HEY!  I bet you’re wondering what’s going on here aren’t you?  Yeah.  Me too.  You’ve already read this post you’re thinking.  Yeah!  Me too.  I was screwing around with the program that sends out my emails on the weekend and apparently I’ve done something.  Something very wrong, lol.

I’ve been screwing around with it for about  a week now actually which is why I sent a screwy email last week.  Sorry about all of this.

But now that I have you here and we’ve all watched the Oscars, what did you think?  I spent the day cleaning up outside and therefore had more fresh air than I’ve had in the entire winter and by the time the Oscars rolled around my eyes were rolling around in my head.

I managed to pull it together though at least for the sake of the food.  Oscar night is and always will be appetizer night.  It’s also drag the Oscar Statuettes out of the basement night and ponder why I watch the stupid Oscars night.

So I gathered up my food items.  My appetizers were very diverse.  #oscarssowhite   In fact they were so diverse and incompatible that any normal human would have wondered when I had the iron stomach inserted.  I started off with a classic; a small shrimp cocktail.  From there I gathered everything onto a platter including cheese and crackers, polish sausage, vegetables and dip, antojitos with sour cream, chips, dip, chocolate/peanut butter easter eggs and a single serve dill pickle in a can.

Hand to heart I am not, nor have I ever been pregnant.

The evening started the way it always does with a call to my mother scream/crying over the dress atrocities.  I know, it’s at this exact point that a lot of you get enraged because who am I to judge?  And it’s about the movies anyway!  

Who am I to judge?  I am ME, someone who knows that just being beautiful doesn’t mean you can pull off the Easter Bunny look.  I’m lookin’ at you Heidi Klum.  Also, it’s not only about the movies otherwise there wouldn’t be 2 televised hours of stars rolling out of limos and having their boobs adjusted by stylists not quite off camera.

I wasn’t wowed by many of the dresses or the entire show really.  In fact when my neighbour texted me at 10:30 asking if she could come over I said sure, then made her sit through my entire toilet paper experiment IN REAL LIFE.  Leaving the room where the television is, to go play with toilet paper is rarely the sign of a highly engaging broadcast.

But still. I watched.

But this little blurb is really just to say I’m sorry for the erroneous email you just received.  I’m doing my best to get it all straightened out and I really, REALLY want to because Wednesday’s post is one of my favourites in a long time.

It’s an Easter decoration that doesn’t make me want to puke.

Of course we’ve already established I have an iron stomach.

~ karen!




Wanna have more fun than you ever thought possible watching The Oscars this year?  Watch Inside Out instead. Just kidding.  Kind of. Inside Out was a GREAT movie.

No, no, no if you want to have fun this Oscar night make a BOAT load of delicious appetizers and print out some official Oscar ballots! (I just happen to have appetizer recipes and an Oscar ballot download I designed for you later in this post) As you probably know, everything in life is infinitely more fun when you turn it into a competition. Can’t get the kids to clean up their rooms? Make it a competition. Can’t get your mother to finish knitting that sweater? Make it a competition. Can’t get the husband to lose those 10 pounds, eat healthier, exercise more, watch less television, watch more television, pay more attention to you, clean out the gutters, take up a hobby, leave you alone, look more like the President of Mexico? Make it a competition.


This is the President of Mexico by the way. President-of-Mexico He’s married, had multiple love children while with his first wife, has vague criminal ties and enjoys listening to ABBA.  So he’s handsome and interesting. So instead of just sitting around half falling asleep during the Oscars because nobody is drunk and entertaining like they are during the Golden Globes or the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards, turn the Oscars into a competition. Sure you could make it a drinking competition by chugging every time someone’s speech is uncomfortably long or someone’s dress makes you cry but we’d all be drunk before the end of the pre-show that way.

So. Print out some ballots and hand them out to friends and family. They don’t even have to be in the same room with you, it’s just as fun if they’re across the city or even the country.  I spend half of Oscar night on the phone with my mother guessing which designer designed which dress. We of course also offer very important opinions on the dresses, which are often very opposite opinions.  My mother doesn’t watch the movies so we can’t talk about performances which leaves dresses as the number one topic of discussion. Before the evening begins determine a prize.  Because if there isn’t a prize it isn’t a competition. Here are some prize ideas:

  1.  Everyone put $5 into the pot and whoever scores the highest at the end of the night gets it all.
  2. Nevermind.  There are no other prize ideas.  Nothing beats cash.

