Apr 30, 2010

What is it?

Can you guess what this is?  I’ll give you some hints…

1. It’s in my kitchen.

2. You may have it too.

Find the answer in my Mystery Photos.

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Apr 29, 2010

How to eat a calzone

I never thought to actually stick my entire face into a calzone to eat it, but it worked well for this little girl.  Ruby is the 15-month-old daughter of my website developer, Robert and his wife, Heather.  Robert swears this is a calzone but I still think it looks like a side of ham. :)  

How cute is she?  

You go, Ruby!

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Apr 28, 2010

Lunch at the Polo Lounge

I had lunch today with my attorney and he picked the spot.  I’ve never been to the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel and what an experience!  They only have valet parking so I had to pull up in my dumpy old Lexus into what looked like a scene from a Turner classic movie.  They had Bentleys, Rolls Royces, a Maybach, and some other shiny cars I didn’t recognize but one of the dozen or more valets agreed to take my car.  Inside were the most beautiful people in the most beautiful clothes – one woman had a fox draped around her shoulders (with the face!!).  Luckily, I got seated right away so no one could study the $49 skirt I was wearing from Macy’s. It was the ultimate Hollywood experience.  I saw a couple of faces that might have cost more than those cars.

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Apr 27, 2010

Granola Questions

Here’s a question that Karyn sent in about my granola recipe:

“Hello, I found your site by putting in a search for “what happened to Jenny Jones” and here you are! I really enjoyed watching your “how to” video on granola making and I was wondering how long it lasts in the fridge? or what do you do with it when it is done baking? leave it out? how long does it stay fresh? have you ever tried granola in the Special K box? I did and it was amazing sooooo good, could I use that granola to make my own granola ? could I bake that granola do you think when I make my own type of granola ?? Please let me know, I am on a restricted diet and have plenty of operations on my pancreas (due to gall stones) Now my pancreas does not work and I have chronic pancreatitis, so I must really watch what I eat. granola is perfect for my diet. thanks for all your help and I am glad I found your site! thanks so much.!!! “

Here’s my response… Karyn, after my granola has cooled, I put it in a covered container and it will keep for several weeks in the fridge. Mine doesn’t last more than about two weeks but it should stay fresh for at least a couple of months. I haven’t tried the Special K brand but that granola is already cooked so I do not suggest using it to make your own granola because you will be baking it twice and it could be overdone. I just looked up the ingredients in the Special K brand online and my, my, my…lookie here:

Ingredients: WHOLE GRAIN OATS, SUGAR, CORN SYRUP, OAT BRAN, RICE, HONEY, SOLUBLE WHEAT FIBER, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, SOY GRITS, MOLASSES, CORN FLOUR, NATURAL FLAVOR, SALT, ACACIA GUM, SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, OAT FIBER, EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, MALT FLAVORING, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, NIACINAMIDE, REDUCED IRON, BHT (PRESERVATIVE), PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B1), RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), VITAMIN A PALMITATE, FOLIC ACID, FERROUS FUMARATE, CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE, VITAMIN D, VITAMIN B12

Karyn, if your health is a priority, I suggest you make your own granola and not eat the Special K brand. It contains SIX different sweeteners! The second ingredient is sugar and it contains high fructose corn syrup. Yikes! You probably like it because it’s extra sweet so I suggest making my granola recipe and if you like, you can increase the brown sugar to 1/2 cup. Well, that’s my 2 cents.

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Apr 26, 2010

Our Date Night

Last night, Denis and I had a date night and went to see “Date Night” at the Arclight Cinema.  This is where you pay a little more (but not with our senior discounts!) and you get to pick the seats you want off a seating chart.  They also have more upscale snacks like their own caramel corn and high quality chocolates.  We didn’t get any snacks or popcorn but I brought my own red vines, but only two.  Then a real person comes out in front of the screen, welcomes everyone, gives us the rules, like no cell phones or texting, etc.   The movie was fun and I’d give it a 7 out of 10.  I love watching Steve Carrell.  We didn’t snack too much at the movie so we came home and finished off the pie.

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Apr 24, 2010

Gone by tomorrow

Two slices for him.

Two for me.

Gone by tomorrow.

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Apr 23, 2010

Apple Pie

I made apple pie tonight.  It was my way to relax after our two-day video shoot and after spending most of today at the computer.  While it cooled, Denis and I went to the mall so I could return something and when we got back, it was cool enough to eat. My new blog still isn’t what I want it to be but it’s close.  I’ll post my pie recipe soon.

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Apr 22, 2010

More How-To videos

We spent the last two days shooting more How-To videos for this website.  I think everyone will like the healthier hot fudge sundae and my 50-50 tricks for staying healthy.  I hope to get them posted next week.

It’s freezing here in SoCal, and raining.  After the rain, I took a picture of a pansy in the back yard.

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Apr 21, 2010

My new blog is here!

We just switched to the new server and my new blog is here!  It may take a few days for this site to be up to speed so please be patient while the web geeks do their thing.  Are you imagining a bunch of young guys with glasses wearing short-sleeved shirts and ties?  What, no women web geeks?  Of course not.  If women were doing it, we’d have been done two weeks ago  …just kidding, Robert :)   Besides, the women can’t do it – they’re in management.  Ouch!

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Apr 20, 2010

I love hearing from former show staffers

My favorite thing is to hear from former show staffers and see what everyone is doing now.  Most of them are still working in television, three of them at Oprah, and a whole bunch in L.A.  I don’t hear much from the old crew in Chicago – Mike, Billy, Hippie, Joe, Rich….  How about it? Remember this staff trip to Cancun? Drop me a line!

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