Friday, November 11, 2016

Buster the Dog, Water, Juicy Turkey, Bowling,

Apparently, in the UK, there are lots of ads using Buster the dog (actually a boxer called Biff) and this is their latest Christmas ad which I thought was so great I had to share.

Sort funny this morning (Thursday) I was sitting here using the computer, adding the clip above, messing with banking, etc. and hearing some drilling or something upstairs which I knew was nothing to do with the construction workers. It was around 8:55 and I thought, maybe it's the plumber, oh sh*t, the water is being turned off at 9. You have never seen Matt and I move so fast. We dashed into our two bathrooms: cleaned teeth, took showers, I even dared wash my hair although I had visions of being caught with shampoo and not being able to rinse it. I then dashed into the kitchen and made coffee plus filling up a large pan with water. We made it, phew.

I just came across a Justin Chapple Mad Genius tip for keeping turkey flavourful and juicy I couldn't get the video but the link is here. I thought it was an excellent idea.

Bowling again Thursday afternoon and my husband was still bowling up a storm. He'd better be doing that on Monday!!! I couldn't bowl worth a damn once again, not sure what is the matter with me. I seem to have got worse since my really bad bout with bursitis. Oh well, here's hoping I improve. At the bowling alley I dropped my tablet on the floor. Now it is reluctant to rotate the picture on the screen. If you have it on landscape that's where it wants to stay no matter how much you turn it. I have 3 Avon cheques to deposit and I am hoping I can do so with the tablet otherwise it means traipsing to the bank. Keep your fingers crossed for me pleased. Wonder what it would cost to repair?

Putting apples in a salad is not particularly unusual, but roasted apples ... maybe. Grapes are good in salads too.

Roasted Apple and Cheddar Salad

Roasted apples and Cheddar cheese turn an ordinary mixed green salad into something extra-special. You can use pears for this recipe as well.

3 Tbs red-wine vinegar
2 Tbs apple juice
1 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbs honey
2 Tbs Dijon mustard
1/8 tsp salt
2 apples, preferably Fuji, peeled and cut into wedges
2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon
4 sprigs fresh thyme, or 1/4 teaspoon dried
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
3 cups baby spinach, or torn spinach leaves
3 cups Boston lettuce, torn
3 cups curly endive, torn
2/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
freshly ground pepper, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. To prepare dressing: Whisk vinegar, apple juice, 1 tablespoon oil, honey, mustard, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

3. To roast apples & prepare salad: Toss apples with 2 teaspoons oil and thyme in a medium bowl; spread evenly on a baking sheet. Roast, turning once or twice, until the apples are soft and golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Discard fresh thyme, if using. Let cool.

4. While the apples are roasting, toast walnuts in a small baking pan until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Let cool.

5. Just before serving, combine spinach, lettuce and endive in a large bowl; toss gently to mix. Divide the greens among 6 plates, drizzle with dressing and top with cheese, roasted apples and walnuts. Serve immediately.

Servings: 6

Source: WebMD Recipe from

Have a great day


  1. Hi Jo - well I'm glad the water didn't get turned off mid way through ... love the idea of the salad and I have some apples that need eating ... could do this and use as a 'veg' and as a salad ...

    Great John Lewis video ... some kid made one ... which seems to have hit the high spot - not sure what, why or how ... but he's obviously a great talent ... and it wasn't commissioned ...

    Cheers Hilary

    1. So were both of us Hilary.

      I see people are complaining because Santa wasn't making the trampoline.

  2. Thanks for the video. If all commercials were like that, I wouldn't DVR everything ad fast forward through commercials. That cheesecloth idea could be used with any method. My favorite way to do turkey is with a buttermilk brine for 24 hours before cooking. Sorry to hear your bursitis messed up your bowling. I know how much you love it.

    1. It was cute wasn't it Denise? I have brined a turkey before now but not with buttermilk.

      Gotta blame something.

  3. Cute commercial. Buster just wanted to get in on the fun.

    1. He sure did. I loved all those animals using the trampoline Alex.

  4. You were so lucky to get all that water use in so quickly! Phew! How long was it off? That commercial was so, so adorable.

    1. Until about noon JoJo, we just got our clean up in in time. People complained because it showed dad making the trampoline and not Santa.

  5. Lucky you remembered about the water. What a great commercial. I loved the little animals and Buster. Talk about spreading joy. It brought tears to my eyes!

    1. It was lucky Pinker. It is great I agree.

  6. I love that ad and wish that could happen. I love it! Glad you got your hair washed. When I was a teenager, I was in mid shampoo when our water pipe got damaged(renovations). I had to walk with soapy hair to the neighbours to get it cleaned.

    1. Great ad isn't it. That is just what I expected to happen to us Birgit, so glad it didn't.


  7. Love that ad and the salad sounds delicious. I'll be trying that.

    1. Everyone seems to have enjoyed it Helen. Hope you enjoy the salad.