Freebie Entertainment Sure To Cure Your Isolation Blues!

We all know that it’s rough being stuck inside but thanks to some generous service providers it doesn’t have to be boring! I’ve put together a short list of services (including links) that are sure to take the edge of your social distancing blues! 

HBO

As part of a new “Stay Home Box Office” promotion, HBO is making 500 hours of programming, including series such as “Barry,” “The Sopranos” and “The Wire,” as well as films and documentaries, available free for a limited time. You can stream HBO’s programming without a subscription on both HBO, HBO Now, its standalone streaming service, and HBO Go, which is typically limited to those who already get HBO on a paid TV service.

Quibi (90 Days)

(Quibi stands for “quick bites.”) This new entertainment service focuses on short-form entertainment. After the 90 days the regular version of the service is $5 a month and if $8 per month is within your budget, you can get the ad free version.

Shudder (30 Days With Promo Code SHUTIN) 

Love being scared? If so Shudder, from AMC Networks, is right up your alley! This channel focuses on horror content with a mix of thriller, supernatural, scary movies and TV shows. Plans start at $4.75 per month; normally there’s a seven-day trial period, but use the code to get a full 30 days for free!

YouTube Premium

During the pandemic, the video-sharing giant is serving up more than a dozen YouTube original series free for anyone to stream. These titles, which include “Impulse,” a supernatural thriller murder-mystery from Doug Liman; a competition show called “Escape The Night”; the comedy series “Foursome”; and an animated kids’ show about Robin Hood called “Sherwood” so head on over to YouTube and enjoy it while it lasts! 

MasterClass

MasterClass offers online classes in a wide range of subjects, taught by leaders in their fields. We’re talking Gordon Ramsey on cooking, Martin Scorsese on film-making, Penn & Teller on magic and so on. Starting Wednesday, April 15, MasterClass Live will offer one free streaming class per week

You can also skip on over to Android Authority for a nice long list of free games and apps as well!

Captain’s Log: Quarantine Day 483

Captain’s Log: Quarantine Day 483

Well, the year is 2020 AD and the earth has had enough of our shit, so she has resorted to viral warfare in the form of COVID-19. Honestly, it should be a warning to us that if we don’t stop crapping up the planet, she will eventually shake us off like a bad case of fleas. With that being said, I have been quarantined inside my house since February, and I’m pretty sure it’s been, in the words of Usher, fiftyeleven days, umpteen hours since I’ve seen anyone other than the one human I live with and my dog. I’m immunocompromised and really not looking to have a flu virus take me out after surviving two strokes, kidney failure, and a heart attack. That just wouldn’t seem fair. 

So, to stay as safe as possible, I have been having my groceries delivered and my boyfriend has been braving the outdoors to bring home toilet paper (when available) and supplies. Grocery delivery has been a pretty interesting service during this time of panic-buying and hoarding. One poor guy, Justin, from Instacart, did it last time and had to basically replace everything on the list. He tried so hard, though. He sent me pictures (see slideshow) of the bread and meat aisles in Kroger with nothing in them. He couldn’t get all 10 of my yogurt flavors, but he found six random ones including a single blackberry yogurt which was hidden at the back of the shelf. 

Grocery shopping in this manner makes cooking interesting. You might get cream of mushroom soup, but just maybe not in your preferred brand, OR you might get cream of celery, and you just roll with it. You might have planned on having barbecued ribs for dinner, but you ended up with boneless pork chops, so now you’re having pork chops instead, and cream of celery soup for dessert and that’s just life with the Rona.

The deliveries are what I enjoy. Honestly, it’s the only time I get to interact with other people (besides Richy, who is great, but not new and he works most of the day). I have stood at my front door, talking, six feet away, to random delivery strangers for a good seven or eight minutes, just to have a new interaction. I have refrained from actually bribing these strangers not to leave my porch, but I’m not ruling it out as an option in the future. 

I’ve seen my daughter, who brought me black market toilet paper, and my son and his girlfriend once since all this started (and I couldn’t hug them which broke my little mommy heart). I’ve got a friend who comes by to check up on me occasionally, and I’ve got Richy. That’s my entire group of interaction during Rona-2020. As a slight introvert, you’d think this would make me a pretty happy house goblin, but it turns out, I’m more inclined to be social than I thought. Either that, or I have a problem with authority and want to only go outside when I’m told I am not allowed to. Either way, I miss people… but I’ll tell you this, if I had to get stranded in a house with only one person and one dog, I’m glad I have the ones that are here. 

Rebranding and Back From the Near Dead

Thank you all for your patience. I know it’s been crazy quiet over here for a couple of months. Anywho, as some of you recall, I was traveling earlier this year and once I returned home I got sick… well that sickness drug out for over 5 weeks and to be honest I still don’t feel 100% yet. (Hugs and love to all of you who checked on me)

In the midst of that, the #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #lockdown #quarantine situation happened and life got hectic in a whole different way so we have been spending the time thinking things over and have decided on a re-branding of sorts that will include partnering with a fellow blogger so we will soon be known as the 2 Humble Hootchies (our blog name and url will be changing today ^_^. This will also take care of the issue I’ve had with Facebook not liking my blog link off and on for months now)

In short, we are not dead/retired over here just healing, thinking, working on interviews with different businesses/organizations, spending a lot of time helping elderly friends/neighbors and enjoying the upsurge in family time. Feel free to let me know what you guys have been into 🥰🥰 Love you all and see you soon as the….

