Wednesday, May 7, 2008

American Idol...the Final Four

Notice I didn't say the Fantastic Four. There's only one of these people who has consistently impressed me this season and that's David Cook. The rest of them....notsomuch.Having said that, I'll have to also say that David Cook's first song last night was somewhat less than stellar, in my opinion. But his second one was right on the money. Loved it. I will so be buying his CD whenever it comes out. Syesha thrilled me not. At all. Either song. The first one seemed like Tina Turner Lite (as in lightweight talent) and the second one darn near put me to sleep. Until that big screech at the end, that is. Jason Castro...ahhh, what can you say about the Flower Child of the 21 Century? lol It wasn't until the playback at the end of the show that I even realized what song he was singing the first time around (I remember Eric Clapton's version of that song. Hated it, too!). His second song was much better. Crying shame he forgot the lyrics. Still, I thought the judges were bordering on cruel with him. Makes me wonder what he's done to piss them off behind the scenes. lol Finally, David Archuleta. You know, this kid is incredibly sweet and he just seems so darn nice. And his singing is very nice, too. But that's all I think it is. Nice. Not fabulous. Not incredible. Just nice. But I'm in the minority with that opinion. Most people seem to love his voice. And the truth is, he's such a pleasant personality that it wouldn't break my heart to see him win. But my bet is still on David Cook "for the gold". I think he's definitely got the best future in music! What did ya'll think?

Now before I forget, the Crock Pot Queen (that's ME guys, keep up!) would like to bring you the world's easiest and tastiest pulled pork recipe. Here it is:

Barbecued Pulled Pork Sandwiches
1 pork shoulder roast (about 2 1/2 pounds)
1 bottle (14 ounces) barbecue sauce (I use KC Masterpiece)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 medium chopped onion (I use dry, minced onions just 'cause I like 'em)
buns or hard rolls

1. Place pork roast in crock pot. Cover and cook on LOW 10 to 12 hours or on HIGH 5 to 6 hours or until done. Now the recipe doesn't say so, but I just can't bring myself to stick that chunk of meat in there without at least some moisture so I add about 3/4 of an inch of water. Maybe you're not supposed to and this is one of those tell tale signs that I'm not a real cook! lol
2. Remove pork after it's done; discard cooking liquid (wonder how much there'd be without that water I added?). Anywho, shred the roast using two forks (pulling it apart, hence the name! duh!). Return pork to crock pot and add barbecue sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar and onion. Cover and cook on LOW 2 hours or on HIGH for 1 hour.
3. Serve on buns or hard rolls.
I'm telling you guys...this is so flippin' easy and tastes sooooooo good. You'll love it. It passes the family taste for yum-0 and the Kari test for easy to make. Thems high standards ya'll! lol

Now for some funny ads from the '70s. Let's just say...WE'VE COME A LONG WAY, BABY!

Yeah. 'Cause I'm all about making "my guy" comfortable during my period. It's the way I've always been.
I loved this shampoo. Don't remember having a boy in science lab hanging all over me just to sniff my hair, but maybe that just means I wasn't using it right. Or maybe the frog innards we were forced to examine kept me too distracted to notice. I'll never know now. lol Oh, and you can still buy it, too. For about $14 bucks a bottle!

And does anybody remember Love's Baby Soft fragrance? It was a great scent for young girls. But in retrospect, and taking into account their advertisements for it, just who were us young girls supposed to be smelling good for? Yikes! This ad looks like something that would have run in Pedophilia Monthly. The girl looks about 8 years old and is wearing more make-up than Gene Simmons at a KISS concert. Icky, icky, icky. Oh yeah, can you see the Love's Baby Soft slogan? "Because innocence is sexier than you think". Eeeeeeeeewwwwwwwww!

And on that disturbing note, I'll sign off. I feel like I should go take a shower now because that last ad made me feel ookie. This'll teach me to take a stroll down Memory Lane with products of yester-year! lol

Alright, I can't leave on that note. It's just too freaky. So here's another ad from those fun-loving '70s. One of the famous Virginia Slims "You've Come A Long Way, Baby" ads! Funny thing about these ads...I love, love, love the concept of how far women had actually come by the '70s (although we've come even further since and still have many, many metaphorical miles to go before we arrive!). But I'm pretty sure that the whole struggle for equality wasn't about smoking a cigarette with ease in public. lol And let me just throw this out there to 'ya...I, personally, smoked for 25 years and, at or near the beginning of my smoking experience, Virginia Slims was my brand of choice. I smoked a lot of them, I did. Lots and lots. And not one time did I ever glance into a mirror and see myself morphing into a Cheryl Tiegs type super model. What the heck? These ads almost promised me I'd be glamorous and independent if only I smoked Virginia Slims! (Dirty, rotten, filthy liars - that's all I have to say about those people!) But don't you just love the slogan on this particular ad? "The Virginia Slims Tool Kit. Because you've got more to fix than your face." Okay, so maybe they did try to tell me I wouldn't ever look like Cheryl. But I think they should have marketed more than a stupid tool kit and a pack of cigarettes if they wanted to really help me out with that!


