Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Christianity
Never do to others what you would not like them to do to you. Confucianism
This is the sum of all duty: do nothing to others which, if it were done to you, would cause you pain. Hinduism
None of you is a believer until you love for your neighbor what you love for yourself. Islamic
What is hateful to you, do not do to others. Judaism
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
The weather has been so lovely the past few days in my neck of the woods, and at long last our garden is beginning to come to life!!
Happy Friday and Happy Spring!!!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
1. Assess the clutter. Start by creating three categories: keep, donate, and toss. As I go through the items, I assign each one to a category. If we rarely use a piece, it’s a good candidate for the donate or toss pile.
2. Donate or toss. Contact local charities and arrange for a pickup of items to be donated; put the toss items out with the trash or recycling.
3. Edit the keep pile. Sort the items we're keeping into new categories, such as sporting equipment, power tools, etc. Assign each category a defined location.
4. Label items. Give anything that is not plainly identifiable a clear label.
5. I only use plastic storage boxes. Cardboard boxes, no matter how strong, bend and dent with frequent use and eventually succumb to dampness. Waterproof plastic containers protect their contents better, seal tighter, and are easy to carry or shift around on shelves.
P.S. Love you sweetie - and I did not call you a rat. xoxo
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Corned beef doesn't get its name from the grain corn, but instead from its being preserved in brine. The brine was made using "grains", or corns, of salt, thus corned beef. And it wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day without corned beef and cabbage!
5 pounds corned brisket or beef 6 whole black peppercorns 3 carrots, halved or quartered 3 onions, halved or quartered 1 medium-sized green cabbage, quartered
Place corned beef and peppercorns in enough water to cover meat. Cover the pot or kettle, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 hours or until tender, skimming occasionally. During the last hour, add carrots and onions and cover again. During the last 15 minutes, add cabbage. Transfer meat and vegetables to a platter. Some folks like to brush a tad of melted butter over the vegetables, but we'll leave that up to you. Serve with boiled potatoes, cooked separately.
Per serving (about 22oz/639g-wt.): 840 calories (510 from fat), 56g total fat, 18g saturated fat, 58g protein, 19g total carbohydrate (6g dietary fiber, 10g sugar), 205mg cholesterol, 4670mg sodium
Monday, March 16, 2009
1. On waxed paper, use a paintbrush to coat both sides of a cotton swatch with liquid starch. Let it dry. Iron the fabric to flatten it (I skipped this step).
2. Photocopy shamrock templates to desired sizes. Cut them out, and trace them on fabric; then cut out fabric shamrocks. Crease each leaf in half lengthwise.
3. To make a stem, cut a 4-inch piece of floral wire; fold it in half, and twist it until the ends form a tiny V. Bend the V forward slightly and attach it to the back of each shamrock with a small dab of craft glue. Tie a bow around one stem or a bunch of shamrocks. Fasten to your clothing.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Wheat Berry Salad with Bacon
1 cup wheat berries
kosher salt and pepper
1/2 cup pecan halves (about 2 ounces)
6 slices bacon
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 shallots, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1. In a large saucepan, combine the wheat berries, 4 quarts water, and 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Cook until tender but still slightly chewy, about 1 hour. Drain and rinse under cold water. Transfer to a large bowl.
2. Meanwhile, heat oven to 350° F. Spread the pecans on a rimmed baking sheet and bake, tossing occasionally, until fragrant and toasted, 6 to 8 minutes. Roughly chop the nuts.
3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp, 7 to 8 minutes.
Sat Fat 3g
Thursday, March 12, 2009
The functions of fats include:
Brain – Fats compose 60% of the brain and are essential to brain function, including learning abilities, memory retention and moods.
Cells – Fatty acids help your cells stay moveable and flexible, as well as being responsible for building cell membranes.
Heart – 60% of our heart’s energy comes from burning fats. Specific fats are also used to help keep the heart beating in a regular rhythm.
Nerves – Fats compose the material that insulates and protects the nerves, isolating electrical impulses and speeding their transmission.
Lungs – Lung surfactant, which requires a high concentration of saturated fats, enables the lungs to work and keeps them from collapsing.
Digestion – Fats in a meal slow down the digestion process so the body has more time to absorb nutrients, and help provide a constant level of energy and keeps the body satiated for longer periods of time. Fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) can only be absorbed if fat is present.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I have just begun re-modeling my two girls room. It use to be our spare room before we expanded our family and it's time for an update. We are going with Fairest Pink paint from Benjamin Moore for the walls - with white trim and ceiling. Our "inspiration room" is the Annie Cat Room from Pottery Barn Kids (with pink walls instead of lavender). I am even going to attempt the stencils seen above the bed. My oldest daughter already has a white head and foot board so I will hunt for a second one at my favorite used furniture stores and yard sales. If I can't find one in white I'll just slap a coat of white paint on it. The Olivia Bed at Pottery Barn is used just as a reference for style - as I would never pay $800.00 for a twin bed frame no matter how pretty it was!! I do think the White Ella Chandelier isn't a bad price though - at $129.00.
I can't wait to get started and my girls are jumping up and down!!