This is just a corner of my spice drawer, and I definitely don’t replace them every 6 months!

Today is Friday, April 15, and not only is it traditional income tax day for the U.S., but April 15 is the birthday of two of my sisters and one of my best friends.  Happy Birthday to Susan, Val, and Vida!  Friday is also the day when I sometimes share fun things I’ve been finding on the internet, and lately I’ve found so many fun things that I’m overdue to share a few of them.

Fun Thing #1:  Ignore the Advice About Replacing Spices

If you read cookbooks, food magazines, or food blogs, I’m sure you’ve seen well-meaning “experts” talk about how spices lose potency and it’s important to replace them every six months or so.  I’ve never been that good at replacing spices regularly, so I loved On Spice Fade, and The Utter Insanity of Throwing Away Spices After Six Months from Daniel at Casual Kitchen.  Go read it, and let us know what you think in the comments.  (Via Top Ten Links of the Week at Cheap Healthy Good.)
Fun Thing #2:  Recipe Writing Cheat Sheet
Whether you’re a food blogger or just a home cook who’s sharing recipes with friends, I bet you’ll learn something from this Recipe Writing Cheat Sheet created by food blogger and cookbook editor Justin from Just Cook NYC.  (And I was relieved that I seem to be mostly doing it correctly, thanks Justin!)
Fun (or Informative) Thing #3:  Is Sugar Toxic?
I don’t eat much sugar, but whenever I do eat something with sugar I notice that right away I want to eat more sugar.  For me that’s a pretty good reason to try to avoid it.  If you struggle with sugar or just want more incentive to avoid the empty calories, you need to read Is Sugar Toxic from The New York Times.
Fun Thing #4:  When Harry Met Sally 2 from Roger Ebert
I think Roger Ebert is one of the most interesting people on Twitter, and he recently shared a link to this video about When Harry Met Sally 2 with Billy Crystal and Helen Mirren.  This is hilarious; go watch it and see how current-day filmmakers make “just a few” changes in the sequel.
Fun Thing #5:  OCD Cutting Board
I have a neighbor who accuses me of having Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder because of the way I like things in my house and yard arranged just so, so maybe that’s why this OCD Cutting Board appeals to me so much!  (From BoingBoing.)
Now it’s your turn to share!  I know I’m not the only one who wastes time clicking around on the web, so what fun things have you seen this week?  Please share in the comments and let us in on the fun!    If you need just a little more Friday Fun, you can use the label for Five Fun Things on Friday to see fun things I’ve shared on other Fridays!

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