Let’s Spike a Watermelon!

I recently went camping with some of my family at Mt Madonna in California. I’ll have another post with more details and photos, but first I’d thought we’d start with a camping essential; rum spiked Watermelon!

You can spike a watermelon with pretty much any liquor you like, but all the ones I’ve had used some sort of rum. I’ve had them with Malibu and Sailor Jerry’s, but this time I opted for Bacardi Dragon Berry (dragon-fruit and strawberry flavored). I’d thought about using tequila and midori to make it a great big watermelon margarita, but the store I was shopping at didn’t have midori, so I went another route.

Spiking a melon is pretty simple. All you need is a melon, a knife, a spoon, some skewers, and booze.

Start by cut a circular hole in the rind and pulling out the ‘plug’.

Use a small spoon (I used a teaspoon) to scope out some flesh. One or two spoonfuls will do, you’re just making a spot to pour the booze in.

Next grab some skewers of any type. I used bamboo because they’re what I had handy. Take a skewer and puncture the flesh at multiple angles. You’re making channels for the booze to flow through the melon. Just don’t go so overboard that it turns into pulp, or you won’t be able to slice it. (You can go crazy and then just slice the melon in half and hand out spoons, it’s up to you.) The pics I has of this step didn’t turn out, hopefully you get the jist anyway.

Now it’s time to pour in the party! Pour in your liquor of choice a bit at a time. You want to give it time to flow through the channels and start to sink in. My melon was small so it held about half a cup of rum. The bigger the melon, the more you can pour in.

Once it has reached capacity, replace the plug and let it hang out in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.

Then you’re ready to slice it up and enjoy!


Hope this post was fun (and informative!). Next up should be a life update covering camping, and a bit of a product rant. I did a tour of our yard, but our peach tree fell over today and made me sad. So I either need to refilm, or add on a newer clip. It’s really bumming me out though. Poor tree.

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On the radar

Here’s another post to let readers know what is going on as well as what is coming up.

Two reasonably big changes are coming up.

The first mostly effects myself. I have a new camcorder and a copy of Adobe Premiere Elements editing software. So the majority of my videos won’t be filmed on my iPad or edited in iMovie any more. I’m in the process of learning how to use both the camera and the software, so it’s a little slow going. For one thing I can’t edit from bed anymore, it’s all the the PC which feel, odd to me since I’ve been using my iPad for almost all non-work related internet stuff. Browsing, posting, and shopping don’t require a desktop. I’ve also been on a much needed vacation for most of last week, and didn’t have a desktop to work on. My plan is to either watch some tutorials and/or buy a dummies book about premiere. I have a bunch of stuff I’ve filmed with the new camera, so I can practice and hopefully have new content available soon.

The second change is that I’m going to be adding a separate blog and YouTube channel focusing on Bath and Beauty posts. I think I want to keep Jolisblog as more of a personal blog, and have a separate place for all the girly stuff. I could just tag different post different ways but I think it will be simpler for me to separate them, and it won’t isolate reader who come for the random and don’t really want to know what kind of makeup I’ve bought recently. I’ll still link back and forth between the blogs, but it will make it easier for readers to choose the content they want to see.

I have one post filmed for the new channel already. It needs editing (see the first paragraph), and I want the first official post to be an introductory one. Sorry to be so vague but I have something cute planned as a bit of a twist for the beauty channel, and I don’t want to spoil it.

Ideally, once I get the hang of everything, I want to do one post a week and alternate between blogs. It’s possible that this blog might get more text posts vs videos so I can have a little more variety. Life updates are fun, but I’d love to do more of the nostalgia based ones like my childhood horse obsession post.

So, that’s what you have to look forward to. Yay!

(I never know how to do sign offs for posts or videos, it always seems to come out awkward.)

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TM-I Give Up

I finally gave up on editing my tmi tag video. I just could not get it under the time limit and still have it be interesting. So instead, I chopped it up into the most random/silly parts.

Here is the video. I’ll be answering the questions in text format just below it.


1: What are you wearing? Pjs -blue shorts, orange top
2: Ever been in love? Yes
3: Ever had a terrible breakup? Terrible, no. Incredibly stupid, yes.
4: How tall are you? 5’9
5: How much do you weigh? 254
6: Any tattoos? Sort of. I have a dot of ink under my skin on my finger from where I stabbed myself with a dirty pen nib in art class.
7: Any piercings? No
8: OTP? Your mom and your dad. Seriously though, I don’t think that much about it. I tend to spend more time disliking fictional couples, than dreaming of them getting together.
9: Favorite show? Of all time? Uh…. That 70’s Show probably.
10: Favorite bands? Owl City, Social Distortion, Foo Fighters, Fitz and the a Tantrums, American Authors
11: Something you miss? Sleeping in on the weekends without being woken up every fifteen minutes by kids running in the halls, or screaming, or whining.
12: Favorite song? Steal my Sunshine -Len
13: How old are you? 33
14: Zodiac sign? Aries
15: Quality you look for in a partner? Someone I can be my incredibly weird, innapropriate and immature self around
16: Favorite Quote? “Life is like a butt, it has smooth parts, but it can fart.”
17: Favorite actor? Staypuft Marshmallow Man
18: Favorite color? Teal
19: Loud music or soft? Usually loud
20: Where do you go when you’re sad? Anywhere I can be by myself, or out for a walk to clear out the brain fuzz
21: How long does it take you to shower? Too long
22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? Even longer (hour and a half, two hours if I’m getting the kids up too)
23: Ever been in a physical fight? Not a serious one
24: Turn on? Ask my husband
25: Turn off? Dog farts
26: The reason I joined Youtube? I like attention. I also am on a mission to stop giving a $/-& what people think of me, and putting myself out there is part of that. I’m loud, I’m odd, I go on huge tangents, and I’m a bit socially awkward. It’s also an excuse to play with makeup. Which in turn gives me an excuse to buy it.