Warm Salads!

We are salad lovers here! Love love love salads and they are especially handy if you are watching what you eat. But the downside is the same old lettuce base with the usual toppings gets old quickly so we have decided to change it up!

It is cold, windy and rainy outside and it hits me – warm salads (sounds perfect for winter right?) I plopped this into YouTube search and one of the the first videos that came up sounded like a winner! It was a Warm Crispy Mushroom Arugula Salad made by Healthnut Nutrition. It looked crazy delicious and if we were not getting ready to travel I’d be making this today! In her video she said it was a recipe she recreated from a dish that she had at Terroni‘s. I am super excited to try it when we get back and once I do I’ll let you guys know all about it!

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Image is from Nikole’s blog found here – http://bit.ly/3anOO9N

The YouTube Video is on her channel here – http://bit.ly/2Tzbo9o

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Sausage Potato & Leek Soup

I’m not a cold weather person but one of my favorite things about winter is that it’s the perfect time for hot, hearty soups and stews.

One of my more recent favorites would be – Sausage, Leek and Potato soup. It’s fast, easy and delicious. Between the minimal ingredients, quick cooking time and the FullStar Veggie Chopper this was all prepped and done in under an hour! Picked everything up from Kroger on the way home and TADA – dinner. 🍲

1lb ground pork sausage, crumbled
2 -3 large leeks, white and light green parts only
Fresh garlic ( you measure this with your soul)
2 – 2.5 pounds of cubed/chopped potatoes
7 cups chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream or milk (I used milk)
Butter (2-3 tbsp)
Dill
Salt and Pepper

Cook the sausage over medium heat in a large soup pot until done. Add the butter, dill, leeks and garlic and cook, stirring regularly, until soft about 8 or so minutes minutes.

Add the potatoes, broth, more dill (lol), salt and pepper to pot and bring to a boil. Cover and turn the heat down to low. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender/soft

Some people puree this with an immersion blender but I don’t – my family likes the potato chunks – but do whatever brings you joy. 🥰🥰
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You can see my review and video demo of the Fullstar Vegetable Chopper here – http://bit.ly/FullstarChopper

Fun Find – LitterBox Comics!

I’m so sorry I’ve been so quiet over here for so long. I’ll be getting back into the swing of things very soon! I’d like to thank all of you for your patience! Since I’m still in the process of writing and editing things, I thought I’d share this funny find with you in the mean time. If you need a laugh – do not hesitate to head over to https://litterboxcomics.com/ to get your fix of hilarity!

My Husband @mawadu78 actually had
a very similar incident many years ago with @thevirginiaimp

Blogging… How Did You Get Here?

In lieu of a long intro and a lot of hubbub, I’m going to cut right to the point of this short post.

What made all of you become bloggers?

I’m curious because I know when I started off on this adventure, I didn’t set out to become a blogger but that is where I happily ended up.

I wanted to share my experiences with people, places and products with others and it evolved into this.

Do you have a favorite platform? (Twitter, IG, Pinterest, Facebook etc.) Do you have one you can’t stand? Have you found any tools you can’t live without? (Tailwinds, MailChimp, etc.) Have you run into any scams? Are your family and friends supportive? Did you start out with a free blog or did you jump all in and get a premium paid blog with all the bells and whistles? Whats the biggest mistake you made starting out? Do you work mostly on your laptop or your phone?

Please feel free to share your story in the comments. I’d love to hear more about what makes you tick and your journey.

Nothing Like having Kids LOL

I’m behind on posting because life has been a busy busy thing, so I thought I’d drop something to make you all laugh today. Hang in there everyone, the weekend is approaching…. YOU CAN DO IT!!! * hugs*

We all know or remember this feeling… ease the baby down slowly then back away as quietly as you can all while praying the door won’t creak as you shut it lol
Trying your best to clean with a toddler in the house is an accident waiting to happen. We’ve all been “rear-ended” like this before… (same applies if you have a cat or dog too)
This on needs no explanation heh heh heh
My parents were kings of this one… I’m not bad at it myself. Teenagers will test you in ways you never thought possible. *WooSaaaa* (@mawadu78 me and @thevirginiaimp lol)
I once found one under the drivers seat of my car in the middle of July with my first child – like an idiot, I opened it. Never… NEVER again did I make that mistake. Directly in the trash is the only place for long lost anything with dairy in it.
No matter how the internet uses this cat I find myself relating LOL

Hope I was able to get you giggling. Have a great Thursday and thank you for stopping by my little corner of the web! The memes used in this post were found HERE on Buzzfeed!

Wine, Moths and Snakes… OH NO!

I’m a wine lover.

In my world there is no better way to wrap up a nice evening than to pour a glass of wine, step outside on the deck and sip away as I look up at the stars.

