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I have been having the worst problem for the last few months during my search for recipes and inspirational photos in hopes of upgrading my bento making from crappy bento to mildly amusing bento. I keep running into the cutest, most artistic bento at various websites and communities online but, because I’m awful at bookmarking (I always manage to over-bookmark, never organize and therefore lose my destinations) I just don’t bother. So, because I’m a disorganized dummy, I have a tendency to have to search for the same tings over and over or blog walk and try to retrace my steps.

I have the same problem with all bookmark-ables. What good are bookmarks if they’re a hassle to use? I’m testing out a desktop bookmark application, a Chrome extension and I signed up at clipix to try and fix the problem and give my poor browser a break. So far it’s Clipix that’s working for me!

The very first thing I did was start a bento inspirational photo search, which was fruitful as it always is – you can see my first Clipix board with all the pretty bento!

Clipix Bento Board

Still don’t “get” it? Check out this video, it explains it all!

I think I’m going to start using Clipix boards as categories for types of recipes, an example would be to have a Cookies board and clip every good cookie recipe to it that I come across. So far I’m loving it, I seriously recommend you try it if you haven’t already. Sound off in the comments, what are you going to use your Clipix for?

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Originally posted at by CMKA over at my bento photo blog!

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Originally posted at by CMKA over at my bento photo blog!

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Zacapa Guess what time of year it is? Easter? No, try again! Did you say Spring Break…? Need a hint? It’s time for the holidays to roll around, along with all of those delicious desserts and perfect toasts that could use a little something special! There are several things I do differently during the holidays than others do. For one, I can’t stand pumpkin pie. It’s always too thick for me. How good can pie really be if you can’t stomach it without whipped cream? So, of course, I had to mess with it a little bit. 

Not only do I fold in whipped cream in place of half of the evaporated milk, but I also get in about 3 or 4 tsp of warm, delicious premium dark rum to give it  an extra pop of taste. I carry that rum over to my infamous pumpkin latte that doesn’t taste right without a little rum in it.

Zapaca rum, named for the town of Zapaca in Guatemala, is a beautiful premium dark rum made with quality sugar cane grown in fertile volcanic soil. They don’t use molasses to make their rum, they use virgin sugar cane honey as their base. 

Zacapa premium rum is then aged in Quetzaltenango in an aging facility called The House Above the Clouds which stands at 2,300 meters above sea level and is one of the highest in the world. At The House Above the Clouds (don’t you love that name?) they use a 500 year old aging process in which each drop of rum passes through several casks and the rum derives complex flavors, not only from the slow aging process, but also from casks that were used previously for Pedro Ximenez wines, Olosoro sherry and – my favorite – American whiskey.

Interested in learning more? You might consider joining the Zacapa Society where you’ll be able to learn even more about Zapaca aged rum and might even be eligible for prize and gifts!

So, I’ve told you my secret for using Zapaca premium rum in holiday recipes – what’s yours?

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How I miss Kansas City! I was just looking over my choices of dinner and none of them sound as good as Dominos right now. But, alas, there IS no Dominos here. Or Pizza Hut, or Godfather – just convenience store pizza and, trust me, you don’t want it.
 
Where we lived in KC was the worst, though. Hubbs managed to find a house that’s not only too far from the shops (and on a busy highway, so no chance of walking unless you wanted to take a muddy shortcut), but he didn’t seem to notice because he has the ability to drive.
 
 
 
 
We were guests in someone’s home and, being the courteous guests that we are, we didn’t want to over use their phone for dumb things like ordering a pizza. Which is when, as luck would have it, our pre-paid came to our rescue. ( My mom made me buy it, it took me forever to see the Light! )
 
Net10 has a great unlimited plan. If you want to save pizza money, and I do, you want to get that nationwide coverage at as good a rate as you can.
 
I’m a big advocate of pre-paid phones. Why bother paying $80-100 every single monthly for practically nothing and be stuck in a contract that you were probably hard sold when you can get unlimited text, minutes and data with no contracts or extra surprise fees along with a name brand phone (like Nokia, Samsung, LG, Kyocera or Motorola loaded with features lie cameras and blue tooth capability) for only about $50 a month? Plus there’s no credit check and, if you so choose, you can grab a pay-as-you-go plan or a simple phone for under 15 bucks.
 
I thought they would be hard to refill, but you can do it on your phone or online and you can switch your plan out from one month to th enext without any fees or problems with Net10. Heck, even long distance is cheap at about 15 cents/minute to over 75 countries on calls from inside the USA. Plus there’s an international neighbors deally for Canada and Mexico, which is nice because one of my best friend’s lives in New Brunswick. In the program you get a special number that your friends can call and it’ll ring your Net10. But don’t take my word for it, hear it from a real NET10 customer.
 
I’ve been thinking of trading up to a QWERTY keyboard of slider, but honestly I really want a touch screen smart phone with app capabilities. I don’t even need the video camera or web access, really, but it’s all for under $60 so I may as well take anything they’re willing to throw in, eh? Why am I singing it’s praises when you can check it out for yourself on Facebook and Twitter?
 
So I have my phone, I saved enough money to buy the odd pizza here and there but I live in the boonies so I’m doomed to live without takeout! I suppose I can always make more of that Spa-Peggy and Meatballs!

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Well, I know I’ve griped about Toot-Toot Family Restaurant in Bethany before, about how I don’t like buffet and they’re always crowded. The food is usually bad and they watch you like a hawk, as if you’ll steal food you just paid for.

Well, I won’t take it back, because that’s the way it HAS been every other time I’ve ever gone, but we went tonight (my mom loves the place) and I have to say, it was absolutely fun. The food was good (crab legs, BBQ pork short ribs, shrimp, roast beef, green beans, and so on), they had these little flaky napoleon things that were delicious and we got the best server – sweet guy, very polite, very courteous. It’s the single best visit I’ve ever had, and I can’t figure out why?

But it did deserve a good review, 3 out of 5 stars for good food, good service – would be 4 stars if it didn’t usually suck.

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Top level has mashed sweet potato with sakura-shaped tater pieces, unagi in soy with a little fish shaped bottle of soy sauce. In the bottom level calrose with speckles of furikake ( sesame ) and a ginger, turkey and nori flower plus a bunch of steamed broccoli. Yum!

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Cute bento in the gorgeous pink, red, cream and black ‘kimono’ print bento that Wil got me for my birthday. Whee! Top: Steamed broccoli, onions, red peppers and mushrooms and a fun-sized Whoppers for dessert. Bottom: Rice with a furikake star with cute nori smiley face and a little container of sweet and sour. Nothing too big today.

Originally posted at by CMKA over at my bento photo blog!

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Cute bento in the gorgeous pink, red, cream and black ‘kimono’ print bento that Wil got me for my birthday. Whee! Top: Steamed broccoli, onions, red peppers and mushrooms and a fun-sized Whoppers for dessert. Bottom: Rice with a furikake star with cute nori smiley face and a little container of sweet and sour. Nothing too big today.

Originally posted at by CMKA over at my bento photo blog!

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Simple bento in my new bento box, three onigiri with faces that have been pressed into seasame furikake (on the back) on a nori bed, with brocolli, onions and peppers ( steamed ) and a little tulip container of wasabi paste.

Originally posted at by CMKA over at my bento photo blog!

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