It’s dairy, of course!

  • Klondike bars
  • ice cream sandwiches
  • just a big ol’ bowl of vanilla

And the cheese food group is one of my favorites:

  • Cheetos
  • Cheese with crackers
  • Cheese with wine
  • Cheese with macaroni

Many years ago, I went on a shopping trip and bought all junk food; nothing healthy was put into my cart. I had decided that there was a need for comfort food. My family was hanging out in my grandparents’ apartment, and we were waiting, together.  Now, this isn’t meant to become a sad and serious post, but sometimes comfort food is just what is needed. We were waiting for my grandfather’s call to go up to heaven. He was 96 and ready to go. We hung out in the dining room, snacking on the chocolate and chips that covered the table. The most beautiful thing about all waiting together was that we were around his bedside when it was time for Grandpa to leave us. Remembering that table piled with junk food and the family being together on that day makes the memory joyful instead of sad, just like my joke-loving Grampa would want it to be!

 

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What’s your favorite junk food? Do you have a memory tied to eating junk food?

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The Spin Cycle Is On Vacation!

For the next two weeks, there will be no Spin Cycle link up. Instead, I will be washing about billion pool towels after the girls’ swim conference this week and then catching up on all the laundry that didn’t get washed because I’ve been washing pool towels and swim suits for 7 weeks straight.

Emmy waits for the whistle to swim a 25 yard breaststroke.

Be sure to look for new Spin Cycle prompts starting on Monday, August 3!

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