Category Archives: Cool stuff

Stuff that I think is really cool and enjoy.


I went to Mazzaro’s with a friend today for lunch, I love the food and the market.

One of my favorite things at Mazzaro’s is the statuary they have around the buildings.

Here are some of the fun things I took pics of today.

Mazzaro’s protector.
Help! I think something is wrong with Punch!
I love this winged lion. He lives with a friend in Mazzaro’s sister store.
Pretty lady water-bearer.
Someone give her a hand!


Sunchy Malta

So I gave Sunchy Malta a chance. “Unusual” springs to mind. It’s a carbonated barley malt soft drink sold on the ethnic isle near the Hispanic section. There were many different brands and the drink appears to be quite popular.

Sunchy Malta

My husband remarked that is had a very strong sour dough bread smell. As for the taste, it’s sweet with a root beer mixed with bread & beer flavor,  very earthy. It has a strong lingering aftertaste and it has a big foamy head like beer.

I’m not much of a beer lover, so this isn’t a drink I’ll be having again, but I’m glad I gave it a try.

Never be afraid to try new things!


Turkish Delight

So I was pursuing the local Publix (Where Shopping is a Pleasure), when I decided to take a left turn down the “ethnic” isle. At the British section I grab some tea biscuits (to have with my English Breakfast Tea) and I came across a new and exotic candy my American eyes have never seen before.


Fry’s Turkish Delight. Intriguing! The only thing I know about Turkish Delight is that kid in the Narnia stories really liked it. So I decided to give it a try.

I brought it home and shared it with my husband. His comment “It tastes like shoes smells covered in chocolate.”. Hmmmm not exactly a ringing endorsement. My own opinion, well it has an odd consistency, sort of like a gum drop or a jelly bean inside, but softer. It had a vaguely fruity taste, it just felt so weird to bite through. I didn’t mind the taste, but I don’t think I’ll be buying it again. The chocolate exterior was fine, it was just the weird gel that got me.

Never be afraid to try new things!


Florida Summer Skies

I love the crazy summer thunderstorms in Florida. Although they sometimes scared me silly as a child, there was something comforting in their clock-like regularity. I’ve heard non-natives say they hate the lightning and the thunder, but not me. I love to curl up with a nice cup of tea and read by the light of my eReader as the storm cools down the temperatures and feeds my yard and plants.

You look out one direction and see puffy white clouds.

But turn and look the other way and here come the storm clouds. How awesome.

Ready to rain


Cakes and Baking

Over the last year or so I’ve taken a keen interest in baking, especially cake & cookie decorating.

My husband has turned into an excellent artisan bread maker, even cultivating his own wild sour dough yeast, while I have created all sorts of pretty cakes, cookies and cupcakes.

If you would like to see more of our cakes, cookies and breads, please head on over to my other website: That’s Pretty Sweet!



I like to keep a journal, it mostly contains boring day-to-day stuff. As I grow older I find my memory isn’t what it was, so those day-to-day boring entries help me remember.

I’ve been keeping an online journal for years, last I checked I had over 600 entries. Unfortunately the place I use – Momolog doesn’t have an Android app, so I’ve been looking for a replacement and I’ve been failing miserably!

Oh Android has plenty of diary/journalling programs, but I’ve been looking for one that will let me import my over 600 prior entries, journal online (in a browser window) and have an Android app so I can make entries on the fly.

I’ve checked at least 10 different servies, SpringPad, Evernote, Tumblr, My Diary, LiveJournal, Memories, etc etc, some of them are great, but most don’t have an import feature, which is a deal-breaker (In the words of Liz Lemon).

Image via Long story longer, I finally found Penzu, which I think will work well for me. It’s got a nice interface, an Android app and most importantly import/export! Yay! I may continue my boring pontification about what I had for lunch of last Tuesday!

Anyway, here’s a link if you wanna check it out. It’s usually $19 a year, but the link will let you have it for almost $4 less (20% off). Plus I get an extension on my account for the referral. Win/win!