From our leaf tours:
It is the Solstice, Blessed Be. As they days grow slowly longer, may we also grow to love one another and to learn to live in peace. Holi...
Images of my container garden.
Belated Happy St. Patrick's Day. I have been too sick to enjoy one of my favorite holidays. I didn't even get corned beef, or to w...
Happy Halloween; it is my favorite night of the year! We were low key this year, but we did get out our graveyards and pumpkins. A scarecr...
Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Solstice, also for Dr. E's Greening Tips for the C... : It is the Solstice; Blessed Be! I look forwar...
Look closely at how delicate I am. I am probably a may fly, but I am as detailed as the scarabs from an Egyptian royal tomb. No one a...
Proclamation of Thanksgiving Washington, D.C. October 3, 1863 This is the proclamation which set the precedent for America's national...
Fresh Greek Peasant Salad This is the salad I grew up with; it was our late night snack and early lunch. This one has home grown t...
At this time of almost New Year, I would like to comment on the new family kindle, nothing personal, it's a fun little gadget, but rathe...
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Monday, June 30, 2014
Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: "Never Stop to Think . . . Do I have a Place for T...: By Mary Randolph Carter, author of American Junk, Garden Junk, Kitchen Junk, etc.: "Hoarding and collecting are two different thing--...
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
From The Radishmagazine.com, see below: More musings and green tips to follow. Catch the story of Stonehenge on pbs.org. Hope everyone had a blessed Solstice Salad in a jar: One container. A mix of veggies. A transformed lunch. Comment on this article Sarah J. Gardner, firstname.lastname@example.org Printed and digital copies of this image are available for purchase. Digital delivery within minutes. Click here for details. Paul Collettiemail@example.com A Mason jar salad consisting of dressing, kidney beans, carrots, sugar snap peas, red bell pepper, ribbons of summer squash, mixed greens and walnuts. More photos from this shoot I have a confession to make. There are times — more often than I'd rather admit — when I have thrown a few carrot shavings and some dressing over a bowl of lettuce and called it a salad. I'm not proud of it. I certainly recognize this is generally what comes in a bag at the supermarket labeled "Salad Starter" (as opposed to "Complete Meal"). It's just sometimes when worn out from a day at work or pressed for time or just plain short on items in the fridge, this sort of rushed affair works. In a pinch. Sort of. Anyway, it's not like I'm pretending a plain bowl of lettuce constitutes a salad. That's what the carrot is for. The irony, of course, is that if you stopped me on the street and asked for salad ideas, I could easily run through a list of any number of delicious combinations. There's the salad the starts with watercress and gets topped with shredded raw beet, walnut pieces and a vinaigrette. Or the spinach salad with peas and Parmesan cheese tossed with pesto and salt. Or the chopped salad of cucumber, tomato, olives, bell pepper, raw onion and parsley that gets dressed with hummus cut with lemon juice. All of which is to say I like a good salad, it's just sometimes a question of taking the time to put that salad together. Enter the Mason jar salad, which isn't a salad recipe so much as a method for transporting salads on the go — but, as I discovered, it's a method that also can lead to more creative meals. The idea is simple enough: You pack a salad in a jar. Any jar will do, as long as it's clean and the lid has a good seal (on days when I bike to work, I forgo glass to use a plastic quart container with a screw-on lid). Begin by putting the dressing in the bottom. This may seem odd, since we usually pour dressing over a salad once it's assembled. But greens left to sit in dressing quickly go limp. As an added bonus, by putting your dressing on bottom, you can also see exactly how much you are using, avoiding the extra calories that come with an overdressed salad. After that, the sky is the limit. You can add anything else you'd like on a salad to fill the jar. I usually layer my other sturdier salad ingredients on the bottom as well — things like carrots, beans, bell pepper and hard-boiled eggs — to put a little more distance between the delicate lettuces and the dressing. I pack in my leafy greens last. In many ways, it's useful to think of this as a salad you are assembling upside down, with the toppings on bottom. When you're done, attach the lid and off you go! When lunch rolls around, give the jar a couple shakes to start mixing the salad, then pour it all into a bowl. (I keep a big blue bowl at my desk for exactly this purpose, though you can always pack one with you on a picnic.) In theory, you could get by with just a fork and eat the salad straight from the jar, but I've found the slight bottleneck in some jars to be a hindrance. Pouring the salad into a bowl makes for easier eating, and it also ensures that even tightly packed salads get mixed and dressed well. You can give the salad a toss with your fork before digging in. As it turns out, being able to see your salad in layers sparks some serious salad creativity. As I fell into the habit of eating Mason jar salads, I found myself rummaging through my kitchen more often for toppings that might add another pleasing color to the jar or a great change of texture. It wasn't long before I started better stocking my fridge with salad ingredients. After all, I did not want to be the girl who brought a quart of lettuce into the office and called it lunch, much less the one eating it. But pea shoots, butter beans, bell peppers, scallions, pickled beats, lettuce, pecans and dried fruit? Sign me up! As any dietitian will tell you, the more variety you get in your diet, the better it is for you nutritionally. Packing a salad in a jar gives you an easy visual reminder to do exactly that and results in some seriously enjoyable eats. Sarah J. Gardner is the editor of Radish. Are you a fan of Mason jar salads? Share a photo of your salad and a list of its ingredients at facebook.com/RadishMagazine. What to put in your jar? Looking for some salad inspiration? Here are some items worth trying in your Mason jar salad. Protein: Canned beans (kidney, garbonzo, black beans, etc.) Diced hard-boiled egg Crumbled bacon Nuts (walnuts, pecans, almond slivers) Seeds (pumpkin, sunflower) Vegatables: Bell pepper Carrots Sugar snap peas or snowpeas Strips of summer squash or zucchini Beets (pickled or shredded raw) Radishes Cucumber Olives Tomato Diced onion or scallions Edible flowers (violets, edible pansies) Herbs (parsley, tarragon, dill) Fruits: Fresh berries (strawberry, blueberry) Dried fruits (cranberries, raisins) Apple slices tossed in lemon juice Pickled watermelon rind
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Miss Charlotte Bronte meets Miss Barbara Pym: Anne Boelyn Calls herself a Gentlewoman: Below is an interesting quote, from one of my favorite Excellent Women: “Commend me to His Majesty and tell him that he hath ever ...
