Why I will never again eat maraschino cherries and other stuff that must be said | Overstuffed Overstuffed

Friday, May 01, 2009

Why I will never again eat maraschino cherries and other stuff that must be said

Joel bought an issue of Popular Science last week when he was out of town. I know, kind of weird for him. Anyway, he pointed out to me a little blurb that so thoroughly grossed me out that I must share it with you. So you can be just as squicked by it as I am.

Ready? You might want to sit down.

Apparently, the red dye used in strawberry yogurt, maraschino cherries and fake crabmeat comes from crushed female cochineal beetles. ICK! Looks like some consumer advocates are demanding it be written that way on ingredient lists (currently, it's only listed as "artificial color"), and by 2011 it will be listed correctly. Until then, beware. No more strawberry yogurt. I'd stick with vanilla if I were you.

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My left pinky toe has been numb for more than a week. Is this something I should be worried about?

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Joel is rather taken with his new deodorant. As he finished using it the other day, he said:

"This is the most divine thing ever created! Well, besides you. And the kids. And the Gospel. And Mississippi Mud Pie. And Dad's stuffed cabbage. And....okay, so it's not really that great."

I'm just happy that I rank right up there with the divinity of Mississppi Mud Pie. That's pretty darn divine, if you ask me.

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Sophia, Miss Fearless herself, has been downright scared of taking baths of late. It's quite the struggle to get her in the tub while she's kicking and screaming things like "No! The watee getame!" Not sure what about the water is going to get her, but she used to love taking baths so much she'd ask for several a day and have to be denied. Why can't it just be easy?

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It's May! It's May! It's May!

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Only a little more than 3 months until our cross-country move. There is so much I need to be doing to get ready, and I'm not really sure where to start. The most I've really done so far is gather a few things here and there to be sold in a garage/yard/moving/tag/rummage sale. However, now that I am totally and completely done with voice lessons, I will have the time and freedom to organize and purge.

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You know that saying, "When Momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy"? Well, I think that (speaking of organization) when Momma ain't organized, ain't nobody organized. At least not in my house. Unfortunately for my house, I am not the most organized of the human race. I rank pretty low on the list, I'm quite sure. I try hard, but, well...anyway, I need to try harder.

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Did you hear about Deseret Book taking the Twilight Series off its shelves? Interesting. I know that I am one of the minority when it comes to this book (I really didn't like any of them), so I am actually fine with it. But wow, it sure has caused a stir on the Deseret News article. Lots of interesting comments to read there. My favorite is the one that read the first book only and is therefore an expert on all of the things people were saying, mostly regarding the content of the fourth book. Umm...not so much, sweetie.

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Happy Friday! See you at Women's Conference today, maybe?

28 comments :

  1. Ohhhh, no! I love those cherries! I think I'll pretend to not know that little tidbit of information!

    And about Twilight. . .I was extremely disappointed by the 4th book. I felt it was way too graphic and sexual. I'm glad it's being taken off the shelves at Deseret Book.

    Best of luck cleaning and purging. Maybe I can hire you to come to my house when you're done at yours?

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  2. Let me know when you do the yard sale. I don't usually save stuff for those things, but I've been thinking since I've acquired SO many toys in the past year perhaps I should purge some that I don't like and go but nicer/better ones....

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  3. That bug dye is used in tons of stuff- ever wear lipstick with any red dye in it (it's in many colors that don't appear 'red' either).

    It's no big deal to me. After all, the average American consumes 4 lbs. of BUG PARTS every year. How many spider legs do you think it takes to get up to 4 lbs.?

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  4. I heard that DB was taking it off t he shelves, but I wasn't exactly sure what prompted the decision, all of a sudden.

    And I didn't like them either, as you might know. :)

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  5. just consider it extra vitamins... more organic :)

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  6. Add me to the list of not concerned about crushed bug to make dye. I wonder why they call it 'artificial color' bugs are natural arent' they (:p). And I just find it wierd so many people bothered to comment on the Twilight issue. I enjoyed them as a nice fluffy escape from reality and find it strange that people bother to get so passionate about them. Good luck with Sophia and the baths- kids get the strangest ideas sometimes.

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  7. I love to hear your random thoughts.

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  8. I think you're even MORE divine than my deodorant AND Mississippi Mud Pie put together. So maybe I love you more than Joel does. And yet here you are, traipsing halfway across the country with HIM. WhatEVER!!

    You gotta love a marketing decision purporting to take the high ground but only AFTER a company has surely made a grundle of money off a product. They'll probably confiscate my CTR decoder ring for saying this, but I think this was a hypocritical thing for DB to do.

    And I just go ahead and eat three bugs a day, rather than wait for my yogurt to surprise me. I'm proactive that way.

