A Little Ah-ha Moment

Little ah-ha moments are like light bulbs that light up over your head, and you wonder, “why haven’t I thought of this before?”  Sometimes the little ah-ha moments are quite silly, but then again… they might be useful.

I had a little ah-ha moment about, of all things, hot dogs! Since we can finally head outdoors and start grilling, one of the things that we enjoy on the grill are hot dogs, hamburgers, and everything else we can throw on! A grilled piece of meat sure beats cooking it indoors!

Anyhow, back to the little ah-ha moment. You purchase your pack of hot dogs and they usually end up right in the freezer, in the same packaging that they came in. This is what we’ve been doing for years, until I figured out that I am doing it all wrong.

FROZEN HOT DOGS

When you throw that pack of hot dogs in the freezer – what happens? They all freeze together, right? Then, when you want to pull some out to grill them, you have to chop them apart with a butter knife. I got sick of doing this and that little light bulb appeared above my head and I thought… I had to figure out a way so I don’t have to chop the frozen hot dogs apart every time I wanted to grill some.

HOW TO FREEZE HOT DOGS

Problem Solved: When you bring home your hot dogs from the store, open up the package, drain the liquid from the pack, then lay them in a quart freezer bag in a nice flat row, and seal the bag. Then, just lay the bag nice and flat in your freezer.  You will never have to chop your hot dogs apart ever again, as when you need one or two, you just open the bag and pull them out and they are not stuck together!

Second Ah-Ha Moment: This is for those of you who like sour cream. Have you ever opened up your sour cream container and had to turn it over to drain all the liquid on the top? If so, here is a simple trick to do. When you are done using your sour cream, just run a spoon over the top of the sour cream in the container and make it completely flat on top. The next time you open up your container, there will be no liquid sitting on top of the sour cream. You’re welcome!

Hot Dogs Gotta Have Tryptophan in Them

PATRIOTIC NIKITA

By now, everyone should be back to work after the long holiday weekend, dreading going back to the daily grind.  It’s hard heading back after being home for a few days relaxing, and getting back into the swing of things at the office, but believe me, once you walk through those doors….WHAM, it’s back to normal & the race is on!

PATRIOTIC BELLA

But over the weekend, we relaxed, had family & friends over, enjoyed a good fire pit amongst a few rain drops, watched more fireworks & smoke bombs and consumed many many hot dogs.  But what I had noticed is that I was in a constant state of sleepiness to which I contend the hot dogs had tryptophan in them.  I know that hot dogs have lots and lots of stuff in them that I don’t even want to about, but I figured out that my sleepiness was due to the massive consumption of hot dogs.  Hmmm, interesting.  Who knew?

GRANDMA NIKITA AND BELLA

Nikita and Bella had a great time with everyone outside and enjoyed chewing on all the ice cubes.  (did you notice that Bella is still wearing her birthday tutu?)  They love their Grandma and always ended up sitting next to her.  But the funny thing that happened is when Nikita saw something and went to run, and she pulled Auntie on her chair with wheels, right out of the garage.  WHIZZZZZZZ, there goes Auntie!  The only bad thing that came out of this was that Daddy got hurt, as the chair wheel smashed into his ankle.  He’s ok now, once Mommy really got Neosporin on it to heal.  (someone always gets hurt in a holiday related accident, don’t they?)

FIRE PIT

But there was one thing that I had always wanted to try to photograph, and I got the chance to do so this weekend.  Take photographs of sparklers!  Yeah for sparklers!  Every time someone picked up and lit a sparkler, I went into action!  I tried to hold the camera really still (as I did not have a tripod with me by the fire pit) and just kept snapping away until the sparkler fizzled out.  One by one, everyone kept lighting them, ooooh I was in heaven snapping away!  I could not wait to get back inside to upload all of my photographs to my Dell Mini to see what I had taken.

VAL SPARKLER

JULIE SPARKLER3

The outcome of the photographs was not bad at all, for my first time ever taking sparkler pics!  It is just amazing that  the camera can capture each and every little sparkle that shoots off the stick as it slowly <POOFS> itself out.  I will have to do some more research on how to capture a better sparkler photo and have my subject in better focus too, but all in all, I love how they turned out.  (but, if any of you seasoned photographers and have any hot tips on how to photograph sparklers, let me know)

TURTLE SPARKLER

JESSICA SPARKLER2

JEFF SPARKLER

VAL SPARKLER2

JULIE SPARKLER

A good time was had by all, no sparkler injuries, fire pit was safely put out, ankle healed, and I am finally out of my hot dog coma.