Oscar night is a big deal around here. Every year at this time I smash watching as many nominated movies into my evenings as possible, drag out the life sized Golden Statuettes and start making appetizers. Oscar-Ballot-2016 If you want to make YOUR Oscar night more fun, print out Your 2016 Oscar Ballot. So we have an official Oscar Ballot, a little competition … now all we need is some food to make Sunday night even more fun.   Oscars

Here’s a list of some great appetizer ideas for the big night.


Montana’s Anotjitos

Jalapeno Hummus

Polenta Rounds w/ Goat Cheese and Portobello Mushrooms

Jalapeño Poppers (low calorie but DELICIOUS)


I haven’t decided which I’ll be doing exactly but I know antojitos will be on the table. They always are.  I also have a bag of these jalapeño poppers already in the freezer, ready to go.  I had a whole mess of jalepeño peppers to pick in the fall so I pickled a few jars and turned the rest into the famous 38 calorie Jalapeño Popper.

I might  just do those two with the Guacamole and a bunch of vegetables for dipping.  As with most occasions it’s the food that makes it most fun.

Well, the food and the prospect of swindling your much loved friends and family out of some cash.

Have a good weekend!



  1. Kathleen says:

    OH MY WORD! Those statues are too beautiful! Love, love, love them!
    And jalapeno poppers too. 🙂

    • Sonja says:

      LOVE the statues too! PLEASE tell us where you got them…would certainly help to make Oscar night more enjoyable, since the President of Mexico is busy that night. Fortunately, my husband looks JUST like him! 🙂

  2. Gillian says:

    My first thought…?

    She actually has life-size gold statues that she pulls out doesn’t she?


    OMGosh!! She does! Of course they’re female. I wish I was as cool as Karen.

    PS: the dresses are what the whole night is about isn’t it? Well, that and the jewelry…and the hair.

  3. Mark says:

    I’m embarrassed to say that I haven’t seen any of the nominated films this year.

    But I think I shall be making that jalapeno hummus. 🙂 Will definitely make the evening more exciting!

  4. Edith says:

    I have only seen some of the movies and I have heard of some, but the vast majority is unknown around here. Oh, and the show starts way too late at night for us on the Old Continent. But we like to have parties. With food and drinks and a lottery (you know, just blindely guessing who is going to win).
    I think Shaun the Sheep should win animated feature film.

  5. Eileen says:

    Sorry to be a wet blanket on the Oscars, but I can’t stand those self-absorbed, narcissistic yahoos pat themselves on the back again and again and again. I watch the morning news the next day to see the dresses. I think we should all give ourselves awards all the time like they do….for example, and the award goes to: YOU, for the top award for Blog Variety and Content!!! Start your own awards show!!!

  6. Can I come? I have a tradition that a movie going friend of mine and I had starting probably 10 years ago that said we’d spend January and February ( months we both hated) going to as many Oscar movies as possible…even the ones we knew we might not like. I lost my friend to a brain aneurysm 5 years ago, and I still continue the tradition, trying to drag other friends with me. I often end up in the theatre on my own. It is my time to get lost in the movies, honour my friend, and get through 2 of my least favorite months of the year.
    I’ve seen practically all of the Oscar nominated movies, so yes I’ll be watching on Sunday night….Chris Rock is going to make it pretty interesting this year….and Karen, if you need another party goer…I’m in.

  7. Marilyn says:

    Love watching the oscars.last year my bff had a sleepover and we watched with appies wine and ballots !! Fun!

  8. Judy says:

    I love the Oscars.. Always have a ballot, my comfy couch, & my husband.
    We always watch the entire pre-show. Love your Oscar ladies.

  9. Helen Whaley says:

    Those jalapeño poppers look sooo good. I can almost hear them calling me, hotly. Thing is, I don’t have a barbecue grill, just an oven.
    It does have a broiler.
    How can I make these little bundles of wonderful without a BBQ?

  10. Melissa says:

    Shit! I thought the PM of Canada was hot! Oh, imagine that you are Hillary Clinton and you win the US election. First on my list of things to do? Private conference with the Canadian and Mexican leaders!

    Now, back to actually reading the rest of your blog entry.

    • Jan in Waterdown says:

      If you think Justin’s hot, you shoulda seen his father . . . not as pretty but very um um can’t think of the right word . . . and he didn’t give $hit about anyone. Just google him!

  11. Jenifer says:

    So the only Oscar nominated movie I’ve seen is Inside Out….and it was a good one. So I think I’ll skip the Oscars, make some of those Poppers and watch it again.

    For future reference, did you grill and then freeze your poppers or freeze them ungrilled? (Is ‘ungrilled’ a word?) Jalapenos are going into the garden this year and this is a PERFECT idea…or pretty close to perfection.

