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Monday, December 18, 2006

Wide Awake With Jones Soda -- Dessert Pack

I have been taking this long winter's nap thing waaaaaay too seriously. After two weeks of nodding off in the car (not while driving, sillies!) waiting for CheesePuff to get out of school, nodding off for several hours in front of the TV before resigning to go to bed where I would sleep until the very last second and still feel tired through the day, I think I may have finally caught up. At least, in sleep. Now it's time to catch up with this blog thing.

Jones Soda Dessert Pack

While visiting family for Thanksgiving I was feeling brave and had hoped to find a Jones Soda Thanksgiving pack. I mean, what is family for if not to help you taste weird food?? You know you've done it... "Err... this tastes weird, here, try it!"
Sound familiar?

A trip to Target was my only opportunity to look for Jones (there was turkey-ing to be done, after all) and all I found was this Dessert Pack. Sheesh, all set to finally indulge in the weirdness of Jones Turkey and Gravy soda and I have to settle for Banana Cream Pie.

Jones mostly won me over not with flavors in the Dessert Pack, but the pack itself.

I love that it looks like a 1950's stove, complete with oven handle, top burner, and racy emblem.

The flavors in the Dessert Pack are interesting in their own right, I mean, who else has Key Lime Pie flavored soda or Banana Cream? But really, I was hoping for a little more weirdness... they couldn't come up with Pumpkin Pie or Mincemeat? Perhaps I should
offer some suggestions. (Actually, I think they did have Pumpkin Pie as one of the Thanksgiving Pack flavors last year.)

The flavors to be found in the Jones Soda Dessert Pack are: Key Lime Pie, Banana Cream Pie, Apple Pie, Cherry Pie, and Blueberry Pie. Many of the flavors were a little watery and I think with a slightly stronger flavor, I would have been satisfied... with Blueberry Pie, especially.

Cherry Pie was the big loser of the pack with 3 thumbs down. It had a scent and taste of Marascino cherries, which as everyone knows, go on top of a sundae, not in pie. I think a standard cherry flavor soda would have been right. They missed the mark, here.

Apple Pie had a nice apple scent and was slightly tangy with no hint of vanilla or cinnamon (Coof thought she tasted nutmeg).

Banana Cream Pie had an artificial banana scent, which I happen to enjoy and a flavor similar to banana flavor taffy.

The big winner of the pack was Key Lime Pie. Virtually no scent but a nice tangy, true-to-life Key Lime Pie flavor. This too could have been slightly more powerful, but really enjoyable, overall.

Finally, as promised earlier, Santa on a Harley

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Monday, December 11, 2006

What's Going On?

You may recall last year at this time I moaned and complained that there were simply not enough hours in the day to do everything I wanted to do (echoed recently in my Thanksgiving post). It is with a heavy heart that I must confess I've again swamped myself with projects and a completely illogical to do list. However, so that you all don't think I've abandoned you, I will offer an abbreviated listing of what's on my mind to tide you over until I can post in a more proper manner, with photos!

1. I made a multitude of Gingerbread Houses for CheesePuff's Brownie Troop and there were very happy girls.
2. Mr.G, the pickiest of all eaters, was fed Cornish Hen and liked it!
3. I still have gross candy reviews to share.
4. Elaborately painting a young girls' bedroom in a rush is a bad idea.
5. Paula Deen is trying to take over the world with bacon fat.
6. The producers of Sandra Lee's show need to stop her from making a complete fool of herself and tell her that chestnuts are not the same as water chestnuts.
7. My Thanksgiving trip was loads of fun, tasty, and we saw Santa on a Harley.
8. I'm really tired of cleaning my kitchen and throwing away food because of a pantry moth infestation... hopefully that's all cleared up now, but just to be safe, buy stock in Rubbermaid because I'm buying them up like crazy!
9. I had virtually no Thanksgiving cakes to decorate but my portfolio of Christmas/Winter/Hanukkah cakes are growing exponentially.
10. CheesePuff is learning to cook and has made Lasagna and an Apple Pastry braid.
11. It's barely the second week of December?!? I'm already due for a long winters' nap.

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