27: Fears? Needles/injections, Fish touching me, Frank
28: Last thing that made you cry? Probably something to do with my Dad
29: Last time you said you loved someone? Multiples times to my husband and kids today
30: Meaning behind your YouTube Name? I’m Joli, I have a blog. (And am not very creative. Actually I’ve always hated coming up with names for things. Half the time you don’t know if it feels right until you’ve already committed to it.)
31: Last book you read? Zoology
32: The book you’re currently reading? Allegiant (Divergent book 3)
33: Last show you watched? Hockey
34: Last person you talked to? Russ
35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted? We’re married
36: Favorite food? Varies depending on my mood
37: Place you want to visit? Australia/New Zealand. I also want to take a trip to Philly when the Flyers and Bruins are playing each other because I’ve heard it’s the most obnoxious crowd in the NHL, and that sounds extremely entertaining.
38: Last place you were? The bath tub
39: Do you have a crush? I’m not 13
40: Last time you kissed someone? I just kissed my daughter goodnight
41: Last time you were insulted? To my face? I dunno. I get butthurt over things I think people mean all the time though.
42: Favorite flavor of sweet? Violet
43: What instruments do you play?? I played Flute for two years in HS, sang in choir for four, did one year of jazz choir, and rock out in the shower all the time.
44: Favorite piece of jewelery? I’m not a jewelry person. I don’t even wear my wedding ring because it feels weird.
45: Last sport you played? Air Hockey. No really, I can’t play sports due to a tailbone injury. I walk all the time though.
46: Last song you sang? Bits of “Let it Go” with Maddie.
47: Favorite chat up line? Just watch the video
48: Have you ever used it? No
49: Last time you hung out with anyone? Tuesday night was the end of tax season office part at a high end steak house. Alcohol was consumed.

And then this happened: Image

Whatever, they shouldn’t serve cotton candy and still expect people to act like adults.

50: Who should answer these questions next? Anyone bored enough to do so!

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It’s Over!!!

Tax season has finally come to a close. Now my husband and I can start being normal people again. With time for things like hobbies, and playing with the kids more.

And YouTube!

So have so e chatter about what’s coming up next. Here’s a hint, actual posts will be coming up next. Be suitable excited.

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It’s been a month, maybe more, since I’ve been here. So let’s cover all the excuses.

  • I work in a tax office and it’s crazy.
  • Which means I don’t have days off at home to film.
  • My back injury keeps flaring up.
  • When my back hurts, my sleep suffers.
  • When my sleep suffers, I lose my ability to focus.
  • As well as my ability to not be cranky all the time.
  • I keep getting into home projects, mostly to try and keep the girls happy when I have them home on the weekends.
  • Funny story, I tend to overdo it when I’m in project mode. So then my back flares more.
  • I am determined to finish my older daughters blanket that I started over a year ago.

All that. My brain is becoming more and more fried as the season stretches on. It is what it is. I stress out on everyone else’s behalf as well. I need to stop doing that. Of course as soon as the 15th is over I have to launch right into Easter stuff. I do these cookies for the various holidays, so that has to happen. I think the Peep cake, as awesome as it is, is pretty much out because I can’t deal with it. 

Next week I take Bre to a hockey game, and playoffs will start right after as well. Which is all supposed to fun, but right now it’s one more thing on the calendar. It will be fun. So long as I don’t think about it too much in advance. 

As many projects as I try to do, there are always 50 more and it seems like every one started leads to another or adds to another. Which makes me stressed because I just want my house to work already. 

I have a vlog I filmed a month ago but haven’t had the energy to edit it. 

Oh, and it’s my birthday on Saturday! I will be chasing the girls around, possibly while work is being done in the house. Woo.

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As random as it gets.

I was playing with hair rollers and accidentally turned myself into a Greaser. It happens. ::shrug::

So of course that meant I had to film!

Plus, it was a good lead into the Blooper edits from the previous video. Yes. That’s the reason. We’ll stick with that.

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Three weeks late, and another awesome freeze frame

You know that video I keep swearing in my other videos is coming up? This is that video. I just realized I needed to edit one more spot because I said the wrong number, but sence it’s already uploaded, I’m going to pretend its a game.


No prize, just the satisfaction of a job well done. Enjoy.

Oh, and Disney on ice clips at the end.

(I’ve actually already edited the next video after this one, but I’ve learned my lesson about making promises.)

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