Sunday, January 26, 2014

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Not sure if I am doing this right, but trying to hook up my blog w/ my blog reader… Bloglovin'. It was there for me when Google Reader went away. Sooooooo just trying to claim my blog. We'll see. If you are looking for a new blog reader, give Bloglovin' a try.
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Saturday, January 18, 2014

42 Days

42 days doesn't seem like that long & I know it really ISN'T that long, but it is making me cray-zay!
I was in the habit of using my phone to play music at night & the best place to set the phone was on the windowsill right behind my head. (I have a very tall bed.) We-e-e-lll, turns out my bedroom window is not quite waterproof, (leaks into the tracks.) Never really noticed it before, at the time we had been in this house maybe a year. But one night a few months or so ago, we had a really hard rain. Overnight it flooded the window track & overflowed to create a lake on my windowsill that my phone went swimming in all night.
I tried the rice thing & it seemed my phone was fine. For a day. But slowly I am losing things. the first thing to go was my speakers. NOoooooooooOOOOoooooooo!!! No more music. The thing is, it is not all the time. I can talk on the phone. I can use speakerphone. The alarm works. The ringer works. But I can't make the speaker work for video or music. Only works w/ headphones. Ok, it's annoying, but can live with it. Then the notification sound (i.e. - for messages,) stopped working. Now the power button no longer responds. Thank God I found a solution to THAT problem on line. (Thank you very much grownupgeek.com
I am not sure what will go next & it is getting more & more hinky as time goes on. I am praying it will hold out the 42 days til I can upgrade. & this time I will check my bill to make sure I have the insurance BEFORE something happens.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Guacamole +

Okey dokey. Last year my wonderful hubby bought me a Vitamix. Mostly I use it for smoothies & frozen drinks (frappacinos, icees...) when it is hot, & periodically, soup. But the thing I am most proud of is my guacamole, even if it's not the thing I make the most. pretty much what I did was take basic guacamole & add a BUNCH of spinach to it. But man-o-man what a difference that makes. It really doesn't affect the taste much. At least not that we can tell. adds maybe a bit of a vegetal taste, but as we have spinach daily in our smoothies, really don't notice. Now, I use my Vitamix, which if you've ever seen a demo, you know is a kick-butt mixer, but if you don't have one, perhaps a regular blender would do. or a food processor. I cook very much by ear & add a bit of this a pinch of that & whatever I have on hand, but will attempt to do my best to describe what all goes in, it is up to you & your tastes as to how you stick to it.

Heather's Guacamole +
Avocado
Spinach
Cilantro
Jalapeño
Garlic
Lime
Salt 
Pepper
Cayenne Pepper
Cumin
Onion
Tomato

Prep your ingredients. Peel, chop, dice, wash… 
the ingredients
Add all except the tomato & 1/2 - 2/3 of the onion (1/3 - 1/2 goes into the blender.)

the equipment
fill 'er up
pretty ingredients
Now blend the heck out of it. Keep pushing it down.

tamp it down
tamp! tamp! tamp!

Once it is well blended, give it a taste. Does it need more seasoning? More lime? In this batch I had gotten carried away with the lime, so added another avocado & more seasoning to balance it all out. 

what does it need??
more avocado!

Now mix in those beautiful diced onions & chopped tomatoes.

Now to share… 
Unsure…Teenager Approved!…Back for more :)
Skeptical… Tasting… Hubby Approved!!!
(the boys would not participate in the pictures, but they sure did enjoy the eating.) 
Finito! - Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
  
Day 6
(forgot about it for a few days.)

At 6 days it still looks good, & tastes ok. I think probably 5 days is most. At 6 there was nothing wrong, still edible, but the lime has gotten a bit to strong by now, but day 3 tastes just as good as day 1. 
So go on, give it a try. Add spinach to your guac, you won't regret it. 
Bon Appétit!!




I'm Ba-ack...

After a LOOOOOONNNNGGGG time away, I am back. Call it a New Year's Resolution if you want. But I have decided I will make a concerted effort to blog again. My goal is at least 1 quality post a month, I can do that. So those few of you who follow me, thanks for sticking around. Love y'all & enjoy what follows...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

"The hair now matches the brains."


At least, that is what Robin said. I am not offended - was funny. Ivy & I are in the process of bleaching our hair for wild color. I know many a parent/adult who will be shocked I am doing this w/ my almost 12 year old. But I gotta say, she is adorable as strawberry blond. I must say, it is MUCH easier bleaching her hair than my own. I don't have any pics of me yet & I would like to lighten it a bit more. I have had a wonderful day. It was productive, but nothing with the house, really need to clean/organize. Mostly the latter. I hope you are all blessed beyond your imagination. I love you all.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Let Me quote Bob Marley...

Don't worry about a thing... (Three Little Birds.) The Bible tells us not to worry:
Matthew 6:25-34
New International Version (NIV)
Do Not Worry
    25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?
   28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
& to be not anxious:
Philippians 4:6
New International Version (NIV)
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
But I must admit, it is very hard to do, esp. when the government we have faithfully been serving for over 20 yrs. tries to back out of a promise, a contract, whatever you want to call it. New Military Retirement plan
What will be, will be. I need to let go & let God. Please Pray for me & enjoy Tracy Chapman's Version of Three Little Birds.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Good Morning World!

Well, not exactly morning, but that's ok. Still not back to normal with sleep cycling. But it will get there. Poor Ivy is having a heck of a time as well. I am unsure how most read this blog, but I want to point out a lovely new addition on your right. I realized today I need a list for my thankfulness so as to not repeat my self. So if you are interested in my daily thankfulness, check it out.
Today is a cleaning day. We have been home a week & I still need to clean. It's icky. have just been so off kilter it has been easy to ignore. That is over. I am still out of it, but the house is overdo for a scrub down. The hard thing is though I am soooo tired. As is Peanut. Neither one of us slept well last night (she says she went to sleep at 1:30, Me - 4:55 am is last time I looked at clock.) woke at a bit before 9 today, so trying to stay up so as to not repeat the issue tonight. Ugh.
We are cat-sitting for friends while they are on leave & the animals seem to have finally adapted to each other. Now we have 4 crazy animals tearing around. too fun.
Well, I can't make sense of my thoughts & seem to be rambling, So I will leave you with a thought...

Penguin Burial

Penguins

Did you ever wonder why there are no dead penguins on the ice in Antarctica - where do they go ?

Wonder no more!!!

It is a known fact that the penguin is a very ritualistic bird which lives an extremely ordered and complex life.

The penguin is very committed to its family and will mate for life, as well as maintaining a form of compassionate contact with its offspring throughout its life.

If a penguin is found dead on the ice surface, other members of the family and social circle have been known to dig holes in the ice, using their vestigial wings and beaks, until the hole is deep enough for the dead bird to be rolled into and buried. The male penguins then gather in a circle around the fresh grave and sing:

"Freeze a jolly good fellow"

"Freeze a jolly good fellow."

"Then they kick him in the ice hole."

You really didn't believe that I know anything about penguins, did you?

Thank you to GG for originally telling me this & Mtnguy on Forrest River Forums where I found it printed.