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  9. I have to agree that a good deodorant is worth giving thanks!

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  10. OK, that's really kind of gross about the dye, but we've been eating it for years so it can't be harmful right? I mean, strawberry yogurt is my FAVORITE!!!

    Too funny about the deodorant.

    I figured the reason they took Twilight off the shelves was the romance, but who knows.

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  11. Dad's stuffed cabbage ranks up there with the gospel and Mississippi Mud Pie? That's something I've got to try.

    I hope you toe will be okay! Maybe it's time to start wearing flip flops so your feet can have space. :)

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  12. Have a good time at Women's Conference! Some day I am going to go to one... til then, soak it all in for the rest of us that couldn't be there. I know you'll share what you learned with us. (so Thank You in advance)
    :~D

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  13. Crushed chochineal beetles, eh? Why only the female ones? And how do they make go-gurt green? So many gross possibilities . . .

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  14. That lovely month when everyone goes blissfully astray!
    Tra-la! it's here, that shocking time of year....

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  15. That was an awesome post!

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  16. Although you might not mind being equated with Mississippi Mud Pie, what about stuffed cabbage? Because really, just ooo, yuck. :) I hope Joel made up for it.

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  17. I heard that the same source is used to color red lipstick. Hope that's wrong.

    As for the Twilight thing, I've thought forever that DB wasn't playing by their own rules by keeping it on shelves, so having them take it off wasn't a shock. It did crack me up that they waited until they made a killing selling the entire series before coming to that decision, though. The almighty dollar is pretty darn powerful.

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  18. You didn't know that about Red Dye #40? Peter always laughs when there's protein in red things that wouldn't normally have protein and says, "It's because of the BUGS!"

    I didn't know about the Twilight thing. I'll have to check out the article.

    I love your randomness!

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  19. EEWWWW.. So Gross!!! Thanks for sharing!! LOL Jess hate baths now too. I dunno whats wrong with them!! HAPPY MAY!!! :)

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  20. Wow.
    Random.
    I loved the Twilight books while I read them, but they are obviously something we can all live without.
    Ahhh, deseret Book....

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  21. Lara, the beetles been used as a red dye for a long time! Lipsticks mainly since its the best red dye source.

    Anyway, I'm like you, I haven't had any desire to read any of the Twilight books though Lisa loved them all. Ok, maybe not the fourth one...

    Great job on Joel's save on the rankings. LOL

    Bath times got all mixed up with each of my children, too! Don't know why...

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  22. Cynthia...ew. Now I am totally gonna have nightmares.

    And with you mentioning yard sales I am now totally craving one. Too bad you don't live closer or I would buy some of your stuff maybe.

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  23. My pinky toes go numb a lot. It can be barely cold and I'm comfortable but my pinky toes will go numb. Poor circulation is my answer.

    Not being a trend follower or Twilight reader either, i am either way on the DB thing, but I do think DB needs to ease up. They carry freakish Glen Beck and Laura Schlessinger stuff - Twilight is not nearly as offensive. But that's just me. I've never been a fan of the slant of political material DB carries. Why can't they carry Jimmy Carter's "Endangered Values" or "We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land?" It's full of humanitarianism, intellectual and fair Christian POVs. If you ask me, DB doesn't do LDS people many favors in how slanted their inventory can be.

    *off of soapbox. For now* Except I want to get a Twilight T-shirt and wear it to Deseret Book next time! You know, just for fun...

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  24. Good luck with the pre-move purging and organizing! We were in that same boat last summer, and we actually *acquired* a bunch of furniture before we left, because we knew we'd need it (we were moving into a much bigger house and getting married, so combining stuff) and because on the other side we wouldn't have a van or truck to borrow from anyone! All our friends thought we were crazy, but it ended up being smart, because we didn't have any hard work on that account when we got to our new home!

    About the Twilight thing...I haven't read the books, so I can't really comment as to their content. I just find it sort of ironic that Desert News is releasing that story about concerns over inappropriate content, while running a banner ad on the right-hand side of the screen with a woman wearing skimpy undies! (At least, that's what came up when I clicked over there) I had to laugh at the absurdity there!

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  25. Oops, read that "Deseret," not "Desert." Sorry.

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  26. i love those cherries. bugs and all. ;)

    get that toe checked out!

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  27. Love this part:

    "It's May! It's May! It's May!"

    That's pretty much how I feel right now, because I am done with school for the summer!

    We are really going to miss you guys when you move, my girl has loved having Bria for a friend.

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  28. You think bug juice is worse than the chemical cocktail they use to for coloring now? Get used to it: Eating bugs is not only sustainable (and nobody cares about saving them), they are our future.

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