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Friday Five #6

Friday Five at Fat-Bottom-Fifties Get FierceFriday Five is a random assortment of tips, thoughts or ideas. They may be connected, they may not. But they will be brief and leave you either informed, entertained, or with a smile on your face. On a good day we’ll hit all three!

1. There’s a word for that? According to Reader’s Digest,TARTLE” is a Scottish word that is used to describe that hesitation that occurs while introducing someone because you’ve forgotten their name. I’ve been tartling for years and didn’t know what to call it. Oh my gosh, I’m a TARTLER!

2. Your best self-photo. (I loathe the term ‘selfie’ and only use it here to let you know why I’m not using it). Weight Watcher’s Magazine offers these two self-photo tips: (1) Tilt your head down about 30 degrees before the photo is taken – they quoted a study that indicated this angle made the face look thinner than staring straight into the camera. (2) When you smile, touch the roof of your mouth with your tongue to tighten facial muscles.

Courtesy of cafepress.com
Courtesy of cafepress.com

3.  Favorite product. While I do enjoy an occasional soda, my go-to beverage is ‘flavored’ seltzer or sparkling water. No sodium (like club soda) and no artificial sweeteners (like all other diet beverages). If you like club soda with a spritz of lemon or lime, this will probably be right up your alley. Other flavors include black raspberry, peach, orange, grapefruit, berry and coconut. And the fresh colors on the cans make me smile.

Seagram's seltzerLa Croix Sparkling water

4. Best cooking tip. About a year ago I heard Rachel Ray state that whenever one cooks pasta they should scoop a cup of the pasta water out before draining it. It’s the perfect liquid if one needs to thin the sauce just a bit. Now that I’m in the habit of doing that, I even use it to rinse off the pasta if it gets a little clumpy from sitting after it’s drained – it avoids rinsing off more starch with regular water or noodles too slick for sauce to stick to when tossed with oil to de-clump.

5. And speaking of portion control . . .

Friday Five


  1. TOTALLY fun post today! Great tip with #2; #5 made me laugh; I’m willing to be there are a lot of tartlers (including me!) reading this post! 🙂

  2. “be” should be “bet”…always proofread before hitting that post button!

    1. Can’t find where you are talking about. Both M and I proofed it – more than once – sometimes things slip by no matter how careful once tries to be. Such are the woes of being imperfect! (But we’re headed toward Fierce!) – EL

  3. I love the flavored seltzer, and can I join your group of tartlers?

  4. I took a selfie once. It frightened me. I’ll not be doing that again! Thank you so much for pointing out the Seltzer water. I haven’t been able to find any flavored waters without some type of artificial sweetener in them. These will be a great alternative to diet soda.

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