Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Along with being creative, I have been blessed with organizational skills. I have had a Professional Organizing business for over 6 years and just finally joined forces with Donna, my mom. Organizing runs in the family. My mom is obviously great at organizing (or OCD) and my dad is super organized and a very systematical thinker. BUT they are both creative. Thank God! I'm not sure I could live with myself if I didn't have some creativity in my bones. If you are in the Maryland area or know someone that is, please pass my information on to them. You can go to:
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- Craft Rooms
- Computer Information
- File & Time Management – Prioritizing, focusing and delegating.
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- Paint/color consulting
- Curb Appeal & Exterior Staging
- Unpack, put away and arrange your new home
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Friday, March 26, 2010
The first two pictures were taken at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD. The first one is a little playground. I like the depth of the sky & the trees and Hannah & the playground.
Focal Length: 27mm
Shutter Speed: 1/1600
If you have the chance to go to this park, it was really nice. There is a lake with a little bit of a sandy "beach" and nice walking/hiking paths.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
- FakeTV makes it look like someone is home watching television
- The effects of scene changes, fades, swells, flicks, on-screen motion, color changes and more are faithfully reproduced, and look just like they came from a real TV
- Computer controlled, super-bright multi-color LED light output equivalent to a typical 27" HDTV LCD television
- Environmentally friendly. FakeTV consumes fifty times less power than a real TV
- AC adapter included
- Most televisions do not work with timers-- they turn on with push buttons. Burglars know this, making FakeTV very effective. If they see light from a TV, they "know" that someone must be watching it
- Built in light sensor and timer-- no external timer needed
Sunday, March 21, 2010
My husband told me about this new show that is airing a preview tonight at 10pm on ABC called Jamie Oliver's: Food Revolution. You can watch some videos online to get a better idea of what the show is about. But in short, it is about a man, Jamie Oliver, who comes over to the US to show how Americans are eating what is going to happen to the next generations of kids and generations after that if we don't stop eating the way that we are now. I try not to stay up and watch tv that late so I will catch it on March 26th at 8pm for a 2 hour special.
On the same note, there is a teacher who has decided to blog her journey of eating school lunches and blogging about what she thinks about the food that is served, like what it tastes like and looks like and how it makes her feel. That is a huge sacrifice to hopefully get her point across and get things changed. I saw some pictures of what the kids are served and it makes me thankful that Hannah is NOT in school. Yucky! If you have a chance, take a look at it. Fed Up With Lunch: the School Lunch Project.
I would love to know your thoughts... :-)
Friday, March 19, 2010
Afterward, Hannah and I went to MOM's (My Organic Market) for some groceries and she looked up at the ceiling and said, "look, that comes from the sun". She was pointing to what looked like huge lights run by flourescent, but if you looked in more detail they were sunlit "lights". You could actually see the sky through the glass. Cool! My 4 year old daughter learned something from our field trip!!
Since I was taking pictures I didn't really pay attention to everything he was saying. I looks like it was interesting, though.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Veggie Tale Pumpkin (for H)
Wild Flower Mix (For H)
Multi-Colored Daisies (for H)
Sunflowers (For H)
Sweet Corn (which a big leap for me)
Some type of flower that has Cypress in the name
and some garden soil to start our seeds. I probably needed to start this earlier, I guess. But it has been cold and I can't even think about gardening when it is in the 30's 40's.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Southern Sweet Potato Pie
2 medium-large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into equal sizes
1 Medium white potato
1/4 c soy milk (or any nondairy milk)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp oregano
1 c carrots, I used shredded but you can chop them
2 large portobello caps 1.5 c chopped mushrooms ( I super-chopped these so hopefully my hubbie won't notice :-))
1 large yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 15 oz can black beans, drained
(Optional. I added these on top for some more flavor)
1/4 avocado diced
10 black olives sliced
In a saucepan, boil the sweet potatoes in water until tender. Remove from heat and mash with soy milk. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
In a skillet (or dutch oven), saute the onions and carrots in the olive oil over medium heat for 5-7 minutes until tender. Add the garlic, saute for 1 minute until fragrant.
Add the spices and saute for 30 seconds, until fragrant.and the mushrooms and saute for another 5-7 minutes until they release their juices and begin to cook through. Add the bell pepper and beans and cook for 2 minutes more. Add more salt and pepper if necessary. Remove from heat.
If using a dutch oven, simply spread the mashed sweet potatoes on top. If using a casserole dish (8″x8″), transfer the vegetable mixture to the casserole, then spread the sweet potatoes on top.
Bake for 30 minutes, until bubbly. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Monday - Home Made Pizza (topped with some sort of veggies)
Tuesday - Veggie Burgers and Chips or Sweet Potato Fries
Wednesday - Pasta with "Meatballs" and Cauliflower & Homemade Cheese Sticks
Thursday - Twice Baked Potatoes with Extra Veggies on the side
Friday - Speedy Lentil Soup
You can find some more menu ideas here
I am getting much accomplished today...cleaning wise. But wanted to take a break to drink some hot tea and add a post of earlier this week.
The video are of pictures Hannah, Charlie and Grady riding on down to the playground and running up and down a hill. What fun!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
DAILY DROOL PEANUT BUTTER BASSET BISCUITS
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cups oatmeal
3/4 cup chunky peanut butter
1 & 3/4 cups hot water (give or take)
This is the final product. A little flour dust but it comes off. The original recipe says to keep the treats in the oven, turn it off and leave it over night. But I don't have that kind of patience. And I am not looking for it either. Make sure they are a little toasty brown.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Just a 3oz serving of mushrooms will give you 400 IU of Vitamin D. Adults 50 and younger need about 200 IU of Vitamin D. Those older than 50 need 400 IU of Vitamin D. Aside from Cod Liver Oil (sound yummy, huh?), which is 450 IU of Vitamin D, mushrooms line up first with the most IU's of Vitamin D. I am so thankful for those little guys! Now, I don't have to worry so much about breaking a limb.