Saturday, December 26, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Wow, did I have a great weekend. Once again, there are just not enough hours in the day nor days in the weekend, even a three day weekend! We all went to Gearheart, OR to go clamming. Those Hominids were practically jumping into our buckets. What fun and good eating. The little cottages we rented were awesome to say nothing of the couple who run the place. It's called Gearheart Ocean Inn. Kathleen and Roy couldn't have been nicer and more welcoming. We spent our first evening with them and many of their friends at a huge bonfire on the beach. Lots of fun and wine, unfortunately it didn't make getting up early the next morning to dig clams any easier. Monday, however, was a total blessing. After sleeping in, the sun woke us up and just as we were pouring our first cup of coffee, got a call....get your buckets and guns an come down to the beach, there're clams all over. 1.5 hours later, another 3 limits. Yummers!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Why do we always take sides? How come I almost always see shades of gray where others clearly see black or white? Surely we have been around the block enough times to know that there are two sides to every story. We have more in common with our neighbors, co-workers, fellow citizens of the world, than not.
Jeremy Courtney moved to Iraq to work for an aid organization. After seeing countless children suffer from congenital heart disease in a country that cannot provide the necessary surgery, he started an organization to raise money to send the kids to America and fix the broken hearts. One way he raises money for this project is by selling shoes made by Kurdish families. What's so special about the shoes? Check out this website and see how Jeremy demonstrates his refusal to take sides. They even sell shoes for those of us with two left feet!
It takes effort and practice. Try being right without making others wrong.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Here's the best recipe I've found.
The Irish Coffee
Originally prepared by Joe Sheridan at Foynes “flying boat" terminal in Dublin , commonly known now as Shannon Airport . Joe and his Irish coffee later found a home at the end of the Hyde Street cable car line on San Francisco 's waterfront at the Buena Vista Cafe.
Never use canned cream in an Irish Coffee. Whip your own cream without sugar by placing a stainless steel bowl or pitcher in the fridge until it is very cold . Start with very cold heavy cream and whisk or whip to just under stiff so the cream has no bubbles and will still pour slowly. Always sweeten the coffee using brown sugar or brown sugar syrup. Finally don't drown the drink in coffee, about 4 ounces is all you need. Try to find the classic stemmed Irish Coffee glasses, because of their size they will force you to use the right amount of coffee. Those are the tricks we use in the business to make drinks bartender proof
1 1/2 oz. Jamesons Irish Whiskey
1 oz. Brown Sugar Syrup
Lightly Whipped Unsweetened Cream
Combine Whiskey, coffee and syrup in an Irish coffee glass. Ladle one inch of cream on top.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Quick Baby Garlic Dills by the Quart
This recipe yields one quart, so you can multiply if you want to (no more than 7 times per batch though). It's designed for home gardeners that pick and pickle in the same day.
I have found that Asian markets tend to have pickling cukes when other stores do not....of course, I live in Oregon.
1 quart pickling cucumbers: thoroughly washed, blossom end gently scrubbed off (this maintains a crispy pickle)
2 fresh dill heads or you could use 2 T dill seed if you really had to
1-2 fresh hot chilies, halved
2 or more garlic cloves
1 bay leaf
2 t pickling salt (no iodine!)
1 cup distilled white vinegar
Wash jars and keep hot until needed. Prepare lids as manufacturer recommends.
Pack the hot jars with cucumbers, then fill with the rest of the dry ingredients. Pour one cup vinegar into quart jar. (If you're making 2 pint jars, use 1/2cup per jar..duh, but that's what the recipe says) Now, fill the jar with boiling water so there is ½ inch of space at the top of the jar. Wipe jar rim with a clean cloth and attach lid.
Process by placing jar(s) in a canner filled halfway with warm water. Then add hot water to a level 1 inch higher than jar(s). Heat the water to 180-185 and maintain this temperature for 30 minutes.
You just made yourself some pickles!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
So sorry to let my anguish at another snow day go against my innate optimism. I was also vaguely rude to a customer no service agent. I apologize to her also. Well, I never said I was perfect.
We had snow again today, but I didn't let it alter my habits at all. Going to work was sort of a race against the freezing rain that I'm not sure ever came. No windows in my squirrel cage.
Here's a photo of my happy place.
I've got my new Wii fit out of the box and have been looking at all the options. I am just amazed at the technology that is out there and can't wait for more. My friends think I'm turning into a total geek. Maybe I am.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
I've just been killing a little time on the "net" and found the funniest web site. The author is James Lileks and although he's written several novels and is a columnist for several newspapers, what I really enjoyed was the book he's written about recipe books from the 40's, 50's and 60's. It's not enough that the pictures are incredibly horrible, but his commentary is hysterical. There are several different recipe books he's highjacked, but check out 10 PM Cookbook for a nice change of pace. Being a child of the 50's, I can really relate to some of these cooking trends, especially the jello molds.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I've been so busy this week that nothing exciting has really happened.
I'm looking forward to this weekend. Planning a 5 day weekend in Palm Springs to tide me over until my favorite time of year. Spring!
I've been invigorated by the inauguration. If only we'd paid this much attention to our government 8 years ago. All the good energy coming out of this election just emphasizes the fact that we have to experience the bad to appreciate the good.
Hail to the Chief!!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Last night I had people over for dinner and about 30 minutes prior to expected arrival, we lost power! Never fear, all those candles I've gotten as gifts, bought because they smell so good or just happened to have, were pulled into use. There really isn't anything nicer or more calming then candlelight. Since I cook with gas, dinner was not a problem and after about and hour and a half, the power came back on. It was kind of sad to have to blow the candles out. I actually left a few burning. Something like a power outage sure makes you appreciate what we have. Imagine having to read, do homework, or even wash the dishes with out light or electricity.
I think I'm getting a battery powered lantern for my birthday.............
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Apparently, adding liquid dish detergent to warm water, then pouring it over your iced walkway, porch steps and/or driveway, will melt the ice then keep it from refreezing. Homemade de-icer.
Not only have I slightly decreased my mental aging process by learning something new, but now I won't fall and break an aging hip.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled,
public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be
tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be
curtailed, lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work,
instead of living on public assistance." Cicero - 55 BC
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
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