  12. Melissa says:

    As for food, sand tarts (Mad Max,) bear claws (Revenant) … that’s all I got.

  13. Marilynn says:

    Thank you for the Oscar ballot and appetizer menu! Fun, fun, fun!!!

  14. Erin says:

    May have to try those jalapeño poppers tonight.
    I had a bumper crop this year and froze two huge bags of whole red jalapeños. I put some in the antojitos I made for a Super Bowl party, which made me look like a genius.
    Thanks for the great recipes!

  15. Sondra says:

    Here’s a couple of tips to change these treats up.

    First, chop the onions, then red bell peppers in the food processor until chopped fine. Save in plastic cartons for future dishes the left overs. Whiz a bottle of pickled jalapeños until chopped just right. Extras go back in the jar with pickled juice for next treat. Easy to spread on ingredients. Add scrambled eggs to mixture on the tortilla spiced to your taste. Roll up like a burrito and bake. Serve with Greek yogurt mixed with some chipotle sauce* mixed in over the top or on the side.

    Second tip. Don’t know what to do with a whole can of those smoky jalapeños? Toss whole can or even two in a food processor and whirl until fine mush. Put into a glass mason jar, stir in a tablespoon or two of cider vinegar. Smooth out the top. Pour another tablespoon or so over the top. Seal jar, refrigerate and look forward to many many months of readily available chipotle sauce to add to whatever you need it for. Great mixed into sour cream, mayo or Greek yogurt with a little lime juice to thin to spoon over tacos. Yum! Enjoy.

    • Renee says:

      Wow great idea! I usually end up freezing it in tablespoon size portions like I do tomato paste, but then it has to thaw or gets lost in the freezer, etc. I like your idea of having it ready to go especially if you only want a tiny bit.

      • Sondra says:

        Make sure you pick out any stems and toss. Also add all of the Adobo sauce. This stuff is very hot to some tastebuds so this is an easy way to control how much you add to sauces, pots of roasting/simmer pork/beef/chicken, pasta or other dishes you want this flavor. I’ve had this sauce hold for more than a year and I make up two cans at a time and use by 1/4-1/2 tsp. at a time for meals.

  16. Marta says:

    Ooh, 38 calorie jalapeno poppers? Yes please! Thanks for the recipe.
    P.S. “Inside Out” was a major disappointment except for one line: “Oh, dear, I spilled all the facts and opinions and I don’t know where to put them. They all look so alike.”

  17. Ev Wilcox says:

    Holy Mole’! What a gorgeous man. Lack of morals sure hasn’t affected his looks. Wonder if he has a large portrait hiding in an attic somewhere, and the likeness has turned into a hideous creature?
    Hillary should have a “conference’ with him NOW! Would really pump up her, ah, campaign!

    Have fun watching the show everyone! Manga!

  18. Jody says:

    Mexico has their president and Canada has Justine.

  19. robert says:

    Probably nobody is going to read this but if you want our president just take him cause nobody around here really seem to like him, apparently hits his wife and really who wants a himbo running their country? His speeches are seriously unbearable and not what you want in a politician unless he’s your only rival. I mean, one would think that after marrying an actress he would have learn at least a little about speaking in public.
    Thanks for ruining this post for me Karen

    • Karen says:

      This post is only one day old, of course people are going to read your comment, lol. And I didn’t ruin anything. I didn’t vote for him. I’m not even Mexican! I’m just here to give out Oscar ballots. 😉 ~ karen!

  20. robert says:

    Sorry for venting out on your blog Karen, you just remind me that you have Justin who has the looks and I’m pretty sure the brains and am just stuck with basically the unfunny version of Sarah Palin

  21. Katie says:

    Karen, did you hear Sasha Baren Cohen’s alter ego Ali G mention your crush, Eyedris Elbow? I immediately thought of you!

  22. Jan in Waterdown says:

    No problemo! And, btw, “Happy St David’s Day!” to any Welsh folk out there. ?

  23. Barbie says:

    I keep wondering every year….do you invite people over to watch and EAT all that wonderful food with you? Or do you just have a nice evening on your own??? Silly question I know but just sayin….that is A LOT of food for just one gal! LOL

  24. Heather J Tebbutt says:

    I was wondering about those odd e-mails…thanks for the explanation.

    I was cleaning my front yard on Sunday afternoon as well…perfect day! Now we are having another snow storm…

    I don’t have cable so watched part of the Oscars on a news channel through youtube… I agree with you Karen re: Heidi Klum’s dress!!! Those statuettes are awesome…are they made of chrome? It would be interesting to know their history… Store window display or theatre…

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