Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I'll Have a Carrot On a Stick For Something On a Stick Day?

Today has been proclaimed Something On A Stick Day! As a matter of fact, I can even prove it:) You see this book cover down here? If you click it, you will be taken to Favor Affairs a Party Favor site that is offering a free download of recipes and ideas on how to celebrate Something On a Stick Day.

Not only that, the ebook of 17 pages, also offers their theory as to why Something On A Stick Day should be celebrated by one and all. While not being a YouTube type gal, if it weren't for the book, I would not have found this Minnesota State Fair On A Stick video. Who knew???

Two Carrots and a Metaphor

Take a look at this. It's a Carrot and A Stick.

source wikipedia

Stay with me here and take a look at this. It's a Carrot on a Stick.

source wikipedia

Both these shots define an idiom. Or as Mr. Jacobson suggests, the words you may one day have to eat.

An idiom is a phrase where the words together have a meaning that is different from the dictionary definitions of the individual words. Often an idiom, such as "under the weather," does not seem to make sense if taken literally. Someone unfamiliar with English idioms would probably not understand that to be "under the weather" is to be sick.

There are lots of Food Idioms. Do you have a favorite? I sure do. I've just made it up. Its name is Interest with a P and it's my carrot stick idiom!

Carrot and Stick: Originally a device designed to impel horses and mules forward by fastening a stick to the animal's neck and dangling a carrot from it, just beyond grasping distance of the mouth. Figuratively, any reward promised but withheld for unreasonable periods of time or withdrawn altogether, a tantalization. The term has undergone a change of interpretation over the years and now is widely understood to express the alternatives of reward (the carrot) or punishment (the stick).

You, however, may, or may not know it as Follow Me on Pinterest

"Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests."(About Pinterest)

This is my Pinterest "board" for Something On A Stick Day. Click it if you dare for you too may become the rabbit chasing the proverbial carrot on a stick.

Hoppin' around Pinterest has become one of my favorite past times. Oh, okay, I'll admit it, but only to you, I'm obsessed! During my moments of chasing the carrot, I've learned a thing or two about the virtual bulletin board. Time to Let the Cat Out of the Bag.

1. Pinterest is not without its own issues. I call it the copyright stick. Others might say "The Jury is Still Out" or undecided. It is certainly something to consider before getting enticed. The thing is, I was captured by Pinterest viewers long before I had a clue. And, as I said the other day, you may be too. I certainly understand and respect the copyright issues especially for those who need to learn how to Protect Copyrighted Works on Pinterest.

2. If you should decide to "Dip Your Toes in the Water," you might want to review this Guide to Proper Pintiquette. One of the issues with those questioning the copyright stick is pinning or repinning without the proper link back to the source. I relate it to my resource section where I try to include the sources of information that I blog about. And, it sometimes gets frustrating to track down the original source if the pin winds up in never never land somewhere. It may take a few extra moments, but dig right down to the original link. Most times, you just need to click on the title of the post or article and pin it at the place where it is written. For instance, if you were to Pin the post I did for Black Forest Cake Day, you would link to the complete post URL which is http://monthsofediblecelebrations.blogspot.com/2010/03/black-forest-cake-day-mix-up.html and NOT to http://monthsofediblecelebrations.blogspot.com. Dollars for Doughnuts it won't get the would-be Repinner to Black Forest Cake Day, which by the way happens to be today:)

3. There is a line for a description when you Pin or Repin. Use it wisely. I can't tell you how many times I've seen words like Gotta Try This "Yum" or "This Sounds Good" as the depiction. What, what, what??? I've gotten into the habit of highlighting the words I want to include in the description on the site of where the Pin is coming from. Or, I write the title of the post or site article. Admittedly, I do sometimes get so overwhelmed by the excitement of finding the perfect Pin and forget but, I usually go back to my boards to make sure things are in Apple Pie Order:)

4. Information for Bloggers and People Who Use Pinterest is an excellent article by Amy of Living Locurto, "a top craft and party blog with great resource for moms." She has good advice posted and since she also has over 12,000 followers on Pinterest, she may know a thing or two:)

5. Pigs Get Fat, Hogs Get Slaughtered:) P-Tailing: Pinterest Tips for eTailers

6. 10 Things Pinterest Should Do Right Now

7. Seven New Ways To Use Pinterest is another excellent article that I found quite helpful. If you have a Facebook account, which I don't, you really should give The Hyper House a visit.

