Saturday, January 31, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I love this window decorating idea from Martha Stewart.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
- 2 1/2 Cups Self-Rising Flour
- 2 tsp Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 Cup shortening
- 1 Cup Nonfat Yogurt
In a crock pot place the following ingredients in this order:
- 16 oz. dried split peas
- 2 small smoked ham hocks (optional - for those of you who want it)
- 4 medium sized carrots, peeled and chopped
- 3 celery ribs, chopped (with leaves intact)
- 1 celery heart (take it out of the center of the bunch, this is yellowish colored and full of leaves = full of flavor) chopped
- 1/2 Cup chopped onion (sometimes I use leeks or green onion if I have them on hand)
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced (you can add less if you want, but why would you?)
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 2 tsp. Seasoning Salt (or less, to taste)
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 tsp dried parsley - if you have fresh, use 1 1/2 tsp.
- 1 1/2 Quarts (6 cups) of hot water - if you make this soup vegetarian, use half broth, half water.
Cover your crock pot and walk away.
Cook in low 8-10 hours or high 4-6 hours until peas are soft. You can mash the peas up if you want, but I just leave mine (why dirty more tools, right?). If you are making this with the ham hocks, remove them and remove the meat from the bone and add to the soup before serving.
Serves 4-8 depending on if you are making it a meal or a side.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
This past week I got the following:
- 2 crowns of broccoli
- 1 head of cabbage
- 1 bunch of carrots
- 1 butternut squash*
- 1 bunch of curly kale
- 1 bag of mixed braising greens
- 1 bag of baby spinach
- 3 lemons
- 2 large juicing oranges
- 8 tangelos
- 1 grapefruit
*OK, so I have to tell you that when I brought the box home and placed it on my counter I opened it and the butternut was laying on top and I looked at it and literally went "oh, sorry!" and closed the box. This butternut is the largest most phallic looking thing I have ever seen. It doesn't stop there. When I finally gathered myself, I opened the box again, first with a peak and then all the way. I carefully lifted the butternut out of the box and noticed there was some dirt and it needed to be washed. I placed it in the sink, rinsed it off and grabbed a towel. Well, the drying off of this thing made me feel like I was doing something I shouldn't have been with a butternut so I closed the blinds so the neighbors couldn't see into the kitchen. I am telling you, I couldn't even take a photo of it to show you all. Today may be it's last day though, it may be roasted for dinner or made into soup.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Happy Birthday dear Lord Byron. If you can hear me from beyond the grave, please send a love note my way when you get a chance and I will send one in return.
There is pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne'er express, yet cannot all conceal
- Lord Byron
For those of you who know me, I think Lord Byron and I have something in common because I love to laugh, make people laugh and think laughing can add years to your life.
Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine. - Lord Byron
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I don't know about any of you, but I have never felt more patriotic in my life. Today a new leaf was turned over and I believe a new beginning has begun.
I love that Obama said "we" more than "I" in his speech!
"We will walk as one"
"Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America."
Obama is in the house and I feel fine!
Monday, January 19, 2009
My friend Manny and I used to sing it together here at work and he is the only other person I know that knows this song.
I am working for a couple hours (we are never closed) and then off to the celebration at the Civic Center. BART is even offering free flash passes to get to the event, they are pretty cool:
This week is going to be pretty exciting, with Martin Luther King Jr. Monday and Inaguration on Tuesday (which we are airing live at work). Change is upon us and it is very inspiring.
I will not post the "I Have a Dream" speech like I have in the past. But instead will post some of my favorite quotes.
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom. -Martin Luther King, Jr.
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people. - Martin Luther King Jr.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. - Martin Luther King Jr.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
For those of you in the Bay Area, can you believe this weather? It is delicious, and a reminder of why I live here. Check it out!
Have a great Tuesday!
Sunday, January 04, 2009
My Dream Desk Drawer (honestly, I am going to try and copy this)
My Real Desk Drawer (so embarrassing, but maybe that will make me organize it better - I am a Magpie, collector of "things", it is hard for me...I am serious. I will give it a shot, but if it doesn't feel good, I am back to my old ways. I will keep you all updated on my progress. Keep in mind, this is INSIDE the desk where no one can really see except me. Most importantly, I know where everything is.). Now, be honest, doesn't the drawer below look a lot more fun?