Monday, June 9, 2014
See below, from our local utility: Going on a Trip? Give Your Energy Bill a Break! A vacation is a great way to get away from it all. Did you know that by taking a few simple steps, you can give your energy bill a break as well? Adjusting the settings on your home appliances and electronic devices before you leave will help you save energy and money. Water heater. If you have a tank unit, your water heater will continue heating water while you are away. Adjust the temperature setting as low as possible to reduce standby heat loss. Refrigerator. Your refrigerator is one of the biggest energy users in your home. If you are leaving for a short period, conserve energy by adjusting the thermostats on your refrigerator and freezer to higher settings—38°F for the refrigerator, and 5°F for the freezer. For trips lasting four weeks or more, consider emptying your refrigerator and unplugging it. Air conditioner. There is no need to cool an empty house. Turn off your air conditioner or set the thermostat to 85°F or higher. If you have a programmable thermostat, set it to vacation mode; it will conserve energy while you are away and cool your house shortly before you return. Lights. Install timers on indoor and outdoor lights and set them to turn the lights on for a few hours each night. This will conserve energy and provide added security by creating the illusion that someone is at home. Electronics. While turning off electronic devices saves energy, digital displays and instant-on features continue to use energy whether you are home or not. Unplug all electronic devices before you leave. Conserving energy at your destination Conserving energy is important no matter where you are. If you are staying in a hotel, turn off the lights and adjust the thermostat when you leave your room. To conserve energy and water, reuse bathroom towels whenever possible, and consider walking or taking public transportation instead of using a rental vehicle. Visit www.midamericanenergy.com/ee to learn how MidAmerican Energy Company can help you save even more money on your energy bills. MidAmerican Energy offers various EnergyAdvantage® energy efficiency programs designed to encourage the use of high-efficiency equipment in residential, commercial and industrial buildings
Saturday, June 7, 2014
We celebrate D-day this weekend, and those brave souls who fought and died there seventy years ago. We also remind everyone to fly their flags next week, June 14th, Flag Day. Our river's rapids are restless today, waiving in tiny waves, as though they are tiny flags saluting summer. We have crested and had some flooding, but not nearly as much as we have had in the last three years. We also salute our friend Trisha Georgiou, who has published her latest chapbook of poetry with 918studio. Time seems to fly; The Race for the Cure is already here. The summer jazz festivals are beginning, and my writers' groups are full of ideas. WE start another quarter at school, and I'm trying to get two more novels ready for Kindle. Look for posts and parodies of Dr. Whoreami of Medical Muddled Arts, who neglected to look up the term "informed consent" in his Medicine for Dummies Book [can't blame it, he didn't have his Dummies Lexicon with him]. Long live my old business of med mal, I say, for whom Dr. Whoreami, pronounced "whore - am- I" is the poster child. Hail to him and others like him who take the phrase "do no harm" to mean, "do no harm to his bank account." Happy Summer, thanks for your comments, and more soon.
Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: 12 Display Tips for your Dolls; a Guest Post: Our guest blogger is Kristin McWharter of Theriault's, the famous doll auction company. This is an illustrated piece, with wonderful ph...
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
This is a list of tips from About.com's summer newsletters, which are free for anyone wanting to sign up. Summertime means sun-filled days at the beach, pool parties... and a whole host of beauty problems. Whether you're looking to melt-proof your makeup routine, get the perfect summer glow, or treat a nasty sunburn, we've got tips to help you look your best this season. 11 Hot Hair Products for Summer Our favorite warm weather pastimes—like swimming and sunbathing—can wreak havoc on your hair. Thankfully, this summer's hair products are designed to protect your hair from damaging UV rays, take effort out styling your 'do, help make your color longer, and more. Here are 11 must-have products for summer.•Summer Hair and Scalp Care for Men •4 Black Hair Care Tips for Summer •How to Get Beachy Waves •How to Do a Casual Beach Braid (VIDEO) About.com Enjoy; remember to use a good sunscreen respect the oceans and other waterways and the wildlife that lives there, and enjoy the wonderful summer weather!