If you do decide to "Jump On the Bandwagon," please be sure and visit me on Pinterest. Louise:)

25 Nibbles:

yummychunklet said...

Those ice pops look so cool and refreshing right now!

Rita said...

Something on a Stick! Someone had to come up with original idea; too many idioms to start naming them. I am also kind of hooked on Pinterest and following you. Great post Louise.

SissySees said...

LOL... reminds me of one of those... choreographed clapping things young kids do... "apples on a stick just make me sick/make my heart go 246..."

But for the record? The Knight loves a carmel apple on a stick.

lena said...

hi louise, i'm quite bad at eng idioms and i just learnt a new eng idiom here today..'under the weather'. So much on a stick ideas on your board!did i tell you that i'm not pinterest yet..but will chk on yours later.

~~louise~~ said...

They sure do, Yummy!

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks for following me on Pinterest, Rita. I'm more than hooked!

~~louise~~ said...

I can't say I've ever heard that one, Channon. But, I do like it. The Knight can have all my servings of Apple On Sticks. I never liked them even as a kid:)

~~louise~~ said...

I'm not so great at English idioms either, Lena. They are so much a part of my speech, to me they are normal everyday expressions:)

You may not be on Pinterest, Lena but some of your awesome recipes are! Here's the link to "your" Pinterest!

Barbara said...

I was working between my iPad and desk top and accidentally deleted all my older post photos. (Don't ask) It's too big a job to replace them all, but slowly I'm doing some. Later today I'll try to find the cherry in a jar photo, put it back on the post and will let you know.
I'm on Pinterest and love it!

Barbara said...

OK Louise, the cherry pie jars are back on the post. http://moveablefeastscookbook.blogspot.com/2011/06/picnic-game-cherry-bars-in-jar.html

artofnaturalliving.com said...

Well I guess there really is a day for everything! I always dig back to the source when I repin a recipe or project because it helps me decide if it's something I might actually try in the future. But it does cut back that pinning speed!

Blond Duck said...

I love stuff on a stick!

Reeni said...

I love pinterest and food on a stick too! Following all of your delicious boards now.

Choc Chip Uru said...

Love stuff on sticks - lollipops, fairy floss, corn fritters, corn on cobs, ice creams/icy poles - the list never ends :D
Oh and I forgot caramel apples!
Great post dedicated to teh cause!

Choc Chip Uru

Choc Chip Uru said...

This something on a stick day is awesome! All the best are on it - corn on cob, fairy floss, lollpops, ice creams/icy poles, caramel apples - need I go on :D
What a great contribution to the day!

Choc Chip Uru

Lizzy said...

Who knew there was a something on a stick day??? I'll have to get something made so I can celebrate next year :)

~~louise~~ said...

Indeed there is, Inger. Take today for instance, it's Peanut Butter & Jelly Day!!! Pinning Speed, lol... I'm a wanderer:)

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Barbara! It worked great! You've been pinned!!!

~~louise~~ said...

Why does that not surprise me, Duckie!!!

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~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Choc! It was fun t do too!!!

~~louise~~ said...

I've got a whole board on Pinterest devoted to it, Lizzy. Imagine the possibilities!!! Next year it is!!!

OysterCulture said...

I have to watch pinterest, I could get seriously hooked.

The Minnesota state fair is legendary for its food on a stick, actually, I think most state fairs are known for that. Interesting insights as always.

~~louise~~ said...

Too late for me, LouAnn! Foods on Sticks and State Fairs, what a marriage!

Unknown said...

Too late for me too unfortunately!! Great post though. Yorkshire Boilers