  1. I agree with you all the way. First Bones, yes it is annoying when they do that but I just love those people and Angela, wanted to hug her. I'm wondering if they're going to go with Zac as 'Gorgomon'. Kinda a came back from Iraq messed thing? I know rumor has bets on Hodgins but hope not. Idol, yeah David Cook baby! I loved Jason's "Rainbow" and he has a pleasant voice but not Idol. I think the judges get annoyed when people who should have been sent home are still there this far and others who were more deserving are gone(like Michael Johns and Carly for instanace). My opinion. Your ads brought back memories LOL I'm of the same generation as you so...And now I have to look at your crockpot stuff. My crockpot is my friend!

  2. Glad that your boy is still in the running. From all I hear, he'll be taking it. That's all I know about that. I should go check out a You Tube or something

    Just a 59 on my test. Obviously, I bow to your great keyboarding skills. ;>

    Ads are a wonderful source of amusement. I like to peruse old magazines just to see what stupid messages were being sent in 1934 or 1959.

    Gosh it's good to have you back. Feel free to keep bringing crockpot recipes with you. I've never had pulled pork, but it sounds like something I'd enjoy...a lot.

  3. I am pretty much right with you on AI. Matt likes DA, I think he is sweet. Sy really looks like a broadway star to me. I just see her touring in some broadway production. That's what I get when I watch her. She's broadway, not pop star.
    I made the sandwiches Sunday too... I used pork tenderloin and head country bbq sauce though. I am glad you are loving your crock pot!
    A really good thing to do is throw in some frozen (boneless skinless) chicken breasts, press in several cloves of garlic and then pour a jar of prego traditional over the top and a can of diced tomatoes. I add in some spicy spaghetti seasoning from sam's but you could use other spaghetti type seasonings... let it cook all day and then serve it over pasta. It's delish! I will add some butter if I'm not feeling diety... it makes it more lush and then grated parm on top when serving. OH and you can get those butterfly pork chops and lay sliced onions (I like the flavor but refuse to eat them) on top, some pepper (cracked or otherwise) and then a can of cream of mush soup. Let it cook all day and YUM. I usually serve it with baked or roasted potatoes! You can even bake potatoes in there. I just throw them in the cp in the am and they are good to go by dinner.

  4. I've been thinking about you because of a commercial that keeps saying Just Living I come over and you tell me I can buy Gee Your Hair Smells again...I've been trying to do that Where?
    And Yes David Cook all the way. Jason can go jump in a ditch but the other two need to be recording as well!

  5. Oh, and I guess I'm going to have to go buy a crockpot. I wish they made one that would fold up because I hate storing them.

  6. I'm not an idol fan. Never watched the show.... but I like Star Wars so that must redeem me, right?

    That Love's Baby Soft ad is very creepy.

    What do you have more to fix than your face? Your lungs after years of smoking? And does she need fixing on her face... wrinkles caused from smoking? Funny

  7. OHHHHHH DAVID COOK IS THE AMERICAN IDOL at least that's what they'll be yelling in about three weeks...the ads...great ones...I was a VaSlim smoker too...ever notice that they were always golfing or playing tennis or walking briskly? Not one time did I see one of them try to cough up a lung or bend double gasping for good old air! The one with the little girl? Whoever thought that one up needs to be looked up and locked up...I'm sure he's guilty of some nasty stuff...just the cop still lurking in me!
    love ya
    Aunt Sandi

  8. I guess you read my little Java got ran over. I have just been sick.
    Hope you guys have a wonderful time. Relax and refresh.
    I know I will have a goodtime,but a hard time saying bye to Rian. 6 or 7 more months over there. UGGG

  9. Kari,

    Where did you find these ads? LOL I remember Love's Baby Soft. I know I had a bottle or two. And I remember all of the other ads too. The tool kit one is great. I am totally out of the loop with Idol. I always forgot it was on. But if you want to talk about Lost sometime............

  10. Kara CVS had them on sale. Not sure if they still are.They have been going cheap on Ebay too.

  11. I have still not gotten over Carly leaving. She is hands down better than Shywhatshername.
    Jason reminds me of John Travolta~ back in the day. I can see him starring in a 'Welcome back Kotter' show.
    And my I-don't-get-to-go-nowhere-friend. You wouldn't get on the plane anyway. I'll have fun in Italy for both of us!

  12. 81 words per minute! You're smokin! :)

  13. I LOVED that shampoo and got it whenever i could convince Mom to buy it for me. Uh, right...the Midol ad. How funny!!!

  14. Ok, You must be inside my head! For some odd reason I was thinking of the Loves Babysoft ads the other day while driving...the little song was in my head! Yes, the ad is very creepy though! And I LOVED "Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific!" It had a potent smell for sure!

  15. Oh wow did I love Love's Baby Soft and Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific!
    Loved seeing the ads again....such fun!
    You are always a smile maker you know that?
    I have been such a bad blogger friend of late but am trying to catch up now. I LOVE visiting you because you are a hoot, you are fun, interesting, a dang good writer and something special. Yup.



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