the city chicken

Spiral slicing madness
04 22 2009, 10:07 pm
Filed under: food, fun stuff, vintage, vintage recipes

By now you all know how much I enjoy odd, bizarre, and ridiculous vintage items. One item I was particularly proud of owning was my Popeil Spiral Slicer.

The box is certainly great fun, but it did not compare to the pathetic little tool that was inside:

It you are uncertain of what that is, let me help you out. It is a screw. Yes, a plain old screw attached to something that looks like the end of a broken tool with a semi-sharp filed edge on one side.

The object is to stick the screw into the top of your vegetable or fruit, sit the vegetable upright, stick your finger in the finger hole, and begin to circle around and around your food item until you have spiral sliced through the entire thing.

I was convinced it was a joke and had ZERO intention of using this thing. Even now I wonder if it was really smart to stick this thing into something I intended to place in my mouth. It looks like something that you should find in a tool box, not in a kitchen for crying out loud!

Either way, last night for some dumb reason I decided to destroy one of my little zucchini that needed to be eaten up. At least destruction was what I expected to happen.

Instead, this is what I ended up with:

Yea, a beautifully spiral sliced zucchini.

Even cooked it all still stayed pretty much together and wrapped around my fork just like pasta. If I had thrown marinara on it, it would have sufficed as a carbohydrate sub.

Instead, I tossed the “zucchinasta” in olive oil, lemon juice, thyme, salt, and pepper and ate it right up.

Who knew.

However, I am still quite skeptical about the idea that little tool could go through a hard carrot, beet, or pineapple like the box suggests . . . but I might be inclined to find out for myself.


I Win!!
01 17 2009, 12:57 pm
Filed under: fun stuff

I won an iPod touch from the school for taking part in a survey in December. And get this, I am writing this post from my iPod!!! I’m totally sold—-I want an iPhone! I will admit, it is a bit of a bitch to type on this thing, but I love all of the apps! I am already tracking my diet, blogs I like, and just about everything else I could think of. There are even law in a flash cards available via the apps! Yippee! Well Brian and I are off to the gym here in a bit – ciao!

11 14 2008, 10:18 am
Filed under: fun stuff

funny pictures of cats with captions
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year . . . well, almost.
11 11 2008, 10:36 am
Filed under: fun stuff, holidays

Is it Christmas yet? I don’t know why I am in such a hurry for the holidays to arrive – they will likely be as crazy and nutty as ever as I try to fit in everything I need to get done into a very short period of time. I’m praying for good weather!

This weekend was particularly crazy. It was freezing cold and yet the stores were packed like it was the week before X-mas! I wanted to get a new battery for my watch and even the jewelry store was packed.

Right next door to the jewelry store was a futon shop where I ordered a new cover for Brian’s futon which is now comfortably sitting in my living room. The current cover is plain black and Oliver is quickly turning it a fluffy gray. I’ve slept on the futon for a few nights now to check out the mattress and break it back in. I think my parents will certainly be pleasantly surprised at how much more comfortable this set up will be in comparrison to the old couch. Sunday night Brian’s sister and her fiance helped us to move the old hide-away couch to the thrift store. I’m happy to know that the couch is gone – it certainly did it’s job well but that thing was a bear to move and I had nightmares about what kind of saw we would need to get it out of there. Moving it now when I’m not having to move myself takes a load off of my mind. 


My holiday shopping is coming along. I’ve completed shopping for a couple people and I have some ideas for most of the others. Hopefully my ideas will all fall into place and the weather won’t keep my from getting gifts to recipients! I’d hate to have to mail some of this stuff!

Single? Here is an idea.
11 7 2008, 11:46 am
Filed under: fun stuff

I know you’ve seen those “Single? Your town’s” signs posted on little white yards signs. I’ve seen them for years in multiple states so there was no question in my mind that they were part of a pretty large scale operation. The signs apparently drove this blogger to the end of their rope as they tracked down the origin of the infamous yard sign promising love. 

I found it to be a rather interesting story to come across by accident.


Now here is my suggestion to those singles hoping to find love via a yard sign:

Don’t change a thing on this sign! Printing the sign will cost a measly dollar or so, the ground stick will cost around the same, you can pick which areas you would like to get calls from, and you WILL get calls with this little ad I assure you.

What? You have a problem with not changing the information on the sign? We are trying to get you a date remember, not trying to pass a lie detector test!.

A good laugh
10 28 2008, 8:42 am
Filed under: fun stuff

Bored? Feel like laughing at someone else’s expense? (Admit it, we all do sometimes!) 

Well then try on this website for size: Cake Wrecks.  It is one of those blogs I check on a very regular basis and it is updated frequently enough to keep me coming back for more fun. The blog features pictures of cakes that are . . . well, a wreck for any number of reasons. Some are the pre-made jobby doos you see in the grocery store, others are cakes that were ordered for special events (yes, even weddings) and came out horribly wrong in one way or another. 


I’ve just been informed that Oliver hasn’t delivered a Daily Dish in quite a while – we shall have to remedy that. Currently looking for fodder . . .

Mega weekend ahead!
10 16 2008, 7:41 pm
Filed under: fun stuff, outings, religion

So bright and early tomorrow morning Brian and I will head out armed with a cooler of sandwiches and our directions. We are first going to Ikea in Ohio – 2 hours away. Brian has a small shopping list and, even if we didn’t plan to buy anything at all, who doesn’t love Ikea!?

After Ikea we will be back on the road to the Creation Museum in Kentucky.  From there we head 3 1/2 more hours away to southern Indiana to visit our friends and the newest addition to their family, their baby Clare. We are super excited about visiting them! 

We’ll spend the night with them and then come home Saturday. Brian works first thing Sunday morning and I have a lot of odd ball items to take care of before school is back in session on Tuesday.

I will be sure to take tons of pictures and gather lots of info about our fun filled weekend.