This is exactly what I was doing a few nights ago as I enjoyed the warm spring night here in the mountains of Virginia. However, with the porch light on, nature – in the form of flying insects, were flocking to the walkway on my deck in droves. Overwhelmed at an alarming rate, and having no desire to end up with bugs in my wine – I grab the insect spray, pointed it at the porch light and sprayed away.

Content with my thorough dousing of the insects I dash back a few steps to avoid getting hit by the over-spray. When I turn around to see the results, I’m met with the most startling sight.

A snake.

A large snake.

A large, long pissed off snake about 3 feet from my face… ho shit!!

The following takes place:

Me: *blinks in stunned silence at the sight before me but remains quiet and motionless*

Snake: *Hisses at me in an agitated manner as it starts to unfurl from the porch light*

Me: *Calls husband’s name as I continue to watch my scaly visitor move*

Husband: “Yes, Baby?”

Snake: *hiss hiss*

Me: Thinking – *I’m so sorry Mister Snake. If I had know you were there I would have never sprayed you like that – in fact I would have kept me and my wine sipping in the house… my apologies* – Calls Husband’s name 3 times in a row* (It’s all I can manage to do)

Husband: *Comes to the door* “What’s wrong?”

Me: “There’s a snake on the porch light and it’s slowly moving toward me.”

Husband: O.o *looks over at light through the screen door* “F*ck!!”

Me: “Yeah, kinda my thought too. Could you slowly open the screen door so it’s between me and our uninvited guest? I’d really appreciate not being out here any longer.”

Husband: *opens door – So I can slide inside*

Okay, so now I’m inside the house and safe but there is still a decent sized snake on the porch light (it’s well over three feet long). It’s almost midnight and I have no desire to let him slither off to hide somewhere else outside on the deck or patio. My husband (The Satyr) is not a “Man versus Wild” kind of guy but he arms up with a broom, puts his sneakers on and grabs a flash light. He’s about as ready as he can get at the hour on short notice.

Luckily for all of us, the adult children were home and had just settled into bed so I go knock.

Me: *knock knock knock*

My daughter The Sprite: “Yes?”

Me: I hate to disturb you guys at this hour but I need your help getting this snake off the porch light.

The Sprite: “Mommy, that doesn’t make any sense??!”

Her Fiance: “I think it does, Honey. I’m pretty sure your mom said there is a snake on the deck light and I need to go help take care of it.”

The Sprite: “Why is there a snake!!??”

Me: Thinking – *that’s a valid question that I have no answer for. I’m just as shocked as you are*

We all are up and about now. My son, The Imp, takes one look at the situation, calls the snake a nope rope and a danger noodle and immediately decides wants nothing to do with the fiasco before taking up residence on the couch. The rest of us go outside in our Pjs armed with – 2 flashlights, the kitchen broom, a plastic pole, some work gloves, a knife and a push broom…. yes this has us all looking as ridiculous as it sounds.

About fifteen minutes later we had the snake taken care of and all is well but I’d have to say that was the last thing I expected from deciding to step outside with my Chardonnay.

Have you guys had any interesting run ins with nature? Please feel free to share.

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DIY Poo Pourri

Let’s face it, most people do not want to talk about bathroom activities. What goes on in and around the porcelain throne is not usually a topic of discussion. I’m not the shy type, so when I saw the video advertisement for Poo Pourri I was all in! However, more often than not when I see articles or blog posts about Poo Pourri the person writing it says something like “I bought this as a gag gift”. Not me, when I saw this product advertised, I was all for what it was promising to do and bought it right away.

About ten days and twenty-two dollars later my order arrived in the mail. My family and I tried it and we have been fans ever since… well,  fans of the product because it works, and it works well. We just weren’t big fans of the price tag and shipping costs. A four oz bottle will set you back around ten dollars and even if you find it in a discount store five bucks is as cheap as I’ve ever found the four oz size, though it’s usually around eight dollars.

I don’t mind paying good money for something that works – but for a household that has five people in it on a regular basis on top of entertaining often, keeping both bathrooms stocked with this spray proved to be costly.

With saving money in mind, I turned to the wonder known as the interwebs and researched  how to make my own.

The recipe ended up being more simple than I thought it would be. I had all of the ingredients right down to the distilled water on hand!

Here’s the recipe I used:

Step 1 – 2 Teaspoons of Vegetable Glycerin or Dish Soap.
Step 2 – 2 Teaspoons of Rubbing Alcohol.
Step 3 – 20-30 Drops of a Fragrant Essential Oil. (I used lavender oil)
Step 4 – Fill the remainder of the 4 oz spray bottle with distilled water. (I used an empty Poo Pourri bottle I had under the sink)

After that, it was simply a matter of shaking it up and spraying. That was it.

I was honestly impressed with just how close it was to what I had been buying for a mere fraction of the cost. The results were 8.5 out of 10 – This recipe took a few more sprays for the same effect and still wasn’t quite as strong, yet for a cost difference of about twenty-five cents per bottle for this homemade version versus at least five dollars – if not ten dollars a bottle for the name brand, I’m sold.

Have any of you made a DIY version of something that worked out well (or not lol)? If you’ve blogged about it please leave a link to it in the comments, I’d love to try it!

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